July 31, 2020
A Message from Mayor Susan Shin Angulo
Dear Residents:
 
As we continue our efforts to serve the community during this time of need, we have made arrangements to help distribute food and fresh produce to The Cherry Hill Food Pantry – and you can help make it happen!
 
On  Saturday, August 1, 15, and 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m,  a collection table will be set up at Barclay Farmstead near the Plant-A-Patch area to collect surplus produce grown from your personal gardens. Your produce may be harvested that morning and does not need to be washed before it is donated. There will also be bins to collect non-perishable food items as well. The food collected will be donated to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry, which serves people of need in Cherry Hill.
 
If you would like additional information or have questions please contact Carolyn Franz at (856) 332-7957 or  carolynfranz@comcast.net .
 
This is in addition to our biweekly Food Distribution For Those in Need event taking place this  Thursday, August 6th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m . Help spread the word on this important opportunity to help families suffering from food insecurity. Also, if you’d like to volunteer and help distribute food, send me an email at  Mayor@CHtownship.com .
 
We are in this together, and we will get through this together! Wear a mask, social distance, and stay safe Cherry Hill.
 
Sincerely,
Susan Shin Angulo
Mayor
Township News & Events
Mayor Swears in new Cherry Hill Police Officer
This week, Mayor Angulo and Chief Monaghan had the privilege of welcoming a new officer to the Cherry Hill Police Department. 

Congratulations Officer Mattie Gamble. We wish you all of the best and look forward to your years of dedicated service.
Mayor and Councilwoman attend Trader Joe's Grand Opening
On Thursday, Mayor Angulo and Councilwoman Doshi helped celebrate the grand opening of Trader Joe's in Cherry Hill.
 
On behalf of the entire Township, we are thrilled to officially welcome Trader Joe's to our community.
Food Distribution for those in need in Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill has partnered with Touch New Jersey to bring free food to those in need throughout the community and surrounding areas. The distribution will take place at Cherry Hill High School East, 1750 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, August 6
  • Thursday, August 20

Drive-up and walk-up options available. Must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Third Quarter Property Tax Bills in Cherry Hill mailed on Monday, July 27
Third quarter property tax bills in Cherry Hill were mailed on Monday, July 27, 2020. Residents will receive an extended grace period as a result of the delayed mailing. The grace period for the August quarter will be extended until August 21, 2020. Payments received after that date will be charged interest back to August 1, 2020.

As a reminder, payments can be made by mailing a check to the Cherry Hill Township Tax Collector’s Office, 820 Mercer Street Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 or by physically dropping off your cash or check payment at the Tax Collector’s Office, 820 Mercer Street. If building is closed, please utilize the mail slot. The mail slot is located on the double doors at the entrance to the Municipal Building. Payments can also be made by credit card, debit card or electronic check (e-check) on the Township’s website.

Any questions should be directed to Tax Collector’s office at (856) 488-7880.
Savor the Date: Cherry Hill Restaurant Week returns August 8-16, 2020
Mayor Angulo and Township Council are pleased to once again present one of Cherry Hill's premier events, Restaurant Week. This year, Restaurant Week will feature nine days of incredible deals at some of Cherry Hill's finest eateries.

From August 8 to 16, 2020, guests will enjoy specially selected, 3-course dinner menus for either $25, $35 or $40 per person. Several restaurants will also offer a 2-course lunch menu for $15 or $20. A reminder that at this time, Restaurant Week deals will be available for pick-up, take-out, and outdoor dining options.

Restaurants interested in participating should  contact   the Mayor's Office for more information. Please continue to check our website for participating restaurants.
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
Camden County Mosquito Commission Spraying
The Camden County Mosquito Control Commission will be spraying in neighborhoods across Cherry Hill for the next several weeks in an effort to limit growth of our area's mosquito population. Visit the Township website for local spraying schedules, as they are announced by the County.
10th Anniversary of the Cherry Hill Trails Program –
Highlighting the Thomas Paine Trails
The Cherry Hill Environmental Board is marking the 10th Anniversary of the Cherry Hill Trails Program. Each month, one of the 11 trail locations will be highlighted. This month it is the Thomas Paine Trails.

The Thomas Paine Trails are the newest location in the Cherry Hill Trails Program system. Completed in the winter of 2020, its trailhead, marked by an Eagle Scout-erected kiosk, is located on Fountain Court off Crooked Lane on the West side of the township. It is an easy half mile collection of color coded (4) trails that wander through the forest and the wooded wetlands of the South Branch of the Pennsauken Creek bottoms. The trail’s wooden plankways make walking the marshy area easy and viewing the creek and wetlands a clean adventure! There is a large patch of Skunk Cabbage, several species of ferns, and other wetland-loving trees and plants. Above the wooded wetlands on drier ground the trails feature a number of native plants including Virginia Creeper and Greenbriar, along with native trees like Red Maple, Red Oak and American Beech. As you hike listen for the many species of birds offering a concert of calls. 

As part of the 10th Anniversary, you can walk or bike trails at 11 locations and participate in the Cherry Hill Trails Challenge. A Challenge Passport is available on the Cherry Hill website and at the Recreation Department in Town Hall, when it reopens. Challenge requirements are noted on the back of the Passport as are the prizes available to those completing all requirements at three different levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Take the Challenge and enjoy all the trails, solitude and nature that the Cherry Hill Trails have to offer. Check out all the trails on our website .
Nature Notes: A Kangaroo Relative on Cherry Hill Trails
The Cherry Hill Environmental Board’s mission is to manage the natural resources on the town’s Open Space natural lands, and to connect people with the natural world. During the COVID-19 pandemic the Cherry Hill Trails Program, now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, offers people the opportunity to absorb the benefits of nature while getting out, being active, and perhaps exploring areas of town never before experienced. At the 12 Cherry Hill Trail locations, trail users can do some of the following activities: walking, biking, fishing, birding, photography, and learning about nature. 

This week’s Nature Notes will focus on one special animal; the opossum. They live in the woods and along streams on Cherry Hill Open Space lands that are made accessible by the system of Cherry Hill Trails. This unique animal is usually seen dead at the side of the road. They are nocturnal, which puts them in danger when crossing roads at night. They will eat a variety of food, but nicely for humans, they consume ticks, dead animals and rotting plants. A real friend. An animal friend that needs the habitat provided on Cherry Hill Open Space lands.

Not only does the opossum play an important role in nature’s circle of life, they are unique. They are the only marsupial in North America. That means the female has a pouch like kangaroos where babies grow. They use their tail to hang onto branches while climbing in trees. Also helping them navigate trees, they have a thumb that allows them to grab branches. This is called an “opposable” thumb, just like humans. If they are startled by a potential predator, like people, they will likely “play dead” instead of trying to run away. They are not fast runners.

So while responsibly using Cherry Hill’s trails this summer, keep looking for the opossum in the late evening or try to find their tracks along a sand bar by a stream or lake. Note the line that is formed when they drag their tails and the “opposable thumb” to help identify the tracks. Exploring nature is fun. Check out the Cherry Hill Trails's website .
COVID-19 Discussion: What's Going on in Your ER with COVID-19?
On Thursday, August 13 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m . - the Katz JCC presents a live webinar discussing COVID-19. A panel of experts will answer your questions about the re-opening of the state and the conflicting media coverage about our healthcare system and our downstream providers. Please RSVP to receive invitation link.
Upcoming Virtual Township Meetings

In order to join the virtual meetings, please refer to the log-in information and links on our website under the calendar section.
Department of Public Works
The Department of Public Works Administrative Offices will remain closed to the public until further notice. Public Works will be continuing to provide services to the best of their ability. If you have an emergency matter that requires immediate attention, please call (856) 424-4422 or email  publicworks@chtownship.com.
What Goes in the Bin?
Camden County wants to make single stream recycling easy! The county accepts rinsed plastic or glass bottles, jars and jugs, rinsed aluminum and steel cans, clean paper, and clean cardboard. If you are unsure if a piece is recyclable, just remember this… When in doubt, throw it out.

And remember, NO PLASTIC BAGS of any kind. Please recycle them at your supermarket or big box store.

Remember, When in doubt, throw it out!
Senior Living
During these difficult times when we cannot do our normal routine, we must find new things to make us happy and keep us engaged.
 
Call  your friends, neighbors, and your relatives, especially those that you haven't talked to in a while. They are home and would be happy to hear from you.
 
Write  letters to the special people in your life. Share your ideas and let them know you're thinking of them. 
 
Organize  your closets and drawers. Find things to donate or get ready for the neighborhood garage sales that will be coming soon when things get better.
 
Take care  of your health. Take your temperature and your blood pressure if you have a home monitor. Eat and drink well. Keep moving; walk around your house, dance, exercise.
 
Now is the time to pull out the "if only I had time" list and catch up, but remember: be safe, be healthy, and be happy. Sometimes there can be good in change.
 
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.
Camden County to Launch Food Voucher Program for Low Income Seniors
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Camden County is hosting a Farmers Market Program, which will provide produce vouchers to low-income seniors (age 60 or older) to be used for fruits, vegetables and herbs at Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill.

If your annual income does not exceed $22,459 if single, or $30,451 if married, you are eligible to receive five $5 vouchers per person. You may spend one voucher at a time or several together but there is no change given if the price is less than voucher(s) being used.

DUE TO COVID-19 VOUCHERS WILL BE MAILED TO YOU. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PRIOR YEARS. YOU MUST CONTACT CAMDEN COUNTY SENIOR SERVICES TO REQUEST YOUR VOUCHERS.

Call (856) 858-3220 or (856) 858-3884. Vouchers are valid through November.
Cherry Hill Public Library News & Events
Hours and Guidelines
The Cherry Hill Public Library is open with limited hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday nights we are open until 8 p.m. Contactless Pickup continues Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contactless Pickup ends at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and is not available on Saturdays. To schedule Contactless Pickup call 856-667-0300 x2 (Reference) during Library open hours or email  chplref@chplnj.org . Masks and social distancing are required in the building. Your mask must be worn the whole time you are in the building and it must be over your nose and under your mouth. Metered access includes time limits of 30 minutes for patrons inside the building including 30 minutes on computers. Maximum capacity is set at 50 patrons at a time. If you feel any COVID symptoms please stay home. 
 
Returns
Books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and video games can all be returned now in the outdoor book drops at CHPL and at the Marlkress Rd location at the Post Office. Do NOT put in the following items: American Girl dolls, puzzles, Kindle Fires, mobile hot spots, or any non-traditional items ( https://chplnj.org/nontraditional_lending ) Those items can be returned at the library. Once materials are returned to CHPL, they are put in quarantine for 72 hours. AFTER quarantine items will be checked in and adjusted on your account. Books and materials will be backdated to the day you returned them. Fines will not accrue during the days items are quarantined in the building. 
 
Donations
Book donations or donations of other materials are currently NOT being accepted at this time. 

Summer Reading
This year our Summer Reading Program for all ages has gone virtual! Keep checking our website and your email for updates. Thank you to the Friends of the Cherry Hill Public Library for supporting our Summer Reading Program. To register for Summer Reading: http://chplnj.readsquared.com/
 
Questions
If you have any questions during this time, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us.  https://chplnj.org/covid19-faq  or email  chplref@chplnj.org   and a librarian will return your email Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
Upcoming Programs:
Virtual Teen Game Night Meetup for Teens
Friday, July 31 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Who doesn’t love a good party game? Join us for a virtual teen game night. Zoom registration required.
 
Virtual Fairy Tale STEM
Monday, August 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We are giving these classic Fairy Tales a STEM twist in this virtual program that introduces young learners to math and engineering concepts. Best for preK-3rd grade.  This program will be made available via the Zoom Meeting platform.  Please register for this program using this link for Zoom login and necessary materials.

Animal Crossing Open Hours
Monday, August 3 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Animal Crossing New Horizons players of all ages are invited to open play at CHPL Cove. Pick fruit, catch bugs, visit our virtual branch and museum, and swap recipes, fossils, furniture and clothing! Add the library's Nintendo Friend Code,  SW-7377-8544-2015 , then once playing ACNH, visit your airport, and select "visit through online play" to find us. Note: Animal Crossing requires a Nintendo Online subscription for online play. No registration required. 
 
Teen Nautical Rope Bracelet Take & Make
Tuesday, August 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Pick up your supplies (s upplies are limited!)  at the library for this fun craft and then use the CHPL Creativebug link for free access using your library card. Use this link, then search for Nautical Rope Bracelet for the video .  
 
Livestream: A Musical Fairy Tale
Wednesday, August 5 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of fantastical music performed by Adult Services Librarian Jasmine Riel, accompanied by Patrick Gardner. Enjoy musical selections from your favorite Disney films and Broadway musicals. This event will be recorded and livestreamed from The Catholic Community of Christ Our Light church in Cherry Hill, NJ.  CLICK to register for this program through Zoom . After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join this livestream.
 
Virtual Beginner Tai Chi
Wednesday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Beginners Tai Chi: focus on basic elements of Tai Chi and Qi Gong meditation. By utilizing gentle movements, breathing, and stretching, participants will improve their balance, relaxation, and overall well-being. Join us in practicing this beautiful art. Facilitated by Eastern Harmony Healing. Register .
 
Use Google to Get a New Job: Craft Your Resume
Thursday, August 6 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This course shows you how to use Google tools to maximize your job search. You need a Google account to participate. This week you will learn to use a Google Docs template to craft your resume. Any questions? Email Outreach and Diversity Supervisor Deena Caswell at  dscaswell@chplnj.org
 
An Introduction to New Jersey’s Folk Grave Marker Tradition
Thursday, August 6 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join Historians Gordon Bond and Stephanie M. Hoagland as they discuss “folk grave markers,” a little-studied and underappreciated form of funerary folk art whose patterns offer clues as to who made them and why. These markers are made from a variety of materials, reflect various ethnic and religious traditions, created primarily in the first half of the 20th century despite the long-established availability of commercially manufactured markers.  Please register for this zoom event here .
 
Upcoming Author Event – Register Now:
VIRTUAL: "Hidden Valley Road:" A Conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author Robert Kolker
Monday, August 24 from 6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
CHPL is proud to welcome New York Times bestselling author Robert Kolker to discuss his latest novel,  Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of An American Family.  Robert Kolker  is the author of  Hidden Valley Road , an Oprah's Book Club selection and an instant #1 New York Times nonfiction best-seller. His previous book,  Lost Girls , was also a New York Times best-seller and one of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2013, as well as a Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, one of Time’s best true crime books ever, and one of Slate’s best nonfiction books of the last 25 years.  Hidden Valley Road  is the nonfiction account of a mid-century American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. Signed books can be purchased from Inkwood Books in Haddonfield. For more info and to register .