Collingswood, New Jersey

Colls Youth Theatre registration is CLOSED!

Registration for the Collingswood Youth Theatre is CLOSED. 

The Collingswood Recreation Department is pleased to announce the 21st season of the Collingswood Youth Theatre workshop for all students who are currently in grades 3 thorugh 6.  The workshop is directed by Mrs. Patricia Benesch and Mrs. Annemarie Dunn.  The first 65 children who register will receive a part in the production and are requested to be at all rehearsals. 

For rehearsal schedule and other details, follow this link -http://www.collingswood.com/node/6572.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the registration form. 

Haddon Avenue opens to two-way traffic

The construction work to build a median on Haddon Avenue has cleared to allow two-way traffic. Concrete work is completed and Haddon Avenue will return to normal traffic in both directions as of early evening, November 22. Powell Lane and the LumberYard garage remains open as well. Atlantic Avenue remains a one way from Collings Avenue to West Knight Avenue.

Work to complete painting, signage, a decorative fountain and landscaping on and around the median will continue in November.

Tailgate party for Colls Cash sale! Nov 22

Collingswood is hosting its seventh annual Collingswood Cash sale! Shoppers flock to Collingswood for the yearly "free money" giveaway, lining up in all kinds of weather as early as 6 a.m. This year, Collingswood is partnering with Camden County to host a morning tailgate party for the dedicated bargain hunters that will gather outside Borough Hall on Saturday, November 22.

This year Collingswood Partners will give away $45,000 to patrons of Collingswood businesses. Shoppers that purchase $50 in Collingswood Cash –the Borough’s equivalent to a mall gift card– will receive an additional $20 to spend anywhere in town. The bonus cash is limited and in recent years long lines for the giveaway have started at the crack of dawn.

Those camped out at Borough Hall will enjoy an early morning party to kick off the holiday season in Collingswood! Starting at 6:30 a.m. on November 22 festivities kick off with music and games for guests. There will be multiple giveaways per hour including concert tickets, sports goods and memorabilia, tailgating gear and Collingswood themed merchandise. Organizers will also host crowd trivia games, provide breakfast snacks and a hot chocolate cart to keep folks warm and happy.

"It’s become a festive morning," said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. "People are chatting about what they're going to spend cash on and making friends. We figured it would be a lot of fun to have a party that morning for everyone that waits hours just to support our shops."

The Borough will sell $112,500 worth of Collingswood Cash and give away $45,000 meaning that in less than two hours there will be more than $150,000 in the hands of shoppers that can only be used in Collingswood. Shoppers that buy a max of $400 during the promotion receive a bonus $160 to spend in town.

The bonus money is limited and has traditionally sold out in less than two hours. The yearly promotion greatly stimulates the local economy by incentivizing holiday shopping in Collingswood. Doors open when Collingswood Cash sales officially start at 9 a.m.

Over the past six years, more than half a million dollars’ worth of Collingswood Cash has been sold to spend at local shops during the holidays. The promotion comes with a coupon book filled with additional offers from more than 20 Collingswood shops, restaurants and services, deepening the discounts. The event takes place a week before Shop Local Saturday with the hopes that shoppers will patronize Collingswood for their holiday gifts, parties, appointments and necessities.

"We're celebrating a great shop local initiative," said Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. "It's a way to make a fun morning even better. It’s cold, it’s autumn, folks are huddled around, we wanted to capitalize on that vibe and make what was just a line of enthusiastic shoppers a party for the morning.”

About the annual Collingswood Cash Sale:

How do I get my hands on free cash? Starting at 9 a.m. on November 22, two locations in town will sell Collingswood Cash: Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) and 1st Colonial Community Bank (1040 Haddon Ave) starting at 9 a.m. and give away $45,000 of bonus cash (Sun National Bank is no longer selling Collingswood Cash). Lines start forming at roughly 6 a.m. It is first come, first served, but there are limits. The tailgate party will take place at Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Ave, only.

What are the rules?
Shoppers can purchase a maximum of $400 Collingswood Cash, netting a free $160 to spend, give as gifts, etc. Bonus cash comes only with Collingswood Cash purchased in $50 denominations. One bonus cash sale per customer. Customers must be 18 and over.  Purchase can be made by cash or credit card (a credit fee of four percent is added to the sale, credit accepted only at Borough Hall). Personal checks are not accepted. Bonus only comes with the sale of a $50 certificate. The $50 certificate cannot be broken down into small denominations either at the time of purchase or after the purchase. Collingswood Cash cannot be used to purchase gift cards for out of town businesses. The standard certificates last forever but the bonus cash expires on March 31, 2015. Collingswood Cash is sold year round at face value. The promotion is limited to the season and quantity. A full list of rules regarding the bonus cash sale is here.

Shoppers commonly buy gifts and dinners, but have gotten cars repaired, taken vacations, gotten dental work done and even had animals taxidermied with the bonus cash! The promotion is funded by the Business Improvement District tax, a collective fund used to support the business districts.

The cash incentive is paired with the Borough’s yearly effort to put together a beautiful shopping streetscape in the downtown. Merchants extend shopping hours and carolers sing on Fridays and Saturdays, storefronts are hung with garland, the town is dressed in more than a quarter-million lights and parking is free in December. Collingswood even guarantees snow during the season, setting the winter mood with snow machines throughout the downtown. For more information and holiday schedules, see the holiday events page here. 

Collingswood PD launches traffic safety campaign

The Collingswood Police Department has launched a traffic violations campaign that will extend through at least the end of the year. The effort, known as Drive Safe, Collingswood!, is a strategic campaign targeting driving offences and traffic issues including rolling through stop signs, speeding and distracted driving.

"People are concerned with unsafe driving on their streets," said Collingswood Chief of Police Kevin Carey. "We are cracking down on drivers that are taking speed limits, crosswalks and stop signs as suggestions."

Drive Safe, Collingswood! addresses:

- Stop sign violations

- Speeding violations (especially in business districts & Collings Avenue)

- Increasing traffic patrols

- Targeting distracted drivers (texting/cell phone usage while driving)

The Police Department is focusing on areas that see frequent traffic issues by gathering information from residents. Residents can report traffic concerns in their neighborhood by emailing police@collingswood.com.

The campaign comes on the heels of the Collingswood Police Department making four new hires in the last two months, increasing police staff to 24 sworn officers. The Borough also launched a town-wide crosswalk striping program and increased pedestrian safety measures over the summer to improve conditions for drivers and pedestrians in Collingswood.

"The key thing is to remember to use common sense when driving," said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. "Too many people are rushing or distracted. Try to be more aware of everyone else's safety while driving because families, kids and pedestrians are on almost every block."

2014 Collingswood Holiday Ornament available!

The 2014 Collingswood Holiday Ornament order form is available! This 19th ornament in the series celebrates First Baptist Church of Collingswood's 125th Anniversary. Each year's ornament highlights a time, place or special event in our town. It's a great way to decorate your home or tree with something uniquely Collingswood.

If you've missed out on previous years, want to start a collection or just buy one or two ornaments that have special meaning to you, you're in luck! Select few ornaments from past editions are still available.   2014 Ornaments will be available for pick up at Arts Plus Gallery upon notification.  Past ornaments can be purchased at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood.

Enjoy an ornament that celebrates our treasured Library, historic Zane School, stunning Scottish Rite, magestic Transfiguration Church, the family-favorite Holiday Parade and several other Collingwood landmarks. 

The 2014 ornament and each run of ornaments are limited in quantity - order now!

Previous ornaments still available for a special offer of just $10.

Thackara House (low inventory)    
Collingswood Manor                        
May Fair (low inventory)                  
Zane School (low inventory)               
Collingswood Theatre (low inventory)                       
Foster Warner                                    
Transfiguration Church (low inventory)                      
Holiday Parade (low inventory)                               
Collingswood Library
Collingswood 125th Anniversary (low inventory) 

Knight Park Playground commemorative pickets now for sale

Personalized picket makes wonderful tribute, holiday gift

As part of the successful volunteer-driven effort to build a safe, accessible playground structure in Collingswood’s Knight Park, a commemorative fence was added around the toddler area in the center of the new playground. To contribute to the effort, many families and supporters purchased personalized pickets to show their support for the park.

This holiday season, the Borough is taking orders for the remaining spaces on the memorial fence. Personalized fence pickets are $30 each or two for $50. Consider honoring your family or surprising a loved one. Pickets can be engraved with an individual, family, company, corporate or civic name. Knight Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

“If you bring your children or grandchildren to Knight Park it’s a great way to be a permanent part of the playground and show your support for an important place in our community,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “The Knight Park Playground Committee worked incredibly hard to bring this structure to life and we’d love to see the fence filled with names of families and organizations that cherish this space.”

Pickets are a wonderful gift idea – order for the holidays! Deadline for orders is Feb 28, 2015 (or until enough orders are received to complete the fence). Pickets will be installed in spring 2015. Visit Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) or click here for an order form.

Third Annual Knight Park Clean Up, Nov 8

Saturday, November 8 at 9 a.m. meet your neighbors and join volunteers at Knight Park at the Pavilion for the 3rd Annual Autumn Clean Up!

Last year, under the direction of local landscape artist George Schroeder, volunteers created a landscape design and planting around the Pavilion at Knight Park. Just a year later we’re seeing the gorgeous benefits of this contribution come to fruition! There are lovely young multi-trunk eastern redbud trees and other plantings. This year, volunteers will meet on November 8 to clean up the mulch area, re-edge the garden, and rake and beautify the gardens around the bridge.  There will be lots of coffee and plenty of good conversation so come join the fun.  We need your hands and energy to spruce up one of Collingswood’s most important spaces.

Please bring gloves/rakes and any other hand tools that could be helpful. For more info please email Commissioner Joan Leonard at jleonard@collingswood.com.

CMS presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

Collingswood Middle School will be staging a production ofthe family-friendly musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Based onthe comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz , the show  follows atypical day in the life of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang and features suchmemorable songs as "My New Philosophy," "Suppertime," and"Happiness”.

 

The show will be held at the Collingswood Middle SchoolAuditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ on November 20, 21 and 22 at7pm with a matinee on Saturday, November 22 at 2pm.  Tickets are $10adults, $5 students and seniors and are available at the door.

 

A special Character Breakfast will be held on Saturday,November 22 at 10am at the Collingswood Middle School Cafeteria.  Ticketsare $5 per person and include bagels, juice, donuts and PEANUTS story time withthe cast.  It’s perfect for the little – and not so little – ones!

 

For more information, contact mbaldwin@collsk12.org.

Pavilion Painting Party: Oct 4 cancelled, Oct 5 still on

UPDATE: Due to a rainy forecast, the Pavilion Painting event on October 4 has been cancelled. The event will proceed as scheduled on Sunday, October 5. Volunteers still needed! Full info below.

Pavilion Painting Party, Oct  5 – volunteers needed!

The Borough is looking for residents to give some time this fall to help paint the pavilion in Knight Park! Two days of painting are scheduled for October 5.

“Residents showing up to give a little time and energy are one of the ways this community gets things done,” said Commissioner Mike Hall. “The pavilion has seen some significant upgrades but desperately needs a new paint job. Even a handful of folks could have a real impact on this project and we’re hoping to make a fun day of it.”

Volunteers should arrive at the pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Those interested do not need to commit to both days. Organizers are also asking volunteers to bring supplies if possible, including paint brushes, tarps, six foot ladders and paint buckets. The Borough will supply the paint and volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Pizza will be served to volunteers at lunchtime. To sign up or get more information, please email Woody Baldwin at woodybaldwin@comcast.net.

Hydrant flushing starts Oct 4

The Borough of Collingswood Water Department will begin flushing the water system starting Saturday, October 4, 2014 and will continue through Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

The Water Main Flushing program is designed to remove natural minerals like iron and calcium that sometimes collect in the bottom of water mains. This operation may cause a temporary discoloration in your water supply. By allowing your water to run for a short period of time, the problem should clear itself. Please be assured, although the water may be discolored, it is safe for human use.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Water Department Superintendent, Tom McCarthy at 856-854-2332 from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

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