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.
Memorial Day 2016
Town Hall will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Township News

Town Hall closed Monday; Memorial Day ceremony set for 11 a.m. at Town Hall

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building will close at 3 p.m. today and will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31.
Please note that there will be no trash, recycling or yard-waste collection on Monday. Monday's trash will be collected on Tuesday; all other days will remain the same. If your items are not collected as scheduled, please leave cans at the curb and contact Public Works at (856) 424-4422. 
While our offices are closed Monday, the Township will honor and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country in a special ceremony at 11 a.m.; please see the event listing below for complete details. 
Mayor Cahn announces sustainability plan
Mayor Cahn and members of Council announced the Township's new sustainability plan on Tuesday at Barclay Farmstead.

Mayor Cahn, Council unveil the 'Roadmap to Our Future' plan

This was a historic week for our Township, as the members of Council and I visited Barclay Farmstead on Tuesday afternoon to unveil our "Roadmap to Our Future," Cherry Hill's new, 51-page sustainability plan. The Roadmap, the product of nearly 3 years of work by my administration, Council, and members of our Green Team, is a blueprint that will help guide our entire community -- government, residents and businesses alike -- to a future that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. It is a product of which I am tremendously proud, and while our work is far from done, it is an important step forward in our pursuit of a more vibrant, sustainable future that maintains the vitality of our entire community. Click here to read more about Tuesday's announcement, and find the entire document online at www.CherryHill-NJ.com/Roadmap

American Water plans improvements throughout Cherry Hill

New Jersey American Water is expected to begin replacing the water main and water service lines on Partridge Lane, Partridge Court, Rymill Run, Rymill Terrace and Rymill Place on or about Wednesday, June 1. The majority of this work will take place in the roadway; however, some work will take place in the sidewalk or park strip. Construction will continue for approximately 10 weeks, with final paving and other restoration to follow in Fall 2016. Residents are advised that any area of their property impacted by this work will be restored to its original condition, and the street will be repaved. All work is weather-dependent. Click here for more information.

Summer Community magazine cover

Register now for programs including Morning Fun, Basketball, Glee Choir

Registration continues for summer programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department -- including the popular Morning Fun summer camp, Co-Ed Community Basketball, and Glee Show Choir. Please note: The last day to register for basketball at the $85 fee is June 10. Registration for all of our summer programs is available through CommunityPass, our new online registration portal. Users can create family profiles, register for programs and buy event tickets. 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.

Green Team proclamation
Members of the Township's Green Team were honored Monday for their role in creating Cherry Hill's new sustainability plan.

Township Green Team honored
for role in new sustainability plan

Township Council and I honored a very special group of individuals on Monday night, for their role in helping to develop the Township's new "Roadmap to Our Future." The members of the Township Green Team attended the meeting to accept a Mayoral Proclamation commemorating their leadership in helping to bring the document, our community's new sustainability plan, to fruition. The Green Team is a volunteer group comprising members of my administration, representatives from Council, Cherry Hill Public Schools, Sustainable Cherry Hill and local residents, whose vision, leadership, time and talent contributed greatly to the creation of the plan. The Green Team will be charged, moving forward, with overseeing the implementation of the goals and objectives outlined in the plan. Thank you to the Green Team for all you have done to help build a better future for our town! 

PSE&G continues work on Haddonfield-Berlin Road

Delays are expected to continue next week on Haddonfield-Berlin Road between Brace Road and the I-295 interchange, as PSE&G continues underground gas line repairs. Traffic on Haddonfield-Berlin Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction, with work continuing from Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3. 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.

Mayor Cahn at Temple Emanuel
Mayor Cahn takes a picture with Rabbis Jerry David and Larry Sernovitz last week at Temple Emanuel.

Temple Emanuel honors Mayor Cahn, Chief Monaghan as community partners

Chief Monaghan and I joined the clergy and congregation  of Temple Emanuel last Monday night, where we were honored with the synagogue's Shomrei Ha' Kehillah Award. The award - which stands for "Keepers of the Community," was a true honor for both of us, and represents the wonderful relationship we, and especially the Police Department, have built with our faith communities in Cherry Hill. On behalf of myself and Chief Monaghan, I would like to thank the clergy and congregants of Temple Emanuel for their continued partnership. And on a personal note, I would also like to recognize Chief Monaghan and the men and women of the Cherry Hill Police Department for continuing to make public safety a priority in the Township. 

Our Community Salutes
Councilwoman Melinda Kane attended a luncheon to honor military-bound high school seniors last week at the Mansion in Voorhees.

Councilwoman Kane helps to honor military-bound high school seniors  

Last week, Councilwoman Melinda Kane attended a very special ceremony in Voorhees to honor high school seniors from across Camden County who have chosen to enlist in military service after graduation. The ceremony was hosted by Our Community Salutes of South Jersey, whose mission is to honor and thank the graduating seniors and their families for their decision to serve our country following graduation. Founded by Cherry Hill resident Dr. Ken Hartman, Our Community Salutes has grown into a national organization. The timing is particularly poignant, a little more than a week before Memorial Day, as we recognize the tremendous bravery and patriotism of these young men and women who set aside any trepidation to protect our freedom and liberty. The members of Council and I are proud to salute these young men and women - and all the members of the United States Armed Forces - as well as the families who love and support them. Special congratulations and thanks to our graduating Cherry Hill seniors: Jae Kim (Cherry Hill East, USMC), Dustin McGunnigle (Cherry Hill West, USAF), Anthony Eugene Evans (Cherry Hill West, US Army), and Pasquale Joseph Livecchi (Cherry Hill East, US Army). We are so proud of you! To learn more about Our Community Salutes, click here

CHPD plans seatbelt enforcement, education campaign

Law enforcement officers from the Cherry Hill Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. The annual "Click it or Ticket" campaign runs through June 5, and will utilize high-visibility seatbelt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seatbelts. Thank you to the CHPD for continuing its work to reach out and educate the public, in an effort to keep Cherry Hill's roads and highways safe for everyone. Click here to learn more about this important campaign.

CHPD Tough Mudder
Off-duty Cherry Hill Police officers took part in the Tough Mudder Philly last weekend to benefit the Wounded Warriors Foundation.

Cherry Hill Police Officers take part
in 10-mile Tough Mudder Philly

A group of off-duty Cherry Hill Police Officers participated in the Tough Mudder Philly last Saturday, May 21, in Brandywine Valley, Pa. Tough Mudder Philly supports the Wounded Warriors Foundation, a military and veterans charity service organization that helps to empower injured veterans and their families.
Tough Mudder promotes teamwork and camaraderie as participants work to overcome more than 20 obstacles throughout the 10-mile course. We're proud to see the members of our Cherry Hill Police Department represent our township admirably both on and off duty! 

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Mayor Cahn and Council host the Township's annual Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. Monday.

Township News

Mayor Cahn, Council to mark Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Monday at Town Hall

This weekend, we mark the beginning of summer with Memorial Day weekend. But while you're enjoying a day off from work and school, remember that the holiday bears a deeper and much more important meaning. Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember and give thanks for the more than 1.3 million men and women who have given their lives in service to the United States throughout our nation's history. To honor their service and sacrifice, the Township will once again host our annual Memorial Day Tribute at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Mercer Street Municipal Complex. The ceremony will honor Cherry Hill residents killed in action since World War II, and recognize surviving veterans who have passed away in the last year. It will also include a special tribute to veterans of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, which ended 50 and 25 years ago, respectively. The event is rain or shine, and is followed by a free barbecue lunch, courtesy of ShopRite. Click here for more information; we hope to see you Monday.

Trails Day
Two special events are planned on National Trails Day, June 4.

Cherry Hill plans trail improvements, hike to celebrate National Trails Day

Don't miss the country's largest celebration of trails, as the Township has planned two special events to mark the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4. 

  • Start your day at the Croft Farm Trails, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., where the Cherry Hill Environmental Board will be making trail improvements, removing invasive species, and picking up trails along the trails. Interested participants should wear work clothes, bring insect repellent, and wear sunscreen. The Trails are located at Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road.
  • Later in the evening, join us for a Sunset Hike along the Barclay Farmstead Trail, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The hike will highlight the beauty of this nationally recognized trail system, as the sun sets and the moon starts to shine, and will be led by members of the Environmental Board. Bring your flashlight! After the hike, enjoy s'mores around the campfire. The trails begin on the grounds of Barclay Farmstead, 209 Barclay Lane. The hike is FREE; registration is preferred. 
Cherry Hill is home to dozens of beautiful trails, many of which feature some of the most breathtaking natural areas in our Township. We hope to see you at these two events on June 4, but you can take advantage of these great natural, local resources any day! Click here for a full list of trails, including maps. To learn more about our trail system or recreation facilities of any kind, contact the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868, or email Recreation@chtownship.com.

Fire Department offers Refresher Program for Lifeguards

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will once again offer its annual refresher program for lifeguards. This is a no-cost refresher program, not a re-certification program. This year's course will include a CPR re-certification class, for those lifeguards who require it. Click here for details and to register. If you have any questions, please contact Public Education Officer Tammy DeLucca at (856) 795-9805, ext. 1333. (Do not call the William G. Rohrer Center for registration.)

Baby blocks
June 18, 9 a.m. - noon
1100 Marlkress Road
Cost:  $10

CHFD to offer Safe Babysitting Class

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will be offering a Safe Babysitting Class to Cherry Hill residents ages 13 to 16, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 18, at the Marlkress Road Fire Station. Registration is required no later than June 16; class size is limited to 25 students.  If you have any questions please contact Tammy DeLucca at 856-795-9508, ext. 1333 or e-mail tdelucca@chfd.org. 

Rigoletto
'Rigoletto' is the featured film at our next Luncheon with the Arts for Seniors, June 17 at Croft Farm.

Don't miss our next Luncheon with
the Arts for Seniors, Friday, June 17

The township hosts a number of live performances and other cultural activities at the historic Croft Farm Arts Center throughout the year. The next such event is our June "Luncheon with the Arts for Seniors," featuring the opera Rigoletto, beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, June 17. Rigoletto tells the story of a grumpy landlord with an ear for voice who offers to coach his maid, an aspiring singer whose mother he almost evicted. The Croft Farm Arts Center is an intimate, 240-seat performing arts venue located right in the heart of our town, and features some incredible performances and events throughout the year. The Luncheon is open to residents 55 and up; tickets are $5 in advance, or $8 at the door. For more information, contact the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Arts@chtownship.com. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.  

Fabulous Greaseband
The Fabulous Greaseband will perform at Garden State Park on Thursday, June 30.

The Fabulous Greaseband to play free show June 30 at Garden State Park

Cherry Hill Township has partnered with the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Garden State Park to present the On the Road Concert Series, featuring The Fabulous Greaseband, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at The Park Lane Park at Garden State Park. The seven-member Greaseband will bring you the best rock-and-roll party songs of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. The show is free; refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring your friends, family and a chair or blanket, and sit back to enjoy the music. We hope to see you there! Click here for more information.

Cherry Hill Library Logo

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 HwyReminder: The Library is closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.
  • Story Stretchers
    11-11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 28
    We’ll bring stories to life with songs and poses in this yoga class designed just for kids ages 5-8. By using a story that lends itself to yoga, we'll incorporate poses and stretches into our story. Wear comfy clothing and socks. No mats necessary. Click here to register.
  • What's the Big Idea? A STEM Story Time
    2-2:45 p.m. Saturday, May 28
    Nurture curiosity with this math and science story time for children ages 3-6. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) stations, along with stories and songs and more. Click here to register.
  • Must Watch Documentary: He Named Me Malala
    Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31
    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. About the Film: A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations. (PG-13, 88 mins, 2015) Click here to watch the trailer for this film.
  • The Music of World War II: War Songs and Their Stories
    Meet the Author, Dr. Sheldon Winkler
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 9

    Some of the most memorable and enduring popular music of the 20th Century was written during the Second World War. With patriotism at an all-time high, the war effort became an integral part of the entertainment industry, creating an emotional wartime dream world of heroes, love, remembrance, reflection and introspection. Join us at Dr. Winkler shares some of the stories behind the origins of many of these musical compositions, some of which have survived to become standards still popular today. 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.

Senior Living

Senior tip

The Cherry Hill Recreation Department provides so much more than youth summer camps. Each season, the department organizes a variety of classes for residents of all ages; summer is no exception! Registration is now open for summer programs that begin in June. A complete list of activities can be found online here.  You can also pick up a copy of the summer Community Magazine at the Recreation Department Office (Room 102) or the Cherry Hill Public Library. To register for ALL Recreation Department classes and events, please visit our website. If you need help setting up an account, registering or searching for a program, please contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868.
Some of our most popular adult programs include:
  • Pickleball, a fast growing sport that combines the fundamentals of tennis, badminton and ping pong on a smaller court. It’s great exercise without the jarring motions of a fast-paced tennis game!
  • Yoga, which can improve your balance, focus and strength. If you haven’t tried yoga, I encourage you to sign up for a class and see why it’s so popular. Those with limited mobility or who are trying for the first time can feel comfortable knowing that our skilled instructors will adapt poses to meet all levels.
  • Elements of Art, which is a great way to relax your mind and reinvigorate your creative spirit! Students can use the medium of their choice to create still life works of art.
  • In addition to those programs, we also offer tennis, aerobics and watercolor during the summer. Our Line dancing and Ceramics courses are held year-round in the Community Center, free of charge. Visit us online today to find a course that interests you!
Because we believe senior services are an important component of our community, we employ a Senior Services Program Coordinator, Gaye Pino, who is available to answer questions and act as an advocate for all of our residents 55 and older. If you need assistance, or simply have ideas or suggestions for our senior programs, please contact Gaye at gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800. She welcomes your input!

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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