Collingswood, New Jersey

Landscaping Your Garden

April 26  @ Collingswood Library 6:45 p.m.

Landscaping Your Garden.

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood presents speaker Nathan Ihlenfeild – Land Sculpture.  Slide presentation and discussion on landscaping for big impact. Nathan will present tips on ways to turn your spring landscape into a kaleidoscope of color with spectacular perennials, annuals and shrubs.  Program is free & open to the public.  Presentation will be at the Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood.

Take the One Bag Challenge!

The Borough of Collingswood invites Collingswood residents to take the one bag challenge and make the pledge:

Aim to reduce your weekly trash output to one 13 gallon trash bag.

How can you do it? Here are some tips on reducing you weekly trash:

-Reduce what you bring into the house; buy products with less packaging or start to buy in bulk using glass jars.

-Compost your kitchen scraps to reduce your waste output. Vermiculture or simply having a bin outdoors, allows for the break down of kitchen scraps. Later, the scraps will break down into nutritional soil, great for using in a garden.

-Avoid plastic cutlery and plastic plates/bowls/cups. Use glassware as much as possible, or aim to buy paper products.

-Kick the plastic water bottle habit! Use a water bottle that is BPA free. Same goes for coffee cups, most places will take your reusable mug to fill in the morning.

-Be creative! Make croutons or bread crumbs with left over bread products.

-ReUse take out containers for potlock events/parties/packing lunch.

-Use compostable dog bags for waste. They break down faster than plastic bags.

-Avoid using plastic sandwich bags when possible. Aim to use tupperware or reusable sandwich bags.

-Cut down on paper towel usage. Designate towels for cleaning surfaces around the house.

-Recycle #'s 1,2,4,5, & 7 curbside! Plastic tops cannot be recycled.

-Support businesses who recycle or reuse products to cut down on consumerism.

LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SPECIFIC WASTE REMOVAL:
FRUGAL gives a 20% discount for donations of clean clothing and accessories.

WHOLE FOODS takes Brita filters for recycling. Also will take batteries, corks and plastic bags. 

MOM'S ORGANIC accepts candy/granola bar wrappers, batteries, Brita filters, cellphones, drink pouches, food squeeze pouches, glasses, healthy & beauty packaging,, plastic, shoes, natural cork, AND snack bags.

UPS takes bubble wrap or packing peanuts for reuse. 

COLLINGSWOOD LIBRARY will recyle ink cartridges and cellphones (where proceeds will benefit  Collingswood Public Schools).

HOME DEPOT will take use CFLs (fluorescent light bulbs) 

LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL collects old glasses; a drop off box is found across from the fire department.

BEST BUY recycles mostly electronics you could think of. 

TERRACYCLE is large recycling company that will take a plethora of packaging or items that can be recycled and turn into another product

COLLINGSWOOD BIKE SHARE is a community program that recycles bicycles for members to lease throughout the year. 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY/ GOODWILL will take most household items from furniture to clothing!

CAMTECH of COLLINGSWOOD recycles computers and computer components for an affordable fee. 

CAMDEN COUNTY has designated days for hazardous waste removal, paper shredding, and electronic recycling: http://www.camdencounty.com/service/environmental-affairs/recycling/

COLLINGSWOOD POLICE provides a drop box for “Project Medicine Drop” to help residents dispose of unused medications. 

FOAM PACK INDUSTRIES is a New Jersey resource for the recycling of polystyrene foam blocks used for packaging of computers, laptops, kitchen appliances and televisions. Try to avoid styrofoam all together; it does not decompose in the environment under normal circumstances.

LATEX PAINT is accepted by Commissioner Joan Leonard and reused for painting projects around the town. Email jcleonardotr@gmail.com.

 

Free Comic Book Day, May 6

Attention all comic book enthusiasts! Free Comic Book Day is back again this May 6 from 11am to 1pm at the Collingswood Public Library. Join us for giveaways, refreshments, and of course, free comic books! Try out our new button-making machine along with other comic related crafts. In addition, help the library decoupage a chair that will be used and displayed in our Graphic Novel Section. Attendees are also encouraged to explore the library’s growing collection of Graphic Novels and Manga.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Fat Jack’s Comicrypt. Free Comic Book Day is free and open to all ages. 771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. 856-858-0649.
http://collingswoodlib.org /about/youth/free-comic-book-day

7th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center

Join the Perkins Center for the Arts for an evening of artistry celebrating the unique and handmade at Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7-10pm. The award-winning tasting will feature nearly two dozen regional craft micro-brews, distilleries, a gourmet food cart fare, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction. This year, Cooper River Distillery will be hosting the Handcrafted VIP Tasting with a course on mixing your own rum-based drinks. Participants will be educated on the process and reasoning behind mixing drinks, learn the recipes of two cocktails and start the evening with their own custom handcrafted drink. This intimate tasting offers limited space and will run from 6-7pm.

Tickets go on sale Februay 1, 2017.

*Tickets are $60 per person and include tastings of all the craft brews as well as food at the showcased event. VIP Tasting tickets are offered at an additional $20.

The main event will feature beverages from a selection of over two dozen regional craft breweries, distilleries and meaderies including Beach Haus Brewery, The Colony Meadery, Cooper River Distillers, Double Nickel Brewing Company, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Empire Brewing Company, Lunacy Brewing Company, Mispillion River Brewing, Spellbound Brewing, Tonewood Brewing, and D.G Yuengling & Son, Inc. They will also be welcoming local small-batch coffee from Harvest Roastery, as well as hosting food from Sweetie Pie Boom Boom, Sift Bakeshop, Not Your Mamas Tacos, Beast of the Street and Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse.

Handcrafted at the Perkins Center is a 21+ event. 
 
Visit the Website and Facebook Event page!  

Dining Out For Life, April 20

Through the ordinary act of dining out, you can have an extraordinary impact on your community. Make a reservation for Dining Out For Life on April 20, 2017.  Over 200 restaurants and food trucks will participate across the Deleware Valley, and each donate 33 percent of their food sales for the day to local HIV/AIDS service organizations in your city. See below for participating restaurants in Southern New Jersey.

The event, sponsored by Subaru, raises nearly a quarter of a million dollars each year, which is essential in a region with four times as many people infected with HIV/AIDS than the national average.

Funds raised on April 20 in Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Deleware are invested through local non-profits to only fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services across the region. In addition to ActionWellness, beneficiaries include AIDS Deleware, Camden Area Health Education Center, Family & Community Services of Deleware County, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

For more information on the event, visit the homepage here

2017 Southern New Jersey Participating Restaurants (Collingswood restaurants are in bold):

Barnsboro Inn
Kitchen 519
Sapori Trattoria
CousCous Moroccan Cuisine
L'Oceano Ristorante
Steak 38 Cafe
El Sitio Grill & Cafe
Norma's Restaurant
Tre Famiglia Ristorante
Harvest Seasonal Grill
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Villa Barone
Indeblue - Collingswood
Oasis Mexican Grill

Westmont Bagel
Keg & Kitchen
Sabrina's Cafe Collingswood
Westmont Diner 

 

Get pets licensed before March 31

Pet licensing deadline: MARCH 31, 2017
REMINDER: Pet licenses renewed after March 31, 2017 will be charged a $10 late fee per household.

Dog and cat owners must license their pets. Dog and cat license applications can be found at the bottom of the Clerk’s page here.

Community Garden Open House

Do you want to grow your own vegetables but don't know how to get started?
Are you an experienced gardener looking for land to cultivate?

Visit the Collingswood Community Garden and learn how you can participate!

WHERE: Collingswood Community Garden - corner Cattell and Harrison Avenues

WHEN:  10am to noon, Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bring your family and friends! Enjoy complimentary snacks!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit our Facebook page - "Collingswood Community Garden"

CCG is a program of the Borough of Collingswood Recreation Department 

Borough Hall offices temporarily relocated to Community Center

Due to a water leak, Collingswood Borough Hall offices and services will be temporarily relocated to the Collingswood Senior Community Center (30 W. Collings Ave) starting Monday, March 20. Borough Hall will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 17.  

The services of:
Administration
Tax, Water & Sewer
Business Improvement District
Clerk
Revenue
Community Development
Construction and Zoning
Vital Statistics

can be accessed at the Community Center starting Monday, March 20.  

CHS presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

It's a tale as old as time! Be their guest for Collingswood High School's production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The show will be performed in the Middle School Auditorium, 414 W. Collings Avenue, Thursday, March 2; Friday, March 3, Saturday, March 4; Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at 7:30pm.  A matinee performance is Saturday, March 11 at 2pm.

Tickets are $12; $8 for students and seniors.

Special promotions are:

Saturday, March 4 - Character Breakfast - Join Belle, the Beast, and the cast for breakfast, songs, crafts and photos! Two seatings, 9am and 10:30am, at the Middle School Cafeteria. Advance-only tickets are $20 for one adult and child, $7 for each additional ticket. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation. For tickets, email brodgers@collsk12.org.

Friday, March 10 at 7:30pm is Family Fun Night - buy one adult ticket, get a student ticket free.

Saturday, March 11 matinee at 2pm is a Senior Special, with light lunch at 1pm. Free show admission for all seniors plus, if they reserve by Friday, March 10, they will get a free light lunch courtesy of the Board of Education and the Collingswood Education Association. To reserve senior lunch, email mbaldwin@collsk12.org or call 856-962-5702. 

Collingswood and St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society take “first swing” at abandoned homes

The Borough of Collingswood partnering with the St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society of Camden officially began work renovating abandoned homes in Collingswood with a “first swing” ceremony!

After months of legal proceedings Collingswood and the St. Joseph Carpenter Society are renovating abandoned homes in the Borough. Borough officials took a “first swing” to celebrate the start of interior demolition and remodeling of an abandoned home at 254 Harvard Avenue.

The event is the culmination of a year and a half of work and proceedings to gain access to abandoned homes through the statewide Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act. After the recession in the early 2000s, Collingswood, like municipalities nationwide, was left with dozens of abandoned homes that blighted neighborhoods and decreased property values. The Borough leined properties to require banks to provide basic maintenance, but the homes fell largely into disrepair and were stalled for years from being put on the market.

“These spaces were black holes. The banks have no urgency to make them productive and meanwhile, there are vermin and safety issues, they look awful and they are a burden to entire blocks,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “And our hands were tied. All we could do was cut the grass and bill the banks. It was beyond frustrating getting calls from concerned residents and no response from banks. Eventually we had to figure out a way to take steps ourselves.”

Initially, Collingswood worked with a group of local towns ranging from Haddonfield to the Fairview section of Camden compiling abandoned home data with the hope of presenting banks with a significant portfolio of abandoned homes. When that plan failed to take root, Collingswood seized the opportunity to use New Jersey’s Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act which gives municipalities an option to take control of abandoned properties with a plan for rehabilitation. In early 2017, Collingswood finalized the legal process to gain access to a handful of abandoned properties and can now commence renovations.

Collingswood’s abandoned properties project will act like a revolving fund – as the first homes are rehabilitated and sold, Collingswood will use those profits to begin work on the next batch of homes. To complete the renovations, Collingswood is partnering with St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, a 30-year-old nonprofit that has renovated nearly 1,000 abandoned properties in Camden City. The first homes St. Joseph’s will rehabilitate are 254 Harvard Ave and 19 Lees Ave. Currently, Collingswood has about 40 target homes on its official list.

“Collingwood is a fantastic community and it doesn’t make sense to have these great homes sitting vacant. The Carpenter Society is excited to partner with Collingswood to bring our 30 years of experience in working on abandoned housing issues here to convert these homes back into suitable spaces for families to live and thrive,” said Pilar Hogan Closkey, Executive Director of Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society. “Abandoned homes have been casting a negative light on our South Jersey communities and being able to wrestle these homes free to rehab them and bring them back to life offers a new chance for these blocks to become whole again.”

An additional benefit of Collingswood’s proactive approach has been that several of the properties on the Borough list of abandoned homes have since been renovated privately, meaning that target homes are being rehabbed, sold and housing new residents without Borough intervention. If you know of a home that you think should be added to Collingswood’s abandoned homes list, please email the address to fireprevention@collingswood.com.

“This is a huge step in taking care of a lingering problem that has plagued pretty much every town since the market crashed,” said Maley. “We want to see families in these homes giving back to the community and contributing to their neighborhoods. When a house falls into disrepair the way these have it casts a pall over the entire area. This project means a lot to every neighbor I talk to. They want to bring life back to their block.”

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 and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

About St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society:
SJCS was founded in 1985 to help families improve their quality of life and to create safe neighborhoods through housing opportunities in East Camden, New Jersey. SJCS promotes successful homeownership through homeowner education, housing development, and community engagement.  To date, SJCS has created nearly 1,000 homes, mostly converting abandoned houses into homes for families, with the intention of ridding the community of vacant and abandoned housing.  Their neighborhood redevelopment work has now taken them to support South Jersey communities in this same mission.  For more information, visit www.sjcscamden.org.

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