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.
Mayor Cahn presenting proclamation to Joan Browning
Mayor Cahn presenting a proclamation to Joan Browning honoring her on her 50th anniversary at Ponzio's Diner.

Township News

Mayor Cahn honors longtime Ponzio's waitress Joan Browning

I visited Ponzio's Diner-Bakery-Bar Wednesday morning to honor Joan Browning, who has served patrons breakfast at the Cherry Hill landmark for 50 years. I was proud to present Joan with a proclamation declaring Joan Browning Day in the Township, in recognition of her commitment, alongside Ponzio's owners Nick and John Fifis. Joanie, as she is affectionately known, is the Queen of the Counter, and has formed a warm bond with her "regulars" through the years - serving them every day with with her good-natured humor and smile. Please join me in congratulating Joan on this landmark anniversary. We hope to see her behind the counter for many years to come! Click here for a CBS3 segment on Joan; click here for a profile in the Philadelphia Inquirer; and click here for photos.

Woodcrest EDCC Visit
Woodcrest Kindergarten students enjoy a visit to Police Headquarters.

Cherry Hill Police visit with students
from Woodcrest, Stockton Schools 

On Wednesday, we had a very special group of visitors to Town Hall, when Kindergarten students from Woodcrest Elementary School's EDCC program joined us for a tour of our 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. On Thursday, Cherry Hill Police Community Relations Officer Houlihan and Officer Jones stopped by Stockton School, to visit the Kindergarten classes for National Kindergarten Day. The officers also gave the Kindergarten and First Grade students high-fives to help celebrate National High Five Day!  Visiting with our youngest residents is always a pleasure, and a highlight for the police as well as the kids. Thanks to the teachers at both Woodcrest and Stockton schools for arranging the visits! Click here for photos. 

St. Andrews 50th anniversary
Mayor Cahn and Councilman Jim Bannar celebrated the 50th anniversary of St. Andrew's Nursery School on Wednesday, April 20.

Mayor Cahn celebrates St. Andrew's Nursery School's 50th anniversary

Our community celebrated another milestone this week, as I stopped by on Wednesday evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Andrew's Nursery School and Kindergarten on Route 70. The birthday bash celebration began with the school's 43rd annual Art Show Open House. After viewing the galleries, I joined the festivities downstairs in the school's all-purpose room.  Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" and fun was had by all. Since 1966, St. Andrews has provided our community with a warm, nurturing environment in which to explore and be creative, and I wish them the school, its faculty, staff and administration many more years serving the children of our Township.

Cherry Blossoms
The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom along Chapel Avenue!

Don't miss out on the magnificent Chapel Avenue Cherry Blossoms

Chapel Avenue is once again a magnificent two-mile stretch of vibrant, pink cherry blossoms - with thousands of beautiful pink-and-white blossoms lining the roadway from Haddonfield Road to Kings Highway. The trees finally blossomed last weekend, and will stay in blooms for about two weeks. Every year around April 15, thousands of the stunning 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
Celebrate sustainability at the Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, Saturday, April 30, at historic Croft Farm! 

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Sustainability: Earth Festival
is next Saturday, April 30, at Croft Farm

South Jersey's largest eco-event returns to Cherry Hill next weekend, with the rain-or-shine Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at historic Croft Farm! There are more than 100 displays, vendor groups, school exhibits, and healthy food options. Earth Festival is FREE and open to everyone! Here are 11 ways you an enjoy the festival:

  1. Family Fun Bike Ride: Register here; leaves at 9 a.m. from the Challenge Grove pavilion across from Croft. Open to riders 8+; must wear helmet and sign waiver. Prizes available; sponsored by the Cherry Tree Corporate Center with ride support from Erlton Bike Shop.
  2. Free bike valet parking: Bike to the festival to save money and reduce CO emissions! Supported by the Courier-Post; click here for festival coverage in the Courier. 
  3. Plan your day with our Festival activities and site map - and click here for a QR code you can scan on festival day to access a site map and activities while reducing our paper usage! 
  4. Drop off e-waste and other reusable goods, including small appliances, laptops, small electronics; rechargeable batteries; wire hangers and plastic bags; gently used clothes and shoes; books; Goodwill donations.
  5. Visit our Presenting Sponsors: Ravitz Family Markets, Hutchingson Plumbing-Heating-Cooling, LourdesCare Cherry Hill, Subaru of America
  6. Bring your reusable drink bottle
  7. Plant Swap: Choose garden perennials to swap. Low-cost/free seeds and plants, too.
  8. Donate nonperishable food for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry.
  9. Entertainment, kid-friendly: Including a moon bounce, plantings, crafts.
  10. Visit all 19 Cherry Hill School displays
  11. Phanatic Phun: Meet the Phanatic during the noon hour; Cherry Hill East and West mascots will be on-site all day! 
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.
Barclay 200 Logo
Mark your calendar!  
Open house at Barclay Farmstead
Sunday, May 1, noon - 4 p.m.

Barclay 200 celebration continues with open house next Sunday, May 1

Historic Barclay Farmstead will open its doors from noon to 4 p.m. next Sunday, May 1. 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 part of our Barclay 200 celebration: Celebrating Spring!  Now that the weather is turning warmer, spend some time at Barclay learning about typical chores for the changing seasons and the essential role of the herb garden on a 19th century farm.  A silhouette artist will be doing free cuttings from 12-4. Visit the herb garden and make a "tussie mussie" craft.  All visitors should be sure to get their PastPort stamped, pick up a commemorative postcard, and register for our door prize donated by Springdale Farms! The Museum Shop will be open and accessible to the public to purchase special gifts. Click here for a full rundown of our May Open House activities. All ages welcome. 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 onFacebook for information on upcoming events and activities throughout the year.  

Cherry Hill Alliance: Two great programs for parents, 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. 

Cookies and Wookies

'Cookies & Wookies': Celebrate
Star Wars, May 4th at Croft Farm

Join the Cherry Hill Recreation Department to celebrate Star Wars with "Cookies and Wookies," beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Start off the evening by painting your favorite Star Wars Character on canvas with instruction provided by a Croft Farm Art Instructor, then relax for a special screening of "The Empire Strikes Back." Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character for a chance to win a prize, and grab a photo in our Star Wars Photo Booth. The painting class is $15 for children and a parent, and $5 per additional adult. The film screening is free; refreshments will be provided. To register, visit http://register.capturepoint.com/cherryhill
CH Junior Police Academy Logo
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 Cherry Hill Stars
Tickets are still 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.

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.

Breaking Bread Together

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.

CH 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: Inside Out 
    10:30 a.m. - noon Saturday, April 23

    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. Rated PG; 102 minutes. No registration.  
  • Must Watch Documentary: Going Clear
    Noon - 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26
    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 to watch the trailer for this film.
  • Beginner Genealogy Research
    7 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27
    If you’re new to genealogy research, join us for this beginner how-to class to start your research using library resources like Heritage Quest and Geni Genealogy as well as other online internet resources. Bring a few family names, birth and death dates to get started. Click here to register.
  • PC and Internet Security
    10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28
    This class covers very important aspects of PC and Internet security that all computer users need to be aware of these days.  Topics include: passwords, physical security, updates, backups, wireless networking, Wi-Fi, Web security, email security, virus protection and spyware. Click here to register.

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.

Spring Clean-Up and Bingo
Enjoy bingo and lunch and dispose of unwanted medications on May 9.

Senior Living

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.

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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