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Cherry Hill Linked to Times Square Bomb Attempt

The FBI searched two properties in South Jersey Thursday as a part of a group of raids associated with the foiled Times Square bombing terrorist plot.

Executing search warrants given by the New York FBI field office, federal agents moved in on a Cherry Hill, N.J. condominium and a Camden printing company. Both properties belong to brothers Muhammad Fiaez and Iqbal Hinjhara.

Fiaez says the FBI came knocking at their home just before 6 a.m.

“They just come in and ask questions, that’s it,”  Fiaez said.

The Cherry Hill man stated federal authorities split the brothers apart for questioning.  He would not elaborate as to what was really asked, but said Times Square never came up in the conversation.

“No, no, no. Nobody asked me about Times Square,” he said.

It was May 1st when a late-90s Nissan Pathfinder was found in Times Square with a rudamentary car bomb inside that failed to go off. Authorities then launched a massive manhunt and later took Faisal Shahzad into custody just as he was about to fly to Pakistan.

Shahzad is cooperating with authorities.

Federal sources say the brothers were questioned in length about the Hawala system — which is a cash courier network whereby some terrorists are able get their funding.

With Hawala, brokers set up a manual transfer of money that may pass through several people who reside in several countries. This is commonly used in the Middle East as an informal banking system.

Agents also searched their Camden business, the Prompt Printing Press while Fiaez and Hinjhara were being questioned

Authorities took several items from the printing company, witnesses told NBC Philadelphia. Fiaez stated that nothing was taken from his home.

During the Thursday raids, three other people were arrested in the Boston and New York areas.

Fiaez and his brother were only questioned by authorities. Fiaez told NBC Philadelphia. He thinks it was just a case of mistaken identity.

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The Mayor and the Winter Fiasco

Well, I have to say, all of this brew-ha-ha about the mayor’s support personnel "misspeaking" the whereabouts of the mayor during the recent slew of snow storms has been enlightening and entertaining at the same time. 

The primary point that created all of this uproar was the fact that more than one person in the mayor’s office claimed that the mayor was our riding snow plows and tending to the city’s business at hand when in fact Bernie was relaxing in sunny Florida while the rest of us were packed into our houses amongst mountains of snow.   Now, why would someone in the mayors office claim that the mayor was around when in fact he was nowhere to be seen?  It’s not that anyone would be-grudge the mayor for taking some time off.  It’s a very hard job going around glad-handing everyone and hob-nobbing with all of the citizenry.  It’s the fact that the mayor seems to take off every winter for a month at a time.  Does that mean that he works for the remainder of the year without time off?  I would expect not. 

So please explain to my why a city official who is paid $80,000 a year to manage the city can go on an extended vacation every winter?  Is this a part-time job?  If it is then why is the city paying full-time wages? 

Maybe that is why his cronies needed to "misspeak" about his whereabouts. 

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Hoax Puts School In Lockdown

Today, January 7, 2010 the Beck Middle School went into lockdown mode when graffiti of a threatening nature was found in the girl’s bathroom.  This set the school’s lock down operations into motion and the police were called to the building.

The district notification system was activated and parents were called by phone to alert them of the situation.  A second call followed when the lockdown was lifted.

Despite the fact that this was a hoax and the perpetrator should be dealt with accordingly, this did demonstrate that the procedures put in place by the school board for these situation does work and the school board and Beck school should be commended for that.

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Cherry Hill School Board Freezes Budget

In an effort to stem the tide of increasing school budgets, the Cherry Hill Board of Education has frozen the school budget for this school year.  They are doing this in hopes to reduce to demand for increasing the budget in the upcoming year.

One of the interesting facts that appears when you take a look at the comparative facts and figures for the 2009 spending guide is the fact that the median administrators salary has increased almost 20% in the last 4 years.  With more and more people out of work, why is it that we are paying administrators 20% then we did 4 years ago?  Administrators are not actually teaching our children, they are just supervising the teachers.  How is it that these types of jobs are granted salary increases when at the same time they are laying off teachers.  There is obviously something wrong with this picture.  Maybe its time for a change in how our school budget is being determined – it looks just like every other government agency who gives themselves raises without actually having to produce anything of true value.

Now is the time for the people of the community to get involved with how and where are tax dollars are being spent.

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Mt. Pisgah Church of Haddonfield Re-opens Its Doors

The Greater Mt. Pisgah Church of Haddonfield re-opened its doors to the public Sunday, December 27, 2009.  The church burned down 3 1/2 years ago and was thought by many local residents that the church would not open again.

However, thanks to the diligent work of Pastor Mark-Anthony Rassmann the church has risen up from the ashes and is reborn commensurate with the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Services during this period of rebuilding have been held at the Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield which donated worhsip and office facilities to Mt. Pisgah.

The church is located at 238 Ellis Street, right on the town line across from the intersection of Kresson Road and Haddonfield-Berlin Road.  The church was rebuilt thanks to donations from the local Haddonfield community and surrounding areas.

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How come the schools were closed?

When Cherry Hill had 24 inches of snow over the weekend of December 19-20, 2009, the road crews were out in full force plowing and getting all of the major roads in the area cleared for travel.  They did an excellent job given how much snow fell in the area.

On the following Monday, the 21st schools were closed even though all of the roads seemed clear.  How can this be?  All of the major roads were clear and it was not that hard to get around town.  Was is because all of the school parking lots were ont fully cleared?  I saw a 15 foot pile of snow just in front of Cherry Hill East.

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Well, it turns out that this issue in this case was the fact that the secondary roads in the housing developments wre not cleared sufficiently to allow the school buses to navigate the local roads to pick up their students.  Many school bus stops and back streets were still blocked due to the large snowfall.  So, when you are wondering why you have you kids at home sometimes when it looks to you to be ridiculous, think of our school bus drivers who have to navigate around the narrow streets to get your kids safely to and from school. 

BTW – the kids just lost Feb 15th (Monday) of Presidents weekend due to the snow day.

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Covered Bridge Road Repair Coming Spring 2010

The Township was recently notified by the state Department of Transportation that it would receive $250,000 to complete the reconstruction of Covered Bridge Road to the intersection of Forge Road. This heavily traveled local street is a vital piece of Cherry Hill’s 260 miles of local roadway connecting Route 70 to Kresson Road.

This will be a resurfacing and repair of Covered Bridge Road from Rt. 70 to Forge Road just before you cross the old Covered Bridge.

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Limited H1N1 Flu SHot vaccinations by Camden County Dec 4th.

On Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting an age and demographically limited H1N1 vaccination clinic at the   in the municipal complex (820 Mercer Street).

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This clinic will be focused on pre-set ages and demographics considered to be at the most risk for contacting the illness:

1. Pregnant women
2. Household caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
3. Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
4. All people from six months through 24 years of age
5. Persons aged 25 through 64 years, who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from the flu

For additional information on who should get the vaccine, contact the county’s health department directly, at (856) 374-6320.

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Mayor Calls for Tax Cut

How is this for helping out the average Joe. Believe it or not Mayor Bernie Platt proposed a 3 cent cut in the tax rate Septe 14th.  This 3 cent cut in the tax rate will result in a $52 savings for the average home owner in Cherry Hill with a house rated at $140,000.

So how are they paying for this, you ask? Well, the township has been reducing costs by consolidating services, freezing payroll, and laying off staff. Fourteen employees were laid off last year which came out to a savings of $800,000.  

The township has also been  using green energy initiatives to help reduce the budget requirements. A solar panel project is set for installtion this fall which is expected to save $56,000 a year, and a new HVAC system is epected to reduce energy costs by another $36,000 annually.

In June council members approved a preliminary tax levy that assumed a $1 million budget cut. That was expected to keep municipal  taxes at the fiscal 2009 level, which is approximately $1,180 a year for municipal taxes.

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