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.
Road work
Springdale Road northbound will be closed to all traffic from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays starting Monday, Oct. 24, for approximately three weeks.
 

Township News

TRAFFIC ALERT: Northbound Springdale Rd. to close Monday for construction

Starting Monday, Oct. 24, Springdale Road will be CLOSED IN THE NORTHBOUND DIRECTION from Evesham Road to Wilderness Drive, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, for about three weeks. After 3:30 p.m. each day, and during all weekend hours, two-way traffic will resume throughout the project area. Southbound traffic will be shifted into the northbound lane to travel through the work zone.

  • Both Cunningham Lane and Chateau Drive will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.  
  • Local Spring Road traffic will have northbound access from Evesham Road into the development but no access further north, and will only be able to make left turns out of the neighborhood heading south (towards Evesham Rd) onto Springdale.  
  • Local Morris Drive traffic will only be able to make right turns onto Springdale Rd, and right turns from Springdale Rd into the neighborhood.  
  • Police will be on location at Morris Drive and at Spring Road to ensure proper turning and to assist motorists trying to enter or leave the neighborhoods, as well as at the closure point at the ShopRite/Holly Ravine traffic signal. 
    • Detours will be set on Evesham Rd directing northbound traffic to use Cropwell Road or Haddonfield-Berlin Road (Route 561) to Kresson Road.  
    • Traffic from within the Woodcrest development wishing to go north on Springdale will be detoured onto Heartwood Drive, to the drivers’ choice of either Lark Lane or Kresson Road.  
    • Springdale Road traffic between Kresson Rd and Wilderness Drive, outside of the work zone, will remain open in both directions at all times.  
    • Traffic at the Lark Lane, Wilderness Drive, and Exton Circle intersections will still be able to turn in both directions onto Springdale.  
    • The Holly Ravine and ShopRite centers will be open with full access to and from Evesham Road; however, access to Springdale Road at the traffic signal will be restricted to southbound except for local residents of the Springbrook neighborhood.
Harvest Festival 2016
Mayor Cahn and members of Council welcomed residents to this year's Harvest Festival, last Sunday at historic Croft Farm.

Thousands of residents celebrate fall 
at this year's Harvest Festival

Thousands of area residents turned out for Harvest Festival last Sunday at Croft Farm, celebrating local art, culture and everything we love about fall at one of Cherry Hill's historic properties. From noon to 4 p.m., families enjoyed crafts, games, entertainment, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin bowling and great food from the Springdale Farm Market, Donkey's, Jules Thin Crust Pizza and Farm & Fisherman Tavern -- which also hosted a tremendously popular beer garden for the 21+ crowd. Visitors on hand also loved meeting with our Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, which both set up interactive games and activities and vehicle displays that were packed throughout the event. Thank you to the Cherry Hill Recreation Department, the Cherry Hill Arts Board, the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, and our countless vendors and sponsors for their support of this beloved community event. We're already counting down to 2016! Click here for photos of the event from the Cherry Hill Recreation Department.

Leaf collection
Leaf collection begins Monday in several Township neighborhoods.

Leaf collection begins Monday; free yard-waste bags are now available

Curbside leaf collection begins this Monday, Oct. 24, in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill, and will continue through mid-December. Click here for guidelines and scheduled collection dates. Dates will be posted in your neighborhood approximately a week ahead of your scheduled collection. New for this year: In an effort to make information accessible in different formats for our residents, we have added leaf collection routes to our online maps, available through the Cherry Hill Information Portal (CHIP). Click here to go directly to the interactive map, or visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/chip and select "GIS Mapping," then "Public Information Maps," and select the "Leaf Collection - Round 1" layer from the list on the right-hand side of the page. 
To help expedite the leaf-collection process and make it more convenient for residents, the Township is once again offering free 30-gallon leaf bags to all our residents. Leaf bags can be picked up in the Municipal Clerk’s Office (Room 107) at Town Hall, or at the Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Blvd. Bagged leaves can be placed at the curb on your scheduled trash collection day, giving you more flexibility as to when leaves can be cleaned up. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

Halloween

Cherry Hill Police offer recommended trick-or-treat hours this Halloween

The Cherry Hill Police Department has released its guidelines for Halloween 2016. As in past years, the CHPD recommends that trick-or-treating take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. A 7 p.m. suggested curfew will be in effect for children under 18 not accompanied by an adult on both Sunday, Oct. 30, and Monday, Oct. 31. Police in marked and unmarked cars will be patrolling local streets on both evenings, along with fire and emergency personnel and neighborhood watch groups. Click here for this year's complete guidelines. 

CHPD online safety
Officers Houlihan and Philbin discuss Internet safety with Cherry Hill high schoolers during Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Community Relations Officers discuss online safety at High Schools East, West

Earlier this week, Cherry Hill Police Community Relations Officers Jim Philbin and Renee Houlihan were invited to both Cherry Hill High Schools East and West to discuss internet safety and bullying with the 9th and 12th graders.
Their presentation was one more way to spread awareness during October, which is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual observance that aims to raise awareness about cyber security. We live in a digital world that is more connected than ever before, and the internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. Thank you to officers Philbin and Houlihan, Chief Monaghan, and all the women of the Cherry Hill Police Department, for their continued work to educate and work together within the community to make Cherry Hill a better, healthier and safer place for all our residents to live. 

Shredding and Recycling
Bring all of your shredding and recycling to Public Works on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Upcoming Events

Township hosts FREE shredding, recycling event on Sunday, Oct. 30

It's that time of year again! 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. 
**PLEASE NOTE: In preparation for the holiday season, we will also be collecting nonperishable food donations for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry, which supports thousands of Cherry Hill families all year long. Please consider contributing to our food drive when you stop by! 

Walk with Wellness

Walk with Wellness: 'Mindful Eating,' 
Saturday, Oct. 22 at Columbia Lake

Join us for the next installment in our terrific Walk with Wellness Series at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 22, at Columbia Lake. This week's walk will feature a presentation on “Mindful Eating," presented by Ashley Cully, MS, RD, Retail Dietitian Manager at Ravitz Family Markets and Ravitz Family Markets Wellness Team. Throughout the Walk with Wellness series, participants will interact and learn about important topics from some of the most well-renowned health professionals in Cherry Hill, followed by guided walks through some of our Township-owned trails. Participants are asked to register at https://register.capturepoint.com/cherryhill. Events are FREE and open to the public, and last from 8:30 until approximately 10:15 a.m. If you can't make it tomorrow, visit us at Barclay Farmstead on Nov. 5, and at Croft Farm on Nov. 9. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com

Free event to explore historic Fort Mifflin, Oct. 27

Join the Cherry Hill Historical Commission next Thursday for the story of the Fort that Saved America! "To the Last Extremity: Fort Mifflin's Valiant Stand," explores the history of what is perhaps the most heroic National Historic Landmark you've never heard of. Following a five-week seige in 1777, the British ultimately surrounded the fort on three sides, and unleashed the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution. Artifacts and images of period maps will help tell this entertaining and educational story. This event is FREE and open to all, and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Hwy. North. For more information, call (856) 488-7886, or e-mail CHHC@chtownship.com.

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CHFD to again offer Safe Babysitting Class for residents ages 13 to 15

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will once again offer its popular Safe Babysitting Class to Cherry Hill residents ages 13 to 16 years old. All attendees will become certified in CPR and First Aid. They will also be instructed in personal and fire safety. For more information or to register, click here.

Celebrate Halloween next weekend at Barclay Farmstead

The Barclay Farm Civic Association will host its second annual Halloween Festival from noon to 2:30 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 29, at historic Barclay Farmstead. This FREE event will feature pumpkin-picking, face painting, crafts, a moon bounce, balloon animals, vehicle displays, a Cherry Hill Police K9 demonstration, and other fun activities for children ahead of the Halloween holiday. Bring your kids and your pets; costumes optional, but encouraged! This event is open to all of Cherry Hill. For more information, please contact Lou Catalani of the Barclay Farm Civic Association at (856) 264-3065, or visit www.barclayfarmcivicassociation.org.

Barclay PTA flier

Barclay School PTA to host Designer Bag Bingo fundraiser Nov. 4

The Barclay PTA invites the community to its Designer Bag Bingo Fundraiser, 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 4, at the school, 1220 Winston Way. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are available now, and are $25 before Oct. 30, and $30 after. The event will feature door prizes, and a 50-50 raffle. Bring a friend, some snacks, sit back and relax! Checks can be made payable to the Barclay PTA, attn: Designer Bag Bingo, 1220 Winston Way, Cherry Hill 08034. For more information or questions, contact Crystal Lucas, faith3583@gmail.com, or e-mail barclay@chclc.org. 

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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
  • Gallery Reception: Photography by Anthony Jacobsen
    3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 

    Stop by the Library's Art Gallery on the Lower Level to view the current exhibition and meet the photographer, Anthony Jacobsen. His beautiful photographs focus on the capacity of nature to adapt and thrive despite human interference. Reception is free and open to the public. 
  • Must Watch Documentary: Meet the Hitlers
    Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25

    Bring your lunch and enjoy this free film. Movie begins at noon, doors open at 11:30 a.m. Adults of all ages welcome. About the Documentary: This film explores the lives of people around the world who share the name Hitler. (Not Rated; 83 mins; 2014) Click here to watch the trailer for this movie. 
  • Killer Night Out! 
    6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

    Get ready for a glamorous evening of mystery, intrigue, and murder while professionally trained actors entertain and excite and you are part of the fun! Gather your friends and food and snacks to share. Tickets are $20 per person and includes a glass of wine and dessert. This event is for ages 21 and up. This even is almost sold out! Call (856) 903-1234 for tickets or click here to order online.

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

Cherry Hill offers countless amenities for residents 55+

Cherry Hill provides many activities for our residents over the age of 55, including classes, luncheons, exercise programs, social clubs and more. To browse a full listing of events and activities scheduled for this season, check your Fall 2016 Community Magazine, or visit our CommunityPass website online. If you need transportation during the week, the Township provides free bus service for Cherry Hill seniors. The service is from Monday through Friday during daytime hours. You can inquire about the bus by calling (856) 661-4711 or (856) 661-4802 at least three days before you would like a bus pick up. 
Camden County also provides transportation through the Sen-Han Transit service (for residents 60+) . Contact Sen-Han at (856) 456-3344 for more information and to sign up for this service.
Our active adults and seniors are an important part of our community, and I truly believe our senior services and programs are an important part of what helps Cherry Hill to thrive. If you have questions or concerns about any senior program, if you need help with an issue or connecting with local resources, or if you'd like to offer your thoughts and suggestions on any senior-related issue, please contact Gaye Pino, the Township's senior services program coordinator, 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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