Collingswood, New Jersey

CMS presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

Collingswood Middle School will be staging a production ofthe family-friendly musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Based onthe comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz , the show  follows atypical day in the life of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang and features suchmemorable songs as "My New Philosophy," "Suppertime," and"Happiness”.


The show will be held at the Collingswood Middle SchoolAuditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ on November 20, 21 and 22 at7pm with a matinee on Saturday, November 22 at 2pm.  Tickets are $10adults, $5 students and seniors and are available at the door.


A special Character Breakfast will be held on Saturday,November 22 at 10am at the Collingswood Middle School Cafeteria.  Ticketsare $5 per person and include bagels, juice, donuts and PEANUTS story time withthe cast.  It’s perfect for the little – and not so little – ones!


For more information, contact

Pavilion Painting Party: Oct 4 cancelled, Oct 5 still on

UPDATE: Due to a rainy forecast, the Pavilion Painting event on October 4 has been cancelled. The event will proceed as scheduled on Sunday, October 5. Volunteers still needed! Full info below.

Pavilion Painting Party, Oct  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 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

Hydrant flushing starts Oct 4

The Borough of Collingswood Water Department will begin flushing the water system starting Saturday, October 4, 2014 and will continue through Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

The Water Main Flushing program is designed to remove natural minerals like iron and calcium that sometimes collect in the bottom of water mains. This operation may cause a temporary discoloration in your water supply. By allowing your water to run for a short period of time, the problem should clear itself. Please be assured, although the water may be discolored, it is safe for human use.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Water Department Superintendent, Tom McCarthy at 856-854-2332 from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Wine Tasting Fundraiser benefits 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 or Paul Kerth at

SAT prep courses available for CHS juniors

Attention Collingswood Juniors: Are you ready to take the SATs? 

Don't walk into the SATs unprepared.  SAT strategy classes will be offered to Collingswood Juniors starting in January, 2015 in preparation for the March, 2015 administration of the SATs.  The classes will be held over an eight-week period on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at Collingswood Borough Hall.

Mandatory Registration and Informational Meeting – 11/1/14 or 12/6/14 

Parents of students who wish to enroll in the CSAT course must attend a registration session at Collingswood Borough Hall on November 1, 2014 or December 6, 2014 at 10:00 am.  Students are welcome to attend and may attend in lieu of their parents.

Registration Deadline: The deadline for registering for the January, 2015 CSAT class is December 20, 2014.

Registration Fees: Before December 20, 2014 and attended information session - $25. After December 20, 2014 - $50

Questions: Contact John Kilgannon at

CSAT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that is funded by members of the Collingswood community.  CSAT was created by Collingswood parents to enhance the educational opportunities for Collingswood high school students.   CSAT's mission is to assist Collingswood students in their college application process by providing them with the support necessary to excel on their college entrance exams. The classes are taught by experienced and motivated professionals who have expertise in SAT test taking strategy and preparation. 

“From Collingswood to College”

Apple Pie contest seeks bakers

The Collingswood Farmers' Market annual Apple Pie Contest
We need bakers! Do you have the best pie?

Put those yummy Fall apples to good use! The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will be hosting their annual APPLE PIE CONTEST on Saturday, October 18. This is a perfect opportunity for you to make Grandma’s secret recipe or show off your baking skills. There are Market gift certificates up for grabs, so put your all into your pie!

The contest will be at 9:30am in the judging tent at the Market. Pre-registration is a must! To register please visit the registration page here before contest. Full contest details available here.

Third Annual Knight Park Clean Up, Nov 8

Saturday, November 8 at 9 a.m. meet your neighbors and join volunteers at Knight Park at the Pavilion for the 3rd Annual Autumn Clean Up!
Last year, under the direction of local landscape artist George Schroeder, volunteers created a landscape design and planting around the Pavilion at Knight Park. Just a year later we’re seeing the gorgeous benefits of this contribution come to fruition! There are lovely young multi-trunk eastern redbud trees and other plantings. This year, volunteers will meet on November 8 to clean up the mulch area, re-edge the garden, and rake and beautify the gardens around the bridge.  There will be lots of coffee and plenty of good conversation so come join the fun.  We need your hands and energy to spruce up one of Collingswood’s more important spaces.

Please bring gloves/rakes and any other hand tools that could be helpful. For more info please email Commissioner Joan Leonard at

Four Colls businesses named in PHL Hot List poll, including BEST BYOB!

Congrats to Kitchen Consigliere who was voted Best BYOB in the PHL 17 Philly Hotlist poll! The contest honors the best of the region’s food, services and merchants in 164 categories as decided by voters.

Voters lauded the food and atmosphere at Kitchen Consigliere with comments like, “The best Italian food in all of South Jersey” and “Great place to eat and have a good time. It feels like you are with family, always a great atmosphere. Huge portions, good value for the buck, I love the wait staff, desserts of the highest quality, it’s just the best!!!!!”

Three other Collingswood businesses were top five finalists in the contest as well! Aenigma Jewelry, The Nesting House and Blue Moon Olive Oil and Vinegar were all recognized as fan favorites.

2014 HOT LIST Collingswood winners and finalists:
WINNER – BEST BYOB: Kitchen Consigliere
TOP 5 PICK – WOMEN’S ACCESSORIES: Aenigma Jewelry & Accessories
TOP 5 PICK – GOURMET GROCERY: Blue Moon Olive Oil and Vinegar

Sundays now Pedestrian Safe in Knight Park

It will be a lot safer to walk the dog and play tag at Knight Park starting Sundays in October.

Beginning Sunday October 5, there will be no vehicle traffic permitted in Knight Park on Sundays. Parking will still be allowed in the High School lot between the Collings Avenue and the field hockey field but cars will have no access to drive the roads within the park.

“The idea is that the park should be a calmer, quieter, car-free place just for one day a week. Kids can run or bike, families can stroll without the worry of cars zooming around inside the park. Everything is the same, we’re just asking that people refrain from driving in the park on Sundays,” said Collingswood Commissioner Joan Leonard.

Regular park vehicle traffic will resume Monday through Saturday. Knight Park, Collingswood’s 70-acre recreation and gathering space, was gifted to the Borough by Edward Knight in 1888. According to the Knight Park website, “Since that time Knight Park has existed at the center of the Collingswood Borough. Not only has it functioned as the physical and geographical center, but equally as the center of everyday life. Here generations have played baseball, soccer, field hockey, skated or simply stretched out on the grass in the warm spring sun.”

Knight Park is managed by the Knight Park Trustees. For more information, visit

2014 Animal Licensing notice

During the summer months, animal census enumerators canvassed the Borough.  Residents receiving notices showed evidence of an animal at their residence.  After a review of the Borough of Collingswood’s animal licensing records; any residents found to have not licensed their animals will be in violation of Chapter 105, Article 2 and/or Chapter 105, Article 31 of the Code of the Borough of Collingswood regarding the licensing of dogs and cats, respectively.  This notice will allow you until Friday, October 17, 2014 to obtain a dog and/or cat license(s).

A COURT SUMMONS WILL BE ISSUED IF YOU DO NOT SECURE A LICENSE(S) BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014.  Dog/Cat licenses can be obtained in person or by mail from the Borough Clerk’s Office.

License Applications can be downloaded at on the Clerk's page here.

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