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.
Road work
Road work is scheduled next week on several local streets as part of the Township's annual Road Maintenance Program.

Township News

Township Road program continues
next week across Cherry Hill

Road work will continue next week on several local roads in the Township, with a mill and overlay scheduled to begin on or about Monday, July 18, on sections of Rhode Island Ave., Parkwood Drive, Surrey Road, Oak Avenue, St. James Place, Evergreen Avenue, Belmont Drive and Hialeah Drive. All work is being done by the Department of Engineering as part of the Township's annual Road Maintenance Program. More than 55 roads are scheduled for reconstruction this year, as part of the program.  Work on all roads will include road resurfacing, as well as isolated sidewalk and curb replacement where necessary. 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.  

PSE&G to upgrade aging cast iron facilities in Cherry Hill

PSE&G will be working in Cherry Hill over the next several weeks to replace older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping as part of a statewide project to replace 510 miles of aging gas lines. Officials from the utility company say the new pipes will improve reliability, reduce the possibility of methane leaks, and enable the installation of excess flow valves on service lines, which reduce gas flow if a pipe is damaged. The new lines will also provide better support for high-efficiency appliances like furnaces and water heaters. Work will begin on or about Monday, July 18, and will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, conditions permitting. Click here for details.

Lane restrictions next week Berlin, Cooperlanding roads

Lane restrictions will be in place on Monday on Haddonfield-Berlin Road near Route 295 to accommodate repairs being conducted by PSE&G. Motorists should be prepared for traffic pattern changes, allow extra travel time, and use caution when driving through the construction zone. Residents with questions or concerns can contact PSE&G at (856) 573-2015 during regular business hours. 
On Wednesday, July 20, Cooperlanding Road will be closed to southbound traffic between Route 70 and Chapel Avenue, with local detours in place. This work is part of an ongoing project to repave the roadway from Route 70 to the Route 38 circle. Residents with questions or concerns about this project should contact the Camden County Department of Public Works at  (856) 566-2980.

Cherry Hill officers in Dallas
Several members of the Cherry Hill Police Department traveled to Dallas this week to honor five officers killed in the line of duty last week. 

Residents, community show support
for the Cherrry Hill Police Department

The Cherry Hill Police Department and Chief William Monaghan have been overwhelmed this week by the amount of support our officers have received from members of the Cherry Hill community following a very difficult week for members of the national law enforcement community. Our officers were contacted and visited by residents, business owners, community groups and religious organizations alike - support that means an immeasurable amount. As a Township, our hearts and thoughts are with all those affected by senseless violence in our world, particularly in recent weeks, and we stand in unity with the individuals, cities and communities whose lives have been touched. On a personal note, I want to acknowledge the work the men and women of our Cherry Hill Police Department do every day to keep our community safe, secure and strong. It is a true example of successful, inclusive community policing, from the top of the organization to each and every patrol officer. Thank you to Chief Monaghan and our men and women in uniform, and thank you to the citizens who have shown their support in the last week, and always. Click here to read about the outpouring in the Cherry Hill Sun, and click here to stay up-to-date on the department through Facebook.

Excessive heat warning

Residents are reminded to stay safe,
cool as heat and humidity rise

As we continue through the summer season, the Cherry Hill Office of Emergency Management reminds residents to be smart and stay safe and cool during periods of high heat and humidity. When temperatures reach dangerous levels, there are three facilities in the community where residents can seek relief from the heat: 
- The Cherry Hill Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St.
- The Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 N. Kings Highway (open until 9:30 p.m.)
- The Cherry Hill Mall, Haddonfield Road (open until 9:30 p.m.)
When the temperatures and humidity rise, it is important to limit your time outdoors, stay hydrated, and remember to check on neighbors who may need assistance - particularly the elderly and individuals with limited mobility. Senior citizens, children and pets are especially vulnerable in extreme temperatures. Click here for more information to help you beat the heat and stay healthy this summer. 

Hunter's Heroes at CHPL
From left: Librarian Claire Schmieder, Mayor Cahn, Hunter's Heroes founder Claire Hunter, Fire Commissioner Kellie Montana and Battalion Chief Jason Houck accept the 25-book donation.

Nonprofit donates 25 fire-training books to the Cherry Hill Library

Mayor Cahn stopped by the Cherry Hill Public Library on Monday night for a special Thank a Firefighter event, hosted by the Library and the Hunter's Heroes Foundation. As part of the event, Hunter's Heroes donated 25 fire-related training books for fire responders to the library, which will become a part of the Library's permanent collection. These books are essential for current firefighters and those planning a career in the field - but many can be expensive and hard to find. It was a wonderful evening, featuring the book presentation, as well as a meet and greet with members of the Cherry Hill Fire Department and a truck display outside the library for children and residents of all ages. Hunter's Heroes is a nonprofit organization created to help libraries offer books to firefighters and fire officers for training purposes, started in memory of Lt. Christopher Hunter, a Cinnaminson firefighter who passed away in 2014. Training and education were a passion of Lt. Hunter's, and his wife, Claire, founded the organization in his memory. Thank you to Claire Hunter and Hunter's Heroes for their incredibly generous gift! Learn more about Hunter's Heroes at www.huntersheroesfoundation.org.

CHPD reminder: Protect your home while you're on vacation

The summer is a popular time for vacations, and criminals are aware of this. Cherry Hill Police want to remind you that a house or apartment left empty while its owners are traveling is a tempting target. And while police don't want to scare you -- or leave you fearing for your belongings while basking on the beach -- but it's imperative that every traveler take certain key steps to keep his or her home safe and sound while seeing the world. Basic and simple preventative measures (which take only minutes to complete) can work wonders to help you avoid things like power surges or potential home invasions and ensure that when you return from vacation, you are not returning as a victim. Click here for nine steps to take prior to vacation to help keep your home safe.

Music Under the Stars Week 2
Beatlemania Again had the crowd on its feet and dancing at this week's Music Under the Stars.

Upcoming Events

Music Under the Stars continues
this Tuesday at Barclay Farmstead 

We had another great evening of Music Under the Stars, as residents were able to "Come Together" to enjoy the sounds of Beatlemania Again! The Township's free, family-friendly summer concert series will continue this week with the Sensational Soul Cruisers, and every Tuesday in July, with a different opening act and exciting headliner who's sure to keep you up and on your feet! Great food will be available for purchase. Bring your blanket, a chair, and even a picnic dinner - just don't forget your appetite for great music! Every Tuesday evening will feature a different musical adventure at the historic Farmstead. Thanks to this year's sponsors from Republic Bank, Camden County College and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, these concerts are FREE and open to the public. We'll see you next week! 

Yoga in the Park
Come experience the mind and body benefits that only yoga can provide.

Yoga in the Park continues every Saturday in July at Croft Farm

Join Cherry Hill Recreation and Lourdes Health System for a free, four-week, Yoga in the Park series at Croft Farm, continuing this Saturday, July 16. This beginner-level class is open to all, and yoga is a wonderful activity for those with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease, and helps everyone to build strength, flexibility and mind/body awareness. Classes will be held every Saturday in July from 8 - 9 a.m.. Please bring your own mat and water. For more information click here. Registration in advance is required.
You can also contact the Cherry Hill Department of Recreation at Recreation@CHTownship.com or call (856) 488-7868.
Pop-up storytime Ashland Park
Dozens of families turned out for our first Pop-up Storytime on Friday at Ashland Park.

Attention parents: Pop-up Story Time to visit local parks in July, August

Get the kids ready and head on over to one of our local park on Fridays in July and August for a special outdoor Pop-up Story Time, brought to you by Cherry Hill Recreation and the Cherry Hill Public Library! More than 50 people turned out this Friday morning for our inaugural storytime, hosted at Ashland Park. The program will continue each week through Aug. 12, with stories and fun with CHPL’s Librarians. Story time runs from 10 to 10:30 a.m.; visit Cherry Valley on July 22; Erlton on July 29; Kresson Woods/Haddontowne on Aug. 5; and Old Orchard on Aug. 12, weather permitting. Click here for photos. 
For more information, visit www.chplnj.org

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'Savor' the Date: Cherry Hill Restaurant Week returns Aug. 7-14

Fifteen restaurants are on board for Cherry Hill Restaurant Week 2016, which returns with a week of specials from Aug. 7-14. For one week, participating restaurants will offer patrons a special prix-fixe ($25 or $35) 3-course menu, with lunch options available in most locations, as well. This is an exciting opportunity to promote local businesses, while giving our residents a chance to enjoy a special meal at a great price. Look for more information, including a list of participating restaurants, sample menus, and updates to the Cherry Hill Restaurant Week website, Facebook page and Twitter account (@CHRestaurantWk) in the coming weeks. And be sure to save up your appetite for the week of Aug. 7! 

Al Fresco Affair

Save the date: Al Fresco Affair

The Cherry Hill Recreation Department invites you to the first-ever Al Fresco Affair at Croft Farm, from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. An evening under the stars and twinkling lights will set the mood as you enjoy some of the finest food trucks in the area. There will be dancing and music, as well as lawn games for the kids. We hope to see you! For more details about this and other events provided by Cherry Hill Township, like Cherry Hill Recreation on Facebook.  While you are there, search for the Facebook event - Al Fresco Affair.

Eat dirt
Discuss the book 'eat dirt,' 7 p.m. July 20 at Inkwood Books in Haddonfield.

Sustainable Cherry Hill to host book discussion on July 20 in Haddonfield

Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Health Task Force’s summer book discussion features "eat dirt" by Dr. Josh Axe, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Inkwood Books in Haddonfield. Do you know someone with auto-immune disease? Ever wonder why so many Americans suffer from Celiac, Crohn’s and Colitis? "Eat dirt" explores how modern improvements to our food supply have damaged our intestinal health. and how things like refrigeration, sanitation and modified grains have affected us. To learn more, or to register, click here.

Book sale

Library News and Events

Friends' Book Sale ends tomorrow
at the Cherry Hill Public Library

For many of us, summer is vacation time, and no vacation would be complete without a great book! As it does every year, the Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library is hosting its July Book Sale through this Saturday, July 16, at 1100 Kings Highway North. Public sale hours continue until 5 p.m. Friday, July 15; and again from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for $5 Bag of Books Day. Thousands of books, CDs and DVDs will be offered; hardbacks, CDs and DVDs are $2, while paperback books are $1. All proceeds benefit the Library. For more information, call (856) 667-0300 or go to www.chplnj.org.

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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
  • Lit With Librarians
    3-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 19
    Join us for a daytime book discussion of the wildly popular novel, The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. No registration
  • The New Jersey Blueberry
    7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20
    Elizabeth White, the daughter of a New Jersey farmer, and Dr. Frederick Coville, a USDA botanist, harvested and sold the first commercial crop of blueberries out of Whitesbog, N.J., in 1916. Judith Krall-Russo will present the history of the “swamp huckleberry” and why it’s touted as a wonder fruit with a host of healthful benefits. Judith will also share a variety of ways to prepare and savor these berries. Click here to register.
  • Dine & Donate: PJ Whelihan's Cherry Hill
    5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 21

    Raising money never tasted so good! Stop by PJ Whelihan's in Cherry Hill (1854 Rt. 70 East) for drinks or dinner and 15% of your total bill will be donated to the Cherry Hill Public Library. Be sure to mention the library to your server so your donation is applied!

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

Gold Card entitles seniors to special prices, discounts

Did you know Cherry Hill residents 55 and older are eligible to receive special pricing and discounts to certain programs and events through the Township's Gold Card Program? Gold Card members can receive discounted concert tickets, free admission to high school performances, and discounts provided by participating local businesses. To enroll in the program, visit the Department of Recreation, Room 102 of the Township Municipal Building, with proof of residency. In addition to these special pricing options, your Gold Card will also entitle you to free food at the Township's upcoming Senior Festival on Monday, Sept. 26, at Town Hall. To learn more about these programs, or any other issue of interest to Cherry Hill seniors, please contact our Senior Services Program Coordinator, Gaye Pino, directly at gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800.

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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