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.

Please note: Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, for President's Day. Trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Township News

Council OKs contract for turf project; work to begin in spring

Plans for new multi-use athletic fields at both of Cherry Hill’s public high schools took a major step forward on Monday night, with Township Council awarding a contract for construction. Work is expected to begin in late spring, with an anticipated completion date in fall 2016. The project includes the construction of new turf fields at Cherry Hill High School East and High School West, as well as track and field improvements at both schools. The facilities would be open for use by the Township and the public, when not in use by the District. Our goal is to provide our student-athletes with access to first-rate, competitive facilities, and I have no doubt this project will prove to be a positive investment for not just our students, but for our entire community. Click here to learn more. 

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Mayor Cahn and Council take a picture with the students at Student Government Day 2016.

Mayor, Council welcome young
leaders to Student Government Day

This week, we welcomed two dozen of our community’s brightest young men and women to Town Hall for Student Government Day. This annual event allows juniors from Cherry Hill East and West to work alongside myself, members of Council and Township staff for a hands-on lesson in how local government works. Students are given the opportunity to study real issues facing the Township and asked to craft policies or plans to address those challenges. This year’s groups took on two very important issues: enhancing community relations between Cherry Hill Police and young people in the community, and encouraging volunteer interest among young residents. Students returned to Town Hall Wednesday night to present their plans to a mock Council (comprising students elected from each group earlier in the day), in front of their families, friends, and Township officials. I, along with the Council members and Township professionals who spent the day with these young men and women, was thoroughly impressed by the students’ ideas, as well as the level of professionalism and thought that went into their presentations. Please join me in thanking these students for their participation in this year’s Student Government Day, and in congratulating them on a job well done. Our community’s future looks very bright, indeed!  For pictures, visit our Facebook page, or click here.

Register now for spring Recreation programs, classes

Registration is now open for Spring 2016 classes and programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department. Click here for a full list of upcoming classes and events. This year, the registration process will be significantly more streamlined and user-friendly, thanks to the launch of our new CommunityPass online registration tool. CommunityPass is the easiest way for residents to register for Township classes and buy tickets for Township programs online. It will also allow for better communication between Township staff, course instructors and residents, and easier navigation for the user. Users will even have the option to subscribe to text alerts! If you haven't done so, I encourage you to visit the CommunityPass website to explore all it has to offer! For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com

National Trails Day
Environmental Board Chairman Lew Gorman takes visitors on a tour of one of Cherry Hill's trails.

Cherry Hill awarded $24K trails grant

My office received terrific news this week: Cherry Hill has been awarded a $24,000 grant from the State Department of Environmental Protection to help enhance our Township trails, and complete handicap-accessibility projects in a number of different locations. Areas to receive these upgrades, include the Old Orchard Trails' Blue Trail, as well as a portion of our nationally-recognized trails at both Barclay Farmstead and Croft Farm. Our trails are one of our community’s greatest natural assets, and a tremendous source of pride that have been lovingly maintained and improved by the all-volunteer Cherry Hill Environmental Board and Trail Crew, in partnership with community volunteers. They serve as an important link between our residents and our local wildlife and natural habitats, and provide a beautiful respite from suburban life, and I am eager to see these improvements move forward, so that all of our residents and visitors safely, easily access and enjoy these special amenities. Click here to read more.

Mayor Cahn at Golf U Grand Opening
Mayor Cahn shakes Golf U owner Brad Hare's hand following Saturday's ribbon cutting.

Mayor, Council join celebration
to welcome Golf U into Cherry Hill

Last Saturday, I joined Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Council members Jim Bannar, Carole Roskoph and Bran Bauerle, to celebrate the grand opening of Golf U, a 5,000-square-foot golf center, driving range and training facility on Olney Avenue that is a great place for young people who love golf to learn the ins and outs of the game. I joined owner Brad Hare to take a few inaugural swings, followed by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting alongside dozens of community members. This new golf training center will undoubtedly have a huge impact on junior golf in our area. Please join me in congratulating Brad and the entire team at Golf U on their grand opening, in welcoming them into our community. and in wishing them continued growth and success in the months and years to come.

Mayor Cahn with Politz School
Mayor Cahn and students from the Politz Day School take a picture behind his desk.

Mayor Cahn welcomes Politz Day School second-graders to Town Hall

On Monday, we had a very special group of visitors to Town Hall, when Politz Day School students joined us for a tour of our municipal offices and the Cherry Hill Police Department. The children enjoyed a tour of police headquarters, dispatch, the squad room, the Chief’s Office, and a look inside a police car. Back at my office, I answered questions about my job as Mayor, and what it’s like to run our wonderful community. Visiting with our youngest residents is always a pleasure, and a highlight for myself as well as the kids. Thanks to the teachers at Politz Day School for arranging the visit! 

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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!

CHFD offers CPR, AED certification courses for the public

Have you ever thought about becoming certified in CPR & AED?  Here is your opportunity; the Cherry Hill Fire Department EMS Training Division is offering several classes this year that are designed specifically for laypeople.  These courses are an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting. Click here for details and to register.

Registration open for Cherry Hill National Athletic League

Sign-ups are underway for Cherry Hill National Athletic League's 2016 baseball and softball season. Players as young as 4 years old can sign up to play in their respective age division. To register online, visit www.CHNAL.org. For more information, call (856) 667-8334, e-mail CHNational@gmail.com, or visit the league website. 

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Great event tonight!  Don't miss it!  Cherry Hill Night at WinterFest ice skating rink,  7 - 10 p.m. at Cooper River Park

Upcoming Events

Don't miss Cherry Hill Night at WinterFest, tonight 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. tonight, Friday, Feb. 12. Specially priced admission 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

The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom
The Cherry Hill Historical Commission explores the Underground Railroad as part of our Barclay200 and Black History Month celebrations.

Explore the Underground Railroad as part of the Barclay200 celebration: Feb. 25

As the Barclay 200 celebration festivities continue, Save the Date for our next great event, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Cherry Hill Public Library: "The Underground Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom," with Chris Densmore. Sponsored by the Cherry Hill Historical Commission, this program will explore the Underground Railroad, anti-slavery efforts and Quakers. Get the real story of the Underground Railroad, and bring your questions. This event is free and open to the public; registration is not required. Be sure to stop by to get another stamp on your Barclay 200 Past-Port, pick-up the first of four commemorative postcards and register for our featured door prize: brunch for two at Kaminski's.  Follow Barclay Farmstead 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!

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Learn about organization, relationship building and financial planning for special-needs children at our annual conference, March 12.

Special needs conference to highlight
organization, other important 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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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 email Arts@CHTownship.com.

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The Best of the Garden State Film Festival returns to the Croft Farms Art 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

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Student volunteers were instrumental in the success of the 2015 Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival.

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.
  • New! Spots filling up fast for our Volunteer Corps; click here to sign up. Open to students ages 13+, families, groups, teams and individuals.
  • 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.

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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.  

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Explore the challenge of climate change
March 10 with Sustainable Cherry Hill

Climate change is a global challenge, but climate action can be local and even personal. Join Sustainable Cherry Hill to explore this global challenge through the lens of local climate activists who will share their stories from the United Nations Climate Conference (UNCC) in Paris and how they are creating change back here at home. A special guest will show how inner transformation can be a powerful way to change the world. The panel discussion will be moderated by Sustainable Cherry Hill's founder, Lori Braunstein. This event will take place from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Cherry Hill Public Library.  To find out more and to register for this free event, click here.

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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

Many Township resources exist for residents 55+

Cherry Hill is a great place, to live, work, play, and retire!  So many wonderful things are available to our Senior (over 55) residents. Below are a few:  

  • Free Smoke Detector Inspection and Installation for Senior Citizens provided by the Cherry Hill Fire Department. Click here, or call (856) 427-7441 for details. 
  • Handy Helper program: Income-qualified senior citizens can receive free help     with minor home repairs. Click here, or call (856) 488-7855 for information.       
  • Real Estate Tax Deduction: $250 is available for income-eligible property owners 65 years of age or older. For information, click here, or call (856) 488-7899.    
  • Gold Card Program: Residents 55 years and older can obtain a Gold Card, which entitles them to discounts at local businesses, Township events, and free admission to Cherry Hill High School East and West performances. Contact Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800 to obtain a Gold Card.
  • Art Blooms: Special events from May 14-25. Click here for details.   
Gaye Pino is the Senior Services Program Coordinator for the Cherry Hill Community. Gaye is available to answer questions and help with issues for our Senior (over 55) residents on topics including housing, senior activities, entertainment, nutrition, health care, or any situation where help is needed. Please contact Gaye at gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800.
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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 HwyREMINDER: CHPL will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • Lunch and a Movie: Love & Mercy
    Tuesday, Feb. 16
    12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. No registration. Click here for more information about the movie.
  • WordPress 101 – Free Computer Class
    Wednesday Feb. 17
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Learn how to create your own website or blog. With WordPress you can apply style, create intriguing content, share and publicize, and develop your audience. Discover how easy it is to start a conversation about your favorite topic, then make it beautiful, popular and stylish. Registration required. Click here to register.
  • Hip-Hop History with DJ Ready Red
    Monday, Feb. 22
    7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Collins Leysath, aka DJ Ready Red, was in the forefront of southern hip-hop in the late 1980s as an original member of the Houston-based group, the Geto Boys. Join Collins for an insightful discussion of hip-hop, life inside the music industry, and the influence of southern hip-hop and gangster rap. 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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