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. 
Student Government Day
Mayor Cahn welcomes 30+ Cherry Hill High School juniors to Town Hall on Wednesday for Student Government Day.

Township News

Mayor, Council welcome young leaders to Student Government Day

On Wednesday, my administration and the members of Township Council welcomed more than 30 of our community’s brightest young men and women to Town Hall for Student Government Day. This annual event allows juniors from Cherry Hill East and West to work alongside myself, members of Council and Township staff for a hands-on lesson in how local government works. Students are typically given the opportunity to study real issues facing the Township and asked to craft policies or plans to address those challenges. This year's students tackled the real challenge of creating a more sustainable, healthy and active community, using our Roadmap to Our Future sustainability plan as their model - and ultimately, they presented two very well-conceived and interesting ideas to encourage our residents to make smarter, more eco-friendly choices in their everyday lives. Click here to read all about it in this week's Cherry Hill Sun. Personally, the members of Council were impressed by the students' thorough, thoughtful ideas to encourage residents to use alternative modes of transportation and spread awareness of and engagement with our Township sustainability plan. We appreciate their active engagement and enthusiasm! Thank you to all our participants from Cherry Hill East and West - as well as to the parents who came out for our evening presentations, and the Township staff and local professionals who volunteered their own time to make this year's event a success. Visit our Facebook page for photo galleries from throughout the day. 

Registration open for spring classes; early-bird rate available 

Registration is now open for all programs and classes offered by the Township Recreation Department for the spring season! 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 sure to be a program or class for you. This season, the Cherry Hill Recreation Department is offering an early-bird rate for most classes, which will run through March 19, so be sure to take advantage of this special pricing option. A full list of classes can be found in the Spring 2017 Community Magazine, which will hit homes in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the easiest way to browse and register for classes is through CommunityPass, the Township's online registration portal where you can create an account for you and your family, register for classes, and purchase tickets for upcoming events. Visit https://register.capturepoint.com/CherryHill to browse upcoming programs. 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

Cub Scouts visit Town Hall
Mayor Cahn met with Cub Scouts Evan Boxley, Matthias Tribble and Eric Jung of Troop 168 in Cherry Hill on Monday, Feb. 6.

Mayor Cahn welcomes Cub Scouts from Troop 168 for Q&A session

On Monday this week, I was visited by three great young Cub Scouts from Troop 168 in Cherry Hill - who came to my office to meet me and ask questions about my job and experiences as Mayor of our community. It was wonderful to engage on such a personal level with these young men and their parents; to hear their great questions; and to share some stories and insight I've gained throughout my six years in office. I'd like to thank Evan Boxley, Matthias Tribble and Eric Jung for taking time out of their day to come visit with me, and for their wonderful questions and infectious enthusiasm. 

CHFD logo

Fire District elections to take place
in Cherry Hill on Saturday, Feb. 18

Please remember to vote next Saturday, Feb. 18, in the annual Fire District Budget Election. There are two polling locations for this election -- the Township Community Center at 820 Mercer St., and the Fire Department's Central Command at 1100 Marlkress Road -- and polls will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. Voters will be asked to vote on the Department's budget for the coming year, as well as to select two members of the Cherry Hill Board of Fire Commissioners. Cherry Hill is fortunate to be served by two of the best public-safety agencies in the state in our Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, and I encourage all registered voters in our Township to make their voices heard next Saturday. To view the CHFD Budget Mailer, which includes details on the budget, voting locations and times, click here. To read the biographies of the candidates for Fire Commissioner, click here

Tax Scams
Cherry Hill Police offer tips to avoid tax-related identity theft and scams this season.

Cherry Hill Police offer tips to avoid tax-related identity theft, scams

As we enter into tax season, the Cherry Hill Police Department has offered residents some tips and best practices to avoid tax-related identity theft and other scams: 
• File your tax return as early as possible. 
• Use a secure internet connection to file electronically, or mail your tax return directly at the post office. 
• Never respond to emails, texts, or social media communications claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS will only contact you by mail. Report any suspicious or unsolicited emails claiming to be sent from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. 
• Never provide personal information to anyone purporting to be an IRS representative who contacts you via an unsolicited telephone call. Instead record the caller's name, badge number and a call back number. Hang up and then contact the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you. 
• Monitor your credit report to verify there is no unauthorized activity.
• Enroll in the IRS Identity Protection Pin (IP PIN) program to obtain a 6-digit pin.
In 2016, 34 percent of the identity theft complaints to the FTC involved taxes, employment, or wages. There was a 22 percent increase in the number of complaints regarding IRS imposters – scam callers threatening to arrest or fine victims unless they are paid immediately for taxes they claim the victims owe. The IRS will never call demanding immediate payment of taxes owed or a specific method of payment, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer. For more information, try these resources from the FTC, the IRS and IdentityTheft.Gov.

Eye Associates grand opening
Mayor Cahn and Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs celebrated the grand opening of new offices for South Jersey Eye Associates on Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Jacobs celebrate expansion of local eye center

Mayor Cahn and Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs joined Dr. Sydney Tyson to mark the grand opening of South Jersey Eye Associates' new, more spacious offices in the South Jersey Medical Center on Route 70, near Barclay Farm. The Cherry Hill office is one of Eye Associates' oldest locations, but recently relocated to a larger space within the Medical Center. Eye Associates offers a variety of eye-care services, from routine exams to surgery and more extensive, specialty care services. Thank you to Dr. Tyson and his staff for welcoming us to their beautiful new facility. We wish you all the best as you continue to serve our Cherry Hill population along our "Healthcare Highway" on Route 70! To learn more about Eye Associates, click here

AARP

Upcoming Events

AARP to provide free tax-prep help for seniors twice a week through April 18

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

Cherry Hill offers a variety of services to aid residents 55+

Cherry Hill is widely recognized for our value to young families, especially those with school-aged children. However, I know that our Senior Citizen residents are an important and valuable part of our Cherry Hill Community. I want you to know and understand all the positive opportunities available to our Senior homeowners. Review the list of programs below and see what services you might qualify for. For more information, contact the department listed, or reach out to Senior Services Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800. 

  • Homeowner tax discounts: a $250 Real estate tax deduction is available for income-eligible property owners 65 years or older. If you are not currently receiving your Real Estate Tax Deduction, please call the Township Tax Assessor’s Office at 856-488-7899. 
  • Sewer Discount: If you are eligible for the $250 Real Estate Tax Deduction, you are automatically qualified to have the Township Sewer rental fee waived.  All homeowners 60 years or over can receive a 10% discount on township sewer rental by showing proof of age at the tax collector’s office.  For more information on sewer discounts, call 856-488-7880
  • Cherry Hill Township Home Improvement Program for major repairs, including roof replacement or repair, repairs to heating & electrical systems, plumbing, home weatherization. Open to income-eligible seniors, this is a deferred loan program for up to $20,000, and is administered by the Camden County Department of Community Development. For more information, please call 856-751-2242. 
  • Handy Helper Program: The Township offers income-eligible residents who are 62 and older or disabled up to $1,000 annually for small in-home repairs. Call 856-488-7855 to apply or to ask questions.
  • For information about affordable housing options for seniors, contact Housing Coordinator Ed Einhaus at 856-432-8706 or eeinhaus@chtownship.com. 
  • The Gold Card Program offers many discounts for residents 55 and older. Click here to view the online Gold Card directory. Don't have a Gold Card? Contact the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868, or visit Room 102 of the Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St.
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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