Collingswood, New Jersey

Collingswood walks!

Join the Genesis Centers in taking a stroll and promoting health every Monday at noon. A group walks from the Genesis Centers office at 566 Haddon Ave to the new 1st Colonial National Bank office building at 1150 Haddon ave - about three quarters of a mile.

There’s no need to sign up and you can join in at any point along the walk. Free t-shirts are given to all participants. Walking is a good way to boost energy levels, manage stress, improve sleep and lose weight, as well as meet new friends. For more information on Collingswood Walks call the Genesis Centers at 856-858-9314.

Collingswood native authors photo book

 

Collingswood by Janet Spavlik turns the pages of time with a new photographic history book. The collection features several early images of Knight Park, historic images of the original structures of Collingswood’s many houses of worship, a large collection of Borough-related images and materials, including the first police and fire companies, prominent political figures, images from Collingswood’s 20th and 50th anniversaries and historic images of Collingswood’s first houses and streets.

Spavlik was born and raised in Collingswood. After graduating from Collingswood High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. She has been an editor and writer for the past twelve years, and currently serves as the managing/online editor for two trade magazines. The book is available from merchants throughout town.

Community Day at the Farmers' Market

Collingswood clubs and organizations are welcome to set up an information table at the Farmers’ Market in a special area on September 15 from 8 a.m. to noon - community day for groups. It is a great opportunity to connect with the community and promote what you do. We hope to encourage enough groups to create an "information fair" area for September 15. Sorry, no selling allowed, information and giveaways only. Market provides approximately a 10' x 10' space, you bring tables, chairs, tent (optional), everything you need. The deadline for signup is Sept. 13th. To participate call Betsy Cook at 856-559-0234 or email bcook@collingswood.com.

Produce available Wednesdays at Colls PATCO!

There is a new opportunity to get Jersey Fresh in Collingswood. Produce ON THE GO at the Collingswood PATCO station, a new project of the Borough of Collingswood, gives people access to fresh, local produce on Wednesday nights from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will continue every Wednesday at least as long as there is corn to harvest.

Market fans should be aware that "Produce-ON THE GO" at the Collingswood Station is not a Wednesday version of the regular Saturday Collingswood Farmers' Market. It is simply an opportunity to purchse local produce in season, mid-week. It is particularly ideal for pedestrians and commuters using PATCO, and for those that need a few extra veggies before Saturday's Farmers' Market.

Special thanks to Viereck Farms from Woolwich Township, NJ, for helping launch Produce ON THE GO.Many farmers say direct-to-consumer markets provide the extra sales they need to survive. The cost of growing in such an expensive region, increasing gas prices, and the effects of suburban sprawl continually pose a threat to the Jersey tomato. To help prevent the loss of local produce, enjoy the freshest, most nutritious local produce you can get. You're increasing the chances that your children, grandchildren, and everyone in New Jersey ("...that comes down the Pike!") will get the chance to do the same. Email bcook@collingswood.com for more information.

Single Stream Recycling in Colls makes it even easier

The Borough is pleased to announce the implementation of Single Stream Recycling. Now you can mix all your recycling into one container -Glass, Paper and Plastics can all be mixed together in your blue recycling container.

Why Single Stream? Because it simplifies recycling so more people will participate and the pounds of materials collected will increase. That will reduce the amount that gets into our trash, saving valuable tax dollars!

You can use your blue recycling container to mix all recyclables together or you can use your own but please clearly mark it as a recycling container. If you need an additional blue bucket, you may pick on up at the Department of Public works at 713 N. Atlantic Avenue (next to the water towers) from 7 AM to 3 PM.

Do you have to mix everything together? No, residents who want to keep paper separate in a brown paper bag may continue to do so. Please keep in mind that one truck will be picking up all the recycling together. (Most likely in a trash truck).

Don't forget the cardboard! Cardboard boxes are a valuable component of our recycling effort. With the collection method changed using a compactor to compress the recycling, our collectors will be able to accept cardboard boxes that are not broken down and bundled together. Boxes are an ideal way to place your paper and other recyclables in for collection. Please try to limit the boxes to 4x4x4 in size.

If you have any questions or comments, please call the Public works Department at 858-0533.

The Fretz Kitchen featured Bistro di Marino

Local Chef and restaurant owner, James Marino of Collingswood, NJ was selected to appear on the well-known cooking show, The Fretz Kitchen airing on Comcast CN8. Marino is the first ever BYOB restaurant owner and one of the youngest chefs to ever appear on the show.

“I’m very excited and honored to be in such amazing company,” says Marino. The Fretz Kitchen has featured some of the area’s big name restaurants and top chefs including Lacroix’s Jean Marie Lacroix, Budakan’s Sydney Frey, and The Continental’s Bill Murphy.

The outdoor setting located in Princeton, New Jersey allowed for a grill-only episode taped in May 2007. Marino featured selections from his seasonal spring menu. Grilled Calamari was topped with baby arugula dressed with extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon. A tower of soft shell crab was placed atop a bed of fresh broccoli rabe and drizzled with a sundried tomato pesto sauce. For the main course, a grilled swordfish filet was seared and served with a fresh tomato and red onion bruschetta.

The Fretz Kitchen has 25 million viewers and reaches 9 million households in the Mid-Atlantic and New England area. It airs daily Monday through Friday at 5:00 p.m. on CN8. This episode first aired on Monday June 18 and will repeat on various dates in June and July. Marino is also scheduled to tape a second appearance on Thursday, June 21 to air later in the summer.

2008 Revaluation Infomation available

In accordance with the Order of the Camden County Board of Taxation, the Borough of Collingswood has completed a total revaluation of all real property located within the Borough. Click here to visit the 2008 Revaluation Information page - designed to answer questions and help property owners navigate tools and steps available to them.

Nicky’s Block Inspection Program

Nicky’s Block Inspection is named for Nicky Iezzi who, with his father, Joseph Iezzi, was lost in a tragic fire on April 29th, 2000 at 4:05 a.m.

Although the fire department has the authority to require landlords to supply and maintain smoke detectors in properties, they have no authority to enter a single family home. To help enforce homeowners to maintain their smoke detectors, the fire department reaches out to Collingswood residents in their homes through this program. The program is voluntary and the inspection team asks permission to enter the dwelling.

The inspections are performed by the on duty career staff who visit in the fire truck and ambulance. They try to perform inspections in the early evening and on Saturday afternoons to accommodate the residents. Two attempts are made to make contact with all the residents to help ensure that everyone has smoke detectors.

Where do I hang my smoke detectors?

All smoke detectors should be hung at ceiling level. There should be a smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and the attic as well as in every sleeping area. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and the batteries changed out every six months.

Take a look at your smoke detectors! The Fire Department will continue visiting neighborhoods and promoting fire safety in September.

Transit Development Info and Q&A

Read about Transit Oriented Development and Collingswood? What is TOD and what does it mean for our town?

Find out! Join a citizens’ orientation and information session on the subject of transit villages on May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Grand Ballroom (315 White Horse Pike). The forum will review TOD development principles and benefits with Robert Dunphy and Nando Micale, experts on TOD with national and local perspectives. Ask the Mayor and Commissioners about the future of Collingswood.

This session is the first of several events designed to involve the community, disseminate information, answer questions and receive feedback on TOD. No RSVP required. For more information call Borough Hall at 856-854-0720.

Community Pancake Breakfast

The Collingswood Rotary Club and Collingswood Fire Company are hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Collingswood High School cafeteria. Tickets are available at the door for $5 per person. Call Pamela at 856-854-4585 or Chief John Amet at 854-1043 x100 for more information.
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