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. 
Baskies
Mayor and Council honored Dr. Arnold Baskies, newly elected Chairman of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors.

Township News

Mayor, Council honor resident named chair of American Cancer Society board

Council and I were proud to honor a longtime Cherry Hill resident and leader in the medical community at Monday night's Council meeting. Dr. Arnold M. Baskies, a 35-year Township resident, was installed this month as Chairman of the Board of the American Cancer Society. As you may know, the ACS is an organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, advocacy, education and service. Dr. Baskies' tenure as board chairman follows more than 30 years of volunteer work with the organization, including stints as chairman of the Eastern Board and designations as the organization's chief science officer and vice president. Dr. Baskies is currently a medical director at Virtua Health, and lives in the Township with his wife, Susan, a retired speech therapist. Several of us have the pleasure of knowing Dr. Baskies and his family on a personal level, and it was truly an honor to recognize his latest achievement in a long and decorated career on Monday night. Please join me in wishing him the best of luck during his time as chairman.

Kindness Challenge
Cherry Hill officers joined Principal Park and Russell Knight School to kick off the Great Kindness Challenge.

Cherry Hill Police help Knight students kick off week-long Kindness Challenge

Cherry Hill Police Community Relations Officers Philbin and Downes visited A. Russell Knight Elementary School on Monday to participate in a Kindness Tunnel welcoming students to school to kick off their week-long Great Kindness Challenge. The special event - observed by thousands of schools nationwide - is meant to encourage the school community to complete various acts of kindness, in addition to collecting "kindness coins" to help build a school in a village in Pakistan. What a wonderful concept! I look forward to joining the school on Monday as they wrap up their celebration.

Project Medicine Drop

Cherry Hill Alliance is on Facebook; follow for important drug, alcohol info 

This week has been National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (January 23-29), which presents an ideal opportunity to shatter many myths about drugs and alcohol use. To learn more about this week’s events and to test your knowledge about drug and alcohol facts or fiction, check out the new Cherry Hill Alliance on Drug & Alcohol Abuse Facebook page
Did you know that the Cherry Hill Police Department accepts your unused medication 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? The Alliance, together with the Cherry Hill Police Department, reminds you to clean out any unused prescription drugs from your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of them in the drop box located in the Cherry Hill Police Headquarters lobby, 820 Mercer St. Cherry Hill residents can visit this drug drop box 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to discard unneeded and expired medications - and keep them away from those at risk of abusing them.  Disposing of unused medication in this way not only helps to prevent drug abuse, but also reduces the risk of accidental poisonings in an environmentally sound manner. The drop box accepts solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, inhalers, and pet medications. It cannot accept syringes or liquids.

CHAACA Black History Month contest entries due Monday

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. 

Pajamas and pancakes

Tickets selling quickly for our March 4 Pajamas, Pancakes & Painting event

What better way to spend your Saturday morning than by joining the Cherry Hill Recreation Department for painting and pancakes in your pajamas? From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, come enjoy a fun breakfast while you paint your favorite Disney characters. Open to ages 6\5-12; cost is $20 per child to paint/$5 per person to eat. Questions? Call (856) 488-7868. Event held at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Space is limited and registration is required! Buy tickets today at by clicking here.

Best of the Garden State Film Festival

Films announced for the 'Best of the Garden State Film Fest' at Croft Farm

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. This year's films are "Pigeon Impossible" (USA); "The Kiddush Man" (Israel); "Bye Bye Now," (Ireland); "What Makes Me Happy - Tung's Film" (Vietnam); and "Miss Shade is Missing" (USA). 
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

Staying in touch with Town Hall is easier than ever

With so much happening around our community, it’s more important than ever to stay in touch with Town Hall, Cherry Hill Police, the Recreation Department and your elected officials. While signing up to receive my Mayor’s Weekly Briefing is an excellent place to start, there are a variety of ways in which you and others can stay up-to-date on the latest happenings throughout town.

Remember: The Township has a senior services program coordinator, Gaye Pino, available to answer questions about any issue or service of interest to our residents over the age of 55, including classes, activities, clubs, special events and housing. The coordinator is also a valuable resource and guest speaker for local senior groups and organizations. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, call (856) 661-4800, or e-mail gpino@chtownship.com

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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