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.
Mayor Cahn delivers Budget address
Mayor Chuck Cahn addresses Council ahead of the introduction of the Township budget on Monday, Aug. 17.

Township News

Mayor Cahn introduces fourth straight budget with no tax increase

On Monday night, I proudly introduced to Council my proposed municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2016. I am extremely pleased to share that, for a fourth year in a row, there will be no increase in your municipal taxes for the coming year. Highlights of the budget include funding for infrastructure, recreation and public safety -- and more than $8 million for road improvements for FY16. That's more than double the amount allocated for roadwork in 2015, which will allow us to make a significant impact on our local roads most in need of repair. This year's budget is the result of our continued commitment to run the local government efficiently and effectively, and our ongoing efforts to attract new businesses to Cherry Hill and revitalize underutilized properties, to return them to our tax rolls at a higher and better use. As Mayor, I am proud to present a budget that positions to address our current needs as a Township, while also allowing us the flexibility to plan for the future. Click here for more information, and to read my full address to Council.

American Little League proclamation
Mayor Cahn, Council President Dave Fleisher and Councilman Brian Bauerle take a photo with American Little League's 12U team. 

Mayor, Council honor CHALL's 12U Team

Prior to Monday's budget introduction, the members of Council and I had the privilege of honoring the players and coaches on Cherry Hill American Little League's 12U Team, which was crowned the 2015 Little League New Jersey District 13 Champion earlier this summer. This talented young group of players brought home the championship banner on July 10, with a 6-3 victory over Haddonfield. Please join me in congratulating all of this year's players, as well as coaches Ed Chorzelewski, Jim DiVietro and Steve Lang, on a great season. We are incredibly proud of you! 

Traffic Alert: Utility work to Brace Road traffic on Brace Rd.

Emergency utility work will remain in place on Brace Road between Berlin and Kresson Roads 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for approximately two to three weeks. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction, and significant delays are expected during peak travel times. Motorists should avoid the area, and seek an alternate route for the duration of this project. Follow the Cherry Hill Police Department on Facebook for up-to-date traffic information as it becomes available.
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Microsurfacing program continues on local roads

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve roads around Cherry Hill, the Township Department of Engineering will continue our 2015 Microsurfacing program next week on area roadways. 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.

Councilwoman Kane honors WWII Veteran
Councilwoman Melinda Kane helped to honor a local World War II veteran on Tuesday, Aug. 18

Cherry Hill honors WWII Veteran

On Tuesday, Councilwoman Melinda Kane joined residents from across our community for a surprise tribute to World War II veteran and Cherry Hill resident Harold Weiss. The 94-year-old Army veteran was unable to go on an Honor Flight -- an all-expense-paid Tour of Honor to Washington, D.C. offered to all World War II veterans -- and so Weiss's friends, family, fellow veterans, first responders, community organizations local officials brought the Honor Flight to his home in Society Hill. Councilwoman Kane proudly presented Weiss with a proclamation declaring a day in his honor in the Township, as a way for our entire community to thank him for his years of service to our nation. It was a touching tribute to a man who very deeply deserved it. Click here to read more about the program from the Courier-Post.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Cherry Hill Police are targeting impaired drivers as part of a nationwide enforcement crackdown through Sept. 7.

Cherry Hill Police target impaired driving 

From Aug. 21 to Sept. 7, the Cherry Hill Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2015 Labor Day statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. For the next three weeks, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools. This is an important program that addresses a very serious issue, particularly during the busy summer travel season. Click here to learn more, and please be smart and stay safe this Labor Day weekend. 

Cherry Hill Fire Department offers EMT Certification Class

The Cherry Hill Fire Department EMS Training Division is offering an EMT Initial Certification Class. Classes begin Sept. 22, and run through Feb. 25. For more information, or to register, click here
Cherry Hill Restaurant Week
Cherry Hill Restaurant Week will continue through Sunday, Aug. 23.

Upcoming Events

Don't miss out: Cherry Hill 
Restaurant Week ends Sunday 

It's not too late to take advantage of the delicious deals offered through Cherry Hill Restaurant Week! The Township's premier culinary event runs through Sunday at more than a dozen local restaurants. Enjoy 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.

Harvest Festival Flier
This year's Harvest Festival will feature a Craft Fair. Save the Date: Oct. 18 at historic Croft Farm.

Save the Date: Harvest Festival, Oct. 18  

This year's Harvest Festival and Fire & Life Safety Day will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at historic Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road. For the first time, this year's event will feature a Craft Fair, and the Department of Recreation is in search of local artisans to showcase home goods or accessories; up-cycled, repurposed or architectural salvage, jewelry and clothing, and original art and photography. In addition to the Craft Fair, this year's Festival will feature plenty of family-friendly fun and entertainment for everyone, including a pumpkin patch, farmer's market, moon bounce, rock wall, face painting, balloon artists, a petting zoo, fire hose squirt, the Kid Card ID program, and much more! To inquire about participating in the Craft Fair, contact Gabrielle Centrone at (856) 488-7868. For more information about Harvest Festival, email Events@chtownship.com. 

Library News and Events

Library to open late on Monday, Aug. 24

The Cherry Hill Public Library will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, to allow for computer upgrades. From Aug. 24-26, patrons will not be able to place new holds, or log into their account through the library website. If you need to renew books from home, please contact the Circulation Department at (856) 667-0300, ext. 3. 

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.

  • Mobile Device and Laptop Help
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22
    Receive expert advice for your laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Click here for details.
  • Must-Watch Documentary: 'Life Itself'
    Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the library. Click here for details. 
  • Lunch and a Movie: 'Birdman'
    Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the library. Click here for details.  
  • It's Book Time with Ronald McDonald!
    7-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27
    Address reading in a fun way, for children in grades K-3. Click here for details. 

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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AARP logo
The AARP will offer its Smart Driver Course for Seniors on Oct. 13-14.

Senior Living

AARP Smart Driver Course: Oct 13-14

The AARP will bring its Smart Driver Course for Seniors to the Municipal Building (820 Mercer St.) on Oct. 13 and 14, 2015. The two-day program is packed with useful information for drivers ages 55 and up, and could even entitle participants to an auto-insurance discount. The course runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 13, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14. For more information, or to enroll, call the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868. Registration is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members; make checks payable to AARP, and bring payment to the Recreation Department, Room 102, Town Hall. To learn more about this or other senior-related programs in Cherry Hill, 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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