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.

Township News

Work planned next week on Springdale, Cooperlanding roads

Two major road construction projects will take place in the Township this week, with work planned on both Springdale Road and Cooper Landing Road, weather-permitting. Delays are anticipated in both areas, and drivers are advised to allow extra travel time, and utilize an alternate route if possible. 
On Springdale Road, contractors will begin the first phase of a $2.8 million project to repave and realign the roadway between Evesham Road and Wilderness Drive.The project will also feature new traffic striping for left turn lanes and bike lanes, traffic signal improvements with pedestrian crossings, landscaped islands with irrigation, handicap accessibility and drainage improvements.
Contractors on Cooper Landing Road will continue underground water-main replacement work between New York Avenue and Valley Run Drive. Watch for alternating lanes of traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is the first phase of a project to repave the entire stretch of Cooper Landing, from Route 70 to the Route 38 Circle. Delays are expected; please avoid the area, if possible.
With several large-scale road projects planned through the summer months, the Township will continue to provide updates on road conditions, detours and other necessary information as it becomes available. Be sure to follow the Township and Cherry Hill Police on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

Mayor Holden
Mayor John T. Holden Sr. Photo courtesy Schetter Funeral Home.

Township mourns the loss of former Cherry Hill Mayor John Holden, 88

The Township extends our deepest condolences to the family of former Mayor John T. Holden Sr., who passed away on Wednesday, June 1, at the age of 88. Mayor Holden served in his position from 1970 to 74, and lived most recently in Mount Laurel with his family. 
It was under Mayor Holden's leadership that the Township acquired historic Barclay Farms in the early 1970s as a project to mark the nation's bicentennial, and began the restoration and preservation of what stands today as one of the Township's greatest assets. And while he may not have anticipated that the Farmstead would grow to become such a special part of our town, with thriving gardens, a robust tour program, and an award-winning school program, there is no doubt that his vision helped to shape and change the future of Cherry Hill. Please join me in celebrating Mayor Holden and his legacy in our community - and in expressing our sincere sympathy to his wife, Mary, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Click here to read the full obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mayor Cahn speaking on Memorial Day
Mayor Cahn welcomed a standing-room-only crowd to the Community Center to mark Memorial Day 2016.

Mayor, Council lead tribute to the fallen during Memorial Day service

On Monday, more than 100 area residents came together with myself and the members of Township Council to mark the Memorial Day holiday with a solemn ceremony honoring those who have given their lives in service to the United States throughout our nation's history. It was a beautiful remembrance of all those killed in action, and was made even more memorable by special addresses by Congressman Donald Norcross and Col. John Scannell of the New Jersey Army National Guard. I want to thank all those who made this year's event possible, including the Cherry Hill Police & Fire Honor Guard, Cherry Hill HS West Junior ROTC Honor Guard,  American Legion Post 372 and Jewish War Veterans Post 126. While Memorial Day has passed, let us always remember and be grateful to those servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Click here or visit the Township's Facebook page for photos from the ceremony.

Cherry Hill West mock crash
Cherry Hill Police and Fire hosted "Operation Mock Crash" at Cherry Hill West to educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Cherry Hill Police, Fire hold annual mock crash at Cherry Hill West

This week, the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments took part in Cherry Hill West’s “Operation Prom: Mock Crash,” giving students a realistic look at what can happen when driving under the influence. This is a powerful program for both the students and faculty members who participate, showing four students who are involved in a fatal car accident following an after-prom party. One student is killed, the driver is arrested, and the two backseat passengers need to be extricated by the Fire Department. The presentation includes a discussion of the costs of the decision, both emotionally and financially, that affect the students’ families, friends, victims and community at large. This is a valuable exercise and an important reminder for our community’s youngest drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving, especially ahead of prom season and summer vacation. To watch SNJ Today coverage of the event click here, and to see pictures, click here.

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

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.

Gun Violence Awareness Day
Mayor Cahn and Councilwoman Melinda Kane presented a proclamation to members of the Unitarian Universalist Church on Thursday, June 2.

Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Kane
talk gun violence at Unitarian Church

On Thursday evening, Councilwoman Melinda Kane, Chief Monaghan and I joined other elected officials from across South Jersey for a special gun violence awareness discussion at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Kings Highway. June 2 is recognized nationally as Gun Violence Awareness Day, as a show of support for and solidarity with victims of gun violence and their loved ones. The date is the birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade and was tragically shot and killed just weeks later. Hadiya would have been 19 this year. Towns across the country declared June 2 as Gun Violence Awareness Day in their communities, with many -- including myself and others in the congregation on Thursday -- wearing orange, a color selected by Hadiya's friends -- to mark the event.

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Join us this Sunday,
June 5, noon - 4 p.m.
Open house at Historic Barclay Farmstead

Upcoming Events

Barclay 200 celebration continues with open house this Sunday, June 5

Historic Barclay Farmstead will open its doors from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, June 5, 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 Fathers at the Farmstead! Spend some time at Barclay learning about the many roles of the men at the Farmstead. Our forge barn will be open with blacksmithing demonstrations.  Try your hand at the two-man saw or on an auger, and don't forget to visit the main farmhouse for the guided tours. There will be a free craft activity from 1 - 3 p.m.: make your own whirli-gig!  All visitors should be sure to get their PastPort stamped, pick up a commemorative postcard, and register for our door prize: a Home Depot gift card donated by The Keri Ricci Real Estate Team! The Museum Shop will be open and accessible to the public to purchase special gifts. Click here for a full rundown of our June 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.

Homeroom the Musical
Cherry Hill High School West
New Auditorium
Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

Teen actors from Puerto Rico to perform Homeroom at CHHS West

This weekend, 30 teen actors from Colegio Ponceño Musical Theater Group in Ponce, Puerto Rico, will come to Cherry Hill to perform with students from Cherry Hill High School West in “Homeroom: The Musical" and collaborate in the making of a music video of one of the musical's biggest numbers, "Stand Up for Yourself." 
We are very excited to host these students in the coming days - and looking forward to a public performance of the musical, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Cherry Hill West. 
With messages that are universal – for kids and adults alike – the musical breaks down barriers and brings people together in friendship. With school related themes, the Homeroom characters present relevant issues that teens can relate to in these crucial growing up years. This event is happening due to the incredible vision of long-time Cherry Hill resident, award-winning composer, playwright, director and music therapist, Andrea Green, and her collaborator, school psychologist and playwright Selma Tolins-Kaufman. They wrote "Homeroom" in 1989 and the play has been performed all over the country. Tickets available at the door or to purchase online, click here.

TD Bank volunteers working on Croft Farm trails
TD Bank volunteers  worked hard to build a raised walkway to the new entrance at Croft Farms Trails.

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. One of the projects to be worked on will be to complete the construction of the raised walkway at the new Elmhurst entrance to the Croft Trail system that in the past has been constantly wet. 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.
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.  

The 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.

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.)

ABC blocks

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. 

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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
  • Summer Reading at the Library 
    CHPL’s Summer Reading Program doesn’t officially begin until June 20, but you can preregister now! Click here to access the website. Register yourself and your kids and you’ll be all set to participate starting on June 20!.
  • The Music of World War II: War Songs and their Stories
    10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 9Some 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.  
  • Itsy-Bitsy Activities
    11-11:45 a.m. Friday, June 10Join us for a special play time for the library's littlest patrons! Meet upstairs in the Story and Craft room for self-directed, developmentally appropriate activities, geared especially for children under age 2. 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

Save the Date: Senior Festival Sept. 26 at Town Hall

The Township will once again celebrate our senior residents at the 2016 Senior Festival, set for Monday, Sept. 26, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St.  The festival is free and open to all residents 55 and older. This year's festival will feature more exhibitors than ever, as well as prizes, medical testing and presentations, an opportunity to meet the Mayor and Council members, and much more. A free lunch will be available for those with a gold card. Look for additional details to follow as the festival approaches.

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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