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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. 
Cherry Hill Township Master Plan
Mark your calendars to attend the meetings about the next steps in our Master Plan. 

Township News

Master Plan Public Meetings to be held February 24 and February 28!

As we continue our efforts to update the Township’s Master Plan, we are asking our residents to lend their voices and share their ideas for the future of Cherry Hill Township. We invite all interested residents, business owners, and stakeholders to attend one of two identical public meetings.
 
Meeting 1: Saturday, February 24, at the Camden County College Rohrer Center on the corner of Rt. 70 and Springdale Rd (1889 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003). Sessions will begin at 11:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. Pre-Register!
 
Meeting 2: Wednesday, February 28, at the Cherry Hill Fire Department – Central Command (1100 Marlkress Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003). Sessions will begin at 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Pre-Register!
 

In order to allow all attendees to have meaningful discussions on the major overarching trends, opportunities, and challenges that may affect Cherry Hill in the future, we will have three identical sessions during the course of each meeting. Each individual session will consist of an overview of current existing conditions in Cherry Hill, a review of the major components of the Master Plan, and a discussion about future goals and objectives for the Township. We are asking attendees to pre-register for the meetings through our website. Preregistration is not required, however, so please attend if you can. Each meeting is identical so pick the time that works best for you and join us!

 
To pre-register for the event and view the existing conditions report please visit our Plan Cherry Hill page  or just go directly to the pre-registration page for each meeting by following the links above.
 
What is a Master Plan? The Master Plan is a document created to guide Cherry Hill Township in establishing land uses in the long-term. It is based on analysis of physical features, socioeconomic data, and emerging trends within the Township and through input from our residents. It establishes goals and policies for future development, while setting forth recommendations to guide planning decisions that will achieve a desired relationship among future land uses.

Business Council Meeting
Mayor Cahn hosts The Cherry Hill Business Council meeting on Wednesday morning.

Cherry Hill Business Council Meeting

On Wednesday, I held my first Cherry Hill Business Council meeting of 2018.  I, along with Council Vice President Lipsett, Councilwoman Doshi, and Township staff met with business leaders from around town and discussed the current positive economic climate in Cherry Hill. In addition to reviewing business trends and data, we discussed the upcoming Master Plan reexamination, and the importance of that process as it relates to Cherry Hill’s thriving commercial market.    

The meeting was held at the newly renovated Jefferson Health campus. After the meeting, Jefferson staff gave tours of their state-of-the-art facility.
Decou Fields
Resurfacing at Decou and Chapel Ave fields started this week.
Township Breaks Ground on Turf Field Renovations
This week, we broke ground on our first recreation project of 2018 by starting the process of resurfacing our turf fields at Decou and Chapel Avenue. These fields will be completely replaced, providing new, safer, state-of-the-art turf fields for the many youth athletic teams and community groups that utilize these fields.  
Know Your Muslim Neighbor
Council members joined members of the Cherry Hill Police Department at the Know Your Muslim Neighbor event.

Township Council Attends "Know Your Muslim Neighbor" event 

Members of the Township Council joined members of the Cherry Hill Police Department at the "Know Your Muslim Neighbor" event hosted at the Cherry Hill Library on Saturday.

Council members took part in a variety of activities demonstrating the Islamic tradition while also addressing the crowd by praising the diversity within our community. Cherry Hill remains a diverse community and continues to welcome all. We thank everyone that came out to this event.

Still Climbing
Cherry Hill students celebrate Black History Month at "Still Climbing" event. 

Councilwoman Jacobs Attends "Still Climbing" - A Celebration of Black History Month

On Saturday, Councilwoman Jacobs attended Cherry Hill Public School's event "Still Climbing" - A Celebration of Black History Month.

The talent showcase included students of all ages singing, dancing, spoken word, and historical pieces. I am so proud of our Cherry Hill East and West students and the African American Culture Clubs for putting this great event together.

CH Fire

Fire District Budget Election takes place on Saturday, February 17.

Fire District Budget Election takes place on Saturday, February 17

The annual Fire District Budget Election will take place on Saturday, February 17. There are two polling locations for this election - the Township Community Center at 820 Mercer Street and the Fire Department's Central Command at 1100 Marlkress Road. Polls will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

I encourage all registered voters in our Township to make their voices heard on February 17. To view the CHFD Budget Mailer, which includes details on the budget, voting locations, and times click here.

Town Hall closed for Presidents' Day

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building will be closed Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents' Day. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, February 20. All trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled. 

Sustainable CH Earth Fest
Mark your calendars for the Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival set for April 28. 

Save the Date: Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival set for April 28

Join Township leaders, Cherry Hill Schools and the non-profit Sustainable Cherry Hill for the 9th Annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival on Saturday, April 28. The largest eco-event in South Jersey takes place at the historic Croft Farm in Cherry Hill. 

Get a healthy start to the all-weather event and join the Family Fun Bike Ride with registration coming soon. Healthy food for purchase, two stages of entertainment, earth-friendly family fun and much more. The festival will engage visitors to offer ways to help counter climate change through our theme: “
Reduce Plastic – Fantastic!”

Interested in sponsoring the event? 
Email Festival Producer, Brenda Jorett. Visit their website for more information on vendor, non-profit group, food vendor, and volunteer registration.

Winter Class Registration 

The Cherry Hill Recreation Department is still accepting registration for these upcoming Winter classes:
 
Gentle Yoga (begins 2/21)
Low Impact Aerobics (TH) (begins 2/22)
Cherry Hill Baseball Opening Day Camp (begins 3/24)
Volleyball for Youth (begins 2/28)
Tai Chi (begins 2/22)
Laughter Wellness (begins 2/21)
Yoga, Stretch and Flow (begins 2/27)
Yoga Power Hour (begins 2/22)
Rise and Glow Yoga (begins 2/17)
 
For specific class details or to register for these classes or upcoming Spring programs please visit our website.  

Spring Registration

Registration Open for Spring Classes; Early-Bird Rate Available 

Registration is now open for all programs and classes offered by the Township Recreation Department for the spring season! 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 sure to be a program or class for you. 

Cherry Hill Recreation Department is offering an early-bird rate for most classes, which will run through March 16, so be sure to take advantage of this special pricing option. A full list of classes can be found in the Spring 2018 Community Magazine, which will hit homes in the coming weeks. In the meantime, the easiest way to browse and register for classes is through CommunityPass, the Township's online registration portal where you can create an account for you and your family, register for classes, and purchase tickets for upcoming events.

Visit our website to browse upcoming programs and 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.
Open Space Clean Up Day
Help keep Cherry Hill clean by registering for Open Space Cleanup Day.

Upcoming Events

Cherry Hill Open Space Cleanup Day 

Help Cherry Hill remain a clean community by cleaning up select Cherry Hill open space lands on Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for Open Space Cleanup Day. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their families, friends, clubs, and organizations to help clean up our community. Cleanup locations will be announced at the Kay Evans House at Croft Farm where work gloves, trash pick-up devices, and plastic bags will also be distributed the day of the event. This event is free, but registration is recommended.

For the most up-to-date information join the 
Facebook event page. If you have any questions, please contact Earle Seneres at (856) 424-3203 or email

Garden State Film Festival
The best of the Garden State Film Festival returns to Cherry Hill. 

The Best of the Fest Returns

I am proud to once again present an evening of The Best of the Garden State Film Festival this March at the Croft Farm Arts Center. The "Best of the Fest" has been a popular event for the last three years, giving attendees an intimate viewing of independent short films previously shown at the Garden State Film Festival. 

Light refreshments will be served. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Bortons Mill Road. It's never too early to secure your seat to this event! Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets today. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, e-mail Arts@CHTownship.com, or join the Facebook event to receive updates.
Ensemble Series
Cherry Hill Ensemble Series continues with Boheme Opera this March.

Ensemble Concert: Boheme Opera

The Cherry Hill Ensemble Concert series continues on Sunday, March 4 with Boheme Opera. Boheme Opera Company will perform “The World’s Great Arias” featuring arias and duets from the classic Italian and French opera repertoire. Among the composers featured will be Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Donizetti to name a few.

The event will take place at Croft Farm Arts Center (100 Bortons Mill Road), doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors with gold card; $5 for students). To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, please call 856-488-7868 or email Arts@CHTownship.com
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AARP
Cherry Hill Township offer free tax help for residents 55 and older.

Senior Citizens

Free Tax-Prep Help for Senior Residents

Cherry Hill Township and AARP have once again partnered to offer seniors free tax-preparation assistance. Now through April 17, AARP will be available every Tuesday and Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the N. John Amato Council Chambers at Town Hall. 

Tax-Aide volunteers will help residents over 55 prepare their 2017 state and federal tax returns, as well as Homestead Benefit Credit and Property Tax Reimbursement forms. No appointments are necessary. Electronic filing and direct deposit are available to help expedite returns. Senior residents are asked to bring a copy of their 2016 returns, all relevant tax statements, receipts and forms, Social Security card or SSA-1099, Photo ID, and PTR Form (if one was mailed to you). 

For more information, (888) AARP-NOW or visit www.AARP.org/taxaide.
Stay in Touch

Stay in Touch

There are many ways to find the latest information about what's going on in Cherry Hill. 

For up-to-the-minute updates on any subject, call my office at (856) 488-7878 or visit our municipal website at www.CherryHill-NJ.com

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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