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. 
F-16 flyover
This year's Memorial Day tribute will include a flyover by the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard.

Township News

Town Hall closed for Memorial Day; ceremony, flyover 10:45 a.m. Monday

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building will close at 3 p.m. today and will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30. 
While our offices are closed Monday, the Township will honor and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country at 10:45 a.m. Monday on the grounds of the Municipal Complex, with a special flyover tribute by the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard. Please see the event listing below for complete details, and join us Monday morning. 

  • Residents are advised that louder-than-normal aircraft noise will accompany the flyover, and may be heard for quite a distance from the Municipal Building. 

Please note that there will be no trash, recycling or yard-waste collection on Monday. Monday's trash will be collected on Tuesday; all other days will remain the same. If your items are not collected as scheduled, please leave cans at the curb and contact Public Works at (856) 424-4422. 

Locustwood Graveside Service
Mayor Cahn and Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs listen as deceased veterans' names are read at Locustwood Cemetery on Wednesday, May 24. 

Mayor Cahn, Council join veterans' grave flagging, annual service at Locustwood

The members of Council and I took part in a number of events this week to commemorate the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, including the very special tradition of flagging veterans' graves at Locustwood Cemetery, and an annual graveside memorial service at Locustwood, hosted by the members of Jewish War Veterans Post 126. On behalf of the members of Council and myself, I'd like to thank our local veterans' organizations - including the Camden County Department of Veterans' Affairs, American Legion Post 372, and Jewish War Veterans Post 126, for their continued efforts to honor and remember all those who have served our country -- but especially those who have given their lives to ensure our continued life, liberty and security. Thank you! 

Sustainable Cherry Hill proclamation
Sustainable Cherry Hill Board President Caren Kaufman and volunteers were honored for their efforts to host the 8th annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival on April 30.

Mayor, Council honor Earth Festival volunteers for their efforts, support

On Monday night, Council and I welcomed Sustainable Cherry Hill Executive Board President Caren Kaufman and a few volunteers to accept a special proclamation for their efforts in support of the 8th annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival on April 30. Volunteers are critical to the success of the festival, which has grown in just eight years to the largest eco-event in all of South Jersey! Festival producer Brenda Jorett and her team work year-round to plan and execute the event, and I can tell you firsthand that it requires a full year of planning, creativity, diligence and lost sleep to make the event run smoothly and successfully. The Township, Sustainable Cherry Hill, and our Cherry Hill Public Schools have built a tremendous partnership in the 8 years since Earth Festival began, to create a culture of sustainability and education, with the hopes that we can build a smarter, cleaner, greener, community for future generations, and we were thrilled to thank them for their work on Monday night.

East Hockey Club
Players from Cherry Hill East Ice Hockey Club were honored for their quadruple-championship season -- the first in the program's history!

Mayor, Council honor Cherry Hill East Ice Hockey club for championship seasons

Also on Monday, we had the pleasure of celebrating a tremendous accomplishment by the players, coaches and board members involved in Cherry Hill East Ice Hockey Club. This year, each of the organization's four teams -- High School varsity and junior varsity and Middle School B and C teams -- won their respective division championship! Winning one championship in a year is a tough enough feat to accomplish; winning one in every division is truly remarkable! The Cherry Hill East Ice Hockey Club is a nonprofit organization that began in the 1970s, and today, gives dozens of young athletes from our area a safe, fun and competitive environment in which to play hockey and develop their skills.
Here in Cherry Hill, there’s no shortage of great youth athletic organizations, and Cougars Ice Hockey is the latest organization to receive high praise. Thank you to the players, coaches, board members and parents who came out to meet us on Monday night. Thank you so much for the commemorative jersey which now hangs in my office -- and congratulations to all of you! 

Politz Day School
Children from the Politz Day School pose for a picture in Mayor Cahn's office.

Politz Day School students visit Mayor Cahn, tour Municipal Complex

Students from the Politz Day School of Cherry Hill visited my office on Monday afternoon to learn all about our local government, and the role the members of Town Council and I play in helping our town to run smoothly and efficiently. Following our lively question-and-answer session, the students joined the Township's Community Relations Officers for a tour of Town Hall and the Police Department. We loved having the students here with us. Thank you for stopping by!

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. 

Road work

NJDOT crews suspend Route 70 work until Tuesday due to holiday

The NJDOT has announced it will halt ongoing improvements to Route 70 until Tuesday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
The state is in the midst of much-needed work to resurface the Township's main artery, with paving crews operating throughout the day and night, and lanes closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily to allow for repaving work. The project is progressing quickly, and 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.

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.

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 this 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 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

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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