Collingswood, New Jersey

Pavilion Painting Party, Oct. 4 & 5 - volunteers needed!

Pavilion Painting Party, Oct 4 & 5 – volunteers needed!

The Borough is looking for residents to give some time this fall to help paint the pavilion in Knight Park! Two days of painting are scheduled for October 4 and 5.

“Residents showing up to give a little time and energy are one of the ways this community gets things done,” said Commissioner Mike Hall. “The pavilion has seen some significant upgrades but desperately needs a new paint job. Even a handful of folks could have a real impact on this project and we’re hoping to make a fun day of it.”

Volunteers should arrive at the pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Those interested do not need to commit to both days. Organizers are also asking volunteers to bring supplies if possible, including paint brushes, tarps, six foot ladders and paint buckets. The Borough will supply the paint and volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Pizza will be served to volunteers at lunchtime. To sign up or get more information, please email Woody Baldwin at woodybaldwin@comcast.net.

Fire Prevention Night and Public Safety Open House, Oct 17

Collingswood will host Fire Prevention Night and Public Safety Open House in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week on October 17
Free event brings community and officials together for safety festival

On October 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. along West Collings Ave, Collingswood residents, families and guests from around the area can enjoy a festival that features games, giveaways and safety information and demonstrations as part of an effort to inform people and bring communities and their safety officials closer together. The festival will be held along Collings Avenue and North Atlantic Avenues near the Collingswood fire and police stations.

The 2014 festival will be held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week which held annually aims to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Collingswood’s event will feature fun, prizes, food, music and more. Guests can enjoy carnival games, a police car and fire truck expo, bomb squad display, a K-9 unit display, fire safety education, public safety demonstrations, hot dogs, hot chocolate, prizes, free child IDs, banking information, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local fire officials and law enforcement agencies.

“Spending a night interacting with the community is the goal of this event," said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “It's really a lot of fun for kids and families but it also helps spread a message of safety and prepare people for emergencies. We're the public safety officials in Collingswood so it's important folks get to know us and we really like getting to know everyone as well."

Collingswood Police and Fire Departments as well as local vendors are pitching in for the event which aims to heighten crime prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships with police and fire departments. The event is staffed by volunteers from the Collingswood Police and Fire Departments, civic groups, government officials and local businesses. Collingswood’s Fire Prevention Night and Public Safety Open House event is made possible by generous sponsors including 1st Colonial Community Bank and other local organizations and businesses.  

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 and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

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Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Colls Holiday Parade

The Collingswood Holiday Parade Committee will be hosting a fundraising event featuring New Jersey's finest wines. Bring your friends and family to this great event.  You will be helping raise much-needed funds for the Collingswood Holiday Parade, one of the finest events of the year.

Date:  Friday, October 24, 2014
Time:  6pm to 10pm
Place:  Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue
Cost:  $45 per person; $85 per couple

Cost includes wine tasting, food from our local restaurants and door prizes.

For more information or tickets, contact John A. Meier at h2o111@comcast.net or Paul Kerth at PKerth@ialarmnj.com.
 

Proud Neighbors Restoration Clinics

Gain knowledge that you can utilize in your own home repairs. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood will present Saturday "Restoration Clinics" at the Knight Park House. See educational preservation demonstrations of ongoing restoration inside this 1888 historic house. Proud Neighbors Saturday learning sessions are 10am - noon. Sessions are free and open to the public. Discover how to retain original historic molding, remove wallpaper, install bronze weather-stripping to winterize your own home and more.

Knight Park Caretaker's House stands near the playground in the Park. Witness ongoing preservation by volunteers. Proud Neighbors Restoration Clinics will be held on Saturday 10am - noon. For upcoming instruction dates, email Info@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org or call 609-707-3684. 

 

Proud Neighbors Pot Luck Meeting

Come on Friday, October 24 for Pot Luck Supper at 7pm at 125 Harvard Avenue.  Free & open to the public. Find out more about Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, the civic group that is celebrating its 31st anniversary of volunteer service to encourage historic preservation. Please bring a "covered dish" to share; your favorite appetizer or sald creates a fabulous feast of specialities!  RSVP: Marlene at 609-707-3684, Gayle at 856-854-8891 or email Info@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org

Learn about Collingswood civic-minded men, women and students sharing ideas about restoration and maintaining the historic character of the Collingswood community. For 31 years, our civic group has made a mark with our proud community volunteer efforts including its popular Porch Brunch and House & Garden Tour, Town-wide Yard Sale, founding the Collingswood Farmers Market, organizing Old House Workshops and much more. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is a not-for-profit civic organization established in 1983 dedicated to the awareness of and education for historic preservation of Collingswood. 

Readers pick 5 Collingswood Best Of businesses in SJ Magazine poll

Congrats to Collingwood businesses named BEST in the 2014 Best of SJ Readers’ Poll! According to the magazine, "This summer, readers logged online and told us who they love. Take a look at the winning restaurants, shops and other awesome businesses that prove what a great place SJ is!"
Read below to see who is tops in our town!

BEST OF SJ FOOD

BYOB Restaurant
That’s Amore
690 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-869-5683
ilovethatsamore.com

Kid-Friendly Restaurant
The Pop Shop
729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-869-0111
thepopshopusa.com 

Sushi
Akira (now Osaka)
720 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-858-1888
akiranj.com

BEST OF SJ SHOPPING

Vintage/Consignment Store
Frugal Resale
740 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-858-0700
frugalresale.com

BEST OF SJ ODDS N ENDS

Special-Occasion Venue
Collingswood Grand Ballroom
315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood
856-858-1000
collingswoodballroom.com

Farmers’ Market
Collingswood Farmers’ Market
Between Collings and Irvin Avenues, Collingswood
collingswoodmarket.com

 

Collingswood approves ordinance to cite mortgage companies and banks failing to maintain abandoned homes

At the monthly Commission meeting on September 2, Collingswood officials introduced an Ordinance taking advantage of new authority granted by a newly enacted State law to compel banks and mortgage companies to maintain and secure vacant and abandoned residential properties.

Essentially, the ordinance allows the Borough to directly cite mortgage companies and banks that fail to take care of properties in the foreclosure process. Currently the Borough’s only recourse for property maintenance on abandoned homes is to cite property owners. Since these property owners are ooften facing financial difficulties, repairs are rarely made. When property owners do not respond, then the Borough is empowered to have the Public Works Department correct the violations and lien the property for the cost of the work. This process burdens the Borough’s resources and takes time away from Borough services everywhere else in the Borough. With this ordinance, Collingswood will now have the power “…to impose monetary fines and penalties for each violation” directly on mortgage companies and banks. By introducing the ordinance, the Borough hopes banks will comply and save Borough resources.

“A number of properties are becoming overgrown and dangerous eyesores in our town and there’s very little we can legally do to address it,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “This ordinance is the result of a new State statute that gives us a little more pushback. The calls we get from residents that live next to an abandoned home are beyond frustrating so this may light a fire under banks to address these homes sooner.”

This ordinance comes on the heels of the Collingswood’s involvement in an eight-town project to address abandoned homes.  Collingswood, Audubon, Pennsauken, Oaklyn, Haddon Township, Haddonfield, Merchantville and the Fairview section of Camden are partnering with each other and graduate students from the Department of Public Policy and Administration of Rutgers-Camden to address the issue of foreclosed and abandoned homes in their municipalities. The students and municipal leaders are working together to gather and analyze data regarding abandoned homes to approach banks in the hopes of creating a plan that will more quickly move  homes from states of abandonment and foreclosure to get them back on the market. The partnership aims to make smaller residential properties a priority to mortgage companies by aggregating homes into a larger portfolio encompassing several municipalities. Collectively, the eight towns have more than 700 abandoned homes between them.

“This ordinance gives us a little more leverage in keeping empty homes better maintained but it doesn’t solve the root of the problem which is making the home available for purchase before it becomes a dilapidated property,” said Maley. “The ultimate goal is not for us or the banks to maintain these properties: It’s for a family to move in and bring life back into these homes and neighborhoods.”

Fall Library programs for kids!

2014 Fall Storytime events at the Collingswood Public Library

Storytime for 3, 4 & 5 year olds
Storytime takes place in the Peter P Childs Room on Thursdays at 10am.

Three, four, and five-year-old children meet on Thursdays at 10am in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room at the Library for stories, songs, finger plays, snack, and a play period. A theme related craft is given to each child to take home. Coffee is provided for adults. Those new to the program should register by calling Carol or Dot at the Library.

Date                                          Theme
September 11                   Be Yourself
September 18                   A is for Apple
September 25                   Happy Birthday
October 2                         Squeaky Clean
October 16                        Lost and Found
October 23                        Picture This
October 30                        Happy Halloween*
November 6                      Inch by Inch
November 13                     E.I.E.I.O.
November 20                     Let’s Talk Turkey
*Come in costume to our annual Halloween party!

Tiny Tot Storytime for children 18-35 months old
Tiny Tot Storytime takes place in the Peter P Childs Room on Fridays at 10am.

This program is limited to 16 children and includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Caregivers must register their child each month beginning on the specified date below in order to participate. There will be no reservations taken before that time. Please ask for Carol or Dot. Storytimes are Fridays at 10 a.m. in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room.

Registration begins Sept. 5 for Sept. 12, 19, 26 storytimes
Registration begins Oct. 10 for Oct. 17, 24, 31 storytimes
Registration begins Oct. 31 for Nov. 7, 14, 21 storytimes

Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Call 856.858.0649 to register or for more information.

 

 

 

 

Collingswood an APA ‘Best Downtown’ finalist – WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

Vote here before September 26!

Collingswood’s historic downtown has been named a finalist by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association in the 2014 People’s Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in New Jersey.  The public is invited to choose the best downtowns in each of the Northern, Central and Southern Areas of New Jersey.  Collingswood will compete against Southern Area downtowns Glasstown Arts District in Millville and Asbury Avenue in Ocean City.

“A lot of folks know the APA officially honored Haddon Avenue as a Great Street a few years back,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We’re proud of that recognition but this nomination gives the people that love Collingswood the opportunity to be heard. We’ve been known to be a very proud community. I expect there will be a lot of rallying to make sure we’re the outstanding downtown winner. Because we are, after all, the most outstanding.”

The People’s Choice Awards is part of APA-NJ’s Great Places in New Jersey awards program.  A panel of planning professionals selected Collingswood from nominations that the APA-NJ received from the public throughout the month of July. The APA-NJ panel deliberated how well each downtown excels in the characteristics of a great downtown, including how well it functions as the centerpiece in the everyday life of the community; its reputation for excellence even beyond the community’s boundaries; its vitality during the day, in the evening and on weekends; available options for transportation; and support from the community to attract, retain and grow businesses.  

Think we’re the best? Start voting! Help Collingswood win by voting at njplanning.org/news/peoples-choice-awards/.  One vote per IP address (use all the devices in your home and office to cast votes!). Voting is ONE CLICK – no registration forms or signups required. Be sure to share contest information with neighbors, friends, family and anyone that loves Collingswood!

Be sure to vote before the on-line poll closes at midnight on September 26.  APA-NJ will announce the winners early in October.  Each winner will receive a plaque at a local award ceremony, a place on the map of Great Places in New Jersey at njplanning.org, and, of course, bragging rights. Go Collingswood!

People’s Choice Awards 2014 Finalists:
Northern New Jersey   
Hoboken
Historic Downtown Jersey City
Montclair Center
Downtown Morristown

Central New Jersey       
Downtown Asbury Park
Downtown Red Bank
Downtown Somerville  

Southern New Jersey
Downtown Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
Glasstown Arts District, Millville
Asbury Avenue, Ocean City

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. For more information, visit www.Collingswood.com.

Pool closed AUGUST 12

Due to inclement weather, Roberts Pool will be closed today, August 12, 2014. The pool is expected to reopen tomorrow during regular hours.  http://www.collingswood.com/recreation/roberts-pool

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