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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. 
Locustwood

Chief Monaghan and Mayor Cahn attend the Flagging of the Graves.

Township News

Mayor Cahn, Council join veterans' grave flagging, annual service at Locustwood

I along with Council Vice President Lipsett, Councilwomen Kane and Doshi joined  Cherry Hill Police Officers at the annual "Flagging of the the Graves" at the Locustwood Cemetery this past weekend. 


Volunteers placed flags on Veterans graves to honor those that served our country. This event was hosted by Samost Jewish Family and Children's Service of Southern New Jersey, American Legion Post 372, Jewish War Veterans Post 126 and the Camden County Board of Freeholders.
Castor Neil

Council President Recognizes Cherry Hill Resident for Ten Years of Service.

Council President Fleisher Recognizes Cherry Hill Resident Cantor Neil M. Schnitzer

On Friday, Council President Fleisher had the honor of presenting Cherry Hill resident Cantor Neil M. Schnitzer with a proclamation for his ten years of service to Temple Emmanuel. 


Cantor Schnitzer has worked to design new Shabbat and holiday services and has brought recognition to Temple Emmanuel by being a Spiritual Leader, Cantor, and Educator. 

Township Council and I are honored to celebrate Cantor Schnitzer's service to our community.

Eagle Scout

Cherry Hill Resident Earns Eagle Scout Rank

On Sunday, Council Vice President Lipsett and Councilwoman Jacobs congratulated and presented Michael Kumnick of Boy Scout Troop 3036 with a special proclamation for earning the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. 

Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Scout can earn and requires Scouts to plan and execute a community service project, earn various merit badges and demonstrate leadership within their troop. For his project, Michael benefited the Chabad at Rowan University by building a new picnic table, constructed a ramp to make the deck accessible for everyone, and organized a yard clean-up for over grown bushes and trees.

Congratulations, Michael! Township Council and I wish you continued success in the future.
CH Turf Fields

Join Mayor and Council at the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the newly resurfaced turf fields.

Mayor & Council to Hold Rededication Ceremonies for Newly Resurfaced Turf Fields at Decou and Upper Chapel Park

I would like to cordially invite all Cherry Hill residents to attend the upcoming rededication ceremonies for our newly resurfaced turf fields.
 
This past March, Decou Sport Complex and Upper Chapel Avenue turf fields were completely replaced, providing new, safer, state-of-the-art turf fields for the many youth athletic teams and community groups that utilize these fields.
 
Re-dedication of Decou  
Thursday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Decou Sport Complex (Cropwell & Evesham)
 
Re-dedication of Upper Chapel Avenue 
Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Upper Chapel Avenue Fields (1900 Chapel Ave.)

Parks
Join Mayor and Council at the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the newly revamp parks. 



Mayor & Council to Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for Newly Revamped Neighborhood Parks

I would also like to cordially invite residents to attend the ribbon cutting ceremonies for our newly redone neighborhoods parks. We are currently revamping four of our community parks which will include new themes and equipment – making them a destination for residents all over town. Please join us! 

Jeremy Kane Playground
Tuesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Queen Anne & Brian Dr.


Woodland Park
Thursday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m. at 550 Third Ave W. 


Gregory Dalessio Park
Wednesday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m. at 36 Ivy Lane

Ashland Playground 
Tuesday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. at 300 Carolina Avenue
CH Enviromental
Over twenty volunteers helped protect native plants and wildlife.

Invasive Species Removal 

Last Sunday, several residents volunteered to help the Cherry Hill Environmental Board to remove invasive species at two Cherry Hill Open Space locations. The event started with a brief environmental education session presented by Lew Gorman III, Chair of the Environmental Board, and covered why invasive species harm nature's plants and animals, how they do it, and what they look like. Three teams removed invasive plant species like Garlic Mustard, Japanese honeysuckle, and Multiflora rose at Croft Farm and Old Orchard Trails. 

An effective way to help restore natural lands is to remove invasive species then plant native species. The team at Old Orchard did just that. About 100 trees obtained from the NJ Arbor Foundation including Black Walnut, Chestnut Oak, Dogwood, and Hackberry, were planted after hundreds of Garlic Mustard plants were pulled. This is a great example of the Cherry Hill Environmental Board improving the natural landscape in our town with the help of volunteers who themselves become connected to nature by lending a helping hand. To learn more about the Cherry Hill Environmental Board, please contact Earle Seneres at  856-424-3203. 

Morning Fun

Registration is now open for Morning Fun.

Register Now for Summer Programs

Register Now for Summer Programs Registration is now open for summer classes and programs offered through the Township's Recreation Department, including the popular Morning Fun Summer Camp. All summer programs are available for online registration. Morning Fun is open to children ages 6 through 6th grade, and includes weekly field trips to destinations across Cherry Hill.

An early-bird rate of $50 ($45 for each sibling) is in effect for families who register by May 29. To take a look at all of this Summer's Recreation programs and classes, visit the CommunityPass online registration portal. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Recreation@chtownship.com
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.

Preparation of Yard Waste

Just as a reminder as the weather warms up and we start tending to our yards, please keep in mind that grass clippings, leaves, vegetative waste from lawns and flower beds, and tree brush must be placed in biodegradable paper bags, open containers, or tied and bundled as applicable. Bags can be picked up from the Clerk's Office (820 Mercer St.) or the Department of Public Works (1 Perina Blvd.) 

Branches and limbs must be cut into lengths which do not exceed four 4 feet and securely bundled in a manner which does not exceed fifty 50 pounds. Trunks and similar log pieces must be cut to lengths no larger than 2 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds then neatly stacked curbside for removal. Yard waste labels are available at Public Works and the Clerks Office for you to place on your open yard waste containers to help identify them to collection personnel.

CHPD
Join Cherry Hill Library for some upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

Your College Application Timeline

On Tuesday, May 15 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. College counselor Kyra O'Brien will present the best timeline for the college application process and what you can do to prepare, whether you are a junior in the midst of applying, a freshman looking ahead, or even a middle school student wondering how it all works! Parents and students welcome. Click here to register.

Should I Be Worried? Breast Cancer Risks Explained

One in eight women in the US will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Some risk factors cannot be changed, but there are others that you can control. Join Dr. Preeti Sudheendra, MD, an oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, on Wednesday, May 16 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. to better understand potential risk factors and the best methods for screening and prevention can help reduce your likelihood of developing breast cancer. Click here to register.

Coffee & Conversation: CHPL Seed Library

Use your Library card to start a home garden. Did you know that you can get seeds from our Library for free? All you need is your library card. On Thursday, May 17 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., learn about our Seed Library program and discover what seeds we have, and how to request them. Registration is not required. 

Bike In Movie Night
Join us on Fri., May 18 for a Bike In Movie Night.

Bike-In Movie Night features 'The Sandlot'

I along with Council Members are proud to present a special Bike-In Movie event this month! Bike over to Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18, for a special, family-friendly showing under the stars of the film, "The Sandlot." Free refreshments will be available. Movie will begin close to sunset. Admission is FREE! For more information, check our Facebook event, or call (856) 488-7868.

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.

National Trails Day

National Trail Day

The Cherry Hill Environmental Board will be making trail improvements at Croft Farm (100 Bortons Mill Road) removing invasive species, and picking up trash along the trails on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Interested participants should wear work clothes, bring insect repellent and sunscreen. Crews may be sent to various locations after first starting out at Croft.

For more information, 856-488-7868 or Events@CHTownship.com.
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Attend the J.F. Cooper Elementary School Carnival on May 19.

J.F. Cooper Elementary School Carnival 

Join J.F. Cooper Elementary School on Saturday, May 19 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for their annual Spring Carnival. This major school function is a primary source for the PTA fundraising efforts. Specifically the J.F. Cooper PTA is raising money for technology for students to enhance their classroom learning experience.  

The event is the largest carnival of any of the schools. There will be massive inflatables, rides, games, food, Touch a Truck, activities with the Cherry Hill Police Department, music, raffles and prizes. J.F. Cooper Elementary School is seeking volunteers to help with the event. If you are interested, please email Amanda LeeMasci.
Sunset Hike and Campfire
Enjoy a sunset hike and campfire on Saturday, May 19!

Sunset Hike & Campfire 

Join the Cherry Hill Recreation Department on Saturday, May 19 at the Barclay Farmstead Trail (209 Barclay Lane) for a fun hike as the sun sets and the moon starts to shine! The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and will be led by members of the Cherry Hill Environmental Board. Bring your flashlight!

Following the hike, enjoy s’mores 
around the campfire and tours of the historic Barclay Farmstead. For more information, please visit the event page

5K
Join the the Cherry Hill Police Department as they participate in the 4th Annual Veterans Haven 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

4th Annual Veterans Haven 5K & 1 Mile Walk

Join the the Cherry Hill Police Department as they participate in the 4th Annual Veterans Haven 5K and 1 Mile Walk sponsored by the American Legion Post 38 and Camden County Freeholders. 


The event is aimed at assisting homeless veterans and will be held on Sunday, May 20, start time at 9:00 a.m. at Cooper River. Proceeds of this event give financial support to homeless and unemployed veterans. For registration and further details, please click here. Please come out and show your support for a great cause!

Memorial Day
Please join us on Monday, May 28, for our annual Memorial Day Ceremony.

Memorial Day 2018: Township Ceremony, Military fly-over to honor the fallen

I want to invite all Cherry Hill residents to join us on Monday, May 28, for our annual Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall, a solemn remembrance to honor all those who have given their lives in service to the United States. As part of this year's tribute, we are honored to have received approval (weather-permitting) for a military flyover by two F16 jets from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic CityTo accommodate this year's special edition, our ceremony will begin promptly at 10:45 a.m., at the War Memorial outside of the Municipal Complex, 820 Mercer St.

As in previous years, we will come together to pay special tribute to Cherry Hill residents killed in action since World War II, and recognize surviving veterans who have passed away in the last year. Please bring your family and join us for this free, all-weather ceremony, which will be followed by a free lunch. While I know many local families celebrate Memorial Day as the first official weekend of summer, I hope you will take just an hour of your holiday to help give thanks to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Special thanks to our community partners,
Spivak Jewelers, Penn Medicine of Cherry Hill, and Wegmans for their support of this important event. 

Philly Cuzz Dance Party
Come out to Philly Cuzz Dance Party on June 9! 

Philly Cuzz Dance Party

Enjoy an evening of dancing and music with Philly Cuzz as he takes you down memory lane with songs from Philadelphia Bandstand to Disco on Saturday, June 9 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The event will take place at Croft Farm Arts Center (100 Bortons Mill Rd.). Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. 

For more information, please call 856-488-7868 or join the Facebook event page. To purchase tickets, visit our website.

Badges and Bagels

Badges & Bagels

The Cherry Hill Police Department invites all community members to join them for "Badges and Bagels" on Sunday, June 10th from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m at The Bagel Spot located at 600 Kings Highway.

Officers from the Department will come together with residents to discuss community issues, learn more about each other and build positive relationships over a bagel and complimentary cup of coffee. Their mission is to advance the practice of community policing through improving relations between police officers and community members in a relaxed environment with one-on-one interaction. All members of the community are invited to attend and we hope to see you and your families there!
Spring Clean Up

Senior Citizens

Senior Prescription Drop Off

It’s that time of year again -time to clean out your medicine cabinets and safely dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs. On Monday, May 14  from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., members of the Cherry Hill Police Department will be on hand at the Carman Tilelli Community Center to speak about the dangers associated with illegal narcotic pill use. In addition, a physical therapist will also be on hand to discuss alternatives to prescription drugs for treating pain, as well as demonstrate techniques for keeping your body healthy. And, of course, please join us also for some BINGO and a free lunch!


To register for this event and for more information, email Alliance@cherryhillpolice.com.

Seniors

Active Seniors

There is a lot of literature supporting the idea that keeping healthy and living longer is helped by keeping active, eating well, and interacting with others. Cherry Hill offers many programs to Senior Citizens on physical activity at all levels; many are free or discounted for seniors. They range from chair yoga and meditation, yoga, square dancing, line dancing, and many more. Click here to view programs offered. 

Join our Senior Walking Group (55 years and older) on Monday's from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Croft Farm House (100 Bortons Mill Road). Registration is not required. Start your week with a brisk 3 mile hike in one hour, and hike along the Cooper River Park trails. Wear walking shoes and bring water and bug spray. The hike is led by Caryl Fick. For more information, please call 488-7868. hikes will be cancelled in rain or severe weather. 

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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