Collingswood, New Jersey

Fall Library programs for kids!

2014 Fall Storytime events at the Collingswood Public Library

Storytime for 3, 4 & 5 year olds
Storytime takes place in the Peter P Childs Room on Thursdays at 10am.

Three, four, and five-year-old children meet on Thursdays at 10am in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room at the Library for stories, songs, finger plays, snack, and a play period. A theme related craft is given to each child to take home. Coffee is provided for adults. Those new to the program should register by calling Carol or Dot at the Library.

Date                                          Theme
September 11                   Be Yourself
September 18                   A is for Apple
September 25                   Happy Birthday
October 2                         Squeaky Clean
October 16                        Lost and Found
October 23                        Picture This
October 30                        Happy Halloween*
November 6                      Inch by Inch
November 13                     E.I.E.I.O.
November 20                     Let’s Talk Turkey
*Come in costume to our annual Halloween party!

Tiny Tot Storytime for children 18-35 months old
Tiny Tot Storytime takes place in the Peter P Childs Room on Fridays at 10am.

This program is limited to 16 children and includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Caregivers must register their child each month beginning on the specified date below in order to participate. There will be no reservations taken before that time. Please ask for Carol or Dot. Storytimes are Fridays at 10 a.m. in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room.

Registration begins Sept. 5 for Sept. 12, 19, 26 storytimes
Registration begins Oct. 10 for Oct. 17, 24, 31 storytimes
Registration begins Oct. 31 for Nov. 7, 14, 21 storytimes

Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Call 856.858.0649 to register or for more information.





Collingswood an APA ‘Best Downtown’ finalist – WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

Vote here before September 26!

Collingswood’s historic downtown has been named a finalist by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association in the 2014 People’s Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey.  The public is invited to choose the best downtowns in each of the Northern, Central and Southern Areas of New Jersey.  Collingswood will compete against Southern Area downtowns Glasstown Arts District in Millville and Asbury Avenue in Ocean City.

“A lot of folks know the APA officially honored Haddon Avenue as a Great Street a few years back,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We’re proud of that recognition but this nomination gives the people that love Collingswood the opportunity to be heard. We’ve been known to be a very proud community. I expect there will be a lot of rallying to make sure we’re the outstanding downtown winner. Because we are, after all, the most outstanding.”

The People’s Choice Awards is part of APA-NJ’s Great Places in New Jersey awards program.  A panel of planning professionals selected Collingswood from nominations that the APA-NJ received from the public throughout the month of July. The APA-NJ panel deliberated how well each downtown excels in the characteristics of a great downtown, including how well it functions as the centerpiece in the everyday life of the community; its reputation for excellence even beyond the community’s boundaries; its vitality during the day, in the evening and on weekends; available options for transportation; and support from the community to attract, retain and grow businesses.  

Think we’re the best? Start voting! Help Collingswood win by voting at  One vote per IP address (use all the devices in your home and office to cast votes!). Voting is ONE CLICK – no registration forms or signups required. Be sure to share contest information with neighbors, friends, family and anyone that loves Collingswood!

Be sure to vote before the on-line poll closes at midnight on September 26.  APA-NJ will announce the winners early in October.  Each winner will receive a plaque at a local award ceremony, a place on the map of Great Places in New Jersey at, and, of course, bragging rights. Go Collingswood!

People’s Choice Awards 2014 Finalists:
Northern New Jersey   
Historic Downtown Jersey City
Montclair Center
Downtown Morristown

Central New Jersey       
Downtown Asbury Park
Downtown Red Bank
Downtown Somerville  

Southern New Jersey
Downtown Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Glasstown Arts District, Millville
Asbury Avenue, Ocean City

About Collingswood:
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust. For more information, visit

Pool closed AUGUST 12

Due to inclement weather, Roberts Pool will be closed today, August 12, 2014. The pool is expected to reopen tomorrow during regular hours.

McFarlan’s Market, Collingswood take next steps to purchase National Market

As part of Collingswood’s monthly Commission meeting on August 4, Borough officials will authorize the purchase and resale of National Market (741 Haddon Avenue) to Janet Stevens and Pete Burgess, owners of McFarlan’s Market in Merchantville. The authorization is part of a plan to renovate the currently closed market and reopen a second McFarlan’s location in downtown Collingswood.

“We’re excited to take the next step in Collingswood,” said Stevens. “The support for this project has been nothing less than overwhelming. We’ve finally buttoned up the financing and we can start moving things along.”

The Borough will purchase the property for $415,000 and sell immediately to Stevens and Burgess for $400,000. The $15,000 difference will be recouped in three and a half years’ time by the increased value created by the improvements planned by the owners. “The deplorable condition of this building required the Borough’s involvement to make this a reality,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley.

“We know everyone has been eagerly awaiting updates on this project. Now we can make things official. The Borough’s involvement in the transaction only serves to move the process along more quickly and provide an incentive for business owners that are investing more than a million dollars in Collingswood. We’ll see a much larger return in the value and taxes generated by this property from Pete and Janet’s investment. We’ll get a much needed grocery and a more valuable ratable out of this project which is good in the long and short term,” said Maley.

McFarlan’s hopes to replicate their business model in Merchantville, offering a range of grocery items, prepared goods, a butcher and deli meats. Burgess and Stevens are anticipating opening in spring 2015. Plans call for making significant improvements to the property after the purchase is authorized.

“It will be a place you can purchase a prepared dinner for the whole family or just a box of cereal,” said Stevens. “Of course we’ll build on feedback from our customers in Collingswood as well. We have some great ideas for the space.”

Kevin Carey announced as Acting Police Chief at August meeting

At the August 4 Commission meeting, Collingswood appointed Kevin Carey as the Acting Chief of Police for the Collingswood Police Department. The promotion is effective September 1, 2014.

“Kevin was an outstanding applicant,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “His record shows a commitment to the department and the community and he has some excellent ideas concerning the future of the Collingswood PD.”

Carey was hired as a Patrolman in 2004. He was promoted to Sergeant In 2013 and moved to the administrative division handling supervision, training and scheduling and other management roles as well as regular police duties. He has completed extensive specialized training and certification courses. Carey is also a class of 2000 Collingswood High School graduate.

“I appreciate the confidence the administration in Collingswood has in me,” said Carey. “I’m honored to step into this role and continue the fine tradition of leading the Collingswood Police Department.”

Notably, Carey’s father is a retired CPD officer who formerly served as Deputy Chief of Police of the department.

Borough officials were assisted in the interview process by the New Jersey Police Chiefs association. Current Chief Richard Sarlo has served with the Collingswood Police Department since 1988, becoming Chief in 2010.

Colls Library hosts Back-to-Hogwarts Party!

Celebrate all things Harry Potter at the Back-to-Hogwarts party, only at Collingswood Public Library!  Make your own delicious Potions, test your knowledge in our Trivia Challenge, enter your name in the Goblet of Fire, see magic performed by Collingswood's own Stephen Jackson, and more!  Themed snacks will be provided.  Costumes optional!

The Back-to-Hogwarts party will take place on Sunday, September 7th from 1pm to 2:30pm in the Peter C. Childs Meeting Room. Open to children grades 3 - 6.

To register, call Dot, Carol, or Dana at 856-858-0649, Monday - Friday, 9:30am to 5pm.


Second Summer Swim Sale starts August 4

Pool passes half price for the rest of the season!

Collingswood will offer half price pool tags as part of August’s Summer Swim Sale. Starting on August 4, all pool tags for the remainder of the season will be half price for residents and non-residents, families, seniors and children. Tags can be purchased at Borough Hall, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at Roberts Pool until 4 p.m.

Day bands are not half price. Roberts Pool season ends on September 3.

Pool season ends Labor Day weekend. Call 856-854-0720 x110 for more information. Full details on Roberts Pool here.

Discount August pool tag rates:
Collingswood Family: $112.50
Non Collingswood Family: $225
Collingswood Adult: $35
Non Collingswood Adult: $70
Collingswood Senior Citizens: $22.50
Collingswood Child ages 0-3: No fee
Collingswood Child ages 3-20: $27.50
Non Collingswood Child: $55

NJ BIZ features Collingswood’s development success

In a series of features that highlight “bedroom communities that are surviving and thriving” NJ BIZ showcases what Collingswood has capitalized on to grow over the last decade.

In Collingswood, close proximity to big cities is big key
By Meg Fry

With its old-fashioned, small-town charm and pedestrian-friendly urban flavor, Collingswood is oddly reminiscent of early 20th century America.

Once upon a time, however, the largely blue-collar town suffered from its proximity to Camden and the growing trend of residents moving farther away from where they worked.

Now, that's all changed — and Collingswood is ready to capitalize on making it easier to live with a little less.

For instance, Collingswood is just finishing the last phase of its $45 million “LumberYard” multifamily project, a result of public and private financing from the New Jersey Department of Transportation's 2003 Smart Growth initiative aimed at encouraging residential development along commuter corridors.

Mayor Jim Maley — who has been mayor for 17 years and in elected office for 25 — said the transformation of the original town lumberyard into 70 condominiums and 100 apartments is the most housing that's been built in the town over the last 60 years.

“We've been built out,” Maley said.

“But one of the things that South Jersey suffers from is a lack of rail transit — we're lucky enough to be one of the seven stops on the (PATCO) Speedline.

“People are living here because they're able to survive without a car or just one car.”

Jef Buehler agrees Collingswood's high-speed, elevated rail access adjacent to the wealthier community of Haddonfield has spurred its economic growth.

“Transit-oriented development has become, over the last 15 years, very much a public-policy focus, tactic and strategy to support downtown and community revitalization,” Buehler said.

Collingswood's close proximity to Philadelphia hasn't hurt it, either.

“We can drive back from the Phillies game after watching the last out and be back home before the radio postgame starts,” Maley said.

And that goes both ways: While Collingswood has focused on making the town more attractive to its 14,000 residents through initiatives such as a duplex conversion program and public safety upgrades, Collingswood also benefits from frequent visitors from nearby areas such as Philadelphia and Camden.

Essentially, Collingswood has become the most easily accessible one-stop shop after implementing a bike-share program, adding Zipcar vehicle-sharing stations, constructing a community greenhouse and hosting a seasonal farmer's market.

“We're also a dry town, so we worked very hard on the BYOB restaurant scene,” Maley said.

In the last years, 20 restaurants serving everything from Brazilian to French cuisine have opened — no doubt helping Collingswood earn its 2011 title as the Most Transformed Town in America by Forbes.

“The last 10 or 15 years towns (have been) talking about building town centers,” Maley said.

“You used to build the center first and housing developed around it. If you build a train station, development happens around it. That's what it's always been for us and we still do that.”

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Collingswood partners with Franklin Institute to BLOW YOUR MIND

The (ever-funky) Borough of Collingswood and The (mind-bending) Franklin Institute are pairing up this spring to challenge visitors to Collingswood to teasers, tricks and a look inside your brain!

The Franklin Institute will release their “Brain Waves” Street Team on unsuspecting crowds in Collingswood during the Borough’s spring and summer lineup of events. The FI team will bring street-corner science and get inside the heads of guests with an intricate series of interactive experiments designed to mess with the minds of shoppers and diners and reveal the inner-workings of the brain. Games that stun with optical illusions, test memory and gauge reflexes will aim to reveal exactly how people see (or just think they see) the world around them.

The fun and games are all part of an effort to showcase The Franklin Institute’s newest permanent exhibit, “Your Brain” opening June 14, 2014, the centerpiece of the brand-new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. The new exhibit invites people to climb the 18-foot tall web of neural networks and navigate a busy street scene filled with multisensory illusions that literally turns your world upside down. With over 70 interactive experiences, visitors of all ages will discover the foundations of a science that is revealing new questions every day.

The Franklin Institute’s Brain Waves team will storm Collingswood crowds during these dates/events:
Thursday, May 15: Cruise Night, 5 to 9PM
Saturday, May 24: May Fair, 10AM to 5PM
Saturday, May 31: Farmers’ Market, 8 to 12PM
Saturday, August 9: 2nd Saturday, 5 to 9PM

“Who doesn’t want to take a peek inside their brain, especially with the great scientists at the Franklin Institute?” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We welcome the head-scratching they’ll be bringing to us. It’s our kind of fun.”

About The Franklin Institute:
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. For more information, visit

About Collingswood:
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust. For more information, visit


FROZEN encore in Knight Park!

As part of Collingswood’s summer movies in the park series, the Borough will host a second screening of the Disney hit FROZEN on Thursday, July 31.
Movies in the park are free! All movies begin at dusk. The screen is located by the Browning and Collings intersection, near the gazebo. This event is BYOC - Bring your own chair (or blanket!). For all the information on summer movies and recreation programs, visit

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