Collingswood, New Jersey

FREE Pediatric Eye Assessment

The doctors of Premier Eye Associates join over 7,600 optometrists nationwide who are participating in InfantSEE®, a public health program managed by Optometry Cares® - the AOA Foundation.  The program is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life.
 
Through InfantSEE®, optometrists provide a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment to infants in their first year of life, offering early detection of potential eye and vision problems at no cost regardless of income. Optometrists have the instruments and resources not available to general-care doctors like pediatricians and family physicians to detect potential problems that, if undetected, may lead to learning and developmental issues later.
 
A comprehensive assessment between the ages of 6 months and 12 months is recommended to determine healthy development of vision. Although infants cannot speak, optometrists have the clinical education, training and experience, as well as the instruments and resources, to provide non-invasive eye and vision assessments for any non-verbal patients such as infants.
 
1 in 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed vision problems. Risk factors for many eye conditions, including amblyopia (often referred to as lazy eye), muscle imbalances, and some ocular diseases, have no signs or symptoms and may not be detected in a well-baby check-up. However, significant risk factors for eye and vision disorders are not detectable by base-level infant eye screening, and even early retinoblastoma, the seventh most common pediatric cancer, is detected more than 80 percent of the time outside the doctor’s office by a family member or friend.

Premier Eye Associates is an optometry practice based in Collingswood, NJ that offers yearly eye exams as well as specialty contact lens evaluations, medical and emergency eye exams, dry eye evaluations and treatments, and pediatric eye exams.  The primary doctors are Brian Samartino, O.D. and Tyler Mills, O.D., F.A.A.O. The optical shop holds a collection of all the newest frame and sunglass lines.
 
Additional information about patient services and scheduling appointments is available at PremierEyeDoctors.com and by calling 856-858-EYES (3937).  Pertinent information and media updates are shared on Facebook and Twitter.
 
American Optometric Association doctors of optometry are highly qualified, trained doctors, on the frontline of eye health and vision care, who examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the eye. In addition to providing eye and vision care, optometrists play a major role in an individual's overall health and well-being by detecting systemic diseases. Doctors of optometry have the skills and training to provide more than two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States. The American Optometric Association represents more than 34,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians in nearly 6,500 communities across the country.  To learn more about InfantSEE® call toll-free (888) 396-EYES (3937) or visit www.infantsee.org.

Handcrafted at Perkins Center

Join Perkins Center for the Arts for an evening of artistry celebrating the unique and handmade at Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 7-10pm. The award winning tasting will feature over a dozen regional craft micro brews, a distillery, a gourmet food cart fare, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction. By popular demand, the 6th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center will once again feature a VIP Tasting at 6pm hosted by Joe Sixpack, beer reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News. This intimate tasting offers limited space and will showcase small New Jersey Breweries only featured from 6-7pm.

Handcrafted at Perkins Center is named two time Best Foodie Event in South Jersey by SoJo Happening 2015 and 2014, and the 2014 Best Way to Buy Art by SJ Magazine.

The main event will feature brews from a selection of regional craft breweries including Beach Haus Brewery, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Dock Street Brewing, Double Nickel Brewing Company, Flying Fish Brewing Co., Troegs Independent Brewing, Tuckahoe Brewing Co., D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and many more. Perkins Center will also be welcoming local mead from the Colony Meadery, South Jersey rum from Cooper River Distillers and small-batch coffee from Harvest Roastery. Featured VIP breweries include Devil’s Creek Brewery, Lunacy Brewing Company, Pinewood Brewing Company and Spellbound Brewing. Set your taste buds racing as you pair delicious beverages with some of the best gourmet food around including the savory and sweet of Girardi’s Kabobs, Sift Bakeshop, Gourmet Popcorn Creations and returning after popular demand Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse. 

While relishing in the savory and sweet enjoy local musical talents of John Cook and the Jericho Horns, a South Jersey based ensemble performing original Jazz and Soul influenced Rock and Roll, crafted to lift your heart and move your feet. Their music is self-described as reminiscent of classic artists such as Otis Redding, Sam Cook, Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Carole King, Chicago and Motown.

Handcrafted at Perkins Center is a 21+ event taking place at Perkins Center, Collingswood (30 Irvin Ave. Collingwood, NJ 08108) on Saturday, May 14 from 7-10pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include tastings of all the craft brews and food showcased at the event. Attend the VIP Tasting for an additional $20. * Space is limited for the VIP Tasting, purchase tickets early.
 
For ticketing and event details, please visit PerkinsArts.org or call (856) 235-6488. 

Collingswood issues RFP for Collingswood.com website redesign

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR WEBSITE DESIGN

The Borough of Collingswood, County of Camden, New Jersey ("Borough") is soliciting proposals ("Proposals") from interested firms for the provision of the professional services described herein. Firms interested in assisting the Borough with the provision of such services must prepare and submit a Proposal in accordance with the procedure and schedule in the RFP. The Borough will review only those Proposals that include all the information required to be included as described in the RFP(in the sole judgment of the Borough). The Borough intends to select a  Website Design firm or agency to create a new website that meets the goals of the project.  This website should be user friendly for visitors, residents and for borough users, while being the visual arm of the Borough of Collingswood and Collingswood Partners.

The RFP criteria can be viewed here.

Respondents shall deliver two (2) hard copies of their proposals (in clearly marked envelopes) and/or e-mail their proposals to: 

Cassandra Duffey cduffey@collingswood.com
Director of Community Development
Borough of Collingswood
678 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108
ATTN: RFP- Redesign of the Collingswood, NJ Website

All proposals shall be submitted no later than noon on Friday, March 11, 2016 12:00PM. Proposals will not be accepted after the time specified for submission. Proposals received after the hour appointed will be deemed invalid and will not be considered. 

Late submissions will not be accepted and will be returned unopened to the agency. The Borough reserves the right to reject any or all submissions, to waive any requirements of the RFP, to modify or amend, with the consent of the respondent, their submission, and to the effect any agreement deemed to be in the best interest of the Borough. All submissions become the property of the Borough.

K. Holly Mannel
Borough Clerk

Free parking on winter Sundays

Collingswood is offering free parking on Sundays for the winter. There’s no charge to park in town on Sundays during February and March. Parking is limited to three hours.

Hours of operation for paid parking are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 50 cents per hour.

Where can I park in Collingswood? It’s easy! Parking maps and more information here.

Teen Events

Teen Comic Book Club
Wednesday, February 10th
Wednesday, March 2nd
Free! Snacks!
For fans of Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Manga. Discuss your favorite titles, recommend new books, watch anime/comic-related movies, and work on your own projects.
4:00-5:00pm / Teen Area (2nd floor) / Grades: 7-12
 
Teen Board Game Club
Wednesday, February 17th
Wednesday, March 16th
Free! Snacks!
Come play board games at the library. Bring your own games or play some classics from the Teen Area’s collection... Some featured games include: King of Tokyo, Settlers of Catan, Magic: The Gathering, Apples to Apples, etc.
4:00-5:00pm / Teen Area (2nd floor) / Grades: 7-12 
 
Teen Movie
Free! Snacks!
Wednesday, February 24th
Movie: The Princess Bride (PG, 1987)
3:00-5:00pm / Grades: 7-12 
 
Perler Bead Fandom Crafternoon 
Wednesday, March 9th
Free! Snacks!
Turn your favorite Fandom into Pixel Art with Perler Beads. A TEEN TECH WEEK event.
3:00-5:00pm / Teen Area (2nd floor) / Grades: 7-12
 
Divergent Party
Wednesday, March 23rd
Free! Snacks!
Are you a fan of the Divergent series? Looking forward to the new Allegiant movie adaption? Come celebrate all things Divergent with snacks, trivia, a movie screening and more!
3:00-5:00pm / Teen Area (2nd floor) / Grades: 7-12
 
 

Clover Market announces June event in Collingswood

Acclaimed vintage and craft festival brings its vibe to new home in South Jersey 

One of the region’s most-loved markets officially announced the addition of a June 19 Father’s Day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, in festival-friendly Collingswood, NJ as part of its spring lineup. Now entering its 7th season, Clover Market is a seasonal open-air market featuring more than 100 vendors with antiques & collectibles, vintage jewelry & clothing, finely crafted handmade items and original art. A lineup of food trucks, live music, featured nonprofit organizations, and family-friendly activities rounds out the lineup. Founder Janet Long saw Collingswood as a natural place to expand. 

"Collingswood has such a vibrant downtown and exceptional sense of community pride and enthusiasm. It really complements our existing locations nicely, and our customers and vendors have been asking for a New Jersey location for some time now.  With abundant parking, a great public transit option literally next to our location, and the enthusiastic support of the Borough, this was such a great fit."

The Clover Market, has received numerous "Best of” awards including "Best Vintage Market" by Flea Market Style Magazine, a "Must-See Outdoor Market" (just one of four in the northeast) by Vintage Style Magazine, "Best Antiques & Vintage Goods" and Best Outdoor Shopping Venue by Main Line Today Magazine, and is regularly featured in local and regional publications for the quality and variety of vendors it features. The announcement of the South Jersey expansion has already been warmly and enthusiastically received on social media by followers of the Market and the Borough. 

The Collingswood Market will be located just off Haddon Ave on Irvin Ave (at the Millennium Clock) and spreading out in the Kitchen & Associates/Zane Schoolhouse lot and along the Atlantic Ave parking lot (the site of the current Saturday Farmers' Market).  The Market location is right in the heart of the historic downtown and a short walk from the Borough's PATCO station. It is a short ride on PATCO from Philadelphia and easily accessible to residents in South Jersey and beyond.

"We are thrilled to welcome Clover and we hope this is the start of a long partnership," said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. "This is just another great reason to visit Collingswood and the Market’s new home here showcases our brick and mortar businesses as well as Clover’s impressively curated event. It’s great for everyone in the region."

Applications to participate in the spring season are being accepted now through February 19 on the Market's website, and the complete vendor list for all five spring dates will be posted in early March. The Market’s other spring dates are April 10 in Chestnut Hill (the season opening day) and April 24, May 15, and June 5 in Bryn Mawr PA.

The Market is free and open to the public, and the parking options around Collingswood can be found on the Clover Market site and on Collingswood.com. Additional information and vendor inventory sneak peeks can also be found on the Market’s Facebook page for customers who want to plan their day or preview some of the merchandise for sale. Guests can also plan a day enjoying Collingswood's pedestrian friendly downtown filled with shops, services and some of the best restaurants in the region along "South Jersey's Restaurant Row." Many merchants will have specials for Clover Market attendees.

The Market is sponsored by Main Line Media News and Main Line Today Magazine, and is produced in cooperation with several local business associations including the Borough of Collingswood.  For more information visit www.theclovermarket.com.

Collingswood Night at County Winterfest attraction, February 5

A night of family fun, skating and salchows - for Collingswood residents!

Camden County will host a Collingswood Night at its Winterfest at Cooper River attraction on February 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. On that Friday, there will be a free professional figure skating performance at 7pm followed by a 45 minute skate with the stars, free door prizes and giveaways and $2 off skating for Collingswood residents (proof of residency required for discount skating tickets).  

Cooper River Park has once again transformed into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights in the trees, vendors selling tasty treats, and ice skating family fun! This year’s WinterFest features a rink twice as big as last year’s, plus an extended skating season until Valentine’s Day 2016.

The WinterFest Ice Skating Rink at Cooper River Park, presented by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Forman Mills, is located in the center of Cooper River Park's Jack Curtis Stadium on North Park Drive in Pennsauken (5300 N. Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ 08109). Food concessions are available for purchase onsite.  For more information, visit http://skatewinterfest.com/

Energy saving tips from PSE&G

PSE&G has released the following tips for reducing energy bills this season:                          

PSE&G Offers Tips to Stay Warm, Control Energy Costs

(January 5, 2016 - Newark, NJ) – Frigid weather is here, and heating systems are working extra hard. With three months of bill credits this winter, PSE&G residential customers will pay about 30 percent less for gas this season. But there are simple ways to lower bills even more:

-Lower your thermostat by just one degree, which may reduce your heating bill by up to 3 percent. Save even more by lowering your thermostat 2 degrees during the day when you are home, and 5 to 10 degrees when you are away and at bedtime, if health conditions permit.

-Close fireplace dampers when not in use.

-Close and latch your windows.

-Set your hot water heater to no more than 120 degrees.

-Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators, and baseboard element covers. Open any register or baseboard dampers.  

-Remove or cover window air conditioners to reduce drafts. Install insulated or lined drapes on your windows.

-Open your curtains and blinds that face the sun on sunny days to warm your home, and close them at night to keep the warm air inside.

-Use weather stripping or caulk to seal up cracks and prevent drafts in windows and doorframes. Beneath doors, install draft guards available at hardware stores.

-Use a shrink film insulation kit, commonly available at home improvement centers, on drafty windows or make one yourself from plastic sheeting and double-faced tape.

-Seal wall switches and electrical outlets on exterior walls of your home with small foam gaskets available from home improvement centers and hardware stores. Remove the cover plate, insert the gasket, and screw the cover plate back in place.

-Keep your garage door closed if the garage is attached to the house.

-If your budget permits, install (or have installed) a programmable thermostat that you can set to automatically lower room temperatures when rooms are not in use and at bedtime if health conditions permit.

-Check for sufficient water levels in the sight glass for steam heating systems to ensure maximum efficiency. Clean or replace the furnace filter on hot air heating systems.

-Visit PSE&G’s Home Energy Toolkit at www.pseg.com/toolkit. You can calculate the energy efficiency of your home and find out how to save energy and money on appliances and heating systems.

-When making home improvements, always wear the appropriate safety equipment such as eye protection, gloves and a mask to protect against dust; and remember to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors for proper operation and replace their batteries at least once every year.

-More energy saving tips and tools are available at www.pseg.com/saveenergy.

Collingswood, Camden and Pennsauken receive joint $1.7M grant for fire equipment

Camden, Collingswood, and Pennsauken fire departments received funding for nearly $1.7 million worth of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units after partnering on a 2014 federal grant application. SCBA units provide oxygen to responders inside toxic environments like burning buildings. Newer models have upgraded electronics, better safety features that warn firefighters when air is low, and allow responders to “marry up” to another air pack if air supply runs low. According to Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis, “This is one of the single most valuable pieces of equipment for firefighter safety.”

“This is the first time we’ve partnered with other municipal fire departments for a regional grant with the intention to standardize our equipment with our mutual aid partners. This grant provided the three municipalities the ability to make a capital purchase without placing that burden on the taxpayers, while providing the departments with the most up to date breathing apparatus on the market,” said Davis.

The grant is Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In November 2014, Pennsauken and Camden Fire Departments with Collingswood as the lead agency submitted a regional grant. The total grant award, announced in May 2015, between the three towns is $1,692,633. Notably, the partnership between the towns was a key part of the application - the mention of mutual aid greatly helped the three municipalities earn the funding.

"Working together, Camden City, Collingswood and Pennsauken secured $1.7 million in federal funding for important life-saving equipment for their first responders,” said Congressman Donald Norcross.  “The Assistance to Firefighters grant program helps our towns improve public safety without increasing the tax burdens of local residents. I encourage more of our local fire departments to join together and take a regional approach to fire safety grant applications.  This is a remarkable accomplishment and I was proud to support their efforts."

“Camden is proud to partner with in our neighbors in Collingswood and Pennsauken on this regional grant,” said Camden Mayor Dana Redd.  “Whenever implementing a regional initiative, it’s incredibly helpful having strong municipal partners involved.  This grant will help ensure our respective communities and our regions first responders are properly equipped and prepared.  The federal monies will help our fire departments replace aging equipment that would have been forced out of service.  I commend our Federal partners at FEMA for the award and for their continued commitment to our community.” 

In all three departments, required upgrades for SCBA were imminent and would have otherwise cost the municipalities directly. Each town is seeing significant savings by having the replacements funded by the grant.

-Camden will receive 64 SCBA units and 120 additional face pieces at a total cost of $565,006.20 (federal share $513,642/local share $51,364.20)

-Collingswood will receive 26 SCBA units at a total cost of $214,002.80 (federal share $194,548/local share $19,454.80)

-Pennsauken will receive 111 SCBA units at a total cost of $913,624 (federal share $830,568/local share $83,056)

“The Pennsauken Fire Department is extremely proud to have participated in this regional grant project that brings savings to our three communities. A local expenditure of $83,000 to obtain $913,000 in federal funding to purchase breathing apparatus and related equipment that enhances firefighter safety and efficiency is remarkable to say the least and I join with Mayor Maley and Mayor Redd in congratulating our fire departments,” said Pennsauken Mayor Ricardo Taylor.

Winter Story Times at the Library

Take kids to enjoy storytimes at the Collingswood Public Library this winter!
 
Three, four, and five-year-old children meet on Thursdays at 10am in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room at the Library 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.  
New attendees must register for this session by emailing us at youthservices@collingswoodlib.org. Please include your child’s name and age, and your phone number. Please note that if the public schools are cancelled due to snow there will be no story time.
 
Winter Story Time Dates & Themes:
Jan 7- Imagination Station
Jan 14- Three Little Pigs
Jan 21- Snowflakes
Jan 28- Arctic Antics
Feb 4- Happy New Year
Feb 11- Love is in the Air
Feb 18- Octopi
Feb 25- I’m the Gingerbread Man
Mar 3- Happy Birthday to You
Mar 10- Alligators and Crocodiles
Mar 17- It’s Easy Being Green

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Tiny Tot Story Time: for children 18-35 months old

January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, and 18. Please note that if the public schools are cancelled due to snow there will be no story time.
 
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room
Fridays – 10am 
This program includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime.  
Because of the nature of the program and the age of the children, late-comers will not be admitted.
New attendees must register by emailing us at youthservices@collingswoodlib.org. Please include your child’s name and age, and your phone number.

Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ  08108
856.858.0649



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