Collingswood, New Jersey

7th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center

Join the Perkins Center for the Arts for an evening of artistry celebrating the unique and handmade at Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7-10pm. The award-winning tasting will feature nearly two dozen regional craft micro-brews, distilleries, a gourmet food cart fare, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction. This year, Cooper River Distillery will be hosting the Handcrafted VIP Tasting with a course on mixing your own rum-based drinks. Participants will be educated on the process and reasoning behind mixing drinks, learn the recipes of two cocktails and start the evening with their own custom handcrafted drink. This intimate tasting offers limited space and will run from 6-7pm.

Tickets go on sale Februay 1, 2017.

*Tickets are $60 per person and include tastings of all the craft brews as well as food at the showcased event. VIP Tasting tickets are offered at an additional $20.

The main event will feature beverages from a selection of over two dozen regional craft breweries, distilleries and meaderies including Beach Haus Brewery, The Colony Meadery, Cooper River Distillers, Double Nickel Brewing Company, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Empire Brewing Company, Lunacy Brewing Company, Mispillion River Brewing, Spellbound Brewing, Tonewood Brewing, and D.G Yuengling & Son, Inc. They will also be welcoming local small-batch coffee from Harvest Roastery, as well as hosting food from Sweetie Pie Boom Boom, Sift Bakeshop, Not Your Mamas Tacos, Beast of the Street and Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse.

Handcrafted at the Perkins Center is a 21+ event. 
 
Visit the Website and Facebook Event page!  

Dining Out For Life, April 20

Through the ordinary act of dining out, you can have an extraordinary impact on your community. Make a reservation for Dining Out For Life on April 20, 2017.  Over 200 restaurants and food trucks will participate across the Deleware Valley, and each donate 33 percent of their food sales for the day to local HIV/AIDS service organizations in your city. See below for participating restaurants in Southern New Jersey.

The event, sponsored by Subaru, 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.

Funds raised on April 20 in Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Deleware 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 ActionWellness, beneficiaries include AIDS Deleware, Camden Area Health Education Center, Family & Community Services of Deleware County, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 

For more information on the event, visit the homepage here

2017 Southern New Jersey Participating Restaurants (Collingswood restaurants are in bold):

Barnsboro Inn
Kitchen 519
Sapori Trattoria
CousCous Moroccan Cuisine
L'Oceano Ristorante
Steak 38 Cafe
El Sitio Grill & Cafe
Norma's Restaurant
Tre Famiglia Ristorante
Harvest Seasonal Grill
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Villa Barone
Indeblue - Collingswood
Oasis Mexican Grill

Westmont Bagel
Keg & Kitchen
Sabrina's Cafe Collingswood
Westmont Diner 

 

Get pets licensed before March 31

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.

Community Garden Open House

Do you want to grow your own vegetables but don't know how to get started?
Are you an experienced gardener looking for land to cultivate?

Visit the Collingswood Community Garden and learn how you can participate!

WHERE: Collingswood Community Garden - corner Cattell and Harrison Avenues

WHEN:  10am to noon, Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bring your family and friends! Enjoy complimentary snacks!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit our Facebook page - "Collingswood Community Garden"

CCG is a program of the Borough of Collingswood Recreation Department 

Landscaping Your Garden

April 26  @ Collingswood Library 6:45 p.m.

Landscaping Your Garden.

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood presents speaker Nathan Ihlenfeild – Land Sculpture.  Slide presentation and discussion on landscaping for big impact. Nathan will present tips on ways to turn your spring landscape into a kaleidoscope of color with spectacular perennials, annuals and shrubs.  Program is free & open to the public.  Presentation will be at the Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood.

CHS presents Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

It's a tale as old as time! Be their guest for Collingswood High School's production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The show will be performed in the Middle School Auditorium, 414 W. Collings Avenue, Thursday, March 2; Friday, March 3, Saturday, March 4; Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at 7:30pm.  A matinee performance is Saturday, March 11 at 2pm.

Tickets are $12; $8 for students and seniors.

Special promotions are:

Saturday, March 4 - Character Breakfast - Join Belle, the Beast, and the cast for breakfast, songs, crafts and photos! Two seatings, 9am and 10:30am, at the Middle School Cafeteria. Advance-only tickets are $20 for one adult and child, $7 for each additional ticket. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation. For tickets, email brodgers@collsk12.org.

Friday, March 10 at 7:30pm is Family Fun Night - buy one adult ticket, get a student ticket free.

Saturday, March 11 matinee at 2pm is a Senior Special, with light lunch at 1pm. Free show admission for all seniors plus, if they reserve by Friday, March 10, they will get a free light lunch courtesy of the Board of Education and the Collingswood Education Association. To reserve senior lunch, email mbaldwin@collsk12.org or call 856-962-5702. 

Collingswood and St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society take “first swing” at abandoned homes

The Borough of Collingswood partnering with the St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society of Camden officially began work renovating abandoned homes in Collingswood with a “first swing” ceremony!

After months of legal proceedings Collingswood and the St. Joseph Carpenter Society are renovating abandoned homes in the Borough. Borough officials took a “first swing” to celebrate the start of interior demolition and remodeling of an abandoned home at 254 Harvard Avenue.

The event is the culmination of a year and a half of work and proceedings to gain access to abandoned homes through the statewide Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act. After the recession in the early 2000s, Collingswood, like municipalities nationwide, was left with dozens of abandoned homes that blighted neighborhoods and decreased property values. The Borough leined properties to require banks to provide basic maintenance, but the homes fell largely into disrepair and were stalled for years from being put on the market.

“These spaces were black holes. The banks have no urgency to make them productive and meanwhile, there are vermin and safety issues, they look awful and they are a burden to entire blocks,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “And our hands were tied. All we could do was cut the grass and bill the banks. It was beyond frustrating getting calls from concerned residents and no response from banks. Eventually we had to figure out a way to take steps ourselves.”

Initially, Collingswood worked with a group of local towns ranging from Haddonfield to the Fairview section of Camden compiling abandoned home data with the hope of presenting banks with a significant portfolio of abandoned homes. When that plan failed to take root, Collingswood seized the opportunity to use New Jersey’s Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act which gives municipalities an option to take control of abandoned properties with a plan for rehabilitation. In early 2017, Collingswood finalized the legal process to gain access to a handful of abandoned properties and can now commence renovations.

Collingswood’s abandoned properties project will act like a revolving fund – as the first homes are rehabilitated and sold, Collingswood will use those profits to begin work on the next batch of homes. To complete the renovations, Collingswood is partnering with St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, a 30-year-old nonprofit that has renovated nearly 1,000 abandoned properties in Camden City. The first homes St. Joseph’s will rehabilitate are 254 Harvard Ave and 19 Lees Ave. Currently, Collingswood has about 40 target homes on its official list.

“Collingwood is a fantastic community and it doesn’t make sense to have these great homes sitting vacant. The Carpenter Society is excited to partner with Collingswood to bring our 30 years of experience in working on abandoned housing issues here to convert these homes back into suitable spaces for families to live and thrive,” said Pilar Hogan Closkey, Executive Director of Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society. “Abandoned homes have been casting a negative light on our South Jersey communities and being able to wrestle these homes free to rehab them and bring them back to life offers a new chance for these blocks to become whole again.”

An additional benefit of Collingswood’s proactive approach has been that several of the properties on the Borough list of abandoned homes have since been renovated privately, meaning that target homes are being rehabbed, sold and housing new residents without Borough intervention. If you know of a home that you think should be added to Collingswood’s abandoned homes list, please email the address to fireprevention@collingswood.com.

“This is a huge step in taking care of a lingering problem that has plagued pretty much every town since the market crashed,” said Maley. “We want to see families in these homes giving back to the community and contributing to their neighborhoods. When a house falls into disrepair the way these have it casts a pall over the entire area. This project means a lot to every neighbor I talk to. They want to bring life back to their block.”

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 St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society:
SJCS was founded in 1985 to help families improve their quality of life and to create safe neighborhoods through housing opportunities in East Camden, New Jersey. SJCS promotes successful homeownership through homeowner education, housing development, and community engagement.  To date, SJCS has created nearly 1,000 homes, mostly converting abandoned houses into homes for families, with the intention of ridding the community of vacant and abandoned housing.  Their neighborhood redevelopment work has now taken them to support South Jersey communities in this same mission.  For more information, visit www.sjcscamden.org.

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.

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