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Child Abuse Awareness Month Proclamation Photo
Mayor Cahn and members of Council present a proclamation to Harvey Lermack and Pamela Stalcup of Prevent Child Abuse - New Jersey.

Township News

Mayor Cahn and Council support Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Township was proud to welcome Harvey Lermack and Pamela Stalcup of Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey to this week's Township Council meeting. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and I, along with the members of Council, have issued a special proclamation officially recognizing the month in Cherry Hill. Founded in 1979, Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey serves as a resource for families, and works with a variety of local public and private organizations to identify and mitigate risk factors for abuse and neglect, educate parents, and encourage positive parenting and healthy child development. All of our children deserve happy, healthy childhoods, and we are proud to bring the issue into our public consciousness during the month of April, and all year long. To learn more about Child Abuse Prevention Month and Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, click here

Mayor Cahn with first Barclay Farmstead Director
Mayor Cahn welcomes Bonnie Cocchiaraley, 92, back to historic Barclay Farmstead.

Barclay 200: Friends of Barclay honor
historic Farmstead's first director

As we continue to celebrate Historic Barclay Farmstead's bicentennial, the Friends of Barclay honored the Farmstead's first director, Bonnie Cocchiaraley, at its annual luncheon this Thursday. Bonnie is largely credited as the driving force behind the Township's purchase of the farmstead more than 40 years ago, and was instrumental in its rehabilitation and development into a living history museum. With the support of the Township, Bonnie helped to transform the dilapidated property into the treasure it is today, serving as a living reminder of our community's history and heritage for more than 1,000 visitors every year. We are grateful for Bonnie's dedication to preserving the Barclay Farmstead and being a superb steward of Cherry Hill's history. Click here to read a wonderful profile of Bonnie from the Inquirer's Kevin Riordan.

Councilwoman Melinda Kane
Councilwoman Melinda Kane presents a proclamation honoring the life and legacy of M'kor Shalom teacher Lesley Rosenbaum.

M'kor Shalom dedicates 'Explore and More' playroom for beloved educator

Last Sunday, Councilwoman Melinda Kane joined Congregation M'kor Shalom to celebrate the dedication of a new playroom, in memory of beloved longtime educator Lesley Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum, who passed away in 2013, worked at M'kor's Early Childhood Center for 25 years, and the new "Explore and More" playroom was a way for her friends and loved ones to channel their grief, and memorialize her legacy. The room was designed in partnership with the Garden State Discovery Museum, and features a "farm to market to table" theme that reflects Lesley's love of cooking. This gift will benefit countless future generations of children in our community, and is a beautiful tribute to Lesley's life and gifts. 

St. Mary's Villas 25th Anniversary Celebration
Mayor Cahn cutting the ribbon to help celebrate the 25th Anniversay of St. Mary's Villa

Mayor Cahn, others celebrate
25th anniversary of St. Mary's Villa

Last Saturday, I joined other local, county and state officials and staff, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of St. Mary's Villa. The morning started with a Mass followed by festivities which included tours, health screening, music and more. For 25 years, St. Mary's Villa has offered seniors an alternative to assisted living, based in the Catholic faith. We are fortunate to have a such a wonderful facility in Cherry Hill to cater to the needs of our seniors.  I would like wish St. Mary's Villa many more years of success and thank them for including us in their celebration.   

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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! 

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Cherry Hill PBA Local 176 presents a donation to representatives from JDRF. 

Cherry Hill Police participate in JDRF walk with Cherry Hill Public Schools

Cherry Hill Police Chief Monaghan, along with Captain Winters, Lt. Kelly and K-9 Nero, P/O D'Alessio and K-9 Pandora, Community Relations Officer Houlihan and several other officers joined Cherry Hill Public Schools last Friday, April 8, in the JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes. JDRF's mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research for those effected by Type 1 diabetes. Officers socialized with students from Barclay Early Childhood Center, Clara Barton Elementary School and Sharp Elementary School during their walks. Cherry Hill PBA 176 also presented a donation to the JDRF Foundation.Thank you to our schools for inviting the CHPD to participate in this year's Walk to Cure Diabetes! 

Cherry Hill Spring Registration Now Open
Don't miss out on all the different classes and programs we have to offer!  Sign up today!

Last call to sign up for spring classes offered through the Recreation Dept.

It's not too late to register for several classes in our Spring 2016 line-up, including two that begin next week:

  • Clay Studio (adults): 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 20-June 22, Croft Farm Arts Center. $80.
  • Adult Yoga (all levels) & More: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 19-June 21, Croft Farm Arts Center. $80. 

Remember that the easiest way to register is through the new CommunityPass program! Our new online portal makes it easy to create a family profile, register for classes, and buy tickets to upcoming events. 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 blossoms
The Chapel Avenue Cherry Blossoms will soon bloom.

Cherry Hill awaits annual bloom
of Chapel Avenue cherry blossoms

In the next 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.

Earth Festival
There are only two weeks to go until Earth Festival 2016!

Upcoming Events

Countdown to Earth Festival 2016:
6 things to know about Festival Day

We are just two weeks away from the 7th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, and preparations are moving along quickly! Here are six things you need to know to prepare for the Township's annual celebration of sustainability:    

  1. What and Where:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, rain or shine. Event is FREE; 3 acres, featuring 100+ displays, vendors, groups, schools, healthy food. Located at historic Croft Farm, Brace & Bortons Mill Rd.
  2. Register Now: For the Family Fun Bike Ride, 8 a.m. Open to ages 8+; must wear helmet; free bike valet at the Festival. Click .
  3. Gather Your E-waste: Including rechargeable batteries, wire hangers, gently used clothing, shoes, books, plastic bags and household goods. Click here for details.
  4. Plants: Choose some garden perennials to swap. Click here for details. 
  5. Donate: Bring nonperishable food for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. 
  6. Entertainment, kid-friendly: Including a moon bounce, plantings, crafts and furry friends from Cherry Hill High School East and West (all day) and Phillie Phanatic Fun during the noon hour. 
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.
Pill Drop Off

Spring Pill Drop-Off, Senior Bingo 
scheduled for Monday, May 9

The Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Cherry Hill Police Department are partnering on a special luncheon and prescription drug drop-off event, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center. Seniors can dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications, followed by bingo and a free lunch! This event is FREE and open to residents 55 and up (drug drop-off is open to ALL residents). 
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.

Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol & Drug Abuse Event

Cherry Hill Alliance offers two programs for parents on April 28

Calling all parents! The Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol & Drug Abuse will host two great events for parents on April 28 at the Cherry Hill Public Library. The first, "OMG! Moving Out?! Off to College! R U Ready?" is an interactive presentation by William J. Lynch, BS Pharm, RPH, that focuses on everything parents and their children need to know about the transition to college, including what to bring, nutrition, keeping in touch, and dealing with tough topics like partying, alcohol, stress, drugs and roommates. The second presentation, "Five Hot Topics Parents Should Know," will help parents talk about serious issues facing preteens and teens in the age of social media, including digital photography, privacy, bullying, underage drinking and harassment. Both sessions are free, and take place from 7-8:30 p.m. For questions, or to register in advance, call (856) 488-7889, or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com. 

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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.

Dancing with the Stars Flyer
Tickets are now available for Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars, May 1 at Cherry Hill West.

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 Birthday Bash and Art Show

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.

Photo of Debbie Friedman
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.

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.

Breaking Bread

Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue 
hosts community gathering May 1

The Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of South Jersey invites members of the community to attend a Breaking Bread Together panel discussion, 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at Christ Our Light Church on Kings Highway. The goal of the event is to foster an understanding of different faiths and beliefs, so that misunderstanding and ignorance don't lead to human tragedy. For more information about the Jewish Community Relations Council, click here. To be part of the discussion register online at jcrcsnj.org or call (856) 751-9500, ext. 1191.

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.

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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.
  • Friends Book Sale – LAST DAY
    9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16
    Saturday is your last day to shop thousands of books at the spring sale! Don’t miss the Saturday Special when you can fill a bag for just $5 Also, the Jr. Friends will be selling sweet treats!
  •  Lit With Librarians – Daytime Book Club
    3 - 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 19
    Join us for a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, the Pulitzer-Prize winning fiction novel for 2015.
  • Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State
    7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 20
    In contrast to the state’s reputation, New Jersey offers unmatched wildlife and an array of nature adventures. Join us as nature author and Conserve Wildlife Foundation director, David Wheeler shares his experience and ideas to help plan your next outdoor adventure in NJ. Click here to register. 
  • Lunch and a Movie – The Intern
    noon - 2 p.m. Thursday, April 21
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. No registration. Click here for more information about the movie.

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.

Senior Living

Camden County surrogate offers valuable services for seniors

There are many services offered by Cherry Hill for our Senior residents (over 55 years old). There are also many offerings from Camden County. The Surrogate’s Office provides information on Power of Attorney, Wills, Living Wills, and provides Legal Workshops for residents over 60 at no cost. You can get information on the programs by calling the Camden County Surrogate at (856) 225-7282. 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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