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.
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Cherry Hill Police prepared for Papal visit; follow us online for traffic updates

The Cherry Hill Police Department is anticipating a record amount of traffic and extreme congestion near the Woodcrest PATCO station through Monday, as people flock to our region for the Pope's visit to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. We expect the heaviest traffic to come on Saturday and Sunday. As a result, the CHPD has implemented parking restrictions on a number of streets in Woodcrest, Ashland and Downs Farm. 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 have worked closely together for the last several weeks preparing for this event. Please follow Cherry Hill Township and Cherry Hill Police online throughout the weekend for any relevant updates.  

Town Hall Meeting Sept. 21
Mayor Cahn and Council met with more than 100 residents at the Cherry Hill Library on Sept. 21.

Mayor, Council host Town Hall meeting

On Monday night, Council members Brian Bauerle and Carole Roskoph joined me to host a Town Hall-style meeting with residents in Cherry Hill Estates, Forrest Park, Knollwood, Windsor Park West and Surrey Place West. For two hours, we answered questions, shared news about the great things happening in Cherry Hill, and talked about issues relevant to the standing-room-only crowd that packed the Cherry Hill Library's lower-level conference room. It was a great group of people, and a wonderful opportunity for Council and I to answer questions and get to know some of our residents. The meeting was part of an ongoing series of Town Hall-style meetings Council and I have hosted over the last several months, and we have others scheduled throughout the community in the coming weeks. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to engage with our other neighborhoods in the very near future. Thank you to all who came out on Monday!

Cherry Hill awarded $50,000 in County Recreation Grants

This week, my office received word that the Township had been awarded a total of $50,000 in Recreation Enhancement Grants by the Camden County Board of Freeholders. The two $25,000 grants will fund two pending projects: The construction of new tennis courts at Locustwood Park/Cherry Hill West, which is expected to be completed in the coming weeks, and the construction of three new pickleball courts at Lions Den Park. This is great news, and will allow us to continue to invest heavily in our public parks and recreational facilities, to benefit all of our residents. Click here to read more about the grants.

Work continues next week on Old Orchard Road

The Township Engineering Department will continue its work next week on Old Orchard Road. Weather-permitting, crews will complete base repairs on the road between Thornhill Road and Highgate Lane on Monday, Sept. 28. Paving on that same stretch is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30. This work is part of a multi-phase effort to repave all of Old Orchard Road, with the assistance of grant money from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The Township has been awarded nearly $800,000 for the project to date. Click here to learn more.

Senior Festival 2015
Mayor Cahn and Councilman Jim Bannar speak with a resident during Monday's Senior Festival.

Hundreds of residents turn out for
Cherry Hill's annual Senior Festival

Thank you to all the residents and vendors who turned out to make our 2015 Senior Festival a tremendous success! Hundreds of men and women visited the event this past Monday at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, and enjoyed a free boxed lunch, met with me, members of Council, representative from the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, and learned more about the programs and services Cherry Hill Township and our local partners offer to residents ages 55 and up. From break-out educational sessions, to free giveaways and even a handful of raffle prizes, there was truly something for everyone, and a great time was had by all who attended. Cherry Hill is a great place to live, work, play and retire, and it was a pleasure to spend such a great afternoon with so many of our senior residents. We're already looking forward to next year! 

Free flu-shot clinic scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9, at Town Hall

In preparation for the 2015 flu season, the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services will once again offer free flu shots to Cherry Hill residents from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 9, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Please bring your Medicare or medical insurance card and your Social Security Number. For more information, click here.

Race for Prevention
Councilman Brian Bauerle speaks at Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey's Race for Prevention 5K on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Council kicks off Race for Prevention 5K

Councilman Brian Bauerle and Council Vice President Sara Lipsett helped kick off the Race for Prevention 5K at Road Runner Sports on Saturday, Sept. 19. Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, the family fun run raised funds in memory of Jessica Miller, a little girl who died as a result of child abuse more than 10 years ago. Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey was founded in 1979, and is currently the only statewide agency dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all forms for all New Jersey children. Annually, PCA-NJ serves more than 43,000 children and families throughout the state. Thank you to this year's organizers for hosting such a worthwhile event, and for inviting us to be a part of it.


CHFD to host open houses for Fire Prevention Week

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will be conducting "Open Houses" at local fire stations during Fire Prevention Week, on Oct. 6 and 8. This is the perfect opportunity for Cherry Hill residents to visit their neighborhood firehouse, talk to Firefighters and  EMTs and learn about the fire apparatus and equipment being used today. Get an up-close, personal look at ladders, engines, squirts and ambulances, and take home important fire safety information. Click here to learn more.

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. In addition to a new 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, interactive activities with the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, and much more! For more information about Harvest Festival, email Events@chtownship.com, or stay tuned to the Township website for updates! 

Shredding, Recycling Day Flier

Cherry Hill hosts shredding, recycling event at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25

Cherry Hill residents will have a unique opportunity to recycle almost any household item at a very special Shredding and Recycling Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Township Public Works Complex. The day will serve as an opportunity to learn about the variety of items that are recyclable in Cherry Hill. Residents can bring up to three boxes of documents to be shredded securely. Other items to be collected include plastic bags, CFL light bulbs, electronic waste (hard drives will be destroyed), rechargeable batteries, tires, used oil and car batteries. Residents will also have the one-time-only opportunity to recycle "rigid" plastics, including outdoor climbers and other toys, crates, plastic trash cans, lawn chairs and pet carriers. Hazardous waste will not be accepted. The event is FREE and open to residents only. Click here for more information.

Register now for Co-Ed Community Basketball League

Registration is now open for Cherry Hill's Co-Ed Community Basketball League, open to boys and girls in grades 2 through 10. Tryouts/team assignments will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10; the season runs on Saturdays from Oct. 17 through March 19. The registration fee is $115 before Oct. 2; $130 after Oct. 2. The league is open to Cherry Hill residents only. Sign up online at https://RecOnline.cherryhill-nj.com. For more information, click here or contact the Department of Rereation at (856) 488-7868.

Cherry Hill Alliance

Cherry Hill Alliance presents 'Parent University' on Oct. 13

The Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will present "Parent University," a series of interactive workshops about several important topics, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Attendees can select one workshop from the three that are offered, on topics including mental health and addiction, bullying, and the rising popularity of e-cigarettes. Don't miss out on this special evening filled with important information for any parent. For questions, or to register, call (856) 488-7889, or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com. Click here for more information.

Sustainable Cherry Hill Craft Day
Create beautiful 'up-cycled' crafts with Sustainable Cherry Hill on Saturday.

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.

Dolphin Dash 5K
The Downs Farm Swim Club will host the annual Dolphin Dash 5K on Oct. 18.

Downs Farm Swim Club to host
Dolphin Dash 5K on Sunday, Oct. 18

The Downs Farm Swim Club will host the 4th annual Dolphin Dash 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. The event begins at Horace Mann Elementary School, and proceeds will cover the costs of equipment for our youth athletes. The family-friendly race is open to participants of all ages and abilities, whether you want to walk the course, attempt your first 5K run, or are looking to log a great time. Click here for a registration link and other details.

Unitarian Church hosts community open house this Sunday

Members of the public are invited to visit the Unitarian Universalist Church beginning at 10:15 a.m. this Sunday, Sept. 27, for a special community open house. Visitors will learn more about Unitarian Universalism, meet with members, learn about church activities and resources, and meet new co-ministers Rev. Kristin Schmidt and Rev. Christian Schmidt. The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 401 Kings Highway North. For more information and directions, visit www.uucch.org. 

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.

  • Banned Books Week starts Saturday, Sept. 26! Stop by the Banned Books display in the Library Lobby and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for #bannedbooks updates all week long!
  • American Girl Movie
    3–4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
    In celebration of Molly, our newest addition in our American Girl lending collection, we will be watching Molly: An American Girl on the Homefront while making crafts from the 1940s. Join us as we learn about life on the home front in the 1940's. Parents & dolls welcome! No registration.  
  • Must Watch Documentary: Scatter My Ashes as Bergdorf’s
    Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the library. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. No registration.  Click here for details about the film. 
  • Meet the Author: Gil Gaul
    7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29

    Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning Cherry Hill author, Gil Gaul, will discuss his new book Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football. Read the New York Times review here.
  • Toddler Dance Party
    10–10:30 a.m.Friday, Oct. 2
    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 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. 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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