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.

Town Hall closed for Labor Day; trash, recycling pickup delayed

The Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building closed at 3 p.m. today, and will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Municipal offices will open for normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Please note that there will be no trash, recycling or yard-waste collection on Monday's holiday. Both Monday's and Tuesday's routes will be collected Tuesday; all other collection days will remain the same. Click here for more information. On behalf of the members of Township Council and all of us in Town Hall, have a safe, happy Labor Day weekend.

Library Card Sign-Up Month
Mayor Cahn, Library Director Laverne Mann, and Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Meloche kick off Library Card Sign-Up Month in Cherry Hill.

Mayor Cahn, Dr. Meloche celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Cherry Hill Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Meloche joined me at the Cherry Hill Public Library on Tuesday to kick off National Library Card Sign-Up Month, which is celebrated across the country throughout the month of September. The Cherry Hill Public Library joins public libraries nationwide in encouraging all members of the community to check out our library! The resources and possibilities are endless when you have a library card. During the month of September, all new members will receive a special welcome packet – filled with everything needed to make the most of what CHPL has to offer. Stop by today, or if you are already a member, bring a friend and introduce them to the Heart of Town! 

Back to School Safety
We must all work together to ensure a safe, secure return to school for our motorists and students alike.

School is back: Slow down on local roads

With back-to-school season in full effect, please remember that it is important to slow down, stay alert and safely share our local roadways with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, to ensure that you, and they, get where you need to go safely and securely. Whether you and your children walk, bike or take the bus to school, it is equally important that they take the proper safety precautions, as well.
To aid in this effort, the Cherry Hill Police Department has assembled a list of helpful tips for both motorists and students. Click here to find the information on the CHPD Facebook page. By working together, being patient and following the rules of the road, we can all enjoy a safe and happy return to our fall routines. Good luck and best wishes to all of our students for a fun and successful 2015-16 school year! 

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Cherry Hill Police plan traffic, parking restrictions for weekend of Papal visit

The Cherry Hill Police Department has released details of parking restrictions and other traffic controls planned in the area of the Woodcrest PATCO Station from Sept. 25-28, when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. In anticipation of potentially overwhelming traffic congestion in the area -- particularly on Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27 -- new traffic patterns and parking restrictions will be in place on both main roads and residential streets in the neighborhoods closest to the train station. These measures are intended to enhance the safety of motorists and pedestrians traveling into the city for the Pope's visit, and to alleviate any potential negative impacts from the event to our residents and neighborhoods. Click here for the detailed traffic plan and related information. My office and the CHPD will continue to work closely together to try to minimize the effect of this event on our community.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The Cherry Hill Police Department will crack down on intoxicated drivers through the Labor Day weekend.

Cherry Hill Police target impaired driving 

The Cherry Hill Police Department will continue its crackdown on drunk drivers this weekend as part of the 2015 Labor Day statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Through Sept. 7, 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

Mosquito
The Camden County Mosquito Commission will spray in Cherry Hill on Sept. 8.

Mosquito Commission to spray Sept. 8

The Camden County Mosquito Commission will spray in several neighborhoods throughout Cherry Hill from 2 to 6 a.m. (in the early-morning hours) on Tuesday, Sept. 8. All spraying is weather-permitting. Click here for details and a list of roads scheduled to be sprayed. The Mosquito Commission regularly checks several thousand suspected mosquito breeding sites across the county, and spraying is scheduled on as needed, based upon the results of their surveillance efforts. For more information, or to inquire about spraying in your area contact the Mosquito Commission directly at (856) 566-2945.

Fall into the Arts 2015

Upcoming Events

Photographers: Submit your work
for our Juried Photography Show

Calling all photographers! The Cherry Hill Arts Board will host the Township's annual Fall Into the Arts Juried Photography Show from Oct. 10-25, 2015, inside the Croft Farm Arts Center. Local photographers are invited to submit their work to be displayed during this special event. The show is open to all experience levels and ages; not all work will be selected to be hung. There is a $10 fee per entry, maximum three entries per person. For more information and guidelines, visit http://CherryHillArts.blogspot.com or email Arts@CHTownship.com.

Pavarotti Ensemble Concert Flier
The Ensemble Concert Series returns to Croft Farm Oct. 25, with a tribute to Pavarotti.

Ensemble Series at Croft Farm presents
a tribute to Pavarotti: Sunday, Oct. 25

The Cherry Hill Ensemble Series at Croft Farm returns on Sunday, Oct. 25 with "A Tribute to Pavarotti," featuring performers from the Academy of Vocal Arts. This show is sponsored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($12 for Seniors with a Gold Card; $5 for students) and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, contact the Department of Recreation at (856) 488-7868 or
e-mail Arts@CHTownship.com.

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Harvest Festival returns to the grounds of Croft Farm on Sunday, Oct. 18.

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. 

Fox Hollow Fox Trot 5K

Fox Trot 5K to benefit Fox Hollow Swim Club, Cherry Hill Education Foundation

Join Fox Hollow Swim Club on Saturday, Sept. 12, for the first-ever Fox Trot 5K, which will benefit both the swim club and the Cherry Hill Education Foundation. Members of Township Council will help kick off the event at 8:30 a.m., followed by an award ceremony and a full slate of family-friendly fun, including a moon bounce, live entertainment, food, prizes and giveaways, and more. The race will be run entirely in the Fox Hollow neighborhood, on a USATF-certified route. Click here to register, and follow Fox Hollow Swim Club on Facebook for additional information. Click here to read about the event in the Cherry Hill Sun. We are looking forward to a great event, and hope to see you there supporting these wonderful organizations in our community!  

Sustainable Cherry Hill Craft Day
Join Sustainable Cherry Hill for a Fall Craft Day event on Sept. 26.

Sustainable Cherry Hill to host Craft Day

Kick off the autumn season with Sustainable Cherry Hill, which will host a special hands-on fall craft event using upcycled waste material from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Croft Farm. Participants will create a fun t-shirt bag and beautiful home decorative items.
The event is free, but please reserve your seat today at www.SustainableCherryHill.org. This event is presented by Sustainable Cherry Hill's Art and Sustainability Task Force. Click here for more information.

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 will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day, and is closed on Sundays through Sept. 20.

  • Jr. Friends Meeting
    1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5
    Students in grades 6-12 can join to earn community service hours by volunteering at library events throughout the year. Annual dues are $5. Click here for more information.
  • Lunch and a Movie: 'Focus'
    Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the library. Click here for details.
  • PC and Internet Security
    10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10

    Attend this free computer class to learn important aspects of computer and Internet security of which all users should be aware. Click here to register. 
  • Toddler Dance Party
    10-10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11

    Join us for a rockin' good time of unstructured play as toddlers and their caregivers dance along to kid-friendly Top 40 tunes. No registration. 

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 Gold Card
The Township's Gold Card program offers residents ages 55+ discounts at local businesses and special access to Township events. 

Senior Living

Gold Card program offers discounts
for Cherry Hill residents ages 55+

All Cherry Hill residents who are over 55 years of age are eligible for the Gold Card program. The program entitles cardholders to special deals and discounts at a number of local businesses and retailers, free admission to performances at Cherry Hill's two high schools and discounted pricing for programs and events through the Township Recreation Department, including the upcoming Senior Festival on Sept. 21. Participation in the program is free for eligible residents; to enroll, contact Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800 or gpino@chtownship.com, or stop by Room 102 of the Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St. Browse the Gold Card Directory online for information on participating businesses, and be sure to give it a look before you spend any money. You may be surprised to find a great discount! 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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