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Cherry Hill Township Weekly Briefing for March 28 to April 4, 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.

NJ Banking & Insurance Commissioner visits Cherry Hill NJDOBI for Briefing.jpg
This morning, Town Hall hosted a special presentation by New Jersey Banking & Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski in recognition of April's designation as Financial Literacy Month. Commissioner Kobylowski spoke to Township seniors for more than an hour about a range of pertinent financial topics, including insurance, common scams targeting seniors, and much, much more. Councilwomen Sara Lipsett, Melinda Kane and Susan Shin-Angulo joined the Commissioner for this special event, along with more than two dozen area seniors. It was an enlightening question-and-answer session, and I want to personally thank the Commissioner for taking time out of his day to help educate our residents about these important issues. We look forward to hosting him again in the future! If you couldn't make today's presentation, please click here for a summary of the topics the Commissioner discussed. For more information or to contact the Department of Banking and Insurance, visit www.dobi.nj.gov, or call (609) 292-7272.

Tour historic Barclay Farmstead this Sunday from noon to 4Barclay for Briefing 2.jpg
Explore a piece of Cherry Hill's history with free, guided tours of historic Barclay Farmstead from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, April 6. The Friends of Barclay Farmstead will walk visitors through the19th century Quaker Farmhouse, and will offer visitors a family-friendly craft activity from 1 to 3 p.m. While you're there, explore the Farmstead's beautiful, 32-acre property, which includes historic outbuildings, an apple orchard, a playground, a picnic area and nationally recognized interpretive nature trails. Can't make it this weekend? The farmhouse will be open for public tours the first Sunday of every month through November. Tours are free for Cherry Hill residents. For more information, call (856) 795-6225, or email
info@barclayfarmstead.org. Be sure to follow @HistoricBarclay on Twitter, and the Barclay Farmstead Museum on Facebook for information on upcoming events and activities throughout the year.

Road maintenance, sewer work scheduled next week                                   
The Cherry Hill Department of Engineering will continue road repairs in the Township’s Erlton South neighborhood next week as part of the 2013 Road Maintenance Program. Contractors are set to begin concrete repairs on Park Drive between Cooper Avenue and Route 70 on Monday, April 7, and on Grant Avenue between Route 70 and Jefferson on Wednesday, April 9. Both roads will be open to local traffic and emergency vehicles only during construction.
Additionally, the department will begin a sanitary sewer line replacement on Ivy Lane between Knollwood Drive and Lantern Lane on Wednesday. Ivy Lane will be closed to through-traffic during this work. All work is weather-permitting. Residents with questions or concerns either of these projects should contact the Department of Engineering at (856) 424-3203.

Mayor Cahn speaks to the Cherry Hill Religious Leaders Coalition CHRLC.jpg
On Wednesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Cherry Hill Religious Leaders Coalition during the group's monthly meeting at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church on Route 70. It was my first visit with the group in several months, and our discussion was both lively and engaging -- focusing on a variety of topics, including sustainability, community outreach and local events and activities. The Religious Leaders Coalition is a multi-denominational group of clergy from places of worship across Cherry Hill, and I always enjoy having the opportunity to both find out what's going on in their faith communities, and share with them the latest news and happenings here in Town Hall. I want to thank Deacon Leo McBlain, the group's convener, Pastor Gina Hendrickson from St. Andrew,  and the entire group for welcoming me to this month's meeting, and for their open and active discussion with me. I look forward to visiting again soon!
                       
Tickets on sale for May 4 Ensemble Concert at Croft Farm
The Cherry Hill Arts Advisory Board and the Department of Recreation is pleased to present “The Great Italians,” the next installment in the Township’s Ensemble Concert series, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at historic Croft Farm. Various artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Ocean City Pops and the Academy of Vocal Arts will perform selections from Puccini, Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others. Part of Art Blooms Week, this promises to be a wonderful concert. Our last event sold out; buy your tickets now to ensure you won’t miss out! Tickets are $15, with discounted pricing available for seniors and students. For tickets, visit the Recreation Department in Town Hall, call (856) 488-7868, or email
Arts@chtownship.com. Click here for additional information. For more information on the Arts Advisory Board and a full list of upcoming arts and cultural events, please visit the Arts Board blog at http://cherryhillarts.blogspot.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:                   
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  • Art Gallery Reception: Carol Hess Plimpton,
    2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5

    Stop by the Library’s Art Gallery on the Lower Level and meet painter Carol Hess Plimpton and view her exhibition of oil paintings. Carol has been a Cherry Hill resident for over 40 years and has had a lifelong interest in art. Carol studies with Karen Titus Smith at Studio Classroom in Pemberton, NJ and was selected in 2012 to be part of Cherry Hill Township’s Art Blooms Juried Show. Reception is free and open to the public.
  • Table Top Day, 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5
    Cherry Hill Public Library is a registered Table Top Day site! Bring your friends and try out our selection of cult favorite board games like Ticket to Ride, Small World, and Munchkin. Or bring your own games to share with others! We will also have games in the Children's Craft Room on the Upper Level. All ages welcome. No registration required.
            
  • Intermediate Excel, 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, April 8
    Now that you know how to create an Excel spreadsheet, learn more about Excel’s features and functions and the usefulness of this software. Gain experience with formatting worksheets, sorting data, freezing rows and columns, and relative and absolute cell addresses. PREREQUISITES: Basic Mouse and Keyboard Skills, Beginner Excel, or equivalent experience. Free computer class, registration required.
    Click here to register online with your library card number. Don’t have a library card? Call (856) 903-1246.
               
  • Lunch and a Movie: "Gravity," noon-2 p.m. Thursday, April 10
    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Library. Movie begins at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Adults of all ages welcome. No registration required. About the Movie: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). As the two are on a space walk, debris hits and soon the pair finds themselves stranded in space. While figuring out what steps they can take to save themselves, Stone grapples with a painful past that makes her consider giving up altogether. (Rated PG-13; 91 minutes; 2013)

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.

Calling all artists: Art Blooms Juried Art Show runs April 26-May 10artblooms.jpg
Local artists are invited to take part in the Township's Art Blooms juried art exhibit, April 26 - May 10 at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Bortons Mill Road. This annual event features original two-dimensional works in watercolor, pastels, oils and more. All artwork is available for sale and neither Cherry Hill Township nor the Cherry Hill Arts Board take a commission. This exhibit is open to artists of all ages and abilities. Simply
complete the prospectus and bring it along with your works of art to the Croft Farm Arts Center on Wednesday, April 23 between 4 and 7 p.m. There is a $10 per entry (maximum 3 entries) non-refundable jury consideration fee. Artwork will be juried that night and artists will be notified by Friday, April 25 if they are accepted into the show. For more information, call (856) 488-7868 or email Arts@chtownship.com. For more information on Art Blooms or other activities and events planned by the Cherry Hill Arts Advisory Board, click here

Recycling e-waste, sneakers, hangers and batteries at Earth Festival April 26EF briefing 2.jpg
This year’s Art Blooms Earth Festival on April 26 will put the focus on recycling for the more than 5,000 South Jersey residents expected to attend. E-waste recycling by e-Force will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a convenient drop-off area along Borton’s Mill Road, leading to the festival site. All materials will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner; and for security, all media data that is collected will be destroyed. The Earth Festival Recycling Depot, adjacent to the e-waste recycling area at Croft Farm will also have containers for gently-used sneakers; wire hangers; batteries; and plastic shopping bags. Earth Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at historic Croft Farm. 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, contact Brenda Jorett at Brenda@brendajorett.com.  

Cherry Hill Police take part in distracted-driving enforcement campaign smallchpd.bmp
The Cherry Hill Police Department is taking part in a nationwide Distracted Driving Enforcement campaign through April 21. This high-visibility initiative, called “UDrive, UText, UPay,” will target motorists who engage in dangerous behavior behind the wheel, including texting and talking on hand-held cell phones. The campaign coincides with April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. I’m pleased to join with the Cherry Hill Police Department in reminding all our residents to make smart decisions when they get behind the wheel of a car. Click here for more information on this campaign.

CHFD to continue smoke alarm program this weekend
The Cherry Hill Fire Department will continue going door-to-door this weekend, offering residents free smoke alarm testing and installation. Firefighters will be visiting homes on Abington Road, Abington Terrace, South Mansfield Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant Way and Roumfort Avenue on Saturday, and on Kingston Drive (Chelton Pkwy to Route 70), Salem Road, Plymouth Drive and Lowber Drive on Sunday. The list of locations is updated each week
on the Department’s website and Facebook page. Check back often to see when the CHFD will be in your neighborhood. If you are in need of a smoke alarm immediately, please call (856) 429-7441 to schedule an appointment.

Temple Emanuel hosts community conversation this Tuesday, April 8
On Tuesday, April 8, Temple Emanuel welcomes Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali, authors of “Sons of Abraham,” for A Candid Conversation about the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims. This event is sponsored by the Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of South Jersey and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey. The program begins at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Students ages 15 and over are free, as are parents accompanied by a student. For more information or to register, visit www.jcrcsnj.org or call Brandon Cohen at (8560 751-9500, ext. 1203.
                              
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.

Register now for Camden County’s free Parenting Conference
Register now for Camden County’s free Parenting Conference, set for April 12 at Pennsauken High School. This great event features two sessions of interactive workshops, exhibitors, brunch, face painting, balloon animals, fabulous door prizes and more. All attendees will receive two free passes to the Garden State Discovery Museum. Special guests include keynote speaker June Grushka Rosen, a life coach who will talk about how families can coach each other to greatness, and CBS3 Meteorologist Kathy Orr. 
Click here for the list of workshops and to register.
             
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.

Several free 'Just for Seniors' events scheduled this springchair yoga for briefing.jpg
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 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.

Cherry Hill adopts Complete Streets policy


This week, Cherry Hill adopted an important new policy that will ultimately make our community safer and more accessible for everyone. Called "Complete Streets," this new initiative requires that the Township evaluate all future street and sidewalk projects to determine whether they should include pedestrian, bicycle and transit accommodations such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, crosswalks, pedestrian control signalization, curb cuts and crosswalks. In short, Complete Streets promotes joint use of our roadways by all users, including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, seniors, children, and those with limited mobility. By improving access for everyone, Complete Streets enhances safety while promoting a healthier community and a cleaner, greener transportation system with less traffic congestion and improved air quality. This is good government and smart planning, and I'm proud that Cherry Hill has joined the Complete Streets movement. Cl ick here for additional information. [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=491]

Mayor Cahn discusses Mayor's Wellness with Comcast Newsmakers

On Wednesday, I joined Comcast Newsmakers at their Cherry Hill studios to discuss the Mayor's Wellness Campaign and our community's recent designation as a Healthy Town. As you know, the Mayor's Wellness Campaign has been tremendously successful in its first two years, encouraging residents across town to get moving and incorporate healthy habits in their lifestyles. The campaign and its overwhelming response in our community has helped Cherry Hill to be just one of 17 towns in New Jersey - and the only town south of Trenton - to be officially certified as a Healthy Town by the New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute's Mayors Wellness Campaign. Stay up-to-date on the Mayor's Wellness Campaign via Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherry-Hill-Mayors-Wellness-Campaign/186080851562062] , or by visiting www.CherryHill-NJ.com/wellness [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/wellness] . Click here to view the full Newsmakers interview. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4FaEmRsDg8]

PSE&G plans lane closures next week on Cuthbert Blvd.

Next week, PSE&G will be closing one lane of Cuthbert Boulevard near Hampton Road as part of an ongoing infrastructure improvement project. Lanes will be closed one at a time, in the following order: Northbound inside lane, Northbound outside lane, Southbound outside lane, Southbound inside lane. Work is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cherry Hill Police will assist with traffic control. As always, please use caution and drive slowly when traveling through a work zone.

NJ American Water to work next week on Waverly Road
As part of an ongoing water main replacement project, New Jersey American Water will begin working on Waverly Road between Roanoke and Old Orchard Roads on Tuesday, April 1, weather-permitting. Service will not be affected other than for a short period of time when individual service lines will be connected to the newly installed water main. Homeowners will be notified when that brief shutoff is scheduled to occur. Access to homes and driveways will be maintained throughout the duration of the project. For concerns about this project, please contact John Graham or Jacquelyn Weaver at (856) 764-6920 or 6915.

Water main work to restrict Springdale Rd traffic starting Monday

New Jersey American Water will continue work on a main transmission line along Springdale Road through the week of April 7. Lane restrictions will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between Justa Lane and the Springdale Farm Market. During construction, Springdale Road will be limited to one lane in each direction through the work zone. Delays are expected, and drivers are asked to utilize alternate routes for the duration of the project. Springdale Farm Market is open and accessible during work.

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.

Register now for spring Recreation classes!

Registration is now open for all spring programs offered through the Cherry Hill Department of Recreation. There are dozens of programs for the entire family this season, including . including dance, fitness, mommy-and-me classes, painting, drawing and much more. Explore our full roster of spring activities for residents of all ages 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:





Lego Club: Mazes, 2:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, March 29

Join us for an afternoon of cool construction featuring Lego bricks. We'll provide all building supplies, you bring the creativity! For ages 5 and up. Parents can play, too! No registration required.



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.

Free computer classes at CHPL

- Beginner Excel 2007, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 1

Learn the convenience and fundamentals of spreadsheets. This class focuses on the basics of creating Excel spreadsheets. Use a spreadsheet to stay organized at home and work, to create a family budget, or to make a simple shopping list. Free, but registration is required. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=5418&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=4/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&pa] or call (856) 903-1246 to register.

- Beginner Microsoft Word 2007, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 3

Would you like to learn how to use Microsoft Word to write letters, papers, resumes and much more? Learn the basics of word processing in this hands-on class. Attendees will learn to enter and edit text, control cursor movement, select text, save and open documents, use shortcuts like cut and paste, and choose and format fonts. Free, but registration is required. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=5424&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=4/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&pa] or call (856) 903-1246 to register.

- For a complete list of free computer classes offered at CHPL, visit their website [http://www.chplnj.org/events/computer_classes.htm] for class descriptions, dates and times.





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]

Calling all artists: Art Blooms Juried Art Show runs April 26-May 10

The Art Blooms juried art exhibit will be held April 26 - May 10 at the Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Bortons Mill Road. This annual juried art exhibit will feature original two-dimensional works in watercolor, pastels, oils and more. All artwork is available for sale and neither Cherry Hill Township nor the Cherry Hill Arts Board take a commission. This exhibit is open to artists of all ages and abilities. Simply complete the prospectus [http://nj-cherryhill.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/1342] and bring it along with your works of art to the Croft Farm Arts Center on Wednesday, April 23 between 4 and 7 p.m. There is a $10 per entry (maximum 3 entries) non-refundable jury consideration fee. Artwork will be juried that night and artists will be notified by Friday, April 25 if they are accepted into the show. For more information, call (856) 488-7868 or email Arts@chtownship.com [mailto:Arts@chtownship.com] . For more information on Art Blooms or other activities and events planned by the Cherry Hill Arts Advisory Board, click here [http://cherryhillarts.blogspot.com/2014/01/annual-art-blooms-juried-art-exhibit.html] .

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

More than 5,000 people are expected at the 5th annual Cherry Hill Art Blooms Earth Festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at historic Croft Farm. This free event puts the focus on sustainability, gardening, recycling and more with engaging displays by schools, businesses, crafters, performers and non-profit groups. This year’s displays will include several from Cherry Hill schools, including Johnson Elementary School’s new community garden, which was started in part thanks to a $1,000 Darden Restaurants Grant. Festival visitors can bring extra plants from gardens or purchase new plants to take home at the “plant exchange” offered by Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Gardening task force. Children will be able to plant a flower to take home while moms and dads ‘shop’ at the plant exchange. Visitors can bring containers to shovel some free Cherry Hill Township compost to use in gardens. In addition, vegetable and flower seedlings from Camden’s Center for Environmental Transformation and Springdale Farm will be available for purchase. 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, contact Brenda Jorett at Brenda@brendajorett.com [mailto:Brenda@brendajorett.com] .

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.

CHFD to continue smoke alarm program this weekend

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will continue going door-to-door this weekend, offering residents free smoke alarm testing and installation. Firefighters will be visiting homes on Abington Road, Abington Terrace, South Mansfield Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant Way and Roumfort Avenue on Saturday, and on Kingston Drive (Chelton Pkwy to Route 70), Salem Road, Plymouth Drive and Lowber Drive on Sunday. The list of locations is updated each week on the Department’s website [http://www.cherryhillfire.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-smoke-alarm-campaign.html] and Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherry-Hill-Fire-Department/249480684755?ref=br_tf] . Check back often to see when the CHFD will be in your neighborhood. If you are in need of a smoke alarm immediately, please call (856) 429-7441 to schedule an appointment.

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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