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.
 West Turf Field Groundbreaking
Mayor Cahn, Council and the Board of Administration broke ground Thursday on a new turf field at Cherry Hill High School West. A turf field will be built at East later this summer.

Township News

Mayor, Council break ground on turf fields at Cherry Hill's high schools

On Thursday, Council and I joined the Board of Education and Cherry Hill Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Meloche to break ground on a new multi-sport turf field at Cherry Hill High School West. The new field is being built as part of a joint partnership to build multi-use fields at both of our high schools. Work on the field at East is expected to begin later this summer. When completed, these beautiful new facilities will serve players in both schools' football, lacrosse, soccer, field hockey and track & field programs, giving our student-athletes access to beautiful, competitive fields for play, and ensure that the quality of their extracurricular activities is as strong as their experiences inside the classroom. Thank you to the Board of Education and Dr. Meloche for their continued partnership as we work together to invest in our community! Click here for photos from Thursday's ceremony. Click here for video of the ceremony, and here for a great report on the project by Cherry Hill West's Broadcasting students. Thursday's groundbreaking represents a new chapter for our schools, and I'm thrilled to see this project - which will benefit our students for generations to come - move forward. Stay tuned for updates and a celebration at Cherry Hill East when the fields are complete! 

Road work to begin Monday on Massachusetts Ave.

The Township's Department of Engineering is expected to begin road maintenance work on Massachusetts Avenue from McGill Avenue to Route 70 this Monday, March 21. The work, scheduled as part of the Township's 2015 Road Maintenance Program, will include road resurfacing, as well as isolated sidewalk and curb replacement where necessary. School bus schedules and trash pick-up will not be affected by this work; however, our contractor will notify residents in the event parking is limited by construction. All work is weather-permitting; residents with questions or concerns can contact the Department of Engineering at (856) 424-3203. My administration and Town Council continue to prudently invest in our town's infrastructure, and are continually working to ensure that our roads are smooth and safe for travel. Click here to learn more about our Road Maintenance Program. 

Mayor Cahn with Cooper EDCC Program
Students from Sharp and Cooper Schools visited with Mayor Cahn on Monday, March 14.

Mayor Cahn welcomes Cooper, Sharp students to tour Town Hall, Police Dept.

On Monday, we had a very special group of visitors to Town Hall, when Kindergarten students from Cooper and Sharp Elementary Schools' EDCC program 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 Cooper School for arranging the visit! Click here for photos of the students' tour of our Police Headquarters. 

Welcome home troops
Community members wait to welcome home 120 members of the New Jersey National Guard on Wednesday at the Armory. 

Councilwoman Kane, CHPD join homecoming for local heroes 

It was a heartwarming heroes' welcome on Wednesday, as more than 120 soldiers - including two Cherry Hill residents - returned home after a yearlong deployment to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Councilwoman Melinda Kane joined dozens of community members to welcome our heroes home to the National Guard Armory here in Cherry Hill, and the Cherry Hill Police Department was honored to escort the troops home through Cherry Hill. Friends, family and senior military leaders stood outside the Armory, cheering, clapping, waving flags and holding "Welcome Home" signs. Together, they welcomed home 120 members of the 328th Military Police Company, New Jersey Army National Guard.  After a short ceremony honoring the soldiers for their service, excitement turned to overwhelming emotion as the soldiers jumped out of their chairs to find their loved ones. Hugs, tears and smiles were shared all around. Thank you to all 120 men and women for their continued service to our nation, with special thanks to local residents Tiffany Disanzo and Melissa Galloway. We are proud of you, and proud to have taken part in this wonderful welcome home. 

Mayor Cahn addressing Maturity Club
Mayor Cahn hosted a question-and-answer session with the Cherry Hill Maturity Club on Monday morning.

Mayor Cahn joins the Cherry Hill Maturity Club for Q&A session

On Monday, I stopped by the Cherry Hill Maturity Club's weekly meeting at the Carman Tilelli Community Center. I shared news and other important information and answered questions about topics that ranged from potholes, to traffic concerns, to ongoing economic development projects and upcoming events.  The Maturity Club is a social organization for residents 55 and up. Members meet every Monday from noon to 4 p.m. in the Carman Tilelli Community Center; with a business meeting and guest speaker scheduled for the second Monday of every month. Social activities include bingo, cards, shuffleboard, refreshments, day trips (as well as some weekend and week-long trips). For more information, contact Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800, or gpino@chtownship.com. Thank you to Connie Cramer and the Maturity Club officers and group members for inviting me to visit! 

Politz Day School Rapid Deployment Training Photo
Members of the Cherry Hill Police Department pose with Rabbi Avraham Glustein after critical incident training at the Politz Day School.

Cherry Hill Police host safety drill 
for staff at the Politz Day School

This week, members of the Cherry Hill Police Department Tactical Response Team (TRT) conducted a rapid deployment/critical incident training and drill exercise with the staff at Politz Day School.  The training consisted of a historical overview and analysis of past incidents that have occurred nationally, as well as site-specific recommendations for the Politz School. Following the lecture members of the TRT conducted several drills with the help of Teachers and Administrators at the school.The Cherry Hill Police Department has been proactive in working with schools and organizations throughout our community to ensure they are secure and prepared for any situation that may arise. Thank you to Chief Monaghan and the CHPD for working to keep every facet of our community safe and educated. 
See something.  Say something.

Cherry Hill Police remind residents:
If you see something, say something

Informed, alert residents play a critical role in keeping our neighborhoods safe.  Members of the public have long been one of law enforcement's best sources of information on what is out of place and suspicious in the communities in which they reside and work. Residents know their communities best and are often the first to notice when something is out of the ordinary such as unfamiliar people or vehicles loitering in the neighborhood, or activity at a vacant home or a closed business.
Cherry Hill Police remind the public: If you "see something, say something" by calling 9-1-1 or our non-emergency dispatch number at (856) 665-1200. Anonymous tips can also be sent to tips@cherryhillpolice.com. You may be the source of information police need to solve a crime or intercept criminal activity. Together we can work together to keep our communities safe. 

Cherry Hill Recreation Registration
Create an account in our new CommunityPass portal to explore upcoming events and activities, buy tickets, and register your family members for Township classes.

Register now for upcoming 
Recreation programs, classes

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

DPW 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!

Hazardous waste photo
Drop off your household hazardous waste items at the Department of Public Works from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Upcoming Events

This Saturday: Drop off hazardous household waste at Public Works

Don't miss it this Saturday. 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. 

Junior Police Academy
Last year, 30 boys and girls from Cherry Hill completed the Department's inaugural Junior Police Academy.

CHPD to again offer Junior Police Academy for children ages 11-14

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.

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Jersey Women: Visionary and Strong

As the Barclay 200 celebration festivities continue, Save the Date for our next great event, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 22, at the Cherry Hill Public Library, as we celebrate Women's History Month with a look at "Jersey Women: Visionary and Strong." Join the discussion and learn about local pioneer Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh (1680-1762) and 19th-century abolitionist mother Charity Still, who were among the parade of remarkable women whose lives left a significant stamp on both the state and the region. In this talk, we will explore the worlds out of which they created their legacies and the daily lives of Quaker women in the 19th century. Be sure to get your PastPort stamped, pick up a commemorative Barclay200 postcard, and enter to win a special door prize. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary. For a full rundown of our Barclay200 activities, click here. 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.       

Earth Festival school displays
Our Cherry Hill Schools are hard at work preparing their displays for this year's Earth Festival, Saturday, April 30 at Croft Farm.

Earth Festival: Reduce your carbon footprint, stop by our school displays

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.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join in all our family-friendly festival festivities! This year, our students will lead the way in reducing our climate-change impact, with their own unique Earth Festival displays that reflect this year's theme. Some displays include:   

  • Barclay Early Childhood Center's activities about sustainability;
  • Johnson Elementary's mini-rain barrel demonstration and garden, wildflower and tower-garden plans;
  • The Woodcrest Elementary Green Team's "What's Your Score" game, to find out how you "rate" on energy-efficiency at home; 
  • Carusi's Upcycled, make-and-take birdfeeders;
  • Stockton's Energy Audit results with Rowan University engineering students;
  • and Cooper Elementary's vegetable-planting activity.

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.

Label Detective
Thursday, May 12, 7-9 p.m.(doors open at  6:45) Cherry Hill Public Library   Event is FREE

Become a top-notch Label Detective,
thanks to Sustainable Cherry Hill

Join Sustainable Cherry Hill's Green Health Task Force for this fun and collaborative session designed to help you become a top-notch Label Detective!  Label Detectives III will give helpful tips for finding what you really want in (or out of) the products you buy.  This educational event will cover food, personal, baby care, and household cleaning products.  Grab your friends and bring as many items as you can with labels you'd like to more fully investigate and head to the Cherry Hill Public Library 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12.  This event is FREE. Visit www.SustainableCherryHill.org to register. To contact Sustainable Cherry Hill's Green Health Task Force, e-mail greenhealth@sustainablecherryhill.org

Easter Egg Drone Drop set for March 26 at Kilmer School

Impacting Your World Christian Center will host a unique spin on the traditional seasonal Easter egg hunt next Saturday, March 26, at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, 2900 Chapel Ave. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this free community-wide event will feature snacks and games, with an egg drop set for 10:30. For more information, contact Tanya Reid at (267) 626-0658, or e-mail tanya.reid@iywcc.org. 

Book Sale

Library News and Events

Friends of the Library Book Sale
returns from April 13 to 15 

Spring is here and hopefully you are thinking about what to read on the beach or just relax in the great outdoors. As it does every year, the Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library will hold its Spring Book Sale from Thursday, April 13, through Saturday, April 15. The Book Sale will begin with a special presale for Friends members only, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. New Friends members are welcome to join the Library that evening. The sale, which is open to the public, will continue on Thursday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, April 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, pick up a bag of books for just $5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of books, CDs and DVDs will be offered and sorted into categories. Prices are $2 for hardback books, CDs and DVDs, and $1 for paperback books. Children’s books cost even less. All proceeds benefit the Library.For more information, call (856) 667-0300, e-mail cherryhillfriends@gmail.com, or go to www.chplnj.org.

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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
  • NJ Makers Day
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16
    Stop by the library for a celebration of maker culture with free events and programs that include DIY projects and tinkering, as well as events that encourage invention and innovation. Visit the online events calendar for the complete line-up of programs planned.
  • CHPL Needlework Guild
    2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22
    Do you knit, crochet or do needlework of any kind? Bring your own needles and any other supplies you need to sit and work on a your project with other crafters. This is not an instructional class. No registration
  • Thursday Morning: The Law After 65
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 24
    You’re retired, but are you legally ready for your golden years? Attorneys Brian Donnelly and Mike Ritigstein will discuss the legal issues that make things clearer and easier for you and your loved ones. Learn about advanced directives, power of attorney, guardianships, trusts and estates. It’s time to retire your worries. No registration.  
  • The Art of Calligraphy
    7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24

    Calligrapher Veti Vasilion will join us to share the history this visual art. You’ll also learn about the many different styles of writing, check out calligraphy tools, and have an opportunity to try your hand at lettering. Click here to register.
  • Hoopla is here! Cherry Hill Public Library has partnered with hoopla digital, bringing the free streaming service to library cardholders. Simply download the app to your mobile device or visit www.hoopladigital.com and create an account to enjoy thousands of movies, TV shows, music, e-books, audiobooks and comics, all available 24/7. Got questions? Give us a call or stop by, we’re happy to help.

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.

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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

Cherry Hill Senior Walkers
Cherry Hill's Senior Walkers meet every Monday to walk the Croft Farm Trails.

Upcoming senior events including
AARP Safe Driver class, walking group

There is so much to do for Cherry Hill's active adults (55+). You can meet new people while participating in the variety of fun and interesting activities we sponsor throughout the year. Please explore the variety of classes, activities and events in the coming months by downloading a copy of our Spring 2016 Community Magazine. As always, the best way to register or buy tickets for an upcoming program is through the new CommunityPass portal.

  • Senior Walkers: The Township leads a group of residents ages 55+ on a brisk walk around our Croft Farm Trails at 1 p.m. every Monday. (An additional walk is planned at 6 p.m. every Monday beginning March 30, and will continue weekly as daylight permits.) The Township will take part in National "Take a Walk in a Park Day" on March 30; please come out and join our senior walkers, and see firsthand how incredible our local parks and trails facilities are. All are welcome; bring water and bug repellent. Walks are cancelled in the event of rain. 
  • AARP Driver Safety Program: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14. This course consists of six classroom hours designed to refine existing skills and develop safe, defensive driving techniques. Please make checks payable to AARP. Cost is $15 AARP members/$20 nonmembers. Classes will be held in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall.
  • Upcoming classes for seniors include Ceramics (Thursdays, Noon-3 p.m.), Senior Line Dancing (Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.), and Square Dancing (Thursdays, 4-5:30 for beginners; 6:45 for experienced dancers). These and many other senior classes - many discounted for Gold Card holders - are listed in the Community Magazine. 

It is important to me that our senior residents are aware of all the activities, services and resources available to them, which why our Recreation Department includes a Senior Services Coordinator, Gaye Pino. Gaye can help residents navigate issues or concerns among a variety of areas and Township departments. She is also available to give presentations about Township senior services. Please contact her with questions, concerns or to make suggestions for additional programs: gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800. 

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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