Cherry Hill Township Council recognized high-school female wrestlers Ari Tyson and Maya Hemo for their athletic achievements at its recent session on April 11.
Tyson, a Cherry Hill West freshman, placed third in the state to become the highest-place girls wrestler and the highest-place West wrestler since 2002. Hemo, a junior at Cherry Hill East, became the first female state champion in the history of East wrestling.
Councilwoman Carole Roskoph also cited the June 50th anniversary for Title IV, which prohibits sex discrimination in education programs or activities that receive federal assistance.
“ … As far as we’ve come, we still have a long way to go, and I’m counting on (their) generation to carry the torch,” Roskoph said of future adherence to the federal regulation.
Council also acknowledged retiring Business Administrator Erin Patterson Gill for her time in town-hall roles, including director of planning, policy and programs; council deputy; and chief of staff.
Former mayor Chuck Cahn said he appreciated Patterson Gill’s efforts over the last decade.
“(Patterson Gill) has filled so many roles so beautifully to the highest level, with such dignity and professionalism,” he noted. His sentiments were echoed by other council members and Mayor Susan Shin Angulo.
The mayor used her remarks to discuss the planting of two saplings from a 500-year-old Salem County oak tree that fell in 2019. There will be free tree-seedling giveaways at 2 p.m. on April 30 at the Barclay Farmstead to mark Arbor Day.
In other news:
- Council said issues raised by residents regarding a new Wawa on Haddonfield Road – including lighting spillover, excess trash outside the enclosure and delivery drivers at off hours – have been brought to the retailer’s attention. Environmental Resolutions Inc. engineers confirmed that lighting conditions were met, and Wawa plans to install house-side shield lights to reduce some of the light spilling over. Delivery hours have also been addressed.
- Council approved the installation of bike lanes on Kresson Road, between Heartwood and Springdale roads.
- Council President David Fleisher announced a second reading of the tree ordinance will take place at its first May session..
The next council meeting will be on April 25 at 7 p.m. and available online.