On Saturday, October 15 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Collingswood Firehouse (20 W. Collings Ave), Collingswood residents, families and guests from around the area can enjoy a Fire Prevention and Public Safety Open House featuring games, giveaways and safety information and demonstrations as part of an effort to inform people and bring communities and their safety officials closer together.
The festival is held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week which aims to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. According to the NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Collingswood’s event will feature fun, prizes, food, music and more. Guests can enjoy carnival games, a police car and fire truck expo, specialty emergency service displays, a K-9 unit display, fire safety education, public safety demonstrations, hot dogs, prizes, free child IDs, banking information, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local fire officials and law enforcement agencies.
“We meet so many people hosting this event,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “We also give a lot of information to people so at the end of the day we’ve had a fun afternoon and area residents are that much safer.”
Collingswood Police and Fire Departments as well as local vendors are pitching in for the event which aims to heighten fire and crime prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships with police and fire departments. The event is staffed by volunteers from the Collingswood Police and Fire Departments, civic groups, government officials and local businesses. All activities are free.
The Department of Public Works will be providing residents with curbside leaf pick up Starting the week of October 17. This will occur on your normal fall leaf pick up day. For leaf maps and schedules, see the Public Works page here or in the digital edition of the Town Crier here.
Also, large brush can be placed curbside for pick up. Please call 856-858-0533 with your address for brush disposal or for more information.
The ghosts and goblins will be out on Monday, October 31! Trick or Treating hours in the Borough are 2 to 7 p.m. Going trick-or-treating? The CDC gives these safety tips for your ghouls and goblins:
-Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
-Always walk - don’t run from house to house.
-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
-Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
-Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
-Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.-Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Collingswood Youth Theatre, sponsored by the Borough of Collingswood, is proud to announce their Spring Musical – CINDERELLA’S GLASS SLIPPER.
The musical stays true to the fairy tale and includes all your favorite characters, and some new ones! The story goes like this - Cinderella works hard in the home of her cruel stepmother. Her silly stepsisters, Brunhilda and Cleopatra, see themselves as beautiful and think the prince will marry them. Of course, the handsome prince spends most of the evening at a palace ball trying to escape from them! The story is ages old, but you’ll meet playful new characters in this fresh adaptation: a brave mouse, a hesitant cat, and the amazing Pumpkinhead, who changes into a coach! Our Fairy Godmother has her hands full tutoring an apprentice but still makes time for Cinderella. As we know, she loses her glass slipper as she tries to run out before the clock strikes midnight. As the ladies of the kingdom try to fit into the crystal shoe, the prince finally finds the girl he is to marry. This well-known classic is filled with songs that create their own magic, such as the prologue ’Once Upon a Time,’ the stepsisters’ ’Ladies of Fashion’ and Cinderella’s ’Dream of Tomorrow.’
Performances are Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at 7:30pm with a matinee at 1pm on Saturday, April 29. All performances are in the Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue.
Registration for cast members will be ONLINE ONLY. Registration will open on Tuesday, November 1 for Collingswood residents; registration will open on Tuesday, November 8 for folks from out of town. Check back for more information on registration.
From SJ Magazine: Readers voted for their favorite SJ spots all summer long. Here is the list of the best our communities have to offer – as chosen by you! See the entire South Jersey list here.
BEST OF SJ FOOD
Bakery - Dulce
740A Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
BYOB Restaurant - Zeppoli
618 Collings Avenue, Collingswood
Coffee Shop - Grooveground
647 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Indian Restaurant - IndeBlue
619 Collings Avenue, Collingswood
Kid-Friendly Restaurant - The Pop Shop
729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Mexican Restaurant - Tortilla Press
703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Muffins - Constellation Collective
685 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Restaurant Worth the Wait in Line - Sabrina’s Café
714 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Romantic Restaurant - Sapori
601 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Sushi - Woksabi
608 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Water Ice - Cabana Water Ice
552 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
BEST OF SJ SHOPPING
Children’s Boutique - The Nesting House
710 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Gift Shop - Arts Plus Gallery
704 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Pet Boutique - The Principled Pet
2 Powell Lane, Collingswood
Prom Dresses - Marlene’s Dress Shop
707 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Frugal Resale, 740 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
BEST OF SJ ODDS AND ENDS
Farmers’ Market - Collingswood Farmers’ Market
Atlantic Avenue, Collingwood
Special-Occasion Venue - Collingswood Grand Ballroom
315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood
The Water Main Flushing program is designed to remove natural minerals like iron and calcium that sometimes collect in the bottom of water mains. This operation may cause a temporary discoloration in your water supply. By allowing your water to run for a short period of time, the problem should clear itself. Please be assured, although the water may be discolored, it is safe for human use.
Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Water Department Superintendent, Tom McCarthy at 856-854-2332 from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Camden County residents now have the opportunity to cast their votes early in the 2016 general election. The Camden County early voting center is a joint effort of the Freeholder Board, County Clerk, Board of Elections and Superintendent of Elections.
The Camden County’s early voting center is located in the Camden County Elections and Archives Center, located at 100 University Court in Gloucester Township. (University Court is located off of Orr Road between Sicklerville Road and College Drive.)
The Camden County early voting center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The center is also offering the following extended hours:
• October 18 9am to 7pm
• October 20 9am to 7pm
• October 25 9am to 7pm
• October 27 9am to 7pm
• October 31 7am to 7pm
• November 2 7am to 7pm
• November 4 7am to 7pm
• November 5 9am to 3pm
The Oct 22 PTA Fall Festival is RESCHEDULED for Oct 29 due to rain. Original info below.
The Knight Park Caretaker's Open House will go on as scheduled - 1-3pm, Oct 22.
Collingswood's annual Fall Festival will be held at the Pavilion in Knight Park (Park Avenue between Collings and Browning) on Saturday, October 22, noon to 4pm (rain date of October 29). Come and support your local PTA's and enjoy live music, a hayride throughout Knight Park, fall-themed games, and a variety of savory food. A chili contest will also be held, with winner to be announced at 3pm (winner to receive Collingswood Cash prize!) and all chilis available for purchase throughout the Festival.
For information on the Fall Festival and/or to enter the chili contest, please contact Jodie Farrow (email@example.com or 609-760-7523).
Come to a Community Forum! Forums have proven to be an extremely useful communication tool between the Borough representatives and community.
Forums provide residents with the opportunity to tell their government of concerns impacting their neighborhood - issues such as public safety, public works, recreation, etc. They are conducted in an informal manner designed to encourage a dialogue between officials and residents. All interested citizens of the Borough are encouraged to attend and participate.