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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

Town Hall closes early for Labor Day; no trash, recycling pickup Monday

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building will close at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Please note: There will be no trash or recycling collected Monday; Monday's routes will be collected Tuesday, and all other days will remain the same. Call the Department of Public Works with any questions or concerns, at (856) 424-4422. 
On behalf of myself and the members of Township Council, have a safe, happy Labor Day weekend!

Back to School reminders

Good luck during Back-to-School week;
Drivers: Slow down in neighborhoods!

Thousands of students return to the classroom on Tuesday, meaning there will be many more vehicles and pedestrians on our neighborhood streets. Please remember to slow down during your morning commute, especially within our neighborhoods! The speed limit in all residential areas is 25mph, and Cherry Hill Police will be on patrol to ensure the safety of our students at all times. Remember to STOP for pedestrians in crosswalks, for Crossing Guards, and for school buses; the CHPD has a zero-tolerance policy for school bus law violations. Be Alert; Be Patient; Be Responsible -- in short, be a good neighbor, and a great member of our community! To all our teachers and students returning to the classroom, we wish you all the best for a successful school year! 

Township, Library to turn 5K into hurricane relief effort

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those whose lives have been turned upside down by Hurricane Harvey and the historic rainfall the once-in-a-lifetime storm dropped on residents near Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas. Tens of thousands of men, women and children have been affected by this disaster. In the last few days, the members of Council and I have asked ourselves what we can do to help the hurricane victims. 
We've decided -- together with the Cherry Hill Public Library -- to turn our Sept. 23 Book It 5K, typically a fundraiser for the library, into an event to raise money instead for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This fund has been established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to accept tax-deductible donations for victims affected by the floods. 
While we are still working out the specifics, I wanted to provide this information quickly and encourage as many residents as possible to save the date for this event. The Book It 5K run and walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, and will start at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Please see the note below for details on the run/walk; we also hope to offer a Red Cross Blood Drive during the day Sept. 23, for those who wish to contribute in other ways. 
Please follow us on Facebook, or visit the Township website next week, for more information, and thank you in advance for what I'm sure will be strong support from our community. 

Al Fresco Affair
Council President David Fleisher joined hundreds of area residents at our Al Fresco Affair event Thursday night.

Great turnout for Al Fresco Affair #2: Families enjoyed food, drink at Croft Farm

Council President Dave Fleisher was among the hundreds of area residents who came out for another beautiful night of food, drink and live music under the stars at our second Al Fresco Affair of the year at historic Croft Farm. In its second year, the Al Fresco Affair offered a variety of great local food options, set to the backdrop of one of our community's historic treasures. I want to personally thank all of this year's vendors, patrons and sponsors at Kennedy Health and Penn Medicine Cherry Hill for their ongoing support. Be sure to follow the Cherry Hill Recreation Department on Facebook for other terrific, family-friendly events happening all year long! 

PSE&G

PSE&G to repair gas lines along Haddonfield Rd. starting Tuesday

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) will repair gas lines in Cherry Hill on Haddonfield Road between Dudley and Princeton avenues, beginning on or about Tuesday, Sept. 1. Work will take place around the clock, and is expected to last approximately two to three weeks. The road will remain open to traffic at all times, but lane shifts will be in place. Drivers are encouraged to use caution when traveling through the work area. When work is complete, the roadway will be temporarily restored to allow for a 90-day settlement period. Full restoration is planned for late 2017 or early 2018, as weather and temperatures permit. For questions or concerns, please contact PSE&G Senior Distribution Supervisor James Venuto at (856) 573-2015. 

Eagle Scouts
Councilwoman Sara Lipsett with Eagle Scouts Jacob Lapinson and Matthew Welsh.

Councilwoman Lipsett joins new Eagles Scouts at Courts of Honor

Council Vice President Sara Lipsett was thrilled to join with family and friends of two local teens at their Eagle Scout Courts of Honor on Sunday, Aug. 27. The scouts, Jacob Lapinson and Matthew Welsh, both members of  Troop 166, are now members of an elite group of young men; fewer than five percent of all Boy Scouts earn the rank each year. For their Eagle Scout projects, Jacob built shelters for a nonprofit animal rescue that aids local feral cat communities, while Matthew built storage units to house supplies for the church and youth group at Holy Eucharist Parish. Our local Eagle Scouts are wonderful young men who set an example for us all. Please join me in congratulating Jacob, Matthew and their families on a tremendous achievement.

Rec Booklet

Register now for fall classes offered through the Recreation Department

Registration is now open for all programs and classes offered by the Township Recreation Department this fall. Whether you're a parent looking for activities for your children, a young adult looking to pick up a new hobby or skill, or a recent retiree looking to socialize and stay active, there's a program or class for you! Classes are listed in the Fall 2017 Community Magazine, which began arriving in homes this week; or you can browse classes online through Community Pass, the Township's online registration portal. Visit https://register.capturepoint.com/CherryHill to browse upcoming programs, or visit the Recreation Department page online. Be sure to follow Cherry Hill Recreation on Facebook for event details and highlights. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com.

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Cherry Hill Police plan sobriety checkpoint during Labor Day weekend

The Cherry Hill Police Department is planning a sobriety checkpoint during the late-evening hours the weekend of Sept. 1. These checkpoints are conducted at various points throughout the year, to deter and target intoxicated drivers. Our Police Department offers the following advice for those who want to enjoy themselves responsibly during this holiday weekend and throughout the year: 
• If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
• Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity is held.
• Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. In New Jersey, drivers may dial #77 to report a drunk or aggressive driver.
• Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

One Book One Cherry Hill

Make your next book our "One Book" and take part in CHPL's new program

I am excited to join with the Cherry Hill Public Library in announcing the launch of "One Book, One Cherry Hill," a community reading project to unite our town in reading and discussing One Book. Our selected book is "Songs of Willow Frost" by New York Times best-selling author Jamie Ford. 
The book is just the beginning. One Book, One Cherry Hill will explore Chinese and Chinese-American culture with events throughout the fall, culminating with a special Meet the Author event with Jamie Ford on Nov. 15. Like the One Book Facebook page for all the latest information. Stop by CHPL and get your copy of "Songs of Willow Frost" and start reading!

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

Book It 5K

Upcoming Events

Book It 5K: Helping victims of Hurricane Harvey, with the CHPL 

Registration is still 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 now serve as a Township-wide fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. A Back-to-School registration discount ($10 off) is available from now until Sept. 5, for users who enter the code Back2School
Events 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; those who wish to make additional donations in support of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund are welcome to do so! . 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. 

Fox Hollow 5K
The Fox Hollow 5K benefits Fox Hollow Swim Club and the Cherry Hill Education Foundation.

Fox Hollow 5K to benefit Fox Hollow Swim Club, Education Foundation 

The third annual Fox Hollow "Fox Trot" 5k is a run/walk that will travel through the beautiful neighborhood of Fox Hollow in Cherry Hill on a USATF-certified course.  The event will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 16, followed by a post-race award ceremony and other festivities. Enjoy catered food, music, prizes and medals for top finishers in eleven different age groups!  Proceeds will benefit the Fox Hollow Swim Club and the Cherry Hill Education Foundation. Click here to sign up today!

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

Backpacks, school supplies available for students in need

Do you know a family in need? Backpacks with school supplies are available through Cherry Hill Public Schools. Contact the main office at the student's school to inquire. A list of schools and contact information is available by clicking here.

Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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