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Support the Food Bank at The Cherry Hill Library

National Library Week
Food Drive & Fine Forgiveness Program
April 13-19, 2009

Did you ever think your library fines could turn into a good thing? If you return your overdue items April 13-19, 2009, they can help fight hunger in your community!

Patrons with overdue fines can have them erased by donating non-perishable food items to benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey.

For each food item donated, the Cherry Hill Public Library will forgive fines for one overdue library material. (Not including lost book or Unique Management fees.)

Food donations are welcome from patrons who do not need to clear fines!

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Woodcrest Swim Club Beef-n-Beer

The Beef-n-Beer will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 7pm to 11pm at the
Church Road Civic Association Hall, Rt. 38 and Church Roads in Cherry Hill
(behind the fire station). Tickets will be $30 each. (Feel free to BYOB if
you’re not a beer drinker!) And we’d love for you to bring your friends!!!

For information and tickets, contact Emma Escobar at 856-216-0920 or email to

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5K Fun Run/Walk: Run Your Own Life

Support the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in their continuing effort to combat substance abuse in our community.  By registering for the event, you’re supporting community education programs while also participating in a healthy activity that everyone in your family can enjoy.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 25th, at Croft Farm.  Awards will be given for the top male and female runners overall in various categories.  For more information please contact the Recreation Department at 856-488-7868.

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NEW Recreation Programs

Don’t miss out on these great opportunities!  The Recreation Department is offering new and exciting programs this spring for all ages.  New YOUTH programs include Travel Softball, Video Game Animation, Pee Wee Wrestling, Flag Football Clinic, Karate “Fit” Tots, U.K. Elite Feet Soccer, and Girls Golf Lessons.  Our new ADULT programs include Drawing and Painting Studio, Intro. to Watercolor Painting, The Art of Wushu, Intro. to Commercial Acting, Intro. to Voiceovers, Where Does My Money Go?, American Writing: Fact or Fiction, and Adult Short-Game School.  More detailed information will be in our spring brochure coming to homes around March 9th.

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Men’s & Women’s Volleyball Leagues

The Recreation Department is bringing back our volleyball leagues that were so popular in the past.  Sign up as a team or sign up as an individual.  The league will be held at Cherry Hill High School West starting March 23rd.  For more information please contact the Recreation Department at 856-488-7868 or visit

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Covered Bridge Has 50 Year Celebration

The covered bridge which crosses the north branch of the Cooper River will be 50 years old on Saturday, Valentines Day, February 14, 2009.  The bridge was designed by the famed local architect Malcolm Wells.  The bridge was dedicated 50 years ago when 101 couples kissed to commemorate the tradition of the friendship or "kissing bridge".

This Saturday at 11:30 am the Township will hold festivities with refreshments provided by Starbucks Coffee and Manhatten Bagel.

Following there ceremony, those attending will be given a coupon to receive 10% off at the following establishments in the Barclay Farm Shopping Center:
Manhattan Bagel
Mirabella Cafe
Cherry Hill Pizza
Norma’s Mediterranean Cuisine

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AARP Volunteers to Give Tax Assistance

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will be providing tax assistance for moderte and low income senior citizens at the Town Hall this winter.

Electronic filing and direct deposit will also be available to help speed up the process.   Complex returns involving business, rental income, multiple capital gain, etc will no be prepared at the Town Hall.

The AARP will help prepare:

  • Federal Income Tax Returns
  • State Income Tax Returns
  • Homestead Rebate Forms
  • Property Tax Reimbursement Forms (PTR)

 This sevice will be provided on Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (except April 10th) in room 208 at the Town Hal, 820 Mercer Street.

Please bring 

  • A copy of your 2007 returns
  • all relevant tax statements, receipts, and forms
  • Social Security Card or SSA-1099 form
  • PTR form (if mailed to you)

No appointment is necessary, you will be served on a first come, first-served basis.

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Cherry Hill Recycling

Cherry Hill, NJ, stands out among communities that are “greening” themselves, and can be a model for others looking to do the same.

In 2006, Mayor Bernie Platt began looking at recycling as a way to save money for Cherry Hill. The cost of disposing of trash at landfills and incinerators was rising steeply, and township officials estimated that by using RecycleBank , a program that gives residents financial rewards, based on the amount they recycle, Cherry Hill could save $2 million in disposal fees over five years.

“A pilot program was launched in the Knollwood area in fall 2007, and while we had high hopes for the concept’s inception, I was astonished at the pilot’s success,” says Dan Keashen, a close Platt aide. “Recycling rates almost doubled in that area during the six-month test run, and soon other neighborhoods were clamoring to get involved.”

After RecycleBank went township-wide in 2008, the average Cherry Hill household went from recycling 11 pounds of material per week to about 22 pounds of material. Meanwhile, Cherry Hill’s solid waste output has been tremendously reduced. Keashen estimates the township has diverted more than 2,700 tons of trash from the landfill since 2007.

“These numbers are groundbreaking from a sustainability point of view and a fiscal point of view,” Keashen says. “Since we have been educating our public and pushing our community to think twice before they throw things out, we have been able to average approximately $40,000 a month in recycled commodity revenue.”

Keashen says he believes the community’s attitude has changed since they implemented the new recycling program. “Our goal was to stimulate thought and make people think about what they are putting in the trash,” Keashen says. “I think it’s clear that our residents are putting more thought into these critical pieces of everyday living.”

Finally, in a separate initiative true to the spirit of America Recycles Day, all desk-side trash cans in Cherry Hill’s Municipal Building have been replaced with recycling containers. According to Keashen, employees must make the effort to walk to a centralized trash collection point, making it less convenient to throw things away and more convenient to recycle.

Article from the U.S. Envrinmental Protection Agency

Cherry Hill kicks the (trash) can

Cherry Hill kicks the (trash) can for recycling. CHERRY HILL — The trash cans are no longer near desks in the Municipal Building. By next year they could disappear from the desks at town schools.

Recyclebank Households Save Goverment Dollars

Not only do RecycleBank households save money while helping the environment, but cities like Cherry Hill, NJ, have turned to conservation efforts as a way to relieve pressure on tightening city budgets.

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