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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. 
Mayor swears in police officers.
Mayor swears in police officers.

Township News

Mayor Swears in New Officers

On Wednesday, I had the privilege of welcoming four new officers to the Cherry Hill Police Department. 

The day was a start of new careers for Officers Corey Sonessa-Musilli, Timothy Sost, Steven Barone, and Daniel Patton. We wish them all of the best as they join our elite police force and become an integral part of the Cherry Hill community. 
Cherry Bowl

Good Luck to Cherry Bowl Swimmers

Good luck to all those competing tomorrow in the 59th annual Cherry Bowl, being held this year at Covered Bridge Swim Club. Our Council members are looking forward to once again kicking off the festivities, and welcoming hundreds of community members to one of Cherry Hill's greatest traditions. I want to thank and congratulate all those responsible for planning this year's event, from the Covered Bridge Swim Club executive board, to the Cherry Hill Association of Pools, to the countless volunteers who will make the event possible. It is a tremendous undertaking, and your efforts are appreciated! Covered Bridge residents and those planning to attend the day-long event should note that temporary parking restrictions and road closures will be in place 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. For full event details, visit www.cherrybowl.org 
Wawa Grand Opening

Councilwomen welcome new Wawa to Cherry Hill.

Councilwomen Attend Wawa Grand Opening

On Thursday, Councilwomen Kane and Roskoph joined the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Department at the grand opening of the new Wawa on Route 38. For many of us, Wawa is a part of our daily routines, and I am always happy to see new businesses come to Cherry Hill that serve the daily needs of our residents. 

On behalf of the entire Township, I want to congratulate the Wawa team on the successful opening. 

No Bags

Recycle Smart.

No Bags in the Recycling Cart.   

This is a friendly and important reminder that plastic bags should not be placed in your recycling carts. Plastic bags require a different collection system and processing equipment than our Township provides. Most recycling facilities are set up to handle predominately hard materials that are easier to separate i.e. aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic containers and lids, metal cans, and cardboard/paper. Plastic bags get easily tangled in the processing equipment and can shut down the recycling facility.


It’s not that plastic bags can’t be recycled – they just require a different collection system and processing equipment. Plastic bags can be recycled at the main entrance of many big box stores and local grocery stores, or can be brought to the Department of Public Works, the Municipal Building, and the Cherry Hill Public Library. 
 
Plastic bags that are seen in Township recycling carts include:

  • Garbage bags – even if good recyclables are inside of the bags, there is no way to tell. Therefore, do not bag recyclables. Leave the items loose in the blue recycling cart.

  • Retail store bags – many retailers collect these for recycling, so they should be returned to the store. Or, if reused for garbage, these bags belong in the green garbage cart.

  • Other – including dry cleaning bags, food storage bags, newspaper delivery bags, etc. must go in the garbage cart.

  • Placement of yard waste in plastic bags for collection is also prohibited and will not be collected by the Township.

For more information, please visit our website at CherryHill-NJ.com or call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

CHRW
Join us for Cherry Hill Restaurant Week August 11-19!
 

Restaurant Week Returns August 11-19

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. For a list of restaurants and menu options, please visit our website.

Mosquito Spraying

Camden County Mosquito Commission resumes spraying in Cherry Hill

The Camden County Mosquito Control Commission has begun its annual spraying for mosquitoes, and will be spraying in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill for the next several weeks in an effort to limit growth of our area's mosquito population. During the summer and fall months, the commission schedules spraying on an as-needed basis, based upon the results of their surveillance efforts and input from the public. Visit the Township website for local spraying schedules, as they are announced by the County.

Visit www.camdencounty.com for more information about the Mosquito Commission, and for tips you can use to help eliminate mosquito breeding in your own yards. For more information, or to inquire about spraying in your area contact the Mosquito Commission directly at (856) 566-2945.

Pop-Up Story Time
Join us this summer for pop-up story time in the park.

Upcoming Events
Popular Pop-up Story Time Returns to Parks in July and August

Get the kids ready and head on over to one of our local park on Fridays in July and August for our FREE Pop-up Story Time, proudly presented by myself and the members of Township Council, in partnership with the Cherry Hill Public Library! Hundreds of families turned out for our Pop-Up Story Time events in 2017, and we hope to continue the fun this year! Enjoy stories and fun with the Cherry Hill Public Library Librarians from 10:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. in the following locations:

  • August 3 – Croft Farm (100 Bortons Mill Rd.)
  • August 10  – Lion's Den (New York Ave. (Near Cooper Landing Rd.)

For more information, contact the Cherry Hill Library at (856) 667-0300 or Cherry Hill Recreation Department at 856-488-7868 or visit www.chplnj.org.

Music under the stars
Join us for our annual concert series: Music Under the Stars.

Music Under the Stars Continues

Join us for our final concert of the Music Under the Stars series on Tuesday, July 31. All Souled Out, a Motown Tribute band will be the headliner for this free family-friendly event. Weather-permitting, the show begins at 6:30 p.m. with an up-and-coming opening act, followed by an exciting headliner who's sure to keep you up and dancing.

Come hungry! Delicious food items will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Bring your blanket, a chair, and even a picnic dinner - just don't forget your appetite for great music! Music Under the Stars is supported by our community partners: Penn Medicine Cherry Hill, TD Bank, Bath Fitter and Wegmans. For more information please call (856) 488-7868 or email Events@CHTownship.com, or check out our Facebook event

National Night Out
Join us for National Night Out on August 7.

Mark Your Calendars for National Night Out

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Municipal Complex. This is a night of FREE family fun. A special thanks to Cherry Hill Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Jefferson Health Cherry Hill, Symphony at Cherry Hill for their generous contributions! Bring your summer smile to get a photograph at the photo booth by Boyd Photography. Special appearance by the Philadelphia Phillies Phanatic. Make sure you are there in time to see our K-9 demonstration. Get a chance to see all the touch-a-vehicle displays. For more information, call (856) 488-7868 or email events@CHTownship.com or alliance@CHTownship.com

Blood Drive
Help save a life by donating blood on Monday, August 27.

American Red Cross Blood Drive 

You might not realize how important certain letters are until they're gone. A, B and O are our main blood groups and when not enough people donate blood, hospital shelves may be empty when a critical patient arrives.

A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal, but for a hospital patient who needs type A, B or O blood, these letters mean life.

Help make a difference by donating blood on Monday, August 27 at the American Red Cross Blood Drive held at the Cherry Hill Public Library from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the Conference Center on the lower level of the library. Appointments are preferred. Make an appointment online by signing up here. Or sign up at www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: cherry hill library.

CHPL
Join the Cherry Hill Public Library for upcoming events.

Cherry Hill Library News & Events

People in your Neighborhood: Arborist

Head over to the library on July 30 from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. for People in your Neighborhood. Paul Schmeltzer, an arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, will tell us what it's like to be the neighborhood tree guy. We will read a related story and complete an activity. Ages 4 to 8. Registration is now open. 


Our Earth Rocks: Environmental Literacy

Join the Camden County environmental educator and fellows from the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River on August 1 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. to enhance your knowledge of the environment around you. As a family, you'll explore a different topic each week through books, hands on activities and nature walks. Children and adults alike will leave with the ability to identify various aspects of nature. Ages 5 to 12 accompanied by a caregiver.  Learn more here.

Book It 5K
Register for the third annual Book It 5K in September. 

Book It 5K to benefit the Cherry Hill Public Library: Saturday, September 22

Registration is OPEN for the third Book It 5K, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22 at the Cherry Hill Public Library. The race is a partnership between the Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Public Library and will include both the 3.1-mile race, a 1-mile walk, and a 100-yard Kids' Dash. Tech t-shirts will be given to the first 250 5K and Walk registrants; medals will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each age group. All children will receive a prize following the dash. Visit the Book It 5K Run Sign-Up Page to register online, and for full event details. 

Veterans Wall of Honor
Cherry Hill Public Library honors veterans with wall of honor.

Veterans Wall of Honor at the Library 

The Veterans Wall of Honor at the Cherry Hill Public Library is an upcoming photo memorial honoring all Cherry Hill veterans, living and deceased, for their service.

Eligibility for a current military member and Veteran to be placed on the Cherry Hill Library “Wall of Honor” is limited to any Cherry Hill (previously Delaware Township) resident (past or present). Current and prior active duty, Reservist, and National Guard of any State are eligible to have their photograph included. Submit your application online by November 4, 2018. Paper applications are available at the Library. If you have any questions, please Claire Schmieder at cschmieder@chplnj.org or 856-903-1225.

Senior Living

Free Food Programs for Low income Senior Citizens

Residents of Camden County who are over the age of 60 and meet the financial criteria are eligible for the Food Vouchers distributed by the State. These residents are encouraged to take advantage of the state's farm market produce voucher program coordinated through the Camden County Division of Senior Services. The annual program provides an opportunity to obtain locally grown produce using $25 worth of free vouchers. Residents must be 60 years or older with an annual income that does not exceed $22,459 if single or $30,451 for a two-person household. For Cherry Hill Residents the closest participating vendor is Springdale Farm on Springdale Road. Vouchers will be distributed on July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Springdale Farm.
 
If you need transportation to Springdale Farm, please make arrangements with the Cherry Hill Free Bus service days in advance, (856) 661-4711. If you have questions on this program or any other Senior Citizen Program, please contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Programs Coordinator, gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800.


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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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