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 takes the Oath of Office
Surrounded by his family, Mayor Chuck Cahn is sworn in for a second term as Mayor on Monday, Jan. 4. 

Township News

Mayor Cahn, Council begin new terms
at Township swearing-in ceremony

This past Monday, I and three members of our Township Council - Sara Lipsett, Melinda Kane and Brian Bauerle - began new terms as your Mayor and Township Council during a special ceremony at the Township Municipal Building. More than 150 members of our community were on hand for the occasion. I was honored to be joined by Rabbi Steven Lindemann of Temple Beth Sholom, who delivered a beautiful invocation, as well as my friend and our former Mayor, Susan Bass Levin, swore in our Council members, and Congressman Donald Norcross, who was gracious enough to administer the Oath of Office to me, to begin my second term in office.
Serving as the Mayor of this community has been one of the greatest honors of my life, and I promise that I will continue to work every day to run this Township efficiently, and with a focus on Public Safety, Roads and Infrastructure, and other critically important services that help to preserve our quality of life and make Cherry Hill such a wonderful place to live, work and play. I want to thank the members of Council for their continued partnership, as we work together to build a strong future for our Township -- and I want to especially thank you, the residents, for your continued trust and confidence in me as Mayor. You can click here to view photos of Monday's ceremony; or here to read a full transcript of my remarks. 
Please remember, my door is always open, and you can contact me any time through our website, by e-mailing me directly at MayorCahn@chtownship.com, or by calling my office at (856) 488-7878. 

Swift 911 sign-ups
Cherry Hill Police officers helped residents sign up for the new Swift911 system on Friday morning at the Katz JCC.

CHPD helps residents enroll in the new Swift911 Emergency Notification System

Have you enrolled yet in the new Swift911 Emergency Notification System? The Township, in conjunction with Camden County, switched to the new system on Jan. 1, and officers from the Cherry Hill Police Department were on hand at the Katz JCC this morning to help local seniors sign up prior to our Senior Luncheon event. This system will allow our Public Safety officials to quickly and efficiently notify residents in the event of an emergency. Alerts can 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.

Martin Luther King Day collection drive
The Township is collecting items for several local organizations ahead of the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 18.

'Help us, help others' by donating to
the 2016 MLK Day collection drive

Please help us help others in our community, as we approach the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18. The Township, in partnership with Cherry Hill Public Schools, is hosting a special collection drive through Thursday, Jan. 14, to benefit four local charities: the Cherry Hill Food Pantry, the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, the American Red Cross and the Cherry Hill Public Library. A variety of items have been requested by these organizations. Click here for a complete list. Donations can be dropped off through the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 14, at the Township Municipal Building and the Cherry Hill Public Library.
While our municipal offices will be closed on Jan. 18 for the holiday, Township staffers and members of the public will be hard at work sorting these donations, as well as making sandwiches and assembling place settings and centerpieces for Cathedral Kitchen. Volunteer spaces are extremely limited; however, you can inquire about service opportunities by contacting the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868 or Events@chtownship.com. Thank you in advance for your support of this important event.

Christmas tree recycling
Residents can recycle Christmas trees curbside or at special designated sites through the end of January.

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.

CHAACA, CHPL partner on Black History Month essay contest

To honor and celebrate Black History Month, the Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association is partnering with the Cherry Hill Public Library to encourage students in Grades K-12 to participate in an essay, poster and video contest. Submissions must depict an African-American athlete, coach, or manager and the contributions they made before, during, or after their involvement in a sport. Entries will be accepted through January 22. For complete guidelines, visit www.chplnj.org. Winners in each category will receive cash prizes and all participants will be invited to a special reception at the Cherry Hill Public Library on Feb. 29, 2016.

Barclay 200 logo
Barclay Farmstead is turning 200! Look for this logo to identify special "Barclay 200" events throughout 2016.

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Cherry Hill's rich history: 
Barclay Farmstead turns 200 in 2016

Barclay Farmstead is turning 200! This historic gem, located on both the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, was incorporated 200 years ago, and the Cherry Hill Recreation Department, Cherry Hill Historical Commission, and Friends of Barclay Farmstead have planned twelve months' worth of programs and events to highlight the Farmstead's rich history and its important role in our community. Join us as we kick off the festivities with a special proclamation presentation and celebration at the Jan. 25 Township Council meeting, and be sure to look for the "Barclay 200" logo to identify related events. Follow Barclay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information, and be sure to join in the conversation by using #Barclay200. We're looking forward to a fun, festive and enriching anniversary year!

MLK Service Holy Eucharist
Mayor Chuck Cahn speaks during a ceremony commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last year at Holy Eucharist Church.

Ceremony to commemorate life of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17

Residents are invited to be part of a community celebration of the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a special at a special commemoration, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Holy Eucharist Catholic Church on 830 Kresson Road. Members of Council will be among those attending this memorable celebration, which will feature guest speakers, grace and mercy praise dancers, and a special keynote speaker. This event is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #3784, Cherry Hill Township, Cherry Hill African American Civic Association, Holy Eucharist Catholic Church, and the Jewish Community Relations Council. 

Winterfest logo
Don't miss Cherry Hill Night at the Winterfest ice skating rink, Jan. 22 at Cooper River Park.

Cherry Hill Night at WinterFest:
Friday, Jan. 22, at Cooper River Park

Join your neighbors for a night of skating and family fun at WinterFest, the ice-skating rink sponsored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders at Cooper River Park. This special Cherry Hill Night promotion runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and includes a FREE ice skating show, $2 off skating admission for residents, door prizes and giveaways. Click here for information on Cherry Hill night, or to learn more about WinterFest, which is open daily until Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
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

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
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
    1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13;
    6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14

    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: Fury Road
    6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13
    Part two of our women in pop culture discussion. 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.
  • Thursday Morning: The Kosher Vegan
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Jan. 14 
    Lori Miller, Cherry Hill resident and author of The Kosher Vegan blog, will discuss the vegan diet and how to incorporate vegan food into everyday meals. She’ll also include easy recipes and shopping tips for those who have never experienced eating or preparing vegan dishes. Lori will also bring samples to try! No registration
  • Lunch and a Movie: 'Where Hope Grows'
    Noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14

    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 for more information about the 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.

January Senior Luncheon at the Katz JCC
Mayor Chuck Cahn welcomes a sold-out crowd to the Township's January Luncheon with the Arts at the Katz JCC on Friday, Jan. 8.

Senior Living

More than 250 local seniors enjoy the music of Maggie Mustico at the Katz JCC 

I was pleased to join a sold-out crowd of more than 250 local seniors at the Katz JCC this morning for the Township's monthly Senior Luncheon, featuring the musical talents of singer Maggie Mustico. Our popular luncheons will resume on March 11, and continue monthly through July. Each event includes a performance or movie screening and lunch for just $5/person. These events are extremely popular, and sell out quickly -- so be sure to refer to our Community Magazine, our online events calendar, or visit the Recreation Department in person and reserve your tickets early so you don't miss out on the fun. For more information about these events, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Events@chtownship.com. 

Community Magazine contains great information for seniors

The Winter Community Magazine was mailed to Cherry Hill homes in December and is available to view online. The Community Magazine includes a great deal of valuable information for residents over 55, including important Township phone numbers, available senior discounts, upcoming events, and information and instructions about registering for Township classes - many of which are discounted or free of charge to our seniors. The Township's Senior Bus is available, at no charge, to transport senior residents to these classes and events. Simply call (856) 661-4711 to schedule a pickup. Hard copies of this season's Community Magazine are available in the Department of Recreation, Room 102, 820 Mercer St. For information about this or any issue related to senior living in Cherry Hill, contact Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800.

AARP logo

Free tax-prep help available from AARP Tuesdays, Friday from Feb. 2 to April 15

Cherry Hill Township and the AARP have once again partnered to offer seniors free tax-preparation assistance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday, from Feb. 2 through April 15. Tax-Aide volunteers will help residents over 55 prepare their 2015 state and federal tax returns, as well as Homestead Benefit Credit and Property Tax Reimbursement forms. No appointments are necessary. All tax-prep sessions will take place in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall. Electronic filing and direct deposit are available to help expedite returns. For more information, (888) AARP-NOW or visit www.AARP.org/taxaide

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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