Lots for kids and families to do at the Collingswood Public Library this winter!
Tiny Tot Storytime (for children 18-35 months old):
This program includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Fridays 10am on Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb., 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 24, 31, and April 7. New attendees must register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your child’s name, age, and your phone number.
Storytime for 3, 4, & 5 Year Olds:
Children meet 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. Thursdays 10am-11:30am on Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6. Those new to the program should register by emailing email@example.com. Please include your child’s name and age, and your phone number.
LEGO Junior (for children 5 to 7 years old):
Juniors will meet either Wednesdays (Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Mar. 1, and March 15) OR Thursdays (Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, Mar. 2, and Mar. 16) from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
LEGO Club (for children 8 to 12 years old):
Will meet on Wed., Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, Mar. 8, and Mar. 22 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.
To Register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. On the subject line please put “Wednesday LEGO Jr.”, “Thursday LEGO Jr.” or “LEGO Club”. Your message should include your child’s name and age, and your name and phone number.
The AARP is offering a FREE in-person tax preparation service on Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m. until April 14 located in the Collingswood Public Library (771 Haddon Ave).
AARP Tax-Aide is a free service provided by volunteers who have been trained and are certified by the IRS and the State of New Jersey to prepare individual income tax returns, including homestead rebate and property tax reimbursement (PTR) applications. This service is available to all taxpayers with low to middle income, with special attention to taxpayers age 60 and older. Volunteers with the AARP will provide free tax help on a first-come, first-serve basis. All participants must bring a valid photo ID and their social security card with them.
Essential documents to bring include:
Picture ID for the taxpayer(s) on the return
Social security cards or ITIN documentation for all
Copy of last year’s tax return
Income documents—Forms W2, SSA, 1099R, 1099G, other 1099 forms, self-employment income
Brokerage statements—sale of stocks or bonds
Healthcare—1095 A, B OR C, marketplace exemption letters
Mortgage interest, medical, dental, or charitable donations; business; property taxes
Records of federal and state taxes paid
Educational expenses—Form 1098-T and expense receipts
Bank check for direct deposit/debit of refund/balance due
The May Fair! Cruise Nights! The Pop Up Gala! We love to see you in Collingswood! To stay-up-to-date on events like us on Facebook here! https://www.facebook.com/CollingswoodNJ
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.
Collingswood Community Senior Citizens
and Surrounding Areas
1st Tuesday of each month
Depart the Scottish Rite, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood 08107
11am and return 7pm
Cost: $25 with $25 returning at Casino
includes tip for driver
Open to anyone age 50 and over
For more information contact Charlie at 856-858-2306
This letter is reproduced courtesy of PSEG.
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is urging its customers to be alert to scams this season. Customers should be cautious of callers who demand immediate payment via a pre-paid card, and wary of phony utility workers showing up at their door to “check a problem.”
“The only way to protect against these scams is for customers to be cautious when contacted by someone seeking access to their home or demanding immediate payment,” Greg Dunlap, vice president of Customer Operations for PSE&G. “Even one customer being robbed or cheated is one too many.”
Phone scammers use scare tactics -- threatening service termination if they do not receive immediate payment with a pre-paid credit card. PSE&G offers a number of payment options, and would never require a customer to use one specific type of payment.
Door-to-door scammers use trickery -- showing up at someone’s house dressed like a utility worker and say they need to “check a problem.” Often, after they gain access they burglarize the home. Always ask for I.D.
When in doubt or if suspicious in any way, PSE&G urges customers to call the number listed on their bill: 1-800-436-PSEG (7734). Report all scam attempts by calling your utility and local police department, and file a complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint.
For more information about scams go to www.pseg.com/scamalert.
Guests at the Collingswood’s annual Tree Lighting on November 26 will be the first to get their hands on the newest way to enjoy the hundreds of thousands of lights that decorate the Borough during the holidays.
For the 2016 holiday season, Collingswood is distributing Holospex glasses - holographic lenses that bend the light to create a magical pattern from every bright point of light. Each weekend during the holiday season, Collingswood merchants will distribute a different theme so guests to the town can enjoy seeing the annual light display as thousands of snowflakes, penguins, candy canes and gingerbread men. The retro-style 3-D glasses add new holiday magic to Collingswood’s already breathtaking light display.
“When we tested the glasses with some borough employees their first reaction was an audible gasp,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “It’s an impressive new twist. Everyone was laughing and passing them around like kids. We imagine the same will be true for the thousands of folks that visit Collingswood each year for the season. It showcases one of Collingswood’s most popular attractions in a completely new way and it surprises nearly everyone.”
WEEK 1 snowflakes - available November 25
WEEK 2 penguins – available December 1
WEEK 3 candy canes – available December 8:
WEEK 4 gingerbread men – available December 15 at:
ExtraordinaryED (808 Haddon Ave), Dig This (717 Haddon Ave), Hair Cuttery (668 Haddon Ave), Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave), Devil’s Creek Brewery (1 Powell Lane), Arctic Freeze (495 Haddon Ave), Dulce Artisanal Pastry (740A Haddon Ave), Skyscape Vape (554 Haddon Ave), Frügal Thrift & Vintage (740 Haddon Ave), Oasis Mexican Grill (498 Haddon Ave), Galerie Marie (709 Haddon Ave), Grooveground Coffeebar (647 Haddon Ave), The Pop Shop /Santa’s workshop (729 Haddon Ave)
Supplies of each theme are limited! There are fewer than 100 at each location so visit retailers early to get each theme and shop local this season!
What makes the Holospex for the holidays so special? It’s hard to know how impressive it is until you see it for yourself. The only way to truly understand is to make sure you get a pair by visiting Collingswood merchants each weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas. And there are lots of reasons to visit Collingswood during the holidays! The Holospex giveaway is just part of Collingswood’s season-long calendar of merriment, full of carolers, visits with Santa, events and free parking in December. See all the holiday details here!
Toilets Are Not Trashcans - wipes and other materials causing serious issues to municipal infrastructure
This notice courtesy of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. The only thing that can and should be flushed is toilet paper (even if it says "flushable."). Read more:
When you flush your toilet or pour something down the drain of your sink or tub, what you send away disappears from sight and mind. But it’s only begun its journey to the CCMUA’s wastewater treatment plant in Camden, and beyond. If it’s a harmful chemical, it may disrupt the treatment process, or some of it may not be removed, and will pass through into the Delaware River. If it’s a solid, greasy, or sticky material that isn’t designed to pass through the sewer system, it may not even make it to the plant. That can result in a clog somewhere along the line, and back sewage up into the streets, into your house, or into streets and homes in neighborhoods miles away elsewhere in the county as it travels toward the treatment plant. Clogs from these materials can also happen at the plant itself, creating problems for the whole system.
By giving a little thought to what goes down the toilet and drain, and by disposing of materials properly, you can save yourself from some repair bills; save the environment from unnecessary pollutants; and reduce potential damage to the public wastewater treatment system whose costs end up being charged back to the users—including you.
Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should do it. You could claim that anything that fits through the hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl is “flushable,” technically. Parents of young children may have experienced keys, golf balls, toys, or clothing go down. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to be carried through the complicated network of pipes (potentially many miles) until they reach the wastewater treatment plant at the end of the line. Toilet paper is manufactured to disintegrate quickly in water. Paper tissues and towels, sanitary products, and diapers are not. Material can get caught at a sharp turn, or snag on the pipe lining, or tangle with other debris and make a bigger mess that impedes the flow in the pipe and cause partial or complete blockage and backups. The problems can be even bigger as material tries to pass through pumps or other machinery in its travels, and it stops or even damages equipment. Even material that starts out as liquid fats, oils, and greases (“FOG” in the industry lingo) can solidify and clog up the system.
So just because something can disappear down the toilet with a flush, that doesn’t mean you should put it there.
These days, the biggest offender is personal hygiene materials advertised as “flushable” baby or adult wipes. Sure, it’s physically possible to flush them down and out of sight, but once sent on their way through the sewers, “flushable” wipes can do a tremendous amount of damage! Rather than disintegrate, they manage to attach to other material and grow into agglomerations that the sewer systems are not designed to handle. You may have seen the headlines from London over the last few years, where what they call “fatbergs” of fat, wipes, waste, and other items were cleaned out of the London sewer system. The separate instances were described as “the size of a bus,” “the size of a 747,” and “40-metre long fatberg.” The problem has been covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, the major media networks, and the major national wastewater treatment organizations have instituted campaigns to raise awareness of this real problem. The general rule to follow is “don’t flush any personal hygiene products other than toilet paper.”
Drugs and Medications
The US Food and Drug Administration states that disposal by flushing down the toilet is not advised for most drugs because of concerns that trace amounts of drugs can end up in the water supply and in rivers and lakes. That means potentially into the food chain, and ultimately into you and me. Not only humans can be affected. For example, a recent study found that fish whose brains held trace amounts of human anti-anxiety drugs were less effective at seeking shelter from predators. Antibiotic waste, which is associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, is also a problem in the wild. The best solution is to bring unwanted pharmaceuticals to a designated drug collection drop off point. Alternatively, you may discard some drugs in household trash after first making them difficult to recover by children, pets, or others seeking drugs. You can do this by first mixing pills or tablets with coffee grounds, kitty litter, dirt, or sawdust, then placing them in a non-leaking container such as a sealable plastic bag before placing them in the regular trash. But they may eventually land up in a landfill and return to the environment anyway. So it’s best to bring them to bring the unwanted drugs to an approved collection point.
New Jersey’s Project Medicine Drop Program (800-242-5846) has placed secured drop boxes in the headquarters of local police departments. Consumers from anywhere in New Jersey can visit these boxes seven days a week, to drop off unneeded and expired medications and keep them away from those at risk of abusing them. www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop
The Camden County Board of Freeholders’ Addiction Awareness Task Force aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. No longer needed or outdated prescription drugs in homes are the same drugs that have unfortunately become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have access to the residence. America’s 12 to 17 year olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends. Help us end medicine abuse by disposing of unneeded prescription drugs at a drug drop box near you. The web site list local police departments that provide drop boxes for unneeded or expired drugs: www.addictions.camdencounty.com
To learn more about the problem, visit the CCMUA’s education web page, www.CCMUA.org
The Rick Springfield concert originally scheduled for Sunday, November 27, 2016 has been postponed due to illness.
The concert will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017. All 11/27/16 tickets will be honored.
Students from Collingswood Elementary Schools will be singing on the steps of the Zane School at the Millenium Clock on the following schedule, weather permitting:
Fri., December 16 @ 1pm - Zane North
Mon., December 19 @ 9:30am - Mark Newbie
Tues., December 20 @ 10am - Sharp
Wed., December 21 @ 10am - Tatem
Thurs., December 22 @ 10am - Garfield