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Cherry Hill Township Weekly Briefing for October 5 to October 12, 2012

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Mayor's Weekly Briefing, which contains a recap of events and news happening around town, upcoming events and community activities. I hope you will join us at these community events, sign up to receive e-mail updates, follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook. 

Tax reminder e-mail notifications now available
Residents are invited and encouraged to sign up now for Cherry Hill Township’s newest e-mail alert, which will send homeowners a reminder about upcoming property tax and sewer bill due dates, one week before payment is due. To sign up, simply click here, enter your e-mail address, and scroll down to click on the envelope icon next to “Taxes.” Please remember to set your spam blocker to allow e-mail from listserv@civicplus.com, to ensure e-mail alerts are received. This free service is available as a courtesy to all interested e-mail subscribers, and is not intended to replace your tax and sewer bill. For more information and for all tax-bill questions, please call the Tax Collector’s Office at (856) 488-7880. 

‘Fall into the Arts’ from Oct. 13 to 27 at Croft FarmJuried Photography.jpg

It’s time to “Fall into the Arts” in Cherry Hill! The Township’s annual celebration of all things cultural starts tomorrow and runs through Oct. 27 at Croft Farm. This year’s festivities have been expanded to two weeks, kicking off with the annual Juried Photography Exhibit Gallery Reception at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow inside the Croft Farm Arts Center. The reception is a wonderful opportunity to meet the photographers and even purchase their photographs to take home! Come out and enjoy the work of dozens of extremely talented local artists. The photography exhibit and many other events during Fall into the Arts Week are sponsored by the Cherry Hill Arts Board and the Cherry Hill Recreation Department. For more information, please visit http://cherryhillarts.blogspot.com/, call Recreation at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail recreation@chtownship.com.

Cherry Hill to host free flu shot clinic Oct. 18
Cherry Hill will host a seasonal flu-shot clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Carman Tilelli Community Center.  Flu shots are available at no cost to residents ages 9 and up, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your Medicare or medical insurance card and social security number with you. The clinic is administered by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services. Shots are available to Camden County residents only. The full 2012 seasonal flu shot schedule is available by clicking here. For more information, call the County Health Department at (800) 999-9045.

Several events for seniors scheduled in the coming weeks
There are a few upcoming events geared specifically toward our active adult and senior populations in the coming weeks. At noon on Monday, Oct. 15, our 55+ residents are invited to “Coffee with your Elected Officials,” a free question-and-answer session with Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be free giveaways for attendees. Then, on Monday, Oct. 22, seniors are invited to spend an afternoon at Town Hall for our annual Senior Services Open House. That event, from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, will include information from various Township departments, organizations, businesses and non-profit groups about services and activities specifically geared toward residents 55 and older. The event will include a free barbecue lunch from Outback Steakhouse and, of course, free leaf bags for interested attendees. (Note: Attendees must show a Gold Card or proof of residency to receive lunch.) For more information on these or any other senior event, please contact the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868, or e-mail events@chtownship.com.

Homestead Benefit application deadline extended

The deadline to file for the 2012 Homestead Benefit has been extended from Friday, Oct. 19, to Friday, Dec. 14. The credit will be applied to qualified residents’ May 2013 property tax bill. To be eligible for a Homestead Benefit in 2012, you must have owned and occupied a home in New Jersey that was your principal residence on October 1, 2011. In addition, you must have had property taxes which were due and paid on the property during 2011, and you must have New Jersey gross income that was $150,000 or less in 2011 if you were age 65 or older or blind or disabled, and $75,000 or less if you were under age 65 and not blind or disabled. Residents who do not have an application or who need assistance can call the Homestead Benefit Hotline at (888) 238-1233 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Eligible homeowners who have not yet filed can do so either online by clicking here, or by calling (877) 658-2972. For more information, visit the Division of Taxation’s website

Sign up for our Fall Book Club discussion on Thursday, Oct. 18

The Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will sponsor a special two-part Fall Book Club discussion on “A Nation of Wimps,” by Hara Marano. “A Nation of Wimps” is the first book to explore the role of over-parenting in a child’s social, emotional and neurological development. The two part discussion will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Cherry Hill Public Library; the discussion will be led by Margaret Regan, MBA. Registration is preferred, but the event is free to attend. For information or to register, call (856) 488-7889, or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com.

Energy tip: Free insulation kits now available in the Mayor’s OfficeIt's-In-Our-Power.jpg
Energy kits containing insulated outlet and switch covers are now available to all residents for free through the “It’s in Our Power” program. These special covers help save energy and improve your home's comfort level. The kits are available in the Mayor's Office, and will be given out at the Our Power Cherry Hill table at Harvest Festival on Oct. 21. Each kit contains 4 light-switch covers and 4 electrical outlet covers. For more information, please call (856) 488-7878.

Mayor's Wellness: Fall into Fitness by Walking with the Mayor mwclogo2.jpg
Fall is a great time to start a fitness routine. Take advantage of the weather and get out of the house to enjoy the foliage while walking, running, biking or hiking. On days when the weather isn’t up to par, try indoor methods, like walking the mall or another indoor facility. Remember the 30/21 day rule: It takes 30 days for your body to adapt to all lifestyle changes, and it takes 21 days to create a habit. To get started, consider checking out our next “Walk with the Mayor” event this coming Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 8 a.m. in the Cherry Hill Mall’s grand court!  For upcoming events, health tips, and to take our pledge, visit the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign online by clicking here.

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Mayor's Weekly Briefing, which contains a recap of events and news happening around town, upcoming events and community activities. I hope you will join us at these community events, sign up to receive e-mail updates, follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

Cherry Hill to save $2 million from debt refinancing
My office received great news this week: the Township will save almost $2 million through Fiscal Year 2024, thanks to a successful debt-refinancing completed on Thursday. Near-record-low interest rates made refinancing extremely attractive for the Township – and the savings that we will now realize is far greater than anyone imagined. Cherry Hill’s positive name recognition and a strong Aa2 credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service helped us secure a significantly lower rate than we had been paying, and now, our taxpayers will benefit. This was a wonderfully successful attempt to reduce costs without sacrificing service, and I am extremely proud to share the news. For more information, please call my office at (856) 488-7878, or email me at MayorCahn@chtownship.com [mailto:MayorCahn@chtownship.com] .

Help celebrate National Public Lands Day Saturday at Croft Farm
Join the Cherry Hill Environmental Board at Croft Farm from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow as we mark National Public Lands Day. The morning will include several activities aimed at improving the open space surrounding the historic site. For more information on our program, click here. For more on National Public Lands Day, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/ [http://www.publiclandsday.org/] . Thank you in advance for your support and attendance!

Camden County begins Kings Hwy. reconstruction project
This week, Camden County began a reconstruction project on Kings Highway from Oregon Avenue to Park Boulevard. The $927,592 project is expected to last approximately 60 days, and includes the installation of new concrete aprons, curbing, sidewalks and handicap accessible ramps. It will also have improved drainage and sewer inlet upgrades. Lane shifts and closures will occur during the project; drivers should be aware of traffic pattern changes that will be posted. For more information, click here [http://www.camdencounty.com/county-news/kings-highway-reconstruction-begins-cherry-hill] .

Mayor, Council help break ground on new senior housing complex
On Wednesday, Council members David Fleisher and John Amato and I helped break ground on the new Benedict’s Place senior housing facility on the campus of St. Mary’s Catholic Home. We were joined by Bishop Joseph Galante, representatives from the Camden Diocese, Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli, Congressman Rob Andrews and many others for the special event. When completed in 2013, the facility will provide 74 new affordable housing units for senior citizens in our region. Funding for the project has been provided by the N.J. Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, the Diocesan Housing Services Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Camden County. Congratulations to everyone involved; this is a wonderful project for our senior residents, and I look forward to seeing it completed.

Free leaf bags still available at Town Hall, DPW
Leaf bags are now available in the Mayor’s Office (820 Mercer St.) and at the Department of Public Works (1 Perina Blvd.). The bags are free to all residents through a partnership with Subaru of America. The 30-gallon, biodegradable bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Get them ahead of leaf-collection season, which starts Oct. 22. For more information, please call my office at (856) 488-7878, or DPW at (856) 424-4422.

Register now for fall recreation programs, classes
Registration is still open for fall programming offered through the Township Recreation Department. In addition to the latest Township news and photos, the 40-page Fall Community Magazine offers residents a full listing of special events and activities for all ages offered through the Recreation Department and our community partners. Visit the Recreation Department online [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/index.aspx?nid=127] to view an electronic version of the magazine and for our online registration form. For more information, call (856) 488-7868, or email Recreation@chtownship.com [mailto:Recreation@chtownship.com] .

Honoring Woodcrest Swim Club Volleyball team
On Monday night, Township Council and I honored members of the Woodcrest Swim Club Red team, which was named the Cherry Hill Association of Pools’ Volleyball League Champion for 2012. Twelve teams competed in the Association of Pools’ Volleyball League this year, with seven teams vying for the ultimate prize in a tournament at season's end. Congratulations to everyone involved, and thank you to the Cherry Hill Association of Pools and each of our private swim clubs for another fun, family friendly summer season!

Mayor's Wellness: How much strain does running place on the knees?
Is running bad for the knees? The truth is that one's knees can withstand running better than they can withstand carrying around extra weight. In fact, when Stanford University doctors studied a group of runners for over 20 years, they found that their joints actually got healthier. One-third of the non-running group developed bad knees, primarly from carrying weight around their mid-sections. Being concerned about your knees should not be a reason to skip the treadmill! With that said, running may not be your best option. It's always best to check with your physician before you begin a new exercise regimen.
Find more wellness tips, healthy events, and take a pledge to get healthy and active by visiting our Mayor's Wellness Campaign page

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Chuck Cahn
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