Collingswood, New Jersey

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


Casino Trips for Seniors

Collingswood Community Senior Citizens
and Surrounding Areas
CASINO TRIP
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 

PSE&G Warns Customers to be Alert to Scams

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.

Collingswood holiday giveaway puts a new twist on annual light display

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!

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