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.
Thanksgiving

Township News

Town Hall closed Thursday, Friday; no trash, recycling pickup on Thanksgiving

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 30. Please note: There will be no trash, recycling or yard-waste collection on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday routes will be collected Friday; both Thursday's and Friday's routes are expected to be completed by the end of the day Friday. If you have questions or concerns about trash or recycling collection, please contact Public Works at (856) 424-4422, or Republic Services of New Jersey at (856) 234-4000. 
There is much to be thankful for as we enter into this holiday season. On a personal note, I am especially grateful to have the privilege of serving as your Mayor, and I thank each and every one of you for your interaction and support over the past year. On behalf of Township Council and my administration, I wish you and your families a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving. 

New trash cans
If you have not yet received your new 96-gallon trash can, please contact the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

Delivery of new trash cans complete

Delivery of our new, green trash carts has been completed, and each of the 24,000 homes in the Township should have received one of the 96-gallon containers. You should begin using your new can on your next scheduled trash day; however, our waste hauler will continue to pick up bags placed at the curb in your "old" trash cans through Dec. 31. If you have not yet received your new can, please contact the Department of Public Works as soon as possible so that we may deliver one to you: (856) 424-4422. Please remember, there will be no change to the way recycling, yard-waste and "bulk" trash items are collected each week.
Remember: You have three options for disposal of your old trash cans. 
1. You can re-purpose your old cans for yard-waste collection. Green "Yard Waste Only" stickers are available at Public Works or in the Mayor's Office.
2. You can drop your cans off at the Public Works Complex at 1 Perina Blvd.
3. You can place your can at the curb for collection on your next trash day. Please be sure to turn the can upside-down and clearly label it as "TRASH" so our waste-haulers know you intend to throw it out.
The move to fully automated trash collection will save Cherry Hill 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. 

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.

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Students collect donations for the Township's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Monday, Nov. 23.

Township Holiday Food Drive yields donations for Cherry Hill Food Pantry

On Monday, the Recreation Department, with the help of the Cherry Hill Police Department, collected over 250 bags of groceries and 70 boxes of non-perishable food items as part of Cherry Hill Township's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The collected items benefit the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. Special thanks to American Collectors Insurance, Cherry Hill Public Library, Russell Knight Elementary, Barclay Early Childhood Center and Beck Middle School for their generous contributions, which will benefit hundreds of families in our area during this holiday season!

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 at 820 Mercer St., 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. 

Chief Monaghan at Politz School
Chief Bud Monaghan spoke to students at Politz Day School on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Chief Monaghan speaks to students
in Politz School Ambassador Program

Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan was invited to the Politz Day School on Tuesday to speak to students in the school's Ambassador Program. The Chief shared his experiences and insights with the students, and spoke at length about what it's like to be a Police Officer here in Cherry Hill. The young men and women in the program also had the chance to meet Community Relations Officer Renee Houlihan, who answered students' questions along with Chief Monaghan. Having the opportunity to meet with the young people of our community is always a wonderful experience, for both myself and others, like Chief Monaghan, who work in Town Hall. Thank you to Politz for inviting our Chief and Officer Houlihan to take part in Tuesday's event! 


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
Take a look 'Behind the Lens' of nationally renowned Carol M. Highsmith, 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.

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.  
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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.

  • 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) 
  • Bruce Lee at 75
    6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30
    This November, Bruce Lee would have celebrated his 75th birthday. Join us as we remember this cinema legend with a showing of his most famous film, Enter the Dragon. Retired Burlington County Times film critic and Bruce Lee expert, Lou Gaul, will introduce the film and host a Q&A after the film. Cake will be served. Enter the Dragon is rated R. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. 
  • Thursday Morning
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 3
    Best Gifts for Book Lovers - On the hunt for a novel holiday gift idea? A good book never goes out of style! Hear our librarian's top picks of 2015 and discuss other gift ideas for the book lovers on your list. No registration.  

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 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. Free admission; open to all. 
  • 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. Tickets are $15 for Gold Card holders/$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. 
  • Cherry Hill East Winter Instrumental Concert and Senior Citizen Reception: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, Cherry Hill High School East Cafeteria. Enjoy refreshments and a discussion of the night's program, followed by the 7:30 concert. Free for Gold Card holders. For more information, contact Emilie, (856) 429-1278.
  • Cherry Hill East Winter Choral Concert/Senior Reception: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, Cherry Hill East Cafeteria. Enjoy free refreshments and a discussion about the evening's program. Concert follows at 7:30. For more information, contact Emilie, (856) 429-1278.
  • "Real Cinderella" for grown-ups: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8, Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road. Singing star Melissa Perry presents a wonderfully funny show with 12 wonderful songs. Tickets are $5 for lunch and the show; tickets can be purchased in Room 102 of the Municipal Building.
  • Stage productions at Cherry Hill East and West: Free for Gold Card holders
    • "The Outsiders," Dec. 10-12, Cherry Hill West
    • "The Tempest," Dec. 4-5, 11-12, Cherry Hill East.
  • Senior Walks: Every Monday, 1 p.m. Join other hikers and explore the nationally recognized Croft Farm trails at a brisk pace for an hour. 

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

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Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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