Collingswood, New Jersey

Community Night Out - August 1, 2017

Free event brings community and officials together for safety festival

Collingswood will participate in the “34th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) program on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by hosting the 5th Collingswood Community Night Out.

On August 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. along West Collings Ave, Collingswood residents, families and guests from around the area can enjoy a festival that features community engagement, giveaways and crime prevention information and demonstrations as part of an effort to inform people and bring communities and their safety officials closer together. The festival begins at the corner of Haddon and West Collings Avenues in the center of town.

Collingswood Police, Fire Departments, Department of Public Works, community organizations and local vendors are pitching in as part of the national campaign which, according to the NNO website, aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. In addition to the traditional National Night Out theme, Collingswood’s Community Night Out event will highlight the importance of Community Policing and engagement with the community.

Guests can enjoy  a police car and fire truck expo, bicycle safety tips, speed pitch machine, water ice, hot dogs, prizes, free child IDs, banking information, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local law enforcement.

“We’re looking forward to bringing the community together” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “The opportunity to informally connect with the residents of Collingswood is priceless and beneficial to all.  We are really excited to engage with everyone and highlight the importance of a community partnership.”

The event is staffed by volunteers from the Collingswood Police Department, Fire Department, DPW, civic groups, government officials and local businesses.

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

Roberts Pool toddler pool OPEN

UPDATE: The toodler pool at Roberts Pool is OPEN again!

Roberts Due to an issue with the toddler pool lining, it will be closed for draining and repairs for about two weeks (ACK!). The Borough is working on solutions as quickly as possible.
The Roberts Pool complex (including the two large pools) will remain open, regular hours. We will update this page and social media with new info when repairs are made.

Independence Day Events

Collingswood has made parking and traffic changes for the Fireworks event. Read details here. 

All events take place on July 4.

Fireworks, festivities and TO THE MAX
TO THE MAX will take the stage as the Borough celebrates America's independence. The eight-piece band, one of the liveliest in the Philadelphia region, will entertain the crowd with popular music and play patriotic tunes during the fireworks. Admission is free. Gates open at 6:30 pm; Show starts at 8 pm. Collingswood display is one of the best fireworks shows in the area - the works kick off at approximately 9:15 p.m. at the high school stadium (424 Collings Ave). In the event of rain, fireworks are postponed to July 5. A decision regarding postponement, if necessary, will be made the morning of July 4 and posted on as well as Collingswood's Facebook page here. 

Fireworks are Proudly Sponsored by Parke Bank and the law offices of Brown & Connery, LLC.

Bike Parade hosted by Bike Up Collingswood - 10am

Take a community ride to celebrate the 4th! Kids, families and cyclists are encouraged to decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters patriotically. Bike Up Collingswood will host a short ride starting at Haddon & Zane Avenues, going down Zane, Park and Browning and ending at Browning & Magill where you will enter the park. Once inside the park continue your ride towards the ice cream truck. Tatem Shields American Legion Post 17 will be distributing free ice cream and popsicles & flags in Knight Park starting at 10am near the house inside Knight Park. If your child has any specific dietary needs please contact Kim Brooks at

For details about the event, check out the Bike Parade Facebook Page.

Fun at Robert’s Pool
Summer days like the Fourth of July can be hot, so Collingswood’s Roberts Pool welcomes kids to take a dip - but with a twist and a turn! Starting at 2pm, events for kids such as water games, raft races, coin toss, watermelon games and a host of other activities will keep everyone cool and prizes are offered for participants. NOTE:  Pool membership or day pass required for admission.

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest

Spread the word. Tell your neighbors! Register NOW for a chance to win Collingswood Cash! Register in advance at  Note: Judges will only visit homes that provide address, name, phone and email in advance.

Collingswood homes, businesses and town blocks will be judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness to architecture, best historic homes and overall best look. Show off your banners, flags, stars or stripes to paint the town red, blue and white! The official judging will take place on the morning of 4th of July and the winner will be announced in style at the Collingswood fireworks display that evening. Winners will be awarded Collingswood Cash and prizes are delivered to property owners one week following contest.

There has been a festive display of patriotic colors over the years and we expect the same enthusiasm from participants this year too. 

This event requires advance registration - email with your name, address, phone and e-mail address to participate. For questions, contact 856-466-8725.

The Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, a not-for-profit civic organization established in 1983, is dedicated to restoration, historic preservation and working with volunteers, neighbors, business and government to maintain Collingswood's historic character.

Roberts Pool grand opening luau, July 9

It’s finally here – the Roberts Pool renovation grand opening – and we’re throwing a party!
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

This year, the official opening day at Roberts Pool on July 9 will be a celebration of the wonderful new improvements at our summertime home. Come out for a community luau party with a special lei greeting, Polynesian entertainment and hula dancers, Hawaiian treats plus games and prizes! The party is open to members or day guests at no extra charge.

There are a lot of new things to enjoy at Roberts Pool in 2017! After a much anticipated wait, this season will bring a new snack stand and bathroom facilities for guests. We’ve upgraded our now larger toddler pool with a wade-in edge, slides, misters, splash equipment and shade sails. Help us kick off a bigger and better new season at the pool!

**Bring the family and your best hula moves!**
-July 9 from noon to 2pm at Roberts Pool
-Must have tag for entrance, day tags will be available for $10 per person (resident) or $20 per person (non-resident)
-Full season and membership info for Roberts Pool can be found here:

Memorial Day Remembrance events, May 29

The American Legion Post 17 of Collingswood will host Memorial Day remembrances on May 29, 2017. Each remembrance ceremony will include the color guard, the playing of taps and a rifle salute. All welcome.

10am – Flag will be lowered to half-staff at Post 17, 622 S. Atlantic Avenue

10:15am – Remembrance ceremony at the Korea and Vietnam Memorial, Corner of Park and Browning

10:45am – Remembrance ceremony at the World War II Memorial, Corner of Collings and Browning

11:15am – Remembrance ceremony at Newton Sloan Cemetery, Elm and Lynne Avenues, West Collingswood

11:45am – Remembrance ceremony at World War I Memorial, Vicinity of Park and Collings

12pm – Flag raised at Post 17, 622 S. Atlantic Avenue

Collingswood's 2017 Town Book Announced!

The 2017 Collingswood Town Book is The Unseen World by author Liz Moore. Moore will attend the annual Collingswood Book Festival on October 7, 2016.

Every year, the organizers of the Collingswood Book Festival choose a town book, “to provide an opportunity for our entire community to bond over some of the great themes in literature,” said Jean Brennan, chair of the book festival committee. Copies of the book are donated to students of the AP English Class of Collingswood High School as part of their reading curriculum. The festival provides a forum for discussion and analysis beyond the classroom and into the community through a discussion taking place at Collingswood Public Library during festival week. Over the years, students have examined such topics as life in Afghanistan, plagiarism, book banning and the demographic shift away from urban sprawl.

After several non-fiction books, this year’s town book is a page-turning story that spans decades and contains numerous interwoven plotlines revolving around sharply focused universal themes of family, love and identity. It is a timely and important exploration of the complex bonds between a daughter and her father, of the role of intelligence technology in human relationships. 

Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David's mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David's colleagues. Soon after she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep the reader riveted until The Unseen World's heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion.

The Collingswood Book Festival includes authors and events for kids, tweens, teens and poetry fans in addition to top-notch adult authors. The free festival is set for more than six blocks along Haddon Avenue on October 7. More information will be added to the website in the coming weeks: 

United States Army Field Band to play Collingswood, June 28

Free concert from 100-member band will take place in Knight Park

The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears in Collingswood on June 28 at 7 p.m. The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on national tours and have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The United States Army Field Band concert takes place in Collingswood’s iconic Knight Park on June 28 at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Guests should bring blankets and chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike.

 “A summer night in one of our most beautiful spaces enjoying live music that celebrates America with neighbors, families and friends – what could be more perfect?” said Collingswood Commissioner Rob Lewandowski. “We are so happy to welcome the US Army Field Band to Collingswood.”

“Bring your entire family out to hear the United States Army Field Band as they present a free concert in historic Knight Park,” said Camden County Freeholder Bill Moen, liaison to the Camden County Office of Veterans Affairs. “This unique opportunity to hear these talented musicians and proud members of our military perform right in our own backyard is not to be missed.”

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All- American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

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

May 3 Zane North Elem. Town Forum rescheduled for June 1

Anniversary Town Forum series schedules a forum in every neighborhood

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, 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
June 1, 2017 (Thursday) – Zane North Elem. School  (rescheduled)
June 14, 2017 – United Methodist Communities (Collingswood Manor)

Take the One Bag Challenge!

The Borough of Collingswood invites Collingswood residents to take the one bag challenge and make the pledge:

Aim to reduce your weekly trash output to one 13 gallon trash bag.

How can you do it? Here are some tips on reducing you weekly trash:

-Reduce what you bring into the house; buy products with less packaging or start to buy in bulk using glass jars.

-Compost your kitchen scraps to reduce your waste output. Vermiculture or simply having a bin outdoors, allows for the break down of kitchen scraps. Later, the scraps will break down into nutritional soil, great for using in a garden.

-Avoid plastic cutlery and plastic plates/bowls/cups. Use glassware as much as possible, or aim to buy paper products.

-Kick the plastic water bottle habit! Use a water bottle that is BPA free. Same goes for coffee cups, most places will take your reusable mug to fill in the morning.

-Be creative! Make croutons or bread crumbs with left over bread products.

-ReUse take out containers for potlock events/parties/packing lunch.

-Use compostable dog bags for waste. They break down faster than plastic bags.

-Avoid using plastic sandwich bags when possible. Aim to use tupperware or reusable sandwich bags.

-Cut down on paper towel usage. Designate towels for cleaning surfaces around the house.

-Recycle #'s 1,2,4,5, & 7 curbside! Plastic tops cannot be recycled.

-Support businesses who recycle or reuse products to cut down on consumerism.

FRUGAL gives a 20% discount for donations of clean clothing and accessories.

WHOLE FOODS takes Brita filters for recycling. Also will take batteries, corks and plastic bags. 

MOM'S ORGANIC accepts candy/granola bar wrappers, batteries, Brita filters, cellphones, drink pouches, food squeeze pouches, glasses, healthy & beauty packaging,, plastic, shoes, natural cork, AND snack bags.

UPS takes bubble wrap or packing peanuts for reuse. 

COLLINGSWOOD LIBRARY will recyle ink cartridges and cellphones (where proceeds will benefit  Collingswood Public Schools).

HOME DEPOT will take use CFLs (fluorescent light bulbs) 

LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL collects old glasses; a drop off box is found across from the fire department.

BEST BUY recycles mostly electronics you could think of. 

TERRACYCLE is large recycling company that will take a plethora of packaging or items that can be recycled and turn into another product

COLLINGSWOOD BIKE SHARE is a community program that recycles bicycles for members to lease throughout the year. 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY/ GOODWILL will take most household items from furniture to clothing!

CAMTECH of COLLINGSWOOD recycles computers and computer components for an affordable fee. 

CAMDEN COUNTY has designated days for hazardous waste removal, paper shredding, and electronic recycling:

COLLINGSWOOD POLICE provides a drop box for “Project Medicine Drop” to help residents dispose of unused medications. 

FOAM PACK INDUSTRIES is a New Jersey resource for the recycling of polystyrene foam blocks used for packaging of computers, laptops, kitchen appliances and televisions. Try to avoid styrofoam all together; it does not decompose in the environment under normal circumstances.

LATEX PAINT is accepted by Commissioner Joan Leonard and reused for painting projects around the town. Email


Free Comic Book Day, May 6

Attention all comic book enthusiasts! Free Comic Book Day is back again this May 6 from 11am to 1pm at the Collingswood Public Library. Join us for giveaways, refreshments, and of course, free comic books! Try out our new button-making machine along with other comic related crafts. In addition, help the library decoupage a chair that will be used and displayed in our Graphic Novel Section. Attendees are also encouraged to explore the library’s growing collection of Graphic Novels and Manga.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Fat Jack’s Comicrypt. Free Comic Book Day is free and open to all ages. 771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. 856-858-0649. /about/youth/free-comic-book-day
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