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
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.
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!
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.