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Cherry Hill Township Weekly Briefing, April 24 to May 1, 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.

Mayor, Council meet with the Greater Kingston Civic Association Kingston Town Hall for Briefing.jpg
On Wednesday night, I and Council members Sara Lipsett, Brian Bauerle and Carole Roskoph joined the Greater Kingston Civic Association for its general membership meeting. Over the course of about an hour and half, we updated members of the Greater Kingston area on news and events and various initiatives that the Cahn administration has undertaken in the last several years both in the neighborhood, and across Cherry Hill. It was a lively discussion attended by a wonderful, engaged and enthusiastic group. Thank you to the GKCA for inviting us to attend Wednesday’s meeting; I look forward to sitting down with other groups across Cherry Hill in the weeks and months to come!

Kennedy Hospital celebrates start of major revitalization project Kennedy Groundbreaking.jpg
Congratulations to Kennedy Health System, which broke ground Thursday on a major renovation to its Cherry Hill campus, located at the corner of Cooper Landing Road and Chapel Avenue. For more than 50 years, Kennedy has been our community's "Old Faithful" for healthcare, and, along with the members of Township Council, I was proud to celebrate the start of this project, which will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art, 21st century hospital. The first phase of renovations includes plans for a new medical office building, a new, sun-lit atrium/lobby, and a new parking structure that will make parking more convenient and free up additional green space on the site. I'm thrilled that Kennedy has chosen to stay in our community, invest in our community, and to grow with our community. I look forward to watching this amazing transformation take place. Click here to read more; click here for photos.

Art Blooms starts Saturday at Croft Farm, runs through May 16 Art Blooms Logo-PM-small.jpg
The Township's annual Art Blooms celebration returns to the Croft Farm Arts Center tomorrow, and continues with a variety of events and activities for residents of all ages through May 16. As in past years, the main attraction for 2015 is our Juried Art Exhibit, which will feature dozen of original works from local artists. Other highlights of this year's celebration include:
  • 'Meet the Artists' Opening Reception 
    6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Cost: Free  
    Explore our Juried Art Exhibit and meet the artists whose works are on display. Artist awards will be given, and refreshments will be served. All artwork is available for sale. Additional gallery hours: 1-7 p.m. May 4-7 & 11-14; 9-11 a.m. May 16. Call (856) 216-0669 to confirm times.
  • **NEW** Comedy Night at Croft Farm 
    7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Cost: $25 advance, $30 at door 
    Cherry Hill native and 'America's Got Talent' finalist Joe Matarese will have you laughing all night as he pokes fun at his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, life with a 5-year-old and a baby, and his marriage to a psychologist. Tickets include a light buffet and 2 beverages provided by Kaminski's. Open to residents 21+. Seating is limited!
  • Cookies and Canvases 
    Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Cost: $30/2  
    Step-by-step art instruction and refreshments for parents and children. Limit 24 people.
For a complete list of this year's Art Blooms events, click here.

Enjoy the sounds of Carole King, James Taylor this Sunday Ensemble Beautiful Music.jpg
The Ocean City Pops and Director Bill Scheible will bring you "Beautiful Music: the Sounds of James Taylor, Carole King and More," beginning at 3 p.m. this Sunday, May 3, at the Croft Farm Arts Center. The latest installment in our Ensemble Concert series, this event promises to be a lively afternoon with some of our region's most talented musicians. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, and are $15 for adults, $12 for Gold Card holders, and $5 for students and children under 12. 

A busy weekend on tap for all ages at Barclay Farmstead Barclay for Briefing 2.jpg
With beautiful weather in the forecast this weekend, I encourage you to take some time to visit one of Cherry Hill's historic treasures: Barclay Farmstead. There are several events for people of all ages scheduled at the 19th century Quaker farmhouse throughout the weekend, including:
  • A Spring Festival, sponsored by the Barclay Farms Civic Association, from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Festivities will include face-painting, a moon bounce, crafts, balloon animals, a visit from the Cherry Hill Fire Department and much more! For details, visit www.barclayfarmcivicassociation.org.
  • Free guided tours of the Farmhouse from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 2, hosted by the Friends of Barclay Farmstead. A free craft activity will be offered from 1-3 p.m. This is our monthly public open house at the Farmstead; if you can't make it today, stop by the first Sunday of every month through November!
  • A chance to learn more about the Farmstead's educational herb garden from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, May 3. The Township is looking for gardeners willing to volunteer in the garden.
Whatever you're looking to do this weekend, Barclay is sure to fascinate those who visit. While you're there, explore the grounds of the property, which includes a nationally recognized nature trail, a playground, and one of the Township's Little Free Library boxes. 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.

May the 'Fourth' be with you this Monday at Croft Farm Star Wars-flyer.jpg
May the force be with you! Cherry Hill Township invites you to celebrate Star Wars Day this Monday, May 4, with a special, FREE screening of "Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope." Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the movie will begin at 7. Costumes are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. Contact the Recreation Department to RSVP by calling (856) 488-7868, or e-mailing Events@chtownship.com. 

Earth Festival shines the spotlight on sustainability in Cherry Hill 2015 Earth Fest 1.jpg
The 6th annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival drew more than 5,000 visitors to Croft Farm last Saturday for an afternoon of family-friendly fun centered on promoting sustainability and sustainable living within our community. It was a beautiful day that kicked off with the Family Fun Bike Ride, which I proudly led along with my wife, Stephanie, organizer Jay Jones of Sustainable Cherry Hill, and Councilman Jim Bannar and his wife, Susan. 2015 Earth Fest 2.jpg Then, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors enjoyed the 100+ displays, vendors, craft activities, recycling opportunities, live entertainment, food, a plant swap, green-car displays, and much, much more. The members of Council and I had a great time throughout the day, and are thrilled that so many of our neighbors also came out to experience the festivities. This year's festival coincided with the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and was a perfect way to highlight the challenges we face in building a cleaner, greener future. Thanks to Brenda Jorett and Sustainable Cherry Hill, as well as the Township's Department of Recreation and dozens of volunteers, for their tireless efforts in making the day a success. To view photos of the day's events, visit the Township and Sustainable Cherry Hill on Facebook.

Mayor Cahn joins Sustainable Cherry Hill for clean air discussion MC Clean Air Summit Briefing.jpg
I was proud to join Sustainable Cherry Hill and concerned members of our community on Thursday night for a discussion about air quality and reducing emissions at the Cherry Hill Public Library. The event, which coincides with Air Quality Awareness Week, was led by SCH's Green Health Task Force, explored the health impacts of indoor and outdoor air pollution, the legislative landscape for reducing emissions, and how we can improve the air we inhale.
The discussion came just a few days after Town Council's adoption of a resolution reaffirming the Township's support for New Jersey's anti-idling laws. These laws are a critical first step in improving air quality and public health in our community, especially in light of the fact that an estimated 1 million cars a day pass through a 3-mile radius of Cherry Hill every day. Thanks to Sustainable Cherry Hill for kick-starting this important discussion. For more photos, click here.

Councilman Bauerle celebrates senior housing upgrades at St. Mary's St Mary Rededication Bauerle Briefing.jpg
Councilman Brian Bauerle joined officials from the Diocese of Camden on Thursday to celebrate recently completed renovations to 150 senior housing units on the St. Mary's campus, off of Springdale Road. Improvements were made to 90 single-bedroom units and 60 studio apartments, and included the installation of new decks on each unit; accessibility upgrades and sidewalk improvements; and new landscaping and lighting. The units were originally built in 1983 to serve low-income seniors from our area.

YALE School opens new campus at former Queen of Heaven Church YALE ribbon cutting.jpg
Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilwoman Melinda Kane joined members of the community on Friday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the YALE School's newest campus, on the grounds of the former Queen of Heaven Church and School on Route 70. The YALE School was founded on Church Road in Cherry Hill nearly 40 years ago, and today, the organization serves special-needs children and young adults up to 21 years of age, providing them with an education that aims to help them to become independent, responsible adults. Congratulations! Click here to learn more about the YALE campuses across our region.

Register now for summer classes, Morning Fun camp Rec logo.jpg
The Summer 2015 Community Magazine is now arriving in homes, and registration opened today for the Recreation Department's summer classes and programs, including the popular Morning Fun summer camp and the Police Department's Junior Police Academy (see below for details). The 40-page magazine includes Township news, events, a message from my office, a full listing of upcoming events and activities, a map of our parks and playgrounds, and important information for seniors. To register online for most of our upcoming classes, click here. To download a copy of the Community Magazine or a registration packet for Morning Fun, Glee Show Choir or the Junior Police Academy, visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/recreation.

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. 

Visit Chapel Avenue to view Cherry Hill's breathtaking blossoms 
Cherry Blossoms for Briefing.jpg
This weekend, thousands of vibrant, beautiful pink Cherry Blossoms are expected to bloom along a two-mile stretch of Chapel Avenue, from Haddonfield Road to Kings Highway. Every spring, these stunning pink-and-white blooms emerge, creating a magnificent avenue of cherry blossoms that symbolizes everything wonderful about Cherry Hill. The first cherry trees were planted in our community in 1973, by a group of civic-minded residents who wanted to build community pride and unite our residents around aCherry Blossoms for Briefing 2.jpg
common source of pride. Four decades later, these blossoms remain a favorite of residents across Cherry Hill and have become a destination in their own right. If you haven’t seen them, you are missing out. Visit Chapel Avenue this weekend with your friends and your families, and see how special they are for yourself. To read more about the history of the cherry blossoms and their special place in our community, click here.

Township donates mulch to support Camden community gardens Mulch donation.jpg
On Thursday, the Township donated about 30 yards of leaf mulch to The Center For Environmental Transformation, an organization that manages about one acre of growing space at five locations in the Waterfront South section of Camden. These gardens can be found among row homes, corner-cutting side streets, sandwich shops, and sidewalks. Within a few square blocks, one can find two orchards, a native plant nursery, a modern greenhouse, and two educational vegetable gardens. These gardens produce more than 2,000 pounds of fresh chemical-free fruits and vegetables, thousands of seedlings and hundreds of native plants, and have become community gathering spaces, outdoor classrooms, and an urban connection to the natural world. You can visit the Center’s Farmer’s Market, located near the intersection of Ferry Avenue and Broadway (1729 Ferry Ave), from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays. Proceeds support their youth and education programs. To learn more, visit the Center for Environmental Transformation's website

Cherry Hill hosts Memorial Day poster, essay contestsMemorial 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.

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.
  • Dia! International Day
    2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2

    We're celebrating International Children's Day! Join us for performances, food and crafts from countries around the world! All Ages Welcome! No registration. Library logo color.jpg
  • Free Comic Book Day
    11 a.m.- 3 p.m. 
    Saturday, May 2 

    Drop by Youth Services any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to pick up a free comic book courtesy of Stormwatch Comics (while supplies last).
  • Night Owls
    7-7:45 p.m.
    Monday, May 4 

    Can't make it to our story times during the day? Join us for some of the great stories, songs, and crafts from that week's Little Listeners and Story Time. Best for ages 2-6. No registration.  
  • Pokemon Open Play
    7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5

    Calling all Pokémon fans! Join us for Pokémon open play. Bring your deck, trade cards and battle it out with other enthusiasts like you! This event is open to all ages. Snacks may be served at this event. For allergy concerns, please contact us (856) 903-1229. No registration.  
  • Game On: Wii U
    6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6
    Be the first to try out the Library's new Wii U system! We will have a small variety of games including Super Mario 3D World and Nintendoland. Participants are welcome to bring their own games to play with others! Open to grades 6-12. No registration. 
  • Lunch and a Movie: 'Unbroken' 
    Noon-2 p.m. Thursday, May 7   
    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: After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Based on a true story. (Rated PG-13; 137 mins; 2014)
  • Creeping and Crawling  
    10-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8   
    Join us for a special play time for the library's littlest patrons! This event has self-directed, developmentally appropriate activities and is geared especially for those who are not yet walking. 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.

Message for Seniors: CCAS offers low-cost services for pets CCAS logo.jpg
Do you have a pet? They are wonderful companions, but veterinary services and other wellness-related expenses can add up. To help ease this burden for area seniors, the Camden County Animal Shelter provides discounted services for pets of seniors on Social Security, including $10 pet vaccinations, and reduced costs for heartworm exams and basic medications. To learn more about this service, call (856) 401-1300, or visit www.CCASNJ.org

Last chance to vote 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 this Sunday, May 3, at Cherry Hill West. 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.

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, May 6 and 20. Meditation classes are 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, 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

Camden County's 2015 Women's Health Conference is tomorrow
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.

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.

Mayor, Council meet with the Greater Kingston Civic Association

On Wednesday night, I and Council members Sara Lipsett, Brian Bauerle and Carole Roskoph joined the Greater Kingston Civic Association for its general membership meeting. Over the course of about an hour and half, we updated members of the Greater Kingston area on news and events and various initiatives that the Cahn administration has undertaken in the last several years both in the neighborhood, and across Cherry Hill. It was a lively discussion attended by a wonderful, engaged and enthusiastic group. Thank you to the GKCA for inviting us to attend Wednesday’s meeting; I look forward to sitting down with other groups across Cherry Hill in the weeks and months to come!

Kennedy Hospital celebrates start of major revitalization project

Congratulations to Kennedy Health System, which broke ground Thursday on a major renovation to its Cherry Hill campus, located at the corner of Cooper Landing Road and Chapel Avenue. For more than 50 years, Kennedy has been our community's "Old Faithful" for healthcare, and, along with the members of Township Council, I was proud to celebrate the start of this project, which will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art, 21st century hospital. The first phase of renovations includes plans for a new medical office building, a new, sun-lit atrium/lobby, and a new parking structure that will make parking more convenient and free up additional green space on the site. I'm thrilled that Kennedy has chosen to stay in our community, invest in our community, and to grow with our community. I look forward to watching this amazing transformation take place. Click here [http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2015/04/as_health_market_booms_kennedy_hospital_launches_m.html] to read more; click here [https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153328008634656.1073741847.134342599655&type=1] for photos.

Art Blooms starts Saturday at Croft Farm, runs through May 16
The Township's annual Art Blooms celebration returns to the Croft Farm Arts Center tomorrow, and continues with a variety of events and activities for residents of all ages through May 16. As in past years, the main attraction for 2015 is our Juried Art Exhibit, which will feature dozen of original works from local artists. Other highlights of this year's celebration include:


'Meet the Artists' Opening Reception

6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Cost: Free

Explore our Juried Art Exhibit and meet the artists whose works are on display. Artist awards will be given, and refreshments will be served. All artwork is available for sale. Additional gallery hours: 1-7 p.m. May 4-7 & 11-14; 9-11 a.m. May 16. Call (856) 216-0669 to confirm times.

**NEW** Comedy Night at Croft Farm

7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Cost: $25 advance, $30 at door

Cherry Hill native and 'America's Got Talent' finalist Joe Matarese will have you laughing all night as he pokes fun at his subtly dysfunctional Italian family, life with a 5-year-old and a baby, and his marriage to a psychologist. Tickets include a light buffet and 2 beverages provided by Kaminski's. Open to residents 21+. Seating is limited!

Cookies and Canvases

Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Cost: $30/2

Step-by-step art instruction and refreshments for parents and children. Limit 24 people.


For a complete list of this year's Art Blooms events, click here [ http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/DocumentCenter/View/2716] .


Enjoy the sounds of Carole King, James Taylor this Sunday

The Ocean City Pops and Director Bill Scheible will bring you "Beautiful Music: the Sounds of James Taylor, Carole King and More," beginning at 3 p.m. this Sunday, May 3, at the Croft Farm Arts Center. The latest installment in our Ensemble Concert series, this event promises to be a lively afternoon with some of our region's most talented musicians. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, and are $15 for adults, $12 for Gold Card holders, and $5 for students and children under 12.

A busy weekend on tap for all ages at Barclay Farmstead
With beautiful weather in the forecast this weekend, I encourage you to take some time to visit one of Cherry Hill's historic treasures: Barclay Farmstead. There are several events for people of all ages scheduled at the 19th century Quaker farmhouse throughout the weekend, including:


A Spring Festival, sponsored by the Barclay Farms Civic Association, from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Festivities will include face-painting, a moon bounce, crafts, balloon animals, a visit from the Cherry Hill Fire Department and much more! For details, visit www.barclayfarmcivicassociation.org [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/admin/www.barclayfarmcivicassociation.org] .

Free guided tours of the Farmhouse from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 2, hosted by the Friends of Barclay Farmstead. A free craft activity will be offered from 1-3 p.m. This is our monthly public open house at the Farmstead; if you can't make it today, stop by the first Sunday of every month through November!

A chance to learn more about the Farmstead's educational herb garden from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, May 3. The Township is looking for gardeners willing to volunteer in the garden.


Whatever you're looking to do this weekend, Barclay is sure to fascinate those who visit. While you're there, explore the grounds of the property, which includes a nationally recognized nature trail, a playground, and one of the Township's Little Free Library [http://littlefreelibrary.org/] boxes. For more information, call (856) 795-6225, or email info@barclayfarmstead.org [mailto:] . Be sure to follow @HistoricBarclay [https://twitter.com/HistoricBarclay] on Twitter, and the B [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barclay-Farmstead-Museum/194906327325322?fref=ts] arclay Farmstead Museum [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barclay-Farmstead-Museum/194906327325322?fref=ts] on Facebook for information on upcoming events and activities throughout the year.

May the 'Fourth' be with you this Monday at Croft Farm

May the force be with you! Cherry Hill Township invites you to celebrate Star Wars Day this Monday, May 4, with a special, FREE screening of "Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope." Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the movie will begin at 7. Costumes are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. Contact the Recreation Department to RSVP by calling (856) 488-7868, or e-mailing Events@chtownship.com.


Earth Festival shines the spotlight on sustainability in Cherry Hill
The 6th annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival drew more than 5,000 visitors to Croft Farm last Saturday for an afternoon of family-friendly fun centered on promoting sustainability and sustainable living within our community. It was a beautiful day that kicked off with the Family Fun Bike Ride, which I proudly led along with my wife, Stephanie, organizer Jay Jones of Sustainable Cherry Hill, and Councilman Jim Bannar and his wife, Susan. Then, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors enjoyed the 100+ displays, vendors, craft activities, recycling opportunities, live entertainment, food, a plant swap, green-car displays, and much, much more. The members of Council and I had a great time throughout the day, and are thrilled that so many of our neighbors also came out to experience the festivities. This year's festival coincided with the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and was a perfect way to highlight the challenges we face in building a cleaner, greener future. Thanks to Brenda Jorett and Sustainable Cherry Hill, as well as the Township's Department of Recreation and dozens of volunteers, for their tireless efforts in making the day a success. To view photos of the day's events, visit the Township [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherry-Hill-Township/134342599655] and Sustainable Cherry Hill [https://www.facebook.com/SustainableCherryHill] on Facebook.

Mayor Cahn joins Sustainable Cherry Hill for clean air discussion
I was proud to join Sustainable Cherry Hill and concerned members of our community on Thursday night for a discussion about air quality and reducing emissions at the Cherry Hill Public Library. The event, which coincides with Air Quality Awareness Week, was led by SCH's Green Health Task Force, explored the health impacts of indoor and outdoor air pollution, the legislative landscape for reducing emissions, and how we can improve the air we inhale.
The discussion came just a few days after Town Council's adoption of a resolution reaffirming the Township's support for New Jersey's anti-idling laws. These laws are a critical first step in improving air quality and public health in our community, especially in light of the fact that an estimated 1 million cars a day pass through a 3-mile radius of Cherry Hill every day. Thanks to Sustainable Cherry Hill for kick-starting this important discussion. For more photos, click here [https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.873326922735069.1073741846.106805519387217&type=1] .

Councilman Bauerle celebrates senior housing upgrades at St. Mary's

Councilman Brian Bauerle joined officials from the Diocese of Camden on Thursday to celebrate recently completed renovations to 150 senior housing units on the St. Mary's campus, off of Springdale Road. Improvements were made to 90 single-bedroom units and 60 studio apartments, and included the installation of new decks on each unit; accessibility upgrades and sidewalk improvements; and new landscaping and lighting. The units were originally built in 1983 to serve low-income seniors from our area.

YALE School opens new campus at former Queen of Heaven Church

Council Vice President Sara Lipsett and Councilwoman Melinda Kane joined members of the community on Friday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the YALE School's newest campus, on the grounds of the former Queen of Heaven Church and School on Route 70. The YALE School was founded on Church Road in Cherry Hill nearly 40 years ago, and today, the organization serves special-needs children and young adults up to 21 years of age, providing them with an education that aims to help them to become independent, responsible adults. Congratulations! Click here [http://www.yaleschool.com/] to learn more about the YALE campuses across our region.

Register now for summer classes, Morning Fun camp

The Summer 2015 Community Magazine is now arriving in homes, and registration opened today for the Recreation Department's summer classes and programs, including the popular Morning Fun summer camp and the Police Department's Junior Police Academy (see below for details). The 40-page magazine includes Township news, events, a message from my office, a full listing of upcoming events and activities, a map of our parks and playgrounds, and important information for seniors. To register online for most of our upcoming classes, click here [https://reconline.cherryhill-nj.com/] . To download a copy of the Community Magazine or a registration packet for Morning Fun, Glee Show Choir or the Junior Police Academy, visit www.CherryHill-NJ.com/recreation [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/admin/www.CherryHill-NJ.com/recreation] .

Register today for the CHPD Junior Police Academy
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 [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=723] to learn more.

Visit Chapel Avenue to view Cherry Hill's breathtaking blossoms

This weekend, thousands of vibrant, beautiful pink Cherry Blossoms are expected to bloom along a two-mile stretch of Chapel Avenue, from Haddonfield Road to Kings Highway. Every spring, these stunning pink-and-white blooms emerge, creating a magnificent avenue of cherry blossoms that symbolizes everything wonderful about Cherry Hill. The first cherry trees were planted in our community in 1973, by a group of civic-minded residents who wanted to build community pride and unite our residents around a
common source of pride. Four decades later, these blossoms remain a favorite of residents across Cherry Hill and have become a destination in their own right. If you haven’t seen them, you are missing out. Visit Chapel Avenue this weekend with your friends and your families, and see how special they are for yourself. To read more about the history of the cherry blossoms and their special place in our community, click here [http://cherryblossomsincherryhillnj.yolasite.com/] .

Township donates mulch to support Camden community gardens

On Thursday, the Township donated about 30 yards of leaf mulch to The Center For Environmental Transformation, an organization that manages about one acre of growing space at five locations in the Waterfront South section of Camden. These gardens can be found among row homes, corner-cutting side streets, sandwich shops, and sidewalks. Within a few square blocks, one can find two orchards, a native plant nursery, a modern greenhouse, and two educational vegetable gardens. These gardens produce more than 2,000 pounds of fresh chemical-free fruits and vegetables, thousands of seedlings and hundreds of native plants, and have become community gathering spaces, outdoor classrooms, and an urban connection to the natural world. You can visit the Center’s Farmer’s Market, located near the intersection of Ferry Avenue and Broadway (1729 Ferry Ave), from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays. Proceeds support their youth and education programs. To learn more, visit the Center for Environmental Transformation's website [http://www.cfet.org/] .

Cherry Hill hosts Memorial Day poster, essay contests

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. [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/DocumentCenter/View/2691]

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.:

Dia! International Day

2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2

We're celebrating International Children's Day! Join us for performances, food and crafts from countries around the world! All Ages Welcome! No registration.

Free Comic Book Day

11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

Drop by Youth Services any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to pick up a free comic book courtesy of Stormwatch Comics (while supplies last).

Night Owls

7-7:45 p.m.

Monday, May 4

Can't make it to our story times during the day? Join us for some of the great stories, songs, and crafts from that week's Little Listeners and Story Time. Best for ages 2-6. No registration.

Pokemon Open Play

7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5

[http://www.thesuccessfulfailures.com/blog-wp/] Calling all Pokémon fans! Join us for Pokémon open play. Bring your deck, trade cards and battle it out with other enthusiasts like you! This event is open to all ages. Snacks may be served at this event. For allergy concerns, please contact us (856) 903-1229. No registration.

Game On: Wii U

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6

[http://www.thesuccessfulfailures.com/blog-wp/] Be the first to try out the Library's new Wii U system! We will have a small variety of games including Super Mario 3D World and Nintendoland. Participants are welcome to bring their own games to play with others! Open to grades 6-12. No registration.

Lunch and a Movie: 'Unbroken'

Noon-2 p.m. Thursday, May 7

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: After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Based on a true story. (Rated PG-13; 137 mins; 2014)

Creeping and Crawling

10-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8

Join us for a special play time for the library's littlest patrons! This event has self-directed, developmentally appropriate activities and is geared especially for those who are not yet walking. 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] .


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.

Message for Seniors: CCAS offers low-cost services for pets

Do you have a pet? They are wonderful companions, but veterinary services and other wellness-related expenses can add up. To help ease this burden for area seniors, the Camden County Animal Shelter provides discounted services for pets of seniors on Social Security, including $10 pet vaccinations, and reduced costs for heartworm exams and basic medications. To learn more about this service, call (856) 401-1300, or visit www.CCASNJ.org [http://www.ccasnj.org/] .

Last chance to vote 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 this Sunday, May 3, at Cherry Hill West. 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.


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, May 6 and 20. Meditation classes are 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, 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] .


Camden County's 2015 Women's Health Conference is tomorrow

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] .

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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Chuck Cahn

Mayor








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