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1st Annual Food Challenge – Cherry Hill West

On Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 7:30 PM Cherry Hill West High School is hosting the !st Annual Food Challenge where local non-professional bakers will be showing off their baked goods.  The baked goods will be judged by professional bakers from Frog Commissary Catering, Classic Cakes, and Charlene Kronk of Chery Hill West.

Bakers may submit their entry for a $10 entrance fee on four categories – cheesecake, pie, cookies, and brownies.  Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple ($25 at the door).  There will also be a silent auction.

The entry form an rules can be found here.

All proceeds will help fund graduation ceremonies.

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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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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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Schools on Alert for Swine Flu

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has sent a health alert to all New Jersey schools and child care venues asking them to be on increased watch for influenza-like cases in the upcoming weeks.

 

This health advisory is one of the state’s increased monitoring actions in response to the recent cases of swine flu that have been identified in the United States and Mexico.  New Jerset now has five identified cases of swine flu as of today.

 

“As a readiness measure, we have reached out to schools and all child care facilities to ask them to be on the lookout for children exhibiting signs of influenza,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. “We are asking these facilities to send children home if they are showing signs of respiratory illness and fever. We are also reminding them to report suspected cases of swine influenza or outbreaks of any influenza-like illness to their local health department.”

 

“We are working closely with the Department of Health and Senior Services to ensure that all school districts remain up to date and well informed.  School district officials should maintain close contact with their local health departments and pass on preventive information to families,’’ said Education Commissioner Lucille E. Davy.

 

The Department is recommending that sick children remain at home until 24-48 hours after the symptoms end.

 

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to seasonal flu and include fever, lack of appetite, coughing and fatigue. Some people have also reported having a sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

 

Please be aware that you cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. There are no special recommendations for anyone who owns a pig or is routinely exposed to pigs.

 

Commissioner Howard also reminds the public that there are precautions that everyone should take to reduce the chance of getting ill:

 

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • See your physician if your illness continues.

 

“The Department is continuing to monitor the situations around the country and Mexico and is working very closely with our federal, regional and local health partners,” said Commissioner Howard. “We have plans in place in the event of a more widespread outbreak. The most important thing New Jersey residents can do now is to stay informed and continue to follow those preventive measures.”

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Camden County College Summer Registration

Summer credit registration starts March 23 for courses at Camden County College.  For those wishing to regiater in person, walk-in registrants can go to the Wilson Hall Center in Blackwood, the Second fllor of the Camden Technology Center, and the Information Desk at the William G. Rohrer Center in Cherry Hill.  You may also apply online.  For the schedule for enrollment for the summer, please go to the college web site here to check the schedule.

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