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. 
winter storm damage
The Township is offering a special service to help residents clean up from Tuesday's winter storm.

Township News

Township to offer special yard-waste collection for winter storm debris

In light of the significant clean-up remaining across town following Tuesday’s winter storm, Mayor Chuck Cahn and the Department of Public Works have announced special expanded services to help residents dispose of the higher volume of storm-related debris and yard waste. For the next two weeks - from now until March 31 - residents can call the Department of Public Works to schedule a special storm-related yard-waste collection. During this period, normal weight and bundling restrictions will be relaxed, and Township personnel will collect any yard debris residents can move to the curb. Please note: We cannot accommodate requests to move trees or large limbs from private property. We will only collect debris that has been placed at the curb, and cut to a size that can be handled by one person. Residents must call (856) 424-4422 to schedule a collection. Pickups will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis; due to the possibility of high call volume, crews may take several days to respond to your request. No requests will be considered after March 31. Please note that yard-waste that meets our standard weight and bundling guidelines (cut to 4-foot lengths and placed in bundles no more than 50 lbs. each) may still be placed curbside for standard weekly collection. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we attempt to help ease clean-up efforts. For questions or concerns, or to schedule a pickup, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422. 

DeFrancesco Eagle Scout
Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs gives a proclamation to Eagle Scout Vincent DeFrancesco on Saturday, March 11.

Councilwoman Jacobs honors local Eagle Scout Vincent DeFrancesco

Last weekend, Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs attended a Court of Honor celebrating young Township resident Vincent DeFrancesco, a member of Boy Scout Troop 170 in Cherry Hill, as he earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Vincent raised money for, planned and executed the landscaping of a courtyard at his Elementary School, J.F. Cooper, making it a beautiful place for the school's students to play. Vincent hails from an active Scout family and, in fact, is the fourth child in his family to receive the Eagle Scout honor. In Cherry Hill, we have witnessed Eagle Scout ceremonies for dozens of remarkable young men in recent years, and we are proud to recognize their achievement. Please join me in congratulating Vincent and his family on this wonderful accomplishment, and in wishing him all the best in the future.

Road maintenance work planned next week on Route 70

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has notified my office that nighttime maintenance work is scheduled on Route 70 throughout the week next week. Temporary lane closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, in the westbound lanes between Milepost 5.3 and Milepost 6.1 (the Turnpike to Springdale Road); and on Wednesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 23, in the eastbound lanes between Milepost 0.3 and Milepost 1.5 (McClellan Avenue to the Conrail Overpass). 
The DOT has indicated that work to repave the entire stretch of Route 70 in Cherry Hill are moving forward, and expected to begin this spring. As more information becomes available, including the exact scope of work and a timeline, we will pass it along to residents and business owners in the area.  

Special Needs Conference

Upcoming Events

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.

Trio Montage with Mayor
Mayor Cahn and his wife, Stephanie, pose with the Trio Montage after their show at Croft Farm.

Ocean City Pops return to Croft Farm for next Ensemble Concert: Sunday, April 30

Thank you to the 150+ guests who came out last Sunday for a wonderful afternoon with Trio Montage, the latest installment in our Ensemble Series. My wife, Stephanie, and I loved the show - just the latest world-class performance hosted at our own, Township-owned Arts Center. If you couldn't make it last Sunday, don't worry: Our next Ensemble Concert will take place on Sunday, April 30, featuring the "Romantic Music of Europe," as performed by members of the Ocean City Pops. Click here for more information. Purchase tickets online: https://register.capturepoint.com/cherryhill. The 2016-17 Ensemble Series at Croft Farm is brought to you by MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

Paint & Sip night

Register for our first 'Paint & Sip Night,' April 13 at Croft Farm

Join the Cherry Hill Recreation Department for a night of painting and fun at our first-ever BYOB Paint & Sip Night, part of this year's Art Blooms celebration! An event that promises to be a great night out for you and friends, tickets are $45, which includes painting supplies, the instructor, coffee, soda and tea, and hors d'oeuvres provided by Tutti Toscani. Event is open to guests 21 and older only; registration is required and spaces are limited, so sign up today at https://register.capturepoint.com/cherryhill. For more information, check out our Facebook event, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Events@chtownship.com. 

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The Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival takes place April 29.

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

On this St. Patrick's Day, think about the "green" in your own lifestyle and community! The 8th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at historic Croft Farm. Start your day with the Family Fun Bike Ride at 8 a.m., featuring 2- and 9-mile routes from Croft Farm. And there’s a free bike valet parking area for everyone! Take your green lifestyle to a new level with:

  • Plant swap: Bring outdoor garden plants to the festival – take home new plants and get some gardening tips.
  • “Love Your Earth:” Our festival theme will be on exhibit as hundreds of students engage you with green lifestyle and climate change displays.
  • Recycle depot: Bring all those extra wire hangers, plastic shopping bags, gently used shoes and sneakers; all will be recycled, upcycled, or donated.
  • Food Bank of South Jersey and Cherry Hill Food Bank: Donate non-perishable food. 
  • Enjoy two stages of local free entertainment; crafts, family fun and healthy food for purchase.

Don't miss South Jersey’s largest eco-festival! Learn more at www.SustainableCherryHill.org. Produced with support from Cherry Hill Township, Cherry Hill School District, and presenting sponsors: LourdesCare of Cherry Hill, Ravitz Family Markets and Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating Cooling.

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

Seniors: Information, education key to avoiding harmful scams

Senior Citizens are often the targets of fraud and 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 is working to schedule a Fraud-education program for Seniors this spring, with speakers from both local and state police; stay tuned for details. 

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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