Collingswood, New Jersey

Mayor Jim Maley's Blog

The County Jail

     There have been a number of news reports about Camden County's move to privatize the county Jail. This would mean the layoff of hundreds of Corrections officers. There has been considerable protest by the union representing the officers. There are numerous issues the County freeholders are considering as they consider these decisions.

Jimmy Magee

       We hope this past Holiday weekend was filled with the warmth of family and friends. The Tree Lighting and Parade were extraordinarily well attended in beautiful weather. It was spirited and great fun.            

A Great Place in America!

           Collingswood's Haddon Avenue has been named one of the Great Places in America! (But we knew that!)

The American Planning Association names approximately 30 neighborhoods, streets and cities as "Great Places" for their flagship program celebrating places of exemplary character, quality, and planning.

We've Lost a Dad

Last Friday, we lost one of our Dads. Doug Willey died suddenly and much too young. He was a friend. His passing is a terrible loss for his family - and for our community.

It's What You Want to See

     Colls TV is in full gear with a dedicated, talented group of volunteers making high quality, fun, informative TV programs for our local access channels - Channel 19 on Comcast and 44on Verizon.

New LumberYard Neighbors

     As we continue with the LumberYard project, there will be new neighbors moving into the new building along Atlantic Avenue in October. These are the first residents of the new building.

Some Infrastructure Money

     At our last Town Forum, we were asked what we are doing to ensure we get a share of the stimulus money we have all read about. Well turns out the stimulus hasn't worked quite like we were told.

This is Town Watch!

     We had an unfortunate crime occur in town that was solved the same day it occurred because of great police work assisted by an attentive resident. 1st Colonial National Bank was robbed on a Friday. As the robber fled the bank and ran up the street, a resident saw him, thought it suspicious because he jumped into the trunk of a waiting car that then sped away. This resident jotted down 4 digits of the Florida license plate.

Developing the Speedline Station: An Update

     As we continue along the process to explore redevelopment of the parking lots at the Speedline station, we've reached another milestone. Over the last year, the Borough and the DRPA issued "Requests for Qualifications" where we asked firms interested in the project to submit their team's qualifications. We received 15 responses. From that list, we selected 6 firms to provide conceptual proposals.

The Best

Summer has brought honors to some of our businesses. Blackbird has been named one of the State's best Restaurants and got a nod for one of its dishes as a "Best of Philly". IndeBlue, the new Indian restaurant in the Theater District,  Two Cherubs, an antique shop on Irvin Avenue just across from the Zane School, and Yogawood, located on Haddon near Collings were noted as "Best of Philly" by Philadelphia Magazine as well. Make sure you stop by and check out all these places!