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Detour
Work will begin on Monday, April 9.

Township News

Expect Traffic Delays Near Morris Drive beginning on Monday, April 9

New Jersey American Water is preparing to replace approximately 4,700 feet of aging water main along Morris Drive beginning on Monday, April 9. The following traffic patterns have been established.

  • Morris Drive will be closed in one direction between Springdale Road and Knights Place for approximately three days. Crews will work from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Morris Drive will be open for traffic coming in from Springdale, but traffic headed out of the neighborhood will be detoured onto Heartwood Drive to Lark Lane back out to Springdale.
  • All buses and trash haulers will have local access within the neighborhood, but will not be able to take Morris Drive out to the Springdale traffic light. 
  • Beginning on or around Thursday, April 12, Morris Drive will have smaller half-lane closures with alternating traffic moving in both directions controlled by police, from 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. daily. 
  • Toward the end of this project, the work will move out into the intersection and Springdale Road will be closed in one direction at a time between Evesham Road and Kresson Road from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. each night for three to four nights.  Further notice will be provided ahead of that closure which will involve detours onto Evesham Road and Kresson Road. 

The Cherry Hill Police Department is working diligently to provide residents in these areas with safe and effective traffic patterns.

Residents are advised to have their trash out by 6:00 a.m. on collection day to allow for the trash and recycling trucks to come through the area before construction begins.

To learn more about this project, click here. Stay up to date with the latest information and traffic patterns by following Cherry Hill Township and Cherry Hill Police Department on Facebook and Twitter or by checking our weekly updates. 

CH Parks
Upgrades will be made to a few Cherry Hill parks this summer.

Park & Recreational Upgrades

As temperatures warm up, we want our residents to enjoy the variety of outdoor recreational activities we offer in Cherry Hill. We are fortunate to have multiple parks and playgrounds that our community takes full advantage of year-round, which is why I am excited to announce that we will start the process of revamping four of our community parks over the next several weeks while also adding new equipment at DeCou Sports Complex where demolition has already began. 

 
The four parks being revamped include D’Alessio Park, Jeremy Kane Park, Woodland Park, and Ashland Park. The process of the renovation will start with demolition at each park then it will continue with the installation of the new equipment, and wrap up with some finishing touches. After the demolition there may be a delay before equipment is fully installed, but please rest assured that work will continue until it is complete within the coming weeks. Each park will be completely redone with brand new playground equipment, each with its own special theme. With demolition already underway at DeCou, the sports complex will be renovated by moving and replacing equipment and also adding five pickleball courts. Please note that these parks will be closed during renovation for the safety of our residents. We anticipate that these parks will be opened by early summer, but encourage residents to follow the renovation process through our weekly updates and by following us on social media.
 
In the meantime, please feel free to visit any of our other parks. To find a park near you, please visit our website

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.

Art Blooms

Art Blooms will be held from April 8-28.

Upcoming Events

Art Blooms

Join us on Sunday, April 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for 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.

Barclay Farm

Take a tour of Barclay Farmstead every Wednesday & first Sunday of each month.

BarclayFarmstead Open House

Step back in time at the Barclay Farmstead, a historical oasis in the heart of Cherry Hill. The farmhouse and surrounding 32-acre property offers visitors an opportunity to observe and participate in the agrarian lifestyle that once dominated the South Jersey landscape. 

Join us for an Open House on Sunday, April 8 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for a guided tour of the historic Farmstead. Stay awhile and enjoy our picnic area, nature trails and playground. For more information, please visit our website

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

The Best of the Fest

The Best of the Fest will be held on 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

As our township, school district and Sustainable Cherry Hill prepare to welcome South Jersey communities to the April 28th Hill Earth Festival at Croft Farm with 5,000 attendees expected, your Earth Festival Day will be packed with fun events!

  • Earth Fest ‘Warm-Up:’ FREE yoga (8:30 a.m.) and bring-your folding-chair yoga (10:30 a.m.) led by LourdesCare’s Michele Carlino. Bring your mat/chair; sessions are all-weather.
  • “Reduce Plastic – Fantastic!” Did you know plastic bottle caps are generally NOT recyclable? Collect yours for the kiddies to create bottle-cap creatures. Led by local artist Natalie La Torre-Sutherland– and supported by Cherry Hill Yard Sale.
  • Upcycle, donate, and recycle -drop-off and donate near the main Croft Farm driveway: Wire hangers (no dry-cleaning plastic), Plastic shopping-grocery bags: Thank you - Ravitz Shoprite, Rechargeable batteries: AAA, AA, D, C, 9V only, Gently worn shoes – pairs only, Cherry Hill Food Bank: non-perishable food, and Cherry Hill Library: gently used books
  • Plant swap: bring your garden perennial clippings with roots; wrapped in paper and labeled; and take home new varieties in your container. Led by Center for Environmental Transformation; Supported by Master Gardeners of Camden County; Horticultural Society of South Jersey.
  • Celebrate with two stages of free entertainment – Phillie Phanatic; East Cougar and West Lion all day!
  • Healthy food for purchase
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. 

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.

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.

Senior Luncheon: The Barnes Collection 

Join us at Croft Farms Art Center on Friday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. for a Luncheon with the Arts. The luncheon will be a filmed lecture that will show WHYY’s special 60-minute TV documentary on the Barnes Foundation, which tells the story of Dr. Albert C. Barnes and his noteworthy, priceless art collection, and detail the design and construction of the Barnes Building. Lunch will be served before the film. 

This event is sponsored by Penn Medicine Cherry Hill and brought you by the Cherry Hill Arts Board.Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door (if available). For more information on this event, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868 or Arts@CHTownship.com.

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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