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. 

Tax bills delayed
The grace period for Aug. 1 tax payments has been extended to Aug. 28. 

Township News

Tax bills now available to view online;
grace period extended until Aug. 28

As you may know, mailing of Cherry Hill property tax bills due Aug. 1, 2017, was delayed due to State budget changes that prohibited the Township from preparing 3rd and 4th quarter tax bills. Bills have now been finalized, and will be mailed no later than next Friday, Aug. 4.  In the meantime, bills are available to view and pay online by clicking here.
The grace period for payments has been extended to Aug. 28. Payments not received by Aug. 28 are subject to interest from Aug. 1. For your convenience, the Tax Collector’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from Aug. 18 to 28 for third-quarter payments.
For more information, contact the Tax Collector’s Office at (856) 488-7880, or visit the Tax Collector’s page on our website.

storm damage
Residents can call Public Works until Aug. 7 to schedule storm-debris collection.

Township offers special collection
for storm debris; schedule by Aug. 7

A number of residents have reached out to my office to request assistance with clean-up following heavy storms early this week. In an effort to assist our residents in disposing of their excess yard-waste and debris, the Department of Public Works will offer a special collection for storm-related debris and yard waste. For homes who have registered for this program, our personnel will pick up any debris that has been hauled to the curb, and can be managed by one person. You may register for this service by calling (856) 424-4422 until Aug. 7. No requests will be considered after Aug. 7. We cannot accommodate requests to move whole trees or large limbs from private property. 
We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we attempt to help ease clean-up efforts. For more information, click here.

Cherry Bowl
We are counting down to Cherry Bowl 2017! 

Good luck to Cherry Bowl swimmers; parking restrictions near Swim Club

Good luck to all those competing tomorrow in the 58th annual Cherry Bowl, being held this year at Kingston Estates Swim Club. Our Council members are looking forward to once again kicking off the festivities, and welcoming hundreds of community members to one of Cherry Hill's greatest traditions. I want to thank and congratulate all those responsible for planning this year's event, from the Kingston Swim Club executive board, to the Cherry Hill Association of Pools, to the countless volunteers who will make the event possible. It is a tremendous undertaking, and your efforts are appreciated! 
Kingston residents and those planning to attend the day-long event should note that temporary parking restrictions and road closures will be in place 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. You can click here for parking and closure maps. For full event details, visit www.cherrybowl.org

Al Fresco Affair Night 1
Council President Dave Fleisher welcomed guests to the Al Fresco Affair, Thursday night at Croft Farm.

Al Fresco Affair offers great food, atmosphere; join us again on Aug. 31

Council President Dave Fleisher was among the more than 100 residents who came out to celebrate our first night of Al Fresco Affair at historic Croft Farm. In its second year, the Al Fresco Affair offers a beautiful evening of great food under the stars, for residents of all ages. If you couldn't make it out last night, don't worry: Night two is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31. The event offers some of the area's best food trucks and live entertainment, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is FREE; food is available for purchase. Thank you to our sponsors at Kennedy Health for their ongoing support. Check out our Facebook event for more information, and let us know you're coming. We hope to see you there! 

MPWC

Merchantville-Pennsauken Water to begin Chapel Ave. water main replacement 

Beginning Monday, July 31, Chapel Avenue westbound will be closed to all traffic at various locations between State Street and the Merchantville Circle from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as part of a water-main replacement project by the Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission. The road will reopen in both directions until 5 p.m. daily. Eastbound traffic will remain uninterrupted 24/7. 
The project is expected to take about 18 weeks to complete. Closure points and detours may change as work progresses. The Township and Cherry Hill Police Department will make every effort to update residents and motorists on the latest details. As always, please use caution when traveling through a work zone. For more information, click here.


South Jersey Gas

South Jersey Gas to begin gas-main
work along Haddonfield-Berlin Road

South Jersey Gas has notified that Township that it is set to begin work to enhance its infrastructure as part of the Accelerated Infrastructure Replacement Program along Haddonfield-Berlin Road beginning Monday, July 31. The work is expected to be completed by September 2017.
As part of the project, SJG will be installing 2- and 6-inch yellow plastic natural gas mains on Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Walt Whitman Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Work will also take place along side streets, including Baldwin Road, Pippin Circle, Jonathan Court and McIntosh Road near Ocean Avenue. To ensure safe travel, there will be a temporary lane closure on Haddonfield-Berlin Road, with appropriate traffic control personnel directing motorists and pedestrians around all work. In addition, there may be some road closures on select narrow side streets where work will be performed. Residents and businesses along these streets will have access to and from their properties at all times. Work is scheduled Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents with questions or concerns should contact the contact the South Jersey Gas Waterford Division at (856) 768-2900 and reference the Cherry Hill Grid 1 project. Click here for the full project notification.A fact sheet is available here.

road work

NJDOT continues work to repave Rt. 70

NJDOT is continuing its nightly repairs along Route 70 next week, with paving planned in the area of Brace Road on Monday night, July 31. Crews will operate 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.

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! 

National Night Out
Join us this Tuesday, Aug. 1,
for National Night Out.

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 as we celebrate National Night Out, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this 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.
This was a fantastic event last year enjoyed by thousands of men, women and children of all ages - and I hope to see everyone there again this year! 
Please note: Due to anticipated crowd size, visitors are encouraged to park at Cherry Hill West and utilize the courtesy shuttle being provided by the Township. Parking will be extremely limited in the area of the Municipal Complex. A map of parking restrictions is available on the Township website, by clicking here.
For more information, visit the Facebook event, call (856) 488-7868, or email events@chtownship.com or alliance@chtownship.com.

Restaurant week
Cherry Hill Restaurant Week begins Aug. 6!

'Savor' the Date: Cherry Hill
Restaurant Week returns next week!

Thirteen 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! 

Storytime in the Park
Councilwoman Jacobs welcomed families to Storytime in the Park on Friday. 

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:
  • 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

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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