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

Explore CommunityPass, our new online registration tool

Create a family profile, sign up for classes, buy event tickets

Registration is now open for Spring 2016 classes and programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department, and I'm pleased to invite all our residents to explore a new tool we recently launched that will make it easier to enroll in upcoming classes and programs, to buy event tickets, and to stay in tune with all the great things that are happening here in Cherry Hill. This new online portal, called Community Pass, is very user friendly, and makes it easier for our Township staff and class instructors to communicate with residents who have signed up to participate in our programs. And, for the first time ever, you can purchase tickets to upcoming events - movies, live performances, senior luncheons, and so much more - online, making it more convenient for you to buy tickets and experience the wonderful cultural programs and live entertainment our community has to offer. For a limited time, users who create a new profile in the CommunityPass system will receive a free ticket to next Friday's screening of the Best of the Garden State Film Festival at Croft Farm. (See below for event details!) Visit the CommunityPass website today to explore our Spring 2016 program and class offerings, and for a full list of upcoming events. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com

Cherry Hill Knights Football
Congratulations to the Cherry Hill Knights 125-lb football team, which won the league championship this season.

Mayor, Council honor Cherry Hill Knights 125-lb. youth football team

On Monday, the members of Township Council and I were excited to honor the players and coaches from this year's Cherry Hill Knights 125-pound youth football team, champions of the South Jersey Independent Youth Football Association's 125 Lb. Division for 2015. The Knights finished their season with an impressive 11-0 record, and clinched the league crown with a hard-fought 26-25 win over Moorestown in the championship game. Council President Dave Fleisher, Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilman Jim Bannar joined me at the podium as we presented the entire team with a proclamation recognizing their achievements. Congratulations to everyone involved: Coaches John Coen, Brian Tinsley, Lou Kuczykowski, Kieran Cunningham, Roderick Price and Ronald Ioannucci, and players Nathaniel Bond, Roderick Boyd II, Justin Boyer, Marshall Brown, Sean Coen, Colin Cunningham, Aidan Ford, Quinn Hart, Desmond Hill, Johnny Ioannucci, Sam Lees, Jonny Martin, Matthew Muldowney, Mathew Paolini, Jayden Price, Stephen Prychowicz, Nigel Robertson, Elias Simmons, Ryan Strang, Tyler Tinsley, Nathan Vannatta, Michael Wheeler. We're very proud of you! Click here for photos from Monday's presentation.
Project Medicine Drop
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

The Cherry Hill Police Department reminds residents that the best and safest way to dispose of old, unused or expired medication is through the Project Medicine Drop Box, an important tool in the fight against prescription drug abuse. 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.

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Enjoy the Best of the Garden State Film Festival with four award-winning short films at Croft Farm on Friday, March 4. 

Upcoming Events
Enjoy the 'Best of the Fest': See four award-winning short films 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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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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This year's Earth Festival offers several eco-friendly activities for visitors of all ages! 

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

As we count down to the 7th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival on April 30, there are so many ways you and your friends and family can be part of all things green during this year's event! The Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine) on the grounds of historic Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Stay tuned for details of the 8 a.m. Family Fun Bike Ride! 

  • Ride bikes to the festival, and park in our FREE bicycle lot.
  • Eat healthy food choices: smoothies, local beef hot dogs, salads, treats and home-made selections.
  • Reduce waste: No plastic water or drink bottles. There will be waste stations and composting on site.
  • Check out green displays: Rain barrel demonstration, plant swap, learn how to compost, recycling depot and much more!

Of course, if you're interested in becoming a vendor, there's still time to get involved!

  • Vendor displays and nonprofit groups, sign up here; limited space remains.
  • Healthy food vendors: ONE space remains; click here for details and to learn about the required Township license.
  • Volunteers are always needed; click here to sign up.
  • Sponsorships are also available; click here to support the festival, Sustainable Cherry Hill programming and scholarship. 
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. this 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

Croft Farm Arts Center
The Arts Center at Croft Farm hosts art galleries and live performances year-round, providing first-class entertainment right in our backyard.

Don't miss our Senior Luncheon and a movie this Friday at Croft Farm

Did you know that Cherry Hill operates its own Arts Center, which hosts world-class art and entertainment right here in our own backyard? The Arts Center at historic Croft Farm is an intimate, 240-seat venue in the center of town (100 Bortons Mill Road) that plays host to live music, art galleries, exhibits, luncheons, and so much more, all year long - with a number of events and activities that cater specifically to residents 55 and up. Tickets are available in the Recreation Department (Room 102 in Town Hall), or through our new online registration site. The Township has a free bus service to transport seniors and disabled residents to Township events during the day, Monday through Friday. Call (856) 661-4711 for more information.
In addition to the Best of the Garden State Film Festival on March 4 and our Ensemble Concert with Colleen Daly on March 13, here are just a few of the upcoming events at the Arts Center:

  • Senior Luncheon and a Movie: "How to Marry a Millionaire"
    11 a.m. Friday, March 11
    Cost: $5 in advance, $8 at the door.
    Details: Enjoy lunch, (including beverage and dessert) then a fun movie. 
  • Art Blooms, our annual festival of the arts in Cherry Hill
    Saturday, May 14, through Wednesday, May 25
    Cost: Free
    Details: Don't miss our Juried Art Exhibit (opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14); the Original Art Sale (5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25); and our Ensemble Concert (3 p.m. Sunday, May 15).

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
  • Once Upon a Saturday 
    11-11:30 a.m.Saturday, Feb. 27
    Busy at work and can’t make it to our weekly story times? Not to worry! Come enjoy some of the great books our librarians have shared throughout the month. Best for ages 2-5. Click here to register.
  • Cookbook Club: Salads and Breads
    7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2

    Do you enjoy cooking? Are you constantly reading recipes? Join our new Cookbook Club! At the March 2 meeting we’ll be sharing salad and bread recipes. Click here for complete information about how to get involved or call 856-903-1243! 
  • Remarkable Women of the Jersey Shore
    7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9
    In honor of Women’s History Month, CHPL welcomes author Karen L. Schnitzspahn for a program sharing the stories of some fascinating women who contributed to the shore region's rich history. Click here to register.
  • Distributing Dignity Partnership
    During the month of March, the Cherry Hill Public Library is teaming up with local non-profit Distributing Dignity by collecting feminine hygiene products and new bras. Donations can be brought to any library program, event, class or can be placed in the donation box in the lobby.
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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