Collingswood, New Jersey

Mosquito Commission spraying Tuesday, July 1

From the Camden County Department of Shared Services:

Please be advised, the Mosquito Commission will be spraying in your community TONIGHT, Tuesday, July 1st, from 7-11pm, weather permitting, in the following locations: 

Barrington

Clementon

Collingswood
Linwood Avenue
Belmont Avenue
Merrick Avenue
Conard Avenue
Ogden Avenue

Haddonfield

Oaklyn

Pine Hill

Should you have any questions, you may contact the Mosquito Commission directly at 856-566-2945.  On behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, we thank you for your continued cooperation to ensure the summer of 2014 is safe for the residents of this great County!

More information at: http://www.camdencounty.com/government/offices-departments/mosquito-comm...

Borough conducts animal census

The Borough will conduct an animal census beginning the week of June 30.  An animal census enumerator will canvass the Borough to count dogs and cats.  Homes that appear to have a dog will receive an info packet. A report of census of unlicensed dogs is required biennially by the State Rabies Control Program in accordance with Chapter 442 Public Law 1979. Information on the census program is in the information flyer below (2 page document) and here.

Besides being required by law, when your dog is wearing a current license tag, you are helping to make your neighborhood a safer place for all, including your pets.  In addition, if your dog becomes lost, it can be traced by the license tag number and returned to you.

With questions, please contact the Borough Clerk at 854-0720 ext. 127.

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest

Proud Neighbors of Collingswood welcomes the town to take part in the annual house decorating contest.  Register your decorated property in advance for a chance be awarded Collingswood Cash.  Collingswood homes, businesses and town blocks will be judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness to architecture, best historic home and overall best look. Show off your banners, flags, stars or stripes to decorate red, blue and white! The official judging will take place on the morning of 4th of July and the winner will be announced in style at the Collingswood fireworks displays that evening.

This event requires advance registration – email July4@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org with your name, address, phone number and email address to participate. Judges will only visit homes that provide address, name, phone and email in advance.

The Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, a not-for-profit civic organization established in 1983, is dedicated to restoration, historic preservation and working with volunteers, neighbors, business and government to maintain Collingswood’s historic character. For more info or to call for registration call 609-932-8207.

July 17 Cruise Night dedicated to veterans

Collingswood’s monthly Cruise Night in July dedicated to veterans

On July 17 Collingswood will host its monthly auto show - but they’ll be celebrating more than beautiful cars. The July event will focus on honoring veterans for the evening with a series of patriotic performances and surprises to thank those that have served.

Collingswood is partnering with Camden County for the special evening. Veterans will receive free registration for their vehicles. Camden County will provide American flags for participants and guests along with other veteran information and resources. The Collingswood Fire Department will display their impressive 20’ by 40’ American flag held by two ladder trucks at the corner of Haddon and Collings. 

Rockabilly band Full Blown Cherry will be joined by Collingswood’s favorite girl trio, Hotsy Totsy (www.hotsytotsygals.com) to entertain crowds.  Full Blow Cherry will perform at the Zane School (756 Haddon Ave) and Hotsy Totsy will kick off the evening with the National Anthem and then do sets throughout Collingswood’s historic downtown along Haddon Avenue.

There will be all things red, white and blue on display at July’s Cruise Night. Flags, banners, balloons, dash plaques, trophies  will all be patriotically themed. Trophies for the evening’s winning vehicles will be presented at 8:15 p.m. along with some special giveaways courtesy of Mothers Polishes.

Cruise Night is July 17. Collingswood’s Cruise Nights are the third Thursdays of every month from April to October. Registration for car and motorcycle owners participating in the show opens at the Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ  08108 beginning at 4:45pm and closes at 6:30pm. Cost is $5 per vehicle (veterans will be free in July). Cruise night is always free and open to the public. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Collingswood Cruise Night is in its 9th season and is still going strong.  Cars and motorcycles line Haddon Avenue and folks stroll the Borough’s picturesque downtown shopping, dining and enjoying the sights and sounds of live music and cars from every era. Select restaurants and merchants will offer Cruise Night and veterans specials to crowds. For more information visit Collingswood.com.

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.

Borough celebrates Topping Out of final phase of the LumberYard

Collingswood Mayor James Maley joined representatives from Ingerman on June 11 to celebrate the topping out of The Collings North, the second and final phase of Collingswood’s only transit-oriented, luxury apartment community, The Collings at The LumberYard.

Ingerman, a leading developer of multi-family apartment communities, is developing The Collings at the LumberYard to meet the region’s strong demand for luxury apartments near mass transit. A five-story, mixed-use building, The Collings North will feature 70 apartments, 12,000 square feet of ground-floor office space, 1,500 square feet of retail and the integration of numerous premium amenities for residents of both phases.

Leasing at The Collings North is scheduled to begin in August. Prospective renters are invited to join the community’s VIP list by calling 888-980-8389 or visiting www.thecollingsapts.com.

“It’s important that we recognize this important milestone in the history of the Lumberyard site,” stated Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “As the long-term vision for the site finally becomes reality, I applaud the commitment of everyone who has made this day possible — Ingerman, Borough employees and, most importantly, the citizens of Collingswood.”

Upon completion, The Collings North will feature 70 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes ranging from more than 800 square feet to almost 1,300 square feet. The residences will be pet-friendly, and feature gourmet kitchens with quartz countertops and full-size washers and dryers, as well as Energy Star appliances and generous closet space. The Collings provides residents access to multiple premium amenities, including an outdoor courtyard with grill, covered parking, common-area WiFi, community room and fitness center.

“Developing The Collings at the LumberYard has been one of the highlights of our company’s long and successful history,” said Brad Ingerman, President and CEO of Ingerman. “As we near the start of leasing for the final phase, we look forward to welcoming the large number of people throughout the region who desire upscale housing in Collingswood. Through our collaboration with Mayor Maley and all of the Borough’s officials and professionals, we’re happy to deliver smart, modern and luxurious apartment homes to the community.”

In addition to its well-appointed, maintenance-free residences, The Collings North will also feature Ingerman’s new corporate headquarters.

“Our decision to relocate our headquarters to The Collings is a testament to our commitment to the Borough and our new neighbors,” Ingerman said.

The Collings is located along Haddon Avenue, which was named one of the “Top 10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association, and is surrounded by an eclectic variety of shops, as well as the borough’s highly acclaimed “Restaurant Row.” The community’s strategic location also provides a 16-minute train ride into Philadelphia and easy access to New York City and Washington D.C.

The Collings South, the community’s fully leased first phase, comprises 34 apartment homes, featuring a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom designs, including seven townhomes with private entrances.

CYT presents "The Wizard of Oz"

The Collingswood Summer Theatre sponsored by the Collingswood Schools will perform the children's musical "The Wizard of Oz", based on the 1939 movie version starring Judy Garland. Performances are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, July 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30pm with a matinee on Thursday, July 24 at 1pm. Performances are at the Collingswood Middle School's air-conditioned auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ. General Admission tickets are $7 each and will be available at the door.

A cast of over 70 student performers in grades 3 - 8 will present this classic movie version featuring all your favorite characters - Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and more. Come hear the show's popular songs, including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "We're Off to See the Wizard", "Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead", plus many more. Follow Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road in this magical story for the whole family!

For more information, call 856-854-1514.

Collingswood starts town wide crosswalk striping project

The Borough of Collingswood has begun an aggressive program of restriping crosswalks on streets throughout town. Plans call for restriping nearly all intersections in town and in some cases adding new crosswalks to congested areas.

“We are hearing and seeing that our crosswalks need attention,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “Over the last few years we haven’t been able to keep up with striping as much due to cutbacks. This is a major push that will get our streets in good shape for pedestrians and looking forward we’ll be able to provide more regular striping maintenance.”

Collingswood is considered a highly walkable town and has an active central business district. Most faded crosswalks will be repainted as part of this effort. The striping project is part of a larger effort to create more walkability throughout Collingswood that in recent years has included new signage, stricter enforcement, reconfiguring bus stops and parking and a new fountain/median planned for fall.

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.

Municipalities partner with Rutgers-Camden to address abandoned homes

Eight towns address abandoned homes with shared service project and Rutgers-Camden partnership

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.

Abandoned and foreclosed properties have become an increasingly frustrating issue nationally for towns that must maintain properties that are mired in bank administration before they can be resold to a potential new resident. While the properties are stuck in limbo, banks typically pay maintenance fees and taxes but the empty homes often become eyesores that begin to blight neighborhoods and do not contribute to a viable community. Abandoned homes are also a target for crime and vandalism and can be stuck in foreclosure for years.

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 500 abandoned homes between them.

“The idea is that Wells Fargo isn’t likely to care much about a $200,000 mortgage on a home on Park Avenue in Collingswood, so it will remain in limbo while they deal with a $5 million foreclosure elsewhere,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “If we approach a bank saying ‘Here are 25 properties that total $5 million. How can we work together to market these properties faster?’ these homes may get attention. What is clear now is that banks are overwhelmed and our hands are tied. We’re hoping to find a solution that will help everyone.”

In June, the towns will sign an agreement to enter into a partnership for the project. The towns are gathering information regarding all abandoned properties in their collective municipalities including mortgage holders, total value, location, etc. Working with two Rutgers-Camden Ph.D. candidates and a Masters student, the group will analyze the data to create a pilot program to work with banks to get properties back to market and filled with new residents, rather than remain empty while awaiting attention from banks.

“Ideally we will create an ‘abandoned homes’ program that can be recreated anywhere,” said Maley. “We don’t know exactly where this will take us yet but we are going to learn a lot as it unfolds. The goal is to get people into empty homes faster. No one wants to live on a block, or next to, a home that is abandoned. And as a local government we want to do as much as we can to move the process along faster.”

See Mayor Maley address the abandoned homes project on Comcast Newsmakers here.

4th of July traffic/parking changes

Parking, traffic changes for Collingswood’s Independence Day celebration

The Borough of Collingswood is making changes to road and traffic closures during its annual 4th of July fireworks display. The show officially takes place on Saturday, July 4 at the Collingswood High School stadium (424 Collings Ave) but can be viewed from multiple points in the town. Crowds often gather at Knight Park to view the show as well.

 “The changes we implemented last year had a huge effect on keeping spectators safe and traffic flow moving,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “We’re making some slight adjustments this year, but for the most part, the changes from 2014 will be in effect again.”

No cars will be permitted in Knight Park on the 4th of July. An increase of cars in the last few years has made leaving the park very dangerous for pedestrians after the show. Spectators are welcome to gather to watch the display in the park, but there will be no park access for any vehicles. Knight Park will be closed to traffic beginning at 8 a.m. on July 4. Parking will be available and free at the Scottish Rite parking lot (315 White Horse Pike), Transfiguration Church (445 N White Horse Pike), County Park lot on N. Newton Lake Drive and Rt 30 and the LumberYard garage public lot (entrance on Atlantic Ave between Collings Ave and Powell Lane). Additional closures include the area around Collingswood High School. A map of planned closures is below:
Collings Soft Closure 6pm (Bettlewood to Browning)
Collings Hard Closure 8:45pm (Park to White Horse)
Colford Hard Closure 8pm (Collings to Newton Lake Drive)
Everett Hard Closure 4pm (Collings to Eldridge)
Everett One Way (Eldridge to Newton Lake) 4pm
Allen/Sunset/Maple Lanes (Soft Closures)
Newton/ Newton Lake Drive/Lakeshore (Soft Closures/Bettlewood to Colford) 4pmUnit Block Eldridge Avenue one way out to Bettlewood 4pm


There will be no parking on the following streets:
Colford Avenue (Eldridge to Newton Lake) 4pm
Everett Avenue (Collings to Newton Lake) No Parking on odd side
Collings Avenue (Park to White Horse)
Knight Park will be closed to all traffic


Borough officials encourage residents to walk to festivities. Collingswood’s fireworks display includes live music from band Party Wave at the High School stadium. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; Show starts at 8 p.m. Fireworks kick off at approximately 9:15 p.m.  Under State law, no personal fireworks, including sparklers, are allowed. Also prohibited in the High School stadium are alcohol, smoking, and bikes/scooters/skateboards. For questions regarding parking and closures for Independence Day call 856-854-0720 x125.



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