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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. 

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Township News

Township introduces FY '18 budget that cuts taxes for homeowners

On Monday, I introduced to the members of Council my proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 - and after five years with no tax increase, I'm happy to officially say that, this year, we are cutting taxes for homeowners in Cherry Hill. The average homeowner will see a reduction of about $22 as part of this proposed budget. In addition to cutting the tax rate, the $69,108,027 budget presented Monday is more than $232,000 less than the one adopted in 2016, while continuing to invest more in neighborhoods and services that directly impact quality of life, including roads, recreation, public safety, public works and open space. It includes approximately $10 million for capital improvements, which includes the annual Road Maintenance Program, sewer upgrades, drainage projects, and funding for enhancements to recreation facilities, playgrounds, athletic fields and historic properties. Again: This is the first step in our budget-approval process. The budget will be available to review online, or in the Clerk's Office (Room 107, Town Hall) starting Sept. 14. A public hearing and adoption are scheduled for the Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in Room 208 at Town Hall. 

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Mayor Cahn denounces hate in
Charlottesville, signs ADL pact

Like so many of you, I watched last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Va., - as well as the fallout in the days that followed - with shock and disgust, as the ugliest and worst segments of our population rose up in one of the most shocking displays of hatred and intimidation our nation has seen since the Civil Rights era. I want every resident of Cherry Hill Township to know, unequivocally, that the members of Council and I stand united together with all of you, against the kind of bigotry and fear-mongering displayed in Virginia last weekend. That vile system of beliefs has absolutely no place in our country -- and will not be tolerated in Cherry Hill. I'm proud to join today with hundreds of mayors from across the United States, as well as the Anti-Defamation League and U.S. Conference of Mayors, to sign onto the Mayors' Compact to Combat Hate. You can learn more about this important initiative on our Facebook page, or by visiting www.MayorsCompact.org. Read my full statement on the tragedy in Charlottesville here; and remember, the Cherry Hill Human Relations Advisory Committee exists as a celebration of our community's diversity, and as a local resource for any community member experiencing fear or anxiety. 

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

Tax office offers extended hours; grace period runs through Aug. 28

The Tax Collector's Office will offer extended hours for homeowners who wish to pay their third-quarter tax bills in person. From today through Aug. 28, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Taxes must be paid by Aug. 28, the final day of the extended grace period for the third quarter. Payments not received by Aug. 28 are subject to interest from Aug. 1. For your convenience, you may also view and pay your bill online by clicking hereFor more information, contact the Tax Collector’s Office at (856) 488-7880, or visit the Tax Collector’s page on our website.

Library Bash
Council President Dave Fleisher with visitors at the Library's End-of-Summer Bash on Thursday.

Fleisher, Roskoph join hundreds
at Library's end-of-summer bash

Council President David Fleisher and Councilwoman Carole Roskoph were among hundreds of community members who came out to the Cherry Hill Public Library's End-of-Summer Bash on Thursday night. Residents of all ages celebrated the end of another season with food, activities, games and more in Friendship Grove (behind the Library), fun activities by Mad Science, My Gym Cherry Hill, area food trucks, Starshield Entertainment and more! It was one of dozens of great community events put together by our Library staff, and we were thrilled to be a part of it. Special thanks to bash sponsors Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library, Republic Bank of Cherry Hill and Needleman Management for their support. To stay up-to-date on all the great events and activities at our library, follow Cherry Hill Public Library on social media.

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NJDOT continues work to repave Rt. 70

NJDOT is continuing its nightly repairs along Route 70 next week, with crews scheduled to 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. Please follow Cherry Hill Police Department on Facebook for updated information. 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.

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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.

CHFD seeks residents' input for strategic plan 

The Cherry Hill Fire Department is seeking residents' feedback as they prepare their 2018-20 Strategic Plan. The public comment survey will provide the department with important insight into community expectations, and can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHFDSPSurv

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Upcoming Events

Al Fresco Affair returns to a final night at Croft Farm on Aug. 31

If you missed July's Al Fresco Affair at Croft Farm, don't worry: We are hosting one more night of great food under the stars and twinkling lights in the summer of 2017. Al Fresco: Night 2 will take place on the grounds of historic Croft Farm from 5:30 to 9 p.m. 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! 

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.

Harvest Festival

Save the Date: Harvest Festival returns to Croft Farm Oct. 15

Round up your family and join me, the members of Township Council, and the Cherry Hill Police Department and Fire Departments for this year's Harvest Festival, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 15, at historic Croft Farm. This rain-or-shine event features events and activities for residents of all ages, including crafts for kids, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, a craft fair, farmer's market, beer garden, live music, refreshments and more! While there, you can also visit the Croft Farm Arts Center to view the Fall Into the Arts juried photography show. This show is hosted by the Cherry Hill Arts Board and sponsored by Kennedy Health. All photographs are available for purchase. To participate in the photography show, please email Arts@CHTownship.com.
This terrific event is free and open to all, and we'll have great food, drink and crafts available for purchase; click here for more information, or to learn more about being a sponsor, crafter, or nonprofit exhibitor. 

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

Senior Services Festival scheduled for Monday, Sept. 18

The date has been set for this year's Senior Festival: 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Each year, Cherry Hill Township hosts this special event to educate residents 55+ about valuable services, activities and businesses that are available to assist our residents. For more information, or if you are a local business or organization that would like to participate in this event, 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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