Collingswood, New Jersey

Water main break info - Grant Ave & Rte 130

Contractors working for the State of New Jersey hit a water main on Thursday, April 17. Homes in the In the vicinity of Grant Ave and Route 130 can expect low water pressure and some discoloration in their water temporarily but the water is safe.

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

Colls PD hosts Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 26, the Collingswood Police Department will hold Medicine Collection Day, for Collingswood residents only, in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Pharmaceuticals Take-Back Day. 

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Police Department will accept prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams vials and pet medications.  The Police Department will not, however, accept illegal drugs, biohazardous material, needles, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc) and household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas, etc). 

Medicine Collection Day aims to keep pills out of the hands of drug abusers, protect local rivers and ponds and prevent the poisoning of children. Unused medicines should never pour or flush it down the drain.  Instead, individuals with unused prescription drugs should store them where children and teenagers cannot find or access them until Medicine Collection Day, the next safe-disposing opportunity or use a safe disposal technique. To safely dispose of persription drugs, deal pills or liquids in a separate container with items such as coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw them in household trash cans. Individuals can protect their personal information located on prescription drug bottles or containers by peeling off labels or crossing them out with a marker.

Currently, the Police Department only holds its Medicine Collection Day as one of the DEA’s once-a-year collection locations.  The Police Department does not currently operate a permanent prescription drug take-back program, but is investigating the possibility of one.  “We would like to,” said Collingswood Police Officer Kevin Carey, “but it’s a matter of having the resources. It’s a good thing to offer to our residents.”            

Studies show that a majority of prescription drug abusers take the drugs from home medicine cabinets or from family or friends.  Each day, approximately 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to “get high” for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. 

Water reclamation facilities cannot remove all medicines from the waste stream.  Drugs can end up going through plants and directly to local lakes and rivers. Various levels of antibiotics, anti-depressants, veterinary drugs, birth control hormones and other drugs exist in waterways across the U.S. 

For more information, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

Five Colls restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life, April 24

Bam! Pow! Fight AIDS on April 24 as part of the 24th Annual Dining Out for Life on April 24

Anyone can be a superhero in the fight against HIV/AIDS – no cape or tights necessary, just an appetite. That’s the message in the latest commercial for Dining Out for Life, which returns to the Southern Jersey area on Thursday, April 24.

Over 150 restaurants and food trucks will again participate across the Delaware Valley -includng five in Collingswood- and each donate 33 percent of their sales for the day to local HIV/AIDS service organizations. The event 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.  In Collingswood, guests can dine at Bistro di Marino, The Tortilla Press, The Pop Shop, Villa Barone, Indeblue and Nunzio Ristorante Rustico to give back.

"The Tortilla Press has been an active participant and supporter of Dine Out for Life since the year we opened our doors,” said Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press. “It's been so satisfying to see the growth and the community support. And believe me, I'm proud that restaurants are leading the charge with this special day, doing what we do best, cooking, and showing, once again, that food is love and life."

The monies raised on April 24 in Philadelphia, Southern Jersey, and Delaware 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 ActionAIDS, beneficiaries include AIDS Delaware, Camden Area Health Education Center, Family & Community Service of Delaware County, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

This year, this fund raising endeavor benefits Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC), an organization committed to improving the health of the medically underserved - the ethnic and culturally diverse, the aged, the poor, the very young, the unemployed, the homeless and the uninsured. Camden AHEC is the only organization in Southern New Jersey to operate a drop in center designed to provide resources and HIV education to young men of the gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community. Camden AHEC’s mobile van provides HIV counseling and testing services to over 1,000 individuals annually. Particular emphasis on providing HIV/AIDS prevention services and support to those individuals infected or affected by HIV/AID.

For more information about Dining Out for Life, visit http://www.diningoutforlife.com/philadelphia

2014 Southern New Jersey Participating Restaurants:
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
The Pop Shop
Bistro di Marino *
The Tortilla Press
Villa Barone Ristorante Italiano
Tortilla Press Cantina
Indeblue
Tre Famiglia Ristorante*
Keg & Kitchen
Marlene Mangia Bene*
Casa Bella Trattoria
Barnsboro Inn
Westmont Diner *

 

*Make an additional donation of $25.00 or more on April 24, and you will receive a 20% off Tuesdays card with your thank you letter. This card entitles you to 20% off your table’s food bill on Tuesday evenings throughout the year.

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DOT lane closure notice: Rte 30/130

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will be performing roadwork that closes lanes nightly along Route 130/30 starting at the end of April. Information about the project is in the DOT Impact Notice below:

New Jersey Department of Transportation
Division of Traffic Operations
Advance Traffic Impact Notice
ALL WORK IN THIS NOTICE IS WEATHER DEPENDENT.

Project:      Route 30/130 Collingswood/Pennsauken (Phase B)
Route/Direction/MP:    Route 30/ EB & WB / MP 3.4–4.1
Municipality/County:  City of Camden; Pennsauken Township & Collingswood Boro/Camden County

Nature of Work:   Project entering Stage 4.  Work in this stage to consist of total reconstruction of SB portion of Cooper River Bridge; re-decking of Haddon Road overpass; drainage and paving. 

Anticipated Traffic Impacts:  There will be nightly lane closures around the last week of April on Route 30/130 NB and SB for paving operations leading up to the traffic switch.

Description of New Traffic Pattern: Route 30/130 SB traffic will shift into center lanes at North Park Drive up to Hadden Road bridge.  Maintaining 2 SB lanes at all times.  NB traffic will remain in its same configuration during this stage.

Proposed Start Date of New Traffic Pattern: Friday May 2, 2014

PATCO parking lot expansion starting in April

From April to mid-November 2014 PATCO will be reconstructing the parking lots at the Collingswood station by demolishing the former Mohrfeld Oil building. Information on the project is below in a letter from PATCO to residents.

April 10, 2014
Dear PATCO Neighbor,

I’m writing to inform you about a planned PATCO capital improvement project. From early April until mid-November, PATCO will be reconstructing its Collingswood Station parking lots. When completed, the parking lot improvements will create at least 80 additional spaces for our customers.

Residents who live next to the PATCO parking lots can expect to see and hear heavy equipment between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Construction work is not expected to take place on weekends. Please note that our contractors are required to meet local environmental and safety regulations during all phases of this project.

PATCO parking lots will remain open during the project. While most of the station’s parking areas will remain open at all times, certain sections will be unavailable during different phases of the project. The first phase of the project will begin on April 14th, with demolition of a building on the former Mohrfeld Oil property, located behind 24 Lees Avenue. For approximately two weeks during the building demolition phase, certain areas of the adjoining lot will not be available for parking. After demolition and resurfacing, the Mohrfeld space will be transformed into an additional PATCO parking lot. Then construction will continue on adjacent PATCO lots. VMS signs will be in place to indicate which lots are closed. Signs hung in the station lobby and on the platform will also provide information.

Parking is usually available at Ferry Avenue, Haddonfield and Woodcrest PATCO stations. There are also metered, municipal parking spaces along Atlantic Avenue, west of the station.

Please feel free to contact me at 856-968-2250 if you have any questions.

Thank you.
Sincerely,
Fran O’Brien
Corporate Communications & Community Relations, PATCO

Tiny Tot Storytime registration opens May 2

Tiny Tot Storytime (for children 18-35 months old)
Wednesday or Friday Programs Available 10am
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room, Collingswood Public Library

This program is limited to 14 children and includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime.  There will be no reservations taken before that time.

Registration begins May 2 for Friday May, 9, 16, 23 events. Please call Carol or Dot at 858-858-0649 to register.858-858-0649 Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Information on the Tiny Tot Summer Program coming soon!

Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue

Spring Storytime Schedules at the Libary

Collingswood Public Library Winter Storytime for 3, 4 & 5-Year Olds - Thursdays at 10am in the Peter P. Childs meeting room.

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. New attendees can register for this session by calling Carol or Dot at 856-858-0649856-858-0649.

Dates & Themes
May 1: Dragon Tales
May 8: And the Cow Said Moo
May 15: A Pizza the Size of the Sun
May 22: Under the Sea
May 29: Out of Africa
June 5: Maestro Plays
June 12: All Aboard

Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue

Hydrant flushing starts April 13

The Borough of Collingswood Water Department will begin flushing the water system starting Sunday, April 13, 2014 and will continue through Friday, April 17, 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.

 

 

Collingswood seeks volunteers at Community Meet & Greet on May 15

Collingswood, a town known for and built on volunteer spirit, is looking to find new members of the community to give back to the Borough’s myriad organizations and festivals. The Borough will host Get Up, Collingswood! – a volunteer night and community meet and greet on May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Ballroom (315 WHP).   

“Not everyone realizes that all those groups and events that Collingswood is known for run almost completely on the time and energy of people that want to make great things happen here,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “A lot of the people on those committees have been giving their time for 15, 20, 30 years. We need new faces to keep these events going. So put down the laptop, step away from the keyboard and bring the family out on the fifteenth of May. Get up and get involved!”

The kid-friendly event will give interested guests an opportunity to learn about what efforts they can volunteer for directly from representatives of those organizations. Get Up Collingswood! is also a community meet & greet – a chance for folks to meet their neighbors and enjoy a Collingswood-spirited night out while signing up to give back.  For fun, guests can challenge neighbors in a giant game of Jenga, there will be craft beers on tap, giveaways (including passes to the Franklin Institute and Collingswood merchandise), snacks and crafts and entertainment for kids. The event is free.

“We want neighbors from all over town to come out for a little fun but more importantly see what groups are a good fit for them,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “Dedicating a few weekends, or even a few hours, a year makes all the difference. It’s what makes Collingswood great today and we need to see new people get involved to keep Collingswood great for generations to come.”

Events like May Fair, the Book Festival, Holiday Parade, Green Festival, 4th of July Bike Parade, the Farmers’ Market, recreation programs and Parent Teacher Associations require volunteers to plan and execute some of Collingswood’s most loved events or build important organizations. The Borough hopes this inaugural event will pair people interested in giving their time with groups that need volunteers.

“Some groups are struggling to find new members,” said Commissioner Mike Hall. “We know there are hundreds of people out there that want to give back, we just need to connect them with our organizations. Collingswood is an ideal town in the eyes of many and that’s in no small way because of volunteers but we need new people to fill roles. It’s a tradition that’s made our town lively and a wonderful place to live. We’re hoping for a stellar turnout.”  

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Block Inspection Program continues in April

The Collingswood Fire Department  will continue Block Inspections again  after a long winter break. Starting on April 1 the FD will visit homes from 400 Richey Avenue to 31 E. Stiles Avenue in alphabetical order by streets. The program aims to equip homes in Collingswood with working fire detectors to keep families safe.

“We ask residents if we could check their smoke detectors for them and if needed we provide them with up to two complimentary smoke detectors and batteries.  This is a voluntary service – residents aren’t obligated to give us access if they do not want participate but we encourage folks to take part,” said Lt. Edward W. Glaze Jr. “It’s a push to make Collingswood homes safer.”

To encourage homeowners to maintain their smoke detectors, the fire department personally reaches out to Collingswood residents in their homes through this program. The program is voluntary and the inspection team asks permission to enter the dwelling. Although the fire department has the authority to require landlords to supply and maintain smoke detectors in properties they have no authority to enter a single family home.

Inspections are performed by on-duty career staff who visit in the fire truck and ambulance. They try to perform inspections in the early evening and on Saturday afternoons to accommodate the residents. Two attempts are made to make contact with all the residents to help ensure that everyone has smoke detectors. With questions about the Block Inspection program call the Fire Department at 856-854-1043856-854-1043.

Take a look at your smoke detectors!
Working smoke detectors greatly increase chances of surviving a fire. A 2014 National Fire Protection Association report showed almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. They also concluded that the risk of dying in reported home structure fires is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms and smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected or dead batteries. The Fire Department will continue visiting neighborhoods and promoting fire safety throughout 2014.

Where do I hang my smoke detectors?
All smoke detectors should be hung at ceiling level. There should be a smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and the attic as well as in every sleeping area. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and the batteries changed out every six months.

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