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Happy Holidays!
On behalf of the Township Council, have a safe and healthy holiday!

Township News

Holiday Closing, Trash will be collected on Tuesday, December 26

Municipal Offices will close at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22 in observance of the Christmas holiday and will remain closed on Christmas, Monday, December 25. 

There will be no trash, recycling, or yard-waste collection on December 25. Monday's routes will be collected Tuesday; the rest of the week will be collected as scheduled. For more information on trash or recycling, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422, or Republic Services of NJ at (856) 234-4000.

On behalf of myself and the members of Township Council, we wish everyone a very safe, happy and healthy holiday!
Leaf Collection Ends
Curbside Leaf Collection is complete for the 2017 season.

Curbside Leaf Collection Complete; 
Yard-Waste Bags Still Available

Curbside leaf collection is now complete for the 2017 season. If you still have leaves that need to be collected, they can be placed into an open trash can and placed at the curb on your normal trash, recycling and yard-waste collection day, or you may utilize the free drop-off at our Kresson Road Ecology Site from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, until Dec. 29.

Additionally, the Township will continue to offer free 30-gallon leaf bags to all our residents, for use throughout the year. Leaf bags can be picked up in the Municipal Clerk’s Office (Room 107) at Town Hall, or at the Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Blvd. Bagged leaves can also be placed at the curb on your scheduled trash collection day, giving you more flexibility as to when leaves can be cleaned up. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Cherry Hill Police cracking down on impaired driving through the New Year. 

Police to Crack Down on Impaired Driving From Now Through the New Year

Cherry Hill Police Officers will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Now through January 1, 2018, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort endeavors to raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving through a combination of high-visibility enforcement and public education. During the last five years, New Jersey has experienced nearly 40,000 alcohol involved crashes resulting in more than 750 fatalities. This is a critical law enforcement program that can save lives during a time of the year when impaired driving traditionally increases by nearly 10 percent. 

Councilwoman Vice President, Sara Lipsett joined Cherry Hill Police Officers
Councilwoman VP Sara Lipsett joined Cherry Hill Police & High School Students at the FOP Lodge 28's Annual Christmas Party for special needs children. 

FOP Lodge 28 Cherry Hill Hosts Annual Christmas Party for Special Needs Children 

On Monday, Councilwoman Vice President Sara Lipsett joined over 900 children with special needs at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the FOP Lodge 28's Annual Christmas Party.

With the help of the Cherry Hill Police Department and over 200 Cherry Hill East and West High School students, this spectacular event served special needs students throughout the region.

All children in attendance ate lunch, met with Santa Claus, and received a present. There was plenty of dancing and singing with the DJ, a special appearance from the  Phillie Phanatic, and many others that brought joy to their hearts this holiday season.

5th Anniversary of Sandy Hook
Cherry Hill residents lighting candles in memory of those killed at Sandy Hook and other mass shootings in 2017.

Local Church Has Sandy Hook Anniversary Remembrance Program

On Sunday, Councilwoman Melinda Kane and Carolyn Jacobs attended the 5th Anniversary Remembrance Program for Sandy Hook and all gun violence victims at Unitarian Universalist Church. 

The event brought together 
South Jersey youth who spoke out on gun violence and also allowed these young adults to share letters to legislators.
 
Carole Stiller of the Brady Campaign spoke and there were piano, vocal, and cello performances that amplified the message.

Shop with a cop
Cherry Hill Police Department hosted their first ever "Shop with a Cop" event.

Shop with a Cop

This past weekend, Cherry Hill PBA 176 sponsored its first ever "Shop with a Cop". The event was organized by the Cherry Hill PBA Local 176 in conjunction with Cherry Hill Target and the Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

"Shop with a Cop" provided ten deserving children from ages 2 to 17 with a chance to go shopping during the holiday season with some of our great police officers. The event served children in need by
making their holiday wishes come true and the season brighter.

The holiday fun continued afterward shopping with breakfast and a wrapping party complete with cookies and holiday songs. 

Registration is Now Open for Winter Recreation Programs and Classes 

Registration is now open for all programs and classes offered by the Township Recreation Department this winter. 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.

This season, be sure to check out the following classes:

Cherry Hill Recreation

Youth Classes

Cherry Hill Varsity Lacrosse: Dodging and Shooting Clinic 
This very light contact lacrosse clinic is comprised of all facets of dodging and shooting for all skill levels, for boys and girls ages 5-14.
 
Stopmotion Pro (children ages 9-15)
Learn how in Stopmotion Pro! Students will build a fully articulated puppet, make all the props and bring their imagined world to life with a professional stop motion set.
 
Cherry Hill Opening Day Baseball Camp (children in grades 3-8)
The Cherry Hill Baseball Opening Day Camp is a two-day camp led by Cherry Hill West Head Baseball Coach & Philadelphia Phillies scout, Dan McMaster, along with the West Baseball Coaching staff & players of the program. The Cherry Hill Baseball Opening Day Camp guarantees high-level instruction provided by coaches who have a genuine interest in the development of future high school ball players in the Cherry Hill area.


Adult/Seniors Classes
Traditional Chinese Painting
This class will introduce the basics of traditional Chinese painting using specialized materials and techniques with step-by-step instruction. Materials will be provided. No experience is necessary.
 
Tole Painting
Tole Painting is the folk art of decorative painting on surfaces such as wood, tin, slate, candles, paper mache, glass and so much more! You will receive step-by-step instruction; no prior experience is necessary. A List of proper supplies needed for your first class will be available upon registration.
 
Basic Spanish
Basic Spanish is an introduction to grammar and practical vocabulary necessary for fundamental communication skills. Learn greetings, the alphabet, pronunciation, numbers and more! 
 
Intermediate Spanish
This course will provide you with more advanced knowledge of the Spanish vocabulary as well as using proper grammar.  By continuing to develop your Spanish writing, reading and conversational skills, you will be well on your way to mastering this foreign language.

For additional winter program information or to register for any recreation program, please go to our websitePlease register by December 22, to take advantage of any possible early bird registration rates! For any questions, please call the recreation department at 856-488-7868.

MLK Food Drive
Donate to those in need by January 11

Upcoming Events

'Help us, help others' by donating to
the 2017 MLK Day collection drive

Please help us help others in our community, as we approach the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 15. The Township is hosting a special collection drive through Thursday, January 11, to benefit local charities: the Cherry Hill Food Pantry, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Little Hands, Little Feet, Cherry Hill Public Library, and Cathedral Kitchen. 

A variety of items have been requested by these organizations. Click here for a complete list. Donations can be dropped off through the end of the day on Thursday, January 11, at the Township Municipal Building and the Cherry Hill Public Library. 

Senior Citizens

Cherry Hill residents enjoy the finest nearby health care facilities. It is beneficial to have information ready before there is a need to see a doctor. For emergencies call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.  For non-emergency medical treatment you may want to visit one of the many urgent care centers in Cherry Hill.  Take time to identify a center you would use if you have need of medical care; contact the center, learn of their hours and policies and if they accept your insurance or what their charges may be. If the urgent care center is connected with your regular doctor, they may have your medical information available which could be helpful and save time. 

For any questions, problems, suggestions or general information on Seniors, contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Program Coordinator for Cherry Hill. Gaye is happy to answer questions, find information, listen to suggestions and help in any way through programs available to the Senior Residents of Cherry Hill. Gaye can be reached at gpino@chtownship.com or by phone 856-661-4800.

Senior Luncheon

Starting Friday, January 19, our popular senior luncheons will resume at Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road. Each event includes a movie screening and lunch for only $5 per person in advance ($8 per person at the door). *Please be advised that events have sold out prior to event. 

Be sure to visit the Recreation Department to reserve your tickets early so you don’t miss the fun. A complete schedule is listed in the current Community Magazine along with our list of classes offerings.

Friday, January 19 from 10:30am-1pm will be Senior Luncheon with the Arts: Songs of Sinatra and Friends with Lenny King.

Senior Citizen Clubs

Looking to meet fun people? Come to the Cherry Hill Senior Club meetings and events. Clubs meet at the Carmen Tilleli Community Center located at 820 Mercer Street. Come and play your favorite game - pinochle, bridge, etc. Clubs have meetings, entertainment events, movies, lectures. They are a wonderful way to meet new people. See details below and contact the club presidents for more information. The Cherry Hill Bus will take you to and from the meetings; call 856-661-4711 for information.
                                                           

Maturity Club Mon. 11AM – 3:30PM 
Activities: bingo, cards, refreshments, trips, business meeting with speaker (2nd Monday) Contact: Pres. Connie Cramer, 856-414-0778, ccramer19@gmail.com 

Super Seniors | Wed. 12 – 4PM
Activities: bingo, cards, refreshments, trips, business meeting with speaker (1st Wednesday), NO meeting 4th Wednesday    
Contact: Pres. Paula West, 661-0881, paulawest1221@msn.com

Cherry Hill Retiree’s Club | Tues. & Fri. 12 –4PM  
Activities: pinochle, bridge, shuffleboard, discussion, refreshments, and luncheons. 
Contact: Pres. Bill Druckman, 795-4091, druckmanw2003@yahoo.com

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