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. 

Lights Out
Lights Out performs at our first Music Under the Stars concert of 2017.

Township News

Lights Out kicks off Music Under the Stars; series continues through July

We saw a fantastic turnout last Monday evening for our first Music Under the Stars concert of 2017! Hundreds of people turned out to see Frankie Valli tribute Lights Out, enjoying a beautiful summer evening and great food along the way.  This free, family-friendly summer concert series continues at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday with Parrotbeach, followed by Separate Ways, a Journey tribute, on July 25. Concerts begin with an up-and-coming opening act, followed by an exciting headliner who's sure to keep you up and dancing. And be sure to 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! 

Route 70

NJDOT continues work to repave Rt. 70

NJDOT is continuing its nightly repairs along Route 70 throughout the Township, with crews working to complete concrete slab removal and patching, as well as installing traffic markings. Once slab removal is complete, NJDOT expects to begin paving in the vicinity of our Erlton/Barclay/Kingston neighborhoods; that work will likely begin in late summer. 
Crews are operating overnight, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, weather-permitting. 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. 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.

Bernard Finkelstein
Mayor Cahn presents a proclamation celebrating the 95th birthday of Bernard Finkelstein.

Mayor Cahn joins the Retirees Club
for Bernard Finkelstein's 95th birthday

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of celebrating a special milestone in the life of a longtime Cherry Hill resident and member of our Retirees Club. Bernard Finkelstein, a native of Philadelphia, turned 95 years old on July 10. On Tuesday, his friends with the Retirees Club surprised him with cake and balloons at the group's weekly meeting. Mr. Finkelstein was born in Philadelphia in 1922, and has lived a remarkable life. He is a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Europe during WWII - including active combat during the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, he returned to Philadelphia where he worked at his father's wallpaper and paint company, and married his wife, Elsie. The couple ultimately had two children, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. The Finkelsteins moved to Cherry Hill in 2000. It was an honor to meet such a wonderful man, and to help celebrate a very special birthday with him. Please join me and the members of Township Council in wishing Mr. Finkelstein the happiest of birthdays, and continued health and joy in the days, months, and years ahead. 

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.

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! 

Dr Brown
Mayor Cahn and members of Council honored Senior Advisory Board member Dr. James Brown for his service to the community.

Mayor, Council honor Dr. James Brown for lifetime of service

Last Monday, the members of Council and I were honored to pay tribute to a longtime member of our community, Dr. James Brown. Dr. Brown and his wife, Lily, have been Cherry Hill residents for 16 years, and Dr. Brown has continually volunteered his time and talents to making our Township a better place to live. Born in West Virginia in 1926, Dr. Brown dedicated his life to education, working as a teacher and eventually as a school administrator in Camden. He has been a longtime member of Volunteers of America, and today holds the distinction of being the first African-American elected to serve on the organization's Board of Directors. He currently serves our community as Vice President of the Senior Advisory Board, where he helps to shape programming and services for our residents ages 55 and older. We are fortunate to be served by so many talented and dedicated volunteers like Dr. Brown, who truly make Cherry Hill a better place to live, work and play. Please join me in thanking Dr. Brown for his incredible service to our community!

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

Upcoming Events

Celebrate National Night Out with Cherry Hill Police: Tuesday, Aug. 1

Join me, members of Town Council and the Cherry Hill Police Department for National Night Out, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, on the grounds of the Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St. This annual celebration of crime prevention and community policing will feature an impaired driver simulation course, dunk tank, police obstacle course, touch-a-vehicle, K-9 demonstrations, food, music, prizes and much more. For more information, visit the Facebook event, call (856) 488-7868, or email events@chtownship.com or alliance@chtownship.com.

Pop-Up Storytime
Pop-up Story Time in the Park continues through August. 

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 through 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 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

Restaurant Week

'Savor' the Date: Cherry Hill
Restaurant Week returns Aug. 6-13

Eleven restaurants are on board for Cherry Hill Restaurant Week 2017, which returns with a week of specials from Aug. 6-13. For one week, participating restaurants will offer patrons a special prix-fixe ($25, $35, or $40) 3-course menu, with lunch options available in most locations, as well. This is an exciting opportunity to promote local businesses, while giving our residents a chance to enjoy a special meal at a great price. Look for more information, including a list of participating restaurants, sample menus, and updates to the Cherry Hill Restaurant Week website, Facebook page and Twitter account (@CHRestaurantWk) in the coming weeks. And be sure to save up your appetite for the week of Aug. 6! 

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.

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.

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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