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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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Debris collection extended through April 6. 

Township News

Winter Storm Debris Update

Due to the additional winter storm last week, we are extending the deadline to request special expanded services to help residents dispose of the higher volume of storm-related debris and yard waste. Residents can call the Department of Public Works to schedule a special storm-related yard-waste collection now through Friday, April 6.

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 April 6. 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 are asking residents to please be patient as it may take a few weeks until the collection operation for storm debris removal is complete. Cherry Hill had over 200 trees fall during the March 7 storm and then had to suspend pickup due to the March 21 storm. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we attempt to help ease clean-up efforts. 


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. We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we attempt to help ease clean-up efforts. For questions or concerns, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

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 open on Friday, March 30 and closed on Sunday, April 1. 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.

NJAW
Routine flushing of the water distribution system goes thru Sat., June 9 

2018 Hydrant Water Flushing Schedule

For the next several months, New Jersey American Water will be flushing the water distribution system in Cherry Hill. The work, which started this week, will run through June 9. Flushing ensures that residents continue to receive high quality water and also allows NJ American Water to monitor and maintain fire hydrants. When crews are working in your area, you may notice reduced pressure or discolored water. If your water is discolored, let it run until it runs clear before using. They should only take a few minutes. 

For more information, please visit NJ American’s website.

Mayor Cahn and Council Recognize Residents at Council Meeting

During this week's Council Meeting, Township Council and I recognized several Cherry Hill residents for their contributions and dedication to our community. 

The first to receive a proclamation at Monday’s meeting was Morgan Miller, a Juliette Girl Scout who is working towards achieving her Girl Scout Silver Award. As part of Morgan's community service, she recently upgraded the library at Brookdale Marlton Crossing, an assisted living center in Cherry Hill. Morgan was able to provide senior citizens with an organized displayed library for them to enjoy. We wish Morgan the best as she continues to work towards her Girl Scout Silver Award. 

Victoria Burnside received a proclamation for placing first in Project Purple’s Voice of Purple video contest. Project Purple is one of a number of initiatives undertaken by The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization founded by former pro basketball player who assists others who are struggling with drug addiction. Victoria’s video submission was about drug addiction and featured the school principal speaking on behalf of Cherry Hill West and what they are doing to raise awareness about substance abuse. We thank Victoria for her courageous actions to make a difference in our community. 


Zach Semar, the Cherry Hill High School West’s head wrestling coach received a proclamation for earning the 2018 District 26 and Region 7 coach of the year award. Coach Semar has consistently coached extremely competitive teams that have been among the upper echelon in South Jersey. Congratulations, Coach Semar!
Girl Scout
Mayor Cahn & Council recognized Morgan Miller for her community service. 
CHW Student
Mayor Cahn & Council recognized Victoria Burnside for raising awareness on substance abuse. 
Coach Zach Semar
Mayor Cahn & Council honored Coach Semar for being awarded coach of the year for the Cherry Hill West wrestling team.
CHPL
Annual College Scholarship for Cherry Hill High School Seniors - deadline April 6. 

Friends of The Cherry Hill Public Library
Annual College Scholarship

Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library is a support and advocacy organization composed of individuals, families and businesses. Their goal is to promote library services offered throughout the Cherry Hill community.

Scholarship winners are selected by the Friends Scholarship Committee based on the following: school and community involvement, work experience, a faculty recommendation and an essay. We encourage all Cherry Hill High School Seniors to apply. Contact Jennifer Thiel with any questions and for an application. Applications are due April 6. 

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Upcoming Library Events.

Upcoming Events

Toddler Dance Party

Join the Cherry Hill Public Library for a rockin' good time of unstructured play as toddlers and their caregivers dance along to kid-friendly Top 40 tunes. The event will take place on Thursday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. This event is for children 18 months-3 years old. No registration required. 


Giant Games Day

What's better than playing games? When those games are supersized! Stop by the Cherry Hill Public Library to play giant versions of Jenga, Connect Four, Kerplunk, Checkers and Uno on Friday, April 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is for all ages and no registration is required. 

Art Blooms

Art Blooms will be held from April 8-28.

Art Blooms

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.


Join us on Sunday, April 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the Meet the Artists Reception. Come meet the artists behind the Art Blooms juried art exhibit. All artwork is available for sale and artists will be on hand to meet and discuss their work. Artist awards will be given and light refreshments will be served.

For more information email Arts@CHTownship.com or call 856-488-7868.

Paint Night
Join us for a Paint Night on April 12.

Paint Night

Join the Cherry Hill Recreation Department for a night of painting and fun on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Croft Farms Art Center. The cost is $45 and includes painting supplies, instructor, coffee, soda, tea, and hors d'oeuvres. Spaces are limited so sign up today! Registration is required. To register visit our website
Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend.

For more information, please contact the Cherry Hill Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868.
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

New information is just in about the Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival April 28 at historic Croft Farm!

  • Student contest deadline extended to April 15: create a poster (elementary) or short video (middle/high school) and win prizes for showing how to: Reduce Plastic – Fantastic! Details are available online
  • The Phillie Phanatic is coming! Our favorite green Phillies friend will be at the Earth Festival during lunchtime.
  • Flying Fish: pending final approval, popular PLANT SWAP; exchange perennial plants from your garden for other plants. Or purchase plants at the swap or at several other community group and vendor booths. (And get great gardening and tree and landscape tips from Master Gardeners and others)
  • Sustainable FUN! Engage in the sustainable ART project that will be created near the Croft Farm ’wheel’ sculpture and take part in the many Cherry Hill School displays.
  • Health: enjoy the presenting sponsor, LourdesCare’s FREE mini yoga session at 8:15; bring a mat and dress for yoga; Free Tai Chi session at 10:15 a.m.

Join us for the largest eco-event in South Jersey; online volunteer registration is available here. For more festival information go to www.SustainableCherryHill.org and Brenda Jorett, festival producer.

Shredding Event
Camden County holds shredding event on May 19.

2018 Camden County Shredding Event

The Camden County Board of Freeholders presents a free paper shredding event from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 to help prevent identity theft and protect the environment. The shredding event is free for Camden County residents.

No businesses are accepted. Shredding is held rain or shine. The shredding will be held at Camden County College in Blackwood in the parking lot off of Peter Cheeseman Road. For more information, please visit their event page

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.

Health Care in Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill residents enjoy the finest nearby health care facilities. It is beneficial to have information ready before there is a need to see a doctor. For emergencies call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. For non-emergency medical treatment you may want to visit one of the many urgent care centers in Cherry Hill. Take time to identify a center you would use if you have need of medical care; contact the center, learn of their hours and policies and if they accept your insurance or what their charges may be. If the urgent care center is connected with your regular doctor, they may have your medical information available which could be helpful and save time.

 
Senior Health Fair

Save the date for the Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, April 11, at 1:00 PM in the Cherry Hill Community Center. Speakers on Heart Health, Balance, Nutrition, Pharmaceuticals, and more. This is a FREE event sponsored by Penn Medicine, Wegmans and The Super Seniors Club. Healthy Snacks provided.
 
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. 

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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