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Cherry Hill Township Weekly Briefing, April 10 to 17, 2015

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Cherry Hill Township
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'll join us at these events, sign up to receive e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cherry Hill receives $2,000 Sustainable Jersey grant Sustainable Jersey Logo.jpg
This week, Cherry Hill received a $2,000 grant from the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program and the PSE&G Foundation. The funds will be used to help the Township’s Green Team and our partners in advancing ongoing sustainability initiatives in Cherry Hill. The Township is one of just 20 municipalities across New Jersey to receive the grant. Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed more than $1.7 million in grants to New Jersey municipalities to help towns make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous. Cherry Hill is a Silver-certified town in the Sustainable Jersey program, and was named a Sustainable Champion among large municipalities in 2014. This most recent grant award will undoubtedly help Cherry Hill to take our sustainability efforts to the next level, and I look forward to sharing information on our progress as we move forward.

Kick off Earth Fest Day with the Family Fun Bike Ride, April 25 Bike Ride graphic 2015.jpg
There's still time to register for the Family Fun Bike Ride the morning of next week's Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival! Come out with family and friends, and receive a special gift at check-in (while supplies last!) courtesy of bike ride sponsor Cherry Tree Corporate Center. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the ride kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Croft Farm. Click here for more information.

Join us next Saturday for the Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival Earth Fest Photo for 4-17.jpg
What can YOU do to impact our Earth in a positive way at this year’s Earth Festival at Croft Farm? 
1. Sign up here for the Family Fun Bike Ride: 8 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. ride; FREE safety checks. 
2. Bring recycling: e-waste collection; plastic shopping bags; wire hangers; rechargeable batteries; gently-worn shoes for donation. Learn more here.
3. Bring your reusable water bottle for FREE refills by New Jersey American Water
4. Bring perennials from your garden to swap for new plants and take home free compost. For information, click here.
The 6th annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival – rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – includes a Phillie Phanatic appearance; outstanding entertainment; all 19 Cherry Hill Schools on display and more than 100 crafters and local businesses. This year's festival coincides with the global celebration marking the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, on April 22. Follow the festival on Twitter@SCHEarthFest
Celebrate-Learn-Grow Saturday, April 25, at historic Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Click here for festival information and bike ride registration. 

Township honors Sustainable Cherry Hill, Earth Day  Earth Fest proclamation 4-17.jpg
Ahead of next week's Earth Festival, the members of Council and I on Monday night honored Sustainable Cherry Hill and the organizers of this year's Earth Festival for the amount of time and effort they dedicate to coordinating and creating one of Cherry Hill's biggest and best family-friendly events of the year. Special thanks to Brenda Jorett of Sustainable Cherry Hill's executive board for her leadership, vision and incredible dedication in making each year's Earth Festival better than the last. This year's Earth Festival coincides with the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and as part of our ceremony on Monday, I issued a call to action to all residents of Cherry Hill to recommit ourselves to working toward a greener, more sustainable future. While we've made great progress on a local level, our world still faces significant global challenges, and our work is far from done. To learn more about Earth Day, visit www.EarthDay.org

Register today for the CHPD Junior Police AcademyCHJPA for Briefing.jpg
Spots are still available for the Cherry Hill Police Department's first-ever Junior Police Academy! From July 20-24, children ages 11-14 will explore firsthand various aspects of law enforcement, The curriculum, developed by the CHPD, will emphasize the importance of qualities such as physical fitness, staying drug free, teamwork and respect. The academy will allow participants to gain an appreciation for police service, and develop positive relationships with Cherry Hill Police officers. Spots are limited, so register today! Click here to learn more. 

Mayor, Council celebrate Cherry Hill Library 10th anniversary CHPL anniversary.jpg
Members of Township Council and I stopped by the Cherry Hill Public Library on Tuesday to celebrate the new building's 10th anniversary, in conjunction with National Library Week 2015. Joined by Council Vice President Sara Lipsett, Council members Brian Bauerle and Melinda Kane, and members of the Library Board of Trustees, I presented Library Director Laverne Mann with a special proclamation celebrating the building's birthday, and the important role the Library plays in our community. Over the last decade, CHPL has flourished into so much more than a building full of books. It's a destination for visitors of all ages, with innovative events and room to explore, relax and learn something new. It's truly the heart of our town! Take a look at the events listed below for a sample of what the Library has to offer in the coming week, and take some time to visit, if you haven't already!  

Don't miss the Mad Hatter Tea Party, April 26 at Barclay Farmstead Mad Hatter Tea Party (2).jpg
The Cherry Hill Recreation Department cordially invites you to a Mad Hatter Tea Party, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Barclay Farmstead (206 Barclay Lane). Enjoy an afternoon of lawn games, refreshments, crafts and, of course, tea! Dress to impress the Queen; you decide if your hat is silly or fancy. Please bring your favorite tea cup. Don't be late for this very important date! Event is open to children ages 5-12 years. Tickets are $15 for 2; $5 each additional person. Please RSVP today to reserve your seat by calling (856) 488-7868. Click here for photos of last year's event.

Mayor, Council kick off CHYAA's 2015 Little League season CHYAA opener 2015.jpg
I visited the CHYAA Babe Ruth Field last Sunday morning with Council members Brian Bauerle, Jim Bannar, Carole Roskoph and Susan Shin Angulo to throw out the first pitch of the 2015 Little League season. It was a beautiful day for baseball, and it was a pleasure to meet the players and coaches and take part in the day's festivities. Best of luck to all of this year's Little League players and coaches, and best wishes for a fun and successful season! Click here for photos of the event.

Cherry Hill hosts Memorial Day poster, essay contests for school students Memorial Day.jpg
The Township is hosting a contest for Cherry Hill school students, in conjunction with our annual Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 25. Students in Grades K-12 are invited to take part in special Poster and Essay Contest, using the theme "Liberty for All" to create an original work showing the significance of Memorial Day. The Poster contest is open to children in grades K-5; essays are open to students in grades 6-12. Selected entries will be featured at this year's Memorial Day ceremony, 11 a.m. Monday, May 25. The grand prize winner in each contest will receive a gift card, and have his or her entry featured on the Township website. Submissions are due by 3 p.m. Monday, May 18. Click here for details.

Cherry Hill Alliance offers Social Skills Development, part 2 April 20 Social Skills.jpg
Due to the overwhelming response to our Social Skills Development workshop earlier this year, the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will host "Social Skills Development, Part 2," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Cherry Hill Library. A joint workshop open to both parents and children will be hosted by Lori Tedesco Singley, and will give participants a chance to interact with each other and learn social skills necessary to grow up healthy. Topics will include making friends, safe social networking, peer pressure, anger, bullying/cyberbullying and healthy decision making. Registration is not mandatory, but is preferred. For more information or to register, call (856) 488-7889, or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com. 

Tickets now on sale for Comedy Night at Croft Farm Joe Matarese for Briefing.jpg
The Cherry Hill Recreation Department will host the Township's first-ever Comedy Night at Croft Farm, featuring America's Got Talent finalist and Cherry Hill native Joe Matarese, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Enjoy a night of comedy, food and drinks. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door, and will include light fare and 2 drinks per person. Open to adults ages 21 and up. Food and drink provided by Kaminski's Sports Bar & Restaurant. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Arts@chtownship.com.

Calling all artists: Submit your work for Art Blooms Art Blooms 2015.jpg
The Cherry Hill Arts Board is seeking interested artists to submit artwork for the Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit, May 2-15 at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces for consideration, at $10 per piece. A detailed prospectus can be found online at http://cherryhillarts.blogspot.com. Look for more information on this year's Art Blooms events in the weeks to come! For questions or more information, please e-mail Arts@CHTownship.com or call (856) 488-7868.

Historical Commission to host Genealogy presentation on April 28 Genealogy logo.gif
Are you interested in researching your family history, but don't know where to get started? mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, when the Cherry Hill Historical Commission presents "Genealogy: Get Ready, Get Set, Get Going," with experts Nancy C. Nelson and Carol M. Sheaffer of the Central New Jersey Genealogical Society. Learn how to get started in genealogy, and where to go from there. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Cherry Hill Public Library's Conference Center, 1100 N. Kings Hwy. The presentation is free and open to the public; registration is preferred, but not required. For details or to register, call (856) 488-7886, or e-mail CHHC@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 Hwy.
  • Food for Fines
    Ends Saturday, April 18

    Patrons with overdue fines can have them erased by donating non-perishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey. For each food item donated, CHPL will forgive fines for one overdue library material. (Not including lost book or Unique Management fees.) Food donations are welcome from patrons who do not need to clear fines! For more information, please contact the Cherry Hill Public Library at (856) 667-0300.Library logo color.jpg
  • Kid Card IDs
    10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Saturday, April 18 

    The Cherry Hill Police Department’s Community Relations Office is proud to present this Child ID program to any child that resides in Cherry Hill. The Cherry Hill Kid Card is an identification card parents will have as a quick reference should a child be reported lost or missing.  The card will include a photo and physical description of your child. Additionally, the information on the card meets the criteria needed for identifying and entering the child into the Amber Alert System. This service is available to Township Residents free of charge. No registration.   
  • Mobile Device and Laptop Help
    Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 18

    Did you recently receive a tablet, Smartphone or laptop and would like some tips? We can help! CHPL’s experts will answer questions and show you how to download free e-books, e-audiobooks and digital magazines using your library card and device. Bring your device along for hands-on help! Please note that help will be on a first come, first served basis. We are more than happy to help, but if you have a hardware issue with your device or laptop, we will be limited to assisting with software applications only.
  • Lunch and a Movie: 'The Judge'
    Noon-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21

    Bring your lunch and enjoy a free film at the Cherry Hill Library. Movie begins at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Adults of all ages welcome. No registration required. About the Film: Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his father (Robert Duvall) the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. (Rated R; 142 mins; 2014)
  • Upcycle Craft Night
    6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22

    Teens are invited to celebrate Earth Day by making crafts completely from recycled materials. Projects will include a soda box pencil case and t-shirt bracelet. Bring an old t-shirt, all other supplies will be provided. Open to grades 7-12. Click here to register. 
  • Martinis* and Money: How to Buy a House
    7-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
    It's time for a smarter happy hour! Do you love the idea of one day buying a home of your own, but get overwhelmed by mortgage rates, points, closing costs and inspections? Veteran broker Sandi Lichtman will map it all out and answer your questions about the key steps to buying a home. And if you are a first time homebuyer, you’ll get valuable information about programs (and money!) to help make your dream a reality. *Mocktails will be served. Click here to register.
  • Thursday Morning 
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 23  
    Celebrate National Karaoke Week by joining us for some fun and singing with the librarians. No registration. 
This is just a snapshot of the hundreds of events, activities and cultural programs held at the Library throughout the year. Click here for a full events calendar, and visit www.chplnj.org to sign up for the library's e-newsletter, renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more. Stay connected by following the Library on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, call (856) 667-0300, or e-mail info@chplnj.org

Public Works continues to combat potholes on local roads 
 

Pothole patrol.jpg
The Department of Public Works continues to work all day, every day to combat potholes on local roads in the wake of another cold, snowy winter. However, with 260 miles of municipal roads under Cherry Hill's jurisdiction, residents often serve as our first line of defense in identifying areas that have been particularly hard-hit by the elements. If you spot a pothole, please report it online, 24/7, by clicking here, or by calling Public Works directly, Monday through Friday, at (856) 424-4422. Along with the Township's annual Road Maintenance Program, our Microsurfacing program, and intermittent repairs made by Public Works, our pothole patrol is part of a comprehensive effort by my administration  to keep our local roadways safe and smooth. Click here to learn more.

Vote online for your favorite 'Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars' duo Dancing logo 2015.jpg
Due to overwhelming demand, tickets are sold out for the 2015 Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars on Sunday, May 3, at Cherry Hill West. Interested individuals can click here to add their name and e-mail address to a waiting list. Even if you can't attend this year's show, you can click here to make a donation by voting online for your favorite dancing duo! Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars is the Education Foundation's biggest annual fundraiser, and all proceeds are used to fund grant initiatives in the Cherry Hill Public Schools.

Cherry Hill Police target distracted driving in April chpdlogo.jpg
Officers from the Cherry Hill Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of the national UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. From April 1 to 21, this high-visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.The campaign coincides with April's recognition as National Distracted Driving Month. Click here for more information.

Volunteer opportunities abound for residents over age 55
There are a number of opportunities for Cherry Hill seniors to volunteer within the South Jersey community. 
  • Camden County RSVP is recruiting volunteers ages 55 and up for volunteer work at more than 30 locations in the county. Volunteers can serve in various capacities, such as: tutors, mentors, advocates for senior and youth services, disaster preparedness projects, legal representatives, grant reviewers, food delivery services and organizational capacity building assistance. Click here for more information about RSVP; to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact RSVP Director Trina Fletcher at (856) 663-4773, ext. 214, or e-mail tfletcher@cpachvi.org
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services offers various volunteer opportunities for seniors to get involved in the local community. A full list of suggested volunteer activities can be found online by clicking here. Volunteers must be able to drive, and the application process requires personal references and a background check with motor vehicle report.  For more information about volunteering with JFCS, please contact Volunteer Director Andi Loew at (856) 424-1333, ext. 1180, or e-mail aloew@jfedsnj.org
For more information on this or other senior-related issues in Cherry Hill, contact Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800 or gpino@chtownship.com.

Seniors: Free Chair Yoga, Meditation classes available this springChair Yoga for Briefing 2015.jpg
Cherry Hill and Camden County have partnered to offer free Chair Yoga and Meditation classes for Township residents ages 55 and up. These classes are designed to help incorporate healthy activities into your day, and are open to seniors of all experience levels. Chair Yoga will take place from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, and May 6 and 20. Meditation classes are 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, and May 13 and 27. Both programs will take place in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at the Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St. Class size is limited; for more information or to sign up, call (856) 488-7868, or email Recreation@chtownship.com


Register now for the 2015 Women's Health Conference
Don't miss the 2015 Camden County Women's Health Conference, on Saturday, May 2, presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders. Spend the day learning from experts about topics in the areas of health; nutrition & exercise; family; mind, body & spirit; and professional and financial wellness. The day's activities will also include an exhibitor fair, keynote speaker and CBS 3 co-anchor Jessica Dean; continental breakfast, box lunch, giveaways and more! Click here for more information.
 
Sign up today for CHFD Lifeguard Refresher Program CHFD Lifeguard Logo.png
The Cherry Hill Fire Department is once again sponsoring its annual Cherry Hill In-Service Refresher Program for Lifeguards. This program will be held at the William G. Rohrer Center for Health Fitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 17. For details and registration information, click here.

Unitarian Church hosts Gardening for Wildlife workshop this Sunday
Renowned wildlife gardening educator Pat Sutton will share her wealth of experience in attracting wildlife and planting native species during a workshop Sunday, April 19, at the Unitarian Church on Kings Highway in Cherry Hill. The event runs from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. and is open to all. For complete information and to order tickets ($10), please email 19aprilworkshop@gmail.com

The latest news from the Cherry Hill School District
Stay up-to-date on the latest news and other important information in the Cherry Hill School District's e-news. 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'll join us at these events, sign up to receive e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cherry Hill receives grant for Old Orchard Road reconstruction

Cherry Hill has been awarded a $202,000 grant from the State of New Jersey that will enable the continued reconstruction and resurfacing of Old Orchard Road. The grant will fund Phase IV of the Township's Old Orchard Reconstruction Project, which includes a mill and overlay of the road surface, as well as isolated concrete and drainage improvements, from Thornhill Road to Rabbit Run. Phase I of the project was completed in late 2013, and Phases II and III are expected to be completed later this year. Maintaining critical infrastructure such as roads is a top priority for my administration, and I am thrilled to know we will be able to continue this project without the use of tax dollars. Click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=726] to learn more.

Register today for the CHPD Junior Police Academy, July 20-24
I'm very excited to share a wonderful new program being offered by the Cherry Hill Police Department this summer! From July 20-24, children ages 11-14 are invited to attend the Township's first-ever Junior Police Academy at Town Hall. For five days, these boys and girls will explore firsthand various aspects of law enforcement, with a curriculum developed by the Department that will emphasize the importance of qualities such as physical fitness, staying drug free, teamwork and respect. The academy will allow participants to gain an appreciation for police service, and develop positive relationships with Cherry Hill Police officers. Spots are limited, so register today! Click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=723] to learn more.

Mayor Cahn marks 72nd anniversary of Fall of Bataan

On Thursday morning, I joined the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia and the Philippine Consulate in New York to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Fall of Bataan and the Bataan Death March. The wreath-laying ceremony, which took place at the Bataan Death March Memorial at Cooper River Park, paid tribute to the heroism and valor of Filipino veterans who fought alongside American forces during World War II. The Bataan memorial in Cherry Hill was erected in 1998, and is one of the only memorials of its kind in the United States. It was an honor to take part in Thursday's ceremony. Please join me in thanking, once again, all those veterans who have served the United States throughout our nation's history -- with special thanks to the Filipino forces and other allies who have served alongside our armed forces.

Council members celebrate Opening Day at Cherry Hill National Little League
Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilmen Jim Bannar and Brian Bauerle stopped by the Cherry Hill National on Monday night to celebrate the start of the 2015 Little League season. Councilman Bannar officially kicked off the season by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. It was a beautiful night for baseball, and as always, we were thrilled to take part in the festivities. We are looking forward to attending opening ceremonies at CHYAA, Cherry Hill Atlantic and Cherry Hill American Little Leagues in the next two weekends. Best of luck to all of this year's Little League players and coaches, and best wishes for a fun and successful season!

Tour historic Barclay Farmstead from noon-4 p.m. Sunday

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 12. From 1-3 p.m., children can make clay marbles, which would have been among the many simple toys enjoyed by the children of Barclay Farmstead. This year, the Farmhouse and property are accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities, thanks to the recent addition of a handicap-accessible walkway at the front entrance, as well as virtual tours of the property. While you're there, be sure to explore the Farmstead’s entire 32-acre property, which includes historic outbuildings, an apple orchard, a playground, a shaded picnic area and nationally-recognized interpretive nature trails. Can't make it this weekend? The Friends of Barclay offer public tours on the first Sunday of every month through November. (This month's tour is on a second Sunday because of the Easter holiday.) 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.

Seniors: Tuesday is the last day for free tax-prep help

Township seniors have one final opportunity to take advantage of the AARP's free tax-preparation assistance program, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Tuesday, April 14, in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at Town Hall. No appointments are necessary.

Electronic filing and direct deposit are available to help expedite returns. Click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=663] for more information, or call AARP directly at (888) AARP-NOW.

Calling all artists: Submit your work for Art Blooms

The Cherry Hill Arts Board is seeking interested artists to submit artwork for the Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit, May 2-15 at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces for consideration, at $10 per piece. A detailed prospectus can be found online at http://cherryhillarts.blogspot.com [http://cherryhillarts.blogspot.com/] . Look for more information on this year's Art Blooms events in the weeks to come! For questions or more information, please e-mail Arts@CHTownship.com or call (856) 488-7868.

Councilwomen Kane, Lipsett welcome Honeygrow to Cherry Hill

Another new eatery opened its doors in Cherry Hill this week. Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilwoman Melinda Kane were on hand Monday morning to officially welcome Honeygrow into the community. Located in the Ellisburg Shopping Center, the Cherry Hill restaurant is Honeygrow's fourth store overall, and its first in New Jersey! Honeygrow specializes in wholesome smoothies, stir-fry and salads using fresh ingredients. To learn more, visit www.honeygrow.com [http://honeygrow.com/] .

Cherry Hill Alliance offers Social Skills Development, part 2

Due to the overwhelming response to our Social Skills Development workshop earlier this year, the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will host "Social Skills Development, Part 2," at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Cherry Hill Library. A joint workshop open to both parents and children will be hosted by Lori Tedesco Singley, and will give participants a chance to interact with each other and learn social skills necessary to grow up healthy. Topics will include making friends, safe social networking, peer pressure, anger, bullying/cyberbullying and healthy decision making. Registration is not mandatory, but is preferred. For more information or to register, call (856) 488-7889, or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com.

Don't miss Angela Duckworth this Thursday at Cherry Hill West

"Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint." -- Angela Duckworth, PhD.

The Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol & Drug Abuse and Cherry Hill
Public Schools welcome renowned researcher Angela Duckworth to Cherry
Hill West at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, for a special, free discussion about "Grit"
and what it takes to succeed in life. Registration is suggested, but
not required. For more information or to register, call (856) 488-7889,
or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com [mailto:] . Click here [http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit?language=en] to watch Dr. Duckworth's "True Grit" TED Talk. Click here [http://www.cherryhill.k12.nj.us/departments/publicinfo/files/AngelaDuckworthFlyer.pdf] for details about April 16.

Tickets now on sale for Comedy Night at Croft Farm


The Cherry Hill Recreation Department will host the Township's
first-ever Comedy Night at Croft Farm, featuring America's Got Talent
finalist and Cherry Hill native Joe Matarese, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday,
May 9 at the Croft Farm Arts Center. Enjoy a night of comedy, food and
drinks. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door, and will include
light fare and 2 drinks per person. Open to adults ages 21 and up. Food
and drink provided by Kaminski's Sports Bar & Restaurant. For more
information or to purchase tickets, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Arts@chtownship.com [mailto:] .

Come to our Mad Hatter Tea Party April 26 at Barclay Farmstead

The Cherry Hill Recreation Department cordially invites you to a Mad
Hatter Tea Party, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Barclay
Farmstead (206 Barclay Lane). Enjoy an afternoon of lawn games,
refreshments, crafts and, of course, tea! Dress to impress the Queen;
you decide if your hat is silly or fancy. Please bring your favorite tea
cup. Don't be late for this very important date! Event is open to
children ages 5-12 years. Tickets are $15 for 2; $5 each additional
person. Please RSVP today to reserve your seat by calling (856)
488-7868. Click here [https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.241277469399801.1073741839.153392904854925&type=3] for photos of last year's event.


Public Works continues to combat potholes on local roads


The Department of Public Works continues to work all day, every day to combat potholes on local roads in the wake of another cold, snowy winter. However, with 260 miles of municipal roads under Cherry Hill's jurisdiction, residents often serve as our first line of defense in identifying areas that have been particularly hard-hit by the elements. If you spot a pothole, please report it online, 24/7, by clicking here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/forms.aspx?FID=86] , or by calling Public Works directly, Monday through Friday, at (856) 424-4422. Along with the Township's annual Road Maintenance Program, our Microsurfacing program, and intermittent repairs made by Public Works, our pothole patrol is part of a comprehensive effort by my administration to keep our local roadways safe and smooth. Click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=703] to learn more.

It's National Library Week at the Cherry Hill Public Library!

The Cherry Hill Public Library joins libraries and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week from April 12-18, 2015. This year is extra special because it is the 10-year anniversary of the Library's new building, with a day of special programs and activities scheduled on Tuesday, April 14. In addition to the free events planned, please stop by the Library's lobby table on the 14th to share your favorite thing about CHPL, receive a free gift and take your best shot at the Selfie Station. Here are other exciting, free events in the coming week:

CHPL Birthday Bash

10-10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 14

Come celebrate the 10th anniversary with a library birthday party. Join us for birthday themed stories, crafts, games and cake! All ages welcome! No registration.

Behind the Scenes Library Tour

11-11:45 a.m.

Tuesday, April 14

Take a guided behind the scenes tour of the library. See where books are processed, take a peek at our archives, and other locations rarely seen by the public! All ages welcome. No registration.

Teen Galley Party

6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14

Everyone leaves with a new book! Enjoy refreshments while browsing advance publisher copies of recently or soon-to-be published young adult books. Open to grades 7-12. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6372&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=4/1/2015&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&pa] to register.

Top 10 NJ Day Trips

7-9 p.m. Tuesday,April 14

Phyllis Oppenheimer from the New Jersey State Travel and Tourism Division will help us discover some of the top destinations and hidden gems across the Garden State. From arts and culture to the great outdoors, and lots of family friendly locations too, you’ll be looking forward to your next free day to hop in the car and experience all New Jersey has to offer! Jake Buganski, Executive Director of Visit South Jersey will also be on hand to highlight the South Jersey Wine Region. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6405&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=4/1/2015&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&pa] to register.

The Successful Failures: Free Concert

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16

The Successful Failures [http://www.thesuccessfulfailures.com/blog-wp/] are a NJ Americana/Indie-Rock band, serving up songs about prison, astronauts, vikings and armadillos. Most of the time, SF performs as a four-piece rock n' roll band, but for CHPL they'll be playing as an acoustic trio featuring guitar/mandolin/cajun-percussion and some righteous vocal harmonies. Check them out! This event is free and open to the public.

Kid Card IDs

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 18

[http://www.thesuccessfulfailures.com/blog-wp/] The Cherry Hill Police Department’s Community Relations Office is proud to present this Child ID program to any child who resides in Cherry Hill. The Cherry Hill Kid Card is an identification card parents will have as a quick reference should a child be reported lost or missing. The card will include a photo and physical description of your child. Additionally, the information on the card meets the criteria needed for identifying and entering the child into the Amber Alert System. This service is available to Township Residents free of charge. No registration.


This is just a snapshot of the hundreds of events, activities and cultural programs held at the Library throughout the year. Click here for a full events calendar, and visit www.chplnj.org [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/admin/www.chplnj.org] to sign up for the library's e-newsletter, renew books, place holds, pay fines and much more. Stay connected by following the Library on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, call (856) 667-0300, or e-mail info@chplnj.org [mailto:info@chplnj.org] .

Friends of the Library to host public meeting April 15

Attention book lovers! The Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library are inviting members of the community to a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, to learn more about who the Friends are, the wonderful things they do for the Library, and what they can do for you. The Cherry Hill Library is about so much more than just books; join the Friends in the lower-level Conference Room on April 15 to learn more about the organization that supports so many of the library's programs and endeavors. For more information, contact Diane Alessi, (856) 296-0809.

Seniors: Free Chair Yoga, Meditation classes available this spring

Cherry Hill and Camden County have partnered to offer free Chair Yoga and Meditation classes for Township residents ages 55 and up. These classes are designed to help incorporate healthy activities into your day, and are open to seniors of all experience levels. Chair Yoga will take place from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, and May 6 and 20. Meditation classes are 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 29, and May 13 and 27. Both programs will take place in the N. John Amato Council Chambers (Room 208) at the Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St. Class size is limited; for more information or to sign up, call (856) 488-7868, or email Recreation@chtownship.com [mailto:Recreation@chtownship.com] .

Vote online for your favorite 'Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars' duo

Due to overwhelming demand, tickets are sold out for the 2015 Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars on Sunday, May 3, at Cherry Hill West. Interested individuals can click here [mailto:info@cherryhilleducationfoundation.com%20] to add their name and e-mail address to a waiting list. Even if you can't attend this year's show, you can click here [http://www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com/CHEF/DWTS.html] to make a donation by voting online for your favorite dancing duo! Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars is the Education Foundation's biggest annual fundraiser, and all proceeds are used to fund grant initiatives in the Cherry Hill Public Schools.

Cherry Hill Police target distracted driving in April

Officers from the Cherry Hill Police Department will be cracking down on distracted drivers during April as part of the national UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. From April 1 to 21, this high-visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.The campaign coincides with April's recognition as National Distracted Driving Month. Click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=721] for more information.

Seniors: Local transit systems make travel easy, affordable
One of the things that makes Cherry Hill such a great place for seniors to live is its proximity to transportation. With major roads like Routes 70 and 38, the New Jersey Turnpike and I-295, and direct access to major transit systems in PATCO and New Jersey Transit, it is incredibly easy to get where you need to go, whether you’re going to New York, Philadelphia, or Atlantic City, or just need transportation in Cherry Hill.


New Jersey Transit connects riders with Atlantic City from the Cherry Hill station, or New York City from stations in Trenton and Hamilton. Special rates are available for riders ages 62 and up on NJ Transit’s buses, trains and light-rail systems. Click here [http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=ReducedFareTo] for more information.

PATCO also offers a reduced-fare program for seniors on its High-Speed Line. Riders 65 and older can ride for just 70 cents each way during off-peak hours by applying for the RFP Freedom Smart Card program. The discount can be used all day Saturday and Sunday, and on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. For more information, click here [http://www.ridepatco.org/schedules/freedom_reduced_fare.html] .


For more information on this or other senior-related issues in Cherry Hill, contact Senior Services Program Coordinator Gaye Pino at (856) 661-4800 or gpino@chtownship.com [mailto:] .

Two weeks to go until the Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival!

The Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival is just two weeks away! A team of more than 100 volunteers, with support from the Township and Cherry Hill School District, are preparing for our biggest festival yet, with more than 100 displays from schools, green crafters, businesses and sponsors. Presenting Sponsor Subaru’s Crosstrek will be on site; plus hybrid and EV (electric vehicles) from Holman Automotive group, a Leadership sponsor. Follow the festival on Twitter: @SCHEarthFest. Council and I will honor the Earth Festival and the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by issuing a proclamation at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, April 13, in Room 208 of the Municipal Building. Join us to celebrate the Earth, the festival and our great community! Celebrate-Learn-Grow at Earth Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at historic Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Click here [http://www.sustainablecherryhill.org/get-involved/earth-day-festival/] for festival information and bike ride registration.


Register now for the 2015 Women's Health Conference

Don't miss the 2015 Camden County Women's Health Conference, on Saturday, May 2, presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders. Spend the day learning from experts about topics in the areas of health; nutrition & exercise; family; mind, body & spirit; and professional and financial wellness. The day's activities will also include an exhibitor fair, keynote speaker and CBS 3 co-anchor Jessica Dean; continental breakfast, box lunch, giveaways and more! Click here [http://www.camdencounty.com/WHC2015] for more information.

Sign up today for CHFD Lifeguard Refresher Program

The Cherry Hill Fire Department is once again sponsoring its annual Cherry Hill In-Service Refresher Program for Lifeguards. This program will be held at the William G. Rohrer Center for Health Fitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 17. For details and registration information, click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=713] .

Unitarian Church hosts Gardening for Wildlife workshop April 19

Renowned wildlife gardening educator Pat Sutton will share her wealth of experience in attracting wildlife and planting native species during a workshop Sunday, April 19, at the Unitarian Church on Kings Highway in Cherry Hill. The event runs from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. and is open to all. For complete information and to order tickets ($10), please email 19aprilworkshop@gmail.com [mailto:] .

The latest news from the Cherry Hill School District

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and other important information in the Cherry Hill School District's e-news. Click here [http://www.cherryhill.k12.nj.us/news/news/enews.cfm] for the latest edition.


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