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

Moody's upgrades Cherry Hill's rating to Aa1

Last week, Moody's Investors Service announced it was upgrading Cherry Hill's bond rating to Aa1, making Cherry Hill the highest-rated municipality in all of Camden County. This is a terrific thing for our community, and Council and I were very excited to receive the news on Thursday. In issuing the upgrade, Moody's cited the importance of several factors that have contributed to the town’s strong position, including ongoing efforts to promote economic growth and redevelopment, smart fiscal management, conservative budgeting, and a continued reduction in debt service. Each of those has been a central priority for my administration over the last six years, and are many of the same qualities that make Cherry Hill such an amazing place to live, raise a family, and operate a business. In the long run, the biggest beneficiary of this rating upgrade will be our neighborhoods and our residents. Click here to read more about this important announcement for Cherry Hill.

Read Across America
Mayor Cahn reads to students at Horace Mann Elementary School.

Mayor, Council celebrate Dr. Seuss,
read to students at Cherry Hill schools

Thursday, March 2, marked the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, an annual celebration of literacy and learning that coincides with the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Throughout the week, members of Council and I -- Council President David Fleisher, Vice President Sara Lipsett, and Council members Carolyn Jacobs and Jim Bannar -- took part in Read Across America festivities across Cherry Hill, reading to students at Clara Barton, Horace Mann, Stockton and Woodcrest Elementary Schools and the Goddard School. Learning and literacy are lifelong endeavors – and something that should be fostered throughout our lives. This weekend, I encourage all of you to spend some time with a good book, and, if you have them, to read to your children and grandchildren today and every day. Thank you to Goddard and our local Public Schools for inviting us to take part in this year's festivities! Visit our Facebook page for photos

Code Blue advisory in effect due to extreme cold 

The Camden County Health Officer has issued a Code Blue advisory for our area this weekend, due to extreme cold in the forecast. Code Blue is in effect from 6 p.m. tonight to 7 a.m. Saturday; 6 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday; and 6 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday. Please be sure to check on relatives and neighbors who are elderly, disabled or who live alone, to ensure their safety -- and remember to keep pets inside during the overnight hours. 
In Cherry Hill, individuals seeking shelter in a warming center during the day can visit:
- The Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. 
- The Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38 (Open until 9:30 p.m.)
- The Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Highway North (Open until 9 p.m.)
Anyone with questions or concerns, or who may need assistance during this stretch of extreme cold, can contact Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Seta at (856) 432-8836, or by e-mail at kseta@cherryhillpolice.com. After hours, call Police Dispatch at (856) 665-1200.

Soccer Post
Councilman Brian Bauerle (center) celebrated the Grand Opening of the Soccer Post on Brace Road.

Councilman Bauerle welcomes new Soccer Post location to Cherry Hill

Councilman Brian Bauerle joined members of the community and owners of the Soccer Post to celebrate the grand opening of the franchise's newest location at 1479 Brace Road, in the Tutti Toscani shopping center. Dozens of people were on hand for the celebration and to browse the store's variety of soccer apparel and equipment for players of all ages. Soccer Post owner Ken Palumbo also presented Eleanor Stofman of the Cherry Hill Education Foundation with a generous donation in support of the organization's work with our schools. The Soccer Post also has a location in Pennington, N.J. Please join me in congratulating the owners and staff, and in welcoming them to Cherry Hill! 

Hazardous waste

Upcoming Events

Drop off hazardous household waste
Saturday, March 11, at Public Works

Residents looking to dispose of old automotive fluids, household cleaners, pesticides and other common household waste that is prohibited from curbside trash disposal can bring those items to the Department of Public Works from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, for a special Household Hazardous Waste collection event. Disposal is free for Camden County residents. This special event is a partnership between the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Cherry Hill Township. Click here for a list of permitted and prohibited items.

Special Needs Conference

Special needs conference highlights information 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 1:30 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 presentations include:

  • Vision and Learning: What's the Connection, by Michael Galloway, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
  • Accessing NJ's Children System of Care, by April Young DiPietro, BSW
  • Optimizing a Child's Success by Understanding a Child's Sensory Profile, by Michelle Critelli, OTR/L

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. A free continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Ombudsman@CHTownship.com.

Stairway to Heaven Ensemble Concert

Don't miss 'Stairway to Heaven' Ensemble Series Concert this Sunday at Croft Farm

The Ensemble Series returns to the Croft Farm Arts Center this Sunday, March 12, with a World Tour Performance by Trio Montage, featuring music from Austria, Spain, Great Britain, France and Italy. The show will encompass a diverse range of musical selections -- from Mozart to Led Zeppelin -- using a violin, cello and harp. The 2016-17 Ensemble Series at Croft Farm is presented by MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.Tickets are $15, or $12 for Gold Card holders and $5 for students. The Croft Farm Arts Center is located at 100 Bortons Mill Road. Show begins at 3 p.m.; doors open at 2:30. Click here to purchase tickets; check out our Facebook event for more information. 

Spring into Health with Virtua

'Spring' into a Healther You with Virtua and the Mayor's Wellness Campaign

As part of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign, we invite you to hear easy fitness tips and nutrition advice from specialists at our Wellness Partner, Virtua, from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center. Get suggestions for ways to spring clean your pantry and eat healthier, and learn a beginner's workout routine that incorporates a resistance band and other easy-to-find household items. Attendees will go home with their own FREE resistance band! This event is free to attend. Please call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail MWC@chtownship.com for more information.

Earth Festival logo
The Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival takes place April 29.

Save the Date: Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival set for April 29

Join our Township leaders, Cherry Hill schools and the non-profit Sustainable Cherry Hill for the 8th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival. The largest eco-event in South Jersey takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at historic Croft Farm. Get a healthy start to the all-weather event and join the Family Fun Bike Ride with registration coming soon. Healthy food for purchase, two stages of entertainment, earth-friendly family fun and much more. Our festival will engage visitors to offer ways to help counter climate change through our theme: “Love Your Earth.” Sponsor the festival: Contact Brenda Jorett, festival producer, at EarthFest@SustainableCherryHill.org. Watch for ONLINE vendor, non-profit group, food vendor and volunteer registration: www.SustainableCherryHill.org.

CHFD offers CPR, AED certification courses for the public

Have you ever thought about becoming certified in CPR & AED?  Here is your opportunity! The Cherry Hill Fire EMS Training Division is offering several ASHI Community CPR & AED Training Classes. This course is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting. Please visit the Cherry Hill Fire Department website for details and to register for the class.  

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Library News and Events

Friends of the Library to hold Spring Book Sale March 30 through April 1

The Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library will hold the annual Spring Book Sale from Thursday, March 30, through Saturday, April 1. A special pre-sale for Friends Members only will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. New Friends members are welcome to join that evening and be among the first to get great bargains. The sale, which is open to the public, will continue on Thursday, March 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Friday, March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A special $5 Bag of Books Sale will round out the event from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Thousands of books, CDs and DVDs will be offered and sorted into categories. Prices are $2 for hardback books, CDs and DVDs, and $1 for paperback books. All proceeds benefit the Library. 
The Cherry Hill Public Library hosts hundreds of events and activities all year long. Visit www.chplnj.org for the full calendar of events, and to sign up for the library's e-newsletter, renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more. Follow the Library on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest events, news and happenings! Join the conversation with #chplnj. For more information, call (856) 667-0300, or e-mail info@chplnj.org.

Senior Living

Need to get around Cherry Hill? Transportation options exist

There is free transportation available throughout Cherry Hill to senior and disabled residents who need to get around Cherry Hill for grocery shopping, social club meetings, events at Town Hall and the JCC, and other senior programming opportunities. The Township operates a free bus service that operates during the day, Monday through Friday. Rides can be booked through the Township Clerk's office. Please call (856) 661-4711 for information, or to make a reservation. Other options include:

  • Sen-Han, offers transportation for seniors (60+) and disabled Camden County residents. Please call (856) 456-3344 for information.
  • The PATCO Speedline, which offers reduced fares for seniors. Click here, or call (856) 963-7998 or (856) 772-6900 for information.
  • New Jersey Transit, which also offers reduced fairs for travel throughout New Jersey, and event into New York City. Call (973) 275-5555 or click here for more information.
  • UBER and Lyft are options for anyone with a Smart Phone, and several organizations offer tutorials on using the related apps to book rides. To learn more, visit their websites at www.uber.com or www.lyft.com.

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

AARP

AARP offers tax-prep help for seniors every Tuesday, Friday 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. 

School News

Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and other important information in the Cherry Hill School District's e-news. Click here for the latest edition.

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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