Council says farewell to several admired Cherry Hill residents

The Jan. 23 Cherry Hill Council meeting centered around recognizing the hard work and dedication of some of the township’s most beloved members of the recreational and religious communities.

The Jan. 23 Cherry Hill Council meeting centered around recognizing the hard work and dedication of some of the township’s most beloved members of the recreational and religious communities. Charlie Miracola and David Snyder received proclamations for their service to the community as they depart on new journeys, and the Cherry Hill Knights 115-pound football team was acknowledged for its victory against Moorestown in the championship.

Snyder moved on from his position of executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey, where he had served for eight years to executive director of Maccabi USA. Snyder was recognized for his years of dedication to making Cherry Hill a more diverse town.

“We can think of few people who have fully contributed to making our community a better, brighter, more inclusive place to live, work and raise families than David Snyder,” Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs said.

Another friendly face of the community was acknowledged. After three decades of serving on the Cherry Hill Atlantic Little League Board of Directors, Miracola has decided to retire.

“Charlie really exemplifies everything we value, not just as a community but as parents,” Council President David Fleisher said. “Someone who has raised three kids and knows what it takes to get a kid to practice on time, stand in the rain, rake a field, compared to what Charlie does, you feel like a slacker.”

Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi also provided her thoughts on Miracola’s retirement.

“Tonight, the Cherry Hill community comes together to honor a man, Charlie Miracola, who has committed himself to making Cherry Hill Atlantic Little league a better place for the last 33 years,” Doshi said.

Miracola shared a few words with the audience about his proclamation and expressed his appreciation for the township’s encouragement toward youth sports.

“I would like to thank the mayor and council and for all their support of youth sports in general,” Miracola said. “It’s been a great 30 somewhat years, made a lot of friendships, a lot of who are here in this room. It’s just been great.”

The Cherry Hill Knights were acknowledged for their victory while competing against Moorestown for the championship, earning a Group 3, 115-pound Division championship.

“We have the Eagles and now we have you,” Mayor Chuck Cahn said to the team.

In other news:

• During public comment at a Nov. 27 meeting, Fred Astmann discussed his concerns over PSE&G leaving trees through Cherry Hill in “unacceptable conditions” after conducting trimming to prevent trees from causing damage to power lines. He continues to raise questions on the “tree-butchering” situation and the transparency of the council to the public.

“Many people are very upset with the long-term damage to our trees, yet I haven’t seen anything published,” Astmann said. “As recently stated in The Sun, one of the priorities for 2018 is incorporating resident feedback into council’s decision-making process. Cherry Hill could be a leader in beautification by formulating a plan to protect our trees as other towns have done.”

Two days after an Oct. 10 council meeting, the council reached out to PSE&G, and it was determined that it was out of the council’s jurisdiction, according to the mayor’s chief of staff, Erin Gill.

“I want to thank you for your continued persistence. As one who sometimes persists, I know it is frustrating and time-consuming, and I do appreciate all of your efforts,” Councilwoman Carole Roskoph said.

• Bowman and Company, LLP Certified Public Accountants performed the township audit for 2017, completed on Dec. 21. The township passed with no mistakes.

“It’s great to see that we have a fully clean audit,” Cahn said.

• The next council meeting will be held on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.