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Town History

Maple Shade Township was first settled by the Roberts family in 1682 and developed in the early years, before the independence of the colonies, as primarily agricultural. For its first one hundred years, only Kings Highway served the area, providing poor travel, and residents chose travel by boat rather than overland as a result, until 1794 when the road that was to be Main Street was constructed to connect Kings Highway with the Cooper River ferry. Afterwards, new settlers and the families of the original settlers encouraged the division and sharing of the large plantations into smaller holdings, still agricultural in nature.

The Settlement became more firmly established as a community in 1811, when the property was set aside by Joseph Burrough for the construction of a one-room brick school house, now known as the Little Red Schoolhouse, on Main Street, just west of Coles Avenue. The school served the residents of the Township for 97 years, closing in 1909. 

About the time of the establishment of the schoolhouse, a sawmill was built on the Pennsauken Creek where Mill Road now crosses Route 38.

In 1847 a blacksmith shop and wagon works, constructed on the south side of Main Street just west of Spruce Avenue, operated until it was destroyed by fire in 1939. 

 As in many settlements in the country, the coming of the railroad right-of-way purchased in 1864 and placed in operation in 1867 – brought identity to the area in the form of a station and a rail stop. The railroad also changed the complexion of the community, giving it the potential to have single family residents commuting by rail to employment outside of the Township.

The railroad also brought other businesses and industry including brick making in 1867, butchering and meat processing, as well as clothing manufacturing in 1883.

As the population grew, so did the community. Naturally, the establishment of churches followed, beginning in 1888 with the Episcopal congregation and adding through the years, Roman Catholic, Congregational, Baptist, Lutheran, and Jehovah’s Witness congregations.

With the establishment of the community came the demand for public services which, in turn, required the creation of provisions to govern the methods of offering public service, the types of service to be offered to the community, and their future maintenance. 

The demand for a public water source let to the first water works in 1893; telephones in 1893; a local post office in 1887; and the first police officer in 1911. The first fire company formed in 1899, and it received its first hand pump in 1912.

Following the closing of the Little Red Schoolhouse in 1909, in that year, a new two-room facility was opened on North Poplar Avenue. A second school was built in 1920 on Chestnut Avenue and, ultimately, two more grade schools and a high school. 

The community was known as Chester Township, and existed essentially as a neighborhood of Moorestown Township. In 1922, the residents of Chester Township voted to separate from Moorestown, electing a Township Committee. The first Municipal Building on Main Street was completed in 1927, and in it was placed the first public library in 1930. In 1945, the community chose to become Maple Shade Township.

The Committee form of government continued from 1922 until 1975, when the Township chose by referendum to adopt the Council-Manager (Faulkner Act) form of government under which the government presently operates in its new facilities, opened in 1992, at 200 Stiles Avenue.

Long established and recognized as a community, Maple Shade Township has retained a strong business presence with light industrial and commercial centers, in addition to having an identity which is suburban within the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

The result is a broad spectrum of local and regional amenities available to Maple Shade residents with a strong sense of common interest and community individuality.

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

TRASH COLLECTION ON FRIDAY, MAY 29th

There may be delays in today’s trash collection due to operational issues beyond control of the trash haulers.  Trash NOT picked up today will be picked up tomorrow, Saturday, May 30th.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

BURLINGTON COUNTY COVID TESTING INFORMATION

MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION:

Monday, May 25th will be picked up on Tuesday, May 26th

Tuesday, May 26th will be picked up on Wednesday, May 27th

Wednesday, May 27th will be picked up on Thursday, May 28th

Thursday, May 28th will be picked up on Friday, May 29th

Friday, May 29th will remain on Friday, May 29th

SPRING HYDRANT FLUSHING

MAY 26th through JUNE 13th

DETAILS AT www.MapleShadeUtilities.com

 

TOWNSHIP STATEMENT – 4th of JULY EVENTS – 05/18/2020

RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS: WHAT TENANTS NEED TO KNOW IN LIGHT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 106

MORTGAGE RELIEF & RESIDENTIAL FORECLOSURES FAQ’S

STATE CREATES NEW UNEMPLOYMENT PORTAL FOR QUESTIONS

Effective Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 and in exercising an abundance of caution, the Township of Maple Shade Municipal Building will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until further notice. Municipal Staff will continue to be working, however will only be available by telephone at (856) 779-9610 or email during regular business hours 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday to Friday.

The Township remains vigilant in keeping our residents and employees safe and healthy. Residents are encouraged to keep themselves informed by visiting the official township webpage or subscribing to Nixle for alerts. You can register for Nixle message at https://www.nixle.com/.

TOWNSHIP AUTHORIZES TAX BILL GRACE PERIOD

MAPLE SHADE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION SELLING SIGNS TO SUPPORT FRONT LINE WORKERS – WATCH COVERAGE ON FOX-29

TOWNSHIP STATEMENT REOPENING OF PARKS FOR PASSIVE RECREATION – 04/30/2020

UPDATED MUNICIPAL COURT INFORMATION – 04/27/2020

SPECIAL TOWNSHIP STATEMENT – 04/24/2020

MAY 1ST TAX PAYMENTS

INFORMATION ON FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECKS

LETTER TO MAPLE SHADE RESIDENTS – 04/06/2020

COVID-19 INFORMATION

OFFICIAL TOWNSHIP STATEMENT REGARDING POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR – 03/27/2020

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19

MUNICIPAL COURT SESSIONS – SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL 2020

DCA GUIDANCE FOR MUNICIPAL CONSTRUCTION DURING COVID-19

GOVERNOR MURPHY’S EXECUTIVE ORDER 107

NJ DCA – INFORMATION ON HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

BURLINGTON COUNTY – INFORMATION ON HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

NJ JOBS PORTAL

JOBS AFFECTED BY COVID-19?  See info at NJ Department of Labor

APPLY TO NJ FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

STATE GUIDANCE TO BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

BURLINGTON COUNTY – COUNTY NEWS

BURLINGTON COUNTY PRESS RELEASE – Small Business Loan Program

SOLID WASTE COLLECTION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

(updated May 11, 2020)

GRASS CLIPPINGS/YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION:

PLEASE DO NOT PLACE GRASS CLIPPINGS AND/OR YARD DEBRIS IN ANY TRASH CANS OR TOTES!

At this time, Solid Waste Collection will remain on its normal collection schedule; however, the following restrictions are being enforced:

Mattresses and box spring should be placed in mattress/box spring bags which are available online or at home improvement stores.

All fabric items such as, but not limited to, couches, chairs, love seats, etc. MUST be wrapped in plastic.

All wood furniture such as, but not limited to, tables, chairs, scrap wood pieces should also be wrapped in plastic.

All solid waste MUST be contained in trash bags.

Please be sure all trash bags are tied securely.

Trash that is loose at the curb or loose in trash receptacle will NOT be collected.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Working together as to not increase the risk of exposure to anyone is our highest priority at this time.

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