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.
Read Across America at Goddard School
Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs reads to children at the Goddard School during their Read Across America celebration.

Township News

Cherry Hill Township, schools celebrate Read Across America Week

Wednesday marked the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, an annual celebration of literacy and learning that coincides with the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. On Wednesday, Councilwomen Carolyn Jacobs, Sara Lipsett and Carole Roskoph, as well as members of our Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, took part in Read Across America festivities across Cherry Hill, reading to students at Clara Barton and Stockton Elementary Schools and the Goddard School. Learning and literacy are lifelong endeavors – and something that should be fostered throughout our lives. This weekend, I encourage all of you to spend some time with a good book, and, if you have them, to read to your children and grandchildren today and every day. Thank you to Goddard and our local Public Schools for inviting us to take part in this year's festivities! Visit our Facebook page for photos. 
Installation of Rabbi Bienenfeld
Mayor Cahn welcomes Rabbi Jonathan Bienenfeld to Cherry Hill.

Mayor joins celebration welcoming rabbi to lead congregation at Young Israel 

Last Sunday I, along with members of the South Jersey community came together to honor Rabbi Jonathan Bienenfeld, who was recently installed as the Rabbi at Young Israel in Cherry Hill. Rabbi Bienenfeld and his wife, Sarah, moved to Cherry Hill with their children in 2014, and have been instrumental in the growth of the congregation ever since. Those who know him say his passion for pastoral care shows through in his every action, and that he has a true gift for creating a caring and inclusive community that extends far beyond the membership at Young Israel. It was a pleasure to welcome the rabbi and his young family into our community -- please join me in wishing the Bienenfelds all the best as they continue in service to our residents. 

CHPD physical abilities test
More than 270 candidates for the Cherry Hill Police Department took part in physical abilities testing last weekend at Cherry Hill East.

More than 270 candidates take part
in CHPD physical abilities testing

Last weekend, the Cherry Hill Police Department hosted its physical ability test for police applicants who advanced to this latest portion of the Department's recruitment and testing process. Approximately 272 applicants were invited to participate in this phase of the hiring process, after earning a passing score on the written test in January. Members of Council and the community were invited to stop by to observe the process, and members of local media even got in on the action, taking part in the intensive testing to see what it really takes to become a police officer here in Cherry Hill. The Cherry Hill Police Department places tremendous emphasis on training and education, and holds all of our recruits and officers to the absolute highest standards - and the result is that our community is served every day by some of the most dedicated and professional police officers in the nation. Thank you to Chief Monaghan and his staff for continuing this standard of excellence. Click here to watch a report from CBS 3; and here to watch Fox29 photographer Mike Spatocco run the physical abilities test! Visit the Cherry Hill Police Department on Facebook for more photos and video.

Explore CommunityPass, our new online registration tool

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. 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

Better When I'm Dancing Fundraiser
Mayor Chuck and Stephanie Cahn pose for a photo with Leah Wayne and her family at Leah's 'Better When I'm Dancing' fundraiser for childhood pain disorders.

Mayor Cahn attends event 
for childhood pain disorders

Last weekend, I was invited to attend an important event in our community to raise awareness of and funds for boys and girls who suffer from childhood pain disorders. The event, called Leah's "Better When I'm Dancing" Fundraiser, was put together by Leah Wayne, an 11-year-old Township girl who loves dancing - but, who has faced significant obstacles in continuing with her passion because of Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome, commonly referred to as AMPS. This year, in lieu of a birthday party, Leah decided to host this fundraiser to mark her 11th birthday while supporting the AMPS program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Leah is a remarkable and selfless young girl, who has overcome so much in order to do what she loves - and I am astounded by her generosity in trying to help others who suffer from other, similarly debilitating pain disorders. My wife, Stephanie, and I attended the event, and I was proud to present a proclamation recognizing Leah's tremendous effort. Congratulations to Leah and her family on a wonderful event - and thank you for all you have done to make our community a better place to live, work, play and dance! 

Pothole Patrol
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!

Household Hazardous Waste Photo
The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Department of Public Works.

Drop off hazardous household waste Saturday, March 19, at Public Works

Residents looking to dispose of old automotive fluids, household cleaners, pesticides and other common household waste that is prohibited from curbside trash disposal can bring those items to the Department of Public Works from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, for a special Household Hazardous Waste collection event. Disposal is free for Camden County residents. This special event is a partnership between the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Cherry Hill Township. Click here for details.

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.

Barclay Farmstead Photo
Stop by historic Barclay Farmstead on Sunday for free tours and special events continuing our Barclay200 anniversary celebration!

Upcoming Events

Barclay Farmstead opens for tours from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday 

Historic Barclay Farmstead will open its doors for the 2016 season -- and our very special 200th anniversary year -- from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, March 6. Enjoy guided tours, crafts, demonstrations and more, guided by the Friends of Barclay. This month's open house is made even more special because it is the first Open House of our Barclay 200 celebration: Celebrate Women's History Month and learn about the women of Barclay with tours, spinning demonstrations and craft embroidery. Artists can exercise their talents and create "Art en Plein Air" outside the farmstead; all visitors should be sure to get their PastPort stamped, pick up a commemorative postcard, and register for our door prize donated by the Farm & Fisherman! The Museum Shop will be open and accessible to the public to purchase special gifts. Click here for a full rundown of our March Open House activities. Open houses are FREE for Cherry Hill residents, members of the Friends of Barclay, and children under 12. Admission is $5 for nonresident adults; $3 for nonresident seniors and students 13 and up. Can't make it this weekend? The farmhouse will be open for public tours the first Sunday of every month through November. Click here to learn all about Barclay, and for updated information about Barclay200 as we move through 2016. For more information, call (856) 795-6225, or e-mail info@barclayfarmstead.org. Be sure to follow @HistoricBarclay on Twitter and Barclay Farmstead Museum on Facebook for information on upcoming events and activities throughout the year.            
Garden State Film Festival Logo
Great event tonight!  Don't miss it!  Catch the Best of the Garden State Film Festival as it returns to Croft Farms Art Center.  7 p.m.  Tickets $10.

Tonight! Enjoy the 'Best of the Fest' with four short films at historic 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. Beginning at 7 p.m. tonight, viewers can enjoy  "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 "Best of the Fest" was a new addition to our Arts and Recreation lineup last year, and was an enormous success. Don't miss out on some of the best the cinematic arts has to offer from New Jersey's premier Independent Film Festival. Tickets are just $10. For more information, contact the Cherry Hill Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Arts@CHTownship.com

CHPD to offer Junior Police Academy from Aug. 1-5 

After a tremendously successful inaugural year, the Cherry Hill Police Department is excited to announce the 2016 Junior Police Academy for children ages 11-14, which will be held this year from Aug. 1-5. Participants will explore firsthand various aspects of law enforcement, with a curriculum developed by the Department that will emphasize the importance of qualities such as physical fitness, staying drug free, teamwork and respect. Activities throughout the week will include lessons in drill and ceremony, physical training, school safety and bullying, drug awareness, traffic safety, an introduction to special units, crime scene processing & fingerprinting, and first aid. Participants will also tour the Juvenile Detention Center and Cherry Hill Fire Department Central Command. The week will conclude with a formal graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon. The program is limited to 40 registrants; to accommodate as many new children as possible, returning cadets will be allowed to register after June 1. Click here to register; click here to watch a video from last year's program.

How to Marry a Millionaire
Enjoy lunch and movie
11 a.m. Friday, March 11
Cost:  $5 in advance, $8 at door

Senior Lunch and a Movie features
'How to Marry a Millionaire' on March 11

Spend the afternoon enjoying lunch (including beverage and dessert) followed by the movie "How to Marry a Millionaire," at our next Senior Luncheon event, starting at 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Croft Farm serves as the Township's performing arts center, an intimate, 240-seat venue in the center of town 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 for the March 11 event are $5 in advance, or $8 at the door, and 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.

Colleen Daly Photograph
Don't miss Soprano Colleen Daly as she returns to Croft Farms Art Center.  Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m., doors open at 2:30.

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.

Cherry Hill's Free Conference for Professionals and Parents of Special Needs Flyer
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.

Earth Festival bike ride
Start your Earth Festival off with our Family Fun Bike Ride on Saturday, April 30.

Registration now open for this year's Earth Festival Family Fun Bike Ride

As you make plans to visit this year’s Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, don’t forget about our Family Fun Bike Ride, which serves as the official kick-off to festival activities at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 30. You can help reduce the carbon footprint of this year’s festival: First, ride to Croft Farm with your family and friends to join in the free Family Fun Bike Ride, as a fun and healthy way to start the day. Click here to register, and for more information. After the ride, park and lock your bike in our NEW valet area across from the Croft Farm House, and enjoy the Earth Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bike valet is supported by the Courier-Post. Learn all about the Family Fun Bike Ride and bike valet by clicking here. There are many other ways to enjoy and get involved with South Jersey’s Earth Festival celebration! 

  • Vendor displays and nonprofit groups: Limited space remains; click here for information, or to register.
  • Health food vendors: ONE space remains; click here for details, and here for the Township license requirements.
  • Volunteer corps: Sign up here.
  • Sponsorships available: Support the festival, Sustainable Cherry Hill programs and scholarships by clicking here


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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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 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

Senior clubs invite residents to attend upcoming meetings

Cherry Hill has so much to offer our Senior Residents (over 55). From walking groups, to card games, luncheons, concerts and classes – and the Township offers a free bus service to our events. (Call (856) 661-4711 to schedule a bus pickup.) Check out a complete listing of our upcoming events and activities in the Township’s Spring 2016 Community Magazine by clicking here. The Township’s many senior social clubs have invited all residents to their business/event meetings each month at the community center. Stop by the Maturity Club at noon on the second Monday of each month at 12 noon; The Cherry Hill Retirees Club (formerly the Retired Men’s Club) at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month; or the Super Seniors at noon on the first Wednesday each month. Find out what these clubs have to offer our residents over 55, and meet existing club members. For more information about these organizations, to sign up for the Gold Card Program, or for assistance with any senior-related issue in Cherry Hill, please contact our Senior Services Program Coordinator, Gaye Pino, at gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800. Gaye is available to answer your questions and assist with issues including housing, senior activities, entertainment, nutrition, health care, or any situation where help is needed. We also welcome seniors’ feedback on programs, services and events you would like to see offered by Cherry Hill. 

Cherry Hill Public Library

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
  • Sensory Friendly Film: The Lorax
    10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 5
    Slightly dimmed lights and sound adjusted for comfort will make this movie experience enjoyable for every child. Tactile toys, fidgets and noise canceling headphones will be available for use. The Lorax is an adaptation of Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. (Rated PG, 95 mins.) No registration.  
  • Remarkable Women of the Jersey Shore
    7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9
    From theatrical stars and pioneering politicians, to a Titanic survivor and a cosmetics entrepreneur, many notable women have called the Jersey Shore home. Even several first ladies vacationed in towns along the coast. While countless women have contributed to the region's past, local author Karen L. Schnitzspahn chronicles some of the most intriguing stories of the remarkable women of the Jersey Shore. Click here to register.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
    2-7 p.m. Monday, March 14
    The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Donate today. If you are in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds, now is the time to roll up your sleeve and donate. Every type can save a life! Click here to schedule an appointment online.
  • 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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