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.
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Township News

Fall registration now open for programs, classes offered by the Recreation Dept.

Registration is now open for all programs and classes offered by the Township Recreation Department this fall. Whether you're a parent looking for activities for your children, a young adult looking to pick up a new hobby or skill, or a recent retiree looking to socialize and stay active, there's a program or class for you! Classes are listed in the Fall 2016 Community Magazine, which will be arriving in homes in the near future; or you can browse classes online through Community Pass, the Township's new online registration tool where you can create an account for you and your family, register for classes, and purchase tickets for upcoming events. Visit https://register.capturepoint.com/CherryHill to browse upcoming programs. Be sure to follow Cherry Hill Recreation on Facebook for event details and highlights. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com.

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 currently in various stages of repaving and reconstruction. Next week, road crews will begin work on Heartwood Road in the Woodcrest neighborhood, beginning on Monday, Aug. 22, weather-permitting. Paving may continue through Wednesday; detours will be in place and electronic message boards have been placed in the area with information for motorists and residents. 
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.  

Lane restrictions next week on Haddonfield-Berlin Road

Traffic restrictions will be in place on Haddonfield-Berlin Road between North Brookfield Road and Ashbrook Road beginning Monday, Aug. 22, for PSE&G repairs. The roadway will be restricted to one lane in each direction 24 hours a day for approximately one week. Police will be on-site to assist with traffic flow. As always, motorists are reminded to allow extra travel time, use caution in the work area, and to utilize an alternate route if possible, for the duration of the project. 

Closures in place next week on Spring Rd, Cunningham Ln.

Residents are reminded that Spring Road will be closed to all traffic 24 hours a day from Wednesday, Aug. 17, through approximately Thursday, Sept. 1, as part of Camden County's ongoing Springdale Road improvement project. Cunningham Lane will remain closed to all traffic between Springdale Road and Manning Lane 24 hours a day through approximately Friday, Aug. 26. Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time, to follow posted detours and use caution when traveling in the area. Springdale Road itself will remain open with one lane in each direction for the next several weeks.
Beck Tennis Courts
The Tennis Courts at Beck Middle School have reopened following renovations.

Beck tennis courts reopen
following renovations, repainting

The Tennis Courts at Beck Middle School have officially reopened after being resurfaced this summer as part of ongoing work to enhance sport courts and athletic facilities across Cherry Hill. Several tennis courts and hockey rinks have been improved in recent years. Tennis courts at Cherry Hill East and West were recently completed, and work is nearing completion on sports facilities at Woodcrest Elementary School, Stockton School, and in Kingston (Gene Hart Hockey Rink, near the CHYAA field). 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. 

Country Walk Pump Station
The Township recently installed a new municipal pumping station in Country Walk, part of ongoing efforts to invest in the local sewer system and other critical infrastructure. 

Sewer improvements: Township replaces pump station in Country Walk

The Township recently completed the installation of a new pump station in the Country Walk development, and the facility is now operational and serving residents in this area. Its self-contained pumps, motor assemblies, controls and emergency bypass unit protect the equipment and allow for a safe environment for maintenance and future repairs. 
While not as publicly visible as improvements to our roads and recreation facilities, these upgrades are essential, as they allow for continued, uninterrupted sewer service within our neighborhoods, and preserve the lifespan and integrity of our municipal sewer system. The Township has planned and scheduled the replacement of numerous pumping stations across Cherry Hill in recent years, and Council and I remain committed to continuing to proactively invest in these critical pieces of our municipal infrastructure.

Plant a Patch at Barclay Farmstead
Gardeners from the Township's Plant-a-Patch program hosted their annual Harvest Dinner Thursday at Barclay Farmstead.

Plant-a-Patch gardeners enjoy annual 
Harvest Dinner at Barclay Farmstead 

Historic Barclay Farmstead was the site of another successful Harvest Dinner, put together on Thursday night by the dozens of gardeners who participate in the Township's Plant-a-Patch program, with help from the Township Recreation Department. 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. Each August, gardeners come together for a potluck dinner featuring dishes made from food harvested from the Plant-a-Patch gardens that season. 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!

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Cherry Hill Police launch campaign
to crack down on drunk driving

The Cherry Hill Police Department will be cracking down on drunk driving as part of the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Beginning August 19 and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The nationwide campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education efforts. Click here to learn more.

Cherry Hill Fire Department logo

Cherry Hill Fire Department offers CPR & AED training classes 

The Cherry Hill Fire Department host two American Safety & Health Institute CPR and AED training classes for laypeople in the coming months. The course is perfect for both the community and workplace setting, targeting individuals who do not work in the healthcare field but are occupationally required to, or want to, gain CPR knowledge and skills. Classes will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The cost is $15 for Cherry Hill residents; $35 for non-residents. For more information, or to register, click here.

Cherry Hill Education Foundation

Cherry Hill Education Foundation reaches $1 million donation mark

The Cherry Hill Education reached an impressive and important milestone this summer, passing the $1 million mark in support of our local public schools. The foundation has been working to raise funds for our schools since 2007. In late July, the Cherry Hill Board of Education approved the latest CHEF donation: $13,598 to purchase 32 iPad Minis for the Barclay Early Childhood Center. The “Minis for Minis” grant application was submitted to benefit all 300+ students in Barclay’s preschool programs. The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to raise and distribute funds for educational programs throughout the school district.  Fundraisers include an annual Golf Outing and CHEF’s signature event, Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars. Congratulations to Eleanor Stofman and the entire Foundation, and thank you for your continued work on behalf of our students and schools. Click here to learn more.

Jungle Book PA Ballet

Upcoming Events

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

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

Harvest Festival

Save the Date: Harvest Festival returns to Croft Farm on Oct. 16

Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Recreation Department will present this year's Harvest Festival, our annual family-friendly fall celebration, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Croft Farm, 100 Borton's Mill Road. This year's event will feature a number of festivities for the whole family, from crafts for kids, face painting, a petting zoo and pumpkin patch, to a farmer's market, craft fair, beer garden and live music. 
If you are interested in participating in this year's festival as a vendor, we'd love to talk to you! Visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/harvestfestival to download vendor guidelines and for instructions about how to apply. For additional information, contact the Recreation Department at recreation@chtownship.com or call (856) 488-7868.

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.."

Sustainable Cherry Hill logo

Sustainable Cherry Hill hosts 'Feast
in the Field' on Saturday, Sept. 17

Do you enjoy eating fresh, local food? Want to savor a delicious, organic dinner? South Jersey residents are invited to join Sustainable Cherry Hill to Feast in the Field of 1895 Organic Farm in Lumberton, with the talent of Chef Fred Kellerman of Elements Café offering a delectable four-course, organic and locally-grown sunset dinner. Seating is limited; event is BYOB. 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. For details, or to register, click here.

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 Hwy.
  • Oscar Film Series
    Aug. 22-24; times vary
    Join as we screen films nominated for Best Picture Oscars in 2016. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to start time. Adults of all ages are welcome. Visit our online event calendar for details about each film. No registration. Movie times: 
    • Monday: 10:30 a.m., Room; 1 p.m. Bridge of Spies
    • Tuesday: 10:30 a.m., The Big Short; 1 p.m., The Martian
    • Wednesday: 10:30 a.m., Brooklyn; 1 p.m., the Revanant

  • Consumer Health Resources Online
    7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23

    Attend this class to learn reliable websites to access for health information as well as how to identify creditable health information. No registration
  • Money Zone: Financial Literacy for Kids
    6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29

    What is income? How do you budget? Kids will learn all about money matters at this fun one-hour introduction presented by Republic Bank of Cherry Hill. Open to grades 4 and 5. 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.

Senior Living

Township offers numerous benefits for residents 55 and older

Cherry Hill is a great place to live, work, play and retire! The Township offers numerous programs to help income-eligible residents remain in their homes long after retirement. Below are just a few: 

  • Handy Helper Program: Income-eligible seniors can receive free help with minor home repairs. Click here, or call (856) 488-7870 for information.
  • Real Estate Tax Deduction: Income-eligible seniors can receive a $250 Real Estate Tax deduction. Click here or call (856) 488-7899 for information. 
  • Sewer Discount: Seniors who are eligible for the tax deduction automatically qualify to have the Township sewer fee waived. ALL residents 60 years and older can receive a 10 percent discount on Township sewer rental. For more information on these sewer discount programs, call (856) 488-7880.

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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