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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. 
CH DPW & police officer

The Township is offering a special service to help residents clean up from Wednesday's winter storm.

Township News

Township to Offer Special Yard-Waste Collection for Winter Storm Debris

The Cherry Hill Township Department of Public Works (DPW), Cherry Hill Police Department, and Cherry Hill Fire Department have been working around the clock since the height of yesterday's storm.

In light of the significant clean-up remaining across town following Wednesday’s winter storm, I along with the Department of Public Works have announced special expanded services to help residents dispose of the higher volume of storm-related debris and yard waste. Starting on Monday, March 12 until March 26 - residents can call the Department of Public Works to schedule a special storm-related yard-waste collection. During this period, normal weight and bundling restrictions will be relaxed, and Township personnel will collect any yard debris residents can move to the curb. Please note: We cannot accommodate requests to move trees or large limbs from private property. We will only collect debris that has been placed at the curb, and cut to a size that can be handled by one person. Residents must call (856) 424-4422 to schedule a collection. Pickups will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis; due to the possibility of high call volume, crews may take several days to respond to your request. No requests will be considered after March 26. Please note that yard-waste that meets our standard weight and bundling guidelines (cut to 4-foot lengths and placed in bundles no more than 50 lbs. each) may still be placed curbside for standard weekly collection. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we attempt to help ease clean-up efforts. For questions or concerns, or to schedule a pickup, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.
WOODCREST TOD Meeting.
The meeting for the Woodcrest TOD has been rescheduled for March 22.

Woodcrest Station Transit-Oriented Development Plan - RESCHEDULED! 

Due to the inclement weather, the Woodcrest Station Transit-Oriented Development Plan Meeting that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Municipal Building.

For more information, please visit our website.
CH Police

Cherry Hill Police Officers Assigned to Township Schools.

Cherry Hill Police Officers Assigned to Township Schools

Last Friday, I along with Council President David Fleisher met with top school officials to discuss school security at Cherry Hill's nineteen schools. The meeting resulted in immediately assigning Cherry Hill police officers to the high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools - in addition to the daily patrols that already occur in and around schools. 

For the safety of the children and staff, specific details regarding the increase in security measures will not be made public. We will continue to work together on this issue. To view the full statement, please visit our website

CH Clean Up Day
Cherry Hill Clean Up Day took place on March 3.

Cherry Hill Clean Up Day

The Cherry Hill Environmental Board (CHEB) sponsored a cleanup of selected Township Open Space Lands on Saturday, March 3. About a dozen residents and CHEB members braved the cold weather and picked up of trash from the Croft Farms and Bortons Mills Trails, focusing on the land along Brace and Kresson Roads. The hardy volunteers collected about 8 bags of trash and high school students that participated earned required community service hours. While more needs to be done, two of our town’s natural areas are better off now. 

If you’d like to help CHEB improve Cherry Hill’s natural areas and complete community service time, please contact Earle Seneres at eseneres@chtownship.com.

Opera
Mayor Cahn & performers from the Boheme Opera 

Ensemble Concert: Boheme Opera

On Sunday, I attended the Cherry Hill Ensemble Concert series: Boheme Opera. The Boheme Opera Company performed “The World’s Great Arias” featuring arias and duets from the classic Italian and French opera repertoire.

It was such a great performance and I look forward to our next concert on April 22.

SCH Earth Fest
The Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival takes place April 28.

Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, think about the ‘green’ in your lifestyle and community! The 9th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival is Saturday, April 28 at historic Croft Farm; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Deadline April 1st for students to enter and win prizes showing creative posters (elementary) and videos (middle/high school) displaying the festival theme: Reduce Plastic – Fantastic!
  • Register for the Family Fun Bike Ride; starts at Croft Farm 8:30 a.m.
  • Plant swap: bring outdoor perennials plants to the festival – take home new plants and get some gardening tips. No vines or invasive species, please
  • Recycle depot: bring all those extra wire hangers, plastic shopping bags, gently used shoes and sneakers; all will be recycled, upcycled, or donated
  • Donate non-perishable food to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry
  • Enjoy two stages of local, free entertainment; crafts, family fun and healthy food for purchase.
  • Volunteer at the festival – registration at Web site below.
Learn more at www.SustainableCherryHill.org; click on Earth Festival. Produced with support from Cherry Hill Township, Cherry Hill School District, and presenting sponsors: LourdesCare of Cherry Hill, Ravitz Family Markets and Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating Cooling.
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 has a few shows left.

Upcoming Events

Cherry Hill East's Spring Musical 

Cherry Hill High School East's Spring Musical "The Music Man" opened last weekend. Two casts will perform the show, with the red and white cast taking the stage in alternating shows. "The Music Man” has performances on March 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 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. 

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.
Phantom of the Opera
Cherry Hill West presents The Phantom of the Opera.

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 Conference

Free Conference for Parents of Children with Special Needs is on March 24.

Cherry Hill’s Free Conference for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Cherry Hill's Annual Free Conference for Professionals and Parents of Children with Special Needs will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, in the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Don't miss out on this wonderful conference, which provides caregivers with useful information about important topics related to raising children with special needs. This year's presentations include:

  • Tried and True Strategies for Early Learners presented by Barclay Early Childhood Center (Karen Rockhill, MA, Principal; Amy Meyer, MA CF-SLP; Maureen Carozza, MSW, LSW; and Cynthia L. Jaffe, MS, OTR/L)
  • Thoughtful and Thorough Preparation for College for the Student with Disabilities presented by Camden County College Office of Disability Services (Joanne Kinzy, MA LDTC, Director)

This is a valuable opportunity for interested adults to gather resources and information about the many topics affecting the special-needs child. Attendance is free, but registration is preferred. A free continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Ombudsman@CHTownship.com.

Camden County

Household Hazardous Waste Collection to be held on March 24. 

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.
Attracting and Spotting Birds

Migratory Bird Day: Attracting and Spotting Birds is on March 24. 

Migratory Bird Day:
Attracting and Spotting Birds!

On Saturday, March 24 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. join the Cherry Hill Environmental Board to celebrate Migratory Bird Day and learn how to attract, watch and help birds at Croft Farm Arts Center. This free event will include a hummingbird presentation and discussion led by Wild Birds Unlimited and a live bird show from Freedom Center for Wildlife featuring hawks and owls. After the show, view diverse types of bird feeders, flip through a variety of bird identification field guides, try different styles of binoculars, and take home maps of local places to see birds in their natural environment. The Cherry Hill Environmental Board would like to welcome all members of our community to come out for a day of learning and family fun.  

For more information or to register call 856-488-7868 or email Events@CHTownship.com.

Art Blooms

Calling all artists! Have your art displayed at the Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit.  

Call for Artists!
Participate in the Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit

Art Blooms is a series of art and cultural events from April 8 to 28 at the Croft Farm Arts Center. This art exhibit features original two-dimensional works in watercolor, pastels, oils and more. Selected artwork will be on displayed and interested artists are invited to participate.

On Wednesday, April 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Art Intake will take place.The fee is $10 per piece, maximum 3 pieces per artist. The show is open to artists of all ages and experience levels; please note, not all work will be selected. For more information email 
Arts@CHTownship.com or call 856-488-7868.

To download a prospectus, please visit: 
http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/1086/Art-Blooms

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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