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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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Mayor Cahn introduces fifth straight budget with no municipal tax increase

On Monday, I introduced to the members of Township Council my proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 -- and I'm proud to tell you that, for the fifth consecutive year, there will be no increase in municipal taxes for Cherry Hill residents. The $69 million budget we have introduced continue to invest heavily in roads and infrastructure improvements, public safety, recreation and cultural opportunities, open space, our historic properties, and important municipal services and programs that help to maintain a strong, vibrant quality of life in our community. This effort is aided by our success in encouraging economic development and reinvestment throughout Cherry Hill -- which increases tax ratables and creates revenue that we are able to reinvest into the community, without raising taxes. As Mayor, I believe it is my responsibility - together with Council - to act in the best interests of our entire town in everything we do, and to move our community forward, in every respect. That is our highest priority. 
I invite you to learn more about the budget by clicking here, or by contacting the Municipal Clerk's office. A public hearing and final adoption are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall. 

Paddock Way roadwork
Road crews work on Paddock Way in Cherry Hill the week of Aug. 8. 

Township Road program continues
next week across Cherry Hill

The township’s annual Road Maintenance Program is progressing rapidly, with portions of several local streets scheduled to be milled and paved in the coming weeks.
Crews worked on Paddok Way, as well as Valley Run Drive and Forge Road this week, with several other roads, including King George and Preston roads, recently completed. 
Concrete work is scheduled next week on Valley Run Drive, Forge Road, Burning Tree Road, Queen Anne Road, and Dogwood Road, with other locations possible. Milling and paving will take place in the next two weeks on Heron, Bob White Drive, Lark Lane and Heartwood Road. In total, 56 local streets are scheduled for work as part of this year’s road program, a significant investment in our town’s infrastructure by my administration that will make our roads smoother, safer and easier to navigate, while preserving the quality of neighborhoods throughout Cherry Hill. All work is weather-permitting. Contact the Department of Engineering at (856) 424-3203 for questions or concerns about any local road project. 
Click here to learn more about our Road Maintenance Program and the work planned for this year.  

Junior Police Academy
Cherry Hill Junior Police Academy Class #2

Congratulations to the graduates of Junior Police Academy Class No. 2

Congratulations to the newest graduates of the Cherry Hill Police Department Junior Police Academy, which took place from Aug. 1 to 5. Forty recruits ages 11 to 14 spent five days with members of the Cherry Hill Police Department where they were introduced to the world of law enforcement. In its second year, the Junior Police Academy is designed to increase the recruit's self-confidence and understanding of team work. Instructors instill a sense of respect, for both themselves and others. This year's program introduced recruits to a rigorous physical training schedule, along with lessons in nutrition, bullying, motorcycles, the Department's K-9 unit, TRT, traffic safety, drug awareness, crime scene processing, building clearing and car stops, as well as drill and ceremony. Each of the promising young men and women received a certificate and challenge coin during a graduation ceremony at Cherry Hill High School West. The members of Township Council and I offer a sincere congratulations the 2016 Cherry Hill Police Junior Police Academy Class #2, along with thanks to Chief Monaghan, Capt. Winters, Sgt. Mahan, and all of the officers and instructors whose vision and leadership made this year's program a success! Visit the CHPD on Facebook to view pictures of this year's program and graduation ceremony.

West Tennis Courts
The five new tennis courts at Locustwood Park/Cherry Hill West reopened this week, following their final surfacing and painting.

Tennis Courts at Cherry Hill East, West reopen after renovations 

The Tennis Courts at Cherry Hill High Schools East and West reopened this week, following renovations that closed them for several weeks. The five courts at Cherry Hill West, which were constructed last year by the Township and Board of Education, received a final surfacing and painting, while the courts at Cherry Hill East were resurfaced, painting and cleaned, as well. The Tennis Courts at Beck Middle School are expected to open the week of Aug. 15. The Township is in the midst of a multi-phase project to enhance sport courts and athletic facilities across Cherry Hill, to the benefit of hundreds of residents. A new Pickleball Court -- the first in Cherry Hill -- recently opened at Lions Den Park in Erlton North, and turf fields being built at both high schools will be completed by early fall. 

Plant a Patch at Barclay Farmstead
The Barclay Farmstead Plant-a-Patch program offers community members their own plots of farmland on which to grow and harvest their own gardens.

Barclay 200: Plant-a-Patch gardener lauds program in Phila. Inquirer essay

Cherry Hill resident Walter Bowne published a wonderful opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer this week discussing his love for the wonderful "Plant-a-Patch" program at historic Barclay Farmstead. Plant-a-Patch is a community garden program hosted at the historic 19th-century farmstead, which offers more than 100 gardeners space to maintain and harvest their own garden plots on original farm fields from April through October. The program also features an orientation lecture and the annual Harvest Dinner each August. Plant-a-Patch has been a popular program for many years, and serves as a wonderful, hands-on complement to other programs such as tours of the farmhouse and interpretive nature trails -- and is one of the many special features that makes Barclay Farmstead such a treasured gem within our community. As we continue to celebrate the Farmstead's bicentennial throughout 2016, I encourage you to learn more about this historic property -- listed on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Properties -- by following Cherry Hill Recreation and the Barclay Farmstead Museum on Facebook!

Restaurant Week

Upcoming Events

Still time to dine out: Cherry Hill Restaurant Week ends Sunday

There's still time to dine out, and enjoy a fantastic deal at one of sixteen Cherry Hill Restaurants! Our third annual Cherry Hill Restaurant Week continues through this Sunday, Aug. 14, with special prix-fixe menu options ($25 or $35 per person) at some of the best restaurants in town. Lunch deals are available in several 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 and menus, visit the Cherry Hill Restaurant Week website and Facebook page. There are just two days left; don't miss out! 

Jungle Book PA Ballet
The Township and Pennsylvania Ballet II have partnered to present 'The Jungle Book' on Sept. 17

Cherry Hill, Pennsylvania Ballet
present 'The Jungle Book,' Sept. 17

The Cherry Hill Recreation Department has developed an exciting partnership with the Pennsylvania Ballet II, and will present their rendition of "The Jungle Book," for two performances on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cherry Hill High School West. For more details about this and other events provided by Cherry Hill Township, "like" Cherry Hill Recreation on Facebook, or visit the Township website at www.CherryHill-NJ.com. To purchase tickets visit register.communitypass.net/CherryHill. This event is presented by Cigna in collaboration with Curtis Institute of Music.

Book It 5K
The Township and Cherry Hill Library will host the Book It 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

Book It 5K, Wellness Day offer family-friendly fun and activities on Sept. 10

Cherry Hill Recreation Department & Cherry Hill Public Library will be teaming up for the first annual Book It 5K and 100-yard Kids' Dash on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Highway North. The 3.1-mile race is open to all. T-shirts will be given to the first 250 registrants; medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. All children will receive a prize following the 100-yard dash. Registration opens at 7 a.m.; race starts at 8. 
After the race, head over to our Mayor's Wellness Campaign partners Springdale Farm for a free Wellness Day, hosted in partnership with the Township. For more information, follow Cherry Hill Recreation on Facebook. For details on the 5K, or to register, click here

Fox Hollow 5K

Fox Hollow Swim Club to host 
'Fox Trot 5K' on Saturday, Sept. 17

The Second Annual Fox Hollow "Fox Trot 5K" will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The 5k race, presented by MedTalents, Inc., is a run/walk that will travel through the beautiful neighborhood of Fox Hollow on a USATF-certified course. Last year's race was a success, with 233 runners and walkers participating. Due to the generosity of twenty-seven business sponsors, the event raised several thousand dollars toward the complete renovation of the Fox Hollow Swim Club, as well as $2,500 in donations that were given to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation to support public schools in Cherry Hill. Race organizers are working hard to ensure that this year's event will be bigger and even better!  The race website is live and accepting registrations. Be sure to follow and like the event or their pages on Facebook and Twitter. Just search "Fox Hollow 5K.."

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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 HwyNOTICE: The Cherry Hill Public Library will be closed on Monday, Aug. 15 and Tuesday, Aug. 16 for repairs to the A/C system.
  • Dine and Donate
    4-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17

    Raising money never tasted so good! Head to Zinburger (923 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002), on Wednesday, Aug. 17 between 4-10 p.m. and show this flier to your server and 20 percent of your meal bill will be donated to the Cherry Hill Public Library. Dine & Donate proceeds will benefit our popular Museum Pass Program! We want to be able to purchase more passes for you to enjoy!
  • Backyard Bash 
    5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18
    Friendship Grove at the Cherry Hill Public Library

    Join us for a night of family fun! Celebrate the end of summer in Friendship Grove at CHPL with fun brought to you by Mad Science, Philadelphia Union, My Gym Cherry Hill, Garden State Discovery Museum and more! Plus, we’ll have an array of sweet and savory food trucks to tempt your taste buds! The rain date is 8/25. Thank you to our sponsors: The Friends of the Library and Republic Bank.

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

Township offers bus service for residents 55 and older

Cherry Hill provides free bus service to transport seniors over 55 and disabled residents to appointments and activities within the Township. This service is available during daytime hours from Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, please call (856) 661-4711, or (856) 661-4802 at least three days before you would like a pickup. Camden County also provides transportation throughout the County via their transportation service, Sen-Han Transit (for Camden County seniors 60+). For more information or to contact Sen-Han, call (856) 456-3344. 
Reminder: Save the date for the 2016 Senior Festival, at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Town Hall. Additional details to follow in the coming weeks. The festival is free to all seniors, with free food for those with a Gold Card. 
To learn more about these or other available services, please contact our Senior Services coordinator, Gaye Pino, 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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