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.
The Cherry Hill Information Portal
Look for this logo to identify programs and services that are part of CHIP.

Township News

Cherry Hill launches CHIP, the new one- stop Cherry Hill Information Portal

On Friday, my administration launched an exciting new initiative that makes information and services more convenient and easier-to-access than ever before. CHIP -- which stands for the Cherry Hill Information Portal -- consolidates all of the Township's existing online services into one easy-to-find location, accessible 24/7 on any computer, table or other mobile device. My goal as Mayor is to run Cherry Hill efficiently and effectively - and to make it as easy as possible to find the information you need. CHIP takes us one step closer to that goal. Think of it as your own personal "key" to Town Hall! From permits and inspections, to tax information, Recreation registration, interactive maps and reporting concerns, residents and businesses alike will find all of this and much more right on our CHIP page. Look for the red CHIP logo to the left of this message to identify services as part of CHIP, and visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/CHIP today to explore the portal, and find out how it can work for you. And stay tuned as we bring additional programs and services online in the coming months!
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Township, Police Department join Nextdoor as a new way to connect

Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Police Department have joined Nextdoor, a new social networking website and app, as a new way to help share news, events, alerts and other important information with residents. Nextdoor is a free social networking tool created specifically for neighborhoods, to allow neighbors to connect with a higher level of privacy than on other social media sites. Membership is based on your address, and content within each neighborhood’s network is viewable only by members who live within that specific neighborhood.  If you are interested in joining your neighborhood’s Nextdoor site, or creating one for your own neighborhood, visit nextdoor.com and enter your address to get started.  Nextdoor is another way for us to interact with our residents to share important news and information. We look forward to connecting with you on Nextdoor to build stronger, safer neighborhoods throughout our community!

Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and Dr. Meloche
Councilwoman Carole Roskoph with Cherry Hill School Superintendent Dr. Meloche proudly displaying an Earth Fest 2016 t-shirt

Mayor Cahn, Council thank Earth Festival volunteers at Croft Farm

Ahead of this week's Earth Festival,members of Council and I stopped by Croft Farm during Tuesday's volunteer training and appreciation dinner to thank and acknowledge the dozens of volunteers without whose help, the festival would not be possible. Each year, this township-wide celebration of sustainability is the result of hundreds of hours of planning and preparation by the Earth Festival committee - and the day-of production is a truly inspiring effort. Special thanks to Event Producer Brenda Jorett for her leadership, vision and incredible dedication in making each year's Earth Festival better than the last. Rain or shine, join us at Croft Farm tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; details are below.

Summer 2016 Community Magazine Cover

Summer 2016 Magazine now in homes; class registration opens Monday, May 2

The Summer 2016  Community Magazine is now arriving in homes, and registration opens Monday, May 2, for upcoming classes and programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department.
The magazine includes Township news, events, a message from my office, a full listing of upcoming events and activities, a map of our parks and playgrounds, and important information for seniors. Additionally, be sure to explore CommunityPass, the new online portal we recently launched that will make it easier to enroll in upcoming classes and programs and buy event tickets. Users can create family profiles, register for programs and buy event tickets - and CommunityPass makes it easier for Township staff and class instructors to communicate with residents who have signed up to participate in our programs. Visit the CommunityPass website today to explore our Summer program and class offerings, and for a full list of upcoming events. To view an interactive copy of the Community Magazine click here. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com. 

Council President Dave Fleisher at CHAACA Cherry Blossom Jazz Lunch
Council President Dave Fleisher (center) joined CHAACA board members at the organization's annual scholarship luncheon on April 23.

Council Pres. Fleisher attends CHAACA Cherry Blossom Jazz Scholarship Lunch

Council President Dave Fleisher attended the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association's annual Cherry Blossom Jazz Luncheon last Saturday afternoon. The luncheon, in its 39th year, helps raise scholarship funds to benefit hard-working seniors at Cherry Hill East and West High School. In addition to Saturday's festivities, Board Member Cathleen Jenkins joined Township Police Officers from Cherry Hill PBA 176 to accept a generous donation toward the scholarship program. For many years, CHAACA has been an integral part of our community, helping to make Cherry Hill a better, stronger and more vibrant place to live, work and play. Thank you to the organization and its board for continuing their good work, and for inviting us to be a part of the festivities. 

Erlton South Clean Communities Program

Erlton Civic Association, residents host Clean Communities Clean-up

Thank you to the Erlton South Civic Association and residents who turned out last Saturday to clean up Erlton Park as part of our Clean Communities grant program. A record 26 volunteers worked through the morning to collect trash and recycling debris, and remove weeds from the playground area.  As a reward for their hard work, they will receive a $500 Grant Award, made possible by the Township's participation in the Clean Communities Grant program. Thanks to the Erlton South Civic Association for doing their part to keep the neighborhood clean! To learn more about the Clean Communities program, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868.
Mayor Cahn at Take your child to work day
Mayor Cahn talks to boys and girls about being Mayor of Cherry Hill during Take Your Children to Work Day.

Kids get up-close look at government
on 'Take Your Children to Work Day'

We welcomed 35 special guests to Town Hall on Thursday morning, as employees brought their children to work as part of this year's Take Your Children to Work Day festivities. The morning started off with a meet-and-greet where I talked to our "junior employees" about being Mayor of Cherry Hill, followed by a trip to our Community Policing Unit to receive their own special employee ID badges. A tour of Police Headquarters and an up-close look at a fire truck and Public Works vehicles rounded out the morning's activities. This year marks the 21st anniversary of Take Your Children to Work Day, which is a valuable and popular career day opportunity for girls and boys alike. The day allows us to  empower our kids to learn about the many career choices they have and to inspire young people to dream.  It is important to help children see the value of their education by linking it to the world of work, and I would like to thank all of the kids who participated for taking the opportunity to experience local government on a day-to-day basis.

Cherry Hill Police visit Barclay ECC
Children from the Barclay Early Childhood Center visited with the Cherry Hill Police Department earlier this week.

Cherry Hill Police Department visit Barclay Early Education Center

On Monday, Community Relations Officer Renee Houlihan and Officer Jim Philbin spent the afternoon with the preschoolers at the Barclay Early Childhood Center. The young students enjoyed hearing about being a police officer and, as always, were thrilled to sit in the patrol car. Visiting with our youngest residents is always a pleasure, and I know I and the members of our Police Department equally appreciate the chance to get out of the office and interact with these eager, inquiring young minds whenever possible. Thank you to the teachers at Barclay Early Education Center for arranging the visit! 

Road work to begin Wednesday on King George Road

The Township's Department of Engineering is expected to begin road maintenance work on King George Road from Chapel Avenue to Cornwall Road on Wedneday, May 4. 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. 

earth fest 2016
South Jersey's largest eco-event is tomorrow at Croft Farm
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Sustainability: Earth Festival returns to Croft Farm tomorrow!

South Jersey's largest eco-event returns to Cherry Hill tomorrow (Saturday, April 30) with the rain-or-shine Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

While you're there, don't forget to share your photos and Tweet all the fun to us @SCHEarthFest, and use hashtag #SCHEarthFest! 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 Get the latest Festival news on Twitter.

Barclay 200
Join us this Sunday, May 1, noon - 4 p.m.
Open house at Barclay Farmstead

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

Historic Barclay Farmstead will open its doors from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 1, for this month's First Sunday Open House. 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. 

Cookies and Wookies

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

May the Fourth be with you! Cherry Hill Township invites you to celebrate Star Wars with "Cookies and Wookies"  this Wednesday, May 4, with a special, FREE screening of "Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." The movie will begin at 7 p.m. at the Croft Farm Arts Center. 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. Light refreshments will be served. To register, visit http://register.capturepoint.com/cherryhill

Art Blooms Flyer

Calling all artists:  Submit your work for Art Blooms, Wednesday, May 11

The Cherry Hill Arts Board is seeking interested artists to submit artwork for the Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit, May 14 to 25 at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces for consideration, at $10 per piece on Wednesday, May 11 from 4 - 7 p.m. Intake is open to artists of all ages and experience levels. A detailed prospectus can be found online at http://cherryhillarts.blogspot.com. Look for more information on this year's Art Blooms events in the weeks to come! For questions or more information, please e-mail Arts@CHTownship.com or call (856) 488-7868.
Dancing with the stars

Tickets available for Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars: Sunday, May 1

Tickets are still available 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 is the signature fundraising event of the Cherry Hill Education Foundation. To buy tickets click here.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.

Junior Police Academy

Spots still available for the 2016 Cherry Hill Junior Police Academy 

From Aug 1-5, the Cherry Hill Police Department will once again host the Junior Police Academy. For one week, children ages 11-14 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.
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.

Stephen Ritz - Global Teacher Prize Finalist
Steven Ritz will speak from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Marian House, 507 Kings Highway South.

Sustainable Cherry Hill hosts award winning educator Stephen Ritz 

Come learn and grow with Sustainable Cherry Hill at a special evening with the inspiring Stephen Ritz, award-winning educator and urban farmer from the South Bronx. Stephen transforms lives and cultivates a love of learning by using "growing gardens" in schools to engage and educate students about food sources, healthy diet, nutrition, and business. A 2016 top ten finalist for Global Teachers Award, and one of National Public Radio’s top 50 teachers, Stephen has been a guest speaker internationally from the White House to the Vatican. This event is open to the South Jersey community. Seats are filling up! Register today at www.sustainablecherryhill.org. Event is free, donations welcome – partial proceeds to benefit Green Bronx Machine. Limited cash bar & healthy snacks available. This event is part of the year-long Food Day 2016 celebration. 

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., this 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.

Community yard sale
Cherry Valley / Peppermill Farms Yard Sale
Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cherry Valley/Peppermill Farms Civic Association hosts community yard sale

This Satuday, Cherry Valley/Peppermill Farms Civic Association is holding a community wide yard sale.  With over 20 homes participating there is something for everyone.  They will have household items, furniture, baby items, toys and much more for sale. The yard sale will be held in the development at the corner of Kings Highway and Church Road.  Don't miss this yard sale. Stop by any time between  8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and you will be sure to find some treasures!

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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.
  • Gallery Reception and Jazz Concert
    2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1

    Celebrate the beauty of spring and at the Library's May Art Gallery exhibition by Korean-American artist, Taesook Jung. The reception will feature a special performance by jazz singer and pianist, EJ Park at 3 p.m. No registration. Free and open to the public.
  • An Evening with Chuck Wendig
    7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
    Chuck Wendig, author of Star Wars: Aftermath: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will speak about his writing, life as a freelancer, and (of course) all things Star Wars. Aftermath, an official Star Wars: The Force Awakens tie-in novel, explores the events between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens films. The second novel in the trilogy, Life Debt, will be out in July 2016. This is a ticketed event. General admission is $5. A limited number of VIP tickets are $20. Click here to purchase tickets online or stop by the Reference Desk. Call (856) 903-1222 for more information. This event is best for ages 14 and up.
  • Cookbook Club: Summer Salads and Desserts
    7 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
    Do you enjoy cooking? Are you constantly reading recipes? Join our new Cookbook Club! At this meeting we’ll be sharing summer salad and dessert recipes. Click here for complete information about how to get involved or call 856-903-1243.

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 pill drop off
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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