Cherry Hill Municipal Building
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

New multi-use athletic fields planned for Cherry Hill East, West

Earlier this week, I joined with the Board of Education to announce a joint effort that will bring new, multi-use sports fields to Cherry Hill High Schools East and West next year. The Board of Education signed a letter of intent in support of the project at its meeting Tuesday night. Planned improvements include the installation of new turf fields for use by each school's Football, Soccer, Lacrosse and Field Hockey programs, as well as track and field improvements at both schools. The facilities would be open for use by the Township and the public, when not in use by the District. I am proud to continue partnering with the Board of Education and our school district to improve our schools' athletic fields, and ensure our our students have access to well-maintained and competitive facilities in which to play. We expect work to begin on these fields in the spring of 2016, with a target completion date in the fall. Click here for more information.
Township Council at Cherry Bowl
Members of Council present a proclamation celebrating the 56th annual Cherry Bowl on Saturday, July 25.

Council kicks off Cherry Bowl 2015

Several members of Township Council were on hand last  Saturday morning to celebrate the start of the 56th annual Cherry Bowl, held this year at the Barclay Farm Swim Club. Cherry Bowl is one of our community's greatest traditions, which brings together hundreds of swimmers and thousands of spectators each year. This year, Council President Dave Fleisher and Council members Jim Bannar, Brian Bauerle, Melinda Kane and Carole Roskoph kicked off the morning's festivities. Council also paid special tribute to Joe Crick, a longtime supporter of swimming in Cherry Hill and a familiar face to Cherry Hill swimming since 1989. This year was Joe's final Cherry Bowl, and Council presented a special proclamation as a token of thanks for his many years of service to our swim clubs and our families. Congratulations to the Cherry Hill Association of Pools and Barclay Farm Swim Club, to all of our young swimmers, and, of course, to this year's victors, the Erlton Gators, who were named the winning club for a second consecutive year! Visit our Facebook page for pictures of the morning's festivities. 
Bancroft Grand Opening
Mayor Cahn (center) plants a cherry tree at Bancroft's new corporate headquarters on Caldwell Road.

Bancroft opens new corporate
headquarters in Cherry Hill

On Tuesday morning, I was proud to join Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Camden County Freeholders and other community members to welcome Bancroft to its new corporate headquarters. Located at the former Admiral Insurance Building on Caldwell Road, the facility consolidates many of Bancroft’s offices into one, efficient location, and is the backbone of the critical services Bancroft provides to families and individuals throughout the region. Bancroft employs 2,700 throughout the region and serves 1,700 developmentally disabled individuals from across South Jersey. Congratulations to Bancroft President & CEO Toni Pergolin and her entire team! Click here to read more, or here to view photos.
Camden County ADA ceremony
Jill Kail accepts a plaque from Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez.

Camden County honors Cherry Hill's ombudsman for the disabled

Congratulations to Jill Greenberg Kail, Cherry Hill's longtime ombudsman for the disabled, who was honored this week by the Camden County Freeholders, during a special ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. An attorney by trade, Jill has served as our ombudsman since 1997, helping to link disabled residents here in Cherry Hill with the programs and services they need, and to ensure that all of Cherry Hill's programs are open and inclusive to residents of all abilities. Jill was one of two Cherry Hill residents honored for their advocacy work, along with Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Temple Emanuel. Congratulations to Jill, Rabbi Larry, and to all of the honorees - and thank you for your continued work to improve the lives of individuals with disability in our region. We are so proud and grateful for all that you continue to do to serve the residents of our community! Click here for more information and a photo gallery.

New Officers Sworn In
Mayor Chuck Cahn administers the Oath of Office to the eight newest Cherry Hill Police Officers.

CHPD welcomes 8 new officers

Congratulations to the eight new members of the Cherry Hill Police Department, who were sworn in during a special ceremony on Monday morning, July 27. Officers Michael Rocco, Richard Dalley, Matthew Ahern, Julia Downes, Daniel Lawrence, John Casey,  Alex Nord and Albert Baldino took their oath in front of their loved ones, Chief William Monaghan and members of the CHPD, and will now begin careers as police officers in our community. Each of our new officers has worked hard to earn their positions within the Department; please join me in thanking these brave men and women for their willingness to serve, and in welcoming them to the Cherry Hill Police Department.

Father Emmanuel Farewell
Mayor Cahn presents a special proclamation to Fr. Emmanuel Pratsinakis on Tuesday, July 28.

Best wishes to Fr. Emmanuel Pratsinakis

This week, I said a bittersweet farewell to Father Emmanuel Pratsinakis, who retired this week after 29 years as pastor of St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill. Fr. Emmanuel took his post in 1986, following assignments in Miami, Georgia and New York, and has been a beloved spiritual leader, and good friend to the Township throughout his tenure. Fr. Emmanuel's accomplishments are too numerous to to count - but he will forever be known for his legacy of youth engagement, and for his stewardship during a time of tremendous growth for the parish. And, of course, Fr. Emmanuel has helped to grow the annual Greek Agora into a regionally renowned festival of Greek culture. During his time here in Cherry Hill, Father performed nearly 1,000 marriages and 2,000 baptisms; was a member of numerous regional boards and councils; helped to run the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day parade; and established the Greek Independence Day celebration each year at Town Hall. Please join me in thanking Father for his contributions to our community, and in wishing him continued health and happiness as he begins a new chapter in life.

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Final week to give to the JFCS Food Drive

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation! Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) is hosting a food drive for food-insecure individuals in our area through Aug. 7.  Last year, JFCS gave food to more than 5,600 individuals in South Jersey, of all faiths and backgrounds. The JFCS pantries are in need of cereal, tomato sauce, canned fish, rice, jelly, peanut butter, pasta, baby food and formula, snacks, boxed milk, and canned vegetables. Your nonperishable donations can be dropped off at the JFCS offices at 1301 Springdale Road, Suite 150; or at the Township Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St. Please click here for the full, printable flyer. For more information, contact Andi Loew at (856) 424-1333, or email aloew@jfedsnj.org.

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Upcoming Events

Cherry Hill Restaurant Week
returns from Aug. 16-23

Cherry Hill Restaurant Week returns for a second year in a row from Aug. 16 to 23, with more than a dozen local restaurants signed up to offer special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus that showcase some of the area's best cuisine. Restaurant Week began in 2014 as an exciting new opportunity to promote local businesses, while giving our residents a chance to enjoy a special meal at a great price, and it has quickly become one of our community's premier events. Visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/RestaurantWeek for a list of participating restaurants and sample menus, and follow Cherry Hill Restaurant Week on Facebook and Twitter (@CHRestaurantWk) for event updates. And be sure to save up your appetite for the week of Aug. 16! 

Barclay Farmstead
Visitors can tour historic Barclay Farmstead from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday.

Tour Barclay Farmstead this Sunday

Visit historic Barclay Farmstead from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday for free, guided tours of the 19th century Quaker farmhouse and a special quill-pen writing activity from 1-3 p.m. This year, the Farmhouse has been made more accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities, thanks to the recent addition of a handicap-accessible walkway at the front entrance, as well as virtual tours. Be sure to explore the Farmstead’s entire 32-acre property, which includes historic outbuildings, an apple orchard, a playground, a shaded picnic area and nationally-recognized interpretive nature trails. Can't make it this weekend? The farmhouse will be open for public tours the first Sunday of every month through November. Click here to read more about the program. For more information, call (856) 795-6225, or e-mail info@barclayfarmstead.org. Be sure to follow @HistoricBarclay on Twitter and Barclay Farmstead Museum on Facebook for information on upcoming events and activities throughout the year.

Music Under the Stars
Don't miss the sounds of Billy Joel, for the final week of Music Under the Stars on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Music Under the Stars ends Tuesday
with the sounds of Billy Joel

Tuesday is your last chance to take in one of Cherry Hill's most beloved traditions, as Danny V's 52nd Street Band brings the sounds of Billy Joel to Barclay Farmstead for the final installment of Music Under the Stars! The show starts with an opening act at 6:30, and Danny V takes the stage around 7:15. Great food will be available for purchase, and the Friends of Barclay will offer guided tours of the handicap-accessible Farmhouse. Admission is free, but please bring a nonperishable food donation for the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. Bring your blanket, a chair, and even a picnic dinner - just don't forget your appetite for one final week of great music! Click here for more information.

Don't miss tonight's outdoor screening of 'Field of Dreams'

Don't forget: The Township's Recreation Department will host a free outdoor screening of "Field of Dreams," beginning at 8:30 tonight on the Municipal Softball Field behind Town Hall, 820 Mercer St. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a photo booth, music and trivia before this Friday night flick. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Events@chtownship.com.

Steve Lippia's Simply Sinatra
Steve Lippia brings Sinatra's greatest hits to life during this special outdoor show.

Enjoy 'Simply Sinatra' Aug. 6
at Challenge Grove Park

Bring a blanket or chair to the original site of the Camden County Music Fair for 'Simply Sinatra,' starring Steve Lippia and a 9- piece orchestra, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Challenge Grove Park. Presented by Cherry Hill and the Camden County Board of Freeholders, this musical celebration will feature Lippia's interpretation of some of Sinatra's most beloved hits, including "I've Got You Under My Skin," "The Lady is a Tramp," "The Best is Yet to Come," "Come Fly with Me" and others! Click here for details.

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Library News and Events

Free, family-friendly fun at CHPL

Please join us for these and many other free special events this week at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 N. Kings Hwy. Reminder: The Library is closed on Sundays through Sept. 20.

The Cherry Hill Public Library hosts hundreds of events and activities all year long. Visit www.chplnj.org for the full calendar of events, and to sign up for the library's e-newsletter, renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more. Follow the Library on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest events, news and happenings! Join the conversation with #chplnj. For more information, call (856) 667-0300, or e-mail info@chplnj.org.

Cherry Hill Library receives $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo

The Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library have been awarded a $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo, to support the Library's various programs and services, plus innovative technologies to meet the needs of our community. The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo's Community Connections program, which is slated to distribute a total of $140,000 in grants throughout Southern New Jersey this year. Click here to read more.

Senior Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga and Meditation are among the classes and activities available to Cherry Hill seniors.

Senior Living

Fun, fit, free activities for residents 55+

The Township and our community partners offer many free activities that offer seniors a chance to stay active while having fun. The following activities are free; registration is required for all except the Tuesday hikes!

  • Senior Line Dancing
    10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays (year-round)
    Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St.
  • Senior Hiking
    6-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 25
    Croft Farm House, 100 Bortons Mill Rd.
  • Chair Yoga and Meditation
    1-2 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 16
    Amato Council Chambers (Room 208), Town Hall
  • Ceramics
    Noon-3 p.m. Thursdays (year-round)
    Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St.
To register for a program, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Events@chtownship.com. For more information, contact Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800, or e-mail gpino@chtownship.com.

School News

Latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and other important information in the Cherry Hill School District's e-news. Click here for the latest edition.

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Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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