Don’t miss out on these great opportunities! The Recreation Department is offering new and exciting programs this spring for all ages. New YOUTH programs include Travel Softball, Video Game Animation, Pee Wee Wrestling, Flag Football Clinic, Karate “Fit” Tots, U.K. Elite Feet Soccer, and Girls Golf Lessons. Our new ADULT programs include Drawing and Painting Studio, Intro. to Watercolor Painting, The Art of Wushu, Intro. to Commercial Acting, Intro. to Voiceovers, Where Does My Money Go?, American Writing: Fact or Fiction, and Adult Short-Game School. More detailed information will be in our spring brochure coming to homes around March 9th.
The Recreation Department is bringing back our volleyball leagues that were so popular in the past. Sign up as a team or sign up as an individual. The league will be held at Cherry Hill High School West starting March 23rd. For more information please contact the Recreation Department at 856-488-7868 or visit www.cherryhillvolleyball.com.
The Camden County Board of Freeholders invite Cherry Hill residents to a town meeting on Thursday, March 19th, 6:30 pm at the Cherry Hill Library at 100 North Kings Highway. This town meeting is an opportunity for residents to discuss issues that affect boht Cherry Hill and Camden County. At 7:00 pm on the 19th, the regularly scheduled Freeholder’s meeting will be held at the library which residents are also welcomed to attend.
The Croft Farm is an eighty acre site was once the site of a working farm and mill and a stop on the Underground Railroad. I t now functions as a the home of the Cherry Hil Arts Center; the grounds are centered around a sixteen room farmhouse, the original section of which was constructed in 1753. The site is now home to the Cherry Hill Arts Center.
An upcoming event at the farmis the “Art Blooms Week at Croft Farm”
Croft Farm comes alive with art, handmade crafts and fun for the entire family
|Saturday, April 25 – Sunday, May 3Croft Farm Arts Center
100 Bortons Mill Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034Contact: The Cherry Hill Arts Board at 856-661-4810 or Arts@CHTownship.com Craft Festival & Family Fun Weekend
April 25 and 26, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
More than 60 craft vendors will showcase their wares during our fourth annual Craft Festival which will also include kids activities such as a moon bounce and hands-on crafts as well as a community fair. This weekend is sponsored by: My Gym.
Juried Art Exhibit
You may also view the exhibit during any Art Blooms events and on the following dates: April 25 (11a-5p), April 26 (11a-5p), April 27 (1-7p), April 30 (1-7p)
Cinematic Reflections with Joe Truitt featuring “Slumdog Millionaire”
Luncheon with the Arts for Seniors featuring “The Hotsy Totsy Girls”
Poetry Reading of Original Works
Concert for Young Music Lovers
A Pops Afternoon of Cole Porter
Crafters, Artists and Poets: If you’re interested in submitting original work for the exhibit, craft festival or poetry reading, please contact the Arts Board for submission guidelines or more information at 856-661-4810 or Arts@CHTownship.com
This is an open invitation to all. There going to be an event on May 31st to benefit a local charity called D’s Dawgs. It’s a 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk. To benefit Brain Aneurysm research and to help fund local scholarships for local children. Please go to the website www.dsdawgs.org.
The drama production for the Beck Middle School for 2009 is "Back to the 80’s" which will be held at Beck on March 6,7, and 8 featuring songs from the 80’s. Tickets are on sale now at Beck Middle School. Come out and enjoy the show!
If you are intersted in the early childhood program, the Barclay Early Childhood Center is now accepting applications for Pre-School Children for the 2009-2010 school year. Children must be ages 3 or 4 before October 1, 2009. The application period ends March 2, 2009. Applications are available at the Barclay School or on the website at http://barclay.chclc.org . Barclay will host an open house (for adults only) on February 18 at 10 am. Please note that the tuition for this 2-1/2 hour, five day/week program is currently set at $95 per month ($950/year). Questions? Please contact Barclay at (856) 429-7283, ext. 4010.
The Dolce Suono Metal and Wood Band will be playing at the Croft Farm on Friday, March 13th at 8:00 pm. This group offers a wdie range of music from Renaissance song, Baroque classics, and tangos.
From Mayor Platt’s Office
The Township issued estimated tax bills for the first quarter of 2009. have already gone into great detail about why the state has forced us and 32 other fiscal budget municipalities to issue these bills, but I would like to offer an elementary breakdown of the average Cherry Hill tax bill since it was not contained in the estimated bills.
When you look at the average assessed Cherry Hill home the overall bill is broken down by four different taxing entities:
At the end of the day, residents have seen an increase in their first quarter bill over their fourth quarter bill, due to a $96 increase from the School District a $65 increase from Camden County and a $1.50 increase from the Fire District.
As a quick aside, while Camden County did increase this quarter, it should be known that throughout the fiscal year they did drop their overall equalized tax rate in Cherry Hill.
Once again I would like to point out that the municipal portion of the average bill that pays for police, public works, code enforcement and the public library dropped since the last fiscal quarter by about $20. Additionally, the Township makes up a total of 13 percent of the total tax bill.
On that note I would like to take a moment to reiterate that my administration has proactively been working to weather the national economic meltdown by making painful cuts including layoffs, department consolidations, position eliminations, salary freezes for municipal employees and a 10 percent reduction in pay for me, the majority of Town Council and our business administrator.
This process has been very hard, but it is only a harbinger for the future because I will continue to push for more savings and I will be approaching our six unions and vendors to work with us to cut costs. This is a historic time and we all need pitch in for the betterment of Cherry Hill.
Furthermore, we have aggressively looked for new savings and innovative ways to raise revenue, including the implementation of RecycleBank, securing funding for renewable energy sources and installing an in-house employee self-prescription program.
Additionally, I have made monumental advances in municipal employees carrying some of the heavy burden of healthcare like our residents working in the private sector. This includes higher co-pays and premium sharing. Like I have stated in the past, while we wait for DCA to decide if we will be a recipient of extraordinary aid, any funding Cherry Hill receives from Trenton will go directly toward tax relief for our community.
Now, moving forward, all first quarter tax bills, already in mail boxes, will be due on Feb. 1 with a grace period until Feb. 17. Questions related to the estimated tax bill can be directed to the tax collector at (856) 488-7880.
For more than a year I have been having a very public discussion about what my administration has been doing in light of a perfect storm caused by a severe global recession – which has seriously cut into the Township’s revenue – a significant drop in state aid, and rising state-mandated costs. These discussions and your pragmatic suggestions have been used to combat expenses and streamline the way government works. In fact, I had a battery of public meetings last year where I asked for ideas about cost cutting measures in these extraordinary times and I would like to continue to extend that hand, by continuing the conversation. Please contact me by calling (856) 488-7878 or email me at MayorPlatt@CHTownship.com.
The covered bridge which crosses the north branch of the Cooper River will be 50 years old on Saturday, Valentines Day, February 14, 2009. The bridge was designed by the famed local architect Malcolm Wells. The bridge was dedicated 50 years ago when 101 couples kissed to commemorate the tradition of the friendship or "kissing bridge".
This Saturday at 11:30 am the Township will hold festivities with refreshments provided by Starbucks Coffee and Manhatten Bagel.
Following there ceremony, those attending will be given a coupon to receive 10% off at the following establishments in the Barclay Farm Shopping Center:
Cherry Hill Pizza
Norma’s Mediterranean Cuisine