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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 introduces FY '19 budget with no municipal tax increase for seventh straight year

On Wednesday, I introduced my proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019. I am extremely proud to announce that, for the seventh year in a row, there will be no increase in your municipal taxes. 


Maintaining the character and identity of our Township is our top priority with this budget. We have implemented policies and practices to preserve and protect our quaint, unique neighborhoods, while continuing to attract and maintain a thriving commercial sector and economic base. This budget holds the line on taxes for yet another year, while providing for increased investments in our community’s well-being through high-quality municipal services and funding for programs that help maintain the character of our neighborhoods and ensure that Cherry Hill remains a great place for all of our residents to live, work and play. 

A public hearing and adoption are scheduled for the Council meeting on Friday, September 21 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit our website.

Proclamation

Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Roskoph, and Council President Fleisher recognized Cherry Hill West student, Olivia McMullen.

Mayor, Council honor Cherry Hill West student

During Wednesday's Council meeting, we honored Cherry Hill West student Olivia McMullen with a proclamation for being named Miss Worldwide Teen New Jersey Ambassador for the Live Out Loud Charity.

Live Out Loud is a nonprofit organization with a focus on preventing suicide and bullying and developing character. Olivia continues to spread the word about Live Out Loud’s programs by speaking with community groups and schools while also planning fundraising events that provide a platform for those struggling with depression and other mental health issues to share their story. Olivia's story is an inspiration and I have no doubt that she is destined for great things in her life.

Community Mag
Registration is now open for Fall programming.

Fall registration is now open for programs and classes

Registration is now open for all programs and classes offered by the Recreation Department this fall. Whether you're a parent looking for activities for your children, a young adult looking to pick up a new hobby or skill, or a recent retiree looking to socialize and stay active, there's a program or class for you! Classes are listed in the Fall 2018 Community Magazine or you can browse classes online through Community Pass, our online registration tool where you can create an account for you and your family, register for classes, and purchase tickets for upcoming events. Visit our website to browse upcoming programs. Register before Sunday, September 2 for discounts on select classesFor more information, contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or send them e-mail.

Proclamation

Mayor Cahn and Business Administrator, Lenore Rosner recognize longtime Township employee.

Mayor Cahn recognizes longtime Township employee

This week, I had the honor of recognizing and thanking Frances Blaum-Naughton, Cherry Hill Township's Municipal Court Administrator for her hard work over the past two decades, as she moves on to retirement.

For twenty-six years, Frances has maintained a distinguished record of accomplishment, judicial integrity, character, service and excellence to the municipal court process here in Cherry Hill. We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to Frances for her many years of service and dedication to the Township. 
School Supplies
Back to School Supply Drive!

Back to School Supply Drive

Join the Legislative Offices of Senator Beach, Assembly Majority Leader Greenwald, and Assemblywoman Lampitt in giving back this school year with a Back to School Supply Drive. Now through August 27, drop off school supplies including notebooks/composition, books, glue, pencils, markers, erasers, scissors, and colored pencils for students in need.  


Donations can be dropped off at 1309 Route 70 West, Suite 4 in Cherry Hill - Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact the Office of Senator James Beach at (856) 429-1572. 

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

Upcoming Events
Cherry Hill Public Library holds Blood Drive this Monday

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.

Al Fresco
Join us for the third annual Al Fresco Affair.

Annual Al Fresco Affair

Please join us on Thursday, August 30 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for the third annual Al Fresco Affair held at the Croft Farms Art Center. Come out and enjoy local food trucks, live music, a beer garden, and much more. This year, we are excited to announce that JEM & The Vibe will be our musical guest. Some of our food vendors include The Little SicilianDan's Waffles Beast of the Street, OINK and MOO BBQ, Dump-N-Roll, Empanada GuyCupcake CarnivaleMama's Meatballs, and our Beer Garden will be run by Tir Na Nog Kitchen & Irish Pub. Tables and chairs will be available at a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.

Fox hollow
Save the date for the "Fox Trot" 5K.

Fox Hollow Swim Club to host 'Fox Trot 5K' 

The fourth Annual Fox Hollow "Fox Trot 5K" will take place on Saturday, September 15 at 8:00 a.m. The annual 5k race is a run/walk that will travel through the beautiful neighborhood of Fox Hollow on a USATF-certified course. Race organizers are working hard to ensure that this year's event will be just as successful as other years.

The race website is live and accepting registrations. Be sure to follow and like the event or their pages on Facebook

Senior Fest
Join us on September 17 for Senior Festival.

Senior Fest returns to Town Hall

Join us on Monday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. for the annual Senior Festival event on the grounds of the municipal complex on Mercer St. Each year, Cherry Hill Township hosts this free, special event to educate residents 55+ about valuable services, activities and businesses that are available to assist our residents. This event is made possible by Jefferson Health and Wegmans.

For more information on this event, click here. 

Shredding & Recycling Event
Mark your calendars for the Shredding & Recycling Day and Food Drive.

Township Shredding & Recycling Drive

Shred your personal documents securely and safety and help fight hunger by bringing non perishable food items for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry to this year's Shredding & Recycling Day and Food Drive. The event will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Cherry Hill Public Works located at 1 Perina Blvd. 


Materials to be collected: paper to be shredded, single stream recycling, CFL light bulbs, e-waste, batteries, plastic bags, tires (off the rim), used oil, car batteries, ad more. This event is for residents only; no businesses. Maximum 3 boxes per vehicle for shredding. Learn more by calling 856-424-4422 or email Recycling@CHTownship.com.

Harvest Fest
Save the date for Harvest Fest.

Harvest Festival returns to Croft Farm

Round up your family and join me, Cherry Hill Township Council, Cherry Hill Police Department, and Cherry Hill Fire Department for Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This annual event is a result of a partnership between Cherry Hill Township, Cherry Hill Police Department and Cherry Hill Fire Department aimed at engaging and informing the community. Located, at Croft Farm (100 Bortons Mill Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034), rain or shine, Harvest Festival attendees will celebrate their community spirit by sampling a variety of “tricks” and “treats” from the Cherry Hill area.

Built in 1779, Croft Farm was once a working mill, farm and stop on the Underground Railroad. This historic landmark has played an important role in Southern New Jersey for more than 300 years. In 1995, the township converted the tractor barn into a 240-seat performance venue with concert-worthy acoustics. Residents and visitors can also take advantage of the 80 acres of preserved land at Croft including nature trails, which in 2011, were designated as National Recreation Trails by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
During Harvest Festival, attendees are encouraged to visit the Croft Farm Arts Center to view the Fall Into the Arts juried photography show. This show is hosted by the Cherry Hill Arts Board. All photographs are available for purchase. To participate in the photography show, please email Arts@CHTownship.com

CHPL
Join us for upcoming Cherry Hill Public Library Events.

Cherry Hill Library News & Events

Here & Now: A Memory Cafe

The Cherry Hill Public Library proudly presents our Memory Cafe on Monday, August 27 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.mThis new monthly program allows for people with dementia diagnoses and their care partners to meet and socialize with other patients and care partners. It will start with a short presentation outlining how the program works before opening up to group discussions.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration required for all individuals. Those experiencing a memory loss must attend with a care partner. Please use the registration form to register the care partner and put the name of the person who is experiencing memory loss in the registration question. Please call Andy at 856-903-1226 with any questions or email awoodworth@chplnj.org.

Must Watch Documentary: Icarus

*WINNER of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature* 
Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library on Tuesday, August 28 from 12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. Documentary begins at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Adults of all ages welcome. No registration required. For more information, click here
 
About the Documentary: When filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller. Dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic gold are all part of the exposure of the biggest scandal in sports history. (TV-MA; 121 mins; 2017)  
  

Lunch and a Movie: The Shape of Water

*WINNER of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Picture*
Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library on Thursday, August 30 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Movie begins at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Adults of all ages welcome. No registration required. For more information, click here

About the Movie: At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity. (Rated R; 123 mins; 2017)

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.

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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