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Cherry Hill Township Weekly Briefing for Dec. 7 to 14, 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. 

Our thoughts are with the victims of today's tragedy in Connecticut
Tonight, my thoughts are with all those affected by this morning's school shooting in Connecticut. The scene that has unfolded today is truly unimaginable, and tonight, our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the community that is left to pick up the pieces. Dr. Maureen Reusche, the Superintendent of the Cherry Hill School District, has posted a letter online and in this week's District e-news that may help parents discuss the situation with their children. Read it here, and this weekend, please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers to this tight-knit community, which will never be able to make sense of this tragedy.

Public smoking ban takes effect next week
Residents are reminded that effective next Thursday, Dec. 20, smoking on Township-owned property is prohibited by law. This includes the Municipal Complex on Mercer Street, the Cherry Hill Library, and all Township-owned parks, playgrounds and trails. A 30-day warning and educational period on this new law begins next week; full enforcement – including potential fines of up to $150 for those who violate the law – begins in January. For more information on this new law, please click here.

Road work scheduled next week in the Voken Tract
Weather-permitting, the Township Engineering Department has scheduled milling and paving of Barbara Drive for Monday and Tuesday of next week. Milling and paving of Winding Drive is expected to take place on Wednesday and Thursday. For more information on either project, call the Engineering Department at (856) 424-3203.

Lourdes Wellness Center joins our next Walk with the Mayormwclogo2.jpg
Join us at 8 a.m. next Wednesday for my next “Walk with the Mayor” at the Cherry Hill Mall. This month, in addition to the standard, brisk 2-mile walk, the Lourdes Wellness Center will be on-site offering complimentary health screenings. Participants who sign our Mayor’s Wellness pledge will also receive a free T-shirt. As always, healthy snacks and water will be provided. This is a fun and easy way to start your morning off on the right foot with me and members of my staff. As always, thank you to the Cherry Hill Mall for hosting this exciting program. For additional upcoming events and health tips, or to take our pledge, visit the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign online.

Register now for winter Recreation classes, events
Registration is now open for all Recreation Department classes and events, and the winter 2013 Community Magazine will be arriving in homes in the coming days. The 32-page magazine contains a recap of news and events, as well as a comprehensive listing of upcoming activities for residents of all ages. To view the magazine electronically, or for online registration, click here. For more information, call the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868.

Mayor, Council honor Eagle Scout Liam MahoneyMahoney proc for briefing.jpg
This past Monday, Council President Dave Fleisher and I honored Liam Mahoney of Boy Scout Troop 170, who recently became an Eagle Scout, the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Liam dedicated more than 120 hours of his time designing and building a rain-collection system and organizing a used-tool drive to support Beck Middle School’s Community Garden. As a Scout, he has earned 39 merit badges and held several leadership positions. Liam is truly a remarkable young man, and I ask all Cherry Hill residents to join with me and Council in commending this remarkable achievement.  

Township to host Community Blood Drive Dec. 20
The township will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. For more information, click here.
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Special thanks to the Friends of the Cherry Hill Library
Last week, our community dedicated Friendship Grove, a special new outdoor space at the Cherry Hill Public Library that gives visitors a beautiful setting in which to sit, reflect and relax. I’d like to specifically thank the Friends of the Library for funding the project while donations are collected; without their support, the grove would not exist. For more information on this project, or to learn how to purchase pavers, benches or trees in this space, please call Katie Hardesty at (856) 903-1207, or click here.

Six Township residents to receive Camden County’s Freedom Medal
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Camden County Freedom Medal, men and women whose dedication to the community continues Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of creating a more just and loving community. This year’s list includes six Cherry Hill residents: Gaye Pino, chairwoman of the Cherry Hill Arts Advisory Board; Lew Gorman, chairman of the Cherry Hill Environmental Board; Dr. Alex M. Cueto; Ms. Leena M. Lari; Mr. Neil Levine; and Dr. Rommel Rivera. The recipients will be honored at a special ceremony on Jan. 25. For more information on the award and the honorees, click here.

DPW continues second round of leaf collection
Public Works crews will work through the weekend to stay on schedule for the second round of leaf collection. They will work Saturday and Sunday in areas scheduled for collection the week of Dec. 10; weather-permitting they will continue into the following week’s areas in the coming days. For full collection guidelines and targeted collection dates, click here. For more information, call DPW at (856) 424-4422. 

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Chuck Cahn
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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.

Road improvement projects continue around Cherry Hill
The Engineering Department will continue road maintenance work in several areas in Cherry Hill next week. Paving and concrete repairs will continue Monday on Cooper Avenue from Route 70 to Jefferson Avenue, in Erlton South. Road resurfacing is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Dec. 12, on Barbara Drive and Winding Drive in the Voken Tract. For more information on any of these projects, call the Engineering Department at (856) 424-3203.

Cherry Hill sends more than a ton of food to Food Bank of SJ
This past Monday, Township staff made the final drop-off to the Food Bank of South Jersey following our Hurricane Relief/Holiday Food Drive, which ended Dec. 1. I am happy to report that, in total, this effort resulted in a donation of nearly 2,600 pounds of food for the Food Bank of South Jersey. These items, which were collected at Town Hall, the Library, our Department of Public Works, four Cherry Hill Fire Stations, and Senator Jim Beach’s office, will be distributed to families affected by Hurricane Sandy, as well as other needy families in our region. I would like to thank the countless residents who contributed for their amazing generosity, and each of our collection sites, for their willingness to lend a hand.

Cherry Hill Police to crack down on impaired driving
Drivers beware: Cherry Hill Police will be increasing enforcement of impaired driving through the end of the year, through a statewide campaign aimed at ending this dangerous practice. Frequent high-visibility patrols will be conducted throughout the campaign, which begins tonight (Dec. 7) and runs through Jan. 2. According to national statistics, impaired drivers kill someone every 30 minutes on our nation’s roads. That equates to roughly 50 people per day and almost 18,000 people each year. Please, don’t become a statistic. Enjoy this holiday season, but do it safely. If you’re going to drink, use a designated driver, take public transportation, or call a cab. If you’re on the road and encounter a suspected drunken driver, call 9-1-1.

Library, Township dedicate Friendship Grove
On Wednesday, Councilwomen Sara Lipsett and Jacquelene Silver joined the Cherry Hill Public Library, its Board of Trustees, and dozens of community members, to dedicate Friendship Grove, an outdoor extension of the library that provides visitors with a calm, serene setting in which to enjoy the Heart of Town. The grove features 11 benches spaced between 21 Kwanza Cherry Trees surrounding a peaceful path leading to a field of wildflowers that will eventually grow, further enhancing the space’s beauty and tranquility.
Friendship Grove was a true labor of love by all involved. Congratulations to the Library staff and trustees on its completion. For more information on this project, or to learn how to purchase pavers, benches or trees in this space, please call Katie Hardesty at (856) 903-1207.

Leaf collection continues; crews set to work through weekend
The second round of leaf collection continues across Cherry Hill, and because of the volume of leaves being collected, crews will work through this weekend to remain on schedule. For more information, including guidelines and updated collection dates, click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=163] . Please remember that leaves should be raked to the curb, but not placed in the street, and landscapers are not permitted to place leaves curbside. Free leaf bags are still available in my office (Room 105 in Town Hall) or at the Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Boulevard. For more information, call DPW at (856) 424-4422.

Public tennis court lights have been turned off for winter
The lights at Township-owned tennis courts have been turned off for the winter. The Recreation Department plans for the installation of a sensor system this spring that will reduce energy costs and enable certain courts to be lit year-round; in the meantime, I thank our avid tennis players for their cooperation. For more information, call the Recreation Department at (856) 488-7868.

Tickets still available for Luncheon with the Arts on Dec. 14
Residents 55 and up are invited to our next Luncheon with the Arts, featuring a sing-along version of the classic film “The Sound of Music.” This special event, which features a salad-and-sandwich lunch, starts at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Tickets are $3 in advance, or $5 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (856) 488-7878, or e-mail arts@chtownship.com [mailto:arts@chtownship.com] . To learn more about the Arts in Cherry Hill, visit CherryHillArts.blogspot.com [file://chtfileserver1/Mayor/Bridget%20Palmer/Weekly%20briefings/CherryHillArts.blogspot.com] .

Wellness Tip: Be sure to make time for yourself
If you're the type of person who is always doing things for others, you need to find time for yourself, experts say. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice:


Try to maintain a healthy balance between work and your personal life.
Find the time to foster important relationships.
Don't be afraid to seek help from others when you need it.
Exercise and practice relaxation techniques, which will help lower stress.
Keep an open mind, and be willing to try new hobbies and activities.
Ask your family doctor for help when it's needed.


If you’re looking for an opportunity to do something for yourself, consider participating in our 2-mile Walk with the Mayor, 8 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Cherry Hill Mall. Look for details in next week’s e-mail update. For additional upcoming events and health tips, or to take our Mayor’s Wellness pledge, visit the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign online by clicking here. [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/index.aspx?NID=607]

Township hosts Red Cross blood drive Dec. 20
The township will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St. Click here [http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor?date%5Bmin%5D%5Bdate%5D=&date%5Bmax%5D%5Bdate%5D=&field_sponsor_code_value=02215468] to schedule an appointment.

Sharing the Cherry Hill School District’s weekly e-news update
We have received a number of requests to share with our subscribers the Cherry Hill School District’s weekly e-news update. It contains items of interest to students and their families, as well as the community at large. You’ll find the latest edition by clicking here [http://www.cherryhill.k12.nj.us/news/news/enews.cfm] .

Are you following Cherry Hill on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail?
There are many avenues for you to get updates on what's going on in Cherry Hill:

You can like us on Facebook;
You can follow us on Twitter at @CherryHillTwp;
You can sign up to receive e-mail updates on our website by clicking "notify me."

For up-to-the-minute updates on any subject, call my office at (856) 488-7878, visit our municipal Web site at www.CherryHill-NJ.com [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/] , like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter (@CherryHillTwp). If you know someone who would like to receive this weekly briefing, please refer them to the "notify me" section on our website.


Sincerely,

Chuck Cahn
Mayor


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