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

Croft Farm fields, Kenilworth Connector projects move forward

The Township is moving forward with two significant open space and recreation projects that will benefit hundreds of residents. Last week, Township Council awarded contracts for the construction of a pedestrian connector in our Kenilworth neighborhood, as well as the creation of new grass athletic fields at historic Croft Farm. The Kenilworth 
Connector will provide a paved, lit, accessible path along a route already commonly used by residents in the neighborhood to access the New Jersey Transit train station on Route 70, as well as the Garden State Pavilions Shopping Center and other nearby amenities. Separately, the Croft fields will provide new multi-use facilities to support our community's growing youth sports leagues. Both projects are expected to begin this fall. Click here to learn more.
Town Hall
South Jersey Biz highlights Cherry Hill's continued economic growth in its August 2015 issue.

Cherry Hill highlighted in August 
issue of South Jersey Biz magazine

Cherry Hill is in the spotlight in this month's edition of South Jersey Biz magazine, with a great profile of the Township's continued economic growth, positive redevelopment and revitalization, and its impact on our local businesses and residents alike. The piece explores our business-friendly attitude here in Town Hall, and the many exciting projects happening in every corner of our community. If you haven't seen it yet, you can click here to download a digital copy of the magazine's August 2015 edition of South Jersey Biz, or click here to read the story online.

Microsurfacing program to begin next week on local roads

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve roads around Cherry Hill, the Township Department of Engineering is preparing to begin our 2015 Microsurfacing program, and will be working in areas across town for the next several weeks. As part of this process, road crews will apply a protective layer of emulsified asphalt to fill in cracks on roads that are otherwise structurally sound. Microsurfacing has been a useful tool in extending the life of locally maintained streets that are not yet in need of full reconstruction. Coupled with the Township’s annual Road Maintenance Program and a robust pothole-repair program, this is one more way that our Departments of Public Works and Engineering work to keep Cherry Hill’s roads smooth and safe. While exact construction dates are not available for each road, residents can click here for a full list of roads slated for Microsurfacing in 2015.

Music Under the Stars
Music Under the Stars wrapped up on Tuesday night with our celebration of National Night Out.

Music Under the Stars concludes
with celebration of National Night Out

Thank you to all who came out to Barclay Farmstead on Tuesday night for our final installment of Music Under the Stars for 2015, as well as our local celebration of National Night Out! The Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Kennedy Health were on hand for the evening's festivities -- the highlight of which was a great performance by Billy Joel tribute band Danny V's 52nd Street Band. If you couldn't make it to one of this summer's shows, don't worry: Music Under the Stars will return to Barclay Farmstead next July! Special thanks to this year's sponsors, the Cherry Hill Alliance and the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, for their support of our programs. We'll see you again in 2016!

CHPD 7-Eleven program
Cherry Hill Police and 7-Eleven are partnering to recognize positive behavior displayed
by local children.

Cherry Hill Police, 7-Eleven partner
to reward children's positive behavior

The Cherry Hill Police Department has partnered with 7-Eleven Inc. to participate in Operation Chill, a program that allows officers to reward children they observe doing good deeds or otherwise exhibiting positive behavior with a coupon for a free Slurpee. Cherry Hill police officers will be on the lookout for children wearing bike helmets, utilizing crosswalks, doing good deeds and helping others. We are exciting to partner with 7-Eleven to promote not just good behavior, but build positive relationships between our police department and the community! Click here to learn more. 

CHPD K9 Unit Demonstrations
Officers from the CHPD K-9 Unit conduct demonstrations for students at Camp Thomas Paine on July 27.

CHPD K-9 Unit visits local schools 

During the last two weeks, members of the Cherry Hill Police Department's K-9 Unit have visited summer programs in some of Cherry Hill's elementary schools to provide demonstrations and teach students about our K-9 officers, their handlers and the role the police dogs play in our community. The students - in Woodcrest Elementary's Summer STEP program, and at Camp Thomas Paine - were fully engaged, and amazed by what they learn. Thank you to the schools for inviting our officers to take part in this summer's programs, and thank you to the CHPD and our K-9 Unit in particular, for always going above and beyond in their interactions with all of the residents in our community.

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Upcoming Events

Have you made reservations? Don't miss Cherry Hill Restaurant Week, 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! ??

Regatta
The USRowing Masters National Championship comes to the Cooper River, Aug. 13-16.

Cooper River to host USRowing
Masters National Championships

Cherry Hill joins with Camden County, Rutgers Alumni Rowing and other local municipalities to welcome the USRowing Masters National Championships to the Cooper River from Aug. 13-16! The event, with more than 2,000 participants and an anticipated 5,000 spectators from across the nation, is expected to be the largest regatta ever hosted by USRowing. The Cooper River is widely known as one of the country's best rowing venues, and we are proud to join with our partners in celebrating this spectacular five-day event. As part of the week's festivities, the Township and some of our local restaurants have partnered to host a Restaurant Regatta Night on Thursday, Aug. 13, and the Friends of Barclay will host guided tours during a special open house at historic Barclay Farmstead that afternoon (details below). This event promises to be a significant boost for our local economy, and a rewarding experience for all. Please join me in welcoming USRowing to Cherry Hill, and in wishing all of this year's competitors the best of luck. Click here to learn more about the event, and for links to special events planned throughout the area during the Championships. 
Barclay Farmstead
Costumed interpreters will offer free tours of historic Barclay Farmstead during a special open house on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Special tours of Barclay Farmstead
to be held this Thursday, noon-4 p.m. 

As part of our celebration of the USRowing Championships coming to Camden County next weekend, the Township and the Friends of Barclay will host a special open house and tours of historic Barclay Farmstead from noon to 4 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 13. Guests will enjoy special tours of the house, guided by our costumed interpreters, and will be able 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. This event is open to everyone. Can't make it on Thursday? The farmhouse is 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.

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.

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Senior Festival
The Township will host its annual Senior Festival at the Carman Tilelli Community Center on Monday, Sept. 21.

Senior Living

Save the Date: Senior Festival 2015
scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21  

The Township's Senior Festival gets bigger and better every year, and this year's event promises to be the best yet! Beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, the Carmen Tilelli Community Center will play host to exhibitors, demonstrations, information, prizes and food -- all of which is free to Cherry Hill Gold Card holders. All residents ages 55 and up qualify for a Gold Card - and if you don't have one, you can obtain one today by contacting Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800, or e-mail gpino@chtownship.com. Stay tuned for other updates and information on this very special event, as the date approaches! 

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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