Enjoying the 'city' life in Cherry Hill

Posted: September 24, 2002

It is truly absurd for Evie Doherty ("Goodbye, Cherry Hill," Sept. 17) to claim the high road leads to a development in the Pine Barrens, one of our country's most precious natural resources. An "adult community," such as the one in the Pinelands that Doherty says she has moved to, is still sprawl.

I am much more concerned about the environmental impact of development in the Pinelands than I am about the traffic on Route 70 in already developed Cherry Hill.

So what if Cherry Hill has become a "city"? Whoop-de-do! As with everything else, one can look at a half-full or a half-empty glass with regard to the community I have called home for almost 20 years.

To see Cherry Hill as nothing more than "noise, traffic congestion and speeders," and to characterize its citizens as those "wealthy enough to remain in Cherry Hill," is to scrutinize a half-empty glass.

I live in a densely populated neighborhood of wondrous diversity. In one public school alone, more than 40 languages are spoken by the young population of international citizens.

Our houses have aged nicely, surrounded by enormous trees, well-maintained streets, and beautiful public parks and play areas. We have converted two farmsteads into municipal treasures and have an active community arts board.

The median income of our population refutes the claim that only the wealthy live in Cherry Hill. Like any healthy community, Cherry Hill is home to families and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ethnically, socially and vocationally.

I wish Doherty well out there in the Pine Barrens. How long before she's protesting the inevitable development that will surround her?

Mary Engelman

Cherry Hill

Too much oversight

I live in Somerdale and have been amazed that the administration has done such a poor job of managing the finances of such a small district.

We have only one school in Somerdale. For this we need a business administrator, a superintendent and a school board.

Taxes in Somerdale have been increasing, as they have in the rest of Camden County. It's time to take a commonsense approach to the management of small boroughs such as ours.

There is no reason to have layers of management in a district with only one school. This is the primary reason that New Jersey taxpayers are burdened with high tax bills. Small districts must be consolidated and overhead eliminated.

Frank J. Froio

Somerdale

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