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.

Please note: Municipal offices will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 12, in observance of Yom Kippur. Trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Thursday.
Tri-County summit
Mayor Cahn accepts Cherry HIll's award for Outstanding Achievement in Economic Development at the Tri-County Economic Development Summit on Friday in Collingswood.

Township News

Cherry Hill recognized for fostering 
growth in South Jersey healthcare

On Friday morning, the Township received a tremendous honor, as we were recognized by leaders across the Camden, Burlington and Gloucester tri-county region for our efforts to foster growth in South Jersey's healthcare sector. The Township received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Economic Development at the 11th Annual Tri-County Economic Development Summit, sponsored jointly by Gloucester County, Burlington County and Camden County, at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom.  
As you know, Cherry Hill has become the central hub of healthcare for all of South Jersey in recent years -- with almost all of the biggest names in medicine creating a base here, along what we've dubbed our "Healthcare Highway" on Route 70. In giving the award, County representatives cited our focus on nurturing the growth of the healthcare industry in the municipality, especially in light of the addition of Penn Medicine's new facility on Route 70 and the reconstruction and revitalization of Kennedy Hospital on Chapel Avenue. 
Over 300 business and industry leaders, bankers, entrepreneurs and government officials from throughout Southern New Jersey were on hand for the event, and I was absolutely honored to receive this award on behalf of everyone in the Township. Click here to learn more about the summit.

Turf Fields
Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Jacobs, Superintendent Meloche and officials from Cherry Hill High Schools East and West celebrated the completion of our turf fields project on Friday at Cherry Hill East.

Township, Schools celebrate completion of turf fields at Cherry Hill HS East, West

Friday was a wonderful day for student athletics here in Cherry Hill, as we celebrated the completion of a year-long project at both of our high schools. As of today, the construction of new multi-use turf fields at both of our high schools has been completed -- and student-athletes at both Cherry Hill East and West have access to safe, competitive fields that will benefit multiple sports for many years to come. Councilwoman Jacobs and I joined Dr. Meloche, members of the Board of Education, representatives from both schools, and very excited students from East to celebrate the project's completion with a ribbon-cutting on what was a beautiful afternoon. In the last year, we have partnered with the Board of Education to help fund improvements to these fields and tennis courts at all of our schools, in an effort to offset costs for the Board of Education so that they, in turn, have additional financial resources to invest into much-needed improvements  to school facilities.
While we're in the midst of football season right now, the fields will be used for football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and track and field! Best of luck to the teams at both schools on wonderfully successful 2016-17 seasons. Visit our Facebook page later this weekend for event photos and video of the East drum line, which got us all into a festive mood on Friday!  

Greek Agora
Mayor Cahn kicked off the Greek Agora on Thursday at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church.

Mayor Cahn kicks off Greek Agora; festival continues through Sunday

On Thursday, I proudly joined Fr. Christoforos Oikonomidis and the congregation at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church to kick off one of Cherry Hill's biggest cultural celebrations of the year, the Greek Agora. The festival, which draws nearly 20,000 visitors a year from across the Delaware Valley, celebrates Greek culture and highlights the best our local Greek community has to offer. From mouth-watering Greek food to traditional music and dancing, there's something for everyone. This year's festival will continue through Sunday, on the grounds of the church, 615 Mercer St. Click here for pictures from Thursday's opening ceremony.

Mayor Cahn Thursday Morning
Mayor Cahn was the featured speaker on Thursday morning at the Cherry Hill Public Library.

Library welcomes Mayor Cahn
to its 'Thursday Morning' series

Thank you to the Cherry Hill Public Library for inviting me to serve as the featured speaker at this week's installment of their wonderful "Thursday Morning" series. About a dozen Cherry Hill residents turned out to ask their questions and hear about the great things happening in our community, and I was honored and excited to have an opportunity to interact in such an intimate setting! "Thursday Morning" is one of the library's longest-running programs, founded in the 1970s as the "Coffee and Conversation" program. It now takes place at 10:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of every month. The Oct. 20 program will focus on Chinese Tea Culture with Cherry Hill Librarian Elby Wang. Don't miss out on a wonderful opportunity! To learn more, visit www.chplnj.org. Click here for photos.

Township awarded $100K in county open space grants

As you may have already seen, the Township was awarded four grants from the Camden County Board of Freeholders this summer, totaling $100,000 for Recreation Facility Enhancement projects throughout the Township. The Freeholder Board has approved the grant awards, as recommended by the County's Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee. Each year, municipal organizations across the county are invited to submit an application detailing the enhancements planned for their existing recreation facilities for consideration by the advisory committee. For 2016, a total of $750,000 in grants have been awarded to local municipalities. The four Cherry Hill grants (each totaling $25,000) will be used for improvements to Ashland and DeCou playgrounds, Columbia Lake Park, and to construct a wildlife observation deck along our Croft Farm Trails. Cherry Hill's public parks and open spaces are one of our most treasured assets, and we look forward to moving ahead with these important projects, which will make outdoor recreation in our community even better and stronger for all of our residents. Click here for details.

CHPD bike patrol training
Community Relations Officers Renee Houlihan and Jim Philbin visited Carusi Middle School earlier this week.

Cherry Hill Police visit Carusi MS
as part of Respect Week activities

Cherry Hill Police Community Relations Officers Renee Houlihan and Jim Philbin visited with sixth- and seventh-grade students at Carusi Middle School on Thursday morning, as part of the school's Respect Week festivities. The officers discussed the very important topic of internet safety. Thank you to the faculty and staff of Carusi for their time and attention, and for welcoming Officers Houlihan and Philbin into their school for such a terrific presentation. Chief Monaghan and his administration have made community policing and positive community relations a critical component of the department, and events like this one are a prime example of the great work our men and women in uniform are doing to engage the community. Thank you to the Chief and his officers for their continued excellence and dedicated service to our Township.

CHFD to host Fire Prevention Week open houses Oct. 11, 13

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.  

Walk with Wellness
Thanks to Virtua for hosting our first Walk with Wellness on Sept. 24!

Upcoming Events

Join us to 'Walk with Wellness':
8:30 a.m. Saturday in Old Orchard

Thanks to Virtua for sponsoring our first Walk with Wellness at the Borton's Mill Trails on Sept. 24! The next installment in this terrific series will take place from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 8) at the Old Orchard Trails. Join Amanda Hedrick-Macminn of Road Runner Sports Cherry Hill, will lead a a discussion on "Walking and Running for Fitness," followed by a walk on the trails. Participants will recieve coupons to use on their next visit to Road Runner Sports! The event is rain or shine and will begin at 8:30. Attendance is free; to register, visit https://register.capturepoint.com/cherryhill

Fall Into the Arts
Fall into the Arts opens this weekend with the opening of our Juried Photography Exhibit.

Fall into the Arts opens tomorrow with 'Meet the Artists' event at Croft Farm

The Cherry Hill Arts Board will host the Township's annual Fall Into the Arts Juried Photography Show from Oct. 8-22, 2016, inside the Croft Farm Arts Center.
A special "Meet the Artists" opening reception will take place from 6- 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 inside the Arts Center at 100 Borton's Mill Road. This special event is free and open to all. 
This year's Photography Show promises to be a wonderful display of some of our area's most talented artists and photographers. A total of 180 photo submissions were received at this week's intake, and 64 have been hung as part of the show. Winners will be announced at the beginning of Saturday's opening reception. I encourage everyone to stop by the Arts Center at some point during the next two weeks to enjoy wonderful local art and culture.

Harvest Festival

Beer garden, pumpkin bowling new 
for this year's Harvest Festival, Oct. 16 

There are several new addition to this year's Harvest Festival, which will be presented by Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Recreation Department from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Croft Farm, 100 Borton's Mill Road. This year's event, our annual family-friendly fall celebration, promises to be our best yet: the Farm & Fisherman Tavern will present a beer garden for patrons 21 and older; The Big Event has sponsored a fun "pumpkin bowling" game for visitors of all ages; and new food vendors including Farm & Fisherman, Donkey's, and Jules Thin Crust Pizza will join Springdale Farm to offer some great local food options for purchase. For kids, long-standing traditions and family favorite activities including crafts, pumpkin picking, a moon bounce, petting zoo and pony rides will also take place. Click here for details. For additional information, contact the Recreation Department at recreation@chtownship.com or call (856) 488-7868.

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CHPD, Cherry Hill Alliance host
Rx pill disposal event on Oct. 14

The Cherry Hill Police Department and Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will host a special Senior Citizen Narcotic Pill Safety and Disposal Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14., at the Croft Farm Arts Center on Bortons Mill Road. This event is free, but registration is required. The CHPD will collect expired, unused and unwanted medication to dispose of in a safe and legal manner. Live entertainment will be provided by singer Greg Armstrong, who will perform songs by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and lunch will be served. While the luncheon is only open to seniors, all residents can drop off their unused, expired and unwanted medication during this time frame without staying for lunch. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call (856) 488-7889, or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com.

Shredding and Recycling Day
The Township will host its annual Shredding and Recycling Day, Oct. 30 at Public Works.

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. 

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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 HwyREMINDER: CHPL is closed on Monday, Oct. 10, in observance of Columbus Day.
  • Library Card Celebration
    11-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 
    Children ages 4 and up will enjoy books, a craft and book-themed snacks. Click here to register. 
  • Volunteer Fair
    1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

    If you are looking for ways to help out in your community or know a student who needs community service hours, stop by the Library's Annual Volunteer Fair. This event brings together over 25 local non-profits seeking help from volunteers. Volunteer managers will be on hand to inform the public about their services and the different opportunities available to become involved. Click here to see a complete list of organizations attending. 
  • JUST FOR TEENS - Wandmaking 101
    7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13

    Learn to make a wizard wand! It's the perfect accessory for Halloween or Harry Potter cosplay. All supplies included. Open to grades 6-12. 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.

Ensemble Series

Senior Living

Ensemble Concert features 'The Women of Opera' Sunday at historic Croft Farm  

One of the characteristics that makes our town so special is the vast array of arts and cultural opportunities available to all of our residents. The next great opportunity to take in first-rate entertainment in our own backyard is on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Croft Farm Arts Center, with the next installment of the Township's Ensemble Concert Series. The Academy of Vocal Arts will present, "The Women of Music," featuring the spectacular voices of up-and-coming female vocalists as they perform your favorite opera heroines from classic Opera, along with a touch of operetta and classic Broadway. Selections from Carmen, La Boheme, Gianni Schicchi and many more! The show begins at 3 p.m. at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Tickets are $15 for the general public, or $12 for seniors with a Gold Card. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets today through our CommunityPass site. To inquire about the Gold Card Program, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868.

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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