Collingswood, New Jersey

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.

Collingswood PD hosts DEA Drug Takeback, Sept 27

On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Collingswood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Collingswood Police Station at 735 N. Atlantic Avenue.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.    

Haddon Avenue traffic/detour information


Beginning in mid-September thru traffic on Haddon Avenue southbound (towards Haddon Twp.) between Browning Road and Collings Avenue will be detoured due to construction.  All northbound traffic on Haddon Avenue (towards Camden) will remain open during the construction, motorists are just asked to use caution.  The project is expected to last 4-6 weeks and detour signs will be posted for motorists to follow or seek an alternate route.

Local Traffic Only: There will be a sign on Haddon at Browning Rd. advising that the road is closed except for local traffic.  This means that local traffic will be permitted to use Haddon Avenue between Browning Road and Knight Avenue during the construction, allowing access to homes and businesses, INCLUDING West Knight Avenue.  The construction work is being done primarily between Harvard Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue; therefore there will be NO SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC PERMITTED ON HADDON AVENUE BETWEEN KNIGHT AVENUE AND WOODLAWN AVENUE.  Motorists are asked to plan an alternate route.

The map below details the detour route, which will divert southbound traffic down West Browning Rd. to Park Avenue. From there traffic will be directed along Park Avenue to West Collings Avenue and finally from West Collings Avenue back to Haddon Avenue.

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

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



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 or Paul Kerth at

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