Cherry Hill Municipal Building
Welcome to the latest installment of the Mayor's Weekly Briefing, which contains a recap of Township news, special events and community activities. I hope you'll join us at these events, sign up to receive e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
New trash cans
New 96-gallon green trash carts are being delivered to homes across the Township over the next several weeks.

Township News

Delivery of new trash cans underway; learn more about automated collection

Homes across the Township began receiving their new, 96-gallon trash cans this week, and carts should be delivered to all 24,000 homes in Cherry Hill by the beginning of December. You can begin using your new can on your next scheduled trash day; remember: there will be no change to the way recycling, yard-waste and "bulk" trash items are collected. The new carts are being rolled out as part of the Township's move to fully automated trash collection, a change that will save taxpayers more than $1.3 million over the next five years, in addition to streamlining trash collection and providing a cleaner, more uniform look in our neighborhoods on trash day. Click here for more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Other questions and concerns can be directed to the Department of Public Works, (856) 424-4422. 

Bogart's Law adoption
Cherry Hill resident and animal-rights activist Alan Braslow thanks Mayor Cahn and Council for their adoption of a new law that bans the sale of dogs and cats at local pet shops.

Council approves law banning sale
of dogs, cats from local pet stores

Township Council gave final approval on Monday to "Bogart's Law," a new local ordinance that prohibits the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores. Named in honor of Councilwoman Melinda Kane's rescue cat, the measure is intended to reduce the demand for dogs and cats from commercial breeding facilities commonly referred to as puppy and kitten mills - and to instead encourage potential pet owners to consider adopting their animals from local shelters and rescue organizations. The Township is proud to join with Camden County and other local municipalities around the country to promote the health and welfare of animals in our community. By working together to make this law a reality, we will save tax dollars, reduce the burden being placed on animal shelters and rescues, and most importantly, we will help thousands of pets in need find their loving forever homes here in Cherry Hill. Click here to read more.

Leaf collection
Curbside leaf collection continues through mid-December across Cherry Hill.

Curbside leaf collection continues;
leaf bags available at Town Hall, DPW

Curbside leaf collection will continue next week in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill, and will run through mid-December. Click here for guidelines and scheduled collection dates. Dates will be posted in your neighborhood approximately a week ahead of your scheduled collection. To help expedite the leaf-collection process and make it more convenient for residents, the Township is once again offering 30-gallon leaf bags free to all our residents. Leaf bags can be picked up in the Municipal Clerk’s Office (Room 107) at Town Hall, or at the Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Blvd. Bagged leaves can be placed at the curb on your scheduled trash collection day, giving you more flexibility as to when leaves can be cleaned up. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

Safe Transaction Zones
The CHPD has established designated 'Safe Transaction Zones' at the Municipal Building for residents to complete online purchases.

Safe Transaction Zones

The Cherry Hill Police Department has established designated "safe zones" at the Municipal Building and Police Headquarters for members of the public to conduct transactions coordinated through Craigslist and other online bartering/swapping websites. The goal of the program is to provide the public with highly visible locations to complete these transactions that are accessible 24/7. Residents with questions or concerns can contact Community Relations Office Renee Houlihan at (856) 488-7813 or rhoulihan@cherryhillpolice.com.  
Click here for more information.

Woodcrest EDCC School Tour
Mayor Cahn meets with students from the Woodcrest Elementary EDCC program on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Mayor Cahn welcomes Woodcrest EDCC program for tour of Town Hall

My administration and the Cherry Hill Police Department welcomed kindergarten students from Woodcrest Elementary School's EDCC program to Town Hall on Thursday morning for a lesson on local government and the history of our town. Students met myself and Police Chief Bud Monaghan and asked many great questions before taking a tour of the municipal building and police headquarters, where they met with Capt. Amy Winters and other officers who were on duty. Thank you to the students to giving us their time and attention, and for their very thoughtful and lively participation! Click here for photos of the visit.

NJDOT to host meeting on Route 70/38 repaving projects

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will hold a Public Information Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, to inform local residents, commuters, officials and the business community about plans to repave Routes 78 and 38 through the towns of Pennsauken, Cherry Hill and Evesham -- a significant and much-needed project that will directly affect and benefit our community. The meeting will be held in the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St., Cherry Hill. Residents will have an opportunity to examine design plans, ask questions and discuss issues with representatives from NJDOT. Click here for more information.

Road Work

American Water to begin road repairs this Monday in parts of Cherry Hill

New Jersey American Water will start road restoration work in parts of Cherry Hill beginning this Monday, Nov. 16. Contractors will complete a full mill and overlay of their trench areas on Garwood Road between Cranford Road and Queen Ann Road first, before moving on to Kenwood Drive between Route 70 and Brace Road. All work is weather-permitting. This restoration work is part of New Jersey American Water's ongoing efforts to replace water mains and water service lines throughout our community. Road surfaces will be restored to their original condition in each affected area as work is completed. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this work. Residents with questions or concerns can contact Kevin McCormack or Robert Lee in the Township's Engineering Department, (856) 424-3203, or Jacquelyn Weaver with NJAW at (856) 764-6915.

Barclay 200 contest
An aerial view of Barclay Farmstead by the Keri Ricci Team, one of our Barclay 200 contest winners. 

Congratulations to the winners
of our Barclay 200 Photo Contest!

Congratulations to our Barclay 200 Photo Contest winners! Three finalists and one honorable mention were selected from dozens of images submitted of the historic farmhouse and surrounding property. The Barclay 200 committee received so many wonderful images that captured the beauty and charm of the farmstead; the winners are truly breathtaking! Barclay Farmstead will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016, and we are planning 12 months' worth of activities and events to commemorate the occasion. Throughout the year, we will be inviting participants to submit artwork created/inspired by Barclay for a wrap-up exhibit in December 2016 at the Library. Be sure to follow Barclay Farmstead Museum on Facebook and @HistoricBarclay on Twitter for details of our upcoming anniversary events, and check out the newly launched Barclay Farmstead page on the Township website. Click here to view the winning Barclay 200 submissions.  

Ava Watkins
Mayor Cahn and Councilwoman Carole Roskoph present a proclamation to local gymnast Ava Watkins.

Local gymnast Ava Watkins commits to the University of New Hampshire

On Wednesday evening, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and I were proud to join friends and family of local gymnast Ava Watkins to celebrate as she officially committed to the University of New Hampshire as a collegiate athlete for the 2016-17 school year. Ava, a senior at Cherry Hill High School West, has trained at Maple Shade's TNT Gymnastics for many years and become quite an accomplished athlete. Her many accolades include repeats as a Junior Olympic National Qualifier and Regional Balance Beam Champion; Regional All-Around Champion (2015); No. 6 in the nation on the Balance Beam; and this year, she was a Region 7 All-Star Team Qualifier, and traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, to train. Ava is a role model and inspiration for other young gymnasts, especially those at TNT whose mantra has become "I want to be like Ava." We are proud of all our promising young men and women, and were happy to call special attention to Ava's achievements. Please join me in congratulating Ava on her scholarship and acceptance to UNH, and in wishing her all the best as she prepares to begin a new phase as a college student and collegiate athlete.

CHPD accepting applications for new recruits through Dec. 4

The Cherry Hill Police Department is now accepting applications from all qualified individuals who are interested in testing for the position of Police Officer in the Township of Cherry Hill. Interested applicants should e-mail their name, address and valid email address to CHPDjobs@cherryhillpolice.com to receive an electronic copy of the application. Applications may also be obtained in person from Police Records during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Click here for more information.

Carol Highsmith
Renowned national photographer Carol M. Highsmith will speak at a special gallery opening Dec. 3 at the Cherry Hill Library.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 3: Meet 'America's Photographer' Carol Highsmith at the Cherry Hill Library

Join us for a very special gallery opening as we welcome renowned photographer Carol M. Highsmith to the Cherry Hill Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 3. Ms. Highsmith, often called "America's Photographer," has traveled the nation photographing America for the national Library of Congress since 1992. As you may recall, Ms. Highsmith visited Cherry Hill in early 2015 to capture iconic images of our community as part of her first foray into the State of New Jersey. We were honored to be a part of Ms. Highsmith's project, and are proud to feature some of her work -- including shots of her time spent here in Cherry Hill -- during a gallery exhibit in the library throughout the month of December. Carol will be on hand in person for the gallery opening, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the library's lower-level conference room. Hear her perspective on the importance of preserving our modern American life, culture, buildings and landscape, and ask your questions to get a unique look "Behind the Lens." The event is FREE and open to the public. Click here to register. To view more of Carol's images and learn about her work and the "This is America" Foundation, visit www.CarolHighsmithAmerica.com, or check out the Library of Congress online.

Barclay Farmstead
Get into the spirit of the season at Historic Barclay Farmstead, Nov. 20-22.

Don't miss the 'Homespun Holidays'
Nov. 20-22 at historic Barclay Farmstead

Journey back in time and celebrate the 'Homespun Holidays," during this year's Holiday House festivities at historic Barclay Farmstead. Presented by the Friends of Barclay Farmstead, Holiday House 2015 will showcase the charm and warmth of days gone by in the beautiful country setting of the 19th-century farmhouse. Your $2 donation at the door supports award-winning education programming and ongoing restoration of our historic property. Click here for details, including dates and times. For more information, call (856) 795-6225, or e-mail FarmsteadPrograms@yahoo.com. 

La Boheme Flier

Senior luncheon: 'La Boheme,' Nov. 20

Join us for our next installment of "Luncheon with the Arts" for Seniors, featuring the opera "La Boheme," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Croft Farm Arts Center. "La Boheme" is the tragic love story of Mimi and Rodolfo, set in Paris in 1830. Tickets are $5, and include pizza, a tossed salad and a beverage prior to the movie. The Croft Farm Arts Center is located at 100 Bortons Mill Road. Tickets can be purchased in the Recreation Department, Room 102 of the Municipal Building. For more information, call (856) 488-7868. Click here for more information.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Mayor Chuck Cahn and Council will kick off the holiday season with our tree and menorah lighting celebration on Dec. 1.

Join Mayor Cahn, Council for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 1 

Cherry Hill Township will welcome the holiday season as a community at the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. this Monday, Nov. 25, in the Carman Tilelli Community Center. Council and I will be joined by area youth choirs as we light the Township’s official Hanukkah Menorah and Christmas tree. This free event is open to all residents, and includes light refreshments. For details, call the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail events@chtownship.com.    

Sustainable Cherry Hill logo

Learn about solar energy Nov. 17
with Sustainable Cherry Hill

Have you been considering switching to solar power and want to learn more? Have you seen solar panels on your neighbor's roof? Sustainable Cherry Hill's Green Build Task Force will host a free seminar, "Got Solar? Your Neighbor Does!" from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Camden County Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill. Become an informed buyer and explore how solar can reduce your energy costs. Register today at www.SustainableCherryHill.org. E-mail greenbuild@sustainablecherryhill.org. 

CH Education Foundation logo

 

Give the gift of literacy and support
the Cherry Hill Education Foundation

Customers can give the gift of reading to students in Cherry Hill during Barnes & Noble's annual Holiday Book Drive, from Nov. 1, 2015, through Jan 1, 2016 at the Cherry Hill Barnes & Noble location, 911 Haddonfield Road. The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive provides customers the opportunity to purchase new books that will be donated to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation. Last year, Barnes & Noble customers and booksellers provided more than 1.5 million books to over 650 local charitable organizations that provide services to children across the country. Please consider stopping by the Cherry Hill Barnes & Noble to purchase a book to be donated to the Students of Cherry Hill Public Schools (Grades Pre-K thru 12) through the Cherry Hill Education Foundation. To learn more about the Education Foundation and its mission, visit www.CherryHillEducationFoundation.org

Horace Mann Craft Fair
The annual Horace Mann Craft Fair is set for Saturday, Dec. 5. 

Horace Mann Craft Fair Saturday, Dec. 5

The annual Horace Mann Craft Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the school's All-Purpose Room. Support local artisans as you shop for one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, home decor, artwork and much more. Admission is free; kids can participate in "make-and-take" craft activities while you shop! Horace Mann Elementary School is located at 150 Walt Whitman Blvd. in Downs Farm. For questions, volunteer opportunities and vendor information, e-mail Allison Peters at MannBazaar@aol.com

CHPL logo

Library News and Events

Free, family-friendly fun at CHPL

Please join us for these and many other free special events this week at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 N. Kings Hwy.

  • Once Upon a Saturday
    11-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

    Can't make it to our weekday story times? Children ages 2-5 now have a weekend opportunity to experience some of the great books our we’ve shared throughout the month. No registration required. 
  • Lit with Librarians: Daytime Book Club 
    3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17
    Join us for a discussion of "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee.
  • Arduino Basics
    6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18
    This presentation is meant to introduce people to the most basic aspects of Arduino. Arduino (ahr-DWEE-no)  is a programmable integrated circuit with lots of community support and low or no cost development tools that allow you to create anything from a twitter account that shares when your dog eats from her food bowl to an always-on GPS reporter that tells a spreadsheet where it is every 30 seconds. Click here to register.
  • Friend Book Sale
    Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11

    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library. Movie begins at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Adults of all ages welcome. No registration required. Click here for more information about the movie.
  • Friends Book Sale
    Nov. 19-21, During Library Hours

    The Friends of the Library’s book sales offer the opportunity to browse thousands of books, CDs and DVDs and pick up some great bargains! All proceeds benefit the Library. Friends members gain early access to the sale on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. New members can join at the door.

The Cherry Hill Public Library hosts hundreds of events and activities all year long. Visit www.chplnj.org for the full calendar of events, and to sign up for the library's e-newsletter, renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more. Follow the Library on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest events, news and happenings! Join the conversation with #chplnj. For more information, call (856) 667-0300, or e-mail info@chplnj.org.

Senior Holiday Party
Don't miss this year's Senior Holiday Party, Dec. 13 at the Holiday Inn.

Senior Living

Seasonal festivities abound for seniors 

November is the beginning of the Holiday Season -- a fun time, especially, for our seniors. There are several upcoming events to get you in the holiday spirit:

  • November Senior Luncheon feat. LaBoheme, 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Enjoy lunch, a beverage and dessert. Cost: $5. Tickets can be purchased in the Recreation Department, Room 102 of the Municipal Building.
  • Holiday Lighting Ceremony: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Enjoy the sounds of the season, as performed by local youth choirs. Mayor Cahn and Council will light the Township's Hanukkah menorah and Christmas tree. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to residents of all ages.
  • Senior Holiday Party: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, Holiday Inn, Route 70. Enjoy a lovely meal and the music of Pal Joey (performing hits by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and others), prizes, and dancing. Come have fun and meet new people. Tickets are $15 for Gold Card holders, or $20 for non-cardholders. Event is open to all; out-of-town friends are welcome! Tickets can be purchased in the Recreation Department, Room 102 of the Municipal Building. Buy them early to avoid a sell-out!  

For more information or questions, you may contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Coordinator, at (856) 661-4800 or gpino@chtownship.com. 

School News

Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and other important information in the Cherry Hill School District's e-news. Click here for the latest edition.

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For up-to-the-minute updates on any subject, call my office at (856) 488-7878, visit our municipal website at www.CherryHill-NJ.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. If you know someone who would like to receive our e-mail updates, please refer them to the "Notify Me" section of our website.

Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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