May 1, 2020
A Message from Mayor Susan Shin Angulo
Dear Residents:

During an emergency Township Council Meeting on Thursday, Council passed a Resolution to extend the grace period for payment of the May 1 quarterly property taxes to June 1. The move comes after Governor Murphy issued an executive order granting municipalities the authority to extend the grace period, which by state statute, is normally set at ten days. 

We are thrilled to be afforded this opportunity by the Governor for our friends and fellow neighbors struggling during these troubled times.

The executive order does not change the due date of May 1, but instead extends the grace period for payment to June 1. This allows property owners to make payments to the Tax Collector on or before June 1 without accruing interest or penalties. Payments received after June 1 will accrue interest from the statutory due date of May 1. 

Council and I know that these are hard times and we know that individuals and businesses are struggling. As we navigate these uncertain times together, we remain committed to doing what is best for our residents and our community as a whole.

My office has heard from residents who are having trouble realizing their unemployment benefits as the state’s system is overloaded with applications - and we are working with state representatives to resolve these concerns so families can receive the relief they need. However, this is one example that reinforces the need for us to hit the pause button and offer some breathing room for those of us who find ourselves stuck.

Though this decision is not without consequence to the Township financially, we know that it is the right one for our community at this time.

The Township is encouraging residents that are able to make their payments by May 1 to please do so, as these quarterly payments are utilized to keep vital services in the Township running – including Police, Fire, trash and public works, as well as fund our teachers and schools. For additional information, please visit the Township website .

In addition, in light of Governor Murphy’s executive order to reopen state parks and golf courses, Cherry Hill Trails and Parks will reopen Saturday, May 2, 2020 for passive recreation. 

Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a facemask or covering, and wash your hands whenever possible. Playgrounds and recreational fields will remain closed—this includes basketball, hockey, tennis, pickleball, soccer, and baseball fields/courts etc. 

While we look forward to the changing weather and as we begin to see improvements in trends related to COVID-19, it is unfortunately not possible to maintain social distancing with all activities and equipment, but we hope to be able to open these other facilities soon.

The Township will remain in communication with residents as new information becomes available and urges all residents to continue following social distancing guidelines.

Sincerely,
Susan Shin Angulo
Mayor
Township News & Events
Cherry Hill First Responders show support to Jefferson Healthcare Workers
On Tuesday afternoon, the Cherry Hill Police Department along with the Cherry Hill Fire Department, EMS, and various other agencies from the surrounding area gathered to show their appreciation for the amazing healthcare workers at Jefferson Health Cherry Hill . Emergency response vehicles drove past Jefferson Hospital in a large convoy to recognize and honor the employees who have been on the front lines.

We thank you for your courage and strength during the pandemic and appreciate everything you do!
Mayor and Council Recognize the Cherry High School East Robotics Team
During Monday's Virtual Council Meeting, Mayor Angulo and Township Council recognized the Cherry Hill High School East Robotics Team for being named tournament champion for the 2020 Vex Robotics Virtual Competition - Tower Takeover. Congratulations!

You can view the full video on our website .
Social Distance Guidelines for Visiting Parks and Trails
Visiting the Township trails or parks this weekend? Please use great care when returning to the parks and trails for passive recreation. We still need to limit physical interaction and the Executive Order includes the following restrictions:
  • Limiting parking to 50% of maximum capacity and prohibiting parking in undesignated areas
  • Prohibiting picnics
  • Requiring social distancing except with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners
  • Banning organized or contact activities or sports and gatherings of any kind. 
  • Wearing a cloth face covering is recommended in pubic settings such as the parks however, the law does not require it. Please do not call police to report a person outside without a mask or face covering. 

Let us all enjoy some warm weather and outdoor recreation while practicing safe social distancing. Playgrounds and recreational fields will remain closed. This includes basketball, hockey, tennis, pickle ball, soccer and the baseball fields and courts.
Upcoming Virtual Meetings
Virtual Planning Board Meeting - Monday, May 4, 2020
Virtual Zoning Board Meeting - Thursday, May 7, 2020

In order to join the virtual meetings, please refer to the log-in information and links on our website under the calendar section.
Information for Cherry Hill residents regarding COVID-19
Stay up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Cherry Hill. Find information such as the following:
  • How to Conduct Township Business
  • Closures throughout Town
  • Helpful Links and Resources
  • FAQs
  • Information for Local Businesses
New Jersey Information Hub for COVID-19
Stay up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 in the state of New Jersey.

  • How to protect yourself
  • Ask Questions
  • Information and Services
  • Announcements
  • Live Updates
Virtual Recreation Center
The Cherry Hill Township Recreation Department launched a Virtual Recreation and Resource Center on our website .

This is your place for resources to help you navigate these ever changing times. We are committed to ensuring that our community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships and continue to have extraordinary experiences. In these challenging times, our Virtual Recreation Center will bring programs and resources right to you and your family with the hope of making it easier to manage your health and well-being.

If you have additional resources to share with us, please email  Recreation@chtownship.com.
Telehealth Helpline
The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey Telehealth Helpline is available to help individuals cope with stress and anxiety during this challenging time. To book your 30-minute session with a licensed JFCS therapist, please email Kimberly Gerardi: kgerardi@jfedsnj.org .
Cherry Hill Environmental Board's Wildlife Habitat Community Initiative
Did you know that 58 properties in our township are now certified as Wildlife Habitats by the National Wildlife Federation? 

What better time than now to add your property to that list? While we are under Stay-At-Home orders, why not take some simple steps to register your yard or balcony? Please consider joining our community effort to become a certified NWF Wildlife Habitat Friendly Community, spearheaded by the Cherry Hill Environmental Board.
Department of Public Works
Recycle Pro - Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are contaminating single stream recycling facilities across North America, sometimes accounting for up to 50% of all contaminated material. In order for us to become more sustainable, we need to deliver cleaner material to our recycling facilities.

Click the video for more information.
Trash and Recycling
At this time, due to lower than normal staffing levels and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, Trash, Recycling, and Yard Waste Collection in certain areas may be delayed. We ask for your patience and cooperation during this time.If your Yard Waste is missed, please leave it curbside.

Please contact the Department of Public Works with any questions at publicworks@chtownship.com or (856) 424-4422.
Senior Living
Although, Township offices are closed, our Senior Services Coordinator is still responding to voicemail and email during the state-mandated quarantine. Please note that during this time, senior bus services are currently suspended. If you have any questions regarding Cherry Hill Senior Services, please contact Gaye Pino by email or (856) 661-4800.
Scam Warnings
The Division is alerting consumers to be aware of a number of apparent scams related to COVID-19. To avoid this and some of the tactics being reported as possible scams, the Division recommends:
  • Don’t let CDC imposters into your home. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not going door-to-door seeking information or conducting surveillance on COVID-19. Imposters should be reported to local authorities and the Division.
  • Don’t fall for fake cures. Beware of in-store or online advertisements for products that claim to cure or prevent COVID-19 or other similar offers. No cure or preventative medicine has been approved for sale.
  • Look out for phishing emails. Cybercriminals may take advantage of global concern and interest in COVID-19 to try to convince email recipients to open links or attachments that may direct them to malicious websites or deliver malware. Stay away from COVID-19 related information that does not come from a trusted source, to avoid exposing your personal information.
  • Keep in mind not everything online may be factual. The internet is full of information, but be mindful of its accuracy. As false reports spread regarding the origination and spread of COVID-19, rely only on trusted sources for information.
  • Be wary of unsolicited calls. Whether they are offering health insurance, including to supplement Medicare or Medicaid benefits, or a cure or treatment for COVID-19, refrain from sharing your personal information over the phone, unless you have initiated the call.
  • Avoid internet adoption scams. Scammers are falsely misrepresenting themselves as CDC employees, and asking victims to send money overseas to adopt a pet being held at a quarantine station. The CDC does not quarantine pets or would not ask for payment to bring an animal into the U.S.
Cherry Hill Public Library News & Events
The Cherry Hill Public Library building will remain closed until further notice per NJ Executive Order N. 104 (2020) ordering the closing of all libraries to the public. 

Children's Story Times
Available on YouTube

May is Mental Health Month
If you or a loved one are struggling with mental illness, you are not alone. Visit our website and find resources to assist you.

We truly appreciate the support of the community in keeping library items home
Our building is CLOSED and we are unable to accept returned items or donations. If you have any questions during this time, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us.

Have questions for your librarians?
We hope to have answers! Contact us at chplref@chplnj.org and a librarian will return your email, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
 
Free Webinar: Breaking Free from Stress, Worry & Anxiety
Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.
As these Covid-19 restrictions continue, we are all feeling stress in various ways. But what can we do about it? Join us, and participants from around the world for this  webinar as we focus on teaching and reinforcing the Spot-It™ method for reducing stress and anxiety by featuring real-life participant situations. For more information, click here .

Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty
Wednesday, May 6 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on small businesses. They may have had to rethink their business model, and if they didn't work from home before, they're probably adjusting to the realities of remote work. Help Grow with Google support small businesses during this challenging time by spreading the word about our upcoming livestream with tools, tips, and resources that help businesses keep running remotely. Using products such as Google My Business, Google Ads, Google Meet, and YouTube, we'll share how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed and how to host virtual meetings and events from anywhere. For more information, click here .