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.
Carolyn Jacobs appointed to Council
Mayor Cahn administers the Oath of Office to new Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs.

Township News

Carolyn Jacobs appointed to Council
at Monday's Reorganization Ceremony

We welcomed a new member to the Cherry Hill Township Council on Monday night, as longtime Cherry Hill resident Carolyn Jacobs was appointed and sworn in to serve on the Township's governing body. Jacobs fills the seat vacated by Susan Shin Angulo, who resigned at the end of December after being elected to the Camden County Board of Freeholders. Carolyn offers a wealth of experience and insight in both public and community service, and she shares in our common commitment to running Cherry Hill efficiently, to supporting our neighborhoods and residents, and to providing strong municipal services. Click here to read more about the appointment. Also on Monday night, which served as our 2016 Reorganization Ceremony, the members of Council unanimously voted to re-elect Council members Dave Fleisher and Sara Lipsett as Council leadership for 2016. Please join me in congratulating Dave and Sara on being re-elected to their posts for this year, and in welcoming Councilwoman Jacobs to her new seat on  Council. I look forward to working together with all of Council to build a stronger, brighter future for Cherry Hill! 

Cherry Hill Food Pantry
Mayor Cahn and Councilwoman Melinda Kane cut the ribbon on the new Cherry Hill Food Pantry location on Brace Road.

Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Kane celebrate new Food Pantry location 

Councilwoman Melinda Kane and I were on hand on Monday morning to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Cherry Hill Food Pantry location at 1463 Brace Road, in the Tutti Toscani shopping center. The Food Pantry, now in its ninth year, is run by the Cherry Hill Food and Outreach Council, and moved to the new location in mid-October in an effort to better accommodate the 450+ local families who utilize the pantry's services each month. It was wonderful to see the large, bright, beautiful new facility in full operation, and it is reassuring to know that such a wonderful organization exists to help our local families in need. The Pantry is always in need of volunteers and donations. To learn more, visit www.CherryHillFoodPantry.com, or contact Janet Giordano at cherryhillnjfoodpantry@gmail.com

Martin Luther King Day collection drive
Dozens of volunteers will take part in the Township's 2016 Day of Service this Monday, Jan. 18, at Cherry Hill West.

Town Hall closed Monday for MLK Day; Township hosts Day of Service activities

Town Hall will be closed on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But while our offices will be closed, more than 70 local volunteers have signed up in support of the Township’s Martin Luther King Day of Service. These wonderful men, women, children and teens will be at Cherry Hill High School West from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to sort the items our community collected for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry, Cathedral Kitchen, the American Red Cross, and the Cherry Hill Public Library.  Other volunteer activities will include making sandwiches and creating place settings and centerpieces for Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, as well as trail-improvement activities at Croft Farm with the Cherry Hill Environmental Board. Thank you to all who supported this year's collection drive, and to those who have signed up to participate on Monday!

Tax bills being mailed; 1st quarter taxes due Feb. 1

Tax bills for the first quarter of 2016 are being mailed to homes now, and payments are due Feb. 1, followed by a 10-day grace period ending Feb. 10. Remember: You can view tax and sewer account information and pay your bill online anytime through the Township website. A convenience fee will apply. The Tax Collector's Office will send you an e-mail reminder approximately one week ahead of the due date for your quarterly tax or Township sewer payment. To enroll, go to www.CherryHill-NJ.com/list.aspx, enter your e-mail address, and select the box next to “Taxes.” For questions about your tax bill, contact the Tax Collector's Office at (856) 488-7880.

Swift 911

Enroll today 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. 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.

Christmas tree recycling
Residents can recycle Christmas trees curbside, or at special designated sites, through the month 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.

Entries due Jan. 22 for CHAACA Black History 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.

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.

Barclay 200 logo
Barclay Farmstead is turning 200! Look for this logo to identify special 'Barclay200' 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 FacebookTwitter 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 Day ceremony
Mayor Chuck Cahn speaks during a ceremony celebrating 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. this 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 Cherry Hill night
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.
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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. 
  • '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
  • Water is Life: If you agree “Water is Life” don’t miss Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Tri-County Alliance's Connecting the Drops presentation, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, 1335 Rt. 73 South, Palmyra. Hear from local environmental organizations about what’s being done about the condition of South Jersey’s local waterways and what you can do as a resident to make a difference! This event is free. Community members from across the region are encouraged to attend! For details on presenters and to register visit: www.sustainablecherryhill.org
Earth Festival
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

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Senior Living

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

Cherry Hill school performances free for Gold Card holders

Cherry Hill Schools offer a wonderful gift to Cherry Hill residents ages 55 and up: Free admission to all performances at Cherry Hill East and Cherry Hill West, for residents with a Township Gold Card. This year's performances are:

  • Beauty and the Beast, Feb. 26-March 4, Cherry Hill East. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 
  • The Little Mermaid, March 31-April 8, Cherry Hill West. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, Saturday, April 1, and Friday, April 7; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3; and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8.  

If you are a Cherry Hill resident over 55 and need a Gold Card, please contact Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800.  

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Library News and Events

Spotlight On Computer Classes

Did you know that the Cherry Hill Public Library offers free computer classes all year long? From basic skills like internet searching and Word to more advanced classes featuring photo manipulation and website building, CHPL’s Technology Center has something for everyone! Click here to visit CHPL's online events calendar to check out the class offerings in February.


Free, family-friendly fun at the Library

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 is closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The Library will also be closed on Friday, Jan. 22, for Staff Development.  
  • Improve Your Internet Searching
    2-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21

    At this class you’ll learn tips and tricks for conducting better searches, how to navigate search engines, and how to evaluate websites to know the information you find is reputable. Click here to register.
  • Goodreads: Social Media for Book Lovers
    7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
    Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Connect with friends, track what you’re reading and what you want to read; read reviews and write your own. Attend this class to set up an account and get started with this wonderful online community of readers. 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.

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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