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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.
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Township News

Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Roskoph kick off the 2016 little league season

Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and I stopped by Cherry Hill National Athletic League on Tuesday night to celebrate the start of the league's 2016 season. We took turns throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to start Tuesday night's inaugural game, and met some of the young ballplayers participating in the league this year. It was a beautiful night for baseball, and as always, we were thrilled to take part in the festivities. We are looking forward to attending opening ceremonies at CHYAA, Cherry Hill Atlantic and Cherry Hill American Little Leagues in the next two weekends. Best of luck to all of this year's Little League players and coaches, and best wishes for a fun and successful season! 
Cherry Hill Police Recruits
The Cherry Hill Police Department hosted a forum for new officer candidates and community leaders on Sunday, April 3.

Cherry Hill Police host community 
meet-and-greet for officer applicants

Chief Bud Monaghan and the Cherry Hill Police Department hosted a special forum and question-and-answer session for new officer candidates this past Sunday at Town Hall. A first for the department, the event gave prospective new officers a chance to interact with the Department, as well as members of the community. Chief Monaghan impressed upon the recruits the importance of building strong relationships with the community, and representing the department by holding one's self to the highest standards. More than 2,500 men and women from across the region requested applications to join the Department late last year, a list that has been culled to less than 160 candidates through rigorous written and physical abilities tests. I want to thank Chief Monaghan and the entire Cherry Hill Police Department for assembling such a stringent application process, and for engaging our local community members, as well as myself and the members of Council, to ensure that our application pool is reflective of the community our Cherry Hill Police Department serves, and understands the standards to which we hold ourselves here. Click here to read coverage of Sunday's forum from NJPen.com. 
Cherry Blossoms
The Chapel Avenue cherry trees are expected to blossom around April 15.

Cherry Hill awaits annual bloom
of Chapel Avenue cherry blossoms

In the net few weeks, Chapel Avenue will once again blossom into a magnificent two-mile stretch of vibrant, pink cherry blossoms - from Haddonfield Road to Kings Highway. In preparation for the annual bloom, volunteers from the Cherry Hill Fire Department and around the community will plant four new trees along Chapel Avenue, and install American flags along the tree-lined street. Every year around April 15, thousands of the stunning pink-and-white blooms emerge, and symbolize everything wonderful about Cherry Hill. The first trees were planted back in 1972, by a group of civic-minded residents who wanted to unite the community around a common source of pride. Four decades later, these blossoms remain a favorite of residents across Cherry Hill and have become a destination in their own right. If you haven’t seen them, you are missing out. Visit Chapel Avenue this weekend with your friends and your families, and see how special they are for yourself. To read more about the history of the cherry blossoms and their special place in our community, click here.

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CHPD to target distracted drivers throughout the month of April

The Cherry Hill Police Department is warning motorists about the dangers of distracted driving throughout the month of April, as part of the statewide "UDrive, UText, UPay" campaign. 
The purpose of the campaign is to change driver behavior and raise awareness of the risks of distracted driving - particularly while talking on a cell phone or sending text messages - through visible, targeted enforcement and outreach during April's National Distracted Driving Month. To learn more about our efforts locally, click here for a segment by Fox 29's Jenni Joyce, as she rode along with our officers during recent enforcement effort. Please drive safely! 

Salvatore DeFrancesco Eagle Scout ceremony
Mayor Cahn presented a special proclamation to Eagle Scout Salvatore DeFrancesco at his Court of Honor Saturday, April 2.

Mayor Cahn honors Eagle Scout Salvatore DeFrancesco, Troop 170

Last weekend, I attended a Court of Honor celebrating Township resident Salvatore DeFrancesco, a young member of Boy Scout Troop 170 in Cherry Hill, as he earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Salvatore led a group of 20 boys and adults in a project to restore the courtyard at J.F. Cooper Elementary School, returning the space to its former reputation as a beautiful place for children at the school to play. Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is not an easy task, and it's something just a select few scouts accomplish every year. In Cherry Hill, we have witnessed Eagle Scout ceremonies for dozens of remarkable young men in recent years, and we are proud to recognize their achievement. I was proud to help honor Salvatore and his accomplishments; please join me in publicly congratulating him, and in wishing him all the best in the future.

Religious Leaders Coalition
Mayor Cahn met with members of the Cherry Hill Religious Leaders Coalition on Wednesday.

Mayor Cahn joins Religious Leaders Coalition at the Unitarian Church 

On Wednesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Cherry Hill Religious Leaders Coalition during the group's monthly meeting, held this month at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Kings Highway. It was my first visit with the group in several months, and our discussion was both lively and engaging -- focusing on a variety of topics, including sustainability, economic development and growth, and local events and activities. The Religious Leaders Coalition is a multi-denominational group of clergy from places of worship across Cherry Hill, and I always enjoy having the opportunity to both find out what's going on in their faith communities, and share with them the latest news and happenings here in Town Hall. I want to thank Deacon Leo McBlain, the group's convener, Pastors Christian and Kristin Schmidt, and the entire group for welcoming me to this month's meeting, and for their open and active discussion with me. I look forward to visiting again soon!

Mayor Cahn addressing Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast

Mayor Cahn welcomes area police departments to appreciation breakfast

On Tuesday of this week, I was invited to Temple Emanuel at Kresson and Springdale Roads for the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the South Jersey's Men's Club. Law enforcement officials from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties were invited to attend the ceremony, and the Cherry Hill Police Honor Guard presented the colors to begin the morning's event. The breakfast, which each year honors local, state and federal law enforcement officials who work to promote better community relations, was founded in 1996, and has evolved into a celebration of the relationship shared by local law-enforcement agencies and faith-based community organizations. It was, as always, a wonderful morning, and I was proud to attend. Click here to learn more about the breakfast. 

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Don't miss out on all of the classes & programs offered through recreation.
Register today!

Recreation classes are starting soon, but it's not too late to register

Registration is still open for Spring 2016 classes and programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department. I am 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

Grand Opening Milly's Which Craft Art Studio
Mayor Cahn attended the grand opening of the new Milly's Which Craft Art Studio, sponsored by A.C. Moore, inside the Garden State Discovery Museum.

Mayor Cahn, Discovery Museum
open Milly's Which Craft Art Studio

On Friday morning, I joined the Garden State Discovery Museum and representatives from A.C. Moore to celebrate the official Grand Opening of Milly's Which Craft Art Studio, the Discovery Museum's newest exhibit. Crafted exclusively by A.C. Moore, the studio features several arts and crafts stations aimed at visitors of all ages, providing another layer of hands-on fun and learning for children and parents alike. It's a beautiful new addition to the Discovery Museum, and I highly encourage you to visit and check it out! Click here to learn more about the Garden State Discovery Museum.

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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.

Pill Drop-off Flyer

Spring Clean-Up Pill Drop Off scheduled for Monday, May 9

The Cherry Hill Police Department encourages residents to responsibly dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications, and on Monday, May 9, the Department will host a special pill drop-off event to encourage this behavior. The "Spring Clean-Up Pill Drop Off" will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Residents can turn in unused medications and over-the-counter drugs at no cost, and with no questions asked. Can't make it on May 9? Don't worry; the Cherry Hill Police Department participates in Project Medicine Drop. A prescription drop-box is available to residents and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in the lobby of the Cherry Hill Police Headquarters, 820 Mercer St. Click here to learn more about Project Medicine Drop.

Phillie Phanatic
The Phillie Phanatic will be our special guest at this year's Earth Festival at Croft Farm.

Six things to learn about Earth Festival, happening Sunday, April 30, at Croft Farm

We are less than a month away from the 7th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, and preparations are moving along quickly! This year's festival day will kick off with our Family Fun Bike Ride at 8 a.m., followed by more than 100+ displays, vendors, groups, schools and healthy food on the grounds of historic Croft Farm! The Festival itself runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. And this year, we're excited to welcome back the Phillie Phanatic as our special guest during the noon hour. Here are six things to learn about at this year's festival!   

  1. Composting: ABCs of how to compost at home.
  2. Collecting rain water: Expert "how-to" sessions on building rain barrels; barrels for purchase.
  3. Planting: Plant swap (details here); gardening tips.
  4. Saving: Energy savings and home improvements.
  5. School sustainability projects: Check out our incredible student displays.
  6. Tasty food (for purchase): Try a kale smoothie, gluten-free pizza, even kettle corn! (NO plastic water, juice or soda bottles, please!)

Don’t forget to bring your spring cleaning items to drop off at our Recycling Depot; click here for details. We can't wait to see 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.

Celebrate creativity and local talent at Artists and Authors

The Cherry Hill African American Civic Association, in partnership with Cherry Hill Library and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. South Jersey Alumnae Chapter, invite you to join them for  Artists and Authors, from 2 - 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the Cherry Hill Library Conference Center.  Stop by to meet artists and authors from the area, view their work and be inspired! This event is free and open to the public.  Books and art work may be available for purchase. For more information, contact Emma Waring atewaring33@verizon.net or Cathy Jenkins at csaxjenks@gmail.com.

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Tickets now on sale for Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars: Sunday, May 1

Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars, at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the New Auditorium at Cherry Hill High School West. This signature fundraising event of the Cherry Hill Education Foundation has sold out for the past eight years, so click here to buy your tickets today. Tickets are $25 ($15 for students and senior citizens over age 55). All seats are reserved. You can also vote online now for your favorite dancing couple, or vote during intermission at the event. All proceeds from Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars are used to fund grant initiatives in the Cherry Hill Public Schools. Visit www.CherryHillEducationFoundation.com or e-mail the Foundation for more information.

St. Andrew's Nursery School Birthday Bash

St. Andrew's Nursery School to celebrate 50th anniversary April 20

St. Andrew's Nursery School and Kindergarten will celebrate its 50th anniversary Birthday Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. The celebration begins with the school's 43rd annual Art Show Open House. After viewing the galleries, join the festivities downstairs in the school's all-purpose room. Refreshments will be served. Add your voice to sing "Happy Birthday" at 6:15, 6:45, 7 and 7:40 p.m. Enter to win beautiful gift baskets donated by the school's classroom parents. St. Andrew's Nursery School is located at 327 Marlton Pike West. For more information call (856) 429-4470.

Debbie Friedman concert
Congregation M'kor Shalom hosts a tribute to late singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman on April 17.

M'kor Shalom to host tribute to singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman

Another Song will Rise: A Tribute to Debbie Friedman, a concert honoring the life and legacy of the late singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Congregation M’kor Shalom, 850 Evesham Road. Highlights from Friedman's repertoire will be performed by cantors from South Jersey area synagogues, cantorial students, the M'kor Shalom Adult and Youth Choirs, the M'kor Shalom Bayit Band and the Debbie Friedman Community Choir. Admission: $18 - Adults; Children 13 & Under - free. For more information, call (856) 424-4220 or visit www.mkorshalom.org

Label Detectives
Cherry Hill Public Library
Thursday, May 12, 7 - 9 p.m.
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.

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.

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.
  • Artists & Authors Sponsored by CHAACA
    2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10
    Celebrate creativity and local talent! Stop by the Cherry Hill Public Library to meet more than 20 artists and authors from the area, view their work and be inspired! Books and art may be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association (CHAACA) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. South Jersey Alumnae Chapter and is free and open to the public.
  • Needlework Guild
    2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12
    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 your project with other crafters. This is not an instructional class. No registration.  
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Social Security Benefits
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 14
    Representatives from the Social Security Administration will present on benefits and how you can get the most of them. Bring your questions and they will give you answers! They will also speak about signing up for Social Security information online. No registration.

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

Final week for AARP tax-prep help; sessions continue Tuesday, Friday 

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

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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