This is an urgent appeal to the townspeople, the businessmen, the organizations, the schools, religious groups, and political leaders of Cherry Hill to continue an "idealistic quest" for a "community-wide" celebration of Cherry Hill. A celebration that would unify the diverse identities of the Township of Cherry Hill in a proud awareness of all that is good in Cherry Hill!
An effort to realize this "idealistic quest" was started in 1972 by a small group of townspeople who wanted to do something "special" and "meaningful" for Cherry Hill when it was under negative scrutiny by the news media and general public. Today we are still actively pursuing the positive goals we set before us! We are asking for your much needed support to continue with this idealistic quest!
Our group was committed to reverse the negative perception of the townspeople of Cherry Hill by the general public and news media of the late 60's and early 70's. It was important for us to bring all of the identities of Cherry Hill together to participate in a community-celebration that would reflect the positive attributes of Cherry Hill's diverse community! Our presentations of positive activities would reflect the true character of our townspeople and diverse organizations.
This web site was put together to inform you what our dedicated group did accomplished when we were strongly supported by township leaders, organizations and businessmen of Cherry Hill in a period from 1972 to 1988. Together, we did wonderful things for Cherry Hill that made the townspeople proud of our community!
During this productive time -- A unified Cherry Hill did reverse the negative image that was perceived by the news media and general public. Our growing successes was about to change when support from township's leaders and community groups started to slow down in the late 80's! Financing for our events was becoming a major problem.
You can learn about the many positive activities that we presented to the community of Cherry Hill by reviewing the fifteen (18) pages on this web site. Please take the time to to do this -- they will show you what was accomplished when we were supported by the strong leadership of the Mayor's office and Council members! The photographs are true testaments of our committment to bring the community of Cherry Hill proudly together.
Contributions that we received from the community paid for shade tree removals from Chapel Avenue, the cherry trees that were being planted, the expenses for string bands, professional floats, hovering character parade balloons and other parade entries that appeared in the Cherry Blossom Parade. In addition, contributions helped to pay for hot-air balloon races, liability insurance and all other expenses that accumulated to stage these community unifying events.
It was not an easy task but it was being done because Cherry Hill was coming together as a proud community. Our community leaders and businessmen came through for many years pursuing this idealistic quest! Unfotunately, forever the reasons, it came to a complete stop in 1992 when our "idealistic ideals" and goals were totally abandoned by new township leaders! Apathy was allowed to return to our township!
Our committed group, along with Cherry Hill's Firefighters, kept our ideals "alive" by continuing to plant cherry trees on Chapel Avenue with the hopes that one day the Cherry Blossom Parade and Festival would return. Apathy on the part of the community would prevail for the next nine years!
This was about to change when the events of September 11, 2001 revitalized our group and changed everything. We created a "9-11 Remembrance & Patriotic Gratitude" event to reflect Cherry Hill's patriotism and compassion for the victims of Sepember 11, 2001. This would be another attempt to unify the community of Cherry Hill - a return to the original ideals that we set before us in 1972.
We are asking for community support to complete what was started thirty-eight years ago. One of the most important goals today is to complete Chapel Avenue with all cherry trees! Only seventeen (17) large shade trees remain on Chapel Avenue -- these shade trees must be removed and replaced with cherry trees! Property owners did give us permission to remove them several times but new township leadership rejected their signed petitions and stopped us from doing so. Even though they were aware that we had removed a large number of shade trees with township approval from past administrations.
Chapel Avenue's two-mile avenue of cherry trees must be completed! This was one of the first goals we set before us in 1972! This effort was supported by the full community of Cherry Hill, including township officials! How can we not complete it after all of the years of work and dedication of the townspeople and community identities that contributed to make it happen for Cherry Hill?
Perpetual care for the cherry trees on Chapel Avenue will insure that Cherry Hill will always have a two-mile canopy of cherry blossom to stage a community-wide celebration of pride. We must rally around this effort once again as earlier townspeople did for many years? We must complete this remaining quest of thirty-nine years of trying! We must, as a proud community, come forward to finally realize it!
From 1973 to present -- we have always had the support of Cherry Hill's Fire Departments! They have taken on the responsibility of planting the cherry trees every year in order to complete a two mile section of Chapel Avenue with all cherry tree plantings. Because of their committment -- future generations of townspeople and surrounding communities will enjoy the spectacle of a two-mile avenue of blossoming cherry trees!
Proud war veterans from the American Legion Post 372 haved joined the Firefighters to support our idealistic quest to unify the community of Cherry Hill! The American Legion Post 372 war veterans have contributed money for cherry tree purchases when no other community identity would! The American Legion Post 372 war veterans have taking on the responsibility of placing American flags and yellow ribbons onto these blossomg cherry trees in remembrance of September 11, 2001. The American Legion Post 372 war veterans and Cherry Hill Firefighters have joined together to present an annual "9-11 Remembrance & Patriotic Gratitude" event for the community of Cherry Hill.
We need townspeople and responsible community organizations to come forward and follow the leadership of our Firefighters and War Veterans! We must all work together to present an annual "community-wide celebration" of the positive attributes that we know exist in the community of Cherry Hill. The Spring arrival of cherry blossoms will call on the community to come together in a proud celebration of the Township of Cherry Hill and for a solemn remembrance of September 11, 2001.
Apathy is still one of the major obstacles we face - it must be beaten in order to achieve the idealistic goals that we had set before us! The original group of townspeople, who initiated this quest, have aged and some have of us have passed away! Our ranks of first supporters are less with each passing year. It is now the time to pass this idealistic torch to a new generation of townspeople and believers in what we tried to do for Cherry Hill.
Cherry Hill Firefighters and the American Legion Post 372 War Veterans can not do it alone! Community leaders and township organizations must join with them! If we unify together we will be able to present a "community-wide" celebration of Cherry Hill and overcome all obstacles to finally complete Chapel Avenue with all cherry trees!
Chapel Avenue's two-mile avenue of blossomg cherry trees -- if void of community activity -- will only attest to massive community apathy -- proving that the news media and the general public were right in their perception of the townspeople of Cherry HIll!
Our townspeople, organizations and community leaders of Cherry Hill must never let this happen! The future fate of this idealistic quest of thirty-nine years is literally in your hands.
If you care to help please contact:
Joseph G. Zanghi
MARCH 6, 2016 - CHAPEL AVENUE'S TWO-MILE AVENUE OF BLOSSOMING CHERRY TREES UNDER ATTACK!
ITS TOTAL DESTUCTION - IMMINENT!
CHAPEL'S AVENUE TWO-MILE CHERRY TREE LINED ROUTE IS BEING HARVESTED BY INDIVIDUALS
FOR PERSONAL GAIN!
THESE INDIVIDUALS DO NOT EVEN LIVE IN CHERRY HILL! THE HARVESTING OF CHERRY TREES
ON CHAPEL AVENUE MUST BE STOPPED!
IF THIS PRACTICE IS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE - CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP WILL LOSE THEIR
UNIQUE AVENUE OF BEAUTIFUL BLOSSOMING CHERRY TREES
THAT SERVES AS A
REFLECTION OF UNITY AND COMMUNITY PRIDE OF THE TOWNSPEOPLE OF CHERRY HILL!
PHOTO BELOW TAKEN ON MARCH 6, 2016