Collingswood, New Jersey

Upcoming Proud Neighbors Events

For the past 30 years, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood has been an outstanding advocate for preservation of the historic character of Collingswood.  Founded by a group of volunteers who shared an interest in the restoration of their community, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood offers a variety of programs to inspire residents to appreciate and preserve this town’s historic character. See how you can learn more from their programming or even get involved!

Plaster Repair Clinic - April 4                                           

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood will sponsor a free plaster repair restoration clinic on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 10am to noon, at the Knight Park Caretakers’ House, Collingswood, NJ.

This Proud Neighbors Restoration Clinic will feature professional, John Ahern, reviewing plaster repair topics:

· Assessment of plaster. Can it be salvaged?

· Compatible materials for long term  plastering

· The tools of the trade for the best plaster job

·  Application of paint finish coats

How many times have you had a plaster crack or fail year after year? How do the pros make plaster smooth and sound? That rock-hard substance, which was applied to the walls and ceilings of nearly every house in this country until the 1950s, gives us surfaces that are seamless, mold resistant, fire resistant, and noise deadening. But what to do when plaster cracks, buckles, and pops loose? It's a perplexing question for many of our residents whose Collingswood homes are filled with blemished plaster.  John Ahern of Ahern Painting will show how to patch 100 years of gouges, cracks, and screw holes so the walls look flat and clean when painted.  This plaster clinic demonstrates how sticking old walls back together can make them look as good as new. Proud Neighbors Restoration Clinics are free and open to the public. 

Historic Paint Colors - April 23
Proud Neighbors of Collingswood will sponsor a slide presentation and discussion about historic paint colors and enhancing the beauty of you home.  Come talk with professionals on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:45 p.m. at the Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ.
This speakers series features painting professional John Ahern, of Ahern Painting.   Are you ready to change the paint on your home? Mr. Ahern will elaborate on proper painting steps during his lecture and will show photos of his work. If time permits, speaker will also take questions from the audience.
Proud Neighbors presentations are free and open to the public. 

Porch Brunch, House & Garden Tour – May 17
Reserve Now at 609.238.5407 for 11am or 1pm Brunch with tours:$28.  Tour-only:$15 advance; $18 day-of-tour. Details TBA on the Porch Brunch and House Tour page soon!

Proud Neighbors Town-wide Yard Sale - June 6  (rain date June 13)
Details on the event page here. To participate or get more info, email: YardSale@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org

Landscaping Small Gardens - September 24
Proud Neighbors Speakers’ Series will feature professional landscape architects from Land Sculpture.  This Proud Neighbors evening will include a slide presentation & discussion on small garden landscaping on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:45pm at the Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ.   

Proud Neighbors presentations are free and open to the public. 

DPW spring clean up starts April 6

The Department of Public Works will be providing residents with curbside leaf pick up the week of April 6.  This will occur on your normal fall leaf pick up day.  Also, large brush can be placed curbside for pick up. Please call 856-858-0533 with your address for brush disposal or for more information. Leaf pickup schedules are available on the Public Works page here.

Pet licensing deadline: MARCH 31, 2015

REMINDER: Pet licenses renewed after March 31, 2015 will be charged a $10 late fee per household.
Dog and cat owners must license their pets. Dog and Cat license applications)  can be found at the bottom of the Clerk’s page here:
http://www.collingswood.com/government/borough-clerk

Ten Colls restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life, April 30

Fight AIDS on April 30 as part of the 25th Annual Dining Out for Life

Anyone can be a superhero in the fight against HIV/AIDS – no cape or tights necessary, just an appetite. That’s the message in the latest commercial for Dining Out for Life, which returns to the Southern Jersey area on Thursday, April 30.

More than 150 restaurants and food trucks will again participate across the Delaware Valley, each donating 33 percent of their food sales for the day to local HIV/AIDS service organizations. The event 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, guests can dine at El Sitio Café & Grill, IndeBlue Indian Cuisine, L'Oceano, Nunzio Ristorante Rustico , Oasis Mexican Grill , Sapori Trattoria, The Pop Shop, The Tortilla Press, Villa Barone and Zeppoli to give back.

“My husband, Chef Rakesh, and I had close friends tragically die of AIDS and have friends who are living with AIDS,” said Heather Ramola, owner of IndeBlue. “IndeBlue is committed to raising awareness and money for the Dining Out For Life organization so everyone living with AIDS can live their life to the fullest and be treated with compassion.”

Money raised on April 30 in Philadelphia, South 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 ActionAIDS, beneficiaries include AIDS Delaware, Camden Area Health Education Center, Family & Community Service of Delaware County and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

This year, the event benefits 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

2015 Southern New Jersey Participating Restaurants:
El Sitio Café & Grill
Indeblue Indian Cuisine
L'Oceano
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico 
Oasis Mexican Grill 
Sapori Trattoria 
The Pop Shop Collingswood/Medford
The Tortilla Press/Tortilla Press Cantina
Villa Barone
Zeppoli
Barnsboro Inn
Casa Bella Trattoria
CousCous Moroccan Cuisine
District Riverton Bistro
Filomena Cucina Italiana
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
logoKeg & Kitchen
L'Oceano
Norma's Mediterranean Restaurant
Thomas’ Ristorante
Tre Famiglia Ristorante
Tree House Coffee Shop
Villari’s Lakeside
Westmont Diner

Collingswood to host antique appraisal event for April 11 Second Saturday

“Antiques on the Ave” is featured event for April

Search the attic and gather your heirlooms! The Borough of Collingswood and Collingswood Rotary will host an antique appraisal event as part of 2nd Saturday on April 11. Guests can bring their trinkets, antiques and collectibles up to Haddon Avenue to ask local experts about their value.

Antiques on the Avenue will bring local experts to appraise items including jewelry, fine arts, antiques, decorative arts, silver, China, glass, Oriental carpets and general household items. Please do not bring sports memorabilia or large furniture.

Appraisers include Francesca Ellis of Ellis Antiques in Collingswood, Tracy O'Donnell of McGarry’s Jewelers in Collingswood and Katherine Linzey, president of Linzey Appraisal Associates, LLC and an accredited member of the American Society of Appraisers.

Guests can have their items appraised at $5 per item. Money raised benefits Collingswood Rotary projects such a scholarship programs, Thanksgiving baskets, Little League and other community events and organizations. Appraisals are on a first come first served basis and guests are limited to 10 items per person. Light refreshments will be served and guests can spend the evening enjoying the art and music of 2nd Saturday throughout Collingswood's downtown before or after their appraisals. Guests will also receive a Blue & Gold card and list of merhcant specials for shopping and dining Collingswood! 

“We're excited to see what kind of treasures people have,” said Collingswood's Director of Community Development Cass Duffey."We're hoping our own mini-roadshow brings some new faces to Haddon Ave and that everyone will enjoy some shopping and dining while they're here, too. It's just another good opportunity to do something new in town."

"We jumped at the opportunity to partner for this event," said Collingswood Rotary President Michael Trainor. “2nd Saturday is one of Collingswood’s best events and this will make it even more interesting. We’re hoping it’s a great fundraiser that allows us to provide even more services for Collingswood.”

Opinions of value are verbal and informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal. Arrangements for written appraisals can be made with appraisal team separately.

2nd Saturday is Collingswood’s monthly art and music event. Experience dozens of one-night art exhibits tucked in retail shops, restaurants and spots on each block as well as the shopping and dining Collingswood is known for. As always, 2nd Saturdays are free. Just visit Collingswood, stroll and enjoy the culture - on us. Learn more about visiting or participating in 2nd Saturday by visiting the event page here.


 

Spring Flower Fundraiser Sale

Need flowers for Grandmom, Mom, Sister or Aunt?
The Collingswood High School Band Boosters are holding their 1st Annual Spring Flower Sale.
When:  Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 8am - 12pm
Where:  Knights Park across from Collingswood High School
All proceeds benefit Collingswood High School Marching Band 

Collingswood bombed, second guerrilla knit invites public to partake

Yarn artists in Collingswood mobilize for second year to decorate quaint borough with fuzzy creations

Again, the knitters (and crocheters) of Collingswood have secretly come together to “bomb” the town. For the second year, Collingswood awoke to a colorful art installation decorating Collingswood’s historic main street, Haddon Avenue.

For 2015, artists were tasked to decorate fences and benches along Collingswood’s main drag. Working over the past few months, participants covertly selected their targets and were given carte blanche to design fiber art pieces.

“Last year, we worked within a color palette and gave knitters measurements for select trees,” said Collingswood Director of Community Development Cass Duffey. “After seeing what the artists could do we really wanted to give them more creative license. The fences and benches lend themselves to be more interesting canvasses for the artists. They were allowed to fill or cover their spaces as they please, to really let their creativity fly.”

The team of roughly twenty artists has been working for months to plan and execute coverings. On the rainy evening of March 10, the group gathered to “bomb” Collingswood, or covertly attach their creations so their installation would be a surprise the next morning.

"I love being a part of something that's only mission is to beautify our environment,” said artist and resident Sara McLaughlin who also participated in the 2014 project. “After a long winter, it's fun to see color and creativity line Haddon Ave. It's a great, non-invasive way to bring art to the town and maybe even get people interested in learning how to crochet or knit."

Last year, the installation put surprise “tree sweaters” on trees, poles and other items in the town. Feedback on the project -from enthusiasm to bewilderment- was immediate and overwhelming.

“It’s definitely something that got attention,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley, “Art should make people react and we were hearing people’s impressions on the first installation for a year afterward. Most importantly, it is fundamentally a community project. These artists aren’t paid. They give their time to this project to beautify town and showcase their handiwork. It’s great.”

Yarnbombing, also called yarnstorming, has become common in urban areas, decorating everything from lampposts to entire vehicles. Dozens of organizations dedicated to the craft and execution of bombings exist around the county. In 2012, the city of Pittsburgh organized local knitters to decorate the Andy Warhol/7th Street Bridge. Collingswood’s artists are residents, knitting enthusiasts and local groups that designed and installed the large-scale, fiber arts installation.

This year’s installation also includes public participation. Building on a trend that went viral this winter, the Borough is asking those that want to contribute to donate a scarf to “scarf tree” locations in town. The donations will be given to local shelters and organizations. The initiative also gives knitters that are not a formal part of the installation a chance to participate.

“After the first bomb we heard a lot of locals say they would have loved to participate and now they can,” said Duffey “It’s sort of a month-long, outdoor scarf drive that also lets people add their touch to the bomb. We’d love to see the fences filled with all sorts of colors. The more people give, the prettier it will look and the more people we can help. We hope people pile them on and give back.”

Those that want to donate a scarf can wrap one around the iron fence next to Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave, in front of the Borough Christmas tree) and another location to be determined. Scarves and donations do not have to be handmade.

“This project makes me so happy because it shows off the talents of our town's citizens. Having everyone see our pieces makes us feel special, like we are artists & it's so gratifying to share our work with the whole town,” said artist Shannon McGill.

The exhibit coincides with Collingswood’s monthly 2nd Saturday event on March 14 and will remain in Collingswood’s downtown until April. The Borough asks that guests please be respectful of the artists and their work by not damaging or altering the fiber art.

About Collingswood:
Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust.

 

CHS presents SHREK The Musical

Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

 Shrek The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

Collingswood High School All-School Musical.

Performances March 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30pm with a matinee on Saturday, March 28 at 2pm 

Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ  08108

For more info www.collingswood.k12.nj.us 


Anniversary events at the historic Collings-Knight House

From the Friends of Collings-Knight House

2015 promises to be an exciting year at the Collings- Knight House. The house will benefit from two grants and mark 190 years at the corner of Collings and Browning Roads. Additionally, the historic property has received a grant from the Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund to rebuild the back porch. This is a much-needed and long-anticipated project that will vastly improve the appearance of the house and alleviate interior problems caused by the porch’s deterioration. The second project is spearheaded by the Cooper’s Creek Questers who have won a grant to repair the attic bedstead. This beautiful piece of furniture lost its top at some point. The Questers grant will repair the top of the bed, while plans continue for obtaining curtaining and bedding. The goal is to restore this impressive piece to its former glory.

2015 marks the 190th year since construction of the Collings-Knight house began in 1825. This calls for 18 months of special programs leading up to the 190th anniversary of its completion in 2017. Join us for a series of exciting programs from every decade in the life of the house, beginning in the fall. Until the anniversary programs begin, plan to visit for one of our exciting spring 2015 programs:

March 14, 2-4 pm:
  A Visit with Lizzie Borden. Was she innocent, or guilty of a heinous crime? Join Kate Butler in considering the evidence with 19th century eyes, and decide for yourself.

April 11, 2-4 pm: Psychics, Spirituality & the Victorians. Did you know that Mrs. Lincoln’s personal psychic hailed from Delran? Jeannie Francis will reveal the fascination Victorians had for everything “beyond the grave.”

May 16, 2-4 pm:
Show us your Sensemans!  For this event, we need your help: we would like to exhibit works by Rafael Senseman, the local artist whose Depression-era pictures captured the area’s quiet beauty. We invite Senseman owners to bring their treasured art works to the Colllings-Knight House for an Open House Exhibit. Local owner Jim Perrin will begin the afternoon with a brief biopic, and owners will be on hand to share their own Senseman stories. Art owners who would like to participate may phone Sue at 856-240-7098 to make arrangements.

In March the Friends of Collings-Knight House will kick off  their Annual Membership Campaign. Please join the Friends in their efforts to restore this important local historic site and provide interesting, entertaining history programs for area residents. An individual membership is $15, and family is $25. Support at any level is appreciated and goes entirely to support restoration and programming at the house. Make donations payable to Friends of Collings-Knight House and mail to PO Box 357, Collingswood, NJ 08108.

Thank you for your support; we look forward to your visits this year. Come by and enjoy a piece of history in your backyard!

Nominate a great volunteer!

Collingswood seeks outstanding volunteer nominations for National Volunteer Month in April

Do you know someone who gives their heart and soul to Collingswood to make it a better place? April is National Volunteer month and Collingswood, a community built on strong volunteer spirit, is hoping  to celebrate those that give back.

The Borough is holding a short essay contest to find the town’s most giving volunteers. People that would like to nominate a friend or neighbor can write a short essay (150 words or less) describing a Collingswood volunteer who has contributed to the community and how. 

Nominees should fit the theme: A Collingswood resident that has given outstandingly to Collingswood-specific efforts, projects or organizations. A winner will be selected in March and both the essayist and nominee will be honored at the April 6 Commission Meeting. Both will receive $50 Collingswood Cash and the nominee will get a proclamation celebrating their dedication to town. The winning essay will be published in the Town Crier as well.

“There are so many people that give their time and talent to make Collingswood the amazing place it is,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “I suspect we’ll have a lot of nominees and that’s part of what makes our town wonderful. They’ll be very touching to read.”

According to Nationalserviceresources.org, National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. Additionally, governors, mayors and other elected officials make public statements and sign proclamations in support of the event.

Last year the Borough honored winner Linda Skowronek for involvement in a broad range of Collingswood events and  organizations as well as her dedication to Collingswood schools.

Send essays to:
Volunteer Month Essay Contest
c/o Cass Duffey, 678 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Essays can also be emailed to cduffey@collingswood.com with the subject line “Volunteer Month Essay Contest SUBMISSION.” Essays must be received by March 25 and be no longer than 150 words.

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