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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. 

Township News

Mayor, Council Lead Tribute to the Fallen During Memorial Day Service

On Monday, several Cherry Hill residents came together with myself and the members of Township Council to mark the Memorial Day holiday with a solemn ceremony honoring those who have given their lives in service to the United States throughout our nation's history. It was a beautiful remembrance of all those killed in action, and was made even more memorable by special addresses by retired Air Force Col. Lucretia McClenney.


I want to thank all those who made this year's event possible, including the Cherry Hill Police & Fire Honor Guard, Cherry Hill HS West Junior ROTC Honor Guard,  American Legion Post 372, Jewish War Veterans Post 126, and our community partners Penn Medicine, Spivak Jewelers, and Wegmans. While Memorial Day has passed, let us always remember and be grateful to those servicemen and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Click here or visit the Township's Facebook page for photos from the ceremony.

Memorial Day
Memorial Day
Memorial Day
Gregory Dalessio Park
Mayor and Council members attend ribbon cutting ceremony to Gregory Dalessio Park.

Mayor, Council Attend Gregory Dalessio Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Wednesday, I was joined by Gregory Dalessio's family, Senator Norcross, Councilman Baurle, Councilwoman Roskoph, the Cherry Hill Police Department and the Cherry Hill Fire Department to officially open the newly renovated Gregory Dalessio Park.

With a great turn out, we unveiled the park’s exciting new space theme to members of the community. I hope to see children and families enjoying this new playground for years to come!

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 Carolyn Messias, a Cherry Hill West Theater Director and English teacher. Ms. Messias was recognized for receiving  a Tony Award nomination for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Carolyn's students secretly organized and prepared her nomination by submitting letters of recommendation and creating a three-minute video including testimonials. We wish you the best of luck, Ms. Messias! 

Moms Demand Actions accepted a proclamation 
for National Gun Awareness Day. The proclamation helps honor the 96 Americans whose lives are cut short and the countless survivors who are injured by shootings every day. A national coalition of organizations has designated June 1st, 2018, the first Friday in June, as the 4th National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Thank you, Moms Demand Action for continuing to make an impact within our community. 

Suzanne Ghee, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Business Growth and Community Health Engagement at Virtua, received a proclamation for being awarded the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Community Advocate of the Year. Congratulations, Suzanne! 

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Mayor Cahn & Council recognize Carolyn Messias for her Tony Award nomination. 
Moms Demand Action
Mayor Cahn & Township recognized Friday, June 1 as National Gun Awareness Day.
Suzanne Ghee
Mayor Cahn & Township Council honored Suzanne Ghee for being awarded the Community Advocate of the Year.
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Mayor and Council members attends re-dedication to DeCou Sport Complex.

Mayor, Council Attend Chapel Ave Fields Rededication

On Wednesday, I along with Council President Fleisher, Councilman Bauerle, Councilwomen Roskoph and Doshi and the Cherry Hill Police Department officially opened the newly renovated turf fields at Chapel Avenue.

This past March, the turf fields at both Decou and Upper Chapel Avenue Avenue 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.

We cannot wait to watch our sports teams compete on the new fields!

Ribbon Cuttings
Join Mayor and Council at the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the newly revamped parks. 

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

I would like to cordially invite residents to attend the remaining ribbon cutting ceremonies for our newly redone neighborhoods parks.

We hope you can join us for the remaining dates.

Ashland Playground 
Tuesday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. at 300 Carolina Avenue

Jeremy Kane Playground 
Thursday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Queen Anne & Brian Drive

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Cherry Hill Police and Fire hosted "Operation Mock Crash" at Cherry Hill West to educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Cherry Hill Police, Fire Hold Annual Mock Crash at Cherry Hill West

This week, the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments took part in Cherry Hill West’s “Operation Prom: Mock Crash,” giving students a realistic look at what can happen when driving under the influence. This is a powerful program for both the students and faculty members who participate, showing four students who are involved in a fatal car accident following an after-prom party. The presentation includes a discussion of the costs of the decision, both emotionally and financially, that affect the students’ families, friends, victims and community at large. This is a valuable exercise and an important reminder for our community’s youngest drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving, especially ahead of prom season and summer vacation.

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Save the date for Cherry Hill's 2018 Restaurant Week.

Savor the Date: Restaurant Week Returns

Together with Township Council, I am pleased to once again present one of Cherry Hill's premier events, Cherry Hill Restaurant Week. This year, Restaurant Week will feature nine days of incredible deals at some of Cherry Hill's finest eateries.

From August 11th to 19th, guests will enjoy specially selected, 3-course dinner menus for either $25, $35 or $40 per person. Several restaurants will also offer a 2-course lunch menu for $15 or $20.

To stay up to date with all of the participating restaurants, be sure to like Cherry Hill Restaurant Week on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Check back often as we add participating restaurants.

Restaurants interested in participating should contact the Mayor's Office for more information. 

Click it or Ticket
Cherry Hill Police Officers encourages residents to buckle up.

"Click It or Ticket" Campaign

Cherry Hill Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorist and passengers as part of the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign from May 21 - June 3

The annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.

To learn more, click here.

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
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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.

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

Upcoming Events
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
Join CHPD for Badges and Bagels on Sunday, June 10.

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!
Stop The Bleed

Stop the Bleed - Training Program

The Cherry Hill Fire Department is offering a training program for residents to learn how to control severe bleeding in emergency situations. The Training Program: Stop the Bleed will be presented on June 11 and June 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Fire Department, Central Command, 1100 Marlkress Road and is free for all residents.

The top cause of preventable death in a trauma situation is controlling the bleed. 20% of patients who died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control. There are a number of methods that can be used to stop the bleed which will be presented at the Program. Registration is required as space is limited to 30 people each night. Please complete the attached Registration form

Flower Show
Join us for the Cherry Hill Flower Show.

Cherry Hill Flower Show

Please join us at the Cherry Hill Flower Show on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Carmen Tilelli Community Center (820 Mercer St.). Guests will enjoy delightful miniature and themed flower arrangements, house and outdoor potted plants, garden specimens grown by your neighbors, and beautiful horticultural-themed photographs. Ribbons will be awarded in 42 categories. 

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information about the Flower Show, please contact Twyla Bevilacqua, HSSJ President, at 856-325-7401 or Peggy Wysocki, Chairman of Flower Show.

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Cherry Hill Library News & Events

Free Meditation

Curious about meditation? Join us on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. for these intro meditation classes where you will learn: the benefits of meditation, how to meditate, and what meditation is and what it is not. Please bring your own mat/towel and water. Free. Click here to register.

 
LGBT 101: How to be an Ally

Presented by Garden State Equality, this workshop provides participants with basic information, terminology, and key concepts around gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and intersectionality. On Tuesday, June 5 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., participants will learn the challenges faced by LGBT youth in school and community settings and how to be inclusive and affirming of the LGBT community. Click here to register.

Senior Living 

Living in Cherry Hill is wonderful for those who have reached their Golden Years. They enjoy the wonderful benefits the township offers: a magnificent library, quality health care, fabulous restaurants, great shopping ,and the Gold Card Program. The Gold Card Program is for Cherry Hill residents age 55 and over. Gold Card members enjoy discounts offered by local businesses. Participating businesses include restaurants, lawyers, home repair, auto services, dentists, and many more.  You can get the latest version of the Gold Card Directory of participating businesses on the Cherry Hill Website. 

If you would like a Gold Card, visit Room 102 at the Municipal Building. There is no charge for business to be included.  If you know a business you would like to have participate in the program or if you would like your business to participate, please contact Gaye Pino, Senior Service Program Coordinator,  856-661-4800.

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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