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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.

Woodcrest TOD Meeting/Master Plan Meeting
Woodcrest TOD Public Meeting to be held on March 7, 2018. 

Woodcrest Station Transit-Oriented Development Public Meeting to be held on March 7

In 2017, Cherry Hill Township received grant funding from the Delaware Valley Planning Commission to develop the Woodcrest Station Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan. The purpose of this plan is to create an area-wide, multi-modal circulation plan for the “transit-oriented developments” that are within a half mile of the Woodcrest Station. This plan will address the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and area residents, as well as vehicular improvements to create a safer environment for all mobility types. In addition to these circulation improvements, a site-specific redevelopment plan for the former Victory Refrigeration site will be created that ensures new moderate-density mixed-use development that capitalizes on and supports the Woodcrest Station amenity. 

Please join the Township to discuss the Woodcrest Station Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan, which aims to provide a vision for the area in and around PATCO’s Woodcrest Station and the former Victory Refrigeration site. Share your knowledge and ideas on pedestrian & bicycle connections, enhanced access to rail transit, transit oriented housing opportunities, opportunities for economic development, and much more. 

The public meeting will be held on March 7, 2018 at the Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building in room 208 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Your input will ensure that we develop a plan that reflects the needs of the community and creates another great place to live, work, and play in Cherry Hill.

Turf Fields Installation
The new turf fields are being installed at Decou and Chapel Avenue fields.

Turf Field Installation Begins

This week, crews started installing the new turf fields at Decou Field Complex and Chapel Avenue Fields. These fields are being completely replaced, providing new, safer, state-of-the-art turf fields for the many youth athletic teams and community groups that utilize these fields. 

Weather pending, both fields will ready just in time for spring sports! 

Eagle Scout
Cherry Hill resident earns Eagle Scout rank.

Cherry Hill Resident Earns Eagle Scout Rank

On Saturday, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph congratulated and presented Nicholas Baratta of Boy Scout Troop 70 with a special proclamation for earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. 

Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Scout can earn. It requires Scouts to plan and execute a community service project, earn various merit badges and demonstrate leadership within their troop. For his project, Nicholas beautified the entrance to JF Cooper Elementary School, helping give hundreds of Cherry Hill elementary students a warm, inviting welcome to their school each day. 

Congratulations, Nick! Township Council and I wish you continued success in the future.

Chinese New Year Gala
Councilwoman Doshi welcomes attendees at Chinese New Year Gala.

Cherry Hill Celebrates the Chinese New Year

On Saturday, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi attended the Cherry Hill Huaxia Chinese School New Year Gala. 

The event was filled with amazing performances and truly showcased the Chinese culture within our community. The Chinese New Year Gala is the largest local Chinese community get-together within the area. We couldn't be more proud to have these unique traditions within Cherry Hill. 

Sustainable CH Earth Fest
Sign up to be a volunteer or performer for this year's event! 

Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival

Volunteer, perform, or participate at the 9th Annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival on Saturday, April 28 at historic Croft Farm.

Volunteers can sign up now. Registration is open for the pre-festival, Family Fun Bike Ride from Croft Farm and back and there are still a few stage performance slots open for during the festival. Sign-up links and entertainment contact details are available online, by clicking on the Earth Festival tab.

This year’s Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival theme is: Reduce Plastic – Fantastic! Elementary school students can submit a poster showing how to cut down on plastic while middle and high school students can create a short video showing the theme. Contest details can be found on the Earth Festival page. Deadline is April 1.

For sponsorship information and other Earth Festival questions, please email 
Sustainable Cherry Hill. 
Spring Registration
Get the early bird rate by signing up by March 16.

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.
Music Man
The Music Man opens on March 2.

Upcoming Events

Cherry Hill East's Spring Musical 

Cherry Hill High School East's Spring Musical "The Music Man" will open on March 2 for the first of six performances.  

Two casts will perform the show, with the red and white cast taking the stage in alternating shows. "The Music Man” will be performed on March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 4 and 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for seniors with a gold card. Tickets are available one hour prior to the show or by calling the Cherry Hill East Theater box office at (856) 424–2222 ext. 2019. 

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.
Open Space Clean Up Day
Help keep Cherry Hill clean by registering for Open Space Cleanup Day.

Cherry Hill Open Space Cleanup Day -
DATE CHANGE! 

Help Cherry Hill remain a clean community by cleaning up select Cherry Hill open space lands on Saturday, March 3 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

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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CH Food Pantry

Register for the Mall Walk for Hunger on March 11.

Mall Walk to Fight Hunger

Join the Cherry Hill Food Pantry at the Mall Walk to Fight Hunger on Sunday, March 11 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Voorhees Town Center.


The event begins at 1:00 p.m. and registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. Find out more information online at www.cherryhillfoodpantry.com or by contacting Rich at 856-546-9133.

The Cherry Hill Food Pantry is dedicated to supplying groceries and related social services to needy families and individuals in Cherry Hill and surrounding communities.
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.

Senior Citizen Gold Card Program

The Gold card program is a golden way for businesses to offer discounts to Senior Citizen Residents of Cherry Hill. Businesses can have a free ad in the Gold Card Directory when they offer a discount for residents over 55 years old. Businesses can include Landscaping, Restaurants, Dentists, Auto repair, House Keeping, Realtors, Attorneys, and many, many more. The directory is available at the Senior Services office Room 102, 820 Mercer Street and online. All Cherry Hill Residents over 55 years old are eligible for the Gold Card Program. If you are a business who would like to participate, contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Program Coordinator, at gpino@chtownship.com or 856-661-4800.

Senior Citizen Discounts

Are you a homeowner in Cherry Hill? There are several programs available to you.  Homeowner Tax Discounts: A $250 Real Estate Tax Deduction is available for income-eligible ($10,000 not including social security, but all other income.) Property owners must be 65 years or older. If you are not currently receiving your Real Estate Tax Deduction, please call the Township Tax assessor’s Office 856-488-7899.
Sewer Discount: If you are eligible for the $250 Real Estate Tax Deduction you are automatically qualified to have the Township Sewer rental fee waived. All homeowners 60 years or over can receive a 10% discount on Township sewer rental by showing proof of age at the Tax Collector’s office.  For more information on sewer discounts for seniors, call 856-488-7880
Cherry Hill Township: Home Improvement Program for major repairs like roof replacement or repair, heating & electrical systems, plumbing repairs, weatherization, etc.- for income eligible (Household 1 person - $45,000, 2 people -$51,400, 3 people - $57,850, 4 people- $64,200,). Deferred loan up to $20,000 max- no interest or payback until house is sold or vacated. For more information, contact Administered by Camden County Department of Community Development at 856-751-2242.
Low Income Housing: For more information on low income housing, contact Ed Einhous, 856-432-8706. 
Handy Helper Program: If you are 62 years old or disabled, up to $1,000 annually for small repairs for income eligible senior residents Household  1 person - $45,000, 2 people -$51,400, 3 people - $57,850, 4 people- $64,200. Call 856-488-7870 to apply or to ask questions.
Utility help: NJ Board of Public Utilities offers help to those having difficulty paying utility bills. Visit their website for more information.

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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