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Pickleball Courts
Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Jacobs and dozens of South Jersey Pickleball players dedicated new courts at Lions Den Park on Tuesday.

Township News

Cherry Hill opens public Pickleball Courts at Lions Den Park in N. Erlton

Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs and I joined dozens of South Jersey residents to dedicate new Pickleball Courts at Lions Den Park on Tuesday morning. The three courts, located on New York Avenue in North Erlton, are the first public Pickleball Courts in the region. Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong to create a game that is fun and accessible for residents of all ages and abilities. The local league has players ranging in age from 8 to 80. Visit www.USAPA.org to learn all about Pickleball, or register for one of the Township's beginner classes this fall at https://register.communitypass.net/cherryhill. In addition to the new Pickleball courts, visitors to Lions Den Park will notice several other improvements, including new fencing, new playground mulch, a newly paved asphalt area for chalk art, hopscotch and other activities, and a new paved walking path across the street on New York Avenue. 
The new courts were installed as part of an ongoing program to enhance sport courts around town, and we look forward to exploring options for additional Pickleball courts in future years. Council and I remain committed to investing in open space and public recreation facilities, as a way to ensure our neighborhoods remain vibrant, thriving and strong for residents of all ages. To learn more about our Park and Recreation Department, visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com. Visit our Facebook page for photos and video of Monday's dedication; click here for coverage in the Courier-Post.  

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Cherry Hill Police invite residents
to learn about body cameras Sept. 7

The Cherry Hill Police Department is in the process of deploying body cameras to all officers this fall. In an effort to engage and educate residents on this process, the Department will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Room 208 of the Municipal Building. Chief Monaghan and members of his staff, as well as a representative from product manufacturer Taser, will be available to demonstrate the camera and its functions, and to speak to residents and answer questions about the program and related policies. Together with Chief Monaghan, I encourage all residents to attend this meeting, as public feedback and awareness are critically important to the successful implementation of this important new initiative. 

Township to begin Microsurfacing program on local roads

As part of our ongoing efforts to invest in and improve roads around Cherry Hill, the Township Department of Engineering is preparing to begin our 2016 Microsurfacing program, and will be working in areas across town for the next several weeks. As part of this process, road crews will apply a thin, tough layer of asphalt emulsion that seals cracks and prevents moisture from penetrating the base of the roadway. Microsurfacing has been a useful tool in extending the life of locally maintained streets that are not yet in need of full reconstruction. Coupled with the Township’s annual Road Maintenance Program and a robust pothole-repair program, this is one more way that our Departments of Public Works and Engineering work to keep Cherry Hill’s roads smooth and safe. While exact construction dates are not available for each road, residents can click here for a full list of roads slated for Microsurfacing in 2016.

Road Maintenance Program
Road crews work on a Township road as part of the 2016 Road Maintenance Program. 

Road maintenance work continues
on several roads across Cherry Hill

Road work is progressing across Cherry Hill as part of the 2016 Road Maintenance Program, with construction set to begin in the coming weeks on several Township streets.
-- Work will begin on or about Monday, Aug. 29, on Garwood Place (Astor Drive to terminus); Granville Road (Randle Drive to East Gate Drive); and Longfellow Drive (Burnt Mill Road to Eaton Way)
-- Work will begin on or about Tuesday, Sept. 6, on Ashley Court (Chaucer Place to Longfellow Drive), Burning Tree Road (Shelly Lane to Covered Bridge Road) and Kipling Road (Walt Whitman Blvd. to Longfellow Drive).
Scheduled improvements include a complete mill and overlay of the road surface, as well as isolated concrete repairs where tripping hazards exist. Bus pick-ups and trash collection should remain undisturbed; the contractor will notify nearby residents if parking will be affected for any period of time. This year's Road Maintenance Program calls for the reconstruction of parts of 56 local roads, and is a significant investment meant to preserve our quality of life, support public safety, and ensure our neighborhoods remain robust, vibrant places to live. If you have questions or concerns about the Road Maintenance Program, contact the Department of Engineering at (856) 424-3203. 

Fall registration

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 began arriving in homes this week; 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.

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.

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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.

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

Discounted registration until Sept. 1 for the Book It 5K at the CH Library

Discounted registration is now available for the Book It 5K, 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Click here to register, and use coupon code "CHPL2016" to receive $5 off 5K and Kids Dash registration -- but register soon; the code expires on Sept. 1! The race is a partnership between the Township and CHPL, and will include both the 3.1-mile race and 100-yard Kids' Dash. T-shirts will be given to the first 250 run registrants; medals will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each age group. All children will receive a prize following the dash. Visit the Book It 5K on Facebook for a map of the 5K route and other details.
**After the race, head over to our Mayor's Wellness Campaign partner Springdale Farm for the free Mayor's Wellness Day, hosted in partnership with the Township. Come out for demonstrations, activities, food, guided hikes, raffles, exercise classes and much more! For more information, follow Cherry Hill Recreation on Facebook or visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com. Mayor's Wellness Day is sponsored by Kennedy Health.

Harvest Festival returns to Croft Farm on Sunday, 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.

Shredding and Recycling Day
The Township will host its annual Shredding and Recycling Day Sunday, Oct. 30.

Save the date: Township to host shredding, recycling event Oct. 30

Cherry Hill residents will once again have the opportunity to recycle almost any household item at a very special Shredding and Recycling Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Township Public Works Complex, 1 Perina Blvd. The day will serve as an opportunity to learn about the variety of items that are recyclable in Cherry Hill. Residents can bring up to three boxes of documents to be shredded securely. Other items to be collected include plastic bags, CFL light bulbs, electronic waste (hard drives will be destroyed), rechargeable batteries, tires, used oil and car batteries. Residents will also have the one-time-only opportunity to recycle "rigid" plastics, including outdoor climbers and other toys, crates, plastic trash cans, lawn chairs and pet carriers. Hazardous waste will not be accepted. The event is FREE and open to residents only. 

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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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.

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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.
  • 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.

  • Oscar-Winning Films
    -- Must-See Documentary -- Amy
    Noon Tuesday, Aug. 30

    Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.
    -- Lunch and a Movie: Spotlight
    Noon Wednesday, Aug. 31

    The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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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