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!
HOLOSPEX return to Collingswood for holiday season
Free giveaway puts a new twist on annual light display - first set released Nov 24
Guests at Collingswood’s annual Tree Lighting on November 24 will be the first to get their hands on the kitschiest way to enjoy the hundreds of thousands of lights that decorate the Borough during the holidays.
Collingswood is distributing Holospex glasses again this season - holographic lenses that bend the light to create a magical pattern from every bright point of light. Each weekend from November 24 to December 15, Collingswood merchants will distribute a different theme so guests to the town can enjoy seeing the annual light display as thousands of reindeer, angels, snowmen and elves. The retro-style 3-D glasses add new holiday magic to Collingswood’s already breathtaking light display.
Just after Santa climbs off the roof of Collingswood's Borough Hall on November 24 (7pm, 678 Haddon Ave), kids and kids at heart can hit the streets to grab a free pair of Holospex at a dozen Collingswood merchants.
“It caused a bit of a frenzy last year because everyone is so excited to try out each new theme because it really brings the display to a whole new level," said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “There's a rush to collect all four. It's fun to see everyone dashing around like kids to get the new set, myself included."
WEEK 1 Reindeer - available November 24 at:
ExtraordinaryED/Santa’s Workshop (808 Haddon Ave), Premier Eye Associates (571 Haddon Ave), Clutter Vintage (697 Haddon Ave), All Fired Up (602 Haddon Ave), The Tortilla Press (703 Haddon Ave), The Quilted Nest (823 Haddon Ave), Nutty Duchess Tearoom (807 Haddon Ave), Galerie Marie (709 Haddon Ave), The Nesting House (710 Haddon Ave), Occasionette (724 Haddon Ave), The Pop Shop (729 Haddon Ave), Grooveground (647 Haddon Ave).
WEEK 2 Angels– available December 1 at: ExtraordinaryED/Santa’s Workshop (808 Haddon Ave), Premier Eye Associates (571 Haddon Ave), Grooveground (647 Haddon Ave.), The Nesting House (710 Haddon Ave), Devil's Creek Brewery (1 Powell Lane), Hair Cuttery (668 Haddon Ave), Dunkin Donuts (5 E. Crescent Blvd), Frugal Resale (740 Haddon Ave), Dig This (717 Haddon Ave), Arctic Freeze Creamery (495 Haddon Ave), Skyscape Vape (554 Haddon Ave) and The Pop Shop (729 Haddon Ave)
WEEK 3 Snowmen – available December 8 at: ExtraordinaryED/Santa’s Workshop (808 Haddon Ave), Premier Eye Associates (571 Haddon Ave), Grooveground (647 Haddon Ave), The Nesting House (710 Haddon Ave), Hair Cuttery (668 Haddon Ave), Frugal Resale (740 Haddon Ave), Clutter (697 Haddon Ave), Arctic Freeze Creamery (495 Haddon Ave), Skyscape Vape (554 Haddon Ave), Galerie Marie (709 Haddon Ave), Callie Boutique (686 Haddon Ave), All Fired Up (602 Haddon Ave), Occasionette (724 Haddon Ave), Oasis (498 Haddon Ave), Arts Plus Gallery (704 Haddon Ave) and The Pop Shop (729 Haddon Ave)
WEEK 4 Elves – available December 15 at: TBA
Supplies of each theme are limited! Only about 100 at each location so visit retailers early to get each theme and shop local this season!
What makes the Holospex for the holidays so special? It’s hard to know how impressive it is until you see it for yourself. The only way to truly understand is to make sure you get a pair by visiting Collingswood merchants each weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas. And there are lots of reasons to visit Collingswood during the holidays! The Holospex giveaway is just part of Collingswood’s season-long calendar of merriment, full of carolers, visits with Santa, events and free parking in December. There will also be a live ice carving demonstration just after the Tree Lighting on November 24, 7:30pm at the Zane Schoolhouse clock (756 Haddon Ave). Guests can help welcome Santa, catch the live ice show, visit shops for Holospex and start their holiday shopping and merriment that night!
Santa will welcome families on November 24 and all season long at his Collingswood Headquarters at ExtraordinaryED at 808 Haddon Ave. Santa’s hours in December are Friday nights, 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m. Santa is available to hear good girls and boys every weekend in December and there’s no charge to visit with the jolly fellow in Collingswood! Pictures during visits are encouraged.
Shop and dine in town this season. Haddon Avenue is decked out with more than a quarter million lights so visitors and residents can shop in a winter wonderland and find just the right gifts for underneath the tree. Collingswood even guarantees snow during the season, setting the winter mood with snow machines. The holidays also mean extended shopping hours every Friday and Saturday in December, whimsically decorated storefronts competing for top prize and for those who stroll, carolers fill the air with holiday tunes on weekends. The final second Saturday of the season will take place on December 9 – shop in a winter wonderland and enjoy live music and local art!
Community Chorus Holiday Concert, Dec 12
Listen to the sweet sounds of harmonious carols featuring a variety of holidays and genres perfectly suited for the season. Grab a loved one or some friends and make this a must see on your holiday itinerary! Perfect for families, friends and lovers of the season.
Admission is FREE. Check out the Facebook event page for updates https://www.facebook.com/events/735751159942190/
Water tank repairs begin, Nov 20
Holiday Bonus Cash Sale & Tailgate Party - Nov 18
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.
Parking permit renewal now every two years
“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 email@example.com. With parking questions contact Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Craft Beer Tasting fundraiser, Oct 27
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.
2018 Library programs for kids
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.
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/
Special Town Forum, Oct 24
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
Collingswood's 2017 Town Book announced
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.
Town Forum scheduled for October 24
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.
Annual Apple Pie Contest seeks bakers
Put those yummy Fall apples to good use! The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will be hosting their annual APPLE PIE CONTEST on Saturday, October 14. This is a perfect opportunity for you to make Grandma’s secret recipe or show off your baking skills. There are Market gift certificates up for grabs, so put your all into your pie!
The contest will be at 9:30am in the judging tent at the Market. Pre-registration is a must! To register please visit the rules and registration page here before contest.
Year round "Medicine Drop Box" available at Collingswood PD
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.
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.
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!
Community adult/child/infant CPR and AED course
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.