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Cherry Hill Township Weekly Briefing for Dec. 5 to 12, 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.   

Mayor, Council celebrate the start of the holidays in Cherry Hill Holiday Lighting 1 2014.jpg
On Monday, Council and I joined dozens of Cherry Hill families and youth choirs to celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Township's annual holiday tree and menorah lighting ceremony. Singers from the Kid Academy Learning Center, Christ Our Light Church, and Cherry Hill High Schools East and West provided the evening's entertainment, delivering a lively assortment of seasonal tunes, and a special visit from Santa Holiday Lighting 2 2014.jpgClaus himself completed the festivities. I'd like to thank all of our singers for their wonderful performances, as well as the residents who turned out for their support of this terrific community event. Special thanks to the Cherry Hill Senior Advisory Board for decorating the Community Center and our Christmas tree. Be sure to visit the Township's Facebook page for photos of the event, and video of a few of the night's musical selections. On behalf of Township Council and everyone at Town Hall, I wish all our residents a safe, happy and festive holiday season!

Mayor, Council honor Rosa Middle School Asst. Principal Maureen McHale Rosa Retirement.jpg
On Friday, Council President Dave Fleisher and I visited Rosa International Middle School to help honor Assistant Principal Maureen McHale, who will retire this year after more than 37 years in the field of education and a decade in the Cherry Hill School District. Mrs. McHale was honored during a school Spirit Week celebration. Throughout her career, Mrs. McHale has served as an example for her colleagues, and helped to create an environment where our children can truly grow and thrive. Mrs. McHale should be proud of all that she has contributed to Cherry Hill’s schools throughout the years, and of the number of lives she’s affected in a positive way. Please join me in wishing her all the best as she begins this new chapter in her life. 

Mayor Cahn, Cherry Hill Police & Fire welcome new Wawa to Cherry Hill Wawa 1.jpg
This morning, I joined dozens of area residents, employees and company executives to welcome Wawa to its newest Cherry Hill location, on Route 38 near Cuthbert Boulevard. The store is Wawa’s sixth location in the Township, and its opening has created more than 60 new local jobs. As part of the morning’s festivities, teams from the Police and Fire Departments competed against one another in a charity hoagie-building contest.  Officers Ed Williams, Jeff Ruttler, Ryan Johnstone, Anthony Amato and Ryan Del C
Wawa 2.jpgampo squared off against Firefighters Stephen Marsh, Tim Shannon, Jim Aleski, Al DiTore and Rob Luft to see who could make the most h
oagies in three minutes. While the CHFD ultimately took home the trophy, both teams were victorious, taking home a $1,000 donation for the charities of each department’s choice. A $1,000 donation is being sent to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry on behalf 
of the Police Department, and $1,000 will be given to Tony’s Kids, an organization supporting pediatric cancer care, on behalf of the Fire Department. On behalf of the entire community, I wish Wawa great success in its new location, and thank them for their tremendous generosity. 

Congratulations to Cherry Hill’s Camden County Freedom Medal honorees
This week, the Camden County Board of Freeholders announced the recipients of the 2015 Camden County Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal. Four of this year’s 15 honorees are Cherry Hill residents, including Eleanor Stofman of the Cherry Hill Education. Since 2002, the medal has been awarded to Camden County residents who contribute to the betterment of their community through their unselfish dedication of time and talent, beyond their normal professional activities, in the continuation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's dream to create a more just and loving community. The medal recipients will be honored at a dinner at the Camden County Boathouse on January 23rd. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees. Click here for more information and the full list of recipients.

Mayor Cahn, Education Foundation launch "Cherry Hill-opoly" at Republic Bank Republic Bank with Mayor.jpg
“Cherry Hill-opoly” is here, and on Wednesday, I was proud to join the Cherry Hill Education Foundation and several local families to celebrate the game’s launch during a special event at the new Republic Bank on Route 70. A handful of lucky families were invited to play the one-hour version of the game, and all visitors had a chance to mingle with the “live game tokens” inspired by Cherry Hill’s landmarks and history. Look for the Education Foundation’s Cherry Hill-opoly team at locations throughout town in the coming weeks, or stop by their kiosk at Cherry Hill Mall (between H&M and Banana Republic) to pick up your copy of the game today! Games are $40 each and can be purchased at a variety of locations in Cherry Hill, or online at www.CherryHillEducationFoundation.com. Proceeds benefit local schools, and $25 of each game purchase is tax-deductible. Click here for more information, or to order.

Leafers working to complete curbside collections ahead of the holidaysLeaf Collection 2014.jpg
Crews are working to complete the second round of curbside leaf collection ahead of the winter holidays; however, residents are advised that leaf trucks are running about a week behind schedule due to rainy weather and other factors. Crews are working as quickly as possible to make up for lost time, and we expect that leafers will be back on schedule by the end of next week. If your leaves were scheduled for pickup the week of Dec. 1 or 8, please leave them at the curb and they will be collected as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Remember: Leaves can also be bagged and placed at the curb for collection every week on your regularly scheduled trash day. Click here to find the scheduled collection date for your neighborhood, and click here to view this year’s leaf-collection guidelines. Free leaf bags can be picked up in the Municipal Clerk’s Office (Room 107) at Town Hall, or at the Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Blvd. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

Register now for winter programs, classes through the Recreation Department
The Winter/Spring 2015 edition of the Community Magazine has arrived in homes, and registration is now open for winter programs and classes offered through the Township Recreation Department. A full list of programs can be found in the magazine, along with the latest Township news, information and photos. View the complete catalog and register for classes by clicking here. For more 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.               
                                               
  • Much Watch Documentary: The Queen of Versailles
    Noon-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15
    About the Documentary:  The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the largest privately-owned house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their empire, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the household of family members. (PG, 100 minutes)Library logo color.jpg
  • The Who Was Book Club: Who Was Louis Braille? (Grades 1-3)
    7-7:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15
    Calling all fans of the popular Who Was series? Join us each month as we learn about a different famous person from the past. In December we'll learn about Louis Braille. Limited spots available, click here to register today! 
  • Little Listeners (2-year-olds)
    11-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16
    Enjoy this program designed just for 2 year olds! Develop language and pre-literacy skills with short stories, songs, rhymes, movement and a simple craft. Please note: Participating siblings are welcome but must be registered.  Click here to register today!  
  • How Computers Store Data (Computer Class)
    10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 17
    Learn how a computer stores your data and how to find your data. Click here to reserve your spot!
  • Lunch and a Movie: A Most Wanted Man 
    Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17
    About the Movie: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman gives his final screen performance in an adaptation of John le Carré's 2008 spy novel. In the years immediately following 9/11, Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) is a counterterrorist expert based in Hamburg who operates as a rogue agent. He specializes in bringing down jihadists, and as the story opens, he begins to fixate on a Chechen immigrant named Issa Karpov. Gunter becomes aware of an imminent threat that involves future jihad activity, and devises a plan that will extinguish the threat and provide amnesty for Issa. However, Gunter's plan is met with skepticism and doubt from the Americans and GSG-9.
  • Story Time (3-6 years)
    1-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17
    Improve literacy skills and encourage school-readiness with this story time for children ages 3-6 featuring stories, songs, finger plays and a craft. Reserve a spot now by clicking here!  
  • Harry Potter Yule Ball (Grades 6-12)
    6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18
    You’re invited to a very Potter holiday party! Enjoy themed activities and the dance the night away! Dress robes (or costumes) are encouraged.
  • American Girl Holiday Extravaganza (Ages 5+) 
    2-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20
    How did American Girls of the past celebrate the holidays? Join us for a holiday party that brings American history to life! Enjoy an afternoon of historic crafts, snacks and games. This event is open to ages 5 and up. (Parents and dolls are welcome to join in on the fun!)
                                                                             
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. You can renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Library websiteStay connected by following the Library on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. For more information on any library program, call (856) 667-0300 or email info@chplnj.org.

Councilwoman Kane welcomes Cherry Hill resident home from Afghanistan DeYoungHomecoming.jpg
Councilwoman Melinda Kane recently joined the Yellow Ribbon Club, the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, County officials and veterans support groups from around South Jersey to welcome a local veteran home from Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. John DeYoung, 29, is a Willowdale resident and a member of the Air Force Security Forces who earned the Combat Medal during his time in Afghanistan. Cherry Hill Township was proud to welcome Staff Sgt. DeYoung home from duty, and we will forever be grateful for his service and sacrifice. Please join me in sending best wishes to Staff Sgt. DeYoung and his family, and in wishing him continued health and safety as a member of the United States military. Click here to view photos from the homecoming celebration.

Councilwomen Angulo, Kane welcome Rockhill restaurant to town rockhill ribbon-cutting 2.jpg
Township Councilwomen Susan Shin Angulo and Melinda Kane were on hand recently to celebrate the grand opening of Rockhill, a new, family-friendly restaurant on Route 70 near Rockhill Road. The eatery, which stands on the site of the former Big John’s, serves steaks, burgers, deli sandwiches, pizza, Stromboli, and an assortment of salads, soups, sides and finger-foods fit for the whole family. Visit www.eatrockhill.com to learn more.


CHFD to begin 2015 Santa Tours on Monday santa-claus-is-coming-to-town.jpg
The Cherry Hill Fire Department will partner up with Santa Claus to begin their annual tour of Cherry Hill neighborhoods beginning this Monday, Dec. 15. Click here to view the full schedule and see when Santa will be coming to your neighborhood! Dates and times and subject to weather and other factors. 


Give blood this month at Springdale Farm, the Cherry Hill Library Red Cross Logo.jpg
If you are looking for a way to give back to the community this holiday season, consider giving the gift of life by donating blood at one of two Red Cross Blood Drives scheduled in Cherry Hill in the coming weeks. Springdale Farm Market, one of our Mayor’s Wellness partners, will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at its location on Springdale Road. Walk-ins are welcome, or click here to register online. Can’t make it tomorrow? Don’t worry! You can also give blood at The Cherry Hill Public Library from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, in the lower-level conference center. Walk-ins are welcome at this blood drive as well, or click here to schedule an appointment online. Thanks in advance for your life-saving generosity and support!  

Annual Bowling for Bears fundraiser set for Sunday, Dec. 14
The 10th annual Bowling for Bears will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Cherry Hill Playdrome. Bowling for Bears raises money to purchase teddy bears as gifts for local children in hospitals and in need. Over the last 9 years, Bowling for Bears has raised more than $120,000 and provided  more than 15,000 bears to children at the holidays. Click here for more information. 

Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Winterfest on Tuesday, Dec. 16
Camden County will host a Menorah Lighting Ceremony to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Winterfest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River Park. The lighting of the 9-foot-tall menorah will be the highlight of the evening's festivities. The celebration will also include the telling of the Hanukkah story, a performance by Cherry Hill East's Voce, giveaways courtesy of the Katz JCC, and more! Click here for more information. 
         
The latest news from the Cherry Hill School District
Now that school is back in session for the 2014-15 school year, you can stay up-to-date on important information in the Cherry Hill School District's e-news updates. Click here for the latest edition.

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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.

Mayor, Council celebrate the start of the holidays in Cherry Hill

On Monday, Council and I joined dozens of Cherry Hill families and youth choirs to celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Township's annual holiday tree and menorah lighting ceremony. Singers from the Kid Academy Learning Center, Christ Our Light Church, and Cherry Hill High Schools East and West provided the evening's entertainment, delivering a lively assortment of seasonal tunes, and a special visit from Santa Claus himself completed the festivities. I'd like to thank all of our singers for their wonderful performances, as well as the residents who turned out for their support of this terrific community event. Special thanks to the Cherry Hill Senior Advisory Board for decorating the Community Center and our Christmas tree. Be sure to visit the Township's Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherry-Hill-Township/134342599655?ref=tn_tnmn] for photos of the event, and video of a few of the night's musical selections. On behalf of Township Council and everyone at Town Hall, I wish all our residents a safe, happy and festive holiday season!

Mayor, Council honor Rosa Middle School Asst. Principal Maureen McHale

On Friday, Council President Dave Fleisher and I visited Rosa International Middle School to help honor Assistant Principal Maureen McHale, who will retire this year after more than 37 years in the field of education and a decade in the Cherry Hill School District. Mrs. McHale was honored during a school Spirit Week celebration. Throughout her career, Mrs. McHale has served as an example for her colleagues, and helped to create an environment where our children can truly grow and thrive. Mrs. McHale should be proud of all that she has contributed to Cherry Hill’s schools throughout the years, and of the number of lives she’s affected in a positive way. Please join me in wishing her all the best as she begins this new chapter in her life.

Mayor Cahn, Cherry Hill Police & Fire welcome new Wawa to Cherry Hill

This morning, I joined dozens of area residents, employees and company executives to welcome Wawa to its newest Cherry Hill location, on Route 38 near Cuthbert Boulevard. The store is Wawa’s sixth location in the Township, and its opening has created more than 60 new local jobs. As part of the morning’s festivities, teams from the Police and Fire Departments competed against one another in a charity hoagie-building contest. Officers Ed Williams, Jeff Ruttler, Ryan Johnstone, Anthony Amato and Ryan Del Campo squared off against Firefighters Stephen Marsh, Tim Shannon, Jim Aleski, Al DiTore and Rob Luft to see who could make the most h

oagies in three minutes. While the CHFD ultimately took home the trophy, both teams were victorious, taking home a $1,000 donation for the charities of each department’s choice. A $1,000 donation is being sent to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry on behalf

of the Police Department, and $1,000 will be given to Tony’s Kids, an organization supporting pediatric cancer care, on behalf of the Fire Department. On behalf of the entire community, I wish Wawa great success in its new location, and thank them for their tremendous generosity.

Congratulations to Cherry Hill’s Camden County Freedom Medal honorees

This week, the Camden County Board of Freeholders announced the recipients of the 2015 Camden County Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal. Four of this year’s 15 honorees are Cherry Hill residents, including Eleanor Stofman of the Cherry Hill Education. Since 2002, the medal has been awarded to Camden County residents who contribute to the betterment of their community through their unselfish dedication of time and talent, beyond their normal professional activities, in the continuation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's dream to create a more just and loving community. The medal recipients will be honored at a dinner at the Camden County Boathouse on January 23rd. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees. Click here for more information and the full list of recipients. [http://camdencounty.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3ec82ce3aeb0b82c62064d641&id=ab9c8d2858&e=8b5625feaf]


Mayor Cahn, Education Foundation launch "Cherry Hill-opoly" at Republic Bank

“Cherry Hill-opoly” is here, and on Wednesday, I was proud to join the Cherry Hill Education Foundation and several local families to celebrate the game’s launch during a special event at the new Republic Bank on Route 70. A handful of lucky families were invited to play the one-hour version of the game, and all visitors had a chance to mingle with the “live game tokens” inspired by Cherry Hill’s landmarks and history. Look for the Education Foundation’s Cherry Hill-opoly team at locations throughout town in the coming weeks, or stop by their kiosk at Cherry Hill Mall (between H&M and Banana Republic) to pick up your copy of the game today! Games are $40 each and can be purchased at a variety of locations in Cherry Hill, or online at www.CherryHillEducationFoundation.com [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/admin/www.CherryHillEducationFoundation.com] . Proceeds benefit local schools, and $25 of each game purchase is tax-deductible. Click here for more information, or to order [http://www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com/CHEF/Events2.html] .

Leafers working to complete curbside collections ahead of the holidays

Crews are working to complete the second round of curbside leaf collection ahead of the winter holidays; however, residents are advised that leaf trucks are running about a week behind schedule due to rainy weather and other factors. Crews are working as quickly as possible to make up for lost time, and we expect that leafers will be back on schedule by the end of next week. If your leaves were scheduled for pickup the week of Dec. 1 or 8, please leave them at the curb and they will be collected as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Remember: Leaves can also be bagged and placed at the curb for collection every week on your regularly scheduled trash day. Click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=606] to find the scheduled collection date for your neighborhood, and click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/DocumentCenter/View/2457] to view this year’s leaf-collection guidelines. Free leaf bags can be picked up in the Municipal Clerk’s Office (Room 107) at Town Hall, or at the Department of Public Works, 1 Perina Blvd. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at (856) 424-4422.

Register now for winter programs, classes through the Recreation Department

The Winter/Spring 2015 edition of the Community Magazine has arrived in homes, and registration is now open for winter programs and classes offered through the Township Recreation Department. A full list of programs can be found in the magazine, along with the latest Township news, information and photos. View the complete catalog and register for classes by clicking here. For more 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.



Much Watch Documentary: The Queen of Versailles

Noon-2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15

About the Documentary: The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the largest privately-owned house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their empire, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the household of family members. (PG, 100 minutes)




The Who Was Book Club: Who Was Louis Braille? (Grades 1-3)

7-7:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15

Calling all fans of the popular Who Was series? Join us each month as we learn about a different famous person from the past. In December we'll learn about Louis Braille. Limited spots available, click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6089&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=12/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&p] to register today!




Little Listeners (2-year-olds)

11-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16

Enjoy this program designed just for 2 year olds! Develop language and pre-literacy skills with short stories, songs, rhymes, movement and a simple craft. Please note: Participating siblings are welcome but must be registered. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6080&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=12/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&p] to register today!

How Computers Store Data (Computer Class)

10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 17

Learn how a computer stores your data and how to find your data. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6072&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=12/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&p] to reserve your spot!

Lunch and a Movie: A Most Wanted Man

Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17

About the Movie: The late Philip Seymour Hoffman gives his final screen performance in an adaptation of John le Carré's 2008 spy novel. In the years immediately following 9/11, Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) is a counterterrorist expert based in Hamburg who operates as a rogue agent. He specializes in bringing down jihadists, and as the story opens, he begins to fixate on a Chechen immigrant named Issa Karpov. Gunter becomes aware of an imminent threat that involves future jihad activity, and devises a plan that will extinguish the threat and provide amnesty for Issa. However, Gunter's plan is met with skepticism and doubt from the Americans and GSG-9.

Story Time (3-6 years)

1-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17

Improve literacy skills and encourage school-readiness with this story time for children ages 3-6 featuring stories, songs, finger plays and a craft. Reserve a spot now by clicking here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6084&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=12/1/2014&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&p] !

Harry Potter Yule Ball (Grades 6-12)

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18

You’re invited to a very Potter holiday party! Enjoy themed activities and the dance the night away! Dress robes (or costumes) are encouraged.

American Girl Holiday Extravaganza (Ages 5+)

2-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20

How did American Girls of the past celebrate the holidays? Join us for a holiday party that brings American history to life! Enjoy an afternoon of historic crafts, snacks and games. This event is open to ages 5 and up. (Parents and dolls are welcome to join in on the fun!)


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. You can renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Library website. 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 [mailto:info@chplnj.org.Mayor] info@chplnj.org [mailto:info@chplnj.org] .

Councilwoman Kane welcomes Cherry Hill resident home from Afghanistan

Councilwoman Melinda Kane recently joined the Yellow Ribbon Club, the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments, County officials and veterans support groups from around South Jersey to welcome a local veteran home from Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. John DeYoung, 29, is a Willowdale resident and a member of the Air Force Security Forces who earned the Combat Medal during his time in Afghanistan. Cherry Hill Township was proud to welcome Staff Sgt. DeYoung home from duty, and we will forever be grateful for his service and sacrifice. Please join me in sending best wishes to Staff Sgt. DeYoung and his family, and in wishing him continued health and safety as a member of the United States military. Click here [https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152912418095948.1073742056.353973075947&type=1] to view photos from the homecoming celebration.

Councilwomen Angulo, Kane welcome Rockhill restaurant to town

Township Councilwomen Susan Shin Angulo and Melinda Kane were on hand recently to celebrate the grand opening of Rockhill, a new, family-friendly restaurant on Route 70 near Rockhill Road. The eatery, which stands on the site of the former Big John’s, serves steaks, burgers, deli sandwiches, pizza, Stromboli, and an assortment of salads, soups, sides and finger-foods fit for the whole family. Visit www.eatrockhill.com [http://www.eatrockhill.com/] to learn more.

CHFD to begin 2015 Santa Tours on Monday

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will partner up with Santa Claus to begin their annual tour of Cherry Hill neighborhoods beginning this Monday, Dec. 15. Click here to view the full schedule [http://cherryhillfire.blogspot.com/2014/12/santa-clause-is-coming-to-town.html] and see when Santa will be coming to your neighborhood! Dates and times and subject to weather and other factors.

Give blood this month at Springdale Farm, the Cherry Hill Library

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community this holiday season, consider giving the gift of life by donating blood at one of two Red Cross Blood Drives scheduled in Cherry Hill in the coming weeks. Springdale Farm Market, one of our Mayor’s Wellness partners, will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at its location on Springdale Road. Walk-ins are welcome, or click here [http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp] to register online. Can’t make it tomorrow? Don’t worry! You can also give blood at The Cherry Hill Public Library from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, in the lower-level conference center. Walk-ins are welcome at this blood drive as well, or click here [http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp] to schedule an appointment online. Thanks in advance for your life-saving generosity and support!



Annual Bowling for Bears fundraiser set for Sunday, Dec. 14

The 10th annual Bowling for Bears will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Cherry Hill Playdrome. Bowling for Bears raises money to purchase teddy bears as gifts for local children in hospitals and in need. Over the last 9 years, Bowling for Bears has raised more than $120,000 and provided more than 15,000 bears to children at the holidays. Click here for more information. [http://www.bowlingforbears.org/Bowling_for_Bears/Home.html]

Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Winterfest on Tuesday, Dec. 16

Camden County will host a Menorah Lighting Ceremony to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Winterfest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River Park. The lighting of the 9-foot-tall menorah will be the highlight of the evening's festivities. The celebration will also include the telling of the Hanukkah story, a performance by Cherry Hill East's Voce, giveaways courtesy of the Katz JCC, and more! Click here for more information. [http://www.camdencounty.com/events/menorah-lighting-ceremony-winterfest]



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