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. 

Township News

Town Hall closed Monday for President's Day

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of President’s Day. The Cherry Hill Public Library will be closed, as well. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 21. All trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Rosa Basketball
The Rosa Raptors basketball team recently capped an undefeated 2016-17 season.

Congratulations to the undefeated Rosa Raptors basketball team

Please join me in congratulating Coach Jules Farkas and the Rosa Middle School Boys Basketball team on an unprecedented undefeated season they recently completed! Rosa Raptors finished the 2016-17 season with a 14-0 record, including four wins against both Beck and Carusi Middle Schools. This year’s Rosa team was led by a talented group of eighth graders who also play together on the Cherry Hill Travel 8A Team; this year's starters were Kyle Aquino, Stephen Flynn, Matt Lang and Noah Stofman. The Raptors played their final home game against Kings Christian Academy on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, defeating Kings Christian by a score of 85-69.

CHFD logo

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

Please remember to vote tomorrow -- 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

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

Junior Police Academy

Registration open for the 2017 Junior Police Academy: Sign up today! 

For the third year in a row, Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Police Department are excited to announce the 2017 Junior Police Academy, which rill take place July 31 to Aug. 4, open to boys and girls ages 11 to 14. As in previous years, participants will explore firsthand various aspects of law enforcement, with a curriculum developed by the department that will emphasize important qualities such as physical fitness, staying drug free, teamwork and respect. Activities throughout the week will include lessons in drill and ceremony, physical training, school safety and bullying, drug awareness, traffic safety, an introduction to special units, crime scene processing and fingerprinting and first aid. Participants will also tour the juvenile detention center and Cherry Hill Fire Department Central Command. The week will conclude with a formal graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon. The program is limited to 40 registrants - so sign your child up today! To accommodate as many new children as possible, returning cadets will be allowed to register after June 1. To register online, click here; the JPA is listed under classes for the "Summer 2017" season. To register in person, visit the Cherry Hill Recreation Department, 820 Mercer Street, Room 102. For questions, call (856) 488-7868. 

CHPD Valentine
Members of the Cherry Hill Police Department celebrated Valentine's Day this week with Girl Scouts from Troop 30008. 

Local children help members of the CHPD celebrate Valentine's Day

Members of the Cherry Hill Police Department spent a very festive week celebrating Valentine's Day in a variety of different settings with local groups of children. Among this week's holiday visits were a stop at Town Hall by Girl Scouts Troop 30008, who decorated and delivered goodie bags to our officers at the police station. Other special visits included a stop by Community Relations Officers Renee Houlihan and Julia Downes to Ms. Pezzella's second-grade classroom at Cooper Elementary School to help the students with their Valentine's Day word puzzles, as well as a visit to Sharp School, to take part in Mrs. Gilmour's first grade class's Valentine exchange. Our men and women in uniform love the opportunities they have to engage with our youngest citizens, and on behalf of Chief Monaghan and the entire Cherry Hill Police Department, we thank the various groups who invited the Cherry Hill Police Department to be a part of this week's Valentine's festivities. Visit the Department's Facebook page for photos from all of this week's visits.

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

Tickets still available for the Best of the Garden State Film Festival, March 3

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.

Special Needs Conference

Special needs conference highlights important topics for parents, caregivers

Cherry Hill's annual Free Conference for Professionals and Parents of Children with Special Needs will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, in the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Don't miss out on this wonderful conference, which provides caregivers with useful information about important topics related to raising children with special needs. This year's topics include an exploration of the connection between vision and learning, how to navigate New Jersey's Children System of Care, and optimizing a child's success. This is a valuable opportunity for interested adults to gather resources and information about the many topics affecting the special-needs child. Attendance is free, but registration is preferred. Click here to view the flier with complete details. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Ombudsman@CHTownship.com.

Senior Living

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

As I noted above, registration is now open for the Township's spring programs and classes - including a variety of offerings that will appeal to residents 55 and older - many of which are free, or discounted to members of our Gold Card program. I highly encourage you to browse our class offerings online - including Laughter Yoga, Canasta, Cribbage, Line Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, Badminton, Tennis, Pickleball or Tai-Chi. For those who want to try the creative arts, explore the Elements of Art, or try your hand at Stained Glass. 
A number of our free classes center on practical knowledge, with information about IRAs, Medicare and Social Security, or CPR/First Aid/AED Certification. 
A full listing of classes can be found online through our CapturePoint website; you can browse our offerings, and create a profile to register for whatever strikes your interest! Click here to be directed to the CapturePoint site; if you need help creating your profile, contact the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868.
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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