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. 
Happy holidays

Township News

Township offices closed for holiday; trash will be collected on Monday

Municipal offices will close at 2 p.m. today, and will remain closed through Monday for the holiday weekend. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Please note: This year's holiday will NOT affect trash or recycling collection. All Monday routes will be collected as scheduled.
Mayor Cahn, the members of Township Council, and our staff in Town Hall wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. May your holidays be filled with peace, joy and the warmth of family and friends!

FOP party
Cherry Hill High School Students and Cherry Hill Police officers hosted a holiday party for children with special needs this week. 

FOP Lodge hosts annual Christmas party for children with special needs

Cherry Hill FOP Lodge 28 hosted its annual Christmas party for special-needs children in our area earlier this week at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Route 70. Cherry Hill Police Officers and students from Cherry Hill High Schools East and West worked together to put together a spectacular event, and had a wonderful time with the children in attendance. The children met with Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Philadelphia Phillies Phanatic, the Chick-fil-A at Garden State Park cow and many other visitors who brought joy to their hearts during this holiday season. Click here for photos of the event.

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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.
This season, be sure to check out the following classes:

Youth Classes

  • Stopmotion Pro: Ever wonder how movies like Kubo and Two Strings were made? Learn how in Stopmotion Pro! Students will build a full articulated puppet, make all the props, and bring their imagined world to life with a professional stop motion set. Join us and learn the cinematography and animation techniques to make a complete animated short.
  • Rock Climbing Instruction: Become a pro rock climber! These rock climbing classes are filled with adventures and games that are designed for children ages 6 through 17. Children will develop climbing technique, mental focus, teamwork, as well as social and problem solving skills. 
  • Ballet Classes: Pennsylvania Ballet is pleased to offer Intro and Basic Ballet classes at Croft Farm Arts Center. Intro to Ballet is designed to encourage creative movement, self-expression, and group interaction while introducing basic ballet vocabulary and music concepts. Basic Ballet is slightly more structured and designed for older children, ages 6-7.  Basic Ballet participants will learn to jump, turn and develop strength.    
Adults and Seniors
  • Uncovering Your Family History: Challenge your brain while having fun learning how to research your family history. This adult genealogy class is designed for those who want to learn the skills necessary to conduct genealogical research. Learn how to assemble your family history, where to find the information you really want, and what resources will be the most valuable. 
  • Laughter Yoga: Laughter Wellness is a whole body, well-being workout that integrates Laughter Yoga exercises and the power of breath, movement, sound and engaging activities to promote a healthy, joyful and vibrant life. There are no yoga poses and you don’t need to be flexible or funny. The yoga aspect encompasses breathing exercises and mindfulness. It’s uplifting, energizing and fun! It’s wonderful for building community connection, stress relief and helping to ease anxiety and mild depression.
For specific details (dates, times & locations) and information on all Winter recreational programs, please click here, or call the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868. If you have an idea for a recreational program and would like to teach a class, please complete a program proposal by clicking here. 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.
Leaf collection

Curbside leaf collection complete;  yard-waste bags still available

Curbside leaf collection is now complete for the 2016 season. If you still have leaves that need to be collected, they can be placed into an open trash can and placed at the curb on your normal trash, recycling and yard-waste collection day, or you may utilize the free drop-off at our Kresson Road Ecology Site from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, until Dec. 30. Additionally, the Township will continue to offer free 30-gallon leaf bags to all our residents, for use throughout the year. 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 also 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.

State continues work on Route 70 in Cherry Hill 

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will continue work next week on Route 70, from mile marker 0 to 2.55 and 5.33 to 7.67 in Cherry Hill and Pennsauken. The next phase of work is expected to begin on Monday, Dec. 19, and will include new curbing and sidewalks, inlet and manhole replacements, electrical upgrades along with paving and striping. Traffic signal upgrades being performed could necessitate a shoulder or lane closure during the day.   
Work hours will vary, and will include work from 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 9 p.m., with no lane closures in place, as well as isolated overnight work from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., with some lane closures expected. The road will remain open at all times. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website, www.511nj.org, for real-time travel information, and follow @NJDOT_info on Twitter for NJDOT news.

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 through the New Year

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.

Martin Luther King Day of Service
The Township's annual Martin Luther King Day of Service collection drive is now underway.

Upcoming Events

Township collecting items for charity for Martin Luther King Day of Service

The season of giving doesn't end with the holidays! There are residents in need within our community all year long. As part of our Martin Luther King Day of Service observance, please consider supporting our annual donation drive, which will several worthwhile, local organizations: Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, the Cherry Hill Food Pantry, Cathedral Kitchen and Little Hands, Little Feet.
This year's requested items include paper products, canned goods, shampoo, deodorant, laundry detergent, socks, plastic utensils, floor cleaner, nonperishable food items, diapers, 39-gallon trash bags, children's coats, baby blankets, books, DVDs, and video games (lightly used). 
Donations can be dropped off at the Township Municipal Building or the Cherry Hill Public Library through Jan. 12, or the Croft Farm Arts Center through Jan. 16. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Events@chtownship.com. 

Surrogate event

County surrogate hosts program
for seniors, Jan. 6 at Town Hall

Attention seniors! You're invited to a special session focused on a variety of senior-related topics with Camden County Surrogate Michelle Gentek-Mayer, at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, in the Township's Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. This free event will highlight the many services available to area seniors from the Surrogate's Office, including living wills, last will & testament, advance directives for health care, and power of attorney. This event is free; no registration required. For more information, call (856) 661-4800, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com. 

Senior Living

Many Township offices offer special senior programs, resources

Cherry Hill is a wonderful place for residents over 55 to live, and our goal is to give seniors the programs, resources and services they need to remain in their homes - and in our community - long after retirement. Here is a bullet list of several senior-oriented programs and services, along with information to help you find more information. 

  • The Cherry Hill Police, Fire and EMS services are the best in the area, and healthcare availability is exceptional. In fact, Cherry Hill was recently recognized for its efforts to foster growth in South Jersey healthcare. With many of the major names in medicine located here in our community, Cherry Hill makes it easy to obtain quality care without traveling far.
  • Free bus service is available to take senior residents to the grocery store, local doctor's appointments, and Township events. Call (856) 661-4711 for details.
  • The Recreation Department plans several senior luncheon events throughout the year; visit the Department's Facebook page or the Township's online calendar for details.
  • Cherry Hill’s Handy Helper Program can arrange for a certified contractor to complete plumbing, carpentry or other minor repairs for income-qualified seniors. Call (856) 488-7855 for an application.
  • The Cherry Hill Fire Department offers Free smoke alarm inspection and installation for Seniors. Call (856) 429-7441 for details.
  • Cherry Hill Library offers many programs free to senior residents. Visit the CHPL online calendar for a full listing.
  • The tax office can help seniors identify potential programs to reduce your real estate taxes or sewer bill. Call (856) 488-7880 for information.
  • Sign up for one of dozens of classes on health, fitness, art, culture, dance, finance, languages, and those focused on specialty topics such as Medicare, offered through the Recreation Department. Browse our online registration program for details, or to enroll.
  • AARP offers the Cherry Hill senior community free tax-preparation help from February to April, as well as a periodic Smart Driver program. See the Township's community magazine or the Cherry Hill website for details.  

If you have any questions about these or any other senior-related topic, program, or service, 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. 

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Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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