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
More than 150 volunteers helped to sort donations this past Monday at Croft Farm.

Township News

Mayor Cahn, members of Council mark Martin Luther King Day throughout town

The members of Council and I joined thousands of Township residents throughout the community at events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Council members Brian Bauerle, Carolyn Jacobs, Melinda Kane and Carole Roskoph attended a special Shabbat Service Friday night at Congregation M'kor Shalom, while Council President Dave Fleisher, Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilman Jim Bannar and I took part in a service Sunday morning at Holy Eucharist Church. On Monday, the Township hosted its own Day of Service event, where Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and I joined 150+ volunteers at Croft Farm who sorted and packed up donations for the The Cherry Hill Food Pantry, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Little Hands Little Feet, The Cathedral Kitchen, and the Cherry Hill Public Library. And more than a dozen others joined Lew Gorman and the Cherry Hill Environmental Board to make improvements along the Croft Farm Trails. Special thanks to Chief Monaghan, the Cherry Hill Police Department and our Junior Police Academy Cadets, who made 400+ sandwiches for Cathedral Kitchen. This weekend was filled with wonderful tributes to the life and legacy of Dr. King, whose messages of hope, unity, equality and love are as relevant today as they have ever been. Thank you to all who joined us throughout this weekend to honor Dr. King's memory, and to help make our community - and world - a better place.

DECA Check presentation
Mayor Cahn presents a $500 grant check to Cherry Hill West's DECA students.

Mayor Cahn thanks Cherry Hill West group for Shredding Event efforts

I visited Cherry Hill High School West on Tuesday morning to present members of the school's DECA group with with a $500 Clean Communities Grant. The money was awarded to the group as recognition of their efforts in support of our Township Shredding and Recycling event in October. The students helped residents unload their paper, e-waste and other recyclables throughout the event. The $500 is provided through the state's Clean Communities program, which provides municipalities with money for programs and activities aimed at keeping the community clean and litter-free. To learn more about the Clean Communities grant program, contact the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868. 

Freedom Medal 2017
Four Township residents were among Camden County's Freedom Medal recipients for 2017.

Four Cherry Hill residents receive Camden County Freedom Medals

Congratulations to the four Cherry Hill residents honored Wednesday night by the Camden County Board of Freeholders for their work to uphold the ideals and principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The local honorees, included in the 11 total recipients of this year's Camden County Freedom Medal, 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. For photos of the event, click here.

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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.

CHAACA, Library host Black History Month contest

The Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association and Cherry Hill Library have partnered to host an essay, poster and video contest for Black History Month 2017. The contest is open to Cherry Hill students in grades K-12 and must depict an African American in the Performing Arts, Media Arts or Visual Arts who was born before 1960. Entries will be accepted until 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, and are limited to one entry per student. The contest will be judged by a panel of judges selected by CHAACA's executive board, and eighteen cash prizes are available. For more information and official guidelines, please click here. Questions can be e-mailed to csaxjenks@gmail.com or khardesty@chplnj.org. 

AARP

Upcoming Events

AARP to provide free tax-prep help for seniors twice a week starting Feb. 3

Cherry Hill Township and the AARP have once again partnered to offer seniors free tax-preparation assistance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday, from Feb. 3 through April 18. Tax-Aide volunteers will help residents over 55 prepare their 2016 state and federal tax returns, as well as Homestead Benefit Credit and Property Tax Reimbursement forms. No appointments are necessary; however, a valid photo ID is required. All tax-prep sessions will take place in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall. Electronic filing and direct deposit are available to help expedite returns. For more information, (888) AARP-NOW or visit www.AARP.org/taxaide. To learn more about this and other services and programs for residents 55 and older in our community, contact the Township's Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800, or gpino@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.

Best of the Garden State Film Festival

The Best of the Garden State Film Festival returns to town in March

The Cherry Hill Arts Board and I are proud to once again present an evening of The Best of the Garden State Film Festival this March at the Croft Farm Arts Center. The "Best of the Fest" has been a popular event for the last two years, giving attendees an intimate viewing of independent short films previously shown at the Garden State Film Festival. Light refreshments will be served. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Borton's Mill Road. It's never too early to secure your seat to a hot-ticket event! Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets today. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, e-mail Arts@CHTownship.com, or join the Facebook event to receive updates.

Senior Living

Seniors: Information, education key to avoiding harmful scams 

Senior Citizens often fall victim to scams that can hurt them, whether financially or physically. The Cherry Hill Police Department and the State Attorney General’s office both provide valuable information to all our residents, and are happy to assist if you have questions. The Cherry Hill Police Community Relations Office can be reached by phone at (856) 488-7813, or you can follow the Cherry Hill Police Department on Facebook for the latest important information. To stay up-to-date on anti-fraud efforts from the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs and the Attorney General's office, click here. The Township will host a Fraud-education program for Seniors this spring, with speakers from both local and state police; stay tuned for details. If you have a question about any issue of interest to residents over 55, I encourage you to reach out to Gaye Pino, our senior services program coordinator. 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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