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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.
Cherry Hill Sept. 11 ceremony
Cherry Hill Township marked the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday morning.

Township News

Mayor, Council mark 9/11 anniversary

This morning, the members of Township Council and I joined the men and women of the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments and members of the public for a very solemn ceremony to honor and remember those we lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We will never forget the 2,977 men and women killed in the attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania -- including 411 first responders who gave their lives answering that day. As we mark the 14th anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation's history, we stand together as Americans to pay tribute to those lost in the attacks, as well as the thousands of men and women who have given their lives in the name of freedom and security in the years since. We will never, ever forget their sacrifice. Click here for photos of this morning's service. 

Traffic alert: Lane shifts in place on Route 70 through Sept. 21

Motorists are advised that lane shifts will be in place on Route 70 westbound between Frontage Road and Kingston Drive to enable road repairs being completed over the next week. Work is taking place in the left lane of travel, and lane shifts will be in effect 24 hours a day until approximately Sept. 21. Please use caution. 

Chief Monaghan at Church Road Civic Association
Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan met with the Church Road Civic Association on Wednesday, Sept. 9. 

Chief Monaghan, CHPD meet with
the Church Road Civic Association

Chief William Monaghan and members of the Cherry Hill Police Department met with the Church Road Civic Association at the group's monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The Chief and his officers discussed a number of CHPD initiatives, including recruitment, the implementation and impact of DDACTS (Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety), our new CodeRed emergency notification system, and several other topics, followed by a lengthy question-and-answer session. Thank you to Chief Monaghan and our police officers for taking time out to speak with the Civic Association, and thank you to the residents who contributed their time, attention and thoughtful discussion!

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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.

Camden County moves to restrict sale of puppy mill pets

The Camden County Board of Freeholders have introduced a measure that would restrict the sale of puppy mill dogs within Camden County and promote more humane treatment of animals in our communities. Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilwoman Melinda Kane joined the Freeholders, other local officials and members of the public for the announcement on Thursday afternoon. Cherry Hill Township is proud to support the Freeholders' efforts to promote the health and welfare of pets in our community, and around South Jersey. Click here for more information.

K-9 Sem
K-9 Sem is pictured here with his handler, Officer Corey Knoedler.

Cherry Hill police mourn retired K-9 Sem

It was with deep sadness this week that we learned of the passing of K-9 Sem, ?#?K18?, a retired Cherry Hill Police Dog handled by Officer Corey Knoedler. K-9 Sem was specially bred for police work and trained in narcotics detection. He attended the Philadelphia Canine Academy and was a recipient of numerous awards and commendations throughout his term with the department. He served faithfully from Oct. 11, 2010, to Dec. 1, 2014. 
The members of Council and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Cherry Hill Police Department and to Officer Knoedler and his family during this time of loss, and we salute K-9 Sem’s dedicated service to our Department and the Cherry Hill community. Click here to view additional photos of K-9 Sem.

CHPD welcomes new SLEO II officers
SLEOs Tomeo, Barone and Day (pictured left to right) graduated from the Camden County Police Academy on Friday, Sept. 4.

CHPD welcomes new SLEO II officers

Please join me in welcoming the newest members of the Cherry Hill Police Department: Special Law Enforcement Officers Barone, Day Tomeo, who graduated on Friday, Sept. 4, from the Camden County Police Academy Special Law Enforcement Officer II Class #1. SLEO II Day was the Class Leader and recipient of the Merit Award and SLEO II Tomeo received the Academic Award. On behalf of my administration and the members of Council, we wish these officers the best of luck in their new careers!

Mosquito Spraying
The Camden County Mosquito Commission is scheduled to spray several areas in Cherry Hill.

Camden County Mosquito Commission
to spray in Cherry Hill on Sept. 11, 14

The Camden County Mosquito Commission will spray in several neighborhoods throughout Cherry Hill from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, and from 2 to 6 a.m. (in the early-morning hours) on Monday, Sept. 14. 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.

Kennedy Health System
Mayor Cahn and Council broke ground on Kennedy Hospital's transformation project in early summer.

Construction to begin Tuesday, Sept. 15 
on Kennedy Hospital transformation  

Kennedy University Hospital will begin construction on its Cherry Hill campus transformation on Tuesday, Sept. 15. This is an exciting project that will change the face of this longtime institution in our community, and we are eager to see the project completed! Patients and visitors are advised that a new temporary main entrance will open on Tuesday. This entrance can be accessed via the existing Chapel Avenue entrance, and limited parking will be available in the New Temporary Main Entrance parking lot. Free valet services will be offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Construction is expected to take up to 18 months; however, all hospital services will remain open during construction. Additional project information can be found at www.KennedyCherryHill.org. For questions, call (856) 488-6500. Thank you to the administration at Kennedy Hospital for its continued partnership, and its willingness to continue to stay, invest and grow right here in Cherry Hill! 

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.

Barclay Farmstead
Historic Barclay Farmstead celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016.

Photo contest kicks off 200th anniversary of Barclay Farmstead

Local photographers are invited to help us celebrate a milestone for Barclay Farmstead! The historic site will mark its 200th anniversary in 2016, and Cherry Hill Township and the Friends of Barclay are planning 12 months of exciting programs and events to commemorate the occasion. Help us kick off the festivities by contributing to our "Barclay 200" Photo Contest, and submit your best, most recognizable photo of the property for a chance to be featured on one of the covered of the 2016 Cherry Hill Community Magazine. Winning entries will also be displayed during Fall into the Arts at the Croft Farm Arts Center. The deadline to apply is Oct. 7. Submit photos to Events@chtownship.com; for more information, call the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or click here

Pavarotti Ensemble Concert
Cherry Hill Township and the Camden County Board of Freeholders present 'A Tribute to Pavarotti' on Oct. 25.

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.

Harvest Festival flier
The Township will host the annual Harvest Festival on 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 deadline for local artisans to register has been extended to Friday, Sept. 18. 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, or stay tuned to the Township website for updates. 

Cherry Hill Education Foundation
Shop at Whole Foods Cherry Hill on Sept. 17, and 5 percent of your purchase will be donated to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation.

Support the CH Education Foundation
by shopping at Whole Foods on Sept. 17

To show their support for Cherry Hill's children and their education, Whole Foods Market Cherry Hill will donate 5 percent of its sales on Thursday, Sept. 17, to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation. You can show your support for our community's young people by shopping at Whole Foods any time from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thank you to Whole Foods for its continued support of worthwhile programs and organizations in Cherry Hill. Click here to learn more about the Cherry Hill Education Foundation

Sustainable Cherry Hill Craft Day
Make beautiful 'up-cycled' home crafts with Sustainable Cherry Hill.

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.

Fox Hollow Fox Trot 5K logo

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!  

Library News and Events

Library Card Sign-Up Month continues through September

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. Also, join us on social media for a photo scavenger hunt and you could win a $25 gift card. Click here for details.

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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.

  • Play-Doh Playdate
    3-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12
    Calling all little sculptors! Join us for an afternoon of creation. We'll provide the dough, the kids supply the imagination! Open to all ages. No registration.
  • Letter Writers Alliance
    7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 If you enjoy written correspondence and are passionate about keeping the art of letter writing alive, attend this to meeting to discuss upcoming events and we’ll also have time to write letters! No registration.
  • Houlihan's Dining Fundraiser
    5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16

    Head to Houlihan's in Cherry Hill between 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. and a portion of your bill will benefit the Cherry Hill Public Library. You must present this flyer to your server to participate.

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 Senior Festival
Cherry Hill will once again host a free Senior Festival from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21.

Senior Living

Don't miss our FREE Senior Festival, 
starting at 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. Attendees can enjoy breakout sessions on the topics like medicare, heart disease, reverse mortgage, volunteer opportunities and more! Cherry Hill residents with a Gold Card will receive a free boxed lunch. 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

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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