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

Town Hall closed today in observance of Good Friday

Town Hall will be closed on Friday, March 25, in observance of Good Friday. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, March 29. Please note, however, that trash and recycling will still be collected as scheduled on Friday.
Have a wonderful weekend, and to our residents who celebrate Easter, have a happy holiday with your loved ones.

Barclay 200
Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs joined dozens of community members to celebrate Women's History Month and the Barclay200 anniversary this past Tuesday at the Cherry Hill Public Library.

Celebrating Women's History, Barclay Farmstead at the Cherry Hill Library

Thank you to all who came out in support of this week's presentation of "Jersey Women: Visionary and Strong," a celebration of Women's History Month and the 200th birthday of our Barclay Farmstead, this past Tuesday at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs was among dozens of residents to turned out 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.Our Barclay200 celebration continues next Sunday, April 3, with our next monthly open house at the Historic Farmstead, which is celebrating its bicenntennial anniversary throughout 2016. Stop by from 12 to 4 for free guided tours; 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 for Cherry Hill residents. 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.       

CHPD physical fitness test
Councilwoman Carole Roskoph took part in the CHPD's physical abilities testing this week.

Cherry Hill Police take physical fitness test; council, media join in

This week, members of the Cherry Hill Police Department took part in the department's biannual physical abilities testing - a requirement for every member of the department. This year, the department welcomed two special guests to take part in the testing process. On Tuesday, Township Councilwoman Carole Roskoph completed the quarter-mile obstacle course, to get a firsthand look at the rigorous physical requirements of being a police officer in our town, and on Friday, Fox 29's Quincy Harris joined us, and completed the course in an impressive 1:37 on live television. Every member of the CHPD is required to complete the course every two years, to ensure that our men and women in uniform are in the best condition to serve and protect our community. Thank you to Councilwoman Roskoph and Quincy for coming out! Click here for video of the course. 

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. 

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!

Road work to continue on Massachusetts Ave.

The Township's Department of Engineering will continue road maintenance work on Massachusetts Avenue from McGill Avenue to Route 70 next week. 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. 

Spring Registration for Recreation
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

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

Upcoming Events

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.


Register now for CHFD Lifeguard Refresher Program

The Cherry Hill Fire Department presents the 17th annual Cherry Hill In-Service Refresher Program for Lifeguards, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 22. For more information and to register, please visit the Cherry Hill Fire Department online.
Earth Festival Recycling
Bring small electronics, wire hangers, plastic bags and other items to recycle at the 7th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival on April 30.

Earth Festival: Bring your items
to dispose of at our recycling depot

As you make plans to visit this year’s Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, don’t forget to bring your spring cleaning to drop off at the festival on Saturday, April 30. The Township's Department of Public Works is coordinating this year's recycling effort, offering drop-offs for the following items at the festival site on Borton's Mill Road. 

  • Cell phones, laptops, chargers and plugs - no glass monitors of any kind.
  • DVD/VHS players and MP3 devices.
  • Rechargeable batteries (no single-use alkaline batteries).
  • Goodwill: Gently-used clothing, toys, household items. Click here for details.
  • Books.
  • Gently-used shoes for Soles for Souls. 
  • Wire hangers (no dry-cleaning plastic).
  • Plastic shopping bags.

Be sure to start the day with the Family Fun Bike Ride at 8 a.m.. 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. Scoop up your garden container to pick up FREE compost, and visit the Gardening Task Force Plant Swap. We're just one month away from 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 Detectives
Thursday, May 12  7 - 9 p.m. 
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

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.

Cherry Hill Library Logo

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 is open on Friday, March 25, but will be closed on Sunday, March 27, for Easter.
  • Story Stretchers
    11 – 11:45 a.m. Saturday, March 26
    We’ll bring stories to life with songs and poses in this yoga class designed just for kids, using a story that lends itself to yoga. Open to children aged 5-8. Click here to register.
  • Page Turners
    7 – 7:45 p.m. Monday, Mar. 28
    You are never too old for story time! Join us for program for elementary age kids who still enjoy being read to. We will listen to longer stories and let our imaginations run wild. Open to grades 1-4. Click here to register.
  • 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.  
  • Must Watch Documentary: Inequality for all
    Noon - 2 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 29
    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 required. Click here for more information about the film.
  • 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.

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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 is a great place to live for residents 55+

There is so much for residents 55 and up to do in Cherry Hill. You can meet new people while participating in fun and interesting activities. A list of upcoming events and activities can be found in the Spring Community Magazine, along with a variety of information about upcoming programs.Click here to view the magazine online; register for events and activities through our new CommunityPass website. Upcoming activities include:

  • Senior Luncheons: Our next event features live music from RB Express, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 15, at the Katz JCC. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $8 at the door. (Tickets can be purchased online or in Room 102 at Town Hall.)
  • Cherry Hill Schools plays and concerts: Including The Little Mermaid, April 1-9 at Cherry Hill High School West; the Spring Choral Concert May 19 at Cherry Hill East; Spring Bands Concert, May 25 at Cherry Hill East; and the Spring Orchestra/Jazz Concert, May 26 at Cherry Hill East. All events are free to Seniors with a Gold Card.
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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