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.

Township News

Cherry Hill moves to ban sale of dogs, cats from pet stores

Township Council introduced an ordinance on Monday night that would ban the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores. Nicknamed “Bogart’s Law” in honor of Councilwoman Melinda Kane’s cat, who was adopted from a shelter, the measure is intended to reduce the demand for dogs and cats from commercial breeding facilities – commonly called puppy or kitten mills – and to encourage potential pet owners to consider adopting their animals from local shelters and rescue organizations. Local animal-rights activists and Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash, a Woodcrest resident, were on hand for the introduction, and to speak in favor of the policy change. The measure will be set for a public hearing and final adoption on Nov. 9. Bogart’s Law is a perfect example of citizens and local government working together to affect important change. Pet overpopulation is a real issue for municipalities throughout the United States. By working together to make this law a reality, we will save tax dollars, reduce the burden being placed on animal shelters and rescues, and most importantly, we will help thousands of pets in need find their forever homes here in Cherry Hill. Click here to read more.

Cherry Hill West Tennis Courts
Mayor Cahn and Council joined the Cherry Hill West Girls Tennis Team to open the new courts at Cherry Hill West on Oct. 26.

Mayor, Council celebrate opening
of Cherry Hill West Tennis Courts

We were thrilled this past Monday to celebrate the grand opening of five beautiful new tennis courts at Locustwood Park, at the corner of Martin and Murray Avenues. The new, USTA-certified courts will enable Cherry Hill West to host tournament play for the first time in the tennis program's history, and will provide a first-rate facility for both our student athletes and members of the public. I was proud to join with Councilwomen Sara Lipsett, Melinda Kane and Carole Roskoph, the West Girls Tennis Team, Superintendent Meloche and representatives from the Board of Education and Cherry Hill West for a ribbon-cutting. Festivities preceded a season-ending East/West match, and included a ribbon-cutting and a little one-on-one play between myself and West Senior Cathy Phan. Construction of the courts has been a joint project between the Township and Cherry Hill Board of Education. Additional improvements are planned for the facility, with lights scheduled to be installed in the coming weeks, and a new surface on the way in 2016. The courts are open for public play whenever they are not in use by the school. Click here for photos of Monday's event.

Leaf collection
Public Works will be completing curbside leaf collection through mid-December.

Curbside leaf collection continues;
leaf bags available at Town Hall, DPW

Curbside leaf collection will continue next week in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill, and will run 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.

Woodcrest Town Hall
Mayor Cahn speaks to residents on Thursday night at Woodcrest Elementary School.

Mayor Cahn, Council continue series
of Town Hall meetings with residents

Council and I continued our ongoing series of Town Hall meetings with local residents this week, speaking to great groups on Wednesday and Thursday nights at Fire Department Headquarters on Marlkress Road and Woodcrest Elementary School, respectively. For about an hour and a half each night, Council members Dave Fleisher, Sara Lipsett, Brian Bauerle and Melinda Kane and I had a chance to talk about the great things  happening here in Cherry Hill, while dozens of residents asked their questions and shared their thoughts on the current state of our Township. As always, it was a pleasure to meet with such wonderfully engaged, enthusiastic residents. We look forward to hosting similar meetings in other parts of Cherry Hill in future weeks and months. Click here for photos of Wednesday's meeting, and here for images from Thursday night.

Shredding event
The Township hosted its annual Shredding and Recycling Day on Oct. 25.

Residents recycle 12.37 tons of paper at last weekend's shredding event  

Hundreds of residents came out for our second annual Shredding and Recycling Day last Sunday, Oct. 25. Over to the course of four hours, our staff and volunteers collected collected an incredible 12.37 tons of paper to be shredded and recycled -- a ton more than we collected in 2014 -- and two truckloads of electronic waste. 
I want to extend very special thanks to Councilman Jim Bannar, who stopped by early Sunday morning to welcome our volunteers and help distribute leaf bags to residents, as well as to the 20 Clean Communities volunteers who showed up from Cherry Hill High School East and West. The event would not have been so successful without your help and support! Click here for photos.

Voting Reminder

Election Day is this Tuesday, Nov. 3;
be sure to check your polling place

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 a number of voting locations changed in 2014. You can click here to check your current polling place.
If you are a senior who needs transportation to vote, the Township's senior bus will arrange a ride for you. Contact the Clerk's Office to schedule a trip.
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.

Red Ribbon Awards 2015
Council members Brian Bauerle, Jim Bannar, Carole Roskoph, Sara Lipsett and Melinda Kane congratulate this year's Red Ribbon Award winners.

Mayor, Council honor this year's 
Red Ribbon Award winners

On Wednesday night, Council members Sara Lipsett, Brian Bauerle, Melinda Kane, Jim Bannar and Carole Roskoph honored and thanked this year's Red Ribbon Award winners, during a special ceremony to conclude this year's Red Ribbon Poster and Essay, sponsored by the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The contest, which is open every year to students in grades K-12, invites participants to design posters based on that year's anti-drug theme. This year's theme, "I Have the Power to be Drug Free," inspired a variety of very creative and impressive submissions. Thank you to all the children who participated, and congratulations to our winners! 
Eagle Scouts
Council members Brian Bauerle, Melinda Kane, Dave Fleisher and Sara Lipsett honored new Eagle Scouts Justin Semple (left) and Nathan Hengy at their Court of Honor on Oct. 24.

Township honors new Eagle Scouts

Please join us in congratulating Cherry Hill residents Nathan Hengy and Justin Semple of Boy Scout Troop 252, who have earned the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. 
Council President Dave Fleisher, Vice President Sara Lipsett and Council members Brian Bauerle and Melinda Kane presented these remarkable young men with special proclamations during their Court of Honor ceremony on Oct. 24. Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Scout can earn. It requires Scouts to plan and execute a community service project, earn various merit badges and demonstrate leadership within their troop. For his project, Justin refurbished rooms at the first Baptist Church of Cherry Hill. Nathan built a trail kiosk at the Black Run Preserve in Evesham. Only about four percent of all Scouts earn the Eagle rank. Congratulations to these two bright, dedicated young men; we wish them continued success in the future.

Halloween in Cherry Valley
Councilwomen Sara Lipsett and Melinda Kane walk in the 2015 Cherry Valley Halloween parade.

Mayor, Council celebrate Halloween
with families in Cherry Valley, Barclay

Council and I enjoyed a beautiful weekend celebrating Halloween with families from across our community -- first walking in Cherry Valley's annual Halloween Parade, and then enjoying the Barclay Farm Civic Association Halloween Festival at Barclay Farmstead. 
Our beautiful, vibrant neighborhoods are a big reason why Cherry Hill is such a wonderful place to live, and all of us -- including Council President Dave Fleisher, Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Council members Jim Bannar, Brian Bauerle, Melinda Kane and Carole Roskoph for the morning of festivities -- enjoyed the opportunity to meet with so many new residents, from seniors who've lived here for decades, to young families who have just recently moved to Cherry Hill. Thank you to both the Cherry Valley/Peppermill Farms and Barclay Farm Civic Associations for inviting us to take part in this year's festivities! Click here for photos from Cherry Valley, and here for images from Barclay Farmstead. 

Citizens Cabinet, Business Council
Mayor Cahn and Council members Sara Lipsett, Melinda Kane and Brian Bauerle speak to the Township's Citizens Cabinet and Business Council.

Mayor Cahn hosts joint Citizens Cabinet, Business Council meeting

Council and I welcomed local community and business leaders to the Carman Tilelli Community Center early Tuesday morning for a joint meeting of the Cherry Hill Citizens Cabinet and Business Council. These two volunteer advisory groups were eager to hear about some of our ongoing economic development projects, as well as recently announced community-wide initiatives, including our upcoming move to automated residential trash collection. I want to thank our volunteers for giving their time to learn about the great things happening in Cherry Hill, and for sharing that news with their respective businesses, community groups and neighborhoods. To learn more about either my Citizens Cabinet or Business Council, or to inquire about joining, contact Donna Dovey in my office at (856) 488-7878, or by email at DDovey@chtownship.com. 

South Jersey Storm
Mayor Cahn, Council President Dave Fleisher and Councilman Brian Bauerle present a proclamation honor the South Jersey Storm for their efforts to raise money for breast cancer patients.

Township honors baseball team's work
for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Our Township was proud to honor a special group of young men on Monday for making a truly meaningful difference in our community. The members of the South Jersey Storm, a local youth baseball team, were presented with a special proclamation for their work to raise money for the Tyanna Foundation during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The boys are donating $5 for each run they score this month, and so far have raised more than $710. In keeping with the Tyanna Foundation mission, all of the money will go toward helping Breast Cancer patients and survivors in their fights against the disease. Thank you to the Storm for their efforts to support breast cancer patients, research and treatment in our community. Click here for photos of the proclamation presentation.

Lorraine Cephus
Lorraine Cephus (center) was honored by the Mayor and Council on Oct. 26 for her continued commitment to staying fit and active.

Mayor, Council proclaim 'Lorraine Cephus Day' for longtime resident

Council and I paid tribute to longtime Kingston resident Lorraine Cephus on Monday night, for her dedication to staying healthy, active and fit. The 85-year-old works out almost every day- taking spin classes and cross-training, and even long-distance running. Lorraine founded a running club in South Jersey shortly after moving to Cherry Hill more than 40 years ago, and has run the 10-mile Broad Street Run every year since its inception. As we speak, Lorraine is preparing for the upcoming Rock & Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia. Her endurance, longevity, spirit and zest for life are truly inspirational, and few people embody the spirit of our Cherry Hill Mayor's Wellness Campaign as completely. Congratulations to Lorraine; we wish you continued health and happiness for many years to come! Click here for photos of the presentation.

Korean Food & Culture Festival
Mayor Cahn presents a proclamation to kick off Saturday's Korean Food & Culture Festival.

Festival honors Korean food, culture 
while raising money for a good cause

The rich sights, sounds, colors and flavors of Korean culture were on full display on Saturday afternoon during the annual Korean Food & Culture Festival at the First Korean United Methodist Church on Route 70. Council members Dave Fleisher, Sara Lipsett, Brian Bauerle, Melinda Kane and Susan Shin Angulo joined me to help kick off the afternoon's festivities. Thousands of people from across the region attended the event, which showcased Korean Culture while raising money to combat malaria, and to benefit those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Thank you to the Church for for inviting us to take part in the festivities. Click here for photos of the event.

Food Day 2015
Mayor Cahn and Council thank members of Sustainable Cherry Hill for their work to organize and host Food Day 2015.

Sustainable Cherry Hill welcomes hundreds of residents to Food Day 2015

Council members Sara Lipsett, Brian Bauerle and Melinda Kane joined me as we stopped by Cherry Hill East on Saturday for Sustainable Cherry Hill's Food Day 2015. The event, now in its third year, is aimed at educating residents about the importance of having access to healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food, and raise awareness of the need for better food policies across our country. Hundreds of people stopped by the daylong expo, which featured workshops of interest to residents of all ages and interests, and educated visitors about some of the healthy and sustainable food options here in our own region. Thank you to Sustainable Cherry Hill, its Green Health Task Force, and this year's sponsors and supporters for making this year's Food Day event the best one to date. Click here for photos. 

Chief Monaghan at Temple Emanuel
Chief Bud Monaghan speaks to the Temple Emanuel Men's Club on Oct. 25.

CHPD Chief Monaghan speaks
to Temple Emanuel Men's Club

Cherry Hill Police Chief Bud Monaghan met with members of the Men's Club at Temple Emanuel on Sunday, Oct. 25. Chief Monaghan and Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, one of the CHPD chaplains, spoke to the group about the Police Chaplaincy program that began in 2010. Chief Monaghan also spoke about ongoing police community relations efforts, security measures and community outreach. Click here for photos.

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Cherry Hill Police accepting applications 
for new recruits through Friday, Dec. 4

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.

Halloween hours
Cherry Hill Police recommend that trick-or-treating take place from 3 to 7 p.m. this Halloween.

Upcoming Events

Recommended trick-or-treat times:
3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31

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. 

Barclay Farmstead
The Friends of Barclay host the final open house of 2015 this Sunday.

Visit Barclay Farmstead this weekend
for the last Sunday open house of 2015 

Don't miss the final First Sunday at Barclay Farmstead of 2015, from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 1. The Friends of Barclay will provide free, guided tours of the 19th-century farmhouse, and children can make tin-smith trinkets as part of a special craft activity from 1 to 3. for free, guided tours of the 19th century Quaker farmhouse. First Sunday tours will resume in March; but you can still enjoy all that the Farmstead has to offer during Holiday House, presented by the Friends of Barclay, from Nov. 20-22. 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: Deadline is Monday, Nov. 2

This weekend is also your final chance to snap some unique outdoor shots (indoor photography is not permitted) of the historic farmhouse for our "Barclay 200" photo contest, which ends this Monday, 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. Submit photos to Events@chtownship.com; for more information, call the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or click here.

Railroads
The Historical Commission will take visitors back to Cherry Hill's forgotten railroad on Nov. 5.

Take a historical trip on Cherry Hill's Forgotten Railroad on Nov. 5

Join the Cherry Hill Historical Commission for "A Historical Trip on Cherry Hill's Forgotten Railroad: The Philadelphia, Marlton & Medford Railroad," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Cherry Hill Public Library. The Philadelphia, Marlton & Medford Railroad operated from 1880 to 1931, and ran from Haddonfield to Medford, with four stops in then-Delaware Township. (Today, Cherry Hill.) We will chronicle the life of the rail line and its impact on our area. The event will take place in the Cherry Hill Public Library Conference Center and is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

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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

  • Library Trick-or-Treat
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

    Calling all ghosts, goblins and other costumed characters: Join us for library-wide trick-or-treating!
  • Sensory Friendly Film: Cinderella
    2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1
    Slightly dimmed lights and sound adjusted for comfort will make this movie experience enjoyable for every child. Tactile toys, fidgets and noise canceling headphones will be available for use. This month we will be watching Cinderella starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett. No registration. 
  • NaNoWriMo: Come Write It!
    6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2
    November is National Novel Writing Month! Enjoy a quiet environment to work on your novel and meet other writers as you push to reach 50,000 words by Nov. 30. No registration.  
  • Dia de Los Muertos Storytime
    6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3

    Join us for a special storytime and craft based on the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead/El Dia de los Muertos. Listen to stories, sing songs, and create your very own calacas (skeletons). All ages are welcome but best for children ages 4 and up. Click here to register.
  • Thursday Morning: Why Does My Dog Misbehave?
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 4

    Come take a look at some of the common causes of behavior problems in pet dogs and strategies we can use to help our furry friends live happier lives. Presented by Chris Wasniewski, dog trainer in South Jersey. 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 Open Enrollment
Medicare open enrollment continues through Dec. 7.

Senior Living

'Understanding Medicare' session
for seniors: Nov. 4 at Town Hall

The Open Enrollment period for Medicare runs through Dec. 7, 2015.

  • Cherry Hill Township will offer a second free "Understanding Medicare" session for seniors 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. 

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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