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.
Barclay 200
Mayor Cahn, Council members and some of our Barclay interpreters cut the Barclay Farmstead 200th birthday cake.

Township News

Mayor Cahn, Council kick off
Barclay Farmstead 200th anniversary

Our community kicked off a milestone year for one of our treasured historic properties on Monday night, as we celebrated the start of the Barclay Farmstead's bicentennial year. The members of Township Council and I presented the Friends of Barclay Farmstead with a proclamation commemorating the milestone year, before celebrating with some delicious cake and cupcakes from Classic Cake. Located on both the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, Barclay Farmstead was built by Quaker farmer Joseph Thorn in 1816, 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. Stay tuned for a full schedule of events, 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! Click here for photos of Monday's celebration; and here to read all about it.

Girl Scouts grand opening
Mayor Cahn and members of Council joined Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ to celebrate their newly renovated offices on Brace Road.

Mayor Cahn, Council celebrate opening
of renovated Girl Scouts headquarters

There were dozens of Girl Scouts and community supporters in attendance on Wednesday, and Councilwomen Melinda Kane and Carolyn Jacobs and I celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ Service Center on Brace Road. We were proud to join with the Girl Scouts and GSCSNJ staff to celebrate the occasion. Congratulations to Girl Scout CEO Ginny Marino, her staff, and of course, the hundreds of Girl Scouts in our region, who will benefit from this beautifully renovated facility. Click here for photos. Click here and here to read more about the event.

Township announces plan for Victory Redevelopment Site

This week, the Township announced preliminary plans for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development at the Victory Redevelopment Site on Woodcrest Road. The Victory Site, located across from the Woodcrest Corporate Center, was previously home to an outdated and underutilized 1950s-era industrial site. It was designated by the Township as an area in need of redevelopment in 2013. The Township’s vision for the site includes both commercial and residential components, with plans for a possible hotel, corporate facilities and other commercial space envisioned in the future. I believe these plans, when finalized, will transform the Victory Site from an eyesore into a modern, state-of-the-art project that will attract young professionals and empty-nesters, while also offering commercial space that will attract new businesses and visitors to support our robust local economy. I am eager to see final plans for the site introduced and adopted, and to see this transformation move forward. Click here to read more.

Arthur Seltzer Proclamation
Councilwoman Melinda Kane presents a proclamation to World War II veteran Arthur Seltzer.

Township, community honor longtime
resident, WWII veteran Arthur Seltzer 

Township Councilwomen Melinda Kane and Carolyn Jacobs joined members of our community to honor Cherry Hill resident and World War II veteran Arthur Seltzer during a special event last Thursday at Spring Hills Assisted Living. As part of the celebration, the Councilwomen presented Mr. Seltzer with a Mayoral Proclamation honoring his service. Mr. Seltzer, a past president of the New Jersey Jewish War Veterans and local JWV Post, and a member of the Township's Memorial Day planning committee, served in the United States Army during World War II. He was among the tens of thousands of troops who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day, fought during the Battle of the Bulge, and was among the American troops who found and liberated the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945. The U.S. Armed Forces Heritage Museum has produced a video of Mr. Seltzer's life and service, and we were proud to attend last week's special screening. Click here for photos; and here for news coverage.

Snowman Contest winners
A 'Beach Bum' snowman, winner of the Best Dressed Snowman category in the Cherry Hill Police Department snowman contest.

Congratulations to the CHPD Snowman Contest winners!

Congratulations to all the girls and boys who submitted their snowman pictures for the Cherry Hill Police Department's first-ever snowman contest! The contest was a great way to showcase the fun our young residents had following Winter Storm Jonas, and to show off their artistic talents and creativity. Winners were selected in three categories, with each winner receiving a special gift basket from Chick-Fil-A of Cherry Hill, target gift cards, and a tour of the Police Department. Each participant received a gift certificate from Chick-Fil-A as a thank you for their efforts. Visit the Cherry Hill Police Department Facebook page, to view the winning entries and all of this year's submissions. 

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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 inclement weather, road closures, and more. 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.

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

Upcoming Events

Free rabies vaccine clinic is tomorrow
at the Township Community Center

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.

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Don't miss Cherry Hill Night at Winterfest ice skating rink Feb. 12 at Cooper River Park

New date: Cherry Hill Night at WinterFest,
Friday, Feb. 12, at Cooper River Park

Weather may have canceled last week's festivities, but Cherry Hill Night at WinterFest has been rescheduled! 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, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and includes a FREE ice skating show, $2 off skating admission for residents, door prizes and giveaways. Social media users: The Recreation Department is giving away a limited number of free tickets to residents who post a picture of their favorite winter activity on Instagram with hashtag #CHWinterfest2K16. Click here for contest details. Click here for information on Cherry Hill night, or to learn more about WinterFest, which is open daily until Valentine's Day, Feb. 14
Special Needs Conference
Learn about organization, relationship building and financial planning for special-needs children at our annual conference, March 12.

Special needs conference on March 12 highlights organization, other great topics

Cherry Hill's annual Free Conference for Professionals and Parents of Children with Special Needs will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Don't miss out on this wonderful conference, which provides caregivers with useful information about important topics related to raising children with special needs. This year's presentations will touch on topics including the importance of organization, strategies for building a positive relationship with your child, and financial planning for children with special needs. This is a valuable opportunity for interested adults to gather resources and information about the many topics affecting the special-needs child. Attendance is free, but registration is preferred. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Ombudsman@CHTownship.com.

Sustainable Cherry Hill Garden Task Force

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

There is exciting news to share, as our Township, school district and Sustainable Cherry Hill volunteers plan the 7th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival on Saturday, April 30, at historic Croft Farm.

  • Bicycle parking: To reduce the festival's (and your) carbon footprint, we encourage you to bicycle to this year's festival.  We'll have a new, temporary bike parking area.  With our generous festival supporters and volunteers, you'll be able to 'park' your bike safely and enjoy the Earth Festival.  Stay tuned for details.
  • Two stages of entertainment (Those interested in performing can e-mail ed.cohen@sustainablecherryhill.org
  • Healthy food choices
  • Earth-friendly crafts, art, plant swap, too!
  • Displays, many of which will relate this year's theme to combat climate change: "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! 
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Sustainable Cherry Hill hosts upcoming community events

  • 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
  • Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective: This film explores the many environmental issues facing us today and provides an intimate look at the practice of 'Permaculture,' which uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative and examines solutions that are being applied to help restore the Earth. There will be a Q & A panel discussion after the movie. Join Sustainable Cherry Hill's Garden Task Force and the Cherry Hill High School East Environmental Studies class from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Event is free; donations welcome. Register at www.sustainablecherryhill.org.  

Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue to host Feb. 8 discussion

The Muslim American Community Association, also known locally as the Voorhees Mosque, will present "Extremism, Radicalization and Islam: Why are there so many acts of violence in the name of Islam?" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in the Lahn Social Hall at the Katz JCC. The event is supported by the Jewish Community Relations Council, in cooperation with the Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue and the Camden County Board of Freeholders, and will feature feature remarks from Imam Morshad Saami Hossain from the Voorhees Mosque, Mufti Niaz Hannan, the Imam of the Palmyra Mosque and Rutgers professor Dr. Rafey Habib, followed by a lengthy question-and-answer session. The event is free, but registration is required at www.jcrcsnj.org, or by calling (856) 751-9500, etc. 1191.  

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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. 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

Social clubs provide great activities for residents over 55

Seniors have abundant opportunities to meet people and learn new things through Cherry Hill's senior social clubs, which meet at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Our senior clubs are open to everyone; the Township's free Senior Bus service is available for those who need transportation to meetings. (Call 856-661-4711 for transportation information.) 

  • Maturity Club: Play bingo, cards, take trips, watch movies, enjoy refreshments, and more. Meets Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Annual dues are $5, and all (members and nonmembers) are invited to the group's business meeting on the the 2nd Monday of each month. Contact President Connie Cramer for information: (856) 414-0778.
  • Retired Men's Club: Activities include pinochle, bridge, shuffleboard, discussions, and any other games, outings or activities the group may wish to indulge. The club meets from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and  Friday; general meetings are held the third Tuesday. Hoagies and soda are offered for $1 at the general meeting; coffee, tea and pastries are available at each gathering. Women are welcome. For details, contact President William Druckman at (856) 795-4091. 
  • Super Seniors: Activities include bingo, cards, refreshments, trips, a business meeting on the 1st Wednesday of each month, and a covered-dish lunch on the 5th Wednesday of each month. Club meetings from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays (except the 4th Wednesday). Annual dues are $5; all are invited to business meeting and covered-dish lunch. For details, contact President Janice Walker-White at (856) 795-4515. 
For more information on our social clubs, or any other senior service, or topic, contact Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800, or gpino@chtownship.com. Gaye is the Township's Senior Services Program Coordinator, and is available to assist seniors with a variety of issues, including housing, activities, entertainment, nutrition and access to healthcare resources.
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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
  • Mail Some Love
    11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 6

    At this special letter-writing workshop, kids will have the opportunity to create valentines for loved ones. They will also learn how to address the envelope (snail mail style!) and stick the stamp so it's all ready for the mailbox. Adults, please bring the address of the card's recipient. Best for ages 4 and up. Click here to register.
  • Pawn Sacrifice: Film & Discussion
    2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7
    Join us for a screening of the film Pawn Sacrifice followed by a discussion led by Chess Master Dr. Leroy Dubeck, past president of the US Chess Federation. Dr. Dubeck was instrumental in getting Bobby Fischer to play his match for the 1972 World Chess Championship against Boris Spassky and can share insight about the accuracy of the film and what details Hollywood left out. Click here to register.
  • CHPL Celebrates Black History
    A NJ Legend: Pop Lloyd and the Legacy of Negro League Baseball
    7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10

    Dr. Lawrence Hogan will present on the history of black professional baseball in Atlantic City and legacy of one of its greatest players, Hall of Fame shortstop John Henry “Pop” Lloyd. You will also meet Veteran Negro Leaguer Pedro Sierra who played for the Detroit Stars in the 1950s. Writer, musician and playwright, Kevin Kane, will perform his “Breaking the Line with the Mudville Nine” the negro league version Casey at the Bat which was first performed in 2013 at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Click here to register for this event.

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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