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

Home decor store coming to former Pathmark on Church Rd.

If you haven't heard the news, I'm happy to share that a new store is coming to the site of the former Pathmark supermarket on Church Road. At Home, a Texas-based home decor store will open its first New Jersey location in the shopping center this summer. The entire shopping center is slated for a face-lift as part of the project, and the existing Big Lots store will move to another location within the center as part of the renovations. We are excited to see the revitalization of a long-vacant commercial property underway, and wish At Home all the best in its new location. Click here to read more in the Courier-Post.

Breaking Bread
Mayor Cahn welcomes visitors to 'Breaking Bread,' sponsored by the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Dialogue last Sunday at the Community Center.

Township, interfaith organization welcome 100+ for 'Breaking Bread'

Last Sunday, I was honored to join the Jewish Christian Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey, to welcome more than 100 South Jersey residents to the organization's annual interfaith Breaking Bread event. For three hours, our community came together to focus on the theme of "Hate Has No Home Here," with discussions about our Township's new Human Relations Advisory Committee, remarks by Police Chief Bud Monaghan, and talks led by three incredible speakers: Villanova University Ethics Professor Mark Doorley, Cherry Hill resident Paula Saillard, and Dialogue member and social activist Misha Alkiyal. Thank you to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey and all those who came out on Sunday for supporting a terrific event! 

Morning Fun

Register 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. 

Co-ed Community Basketball open to kids entering grades 2-10

Children entering grades 2 to 10 are invited to register now for our Co-ed Community Basketball League! Teams will play two games per week (games begin between 6 and 9 p.m.), from June 19 through Aug. 10. Game schedules are subject to enrollment for each grade grouping; all games will be played at Rosa Middle School. Grades typically play during the same time during the summer. Teams will be assembled by the Recreation Department; no tryouts will be held. The easiest way to register is through our CommunityPass website! 
Please note: We are also in need of Volunteer Coaches for the season! Discounts are available ($50/child) for children registering with a volunteer coach. Coach spots are limited, and must register in person through the Recreation Department. Call (856) 488-7868 for information.

Cherry Hill Schools issue statement on proposed 2020 Plan

There has been a great deal of discussion in the past few weeks about the Cherry Hill Public School District's "Cherry Hill 2020" plan and concepts. In response to feedback and concerns, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joe Meloche and the Board of Education issued a statement this past Wednesday. While we, as Mayor and Council, do not have direct jurisdiction over our schools or Board of Education decisions, I wanted to share that statement in my Mayor's Briefing e-mail, as a courtesy to those residents who may not have seen it in other forums. As community members and parents, we all have a stake in the future of our schools, and we want to see our educational system improve and move forward in a way that will best serve our students. Please take a moment to click over to the district's statement, which can be read in its entirety here.

Brie Leftwich
Mayor Cahn and Council with Brie Leftwich and her family.

West sophomore Brie Leftwich honored for artistic achievements

This Monday's Council meeting featured a number of exemplary Cherry Hill residents, whom we were proud to honor for their recent achievements. First, we presented Cherry Hill West sophomore Brie Leftwich with a special proclamation acknowledging her recent selection as winner of a national playwriting competition at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Brie's original play, "Apartments," will be workshopped at the University this summer. Brie is already an accomplished artist, appearing in school theater performances, and as a dancer with the South Jersey Ballet Theatre. Brie is a fantastic example to young men and women throughout our community, and we were proud to recognize her achievements this week. Congratulations, Brie! 

Farhat Biviji
Mayor Cahn and Council with Farhat Biviji, her friends and family.

Longtime resident, volunteer Farhat Biviji recognized for service, leadership

We also honored Farhat Biviji, a 35-year resident of our community who has served Cherry Hill in a variety of ways throughout her time here. For one, Farhat served more than 12 years as a member of the Township's Zoning Board of Adjustment, a volunteer position that required her time and attention to various zoning applications and projects throughout the years. Farhat stepped down from the board in late 2016 to focus her attention on other initiatives. Perhaps her greatest contribution to Cherry Hill and South Jersey at large has been in the form of education and advocacy. Farhat - a member of our new Human Relations Advisory Committee - has founded and been a member of multiple interfaith/intercultural groups in our community, including an organization called Soul Sisters, and the Jewish Christian Muslim Dialogue, which hosted our terrific Breaking Bread event last Sunday. Farhat is a wonderful person and fierce advocate for kindness, peace and equality for all - and we are grateful for her service! 

Stay Tuned
Mayor Cahn and members of Council with a cappella group Stay Tuned.

East a cappella group Stay Tuned wins 4th place in national contest

Finally, we welcomed members of Cherry Hill East a cappella group Stay Tuned and their director, Heather Lockart, to receive a special proclamation commemorating their 4th place finish (and Mid-Atlantic Region crown) at last month's International Competition of High School A Cappella Tournament in New York City. You may recognize Stay Tuned from their 2015 appearance on Lifetime's "Pitch Slapped" docu-series, but the true scope of their talent far exceeds any reality TV show. Cherry Hill's schools consistently produce some of our area's best and brightest musical talent, and Stay Tuned in no exception. Congratulations to all! 

Free Clinic Grand Opening
Council President David Fleisher cuts the ribbon on the new Cherry Hill Free Clinic on Saturday, May 5.

Council members join grand opening
of new Cherry Hill Free Clinic

Congratulations to the Gracious Center of Learning & Enrichment Activities, which celebrated the Grand Opening of the new Cherry Hill Free Clinic last weekend at 5 Esterbrook Lane. The free healthcare facility offers low- and no-cost preventive health services to everyone in our community, and is a welcomed addition to our town! Council President Dave Fleisher, Councilwomen Carole Roskoph and Carolyn Jacobs, and Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan were proud to attend the grand opening festivities and to tour the facility, which will undoubtedly serve a number of people throughout Cherry Hill and the region. We and the Cherry Hill Human Relations Advisory Committee are proud to support such an incredible and important community health partner. Click here for photos of the celebration.

Jeffrey Haaz Eagle Scout
Councilwomen Sara Lipsett and Carolyn Jacobs with new Eagle Scout Jeffrey Haaz.

Councilwomen Lipsett, Jacobs honor Cherry Hill Eagle Scout Jeffrey Haaz

Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs joined friends and family of Cherry Hill teen Jeffrey Haaz to celebrate his Eagle Scout Court of Honor last weekend. A member of Boy Scout Troop 3036, Jeffrey designed and built a set of stairs and a handicap-accessible rest area along our Old Orchard Trail System -- meaningful contributions to our town's recreational facilities and will truly make a difference in the quality and accessibility of our trail network! With his Eagle Scout designation, Jeffrey joins and elite group of young men; just five percent of Scouts earn the privilege each year. Please join me in congratulating Jeffrey and his family on such a wonderful achievement! 

Road work

Traffic alert: Watch for road crews
as NJDOT continues Route 70 work

NJDOT has begun much-needed road improvements on Route 70, and for the next several weeks, motorists in Cherry Hill will see crews along portions of the highway both during the day and at night. throughout the week next week, with crews scheduled Daytime crews have been dispatched to complete concrete work and curb repairs, while I'm happy to report that the bulk of milling and paving will be completed during the overnight hours, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., 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.

CHFD to host annual refresher program for lifeguards

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will once again offer its annual Lifeguard Refresher Program. The final date the course will be offered is Sunday, May 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and to register, please click here.

Memorial Day
Join us at the Township's War Memorial on Monday, May 29.

Upcoming Events

Memorial Day 2017: Township ceremony, military fly-over to honor the fallen

I want to invite all Cherry Hill residents to join us on Monday, May 29, for our annual Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall, a solemn remembrance to honor all those who have given their lives in service to the United States. As part of this year's tribute, we are honored to have received approval (weather-permitting) for a military flyover by two F16 jets from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City. To accommodate this year's special edition, our ceremony will begin promptly at 10:45 a.m., at the War Memorial outside of the Municipal Complex, 820 Mercer St. As in previous years, we will come together to pay special tribute to Cherry Hill residents killed in action since World War II, and recognize surviving veterans who have passed away in the last year. Please bring your family and join us for this free, all-weather ceremony, which will be followed by a free barbecue lunch. 
While I know many local families celebrate Memorial Day as the first official weekend of summer, I hope you will take just an hour of your holiday to help give thanks to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Special thanks to our community partners, ShopRite Supermarket, Cherry Hill Mall, and Penn Medicine of Cherry Hill, for their support of this important event.

Kids to Parks Day

Upcoming Events

Visit your local park Saturday, May 20, for a chance to find our ice cream truck!

Cherry Hill Township will celebrate National Kids to Parks Day in local parks across town later this month. On Saturday, May 20, visitors to select playgrounds will receive a free ice cream cone courtesy of the Township. Trucks will only visit select parks/playgrounds, and will only remain on-site for 30 minutes. Tell the Ice Cream Man you'd like free ice cream from Cherry Hill Township to claim your cone! Show your appreciation by taking a picture and tagging us on Social Media: @cherryhilltwp (Instagram); @cherryhilltwp (Twitter); Cherry Hill Recreation Department (Facebook). Kids to Parks day is a nationwide effort to encourage children and families to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner - and with more than 50 local parks in our community, Cherry Hill is the perfect place to celebrate the occasion. CLICK HERE for a list of parks and times; we hope to see you around town on May 20! 

New Jersey Women

Author to discuss role of NJ women in WWII during May 16 library event

Join the Cherry Hill Historical Commission and author Patricia Chappine as she discusses her book, "New Jersey Women in World War II," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. "New Jersey Women" tells the story of countless women from our state who played a piotal role during World War II -- real-life Rosie the Riveteres who worked the lines in New Jersey's factories; women who sold war bonds, planted victory gardens and conserved materials for the war effort; and thousands more who served as nurses and in female-only branches of the armed forces. She also explores the "double war" fought by African-American women who battled both our enemies abroad, and discrimination here at home. This is a remarkable book, and Tuesday's discussion promises to be just as engaging. This event is FREE; registration is not required. For more information, call (856) 488-7886, or e-mail chhc@chtownship.com.

Bike-In Movie

Bike-In Movie Night features 'Up'
at Old Orchard Park: Friday, May 19

The members of Council and I are proud to present a special Bike-In Movie event later this month! Bike over to Old Orchard Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, for a special, family-friendly showing under the stars of the animated film, "Up." Refreshments will be available for purchase. Festivities begin at 7:30, when you can play in the park, meet members of the Cherry Hill Police Department Bike Patrol Unit, and purchase refreshments.Movie will begin close to sunset. Admission is FREE! For more information, check our Facebook event, or call (856) 488-7868.

Book It 5K

Book It 5K to benefit the Cherry Hill Public Library: Saturday, Sept. 23

Registration is now OPEN for the second Book It 5K, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. The race is a partnership between the Township and CHPL, and will include both the 3.1-mile race, a 1-mile walk, and a 100-yard Kids' Dash. Tech t-shirts will be given to the first 250 5K and Walk registrants; medals will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each age group. All children will receive a prize following the dash. Visit the Book It 5K Run Sign-Up Page to register online, and for full event details. Thank you to our Wellness Partners, Kennedy Health, Ravitz Family Markets and Virtua for their support of this event.

Senior Living

Meet people, stay healthier: Senior clubs, classes offer options

It has been found that social relationships can affect our physical health as much as exercise, medicine, diet and other health-related factors. Studies have found a high percentage increase in survival of people with active social relationships. Positive relationships offer significant impact on health and happiness and are high on the list of protective factors for mortality. Cherry Hill provides a variety of ways to engage with others, from various senior clubs, which offer fun activities and interaction, to classes and programs (many free of charge or discounted for seniors) that provide the opportunity to learn something new and meet those with similar interests. With the arrival of the Summer 2017 Community Magazine and opening of summer registration, it's the perfect time to check out something new! Browse the Community Magazine online, or watch for the print edition in your mailbox in the coming days. 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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