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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. 
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Masonic property purchase finalized; Township to take begin site maintenance

The Township will soon begin the process of cleaning up and beautifying the former Masonic Lodge property on Haddonfield-Berlin Road, following the County's successful purchase of the land to preserve it as open space. Council will vote Monday night on a shared-service agreement with Camden County to assume responsibility for maintenance of the 4.1-acre site, which sits just a few miles down the road from the 165-acre Woodcrest Country Club property, land the Township successfully preserved as open space in 2015. The purchase of the Masonic property provides important protections for the nearby Cherry Hill American Little League baseball fields, as well as residents of Brookfield, whose homes directly abut the land, and ensures that the site will remain as open space forever. I would like to take a moment, on behalf of myself and Council, to thank the community for its support of the purchase and preservation of this land. This land is now property of the citizens of Cherry Hill Township and Camden County, and we will ensure that it remains as beautiful green space forever, perhaps as a neighborhood park. This is truly the best possible outcome for the community, and it shows the progress that can be made when citizens and government work together.

No Hate
Students from Johnson Elementary School were among dozens of groups who helped film our 'Hate Has No Home' video earlier this month.

Mayor, Council to debut 'Hate Has
No Home' video Monday night

I invite you to join myself, the members of Council, and the entire Township this Monday evening as we debut the special "Hate Has No Home in Cherry Hill" video we produced earlier this month, with the Cherry Hill Police Department and the very talented students in Cherry Hill West's Broadcasting program. The video, which is about two minutes long, celebrates our community's beauty and diversity by featuring dozens of local residents, community leaders, faith leaders, schools, businesses and other organizations who declare in their own special way that Cherry Hill is a community where people of all backgrounds and all walks of life are welcome, safe, valued and loved. We are incredibly proud of this important project, which will be featured on the Township website, social media pages, and shared with the Police Department, Schools, Libraries and more. The video will be debuted at our Township Council meeting, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the N. John Amato Council Chambers, as well as streamed live on our Facebook page for those who can't make it to the meeting. By working together and celebrating our differences and diverse backgrounds, we can truly make Cherry Hill a better place to live, work, play, worship and raise our families. 

Greek Independence Day
Mayor Cahn and Council members Carolyn Jacobs and Jim Bannar present Father Christoforos Oikonomidis with a proclamation honoring Greek Independence Day.

Mayor Cahn, Council join local celebration of Greek Independence

On Thursday afternoon, Council members Carolyn Jacobs and Jim Bannar joined me as we welcomed Fr. Christoforos Oikonomidis and students from the Greek School at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church for their annual celebration of Green Independence Day. Each year, the students, clergy and members of Parish Council parade from the Church, up Mercer Street to the entrance to Town Hall. As part of the afternoon's festivities, we presented the school with a special proclamation honoring the holiday, followed by a ceremonial raising of the Greek flag outside of the Municipal Building. This year, St. Thomas celebrates its 50th anniversary in Cherry Hill. In celebration of that, I have ordered that the Greek Flag remain on the flag pole outside of the Mercer Street entrance to the Municipal Building for the next 30 days. Greece officially celebrates its 196th Independence Day tomorrow, on Saturday, March 25. Thank you to the St. Thomas community for once again including the Township in this wonderful celebration!  

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

Last week to register for courtesy winter storm debris collection

As a reminder, residents have until Friday, March 31, to register for the Township's special yard-waste collection, to help residents dispose of the higher volume of storm-related debris and yard waste after last week's winter storm. Through 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. 

Road work

DOT plans to resume work on
Route 70 reconstruction this week

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is preparing to resume a long-awaited project to repave the entire stretch of Route 70 in Cherry Hill. DOT crews will be working along the shoulder of the highway this week between the NJ Turnpike and Chambers Avenue, preparing storm inlets for upcoming construction and repaving. Work hours, lane closures and more information about the project can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/press/2017/032417.shtm
This $9 million project will address some of the worst road surface in the state,  and includes upgrading traffic signals with image detection devices, removal and replacement of faulted/damaged concrete slabs, reconstruction and leveling of stormwater inlets and manholes, limited construction of concrete curb ramps, and final milling and paving using a high performance thin overlay.
We expect paving itself to begin in early- to mid-summer this year.
Variable message sign boards and lane closure signs are being utilized throughout the project limits to provide advance notification to motorists of planned closures.
The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists can visit www.511nj.org for real-time travel information or follow NJDOT on Twitter @NJDOT_info.

Road work planned Monday on Kresson, Berlin roads

Drivers should expect delays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 27, on Haddonfield-Berlin Road (Rt 561). The roadway will be down to one lane in each direction between Morris Drive and Cranford Road for emergency repairs to stormwater inlets. Two-way traffic will be maintained the entire time and police will be on location to ease traffic flow and ensure safety of both motorists and workers. 
Additionally, Kresson Road will be closed in both directions between Berlin Road and Brace Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 27, for sewer work resulting in road openings.  Detour routes will be posted and police will be on location at the closure points.  Willard Avenue and Moore Avenue will be open to local traffic only, with no connection to Kresson Road. 
We expect significant delays in these already high-traffic areas. Please plan to take alternate routes if at all possible, and allow extra travel time if you must travel through the work zones during posted hours. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Cooper EDCC
Mayor Cahn welcomed kindergarten students from the Cooper Elementary EDCC program to Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Cahn welcomes students from Cooper School EDCC to Town Hall

I was thrilled to welcome more than a dozen Cherry Hill kindergarteners to my office this past Tuesday, for a very special meet-and-greet, tour of Town Hall, and question-and-answer sessions. The students, who are all enrolled in the EDCC program at Cooper Elementary School, were full of energy as they asked about topics ranging from my duties as Mayor, to whether they, themselves, might be able to serve as Mayor or Council someday. Following the 15-minute session, the kids joined Cherry Hill Police Officer Julia Downes for a special tour of Police Headquarters. Thank you to Cooper Elementary, the EDCC teachers, and the enthusiastic students who took time out of their schedules to visit us, and to learn more about what it takes to make Cherry Hill such a wonderful town! 

Spots remain in several spring Recreation classes

Registration is still open for several spring-season classes offered through the Department of Recreation. 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. 
  • Drawn to Explore – Ages 8-13: What do Lewis and Clark, Leonardo DaVinci and Charles Darwin have in common? They all explored the natural world using sketchbooks to record their observations and drawings. Like them, we'll explore and sketch our world, on the trails at Croft Farm. As we hike, we'll investigate birds, bugs, plants and ponds. We'll learn how to draw what we see in sketchbook journals, and we'll create a group art piece celebrating our connection to nature. Get up close and personal with the natural world in this unique program where science meets art. Bring your curiosity, your creativity and your hiking shoes. No science or art training required! Your guides will be Wildlife Biologist and Cherry Hill Environmental Chairman, Lew Gorman as well as local artist and musician, Regina Ottman. Please dress appropriately for temperature/ground conditions. A list of needed materials will be given to all participants before the first class. 
  • Lil’ Nature Adventurers – Grades 1-4: Lil' Nature Adventurers will get the chance to tap into their growing curiosity in the natural environment along Croft Farm's nature trail.  We'll search under logs and in the trees for insect and animal life in their natural habitats.  Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the outdoors by observing birds, insects, and plant life along the trail.  Great for the Lil' adventurers with interests of all types!   So, put down that tablet and take a peek into extraordinary life of little creatures! 
  • Portrait Photography – Ages 18+: Become your own professional photographer by learning the techniques to snap your own family portraits.  The instructor will provide participants with the necessary Photoshop skills to enhance and retouch portraits.  This intermediated/advanced photography class will also teach participants specific lighting and camera techniques for that perfect holiday card or family photo for any occasion!   
  • Ballet I – Ages 8-10: The natural progression after Pre-Ballet and Basic Ballet is to improve technique and strength.  Each dancer will learn how to piece together basic steps they learned in previous classes and advance to becoming a dancer.  Instruction provided by a Pennsylvania Ballet instructor.
  • Uncovering Your Family History – Ages 18+: Challenge your brain while having fun learning how to research your family history. This adult genealogy class is designed for those who want to learn the skills necessary to conduct genealogical research. Learn how to assemble your family history, where to find the information you really want, and what resources will be the most valuable.
A full list of classes can be found online 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 current and 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
Call for Artists
This year's Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit runs April 1 to 30.

Upcoming Events

Art Blooms returns to Croft Farm; artists invited to intake Wednesday, March 29

The annual Art Blooms celebration returns to Croft Farm next weekend, with our annual Juried Art Exhibit opening up inside the Croft Farm Arts Center for public viewing from April 1 to 30. This wonderful exhibit features original two-dimensional works in watercolor, pastel, oils and more. A free Meet the Artists Reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Come meet the artists behind the Art Blooms juried art exhibit, meet and discuss their work, enjoy light refreshments, and stick around for artist awards. All artwork is available for sale.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Artists of all ages and abilities are invited to submit their work for consideration in the exhibit next Wednesday, March 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. There is a 3-piece limit per artist, with a jurying fee of $10 per piece. Cash prizes will be awarded to this year's winners! To view the prospectus, click here

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

Did you know that the Township is home to one of the region's best, intimate performance spaces? The Croft Farm Arts Center, located on the grounds of 18th-century Croft Farm, plays host to dozens of live performances throughout the year - including our next installment of the annual Ensemble Series. A former tractor barn, the Arts Center was converted in 1995 to an intimate, 200-seat performance venue with wonderful acoustics. Come check it out for yourself! 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. The Arts Center has become a cultural haven for many Cherry Hill residents, providing “big-city” entertainment without all the hassle of bridge tolls, parking and big-city prices. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Arts@chtownship.com.

GSP 5K

Garden State Park 5K to benefit
CH Education Foundation: April 23

Garden State Park will host the annual Garden State Park 5K to benefit the Cherry Hill Education Foundation at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 23, starting at Towne Place at Garden State Park. The event will feature a 5K run and 1-mile fun walk, open to runners and walkers of all ages.  Start tie for runners is 8 a.m.; walkers will start at 8:10. Participants will receive t-shirts and swag bags, with prizes awarded to the top 3 runners. Registration is $20 for students/$25 for adults in advance, or $30 for everyone on Race Day. All proceeds benefit the Cherry Hill Education Foundation. The foundation plays a critical role in ensuring that students in Cherry Hill’s public schools can continue to reap the benefits of a high quality education – both inside the classroom and through extra-curricular activities.  Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants and donations to fund staff initiatives throughout the district. For more information, or to register for the race, visit http://www.gardenstateparkrace.org.

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The Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival takes place April 29.

Volunteers needed for the Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival April 29

The April 29th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival at Croft Farm focuses on helping South Jersey communities be more sustainable and encouraging residents to live healthier lives. It takes a huge team of people to plan this annual event and welcome about 5,000 guests. Adult volunteer supervisors are needed to help with:

  • Training student volunteers (April 26 event)
  • Event parking
  • Vendor set-up
  • Recycling, compost monitoring
  • On-site art project
  • Site break-down and cleanup 

Please consider being part of this outstanding South Jersey event; online volunteer registration is available here. Don't miss South Jersey’s largest eco-festival! Learn more at www.SustainableCherryHill.org, or contact festival producer Brenda Jorett for more information. 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.

LuLaRoe Lollapalooza

LuLaRoe event Friday to support Cherry Hill Education Foundation

Heard of LuLaRoe? Wondering what all the hype is about? Join the Cherry Hill Education Foundation this Friday for a multi-consultant fundraiser to benefit our public schools. Event takes place 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the Bret Harte School APR, 1909 Queen Anne Road. Ten LuLaRoe consultants will have more than 5,000 pieces available for purchase, including women's, men's and kid's clothing to update the whole family’s spring wardrobe! Bring the kids - there will be a craft table manned by 5th grade Harte Students! Every item purchased is money donated to our schools!

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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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