Collingswood, New Jersey

Fall story times at the Library

Take the kids out to story time at the Collingswood Public Library! There are weekday events for tots and little ones. Fall 2015 events below!

Collingswood Public Library
Fall Tiny Tot Storytime
For children 18-35 months old
Fridays at 10am
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room

This program includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Please call Carol or Dot at 856.858.0649 Mondays through Fridays from 9:30am to 5pm to register.

Fall dates:
September 11, 18, 25
October 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20

Collingswood Public Library
2015 Fall Storytime
For 3, 4 & 5 year olds
Thursdays at 10am
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room

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 Monday through Fridays, 9:30am to 5pm.

Dates and Themes
September 10 - Have You Seen My Dragon?
September 17 - Whose Shoes?
September 24 - Autumn Leaves
October 8 - Celebrating James Marshall
October 15 - It’s About Time
October 22 - Shhhhh!
October 29 - Halloween Fun (Come in costume to our annual Halloween party!)
November 12 - Time to Sleep
November 19 - Be Thankful 

For more information contact the Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108



Local Restaurants celebrate NJ Peaches, August 4 & 5

“We really lived up to our reputation as the Garden State with this one,” said Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press in Collingswood and Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville. Chef Jim Malaby of Mullica Hill’s blueplate, agrees, “I have guests calling me as early as June for this dinner.”

Both chefs are referring to Just Peachy, the August tribute to Jersey peaches, now so popular that a half a dozen other restaurants have signed on to join the peach madness that August brings.  This August they will be joined by The Pop Shop, Nunzio’s Ristorante and Braddock’s Tavern.

With over 90 peach orchards spread throughout the state, New Jersey produces almost 66 million peaches for export, making it the 4th largest producer of peaches in the nation.  “Not bad for such a small state,” explains Malaby. “Which is why we’re celebrating the incredible diversity of this beautiful fruit, showcasing it in every possible way, from the usual desserts, right through to soups, salads and entrees.”

This year restaurants will kick off NJ with a wide array of tasty peach dishes, from appetizers through desserts.  “Peaches are so versatile,” explains Smith, “It’s a shame to relegate them just to dessert. And the season is so sort that we all enjoy spreading it out in as many ways as possible.”

Some restaurants are featuring full menus spotlighting peaches in every course, others will offer peaches in specific dishes.  Some are offering a peach touch to their liquor menus (peach martinis and peach bellinis.  And BYO restaurants are getting into the spirit.   “We’re also doing peach sangria” says Chef Smith whose restaurant features Sharrott Winery’s Just Peachy Sangria.

The Collingswood Farmers' Market also hosts a Peach Pie Contest, August 8! Details here.

Participating Restaurants:

Braddocks Tavern - Medford
Otts Tavern - Medford
Blueplate - Mullica Hill
The Tortilla Press - Collingswood
Tortilla Press Cantina - Merchantville
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico - Collingswood
The Pop Shop - Collingswood

Call for artists, registration changes to 2nd Saturday in Collingswood

Every month, artists and musicians set up along Haddon Ave in downtown Collingswood. Guests stroll dozens of one night mini-art-installations - painters, jewelers, crafters, potters and bands on every corner. This collection of culture is Collingswood's 2nd Saturday event, started to showcase local artisans and promote the Borough's business district.

To elevate the event, Collingswood will now require registration for 2nd Saturday artists starting with the September 12, 2015 event. Participating crafters must register before events each month and pay a $10 registration fee to be a part of the event.

"We're using the registration system and revenue to help better organize artists and also to invest in promotion of 2nd Saturday," said Collingswood Community Development Director Cass Duffey. “We’re hoping to get more artists and bring more attention to the 2nd Saturday as well.”

The Borough is seeking quality submissions from visual and fine arts as well as artisans, performers and musicians. Artists can register starting in mid-August. Interested artists must email Devon at to register for the event. Displays should be art or craft based, handmade works – no vendors or resale permitted. Full details regarding set up are at Event registration is online only and registration fees are collected via PayPal. Artists must be registered at least a week prior to the event.

There is no fee for musicians interested in performing on 2nd Saturday, but musicians must be scheduled with music chairman Sam Caruso. For details regarding performing at 2nd Saturday, email Sam at

Second Saturday takes place every month (weather permitting) from 5 to 9pm. Visitors enjoy the unique art, music, shopping and dining Collingswood is known for. As always, Second Saturdays are free for guests.

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.

NJ Division of Consumer affairs provides “Fighting Fraud” workshop for seniors

Camden County Dept. of Health & Human Services and the NJ Division of Consumer affairs will host the Fighting Fraud Initiative Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Carol C. Norcross Senior Social Wellness Center (512 Lakeland Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012).

The workshop provides information about the latest scams targeting senior citizens and how to prevent fraud. From the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs page: “From the IRS phone scam, to lottery and sweepstakes scams, to the so-called grandparent scam, it appears that impostor frauds and other criminal scams are more active than ever – and are preying on potential victims in New Jersey through phone calls, emails, and other means. "Fighting Fraud" is the newest component of the Division of Consumer Affairs campaign to empower New Jerseyans with the information and tools they need to stop fraud before it affects them. The Division is bringing a new series of "Fighting Fraud" seminars to all 21 counties during 2015. As a springboard to discuss various types of fraud, the "Fighting Fraud" seminars include footage from a law enforcement surveillance camera that was hidden in the overseas "boiler room" of a multimillion-dollar lottery and telemarketing scam. "Fighting Fraud" audiences will see real law enforcement footage of these now-convicted fraudsters as they call potential victims, seeking to coerce them into sending money in order to claim their fictional "winnings" from a nonexistent "sweepstakes." Division of Consumer Affairs Acting Director Steve Lee participated in the prosecution of this scam during his prior role as a federal prosecutor. Director Lee leads the "Fighting Fraud" seminars and walks audiences through the various techniques used by these and other criminals when attempting to separate victims from their hard-earned money.:

MUST Preregister: Online HERE or call 856-374-5196 or email and provide and leave your name, email, phone number and town in which you live. NOTE: Service providers are strongly encouraged to register their clients who are without internet access, etc.

Second Summer Swim Sale starts August 3

Pool passes half price for the rest of the season!

Collingswood will offer half price pool tags as part of August’s Summer Swim Sale. Starting on August 3, all pool tags for the remainder of the season will be half price for residents and non-residents, families, seniors and children. Tags can be purchased at Borough Hall, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at Roberts Pool until 4 p.m.

Day bands are not half price. Roberts Pool season ends on September 7.

Pool season ends Labor Day weekend. Call 856-854-0720 x110 for more information. Full details on Roberts Pool here.

Discount August pool tag rates:
Collingswood Family: $125
Non Collingswood Family: $250
Collingswood Adult: $37.50
Non Collingswood Adult: $75
Collingswood Senior Citizens: $25
Collingswood Child ages 0-3: No fee
Collingswood Child ages 3-20: $30
Non Collingswood Child: $60

Bakers needed for Collingswood’s Aug 8 Peach Pie Contest!

Grease your baking dishes for Jersey fresh peaches – do you have the blue ribbon recipe?

The annual Collingswood Farmers' Market PEACH PIE CONTEST is August 8! We need pie bakers. Win gift certificates and bragging rights. Dust off the pie pans and show off those skills! Nothing says Americana like a good old fashioned pie contest.

Bakers MUST pre-register to participate:

Prizes are awarded in three categories: Best presentation, best classic peach pie, best “anything goes” peach pie. Full rules and details here.

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market is in its second decade providing produce and more to the Delaware Valley region and was named the best small market in America in an American Farmland Trust poll. The Market is weekly along Atlantic Ave (under the PATCO Speedline) between Irvin and Collings Avenues from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Youth Theatre presents “Pocahontas”

The Collingswood Summer Youth Theater will be presenting the children’s musical “Pocahontas” on July 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on July 30 at 1 p.m.

The performances will be held at the Collingswood Middle School (414 Collings Ave) in the air conditioned auditorium. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door. For more information, contact Annemarie at 856-854-1514.

The 'Wordspinner' and the rhythmic beat of the tom-toms open and close this charming musical adventure for all age groups.  Pocahontas is the daughter of the mighty Algonquin Chief Powhatan.  The princess delights in playing with Raven, Wolf and Squirrel.  Pocahontas has also made friends with the English settlers of Jamestown, a community struggling with starvation and sickness. This enchanting musical is graced with a wonderful cast of characters: Little Running Rabbit, Brave Eagle, Aunt Morning Star, Forest Spirits, Mother Earth and, of course, the people of Jamestown.  Filled with Native American lore and beautiful music, this play is true to the original legend. Bring the whole family to enjoy the beautiful music and tale of Pocahontas on the stage this summer!

Colls Police host a Community Meeting

The Collingswood Police Department invites you to attend a Community Meeting on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at the Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue.

Please join the CPD to strengthen the Community/Police Relationship.     This is your opportunity to:  

* Meet with Chief Carey and staff  

* Assist with the Community Ribbon Project  

* Be a part of an open discussion about concerns about your neighborhood  

* Help plan Community Night Out (Tues., August 4)  

FD receives grant for equipment

The Collingswood Fire Department received federal grant funds to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Collingswood along with Camden and Pennsauken received $1,538,758 to buy the new gear. The new devices provide clean air in toxic life-threatening conditions and will replace the departments’ outdated equipment, which in some cases no longer meet official standards or function properly. $233,887.50 of the grant went to Collingswood.

The money is awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, to help communities meet their emergency response needs without placing an additional burden on their local budgets.
“We would have had to replace our SCBA bottles and upgrade our packs in the next 3 years as they were about to reach the end of their life span,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “We are saving $212,625 by receiving this grant. It’s terrific.”

This is not the first grant Collingswood FD has received. Impressively, the department has secured more than $1.7 million in grants since 2003 for equipment and staffing.

“It’s of the utmost importance that our first responders have appropriate and working gear,” said Commissioner Mike Hall. “It’s even better when we can secure these things at little to no cost to taxpayers with grants.”

Seven Collingswood businesses honored as “Best of the Best” by South Jersey Magazine!

Some old favorites and very new businesses were picked by the staff of South Jersey Magazine as the most outstanding merchants in their categories for the annual Best of the Best issue! See who writers and readers say are Collingswood standouts (and then check them out yourself!).

Oasis Mexican Grill, 498 Haddon Ave,
Meaty leg of lamb gets cooked slow until tender, then shredded and served in plates of three tacos, all on corn tortillas and topped with fresh lettuce, queso blanco, and just a bit of sour cream. They’re proof of what attention to detail and a respect for authentic Mexican technique can do.


Frusen Berri, 2 Powell Lane,
Take your pick from a variety of fun and funky frozen yogurt flavors (cinnamon bun, anyone?) then dive into the selection of toppings, syrups, fresh fruit and candies. Grab a seat at one of their outdoor tables or chill out in their upscale lounge space inside, which includes couches, a television and plenty of tables and chairs. There’s even an espresso machine and coffee station for the grown up so you can make it through that sugar high with a bit of energy.

Verde, 4 Powell Lane,
We’ve yet to find a better way to treat ourselves than with a glamorous blowout, and when we’re looking to turn heads we go for Verde’s Express Blowout. You’ll leave with silky, sexy hair that you just need to show off – so be sure you have plans for a great night out.

Upcycle, 688 Haddon Ave,
This Collingswood spin spot is still young, but is already drawing crowds with their fun and unique class options. Of course there’s the classic 60-minute sessions, but you can mix things up with 45-minute “quickie” classes, or have some fun with monthly classes like their Bikes and Brunch, Gears and Beers and Candlelit Cycle class.  

Best Italian Restaurant: Nunzio’s Ristorante Rustico
Seafood Restaurant:  L’Oceano
Cocktail Dresses: Marlene’s Dress Shoppe

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