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Cherry Hill Township Weekly Briefing for March 14 to 21, 2014

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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.
           
Thanks to those who supported Wednesday’s Walk with the Mayor!March 2014 WWM.jpg
This past Wednesday, the Cherry Hill Mayor’s Wellness Campaign and I hosted another very successful “Walk with the Mayor” at Cherry Hill Mall. More than a dozen residents joined my wife Stephanie and I as we completed a 2.15-mile walk around the inside of the Mall. It was another wonderful event and we’re already counting down to the next! If you couldn’t make it Wednesday, please join us at 8 a.m. April 16 for our next community Walk. It will be our last before taking a break to enjoy the outdoors in late spring and summer! Walk with the Mayor is part of the Cherry Hill Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, and
helped to earn Cherry Hill certification as a Healthy Town by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s Mayors Wellness Campaign. To learn more about Mayor’s Wellness, Walk with the Mayor, or any other wellness initiative, visit us on Facebook, call (856) 488-7868, or email MWC@chtownship.com.

Chapel Avenue to be paved Saturday near Cherry Hill West
Camden County Public Works will be repaving Chapel Avenue in front of Cherry Hill West from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. This work, a partnership between Cherry Hill and the County, will fully reconstruct a section of the roadway between Cherry Hill Boulevard and Marlboro Avenue, and help keep it smooth and safe for travel following a historic winter. Drivers are advised that delays are possible as crews complete the mill and overlay on the road. Cherry Hill Police will assist with traffic flow. Drivers should be cognizant of this project and use an alternate route on Saturday, if possible. As always, please use caution in the construction area.

PSE&G to continue Brace Road repairs through Saturday afternoon
Motorists are advised that PSE&G will be completing underground repairs on Brace Road near Kaminski’s overnight Friday and through much of the day on Saturday. Work is expected to be completed by about 4 p.m. Saturday. At least one lane will remain open at all times, but lanes will be shifted as necessary. Drivers are asked to use caution in and near the work zone.

Water main work to restrict Springdale Rd traffic starting Monday
New Jersey American Water is set to begin work on a main transmission line along Springdale Road this Monday, March 24. Lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, beginning Monday, between Justa Lane and the Springdale Farm Market. Repairs are expected to take about three weeks to complete. During this time, traffic will be reduced to just one lane in each direction. The Farm Market, which opens for the season on March 21, will be open and accessible during the project.
Significant delays are expected, and drivers are asked find alternate routes to their destinations from March 24 through the week of April 7.
Click here for more information.
 
South Jersey Gas continues work at Berlin & Evesham roads

South Jersey Gas will continue underground infrastructure upgrades next week near the intersection of Evesham and Berlin roads, on the Cherry Hill-Voorhees border. For approximately one month, crews will be working to upgrade natural gas infrastructure underground from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Work will take place in phases on each approach to the intersection (both directions on Evesham and Berlin Roads, and on Somerdale Road), with lane shifts and closures implemented as necessary. The roads will remain open to traffic, but drivers should anticipate delays and plan accordingly. As always, please drive slowly and exercise caution when traveling through the work zone.

Mayor, Council celebrate Greek Independence Day at Town HallGreek Independence 2014.jpg
Yesterday, members of Council and I celebrated Greek Independence Day at the Municipal Building, along with joined dozens of students from the Hellenic School at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church. Students sang beautiful renditions of both the Greek and American National Anthems to begin the half-hour ceremony. I presented the school with a special proclamation honoring the holiday, followed by a ceremonial raising of the Greek flag outside of the Municipal Building. Greece will officially celebrate its 193rd Independence Day this Tuesday, March 25. Thank you to the St. Thomas community for once again included the Township in this wonderful celebration!  

Household Hazardous Waste collection tomorrow at Public Works
Cherry Hill and Camden County have partnered to offer residents a free Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Township Public Works Complex, 1 Perina Blvd. Jump-start your spring cleaning by depositing hazardous household materials – that is, any item that cannot be disposed of as part of your regular trash collection – including automotive products, household cleaners, oil-based paints, pesticides and fuels. Electronic waste will not be accepted.
Click here for a full list of acceptable items and additional information. 

Register now for spring Recreation classes!Rec Open House.jpg
Registration is now open for all spring programs offered through the Cherry Hill Department of Recreation. Dozens of residents turned out Thursday night for a special open house and reception showcasing the wide variety of programs offered throughout the year, including dance, fitness, mommy-and-me classes, painting, drawing and much more. It was a wonderful chance for residents to see firsthand exactly how much Cherry Hill has to offer for the whole family! Explore our full roster of spring activities for yourself by clicking
here. To register for a program, visit https://reconline.cherryhill-nj.com/. For additional information, call (856) 488-7868, or email Recreation@chtownship.com.  

Free programs and events at the Cherry Hill Public Library
Please join us for these free special events at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 N. Kings Highway:                   
           
Library logo color.jpg
  • Toddler Dance Party, 10-10:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, March 25
    Ready to dance? This dance party is specially designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years.  Join us for a rockin' good time full of music and movement. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
  • Women Soldiers and Spies of the Civil War,
    7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25
    Women played many roles in the Civil War. This presentation highlights those women who chose to become soldiers and spies during that time. Learn why they selected these paths and how they were able to function effectively and influence history. You may also be inspired by their ingenuity which allowed them to perform successfully in both endeavors.
    Click here to register for this free program.
  • Job Search 101, 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26
    Looking for work? Attend this free computer class where we review what you’ll need to know about resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking. Additionally, you’ll learn about some helpful databases such as Career Transitions and Job & Career Accelerator, available through the library. Need help completing an online job application? We’ll touch on how you can get assistance using the Reference by Appointment service. This event is free, but registration is required.
    Click here or call (856) 903-1246 to register.          
  • Red Cross Community Blood Drive, 2-7 p.m. Monday, March 31
    March is Red Cross Month! In just 15 minutes, you can save up to three lives! Blood shortages are occurring all across our region and every two seconds someone needs you. If you are in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds, now is the time to roll up your sleeve and donate. Every type can save a life!
    Click here to make an appointment online. Walk-ins also welcome.

This is just a snapshot of the hundreds of events, classes, activities and cultural programs held at the Cherry Hill Library throughout the year. Click here for the full events calendar, and visit www.chplnj.org to sign up for CHPLink, the library’s e-newsletter. Stay connected by following the Library on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information on any library program, call (856) 667-0300 or email info@chplnj.org.

Save the date for Art Blooms Earth Festival, April 26 at Croft FarmArt-Blooms-Earth-Day-Color-TEXT12-300x158.jpg
Spring will be in full bloom for families, neighbors, students and friends participating in the 5th annual Cherry Hill Art Blooms Earth Festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Croft Farm. The event is a family affair for many participants working with Cherry Hill Township and Sustainable Cherry Hill for this engaging day on the historic farmstead. The event will start with 8 a.m. registration for a 2- and 9-mile Family Fun Bike Ride at Challenge Grove.
Among the many people working to make this year’s festival a success is Sustainable Cherry Hill executive board member Caren Kaufman, who is helping to organize entertainment, recruit volunteers, and get her family – including son Sam and daughter Isabel – on the bandwagon, as well.  Event updates are available at
www.sustainablecherryhill.org. The festival is made possible in part by generous presenting sponsors: Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, LourdesCare of Cherry Hill and Ravitz Family Foundation; Leadership sponsors include: Sustainable Camden County, Investors Bank, M. Rosenblatt Roofing and Flaster Greenberg. For more Earth Festival information or to volunteer at the event, contact Brenda Jorett, Brenda@brendajorett.com.

Councilwoman Kane welcomes home an American HeroDenton for Briefing.jpg
On Friday, March 14, Councilwoman Melinda Kane joined dozens of community members for a special homecoming celebration for Capt. Chris Denton, who recently returned from his second deployment in Afghanistan. Capt. Denton, an 11-year Army veteran, was in town celebrating his homecoming and recent marriage to fellow Capt. Amy Martino, a Cherry Hill native. Councilwoman Kane presented the couple with a special proclamation honoring their service to our country. Please join me in welcoming home Capt. Denton, and in extending our sincerest appreciation to both Capt. Denton and Capt. Martino for their continued service. Welcome home!

Cherry Hill Alliance presents ‘Boys Night Out’ March 26
Boys in grades 4 through 12 and their fathers or guardians are invited to an enlightening and amazing night presented by the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. “Boys Night Out: Staying in the Game On and Off the Field,” is a free, interactive presentation that explores stress management, good decision-making, communication and respect, and other areas that boys encounter on a day-to-day basis. The presentation will also include an opportunity for father and son to have an open dialogue with each other. A raffle will be held at the end of the presentation. For questions or to register, call (856) 488-7889, or email
Alliance@chtownship.com. This event is sponsored by S.C.O.P.E. (A partnership of Cherry Hill Public Schools, Zone PTA, Kennedy Health System, Character Education Initiative, and the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol & Drug Abuse.), Rosa International Middle School and Rosa Peer Leadership.

Safely dispose of medication through Project Medicine Drop smallchpd.bmp
The Cherry Hill Police Department reminds residents that expired and unused household medications should not be discarded in your regular trash. Instead, the Township has partnered with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to take part in Project Medicine Drop, a secure and anonymous way for residents to dispose of medication 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since April 2012, the Department has collected over 1,160 pounds of medication. The Medicine Drop box is located in Police Headquarters, 820 Mercer St. Contents are secured and ultimately destroyed by authorized law-enforcement officers. Project Medicine Drop boxes only accept household medications that are in solid form; liquid medication and powders cannot be accepted. Drug addiction often begins in the medicine cabinet, and prescription drug overdoses are an increasing epidemic across New Jersey. Thank you in advance for helping to combat this troubling trend. For more information on this program, click
here, visit www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop, or call the Cherry Hill Police Department at (856) 488-7828. 

Tickets available for ‘Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars’ May 4DWTS.jpg
The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is pleased to present the 2014 “Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars” on Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at Cherry Hill High School West. Sixteen couples, including teachers, students, school administrators, alumni and members of the business community, will compete in an exciting contest to raise money for the Cherry Hill Public Schools. Special performances by the Cherry Hill School Board (with students), and by last year’s “Jersey Boys” will enhance the show.  Guest celebrity judge Jeremiah Trotter will join the judges’ table with Marjie Major, Katie Nanni and Arnie Silver. Music by East’s Orchestra will add to the elegance of this “Hollywood” evening. Tickets are available online at
www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com or in the Activities Offices at Cherry Hill High School East and West. Online voting for your favorite dancing couple is also available on the Education Foundation’s website.

Mayor, Council celebrate Grand Reopening at Cherry Hill Senior LivingCH Senior Living.jpg
On Wednesday evening, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and I joined officials at Cherry Hill Senior Living to celebrate the Grand Reopening of their facility on Cooper Landing Road. The beautiful senior-living community recently completed extensive interior renovations, including the addition of a 16-bed memory care unit that serves residents in the award-winning “Bridge to Rediscovery” Alzheimer’s and dementia care program. We took part in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from the Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Hill Senior Living staff and residents, and members of the community. Cherry Hill Senior Living has provided first-rate care to Cherry Hill’s seniors since 1999. Please join us in congratulating them as they begin this exciting new chapter!
             
Take Camden County’s Superstorm Sandy Health & Wellness Survey
Camden County wants to hear from local residents to make sure the health and well-being needs of individuals impacted by Superstorm Sandy are addressed. To assist in this effort, the County has issued a survey that will assess the effectiveness of the original outreach for Superstorm Sandy. Although Camden County was less affected than other areas in the state, there were several dozen residents in Cherry Hill that registered for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There may be other residents in the County who did not seek assistance for property damage because they were unaware, encountered barriers to assistance, or were overwhelmed by the event and continue to have unmet needs.
Click here to read more and to take the survey.

Register now for Camden County’s free Parenting Conference
Registration is now open for Camden County’s free Parenting Conference on April 12 at Pennsauken High School, sponsored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders. This great event features two sessions of interactive workshops, exhibitors, brunch, face painting, balloon animals, fabulous door prizes and more. The keynote speaker is June Grushka Rosen, a life coach who will talk about how families can coach each other to greatness. 
Click here for the list of workshops and to register.

Several free 'Just for Seniors' events scheduled this spring
Cherry Hill and Camden County have partnered to once again offer free Chair Yoga classes for Township seniors! These classes are designed to help incorporate yoga into your day, regardless of your experience level. Chair Yoga will take place in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall from 1-2 p.m. on April 2, 16, 30 and May 7. An additional date will be added in the future. For more information, call instructor Barbara “Teddy” Piotrowski at (609) 217-4018. To register, call (856) 488-7868, or email
Recreation@chtownship.com. Camden County also offers Healthy Cooking Classes, a Spring Fling Senior Dance and other events for seniors throughout the spring. Click here for the full schedule of free events.

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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.

Thanks to those who supported Wednesday’s Walk with the Mayor!


This past Wednesday, the Cherry Hill Mayor’s Wellness Campaign and I hosted another very successful “Walk with the Mayor” at Cherry Hill Mall. More than a dozen residents joined my wife Stephanie and I as we completed a 2.15-mile walk around the inside of the Mall. It was another wonderful event and we’re already counting down to the next! If you couldn’t make it Wednesday, please join us at 8 a.m. April 16 for our next community Walk. It will be our last before taking a break to enjoy the outdoors in late spring and summer! Walk with the Mayor is part of the Cherry Hill Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, and helped to earn Cherry Hill certification as a Healthy Town [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=464] by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s Mayors Wellness Campaign. To learn more about Mayor’s Wellness, Walk with the Mayor, or any other wellness initiative, visit us on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherry-Hill-Mayors-Wellness-Campaign/186080851562062?fref=ts] , call (856) 488-7868, or email MWC@chtownship.com [mailto:MWC@chtownship.com] .

Chapel Avenue to be paved Saturday near Cherry Hill West

Camden County Public Works will be repaving Chapel Avenue in front of Cherry Hill West from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. This work, a partnership between Cherry Hill and the County, will fully reconstruct a section of the roadway between Cherry Hill Boulevard and Marlboro Avenue, and help keep it smooth and safe for travel following a historic winter. Drivers are advised that delays are possible as crews complete the mill and overlay on the road. Cherry Hill Police will assist with traffic flow. Drivers should be cognizant of this project and use an alternate route on Saturday, if possible. As always, please use caution in the construction area.

PSE&G to continue Brace Road repairs through Saturday afternoon

Motorists are advised that PSE&G will be completing underground repairs on Brace Road near Kaminski’s overnight Friday and through much of the day on Saturday. Work is expected to be completed by about 4 p.m. Saturday. At least one lane will remain open at all times, but lanes will be shifted as necessary. Drivers are asked to use caution in and near the work zone.

Water main work to restrict Springdale Rd traffic starting Monday

New Jersey American Water is set to begin work on a main transmission line along Springdale Road this Monday, March 24. Lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, beginning Monday, between Justa Lane and the Springdale Farm Market. Repairs are expected to take about three weeks to complete. During this time, traffic will be reduced to just one lane in each direction. The Farm Market, which opens for the season on March 21, will be open and accessible during the project.

Significant delays are expected, and drivers are asked find alternate routes to their destinations from March 24 through the week of April 7. Click here for more information. [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=479]


South Jersey Gas continues work at Berlin & Evesham roads

South Jersey Gas will continue underground infrastructure upgrades next week near the intersection of Evesham and Berlin roads, on the Cherry Hill-Voorhees border. For approximately one month, crews will be working to upgrade natural gas infrastructure underground from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Work will take place in phases on each approach to the intersection (both directions on Evesham and Berlin Roads, and on Somerdale Road), with lane shifts and closures implemented as necessary. The roads will remain open to traffic, but drivers should anticipate delays and plan accordingly. As always, please drive slowly and exercise caution when traveling through the work zone.

Mayor, Council celebrate Greek Independence Day at Town Hall

Yesterday, members of Council and I celebrated Greek Independence Day at the Municipal Building, along with joined dozens of students from the Hellenic School at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church. Students sang beautiful renditions of both the Greek and American National Anthems to begin the half-hour ceremony. I presented the school with a special proclamation honoring the holiday, followed by a ceremonial raising of the Greek flag outside of the Municipal Building. Greece will officially celebrate its 193rd Independence Day this Tuesday, March 25. Thank you to the St. Thomas community for once again included the Township in this wonderful celebration!

Household Hazardous Waste collection tomorrow at Public Works

Cherry Hill and Camden County have partnered to offer residents a free Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Township Public Works Complex, 1 Perina Blvd. Jump-start your spring cleaning by depositing hazardous household materials – that is, any item that cannot be disposed of as part of your regular trash collection – including automotive products, household cleaners, oil-based paints, pesticides and fuels. Electronic waste will not be accepted. Click here for a full list of acceptable items and additional information. [http://www.camdencounty.com/node/3119?utm_source=]

Register now for spring Recreation classes!

Registration is now open for all spring programs offered through the Cherry Hill Department of Recreation. Dozens of residents turned out Thursday night for a special open house and reception showcasing the wide variety of programs offered throughout the year, including dance, fitness, mommy-and-me classes, painting, drawing and much more. It was a wonderful chance for residents to see firsthand exactly how much Cherry Hill has to offer for the whole family! Explore our full roster of spring activities for yourself by clicking here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/DocumentCenter/View/2146] . To register for a program, visit https://reconline.cherryhill-nj.com/ [https://reconline.cherryhill-nj.com/] . For additional information, call (856) 488-7868, or email Recreation@chtownship.com [mailto:Recreation@chtownship.com] .

Free programs and events at the Cherry Hill Public Library

Please join us for these free special events at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 N. Kings Highway:




Toddler Dance Party, 10-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 25

Ready to dance? This dance party is specially designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Join us for a rockin' good time full of music and movement. Free and open to the public. No registration required.



Women Soldiers and Spies of the Civil War,

7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25

Women played many roles in the Civil War. This presentation highlights those women who chose to become soldiers and spies during that time. Learn why they selected these paths and how they were able to function effectively and influence history. You may also be inspired by their ingenuity which allowed them to perform successfully in both endeavors. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=5353&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=3/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&pa] to register for this free program.



Job Search 101, 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26

Looking for work? Attend this free computer class where we review what you’ll need to know about resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking. Additionally, you’ll learn about some helpful databases such as Career Transitions and Job & Career Accelerator, available through the library. Need help completing an online job application? We’ll touch on how you can get assistance using the Reference by Appointment service. This event is free, but registration is required. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=5370&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=3/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&pa] or call (856) 903-1246 to register.



Red Cross Community Blood Drive, 2-7 p.m. Monday, March 31

March is Red Cross Month! In just 15 minutes, you can save up to three lives! Blood shortages are occurring all across our region and every two seconds someone needs you. If you are in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds, now is the time to roll up your sleeve and donate. Every type can save a life! Click here [http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor?date%5bmin%5d%5bdate%5d=&date%5bmax%5d%5bdate%5d=&field_sponsor_code_value=cherry%20hill%20library] to make an appointment online. Walk-ins also welcome.





This is just a snapshot of the hundreds of events, classes, activities and cultural programs held at the Cherry Hill Library throughout the year. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventcalendar.asp] for the full events calendar, and visit www.chplnj.org [http://www.chplnj.org/] to sign up for CHPLink, the library’s e-newsletter. Stay connected by following the Library on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/CHPLibrary?ref=search&sid=1520477213.2684015648..1] , Twitter [https://twitter.com/CHPLibrary] and Pinterest [http://www.pinterest.com/chplnj/] . For more information on any library program, call (856) 667-0300 or email info@chplnj.org. [mailto:info@chplnj.org.Mayor]


Save the date for Art Blooms Earth Festival, April 26 at Croft Farm

Spring will be in full bloom for families, neighbors, students and friends participating in the 5th annual Cherry Hill Art Blooms Earth Festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at Croft Farm. The event is a family affair for many participants working with Cherry Hill Township and Sustainable Cherry Hill for this engaging day on the historic farmstead. The event will start with 8 a.m. registration for a 2- and 9-mile Family Fun Bike Ride at Challenge Grove.

Among the many people working to make this year’s festival a success is Sustainable Cherry Hill executive board member Caren Kaufman, who is helping to organize entertainment, recruit volunteers, and get her family – including son Sam and daughter Isabel – on the bandwagon, as well. Event updates are available at www.sustainablecherryhill.org [http://www.sustainablecherryhill.org/] . The festival is made possible in part by generous presenting sponsors: Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, LourdesCare of Cherry Hill and Ravitz Family Foundation; Leadership sponsors include: Sustainable Camden County, Investors Bank, M. Rosenblatt Roofing and Flaster Greenberg. For more Earth Festival information or to volunteer at the event, contact Brenda Jorett, Brenda@brendajorett.com [mailto:Brenda@brendajorett.com] .

Councilwoman Kane welcomes home an American Hero

On Friday, March 14, Councilwoman Melinda Kane joined dozens of community members for a special homecoming celebration for Capt. Chris Denton, who recently returned from his second deployment in Afghanistan. Capt. Denton, an 11-year Army veteran, was in town celebrating his homecoming and recent marriage to fellow Capt. Amy Martino, a Cherry Hill native. Councilwoman Kane presented the couple with a special proclamation honoring their service to our country. Please join me in welcoming home Capt. Denton, and in extending our sincerest appreciation to both Capt. Denton and Capt. Martino for their continued service. Welcome home!

Cherry Hill Alliance presents ‘Boys Night Out’ March 26

Boys in grades 4 through 12 and their fathers or guardians are invited to an enlightening and amazing night presented by the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. “Boys Night Out: Staying in the Game On and Off the Field,” is a free, interactive presentation that explores stress management, good decision-making, communication and respect, and other areas that boys encounter on a day-to-day basis. The presentation will also include an opportunity for father and son to have an open dialogue with each other. A raffle will be held at the end of the presentation. For questions or to register, call (856) 488-7889, or email Alliance@chtownship.com [mailto:Alliance@chtownship.com] . This event is sponsored by S.C.O.P.E. (A partnership of Cherry Hill Public Schools, Zone PTA, Kennedy Health System, Character Education Initiative, and the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol & Drug Abuse.), Rosa International Middle School and Rosa Peer Leadership.

Safely dispose of medication through Project Medicine Drop

The Cherry Hill Police Department reminds residents that expired and unused household medications should not be discarded in your regular trash. Instead, the Township has partnered with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to take part in Project Medicine Drop, a secure and anonymous way for residents to dispose of medication 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since April 2012, the Department has collected over 1,160 pounds of medication. The Medicine Drop box is located in Police Headquarters, 820 Mercer St. Contents are secured and ultimately destroyed by authorized law-enforcement officers. Project Medicine Drop boxes only accept household medications that are in solid form; liquid medication and powders cannot be accepted. Drug addiction often begins in the medicine cabinet, and prescription drug overdoses are an increasing epidemic across New Jersey. Thank you in advance for helping to combat this troubling trend. For more information on this program, click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/DocumentCenter/View/1458] , visit www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/meddrop [http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop] , or call the Cherry Hill Police Department at (856) 488-7828.

Tickets available for ‘Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars’ May 4

The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is pleased to present the 2014 “Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars” on Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at Cherry Hill High School West. Sixteen couples, including teachers, students, school administrators, alumni and members of the business community, will compete in an exciting contest to raise money for the Cherry Hill Public Schools. Special performances by the Cherry Hill School Board (with students), and by last year’s “Jersey Boys” will enhance the show. Guest celebrity judge Jeremiah Trotter will join the judges’ table with Marjie Major, Katie Nanni and Arnie Silver. Music by East’s Orchestra will add to the elegance of this “Hollywood” evening. Tickets are available online at www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com [http://www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com/] or in the Activities Offices at Cherry Hill High School East and West. Online voting for your favorite dancing couple is also available on the Education Foundation’s website.

Mayor, Council celebrate Grand Reopening at Cherry Hill Senior Living

On Wednesday evening, Councilwoman Carole Roskoph and I joined officials at Cherry Hill Senior Living to celebrate the Grand Reopening of their facility on Cooper Landing Road. The beautiful senior-living community recently completed extensive interior renovations, including the addition of a 16-bed memory care unit that serves residents in the award-winning “Bridge to Rediscovery” Alzheimer’s and dementia care program. We took part in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from the Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Hill Senior Living staff and residents, and members of the community. Cherry Hill Senior Living has provided first-rate care to Cherry Hill’s seniors since 1999. Please join us in congratulating them as they begin this exciting new chapter!

Take Camden County’s Superstorm Sandy Health & Wellness Survey

Camden County wants to hear from local residents to make sure the health and well-being needs of individuals impacted by Superstorm Sandy are addressed. To assist in this effort, the County has issued a survey that will assess the effectiveness of the original outreach for Superstorm Sandy. Although Camden County was less affected than other areas in the state, there were several dozen residents in Cherry Hill that registered for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There may be other residents in the County who did not seek assistance for property damage because they were unaware, encountered barriers to assistance, or were overwhelmed by the event and continue to have unmet needs. Click here to read more and to take the survey [http://camdencounty.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=3ec82ce3aeb0b82c62064d641&id=a0f35ba826&e=8b5625feaf] .

Register now for Camden County’s free Parenting Conference

Registration is now open for Camden County’s free Parenting Conference on April 12 at Pennsauken High School, sponsored by the Camden County Board of Freeholders. This great event features two sessions of interactive workshops, exhibitors, brunch, face painting, balloon animals, fabulous door prizes and more. The keynote speaker is June Grushka Rosen, a life coach who will talk about how families can coach each other to greatness. Click here for the list of workshops and to register [http://camdencounty.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3ec82ce3aeb0b82c62064d641&id=9fb2fda9a1&e=8b5625feaf] .

Several free 'Just for Seniors' events scheduled this spring

Cherry Hill and Camden County have partnered to once again offer free Chair Yoga classes for Township seniors! These classes are designed to help incorporate yoga into your day, regardless of your experience level. Chair Yoga will take place in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall from 1-2 p.m. on April 2, 16, 30 and May 7. An additional date will be added in the future. For more information, call instructor Barbara “Teddy” Piotrowski at (609) 217-4018. To register, call (856) 488-7868, or email Recreation@chtownship.com [mailto:Recreation@chtownship.com] . Camden County also offers Healthy Cooking Classes, a Spring Fling Senior Dance and other events for seniors throughout the spring. Click here for the full schedule of free events [http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-recreation-calendar?utm_source=] .

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