Collingswood, New Jersey

Women’s History Comes Alive: A Night of Women and Politics

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
Collingswood Library (771 Haddon Ave)

The Glass Ceiling got another crack in it when Hillary Clinton became the Democratic nominee for President.  It’s the perfect time to look back and look ahead at the contributions women have made to American political history.  Join us for a fun and interactive night of stories and games telling “HerStory.”  From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to Jeannette Rankin’s courageous vote against both world wars, test your women’s history IQ and share the tales of extraordinary women who forever changed politics and history.  Appropriate for all ages. 

Hosted by Keith Forrest, a Collingswood resident and communication professor at Atlantic Cape Community College.  He has interviewed female governors, lieutenant governors and mayors, and was the first-ever male graduate of the advanced feminist studies program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Forrest has been interviewed about women and politics on NPR and network television affiliates and is a three-time "Faculty of the Year" and founder of the communication program at Atlantic Cape.

Apple Pie contest seeks bakers

The Collingswood Farmers' Market annual Apple Pie Contest

We need bakers! Do you have the best pie?

Put those yummy Fall apples to good use! The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will be hosting their annual APPLE PIE CONTEST on Saturday, October 8. This is a perfect opportunity for you to make Grandma’s secret recipe or show off your baking skills. There are Market gift certificates up for grabs, so put your all into your pie!

The contest will be at 9:30am in the judging tent at the Market. Pre-registration is a must! To register please visit the rules and registration page here before contest.

PSE&G to perform paving on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood

The following notification is from PSE&G:

PSE&G to Perform Paving on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood

Following upgrades to its gas facilities, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) will be performing road restoration on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood beginning on or about Tuesday, September 6. The work will take place on Haddon Avenue between Browning and East Linden Roads. Although Haddon Avenue will remain open, lanes will be closed during construction and there will be detours around some intersections.

“We estimate the work will take three to four weeks to complete,” said James Venito, Jr., senior gas distribution supervisor for PSE&G. “Our crews will work around the clock, and we will make every effort to minimize disruption. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we complete this important work.”

Collingswood police will be onsite to direct traffic. PSE&G notified adjacent property owners about the work and assures the public that the area is safe and closely monitored.

Community Chorus seeks new members for 2016-2017 season

Love to sing? Want to meet new people? Be a part of Collingswood’s Community Chorus program!

Collingswood Community Chorus, part of the Collingswood Recreation Department, is under new direction and seeking members. No experience needed. The group performs two major concerts annually, in spring and winter. CCC’s first rehearsal is Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm at the Zane North Elementary School (801 Stokes Ave) all purpose room.

Cost to join is $25 for Collingswood residents and $50 for non-residents. Contact or call 856-854-0720 x1 for information or visit Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) to join.

Borough installs bike corrals in downtown

Cyclists, we want you in Collingswood.

As part of the Borough’s ongoing commitment to improving pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, Collingswood installed a new bike corral across from the intersection of Lincoln and Haddon Avenues, outside Borough Hall. The Borough also installed  a second corral across from the intersection of Haddon and Washington, outside The Retrospect offices - a notoriously cluttered crosswalk that is often tricky to enter.

So - what’s a bike corral anyway? Bike corrals convert a former parking space into a series of bike racks capable of holding roughly a dozen bikes. Corrals help promote sustainability and complete streets (the use of streets for people, strollers, wheelchairs, bikes and other forms of transportation as well as cars), provide increased parking for residents and patrons and increase pedestrian and bike traffic as well the visibility of businesses from the street.

Specific to Collingswood, corrals at intersections that have pedestrian crossings also increase visibility of pedestrians entering the street by removing parked cars that once blocked sightlines to the crosswalk entrance.

“A lot of families and guests use bikes in Collingswood,” said Mayor James Maley. “We’re seeing a lot of demand for infrastructure that responds to the needs of cars as well as cyclists and pedestrians. This brings even more people to our businesses and makes great use of a single space on Haddon Ave.”

Collingswood installed the corrals after a group of citizens approached officials with recommendations for improving cycling and walkability in town. The Borough has also put up additional bike racks throughout town as well.

Proud Neighbors Architectural Tour, Sept 18

Proud Neighbors Architectural Tour, Sept 18 

New  1 p.m. residential tour added! 

Noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Historic Haddon Avenue Tours still available.

Have you ever wondered about the history behind the architecture that gives our town such great character? Join a docent-led walking tour of three residential areas plus the Historic Haddon Avenue business district, and learn more about how our great town has changed over time.

Enjoy exploring Collingswood’s Architectural history with Proud Neighbors on Sunday, September 18; rain date September 25.  Experience the style and diversity of Collingswood from the outside on this narrated exterior walking tour.

Haddon Avenue Tour starts at Noon, 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Residential Tours will depart at 1 p.m. All tours end with a celebration at Devil’s Creek Brewery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please note that the noon and 2 p.m. residential tours are already sold out!

Spend the afternoon discovering something new about our town and meeting your neighbors!  Your $10 donation for the Proud Neighbors wristband gives you flexibility to hear each docent-led walking tour plus the brewery tour for just one price. Please register in advance for this event at 

The contiguous residential walking tours will be approximately 2 ½ hours with a 15 minute pause between segments. The three contiguous residential tours total about 3 kilometers (1.9 mile) in distance. Docents provide an enlightened overview of architectural style & history of exterior sites along walking tour.  

Tours in the residential areas (Mansion, Collings Residential & Bungalow) are limited to 15 people. Due to high demand another residential tour has been added! The three residential tour routes are contiguous. Start at 1.p.m. at the Hurley Mansion (315 White Horse Pike), which is in front of the Scottish Rite Auditorium,  to hear architectural history of all three residential sites; mansions, Collings Avenue residential and the bungalows in Merrick Villa.   All homes are privately owned and not open to the public.  

The Historic Haddon Avenue business district tour will repeat. Business district tours have open capacity.  Start at noon, 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. at 843 Haddon Ave to hear Commissioner Leonard’s tour.  Due to a broken ankle, Mayor Maley will no longer be leading a tour segment. Therefore, the 2 p.m. Historic Haddon Avenue tour is shortened to end before Collings Avenue, while the noon and 3 p.m. tours will end at the Lumberyard. Take the business district tour to learn about the historical development along Haddon Avenue.

Conclude Proud Neighbors of Collingswood Architectural History Walking Tour by meeting neighbors at Collingswood’s newest businesses at the Lumberyard. Brewery owners will provide an inside tour at the new Devil’s Creek Brewery.  Participants are solely responsible for beverage & merchandise purchases at Devil’s Creek Brewery. All tour registrants are welcome to visit Devil’s Creek Brewery on Sunday, September 18 from 4 through 7 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather on Sunday, September 18, please check for updates on rescheduling. Event rain date is September 25. Registrants are asked to please provide e-mail or phone when registering so proud neighbors can contact guests in the event of weather related changes.

Please note that next spring, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s signature fundraiser, the annual Porch Brunch and House Tour returns on the Sunday after Mother’s Day, May 21, 2017.  It is not too early to offer to open your home or garden for the event. Contact Bunny at 215-806-4907 to get involved.

Established in 1983, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s mission is to promote awareness about historic preservation in the Collingswood community. They strive to educate by sharing ideas and information on restoration and preservation with residents, the business community, and local government while working to maintain the historic character of Collingswood. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood has IRS approved 501(c) (3) status as a public charity. Contributions are tax deductible.

Sign the kids up for fall events at the Library!

New attendees can register by emailing Please include your child’s name and age, and your phone number. 

This program includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime.
Event dates:
Sept. 9, 16, 23
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18 

STORYTIME FOR 3-5 YEAR OLDS - Thursdays, 10-11:30am
Includes stories, songs, finger plays, snack, and a play period. Each child is given a theme related craft to take home.
Event dates and themes:

September 8 - Let’s Play
September 15 - Shiver Me Timbers
September 22 - Here Comes the Book Festival
October 13 - Cow Jumped Over the Moon
October 20 - Fun With Fairy Tales
October 27 - Do Not Build a Frankenstein*
November 3- Put Me in the Zo
November 10 - It’s a Moose
November 17- Whale in the Sky 

*Come in costume to our annual Halloween party!


South Jersey mag names Collingswood businesses BEST!

Collingswood businesses were honored with nine best of titles (and two readers' choice) in the annual South Jersey Magazine Best Of issue! Everything from baked goods to blowouts! See below for the Collingswood winners and see here for the entire list! Congrats!

Constellation Collective
Everything in the Constellation Collection pastry case is hand baked every day, but it’s their rotating selection of muffins that really catch our attention day in and day out. Their locally sourced and seasonal varieties, like strawberry-blueberry, apple peanut butter and chocolate cherry, make each stop in a new and exciting experience.
Collingswood, (856) 240-7787, 

Dulce Artisanal Pastry
Owner and pastry chef Josue Santiago Negron has built a career out of delicate and intricate pastries, working in elite kitchens in the city for years. Now he’s brought that skill into his own kitchen, with gourmet desserts, cakes, cookies, breads and pastries that are almost too beautiful to eat ... almost.
Collingswood, (856) 942-0254, 

The Pop Shop
These pancakes aren’t just known for their massive size, but also for the massive selection. There are over a dozen varieties, ranging from their regular “Bettys” to a vegan option, peanut butter and chocolate chip, even pancakes stuffed with bacon, all served with a dousing of powdered sugar and syrup on the side.
Collingswood, (856) 869-0111; Medford, (609) 975-6888, 

Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
For years Chef Nunzio Patruno and his mouthwatering menu has been an anchor on Collingswood’s restaurant row along Haddon Avenue, and for good reason. The high-quality ingredients, expert preparation and lively atmosphere are only matched by the attentive servers who make each visit one to enjoy.
Collingswood, (856) 858-9840, 

Sabrina’s Café
The stuffed French toast at Sabrina’s is more like a showpiece. That’s because the slices of super thick Challah toast, piled a mile high with a sweet cream cheese filling and bananas, then finished with vanilla maple syrup and powdered sugar, always manages to turn the heads of everyone in the restaurant.
Collingswood, (856) 214-0723,

Despite its name, this Collingswood mainstay is anything but clutter. The shop is full of unusual artifacts and rare vintage pieces that are either handmade, re-imaged or found, and will fit any personality that walks through its doors. Here, you’ll find old books and cameras, glass and wooden figurines, rare pottery, dishware and unique jewelry in almost every corner. Plus, each visit is rarely the same.
Collingswood, (856) 833-1112, 

The Nesting House
For this generation of socially and environmentally conscious parents, The Nesting House offers the perfect selection of gifts that are responsibly made and not commonly found at large baby retailers. They have a wide variety of organic burp cloths, Egyptian cotton clothing, all-natural baby wash and lotions, as well as sustainable toys to get baby off to an Earth-friendly start.
Collingswood, (856) 869-3048,

Verde Salon
Kevin Gatto’s luxury salon goes beyond just a blow dry to create a blowout experience that is hard to forget. Their Express Blowout package includes a relaxing wash and blow dry, but also comes complete with a keratin treatment that leaves your hair silky and shiny long after your visit.
Collingswood, (856) 858-0911, 

Perkins Center for the Arts
With locations in Collingswood and Moorestown, this arts center offers everything from educational classes to rotating exhibitions, but most importantly they are true ambassadors for South Jersey, developing programs designed to connect the local community to the fine arts.
Collingswood, (856) 833-0009; Moorestown (856) 235-6488,


Zeppoli in Collingswood 

Marlene’s Dress Shoppe in Collingswood

Collingswood grabs NINE "Best Of" titles from SJ Magazine!

Collingswood businesses take home some big honors in SJ Magazine's annual "awesome, don’t-miss-it, everything-you’ve-gotta-try" guide to fun in the region. There are some old favorites and even new businesses in this list - so be sure to give everything a go. See the full list here. Congrats!

Best Cakes Made By Reality TV Stars
DiBartolo Bakery

667 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Bakery owner Al DiBartolo and his coworker Manny Agigian serve up dessert with a dash of entertainment. The pair has been featured on the Food Network’s “Save My Bakery” and were the runners-up on season four of TLC’s “The Next Great Baker.” The success hasn’t gone to their heads though­ – DiBartolo is still the delicious bakery next door. 

Best Monday-Night Family Dinner
Tortilla Press

703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Banish those beginning-of-the-week blahs with dinner at Tortilla Press, where kids eat free every Monday night (one free entrée from the kids’ menu for every full-price adult entrée ordered). The family-friendly offer is also good at Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville, just in case mom and dad need a margarita fix (no judgment from us), or you can always bring your own tequila to the Collingswood location. 

Best Book Festival
Collingswood Book Festival

Haddon Avenue, Collingswood

Every year, book lovers flock to Collingswood for poetry readings, workshops and the chance to hear from their favorite authors. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am to 4 pm. And special guests include SJMagazine’s Marianne Aleardi, Maury Z. Levy and Sally Friedman, who will talk about their book “Worth Repeating.” 

Best Mind-Testing Fun
Escape Room South Jersey

710 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
The escape room craze is sweeping the country – and South Jersey finally has an escape room of its own! There’s nothing quite as fun (and sometimes funny) as gathering a big group of friends, solving puzzles and finding clues to escape the traps, like our favorite, the Cold War-themed “American Embassy Room.” 

Best Pancake Fries
The Pop Shop

729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
What? Pancake fries? We must be in pancake heaven! These unique specialty treats are prepared with The Pop Shop’s homemade recipe, and we’ve never tasted anything like them. Doused in cinnamon and powdered sugar, the awesome breakfast/dessert is one of our favorite new discoveries. (That’s why we featured it on the cover!) 

Best Outdoor Dining

601 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
New this year, the outdoor dining patio at Sapori is spacious, cozy and a great reason to head to this Collingswood treasure for some authentic Italian cuisine. But be sure to make a reservation – you won’t get a table outside or inside without one! 

Best Thrift Store
Frugal Resale

740 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Whether you’re hunting for a prom dress or an amazing pair of cowboy boots, treasures abound at this adorably appointed downtown Collingswood shop. If you’re just window-shopping, this is the best place to do it. The inventive window displays are reason enough to drop by. 

Best Specials
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico

706 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
You can’t go wrong ordering anything off the menu at this Italian treasure, but it’s always a treat to hear what Chef Nunzio has prepared for the evening. If the waiter happens to offer osso buco as a special, request that! You won’t be disappointed. (Of course, if the rack of lamb is a special, you won’t be disappointed with that either.) 

Best Way to Spend a Clear Summer Night
Movies in Knight Park
Collings Avenue & West Browning Road, Collingswood
When we want to kick back and enjoy a breezy summer evening, we turn to free movies in Collingswood’s Knight Park. What could be more peaceful than watching the big screen from a comfy beach chair or blanket? Check here for a complete schedule.

Vigil for Peace Fri., 7/15 @ 7pm

In light of the events of violence across our country, the Borough of Collingswood will hold a Peace and Unity Vigil on July 15 at 7pm at the parking lot at Woodlawn and Haddon Avenues.

We urge everyone to attend - all welcome. Please share with your neighbors and friends.

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