Collingswood, New Jersey

Collingswood earns NINETEEN "best of" wins in SJ Magazine's readers' poll

From SJ Magazine: Readers voted for their favorite SJ spots all summer long. Here is the list of the best our communities have to offer – as chosen by you! See the entire South Jersey list here.

BEST OF SJ FOOD

Bakery - Dulce
740A Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-942-0254, dulcecollingswood.com

BYOB Restaurant - Zeppoli
618 Collings Avenue, Collingswood
856-854-2670, zeppolirestaurant.com

Coffee Shop - Grooveground
647 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-869-9800, grooveground.com 

Indian Restaurant - IndeBlue
619 Collings Avenue, Collingswood
856-854-4633, indebluerestaurant.com 

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

Mexican Restaurant - Tortilla Press
703 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-869-3345, thetortillapress.com 

Muffins - Constellation Collective
685 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-240-7787, theconstellationcollective.com 

Restaurant Worth the Wait in Line - Sabrina’s Café
714 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-214-0723, sabrinascafe.com 

Romantic Restaurant - Sapori
601 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-858-2288, sapori.info 

Sushi - Woksabi
608 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-858-6688, woksabicollingswood.com 

Water Ice - Cabana Water Ice
552 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-931-1186 

BEST OF SJ SHOPPING

Children’s Boutique - The Nesting House
710 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-869-3048, thenestinghouse.net 

Gift Shop - Arts Plus Gallery
704 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-854-5500, artsplusgallery.com 

Pet Boutique - The Principled Pet
2 Powell Lane, Collingswood
856-240-1923

Prom Dresses - Marlene’s Dress Shop
707 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood
856-8585-4777, marlenesdressshop.com

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

BEST OF SJ ODDS AND ENDS

Farmers’ Market - Collingswood Farmers’ Market
Atlantic Avenue, Collingwood
collingswoodmarket.com

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

Best Town
Collingswood
www.Collingswood.com

Do you know a community champion? Nominate them!

Nominate a great resident for the Collingswood Community Champion Awards!

We can all agree Collingswood is an amazing place to live, right? But what makes it that way? We’ve got something other towns don’t.

THE. BEST. RESIDENTS.

Volunteers and community minded folks make a difference in Collingswood every day by creating a positive environment in our town.  Organizations, drives, vigils, events - they are all powered by the enthusiasm of our residents to make something happen for the greater good. Often, the efforts of volunteers, organizations and staff that go above and beyond go unnoticed.  Some of our town’s most beloved features and programs were born out of volunteer efforts (Did you know our beloved Farmers’ Market was born of volunteer suggestion and hard work!? It’s just one of dozens of examples of how volunteers make Collingswood even greater every day.).

The Collingswood Community Champion Awards provide  formal recognition to those who have dedicated their time, talent and resources to making Collingswood the best it can be and improving the quality of life of their fellow citizens.

Who do you know that has tirelessly given back for the sake of giving back?  Government officials, fellow residents, or community organizations can nominate people or organizations to receive awards.

• Sustainable Champion
• Historic Preservation
• Youth Service or Mentorship 
• Town Beautification
• School Champion
• Business
• Town Hero

 Awardees will be honored at monthly Commission meetings and featured in the Collingswood Town Crier. We know you’re out there, do-gooders. If you know a Collingswood Community Champion, fill out the nomination form here.

Fall Festival - October 22

Collingswood's annual Fall Festival will be held at the Pavilion in Knight Park (Park Avenue between Collings and Browning) on Saturday, October 22, noon to 4pm (rain date of October 29).  Come and support your local PTA's and enjoy live music, a hayride throughout Knight Park, fall-themed games, and a variety of savory food.  A chili contest will also be held, with winner to be announced at 3pm (winner to receive Collingswood Cash prize!) and all chilis available for purchase throughout the Festival.  

For information on the Fall Festival and/or to enter the chili contest, please contact Jodie Farrow (jodie.farrow@yahoo.com or 609-760-7523).

Next Town Forum: October 17

Scottish Rite (315 White Horse Pike), 7pm

Come to a Community Forum! Forums have proven to be an extremely useful communication tool between the Borough representatives and community.

Forums provide residents with the opportunity to tell their government of concerns impacting their neighborhood - issues such as public safety, public works, recreation, etc. They are conducted in an informal manner designed to encourage a dialogue between officials and residents. All interested citizens of the Borough are encouraged to attend and participate.

Women’s History Comes Alive: A Night of Women and Politics

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
Collingswood Library (771 Haddon Ave)

The Glass Ceiling got another crack in it when Hillary Clinton became the Democratic nominee for President.  It’s the perfect time to look back and look ahead at the contributions women have made to American political history.  Join us for a fun and interactive night of stories and games telling “HerStory.”  From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 to Jeannette Rankin’s courageous vote against both world wars, test your women’s history IQ and share the tales of extraordinary women who forever changed politics and history.  Appropriate for all ages. 

Hosted by Keith Forrest, a Collingswood resident and communication professor at Atlantic Cape Community College.  He has interviewed female governors, lieutenant governors and mayors, and was the first-ever male graduate of the advanced feminist studies program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Forrest has been interviewed about women and politics on NPR and network television affiliates and is a three-time "Faculty of the Year" and founder of the communication program at Atlantic Cape.

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 8. 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 rules and registration page here before contest.

PSE&G to perform paving on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood

The following notification is from PSE&G:

PSE&G to Perform Paving on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood

Following upgrades to its gas facilities, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) will be performing road restoration on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood beginning on or about Tuesday, September 6. The work will take place on Haddon Avenue between Browning and East Linden Roads. Although Haddon Avenue will remain open, lanes will be closed during construction and there will be detours around some intersections.

“We estimate the work will take three to four weeks to complete,” said James Venito, Jr., senior gas distribution supervisor for PSE&G. “Our crews will work around the clock, and we will make every effort to minimize disruption. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we complete this important work.”

Collingswood police will be onsite to direct traffic. PSE&G notified adjacent property owners about the work and assures the public that the area is safe and closely monitored.

Community Chorus seeks new members for 2016-2017 season

Love to sing? Want to meet new people? Be a part of Collingswood’s Community Chorus program!

Collingswood Community Chorus, part of the Collingswood Recreation Department, is under new direction and seeking members. No experience needed. The group performs two major concerts annually, in spring and winter. CCC’s first rehearsal is Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm at the Zane North Elementary School (801 Stokes Ave) all purpose room.

Cost to join is $25 for Collingswood residents and $50 for non-residents. Contact mdeets@collingswood.com or call 856-854-0720 x1 for information or visit Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) to join.

Borough installs bike corrals in downtown

Cyclists, we want you in Collingswood.

As part of the Borough’s ongoing commitment to improving pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, Collingswood installed a new bike corral across from the intersection of Lincoln and Haddon Avenues, outside Borough Hall. The Borough also installed  a second corral across from the intersection of Haddon and Washington, outside The Retrospect offices - a notoriously cluttered crosswalk that is often tricky to enter.

So - what’s a bike corral anyway? Bike corrals convert a former parking space into a series of bike racks capable of holding roughly a dozen bikes. Corrals help promote sustainability and complete streets (the use of streets for people, strollers, wheelchairs, bikes and other forms of transportation as well as cars), provide increased parking for residents and patrons and increase pedestrian and bike traffic as well the visibility of businesses from the street.

Specific to Collingswood, corrals at intersections that have pedestrian crossings also increase visibility of pedestrians entering the street by removing parked cars that once blocked sightlines to the crosswalk entrance.

“A lot of families and guests use bikes in Collingswood,” said Mayor James Maley. “We’re seeing a lot of demand for infrastructure that responds to the needs of cars as well as cyclists and pedestrians. This brings even more people to our businesses and makes great use of a single space on Haddon Ave.”

Collingswood installed the corrals after a group of citizens approached officials with recommendations for improving cycling and walkability in town. The Borough has also put up additional bike racks throughout town as well.

Proud Neighbors Architectural Tour, Sept 18

Proud Neighbors Architectural Tour, Sept 18 

New  1 p.m. residential tour added! 

Noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Historic Haddon Avenue Tours still available.

Have you ever wondered about the history behind the architecture that gives our town such great character? Join a docent-led walking tour of three residential areas plus the Historic Haddon Avenue business district, and learn more about how our great town has changed over time.

Enjoy exploring Collingswood’s Architectural history with Proud Neighbors on Sunday, September 18; rain date September 25.  Experience the style and diversity of Collingswood from the outside on this narrated exterior walking tour.

Haddon Avenue Tour starts at Noon, 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Residential Tours will depart at 1 p.m. All tours end with a celebration at Devil’s Creek Brewery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please note that the noon and 2 p.m. residential tours are already sold out!

Spend the afternoon discovering something new about our town and meeting your neighbors!  Your $10 donation for the Proud Neighbors wristband gives you flexibility to hear each docent-led walking tour plus the brewery tour for just one price. Please register in advance for this event at ProudNeighborsofCollingswood.org. 

The contiguous residential walking tours will be approximately 2 ½ hours with a 15 minute pause between segments. The three contiguous residential tours total about 3 kilometers (1.9 mile) in distance. Docents provide an enlightened overview of architectural style & history of exterior sites along walking tour.  

Tours in the residential areas (Mansion, Collings Residential & Bungalow) are limited to 15 people. Due to high demand another residential tour has been added! The three residential tour routes are contiguous. Start at 1.p.m. at the Hurley Mansion (315 White Horse Pike), which is in front of the Scottish Rite Auditorium,  to hear architectural history of all three residential sites; mansions, Collings Avenue residential and the bungalows in Merrick Villa.   All homes are privately owned and not open to the public.  

The Historic Haddon Avenue business district tour will repeat. Business district tours have open capacity.  Start at noon, 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. at 843 Haddon Ave to hear Commissioner Leonard’s tour.  Due to a broken ankle, Mayor Maley will no longer be leading a tour segment. Therefore, the 2 p.m. Historic Haddon Avenue tour is shortened to end before Collings Avenue, while the noon and 3 p.m. tours will end at the Lumberyard. Take the business district tour to learn about the historical development along Haddon Avenue.

Conclude Proud Neighbors of Collingswood Architectural History Walking Tour by meeting neighbors at Collingswood’s newest businesses at the Lumberyard. Brewery owners will provide an inside tour at the new Devil’s Creek Brewery.  Participants are solely responsible for beverage & merchandise purchases at Devil’s Creek Brewery. All tour registrants are welcome to visit Devil’s Creek Brewery on Sunday, September 18 from 4 through 7 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather on Sunday, September 18, please check https://proudneighborsofcollingswood.org/ for updates on rescheduling. Event rain date is September 25. Registrants are asked to please provide e-mail or phone when registering so proud neighbors can contact guests in the event of weather related changes.

Please note that next spring, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s signature fundraiser, the annual Porch Brunch and House Tour returns on the Sunday after Mother’s Day, May 21, 2017.  It is not too early to offer to open your home or garden for the event. Contact Bunny at 215-806-4907 to get involved.

Established in 1983, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s mission is to promote awareness about historic preservation in the Collingswood community. They strive to educate by sharing ideas and information on restoration and preservation with residents, the business community, and local government while working to maintain the historic character of Collingswood. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood has IRS approved 501(c) (3) status as a public charity. Contributions are tax deductible.

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