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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 the last few winter storms, 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. Up until Monday, 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.
TOD Plan
Mayor Cahn discusses TOD plans with residents.

Woodcrest Station Transit-Oriented Development Plan Meeting

On Thursday, March 22, the Township held a Public Workshop to discuss the Woodcrest Station Transit Oriented Development Study and Victory Redevelopment Vision Plan. I, along with Councilman Brian Bauerle, and Councilwomen Sara Lipsett and Melinda Kane, met with residents and discussed opportunities, strategies, and challenges posed by the current conditions in the study area and the redevelopment of the Victory Redevelopment site, which sits adjacent to the Woodcrest PATCO station. 

At the meeting, we discussed ways to alleviate current traffic issues in and around that area, improve connections to the Woodcrest Station, and encourage appropriate transit-oriented redevelopment in and around the train station. The next step in the process is to compile the information discussed at Thursday’s meeting and integrate it into a Redevelopment Plan for the Victory site and a larger Transit Oriented Development Plan to address potential improvements of the transportation infrastructure in the study area. Both plans will be presented to Planning Board in the coming weeks. Please take a moment to read through the draft Existing Conditions Plan and provide us with any additional feedback you may have.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast 

On Tuesday, I had the honor of welcoming law enforcement officials from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties to the 2018 Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast at Temple Emanuel.

Law enforcement is among the most noble and challenging professions in the world. It is more than a job; it is a way of life. And it takes a special type of individual to do the job well. Thank you to all of our law enforcement officials - we are grateful for everything you do.

Proclamation
Mayor Cahn and Council members present St. Thomas Orthodox Church with proclamation.

Mayor Cahn, Council Join Local Celebration of Greek Independence

On Thursday afternoon, Council Vice President Sara Lipsett, Councilwoman Carolyn Jacobs, and Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi joined me as we welcomed Fr. Christoforos Oikonomidis and students from the Greek School at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church for their annual celebration of Greek Independence Day.

As part of the afternoon's festivities, we presented the school with a special proclamation honoring the holiday. Greece officially celebrates its 197th Independence Day on Sunday, March 25. Thank you to the St. Thomas community for once again including the Township in this wonderful celebration!

CH Closed

Town Hall closed Fri, March 30 for Good Friday

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building will be closed Friday, March 30 for Good Friday. The Cherry Hill Public Library will be closed, as well. Our offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, April 2. 

All trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

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" will have their final three performances this weekend. Shows will be held on Friday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. and two shows will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 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. 

Friends Book Sale

From March 23-24, the Friends of the Cherry Hill Library’s book sales offer the opportunity to browse thousands of books, CDs and DVDs and pick up some great bargains! All proceeds benefit the Library. New members can join at the door. Saturday Special – get a bag of books for just $5!

Clothing & Shoe Drive Fundraiser: Spring Cleaning!

On Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. help raise funds for the Cherry Hill Public Library by cleaning out your closets, attics, garages, and basements. The more our collection weighs, the more money we raise! Please place your gently used/unwanted items in tightly tied bags. Every pound counts! Items will ONLY be accepted on March 24 between 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Gently Used Items You Can Donate: Adult and Children Clothing, Shoes,  Coats, Rain Gear, Belts, Ties, Robes, Curtains, Sheets, Bedspreads, Blankets, Towels, Tablecloths, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Handbags, Uniforms, Jerseys, Backpacks, Stuffed Animals.

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.

This Life Counts
Join CHPD for a suicide awareness and prevention program on April 17.

This Life Counts: Suicide Awareness and  Prevention Program

Join the Cherry Hill Police Department on Tuesday, April 17th in helping to prevent suicide and raise awareness for tweens, teens and parents. "This Life Counts-TLC" will be presented by the Cherry Hill Police and Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey. There will be a panel discussions about depression, warning signs, prevention, and resources and communication tools.  

Attendance is free but registration is required. RSVP by Monday, April 9th to Pam Gellert at PGellert@cherryhillpolice.com
SCH Earth Fest
The Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival takes place April 28.

Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival

From South Jersey’s earth-friendly businesses to school groups and non-profit organizations, we’re expecting more than 80 displays at the April 28 Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival at historic Croft Farm; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This year’s theme: Reduce Plastic – Fantastic! is part of with the global Earth Day Network theme to end plastic pollution. 

Families, friends, and neighbors can enjoy:

  • Free tree seedling giveaway (while supply lasts); perennial plant swap, garden tips and rain barrel demonstration
  • LourdesCare 8:15 a.m. lawn yoga; 10:30 a.m. chair yoga
  • Information about: recycling, composting, energy savings, home improvement ideas.
  • Plastic bottle cap kiddie craft; My Gym moon bounce
  • Healthy food choices for purchase
  • Entertainment all day

Students in Camden County have until April 1 to enter the new Reduce Plastic – Fantastic poster and video contest at Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Earth Festival website . Also on the web site are links to join the Family Fun Bike Ride; and volunteer at the Earth Festival. Adult volunteer supervisors are needed to help with training student volunteers (April 27th event), event parking, vendor set-up, recycling, compost monitoring, on-site art project, and site break-down and cleanup. For more festival information, click here or contact Brenda Jorett, festival producer.

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. There will be no tax prep on Friday, March 30 - Town Hall is closed. 

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. 

Stay in Touch

Stay in Touch

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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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