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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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Look for this logo to identify programs & services that are part of CHIP.

Township News

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

Last week, 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, tablet 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!

Mayor Cahn addressing Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Cahn spoke to the Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 3. 

Mayor Cahn delivers Township update
to Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce 

On Tuesday afternoon, I joined the Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce for a "State of the Township" update during a special luncheon at Caffe Aldo Lamberti on Route 70. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with local business leaders, and to discuss the great things that are happening in every corner of Cherry Hill. We covered topics ranging from economic development, the future of Cherry Hill and the great revitalization of our community in the last five years and much more. Thank you to Art Campbell and the chamber for inviting me to the luncheon, to event sponsors ComcastSun National Bank and TechStarters for supporting the event, and to Lamberti's for hosting!

Summer Community Magazine Cover

Register now for upcoming classes, including Morning Fun, Basketball

The Summer 2016 Community Magazine arrived in homes last week, and registration is now open for upcoming classes and programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department. This year's programs include the popular Morning Fun summer camp, and the Co-Ed Recreation Basketball program. As you look to register for this season's classes, be sure to explore CommunityPass, our new online registration portal, which 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 participants. Visit the CommunityPass website today to explore our Summer program and class offerings, and for a full list of upcoming events. Please note: Those looking to register for the Morning Fun program should seach under Spring 2016 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. 

Mayor Cahn at Earth Fest
Mayor Cahn and Council welcome the crowd to kick off the 7th annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival this past Saturday at Croft Farm.

Earth Festival shines the spotlight
on sustainability in Cherry Hill

Council and I were proud to welcome more than 5,000 visitors to our historic Croft Farm last weekend for the 7th annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival, for an afternoon of family-friendly fun centered on promoting sustainability and sustainable living within our community. It was a wonderful day that included a Family Fun Bike Ride, followed by the four-hour festival featuring 100+ displays, vendors, craft activities, recycling opportunities, live entertainment, food, a plant swap and much, much more. The members of Council and I had a great time throughout the day, and are thrilled that so many of our neighbors also came out to experience the festivities. Special thanks to Brenda Jorett, the Earth Festival committee and the Township's Department of Recreation -- as well as the dozens of volunteers whose tireless efforts combined to make this year's event an overwhelming success. We are already looking forward to next year's event! To view photos of this year's Earth Festival, visit Sustainable Cherry Hill on Facebook.

Road work to continue on roads across Cherry Hill

Road work will continue across Cherry Hill next week, with milling and repaving scheduled next week on Fairfax, Waverly, Massachusetts and New York avenues. Concrete work and sewer repairs are scheduled to begin Monday on King George Road between Chapel Avenue and Cornwall Road, as well. All work is being done by the Township's Department of Engineering, as part of the Township's 2015 Road Maintenance Program. Work on all roads 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. 

Utility work ahead
PSE&G gas line work is scheduled on Haddonfield-Berlin Road
from May 9-15.

Traffic Alert: PSE&G to perform gas line repairs along Berlin Road

Delays are expected on Berlin Road between Brace Road and the I-295 interchange beginning this Monday, May 9, as PSE&G plans to begin underground gas line repairs. Starting Monday, traffic on Berlin Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction, with work remaining in place 24 hours a day through Sunday, May 15. Motorists should plan to take an alternate route, if possible, and expect congestion and delays, particularly during peak travel times. As always, please use caution when traveling through any work zone. Police will be on scene for the duration of the project to ensure the safety of both workers on-site and passing motorists. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Stormtroopers pose with kids playing with lightsabers
Kids used their lightsabers to battle Storm Troopers from the 501st Legion at Wednesday's Cookies and Wookies eent at Croft Farm.

Cookies, Wookies & Storm Troopers:
100+ celebrate Star Wars Day at Croft

More than 100 faithful fans turned out on Wednesday night to celebrate Star Wars Day during our "Cookies and Wookies" event at historic Croft Farm. Parents and children - many in costume - painted their own Star Wars characters on canvas, enjoyed Star Wars-themed snacks, had their picture taken with Storm Troopers from the 501st Legion, and then settled in to watch a special, free screening of "The Empire Strikes Back." This year's event was a wonderful success, and our staff had a fantastic time. Thank you to everyone who came out; we hope you had fun, and look forward to seeing you again next year. May the "Fourth" be with you! 

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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!

Girl Scouts with K-9 dogs and officers
Members of the CHPD K-9 Unit pose with Daisies from Troop 30327, which made a generous donation to the Department's K-9 Trust Fund this week. 

Girl Scout Troop makes K-9 donation to Cherry Hill Police Department

Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, Inc. Daisy Troop 30327 visited Town Hall this week to present a generous donation to the Cherry Hill Police Department's K-9 Unit. The Daisies' donation came from earnings they received from this year's cookie sales, and will benefit the K-9 Trust Fund, which is used to purchase K-9 training supplies for our four K-9s: Nero, Mika, Pandora and Mai. The girls enjoyed a demonstration by the Cherry Hill K-9 Unit and were given a tour of the police station by Community Relations Officer Renee Houlihan. Our officers certainly appreciate the hard work, dedication and generosity these five girls displayed with their donation. Thank you Daisy Troop 30327!

Religious Leaders visit CHPD
Chief Monaghan and members of the Cherry Hill Police Department meet with local religious leaders.

Chief Monaghan welcomes local religious leaders to tour headquarters

Police Chief Bud Monaghan and his staff welcomed members of the Cherry Hill Religious Leaders Coalition to Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon for the group's monthly lunch meeting. Members were introduced to Police Officers and Department staff, and were given a tour of police headquarters by Community Relations Officer Renee Houlihan. Chief Monaghan and his department have made interaction and communication with local community groups and leaders a top priority, and were excited to have an opportunity to sit down with leaders of our local faith community to answer questions and encourage open communication. Thank you to Deacon Leo McBlain and the entire group for their time and attention! 

Art Blooms call for artisits

Upcoming Events

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, part of our annual Art Blooms celebration, May 14 to 25 at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces for consideration, at $10 per piece, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. 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.
Art Blooms

Art Blooms starts next Saturday, runs through May 25 at historic Croft Farm

The Township's annual Art Blooms celebration returns to the Croft Farm Arts Center next Saturday, May 14, and continues with a variety of events and activities for residents of all ages through May 25.  As in past years, the main attraction for 2016 is our Juried Art Exhibit, which will feature dozen of original works from local artists. Other highlights of this year's celebration include:
  • 'Meet the Artists' Opening Reception, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 14
    Features original two-dimensional works in watercolor, pastels, oils and more. All artwork is available for sale. Artists will be on hand to meet and discuss their work. Artist awards will be given and light refreshments will be served. The gallery is open with varied hours from May 16-19 and May 22-25.
  • Ensemble Series:  Today's Broadway, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 15
    Join us as we welcome back members of the Ocean City Pops, led by OC Pops Music Director William Scheible, for afternoon of Broadway's best tunes, from shows such as Aladdin, Beautiful, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Jersey Boys and On Your Feet. Tickets are $15, for the general public; $12 with a gold card; $5 for students.
  • Luncheon with the Arts for Seniors, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 20
    Enjoy a filmed concert of Barbra Streisand. Lunch will be served during intermission. Attendees can also view the Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit on display in the Arts Center. Tickets are $5 in advance/$8 at the door. 
For more information about Art Blooms and for other upcoming cultural events, visit  http://cherryhillarts.blogspot.com, call (856) 488-7868 or e-mail Arts@chtownship.com. 
Kids to Parks

Visit your local park for a chance to get free ice cream: Saturday, May 21

Cherry Hill Township will celebrate National Kids to Parks Day in local parks across town later this month. On Saturday, May 21, visitors to select playgrounds will receive a free ice cream cone courtesy of the Cherry Hill Recreation Department and Mr. Softee. A list of parks and times will not be released until closer to the event -- and will only be found on the Recreation Department's social media sites! Follow @CHT_Rec on Twitter, @cherryhillrecreation on Instagram and the Cherry Hill Recreation Department on Facebook, and be sure to keep an eye out for details! Kids to Parks day is a nationwide effort to encourage children and families to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner - and with more than 50 local parks in our community, Cherry Hill is the perfect place to celebrate the occasion. We hope to see you around town on May 21! 

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
Stephen Ritz will speak from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26 at the Marian House on Kings Highway.

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. 

Carnival

Cooper School PTA to host annual spring carnival on Saturday, May 14

The J.F. Cooper Elementary School PTA invites the community to its annual family fun carnival, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the school's playground. Join more than 1,000 local residents for a child-friendly afternoon featuring inflatable slides, a rock wall, moon bounce, games galore, art opportunities and food from Mr. Softee, Chick-Fil-A and more. There will be dozens of raffle baskets featuring free weeks of summer camp, gift cards from area restaurants and free birthday parties! Grand prizes include free swim club membership!  Cooper School is located at 1960 Greentree Road.  For more information about the carnival, click here or call (856) 424-4554.

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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.
  • Cosplay Day
    Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 7

    Cosplay is the art of dressing up (sometimes in elaborate and creative ways) as a character from a book, manga, TV show, or movie. Experienced and novice cosplayers are invited to come show off your costumes, trade tips, and connect with other local enthusiasts. 
    -- Noon, Make it Up for All Skill Levels: Licensed cosmetologist Lindsay Caswell will demonstrate cosplay makeup looks for beginners or experienced cosplayers looking for inspiration. Click here to register.
    -- 1 p.m., Cosplay 101 with Elyssa Kroski: Geeky librarian Elyssa Kroski will explain how to get started with cosplay, including where to buy materials and specific projects to try. Click here to register.
    -- 2 p.m., Teen Cosplay Fashion Show: A special meet-up just for teen cosplayers. Come show off your costumes on our runway. Only one will be named the king or queen of Teen Cosplay Day! Click here to register.
  • Endangered Piping Plovers: From New Jersey to the Bahamas
    7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 10
    Join us for presentation about piping plovers, one of the state’s most critically endangered bird species. Learn what is being done in protecting and monitoring them locally along the Jersey Shore, as well as fascinating story of their annual migration to and from the Bahamas. Against all odds these tiny shorebirds return to the same locations every year and our speaker tonight has “greeted” them at both ends of their journey as part of his conservation research and outreach. 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
Enjoy bingo & lunch and dispose of unwanted medications on
May 9.

Senior Living

Spring Pill Drop-Off, Senior Bingo 
scheduled for this 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.

Senior walks continue Mondays, Wednesdays through summer

Residents 55 and up are invited to enjoy the great outdoors alongside the Township's senior walking group. Sessions are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. every Monday and 6 p.m. each Wednesday, weather-permitting. Walkers leave from the Croft Farm house, 100 Borton's Mill Road, and walk along the Croft Farm trails and on the grounds of the historic property. Dress comfortably, wear shoes appropriate for trail walking, and bring a bottle of water. For details and more information, please contact the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@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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