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

Town Hall closed for Labor Day; trash, recycling pickup delayed

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building will close at 2 p.m. today, and will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Municipal offices will open for normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Please note that there will be no trash, recycling or yard-waste collection on Monday's holiday. Both Monday's and Tuesday's routes will be collected Tuesday; all other collection days will remain the same. On behalf of the members of Township Council and all of us in Town Hall, have a safe, happy Labor Day weekend!

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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. 

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 next week on several Township streets.
-- 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).
-- Additionally, milling of the road surface is scheduled Monday on Melody Lane and Wednesday on Paddock Way; paving of those roads is scheduled on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
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. 

Township Microsurfacing program concludes next week

As part of our ongoing efforts to invest in and improve roads around Cherry Hill, the Township Department of Engineering is in the midst of its 2016 Microsurfacing program, and will be completing its work on local roadways early next week. 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.

Board of Fire Commissioners meeting
Mayor Cahn and members of Council attended the Cherry Hill Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Mayor Council, celebrate recent Cherry Hill Fire Dept. achievements

Members of Council and I joined the Cherry Hill Fire Department and Board of Fire Commissioners on Thursday night to recognize the department's recent accreditation and ISO certification. 
The Commission on Fire Accreditation International approved the Department as an Accredited Agency in mid-August, making the CHFD one of just 234 accredited fire agencies in the world, and the only fire agency in the State of New Jersey with this distinction. Additionally, the Insurance Service Office officially awarded the Department with the ISO Class 1 designation, effective Dec. 1 of this year. The Department is one of just three in the State of New Jersey to be ISO Class 1. These achievements represent the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Cherry Hill Fire Department, and Council and I are proud to congratulate Chief Tom Kolbe and the entire department on these momentous achievements. Cherry Hill is fortunate to be served by one of the premier fire services both in the state of New Jersey and nationally, and we are grateful for their service.

Back to School

Cherry Hill Police urge caution on roads during back-to-school season

As summer draws to a close, the Cherry Hill Police Department reminds all residents -- both motorists and pedestrians -- to use extra caution during this back-to-school season. Motorists should remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and parents should provide children with the necessary knowledge to stay safe at school. Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they - and the motorists around them - take proper safety precautions. The Cherry Hill Police Department has issued a number of tips to help make this a safe and happy school year for the whole community. Click here to read them. In the meantime, the members of Council and I wish all those students returning to classes next week a happy, healthy and successful 2016-17 school year! 

Registration now open for Recreation programs, classes 

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 will welcome the Pennsylvania Ballet II to Cherry Hill this September, with the Ballet's second company scheduled for two performances of "The Jungle Book" on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Cherry Hill High School West. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s collection of stories from 1894, "The Jungle Book" uses dancers portraying animals to teach moral lessons while showcasing different customs and cultures around the world. After performing three sold out shows at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA, and receiving rave reviews from The Philadelphia Inquirer, the artists of PBII will be sharing this ballet experience with children in the Cherry Hill region. "The Jungle Book" is presented by Cigna. Performances in Cherry Hill are also supported by Penn Medicine Cherry Hill. Click here for details.
Performances are scheduled at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17; to purchase tickets ($10), visit register.communitypass.net/CherryHill

Book It 5K

Don't miss the Book It 5K and Mayor's Wellness Day: Sept. 10

Register today for the first-ever Book It 5K, 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Click here to registerThe 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.

Senior Living

Cherry Hill to host Senior Festival, 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26

Save the date for Cherry Hill's annual Senior Festival, scheduled this year for 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. This year's festival promises to be better than ever, with dozens of exhibitors including local businesses, non-profit organizations dedicated to senior services, representatives from local medical facilities with free medical tests and other useful information. There will be lots of prizes, and an opportunity to meet many of our public officials. Attendance is free for all seniors, with free food for residents 55 and older with a Cherry Hill Gold Card. (You can get a Gold Card at the festival, or in Room 102 of the Municipal Building.) We hope to see you at this year's festival, for an afternoon of learning, fun and food! Be sure to bring your friends and neighbors.  
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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