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.
Library hosts Free Comic Book Day, May 5
Free Comic Book Day takes place on Saturday, May 5 at the Collingswood Public Library from 11am-1pm. 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 of the Northeast Remnant Garrison of the 501st Legion will be our special guests. The 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
Holiday Parade concert fundraiser - POSTPONED until fall 2018
Candy Volcano and Chicago 9 bring their musical talents to the Scottish Rite for a one night only concert to help raise funds for the 30th Annual Collingswood Holiday Parade.
Featuring Tonewood and Flying Fish beer and Auburn Road Vineyard wines. Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm. Tickets $25 and $20 available at the Scottish Rite Box Office (856-858-1000) or at Ticketmaster.com.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/181781745942221/
Collingswood composter and rain barrel sale
Supplies are limited and online offers end April 14! All orders will be available for pick up on Saturday April 28 at the annual Collingswood Green Festival.
These special prices are offered to all Collingswood residents thanks to a special recycling grant awarded by the County. This bulk sale is open to ALL Camden County residents.
For pricing, pickup and order information visit https://collingswoodcompostersale.ecwid.com/
Fight AIDS on April 19 as part of the 28th annual Dining Out For Life
Eight Collingswood restaurants participating
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 19, 2018. 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 19. More than 200 restaurants and food trucks 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, Oasis Mexican Grill, Pop Shop Collingswood, Sabrina’s Café Collingswood, Sapori Trattoria and Villa Barone to give back.
Funds raised on April 19 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, Camden Area Health Education Center, Family & Community Service of Delaware County, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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 http://www.diningoutforlife.com/philadelphia
Visit the SJ event page on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2448951278672252/
2018 DOFL Southern New Jersey participating restaurants:
CousCous Moroccan Cuisine
El Sitio Grill & Café
Harvest Seasonal Grill
Keg & Kitchen
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Oasis Mexican Grill
Pop Shop Collingswood
Robin’s Nest Restaurant
Sabrina’s Café Collingswood
Steak 38 Café
Tre Famiglia Ristorante
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.
NJ DEP seeks public comment on Newton Lake dredge plans
Camden County will soon be dredging Newton Lake and Peter’s Creek. The public comment period ends March 23.
The plans are available for review online here and in person at Collingswood’s municipal clerk’s office at 678 Haddon Ave, Collingswood.
Citizens can read details about contaminant testing, dredge methods, sludge disposal, environmental impact statements, maps, and more - all topics of interest to Newton Lake fans, especially homeowners, boaters, anglers, bikers and walkers.
Take a look at the plans and then send comments and concerns regarding the dredging before March 23, in writing, to NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection Division of Land Use Regulation, Mail Code 501-021, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625, Attn: Camden County Section Chief.
Collingswood Reads 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
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/.
Perkins Center for the Arts premieres new community storytelling event
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.
JEVS Human Services takes first steps toward Collingswood program
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.
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 email@example.com or at 856-854-0720 x128. Absolutely no group seats will be sold at the door.
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.
2018 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.
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: 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), Galerie Marie (709 Haddon Ave), Occasionette (724 Haddon Ave), El Sitio (729 Haddon Ave), The Quilted Nest (823 Haddon Ave), Dig This (717 Haddon Ave), Candy Jar 1892 (721 Haddon Ave), Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave) and The Pop Shop (729 Haddon Ave)
Supplies of each theme are limited! Only about 75 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. With parking questions contact Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.