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Park Mobile kiosk
July 01, 2020

Collingswood offers touchless parking options with the ParkMobile App

Collingswood now offers touchless parking through ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States to enable drivers to pay for parking from their mobile devices. The ParkMobile app is now available at hundreds of spaces around the Borough.

Stickers and signage on meters, kiosks and at businesses will provide information to drivers on how to pay for parking using the app. ParkMobile is available for free for both iPhone and Android devices, and users can additionally register on parkmobile.io. Information on parking and how to use the app is also available on Collingswood.com here.

After setting up an account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile devices. Users simply enter the zone number posted on nearby signage, choose the duration of time to park, and hit the “Start Parking” button to begin their sessions. The ParkMobile app gives users the ability to pay for parking on-the-go by allowing them to remotely view and update or add time to their parking sessions – right from their mobile devices.

“We were working on finalizing pay-by-app prior to the pandemic and with New Jersey opening up and guests returning to our businesses this is a wonderful way to remain safe while visiting Collingswood,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “There was a lot of excitement about this option when we tested it out in the winter.”

ParkMobile has a growing audience in the Northeast with parking available in major cities such as New York City, Boston, and the nearby Philadelphia. The app is also widely available throughout other New Jersey markets, such as Newark and Jersey City, as well as the beach communities of Asbury Park and North Wildwood.

ParkMobile is the most widely used mobile parking solution in the country with more than 17 million people using the app over 60 million times per year across over 400 cities. ParkMobile is excited to make a difference leveraging its large network of users as it expands into Collingswood.

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Color Borough Seal
June 29, 2020

JULY 6 Commission Meeting scheduled as Zoom meeting

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF FORMAT TO THE REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR THE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR 7:00PM MONDAY JULY 6, 2020.


THE MEETING FORMAT HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE AT THE COLLINGSWOOD SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER 30 W. COLLINGS AVENUE, TO  REMOTE CONFERENCE DUE TO COVID-19.

IN LIEU OF IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE, THE PUBLIC MAY ATTEND THIS MEETING VIA ZOOM REMOTE CONFERENCING AND COMMENT DURING THE DESIGNATED PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE OPEN PUBLIC MEETINGS ACT.

TO JOIN THE MEETING DIRECTLY FROM A COMPUTER, TABLET, OR SMARTPHONE PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87619319356

OFFICIAL ACTION TO BE TAKEN.

Draft agenda for the July 6, 2020 meeting will be available prior to July 6 here:  Document center - draft documents
Those without a laptop or smartphone can dial in to this meeting by calling any of the below:
US: +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799

Webinar ID: 876 1931 9356

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June 17, 2020

Brush Collection

Due to the recent storms, the amount of brush has been staggering. We’re working on getting all the brush collected. Please be patient.
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hydrant flushing
June 15, 2020

Hydrant flushing, week of June 15

It's no surprise to anyone that has lived in the area for some time that our yearly hydrant flushing causes a temporary discoloration in water supply due to iron sediment that is brownish, but safe, getting stirred up during the process. Since our spring flushing, we have continued to exercise valves.  Valve exercising is a new 2020 requirement by the NJDEP.  Turning valves, many for the first time in 90 years, has caused an increase in brown water many are seeing. During the week of June 15 we will conduct additional flushing to clear out sediment in our older valves.

See the June 15-17 additional flushing schedule here.

The Collingswood water plant has recently completed filter upgrades and we can report that iron levels coming out of the treatment plant are extremely low. Iron is not harmful to drink, however, the discolored water will cause stains on clothing. It's our hope that this additional work will resolve the additional buildup you are seeing in the water. Please contact the Collingswood Water Department at 856-854-2332 if you encounter any adverse condition with your water. 

For more information on hydrant flushing see this video from Capital Water.

See the Mayor's update June 12 update which includes info on valve exercising here.

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POOL 2018
June 10, 2020

Roberts Pool hiring lifeguards for 2020 season

Collingswood is hiring for the following positions to staff the 2020 Roberts :

· Full time certified pool manager – oversee employees and address situations as they arise, organized person with multi-tasking abilities

 · Lifeguards – must be 15 years old, flexible schedule and ability to work with others.  The Borough will be organizing a Red Cross lifeguard certification and re-certification day.  Date and location to be determined.  Minimum wage.

 

 

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June 05, 2020

CRUISING Cruise Night June 18

In the face of the pandemic - and thanks to the suggestion of Joe Fox - we're hosting an actual moving Cruise NIght! Thursday, June 18, 6pm to 7pm. Staging will take place on Atlantic Avenue. You must remain in your car at all times. Only pre-registration will be accepted by mail or email.

Donations will be graciously accepted by check payable to COLLINGSWOOD CARES or PayPal. All donations will benefit Collingswood Cares https://www.collscares.org/
NOTE: No dash cards will be issued and no trophies will be awarded. We're just cruising!

For more details and the registration form - http://www.collingswood.com/things_to_do/arts_and_events/cruise_night.php

PayPal link - shorturl.at/horNS
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Color Borough Seal
May 20, 2020

Hydrant flushing scheduled for May 21 & 22

Collingswood will conduct townwide hydrant flushing between the hours of 5am  to approximately 10am in neighborhoods beginning May 21, 2020. Anyone living in homes of surrounding blocks during flushing should avoid using water during these hours. In the morning it is best to run water from a tub (cold water side only) or outside hose spigot to avoid any unsettled mineral content from getting trapped in faucet screens. We thank you for your patience while we perform this important and necessary task

See the complete neighborhood flushing schedule here.

Collingswood periodically conducts hydrant flushing in the Borough. The water main flushing program is designed to remove natural minerals like iron and calcium that sometimes collect in the bottom of water mains. This operation may cause a temporary discoloration in your water supply. By allowing your water to run for a short period of time, the problem should clear itself. Please be assured, although the water may be discolored, it is safe for human use.

For more information visit the Water Department page here.

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1701_cruisenight_logo
May 19, 2020

Virtual Cruise Night

Please join us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/785470341984281/

F
eel free to post photos of your vehicle - it doesn't have a be a collectible.  Then browse the cars.

The event runs from Tuesday, May 19 at 9am until Friday, May 22 at 6pm.

See you on Facebook.
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June 29 Blood Drive
May 08, 2020

Blood Drive, June 29

Collingswood Community American Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, June 29, 2-7pm
Collingswood Grand Ballroom
315 White Horse Pike
Collingswood, NJ 08107

Appointments are preferred.
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE: CLICK HERE
Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: Collingswood Community

Healthy donors can give blood safely during Coronavirus – and blood donations are needed more than ever during the pandemic. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”

Learn more about blood donation during COVID-19 here.
Save time on the day of the donation and visit www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass

Donor Eligibility Guidelines | Donation Tips  | Tips to Boost Your Iron

Area hospital patients are depending on you! Don’t forget to HYDRATE and please remember your ID.

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Color Borough Seal
May 06, 2020

May 6 Zoning Board Meeting scheduled as Zoom meeting

Zoning Board of Adjustments Meeting. Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. on the 3rd floor at the Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the May 6, 2020 Zoning Board Meeting will be held via Zoom.  

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82798992011

 Meeting ID: 827 9899 2011

 
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April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020–Commissioner Leonard Reflects on 50 Year History 

Earth Day 2020–Commissioner Leonard Reflects on 50 Year History  

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day also coincides with the timing of Arbor Day this Friday. The two celebrations go hand in hand in many ways; plant a tree, clean the air! The lofty goals of both Earth Day and Arbor Day have persisted through the decades.

Click here to read Commissioner Joan Leonard’s message and to learn more about how you can celebrate these two special days.  

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Color Borough Seal
April 15, 2020

Zoom Town Forum, April 22

Collingswood's April Town forum will take place online so residents can chat with Borough officials about COVID-19 or any issues on their mind.

Participate in the April 22 Town Forum by joining the Zoom meeting that evening:
April 22, 2020: Join that meeting via ZOOM here: https://zoom.us/j/97192675926

Forums provide residents with the opportunity to tell their government of specific concerns impacting their neighborhood, issues such as public safety, public works, recreation, etc. They are conducted in an informal manner designed to encourage two-way communication. All interested citizens of the Borough are encouraged to attend and participate.
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April 09, 2020

Virtual Cruise Night

Join us for a Virtual Cruise Night on Facebook. See photos, stories and videos about cars and motorcycles from our Cruise Night participants and other like-minded folks. We’ll throw in some fun extras like music performances and trivia. We’ll tag the sponsors who support us, the bands who entertain us and many of our participants.  Check out our Facebook event page here.

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April 02, 2020

#CollingswoodConnects series brings online classes and entertainment during COVID-19

Presenting: #CollingswoodConnects!

You can't visit all our storefronts but you can still enjoy so much of what our businesses have to offer ONLINE! Collingswood Connects aims to showcase the streaming and online classes, programming and content that Collingswood businesses have made available for our community to learn and enjoy together while we are apart.

We've gathered many of the classes and tutorials our businesses are offering in one place for you to enjoy any time here>>https://conta.cc/2UzhxCN

We are also launching a featured #CollingswoodConnects series **Thursdays at 6PM** starting Thursday, April 2! Every Thursday we will feature a class or tutorial from our local businesses, experts and performers that our whole community can enjoy together.Tune in every week for a new class or seminar! Here's what's coming up:
APRIL 2 - Restorative Yoga for Building the Immune System (using household items as props) with Mary Garbiesi of The Yoga Loft Collingswood

APRIL 9 - The Pop Shop Collingswood - Family Friendly Grilled Cheeses cooking tutorial

APRIL 16 - The Tortilla Press Healthy Quesadillas for the Whole Family cooking tutorial

APRIL 23 - Connect 2020 Virtual Public Workshop

APRIL 30 - Living room concert from Jenny Pilong / Little Fawn

MAY 7 - Sustainable Collingswood seminar, TBA

Links for each online event will be shared on the #CollingswoodConnects Facebook event page here.

Reminder: You can still buy gifts, dinner and experiences in Collingswood, too! See takeout options and online stores in Collingswood here>> http://collingswood.com/news_detail_T6_R281.php

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Color Borough Seal
March 31, 2020

Keith Hastings to retire as Borough Administrator,  Cassandra Duffey to serve as replacement

Officials in the Borough of Collingswood announced today Borough Administrator Keith Hastings has decided to retire in September 2020. Cassandra Duffey will serve as an Administrator upon Hasting’s retirement.

Hastings has worked for Collingswood for 30 years, serving as the Borough Administrator for the last 9 years. He also held positions in the Department of Public Works and as Tax Collector during his tenure. He saw the Borough through good times and bad serving the town through the 2008 recession and many successful revitalization efforts that transformed the town over the last 20 years. He was also an active volunteer with the Collingswood Library, May Fair, and Holiday Parade to name a few. 

“The retirement of any Borough Administrator is always a significant change in a municipal family, and although we are happy to see Keith embark on this new chapter, he takes with him more than 30 years of institutional knowledge, leadership, and service to Collingswood. He will be greatly missed, and on behalf of the Commission and all of our residents, I congratulate him and wish him well,” said Mayor Jim Maley.  “We are happy to announce that Cassandra Duffey will assume the role of Administrator sometime late summer of this year and hope everyone will join us in extending best wishes to Cassandra as she takes on a new role with the Borough.”

   

Duffey, who has worked for the Borough for nearly 14 years, is being promoted from her dual roles as Director of Communication/Community Development and Business Improvement District Director. She has led many efforts for the Borough including the creation and execution of a dynamic events portfolio geared at building Collingswood as a destination location. She is a graduate of Rowan University with a master’s degree in Public Relations where she was named an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. Duffey was also recognized in 2018 with a “Top 40 Under 40” award by Southern New Jersey Business People. She also serves on the Board of Visit South Jersey.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to take on this new role with the Borough. We have a great team here and I appreciate the confidence the Commissioners have placed in me,” said Duffey “I am excited about the opportunity to serve the Borough’s community in a new capacity.”

About Collingswood: Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Small Town Food Scene in America by USA Today, the Best Place to Go Car-Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association, and a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Collingswood Farmers Market was also named the best in the Nation (mid-size) by the American Farmland Trust. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

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Bunny around Town
March 30, 2020

The Easter Bunny "around town" - April 6-11

We have egg-citing news!
The Easter Bunny will be touring through our town via a safe social distancing float!
RSVP to the Facebook event page for weather updates!

WHAT: Easter Bunny will ride through town on a tour to spread some springtime cheer (just like "Santa Around Town!"). Please watch and wave from windows or porches and practice safe social distancing.

WHEN: April 6 THROUGH April 10 from 11am to 1pm
--please share to help us spread some joy--

ROUTE: Will follow the leaf collection schedule. Schedule and map can be found at http://www.collingswood.com/government/departments/highway_department.php

BIG thanks to our team at the Department of Public Works, Police and Fire Departments for helping to make this happen.
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Census 2020
March 26, 2020

Census 2020 forms due

A reminder from the Camden County Complete Count Committee:

A our share of Federal resources over the next decade will be based on our numbers, and the resources we will need will be substantial. During the COVID-19 crisis it is still important, likely more important than ever before, to complete the Census.  Fortunately, for the first time in the history of the Census, it can be filled out and submitted online at www.2020census.gov.  Filling out the form is easy, fast and secure, and a receipt is provided to those who complete it.

The Census map is live now.  Check the link below:
https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2017/geo/roam.html
Enter your zip code in the search and see how Collingswood is responding. 

See more details at https://www.camdencounty.com/census2020/

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Color Borough Seal
March 20, 2020

Collingswood Borough offices closed to the public

MAY 4 - Commission Meeting will take place as scheduled but as a Zoom streaming meeting. View/join that meeting here https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87619319356 or find dial-in info here.

MAY 18 Planning Board meeting is rescheduled for June 22. Meeting will take place as scheduled but as a Zoom streaming meeting. Meeting link will be shared on Collingswood.com prior to the meeting.

APRIL 22  - Town Forum will take place as scheduled but as a Zoom streaming meeting. Meeting link here: https://zoom.us/j/97192675926

APRIL 1 - Zoning Board meeting will be rescheduled
APRIL 6 - Commission Meeting will take place as scheduled but as a Zoom streaming meeting. Meeting link will be shared on Collingswood.com prior to the meeting.

MARCH 23 - Planning Board meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

All playgrounds and public bathrooms have been closed. Park locations will remain open as outdoor-only facilities during regular operating hours. 
 

Effective March 17, 2020, Collingswood Borough Hall offices will be closed to the public and doing business by appointment only in an effort to protect employees and the public and to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the community. Should you need any assistance please email the following contacts:

-Public Works 856-858-0533 | publicworks@collingswood.com
-Municipal Court 856-854-7535 | Carol.Staszewski@njcourts.gov
-Tax/Water/Sewer 856-854-0720 | press 1  kmccarthy@collingswood.com
To report a sewage stoppage during regular hours (Monday-Friday 7AM-3PM), please call 856-858-0533. During off hours or holidays, please call 856-854-1900
-Borough Clerk 856-854-0720 press 2 | hmannel@collingswood.com
-Construction Office/permits 856-854-0720 press 3 |  mfareri@collingswood.com
-Administration 856-854-0720 press 4 | khastings@collingswood.co
-Finance Office   856-854-0720 press 5 | epigliacelli@collingswood.com
-Business Improvement 856-854-0720 press 6 | tseeley@collingswood.com
-Community Development/Communication 856-854-0720 press 7 | cduffey@collingswood.com
-Zoning Office 856-854-0720 press 8 | switkowski@collingswood.com
-Fire Code Inspections are paused with the exception of sale of property and certificate of occupancy inspections. The forms can be found online at: http://www.twp.pennsauken.nj.us/firedept/forms
The Pennsauken Inspection Office is closed to the public, but staff is on hand to schedule appointments and answer questions by phone: 856-665-0774

Collingswood Police Department will be ceasing some normal operations, including closing the front desk and walk-up services. This closure will impact services normally available Monday through Friday from 8-4. The impacted services and further instructions can be found below:
- FINGERPRINTING: These services have been temporarily suspended
- BLOCK PARTIES: Temporarily suspended
- RECORDS: To obtain a vehicle / property release or incident report or accident report, contact the records department at: 856-854-1901 x229 or vsheffield@collingswood.com
- FIREARMS PERMIT APPLICATION: Individuals wishing to apply for a Firearms Identification Card or Handgun Purchase Permit, please go to https://www.njportal.com/NJSP/fars
Further questions can be directed to Agent Rodgers at 856-854-1901 ext. 227 or crodgers@collingswood.com
- TEMPORARY HANDICAPPED PLACARD: To apply for a temporary parking placard, please download and complete the Temporary Placard Application. Once completed, send the form, along with a $4 check made payable to NJ MVC to police headquarters (735 N. Atlantic Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108). The application form can be found at https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/vehicles/SP-68.pdf
Other Police related forms and info can be found on the police page here.

Police Emergency: dial 9-1-1
Police non-emergency, dial 856-854-1900

Collingswood Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Public Works will continue operations as usual. Trash pick-up and recycling will continue following normal schedule.

Follow regular updates on our COVID-19 page here.

Helpful links:
Pay tax/utility bills online here.
Report issues online here.
Pay traffic tickets: Click here

Also affected are the operations of:
-Municipal Court will be closed for the period of two weeks.  More information here.
-Collingswood public school have moved to a remote learning model. Visit https://www.collingswood.k12.nj.us/ for information.
-Collingswood Community Center is closed to the public
-Events at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom, Scottish Rite Auditorium and Mansion are postponed
-Collingswood Public Library is closed to the public but offers several online and digital resources, see info here: https://www.collingswoodlib.org/
-Public parks are open but playgrounds are closed to the public
-All Collingswood events and festivals are canceled until at least April 30
-Upcoming Commission meeting (April 6) and Zoning (April 1) boards will be held at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). See the regular meeting schedule here.

Residents are encouraged to monitor Collingswood.com as well as social media channels for further information and updates.

NJ Department of Health has established a 24-hour public hotline: 800-222-1222.
NJ DOH COVID-19 dashboard here.

We apologize for any operational inconvenience as we continue to work with County, State, and Federal government on this national emergency situation.

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March 20, 2020

Covid-19 Family and Community resources

Collingswood Cares aims to assist at-risk Collingswood families or individuals that have been impacted by COVID-19 with support in a variety of ways.

If you know someone in need or are in need yourself, please visit https://www.collscares.org/.

Collingswood Connects aims to feature online classes, programming and content that Collingswood businesses have made available for our community to learn and enjoy together while we are apart. Every Thursday at 6PM we will feature a class or tutorial from local businesses, experts and performers - tune in every week for a new class or seminar. Or see what you can do all week long! Details here.

From the New Jersey Department of Health: Frequently Asked Questions about Animal Health Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic

The library is adding additional ebooks to their collection so more patrons can access titles at home from their devices. See ebook collections and resources here: https://www.collingswoodlib.org/all-downloadable-collections
Collingswood Public Library is also offering free access to Lynda.com for one year! Now is the time to prepare for your future with professional development courses ranging from basic skills to advanced tech.

The Collingswood Library is also expanding streaming programming. See online storytimes, craft tutorials and other streaming activities on the Collingswood Library Facebook page here.

Emotional and social support resources for dealing with COVID-19 from Collingswood Public Schools here.

ExtraordinaryED,operated by CustomED - a nonprofit specializing in educational experiences for learners of all ages, offer the blog YouthED at customed.org/youthed/ which has resources for parents, caregivers, educators and students. Resources and posts will include items such as virtual trips and tours, activities for the little ones, and ways to help navigate the challenges of remote learning.

Collingswood Public Schools 2 O Clock Dance Party:
Find Time to Relieve Stress! It’s 2 p.m. You’re tired and stressed. You don’t understand this “new math.” You realize your 5-year old knows more about technology than you do. You’re wondering how teachers do this everyday? The best way to fight off the 2 o’clock blues and build that immune system is to move! Welcome to the 2 o’clock Virtual Dance Party.
-Play the music (loud!), Dance! (no groups unless they’re family), Record a short clip, Tweet using hashtag #2beatCOVID19(don’t forget the “2” in #2beatCOVID19)
Follow Collingswood Schools on Twitter to see everyone dancing along and see each day's song!

List of virtual field trips here (google docs).

Doodle with author Mo Willems daily: Mo Willems Lunch Doodles

Collection of free virtual museum tours here.

Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High School students can take advantage of free audiobooks thanks to Audible, which is owned by Amazon. Audible is offering free streams on a select number of children's stories across six languages to keep kids "dreaming, learning, and just being kids.” The service will be available for as long as schools are closed.

For High School students and older family members who always dreamed of an Ivy League Education, not’s your chance. Free! 500 Free Online Courses from Ivy League Schools that will make you smarter (and less stir crazy). Got time to kill? Check out these classes from the likes of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

For all community members, auntbertha.com is a one-stop website to search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more. In need or know someone in need? Please share this resource.

For all community members, the Camden County Library System is offering a free one-month card for all Camden County residents to access all of their digital content.  This includes ebooks, audiobooks, emusic, and downloadable video, as well as research and online learning resources for children and adults. To explore, visit https://www.camdencountylibrary.org/free-card .

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DOWNTOWN CLOCK
March 16, 2020

Supporting Collingswood businesses during Coronavirus

Collingswood is open for Business!

Please consider how you can support Collingswood businesses by ordering takeout, shopping online, etc. This will be a difficult stretch for our business community and they need your help! There are dozens of merchants and services that are doing business online and much of our restaurant community is offering takeout and curbside menu options. Who can you support?

This list is not exhaustive, please call your favorite businesses to see how you can support them. You can also support small businesses by purchasing gift cards from almost all of your favorite shops, services and restaurants that can be redeemed when Coronavirus social distancing measures have passed.

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COLLINGSWOOD CASH BONUS LOTTERY - REGISTER JUNE 19-23
FREE MONEY TO SHOP LOCAL! Ready to shop in Collingswood? We're giving away cash as our businesses reopen for phase two
You must register online from June 19-23 for a chance to purchase and win bonus cash!
Just as non-essential businesses reopen in NJ, Collingswood is hosting a summer Collingswood Cash sale. Similar to the Borough's annual bonus cash giveaway during the holidays, shoppers that purchase Collingswood Cash during this event will receive $20 FREE for every $50 purchased to spend in town. Unlike our annual "tailgate" event, we will hold this giveaway with a socially distant lottery. See details here.
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Collingswood is also offering free three-hour parking until further notice to reduce transmission through touchpoints on meters and kiosks. We've also added several temporary 15 minute spaces throughout the downtown for easier pickup/takeout service.

See all Collingswood COVID-19  closures, updates and information here.
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Coronavirus
March 12, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

See recent updates on the Mayor's blog here.

Letter from the Mayor and Commissioners:

MARCH 16, 2020

Residents and friends of Collingswood,
We'd like to update you on what Collingswood is doing regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the local level. Our teams are working, meeting and evaluating constantly to do our best to keep our community safe. Please do your part to limit transmission by adhering to social distancing guidelines: stay at home as much as possible, wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay 6 feet away from others and we urge at-risk populations to be especially mindful regarding social interaction. The CDC now recommends that all gatherings of more than 50 people be avoided or canceled for eight weeks.

We have taken several measures to limit transmission in public buildings and spaces as well. All updates, along with more detailed information and resources, are posted here but we've included an overview below. The situation is changing daily so please look for updated information. 
 
Collingswood Public Library and Collingswood Community Center are closed to the public. NJ Courts have suspended Municipal Court sessions from March 16 to March 27. More information here. 

The Collingswood School District issued this directive closing schools as of March 16. Knight Park is open to the public but playgrounds are closed to reduce transmission.

Collingswood Borough Hall remains open to the public for the time being. Borough events, festivals and recreation programs have been suspended until at least April 30. Upcoming Planning (March 23) and Zoning (April 1) boards will be held at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). See the regular meeting schedule here. Hydrant flushing will continue as scheduled as it is important to not disrupt infrastructure maintenance. Please see the notice about hydrant flushing here.

Collingswood is offering free three-hour parking until further notice to reduce transmission through touchpoints on meters and kiosks. Our businesses are facing an incredibly difficult time as social distancing means dwindling revenues that can cripple small businesses. Please, while practicing social distancing measures, consider how you can support our small businesses by ordering takeout, shopping online, etc. This will be a difficult stretch for our business community and they need your help! We will be following up on this email with a list of businesses that are offering takeout or online specials during this time.
  
Most importantly, we ask that everybody take commonsense precautions to limit the risk of transmission. Collingswood officials are coordinating with county, state and federal agencies to keep up to date on the latest developments and will continue to communicate with the public. While there is no need to panic we do need to work as a team. These social distancing measures are not a casual suggestion. If we all work together to follow these guidelines, we can help limit the impact of this disease.
 
Thank you,

Mayor M. James Maley, Jr. and Commissioners Joan Leonard and Robert Lewandowski
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Collingswood Cares logo
March 01, 2020

Collingswood Cares aims to assist at-risk families or individuals that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with support in a variety of ways. 

Collingswood Cares is a 501(c)(3) that can help in the following ways:
-Shopping for food or meal delivery
-Picking up medications
-Financial assistance for basic needs 

If you know someone in need or are in need yourself, please reach out by visiting www.CollsCares.org.

Collingswood Cares was started by Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley and his wife Mary Kay Maley in 1992. Collingswood Cares for its Children in Crisis was formed to support families of chronically and terminally ill children in the community with resources needed for care - medical assistance, meals, transportation - however families needed assistance, Collingswood Cares original goal was to help relieve the burden families faced during sickness and hardship.  

Now, as the Collingswood and the world faces a never seen before challenge in fighting COVID-19, Collingswood Cares has altered its mission to support members of the community that need help during the crisis.  Please visit https://www.collscares.org/ to volunteer or request assistance.

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NJ makers day
February 27, 2020

Library hosts NJ Makers Day, March 21

The Collingswood Public Library will participate in New Jersey Makers Day on Saturday, March 21, 2020!

The purpose of this statewide celebration is to shine a light on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and maker culture. This all ages event will take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room. Watch a demonstration and participate in Stop Motion Animation. If electronics is more to your liking, give Little Bits a try. We’ll be making jewelry, buttons, magnets, chip clips, playing games, and more. Although we won’t be putting a dent in the Guinness record for the largest marble run (for you fellow nerds, it’s 9,379 feet, 7 inches!), guests, kids and hosts will work together to construct a ginormous structure of roll-ability. There is no charge to participate in Makers Day events.

New Jersey Makers Day began in 2015 to enhance community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents by collaborating with multi-type libraries, museums, small businesses and others to promote and explore new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation and hands-on learning experiences. In 2016, New Jersey Makers Day was expanded to be a two-day event, which allowed sites not able to host events during the weekend (like schools, colleges and universities, manufacturers, local businesses, etc.) to still be able to provide programs, demonstrations and other events for their communities.

For more information visit https://njmakersday.org/ or the Collingswood Library page here.

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New jersey Division of Taxation
February 25, 2020

Small Business Workshop at the at Collingswood Public Library, April 14

Learn about starting and running a small business with the Business Registration & Reporting Business Income seminar! Co-hosted by NJ Division of Taxation and Collingswood Public Library, the event takes place Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 10– 12 PM at the Collingswood Public library (771 Haddon Ave., Collingswood NJ 08108).

This course will teach you:
· Different business structures
· Registering a business in New Jersey
· Legal entity vs. individual structured business registration
· How to report your New Jersey business income

To register, email cms@collingswoodlib.org or call the library at 856-858-0649.

RSVP and updates on event Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2518352335085725/

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Collingswood Community Garden Plot
February 13, 2020

Collingswood Community Garden offers open plots for the upcoming season

The Collingswood Community Garden offers an opportunity for community members to register for open plots available for cultivation this spring. The goal of the Community Garden is to promote Collingswoods open space into thriving gardens, creating a place for neighbors to work collaboratively and experience the rewards gardening offers by participating in community events. Come out to one of the Community Garden meetings to learn about organic gardening and meet fellow borough members who share the same passion for agriculture.

Meeting Dates:

  • March 4, 20206:30 PM
  • April 8, 20206:30 PM


Community Garden Locations: 

  • East Collings Avenue (between Washington Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and Maple Terrace)
  • Cattell Avenue


To learn more, reach the Community Garden through:

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Collingswood-Community-Garden-239069742792593/
  • Email cllngswdgrdn@gmail.com
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Collingswood Reads Books
February 13, 2020

The Collingswood Reads book club, spring dates

Looking for a fun way to talk about books and meet new people? Join Collingswood Reads, The Collingswood Library’s very own book club! 

Collingswood Reads comes together once a month, typically the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 8 PM. Adults and teens gather to discuss the book pick of the month, meet neighbors and enjoy snacks.

In March, the book club will read The Great Alone by author Kristin Hannah.

The Great Alone takes place in Alaska circa 1974. Ernt Allbright, a Vietnam Vet, is deeply affected by the war. Ernt moves his family to rural Alaska to turn over a new leaf. Ernt, along with his wife Cora and teenage daughter Leni, learn how to cope with his declining mental health and the onslaught of Alaska’s harsh winter conditions. Drawing support from the tight-knit community which the Allbrights moved to, the family survives the winter. Still, Ernt’s recovery from the trauma of war endures.

Collingswood Reads Book Club will meet on March 25, 2020, to discuss The Great Alone.

Upcoming spring 2020 Book Club titles and dates:
April 22, 2020: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
May 27, 2020: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

 Learn more at https://www.collingswoodlib.org/

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January 03, 2020

Collingswood Public Safety Facility groundbreaking event, Jan 9

Collingswood officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on January 9, 2020 at 10 a.m. for the Borough’s new Public Safety facility. The building will house both Collingswood’s Police and Fire Departments at 434 Haddon Avenue.

“It’s been a lot of work getting to this day and there is still a long way until we open the doors but it means so much to symbolically push this project to the next phase,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We have worked extremely closely as a municipal team to build something that will keep our community safe, give our first responders the tools they need and fit within the fabric of Collingswood.”

The facility will bring Collingswood’s first responders into the twenty-first century with desperately needed upgrades. The Borough’s current police and fire buildings are extremely outdated and do not meet modern police and fire standards or best practices.

The new $10.7 million, 30,000 square foot building is designed to reduce operation and maintenance costs for both police and fire, improve response times, provide better communication and efficiency for both departments, provide increased community visibility and improved accessibility for residents and provide shared, multi-purpose areas that can be used by PD and FD, which maximizes the facility’s use. It will prioritize green building options and includes features like a green roof and building systems’ efficiency measures as the Borough aims for LEED certification. It will also be home to Collingswood’s Office of Emergency Management with upgraded technology and communication equipment. Expected completion is early 2021.

“Our force has been doing extraordinary work in substandard conditions,” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “This new space will allow for improved policing and community relations and we are excited to be working so closely with our brothers and sisters in the Fire Department.”

Borough officials hosted several meetings over a yearlong period to inform residents regarding the need for the project, how it will be financed, provide updates and hear feedback. The visioning sessions included tours of current facilities and exercises to get input from residents about the building’s design. Officials anticipate taking on the cost of the project as old debt is retired to avoid any substantial tax increase to property owners.

“This project is a great example of how municipalities can work alongside residents to design a building together,” said Collingswood Commissioner Joan Leonard.

Representatives from the Borough, Camden County Improvement Authority, USA Architects, Epic Construction, Jingoli Project Management and others will be on hand to take ceremonial first scoops on the project site. The Borough is working with Collingswood schools to host a separate time-capsule ceremony on the site in the near future.

“This is an exciting project for the staff at the Fire Department. We are looking forward to having a facility that will fit our current and future operations and open new opportunities for expanding our services to the community,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis.

See a fly through rendering of the building here.

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Sustainable Jersesy Luncheon 2019
January 02, 2020

Collingswood Earns Silver Certification from Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey representatives announced that Collingswood has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey Silver Certification.  Collingswood is among 50 towns statewide that have achieved Silver Certification and one of only 5 of 37 towns in Camden County that are currently Silver Certified. Certified towns throughout the State were recently honored at the Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon in Atlantic City with several Green Team members on hand to celebrate achievements and look to the future.  

“Collingswood is committed to promoting sustainability in its policies and operations. We are proud of the work of our Green Team, volunteers, borough employees, and partners throughout town who helped us achieve this distinction,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley.

Commissioner Joan Leonard, a longtime environmentalist and the Borough’s liaison to the Green Team reiterated the mayor’s comments. “I am thrilled to receive this designation and we owe a lot of thanks to our Borough staff and residents who do the work each day to fight climate change in our little corner of the world. Our work is far from done and the partnership with our residents is critical as we continue to implement policies and programs help protect the environment.”

To become Sustainable Jersey Silver certified, Collingswood submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 350 action points and 3 priority actions. Collingswood achieved a total of 380 points for 37 actions in 14 different categories such as preserving natural resources, wildlife protection, energy efficiency, supporting arts and culture, economic resiliency, food production, land use and transportation, waste management, community education, and citizen engagement and communications.

“Congratulations to all of the municipalities that have achieved certification this year,” said Randy Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “Earning certification involves more than just implementing sustainable actions. It takes extraordinary leadership and a real commitment to making our communities better. As New Jersey tops the list as one of the fastest-warming states in the nation, the next ten years will be a critical period for making progress. Sustainable Jersey certified towns are a force for change as they create a path forward to advance sustainability.” Certified towns excelled in areas such as improving energy efficiency, health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and advancing the arts.

About Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. Currently, 80 percent or 450 of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities are participating in the municipal certification program and 339 school districts and 884 schools are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Learn more at  www.SustainableJersey.com.

About Sustainable Collingswood
Sustainable Collingswood, also known as the Collingswood Green Team, works to create an environmentally friendly community and improve the quality of life in Collingswood through the support and creation of sustainable programs, policies, and practices. It is a collaborative effort in which volunteers work with borough officials, local businesses, residents, schools and other community organizations to foster and initiate programs and raise awareness throughout town to enhance the quality of life for current residents and for future generations. Programs in Collingswood that encourage sustainability include the town’s bike share program, subsidized composter and rainbarrel programs, community garden,and recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. For more information visit the Green Team page here or Follow @CollsGreenTeam on Facebook

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Color Borough Seal
January 02, 2020

Renew parking permits in 2020

Overnight parking permit applications are required every two years. Those that have parking permits will need to reapply by January 31, 2020 to renew permits. Collingswood Police Department is accepting permit applications now. Apply in person, by mail or email.  A copy of each vehicle registered to the address is required at the time of application.

Not sure if you need a permit? Here’s an overview of parking regulations:
Parking regulations in Collingswood consider the needs of different streets and neighborhoods in town. Generally speaking, residences with a legal off street parking space or public parking lot within one block of your residence are not eligible for a permit. If you live in a residence with no off street parking or a smaller driveway, you may be eligible. There is no cost for a permit. You can call in overnight guests by calling 856-854-1901 x590.  Overnight call-ins are limited to a maximum of 5 nights in a 30 day period.

See more information on parking permits and applications here. Residents can also apply via email to police@collingswood.com. With parking questions feel free to contact Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey at kcarey@collingswood.com.

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Connect 2020 meetings
January 02, 2020

CONNECT 2020 community meeting, Jan 22

We need your input!
Please join us for a community meeting to kick-off Connect 2020, a plan for walking and biking in Collingswood & Haddon Township.

RSVP to the Facebook event page for this meeting here.

Connect 2020 is thanks to a Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) grant  from the Delaware Valley River Planning Commission. Collingswood was awarded $72,000 as part of a multi-municipal application with Haddon Township for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Enhancements Master Plan.

TCDI funding focuses on linking land use and transportation planning. The goal of the Collingswood and Haddon Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is to develop a bicycle and pedestrian network that helps to further connect the two communities with a specific focus on travel to the Haddon Avenue corridor and other assets throughout the two communities.

The study will look at the best way to create a seamless, safe and reliable bicycle and pedestrian network between the municipalities of Collingswood and Haddon Township will facilitate and encourage both utilitarian and recreational travel by walking and bicycling. Smart planning will maximize multimodal connections for visitors, commuters and residents to assets including NJ Transit bus connections, the PATCO Speedline, Zip Car (located in Collingswood), The Camden County Spine Trail, various public park trails, The Camden Greenway and The Circuit Trails of Greater Philadelphia and ultimately the East Coast Greenway.

PLEASE NOTE: There are two upcoming meetings to accommodate different schedules. Visit Connect2020SJ.com for meeting schedules or see all events on our page.
To learn more about the project, take the online survey, or for future meeting dates go to Connect2020SJ.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/Connect2020SJ/

http://www.collingswood.com/news_detail_T6_R115.php

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Collingswood menorah lighting 2019
December 16, 2019

Community Menorah Lighting, Dec 26

Colingswood’s annual community Menorah lighting on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 6 pm.

The lighting takes place at the Lumberyard garden found at the corner of Collings and N. Atlantic Ave.  All welcome!

Connect with the community and enjoy an evening of fun for the whole family with music, latkes, donuts, dreidels and choco-gelt! Sponsored by Chabad of Camden and Burlington counties. For more information please visit www.thechabadcenter.org

 

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November 22, 2019

Community Chorus Concert Dec. 3!

Tis the season for the annual Collingswood Community Chorus Holiday Concert! Join the chorus on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy holiday classics during an evening of song and celebration at the Scottish Rite theatre located at 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood.

UPDATE: Due to malfunction at the Scottish Rite, the elevator will not be available for the December 2 concert. Guests that can do limited stairs can be assisted to the auditorium through ballroom lobby, up one floor, and up just one flight of stairs to the theater. Unfortunately, guests in wheelchairs, walkers, and those that cannot use stairs will most likely not be able to attend this concert.

Admission is free, gather your friends and family for this wonderful concert and begin a new holiday tradition! For more information please visit the Collingswood Community Chorus Facebook page.

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griswold house
October 21, 2019

Register today for the holiday house decorating contest!

DECK THE LAWN! Can your holiday decorations take home top prize for Collingswood’s first residential holiday decorating contest?

It’s not too early to think about stringing lights and garland for Collingswood’s first Neighborhood Holiday Decorating Contest! Following on the success of the annual storefront decorating contest, we are bringing the competition to the neighborhoods.

Do you go all out for the holiday season? Are you a Clark Griswold wannabe? Are you completely trimmed out in garland and lights? Take home bragging rights this year if you think your home (or block) has what it takes to be named BEST decorated! Register in categories including Classic, Best Block (get your neighbors together – a block must have at least five homes within the same block to register, themes suggested) and Most Creative (best use of lights/effects/whimsy). Decorate your home however you like. Judging will include doors, windows, yards - anything that can be seen from the street or sidewalk. Homes will be judged by Collingswood Rotary Club.

Homes must be registered for the competition by Wednesday, November 27 at midnight. Homes must be located in Collingswood. Houses must be decorated and prepared for judging by Thursday, December 5. Winners will be announced December 19. Register for Collingswood’s Residential Holiday Decorating Contest here.
 
Registrants will be featured on Collingswood’s first Holly Jolly Trolley lights tour! See the magnificently decorated business districts and homes registered for the residential decorating contest each Friday in December. Guests can take a free, festive trolley tour and enjoy block after block of homes trimmed in holiday cheer! The trolley will board in Collingswood’s downtown, giving guests an opportunity to plan a night to enjoy the trolley then shop and dine in the Borough’s “winter wonderland” which includes caroling, free visits with Santa and free parking!

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The_BIG_Cleanup 2019
October 18, 2019

Knight Park Cleanup, Nov 16 - volunteers needed

Volunteers needed!  A volunteer clean up event is planned for Saturday, Nov 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Knight Park in Collingswood. Hands are needed to perk up the park.

Tasks include turning over soil and adding compost, installing and maintaining shrubs, leaf raking and pavilion sweeping, etc. Kids ages 12 and over are welcome.

Please help us green up our beloved park. Those interested should RSVP to Commissioner Leonard at jleonard@collingswood.com to volunteer. Participants should bring gardening gloves, rakes, shovels, spade shovel and if possible leaf blower and meet at the Pavilion at Knight Park that morning.
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2019 Holiday Ornament
October 14, 2019

Order your 2019 Collingswood holiday ornament today!

This year’s ornament commemorates the 17th anniversary of the Collingswood Book Festival. An annual fixture of the community, the festival continues to entertain and educate with activities for every generation including featured authors in attendance and a wide range of speakers covering countless literary topics.

Winner of the New Jersey Library Association service award for volunteer group, the Book Festival remains the region’s premiere literary event. The Borough of Collingswood proudly presents the 2019 ornaments in honor of the tremendous work and commitment of the Book Festival organizers and volunteers.

Order your 2019 ornament before they’re gone! Place your order by completing the form here. Ornaments will be available for pick up at Dig This located at 717 Haddon Ave.

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redcross
October 03, 2019

Be a lifeline at the American Red Cross Blood Drive

Be a lifeline by donating blood at St. Teresa Calcutta Parish, located at 50 Emerald Ave in Westmont on Friday, October 11 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Appointments are preferred and can be made online using sponsor code St Teresa.

Consider making a Power Red donation! This method uses a special  machine to safely allow you to donate two units of red blood cells during one donation. Power Red donations are ideal for trauma and surgery patients.

Hosted by the American Red Cross, the blood drive donations serve a critical purpose in treating patients of all ages. From trauma patients to those living with sickle cell and chronic diseases, giving blood saves countless lives.

For more information please visit www.redcrossblood.org  

 

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book
September 20, 2019

The Collingswood Book Club is in full swing!  Next meeting September 30

Looking for a book club where people actually talk about the book? Join Collingswood Reads at Collingswood Library on September 30, October 23, November 20 and December 18 at 7pm in the library’s Peter Childs meeting room to discuss the monthly book pick, meet neighbors, and munch on snacks. The club invites you to come share your thoughts and hear others’ perspectives. For more information please visit the library’s website.

Upcoming Books:
October- The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.  Hal recieves a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance.  Although the letter was sent to the wrong person, Hal believes her cold reading skills might help her claim the money.  Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased and learns something is very wrong with the situation and the inheritance.
November- The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea.  Ailing patriarch “Big Angel” de La Cruz summons his family for one last legendary birthday bash.  As the party approaches, his mother passes away, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader.  Across two bittersweet days, the revelers mingle to celebrate the lives of Big Angel and his mother and recount the many inspiring tales that bought these citizens to a fraught country they have come to call home.
December- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  Thanks to the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome Creek has its own traveling librarian in Cussy Mary Carter.  Cussy is not only a book woman but is the last of her kind with skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else.  If she wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folk, Cussy must confront prejudice with the color of her skin and the Library Project.

 

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porchfest2019
September 06, 2019

Porchfest returns September 21!

Porchfest returns to Collingswood on Saturday, September 21 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Local artists, artisans and musicians are setting up shop on their or a neighbor’s ( porch for a full day of entertainment.

Rather than having just one porch as an all-day concert, wander the town and enjoy different sounds and styles from the many artists on hand.  Maps of the participating porches will be available.

Streets will remain open, but audience members are encouraged to walk, cycle, and use public transit when possible. There will also be bathrooms available at the library, Knight Park and other shops downtown while you patronize them, which we hope you will!

Help get the word out! Before, during and after Porchfest use the hashtag #collingswoodporchfest or #collingswoodporchfest2019 to help promote this awesome event. For more information check out the Porchfest FB page.

Porchfest is a volunteer-organized, grassroots community music and arts festival with a goal of connecting the community through the arts. If you would like to volunteer to help with the promotion of the event or to be an official sponsor, please contact the event chairs Stacey Brown-Downham, Sara Neal, and Kevin Monko at collsporchfest@gmail.com.

 

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September 05, 2019

The Proud Neighbors of Collingswood seeking homes for the Porch Brunch and House Tour

The annual Proud Neighbors of Collingswood Porch Brunch and House Tour will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020 . The event offers a delightful brunch and leisurely stroll among the varied architecture and lush gardens of showcased Collingswood homes. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood will provide all the necessary food, supplies, and staff. If you are interested in hosting a brunch on your porch and to learn more about showcasing your home or garden please contact the Proud Neighbors of Collingswood at info@proudneighborsofcollingswood.org .  Act fast, registration closes in October!

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity, promotes historic preservation awareness by sharing ideas about restoration and strives to maintain the historic character of Collingswood.
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September 01, 2019

Collingswood Haunted Hayride returns October 26

Looking for Halloween chills and thrills??

The Collingswood Haunted Hayride returns for one night only on Saturday, October 26 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in Knight Park, located on Collings Ave. This evening of scares takes kids and adults on a spooky trip aboard a tractor through haunted Knight Park.

Admission is $5. Food, glow sticks and t-shirts also available for purchase. The Haunted Hayride takes place rain or shine! For more information please visit the event’s FB page or email CollsHauntedHayride@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the CollingswoodMiddle School and High School PTAs, all proceeds support programs including Collingswood High School’s Project Graduation and scholarships.

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Fall festival pics
September 01, 2019

PTA Fall Festival in Knight Park, Oct 19

 Get into the Fall spirit and support Collingswood PTAs at the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 19 from 12 to 4pm at the Knight Park Pavilion.  There will be incredible music from the band Eastbound and Down, an amazing hayride throughout Knight Park, countless games and fun for kids, and food galore - including the annual COLLINGSWOOD CHILI CONTEST!

Participants needed! To enter the chili contest, contact Denine Gorniak (deninegorniak@gmail.com or 215-407-5867).  Collingswood cash prizes (and bragging rights) for the winners.

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September 01, 2019

CYT registration opens Nov. 1

Click here and look for the Spring 2020 Registration page. (Note: The page will not be live until 11/1 at 9am.) The first 68 students will receive a part.

If there are any spaces left, out-of-town residents may register beginning November 8.  

Any out of town registrations received before November 8 will be denied a spot in the cast.

--DO NOT SEND REGISTRATIONS EARLY!

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Take the Green Challenge
August 13, 2019

Take the Green Challenge, Win Collingswood Cash!

The Green Challenge encourages residents to adopt small lifestyle changes that together make a BIG impact. By pledging to take actions such as unplugging devices not in use, slightly reducing shower time, or shopping local– our community can continue to progress towards a greener world for generations to come!


There are three levels to the Green Challenge: Just Getting Started, Green Friend, and Green Champion. Each level hosts a variety of actions meant to encourage and inspire green choices in our daily lives. No matter what level actions you choose to pledge today, know that your participation makes a difference!


TAKE THE CHALLENGE HERE: https://collsgreen.wufoo.com/forms/green-challenge/


To increase the overall benefit, we’re giving away Collingswood Cash to participants! Drawing will be held by Friday, Aug. 16, so be sure to make your pledge in time to be eligible.

 

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Recycling Contamiantion FB
August 12, 2019

Recycling has changed, but have you changed your recycling?

What you've been recycling might not belong in your recycling bin and that is having a huge impact on how our trash is processed. We are asking that residents review new rules and reexamine their recycling habits. Read the entire Mayor's Blog here.

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jack o lanterns
August 01, 2019

Halloween Trick or Treating scheduled for Oct 31, 2-7pm

The ghosts and goblins will be out on Thursday, October 31!  Trick or Treating hours in Collingswood are 2 to 7pm. Many families visit neighborhoods and trick-or-treating along  Haddon Avenue and Collingswood's business districts is very popular with families.

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.

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POOL
July 31, 2019

August Sale for Roberts Pool Passes

From noon to 4 p.m., purchase pool tags at Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Avenue) or at Roberts pool for the remainder of the season. Call 856-854-0720 x128 for more information. For more information on Roberts Pool, see the pool page here.

Discounted August Swim Sale Pool Tag Rates - all half price!
Collingswood Family: $125
Non Collingswood Family: $250
Collingswood Adult: $37.50
Non Collingswood Adult: $75
Collingswood Senior Citizens (age 65+): $25
Non Collingswood Senior Citizens (age 65+): $50
Collingswood Child under 3 years: No fee
Collingswood Child ages 3-20: $30
Non Collingswood Child: $60

DAY BAND SALES (sold at the pool only) remain the same for the remainder of the season:
Collingswood Resident: $10
Non Collingswood Resident: $20
Proof of residency and child dependency required

Open Swim Pool Hours
11:30am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday
11:30am to 7pm, Sunday
Roberts Pool is open for the season June 21 to September 2






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CBS 3 summerfest
July 30, 2019

Collingswood featured on CBS3 Summerfest series

In June, Collingswood was featured as one of CBS3’s Summerfest towns! The CBS team, including Jessica Kartalija, Ukee Washington and Tori Woodill spent a day in town that included a live broadcast, a live stream from Roberts Pool, several segments on Collingswood businesses, events and organizations, interviews with Borough officials and residents and a lot of fun! Their visit resulted in hours of footage showcasing Collingswood as a truly outstanding place to live and visit (something we already knew)! You can see some of the Summerfest footage below.

Porch & Proper feature
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/27/taste-with-tori-porch-and-proper-collingswood-cbs3-summerfest/

Collingswood Bikeshare
https://cbsloc.al/2J8RnzL

Cooper River Yacht Club
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/4114151-summerfest-cruises-into-the-cooper-river-yacht-club-in-collingswood-new-jersey/

The Pop Shop feature
https://cbsloc.al/2J8RnzL

Events/parks/Roberts Pool/Proud Neighbors of Collingswood
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/28/cbs3-summerfest-a-collingswood-summer-calendar/

The Factory feature
https://cbsloc.al/2KS0qZp

Restaurant scene
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/28/collingswood-new-jersey-restaurant-scene/

Arts & creativity businesses
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/06/28/art-experiences-haddon-avenue-collingswood-new-jersey/

Mayor's segment/anchor interview
https://cbsloc.al/2J8RnzL

Community Garden feature
https://cbsloc.al/2J8RnzL

Bobby Chez feature
https://cbsloc.al/2J8RnzL

Arctic Freeze feature
https://cbsloc.al/2J8RnzL

Songbird Karaoke feature
https://cbsloc.al/2FCyO5V

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Color Borough Seal
July 23, 2019

July 2019 storm updates

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July 17, 2019

Movies in the Park July 23 is canceled

Movies in the Park for Tuesday, July 23 is canceled due to possible rainy weather.
Full event schedule here.
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SPID Group
July 02, 2019

Roberts Pool Luau, rescheduled for July 14

We’ll celebrate summer and Collingswood's favorite place to relax on JULY 14 from 12:30-2:30pm. Come out for a community luau party with a special lei greeting, Polynesian entertainment and hula dancers, shaved ice, plus games and prizes! The party is open to members or day guests at no extra charge.

**Bring the family and your best hula moves!**
-JULY 14 from 12:30 to 2:30pm at Roberts Pool
-Must have tag for entrance, day tags will be available for $10 per person (resident) or $20 per person (non-resident)
-Full season and membership info for Roberts Pool can be found here: http://www.collingswood.com/things_to_do/parks_and_recreation/roberts_pool.php
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June 24, 2019

Annual Fourth of July Bike Parade

Annual Fourth of July Bike Parade - 10am

Take a community ride to celebrate the 4th! Kids, families and cyclists are encouraged to decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters patriotically. The short ride starts at Haddon & Zane Avenues, going down Zane, Park and Browning and ending at Browning & Magill where participants will enter the park. Once inside the park continue your ride towards the ice cream truck. Tatem Shields American Legion Post 17 will be distributing free ice cream and popsicles for the children & flags to guests in Knight Park starting at 10am near the Knight Park Caretakers House. If your child has any specific dietary needs please contact Kim Brooks at kimzoefinn@gmail.com

For more details, check out the Facebook page here
For details on all of Collingswood's 4th of July event see our Independence Day page here.
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June 04, 2019

Register for Proud Neighbors annual July 4 house decorating contest

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest 2019

Register your address in advance to participate July4@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org
Judges will only visit homes that provide address, name, phone and email in advance. See the Proud Neighbors event page here.

Spread the word. Tell your neighbors! Register NOW for a chance to win Collingswood Cash!  Collingswood homes, businesses and town blocks will be judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness to architecture, best historic homes and overall best look. Show off your banners, flags, stars or stripes to paint the town red, white and blue! The official judging will take place on the morning of 4th of July and the winner will be announced in style at the Collingswood fireworks display that evening. Winners will be awarded Collingswood Cash and prizes are delivered to property owners one week following contest.

There has been a festive display of patriotic colors over the years and we expect the same enthusiasm from participants this year too. This event requires advance registration – email July4@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org with your name, address, phone and e-mail address to participate. For questions, contact 856-466-8725.

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May 15, 2019

CamdenPopRock performs in Collingswood for 2nd Saturday, June 8

Perkins Center’s Lawn Chair Concert Series returns to Collingswood with a live outdoor concert featuring CPR: Music Invincible. Established in 2015, CamdenPopRock will present a wondrously eclectic fusion of modern, classical and international music and performance art. CamdenPopRock will perform on the corner of Haddon and Woodlawn Avenues, next to Grooveground Coffeebar (647 Haddon Ave).

This free performance is part of Perkins Center for the Arts’ annual Lawn Chair Concert Series with a partnership from the Borough of Collingswood and presented by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey with additional support from Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation and PNC Arts Alive.

This concert is part of 2nd Saturday in Collingswood which invites guests to plan a night on the town to experience the unique arts, music, shopping and dining Collingswood is known for. As always, Second Saturdays are free and there are local artists and musicians on each block. Just arrive & enjoy the culture. Information on 2nd Saturday for artists, musicians and visitors is here.
http://www.collingswood.com/things_to_do/arts_and_events/2nd_saturday.php
 

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Blood drive fact
May 15, 2019

Collingswood American Red Cross Blood Drive

Collingswood American Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, June 10th | 2:00pm-7:00pm
At the Collingswood Community Center, 30 W Collings Ave.

Appointments are preferred.
TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE sign up at www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: Collingswood Community

Those who come to give blood May 1-June 10, 2019 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email.

With less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and a critical shortage of type O, the American Red Cross is in urgent need of all blood donations, especially type O. Without more donations, hospitals may not have enough blood to support patients in need.

Share with friends and family and give on JUNE 10.
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Tatem Shields
May 01, 2019

Memorial Day services from Collingswood's American Legion Tatem-Shields Post 17

Collingswood's American Legion Tatem-Shields Post 17 will host Memorial Day services on Monday, May 27, 2019. The schedule is as follows:

10am – Flag will be lowered to half-staff in ceremony at Post 17, 622 S. Atlantic Avenue
Approx. 10:15am – Remembrance ceremony at the Korea and Vietnam Memorial, Corner of Park and Browning
Approx. 10:30am – Remembrance ceremony at the World War II Memorial, Corner of Collings and Browning
Approx. 11:00am – Remembrance ceremony at Newton Sloan Cemetery, Elm and Lynne Avenues, West Collingswood
Approx. 11:20am – Remembrance ceremony at World War I Memorial, Vicinity of Park and Collings
Approx. 11:30am – Flag raised at Post 17, 622 S. Atlantic Avenue

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Community Chorus spring concert 2019
April 30, 2019

Community Chorus Spring Concert, May 7

Celebrate the season with the Collingswood Community Chorus annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 7 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium (315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107) from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

Listen to the sweet sounds of harmonious songs featuring a variety of melodies and genres perfectly suited for the season. Grab a loved one or some friends – this concert is perfect for families.

Admission is FREE. Learn more about the Community Chorus here: http://www.collingswood.com/things_to_do/arts_and_events/collingswood_community_chorus.php

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Comic book day 2019
April 12, 2019

Library hosts Free Comic Book Day, May 4

 Free Comic Book Day takes place on Saturday, May 4 at the Collingswood Public Library (771 Haddon Ave) from 10am to 12pm.  There will be free comics, snacks, prize drawings, and crafts thanks to our sponsors, Fat Jack’s Comicrypt and the Friends of the Library!

The cosplayers 501st Legion will be our special guests. Stormtroopers will be collecting non-perishable food items for St. Paul’s Food Pantry. Comic book enthusiasts and Star Wars fans of all ages are invited to bring a foodstuff and join the fun!

For more info visit https://collingswoodlib.org/about/youth/free-comic-book-day or www.freecomicbookday.org.

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american marriage
April 12, 2019

Collingswood Reads Book Club upcoming picks and discussion dates

Come join the Collingswood Reads Book Club throughout May, June and July and discuss the picks for the coming months. 
May:  An American Marriage
June:  There There
July:  Calypso
The Book Club meets once a month, typically on the forth Wednesday of the month, from 7pm-8pm. The club meets in the Library's Peter Childs meeting room and include snacks and awesome people!

For more information visit CollingswoodLib.org
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April 12, 2019

The Other Side of Rock and War discussion, May 15

Vietnam Veteran, Billy Terrell will discuss his autobiography, The Other Side of Rock and War: One Man's Battle to Save His Life, His Career, His Country, and the Orphans He Left Behind.

This book is co-authored by noted CBS reporter Rich Podolsky with a foreword by Frankie Avalon. Billy has an amazing story to tell, from helping to build and establish an orphanage while serving in Vietnam, his time as a stand-up comedian, and his career in the music industry. Stop by the Collingswood Public Library on May 15, 2019 at 7pm to join the discussion.
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March 26, 2019

Fight AIDS on April 18 as part of the 29th annual Dining Out For Life

Seven Collingswood restaurants participating
Visit the Dining out for Life SJ Facebook page here.

Here's food for thought. Through the ordinary act of dining out, you can have an extraordinary impact on your community.  Make a reservation for Dining Out For Life on April 18, 2019. Participating restaurants will donate a generous portion of your check to support HIV/AIDS services in your city. Invite friends, family and co-workers to join you and you can make a meal meaningful by Dining Out For Life.

That’s the message in the latest commercial for Dining Out For Life, which returns to the Southern Jersey area on Thursday, April 18. Over 150 restaurants will again participate across the Delaware Valley, and each donate 33 percent of their food sales for the day to local HIV/AIDS service organizations. The event, sponsored by Subaru, raises nearly a quarter of a million dollars each year, which is essential in a region with four times as many people infected with HIV/AIDS than the national average. In Collingswood, dine at El Sitio Grill & Café, L’Oceano Ristorante, Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, Sabrina's Collingswood, Oasis Mexican Grill, Sapori Trattoria and Villa Barone to give back.

The monies raised on April 18 in Philadelphia, Southern Jersey, and Delaware are invested through local non-profits to only fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services across the region. In addition to ActionWellness, beneficiaries include AIDS Delaware and Camden Area Health Education Center.

In Southern Jersey, Dining Out For Life benefits the Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC), an organization committed to improving the health of the medically underserved - the ethnic and culturally diverse, the aged, the poor, the very young, the unemployed, the homeless and the uninsured. Camden AHEC is the only organization in Southern New Jersey to operate a drop in center designed to provide resources and HIV education to young men of the gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community. Camden AHEC’s mobile van provides HIV counseling and testing services to over 1,000 individuals annually. Particular emphasis on providing HIV/AIDS prevention services and support to those individuals infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information about Dining Out For Life, visit https://www.diningoutforlife.com/city/philadelphia-delaware-valley/

2019 Southern New Jersey Participating Restaurants:
Barnsboro Inn
Carlucci’s Waterfront
CousCous Moroccan Cuisine
El Sitio Grill & Café
Keg & Kitchen
Kitchen 519
L’Oceano Ristorante
Norma’s Restaurant
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Oasis Mexican Grill
Sapori Trattoria
Tre Famiglia Ristorante
Villa Barone
Westmont Bagel
Westmont Diner

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March 08, 2019

Special Town Forum, April 17

Collingswood's spring Town Forum will start with an hour dedicated updates and feedback regarding our Public Safety Facility project.

6PM:
Special forum to specifically discuss public safety facility updates before our regular forum event on April 17, 2019 at the Scottish Rite Ballroom. We will have a PD/FD focused portion at 6pm and move on to our general town forum at 7pm.

7PM: Residents and business owners are welcome to attend an open forum on the Borough. Do you have questions for the Mayor and Commissioners? Come out and share your ideas for Collingswood! The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Ballroom (315 White Horse Pike). All are welcome! For more information call 856-854-0720 x125.

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February 15, 2019

Collingswood Reads Book Club spring picks

Travel the world with us this spring! We’ll go time-travelling and globe-hopping with Moonglow, and then we’re off to Cuba with Next Year in Havana. Collingswood reads is a book club that welcomes adults and teens. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Collingswood Public Library.

March 27- Moonglow, Michael Chabon
Desc: This novel revisits an entire era through a single life and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.

April 24- Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton
Desc: After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...

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POOL 2018
February 14, 2019

Seasonal employees needed at Roberts Pool

Collingswood Recreation will have open interviews for the following summer seasonal positions:
- Certified lifeguards
- Child swim lesson instructor (ages 4 and up) – Weekdays, June 24 to July 19, 8:30 to 11 am and/or 5 to 6 pm sessions
Interviews will be held at Roberts Pool (215 Hillcrest Ave, please use the entrance gate by the snack stand) on the weekend of May 4 & 5 and Saturday, May 11 from 11 am to 2 pm. Interested applicants must be 14 years old by June 1 and preference will be given to Collingswood residents. All ages encouraged to apply. For more information contact brodriguez@collingswood.com

See information on Roberts Pool concession stand manager employment opportunity here.

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February 14, 2019

AARP Tax-Aide assistance available

AARP Tax-Aide is returning to the library starting on Friday, February 1, 2019 and will be at the library on Fridays through April 12. The Tax-Aide sign-up begins (in-person only) at 9:30 am at the library. Due to the complex nature of tax returns, AARP can only assist a limited number of people each day, so arrive early to get on the top of the list!
- For a list of documents you need to bring please go to https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-01-2011/important-tax-documents.html

- For more information on the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program, please visit https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/
- To get information on this year’s federal tax forms, visit https://www.irs.gov/forms-instructions
- For NJ State tax info, visit https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/taxprnt.shtml

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February 08, 2019

Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Greatest Romantic Films, FEB. 13

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Greatest Romantic Films
Join Professor Keith Forrest on Feb. 13, 2019 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the Collingswood Public Library for a discussion of the history of romantic films. Take part in trivia, enjoy snacks and refreshments and find out the results of our Greatest Romantic Film and Song survey. Vote in advance at the library’s website: www.collingswoodlib.org. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/368238700425278/.

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January 21, 2019

County requests public feedback for 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment

The Camden County Department of Health Services is interested in taking an in-depth look at the communities within our service areas through the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. Findings from this community health needs assessment will be utilized by South Jersey Health Collaborative to prioritize public health issues and develop a community health implementation plan focused on meeting the identified community needs. Please consider taking this five minute survey to help provide vital information regarding heath services and needs in our region. The survey is anonymous.

Survey can be found here:  http://goo.gl/yEuYd6

Contact 2018CHNA@gmail.com with questions.

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Souper Bowl food drive 2019
January 17, 2019

Collingswood Rotary collecting food donations for the Souper Bowl of Caring

Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) and several other Collingswood locations are collecting canned goods, boxed food products and monetary donations for the Souper Bowl of Hunger. Canned goods, boxed food products, monetary donations can be made from now until February 3, 2019 at Borough Hall, Holy Trinity Church (839 Haddon Ave) and Farmers Insurance (1106 Haddon Ave).

The Souper Bowl of Caring empowers youth and unites communities around the time of the Big Game to help those in need. For more information visit tacklehunger.org.
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January 14, 2019

2019 Collingswood Farmers' Market graphic design contest

Calling all Local Graphic designers! We want YOU to design the 2019 Collingswood Farmers' Market Poster!

The start of the Collingswood Farmers' Market is a signal that spring has arrived in Collingswood! It's also one of the most anticipated dates on the Borough's community calendar with countdowns, planning, and a yearly marketing push to let the region know the Market is back!

The Market's promotional poster changes each year and is typically colorful, unique and represents the joy that the Collingswood Farmers' Market brings to thousands of shoppers and hundreds of vendors each year. For the 2019 season, Market organizers are again looking for a local designer to create the "look" for this year's Market.

Borough officials are inviting local graphic designers to apply for consideration to create the 2019 poster. Based on applications and portfolios, three designers will be selected to create 2019 concept posters. The three finalists will all be paid $300 for their concept design. The public will choose their favorite poster through social media and online voting and the winning design will be paid an additional $500 for their winning work and to resize the concept for 2019 Farmers' Market advertising.
All designers are welcome to apply but preference will be given to designers based in or residing in Collingswood.

To apply:
Send an email with subject FARMERS MARKET DESIGN CONTEST to cduffey@collingswood.com
-Include your name and your design experience (resumes welcome) and connection to Collingswood (Is your design company located here? Are you a resident?) if applicable. -Attach at least three samples of your work that best reflect a similar campaign or artistic approach you would use for the Collingswood Farmers’ Market. Links to professional portfolios welcome.
-All application emails must be received by Feb 28, 2019.


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cat & dog
December 31, 2018

2019 pet licensing information

All cats and dogs of licensing age must be counted and licensed each year as required by the State of NJ. Applications and fees are collected at the Borough Clerk’s office. Applications are available at Borough Hall or online.  As a reminder: Pet Licenses renewed after March 31 will be charged a $10 late fee per household. For more information call the Borough Clerk at 856-854-0720 x127.

Download the application here.

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December 18, 2018

Collingswood to start road paving projects

As part of Collingswood’s 2018 budget, Borough officials committed more than $1 million toward roadway improvements throughout town. Paving and other road repairs are planned to begin for the following streets:

  • Merrick Avenue from S. Newton Lake Drive to Bettlewood Avenue
  • E. Coulter Avenue from Highland Avenue to S. Park Drive
  • Belmont Avenue from Dayton Avenue to Lees Avenue
  • Mansion Avenue from Lees Avenue to Lees Lane 
  • West Wayne Terrace from Atlantic Avenue to Dwight Avenue
  • Irvin Avenue from Haddon Avenue to Atlantic Avenue
  • Maple Avenue from Lawnside Avenue to Homestead Avenue
  • Ogden Ave from Haddon Avenue to Atlantic Avenue
  • King alley (behind Kind Avenue) from Conger Ave to Center Street
  • Cedar alley (behind Cedar Avenue) from King Avenue to Tatem Avenue
  • Collings Avenue to Park Avenue thruway
  • Park Avenue from Collings Avenue to thruway

“Maintaining our roads is so important to the day-today life of our residents. It literally impacts them every time they pull out of their driveway so it’s a key service but also a costly one. That’s why we are investing $1 million of capital spending to roadways this year,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley.

These road projects will cover nearly 3,000 feet of roads as well as other repairs and improvements, like curbs, along some stretches. See an overview of roadwork maps here. Roads were evaluated and projects prioritized by need and road damage. Additional road repairs are always being assessed on an as-need basis. To report potholes or other issues, citizens can use the “Report an Issue” button on Collingswood.com.

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December 01, 2018

"Antiques on the Ave" planned for April 13 Second Saturday

**Do you have treasure in your attic? Find out!**

Gather those heirlooms! The Borough of Collingswood and Collingswood Odyssey of the Mind will host an antique appraisal event as part of 2nd Saturday Collingswood on April 13, 2019. Guests can bring their trinkets, antiques and collectibles up to Haddon Avenue to ask local experts about their value.

Antiques on the Avenue will bring local experts to appraise items including jewelry, fine arts, antiques, decorative arts, silver, China, glass, Oriental carpets and general household items. Appraisals will take place at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Ave, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Appraisals are $5 per antique. Appraisals are on a first come first served basis and guests are limited to bring 10 items per person. After your appraisal spend the evening enjoying the art and music of 2nd Saturday throughout Collingswood's downtown. RSVP for dinner along SJ's restaurant row and do a little shopping while you stroll mini-art exhibits and culture along Haddon Ave!

Opinions of value are verbal and informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal. Arrangements for written appraisals can be made with appraisal team separately. Funds raised benefit the Collingswood Odyssey of the Mind program.

2nd Saturday is Collingswood’s monthly art and music event. Experience dozens of one-night art exhibits tucked in retail shops, restaurants and spots on each block as well as the shopping and dining Collingswood is known for. As always, 2nd Saturdays are free. Just visit Collingswood, stroll and enjoy the culture - on us. Learn more about visiting or participating in 2nd Saturday by going to Collingswood.com and clicking on the Arts & Entertainment tab.

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HOLOSPEX
November 29, 2018

HOLOSPEX return to Collingswood for holiday season

Free giveaway puts a new twist on annual light display - ONE NIGHT ONLY - Friday, November 29, 2019

The return of Holospex – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! The kitschiest way to enjoy the hundreds of thousands of lights that decorate the Borough during the holidays. These retro-style, 3-D, holographic lenses bend light to create a magical pattern from every bright point of light will be in select shops FREE for visitors the evening of NOV 29 after the tree lighting. Start your holiday shopping that evening by visiting our wonderful local merchants for gifts and cheer and grab a pair!




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Decorating TROPHY 2018
November 29, 2018

Collingswood businesses dress up to win storefront decorating trophy!

There’s a showdown in Collingswood. A storefront showdown!

For the holiday season, Collingswood is celebrating the breathtaking, the whimsical, the creative, the wacky and the most beautifully decorated seasonal storefronts in their second holiday decorating contest.

Collingswood businesses are typically decorated elaborately for the Borough’s holiday season – painted windows, garland, figures and lots of creative themes that make the shopping and dining districts look magical. This year 29 businesses are competing to win the honor of “People’s Choice” favorite window through online voting and the competition is fierce (and breathtaking). Also new for 2018 is the official trophy of tackiness – the business with the most votes at the end of the contest will walk away with the honor of adding their name to the trophy and keeping it until the holidays in 2019.

To see the Facebook gallery of storefronts visit Collingswood’s official contest album here: https://tinyurl.com/y8o7nz74

Vote by “liking” your favorite storefront pictures and then share the gallery to spread the joy!

Or see the stunning displays in person by coming to Collingswood and then voting online! Stroll our downtown for the region’s best dining and unique gifts in a winter wonderland.

Voting will take place online from November 28 to December 20, 2018. Participating businesses are:
EVEN SIDE OF HADDON AVE
All Fired Up (602 Haddon Ave), Occasionette (724 Haddon Ave), Philly Pretzel Factory (976 Haddon Ave), Exit 4 Private Escape Rooms (710 Haddon Ave), Cynplicity Artisan Soap (684 Haddon Ave), Sabrina’s Café (714 Haddon Ave), Hair Cuttery (668 Haddon Ave, Suite 2), The Retrospect (732 Haddon Ave), Main Street Reality (730 Haddon Ave), Frugal Resale (740 Haddon Ave), Cabinets of Collingswood (792 Haddon Ave), The Principled Pet (2 Powell Lane) Extraordinary ED (808 Haddon Ave), Kenkojuku Karate (614 Haddon Ave), Songbird Karaoke (790 Haddon Ave)

ODD SIDE OF HADDON AVE
Cup of Bliss Coffee Roasters (579 Haddon Ave), Tortilla Press (703 Haddon Ave), Grooveground (647 Haddon Ave), McFarlan’s Market (741 Haddon Ave), Red Dog Designs (583 Haddon Ave), Candy Jar by 1892 (721 Haddon Ave), Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave), The Quilted Nest (823 Haddon Ave), Galerie Marie (709 Haddon Ave), Atlantic Travel (723 Haddon Ave), Devil’s Creek Brewery (1 Powell Lane), Nutty Duchess Tearoom (807 Haddon Ave), CAM Tech Computers (681 Haddon Ave), East Coast Calligraphy (821 Haddon Ave)

From November to the New Year, Collingswood is bursting with holiday cheer. Enjoy singers and snow in downtown Collingswood Fridays and Saturdays, FREE visits with Santa, special events, shopping and dining deals and the charm of more than a quarter million lights decorating our tree-lined streets! Pick up free Holospex at select merchants each weekend to view our light display as thousands of fun images. Plus, shopping hours are extended by many merchants in December with FREE PARKING throughout the month. For more information visit Collingswood.com.

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VAPING event
November 28, 2018

Vaping Me Crazy informational event

Vaping event sponsored by Camden County Board of Freeholders, Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force, Camden County Municipal Alliance, GCADA, Collingswood, Oaklyn & Woodlyne Municipal Alliances and Collingswood High School. Details below. For more information contact Melissa Yaeger at: 856-625-7011

Meeting for parents and staff - We are in the worst public social health crisis America has ever seen with vaping/JUULing, marijuana legalization and pills marketed as the solution for every human ailment. A recent survey showed that over 2 million youth were current E-Cigarette smokers and that 37% of kids did not even know that it was nicotine they were inhaling when they were vaping .

The threats to youth years ago have changed, and the new terminology you thought you understood needs new understanding. What are the conversations you need to have? Where does connection fit in with this digital world? Where do we go from here? Learn about current trends and terminology at Collingswood High School (424 W Collings Ave) on December 10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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November 27, 2018

Next Feedback Forum for Public Safety Building, Dec 5

After months of planning and several initial meetings with residents, Collingswood officials are hosting two public design feedback forums regarding the public safety building planned for 434 Haddon Ave. The November 7 and December 5 events will present conceptual images of the new facility and invite a dialogue about aesthetics and next steps.

Over the summer, officials have been working with USA Architects to create concepts for Collingswood's new police and fire building. USA used image polling at a June forum to help determine building styles that residents preferred and are working to incorporate "green" building standards and grants where available.

"This new facility is a necessity for providing safety services considering the state of our current police and fire buildings. But it’s equally important that the new facility fits into our community so feedback is a huge part of this project," said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. "We're hoping to show first concepts and really hear what people like and don't like about this new space. Like all our projects, it really needs to match the fabric of town."

Public Safety facility feedback forums will be November 7 and December 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 W Collings Ave.
The December 5 event will also include tours of the current police and fire buildings starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Fire Department (20 W Collings Ave).
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November 01, 2018

CYT registration opens 11/1/19

Registration for our winter/spring program "The Lion King Jr." begins today.
Students in grades 3 - 6 are eligible to participate.

Information concerning the program and how to register will be on-line at http://cytnewjersey.wixsite.com/collsyouththeatre beginning Thursday, November 1 at 9am.

Collingswood & Oaklyn residents may register starting Thursday, Nov. 1st at 9am. If our cast limit has not been met, out-of-town residents may begin registering on Thursday, Nov. 8th (not before).
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October 22, 2018

Collingswood and Environment NJ host "Ride-and-Drive" event to promote cleaner cars, Nov 1

Elected officials from Collingswood are joining Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center to host a "Ride and Drive" event to highlight the benefits of electric vehicles for New Jersey and oppose federal efforts to rollback clean car standards. Environment New Jersey's "Ride and Drive" events are an opportunity to showcase a variety of electric cars currently on the market, and give local elected officials an opportunity to test drive them. "Ride and Drive" events are meant to educate the public about the untapped potential electric vehicles can offer the Garden State, and how they protect our health, environment, and pocketbook.

The Ride and Drive will take place in the parking lot of Collingswood Scottish Rite Auditorium (315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood) on November 1 at 11:30 a.m. Expected to speak and take some of the vehicles on a test drive on are Collingswood Mayor James Maley and Collingswood Commissioner Rob Lewandowski along with Doug O’Malley and Raquel Serruya from Environment New Jersey as well as Camden County officials.

“We are always trying to take action that helps us thrive as a town – and as a planet,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We are working to bring green initiatives, like electric car charging stations, to Collingswood.”

Photo credit Alan Simpson Photography.

About Environment New Jersey: Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center is a 501 C(3) organization dedicated to protecting our air, water and open spaces. They investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives. For more information, visit www.environmentnewjerseycenter.org.

About Collingswood: Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named the Best Small Town Food Scene in America by USA Today, a Top 10 Transformed Community by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

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Read to a therapy dog on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month!
October 16, 2018

Collingswood Library Events

Here’s what’s coming up at the Collingswood Public Library!

Our youngest residents can attend Building Blocks (18-35 months) on Fridays at 10am. This free hour long early literacy program addresses communication and sharing through stories, finger plays, and playtime.

Ready to Read for 3-5 year-old participants adds snack and a craft to the mix when they meet on Thursdays from 10am-11:30am.

Therapy dogs Oswin and Minnie, along with their people, Judy and Deb, are ready to listen to readers in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Fifteen minute appointments are available from 4:30-5:30pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. 

For specific dates about any of our programs, visit the library home page at Collingswoodlib.org. To register your child email us at youthservices@collingswoodlib.org.

Dungeons and Dragons continues on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 3 to 5pm for 7th to 12th graders. Newcomers are welcome to join the campaign!

Don’t forget teen Crafternoons on the third Monday of each month! On November 19 the theme will be autumnal crafts, including a flameless tea light holder. No registration required. 

Additional information about teen programs can be found at Collingswoodlib.org/about/youth/teens.

 
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National Night Out
October 01, 2018

Fire Prevention Night and Public Safety Open House, Oct 8

On Monday, October 8 from 6 to 8 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 held annually aims to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. According to the latest 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, police cars and fire trucks, fire safety education, public safety demonstrations, hot dogs, hot chocolate, prizes, free child IDs, face painting and balloon twisting, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local fire officials and law enforcement agencies.

“This is a great day to have fun with the community but there is a really important message along with all the entertainment and games,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “Educating families and residents about fire and public safety saves lives. Any time we can share information about how to make homes safer it’s a great night. That’s the purpose and we’re so glad we can have a little fun with everyone while we spread that message.”     Collingswood Police and Fire Departments as well as local vendors are pitching in for the event which aims to heighten 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.

See the Facebook event page here.

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September 27, 2018

2018 Collingswood ornament honors Green Festival

The 2018 Collingswood Holiday Ornament is here! This year’s ornament honors the 10th anniversary of our annual Green Festival.

Each year Collingswood’s Green Festival brings together residents, businesses, vendors and volunteers alike to see how they can each make a difference in their community by working together to build a better environment. Through a variety of recycling opportunities, green-conscious vendors, and eco-friendly demonstrations, attendees learn what they can do daily to reduce waste. The festival began and has grown under the leadership of Commissioner Joan Leonard and this year's ornament celebrates the work of Leonard, green volunteers and all residents that are committed to living more sustainably.

Collingswood’s Green Festival is just one of the eco-initiatives that make the Borough one of the greenest places in the Delaware Valley. Programs in Collingswood that encourage sustainability include the town’s bike share program, composter and rain barrel program, community gardens, rain gardens, car sharing (via Zipcar)  and recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Bring that happiness into your home this holiday season with the 2018 Collingswood Holiday Ornament.  Availability is limited so order yours today! Order forms found here. 2018 ornaments will be available for pick up upon notification at Dig This (717 Haddon Ave.).

Missed an ornament in the series? Select past designs are still available. Zane School, Collingswood Theatre, Collingswood Manor, Foster Warne, Collingswood Library, First Baptist Church, and Santa Comes to Town ornaments are available for purchase at Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave.) for just $10.

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Apple Pie Contest
September 17, 2018

Annual Apple Pie Contest seeks bakers

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 13. 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 10am in the judging tent at the Market. Pre-registration is a must! To register please visit the rules and registration page here before contest.
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CANNING DEMO
August 24, 2018

Canning demonstration

Canning demonstration at the Collingswood Public Library
Thursday, August 30 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Marisa McClellan returns to the Collingswood Public Library with Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, her latest addition to the canning canon. Watch, listen, and learn about safe and shelf-stable canning.  Marisa will show you how to preserve garden produce by making a small batch of homemade salsa!

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August 22, 2018

Collings-Knight House hosts "Wizarding Weekend"

Collings-Knight House hosts “Wizarding Weekend”

Harry Potter fans, this one’s for you!
A Magical Event: Saturday September 22

Harry Potter fans young and old are invited to the Colling-Knight House’s first Harry Potter Event on Saturday, September 22. The historic Collings-Knight House (500 Collings Ave) will welcome witches, wizards, and muggles of all ages for games, house-themed challenges and demonstrations scattered about the house and grounds. Some of your favorite characters will be there, too! Wear your house colors, your school robes, or everyday muggle-wear. Don’t know what house you’re in? No problem, we’ll sort you out! Earn points for your house with games and activities - the winning house will be rewarded at the end of the day.

This magical event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 (rain date Sunday, September 23). Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be an admission fee of $5 for adults, $10 per family. Follow the Collings-Knight House on Facebook as we update event activities, guest appearances and more! 

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August 22, 2018

CCT presents "James and the Giant Peach"

Collingswood Community Theatre is excited to present the story of “James and the Giant Peach” live on stage at the Scottish Rite Theatre, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ  08107. It’s a great show for the whole family!

The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.

A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York. The insects play the other roles, like James’s cruel Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, and the epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and storytelling in David Wood's masterful adaptation.

Show dates are Friday, October 5 at 10am and 6pm and Saturday, October 6 at 10am and 1pm.  All tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Join us on Saturday, October 6 to meet some of the real-life buggy stars of our story. Live insects (and other creepy crawlies) from The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will take over the Scottish Rite between performances. Come face to face with cool critters, make your own silly shadow puppet, and enjoy some sweet snacks.

Purchase tickets for either Saturday performance – 10am or 1pm – and enjoy the party from 11am to 12:30pm. 

Reserved seating and special group rates are available for groups of 10 or moreGroups of 10 or more will pay $7 per person. If your group is interested in attending any of the performances, contact Terry at cctartsterry@gmail.com or by phone at (856) 854-0720 x128.

Make plans to join us for the show!

cctArts.net

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August 07, 2018

Collingswood restaurants feature NJ deaches during "Just Peachy" promotion

This year New Jersey will produce over 66 million tons of peaches, making it the fourth largest producer of peaches in the nation.

To celebrate this prolific bounty six Collingswood restaurants are once again showcasing this Jersey crop in their Just Peachy celebration. Just Peachy runs August 7 through the 9, though all of August is designed as Jersey Peach Month by the NJ Peach Council. Participating restaurants will spotlight Jersey peaches on their menus as appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Participating restaurants are The Tortilla Press, The Pop Shop, Villa Barone, Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, El Sitio and Centanni Pizza and Grill.

“This is one more way that the Collingswood Farmers Market links restaurants and farms to benefit the guest,” explains Chef Mark Smith of Tortilla Press. “Of course people know and love peach desserts, like pie and cobbler - but there is so much versatility to this fruit. And no one is better placed to show that than the restaurants in our town.”

Menu information and specials below. Make reservations during Just Peachy Week with individual restaurants.

Just Peachy Participating Restaurants
The Tortilla Press - 703 Haddon Ave - specials here
The Pop Shop - 729 Haddon Ave - specials here
Villa Barone - 753 Haddon Ave
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico - 706 Haddon Ave - specials here
El Sitio - 729 Haddon Ave
Centanni Pizza and Grill - 563 Haddon Ave

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August 06, 2018

Tax bills have been mailed

Third quarter taxes will have a final due date of August 29.
There is no grace period for this payment. With questions, call the tax office at 856-854-0720, press 1 or visit the tax office page here.

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POOL
August 01, 2018

August pool pass sale - half off for the rest of 2018!

Starting Monday, August 6, 2018 passes to Roberts Pool are 50 percent off—that's right, half price!

From noon to 4 p.m., purchase pool tags at Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) or at Roberts Pool for the remainder of the season.  Call 856-854-0720 x110 for more information. For more information on Roberts Pool, see the pool page here.

Discounted August Swim Sale Pool Tag Rates – all half price!
Collingswood Family: $125
Non Collingswood Family: $250
Collingswood Adult: $37.50
Non Collingswood Adult: $75
Collingswood Senior Citizens: $25
Collingswood Child under 3 years: No fee
Collingswood Child ages 3-20: $30
Non Collingswood Child: $60

DAY BAND SALES (sold at the pool only) remain the same for the remainder of the season:
Collingswood Resident: $10
Non-Collingswood: $20
Proof of residency and child dependency required

Open Swim Pool Hours
11:30am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday
11:30am to 7pm, Sunday
Roberts Pool is open for the season June 22 to September 3

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July 19, 2018

Perkins Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition Celebrates Food Traditions

Perkins Center for the Arts Folklife Center in Collingswood (30 Irvin Ave) opened their Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition on July 12. The exhibition features cultural artisans who sustain Mexican, Liberian, Ghanaian, Polish, Turkish, African American South, Trinidadian, Haitian and St. Lucian food traditions in Burlington, Gloucester and Camden Counties.  

Special events celebrating cultures through food demonstrations, dance, storytelling, handcrafted art workshops and panel discussions will be presented from July 12 through August 25.  The calendar of events include: Taste of West Africa and African-American Soul on July 14, Taste of Poland and Turkey on July 28, Taste of Mexico on August 18, Becoming American: It’s Not a Melting Pot…It’s Pot Luck on August 23 and concludes with Taste of the Caribbean on August 25.

Through food, art, recipes, photographs, cultural artifacts, and interactive exhibits, the collection highlights  the themes of South Jersey’s Own, Sharing the Bounty, Keeping the Tradition, a Pinch of This and a Drizzle, Food and Well-being,and Cookin’ on Canvas.  

From flavoring the palate with authentic ethnic foods to workshopping with traditional artisans, the Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition is designed to render an engaging and enriching cultural experience that celebrates the diversity of our communities.

The exhibition and ancillary events are made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New Jersey Council for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Perkins Center for the Arts is a unique cultural organization dedicated to excellence in the arts and to providing a wide range of creative opportunities for people of all ages and every level of artistic development. The Center's programs include visual and performing arts classes and lessons, exhibitions, music and dance performances, workshops, visiting artists' residencies, and an outreach program for children, underserved communities, and individuals with special needs.


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July 16, 2018

Collingswood/Haddon Township Awarded Grant for multi-municipal Bicycle and Pedestrian Enhancements Master Plan

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission announced recipients for its Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) grant program and Collingswood has been awarded $72,000 as part of a multi-municipal application with Haddon Township for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Enhancements Master Plan.

TCDI funding focuses on linking land use and transportation planning. The goal of the Collingswood and Haddon Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is to develop a bicycle and pedestrian network that helps to further connect the two communities with a specific focus on travel to the Haddon Avenue corridor and other assets throughout the two communities.

Also, the study will look at the best way to create a seamless, safe and reliable bicycle and pedestrian network between the municipalities of Collingswood and Haddon Township will facilitate and encourage both utilitarian and recreational travel by walking and bicycling. Smart planning will maximize multimodal connections for visitors, commuters and residents to assets including NJ Transit bus connections, the PATCO Speedline, Zip Car (located in Collingswood), The Camden County Spine Trail, various public park trails, The Camden Greenway and The Circuit Trails of Greater Philadelphia and ultimately the East Coast Greenway.

“Striving for more walkable and connected downtowns has been a goal of ours and a big part of our success as we’ve grown,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “This grant will help connect a lot of the final dots and fill in areas that will streamline transportation between streets and towns for all users.”

“Haddon Township is excited to partner with our neighbor in this effort to not only create links between our two communities but also to encourage more sustainable ways to travel to and from our towns and throughout the region,” said Haddon Township Mayor Randy Teague.

Additionally, public input is a major factor in the effort. Community outreach, including surveys and public meetings, were listed as specific tasks in the grant application with the goals of analyzing conditions and getting feedback from residents and community groups of all backgrounds and abilities to identify and address problem areas for pedestrians and cyclists. The grant team’s goal is to create a plan that will meet current and future demands for safe and sustainable modes of transportation accessible to as many people as possible.

About Collingswood: Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named the Best Small Town Food Scene in America by USA Today, a Top 10 Transformed Community by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

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July 12, 2018

Newton Lake Water Quality Project Public Hearing  - Aug 8, 2018

Newton Lake Water Quality Project Public Hearing

The County of Camden is hosting a Newton Lake Water Quality Project Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 6pm at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 W Collings Ave. The agenda will include an overview and timeline of the project, review of plans by project engineers, discussion of plans for bank stabilization, outfall repair, and additional amenities for the park, and a Q & A  session for residents.

Dredging plans are available for review online here  and in person at Collingswood’s municipal clerk’s office at 678 Haddon Ave, Collingswood.

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ROCKINTALE
July 11, 2018

Colls Summer Youth Theatre presents "The Rockin' Tale of Snow White"

The Collingswood Summer Youth Theatre presents the children's musical "The Rockin' Tale of Snow White" on July 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30pm with a matinee on July 26 at 1pm at the Collingswood Middle School's blissfully air-conditioned auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, Collingswood NJ.  Tickets are $8 general admission seating and will be available at the door. The show features students in grades 3 through 8.

The tale of Snow White has never felt so fresh and new with this funny adaptation that will make even the most jaded among us laugh out loud!

Musical sytles of all genres fuse to create a rousing mixture of hip-hop, rock and roll, doo wop and more! With tongue-in-cheek humor, catchy songs and an unbelievable cast, this show is a must-see for anyone wanting the joys of an exciting musical.

Click here to check out our web site.


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June 22, 2018

July 4th home and business decorating contest - winners announced!

UPDATE
Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest Winners - 2018

With 10 houses and one business vying for the Best of 4th of July, Most Historic, Most Patriotic, Best Patriotic Creativity, Best Newcomers, and Best Business, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood annual Fourth of July House decorating Contest was a variety of themes and designs. This year included some returning but many first timers, showed amazing creativity, sense of patriotism, history and a whole lot of red, white and blue. In addition to the plethora of American flags and bunting, including historical bunting, historic military uniforms, patriotic music, and painted designs on grass, all displaying the participant’s feelings about the Fourth of July.

The winners of the Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest were announced at the Collingswood fireworks on the evening of July 4th. They are: Best Patriotic Creativity: The Drummond Family, Lees Ave. Most Patriotic: First Place: The Proudfoot Family, Lees Ave.  Second Place Patriotic: The Marino Family, King Ave. Third Place Patriotic: The Zabransky Family, Woodlawn Ave.  Most Historic: The Ritz Family, Stokes Ave. Best Newcomers: The Phillips Family, Taylor Ave. And Best Business: The Retrospect, Haddon Ave.

Winners were judged on creativity, originality and appropriateness to architecture, best historic home or overall best look. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood thanks everyone who entered their homes and to the judges for their time.

The judges were Lois and Harvey Stick, Sonya Peterson, Bernie and Mary Kairis, Ron and Kathy Warwick and Dave Savage. Thanks also to contest registrar Gerry Rock.

This annual show of patriotism is encouraged by Proud Neighbors of Collingswood a 503(c) civic organization that aims to share ideas about restoration, strives to develop awareness of historic preservation and works with residents, businesses and government to maintain the historic character of the town.  
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Break out the Stars and Stripes!

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood awards Collingswood Cash for houses and businesses in the annual Best of 4th of July decorating contest! Categories are Most Historic, Most Patriotic, Best Newcomers, Best Innovative Use of Media and Best Business.
 
Anyone interested in entering their home or business should email Proud Neighbors at July4@ProudNeighborsofCollingswood.org no later that July 1.

For details on all the Independence Day events in Collingswood see the Fun on the Fourth page here.

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June 12, 2018

Public Safety Facilities Forum, June 26

Special Forum to discuss updates regarding new police and fire facilities in Collingswood.  June 26 at 7pm, Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave).
Tours of current police and fire buildings, starting 6pm at the firehouse (20 W Collings Ave)

Read more information regarding this project and this event in the Mayor’s Blog here: http://www.collingswood.com/blog_detail_T44_R110.php

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May 31, 2018

Roberts Pool Luau Party, July 8

It was so much fun we're doing it again! Join us for the 2nd Roberts Pool Luau Party!

We’ll celebrate summer and Collingswood's favorite place to relax on JULY 8 from 12:30-2:30pm. Come out for a community luau party with a special lei greeting, Polynesian entertainment and hula dancers, shaved ice, plus games and prizes! The party is open to members or day guests at no extra charge.

**Bring the family and your best hula moves!**
-JULY 8 from 12:30 to 2:30pm at Roberts Pool
-Must have tag for entrance, day tags will be available for $10 per person (resident) or $20 per person (non-resident)
-Full season and membership info for Roberts Pool can be found here: http://www.collingswood.com/things_to_do/parks_and_recreation/roberts_pool.php

Follow updates and RSVP to the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/391630421315520/

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May 09, 2018

Backyard chicken forum, May 29

Attend to be a part of the conversation regarding a proposed pilot ordinance in Collingswood to allow backyard chickens.

Are you in favor of backyard chickens in Collingswood? Are you opposed? Do you want to learn more?

The goal of this event is to provide the public with more information about backyard chickens in general and a proposed pilot ordinance. The Collingswood Citizens for Backyard Chickens organization will also give community members ample opportunity to voice concerns, ask questions, etc. Lots of participants from this group will be needed to help arrange, structure, publicize widely and of course, attend!

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May 08, 2018

What To Look For addiction seminar, May 21

What to Look For is an interactive presentation that will send participants on a scavenger hunt of a typical teenager’s bedroom looking for possible signs of drug use. After everyone gets the chance to inspect the fictional bedroom, the presenter, Chris Dubler, will identify for the audience all the items that were in plain sight, and then moderate a conversation on drug use and addiction.  What to Look For is a very informative program and will be held on Monday, May 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Collingswood Senior Community Center. 

This program is free and open to all. It is supported by the Camden County Municipal Alliance, the Govenor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

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Word by Word town book
April 09, 2018

Collingswood Book Festival announces Town Book

The 2018 Collingswood Town Book is Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. Author Kory Stamper will attend the Collingswood Book Festival on October 6, 2018.

Kory Stamper is a keeper and shaper of words themselves. She is a lexicographer, editor for the Merriam-Webster family of dictionaries, and now author of Word by Word. She is partly responsible for the sensation that is Merriam-Webster's Twitter feed, with its witty commentary on current events. Her “Ask the Editor” video contributions, like a classic on the plural of octopus, and personal blog Harmless Drudgery, have inspired a Kory Stamper Fan Club on Facebook and have even led to marriage proposals.

“We think of English as a fortress to be defended, but a better analogy is to think of English as a child. We love and nurture it into being, and once it gains gross motor skills, it starts going exactly where we don’t want it to go: it heads right for the goddamned electrical sockets." With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper uncovers the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. And along the way, she reveals fascinating surprises. One example, did you know that “OMG” was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917?

Every year, the organizers of the Collingswood Book Festival choose a town book, “to provide an opportunity for our entire community to bond over some of the great themes in literature,” said Jean Brennan, creator of the book festival. Copies of the book are donated to students of the AP English Class of Collingswood High School as part of their reading curriculum. The festival provides a forum for discussion and analysis beyond the classroom and into the community through a discussion taking place at Collingswood Public Library during festival week. Over the years, students have examined such topics as life in Afghanistan, plagiarism, book banning, and the demographic shift away from urban sprawl. For English students and all of us who, after all, use words all day long – this year's town book will be a lesson in – what we say to each other, and how it makes us feel.  

The Collingswood Book Festival includes authors and events for kids, tweens, teens and poetry fans in addition to top-notch adult authors. The free festival is set for more than six blocks along Haddon Avenue on October 6. For more information visit www.collingswoodbookfestival.com or follow the Collingswood Book Festival on Facebook here.


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March 12, 2018

April, May 2018 commission meeting dates changed

The April and May commission meeting  dates have changed.  The rescheduled dates are as follows: 
April 2018 meeting: Tuesday, April 3
May 2018 meeting: Tuesday, May 8

Commission meetings are in the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave) at 7pm. For more information, see the meetings, boards and forums page here.

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January 29, 2018

Collingswood Reads book club

Looking for a legit book club where people actually talk about the book? Join us for Collingswood Reads, the Collingswood Public Library’s very own Book Club!
 
Adults and teens are invited to gather in the library’s Peter Childs meeting room to discuss the monthly book pick, meet neighbors, and munch on snacks. Check out our website at www.collingswoodlib.org or drop by the library at 771 Haddon Ave. to borrow our upcoming book picks - whether a paperback, an ebook, or an audiobook.
 
Here’s what’s on deck:
March 28: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
April 25: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
May 23: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
June 27: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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January 19, 2018

Perkins Photography 36 Awards Winnners Exhibition

Perkins Center for the Arts, Collingswood presents  Photography 36 Award Winners Exhibition featuring three outstanding artists in photography.

On View March 10 to April 7, 2018
Meet the Artists Reception: Second Saturday, March 10, 2018, 6 to 9pm

Featuring the works of:
Carlos Chan- originally from Manila, Philippines and currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, “I primarily shoot urban landscapes because I am most at home in cities and because I find them endlessly fascinating. I like making sense of how they work, of what holds them together, of what makes them tick. The sheer organization alone that goes into them is, to me, a source of wonder and beauty”.

Philip “Dutch” Bagley - “Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself", from Berenice Abbott. This quote has encouraged my visual sense of direction…my pre-visualization of the final image as I am viewing and capturing the scene; see it, capture it, develop it and present it”.

Stuart Lehrman – “My work is inspired from the natural and manmade phenomena I observe in the world around me. The historical context of my work is that of Abstract Expressionism, Post-painterly Abstraction, Color Field painting and Minimalism.” 

Philip Carroll, Curator and Karen Chigounis, Executive Director selected each artist, “For their level of professionalism and mastery of the medium through Photography”, which has been the mainstay of the Perkins Photography Exhibition now in its 37th year.

Perkins Center for the Arts is a unique cultural organization dedicated to excellence in the arts and to providing a wide range of creative opportunities for people of all ages and every level of artistic development. The Center's programs include visual and performing arts classes and lessons, exhibitions, music and dance performances, workshops, visiting artists' residencies, and an outreach program for children, underserved communities, and individuals with special needs. This exhibition is presented through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and Discover Jersey Arts. For more information call 856-235-6488. For event info visit http://perkinsarts.org/tag/photography-exhibition/.

 

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January 15, 2018

Perkins Center for the Arts  premieres new community storytelling event

The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling premieres on January 23, 2018 at 7pm at Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, NJ.  Performances will take place monthly and are free to the public.  

The Butterfly is a transformational uncensored space to intensely listen to and tell our stories.  Personal tales, cultural stories, family narratives and traditional tales that make us laugh, tear, reminisce, and commune. It’s a place where the best of humanity within us rests gently and speaks boldly.

We all have stories to tell and The Butterfly presents an intimate opportunity to share stories for up to 12 minutes.  The monthly thematic adult storytelling concerts are presented the 4th Tuesday of every month.  Tellers submit to tell online, and four are selected to present at the concert.  Free coaching/rehearsal sessions are held on the 3rd Tuesday with National renowned storyteller and Director of the Folklife Center, Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik.  Although the tales are uncensored, these sessions boost skill levels in the art of the oral tradition and help the tellers highlight traditions, language and cultural aesthetics within their stories.

The January 23 premiere theme is “The Hideout.”   Expect to hear tales of childhood sacred spaces, or unexpected outcomes when “the secret” was revealed.  Themes in the upcoming months include, February – “Protest” and in March – “The Ripple Effect.” Doors open at 6:30pm.

The Butterfly is a radical act of community storytelling designed for story lovers, both, listeners and tellers.  It’s a time of person to person connections through the art and gift of story. Visit www.perkinsarts.com for more information.

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January 15, 2018

JEVS Human Services takes first steps toward Collingswood program

JEVS Human Services, a regional non-profit human services agency, is taking first steps to establish an independent living community for young adults with disabilities in Collingswood in 2018.  

JEVS Independence Network (IN) provides young adults with disabilities the freedom to learn and experience, and achieve their life’s goals. JEVS organizers hope that six to ten interested families will find housing, typically individual apartments, in Collingswood as part of the initial group. JEVS members live independently, with support from the organization, volunteer locally, and often work with the goal of living full lives as part of the local community.

“The IN model is ideal for young people ready to live on their own who, with some support, want to realize their goal of independence, whether that means building their life skills, working, volunteering—or creating a full and meaningful community life”, says Jill Gromen, Director, JEVS Independence Network.   

JEVS launched a similar program in Narberth, PA in 2011 and hopes to replicate the successes of that program in Collingswood. JEVS offers a variety of activities and opportunities for members to lead fulfilling and productive lives. Each member, along with family members, work with staff to set his/her own goals and identify interests and needs. Resources help individuals as they work through challenges of being independent, while improving life skills, social skills, recreation skills, and work skills. Most of all, members are encouraged to make choices that help them improve their lives and build self-reliance and self-esteem. Collingswood appeals to JEVS because of proximity to transit, walkability, plentiful opportunities for engagement and employment, a busy event calendar and a welcoming community.

“The selection of a community is really important for us,” says Jay Spector, President and CEO, JEVS Human Services.  “It needs to be a place that is accessible and rich with opportunities for members to become a part of the community, to live, work, volunteer, and build relationships—the things we all look for when choosing a place to live.  We feel strongly that Collingswood is an ideal community for JEVS Independence Network.”

Families and adults interested in living in Collingswood met at a January 6 information session in Collingswood to learn about this new opportunity, meet other young adults and their families who are interested in moving to Collingswood, to take a tour of the town’s amenities and discuss next steps for the creation of the model program in Camden County.

We are honored that JEVS feels what we know - that Collingswood will be a supportive and welcoming place,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “It speaks not only to our being walkable and accessible town but to the character of our residents that JEVS feel this is a great place for their members to live happy, supported, involved lives.”

For more information about JEVS Independence Network, contact Jill Groman at SupportsNJ@JEVS.org or 856-242-4710.  

About JEVS: Each year JEVS touch nearly 30,000 lives, focusing on individuals with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges as well as those facing adverse socio-economic conditions including unemployment and underemployment.  Operating with an annual budget of $92.5 million, JEVS Human Services has 1,000 employees and 30 successful programs providing skills development, job readiness and career services, vocational rehabilitation, recovery services, adult and residential day services, and in-home personal assistance.  


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January 02, 2018

CCT's "Shrek" Family Matinees – 5 kids for just $10, Jan 13 & 21!

How is an ogre like an onion? Do donkeys and dragons make good friends? Do YOU know the muffin man? Discover the answers to these questions and more as Shrek, Fiona, and company bumble, blunder and belch their way from one twisted fairytale to another in this rowdy re-telling of the beloved animated film presented by Collingswood Community Theatre (CCT) this January.

Because this is a family-centric show CCT is offering special family matinees on January 13 and 21! Purchase a full price adult ticket for $20 and bring up to 5 children for a flat fee of just $10. That's one adult plus one, two, three, four or five children for $30 total! Bring all your little Shreks for JUST $10 more! Invite five siblings, friends, cousins (age 3-12) to enjoy the show for just $10 with an adult ticket. Family Matinees will also have photo area with character masks and Shrek themed concessions.

Shrek the Musical performances are January 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. with two matinee performances on January 13 and 21 at 2 p.m. The beautiful Scottish Rite Auditorium will host the production. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Tickets for all shows are available on Brown Paper Tickets here.

CCT is also hosting a ShrekFEAST on January 13! The January 13 Shrek Feast Character Breakfast will have food, fun and a chance to meet the cast/ Two breakfast sittings will be offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Ticket get guests breakfast (Shrek waffles, eggs, swamp juice, pastries, etc) as well as Shrek-themed activities! Photo opportunities with the characters will be available. Tickets are $20 for one parent/child combo. Additional tickets can be purchased for $7 apiece. Shrek Feast will benefit furry friends at Woof Love Rescue. Info on that event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/155572325051685/

Based on the Dreamworks smash hit film, Shrek the Musical follows the story of one very grumpy ogre (Shrek, played by Ryan Adams) who lives alone in a swamp. When the insecure and conniving Lord Farquaad (Patrick Waldron) expels all of the fairy tale characters from his kingdom, Shrek is forced into an epic adventure that will see him joined by an over-enthusiastic talking Donkey (Jeff McGrail) and a not-so-by-the-book Princess Fiona (April Lindley) with a secret or two up her sleeve. Perfect for children, but with bawdy humor for adults, Shrek the Musical marries the comedy of the original film with spectacular musical numbers added for the Broadway production. Beyond the belching and coarse humor that made the Shrek franchise a hilarious success, the musical boasts the message, “We are all unique, we are all different, and we are all worthy of love.”

With a cast of 55 characters, a top-notch orchestra (under the direction of Brian Kain), stunning choreography (Katie Scharff), gorgeous costumes (Ellen Geigel) and a professional set, you won’t want to miss this CCT production.

CCT’s SHREK Special Offers and Events:
Family Matinees: Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 21 matinees at 2 p.m., purchase a full price adult ticket for $20, bring up to 5 children for an additional $10. That's one adult and one, two, three, four or five children for $30!
Senior Special: Sunday, January 21 matinee at 2 p.m., all seniors (age 63 and over) just $10
Group Rates: Groups of 10 or more, tickets $12 per person and reserved seats. Groups must be reserved and paid for in advance. Contact Terry at ts46th@gmail.com or at 856-854-0720 x128. Absolutely no group seats will be sold at the door.

For more information visit CCTarts.net or follow Collingswood Community Theatre on Facebook here. https://www.facebook.com/ArtsCCT/

Since 2002, Collingswood Community Theatre (CCT) has provided masterful theater to residents of the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas.  Staging up to five shows a year and showing to an average of 400 audience members, Collingswood Community Theatre has produced more than 50 musicals, dramas, comedies and theater for children, to the delight of thousands. Based at the historic Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ, Collingswood Community Theatre has heightened the art scene in Collingswood.  Thanks to CCT, theatre lovers have the opportunity to see Broadway quality shows at small town prices.  For more information, please visit www.CCTArts.net.

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December 01, 2017

Collingswood businesses compete in first holiday decorating contest!

Public will vote on their favorite displays via social media

This year, there’s a showdown in Collingswood. A storefront showdown!
For the holiday season, Collingswood is celebrating the breathtaking, the whimsical, the creative, the wacky and the most beautifully decorated seasonal storefronts in our first holiday decorating contest.

Collingswood businesses are typically decorated elaborately for the Borough’s holiday season – painted windows, garland, figures and lots of creative themes that make the shopping and dining districts look magical. For 2017, twenty two businesses are competing to win the honor of “People’s Choice” favorite window through online voting.

To see the competing storefronts visit Collingswood’s official Facebook gallery here.

Vote by “liking” your favorite storefront pictures and then share the gallery to spread the joy! Or see the stunning displays in person by coming to Collingswood and then voting online! Stroll our downtown for the region’s best dining and unique gifts in a winter wonderland. Voting will take place online from December 1 to December 18, 2017. Participating businesses are:

EVEN SIDE OF HADDON AVE
All Fired Up (602 Haddon Ave), Kenkojuku Karate (614 Haddon Ave), Collingswood Cleaners (646 Haddon Ave), Nesting House (710 Haddon Ave), Occasionette (724 Haddon Ave), Collingswood Hardware (726 Haddon Ave), The Retrospect (732 Haddon Ave.), Frugal Resale (740 Haddon Ave), Dulce (740 Haddon Ave), Bauhaus (788 Haddon Ave), Cabinets of Collingswood (792 Haddon Ave), Extraordinary ED (808 Haddon Ave), Philly Pretzel (976 Haddon Ave), Parke Bank (1150 Haddon Ave),

ODD SIDE OF HADDON AVE
Quilted Nest (823 Haddon Ave), Nutty Duchess (807-809 Haddon Ave), Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave), Pop Shop (729 Haddon Ave), The Candy Jar (721 Haddon Ave), Galerie Marie (709 Haddon Ave), Groove Ground (647 Haddon Ave), REALM Chiropractic (577 Haddon Ave), Arctic Freeze (495 Haddon Ave)

From November to the New Year, Collingswood is bursting with holiday cheer. Enjoy singers and snow in downtown Collingswood Fridays and Saturdays, FREE visits with Santa, special events, shopping and dining deals and the charm of more than a quarter million lights decorating our tree-lined streets! Pick up free Holospex at select merchants each weekend to view our light display as thousands of angels, snowman, reindeer and elves. Plus, shopping hours are extended by many merchants in December with FREE PARKING throughout the month. For more information see the Holidays in Collingswood page here!

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November 17, 2017

Water tank repairs begin, Nov 20

The Collingswood Water Department will be draining the elevated tank on Comly Avenue on Monday November 20 for repairs. The repairs will take approximately two weeks to complete. There may be some slight discoloration during this period. Letting the cold water run for a short period of time should clear things up. If you have any questions, please call the Water Department at 856-854-2332.
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November 14, 2017

Holiday Bonus Cash Sale & Tailgate Party - Nov 18

Collingswood and Camden County will host a tailgate party on November 18, 2017 at Borough Hall for guests lined up for the sale! Those camped out at Borough Hall will enjoy an early morning party to kick off the holiday season in Collingswood! Starting at 6:30 a.m. on November 18 festivities kick off with music and games for guests. There will be multiple giveaways per hour including concert tickets, sports merchandise, tailgating gear and Collingswood themed goods. Organizers will also host crowd trivia games, provide breakfast snacks and goodies to keep folks warm and happy.

Bonus cash is limited. All bonus cash will be sold at Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave). Rules and regulations apply. For full bonus cash sale and tailgate party info, please see here.

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November 08, 2017

Parking permit renewal now every two years

Overnight parking permit applications are now required every two years, starting in 2018.

“Applicants that apply for a permit in 2018 will not have to reapply in 2019. Permits issued in 2018 will be good until December 31, 2019.  Applicants will need to reapply in 2020,” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey.  “We made this change to lessen the burden of yearly applications on residents. “

The 2018-2019 overnight parking application can be found here.

Not sure if you need a permit? Here’s an overview of parking regulations:
Parking regulations in Collingswood consider the needs of different streets and neighborhoods in town. Generally speaking, residences with a legal off street parking space or public parking lot within one block of your residence are not eligible for a permit. If you live in a residence with no off street parking or a smaller driveway, you may be eligible. There is no cost for a permit. You can call in overnight guests by calling 856-854-1901 x590.  Overnight call-ins are limited to a maximum of 5 nights in a 30 day period.

Why Are Overnight Parking Permits Required?
Primarily, the concerns are those of safety.  Some of the benefits of restricting parking on the streets include: reducing opportunity for vehicle-related crimes, easier recognition of suspicious, stolen, abandoned and disabled vehicles, enhancing neighborhood aesthetics and improving access for overnight emergency, utility or road repair vehicles. This is a policy many surrounding towns with similar infrastructure have.

When Does The Overnight Parking Get Enforced?
 Parking is enforced Monday- Friday between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. It is not enforced on recognized holidays.  The Borough is divided into grids/area to ensure equal enforcement throughout the Borough.  Some areas may get cited more frequently due to it being a high complaint area.

Full information on parking permits and applications is on the Police parking page here. Residents can also apply via email to police@collingswood.com. With parking questions contact Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey at kcarey@collingswood.com


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November 07, 2017

Veterans Day ceremonies, Nov 11

Collingswood’s American Legion honors Veterans Day Saturday, November 11 with a series of ceremonies throughout the day:
At 10am, the ceremonies begin at Post 17 located at 622 S. Atlantic Avenue.
At 10:15am, a remembrance ceremony begins at the Korea and Vietnam Memorial, located on the corner of Park and Browning.
At 10:30am, a remembrance ceremony begins at the World War II Memorial, located on the corner of Collings and Browning.
At 10:50am, a remembrance ceremony begins at the Newton Sloan Cemetery, located on Elm and Lynne Avenues in West Collingswood.
At 11:10am, a remembrance ceremony begins at the World War I Memorial, located in the vicinity of Park and Collings.
At 11:30am, the ceremonies conclude by returning to Post 17, 620 Atlantic Ave, Collingswood.

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October 31, 2017

Colls Youth Theatre registration is CLOSED!


Registration for the Spring 2018 show is closed but we are accepting names on a waiting list.  Email Barbara at collingswoodyouththeatre@gmail.com.
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Ornament 2017
October 27, 2017

2017 Collingswood Holiday Ornament

The 2017 Collingswood Holiday Ornament is here! This year’s ornament depicts Santa in a whole new way. He’s enjoying some sun at our beloved (and recently upgraded!) Roberts Pool!

Whether your favorite memory is jumping off the diving boards or taking the family and meeting up with neighbors in the summertime, you know the importance and tradition of Roberts Pool for our community.

In 2017, the Borough undertook a huge makeover for Roberts Pool: a new snack stand and bathrooms, new kiddie pool and infrastructure improvements. And though it might look a little different than its humble beginning as an actual swimming hole, a visit to the Pool has been making families feel nostalgic for decades. It is a centerpiece of our community.

Bring that happiness into your home this holiday season with the 2017 Collingswood Holiday Ornament. This year’s design cherishes the past, present and future memories of Roberts Pool featuring a very relaxed Santa Claus basking in the sun atop a float in the cool water, with some of the Pool’s newest amenities in the background.

Availability is limited so order yours today! Order forms found here. 2017 ornaments will be available for pick up upon notification at Dig This (717 Haddon Ave.).

Missed an ornament in the series? Select past designs are still available. Zane School, Collingswood Theatre, Collingswood Manor, Foster Warne, Collingswood Library, First Baptist Church, and Santa Comes to Town ornaments are available for purchase at Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave.) for just $10.

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October 25, 2017

Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser, Oct 27

Craft Beer Tasting Fundraiser to benefit the Collingswood Holiday Parade - Friday, October 27, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm at the Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Tickets are available online at BrownPaperTickets.com, from members of the Committee and at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue. Tickets are $35 per person before October 1; $40 per person October 1 - 27.

There will be limited tickets available at the door!

For updates on breweries, check our Facebook page.
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October 16, 2017

2018 Library programs for kids

2018 is around the corner and the Collingswood Public Library is happy to announce that our Literacy Enrichment programs are popular with our young attendees. Here is an overview of upcoming programs:

Building Blocks for ages 18-35 months and Ready to Read for 3 to 5 year olds
will continue in the new year.
Lego Junior (for 5 to 7 year olds) and Lego Club (for 8 to 12 year olds) will begin meeting twice a month in January.
Want to Read to a Dog? Once again, therapy dogs Oswin and Minny will be on hand (or paw?) for K-5th graders as they build confidence reading to a non-judgmental listener.
Check the Library website at www.collingswoodlib.org in the coming weeks for details on teen and children’s events.


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Street Smart Campaign Heads Up
October 09, 2017

PD grant aims to make walking safer

This fall, the Collingswood Police Department kicked off a Street Smart NJ pedestrian-safety education campaign aimed at reducing motor-vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. The Street Smart campaign focuses on encouraging five key behaviors to improve safety:

  • Heads Up; Phones Down
  • Use Crosswalks
  • Wait for the Walk
  • Obey Speed Limits
  • Stop for Pedestrians

Signs, posters, tip cards and other safety messaging materials will be distributed throughout the community. As a compliment to traffic enforcement and officers walking the business district to educate the public, e-blasts, social media, and community presentations will be used to raise additional awareness about pedestrian safety.

“This campaign presents a wonderful opportunity for the CPD interact with residents and visitors to the Borough,“ said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “CPD will engage motorists and pedestrians to improve understanding of how to obey traffic laws and stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Conversely, we’ll remind pedestrians to use crosswalks, to cross at intersections, and to not jaywalk. We can all use a refresher on how to share the road more safely and we hope to enforce good habits that have a long term impact here.”

Collingswood Police are aiming to educate pedestrians and motorists during the campaign and will work with schools and in other key areas like the Farmers’ Market and downtown to distribute materials and talk to pedestrians. Police will continue the campaign in spring as well.

To learn more visit http://bestreetsmartnj.org/

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October 01, 2017

Special Town Forum, Oct 24

At our fall forum we’re discussing first steps in updating our police and fire facilities. This will be an open discussion that includes tours of the current buildings, followed by a Q&A with your Chiefs and officials about the project. Read more about this project on the Mayor’s Blog here.
The goal: Discuss the state of our current facilities, steps taken so far and most importantly -  hear from our residents. The floor will also be open to any Collingswood topics, like our typical forums.

6pm- Police and Fire facility tours, starting at the Fire Department, 20 W Collings Ave
7pm, Town Forum – Collingswood Community Center, 30 W Collings Ave



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August 05, 2017

Collingswood's 2017 Town Book announced

The 2017 Collingswood Town Book is The Unseen World by author Liz Moore. Moore will attend the annual Collingswood Book Festival on October 7, 2016.

Every year, the organizers of the Collingswood Book Festival choose a town book, “to provide an opportunity for our entire community to bond over some of the great themes in literature,” said Jean Brennan, chair of the book festival committee. Copies of the book are donated to students of the AP English Class of Collingswood High School as part of their reading curriculum. The festival provides a forum for discussion and analysis beyond the classroom and into the community through a discussion taking place at Collingswood Public Library during festival week. Over the years, students have examined such topics as life in Afghanistan, plagiarism, book banning and the demographic shift away from urban sprawl.

After several non-fiction books, this year’s town book is a page-turning story that spans decades and contains numerous interwoven plotlines revolving around sharply focused universal themes of family, love and identity. It is a timely and important exploration of the complex bonds between a daughter and her father, of the role of intelligence technology in human relationships.

Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David's mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David's colleagues. Soon after she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep the reader riveted until The Unseen World's heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion.

The Collingswood Book Festival includes authors and events for kids, tweens, teens and poetry fans in addition to top-notch adult authors. The free festival is set for more than six blocks along Haddon Avenue on October 7. More information will be added to the website in the coming weeks: www.collingswoodbookfestival.com.
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Town Forum scheduled for October 24

Twice yearly Collingswood hosts a Town Forum. Every resident and business owner is encouraged to come. There’s no formal agenda, no RSVP, no sign-in – just an opportunity to bring your questions, concerns or support to your elected officials or even just hear about what’s happening in town.

The next Town Forum will be held October 24  at 7pm at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). All are welcome. For info call 856-854-0720 x125.
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Year round "Medicine Drop Box" available at Collingswood PD

The Collingswood Police Department is partnering with the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative and provides a Project Medicine Drop box at the Collingswood Police Headquarters.

The Collingswood PD now makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Collingswood residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.

The Borough’s new Project Medicine Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Collingswood Police Department, 735 N. Atlantic Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. Residents may visit the Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications.

Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.

Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at police departments, sheriff’s offices, and State Police barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess, or expired prescription medications.


Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked.  Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

By giving New Jerseyans a safe and secure method to dispose of unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop helps prevent the abuse of these drugs. This initiative also protects New Jersey’s environment by keeping these drugs out of landfills and out of the water supply"

“Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Collingswood. It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications,” Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey said.

More information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found at NJ Division of Consumer Affairs.
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Welcome to the new Collingswood.com!

Residents and guests of Collingswood – we’ve relaunched our digital home! With feedback from citizens, employees and business we’ve built a more user friendly site for visitors with all the important municipal functions you need and info on all the fun in town as well.

What’s new:

A streamlined site! We’ve trimmed down, consolidated, updated and eliminated unnecessary pages where possible. You’ll also notice new layouts for calendar, news, documents and other functions that will make it easier to access everything. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • The Take Action panel: A quick action menu that takes users to some of the most frequently used functions like bill pay, report an issue, etc
  • Social Media panel: View content from our YouTube, Facebook and Instagram feeds
  • Forms & Documents areas: Access to important municipal applications, reports and forms all in one place
  • Welcome New Residents page
  • For Business page: Dedicated to our local businesses and welcoming new business in Collingswood
  • An improved mobile presence

Some areas are still a work in progress!
Think of this as our “beta version” – we’re relying on feedback from you to continue improvements. Here are some areas that will be part of phase two:
-Services A-Z directory: A categorical sitemap to help you find what you need
-Directories: Searchable, restructured directories for business, employees and all categories are still being built

What if I see something that needs to be changed or updated?
Let us know! We’ve updated hundreds of pages of information but we need your feedback as we come across bugs or other issues. To report a broken link, typo or other issue use the “Report an Issue” feature (Communication category) and include the URL of the page with the issue and a description of what’s wrong!

We look forward to your feedback and continuing to provide easy-to-access information for our residents and guests. Enjoy navigating the new Collingswood.com!

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Community adult/child/infant CPR and AED course

The Collingswood Police and Fire Chaplains along with the Borough of Collingswood Police and Fire Departments will be hosting a certified CPR class on November 7 and 9, 6:30 to 8:30pm, at Collingswood Community Center for just $10 per person.

You must attend both nights to receive the certification. The class is limited to 24 students 16 years and older and must be a town resident. Registration is $10 cash or check made payable to the Borough of Collingswood. Registration is first come, first served. Register at the Collingswood Fire Department, 20 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108 Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm.

October is also Fire Prevention Month! The Collingswood Fire Department shares the following tips.
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are this year’s key campaign messages:

· Draw a map of your home (see how here) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.

· Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.

· Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

· Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.

· Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

· Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

· If you need smoke detectors or assistance checking them, contact the fire department at 856-854-7447 ext. 0 to schedule a free home safety check and smoke detector installation.
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CYT registration opens Nov. 1

Click here and look for the Spring 2020 Registration page. (Note: The page will not be live until 11/1 at 9am.) The first 68 students will receive a part.

If there are any spaces left, out-of-town residents may register beginning November 8.
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Virtual Cruise Night

We'll be posting photos, stories, videos of some of our best vehicles. We'll throw in some fun extra too like music performances and trivia. We'll tag the sponsors who support us, the bands who entertain us and our participants in this event. Check out our Facebook event here
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Virtual Cruise Night

We'll post photos, stories and videos about their vehicles from our event participants. We'll throw in some fun extras, too, like music performances and trivia. We'll tag the sponsors who support us, the bands who entertain us and highlight the cars and motorcycles we enjoy seeing on the Avenue - but all from a safe virtual distance!  Click here for the Facebook event page.
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Virtual Cruise Night

Join us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/785470341984281/

Feel free to post photos of your vehicle - it doesn't have to be a collector.  Then browse through the pictures posted by your friends, make new friends who share your passion and while away some time enjoying pretty cars.

The show will run from Tuesday, May 19 at 9am until Friday, May 22 at 6pm.

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Hydrant flushing, week of June 15



It's no surprise to anyone that has lived in the area for some time that our yearly hydrant flushing causes a temporary discoloration in water supply due to iron sediment that is brownish, but safe, getting stirred up during the process. Since our spring flushing, we have been continuing to exercise valves.  Valve exercising is a new 2020 requirement by the NJDEP.  Turning valves, many for the first time in 90 years, has caused an increase in brown water you are seeing. During the week of June 15 we will conduct additional flushing to clear out sediment in our older valves.

The Collingswood water plant has recently completed filter upgrades and we can report that iron levels coming out of the treatment plant are extremely low. Iron is not harmful to drink, however, the discolored water will cause stains on clothing. It's our hope that this additional work will resolve the additional buildup you are seeing in the water. Please contact the Collingswood Water Department LINK/### if you encounter any adverse condition with your water.  For more information on hydrant flushing, please watch this video from Capital Water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTb5POzdd9A
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