Collingswood Commissioner Michael Hall has announced he will step down in his role as Commissioner as part of his retirement, effective December 5, 2016. Hall served as a Commissioner for nearly twelve years, first as Director of Revenue and Finance since 2005 and then as Director of Public Works, Parks and Recreation since 2014.
“The time has come for me to step back and enjoy life, travel and spend more time with my ten grandkids,” said Hall. “After 41 years of service to the Borough, between 30 with the FD and 11 as Commissioner, I have decided it is time to downsize and relocate to Ocean City.”
Hall is lifelong resident of Collingswood, devoting more than 40 years of service to the Borough. He first served as a volunteer firefighter and was then appointed as a full time career firefighter at age 19. Hall rose through the ranks and served as Collingswood Fire Chief from 1997 to 2004. Hall retired as Chief and started a second career consulting in records management with fire departments across the nation.
Hall has served as a Borough Commissioner for nearly twelve years, bringing significant experience and education as a Certified Public Manager to help negotiate contracts and manage municipal budgets. His skills were particularly helpful in guiding negotiations through the recent recession and during his tenure as Commissioner he played a key role in Collingswood’s efforts to maintain a superior level of service in all departments while reducing overall spending. Since his appointment as Director of Public Works, Parks and Recreation he mentions he is most proud of the changes and improvements made in the Public Works Department.
“Mike has given a ‘lifetime-plus’ of service to Collingswood,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “As Fire Chief and as Commissioner he helped organize a distinct level of professionalism within our administration. It’s been a pleasure to work with him for the past 28 years.”
“I will miss working with Mike Hall. He brought us knowledge, skill and leadership along with his dedication to serving the people of Collingswood,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard.
Hall’s retirement will be effective at the December 5 regular commission meeting. Per New Jersey statutes, the current commissioners will select a replacement for Hall to fill the vacancy until the May 9, 2017 election.
Hall was also actively involved in the community as a soccer and little league coach, the Collingswood Rotary Club and volunteering on several event committees. He notes his involvement in the day to day workings of the Borough, the Borough’s employees, helping people and the Borough’s unique community spirit as the things he’ll miss the most about Collingswood.
“The people that live and work in Collingswood are amazing. They are so full of energy and are supportive of all the programs and events that happen in town. The volunteer organizations are the backbone of the Borough and I was pleased to see so many events happen just by the work of those countless volunteers,” said Hall.
Camden County residents now have the opportunity to cast their votes early in the 2016 general election. The Camden County early voting center is a joint effort of the Freeholder Board, County Clerk, Board of Elections and Superintendent of Elections.
The Camden County’s early voting center is located in the Camden County Elections and Archives Center, located at 100 University Court in Gloucester Township. (University Court is located off of Orr Road between Sicklerville Road and College Drive.)
The Camden County early voting center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The center is also offering the following extended hours:
• October 18 9am to 7pm
• October 20 9am to 7pm
• October 25 9am to 7pm
• October 27 9am to 7pm
• October 31 7am to 7pm
• November 2 7am to 7pm
• November 4 7am to 7pm
• November 5 9am to 3pm
For the past two decades, Collingswood officials have reached out (and heard back!) from residents using forums. Forums are informal meetings that bring together the community with Borough representatives to discuss…anything! There is no prepared agenda, no topic too small, no issue too big. The idea is to open conversation about our town and our neighborhoods.
This year marks the milestone of more than twenty years of forums in Collingswood. To celebrate, and encourage even greater participation, the Mayor and Commissioners would like to hold monthly forums in each of Collingswood’s neighborhoods. We’re coming out to schools and complexes to try and reach all residents! The monthly forums will be held the second Wednesdays of each month, 7pm, at different locations. “One of our best tools is talking directly with as many folks as we can,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “We get some of our best ideas from residents. We hear about issues that we might not otherwise have heard about. There’s a great community energy in forums. It’s really important to us to make sure folks can talk with us.”
Forums topics often include safety, trees, parks, updates on town projects, infrastructure, ideas - anything that residents want to talk about. All are welcome at any upcoming forum, regardless of your address or neighborhood.
2016-2017 Neighborhood Forum Schedule, second Wednesdays, 7PM
November 9. 2016 – Thomas Sharp Elementary School
December 14, 2016 – James A. Garfield Elementary School
January 11, 2017 – Heights of Collingswood Apartments
February 8, 2017 – Mark Newbie Elementary School
March 8, 2017 – William P. Tatem Elementary School
April 12, 2017 – Collingswood Arms Apartments
May 10, 2017 – Zane North Elementary School
June 14, 2017 – United Methodist Communities (Collingswood Manor)
$20 pre-registration for 5K entries postmarked by 10/3/16
$10 for Students K-12 for 5K run.
Make checks payable to “James A. Garfield PTA”.
Mail completed form & check to:
Zombie Chase 5K Run
Garfield Elementary School
480 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
$25 race day - Registration starts at 7:30am
$5 per Fun Run participant
Trophies awarded to top male & female overall finishers.
Medals will be awarded to age groups:
14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 +
Web Site: http://zombiechase.weebly.com
For more information email: zombiechase5Krun@gmail.com
Come to Devil's Creek Brewery following the Run/Walk for the AFTER PARTY from 10am-12pm! Enjoy Happy Hour prices and a fun Halloween atmosphere! Quench your Zombie-like thirst and congratulate yourself on a job well done! Devil's Creek Brewery is located at the corner of Haddon Avenue & Powell Lane, across from Sapori and All Fired Up.
Local Jersey Craft Beer Tasting to benefit the Collingswood Holiday Parade.
Friday, November 4, 2016, 7pm to 10pm
Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue
Tickets $40 per person
Tickets are available from Committee Members, at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue, Monday through Friday, 9am – 4:30pm and online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com
Tickets include light fare and 3 hours of unlimited 4 oz. samples
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Senator Jim Beach, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt cordially invite you to attend their annual
SENIOR HARVEST DANCE
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
1pm to 3:3pm (please note new time)
Collingswood Ballroom at the Scottish Rite
315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107
Dancing and music
To reserve your place, plesae call 856-858-3667 and leave a message with your name and the number of people in your party.
Please RSVP by October 18th
Space is limited!! Call today!
On Saturday, October 15 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Collingswood Firehouse (20 W. Collings Ave), Collingswood residents, families and guests from around the area can enjoy a Fire Prevention and Public Safety Open House featuring games, giveaways and safety information and demonstrations as part of an effort to inform people and bring communities and their safety officials closer together.
The festival is held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week which aims to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. According to the NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Collingswood’s event will feature fun, prizes, food, music and more. Guests can enjoy carnival games, a police car and fire truck expo, specialty emergency service displays, a K-9 unit display, fire safety education, public safety demonstrations, hot dogs, prizes, free child IDs, banking information, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local fire officials and law enforcement agencies.
“We meet so many people hosting this event,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “We also give a lot of information to people so at the end of the day we’ve had a fun afternoon and area residents are that much safer.”
Collingswood Police and Fire Departments as well as local vendors are pitching in for the event which aims to heighten fire and crime prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships with police and fire departments. The event is staffed by volunteers from the Collingswood Police and Fire Departments, civic groups, government officials and local businesses. All activities are free.
The Department of Public Works will be providing residents with curbside leaf pick up Starting the week of October 17. This will occur on your normal fall leaf pick up day. For leaf maps and schedules, see the Public Works page here or in the digital edition of the Town Crier here.
Also, large brush can be placed curbside for pick up. Please call 856-858-0533 with your address for brush disposal or for more information.
The ghosts and goblins will be out on Monday, October 31! Trick or Treating hours in the Borough are 2 to 7 p.m. Going trick-or-treating? The CDC gives these safety tips for your ghouls and goblins:
-Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
-Always walk - don’t run from house to house.
-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
-Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
-Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
-Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.-Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Collingswood Youth Theatre, sponsored by the Borough of Collingswood, is proud to announce their Spring Musical – CINDERELLA’S GLASS SLIPPER.
The musical stays true to the fairy tale and includes all your favorite characters, and some new ones! The story goes like this - Cinderella works hard in the home of her cruel stepmother. Her silly stepsisters, Brunhilda and Cleopatra, see themselves as beautiful and think the prince will marry them. Of course, the handsome prince spends most of the evening at a palace ball trying to escape from them! The story is ages old, but you’ll meet playful new characters in this fresh adaptation: a brave mouse, a hesitant cat, and the amazing Pumpkinhead, who changes into a coach! Our Fairy Godmother has her hands full tutoring an apprentice but still makes time for Cinderella. As we know, she loses her glass slipper as she tries to run out before the clock strikes midnight. As the ladies of the kingdom try to fit into the crystal shoe, the prince finally finds the girl he is to marry. This well-known classic is filled with songs that create their own magic, such as the prologue ’Once Upon a Time,’ the stepsisters’ ’Ladies of Fashion’ and Cinderella’s ’Dream of Tomorrow.’
Performances are Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm with a matinee at 1pm on Saturday, April 29. All performances are in the Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue.
Registration for cast members will be ONLINE ONLY. Registration will open on Tuesday, November 1 for Collingswood residents; registration will open on Tuesday, November 8 for folks from out of town. Check back for more information on registration.