January 10, 2020
A Message from the Mayor
Hello and Happy New Year, Cherry Hill!

Welcome to the first edition of the Mayor's Update , a weekly newsletter from the Mayor's Office providing residents with an inside look on community happenings - keeping you up-to-date with current news, information, and upcoming events.
 
As we begin the start of a new year together, I’m thrilled to have the honor of serving you and the residents of Cherry Hill as your Mayor. Our town is a diverse and inclusive community with close-knit neighborhoods, excellent schools, an outstanding state-of-the-art library, thriving businesses and restaurants, and much more.
 
I love saying that only in Cherry Hill can you find the world in 25 square miles!
 
I look forward to working with our residents to move Cherry Hill forward as a safe, stable, and welcoming community where all of our residents can live comfortably and thrive. My office, along with Town Council, will work to assist our most vulnerable members, whether that be coordinating with the Food Pantry on eliminating hunger, or assisting senior citizens, veterans, immigrants and new residents find the services they need. And I am committed to inspiring more of our children to join the critical conversations of our day. I am here today because I was encouraged at a young age to be active in my community, and to make my voice heard. Together with your help we will motivate the next generation to play a vital role in making our future bright.
 
It is my privilege and honor to serve as Mayor of Cherry Hill and I pledge to work tirelessly and passionately for you. Please stay in touch. You can reach me at Town Hall – 820 Mercer Street, via   email , or by phone at 856-488-7878. I look forward to working with each and every one of you.
 
Sincerely, 
Susan Shin Angulo
Mayor
Township News & Events
Mayor Angulo, Council look ahead at annual Reorganization Meeting & Swearing-in Ceremony
On Thursday, January 2, 2020, Mayor Angulo and members of Township Council marked the start of a new year for Cherry Hill at the annual Reorganization Meeting and Swearing-In Ceremony.
 
As part of the evening's agenda, Mayor Angulo was sworn-in by Congressman Donald Norcross, while former Mayor and former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Susan Bass Levin swore in Council members Michele Golkow and Brian Bauerle to begin new terms in office. Levin also swore in Jennifer Apell for her first term on the seven-member Council.
 
David Fleisher and Brian Bauerle were elected and sworn in as Council President and Vice President. 
Mayor Angulo meets with senior staff
On Monday, Mayor Angulo met with senior staff members of her administration. At that meeting, Mayor Angulo stressed the need for accountability, teamwork, and communication. 
Mayor Angulo swears in Super Seniors
On Wednesday, Mayor Angulo swore in officers of the Township’s Super Seniors club. Councilwoman Jacobs, who was also in attendance, greeted and welcomed members.

Super Seniors are a group of senior citizens dedicated to promoting the welfare of Cherry Hill residents ages 55 and over. This group organizes senior clubs and activities, and addresses issues facing the senior population.

Thank you to our Super Seniors for their consistent efforts at making Cherry Hill an active, comfortable, and fun place to live for our senior residents. 
Council attends Three King's Day celebration
This past weekend, Council Vice President Bauerle and Councilwomen Roskoph, Doshi, and Apell attended the Hispanic Civic Association's Three King's Day celebration. Attendees enjoyed Spanish music, dancing, and a performance of the The Three Kings, which is an important historical traditional among Hispanics.
MLK Day of Service Trail Work
The Cherry Hill Environmental Board is excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cherry Hill Trails Program, which was first approved by Council in October 2009. To honor this achievement, various events have been planned for the upcoming year for residents of all ages.
 
On Saturday, January 18 join CHEB for the MLK Day of Service Trail Event. Weather-permitting, volunteers may sign up to work with the Cherry Hill Environmental Board to complete trail work at Croft Farm and other nearby open space lands. 
 
To volunteer, please sign up   here .  
 
Trail Clean-up : Great for families with young children. Please wear work clothes and dress warm. All work will be done outside.
 
Trail Maintenance and Improvement : Best suited for 6th grade students and up as well as large groups. Please wear work clothes and dress in layers since all work will be performed outside. 
 
If you have a large group and are interested in volunteering, please email events@chtownship.com for a specific outdoor activity.
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Join the Cherry Hill Recreation Department and the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association on Saturday, January 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Croft Farm Art Center for Follow the Drinking Gourd: Following the Life of Harriet Tubman performance.

The Drinking Gourd was the slaves name for the North Star. The performance will detail the life of Harriet Tubman from the time she was a little girl, to adulthood, to her missions on the Underground Railroad and so much more! Watch as history will unfold right in front of your eyes.

Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.
Monthly Speaker Series for Senior Citizens
The Speaker Series is a monthly meeting to discuss topics of interest with our adults who are 55 years and older. The programs are open to the public and will be held the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Room 208 in Town Hall, 820 Mercer Street. 
 
Upcoming Series:
Tuesday, January 21
Topic: Cherry Hill Public Library
Staff from the Cherry Hill Public Library will discuss the many programs available and geared towards Seniors.
 
If you have any questions about Senior Services or activities, please contact Gaye Pino, Senior Services Program Coordinator at (856) 488-7868.
Essay, Poster, Video Contest for Black History Month
The Cherry Hill African American Civic Association is sponsoring an Essay, Poster, Video Contest for Black History Month 2020. The contest is open to all Cherry Hill public school students in grades K through 12th. The essay, poster or video must depict a/an African American(s) in the Armed Forces and NASA. Submission of entries will be accepted from now until Friday, February 1, 2020.
 
Three monetary prizes at each level: Elementary grades: Kdg.-1st; 2nd-3rd; 4th-5th and Secondary grades: 6th-7th; 8th-9th; 10th-11th; 12th.
 
Contact your school's guidance counselor or go to www.chplnj.org for more information.
Our Story, Our Music - 100 Years of Making Our Voices Heard
Join the African American Culture Clubs of Cherry Hill High Schools East and West as they present "Our Story, Our Music" - 100 Years of Making Our Voices Heard on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Cherry Hill West's auditorium and tickets cost $5. If you have any questions, please email Aliya Bowles .
Department of Public Works
Recycling Tip
Most of the time, plastic is a great candidate for recycling. However, there are times when it needs to be thrown away. One of the easiest ways to determine whether plastic belongs in the recycling container or trash can is by using something we like to call the “Poke Test.” If you can push your finger through it, then the plastic is too soft to be recycled. Flimsy plastic gets tangled in the sorting machinery, causing expensive damage and extensive delays. So even if it says it’s recyclable, things like water bottle wraps, grocery bags and bubble wrap all require special handing. You can take these items to the grocery store to be recycled.
Essentially all plastic bottles, jugs and containers are eligible for curbside recycling, as long as you follow the rule of empty, clean, and dry. Be sure to rinse off any residual food and shake off the water before you place these items in your recycling container. If you want to recycle lids, make sure they’re attached, as they’re too small to get recycled alone. Finally, make sure your plastic isn’t mixed with another material, and if it is, separate them before you recycle them.
By taking these easy steps, you help ensure that the plastic you put in your recycling container sees new life.
Cherry Hill Public Library News & Events
SAT Prep Class
Saturday, January 11 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Conference Center, Lower Level
Get test-taking strategies from  YesTutoring!  You will take a practice test and will be able to go over your answers right away after you are done. Please bring your own pencils and calculator. Open to grades 7-12. Registration required .

Crafternoon with Creativebug: Finger-Knitting
Saturday, January 11 from 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Children’s Story & Craft Room, Upper Level
CHPL & Creativebug present a new craft series for teens! Learn how to make necklaces, bracelets, and scarves quickly and easily by using the finger-knitting technique! Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Registration required.

Homeschool Hangout
Monday, January 13 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Children’s Story & Craft Room, Upper Level
Gather, connect and play with other homeschool families on the second Monday of the month. A science or craft activity will be available each session, but feel free to bring any other materials or lesson plans that you would like to share with other families. No registration required. No registration required.

Planner Meetup
Tuesday, January 14 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Joyce Alexander Walker Multicultural Room, Lower Level
Kick off 2020 by sharing our current journals, agendas and organizers! Show off your pens, tapes and other stationary supplies to inspire others looking to spruce up their own planners. Busy student? Stay-at-home mom? Meal planner? All types of planners are welcome! This program is open to teens in grades 6-12, and adults. Registration required .

Lunch and a Movie: Where’d You Go Bernadette
Wednesday, January 15 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Conference Center, Lower Level
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 movie: A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery. 2019. 109 minutes. PG-13.

Coffee & Conversation: Pain Management: A Discussion with Dr. Kavita Gupta
Thursday, January 16 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Joyce Alexander Walker Multicultural Room, Lower Level
Bring all of your pain-related questions to this insightful Q&A with Dr. Kavita Gupta, Medical Director of Advocare Pain Institute of South Jersey. Learn tips for staying pain-free and strategies on managing your pain. No registration required.

Tech Help Drop-In
Thursday, January 16 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Computer Lab, Lower Level
Did you recently receive a tablet, smartphone, or laptop but you have no idea how to get started? Then bring your device to the Library and a CHPL librarian will show you the basics, including how to use your device to download e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines for free using your library card. Please note: Help will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tech help sessions are for software/app questions only. If you have a hardware issue with your device or laptop, we will not be able to assist you. No registration required.