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 continues; learn more about automated collection

Homes across the Township continued 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. 

Barclay Town Hall meeting
More than 150 residents attended Mayor Cahn's Town Hall meeting at Croft Farm on Nov. 17.

Mayor Cahn hosts Town Hall meeting
for residents in the Barclay area

On Tuesday night, several members of Council and I welcomed more than 150 residents from Barclay Farm and surrounding neighborhoods to a Town Hall-style meeting at the Croft Farm Arts Center. For more than two hours, we discussed the great things happening here in Cherry Hill, and answered questions that ranged from taxes to road maintenance to the roll-out of our new green trash carts. As always, it was a pleasure to meet with such wonderfully engaged, enthusiastic residents. Thank you to all who came out on Tuesday night; I look forward to continuing to meet with our residents in the months to come!  

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.

Cherry Hill Police establish monitored 'Safe Zones' for online transactions 

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.

The Big Event
Mayor Cahn presents a proclamation to Playdrome Jon Perper, at the grand opening of the Ellisburg bowling alley's new Big Event experience. 

Mayor Cahn, Council celebrate debut
of 'The Big Event' at former Playdrome

This week, I was excited to join Councilwomen Melinda Kane and Carole Roskoph and the staff of the Playdrome to celebrate the debut of "The Big Event," a $2 million renovation to the family entertainment landmark. The re-branded Big Event now features 26 traditional bowling lanes, plus a VIP Memory Lanes Suite, Billiards, and Game Mania Arcade, as well as a newly outfitted Big Event Cafe. The launch of The Big Event signals the transformation of the more than 50-year-old bowling alley into a first-rate dining and entertainment facility -- and additional upgrades are planned for early 2016. Congratulations to owner and president Jon Perper and his staff on completing an amazing transformation, and on successfully evolving his business model to meet the needs of our ever-changing community. We're glad to know that the Playdrome -- now The Big Event -- will remain an entertainment destination in Cherry Hill for many years to come! Click here to visit The Big Event on Facebook.

Jim Peeler honored
Cherry Hill resident Jim Peeler (right) was recently honored for his longtime human relations advocacy in New Jersey.

Cherry Hill resident honored for service to New Jersey Human Relations Council

My sincere congratulations go to Cherry Hill resident Jim Peeler, a longtime friend of the Township who was recently honored by the New Jersey Bias Crimes Officers Association of New Jersey for his years of service to the New Jersey Human Relations Commission. According to a statement by the Association, Peeler's Honorable Service Award was in recognition of his "tireless effort to provide leadership in the mobilization of community involvement to resolve problems related to bias and prejudice, and for reminding us that it is never to late to give up your prejudices." Jim served as a member of the statewide committee for a number of years, including a stint as its chairman, in addition to holding positions on both the Township and County Human Relations Commissions. Please join me in congratulating Jim on this well-deserved recognition, and in thanking him for his work to promote equality and combat bias and prejudice in Cherry Hill and across New Jersey.

PBA Food Drive 2015

Cherry Hill PBA hosts Food Drive
to benefit the Cherry Hill Food Pantry

Cherry Hill PBA Local 176 is conducting its annual food drive to benefit the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. Food collection bins have  been placed near the main entrance of the Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building, and will be in place through early December. Last year's donation drive yielded more than $2,000 and 70 bags of food - all of which was used to help local families in need. The Cherry Hill Food Pantry, operated by the Cherry Hill Food and Outreach Council, serves hundreds of families a year from the immediate Cherry Hill area. Your donation will make a meaningful difference in the life of a local family. Monetary donations are also accepted. For more information, please contact Ed Williams, ewilliams@cherryhillpolice.com, or Chris Wernig, cwernig@cherryhillpolice.com. 

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.

Holiday House 2015
Don't miss Holiday House 2015, through Sunday at historic Barclay Farmstead.

Upcoming Events

Don't miss the 'Homespun Holidays'
through Sunday at Barclay Farmstead

Journey back in time and celebrate the "Homespun Holidays," during this year's Holiday House festivities, which continue through Sunday 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. 

Carol Highsmith
Take a look 'Behind the Lens' of nationally renowned Carol M. Highsmith, Dec. 3 at the Cherry Hill Library.

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.

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 Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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, click here, or contact the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868 or events@chtownship.com.    

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Join Sustainable Cherry Hill in December
for Green Drinks, 'Jolly Holiday' crafts

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill for two free exciting events in the month of December:
  • Green Drinks: Join us from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Flying Fish Brewery in Somerdale as we honor founder Lori Braunstein and explore the “found object” art of Voorhees artist Suzy Sherbine. For the last seven years, Sherbine has been creating sculptures made out of materials she finds on the ground in Camden or in the trash. By weaving some of the history of Camden into her pieces, America’s poorest city becomes the lens through which we see and examine our region’s most pressing environmental issues. Please register at www.sustainablecherryhill.org.
  • Winter Crafts: Put some green into your holiday season at Sustainable Cherry Hill's Jolly Holiday Winter Craft Event, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at Croft Farm. Upcycling aluminum cans, crafters from Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties will enjoy making holiday decorations and gifts. Demonstrations begin promptly at 10 a.m. Basic materials will be supplied; please bring your own tools! Please note: this event is for adults and children ages 12 and up. Seats are limited. For details and to register for this FREE event: www.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 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

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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 HwyReminder: The Library will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Friends Book Sale
    9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

    It’s the last day of the Book Sale, so grab a grocery bag and fill it up for just $5!  Also, the Jr. Friends are selling sweet treats starting at 9:30 a.m. so stop by to satisfy your sweet tooth in support of the Jr. Friends.  
  • Night Owls
    7-7:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 
    Can't make it to our story times during the day? Join us for some of the great stories, songs, and crafts from that week's Little Listeners and Story Time. Best for ages 2-6. No registration.  
  • Must Watch Documentary: The Overnighters
    Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. About the Film: A pastor sparks a controversy in his North Dakota town by opening his church doors to homeless workers who are seeking jobs at nearby oil fields. (PG-13; 102 mins; 2014)
  • Free Film Friday: Inside Out
    1-2:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27

    Take a break from the crowds this Black Friday and join us for a showing of Disney's Inside Out. (PG; 102 mins; 2015) 
  • Free Computer Classes
    Did you know CHPL offers a variety of free computer classes each month? Visit the Library’s online events calendar to browse December’s classes and register today. Call (856) 903-1246 for assistance.

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

Don't miss out on these great events for residents 55+ in November, December 

There are plenty of places to go and things to see for senior residents through the start of the New Year. Take a look at the list below -- there is something for everyone!

  • Holiday House 2015, through Sunday at Barclay Farmstead. 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!  
  • Senior Walks: Join other hikers and explore the nationally recognized Croft Farm trails at a brisk pace for an hour. Meet at Croft Farm every Monday at 1 p.m.
  • "Real Cinderella" for grown-ups: Singing star Melissa Perry presents a wonderfully funny show with 12 wonderful songs, at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road. Tickets are $5 for lunch and the show; tickets can be purchased in Room 102 of the Municipal Building.

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

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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