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 New Year

Township News

Town Hall closed Friday for the New Year; trash, recycling pickup delayed one day

The Municipal Building will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, and will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, in celebration of the New Year. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, Jan. 4. Please note that there will be no trash, yard-waste or recycling collection on New Year's Day; all Friday routes will be collected on Saturday, Jan. 2. 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 of you a very safe and happy New Year. 

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The Township is moving to a new system for town-wide emergency notifications. Enroll today to ensure you're informed in case of an emergency.

Enroll today to receive emergency alerts through the Swift911 notification system

Cherry Hill Township, in conjunction with Camden County, will be switching to the theSwift911 Emergency Notification System on Jan. 1, 2016. This system will allow our Public Safety officials to quickly and efficiently notify residents in the event of an emergency. Alerts will be sent via text, e-mail, voice messaging, social media, and the Swift911 Public Smartphone App, when a situation arises. Residents who were previously enrolled in the CodeRED Emergency Alert System will need to re-enroll in the Swift 911 system. Please click here to learn more about this new system, and enroll today so we can keep you alert and informed.

Mayoral Swearing-In
Mayor Chuck Cahn and members of Council will be sworn in for new terms at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in the N. John Amato Council Chambers at Town Hall.

Join us Monday as as Mayor Cahn, Council begin new terms in office

As we begin a New Year, I would like to invite residents to join us for the Township's 2016 Swearing-in Ceremony, at 3 p.m. this Monday, Jan. 4, in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall. During this brief ceremony, I will take the Oath of Office to begin a new four-year term as Mayor of Cherry Hill, and Council members Sara Lipsett, Melinda Kane and Brian Bauerle will be sworn in as members of Township Council. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as your Mayor for the last four years, and with your help and support, and the support of the members of Council, I look forward to continuing to work every day to make Cherry Hill an even better, stronger and more vibrant place to live, work and play.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Celebrate the New Year responsibly: Cherry Hill Police will be cracking down on impaired driving to save your life, and the lives of others.

Celebrate responsibly: CHPD to target impaired drivers through the New Year

As you make plans to celebrate the start of a new year, please remember to enjoy your holiday responsibly. If your plans include alcohol, don't get behind the wheel: Program the number for a taxi into your cell phone, designate a driver, or plan to spend the night where you are. By doing so, you will protect your own health and safety, and the lives of countless others. In an effort to crack down on impaired driving, the Cherry Hill Police Department is taking part in the annual end-of-year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Through this holiday weekend, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct 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, and please have a safe, responsible New Year.

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 magazine; 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.

Christmas tree recycling
Christmas trees can be recycled through the end of January, along with cardboard, lights and other common holiday-related items.

Christmas trees, other holiday items can be recycled through January

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.

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. 

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, which ends tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 1, 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 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed on Jan. 1. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2.
  • Mobile Device & Laptop Help
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4;
    1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5

    Did you recently receive a tablet, smartphone, or laptop and would like some tips? Let CHPL’s experts answer your questions! Please note that help will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We are more than happy to help, but if you have a hardware issue with your device or laptop, we will be limited to assisting with software applications only.
  • Mad Max 2: Road Warrior
    6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6
    Using George Miller’s Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) as a framework, Dr. Andrew Kopp will lead two community discussions on the changing gender roles of women in popular culture. On Jan. 6, we’ll screen Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road on Jan. 13. Both films will start at 6 p.m., followed by an enriching discussion. Click here to register.
  • Is Social Media Right For Your Business?
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9
    Social media can do so much for a business, but is it right for your business? Becky Elmuccio, owner of Yellow Pear Media, takes on this question and will help you decipher which social media platforms are right for your company. This FREE event will be most helpful to small businesses, new businesses and entrepreneurs. Seating is limited. Click here to register.

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

New programs, events coming for Seniors in 2016

Happy New Year to all our Cherry Hill Seniors. I hope you’ll agree that 2015 was wonderful, and I am certain that 2016 will be even better. Cherry Hill is a special place to live for residents over 55, and this new year will feature exciting offerings for residents of all interests. Look for new events including a lecture series, added classes, and enhanced activities for our many Senior social clubs. Please be sure to sign up for a Gold Card, if you haven't done so already, so we will have your contact information and can quickly notify you of the great things that are happening. You can refer to the Winter/Spring Community Magazine for additional information on upcoming programs and classes. You can request a hard copy of the magazine and enroll in the Gold Card Program by visiting the Recreation Department, Room 102 in the Municipal Building, or by contacting Senior Services Coordinator 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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For up-to-the-minute updates on any subject, call my office at (856) 488-7878, visit our municipal website at www.CherryHill-NJ.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. If you know someone who would like to receive our e-mail updates, please refer them to the "Notify Me" section of our website.

Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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