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.
Mayor's Town Hall Meeting Sharp School
Mayor Cahn and members of Council host a Town Hall meeting at Sharp Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 19. 

Township News

Mayor Cahn continues Town Halls
in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill

This week, the members of Council and I hosted two more in a series of Town Hall meetings we have been hosting across Cherry Hill in recent months, speaking to more than 100 residents over the course of two nights. I was joined by Council members Brian Bauerle, Melinda Kane and Sara Lipsett Monday at Sharp Elementary School, while Council President Dave Fleisher joined the four of us on Wednesday at Beck Middle School.
We talked at length about the great things happening in Cherry Hill and answered dozens of questions about issues relevant to the neighborhoods in attendance. It was a great group of people, and a wonderful opportunity for me and Council to get to know some of our residents. We have more meetings scheduled throughout October, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to engage with our other neighborhoods in the very near future. Thank you to all who attended this week's meetings! Click here for photos from Sharp, or here for photos of the meeting at Beck.

Leaf Collection
Leaf collection begins Monday, Oct. 26. Visit our website for collection dates.

Curbside leaf collection starts Monday; leaf bags available at Town Hall, DPW

Curbside leaf collection begins this Monday, Oct. 26, in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill, and will continue through mid-December. Click here for guidelines and scheduled collection dates. Dates will be posted in your neighborhood approximately a week ahead of your scheduled collection. To help expedite the leaf-collection process and make it more convenient for residents, the Township is once again offering 30-gallon leaf bags free to all our residents. Leaf bags can be picked up in the Municipal Clerk’s Office (Room 107) at Town Hall, or at the Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Blvd. Bagged leaves can be placed at the curb on your scheduled trash collection day, giving you more flexibility as to when leaves can be cleaned up. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

Harvest Festival 2015
Mayor Chuck Cahn, members of Council, and the Camden County Freeholders welcome residents to Harvest Festival on Oct. 18.

Thousands of residents welcome fall during Harvest Festival at Croft Farm

Thousands of area residents turned out for Harvest Festival last Sunday at Croft Farm, celebrating local art, culture and everything we love about fall at one of Cherry Hill's historic properties. From noon to 4 p.m., families enjoyed crafts, games, entertainment, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, and great from the Springdale Farm Market. A special highlight for this year was the addition of the Cherry Hill Police Department's displays, which included a special dunk tank where guests who donated food to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry had the opportunity to dunk members of the CHPD, including Chief Bud Monaghan! Visitors on hand also loved the Fire Department's Fire & Life Safety Day exhibits, including a fire-hose squirt and hands-on tours of several fire trucks. It was a beautiful day to celebrate fall and the community. Thank you to the Cherry Hill Recreation Department, the Cherry Hill Arts Board, the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, and our countless vendors and sponsors for their support of this beloved community event. We're already counting down to 2015! Visit our Facebook page for great photos of the event.

Halloween
The CHPD recommends that residents trick-or-treat from 3 to 7 p.m. this Halloween.

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 from 3 to 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 neighborhood watch groups. Click here for this year's complete guidelines. 

Lights on Afterschool
Mayor Cahn and Councilwomen Carole Roskoph and Melinda Kane present a proclamation recognizing the importance of after-school activities.

Mayor Cahn, Council celebrate importance of after-school programs

On Thursday afternoon,  Councilwomen Melinda Kane and Carole Roskoph  joined me at Bret Harte Elementary School's SACC Program for a special event to raise awareness of the importance of after-school activities and programs. Part of the nationwide "Lights on Afterschool" program, the day's attendees were among the more than 7,500 communities and 1 million Americans who came together this week to promote the activities that keep our children engaged and active in the after-school hours, and to draw attention to the significant resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open in support of these events and programs. As part of the day's activities, the students made beautiful luminaries, and finished the fun afternoon by making "slime" and eating cake. Thank you to Bret Harte for inviting us to take part in the afternoon's festivities. It was great to see the dedicated staff of the SACC program at work, and witness firsthand what wonderful hands our children are in.
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Voting reminder
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Be sure to check your polling location, or register to vote by mail.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3; remember to check your polling location

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, and I want to remind all registered voters in the Township to double-check their polling locations before heading to the polls this year, as some local polling places changed in 2014. You can click here to check your current polling place. The easiest way to vote, however, is by mail -- and everyone in New Jersey is eligible to vote by mail, for any reason. The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, Oct. 27. For more information on voting and voter registration, click here, or contact the Municipal Clerk's Office (Room 107, Town Hall)  at (856) 488-7892.

Dolphin Dash 5K
Mayor Cahn and Council Vice President Sara Lipsett present a proclamation to the organizers of the Dolphin Dash 5K at the Downs Farm Swim Club.

Mayor Cahn, Councilwoman Lipsett
kick off the Dolphin Dash 5K

Early last Saturday morning, Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and I were proud to welcome runners and community members to the 4th annual Dolphin Dash 5K, sponsored by the Downs Farm Swim Club. Dozens of runners turned out for the neighborhood-wide event, which started at Horace Mann Elementary School. Proceeds from the event will help cover the cost of much-needed equipment for the Swim Club's dive team and our community's young swimmers. Congratulations to this year's event organizers and the Downs Farm Swim Club on a job well done, and special thanks to the event organizers, sponsors and volunteers who made this year's event a tremendous success. Click here for photos.

CHPD now accepting applications for new recruits

The Cherry Hill Police Department is now 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.

Shredding Event

Upcoming Events

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.

Barclay Farmstead
Help celebrate 200 years of beautiful Barclay Farmstead by submitting your photos. 

Photo contest to help celebrate
Barclay Farmstead's 200th anniversary

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 this year's Holiday House in November. 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
(From left) Councilman Jim Bannar, Councilwoman Sara Lipsett, Mayor Chuck Cahn, 1st Place Winner Joanna Patterson, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and Councilman Brian Bauerle at the Fall Into the Arts Opening Reception, Oct. 10.

Last Chance: Fall into the Arts Juried Photography Show runs through Oct. 25

This weekend is your last chance to check out the Cherry Hill Arts Board's 2015 Fall Into the Arts Juried Photography Show, which runs through Oct. 25 inside the Croft Farm Arts Center. Members of Council and I kicked off this year's show with a special "Meet the Artists" opening reception on Oct. 10, and presented awards to this year's photography show winners: 1st Place winner Joanna Patterson, and Purchase Prize winner Dr. Kurt Bomze. The Photography Show is free and open to all. Don't miss out on the final opportunity to see beautiful photos from local photographers! For more information, visit http://CherryHillArts.blogspot.com or email Arts@CHTownship.com.

Barclay Halloween Festival

Celebrate Halloween on Saturday
at historic Barclay Farmstead

The Barclay Farm Civic Association will host its second annual Halloween Festival from noon to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 24, at the Barclay Farmstead. This FREE event will feature pumpkin-picking, face painting, crafts, a moon bounce, and other fun activities for children ahead of the Halloween holiday. Bring your kids and your pets; costumes optional, but encouraged! This event is open to all of Cherry Hill. For more information, please contact Lou Catalani of the Barclay Farm Civic Association at (856) 264-3065, or visit www.barclayfarmcivicassociation.org.

Food Day 2015

Taste, learn, take action at Food Day, Saturday 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. This year's event will include several workshops, including: Home Garden Sprouting at 11 a.m.; the Magic of Healthy, Sustainable Recipes at 11:30 a.m.; Grow Your Own Health at noon; Good Eats Teach at 12:30 p.m., Fall in Love with Fair Trade Chocolate at 1 p.m., and Make it at Home: Kimchi Fermentation at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.SustainableCherryHill.org

Sustainable Cherry Hill

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 Hwy

  • Classic Hollywood in the Closet
    7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26

    Join us as Irv Slifkin, aka Movie Irv, discusses LGBT representation and depiction in cinema from the early days of silent movies through the restrictive moral guidelines of the Hays Code. No registration.  
  • Must Watch Documentary: Fed Up
    Noon-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. About the Film: Fed Up is an examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it. (Rated PG; 92 mins; 2014)
  • Financing College Education
    5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
    Learn how to pay for college in the worst higher education climate in decades. Get equipped with the latest information and fresh advice regarding college costs and career planning. Presented by Matthew Manella, CFP. Click here to register.
  • Letter Writers Alliance: Supporting Breast Cancer Patients
    7-8:30 Tuesday, Oct. 27

    If you enjoy written correspondence and are passionate about keeping the art of letter writing alive, attend this meeting to learn more about LWA. At this meeting, we'll work on letters to send to Girls Love Mail, the gift of hand-written letters to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. No registration.  
  • Thursday Morning: Do You Believe in Ghosts?
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 29

    Join New Jersey Researchers of Paranormal Evidence (NJROPE) for a lecture about ghosts, hauntings, and things that go bump in the night. Just in time for Halloween. 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.

Medicare Card
Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

Senior Living

'Understanding Medicare' session
for seniors: Oct. 27 at Town Hall

The Open Enrollment period for Medicare runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2015.

  • Cherry Hill Township is offering a free "Understanding Medicare" session for seniors at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, and again at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208), Town Hall, 820 Mercer St. The class is hosted by Wealth Bridge Advisor Bill Greenfield, and will include information about Open Enrollment.
  • The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) also provides free medicare counseling. Call (877) 222-3737, or visit SHIP online by clicking here.

For more information or questions, you may contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Coordinator, at (856) 661-4800 or gpino@chtownship.com. 

Senior Services coordinator
Senior Services Coordinator Gaye Pino speaks to seniors at Christ Our Light church.

Senior Services Coordinator serves
as important link for Township seniors

There are so many wonderful benefits for residents ages 55 and up who live in Cherry Hill. One of those benefits is the Township's Senior Services Program coordinator, Gaye Pino. Based out of our Parks and Recreation Department, Gaye is available to speak with individual residents, as well as with Cherry Hill senior groups, about the various programs and services available to them, and topics that include housing, senior activities and entertainment, nutrition, health care, and much more. If you would like to speak with Gaye or schedule a presentation for your organization, please contact her directly 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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