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. 
Road work

Township News

NJDOT begins milling, paving on Route 70; work scheduled overnight

The NJDOT has notified us that repaving of Route 70 is beginning. For approximately three weeks, DOT will have overnight lane closures in place with work occurring eastbound between Springdale and Old Orchard roads, and westbound between Springdale and North Cropwell Road. Work is scheduled overnight, from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily, to minimize impact to nearby neighborhoods, businesses and commuters. As always, work is weather-dependent. 
Work is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017, and will significantly improve driving conditions on the highway. This is a maintenance contract for surface repairs, and not a full reconstruction of the road. NJDOT expects to complete a larger, $30 million project in 2020 to reconstruct Route 70 through the Township.
The Township will make every effort to keep residents, businesses and motorists updated on weekly work schedules, as information is made available by NJDOT.
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.

HRC Logo

Follow our new Human Relations Advisory Committee on social media

Earlier this month, Council President Dave Fleisher and I sat down for the inaugural meeting of Cherry Hill's new Human Relations Advisory Committee, a 17-member volunteer group dedicated to addressing issues of human and civil rights for Cherry Hill residents, celebrating our community's diversity, and working together with the Township administration to promote cultural events and foster a climate of inclusiveness, kindness, equality for everyone in our community. As of this week, the Committee has a new logo -- the image next to this note -- which represents the idea that our Cherry Hill community is a "quilt" of diverse people, places and neighborhoods woven together to form the fabric of our Township. It's a small but important symbol of what our committee represents, and you'll be seeing it more frequently as we move forward with this important initiative.
In that same spirit, I'm happy to say you can now find the Cherry Hill Human Relations Advisory Committee on both Facebook and Twitter @CherryHillHRC - giving community members a chance to stay connected with the committee, its initaitives, and the town-wide cultural events and activities the group is involved with. We welcome your feedback and suggestions: E-mail the committee at HumanRelations@chtownship.com. This group is an important piece of our efforts to combat discrimination, celebrate our diversity, and foster peace and kindness throughout Cherry Hill, and I'm excited about each step forward in this endeavor. 

Traffic alerts in effect  on Springdale, Kresson, Heartwood Rds.

The following traffic alerts are in effect in Cherry Hill during the week of April 24. As always, motorists should use caution when traveling through work zones, and allow extra travel time:
  • Kresson Road: Will be closed between Haddonfield-Berlin Road (CR 561) and Brace Road for water main repairs from Monday, April 24, through Friday, April 28. A detour will be in effect from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Signs alerting motorists to the closure have been posted; drivers are asked to allow extra travel time, and avoid the area if possible.
  • Springdale Road: The northbound lane will be shifted near Chateau Drive to allow for sidewalk replacement. Work will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 24. The road will remain open to traffic; however, motorists should expect delays.
  • Heartwood Road: Will be closed between Lark Lane and Morris Drive for milling and paving from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Wednesday, April 26, through Friday, April 28. Closure includes the intersection of Morris and Heartwood. No vehicular traffic will be permitted on the surface until paving is complete; detour signs will be posted. Please follow posted signs, and allow extra travel time.
Morning Fun

Registration now for summer programs, including Morning Fun, Drama Camps

Registration is now open for summer classes and programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department, including the popular Morning Fun Summer Camp and Morning Fun Drama programs. All of this year's programs are available for online registration, including, for the first time, both summer camp programs! Morning Fun is open to children ages 6 through 6th grade, and includes weekly field trips to destinations across Cherry Hill. An early-bird rate of $98 ($85 for each sibling) is in effect for families who register by June 9. To take a look at all of this summer's Recreation programs and classes, visit the CommunityPass online registration portalFor more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com. 

Miracle Field
Council President Dave Fleisher threw out the first pitch at Saturday's season opener for Camden County Miracle League.

Council Pres. Fleisher throws out first pitch at Miracle League baseball

Council President David Fleisher threw out the first pitch last Saturday during Camden County Miracle League Baseball's Opening Day festivities. The Miracle League, founded a few years ago by Build Jake's Place, provides a wonderful opportunity for players with disabilities to enjoy the great sport of baseball. Games are played on Saturdays for 8 weeks in the spring, and 6 weeks in the fall, at Boundless Field, Challenge Grove Park. The Miracle League really is more than just baseball, and I'd like to personally recognize not just the players, but the volunteers, "buddies" and other individuals whose time and dedication makes this organization successful. Check out Miracle League's opening day video on their Facebook page; and watch coverage of the festivities from SNJ Today. To learn more about Miracle League, click here. 

Road Work
The Township has resumed work on the 2016 Road Maintenance Program.

Work begins on Kenilworth connector; road program underway

Spring means the Township is moving full-speed ahead with investments to our roads, parks, playgrounds and public facilities across Cherry Hill. There are two projects I would especially like to call your attention to this week: 

  • Work has started on a small connector trail in our Kenilworth neighborhood, a long-awaited project that will provide an accessible, lit path for bike and pedestrian traffic between the neighborhood's Rita M. Faiola Park and the Garden State Pavilions Shopping Center on Route 70. This trail is a direct result of feedback we received from neighbors who wanted an easier, safe way to access frequently used amenities on Route 70, and will be heavily utilized by those in the area.
  • Secondly, the Township's Engineering Department is continuing to move forward with the 2016 Road Maintenance Program, which includes repaving and concrete work on portions of several local streets. During the week of April 24, milling and paving is scheduled during the day on Edison Road in Erlton South, Charleston Road in Barclay Farms, and West Valleybrook Road in Brookfield. Concrete work was completed in these areas last week. All work is weather-dependent. For more information, contact the Engineering Department at (856) 424-3203.
These are just two of many projects in the pipeline this spring and summer, including improvements to a number of municipal tennis, hockey and basketball facilities across Cherry Hill, additional road improvements, and more. Council and I are committed to these projects, which improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, and I look forward to sharing updates with you in the weeks and months to come. 
Miracle Ear
Mayor Cahn and the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new Miracle Ear office to Route 70.

Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Lipsett welcome Miracle Ear to Cherry Hill

Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and I joined Debra Arthur and the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of Miracle Ear Cherry Hill to its new office on Route 70. The hearing aid center and medical supply store is now located at 329 Marlton Pike West, in a beautiful new facility. Congratulations to Miracle Ear management and staff on a great event; we were proud to be a part of your celebration, and wish you all the best in our community!

Cherry Blossoms
Don't miss the Chapel Avenue Cherry Blossoms! See the beautiful blooms while they adorn the trees along Chapel Avenue this spring.

Spring in Bloom: Don't miss the Cherry Blossoms along Chapel Ave!

Spring has sprung, and the blooms are starting to appear all over the beautiful cherry trees that line Chapel Avenue! Enjoy the beautiful weather and visit the magnificent two-mile stretch of vibrant, pink cherry blossoms that line the road, from Haddonfield Road to Kings Highway. Every year around April 15, thousands of the stunning pink-and-white blooms emerge, and symbolize everything wonderful about Cherry Hill. The first trees were planted back in 1972, by a group of civic-minded residents who wanted to unite the community around a common source of pride. Four decades later, these blossoms remain a favorite of residents across Cherry Hill and have become a destination in their own right. If you haven’t seen them, you are missing out. Visit Chapel Avenue this weekend with your friends and your families, and see how special they are for yourself. To read more about the history of the cherry blossoms and their special place in our community, click here.

CHFD to host annual refresher program for lifeguards

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will once again offer its annual Lifeguard Refresher Program. The dates are Saturday, May 13, or Sunday, May 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and to register, please click here.

Earth Festival

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival returns to Croft Farm next Saturday!

As our Township, school district and Sustainable Cherry Hill get ready for the April 29th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival at Croft Farm, be sure to plan your day to celebrate, learn, grow and be good to the Earth! 

  • BIKE to Croft Farm: Free bike valet parking; 8 a.m. Family Fun Bike Ride featuring two and nine-mile fun rides. Register: SustainableCherryHill.org
  • Warm-Up Events: FREE yoga at 8:15 a.m. and Tai Chi at 10:15 a.m., led by LourdesCare’s Michele Carlino. Bring your mat; sessions are all-weather.
  • Create a Love Your Earth message: Led by local artist Suzy Sherbine and Sustainable Cherry Hill.
  • Upcycle, donate and recycle: Drop-off and donate near the main Croft Farm driveway; bring wire hangars (no dry-cleaning plastic); plastic shopping/grocery bags (courtesy Ravitz Shoprite); rechargeable AAA, AA, D, C, 9V batteries; gently worn shoes (pairs only); small, non-powered hand tools for Camden County Tool Library; donations for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry and Food Bank of South Jersey booths; gently used books for the Cherry Hill Library booth.
  • Plant swap: Bring your excess garden perennials and take home new varieties and some FREE compost in your container, or buy new plants and vegetables.
  • Entertainment: Two stages of free entertainment, plus the Phillie Phanatic during the noon hour; East Cougar and West Lion all day!
  • Visit our sponsors, all 19 Cherry Hill Schools, vendors and crafters
  • Healthy food for purchase
  • Visit Cherry Hill’s Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit: In its last weekend at the Arts Center (closes April 30).

Don't miss the largest eco-event in South Jersey! For more festival information, go to www.SustainableCherryHill.org, or contact festival producer Brenda Jorett. Produced with support from presenting sponsors: LourdesCare of Cherry Hill, Ravitz Family Markets and Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating Cooling. Follow us on Twitter @SCHEarthFest.

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.

Dancing with the CH Stars

'Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars' returns for its 10th year on April 30

The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars.”
Please join us for a wonderful evening of family entertainment at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Cherry Hill High School West. All proceeds benefit the Cherry Hill Schools. Tickets are on sale now at  www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com.

Senior Drug Drop-off

May 8 prescription drug drop-off
features bingo, lunch for seniors

The Cherry Hill Alliance on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, together with the Cherry Hill Police Department, invite you to a special luncheon and prescription drug drop-off event from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8th at the Carman Tilelli Community Center.  Seniors can dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications, and then enjoy some fun BINGO and a free lunch.  This event is FREE and open to residents 55 years and up (drug drop-off is open to ALL residents). 

Author Discussion May 4

Pakistani author, activist discusses book May 4 at Cherry Hill Library

You are invited to an “Author’s Talk” featuring Pakistani activist Sabeeha Rehman, 7 p.m. May 4 at the Cherry Hill Library. Ms. Rehman will discuss her book "Threading My Prayer Rug,“ one of Booklist's Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction Books of 2017. Event is free; registration is required. Call (856) 903-1227 or click here to register. Sponsored by the Cherry Hill Public Library, Cherry Hill Human Relations Advisory Committee, Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey and the Pakistan-American Society Of South Jersey.

Alliance Event May 8

Parents: Cherry Hill Alliance presents important info on drug, alcohol abuse

Did you know that 90 percent of all addictions start in the teenage years? And 60 percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs start before age 15? While these may be frightening statistics, there are ways to safeguard your child from such dangers. Join the Cherry Hill Alliance on Drug & Alcohol Abuse at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Beck Middle School for an interactive and informative discussion about Substance Abuse presented by William J. Lynch, Jr. Topics will include drug trends in our area; strategies to use to keep your kids safe and drug-free; and signs to look for to see if your child is using drugs. Becoming more informed could save your child's life. This is a free event open to all Cherry Hill parents and residents. For more information, visit the Cherry Hill Alliance on Facebook.

Senior Living

Let's get physical: Township offers options to stay active

It's no secret that staying active and eating well can contribute to a longer, healthier life. Cherry Hill offers many free and discounted classes that promote physical activity among our senior residents of all ages and levels of experience/ability, including chair yoga and meditation, yoga, square dancing, and much more. To browse all of our senior-oriented classes and programs, visit https://register.capturepoint.com/cherryhill.

  • Senior Walks/Hikes: These walks are aimed at residents 55+ and are a wonderful chance to meet new people while enjoying Cherry Hill's scenic treasures! You can choose to walk at either 9:30 a.m. Mondays, or 6 p.m. Wednesdays; each group will meet at the Kay-Evans House at Croft Farm (100 Bortons Mill Road) and walk for about an hour along the nationally recognized Cooper River Trails. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and bug spray. A lower-intensity walk is available at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, with participants meeting at the Kay-Evans House, then following the track at Challenge Grove Park. All walks are free; no registration required, and you can come one time, or every week! Walks are canceled in the event of rain/inclement weather. For those coming after work, there is space to change into walking clothes. 
  • Healthy Eating Class: ShopRite Registered Dietitian Natalie Locketz will lead this program, hosted by the Cherry Hill Super Seniors Group, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. 

Life is better when you stay healthy and active, so I hope you'll join us at one of these upcoming events! 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

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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