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. 
Fleisher swearing-in
Councilman David Fleisher is sworn in as Cherry Hill Township Council President for 2017 at Monday's Reorganization Meeting. Council Vice President Sara Lipsett was also re-elected to her position.

Township News

Mayor Cahn, Council look ahead
at annual Reorganization meeting

Fleisher, Lipsett re-elected to leadership posts

The members of Township Council and I marked the start of a new year for  Cherry Hill, at our annual Reorganization Meeting this past Monday, Jan. 9. As part of the evening's agenda, Council President David Fleisher and Vice President Sara Lipsett were chosen to serve in their Council leadership positions for another year. Together, we re-committed ourselves to moving the Township forward in every respect, and promised to continue to focus on the issues that truly matter to our residents: Preserving our neighborhoods, investing in public safety, roads, infrastructure and other quality-of-life issues, protecting our open space, and continuing to run the Township efficiently and responsibly. These are the things that have made Cherry Hill such an attractive destination for families, young professionals and seniors for many years, and they will continue to be our top priorities in 2017, and beyond. To read more about Monday's reorganization, click here

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

It's not too late: MLK Day donations can be taken to Croft Farm Monday

The Township will host its 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service this Monday, Jan. 16, at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Borton's Mill Road. As part of this year's program, volunteers will be completing valuable trail work along the Croft Farm trails, or sorting and delivering items collected for a number of local organizations in need. If you haven't dropped off your donations, you can bring them to the Croft Farm Arts Center from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday. 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. 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). Thank you to all who have contributed to this year's collection drive so far; your generosity is greatly appreciated, and will benefit many of our neighbors in need. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Events@chtownship.com. 

Woodcrest Sidewalk
500+ feet of sidewalk was installed this week near the Woodcrest PATCO Station.

New sidewalks provide greater access for users of Woodcrest PATCO station

Mild temperatures this week allowed our Engineering Department to complete the installation of 540 feet of new sidewalk linking the Woodcrest PATCO station and Woodcrest Corporate Center. The 5-foot-wide walkway will enhance accessibility and safety for commuters, employees in the Corporate Center, and nearby residents, and was installed as the direct result of feedback from the community. If there is an issue or concern you'd like to discuss with our staff in Town Hall, please contact my office directly. You can reach us 24/7 through the Township website; call my office at (856) 488-7878, or email me at MayorCahn@chtownship.com. 

Camden County freedom Medal
Four Cherry Hill residents have been awarded the Camden County Freedom Medal for 2017.

Four Cherry Hill residents to receive Camden County Freedom Medals

Four Cherry Hill residents are among 11 men and women honored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders for their work to uphold the ideals and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The honorees will be given the Camden County Freedom Medal in a special ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Our local recipients are Alan Braslow, who has been instrumental in the creation of Norman's Law, which bans the sale of puppy-mill dogs in the State of New Jersey; Michael Doyle, a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church who helped to establish the Cherry Hill Food Pantry; Jane Murphy, a former educator and volunteer at Camden's Urban Promise School who has worked to promote early literacy throughout our region; and Marshall Spevak, who has committed himself to serving our veteran and active-duty military community throughout South Jersey. These men and women are shining examples of Dr. King's legacy, giving of their time and talents to make meaningful and significant contributions to our world. We are proud of the work they have done and continue to do, and are thrilled to see them receive this honor. To learn more about the Freedom Medal and this year's recipients, click here

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.

Township logo

Registration still 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.The easiest way to register for Township classes, events and programs is through our website! Register today, create a unique account and profile for you and your family, then browse our various site features and course offerings for children, adults and seniors. For specific 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.

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. Sunday, 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.

Senior Living

Senior Coordinator links residents with programs, services

Cherry Hill has a growing population of residents ages 55 and older, and there are a number of valuable programs and services in place to ensure our community remains a place where those residents can continue to have fun well into retirement. I felt it was so important that we provide a link between those residents and the various services, organizations and programs that cater to them, that we established a Senior Services Program Coordinator position, housed in our Department of Parks and Recreation. That coordinator, Gaye Pino, plans events and maintains relationships with various organizations and agencies that work with seniors. She is familiar with local, county and state resources, and is a valuable asset to residents with questions, who need advice, or are generally looking for guidance about what’s available to them. If she can’t answer a question directly, she can refer you to the person who can!
As part of her various responsibilities, Ms. Pino coordinates and administers the Township’s Gold Card program, which offers discounts and services to Township residents over 55; speaks to local senior groups; and much more. Whether you’re interested in recreation and entertainment, housing, healthcare, social services, classes, fitness, art, senior discounts, or something else entirely, if you have a question about being a resident over 55 in Cherry Hill, I encourage you to reach out to Gaye! She would love to hear from you: Contact her any time by e-mail at gpino@chtownship.com, or call her during normal business hours at (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

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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