Collingswood, New Jersey

Order your 2016 Collingswood Holiday Ornament!

The 2016 Collingswood Holiday Ornament is ready to be ordered.
This year’s theme is “Santa Comes to Town”.

Download the 2016 order form here.

This is the 21st year for the Collingswood Holiday Ornament.

We also have a limited supply of past ornaments available.

You can download the order form here.

Order forms are also available at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue.

Ornaments will be ready for pick up in mid-December Dig This, 717 Haddon Avenue

West side water tank repairs and updates

The elevated water tank at the end of Comly Ave. is currently being drained for repairs and painting. During the repairs, residents in the immediate vicinity may see some discolored water. The discolored water is caused by the reversal of flow in the mains and is not any kind of health hazard. The work will continue for the next couple of weeks. Feel free to contact Water Department Superintendent Thomas McCarthy  856-854-2332 with any questions. 

Ed McCloskey honored as a Community Champion

Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley and Commissioners Joan Leonard and Mike Hall honored our town’s first Community Champion at the November commission meeting. Resident Ed McCloskey was presented with the award for his exceptional dedication and personal efforts to care for Knight Park.

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. Ed has dedicated hours of volunteer time to care for the park; weeding, cleaning, painting and repairs and generally maintaining its beauty and picking up the duties of caring for this public space when needed.

 “Ed asks no recognition or payment for this. He just sees something that he can help with and he goes out and does it. He is the definition of a Community Champion. We’re so happy we can recognize his efforts,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard.

 “It’s a pleasure. I’ve been here my whole life and a lot of people before me have taken care of Knight Park and it’s just my time to step in and do what I can,” said McCloskey at the award presentation.

Do you know someone that gives back to Collingswood? A resident that gives tirelessly to others? Nominate them here!


Rob Lewandowski to be appointed as interim Commissioner

With the announcement of Commissioner Mike Hall’s retirement effective at the December 5 regular Commission meeting, Borough officials have announced they will appoint Robert Lewandowski to fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the term which ends on May 9, 2017.

Lewandowski will serve as interim Commissioner and Director of Public Works, Parks and Recreation alongside current Commissioners Joan Leonard and Mayor Jim Maley. According to New Jersey municipal regulations, a Commissioner position that is made vacant after September 1 prior to an upcoming election can be filled by appointment.

Lewandowski, a Collingswood resident since 2002, brings more than twenty years of public service at multiple levels of government to the role of interim Commissioner. He holds a Masters of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently the Communications Director for the NJ Laborers’–Employers’ Cooperation and Education Trust. Locally, Lewandowski is a Collingswood Board of Education member, formerly served as vice-chair of the Collingswood Planning Board, coached Collingswood Recreational Soccer, volunteers as a main organizer of Collingswood’s Pop Up Gala and has a long history of volunteerism at numerous community events. He also chaired the Collingswood Education Foundation and previously worked as assistant to the Mayor of Cherry Hill Township.

“My thanks to Mayor Maley and Commissioner Leonard for giving me the opportunity to serve, but most importantly, my thanks to the 14,000 Collingswood residents who make our community such a special place.  We all have choices about how we spend our time and energy,” said Lewandowski. “Outside of being with my family, the chance to serve Collingswood - its residents and businesses - is exactly how I want to spend my time and energy. I promise to do my very best. “

“It’s easy to see why Rob is a natural fit,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “He has a lot of experience in local government, he’s passionate about Collingswood and he’s very connected to the community.”

“Rob has significant skills and experience to help lead Collingswood,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “We’re excited to have him on board. He brings a fresh viewpoint and a lot of new ideas to the Borough.”

Rob, a United States Navy Veteran, and his wife Barbara Katz-Lewandowski are parents of three children, Ryan, Katie, and Nicole, all enrolled in Collingswood Public Schools. He mentioned he is honored to follow Mike Hall as a Commissioner.

“I’d like to acknowledge and salute the hard work and contributions of Commissioner Mike Hall. As a firefighter, community volunteer, and commissioner, Mike has dedicated his life to public service and I am very grateful for all he has done to make Collingswood a better place.”

Lewandowski will be sworn in at a special Commission meeting on December 19.

 

Community Chorus performs free, Dec 13

The Collingswood Community Chorus, under the direction of Bryan Gross, returns for their annual holiday show on Tuesday, December 13 beginning at 7:30pm.

This program is loaded with traditionally favorite songs, recently introduced tunes, new music and new arrangements of old familiar carols. And YES, it's FREE!

Be their guest at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107 beginning at 7:15pm. While donations are gladly accepted, this is a free event! 

Knight Park clean up event, Nov 12

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Improving our spaces: A volunteer clean up event is planned for Saturday November 12 from 9am until noon. Hands are needed to perk up the park. Tasks include turning over soil and adding compost, installing and maintaining shrubs, leaf raking and pavilion sweeping, etc. Kids ages 12 and over are welcome. Please help us green up our beloved park.

RSVP to Commissioner Leonard at jleonard@collingswood.com to volunteer.

Want to help? Bring: Gardening gloves, rakes, shovels, spade shovel and if possible leaf blower. Meet at the Pavilion at Knight Park.

Proud Neighbors Pot Luck Supper

 Proud Neighbors of Collingswood Pot Luck Supper

Friday, November 11, 7pm

125 Harvard Avenue

Find out more about Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, the 501 (c) (3) public charity that is celebrating its 33rd anniversary of volunteer service by striving to share ideas on restoration and preservation and working to maintain the historic character of Collingswood. 

Enjoy an evening with neighbors.  Please bring a "covered dish" to share!   Bring your ideas for prospective 2017 House tour or garden sites.  Free and open to the public. Tell a friend.  Invite a neighbor.

Proud Neighbors volunteers organize the annual porch brunch, house tour, yard sale fundraisers and founded our famous Farmers’ market.  We have fun & get things done!  Proud Neighbors welcomes new neighbors to the community.    

E-mail: Info@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org

RSVP:

By E-mail to Info@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org

By phone to Marlene at 609-707-3684 or Gayle at 856-854-8891 


 

Collingswood Commissioner Mike Hall announces retirement

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.

Tailgate party for Colls Cash sale - Nov 19!

Collingswood to give away $45K to shoppers Nov 19 as part of yearly ‘free money’ promo

Collingswood is hosting its ninth annual Collingswood Cash sale! Shoppers flock to Collingswood for the yearly “free money” giveaway, lining up in all kinds of weather as early as 5 a.m. Once again, Collingswood is partnering with Camden County to host a morning tailgate party for the dedicated bargain hunters that will gather outside Borough Hall on Saturday, November 19.

Collingswood Partners will again give away $45,000 to patrons of Collingswood businesses. Shoppers that purchase $50 in Collingswood Cash –the Borough’s equivalent to a mall gift card– will receive an additional $20 to spend anywhere in town. The bonus cash is limited and in recent years long lines for the giveaway have started at the crack of dawn.

We’re bringing the tailgate party back, too! Last year, those camped out at Borough Hall enjoyed an early morning party to kick off the holiday season in Collingswood! It was so much fun, we’re doing it again. Starting at 6:30 a.m. on November 19 festivities kick off with music and games for guests. WXPN will be broadcasting live and keeping crowds entertained. There will be multiple giveaways per hour including concert tickets, sports goods and sports memorabilia, tailgating gear and Collingswood themed merchandise. Organizers will also host crowd trivia games and provide breakfast snacks and drinks to keep folks warm and happy.

 “It’s become quite the morning!” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “It’s about more than the cash. The whole thing has become a community event. And afterward, we’re all supporting local shops. That’s key.”

The Borough will sell $112,500 worth of Collingswood Cash and give away $45,000 meaning there will be more than $150,000 in the hands of shoppers that can only be used in Collingswood. Shoppers that buy a max of $400 during the promotion receive a bonus $160 to spend in town.

The bonus money is limited and has traditionally sold out in less than two hours. The yearly promotion greatly stimulates the local economy by incentivizing holiday shopping in Collingswood. Doors open when Collingswood Cash sales officially start at 9 a.m.

Over the past eight years, nearly a million dollars’ worth of Collingswood Cash has been sold to spend at local shops during the holidays. The promotion comes with a coupon book filled with additional offers from more than two dozen Collingswood shops, restaurants and services, deepening the discounts. The event takes place a week before Shop Local Saturday with the hopes that shoppers will patronize Collingswood for their holiday gifts, parties, appointments and necessities. In 2016, all Collingswood Cash bonus money will be sold at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Ave.

Tailgate guests can use #CollsCashTailgate and #ShopCamdenCounty to share about the event on social media.

About the annual Collingswood Cash Sale:

How do I get my hands on free cash?
Starting at 9 a.m. on November 19, ONLY Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) will sell Collingswood Cash and give away $45,000 of bonus cash. Lines start forming at roughly 5 a.m. It is first come, first served, but there are limits.

What are the rules?
Shoppers can purchase a maximum of $400 Collingswood Cash, netting a free $160 to spend, give as gifts, etc. Bonus cash comes only with Collingswood Cash purchased in $50 denominations. One bonus cash sale per customer. Customers must be 18 and over.  Purchase can be made by cash or credit card (a credit fee of four percent is added to the sale). Personal checks are not accepted. Bonus only comes with the sale of a $50 certificate. The $50 certificate cannot be broken down into small denominations either at the time of purchase or after the purchase. Collingswood Cash cannot be used to purchase gift cards for out of town businesses. The standard certificates last forever but the bonus cash expires on March 31, 2016. Wawa is no longer accepting Collingswood Cash. Collingswood Cash is sold year round at face value. The promotion is limited to the season and quantity. A full list of rules regarding the bonus cash sale is at Collingswood.com.

Shoppers commonly buy gifts and dinners, but have gotten cars repaired, taken vacations, gotten dental work done and even had animals taxidermied with the bonus cash! The promotion is funded by the Business Improvement District tax, a collective fund used to support the business districts.

The cash incentive is paired with the Borough’s yearly effort to put together a beautiful shopping streetscape in the downtown. Merchants extend shopping hours and carolers sing on Fridays and Saturdays, storefronts are hung with garland, the town is dressed in more than a quarter-million lights and parking is free in December. Collingswood even guarantees snow during the season, setting the winter mood with snow machines throughout the downtown. For more information and holiday schedules, see the holiday events page!

 

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, 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 3, 2017 – Zane North Elem. School  (rescheduled for 1st Wed)
June 14, 2017 – United Methodist Communities (Collingswood Manor)

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