Collingswood, New Jersey

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!

 

Zombie Chase 5K

Registration Information:
$20 pre-registration for 5K entries postmarked by 10/3/16
$10 for Students K-12 for 5K run. 

Make checks payable to “James A. Garfield PTA”.
Mail completed form & check to:
Zombie Chase 5K Run
Garfield Elementary School
480 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108

$25 race day - Registration starts at 7:30am
$5 per Fun Run participant

Awards:

Trophies awarded to top male & female overall finishers.
Medals will be awarded to age groups:
14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 +

Web Site:  http://zombiechase.weebly.com

For more information email: zombiechase5Krun@gmail.com

Come to Devil's Creek Brewery following the Run/Walk for the AFTER PARTY from 10am-12pm! Enjoy Happy Hour prices and a fun Halloween atmosphere! Quench your Zombie-like thirst and congratulate yourself on a job well done!  Devil's Creek Brewery is located at the corner of Haddon Avenue & Powell Lane, across from Sapori and All Fired Up. 

 

Craft Beer Event benefits Holiday Parade

Local Jersey Craft Beer Tasting to benefit the Collingswood Holiday Parade.

Friday, November 4, 2016, 7pm to 10pm

Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue

Tickets $40 per person

Tickets are available from Committee Members, at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue, Monday through Friday, 9am – 4:30pm and online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com

Breweries participating to date – Tonewood BrewingDevils Creek BreweryBrotherton Brewing Company, Ludlam Island BreweryTriumph Brewing Company and Cape May Brewing Company.

Tickets include light fare and 3 hours of unlimited 4 oz. samples

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Free rabies clinic - Dec 3

Make sure your furry friends are healthy!

The Borough of Collingswood will hold its annual rabies clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, December 3 from 9 to 11 a.m at no charge. The clinic will be held at Borough Garage located at 713 North Atlantic Avenue.

Senior Harvest Dance

Senator Jim Beach, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt cordially invite you to attend their annual

SENIOR HARVEST DANCE
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
1pm to 3:3pm (please note new time)

Collingswood Ballroom at the Scottish Rite 
315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ  08107

Dessert reception
Dancing and music
Door prizes

To reserve your place, plesae call 856-858-3667 and leave a message with your name and the number of people in your party.
Please RSVP by October 18th
Space is limited!! Call today! 

Fire Prevention and Public Safety Open House, Oct 15!

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.

Fall leaf pickup starts October 17

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.

Trick or treating hours 2-7pm, Oct 31

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.

CYT presents "Cinderella's Glass Slipper"

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.

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