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

Township to cut taxes as part of  FY18 budget 

After five years with no municipal tax increase, I'm happy to share that Cherry Hill residents will see their taxes go down as part of the Township's budget for FY2018. Under preliminary projections, the average homeowner can expect to see the municipal portion of their tax bill drop by approximately $22 for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The full budget will be introduced in August, with a public hearing and adoption in September. I’m thrilled to be able to share this news, and to see years of fiscal responsibility and smart planning paying dividends for our residents. From day one, Council and I have worked together to run the Township efficiently, to invest in our neighborhoods and open spaces, and to promote the kind of economic growth that allows us to cut taxes, while investing more than ever in our roads, parks, playgrounds, and trash and recycling. I look forward to working with Council and my administration in the coming weeks to finalize our full budget, and will share full details as soon as they are available. Click here for more information. 

July 4

Town Hall closed Tuesday; no trash, recycling collection on July 4

The Cherry Hill Municipal Building will close at 3 p.m. Monday, July 3, and will remain closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Wednesday, July 5. Additionally, there will be no trash, recycling or yard-waste collection on Tuesday. Tuesday's routes will be collected Wednesday; Thursday's and Friday's collections are not expected to be affected. Please have a safe, happy and healthy July 4 holiday!

Aidan Simms
Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs presents a proclamation to Eagle Scout Aidan Simms on Saturday, June 24.

Councilwoman Jacobs attends Eagle Scout Aidan Simms' Court of Honor

Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs joined friends and family of Cherry Hill teen Aidan Simms on Saturday, June 24, to celebrate his Eagle Scout Court of Honor. For his Eagle Scout project, Aidan, a member of Boy Scout Troop 170, Aidan built a Little Free Library at the Township's Dave Randall Tot Lot in Point of Woods, in an effort to promote literacy and a love of reading. With his Eagle Scout designation, Aidan joins and elite group of young men; the honor is bestowed upon just four to five percent of Scouts each year. Please join me in congratulating Aidan and his family on this outstanding achievement! 

Road work

Route 70: NJDOT work continues;
PSE&G repairs at Covered Bridge Rd.

While the New Jersey Department of Transportation continues its nightly repairs along Route 70 throughout the Township, PSE&G began emergency gas-main repairs earlier this week at the intersection of Route 70 and Covered Bridge Road. The work is taking place in and around the intersection itself, and will continue 24/7, including weekends and holidays, for the next two to three weeks. The repairs are necessary to allow NJDOT to complete its paving in this area.  As a result of the work, a number of traffic pattern changes are in effect. Please click here for full details. The Township will make every effort to keep residents, businesses and motorists updated as work progresses, and we thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as NJDOT and PSE&G work together to greatly improve our community's most heavily traveled road. 

National History Day
Christy Marrella-Davis and members of Rosa's National History Day team pose for a picture with Mayor Cahn and Councilwomen Kane and Jacobs.

Mayor, Council honor National History Day students for winning documentary 

The members of Council and I welcomed Rosa International Middle School teacher Christy Marrella-Davis and members of the school's National History Day team to Monday's Council meeting, in recognition of their impressive showing at this year's national competition. The team secured 2nd Place in the nation for a documentary on local Holocaust hero Josiah DuBois, a Treasury Department whistle-blower who challenged the Roosevelt administration’s abandonment of European Jews during the Holocaust. 
Please join me in congratulating Samuel Bitman, Shayna Herzfeld, Asha Mohapatra, Gabrielle O'Brien and Ms. Davis, the driving force behind Rosa's National History Day program, for an incredible and very meaningful project. Click here to watch their film; and here for photos from Monday's presentation.

Shruthika Padhy
Councilwoman Roskoph reads a proclamation for Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist Shruthika Padhy.

Township recognizes Rosa student for strong showing at National Spelling Bee

On Monday, we were also honored to recognize Rosa sixth grader Shruthika Padhy, who finished No. 7 in the country earlier this month at the Scripps National Spelling Bee!  This was the 11-year-old's second trip to the spelling bee finals; she improved over a 22nd-place finish in 2016. She began the competition as one of 291 entrants from across the United States, and became the only finalist from New Jersey. This is a truly impressive feat, and I have no doubt Shruthika is destined for great things in her life. Please join me in congratulating her on a strong finish at this year's competition, and in wishing her continued success in her future academic endeavors, and in life. Click here for photos. 

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.

Cherry Hill Police plan sobriety checkpoint July 1

The Cherry Hill Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint during the weekend of July 1, as part of ongoing efforts to deter intoxicated drivers. The Department schedules these targeted enforcement efforts at various times throughout the year, to make roadways safer by deterring and apprehending intoxicated drivers. High-visibility enforcement and media attention have made checkpoints an effective tool in removing impaired drivers from the roadways. If you plan to drink, please designate a driver before you go out, or plan to take mass transit or a taxi, to ensure your safety, and the safety of all those around you. For more information about this enforcement effort, click here.

Operation Chill

Cherry Hill Police, 7-Eleven to reward good deeds with 'Operation Chill'

The Cherry Hill Police Department has once again partnered with 7-Eleven Inc. to participate in Operation Chill. The program allows law enforcement officers to reward children they observe doing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior with a coupon for a free Slurpee. The program started in Philadelphia in 1995 to give law enforcement officers a chance to interact with children and teens in a non-threatening situation. Our officers are very excited to get started this summer and begin building relationships with children and teens in our community, so keep an eye out for officers in your neighborhood! 

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!

Music Under The Stars returns to historic Barclay Farmstead in just under two weeks! 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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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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