Collingswood, New Jersey

Community Chorus seeks new members for 2016-2017 season

Love to sing? Want to meet new people? Be a part of Collingswood’s Community Chorus program!

Collingswood Community Chorus, part of the Collingswood Recreation Department, is under new direction and seeking members. No experience needed. The group performs two major concerts annually, in spring and winter. CCC’s first rehearsal is Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm at the Zane North Elementary School (801 Stokes Ave) all purpose room.

Cost to join is $25 for Collingswood residents and $50 for non-residents. Contact mdeets@collingswood.com or call 856-854-0720 x1 for information or visit Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) to join.

Borough installs bike corrals in downtown

Cyclists, we want you in Collingswood.

As part of the Borough’s ongoing commitment to improving pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, Collingswood installed a new bike corral across from the intersection of Lincoln and Haddon Avenues, outside Borough Hall. The Borough also installed  a second corral across from the intersection of Haddon and Washington, outside The Retrospect offices - a notoriously cluttered crosswalk that is often tricky to enter.

So - what’s a bike corral anyway? Bike corrals convert a former parking space into a series of bike racks capable of holding roughly a dozen bikes. Corrals help promote sustainability and complete streets (the use of streets for people, strollers, wheelchairs, bikes and other forms of transportation as well as cars), provide increased parking for residents and patrons and increase pedestrian and bike traffic as well the visibility of businesses from the street.

Specific to Collingswood, corrals at intersections that have pedestrian crossings also increase visibility of pedestrians entering the street by removing parked cars that once blocked sightlines to the crosswalk entrance.

“A lot of families and guests use bikes in Collingswood,” said Mayor James Maley. “We’re seeing a lot of demand for infrastructure that responds to the needs of cars as well as cyclists and pedestrians. This brings even more people to our businesses and makes great use of a single space on Haddon Ave.”

Collingswood installed the corrals after a group of citizens approached officials with recommendations for improving cycling and walkability in town. The Borough has also put up additional bike racks throughout town as well.

Proud Neighbors Architectural Tour, Sept 18

Have you ever wondered about the history behind the architecture that gives our town such great character? Join a docent-led walking tour of three residential areas plus the Haddon Avenue business district, and learn more about how our great town has changed over time.

Enjoy exploring Collingswood’s Architectural history with Proud Neighbors on Sunday, September 18; rain date  September 25.  Experience the style and diversity of Collingswood from the outside on this narrated exterior walking tour.

Tours will depart every hour from noon to 4 p.m., ending with a celebration at Devil’s Creek Brewery. Spend the afternoon discovering something new about our town and meeting your neighbors!

Pick and choose your area of interest or join all five walking tour routes. Your $10 donation for the Proud Neighbors wristband gives you flexibility to hear each docent-led walking tour plus the brewery tour for just one price. Please register in advance at ProudNeighborsofCollingswood.org.

Each segment of the walking tour is approximately 45 minutes. Each route is about 1 kilometer (five-eighths of a mile). Docents provide an enlightened overview of architectural style & history of exterior sites along walking tour. 

Tours in the residential areas (Mansion, Collings Residential & Bungalow) are limited to 15 people. Reserve early!  The three residential tour routes are contiguous. Start at noon at the Scottish Rite Auditorium (315 White Horse Pike) to hear architectural history of all three residential sites; mansions, Collings Avenue residential and the bungalows in Merrick Villa.  The residential contiguous tour will repeat again starting at 2 p.m. at 315 White Horse Pike. All homes are privately owned and not open to the public.  

Business District tours have open capacity. The two Haddon Avenue business district tours will repeat.  Start at noon, 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. at 843 Haddon Ave to hear Commissioner Leonard’s tour.  Then Mayor Maley will begin at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. at 678 Haddon Ave and end at the Lumberyard. Take both business district tours to learn about the development along Haddon Avenue.

Conclude Proud Neighbors of Collingswood Architectural History Walking Tour by meeting neighbors at Collingswood’s newest businesses at the Lumberyard. Brewery owners will provide an inside tour at the new Devil’s Creek Brewery.  Participants are solely responsible for beverage & merchandise purchases at Devil’s Creek Brewery. All tour registrants are welcome to visit Devil’s Creek Brewery on Sunday, September 18 from 4 through 7 p.m.

Please note that next spring, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s signature fundraiser, the annual Porch Brunch and House Tour returns on the Sunday after Mother’s Day, May 21, 2017.  It is not too early to offer to open your home or garden for the event. Contact Bunny at 215-806-4907 to get involved.

Established in 1983, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s mission is to promote awareness about historic preservation in the Collingswood community. They strive to educate by sharing ideas and information on restoration and preservation with residents, the business community, and local government while working to maintain the historic character of Collingswood. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood has IRS approved 501(c) (3) status as a public charity. Contributions are tax deductible.

Sign the kids up for fall events at the Library!

New attendees can register by emailing youthservices@collingswoodlib.org. Please include your child’s name and age, and your phone number. 

TINY TOT STORYTIME FOR CHILDREN 18-35 MONTHS OLD – Fridays, 10am sharp.
This program includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime.
Event dates:
Sept. 9, 16, 23
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18 

STORYTIME FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS - Thursdays, 10-11:30am
Includes stories, songs, finger plays, snack, and a play period. Each child is given a theme related craft to take home.
Event dates and themes:

September 8 - Let’s Play
September 15 - Shiver Me Timbers
September 22 - Here Comes the Book Festival
October 13 - Cow Jumped Over the Moon
October 20 - Fun With Fairy Tales
October 27 - Do Not Build a Frankenstein*
November 3- Put Me in the Zo
November 10 - It’s a Moose
November 17- Whale in the Sky 

*Come in costume to our annual Halloween party!

 

South Jersey mag names Collingswood businesses BEST!

Collingswood businesses were honored with nine best of titles (and two readers' choice) in the annual South Jersey Magazine Best Of issue! Everything from baked goods to blowouts! See below for the Collingswood winners and see here for the entire list! Congrats!

MUFFINS
Constellation Collective
Everything in the Constellation Collection pastry case is hand baked every day, but it’s their rotating selection of muffins that really catch our attention day in and day out. Their locally sourced and seasonal varieties, like strawberry-blueberry, apple peanut butter and chocolate cherry, make each stop in a new and exciting experience.
Collingswood, (856) 240-7787, TheConstellationCollective.com 

PASTRIES
Dulce Artisanal Pastry
Owner and pastry chef Josue Santiago Negron has built a career out of delicate and intricate pastries, working in elite kitchens in the city for years. Now he’s brought that skill into his own kitchen, with gourmet desserts, cakes, cookies, breads and pastries that are almost too beautiful to eat ... almost.
Collingswood, (856) 942-0254, DulceCollingswood.com 

PANCAKES
The Pop Shop
These pancakes aren’t just known for their massive size, but also for the massive selection. There are over a dozen varieties, ranging from their regular “Bettys” to a vegan option, peanut butter and chocolate chip, even pancakes stuffed with bacon, all served with a dousing of powdered sugar and syrup on the side.
Collingswood, (856) 869-0111; Medford, (609) 975-6888, ThePopShopUSA.com 

BYOB
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
For years Chef Nunzio Patruno and his mouthwatering menu has been an anchor on Collingswood’s restaurant row along Haddon Avenue, and for good reason. The high-quality ingredients, expert preparation and lively atmosphere are only matched by the attentive servers who make each visit one to enjoy.
Collingswood, (856) 858-9840, Nunzios.net 

STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
Sabrina’s Café
The stuffed French toast at Sabrina’s is more like a showpiece. That’s because the slices of super thick Challah toast, piled a mile high with a sweet cream cheese filling and bananas, then finished with vanilla maple syrup and powdered sugar, always manages to turn the heads of everyone in the restaurant.
Collingswood, (856) 214-0723, SabrinasCafe.com

VINTAGE
Clutter
Despite its name, this Collingswood mainstay is anything but clutter. The shop is full of unusual artifacts and rare vintage pieces that are either handmade, re-imaged or found, and will fit any personality that walks through its doors. Here, you’ll find old books and cameras, glass and wooden figurines, rare pottery, dishware and unique jewelry in almost every corner. Plus, each visit is rarely the same.
Collingswood, (856) 833-1112, ClutterVintage.com 

BABY GIFTS
The Nesting House
For this generation of socially and environmentally conscious parents, The Nesting House offers the perfect selection of gifts that are responsibly made and not commonly found at large baby retailers. They have a wide variety of organic burp cloths, Egyptian cotton clothing, all-natural baby wash and lotions, as well as sustainable toys to get baby off to an Earth-friendly start.
Collingswood, (856) 869-3048, TheNestingHouse.net

BLOWOUT
Verde Salon
Kevin Gatto’s luxury salon goes beyond just a blow dry to create a blowout experience that is hard to forget. Their Express Blowout package includes a relaxing wash and blow dry, but also comes complete with a keratin treatment that leaves your hair silky and shiny long after your visit.
Collingswood, (856) 858-0911, VerdeSalon.com 

ART GALLERY
Perkins Center for the Arts
With locations in Collingswood and Moorestown, this arts center offers everything from educational classes to rotating exhibitions, but most importantly they are true ambassadors for South Jersey, developing programs designed to connect the local community to the fine arts.
Collingswood, (856) 833-0009; Moorestown (856) 235-6488, PerkinsCenter.org

READERS’ CHOICE

 ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Zeppoli in Collingswood 

PROM WEAR
Marlene’s Dress Shoppe in Collingswood

Collingswood grabs NINE "Best Of" titles from SJ Magazine!

Collingswood businesses take home some big honors in SJ Magazine's annual "awesome, don’t-miss-it, everything-you’ve-gotta-try" guide to fun in the region. There are some old favorites and even new businesses in this list - so be sure to give everything a go. See the full list here. Congrats!

Best Cakes Made By Reality TV Stars
DiBartolo Bakery

667 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-869-3565
dibartolobakery.com
Bakery owner Al DiBartolo and his coworker Manny Agigian serve up dessert with a dash of entertainment. The pair has been featured on the Food Network’s “Save My Bakery” and were the runners-up on season four of TLC’s “The Next Great Baker.” The success hasn’t gone to their heads though­ – DiBartolo is still the delicious bakery next door. 

Best Monday-Night Family Dinner
Tortilla Press

703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-869-3345
thetortillapress.com
Banish those beginning-of-the-week blahs with dinner at Tortilla Press, where kids eat free every Monday night (one free entrée from the kids’ menu for every full-price adult entrée ordered). The family-friendly offer is also good at Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville, just in case mom and dad need a margarita fix (no judgment from us), or you can always bring your own tequila to the Collingswood location. 

Best Book Festival
Collingswood Book Festival

Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-854-0720
collingswood
bookfestival.com

Every year, book lovers flock to Collingswood for poetry readings, workshops and the chance to hear from their favorite authors. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am to 4 pm. And special guests include SJMagazine’s Marianne Aleardi, Maury Z. Levy and Sally Friedman, who will talk about their book “Worth Repeating.” 

Best Mind-Testing Fun
Escape Room South Jersey

710 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-942-1993
escaperoomsouthjersey.com
The escape room craze is sweeping the country – and South Jersey finally has an escape room of its own! There’s nothing quite as fun (and sometimes funny) as gathering a big group of friends, solving puzzles and finding clues to escape the traps, like our favorite, the Cold War-themed “American Embassy Room.” 

Best Pancake Fries
The Pop Shop

729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-869-0111
thepopshopusa.com
What? Pancake fries? We must be in pancake heaven! These unique specialty treats are prepared with The Pop Shop’s homemade recipe, and we’ve never tasted anything like them. Doused in cinnamon and powdered sugar, the awesome breakfast/dessert is one of our favorite new discoveries. (That’s why we featured it on the cover!) 

Best Outdoor Dining
Sapori

601 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-858-2288
sapori.info
New this year, the outdoor dining patio at Sapori is spacious, cozy and a great reason to head to this Collingswood treasure for some authentic Italian cuisine. But be sure to make a reservation – you won’t get a table outside or inside without one! 

Best Thrift Store
Frugal Resale

740 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-858-0700
frugalresale.com
Whether you’re hunting for a prom dress or an amazing pair of cowboy boots, treasures abound at this adorably appointed downtown Collingswood shop. If you’re just window-shopping, this is the best place to do it. The inventive window displays are reason enough to drop by. 

Best Specials
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico

706 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-858-9840
nunzios.net
You can’t go wrong ordering anything off the menu at this Italian treasure, but it’s always a treat to hear what Chef Nunzio has prepared for the evening. If the waiter happens to offer osso buco as a special, request that! You won’t be disappointed. (Of course, if the rack of lamb is a special, you won’t be disappointed with that either.) 

Best Way to Spend a Clear Summer Night
Movies in Knight Park
Collings Avenue & West Browning Road, Collingswood
856-854-0720
collingswood.com
When we want to kick back and enjoy a breezy summer evening, we turn to free movies in Collingswood’s Knight Park. What could be more peaceful than watching the big screen from a comfy beach chair or blanket? Check here for a complete schedule.

Vigil for Peace Fri., 7/15 @ 7pm

In light of the events of violence across our country, the Borough of Collingswood will hold a Peace and Unity Vigil on July 15 at 7pm at the parking lot at Woodlawn and Haddon Avenues.

We urge everyone to attend - all welcome. Please share with your neighbors and friends.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1793920917487995/

7/13 Band Concert in Knight Park CANCELLED

The Haddonfield Community Band concert scheduled for Wednesday, July 13 is CANCELLED.

 

Collingswood Borough, School and County officials hold forum – July 26

BOROUGH OF COLLINGSWOOD, COLLINGSWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CAMDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR TO HOLD JOINT TOWN FORUM ON JULY 26

The Borough of Collingswood, the Collingswood School District, and the Camden County Prosecutor will hold a Joint Town Forum on July 26 at 7pm at the Collingswood Senior Community Center. The Borough has been holding informal Town Forums for over 20 years as a way to engage residents in an open discussion on any issues.

The July 26 Joint Town Forum will focus on the recent issues involving the schools and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, but will be open to any and all issues involving the Borough and/or the School District.

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest Winenrs

With 14 houses and one business vying for the Best of 4th of July, Most Historic, Most Patriotic, Best Newcomers, Best Business and this year Best Decorated Block, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood annual Fourth of July House decorating Contest was a variety of themes and designs.

This year included some returning but many first timers, showed amazing creativity, sense of patriotism, history and a whole lot of red, white and blue. In addition to the plethora of American flags and bunting, there were statues, historic military uniforms, decorated animals, patriotic music, and chalked designs on sidewalks, all displaying the participant’s feelings about the Fourth of July.

The winners of the Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest were announced at the Collingswood fireworks on the evening of July 5th (this year only). They are: Best of the Fourth of July - The Lederman Family, Woodlawn Terrace. Most Patriotic - First Place: Hayes Family, Madison Ave. Second Place: Lynn Jackson, Richey Ave.  Most Historic – First Place: The Carty Family, Linwood Ave. Second Place: Carolyn & John Janco, Merrick Ave. Best Block - Wendy and Ron Morze, W. Collings Ave. Best Newcomers - Dolores Bob, E. Collings Ave. And Best Business – The Retrospect, Haddon Ave. 

Winners were judged on creativity, originality and appropriateness to architecture, best historic home or overall best look. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood thanks everyone who entered their homes and to the judges for their time.

The judges were Lois and Harvey Stick, Sonya Peterson, John Samas, Bernie and Mary Kairis, Ron and Kathy Warwick and Dave Savage. Thanks also to contest registrar Gretchen Seibert.

This annual show of patriotism is encouraged by Proud Neighbors of Collingswood a civic organization that aims to share ideas about restoration, strives to develop awareness of historic preservation and works with residents, businesses and government to maintain the historic character of the town.   


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