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. 
MLK Day collection
This year's Martin Luther King Day donation drive is now underway.

Township News

Final week to donate to our annual

MLK Day of Service collection drive

There's just one week left to make a donation to the Township's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service! As always, the organizations our collection drive supports all serve residents from the immediate Cherry Hill area. This year's donations will benefit a number of 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. 

Stop for Pedestrians
The CHPD aims to improve pedestrian safety with targeted enforcement in the coming weeks.

Cherry Hill Police target pedestrian safety through new campaign  

The Cherry Hill Police Department is participating in a pedestrian safety enforcement campaign, targeting not just drivers who fail to stop and yield for pedestrians using crosswalks, but also pedestrians who cross roads improperly. Police will be conducting marked and unmarked patrols of our roads checking for pedestrian-safety violations, as well as conducting several decoy operations at various dates and times throughout the Township. According to State Police statistics, 167 pedestrians lost their lives on New Jersey roads in 2016, down from 173 in 2015. In 2014, 170 pedestrians lost their lives in New Jersey. As Mayor, I'd like to thank Chief William Monaghan and the men and women of our Cherry Hill Police Department for recognizing the importance of proactive enforcement to help reduce the number of pedestrian-related incidents on our roads. For more information on pedestrian safety, you can click here, here, or here. For information about this or any other traffic safety campaign, contact the Cherry Hill Police Traffic Safety Unit at (856) 488-7820.

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Registration now open for winter Recreation programs and classes 

Registration is still 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.

CHFD offers letter to notify insurance of Class 1 designation

The Cherry Hill Fire Department has been designated as an ISO Class 1 Fire Department, a rating insurance companies may use when they establish premiums. The designation became effective Dec. 1, 2016, and the CHFD has provided a letter for residents to notify their insurance companies of the change. You can click here to download and view a copy of this letter, and print it to provide to your insurance company. For more information, or to ask questions about this designation and what it means for you, contact the Office of the Fire Chief at (856) 795-9805.

Cinderella

Upcoming Events

Enjoy lunch and the 'Real Story of Cinderella,' Jan. 20 at the Katz JCC 

The Township and Katz JCC have partnered to offer our next "Luncheon with the Arts for Seniors," at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the JCC Social Hall, 1301 Springdale Road. This special event will feature lunch and "The Real Story of Cinderella," with Singer/actress Melissa Perry and pianist Hugh Kronot bringing to life stories of Cinderella from around the world. This is a must-see event for residents ages 55 and up. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tickets are $5 in advance, or $8 on Jan. 20. To purchase tickets, visit https://register.capturepoint.com/cherryhill. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or email Arts@chtownship.com.

Food for Thought

Sustainable Cherry Hill to discuss local food sources on Jan. 22

Please join the Sustainable Cherry Hill Garden Task Force for "Local Food for Thought 3," from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Cherry Hill Public Library on Kings Highway. Learn about organic vegetable gardens and CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) programs and speak to representatives from various farms providing CSAs. This is a free event; click here to register. For more information, contact Gwenne Baile at Gbaile@verizon.net or call (856) 816-8508.

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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
  • Saving with the Coupon Queen
    7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10

    Use a coupon, save a buck. Become a couponing master, save a fortune! Susan Samtur, known to millions as The Coupon Queen, will visit CHPL to her coupon-shopping secrets. She has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows such as Today, Good Morning America, and the hit TV show, Extreme Couponing. Attend this event to learn practical tips and tricks that will save you CASH! Click here to register.
  • Meet the Author: Fabulous Gabriel
    7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12

    Fabulous Gabriel’s new historical fiction novella, Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Diary, follows a fictional FBI agent, Robert Blake who has kept secret files about the death of Marilyn Monroe and the whereabouts of her lost diary. Fabulous Gabriel, mixes facts about Marilyn Monroe’s life and death with bits of fiction, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions about the mystery of this Hollywood icon that still has us talking today!  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.

Senior Living

CHIP links to services, information without a trip to Town Hall

CHIP is the new Cherry Hill Information Portal -- one convenient online location where residents can access all of the Township's online services and public information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information is accessible from your home (or Cherry Hill Library) computer, or any tablet or mobile device. The intent of this new intiative was to make it easier for the public to interact and do business with the Township as it suits their schedule and needs. From permits to inspections, to tax information, to program and events registration, you can access virtually any Township service that is currently available online, and we will be adding other features in the future! Check building permits, create service requests, report concerns, request public records, pay tax and sewer bills online, and much more. To learn more and explore the ways CHIP can work for you, visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/CHIP. If you have questions, or need assistance with 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. 

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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