Collingswood, New Jersey

Free Windows!

Pick up your antique, wood, unpainted storm windows in many sizes. Call Commissioner Joan Leonard for details at 856-858-4545.

Collingswood Easter Candy Scramble

This year's Easter Candy Scramble will take place at Knight Park in the section of the park between the garages and the pavilion at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 27.  There will be candy and goodies for boys and girls ages eight and under. To register, visit Borough Hall, 2nd Floor, Arts Plus Gallery, DiBartolo's Bakery, Eck's Jewelers, In the Knick of Time or Total Image.  For more information, contact Collingswood Partners at 856-858-9275.

Celebrate NJ

Celebrate NJ announced a poster contest as part of the 365 Reasons to Celebrate New Jersey Campaign. Interested artists and graphic designers can show off what they love about New Jersey by designing a poster. Show them what you think Collingswood and the State has to offer!

Celebrate NJ is also inviting residents to tell why they love the state in 25 words or less for a chance to see your reason on billboards, on posters, in newspapers or hear it on the radio throughout next year. If your reason is chosen, you and your reason could be one of the subjects in a series of feature newspaper articles next year.

For more information, deadlines rules and entry forms on both contests, visit www.celebrateNJ.org.

Collingswood High School Class Reunion this Weekend

Graduates of Collingswood High School Class of 1976 are invited to its 30 year Reunion on March 10th at the Collingswood Community Center. Tickets are $45.00 from 7PM-12AM. For more information, contact Mark Wallace at gto1972@comcast.net

Proud Neighbors Old House Workshops Return!

March 24 – Wood Window Repair, Instructor Gordon Bock - $20
April 21 – Porch Restoration & Maintenance, Instructor John Leeke - $20
April 28 – Exterior Wood Repairs, Instructor John Leeke - $20

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood presents three different day long, Saturday “Old House Workshops” taught by professional preservation instructors. Join us on all three Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a unique restoration awareness experience. Workshop fees are only $20 each and include lunch – similar programs cost more than $150. These workshops have been financed with a contribution from Proud Neighbors of Collingswood and are presented in cooperation with the Borough of Collingswood Historic Preservation Commission.

See the Historic Board link on the Website under Local Government for expanded descriptions of these workshops. For information call 856-854-0720 x125, 609-707-3684 (evenings) or e-mail Info@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org    

Knight Park Volunteers Meeting – March 1

The 63-acre Knight Park, enjoyed by residents and guests for over a century, needs hands-on care from volunteers to rejuvenate stately trees and landscaping. To complete the restoration, work must take place for decades. The next planting will take place in the spring. Volunteers and organizers will meet on March 1 at 7 p.m. in the community center living room to give details and information to all those who would like to join in the next planting and pruning effort. To participate with the volunteers email Commissioner Mike Hall at MHall@collingswood.com or call at 856-854-4528.

Call Commissioner Joan Leonard at 856-858-4545 or email JCLeonardOTR@yahoo.com for more information, volunteering or making a donation. Consider a tree or bench for the park as a gift to a loved one. The Knight Park Trustees welcome the assistance of civic groups and all residents to continue to preserve and enhance the historic treasure that is Knight Park. Contact the Knight Park Trustees for more information to make a tax deductible contribution at P.O. Box 8731, Collingswood, NJ 08108.

Collingswood High School Band Boosters

…present their first annual Chinese Auction on Saturday, March 3 at Collingswood High School (424 Collings Ave).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the general public and at 6 p.m. for pre-ordered ticket holders only. Everyone will receive a goody bag! Advance ticket reservations will be available beginning January 15 through February 26. Tickets can be picked up at the door the night of the event.

Ticket pricing is as follows: pre-orders cost $15 for 5 sheets or purchase tickets at the door for $10 for 3 sheets or $5 each. Each sheet contains 25 tickets and one door prize ticket. There will be two levels of special prizes, including a one week stay in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as well as 50/50 drawings and awesome door prizes.

For further information and/or ticket sales, please contact Sue McDermet, VP of Fundraising, at 856-240-1019. Join us for a fun-filled evening and help us make this a huge success!

$645K Grant Supplies New Truck for FD

We’ll all feel safer in Collingswood thanks to a $645,000 grant the Fire Department has secured that will go toward replacing the department’s current 1976, 100-foot aerial ladder truck. Fire Chief John Amet gives credit to firefighter Stephen Reustle for preparing the grant and narrative that won the funding. At the time the grant was awarded on December 15, 2006, it was the second highest amount for a single vehicle acquisition in the nation. The Collingswood FD is currently in the process of getting specifications ready for the new ladder truck and received word from the Federal Government that they could expect delivery of the new vehicle in late October or early November of 2007. Congratulations!

Colls Library Offers More, More Often

It’s a happy new year for Collingswood Library patrons. The Library Board of Trustees has announced expanded services and hours to increase accessibility for residents and visitors.

Since Jan. 1, the library added Sunday hours from noon to 4 p.m. to its schedule, allowing the branch to remain open seven days a week. The expanded hours are in addition to the library’s regular hours of Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m._
In addition, the library will also now be open over Thanksgiving weekend and other holidays such as Veterans Day and Columbus Day, allowing full accessibility over three day weekends.

Currently the library offers a host of programs such as kids’ events, historical meetings and a library of historical items, book groups and dozens of clubs and programs. The library also organizes the annual Collingswood Book Festival which draws nationally recognized authors such as Michael Smerconish and Camille Paglia for a weeklong event that encourages reading.

Heads Up Property Owners: Revaluation News

As required by the State of New Jersey, the Borough of Collingswood has contracted with Professional Property Appraisers, Inc. of Delran, New Jersey to complete a revaluation of all property in the Borough. The new assessments will be effective for the 2008 tax year.

The first phase of the revaluation will consist of inspectors taking digital images of all properties within the Borough and the inspection of commercial properties. This phase will start in the next month. The residential inspections will start in the spring. The field inspectors will have identification provided by the Borough and only those who have this identification should be admitted entrance into your property. In an effort to collect the most accurate data possible, homeowners are encouraged to make appointments to allow appraisers into homes.

In the next issue of the Town Crier look for updates on the progress of the revaluation as well as what neighborhoods field inspectors will be visiting. For more information about the revaluation please see our Borough web site or call Borough Hall at 856-854-0720 x135.
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