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.
Mayor Cahn at Chabad Chanukah ceremony
Mayor Chuck Cahn joined Chabad for a community-wide Chanukah celebration on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Township News

Mayor Cahn joins Chanukah celebration

Last Sunday evening, I joined more than 300 members of our community for Chabad's annual Chanukah celebration at the Barclay Farm Shopping Center. The evening was a wonderful show of unity and pride, which included a Menorah lighting and the sounds of the Politz Day School choir. I want to thank Chabad Lubavitch of Camden and Burlington Counties for welcoming myself, New Jersey Surpreme Court Justice Lee Solomon, and other members of our community to attend the celebration. It was wonderful to see members of the Jewish community from throughout South Jersey come together for a wonderful start to the holiday. Happy Chanukah, to all our residents who are celebrating.

Gregory Dalessio 5K
Council President Dave Fleisher stands with the crew from Ladder 1324 and members of Capt. Dalessio's family in front of the Ladder truck dedicated in Dalessio's honor.

CHFD dedicates truck to fallen soldier

Last weekend, members of the Cherry Hill Fire Department dedicated the department's newest Ladder in memory of Capt. Gregory Dalessio, a Cherry Hill native who gave his life in service to our country in Salman Pak, Iraq, in June 2008. It was Capt. Dalessio's second tour of duty with the United States Army. The dedication of Ladder 1324 took place at the start of the annual Gregory T. Dalessio Memorial 5K Run/Walk, and Township Council President David Fleisher was on hand for the ceremony. The Department previously dedicated a truck in memory of Lance Cpl. Jeremy Kane, son of Councilwoman Melinda Kane, who was killed in January 2010 in Afghanistan. Click here for photos of the ceremony, and here to read more about it in the Courier-Post. Thank you to the Cherry Hill Fire Department for this wonderful tribute to Capt. Dalessio, and for helping to ensure that our community never forgets the brave service and sacrifice of Greg, Jeremy, and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Winter/Spring 2016 Community Magazine
Registration is now open for winter classes and programs.

Register now for winter programs offered through the Recreation Department

The Winter/Spring 2016 edition of the Cherry Hill Township Community Magazine has arrived in homes, and registration is now open for winter programs and classes offered through the Cherry Hill Recreation Department. A full list of programs and classes can be found inside the 44-page magazine, along with important community news and photos of recent events around town. A list of spring courses is also included in the magainze; however, registration for those classes will not be available until February, as we work to implement a new, more dynamic and user-friendly registration program in the Recreation Department. I look forward to sharing details about that in the weeks and months to come! Click here to download the magazine if you have not received yours; click here for our online registration page. For questions or concerns, or if you have not received your copy of the magazine, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com.

Utility work to restrict traffic flow along Haddonfield Road

Haddonfield Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction from Maple Avenue to Church Road for emergency utility work through the end of the day Friday, Dec. 11, and again from Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18. All lanes are expected to be open for the weekend. Work is scheduled to resume at approximately 7 a.m. Monday, and will remain in place 24 hours a day through Friday afternoon. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible, with heavy delays expected during peak commute times and during lunch hours. As always, please use caution when traveling in any work zone, and allow extra time to reach your destination. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. 

Leaf Collection
Crews are expected to complete this year's curbside leaf collection ahead of the Christmas holiday.

Crews working to complete leaf pickup;
leaf bags available at Town Hall, DPW

Curbside leaf collection will continue next week in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill, with crews working diligently to complete a second collection in all neighborhoods before the Christmas holiday. Click here for guidelines and scheduled collection dates. Crews are operating a few days behind schedule, and will be completing Dec. 7 collection areas on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14-15. For residents whose curbside collection has passed, or who would prefer to place leaves out for weekly collection, the Township will continue to offer 30-gallon leaf bags free of charge 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.

Safe Transaction Zones
Two spaces have been established at Town Hall where residents can come to conduct Craigslist sales and other online-based transactions.

CHPD Safe Transaction Zones provide safe place to complete online purchases

Chief Bud Monaghan and the Cherry Hill Police Department were in this news this week, highlighting the Department's recently implemented Safe Transaction Zones. These zones -- one located inside Police Headquarters, and one located in the parking lot behind the Municipal Building -- provide a safe, public location for individuals to complete online purchases and transactions through Craigslist and similar bartering/online swapping websites. As this holiday season approaches, we are reminded of the need to remain vigilant in all that we do, particularly when trying to find a great deal on a holiday gift through an online outline. These sites are under surveillance, and are open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I highly encourage anyone looking to buy or sell an item on Craiglist, or through Facebook or any other online outlet, to do so in a safe, public, highly visible location to ensure your own safety, and as a deterrent to anyone who may intend to defraud you as part of the transaction. Click here to learn more about the Safe Transaction Zones; click here for a recent segment from SNJ Today.

Chief Monaghan attends use of force seminar
Chief Bud Monaghan and other local representatives attended a seminar on statewide policies related to police use of force investigations.

Chief Monaghan takes part in forum on police use of force, protocols

Chief Monaghan joined members of the Cherry Hill community and local religious leaders on Thursday for a seminar on new state and county policies relating to police use of force investigations in New Jersey, and the protocols being established to ensure a fair, unbiased and transparent investigation. The event was hosted by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and 1st Deputy New Jersey Attorney General Elliot Hoeing. Chief Monaghan and his staff and officers work closely with members of groups across our community to ensure a positive relationship with all of our residents. Thank you to Rabbis Epstein and Sernovitz, as well as Cherry Hill residents Bill McCargo, Pastor Patty Harris and Jim Peeler for attending this great event. Chief Monaghan and I encourage all residents and community leaders with questions about policing in Cherry Hill to feel free to contact his office. Click here for the CHPD website.

Santa Claus CHFD
The Cherry Hill Fire Department will escort Santa through Cherry Hill beginning Dec. 14.

Upcoming Events

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!

Earth Festival 2016
Save the Date for Earth Festival 2016: Saturday, April 30!

Save the Date! Earth Festival returns to Cherry Hill on Saturday, April 30

Be part of the largest Earth Day celebration in South Jersey -- and one of Cherry Hill's biggest and best family-friendly festivals -- at the 7th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at historic Croft Farm. Planning for this year's event is already well underway, and we're looking forward to this annual celebration of sustainability in our community. The day's festivities will kick off with the Family Fun Bike Ride at 8 a.m. Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months as we roll out more information. In the meantime, click here and be sure to bookmark this year's Earth Festival site. For more information about sponsorships, vendor or nonprofit displays, or to learn how to become involved with the 2016 festival, contact event producer Brenda Jorett

Sustainable Cherry Hill logo

Sustainable Cherry Hill to host program on local food buying, book discussion

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill for these free exciting events in early 2016. Please note: The Holly Jolly Craft Event scheduled for this Sunday has been rescheduled to February. Details are forthcoming.
  • 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
  • 'Foodopoly' Book Discussion: Fed up with America’s food crisis? Concerned about the overuse of pesticides on food? Join Sustainable Cherry Hill for a lively book discussion of "Foodopoly," an in-depth look into the corporate control of food, and the future of American food production, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Inkwood Books in Haddonfield. All are welcome to attend this free event hosted by the SCH Green Health Task Force. Register at www.sustainablecherryhill.org
Cherry Hill 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

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.

Cherry Hill Public Library 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

  • Page Turners
    7-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14

    You are never too old for story time! Join us for this new program for elementary age kids who still enjoy being read to. We will listen to longer stories and let our imaginations run wild! Registration required. Click here to register.
  • Thursday Morning: Adult Coloring
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 17
    Feeling holiday stress? Unwind with Adult Coloring! Coloring isn't just for kids anymore! Discover why coloring books for adults are flying off bookstore shelves. All supplies provided. No registration.  
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
    2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22
    Give a gift that matters this holiday season: donated blood. If you are in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds, now is the time to roll up your sleeve and donate. Every type can save a life! Click here to make an appointment online, or call (856) 903-1207. Walk-ins also welcome.

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 Living

There's so much for seniors to do in Cherry Hill this winter! 

There are plenty of places to go and things to see for senior residents through the start of the New Year. As I noted above, the Winter/Spring edition of the Cherry Hill Township Community Magazine contains a full list of programs and events, including many free programs geared specifically toward residents 55 and up. And remember: the Township's Senior Bus service is available to transport local seniors to these classes and events, free of charge. Below are a number of upcoming events that may interest you. 

  • 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. 

Remember that many of these and other events are discounted for residents who participate in the Township's Gold Card program. To inquire about the Gold Card program, or for more information/questions about any aspect of senior living in Cherry Hill, 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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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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