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.
Happy holidays

Township News

Town Hall closed Friday for Christmas; trash, recycling pickup delayed one day

The Municipal Building will close for the Christmas holiday at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, Dec. 28.  
There will be no trash, yard-waste or recycling collection on Christmas Day. Those routes will be collected instead on Saturday, Dec. 26. If you have any questions or concerns about your trash collection, please contact the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422, or Republic Services of NJ at (856) 234-4000.
On behalf of my administration and the members of Township Council, I want to wish all our residents who celebrate it a Merry Christmas, and continued peace and happiness throughout the holiday season. 

Recyclebank rewards crediting to end on Dec. 31

As part of the Township’s new contract for automated trash and recycling collection and disposal, the Township’s participation in the Recyclebank rewards program will end on Dec. 31. The new contract will save Cherry Hill taxpayers approximately $1.3 million over the next five years. It's important to note that these changes will not affect your residential curbside recycling service; recycling will continue to be collected on your normal collection day, in the same blue cart. And although residents will no longer accrue points for their curbside recycling tonnage, your points will remain active and accessible, and you may continue to earn points through certain “green” activities on the Recyclebank website. I'm proud of our town's excellent recycling efforts, and I encourage you to continue looking for ways to reduce your household waste. Click here to read more. 

FOP Christmas Party
Cherry Hill FOP Lodge 28 held its annual Christmas Party for children with special needs on Monday at the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Cherry Hill FOP hosts Christmas party
for local children with special needs

Cherry Hill FOP Lodge #28 held its annual Christmas party for children with special needs on Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The day’s festivities included a visit from the Phillie Phanatic, and our Cherry Hill Police Officers volunteered their time to help serve lunch and play with the children in attendance. The party has been a tradition for children in our area for more than 40 years, and is an opportunity for our officers to interact with the community and make the holiday season a little brighter. With the help of all involved, this year’s event was an overwhelming success, and I’m proud of the work all of our our men and women in uniform do throughout the year to make Cherry Hill an even better place to live and play. Click here to see pictures of this year's event.

Register now for Winter 2016 Recreation programs

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.

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.

CHPD Graduation
Congratulations to the newest members of the Cherry Hill Police Department. 

Cherry Hill's newest officers graduate from the Camden County Police Academy

I want to join Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan in congratulating and welcoming Cherry Hill's newest Police Officers, who graduated Friday from the Camden County College Police Academy Basic Police Recruit Class #66. Officers Ahern, Downes, Lawrence, Casey, Nord and Baldino successfully completed the 20 intensive weeks of training and coursework required to graduate. Officer Lawrence earned the Physical Training Award for his exemplary performance in the physical fitness portion of the academy. Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey delivered the keynote address at the graduation. We wish them the best of luck in their new careers!

Christmas trees, other holiday items can be recycled

As you clean up from your family's holiday festivities, remember that a number of items can be recycled either curbside in your big blue can, or by dropping them off at the Department of Public Works at 1 Perina Blvd.

  • Christmas trees can be recycled curbside as part of your weekly yard-waste pickup, or taken to designated tree-drop locations that will be set up in the Public Works yard on Perina Blvd. and at the Municipal Building from Dec. 28 through the end of January. Remember: Trees with tinsel/lights, and those that are wrapped in plastic bags will not be collected curbside.
  • Old electronics and broken/unused Christmas lights are considered e-waste, and can't be recycled at the curb or in your blue can. However, they can be dropped off, 24/7, at the e-waste shed in the Public Works yard.
  • Cardboard, wrapping paper and cards can be recycled in your big blue recycling can on your regular trash day. Cardboard must be broken down and placed in your can. Excess cardboard can be dropped off in two designated dumpsters to the rear of the Public Works yard.

These are just a few of the common holiday items that can be recycled in Cherry Hill. For more information, visit the Public Works page on the Township website, or call DPW directly at (856) 424-4422.

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill for these free exciting events in early 2016. 
  • 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
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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

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.

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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 1 p.m. on Dec. 24 and be closed on Dec. 25. We will re-open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26.
  • Must-Watch Documentary: Bat Kid Begins
    Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29

    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. About the Film:  The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco join forces to grant a 5-year-old boy's wish to become Batman for a day, drawing worldwide attention. (PG, 87 minutes, 2015) Click here to watch the trailer for this movie.
  • Pokemon Open Play
    4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
    Calling all Pokemon fans! Join us for some open play. Bring your deck, trade cards and battle it out with other enthusiasts just like you! This event is open to all ages. No registration.  
  • New Year's at Noon
    11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
    The kids will have a blast as we count down to noon with unstructured play, group dances and New Year's merrymaking. 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 Living

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

A new year is coming soon, and so are many wonderful services, programs and events for Cherry Hill seniors. Remember, the Township's senior bus service is free and available to take you to events and activities around town. Call the Clerk's Office at (856) 661-4711 to arrange an appointment. 

  • Our popular senior luncheons will resume on March 11 and continue monthly through July. Each event includes a movie screening and lunch for only $5/person. All the 2015 scheduled events sold out in advance. Be sure to visit the Recreation Department to reserve your tickets early so you don’t miss the fun. A complete schedule is listed in the current Community Magazine along with our list of classes offerings such as beading, ceramics, mah jongg, Spanish and yoga starting Jan. 11.
  • The Cherry Hill Fire Department provides free smoke detector inspection and installation for seniors. Call (856) 427-7441 to make an appointment..
  • Camden County hosts free Senior Legal Workshops to discuss wills, living wills and powers of attorney for senior residents 60+. These workshops are held at the Voorhees Town. Contact the Surrogate Court at (856) 225-7282 to make an appointment. 
  • AARP Tax Prep sessions return to the Township beginning Feb. 2, 2016. Help is free and available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday in Room 208 of the Municipal Building.
For more information/questions about these services, or 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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