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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Money Magazine names Cherry Hill
among country's 'Best Places to Live'

This week, my office received wonderful news, as Money Magazine released its list of the 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S., and Cherry Hill placed No. 26 on the prestigious list - just one of four towns in New Jersey, and the only town in South Jersey. The editors at Money chose Cherry Hill from among 800 cities under consideration for its list, and considered a number of criteria, including affordability, home values, education, public safety and commutability. And while this ranking simply reinforces what so many of us have known for years, it underscores that you truly couldn't pick a better place to live, work, raise a family, and spend your life. From a stable tax base, to rising home values, to top-level municipal services, to a tremendous educational system, beautiful open spaces, vibrant neighborhoods, strong public safety efforts, and an emphasis on recreation and active living, this is a place where people want to live. Cherry Hill is so much more than just shopping centers, restaurants and retail -- in fact, our town is comprised of about 70 percent residential neighborhoods to just 30 percent commercial space -- and this ranking reflects our efforts to protect, preserve and strengthen the many wonderful services and quality-of-life initiatives that give us our unique characteristics and qualities. We are proud of the work we've done, and we look forward to staying on this list well into the future! 
Click here for Money's complete rankings; and click here for a report on the designation by SNJ Today.

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

Road maintenance work continues
next week on King George Road

Road work is progressing across Cherry Hill as part of the 2016 Road Maintenance Program, with contractors working for the next few weeks on King George Road, from Chapel Avenue to Belle Arbor 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. 

Mayor Cahn at Uxbridge
Mayor Cahn and Councilwomen Sara Lipsett and Carolyn Jacobs visited residents in Uxbridge on Wednesday night.

Mayor Cahn, Council attend Uxbridge Community meeting, Citizens Cabinet

It was a wonderful week for citizen engagement in Cherry Hill, with members of Council and I joining residents in several areas - as well as hosting our latest meeting of the Mayor's Citizens Cabinet in the Township Community Center. Tuesday morning, we welcomed a few dozen members of our Citizens Cabinet to talk about the latest issues of interest throughout Cherry Hill, and to share updates on economic development efforts, as well as our work to preserve and protect open space, and enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods. On Wednesday night, Council Vice President Sara Lipsett, Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs and I were invited to sit down with residents in our Uxbridge community to discuss life in the Township. Meeting and engaging with residents is one of the best and most rewarding parts of serving as Mayor, and I'm happy to do it whenever asked. Remember that my door is always open; if you'd like to contact me, e-mail me directly at MayorCahn@chtownship.com, or call my office at (856) 488-7878. 

Mayor Cahn at Rotary
Mayor Cahn spoke to members of the Garden State Rotary on Friday at Maggiano's.

Mayor Cahn speaks at the Garden State Rotary luncheon at Maggiano's

This afternoon, I met with members of the Garden State Rotary at their monthly luncheon meeting, held at Maggiano's at Cherry Hill Mall. For about 30 minutes, I gave the two dozen members in attendance an update on the state of the Township, including our recent budget, the Township's fiscal outlook, our economic development efforts, and our work to invest in local infrastructure and maintain and preserve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Thank you to Maggiano's for hosting the event, which also included a wonderful Q&A session, and to the Rotary, for inviting me to attend and speak, and for their continued work in our community.

CHPD forum
Chief Monaghan and area civic leaders joined in a forum on police/community relations earlier this week at the Unitarian Church.

Chief Monaghan, community leaders join forum on community relations, unity

On Tuesday night, Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan and other leaders in South Jersey participated in a public forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Kings Highway, to discuss Community and Police Relations, and the need for unity within our communities. Chief Monaghan engaged in a very productive conversation with members of the community, along with other panel members: Bill McCargo, Vice President of the Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association; Camden County Freeholder Jonathan Young Sr.; and Milton Hinton, Jr., Director of EEOC, Gloucester County. The Cherry Hill Police Department encourages transparency between officers and the community, and has made extensive efforts with respect to outreach and engagement with our residents, to build trust and respect in order to create a safer, more unified Cherry Hill for all of us. Thank you to Chief Monaghan for his leadership and insights during this event, and special thanks to the planning committee: Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, Christ Our Light Church and Cherry Hill African American Civic Association, as well as of the event sponsors and attendees. Click here for photos of the forum, and coverage from the Cherry Hill Sun

American Little League
Mayor Cahn presents a check to Cherry Hill American Little League at its most recent board meeting.

Mayor Cahn presents $10,000 grant
to Cherry Hill American Little League

Last week, I met with members of the executive board for Cherry Hill American Little League to present a $10,000 matching grant check for upgrades to its facility on Oakdale Road in the Brookfield section of Cherry Hill. The grant -- which the league has matched -- helped to offset the cost of recent capital improvements to the facility, including drainage improvements and other upgrades to dugouts at the complex and other projects that will greatly enhance the facility for the league and the hundreds of families who belong to it. This is one of several matching grants the Township has awarded to youth athletic organizations for capital improvements this year, and we look forward to meeting with the leagues individually in the coming weeks and months. Congratulations! 

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Cherry Hill Fire Department to host Fire Prevention open houses in Oct.

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will host open houses at fire stations throughout the Township in October, as part of their Fire Prevention Week activities. This is the perfect opportunity for Cherry Hill residents to visit their neighborhood firehouse, talk to the Firefighters and EMTs and learn about the fire apparatus and equipment being used today. Get an up-close, personal look at CHFD Ladders, Engines, Squirts and Ambulances, and take home important fire safety information for you and your family. The open houses will take place on Oct. 11 and 13; click here for details.  

Jungle Book PA Ballet

Upcoming Events

Join Cherry Hill Recreation, Virtua to 'Walk with Wellness' this Saturday

Join us tomorrow as we partner with Virtua Health for the first installment in our Walk with Wellness Series, presented by the Cherry Hill Recreation Department.
As part of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign, Walk with Wellness is a designed meet-and-greet with local health experts as they share their knowledge on various health-related topics. After a brief discussion, take a walk on a Cherry Hill trail or park. 
Tomorrow's walk begins at 8:30 a.m. on the Borton's Mill Trail, on Borton's Mill Road near Kitty Hawk Road. Walk Borton’s Mill Trail and hear from Virtua Sports Medicine Dr. Eric Requa, as well as Virtua nutrition and wellness professionals. We are looking forward to this very special multi-week series, which continues Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. Click here and log into our CommunityPass site to find details on all of our Walk with Wellness activities. Pre-registration is preferred for these events, but they are free to attend. Special thanks to Virtua for its partnership! 

Cherry Hill Alliance on Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Parents: Talk about teens, drugs, prevention & resiliency on Oct. 7

The Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will present a terrific discussion with Dr. Michael Bradley, "Get in the Know: Teens, Drugs, Prevention and Resiliency," at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the Croft Farm Arts Center. This free summit, aimed at parents of teens, will focus on Dr. Bradley’s respect-based philosophy for parents who are seeking ways to communicate with their adolescent children. He is the author of the best-selling book “Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!—Loving your Kid Without Losing Your Mind” and has been recognized by such prestigious parents groups as Parents’ Choice and the National Parenting Center. This event is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. To register, contact Andrea Marshall, BA, CPS, ICPS at (856) 427-6553, or e-mail amarshall.cccada@gmail.com; click here to view the event flier.

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. 

Senior Living

This Monday: Senior Festival, 3-6 p.m. at Town Hall

Don't miss Cherry Hill's annual Senior Festival, scheduled this year for 3 p.m. THIS 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.

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Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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