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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. 
News Release
Mayor and Council release statement on security of in schools.

Township News

Mayor and Council Release Statement on School Security Measures 

At Monday night’s Council meeting, Council and I expressed our commitment to assist the schools and see that security is increased and a comprehensive plan is implemented.
 
While we cannot predict if and when our school’s security measures will be tested, as leaders, we must remain strong and united on this issue as we work together to develop ways to protect our children

To view the full news release, please visit our website

Citizens Meeting

Mayor Cahn welcomes residents to Citizens Cabinet meeting.

Cherry Hill Citizen's Cabinet Meeting

On Wednesday morning, I held the Cherry Hill Citizen's Cabinet meeting at Town Hall. I, along with Councilwoman Doshi, and Township staff met with volunteer group members that serve as ambassadors to their neighborhoods and community organizations to discuss ongoing initiatives, residents' concerns, and community needs. We discussed the many great things happening right now in Cherry Hill. 

If you or someone you know would like to become a member of my Citizen’s Cabinet, please send me an email!

Planning Board Meeting to be held on March 5

On Monday, March 5, the Cherry Hill Planning Board will meet to review two applications scheduled for consideration. The caucus will be held in Room 206 as early as 7:00 p.m. The hearing is held in the N. John Amato Council Chambers in Room 208 at 7:30 p.m. 

To be reviewed: Cherry Hill Towne Center Partners – Plans for retail expansion at the Towne Center at Garden State Park. For more information, please visit our website.

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.

Read Across America
Mayor Cahn reads to students during Read Across America Week

Mayor, Council Celebrate Read Across America at Cherry Hill Schools

Friday, March 2 marks the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, an annual celebration of literacy and learning that coincides with the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

This week, Council Vice President Sara Lipsett, Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi, and I took part in Read Across America festivities across Cherry Hill, reading to students at Johnson Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary, Stockton Elementary, Clara Barton Elementary, and the Goddard School. Learning and literacy are lifelong endeavors – and something that should be fostered throughout our lives.

This weekend, I encourage all of you to spend some time with a good book, and, if you have them, to read to your children and grandchildren today and every day. Thank you to our local Public Schools for inviting us to take part in this year's festivities! 
SCH Earth Fest
The Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival takes place April 28.

Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival Set for April 28

Join our Township leaders, Cherry Hill schools and the non-profit Sustainable Cherry Hill for the 9th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival. The largest eco-event in South Jersey takes place on Saturday, April 28, at historic Croft Farm. Get a healthy start to the all-weather event and join the Family Fun Bike Ride. 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!” Sponsor the festival: Contact Brenda Jorett, festival producer, at EarthFest@SustainableCherryHill.org. Visit their website for more information on vendors, non-profit group, food vendor and volunteer registration. 

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.
Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera opens on March 16.

Upcoming Events

Cherry Hill West's Spring Musical 

Cherry Hill High School West's Spring Musical, "The Phantom of the Opera" will open on March 16 for the first of six performances. 

"The Phantom of the Opera" will be performed on March 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:00 p.m. and March 18 and 24 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $10 for seniors. Tickets are available online or by calling the Cherry Hill West Theater Box Office at (856) 663–8006 ext.1224. 

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.
Camden County

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The Camden County Board of Freeholders is proud to present a free household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The event will be held at the Cherry Hill Public Works Complex (
1 Perina Boulevard). Collections are held rain or shine. This event is for Camden County resident only. Businesses will not be accepted.

For more details and a full list of items, please visit their website.
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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