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. 
Holiday Lighting 2016
Mayor Cahn, Council and Santa Claus celebrate the lighting of the Township's Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah. 

Township News

Mayor Cahn, Council celebrate
the holiday season in Cherry Hill

Council and I joined dozens of Cherry Hill families and youth choirs to celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Township's annual holiday tree and menorah lighting ceremony this past Tuesday evening. Performers from Christ Our Light Church, the Camden County Bells Choir, Cherry Hill High Schools East and West and the South Jersey Ballet Theater provided the evening's entertainment, delivering a lively assortment of seasonal tunes and selections from The Nutcracker, and a special visit from Santa Claus himself completed the festivities. I'd like to thank all of our singers, ballerina and musicians for their wonderful performances, as well as the residents who turned out for their support of this terrific community event. Special thanks to the Cherry Hill Maturity Club for decorating the Community Center and our Christmas tree. Click here for photos of the event. On behalf of Township Council and everyone at Town Hall, I wish all our residents a safe, happy and festive holiday season!

Police graduation December 2016
The Cherry Hill Police Department welcomed nine new officers into its ranks this week.

Nine new Cherry Hill Police Officers successfully complete academy class

The Cherry Hill Police Department welcomed nine new officers into its ranks this week - nine remarkable men and women who will undoubtedly serve our Township with honor and distinction throughout their careers. The officers, who graduated Wednesday from the Gloucester County College Police Academy Basic Police Recruit Class #49, underwent 19 rigorous weeks of physical fitness training, military discipline and extensive academic law enforcement courses as part of the program, and several graduated with top honors and accolades in the program. In total, seven Cherry Hill officers graduated with awards: the Physical Training Award, the Firearms Award, the Academic Award, the Merit Award, the Special Dedication Award, the Gloucester County Hero Scholarship Award and the Director's Award. Additionally, Officer Gerald Gares addressed the class as its Class President.
Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and I were proud to attend Wednesday's graduation, to meet and celebrate the newest members of our department: Officers Heather Brooks, Brittany Catalano, Gerald Gares, Matthew Glassman, Jordan Helmer, Edward Hoffman Jr, Jordan Mayr, Stephanie Short and Joshua Vasquez. We thank these men and women for their commitment to Cherry Hill Township, and we wish them the best of luck in their new careers! Click here for photos of the ceremony; and here for news coverage.

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Registration now open for winter Recreation programs and classes 

Registration is now open for all programs and classes offered by the Township Recreation Department this winter. 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 Winter 2016 Community Magazine, which began arriving in homes last weekend, or you can browse classes now 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.

Patient First grand opening
Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs celebrated the opening of Patient First Urgent Care on Route 70.

Councilwoman Jacobs welcomes
Patient First Urgent Care to Cherry Hill

Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs joined the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce and other members of the local business community on Wednesday to welcome Patient First Urgent Care to its first Cherry Hill location, on Route 70. The opening of the facility, located at 2171 Route 70 West, marks the expansion of Patient First's footprint in New Jersey. Other Patient First locations include those in Montgomeryville, East Norriton, Pottstown, Springfield, Feasterville, Abington and Devon, Pa., and Woodbury, Sicklerville, Hamilton and Delran, New Jersey. Please join us in welcoming Patient First into the Township's "Healthcare Highway" along Route 70, where it will serve residents of Cherry Hill and surrounding neighborhoods for many years to come.

Leaf Collection

Second-round leaf pickup continues next week; yard-waste bags available

Curbside leaf collection will continue next week neighborhoods across Cherry Hill. 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 2" 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.

CH West tennis courts
Lights will remain on at the Cherry Hill West tennis courts throughout the winter months.

Tennis court lights now off for winter; play still available on CH West courts 

On December 1, the Recreation Department turned off the lights at most of our municipal tennis courts for the winter months. They will remain off until April 1. This year, however, we are fortunate to have motion-sensor LED lights at the courts at Cherry Hill West, which will remain on throughout the winter. To report problems with lights, residents should email the Cherry Hill Recreation Department at Recreation@chtownship.com, or call (856) 488-7868. Please be sure to leave your return contact information. Thank you to our local tennis players for their usage of these wonderful facilities! 

Nightly lane closures planned for Route 70 repairs

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has scheduled overnight lane closures on Route 70, from milemarker 2.55 to 5.33 in the Township. Temporary closures will be in place from 9 p.m. 6 a.m. Monday through Friday to allow for concrete slab removal, electrical work, milling, paving and striping on the roadway. Anyone traveling on the road should use caution. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information and for NJDOT news follow us on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

PSE&G continues overnight gas line work on Brace Road

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) is replacing gas lines in the intersection of Brace Road and Kresson Road in Cherry Hill for the next several weeks. The work will take place Monday through Friday, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., in order to minimize traffic disruption. The project, which includes final restoration and paving of Brace Road, is expected to take four to six weeks. Although the roads will remain open, there will be detours. Cherry Hill police will be onsite to direct traffic.

Drive Sober campaign
Cherry Hill Police will be cracking down on impaired driving through the New Year.

Police to crack down on impaired driving from Dec. 9 through Jan. 1

The Cherry Hill Police Department is once again participating in the national “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" campaign, with targeted enforcement of impaired driving from Dec. 9 through Jan. 1. The campaign aims to cut down on incidents of drinking and driving during this holiday season. According to State Police statistics, 111 of last year’s 562 traffic crash fatalities were found to be alcohol-related. Even one fatality is too many. The message is simple: If you drink, don’t drive. If you drive, don’t drink. The results are costly, from losing your driver's license, to being involved in crash that was easily preventable. For more information on DWI prevention and awareness, visit the NHTSA site at www.nhtsa.gov, Mothers Against Drunk Driving at www.madd.org/local-offices/nj, or the NJ Department of Law and Public Safety’s informational page at www.nj.gov/oag/hts/alcohol.html. The Cherry Hill Police Traffic Safety Unit may also be reached for information regarding this and other traffic safety campaigns at (856) 488-7820.

This Life Counts event
Cherry Hill Police and Jewish Children's and Family Services hosted a special suicide awareness and prevention event this week.

Cherry Hill Police, JFCS partner on suicide prevention, awareness event

The Cherry Hill Police Department, along with the Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey, was proud to present a new program this week called “This Life Counts," which aimed to raise awareness of multiple issues surrounding suicide. The program was designed to not only discuss the warning signs, risks and stressors associated with youth suicide, but to also raise awareness regarding the protective factors, tools for communication and the resources available that can also help to prevent youth suicide. The program was well attended by both parents and children, including members of our own Township Council. Thank you to the Police Department and Jewish Family and Children's Services for their leadership in addressing such a sensitive, yet critically important, issue in such a meaningful way. Click here for photos of the event.

Rabies clinic

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow: Free rabies vaccine clinic open to all licensed pets, noon to 2 p.m.

Cherry Hill Township will host its annual rabies vaccine clinic from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 10), at the Carman Tilelli Community Center. Please note: This clinic has been held in January in previous years and is being moved to December to allow residents to apply for a new license and receive their vaccination before the end of the year. This free clinic is open to all cats and dogs over three months of age. All pets must be licensed to receive the vaccine; you may apply on site for a new license with a check or money order made payable to Cherry Hill Township - or download a pet license application at www.CherryHill-NJ.com. New Jersey requires all dogs to be licensed and inoculated against rabies. Dog license fees are $25.20 for non-neutered and $22.20 for neutered dogs. A $25 late fee will be assessed for licenses paid after January 30, 2017. For more information, please call the Municipal Clerk’s Office at (856) 488-7892.

Barclay200

'Barclay by You' gallery reception closes out farmstead's bicentennial on Dec. 13

The Barclay Farmstead Museum is now closed for the winter months, capping a wonderful 200th anniversary season at one of our town's greatest hidden gems and historic treasures. However, you can celebrate the historic farmstead's bicentennial with one final #Barclay200 event: "Barclay by You," from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Guests will have an opportunity to explore the resident-inspired Barclay exhibit in the gallery, purchase the limited edition, hand-crafted Barclay 200 ornament, pick up museum shop items, collect all of our Barclay 200 commemorative postcards and enjoy light refreshments. 

Thank you to all who have come out in support of our Barclay 200 events throughout 2016! For more information about the "Barclay by You" exhibit or event, contact Sandra Ragonese at (856) 488-7886, or email sragonese@chtownship.com. 
Santa tours
Santa and the Cherry Hill Fire Department will be touring local neighborhoods in the coming weeks.

CHFD begins its 2016 Santa Claus tour

It's that time of year again! The Cherry Hill Fire Department is joining together with Santa Claus in the coming weeks for its annual tour of Cherry Hill neighborhoods. Santa will be visiting Cherry Hill from Sunday, Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 18. Click here for an interactive map that shows when Santa will visit your neighborhood. All dates and times are subject to change due to emergency responses, weather, and other factors. We're looking forward to another great holiday season!

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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
  • Gently Used Jewelry & Accessory Sale
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

    You won’t want to miss this opportunity to shop high-quality, previously owned items at prices rarely seen anywhere else. From costume jewelry and handbags to vintage items and accessories for men, you won’t want to miss this sale! Shoppers can feel great knowing that 100% of their purchase benefits the Cherry Hill Public Library. That’s smart shopping!
  • The Bowman School of Dance Presents: What Do You Do With an Idea?
    3-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

    Join us for a celebration of the beloved story, What Do You Do With an Idea? told through narration and dance. Come see the magic of dance and storytelling in a presentation by the Bowman School of Dance. All ages welcome. No registration.
  • Meet the Author with Sameena Mughal
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thurday, Dec. 15

    Join us for an intimate discussion with author and educator Sameena Mughal. Inspired by the classic Arabian Nights tales, Ms. Mughal's works of short historical fantasy blend adventure, family, and spirituality with a dash of feminism for a modern reader. The author will discuss her books as well as her writing process. Light refreshments will be served. No registration.

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 multiple transit options for senior residents

Cherry Hill and other organizations in our area offer several free and reduced-fare transportation options for residents over 55 and disabled residents in our community.

  • The Township provides free senior bus service to seniors Monday through Friday, following a designated route; arrangements can be made for transportation to special appointments within the Township. Popular drop-offs include the supermarket, Cherry Hill senior club meetings and senior programs/events, the Katz JCC and Cherry Hill Mall. Call (856) 661-4711 or (856) 661-4802 between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a schedule, or more information. Call 856-661-4711 or 856-661-4802. 
  • The Sen-Han program offers transportation for seniors (60+) and disabled Camden County residents.  Please call (856) 456-3344 for information.
  • The Patco Hi-Speedline offers reduced fares for seniors; call (856) 963-7998 or (856) 772-6900 for details, or click here for information.
  • NJ Transit offers very reduced fares to seniors for travel throughout New Jersey and into New York City. For information, call (973) 491-7112 or click here.
If you have questions or concerns about any Township program or service for seniors, please contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Program Coordinator, at gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800.

Senior groups: We'd love to hear from you! 

Our Senior Services Program Coordinator is eager to engage with all of our residents aged 55 and older. In an effort to do so, she is in the process of reaching out to local groups of senior and active-adult residents, senior social clubs and other similar organizations across Cherry Hill. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our Senior Services and programs, interesting classes, activities and special events that specifically target residents over 55, or if you are a member of a senior-related organization, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Gaye Pino, senior services program coordinator, at (856) 661-4800, or e-mail gpino@chtownship.com. 

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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