Weekly Roundup: Preliminary tax levy approved, new science curriculum for Cherry Hill Schools

Cherry Hill residents got good news regarding their municipal taxes, while incoming freshmen in Cherry Hill high schools got word of a change to their high school class. Catch up on these stories and more in the Weekly Roundup.

Photo of the Week: Richard Katherine and Dylan McCulloch pose for a picture as they kicked off their holiday weekend at the Erlton Independence Day Parade on June 30.

Cherry Hill Council approved preliminary tax levy

Cherry Hill Township Council approved a preliminary tax levy at its meeting on June 27. For the fifth straight year, there is no increase in the municipal tax rate. Mayor Chuck Cahn added he anticipates no increase in the tax rate when the municipal budget comes up for a vote later in the year.

Science curriculum changing in Cherry Hill Public Schools

The Cherry Hill Board of Education adopted a new science curriculum for the middle and high school levels during its June 28 meeting. The new curriculum includes a big change for freshmen at Cherry Hill High Schools East and West. The 2016–17 freshman class will be the first to take biology in the ninth grade.

Cherry Hill native gets “unSTUCK,” publishes first book

Shira Taylor Gura, a long-time Cherry Hill resident, has turned a personal blog into a book. “Getting unSTUCK,” details Gura’s S.T.U.C.K. method, which focuses on freeing a person’s mind from powerful and influential emotions. The book is available to purchase on Amazon.

Teen guitarist making a name for himself

Blues guitarist Jon Hay has played professionally, been a special guest guitarist for the band, The Jive Aces, and is performing at numerous venues around the Philadelphia area. The most remarkable thing about Hay is he is only 15 years old.

Cherry Hill residents kick off holiday weekend at Erlton Independence Day parade

Residents from Erlton and other neighborhoods in Cherry Hill converged on Jefferson Avenue last week for the annual Erlton Independence Day Parade. Some local residents shared with The Sun what they look forward to most during the Fourth of July weekend.

Water main replacement projects announced

New Jersey American Water announced last week it would replace water mains on four streets in Cherry Hill. The nearly $1 million replacement project is expected to be completed by the end of September.