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 1 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 Jim 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 Michelle Miller for her service as president of the Collingswood Junior Women’s Club.
Send essays to:
Volunteer Month Essay Contest
c/o Cass Duffey
678 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Essays can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Volunteer Month Essay Contest SUBMISSION.” Essays should be received by March 24 and be no longer than 150 words.
The Collingswood Public Library will host its second 21-and-over dance in the ballroom of the Collingswood Senior Community Center on Friday, May 2, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Nick Cain and JG will provide music for the event. All proceeds from the dance will fund new e-books for the Library.
The dance, a 21 and older event, will feature no theme so attendees can wear their dancing clothes! The music will range from New Order to Daft Punk. The dance will feature free Gourmet Popcorn Creations popcorn and trays of Philly Soft Pretzel Factory pretzels. The dance will also feature a cash bar.
Once tickets go on sale, the library will make the announcement through its website, its email list or its Facebook page. The library will sell tickets online through its website, http://collingswoodlib.org/. The first 50 tickets will cost $10 each, the next 50 will cost $12.50 each and the last 100 will cost $15 each. The library sold out its first adult dance last year so gather friends and purchase early!
For more info call ### or visit http://collingswoodlib.org/.
Collingwood’s Department of Public Works is working to fix potholes caused by the harsh winter weather. If you have a pothole on your street you can report it for repair by calling the DPW garage at 856-858-0533.
Potholes on roads maintained by Camden County must be repaired by county crews. The County is also working to repair roads. To report a pothole on a County Road call 856-566-2980.
Roads maintained by Camden County
South Park Drive
Newton Lake Drive
Roads maintained by the NJDOT
South Jersey Magazine named two Collingswood restaurants as Golden Fork recipients which honor editor’s top 10 dining picks in South Jersey. Zeppoli and Indiya earned the awards which highlight “the dishes that should be on your radar…” Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, also got a nod in the “Extra Plates” category for their Carpaccio di Manzo Con Olio Tartufato e Pepi. Read on for the full reviews. See here for the online version of the article – which includes suggested dishes!
Indiya in Collingswood
Traditional Indian cuisine gets a modern twist at this Haddon Avenue staple. It’s chef Vipul Bhasin’s second South Jersey restaurant (he also runs Coriander in Voorhees) and he continues to pack a ton of flavor through an assortment of curries and tandoor-cooked plates.
Zeppoli in Collingswood
Now in it’s third year, chef Joey Baldino’s 35-seater continues to put out fresh and seasonally inspired Sicilian dishes that have earned him such critical acclaim.
Extra Plates: Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood
Carpaccio di Manzo Con Olio Tartufato e Pepi
Raw angus beef loin is shaved thinner than Kate Moss and brought to life thanks to EVOO and lemon juice and complemented with a bed of arugula, shaved parmesan, long hots and some white truffle oil for good measure.
FEBRUARY 13 SNOW INFO: *Share* with Collingswood friends
TRASH UPDATE - From our DPW Superintendent: South Jersey Sanitation is in town today (Thursday, Feb 13). They are picking everything up but recycling. They will be in tomorrow to do Friday's route and also recycling on Thursday's route.Borough Hall, Collingswood Public Library and all Borough Buildings are closed. Collingswood schools are closed. Collingswood officials are urging residents to refrain from parking vehicles in the street due to the expected heavy snowfall on February 12 and 13. If possible, please pull cars into driveways and off the roads. Our Public Works Department will be extremely busy with plowing operations. Vehicles parked in the roadway cause a hindrance to the plowing operations and put plow drivers at risk for possible accidents with parked vehicles in the roadway. We appreciate your cooperation.
SNOW REMOVAL GUIDELINES
Public Works is working hard to make driving safer and easier in snowy weather. Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, Borough trucks may plow your street several times. As snow rolls off our plows, it will accumulate in driveways. Please understand that this is unavoidable and it is the homeowner's responsibility to clear it. Here are some helpful hints to make "snow" business less frustrating:
Shovel snow to the right side of your driveway (facing the street) to minimize the amount of snow entering your driveway.
If possible, wait until the Borough trucks have made at least two passes on your street before clearing your driveway.
Shovel and/or blow snow onto the curb, not into the street.
DO NOT PARK cars on the street from one hour after snow has continuously fallen until 12 hours after snow has stopped. This speeds the removal process and prevents cars from being plowed in.
To insure safety of pedestrians, residents must remove snow from sidewalks following a snow fall.
In the event of deep snow, please shovel around your mailbox and fire hydrants near your house – for your safety and your neighbors'.
Symphony in C and Assistant Conductor Petko Dimitrov will perform Peter and the Wolf for the symphony's annual Concerts For Young People series at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. The annual Concerts for Young People series brings orchestral works and stories to pre-K through ninth grade students.
A 13-year-old cellist, Isabel Newell, will perform Antonio Vivaldi's Cello Sonata No. 5 in E minor during the programs. Newell started attending Symphony in C's Summer Music Camp in 2012. The symphony allows her the opportunity to perform as the first chair cellist as well as a solo cellist. Newell started playing cello at 5-years-old and recently worked with world-renowned cellist David Finckel in a Symphony in C Master Class. Symphony in C's Peter and the Wolf performances will also feature renowned performer Michael Boudewyns.
Tickets, currently on sale, cost from $8-10. Symphony in C concerts feature wheelchair accessibilty, large print programs and brochures, and assistive listening devices. Sponsors of the event include Subaru of America, the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. For more information on Symphony in C, visit www.SymphonyinC.org or call 856-963-6683.
Registration for the 2014 Collingswood Little League season is now open!
Register Online at http://www.eteamz.com/CollsLL
Or in person at the Community Center on one of the following days:
Saturday, 1/19, 8am-1pm
Wednesday, 1/23, 6pm-8pm
Saturday, 1/26, 8am-1pm
Saturday, 2/2, 8am-1pm
TBall, 5-6 year-olds
B Minor, 7-8 year-olds
A Minor, 9-10 year-olds
Major, 11-12 year-olds
Important Little League dates:
A Minor tryouts, Feb. 22 (Time: TBA)
Major tryouts, March 1 (Time: TBA)
Opening Day 2014, April 5
Tryout address: Excel One Baseball Academy
7905 Browning Road, Suite 202
Pennsauken Twp., NJ 08109
For more information, send an email to mailto:email@example.com
For the most up to date information on the Collingswood Little League, visit the group's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CollingswoodLL
Yarn bomb art installation decorates Haddon Ave overnight
Despite the project’s warlike name, Collingswood woke up to a very warm and fuzzy art installation on Friday, February 7. Nearly two dozen trees, poles and other items in the town were yarnbombed overnight by a team of yarn artists organized by the Borough.
A group of nearly two dozen knitters made up of residents, knitting enthusiasts and organizations worked secretly over the last few months to measure, design and install a town wide bombing to create a large-scale, fiber arts installation in the downtown. The project was led by Collingswood’s Director of Community Development, Cass Duffey, after yarnbombs started appearing randomly around town.
“These colorful little sweaters were so charming,” said Duffey. “We thought it would be impressive to bomb the entire downtown and showcase local yarn artists. We started reaching out to some local knitting networks and they were all very enthusiastic.”
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 project included artists from the town’s Fiber Arts Guild, local residents and local yarn shop owner Judy Weinstein of Jubili Beads & Yarns®.
“February is a time that can be gloomy,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “This is something creative, different and beautiful for our business district, residents and visitors.”
Even Collingswood’s iconic millennium clock and horse hitching posts got the yarn treatment. The exhibit coincides with Collingswood’s monthly 2nd Saturday event on February 8 and Valentine’s Day. The yarn art will decorate the town through February. The wraps and blankets will be donated to Almost Home Animal Shelter in Pennsauken to warm sheltered pets after the installation is complete.
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.
The Collingswood Public Library will host library host monthly writing workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning on March 6.
The Poetry Workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to write, read and discuss their original work. We will examine a variety of poetic styles in a close, collaborative environment while developing and refining skills and interests. The program will provide exposure to current movements in poetry through exposure to online and print magazines. Topics will also include the practical methods of editing, submitting and publishing work. This workshop is free.
The workshops can accommodate a maximum of 10 participants so please register with Emily beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 856-858-0649 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The class will be held on the second floor of the library. See the event calendar for the monthly schedule.
On Saturday, March 8, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Collingswood Auxiliary Branch will host a comedy night at the Collingswood Community Center from 7 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m. Three professional comedians will perform, including The Cable Ace Winner, Joey Callahan.
Tickets cost $45 and include food, dessert, wine and beer. For more information, contact Marianne at 856-854-0152.