Collingswood, New Jersey

Mayor Jim Maley's Blog

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!

America's Favorite Farmer's Market

     Congratulations Coillingswood! Our Farmer's market has been voted America's Favorite in a competition conducted by the American Farmland Trust. This is a tremendous honor for our market in its 10th year. Started by volunteers Pam Ciervo and Silvia Hatzell, the Market brings great food at a reasonable price to our region, helps sustain New Jersey farms and provides a great social scene drawing more and more people to town.

Summer's New Arrival

Our family welcomed our second grandchild - our first granddaughter! - on July 28. Madeline Rose Maley was born late in the night to the delight of her brother, Ben, and her parents Michael and Laura. They all live here in town and have been pretty regular visitors to the new playground.  It's been a very good summer.

Final Word on Policing Woodlynne

      On July 1, 2010, Collingswood will end its police effort in Woodlynne. In response to the letter we delivered to Woodlynne's Mayor and Council in May, we received a letter from Woodlynne's attorney laying out their requirements for our continued policing.

Phir$t Pitch

     Thanks to everyone who took a chance on relieving me to throw out the First Pitch at Collingswood Night at the Phillies. Your efforts raised $1400 that is being donated to our fire department's efforts supporting St. Baldrick's Foundation for pediatric cancer research and the Knight Park playground.

Continuing Woodlynne Police Services

Since announcing our intention to terminate police services in Woodlynne, we have watched as Woodlynne has made efforts, without success, to find alternate police services. No other town has agreed to provide the service; the State has not stepped up with a solution; Woodlynne has not been able to assemble a plan to provide their own police service. So we have revamped Collingswood police services and decided to continue the service for another year, until July 1, 2010.

When the Worst Brings Out the Best

We’ve all seen the struggles every business, government and family has experienced during this recession. Collingswood is no exception to that reality, but the teamwork shown by all of our Borough family is the exception to the rule. This town is where you really want to be.

May Fair and Memorial Day

For the 30th year, our Borough’s May Fair started the summer season for all the non-shore folks. And there are thousands of them. Run by a dedicated group of volunteers who work all year, the granddaddy of our region’s street fairs brings over 40,000 people to town for arts, crafts, great food and just plain old family fun.

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