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.

Township News

Cherry Hill awarded two grants for recycling efforts

Cherry Hill has been awarded two separate grants from the State of New Jersey in recognition of our community's ongoing recycling efforts. The grants - which total approximately $165,000 - are a reflection of our robust curbside recycling program, as well as the amount of recycling collected across the Township in recent years. One grant, the annual recycling tonnage grant from the Department of Environmental Protection, is the highest amount awarded to any municipalities in the Camden-Burlington-Gloucester county area. The second, a $25,000 "bonus grant," will help us to enhance our recycling efforts in our local parks, playgrounds and public spaces. The entire Cherry Hill community – our residents, businesses and schools alike – is deeply committed to reducing the amount of waste we produce, and this year’s grant awards are reflective of that ongoing commitment. Click here to learn more.

Super Sunday at Katz JCC
Mayor Cahn and members of Council stopped by the Katz JCC last weekend in support of the Jewish Federation's Super Sunday fundraiser.

Mayor, Council support the Jewish Federation's Super Sunday event

Members of Township Council and I joined hundreds of volunteers last weekend to take part in the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey's Super Sunday at the Katz JCC. Hundreds of men and women from across the South Jersey community came together for the organization's biggest annual fundraiser. The record-breaking campaign was a resounding success, and raised more than $1 million to support a number of Federation initiatives. The money is raised to help care for those in need and provide services to many senior citizens in Cherry Hill and the surrounding areas. Thank you to the volunteers for your time and dedication, and to the Jewish Federation for all it does to make our town a stronger community.
Pothole repairs
The Department of Public Works has dedicated personnel to address problem areas on local roadways.

Report potholes to Public Works 
24/7 through the Township website

Winter can wreak havoc on road surfaces, and we inevitably see a spike in potholes popping up across town, particularly after periods of extreme cold or snow. The Department of Public Works is responsible for the repair and maintenance of nearly 260 miles of municipal roads, and has dedicated crews assigned to the task of filling these potholes as quickly as possible. You can report an area of concern online by clicking here, or by calling Public Works directly, Monday through Friday, at (856) 424-4422. Click here for a list of roads that are maintained by Camden County or the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Drive safely!

Business Council February 2015
Mayor Cahn and Council Vice President Sara Lipsett welcomed more than 50 people to the Township's Business Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2. 

Mayor Cahn hosts February meeting of the Cherry Hill Business Council 

This week, Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and members of my administration joined me in hosting the latest meeting of the Cherry Hill Business Council. Over the course of about an hour and a half, we updated more than 50 members of the local business community on news, events and information about a variety of initiatives underway both in Town Hall and around Cherry Hill. It was a lively discussion attended by a wonderful, engaged and enthusiastic group. Thank you to Beneficial Bank for its hospitality in hosting this month's event. To learn more about the Business Council or its residential counterpart, the Citizens Cabinet, please contact my office by calling (856) 488-7878, or e-mail Donna Mellon at DMellon@chtownship.com

CHPD at Church Road Civic Association
Chief Monaghan and members of the Cherry Hill Police Department pose with the Board of the Church Road Civic Association.

CHPD visits Church Road Civic Association to accept K-9 donation

Police Chief Monaghan and members of the Cherry Hill Police Department and the CHPD K-9 Unit attended the Church Road Civic Association meeting on Wednesday night, where they received a generous $1,000 donation to the Cherry Hill Police K-9 Trust Fund. The Trust Fund supports the purchase of Police K-9 officers, and for training equipment for current K-9s Nero, Mika, Pandora and Mai. K-9s Mai and Pandora were among those on hand for the evening, and neighbors and Church Road Civic Board members had the opportunity to meet both our human and K-9 officers. On behalf of Chief Monaghan, Cherry Hill Police and the entire Township, I want to thank the Church Road Civic Association for its generous support. Click here for photos of the visit.

IRS Scam Alert

Cherry Hill PD warns of IRS phone scam 

Tax season is here, and the Cherry Hill Police Department is advising residents of reported phone scams from callers who claim to be from the IRS and/or the Department of Treasury. Callers often demand payment and, in some cases, state that they are from the "Department of Legal Affairs," threatening the recipient with arrest unless immediate payment is made for "back taxes" that are supposedly owed. Know this: The IRS will not contact you by phone asking for money; they will only contact you via postal mail if they want to get in touch with you. So if you get one of these calls, hang up the phone!  You may also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484. Click here or here for more information.
Road work sign

PSE&G lane closures continue next week on Route 70; expect delays 

PSE&G will continue gas main repairs along eastbound Route 70 next week between Lexington Avenue in Pennsauken and the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. The right lane will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, and continuing through 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. The ramp from northbound Cuthbert Boulevard onto Route 70 will remain closed. Detours will be in place and police will be on-site to ensure traffic safety through the work zone. Motorists should expect delays, particularly during peak travel times. Plan an alternate route, if possible. 

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

Upcoming Events

Cherry Hill Night at WinterFest,
Friday, Feb. 12, 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, 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

Cherry Hill Conference for Professionals & Parents of Children with Special Needs Flyer
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.

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The Best of the Garden State Film Festival returns to the Croft Farm Arts Center on March 4. Tickets are $10.

Don't miss the 'Best of the Garden State Film Festival,' March 4 at Croft Farm

The Cherry Hill Arts Board and I are proud to present an evening of The Best of the Garden State Film Festival, featuring an array of award-winning short films from around the globe. The "Best of the Fest" was a new addition to our Arts and Recreation lineup last year, and was an enormous success. Residents can once again enjoy some of the best the cinematic arts has to offer from New Jersey's premier Independent Film Festival.   Slated for presentation are "La Ragazza E La Gondola" (The Girl and the Gondola), "Beyond the Castle: Inside Competive Sand Sculpting in Atlantic City," "Kismet Diner" and "The Gli Zii" (The Uncles). The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Tickets are just $10. For more information, contact the Cherry Hill Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Arts@chtownship.com

Photo of Colleen Daly

Cabaret with Soprano Colleen Daly: Sunday, March 13 at Croft Farm 

Join us on Sunday, March 13, as we welcome Academy of Vocal Arts alumna Soprano Colleen Daly back to the Croft Farm Arts Center. Ms. Daly is rapidly emerging as a “dramatically powerful” (The Washington Post) singer in today’s operatic arena. The show starts at 3 p.m.; doors open at 2:30. Tickets are $15 each ($12 with a Gold Card, $5 for students). For more information or to reserve your seats, call (856) 488-7868 or e-mail ARTS@CHTownship.com.

Mayor Cahn at Earth Festival Bike Ride
Mayor Cahn and his wife, Stephanie, led the 2015 Earth Festival Family Fun Bike Ride. Join us for this year's bike ride at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30. 

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

As our Township, school district and Sustainable Cherry Hill volunteers plan the 7th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, there’s exciting news to share! This year’s festival will take place, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, with the Family Fun Bike Ride at 8 a.m. We are always in need of dedicated volunteers. Click here to inquire about joining our Volunteer Corps. Below are a few features we are excited about for this year, as well as ways you can get involved with South Jersey’s largest eco-event.

  • New! Bike valet parking: To reduce the festival’s (and your) carbon footprint, we encourage you to bicycle to the Earth Festival. You can park your bike safely and then enjoy the festival, thanks to our generous Family Fun Bike Ride sponsor Cherry Tree Corporate Center, Camden County for loan of barricades for bike parking, and festival volunteers who will staff the bike valet parking.
  • Displays: Many that show ways we can combat climate change, and reflect our theme: “Let us consider the way in which we spend our lives.” (Henry David Thoreau, 1863.)
  • Family-friendly entertainment wanted! Sign up to perform at the festival here.
  • WANTED: Solar company as a sponsor and solar provider at the Festival; please contact Brenda Jorett to inquire.
  • Sponsors: Support the largest eco-event in South Jersey and gain high-profile exposure for your company. Click here for information. Registration deadline is Feb. 19.
  • "Green" vendors and healthy food providers wanted: Click here to apply; early-bird deadline is Feb. 29.

 
We look forward to seeing you at South Jersey’s largest eco-event! For more information, contact festival producer Brenda Jorett at EarthFest@sustainablecherryhill.org. Stay up-to-date on Festival news on Twitter.

Inhabit - A Permaculture Perspective

Sustainable Cherry Hill hosts screening of 'Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective'

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill's Garden Task Force and the Cherry Hill High School East Environmental Studies class for a film screening and discussion of the film "Inhabit" A Permaculture Perspective," on Feb. 28 at the Cherry Hill Library. 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 Q&A session. The event is free, but registration is required at www.jcrcsnj.org, or by calling (856) 751-9500, ext. 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

Shows at Cherry Hill East, West are free for Gold Card holders

The Cherry Hill Public Schools offer a wonderful gift to our residents over 55 who participate in the Township's Gold Card program: All performances at Cherry Hill High Schools East and West are FREE! This year's spring musicals are Beauty and the Beast (Cherry Hill East) and The Little Mermaid (Cherry Hill West). 

  • Beauty and the Beast: Cherry Hill High School East, 1750 Kresson Road
    Showtimes:
    - 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 26
    - 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and Sunday, Feb. 28 
    - 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4
    - 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6.
  • Little Mermaid: Cherry Hill High School West, 2101 Chapel Avenue
    Showtimes: 
    - 7 p.m. Friday, April 1
    - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3
    - 7 p.m. Friday, April 8
    - 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9

Cherry Hill Maturity Club presents Senior Health Day, Feb. 8 

The Cherry Hill Maturity Club has invited all Township seniors to its Senior Health Day, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. this Monday, Feb. 8, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. This FREE event will include a presentation by Patrice M. Schneider, RN BSN, Lourdes Cardiology Services Heart Failure Coordinator, who will answer questions about attendees' health concerns. 
For more information on this 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
  • 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.
  • Thursday Morning: Social Security and Medicare
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 11
    Learn the basics of Social Security and Medicare. A representative from AARP New Jersey will explain what these programs offer and how you can get the help you need to make the most of them for yourself. Free. No registration.  
  • Digital Privacy - Computer Class
    6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11

    Join us to learn what you can do to minimize privacy loss online. From apps to websites and everything in between. This class will cover what you need to know to protect yourself online. 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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