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.

Winter Storm Information

Township ready for winter storm; follow us for updates

Township officials and our Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management personnel have been preparing for the winter storm that is expected to move through our area beginning this evening, and continuing through early Sunday morning. The storm is expected to drop a significant amount of snow on our region, and high winds and hazardous road conditions are expected. Comprehensive storm-preparation information has been posted on the Township website. Be sure to follow Cherry Hill Township, Cherry Hill Police and the Cherry Hill Fire Department on Facebook and Twitter for the latest storm information and important updates throughout the storm. 

Swift 911

Enroll today in the new Swift911 Emergency Notification System

Have you enrolled yet in the new Swift911 Emergency Notification System? The Township began utilizing this system on Jan. 1, and will be using it to disseminate important information during emergency events, including this weekend's impending snowstorm. 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.

MLK Day of Service
Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who supported this year's Martin Luther King Day of Service.

Township News

150+ volunteer for MLK Day of Service; Council members attend local events

Thank you to the more than 150 volunteers who supported the Township's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event this past Monday at Cherry Hill West. Volunteers donated their time throughout the morning sorting and loading donations for local charities including the Cherry Hill Food Pantry, Cathedral Kitchen and the American Red Cross, making place settings and sandwiches for Cathedral Kitchen, and working with the Cherry Hill Environmental Board to improve our trails and public lands at Croft Farm. Special thanks to the Cherry Hill Police Department and the graduates of last summer's Junior Police Academy for their support of Monday's event. It was a truly inspiring day spent helping others in need in our Cherry Hill and South Jersey communities, and I'm proud to know that there are so many engaged men, women and children within our borders. 
Our Township Council members also spent the weekend attending events hosted by other local organizations to honor the life, legacy and spirit of Dr. King, including at services Friday night at Congregation M'kor Shalom and Sunday at Holy Eucharist Church, and on Monday afternoon at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Visit our Facebook page for photos of all of this year's Martin Luther King events!

CHPD selection test
Council President Dave Fleisher and Councilman Jim Bannar joined local religious and civic leaders to observe the Cherry Hill Police Officer Selection Test administered last weekend.

Cherry Hill Police administer officer selection test to 1,200 candidates

The Cherry Hill Police Department administered its Police Officer Selection Test to nearly 1,200 men and women over two days last weekend at Cherry Hill High School East. As a showing of transparency, members of the community and media were invited to observe the selection test, alongside the members of our Township Council. Various community members turned out to observe the process, including community and religious leaders from First Baptist Church and Cherry Hill African American Civic Association. The Department is looking forward to the next phase in the long and thorough candidate selection process, which will also include a physical agility test, oral interviews, and various other screenings, tests and training. The men and women of the Cherry Hill Police Department serve our community with honor and dedication every day, and they are among the best police officers in the state. That's largely because of the leadership shown by Chief Bud Monaghan and his staff, and because of the rigorous selection process our officers undergo. Click here to read more about last weekend's testing, and visit the CHPD on Facebook for more information and photos. 

Tax bills arriving in homes; 1st quarter taxes due Feb. 1

Tax bills for the first quarter of 2016 arrived in homes this week, 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.

Tree recycling
Christmas trees can be recycled at the curb or dropped off at designated locations 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.

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!

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The Township will hold its annual rabies vaccine clinic from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Free rabies vaccine clinic scheduled
for Saturday, Jan. 30, at Town Hall

Cherry Hill Township will host its annual rabies vaccine clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center. This free clinic is open to all cats and dogs over three months of age. You must show proof of your pet’s 2016 license or you may apply on site for a new license with a check or money order made payable to Cherry Hill Township. New Jersey requires all dogs to be licensed and inoculated against rabies. Dog license fees are $25.20 for non-neutered and $22.20 for neutered dogs. A $25 late fee will be assessed for licenses paid after January 30, 2016. Click here to download a pet license application. For more information, please call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at (856) 488-7892.

Winterfest Cherry Hill night
Stay tuned for a new date for Cherry Hill Night at WinterFest.

Cherry Hill Night at WinterFest
postponed due to winter storm

Cherry Hill night at WinterFest, the ice-skating rink sponsored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders at Cooper River Park, has been postponed from tonight due to the anticipated snowstorm, and will be rescheduled for a later date. Please stay tuned for a new date and details. Cherry Hill night at WinterFest will include 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.
Sustainable Cherry hill logo

'Connect the Drops' on Jan. 30 with Sustainable Cherry Hill  

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

Join our township leadership, Cherry Hill Schools and the non-profit Sustainable Cherry Hill for the 7th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival. The largest eco-event in South Jersey takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 – rain or shine – at historic Croft Farm. Get a healthy start to the festival and join the Family Fun Bike Ride with registration coming soon. Many festival displays will engage visitors to offer ways to help counter climate change through our theme: "Let us consider the way in which we spend our lives." (Henry David Thoreau, 1863.)  Click here for Sponsorship information (deadline Feb. 19). 'Green' vendors or healthy food providers who would like to participate can apply here (deadline Feb. 29). Volunteer registration is coming soon! for more information, contact festival producer Brenda Jorett. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @SCHEarthFest! 

Snow shoveling
Camden County offers snow-removal assistance for seniors and disabled residents when more than 4 inches of snow have fallen.

Senior Living

Camden County offers snow-removal help for seniors, disabled residents

The Camden County Freeholder Board offers assistance for seniors and disabled residents who are unable to remove significant amounts of snow accumulation from their properties. The Snow Removal Program is available to help seniors and disabled individuals get out of their homes for necessities such as prescriptions or medical appointments. The program uses Camden County Correctional Facility inmates who are carefully screened, non-violent offenders who are guarded at all times on the job site by corrections officers. The Snow Removal Program will go into effect only AFTER 4 inches of snow have fallen on the ground in our area, and calls will not be taken until after it has stopped snowing. Click here for more information.

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. To learn more about this and other services and programs for residents 55 and older in our community, contact the Township's Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800, or gpino@chtownship.com

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Library News and Events

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 Hwy. The Library will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 23, in anticipation of the winter storm. Follow CHPL on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
  • Must-Watch documentary: Page One: Inside the New York Times
    Noon-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26

    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Film begins at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Adults of all ages welcome. No registration required. Click here to view the trailer for the film.
  • Letter Writing Social
    7-8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26
    If you enjoy written correspondence and are passionate about keeping the art of letter writing alive, attend this event to write some letters in a fun, social atmosphere. Adults and teens welcome. No registration.
  • Table Top Trials
    7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27

    Ready to conquer another world? Join us as we introduce you to some new board games. In January we’ll play Small World & Pandemic. No experience necessary! Open to students in grades 6-12. 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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