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. 
Please note: There was no Mayor's Briefing delivered for the week of June 2 to 9 due to server issues. This week's edition contains news from the last two weeks. 
Sustainability Champion
Camden County Freeholder Jonathan Young presents Mayor Chuck Cahn with a Sustainability Champion Award in recognition of the Township's efforts.

Township News

Council reaffirms Cherry Hill's commitment to sustainability

Mayor Cahn signs Climate Mayors pledge

Two weeks ago, the members of Township Council and I issued a statement formally reaffirming our community's commitment to sustainability and climate-friendly policies, in light of our federal government's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Today, I want to recap some of the sustainability-related efforts we've made as a Township:

  • As we promised in those remarks, this past Monday, the members of Council unanimously adopted a resolution re-committing ourselves to making this community one that is clean, healthy, and sustainable for future generations. As you can read in the text of the resolution, Cherry Hill has long been a leader in municipal sustainability -- for example, hosting events like our Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival to educate residents, adopting one of New Jersey's first Municipal Sustainability Plans, and maintaining our Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification (the highest level of municipal certification) for seven years. You can read the full text of the resolution by clicking here
  • On Thursday, the Camden County Board of Freeholders hosted their June meeting at our Carman Tilelli Community Center, and presented our Township with their Sustainability Champion Award, in recognition of our efforts. 
  • Finally, I'm proud to announce that I have signed onto the Climate Mayors network's statement committing our local communities to the goals of the Paris agreement. The Climate Mayors network is a network of more than 300 U.S. mayors working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making. It's a group I am thrilled to join. 
Today, and every day, sustainability remains a top priority for our community, and for myself and the members of Council. Read through our local municipal sustainability plan, visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/roadmap

Township OKs contract for 2017 Road Maintenance Program

On Monday, the Township awarded the contract for work on the 2017 Road Maintenance Program, the annual program to reconstruction portions of Township-owned roads most in need of repair. The $3.2 million contract will fund work on nearly 30 local streets; combined with the work currently being done as part of the 2016 Road Maintenance Program, a total of nearly 60 local roads are being repaired this year! Work will begin in the next few weeks, and will include road resurfacing, as well as isolated sidewalk and curb replacement where necessary. Our contractor will notify residents in the event parking is limited by construction. All work is weather-permitting; residents with questions or concerns can contact the Department of Engineering at (856) 424-3203. 
You can click here to find a list of active Road Projects; the 2017 will be updated in the coming weeks, when work is slated to begin.
My administration and Town Council continue to prudently invest in our town's infrastructure, and are continually working to ensure that our roads are smooth and safe for travel. In the last six years, the Township has invested millions of dollars  in our local roadways, resulting in improvements on many of our Township's roads most in need of repair, and greatly improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods. We continue to invest heavily in these areas, and welcome residents' input. If you have a question about our Road Maintenance Program in general, or about a road in your neighborhood, please reach out to my office at (856) 488-7878, call our Engineering Department at (856) 424-3203, or report it through our Township website. 

Clayton Jarvis
Council President Dave Fleisher honors Eagle Scout Clayton Jarvis.

Council President Fleisher honors new Eagle Scout Clayton Jarvis

Council President David Fleisher joined friends and family of Cherry Hill teen Clayton Jarvis on Friday night, June 16, to celebrate his Eagle Scout Court of Honor. A member of Boy Scout Troop 170, Clayton completed a Seeds of Hope project at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, installing a wooden gateway for the facility's therapeutic garden, creating a peaceful, beautiful place for patients to sit and relax -- and a truly meaningful contributions to our South Jersey community! With his Eagle Scout designation, Clayton joins and elite group of young men; just five percent of Scouts earn the privilege each year. Please join me in congratulating Clayton and parents, Maryanne and Tom Jarvis, on this outstanding achievement! 

Covered Bridge
Repairs to the Scarborough Covered Bridge begin Monday, June 19.

Covered Bridge repairs start Monday; road closures planned during work

Covered Bridge Road will be closed to traffic at the bridge (from Forge Road to Shelly Lane) during the day, beginning Monday, June 19, and lasting for approximately two to three weeks. The closure will allow for structural repairs to this important community landmark. Work is planned from 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. Monday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 20, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Wednesday, June 21, through the end of the work period. Repairs are expected to continue for approximately two to three weeks. Temporary traffic barriers will in place each day on either side of the bridge, and will be removed at the end of each work day. Police will be on-site to help pedestrians safely pass through the construction area. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to ensure the bridge remains in good condition for all those who use it.

Clean Communities
Mayor Cahn presents Cherry Hill West DECA students with a $500 grant through the Township's Clean Communities grant program.

Cherry Hill receives $187,000
NJ Clean Communities Grant 

Cherry Hill has been awarded a $187,000 Clean Communities Grant from the State of New Jersey to help keep local roadways clean, beautify neighborhoods and preserve and enhance open space. The grant is awarded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and is among $78 million being given to municipalities and counties throughout New Jersey this year. Funds can be used for projects such as neighborhood and community clean-up activities, and for the last two years, the Township has offered local civic groups and community organizations $500 grants from the funding to coordinate cleanup and beautification projects on public lands and within our neighborhoods. More than a dozen groups have taken advantage of the program, to the benefit of our entire community! Those interested in the program can view a copy of the application and guidelines by clicking here. For more information, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at Recreation@chtownship.com.

Short Hills Deli
Mayor Cahn and Councilwomen Carolyn Jacobs and Melinda Kane celebrated the reopening of Short Hills Deli.

Mayor, Council join community to celebrate Short Hills Deli reopening

Last week, we celebrated the return of a longtime community staple that was shuttered by fire nearly a year ago. The Short Hills Deli has undergone a complete transformation, and Councilwomen Melinda Kane and Carolyn Jacobs and I were thrilled to be on hand as they cut the ribbon on the beautiful new store last week. The updated features a pickle bar, fresh menu ideas and Saturday morning breakfast specials, in addition to old favorites. We're excited to see Short Hills back in action; please join me in congratulating owner Jerry Kaplan, his family, and the Short Hills staff, as they begin a new chapter in business.

Road work

NJDOT continues work on Route 70 repaving project in Cherry Hill 

NJDOT is continuing its nightly repairs along Route 70 throughout the Township, with work scheduled to continue next week in the areas between Covered Bridge Road and the New Jersey Turnpike, and between Kings Highway and Cooper Landing Road. Crews will be operating primarily overnight, with lanes closures in these areas from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. The project is progressing quickly, but work is expected to continue into the fall of 2017. Ultimately, the project 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.

Morning Fun

It's not too late to sign up for our
Morning Fun, Drama summer camps 

There's still time to register 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. 

Gun Violence Day
Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs marked Gun Violence Awareness Day with members of the Unitarian Church on Kings Highway.

Councilwoman Jacobs marks Gun Violence Awareness Day locally

Last week, Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs visited the Unitarian Universalist Church on Kings Highway to present Church members with a proclamation commemorating Gun Violence Awareness Day. The national observance takes place on June 2, as a show of support for and solidarity with victims of gun violence and their loved ones. The date is the birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade and was tragically shot and killed just weeks later. Hadiya would have been 20 this year. Towns across the country declared June 2 as Gun Violence Awareness Day in their communities, with many wearing orange, a color selected by Hadiya's friends -- to mark the remembrance.

mosquito

Camden County Mosquito Commission resumes spraying in Cherry Hill

The Camden County Mosquito Control Commission has begun its annual spraying for mosquitoes, and will be spraying in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill for the next several weeks in an effort to limit growth of our area's mosquito population. During the summer and fall months, the commission schedules spraying on an as-needed basis, based upon the results of their surveillance efforts and input from the public. Visit the Township website and social media pages for local spraying schedules, as they are announced by the County. Visit www.camdencounty.com for more information about the Moquito Commission, and for tips you can use to help eliminate mosquito breeding in your own yards. For more information, or to inquire about spraying in your area contact the Mosquito Commission directly at (856) 566-2945.

Mrs. Johnson
Members of the Cherry Hill Police Department with longtime Bret Harte crossing guard Eleanor Johnson.

Community honors longtime Bret Harte crossing guard, Mrs. Johnson

Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan and members of the Cherry Hill Police Department joined students, staff, friends, and family at Bret Harte Elementary School Tuesday morning to present retired Crossing Guard Eleanor Johnson with an Honorary Service Commendation Certificate for her 48 years of service as the crossing guard at the intersection of Queen Anne Road and Country Club Drive. The members of Council and I join the Bret Harte community in thanking Ms. Johnson for her many years of service and dedication to keeping the students of Bret Harte Elementary School safe on their way to and from school! Click here for photos.

MUTS
Don't miss another great year of Music Under the Stars at historic Barclay Farmstead!

Upcoming Events

Music Under the Stars returns to Barclay Farmstead this summer!

We are less than a month away from our first Music Under The Stars show at Barclay Farmstead! The free, family-friendly summer concert series kicks off July 11, and continues every Tuesday in July, weather-permitting. Each week's show begins at 6:30 with an up-and-coming opening act, followed by an exciting headliner who's sure to keep you up and dancing. This year's headliners are Lights Out, a Frankie Valli tribute, on July 11; Parrotbeach, a Jimmy Buffet band, on July 18; and Separate Ways, a Journey tribute, on July 25. Come hungry! Delicious food items will be available for purchase from Not Your Mama’s Tacos, Rob’s Craft Sandwiches, Olde City Kettle Corn and M&A&A Ice Cream (subject to change). Bring your blanket, a chair, and even a picnic dinner - just don't forget your appetite for great music! These concerts are FREE and open to the public. Thank you to Kennedy Health for their support of this year's series. For more information please call (856) 488-7868 or email Events@CHTownship.com, or check out our Facebook event

Pop-Up Storytime
Pop-up Story Time in the Park returns in July! 

Parents: Popular Pop-up Story Time returns to parks in July and August

Get the kids ready and head on over to one of our local park on Fridays in July and August for our FREE Pop-up Story Time, proudly presented by myself and the members of Township Council, in partnership with the Cherry Hill Public Library! Hundreds of families turned out for our Pop-Up Story Time events in 2016, and we hope to continue the fun this year! Enjoy stories and fun with CHPL Librarians from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the following locations:

  • July 7 – Chapel Ave (Chapel Ave & Cherry Hill Boulevard)
  • July 14 – Point of Woods (Brookville Drive, off Birchwood Park Drive North)
  • July 21 – Barclay Farmstead (209 Barclay Lane)
  • July 28 – Sandringham (Sandringham Drive, off Brick Road)
  • August 4 – Still (Merchant Street or Main Street, off Chapel Ave.)
  • August 11 – Willowdale (Willowdale Drive & Dale Court)

Click here for photos from last year. For more information, contact the Cherry Hill Library at (856) 667-0300 or Cherry Hill Recreation Department at 856-488-7868 or visit www.chplnj.org

Historic Gems
Explore 'Cherry Hill's Hidden Historic Gems' at the Cherry Hill Library.

Explore Cherry Hill's hidden gems with the Historical Commission

The Cherry Hill Historical Commission is proud to present its new exhibit, “Cherry Hill’s Hidden Historic Gems." Located in the Local History Room on the lower-level of the Cherry Hill Public Library, this new exhibit calls attention to nine special places in Cherry Hill that are remnants of our township’s past. For example, learn more about the 186-year-old stone pictured here – including where it once was and where it hangs today. This exhibit is presented by the Cherry Hill Historical Commission, and I thank the commission and its volunteer members for their continued work to preserve and protect our Township's past.

Book It 5K

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

Registration is  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

Resources available for seniors seeking information, events

Cherry Hill is a wonderful place for seniors to flourish close to family, friends and members of their religious and social communities. With so many programs that benefit seniors, it is a good idea to sign up for regular updates on events from the Township, County, Cherry Hill Library, and the State. 

  • Besides this Weekly Briefing email, you can sign up for other Township notifications by clicking here.  
  • Find out about Library news and events by visiting www.chplnj.org.
  • Learn of all the events happening “Just for Seniors” from Camden County by signing up for the weekly county newsletter.
  • For a complete listing of Senior Programs from the State of Ne Jersey, click here.

Remember: 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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For up-to-the-minute updates on any subject, call my office at (856) 488-7878, visit our municipal website at www.CherryHill-NJ.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. If you know someone who would like to receive our e-mail updates, please refer them to the "Notify Me" section of our website.

Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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