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Cherry Hill Township Weekly Briefing, May 1 to May 8, 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.

Don't miss Art Blooms, through May 16 at Croft Farm Art Blooms Logo-PM-small.jpg
The Township's annual celebration of local art and culture is in full "bloom," with a variety of events and activities for residents of all ages scheduled at historic Croft Farm through May 16. Highlights of this year's celebration include:
  • Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit, May 4-7; 11-14, hours vary
    Our art gallery, located inside the Croft Farm Arts center, features original two-dimentional works in watercolor, pastels, oils and more. All artwork is available for sale. Please call (856) 216-0669 for gallery hours. 
  • Comedy Night at Croft Farm, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9 **SOLD OUT** 
    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. 
  • Cookies and Canvases 
    Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Cost: $30/2 ($10/additional family members) 
    Step-by-step art instruction and refreshments for parents and children ages 6-12. Art supplies, instruction and refreshments are included in this afternoon painting class. Limit 24 people.
To learn more about these or any other Township special event, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Arts@chtownship.com. For a complete list of this year's Art Blooms festivities, click here.

Councilman Bauerle honors Politz School award recipients Politz Dinner 2015.jpg
Councilman Brian Bauerle attended the Politz Day School's 16th annual Scholarship Dinner this past Monday night to pay tribute to the evening's award winners, on behalf of myself and the members of Township Council. The event honored Rabbi Yitzchok and Baily Kahan for their passionate Jewish outreach; Dan and Rory Eisenstein, for their support of Jewish education and other community causes; and paid tribute to the lives and legacy of Alan and Debbie Klein, who served in various capacities with organizations including Politz, the Jewish Federation and the JCC. It was a beautiful event that recognized some incredibly selfless, philanthropic individuals from our community, and the Township was proud to be a part of the celebration. 

Register now for summer classes, Morning Fun camp Rec logo.jpg
The Summer 2015 Community Magazine arrived in homes last week, and registration is now open 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. 

Councilwoman Angulo kicks off the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Promise Walk 2015.jpg
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's Promise Walk for Preeclampsia-Philadelphia/South Jersey, held last Saturday, May 2, at Challenge Grove Park. Councilwoman Susan Shin Angulo helped kick off the event with a special proclamation declaring May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month in Cherry Hill. This annual event raises awareness of and funds research into Preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancies. These conditions, which affect an estimated 300,000 pregnancies each year in the United States, can cause premature birth and related complications, and in the worst cases, can even lead to maternal and infant death. I'm happy to announce that this year's walk raised more than $47,000 for the Preeclampsia Foundation. For more information on preeclampsia and related conditions, the Promise Walk, or the Preeclampsia Foundation, click here. To view photos of last weekend’s walk, visit the Promise Walk’s Facebook page.

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.

Sending a child off to college? Help prepare with this May 12 event May 12 Alliance Event College.jpg
If you're preparing to send a child off to college, the Cherry Hill Alliance has put together a wonderful, free presentation to help you get ready. From 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, "OMG! Moving Out?! Off to College! R U Ready?" will offer parents special pointers and things to think about, and hopefully ease some of the angst related to sending a child away to school for the first time. Discussion topics include things to send/bring; laundry; tough topics (including partying, alcohol, prescription drug abuse, stress and sex), majors; roommates; relationships and keeping in touch. The evening promises to be an informative and fun, interactive presentation by William J. Lynch Jr., a clinical staff pharmacist at Kennedy Hospital, preceptor for Rutgers University and Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force Member. This event is FREE, and will take place in the Cherry Hill Library Lower-level Conference Room. For questions or to register, call (856) 488-7889, or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com.

Explore our parks, celebrate Migratory Bird Day on May 16 Migratory birds 2015.jpg
Join the Cherry Hill Environmental Board from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 16, as we celebrate Migratory Bird Day at historic Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Perfect for the whole family, activities include: guided bird walks, a bird ID quiz and live birds. Wild Birds Unlimited will teach you how to use binoculars, how to choose a bird book, and how to feed birds in your own backyard! This event is part of Cherry Hill's celebration of National Kids to Parks Day, which encourages children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history nature and adventure in their communities. With 52 parks and playgrounds and a vast system of trails, Cherry Hill is the perfect place to experience these natural wonders! Click here to learn more about Kids to Parks Day. To learn more about our Migratory Bird event, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail events@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.
  • Mobile Device and Laptop Help
    Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 9

    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.Library logo color.jpg
  • Aca-Awesome Pitch Perfect Sing-Along
    1-4 p.m. Sat., May 9 

    Calling all aspiring Bellas and Trebles! Think you’re ready for Pitch Perfect 2? Pitch please. Come join us for our Aca-Awesome Pitch Perfect Sing-Along! We’ll have the subtitles on and our plastic cups ready as we sing and quote our way through the original Pitch Perfect. Open to adults of all ages. No registration.  
  • Kit's Friendship Fun Day (Ages 4+)
    2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9 

    We're celebrating our newest addition to our American Girl lending program! Join us for American Girl Kit's favorite crafts, food and games. This event is open to ages 4 and up. (Parents and dolls are welcome too!) Registration with card number required. Click here to register online.
  • Prose & Cons (Grades 8-12)
    6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13

    From 6-7 p.m., try writing games and get inspired through story starters. From 7-7:30 p.m., get feedback on your current project. Open to grades 8-12. Click here to register. 
  • Thursday Morning
    10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 14
    Plants are all around us. Weather you grow them or just enjoy their beauty, do plants have a secret? Join Chris Espinosa of the South Jersey Horticultural Society for a talk on the secret life of plants. Free and open to the public. No registration.  
  • How to Build a Website: Wordpress 101 
    6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14
    This free computer class is designed to teach how a website works and how to set up a Wordpress site. We will also demonstrate how to customize the look and feel of your site, how to add content, and good practices on how to promote your website. Prerequisites: Basic mouse and computer skills are must! Please, have an accessible email address (address and password), which will be required when setting up your site. Click here to register online with your library card number. Can’t make it to this class? Click here to register for this same class being held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16. 
  • Friends of the Library Bus Trip
    James A. Michener Art Museum & Mercer Museum 

    9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3   
    Join the Friends of the library for a tour the Michener Museum showing “The Artist in the Garden” exhibit, which explores the relationship between artists and garden landscape. After the Michener, we cross the street to the Mercer Museum to see artifacts related to everyday life and work in pre-industrial America. Then we’re off to the Horse Tavern & Grill for lunch. Cost for this spectacular day is $70 (includes all taxes & gratuities). Contact Teresa Wallack at (856) 795-1096 by Friday, May 22, to register. 
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

Actor Sean Astin to speak at Temple Emanuel on May 17 TempleEmanuelMentalHealth.jpg
Actor Sean Astin, best known for his roles in "Goonies," "Rudy," and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will speak at Temple Emanuel on Sunday, May 17, as part of the synagogue's first-ever Expo on Mental Health, a partnership between Temple Emanuel, Cherry Hill Township, Camden County, Jewish Family & Children's Services and other organizations that aims to educate, provide important resources, and help to turn our community into a safe, caring, stigma-free zone for those struggling with mental health and related issues. Astin's remarks will kick off a day of activities, including exhibits, educational sessions, the launch of the "I Will Listen" campaign, a "Chill & Chat" with Astin for kids in 7th-12th grades; a stigma reduction walk and other great activities. This promises to be an important event that will open the conversation about a critical topic to so many people around South Jersey, and Cherry Hill Township is proud to be a partner in this endeavor. This event is free and open to the entire community. I highly encourage you to stop by. For more information, call (856) 489-0029, visit www.templeemanuel.org, or click here

6th annual Jeremy Kane Memorial Run set for May 31 Kane Run 2014 for Briefing.jpg
Please join us in honoring the brave sacrifice of Marine LCpl Jeremy Kane at the 6th annual Jeremy Kane Memorial Run, Sunday, May 31 at Cherry Hill High School East. All proceeds benefit the Jeremy Kane Scholarship Fund, which ensures the success of current and future armed services veterans at Rutgers University. Last year, hundreds of runners turned out for this 5K run/1-mile walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; the run will start at 8. To register online, click here. Be sure to follow the Jeremy Kane Memorial Run on Facebook for event updates.

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: Find helpful resources in the Community Magazine
As I noted earlier, the 2015 Community Magazine was mailed to all homes in the Township last week. But in addition to Township news and events, did you know the magazine also contains special community resources, activities and topics geared specifically toward our 55+ population? Turn to the pages outlined in yellow (pages 33 to 36) for senior events, transportation information, social club listings, helpful phone numbers and much more. If you haven't received your copy of the magazine, call (856) 488-7868, or visit the Recreation Department (Room 102 of the Municipal Building), to request or pick up a copy. For information on this or any other senior-related topic in Cherry Hill, call our Senior Services Program Coordinator, Gaye Pino, at (856) 661-4800, or by e-mail at gpino@chtownship.com

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 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 Chair 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. The final Chair Yoga class for this season will take place from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20; meditation is scheduled from 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
  
Sign up today for the CHFD Safe Babysitting Class 
The Cherry Hill Fire Department will offer a free Safe Babysitting Class to Township residents ages 13-16 who care for children. Attendees will learn about fire safety, first aid and personal safety. The class will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. Click here for more information and to register.

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.

Don't miss Art Blooms, through May 16 at Croft Farm
The Township's annual celebration of local art and culture is in full "bloom," with a variety of events and activities for residents of all ages scheduled at historic Croft Farm through May 16. Highlights of this year's celebration include:


Art Blooms Juried Art Exhibit, May 4-7; 11-14, hours vary

Our art gallery, located inside the Croft Farm Arts center, features original two-dimentional works in watercolor, pastels, oils and more. All artwork is available for sale. Please call (856) 216-0669 for gallery hours.

Comedy Night at Croft Farm, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9 **SOLD OUT**

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.

Cookies and Canvases

Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Cost: $30/2 ($10/additional family members)

Step-by-step art instruction and refreshments for parents and children ages 6-12. Art supplies, instruction and refreshments are included in this afternoon painting class. Limit 24 people.


To learn more about these or any other Township special event, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail Arts@chtownship.com [mailto:] . For a complete list of this year's Art Blooms festivities, click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/Admin/%20http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/DocumentCenter/View/2716] .

Councilman Bauerle honors Politz School award recipients

Councilman Brian Bauerle attended the Politz Day School's 16th annual Scholarship Dinner this past Monday night to pay tribute to the evening's award winners, on behalf of myself and the members of Township Council. The event honored Rabbi Yitzchok and Baily Kahan for their passionate Jewish outreach; Dan and Rory Eisenstein, for their support of Jewish education and other community causes; and paid tribute to the lives and legacy of Alan and Debbie Klein, who served in various capacities with organizations including Politz, the Jewish Federation and the JCC. It was a beautiful event that recognized some incredibly selfless, philanthropic individuals from our community, and the Township was proud to be a part of the celebration.


Register now for summer classes, Morning Fun camp

The Summer 2015 Community Magazine arrived in homes last week, and registration is now open 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.

Councilwoman Angulo kicks off the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's Promise Walk for Preeclampsia-Philadelphia/South Jersey, held last Saturday, May 2, at Challenge Grove Park. Councilwoman Susan Shin Angulo helped kick off the event with a special proclamation declaring May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month in Cherry Hill. This annual event raises awareness of and funds research into Preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancies. These conditions, which affect an estimated 300,000 pregnancies each year in the United States, can cause premature birth and related complications, and in the worst cases, can even lead to maternal and infant death. I'm happy to announce that this year's walk raised more than $47,000 for the Preeclampsia Foundation. For more information on preeclampsia and related conditions, the Promise Walk, or the Preeclampsia Foundation, click here [http://www.promisewalk.org/] . To view photos of last weekend’s walk, visit the Promise Walk’s Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/promisewalkforpreeclampsiaphiladelphia?fref=ts] .


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]

Sending a child off to college? Help prepare with this May 12 event

If you're preparing to send a child off to college, the Cherry Hill Alliance has put together a wonderful, free presentation to help you get ready. From 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, "OMG! Moving Out?! Off to College! R U Ready?" will offer parents special pointers and things to think about, and hopefully ease some of the angst related to sending a child away to school for the first time. Discussion topics include things to send/bring; laundry; tough topics (including partying, alcohol, prescription drug abuse, stress and sex), majors; roommates; relationships and keeping in touch. The evening promises to be an informative and fun, interactive presentation by William J. Lynch Jr., a clinical staff pharmacist at Kennedy Hospital, preceptor for Rutgers University and Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force Member. This event is FREE, and will take place in the Cherry Hill Library Lower-level Conference Room. For questions or to register, call (856) 488-7889, or e-mail Alliance@chtownship.com [mailto:] .

Explore our parks, celebrate Migratory Bird Day on May 16

Join the Cherry Hill Environmental Board from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 16, as we celebrate Migratory Bird Day at historic Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road. Perfect for the whole family, activities include: guided bird walks, a bird ID quiz and live birds. Wild Birds Unlimited will teach you how to use binoculars, how to choose a bird book, and how to feed birds in your own backyard! This event is part of Cherry Hill's celebration of National Kids to Parks Day, which encourages children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history nature and adventure in their communities. With 52 parks and playgrounds and a vast system of trails [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/index.aspx?NID=399] , Cherry Hill is the perfect place to experience these natural wonders! Click here [http://parktrust.org/youthprograms/national-kids-to-parks-day] to learn more about Kids to Parks Day. To learn more about our Migratory Bird event, call (856) 488-7868, or e-mail events@chtownship.com [mailto:] .

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.:

Mobile Device and Laptop Help

Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 9

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.

Aca-Awesome Pitch Perfect Sing-Along

1-4 p.m. Sat., May 9

Calling all aspiring Bellas and Trebles! Think you’re ready for Pitch Perfect 2? Pitch please. Come join us for our Aca-Awesome Pitch Perfect Sing-Along! We’ll have the subtitles on and our plastic cups ready as we sing and quote our way through the original Pitch Perfect. Open to adults of all ages. No registration.

Kit's Friendship Fun Day (Ages 4+)

2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9

We're celebrating our newest addition to our American Girl lending program! Join us for American Girl Kit's favorite crafts, food and games. This event is open to ages 4 and up. (Parents and dolls are welcome too!) Registration with card number required. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6440&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=inhouse&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=5/1/2015&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&no] to register online.

Prose & Cons (Grades 8-12)

6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13

[http://www.thesuccessfulfailures.com/blog-wp/] From 6-7 p.m., try writing games and get inspired through story starters. From 7-7:30 p.m., get feedback on your current project. Open to grades 8-12. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6422&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=5/1/2015&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&pa] to register.

Thursday Morning

10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 14

[http://www.thesuccessfulfailures.com/blog-wp/] Plants are all around us. Weather you grow them or just enjoy their beauty, do plants have a secret? Join Chris Espinosa of the South Jersey Horticultural Society for a talk on the secret life of plants. Free and open to the public. No registration.

How to Build a Website: Wordpress 101

6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14

This free computer class is designed to teach how a website works and how to set up a Wordpress site. We will also demonstrate how to customize the look and feel of your site, how to add content, and good practices on how to promote your website. Prerequisites: Basic mouse and computer skills are must! Please, have an accessible email address (address and password), which will be required when setting up your site. Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6478&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=inhouse&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=5/1/2015&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&no] to register online with your library card number. Can’t make it to this class? Click here [http://host6.evanced.info/cherryhill/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=6479&rts=&disptype=&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=inhouse&returnToSearch=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=5/1/2015&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&no] to register for this same class being held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16.

Friends of the Library Bus Trip

James A. Michener Art Museum & Mercer Museum

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3

Join the Friends of the library for a tour the Michener Museum showing “The Artist in the Garden” exhibit, which explores the relationship between artists and garden landscape. After the Michener, we cross the street to the Mercer Museum to see artifacts related to everyday life and work in pre-industrial America. Then we’re off to the Horse Tavern & Grill for lunch. Cost for this spectacular day is $70 (includes all taxes & gratuities). Contact Teresa Wallack at (856) 795-1096 by Friday, May 22, to register.


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] .

Actor Sean Astin to speak at Temple Emanuel on May 17
Actor Sean Astin, best known for his roles in "Goonies," "Rudy," and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will speak at Temple Emanuel on Sunday, May 17, as part of the synagogue's first-ever Expo on Mental Health, a partnership between Temple Emanuel, Cherry Hill Township, Camden County, Jewish Family & Children's Services and other organizations that aims to educate, provide important resources, and help to turn our community into a safe, caring, stigma-free zone for those struggling with mental health and related issues. Astin's remarks will kick off a day of activities, including exhibits, educational sessions, the launch of the "I Will Listen" campaign, a "Chill & Chat" with Astin for kids in 7th-12th grades; a stigma reduction walk and other great activities. This promises to be an important event that will open the conversation about a critical topic to so many people around South Jersey, and Cherry Hill Township is proud to be a partner in this endeavor. This event is free and open to the entire community. I highly encourage you to stop by. For more information, call (856) 489-0029, visit www.templeemanuel.org, or click here [https://www.templeemanuel.org/monthly-calendar/eventdetail/6621/200/healing-of-the-soul-r-fuat-ha-nefesh-an-expo-on-mental-health?filter_reset=1] .

6th annual Jeremy Kane Memorial Run set for May 31

Please join us in honoring the brave sacrifice of Marine LCpl Jeremy Kane at the 6th annual Jeremy Kane Memorial Run, Sunday, May 31 at Cherry Hill High School East. All proceeds benefit the Jeremy Kane Scholarship Fund, which ensures the success of current and future armed services veterans at Rutgers University. Last year, hundreds of runners turned out for this 5K run/1-mile walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; the run will start at 8. To register online, click here [http://jeremykanebenefitrun.webs.com/] . Be sure to follow the Jeremy Kane Memorial Run on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/JeremyKaneMemorialRun?fref=ts] for event updates.


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: Find helpful resources in the Community Magazine

As I noted earlier, the 2015 Community Magazine was mailed to all homes in the Township last week. But in addition to Township news and events, did you know the magazine also contains special community resources, activities and topics geared specifically toward our 55+ population? Turn to the pages outlined in yellow (pages 33 to 36) for senior events, transportation information, social club listings, helpful phone numbers and much more. If you haven't received your copy of the magazine, call (856) 488-7868, or visit the Recreation Department (Room 102 of the Municipal Building), to request or pick up a copy. For information on this or any other senior-related topic in Cherry Hill, call our Senior Services Program Coordinator, Gaye Pino, at (856) 661-4800, or by e-mail at gpino@chtownship.com [mailto:] .

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

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. The final Chair Yoga class for this season will take place from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20; meditation is scheduled from 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] .

Sign up today for the CHFD Safe Babysitting Class

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will offer a free Safe Babysitting Class to Township residents ages 13-16 who care for children. Attendees will learn about fire safety, first aid and personal safety. The class will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. Click here [http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/index.aspx?NID=866] for more information and to register.

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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