Collingswood, New Jersey

Graphic design contest announced for 2017 Farmers' Market!

Calling all local Graphic Designers! We want YOU to design the 2017 Collingswood Farmers' Market Poster!

The start of the Collingswood Farmers' Market is a signal that spring has arrived in Collingswood! It's also one of the most anticipated dates on the Borough's community calendar with countdowns, planning, and a yearly marketing push to let the region know the Market is back!

The Market's promotional poster changes each year and is typically colorful, unique and represents the joy that the Collingswood Farmers' Market brings to thousands of shoppers and hundreds of vendors each year. For the 2017 season, Market organizers are looking for a local designer to create the "look" for this year's Market.

Borough officials are inviting local graphic designers to apply for consideration to create the 2017 poster. Based on applications and portfolios, three designers will be selected to create 2017 concept posters. Three finalists will all be paid $500 for their concept design. The public will choose their favorite poster through social media and online voting and the winning designer will be paid an additional $1000 for their work and to resize the concept for 2017 Farmers' Market advertising.

Do you want to be the designer behind the eighteenth annual Market? Apply!

All designers are welcome to apply but preference will be given to designers based in or residing in Collingswood. To apply: Send an email with subject FARMERS MARKET DESIGN CONTEST to cduffey@collingswood.com
-Include your name and your design experience (resumes welcome) and connection to Collingswood (Is your design company located here? Are you a resident?) if applicable.
-Attach at least three samples of your work that best reflect a similar campaign or artistic approach you would use for the Collingswood Farmers’ Market. Links to online portfolios/resumes welcome.
-All application emails must be received by March 1, 2017.
-Three concept designers will be chosen by March 10.
-Concept designs from three finalists must be submitted by March 24.
-Online voting will take place March 25-April 7. Winning design will be announced the week of April 10
-Full rules for finalists will be posted at Collingswood.com

About Collingswood:
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

About the Collingswood Farmers’ Market:
Called "One of the State's finest markets" by Charles M. Kuperus, the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture and voted the best small market in the nation ib an American Farmland Trust poll, the Collingswood Farmers’ Market started as the dream of community volunteers and from the interest of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to bring fresh produce directly from local farmers to communities. A fixture for Collingswood residents and shoppers in the region, the Market is considered the best and biggest in South Jersey. Each week from May to November, thousands of shoppers enjoy a sea of fresh veggies and fruits, organic produce, pastured meats, brilliant flowers, breads, cheeses, entertainment and more that line Atlantic Avenue along the Collingswood PATCO speedline. For more information visit www.CollingswoodMarket.com.

 

Book Club at Collingswood Public Library

Looking for a legit book club where people actually talk about the book? Join us for Collingswood Reads, the Collingswood Public Library's very own book club!


Adults and teens are welcome to gather in the library's Peter Childs meeting room to discuss the monthly book pick, meet neighbors and munch on snacks. We read a variety of genres, including mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, and science fiction, not to mention selections from non-fiction. We invite you to come share your thoughts and hear others' perspectives as well.

Book Club meets once a month, typically the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7-8pm. To check te schedfule, which occasionally varies due to holidays, ask our staff or visit the library's events calendar here.

 

Nominate a "Community Champion!"

Nominate a great resident for the Collingswood Community Champion Awards!

We can all agree Collingswood is an amazing place to live, right? But what makes it that way? We’ve got something other towns don’t.

THE. BEST. RESIDENTS.

Volunteers and community minded folks make a difference in Collingswood every day by creating a positive environment in our town.  Organizations, drives, vigils, events - they are all powered by the enthusiasm of our residents to make something happen for the greater good. Often, the efforts of volunteers, organizations and staff that go above and beyond go unnoticed.  Some of our town’s most beloved features and programs were born out of volunteer efforts (Did you know our beloved Farmers’ Market was born of volunteer suggestion and hard work!? It’s just one of dozens of examples of how volunteers make Collingswood even greater every day.).

The Collingswood Community Champion Awards provide  formal recognition to those who have dedicated their time, talent and resources to making Collingswood the best it can be and improving the quality of life of their fellow citizens.

Who do you know that has tirelessly given back for the sake of giving back?  Government officials, fellow residents, or community organizations can nominate people or organizations to receive awards.

• Sustainable Champion
• Historic Preservation
• Youth Service or Mentorship 
• Town Beautification
• School Champion
• Business
• Town Hero

 Awardees will be honored at monthly Commission meetings and featured in the Collingswood Town Crier. We know you’re out there, do-gooders. If you know a Collingswood Community Champion, fill out the nomination form here.

Snow information

Collingswood’s Public Works Department works hard to maintain safe driving conditions and clear streets during a snowy weather. During inclement weather please pull cars into driveways if possible to aid plowing. Vehicles parked in the roadway cause a hindrance to the plowing operations and put plow drivers at risk for possible accidents with parked vehicles in the roadway. Please do not shovel snow back into the street when shoveling out drives and walks. It impedes plow crew efforts. Remember, property owners are responsible for clearing walks.

Trash service will continue as scheduled. With public works questions please call 856-858-0533. For weather related updates, cancellations or information please stay tuned to www.collingswood.com.

SNOW REMOVAL GUIDELINES
Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, Borough trucks may plow your street several times. As snow rolls off our plows, it will accumulate in driveways. Please understand that this is unavoidable and it is the homeowner's responsibility to clear it. Here are some helpful hints to make "snow" business less frustrating:

Shovel snow to the right side of your driveway (facing the street) to minimize the amount of snow entering your driveway.

If possible/necessary, wait until the Borough trucks have made at least two passes on your street before clearing your driveway.

Shovel and/or blow snow onto the curb, not into the street.

DO NOT PARK cars on the street from one hour after snow has continuously fallen until 12 hours after snow has stopped. This speeds the removal process and prevents cars from being plowed in.

To ensure safety of pedestrians, residents must remove snow from sidewalks following a snow fall.

In the event of deep snow, please shovel around your mailbox and fire hydrants near your house – for your safety and your neighbors'.

Local roads are plowed by Borough crews. Several roads in Collingswood are maintained by Camden County. To report an issue with a county maintained road, please call  the Camden County Highway Department at 856-783-0043.

Roads maintained by Camden County:
Haddon Ave
Collings Ave
Richey Ave
Fern Ave
South Park Drive
Newton Lake Drive
Park Ave
Ferry Ave
Browning Road
Bettlewood Ave
Cuthbert Blvd

Roads maintained by the NJDOT:
Rte 130
Rte 30

 

Collingswood PD hosts “Coffee with a Cop” events

First event on March 7 aims to bring together community and police for a casual chat

No donut jokes, please.

The Collingswood Police Department will join the Coffee With a Cop national program in offering casual meetings with the community in an effort to better connect with citizens. Coffee with a Cop invites residents to ask questions about community safety and policing in a neutral setting over snacks and beverages. Collingswood’s first Coffee with a Cop event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Revolution Coffee Roasters, 13 Fern Ave at the Factory. Events are family friendly.

“There are a lot of good reasons to get to know our community better and for folks to get to know their officers better,” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “Coffee with a Cop events remove any barriers to getting to know law enforcement and open a channel of communication that has proven incredibly useful for a lot of towns.”
 
The program aims to foster one-on-one connections that bolsters relations between police officers and residents as well as support overall community communication. Collingswood Mayor James Maley and Chief Carey hope to arrange regular Coffee with a Cop events throughout 2017 in various neighborhoods, businesses and locations in town.
 
“This is the latest in a series of public outreach events and conversations serving to keep Collingswood officials connected to the community,” said Maley. ”When people know their officers better they are more likely to reach out to the police, which in turn makes for safer neighborhoods. It really fosters a healthy environment between residents and public safety officials. And maybe we’ll even bring donuts.”
 
Future Coffee with a Cop dates will be announced on Collingswood.com. Questions about the program may be directed to Cass Duffey at cduffey@collingswood.com. Questions about the Collingswood Police Department may be directed to Chief Kevin Carey at kcarey@collingswood.com.
 
About Coffee With a Cop:
In less than five years, Coffee with a Cop events have been hosted in all 50 states and is one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country. The program has also expanded to outside the United States to Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together.


About Collingswood:
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene, it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

Teen Events at Collingswood Public Library

Board Gaming Club
Wednesday, February 8th
Come play board games at the public library. Bring your own games or play some classics from the Teen Area's collection. Some featured games include: King of Tokyo, Zombies!!!, Coup, Magic: The Gathering, Apples to Apples, etc.
3:30-5:00pm / Teen Area (2nd floor) / Grades: 7-12

Comic Book/Manga Craft Event
Wednesday, February 15th
For fans of comic books, graphic novels and manga. Make a comic/manga-themed craft, discuss your favorite titles, recommend new books, and more!
3:30-5:00pm / Teen Area (2nd floor) / Grades: 7-12

Video Games: Wii Wednesday
Wednesday, February 22nd
Come play video games on our Nintendo Wii system! Play Mario Kart, Tony Hawk, Just Dance, and more in the library's Teen Area!
3:30-5:00pm /  Teen Area (2nd floor) / Grades: 7-12


Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Ave. / Collingswood, NJ 08108
(856) 858-0649 / www.collingswoodlib.org

Winter events for kids at the Collingswood Public Library

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 youthservices@collingswoodlib.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 youthservices@collingswoodlib.org. 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 youthservices@collingswoodlib.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.

April Commission meeting changed from April 3 to April 11

The April 2017 Commissioner Meeting has been changed from the first Monday and will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 11 at the SCOTTISH RITE (315 White Horse Pike) at 7pm.

Commission meetings will resume on the first Monday in the month on May 1, 2017.

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Free tax preparation at the Collingswood Public Library

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

2017 Year at a Glance available!

Collingswood is chock full of festivals, concerts, events and more – and now you can plan out a year full of fun with the 2017 Year at a Glance. See a show! Take the kids out! Enjoy all the family fun our town has to offer (and it doesn’t even include all the events hosted by the merchants in our business districts!). Print it, put it on your fridge and start filling your calendar. The Year at a Glance is available as a printable PDF here!

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


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