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.
Behind the Lens with Carol Highsmith
Mayor Chuck Cahn talks to photographer Carol Highsmith during Thursday's 'Behind the Lens' event at the Cherry Hill Library.

Township News

Photographer Carol M. Highsmith
visits the Cherry Hill Public Library 

Last night, I was thrilled to welcome 'America's Photographer' Carol Highsmith back to Cherry Hill for a very special look 'Behind the Lens' of her decades-long project to document modern American History for the Library of Congress, and to celebrate the grand opening of the Carol M. Highsmith photo gallery at the Cherry Hill Public Library. As you may recall, Carol visited Cherry Hill in the spring of 2015 as part of her This is America project, her first foray into the State of New Jersey. Carol has photographed life, people, landscapes, buildings and culture of 21st-century America for the last 25 years and is donating all of her work to the Library of Congress, rights free, to benefit our nation and the American public. Carol's beautiful photos of Cherry Hill will be on display in the Library's lower level through the month of December. Nearly 200 people were on hand for Thursday's event, which included a special welcome reception, the presentation of a Congressional Proclamation by Congressman Donald Norcross, and a sit-down discussion with myself and members of the audience. The evening was absolutely wonderful, and I'm grateful to Carol and her husband, Ted Landphair, for taking time out of their busy schedule to come back to Cherry Hill. It was truly a highlight of my time as Mayor. Visit www.CarolHighsmithAmerica.com or http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/highsm/ to view some of Carol's photography and to learn more about this national treasure. Click here and visit us on Facebook for photos of last night's event.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony 2015
Mayor Cahn and Council count down to light the Township's Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah on Tuesday, Dec.1. 

Mayor Cahn, Council celebrate
the holiday season in Cherry Hill

Council and I joined dozens of Cherry Hill families and youth choirs to celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Township's annual holiday tree and menorah lighting ceremony this past Tuesday evening. Performers from the Kid Academy Learning Center, Christ Our Light Church, and Cherry Hill High Schools East and West provided the evening's entertainment, delivering a lively assortment of seasonal tunes, and a special visit from Santa Claus himself completed the festivities. I'd like to thank all of our singers and musicians for their wonderful performances, as well as the residents who turned out for their support of this terrific community event. Special thanks to the Cherry Hill Maturity Club for decorating the Community Center and our Christmas tree. Be sure to visit the Township's Facebook page for photos of the event, and video of a few of the night's musical selections, which will be posted in the coming days. On behalf of Township Council and everyone at Town Hall, I wish all our residents a safe, happy and festive holiday season!

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.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2015
Cherry Hill Police are targeting impaired driving as part of a nationwide campaign from Dec. 11 through Jan. 1.

CHPD to target impaired drivers during national crackdown, Dec. 11 to Jan. 1

The Cherry Hill Police Department will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end-of-year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. From Dec. 11, 2015, to Jan. 1, 2016, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated. The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. Click here to learn more.

Chief Monaghan at CHRLC
Chief Bud Monaghan (center) met Wednesday with the Cherry Hill Religious Leaders Coalition.

CHPD Chief Monaghan meets with 
Cherry Hill Religious Leaders group

Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan and Community Relations Officer Renee Houlihan attended the Cherry Hill Religious Leaders Coalition on Wednesday afternoon at the Jewish Community Relations Council at the Katz JCC. Chief Monaghan spoke to attendees, providing an overview of the Cherry Hill Police Department, and also discussed ongoing community relations efforts in partnership with various religious institutions within our community. Thank you to the Religious Leaders for inviting Chief Monaghan and Ofc. Houlihan to attend this month's meeting. 

Santa Claus is coming to town
The Cherry Hill Fire Department will escort Santa through Cherry Hill beginning Dec. 14.

CHFD to begin 2015 Santa Claus tour

It's that time of year again! The Cherry Hill Fire Department is joining together with Santa Claus in the coming weeks to begin their annual tour of Cherry Hill neighborhoods. Santa will be visiting Cherry Hill from Monday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 20. The Cherry Hill Fire Department has launched a new interactive map that will let you see when Santa plans to arrive in your neighborhood. You may also view the CHPD's existing Santa Schedule. All dates and times are subject to change due to emergency responses, weather, and other factors. We're looking forward to another great holiday season!

Cherry Hill Fire EMS offers several upcoming training classes

The Cherry Hill Fire EMS Training Division is committed to raising the standard in Emergency Services Education with quality instruction and student-based training. The Division will offer several upcoming training classes. Click here to see the class offerings and to register.

Senior Holiday Party
Buy your tickets now for this year's Senior Holiday Party on Dec. 13.

Upcoming Events

Register now for Cherry Hill's
Senior Holiday Party on Dec. 13 

It's not too late to register for the Township's annual Senior Holiday Party, open to residents 55 and up and their friends, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Holiday Inn on Route 70. Guests will enjoy great food and wonderful entertainment by Pal Joey, performing the music of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dan Martin and others. There will be door prizes and plenty of dancing! Tickets are $15 for Gold Card holders; $20 for residents without a Gold Card and nonresidents. Tickets can be purchased in the Township's Recreation Department, Room 102 of the Municipal Building. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Events@chtownship.com.

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Sustainable Cherry Hill to host
winter craft event, local food program

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill for these free exciting events in the months of December and January:
  • 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.
  • Garden Task Force: It may be winter, but we're already thinking of spring and summer. Residents from across the South Jersey region are invited to get to know local CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) and local food buying clubs. Let Master Gardeners give you tips about planting your own veggie garden. Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Garden Task Force hosts its 3rd annual Food for Thought, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Camden County Environmental Center. Fun for kids! This event is free. Please bring a canned food donation for the local food pantry. Register at 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 Hwy

  • Gently Used Jewelry & Accessory Sale Fundraiser
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

    Support the Jr. Friends! Don’t miss this opportunity to shop high-quality, previously owned items at prices rarely seen anywhere else. From costume jewelry and handbags to vintage items and accessories for men, you won’t want to miss this sale! Shoppers can feel great knowing that 100% of their purchase benefits the Cherry Hill Public Library. That’s smart shopping!
  • Barking Book Buddies
    7-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7
    Your child will have a great time practicing reading skills with fun literacy games and some very special furry friends! Open to grades K-4. Click here to register.
  • Letter Writers Alliance
    7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 If you enjoy written correspondence and are passionate about keeping the art of letter writing alive, attend this meeting to learn more about LWA. This month we’ll work on our ever-important holiday cards. So bring your envelopes that need addressing and join us for some holiday cheer! No registration.  
  • Lunch and a Movie: Tomorrowland
    Noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10

    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 to watch the trailer for this movie.

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.

Holiday Events for Seniors
There are plenty of upcoming events for seniors during the holidays and beyond! 

Senior Living

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

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!

  • 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. 

Cherry Hill's Senior Bus, Gold Card are valuable resources

Holiday time in Cherry Hill is full of wonderful things for seniors! You can save yourself some driving by utilizing the Cherry Hill Senior Bus service, which will take you to certain places in Cherry Hill (Monday through Friday during regular business hours), and is FREE to Township residents 55 and up. For more information or to make your bus reservation, call the Municipal Clerk's Office at (856) 661-4802. 
The Township's Gold Card is another valuable resource for senior residents. If you are 55 and live in Cherry Hill, you are eligible for this program, which offers discounts to local businesses and free admission to certain local performances, including the upcoming performances at Cherry Hill High School East and West. For more information about the Gold Card, or to sign up, visit the Recreation Department in Room 107 at Town Hall, or contact Gaye Pino 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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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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