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.

Cherry Hill moves to fully automated trash collection

Cherry Hill will move to fully automated residential trash collection later this year, under a new five-year contract for trash collection and disposal services awarded by Township Council on Monday, Sept. 28. The system will function similarly to the Township’s existing recycling program, and each household in the Township will receive a green, 96-gallon, wheeled trash can in mid- to late-November. Automation will allow for more efficient and effective trash services and help to keep our neighborhoods neat and clean on collection day. The move to automation provides for a savings of approximately $1.35 million compared with the cost of manual trash-collection service over the life of the contract. Click here for more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

National Public Lands Day 2015
Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilman Brian Bauerle pick up trash along Brace Road on National Public Lands Day.

Council, community members take part in National Public Lands Day 2015

Several community members and members of Township Council came together on Saturday, Sept. 19, to clean up our public spaces as part of National Public Lands Day in Cherry Hill. Council President Dave Fleisher, Vice President Sara Lipsett and Council members Brian Bauerle and Carole Roskoph worked alongside the Cherry Hill Environmental Board and local residents to clean up trash and complete a number of public trail improvements on the grounds of our historic Croft Farm. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, and this year's volunteers' willingness to help beautify and preserve our local natural resources is a wonderful example of why Cherry Hill is a great place to live, work and play. Thank you to CHEB, our Council members, and all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication. 

Final paving on Old Orchard Road set for Tuesday, Oct. 6

The Township Engineering Department is expected to complete final paving of Old Orchard Road from Thornhill Road to Highgate Lane on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The work had originally been scheduled for this past week, but was delayed due to inclement weather. 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.

Flu shots
Free flu shots are available Oct. 9 at the Carman Tilelli Community Center.

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 and flu-shot clinic dates across Camden County, click here.

Cherry Hill Police release recommended Trick-or-treat hours

The Cherry Hill Police Department has released its guidelines for Halloween 2015. As in past years, the CHPD recommends that trick-or-treating take place between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. A 7 p.m. suggested curfew will be in effect for children under 18 not accompanied by an adult on both Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. Police in marked and unmarked cars will be patrolling local streets on both evenings, along with fire and emergency personnel and local neighborhood watch groups. Click here for this year's complete guidelines. 

Mayor Cahn welcomes King Abdullah of Jordan
Mayor Cahn and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed King Abdullah II of Jordan to Cherry Hill last month.

Jordan's King Abdullah II visits
Cherry Hill pharmaceutical company

On Sept. 24, my wife Stephanie and I helped welcome King Abdullah II of Jordan to the West-Ward Pharmaceuticals’ Manufacturing Facility in Cherry Hill. West-Ward is the U.S. subsidiary of Hikma Pharmaceuticals, a Jordanian pharmaceutical group with operations worldwide. Cherry Hill and West-Ward were honored that His Majesty decided to visit our Cherry Hill facility, and I was delighted to formally welcome him into our community. The event comprised a short tour and briefing about the facility and the company’s U.S. operations, and was closed to media and members of the public. 

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CHPD to begin accepting applications for new recruits on Monday, Oct. 5

On Monday, Oct. 5, the Cherry Hill Police Department will begin accepting applications from all qualified individuals who are interested in testing for the position of Police Officer in the Township of Cherry Hill. Interested applicants should e-mail their name, address and valid email address to CHPDjobs@cherryhillpolice.com to receive an electronic copy of the application. Applications may also be obtained in person from Police Records during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Click here for more information.

CHPD at 2015 Blue Mass
Members of the Cherry Hill Police attended the annual Blue Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

CHPD officers, Honor Guard
take part in annual Blue Mass

The Cherry Hill Police Department Honor Guard and several other members of the Cherry Hill Police Department joined officers and first responders from across the South Jersey region for the 14th annual "Blue Mass" at Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Blackwood on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Blue Mass is an annual event that pays tribute to those members of law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to honor those who still serve. Please join me in thanking the men and women of our Cherry Hill Police Department for their tireless efforts to keep our community safe.

Fire Prevention Week 2015
Mayor Cahn and Council issued a proclamation for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10.

Mayor, Council recognize Oct. 4-10
as National Fire Prevention Week 

Township Council presented Chief Thomas Kolbe and members of the Cherry Hill Fire Department and Board of Fire Commissioners with a special proclamation Monday night in recognition of Fire Prevention Week, which will be celebrated nationally from Oct. 4-10, 2015. As part of this year's Fire Prevention Week activities, the Cherry Hill Fire Department will host open houses at local fire stations 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, and please join me in thanking the men and women of the Cherry Hill Fire Department for their efforts to educate our community, and keep our homes and families safe all year long.

CHFD offers Safe Babysitting Class for teens

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will offer a Safe Babysitting Class for Cherry Hill residents ages 13 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Attendees will be instructed in personal and fire safety, and become certified in CPR and First Aid. Click here for additional details, and to register.

Barclay Farmstead
Barclay Farmstead will be open for tours from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 4.

Upcoming Events

Visit Barclay Farmstead this weekend

Visit historic Barclay Farmstead from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday for free, guided tours of the 19th century Quaker farmhouse and a special whirligig-making activity for children from 1-3 p.m. Can't make it this month? Don't worry: The Farmstead will be open for one final open house of 2015 on the first Sunday of November. 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.


Barclay 200 Photo Contest extended to Nov. 2

This weekend is also an ideal opportunity to snap some unique outdoor shots (indoor photography is not permitted) of the historic farmhouse for our "Barclay 200" photo contest, which has been extended until Nov. 2. Barclay Farmstead will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2016, and the Township, along with 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 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 this year's Holiday House at Barclay. The deadline to apply is Nov. 2. Submit photos to Events@chtownship.com; for more information, call the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or click here.

Fall Into the Arts 2015

Fall into the Arts opens Oct. 10
with 'Meet the Artists' reception

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. A special "Meet the Artists" opening reception will take place from 6- 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 inside the Arts Center at 100 Borton's Mill Road. This special event is free and open to all. Local photographers are invited to submit their work to be displayed during this special event. Intake is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7. 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.

Harvest Festival Flier

Harvest Festival set for Sunday, Oct. 18

Round up the family and join Cherry Hill Township, Cherry Hill Police and the Cherry Hill Fire Department at Harvest Festival, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Croft Farm. There will be activities for all, including a pumpkin patch, pony rides and petting zoo, a new craft fair and interactive activities from the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments. We're also asking everyone to bring a canned food item to be donated to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. For more information about Harvest Festival, email Events@chtownship.com, or stay tuned to the Township website for updates! 

Shredding and 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.

Early-registration for Co-Ed Basketball runs through Monday

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 deadline to register at the "early-bird" registration fee has been extended until Monday, Oct. 5. Registration on or before Monday, Oct. 5, is $115; $130 after Oct. 5. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

  • Volunteer Fair
    2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4

    If you are looking for ways to help out in your community or know a student who needs community service hours, stop by the Library's 10th Annual Volunteer Fair. Volunteer managers from nearly 30 local non-profit and community organizations seeking volunteers will be on hand to inform the public about their services and the different opportunities available to become involved. Open to all ages and interests. 
  • Barking Book Buddies
    7-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5
    Your child will have a great time practicing reading skills with fun literacy games and some very special furry friends! Open to children in grades K-4. Barking Book Buddies is presented in partnership with Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team. Click here to register. 
  • Thursday Morning
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 8
    Are You Getting Your Best Sleep? Edwin Frost, President and Chief Clinical Officer of CPAP America, a one-stop-shop for sleep apnea relief and education, will discuss possible disorders affecting your sleep and the consequences of leaving them untreated. 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.

Senior Living tips
Cherry Hill offers a number of programs and activities for residents ages 55 and up.

Senior Living

Cherry Hill is a great place for residents 
ages 55+ to live, work, play and retire!

Did you know that there are a number of activities, social clubs and programs targeted specifically toward Cherry Hill residents ages 55 and up? From monthly luncheons and concerts, to senior clubs, to our Gold Card discount program - there's truly something for everyone. Click here for more information. To learn more about these programs, or any other issue of interest to Cherry Hill seniors, please contact our Senior Services Program Coordinator, Gaye Pino, directly at gpino@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4800.

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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