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.

Reminder: Automated trash collection begins later this year

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 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.

Greek Agora 2015
Mayor Cahn (center) and members of Council celebrated the opening of the Greek Agora on Thursday morning.

Mayor, Council kick off Greek Agora; 
festival continues through Sunday

On Thursday, Council and I joined Fr. Christoforos Oikonomidis and the congregation at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church to kick off one of Cherry Hill's biggest cultural celebrations of the year, the Greek Agora. The festival, which draws nearly 20,000 visitors a year from across the Delaware Valley, celebrates Greek culture and highlights the best our local Greek community has to offer. From mouth-watering Greek food to traditional music and dancing, there's something for everyone. This year's festival will continue through Sunday, on the grounds of the church, 615 Mercer St. Click here to read more about it from the Courier-Post.

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Cherry Hill Police release recommended
Trick-or-Treat hours for this Halloween

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. 

Flu Shots
Did you miss Friday's flu shots at Town Hall? The Katz JCC will host a second clinic on Oct. 20.

Missed today's flu shots? Free shots available at the JCC on Oct. 20

If you missed Friday's free flu-shot clinic at Town Hall, don't worry: The Katz JCC will host another opportunity for Cherry Hill residents to get their free flu shots, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. These free clinics are presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Department of Health and Human Services, in preparation for the 2015 flu season. Shots are free for all Camden County residents ages 9 and up. Please bring your Medicare or medical insurance card, and your Social Security Number. For more information and additional flu-shot clinic dates across Camden County, click here

CHPD Naloxone Awards Recognition
Six Cherry Hill officers were honored for their efforts to save the lives of overdose victims.

Officers' life-saving efforts honored

Six Cherry Hill Police Officers were honored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Camden County's Addiction Awareness Task Force on Wednesday, for their life-saving efforts to administer Naloxone to individuals suffering from a drug overdose in our community. The officers were invited, along with Chief William Monaghan and other members of the Department, to a Naloxone Recognition Luncheon in acknowledgement of their work. The event police officers throughout Camden County who have administered Naloxone and saved the lives of our residents suffering from addiction during an overdose incident. The event's agenda included special recognition of these officers and a brief update on the efforts of the Addiction Awareness Task Force to address the heroin and opiate epidemic in our community. Congratulations to Cherry Hill Police Officers Cairns, Sorrentino, Heath, Cornforth, Bryant and Erney on their exemplary efforts. Click here for pictures from Wednesday's luncheon.

CHPD now accepting applications for new recruits

On Monday, Oct. 5, the Cherry Hill Police Department began 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 Oct. 6 CHAACA meeting
Chief Monaghan leads a discussion with members of the Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association.

Chief Monaghan, CHPD members meet with the African-American Civic Assn.

Cherry Hill Police Chief William Monaghan and members of the Police Department met this week with members of the Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association at the group's monthly meeting, to discuss police resources available within the community. The evening’s agenda included a discussion of Police recruitment efforts, Project Medicine Drop, CodeRed and home-alarm system registrations, and several other topics, as well as a lengthy question-and-answer session. Thank you to CHAACA for inviting the Department to attend this month's meeting, as well as to those members who attended Tuesday's meeting. 

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.

Fall into the Arts 2015

Upcoming Events

Fall into the Arts opens tomorrow
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. Join me and members of Township Council for a special "Meet the Artists" opening reception to kick off this year's show, from 6- 8 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 10) inside the Arts Center at 100 Borton's Mill Road. This special event is free and open to all. Don't miss out on this opportunity to see beautiful photos from local photographers! For more information, visit 
http://CherryHillArts.blogspot.com or email Arts@CHTownship.com.

Welcome to Cherry Hill
Meet Mayor Cahn and members of Council at Welcome to Cherry Hill Night, Oct. 15.

Join Mayor Cahn, Council on Oct. 15
for 'Welcome to Cherry Hill' night

Learn all about what makes Cherry Hill such a great place to live, work and play at our third annual Welcome to Cherry Hill night, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. Meet me and members of Township Council, mingle with your neighbors, and learn about Township services and community activities. Local restaurants will offer a free "Taste of Cherry Hill," Cherry Hill Police will host their Kid Card ID kiosk, and much more. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Questions? Call my office at (856) 488-7878, or e-mail Donna Dovey at ddovey@chtownship.com.
Click here for more information; click here to RSVP. 

Shredding and Recycling Day

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.

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.

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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.

SCH Food Day 2015

Taste, learn, take action at Food Day, Oct. 24 at Cherry Hill H.S. East

Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Health Task Force, in partnership with the Cherry Hill Public Schools, presents its 3rd annual Food Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Cherry Hill High School East. Get to know local, healthy, sustainable foods from across the region. Enjoy delicious samplings and vegetarian and gluten free options. Learn at a variety of food workshops. Family fun with kids Passport to Health. This year's event will include several workshops, including: 

  • Food Day Veggiecation Workshop for Kids: This year's Food Day will feature Kimmell Proctor's award winning culinary program Veggiecation, a food workshop for kids. Kimmel, the Good Eats Teach, is an educator, author, and board certified family health coach dedicated to inspiring children and families to be their healthiest selves. She offers fresh and fun nutrition programs to schools and parents to promote youth wellness and provide children of all ages and stages with healthy habits to last a lifetime.
  • The Magic of Vegan Meals: Presented by Anne Dinshah. Discover the magical question that gets everyone enjoying a vegan meal and having fun in the kitchen. Learn how to create delicious, sustainable, healthful plant-based recipes. This presentation is for those who don’t cook yet and those who love to cook!
  • Make it at Home - Kimchi Fermentation: Presented by Keith Monahan of GMO Free NJ. What is fermentation and why is it good for you? Get the basics on how to make Kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish of fermented vegetables made with a variety of seasonings.
For more information, or to register for this FREE event, visit www.SustainableCherryHill.org
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Sustainable Cherry Hill hosts nature walk, Oct. 24 along the Croft Farm trails

What does the face of nature look like to you? Explore the Croft Farm trails with Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Art & Sustainability Task Force, as they host the Faces of Nature Photography Walk, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, October 24. Explore the trails and learn a little bit about our natural environment. Capture what you see as the faces of nature on camera. Event is geared toward both camera-phone junkies and experienced photographers. Participants should meet at the Croft Farm Art Barn, and will leave promptly at 9 a.m.; if you arrive after 9, the entrance to the trail is located behind the art barn. Click here for more information, and to register.

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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 HwyREMINDER: The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day. We will reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

  • Dog Day of October
    Saturday, Oct. 10

    It's Pit Bull Awareness Month and Adopt a Shelter Pet Month! Join us at 10 a.m. for a Doggy Story time and at 11 a.m. for a DIY Dog Toy event. Free and open to all ages. No registration. Click here for details. 
  • Gallery Reception: John Hood
    1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11
    Meet artist John Hood and view his watercolor exhibit currently on display in the Library's Art Gallery. Reception is free and open to the public. Exhibit on display through Oct. 31.
  • Lunch and a Movie: 5 Flights Up
    Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library. Movie begins at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Adults of all ages welcome. No registration required. Click here for more information about the movie.

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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The Recreation Department offers a variety of activities for residents ages 55 and up.

Senior Living

The Recreation Dept. is a great resource 
for new empty-nesters, recent retirees

It's no secret that many families are attracted to Cherry Hill because of top-notch schools and youth sports leagues. Parents willingly sacrifice their own hobbies and extracurricular activities in favor of exposing their children to new activities and experiences. But then your children learn to drive, get their own jobs and move on to college. All of the sudden, you find yourself looking for meaningful ways to fill your available time. The Cherry Hill Recreation Department is not just a resource for children and young families. We can help you learn a new language, teach you how to play pickle ball, golf or tennis. We can introduce you to a new form of exercise or a new creative hobby such as stained glass or clay modeling. And, if you just happen to be over 55, we’ll even give you a $5 discount! There are more than 15,000 people over the age of 55 living in Cherry Hill, and the Recreation Department is here to serve you! Follow the Recreation Department on Facebook for upcoming events and activities, or browse a full listing of classes and events online in the latest edition of the Community Magazine. For specific information or questions, you may contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Coordinator, at (856) 661-4800 or gpino@chtownship.com. We hope to see you around town! 

School News

CHPS Middle School Committee seeks community input

The Middle Level Committee of the Cherry Hill Public Schools, made up of principals, teachers and parents from all three middle schools, asks for community input about what middle school should offer our students. This first survey (additional surveys will be posted on the District website later in the year) will be available until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Please click here to take part anonymously in the committee's initial survey.

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.

Stay in Touch

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For up-to-the-minute updates on any subject, call my office at (856) 488-7878, visit our municipal website at www.CherryHill-NJ.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. If you know someone who would like to receive our e-mail updates, please refer them to the "Notify Me" section of our website.

Sincerely,
Mayor Chuck Cahn

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