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

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

Wedding Renewal Photo at Spring Hills Assisted Living
One of the wonderful couples who renewed their vows Feb. 12 at Spring Hills Assisted Living.

Mayor Cahn helps couples renew wedding vows for Valentine's Day

Last Friday, I had the honor of renewing the wedding vows of several longtime married couples for Valentine's Day at the Spring Hills assisted living community. Surrounded by family and friends, the couples recited the same vows some of them took more than 60 years ago, and reiterated their love for and commitment to one another. The couples posed for pictures and some took a turn on the dance floor. It was a moment to rejoice in relationships that have stood the test of time, producing children, grand and great grandchildren and fulfilling the vow to love one another as long as they both shall live. Congratulations to all of our wonderful couples, and thank you for including me on such a very special occasion. Click here to read more about the ceremony from the Courier-Post.


Fire District Elections are tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 20

The annual Cherry Hill Fire District Budget Election will take place this Saturday, February 20. The Board of Fire Commissioners for Cherry Hill Fire District #13 will ask residents to vote on the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget and elect two Fire Commissioners for a full three-year term to the Board of Fire Commissioners. Click here for more information. 
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The Project Medicine Drop Box is available in the lobby of Police Headquarters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Residents: Safely dispose of medication via the Project Medicine Drop Box

Members of the Cherry Hill Police Department were on hand at the Cherry Hill Public Library this week for a free training and education session on how to administer naloxone to reverse a heroin/opioid overdose. One component of the training included the Project Medicine Drop Box, an important tool for residents to safely and securely dispose of any unwanted or expired medication. Cherry Hill's Project Medicine Drop box is located at the Police Headquarters window, 820 Mercer St., and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You place your medication into a plastic sandwich bag and dispose of your medications anonymously, and free of charge. Those medications will then be safely and properly destroyed. Hypodermic needles and epi-pens are not accepted. For more information, please contact the Cherry Hill Police Department at (856) 488-7828 

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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

Cherry Hill Department of Public Works Pothole Crew
Residents can report potholes at any time through the Township website.

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. 

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.

Upcoming Events
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 highlights important topics for parents, caregivers

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.
  • Recycle Depot: Bring your spring cleaning items to the festival for safe disposal and recycling. This includes small appliances, microwaves (no TVs or computer monitors will be accepted), printers-fax machines, cell phones, lap tops, charger plugs, DVD/VHS players, MP3 devices, rechargeable batteries (AAA, AA, D, C, 9V only), hangers, plastic shopping bags, and gently-worn shoes.
  • 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 today!
  • "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 events to focus on 'Permaculture,' climate change 

The members of Sustainable Cherry Hill invite residents to join them for these free, upcoming events in the months of February and March: 
  • 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," from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, 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. Register at www.sustainablecherryhill.org.  
  • Climate Change Panel Discussion: 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. 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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'Girls on the Run' helps girls develop confidence, make friends; register today

Registration is now open for the spring session of "Girls on the Run," a transformational running and learning program offered by the Katz JCC, in partnership with the Mayor's Wellness Campaign. The 10-week program, open to girls in Grades 3 to 5, is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, with a curriculum that encourages friendship, while offering discussion points that include emotional health, nutrition, positive attitude and personal values through coach-led discussion and running games. Girls finish the program both physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K Run. Classes run from April 3 to June 9. To register, click here. To learn more, visit www.gotrcnj.org or e-mail Jayne Miller-Morgan, jmorgan@jfedsnj.org, or Donna Dourney, dldourney@gmail.com.

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Senior Living

Free tax-prep help available from AARP every Tuesday, Friday through 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 Hwy
  • Special Needs Story Time
    Saturday, Feb. 20
    11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    This story time, open to all children, is especially designed for children of all abilities. We will focus on structured activities, including interactive stories, movement, songs and sensory fun. Recommended for children up to age 8 with a parent or caregiver. Click here to register.
  • Family Movie: The Watsons Go To Birmingham
    Sunday, Feb. 21

    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    In 1963, the Watsons take a road trip to Birmingham, Alabama, where civil-rights history unfolds in this movie based on the Newbery Medal-winning book. Rated PG, 87 minutes. Click here to watch the trailer for this film.
  • 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.
  • Must Watch Documentary: Iris
    Tuesday, Feb. 23
    12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library. Documentary begins at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Adults of all ages welcome. No registration. Click here to view the trailer for this film.

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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