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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. 
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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

In light of the significant clean-up remaining across town following last week'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. Now 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.
S.U.R.E. Summit
Muqaddas Ejaz with Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi at the S.U.R.E. Summit.

Camden County S.U.R.E. Summit 

On Friday, Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi attended the Camden County S.U.R.E. (Students United for Respect and Equity) Summit. The event provided youth with an engaging experience by focusing on tolerance, diversity, respect, and equality. 

More than 350 students attended workshops with keynotes speakers and open conversations. The event encouraged students to think about what their next step will be, while the organizers focus on encouraging positive youth development and an easier transition into adulthood.

Mall Walk to End Hunger

Councilwoman Doshi and Councilwoman Roskoph attend Mall Walk to End Hunger. 

Mall Walk to End Hunger

On Sunday, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi attended the Cherry Hill Food Pantry's Mall Walk to End Hunger.

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.

WOODCREST TOD Meeting.
The meeting for the Woodcrest TOD has been rescheduled for March 22.

Woodcrest Station Transit-Oriented Development Plan Meeting

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 6:00 p.m. -
8:00 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Municipal Building.

For more information, please visit our website.

Cherry Hill Trail System Status

Due to late winter storms, incredibly high winds and heavy snow, there has been widespread tree damage throughout our area. In addition to damage along our streets and in our yards, large trees and limbs have fallen across trails throughout the Cherry Hill Trail System.

The Cherry Hill Environment Board (CHEB) works with the Township to develop and maintain the township’s trails. CHEB has been inspecting the damage and has begun clearing blocked trails. However, these dedicated volunteers have not been able to reach all of the trails at this time. As of now, the following trail systems are known to be open: Bortons Mill Trails, Cherry Valley Trails, Croft Farm Trails and Old Orchard Trails.

If you are on one of the Cherry Hill Township trails and notice trees or branches blocking a trail, please contact CHEB Township Liaison Earle Seneres at
eseneres@chtownship.com or 856-424-3203. Also, please let him know if you are interested in helping CHEB with trail maintenance and improvements. We would love to have your support. Information about the Cherry Hill trails program can be found on our website.

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

Upcoming Events

Cherry Hill West's Spring Musical 

Cherry Hill High School West's Spring Musical, "The Phantom of the Opera" opens tonight 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

best of the fest
The Best of the Fest has been reschedule to Friday, April 13.

The Best of the Fest - NEW DATE

Due to inclement weather, the Best of the Fest was rescheduled to Friday, April 13. This event 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. on Friday, April 13, 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.

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

Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival

Think spring! Planners are busy with details for the 9th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival which is on Saturday, April 28 at historic Croft Farm from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Volunteer at the festival – register on website. (Students earn service hours)
  • 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 your labeled and wrapped 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
  • LourdesCare- outdoor yoga – 8:15 a.m.; chair yoga: 10:30 a.m.
  • Make-and-take kiddie craft: bring plastic bottle caps/lids  

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.

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.

Caregivers Support Groups

Are you caring for a loved one and would like to talk with others in similar circumstances?  We are thinking of beginning a caregivers support group in Cherry Hill. The group could meet at an afternoon or early evening setting and there would be time to share ideas and have speakers. It would be good to know you are not alone and possible find a group where you may find good advice.  If you are interested or would like to ask questions, please contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Program Coordinator at gpino@chtownship.com or 856-661-4800.

Cherry Hill Senior Clubs

Looking for fun and to meet fun people? Come to the Cherry Hill Senior Club meetings and events. Clubs meet at the Carmen Tilleli Community Center. Come and play your favorite game from pinochle, bridge,and more. Clubs have meetings, entertainment events, movies, lectures and 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 to sign up for the bus.

  • Maturity Club | Mon. 11 AM– 3:30 PM | Activities: bingo, cards, refreshments, trips, business meeting with speaker (2nd Monday) Pres. Connie Cramer, 856-414-0778, ccramer19@gmail.com
  • Super Seniors | Wed. 12 –4 PM Activities: bingo, cards, refreshments, trips, business meeting with speaker (1st Wednesday), NO meeting 4th Wednesday     Pres. Lillie Brown Wednesday 12-4PM
  • Cherry Hill Retiree’s Club | Tues. & Fri. 12 –4 PM.  Activities: pinochle, bridge, shuffleboard, discussion, refreshments, and luncheons. Pres. Bill Druckman, 795-4091, druckmanw2003@yahoo.com

If you have any questions about the Senior Services, please contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Program Coordinator at gpino@chtownship.com or 856-661-4800. Gaye welcomes your questions and suggestions on all issues that affect our Senior community.  If you belong to or know of a Cherry Hill Senior Group please contact Gaye; she is available to speak to groups about the services offered to seniors in Cherry Hill. 

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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