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. 
Kennedy Hospital
Council President Dave Fleisher presents a proclamation to Kennedy Hospital's Joe Devine and Lisa Dutterer on Tuesday, May 16.

Township News

Council members celebrate completion
of Kennedy Hospital renovations

On Tuesday, members of Township Council joined officials from Kennedy Health System and Thomas Jefferson University to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of a two-part, $200+ million transformation of the hospital's Cherry Hill campus. Hundreds of community members, Kennedy and Jefferson executives, staff members, nurses and physicians, and elected officials from around New Jersey came together for the occasion, which christened a beautiful new atrium, parking structure and medical office building at the corner of Cooper Landing Road and Chapel Avenue. Kennedy has been Cherry Hill's only full-service hospital since 1960, and we are proud that the health system has chosen to reinvest in our community, positioning itself to continue Cherry Hill's reputation as the epicenter of healthcare in South Jersey! Congratulations to Kennedy on the completion of this first phase of construction; we look forward to seeing the improvements coming as part of Phase 2. Click here to read more about the project.

Terrell Simpkins
Council members with Staff Sgt. Terrell Simpkins and his mother, Annette, on Saturday, May 20.

Council members welcome home Air Force Staff Sgt. Terrell Simpkins

Our Council members were proud to join family and friends in welcoming Air Force Staff Sgt. Terrell Simpkins home from a tour of duty in South Korea on Saturday evening. Council President Dave Fleisher and Councilwomen Melinda Kane, Carolyn Jacobs and Carole Roskoph presented a special proclamation declaring Saturday, May 20, to be Terrell Simpkins Day in the Township! Thank you to Staff Sgt. Simpkins' mother, Annette, and all of his family and friends, for inviting us to be a part of such a joyous celebration -- and most importantly, thank you to all the men and women of our Armed Services for your continued sacrifice and service to our country. We are eternally grateful! Click here for photos of Saturday's homecoming celebration.

Sheri Park
Council President Dave Fleisher with families at Sheri Park during Saturday's Kids to Parks celebration.

Local families enjoy ice cream, karate demonstrations for #KidstoParks Day

Thank you to the many local families who joined us at our Township parks on Saturday to celebrate Kids to Parks weekend! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors to eight Township parks were treated to free ice cream from Mister Softee, as well as a beautiful day playing in our wonderful recreational facilities. Visitors to Kresson Woods Park also had the chance to enjoy free Karate demonstrations by Kempo Family Fitness, as well as a rock climbing wall set up by Elite Climbing. Council President Dave Fleisher and Councilwoman Carole Roskoph stopped by a handful of parks throughout the four-hour time frame, and enjoyed meeting with each and every family. With 52 parks and playgrounds located throughout Cherry Hill, residents in each neighborhood have access to wonderful recreational facilities. If you couldn't make it out on Saturday, stop by your local playground any day of the week for healthy outdoor activities, and lots of fun! 

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.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Memorial Day: 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.

Sunset Hike

Enjoy a Sunset Hike, explore Cherry Hill's trails on June 3 at Barclay Farm

Council and I are proud to offer another wonderful event to highlight the beauty of Cherry Hill's vast trail system with a special Sunset Hike from 6:30 to 8:30 Saturday, June 3, on the Barclay Farm Trails. As the sun prepares to set, members of the Cherry Hill Environmental Board will lead participants on a hike of one of our town's nationally recognized trails, followed by s'mores around the campfire after dark. The historic Barclay Farmhouse will be open for tours, as well. Bring your flashlight for the hike! Click here for event details. Please register by emailing Events@chtownship.com, so we ensure enough supplies for all! 

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

Senior Services coordinator a valuable resources for those 55+

Did you know the Township has a senior services program coordinator to assist our over-55 residents with any issue, question, or navigating the world of senior services and resources at every level. That coordinator, Gaye Pino, works inside our Recreation Department (Room 102, Town Hall) and is 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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