Collingswood, New Jersey

OM,CollingsLab groups challenge Colls kids

Odyssey of the Mind, known as OM, is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for kids.  OM allows kids to combine their interests and skills in science, engineering, visual arts, performing arts, improvisation, and creativity.  Teams of 5 to 7 kids develop solutions to “problems” that range from building mechanical devices (e.g., “Build a vehicle powered only by a mousetrap that can navigate a maze.”) to performing new versions of literary classics (e.g., “Re-write ‘Hamlet’ as an 8-minute musical comedy in which Hamlet is not a human being.”). 

The teams bring their solutions to regional, state, and world tournaments.  Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and the world participate in OM.  For the first time this year, the Collingswood Rec is organizing OM teams with a goal of competing in the 2013 tournaments.  All kids eligible to participate in Collingswood Rec sports are eligible to participate in OM.  The program is open for grades K through 12, but because this is our first year, we are targeting grades 3 through 5.  If there is enough interest from older or younger kids, we may be able to create additional teams.  We also need to recruit adults to serve as coaches, officials, and subject-matter experts.  You can learn more about OM at the following websites or by contacting Kenneth Allendoerfer at

CollingsLab is an informal science and technology club for kids, parents and geeks of all kinds.  The group holds events like astronomy walks and Science Kit Saturdays where they conduct experiments and learn about the world together.  In 2013, CollingsLab will host speakers, demos and hands-on events and we hope to establish a lending library for scientific and technical equipment like telescopes.  It’s our goal, one day, to host a town-wide science fair.

CollingsLab is founded on the Enthusiastic Amateur Principle: most people are not professional scientists or educators, but we are curious about how the world works, and we’d be doing these kinds of activities anyway by ourselves, so why not do them as a group?  The CollingsLab slogan is “We’re kind of like community theater, except we do science.”  Everyone is encouraged to join, attend, and help organize events.  You can learn more about CollingsLab at the following website or by contacting Kenneth Allendoerfer at

Learn more about these groups at:
-Collings Lab group
-Collingswood OM group
-Collingswood Rec League page
-NJ Odyssey of the Mind Organization

Ingerman breaks ground on final phase of the LumberYard

Collingswood officials including Mayor Jim Maley, representatives from The Ingerman Group, State Senator James Beach and Freeholder Director Louis Capelli, Jr., gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of The Collings at The LumberYard, the final phase of the of the mixed-use development in the heart of Collingswood’s downtown.

"This is an exciting next step," said Mayor Maley. "This is more housing than we’ve seen built in our town in decades and these residents will shop, dine and contribute to our community here. We’re so glad this day has come. The importance of this addition to our downtown cannot be understated."

The first phase of the luxury rental community will feature 34 modern apartment homes in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, including seven townhomes with private entrances. The Collings’ first phase, including the opening of a leasing center with a furnished model, is scheduled for completion in spring 2013.

Construction is expected to begin later this year on the second phase along Haddon Ave, which will consist of a five-story mixed-use building featuring 70 luxury apartments, as well as ground-floor commercial space that will house Ingerman’s new corporate headquarters and 1,500 square feet of retail. Amenities planned for the second phase include an outdoor courtyard with grill, covered parking, common-area WiFi, community room and fitness center.

Located along Haddon Avenue, which was named one of the “Top 10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association, The Collings at The LumberYard is surrounded by an eclectic variety of shops, as well as the borough’s highly acclaimed “Restaurant Row” and just steps from the PATCO station.

"We are excited to usher in a new beginning for this prominent site by providing Collingswood with an exceptional apartment community that will deliver luxury rental housing for the borough’s downtown," said Brad Ingerman, President and CEO of Ingerman. “The Collings at The LumberYard will be a continuation of our more than 25-year history enhancing the communities in which we build, and is a special project for Ingerman as the future location of our own company headquarters.”

Luxury apartment homes in The Collings’ first phase will feature oversized floor plans ranging from more than 900 square feet to almost 2,000 square feet. The first phase of the pet-friendly community will also offer residents hardwood flooring, Energy Star appliances, generous closet space, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and full-size washers and dryers. Dens and outdoor decks are available with select apartment homes.

 For more information about The Collings at the LumberYard wisit See the groundbreaking event on the Borough's YouTube page here.

Outstanding volunteer nominations sought

Collingswood seeks outstanding volunteer nominations for National Volunteer Month in April

Do you know someone that gives their heart and soul to Collingswood to make it a better place? April is National Volunteer month and Collingswood, a community built on strong volunteer spirit, is hoping  to celebrate those that give back.

The Borough is holding a short essay contest to find the town’s most giving volunteers. People that would like to nominate a friend or neighbor can write a short essay (150 words or less) describing a Collingswood volunteer who has contributed to the community and how. Nominees should fit the theme: A Collingswood resident that has given outstandingly to Collingswood-specific efforts, projects or organizations. A winner will be selected in March and both the essayist and nominee will be honored at the April 1 Commission Meeting. Both will receive $50 Collingswood Cash and the nominee will get a proclamation celebrating their dedication to town. The winning essay will be published in the Town Crier as well.

“There are so many people that give their time and talent to make Collingswood the amazing place it is,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “I suspect we’ll have a lot of nominees and that’s part of what makes our town wonderful. They’ll be very touching to read.”

According to, National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. Additionally, governors, mayors and other elected officials make public statements and sign proclamations in support of the event.

Send essays to: Volunteer Month Essay Contest
c/o Cass Duffey
678 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Essays can also be emailed to with the subject line “Volunteer Month Essay Contest SUBMISSION.” Essays should be received by March 15 and be no longer than 150 words.

Parking changes: Kiosks, permits and free winter parking

Collingswood announces parking changes involving kiosks, permits and free winter parking on Sundays

Collingswood is implementing some parking changes in 2013 that will improve parking issues, some of which stem from the switch from parking meters to kiosks in 2012.

”The company we contracted was the source of a lot of kiosk headaches. Like many towns in the region, we still think the upgrade to kiosks is the right way to go but we’re exploring new companies that will give visitors consistency and ease of use,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “In the big picture, we’re aware of the frustrations folks have had and it’s a priority to get things running smoothly.”

The kiosk company is installing new modems to try to correct the problems. If this does not resolve the issue the Borough will get new machines from a different manufacturer. Kiosks also offer technological advantages and flexibility like smart cards, tokens, pay-by-cell options – all of which the Borough is considering. The faulty modems cause the most trouble with credit card users, but the kiosks accept change with no issue.

Another major announcement is that the Borough will offer free parking throughout town on Sundays in February and March as a special for winter months.

Other changes include the opportunity for residents of the LumberYard and along Haddon Avenue in the Central Business District (from roughly Fern Ave to between East Knight and East Madison Avenues) to buy residential permits for $132 per year. Depending on the address, permits would allow residents to buy a space in the LumberYard garage or in the lot along Atlantic Avenue by the water towers. For details and information about obtaining a resident permit, call the Collingswood Police Department at 856-854-1901. Residential permits will be available at in February.

The Borough is also working with NJ Transit to update bus stop locations in town that will improve signage, routes and add more parking spaces to the downtown. Some bus stops will be relocated or removed to maximize space on Haddon Avenue.

”The current route is somewhat outdated. By evaluating what works best for commuters, the town and NJ Transit we can make the best use of the space along our corridor and add more parking,” said Maley.

General parking rules otherwise remain the same. Hours of operation for paid parking are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 50 cents per hour. Parking maps and more information here.

‘Collsopoly’ board game still available!

Attention kids of all ages!

Based on the all time favorite Monopoly game, Collsopoly players compete for properties that are, or were once, a part of Collingswood. You can’t buy Boardwalk or Park Place in this game, but you can become the proud owner of classic Collingswood stores, restaurants and businesses.

Like Monopoly, Collsopoly features some pitfalls for would-be business tycoons – but if you land on GO TO COURT there are several local attorneys on the board who can bail you out.

At only $10, this limited edition game is a great holiday gift for everyone who lives, used to live, or wishes they lived in Collingswood.

Since this is an original edition, printed more than 10 years ago, some of the ‘stops’ are no longer in town but did contribute to the original game.

Games are available by contacting Mark Newbie School at 856-926-5706. Only a limited supply left!

Bard’s ‘Gentlemen of Verona’ performed in April


They're not gentlemen, but they're coming to Collingswood, anyway.

They drink.  They roughhouse.  They create insipid puns and worse jokes. They're The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and they're bringing their bad manners and eccentric, emotional, gossipy friends to the Collingswood Shakespeare Company April 12,13 and 19, 20 and 21 for a show you won't want to miss.

Two Gentlemen, first presented by Shakespeare in 1594, is the Bard's third comedy, after The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew.  Set in Verona and Milan, Italy, it is the story of two young gentlemen, Valentine and Proteus (played by Kris Varga and Colin Bonnington, respectively), whose friendship seems incorruptible at first.    Complications arise when both fall in love with Silvia (Marissa Kennedy). In an effort to win her love, one of the two young men will betray the other, using whatever cruel, underhanded means available. 

In addition to the love-triangle, a former lover, Julia (Iraisa Ann Reilly), also becomes involved and disguises herself in order to find her mate.  Ironically, it is as a result of her disguise that her lover is able to see - if only briefly - her true gifts and beauty. 

Although this early work of Shakespeare's is not often produced, it's a fast-paced comedy that employs dry wit and sarcastic humor intertwined with the Bard's lyrical prose and poetry.  It also introduced a number of dramatic devices such as clown-commentary; the blend of verse and prose; the transformation of people through love; and nature, where people can be themselves. 

The comics mirror their masters' romantic drama, but clumsily.  One comedian, Launce the messenger (played by Donald Hallcom), observes his superior's agonies of love and passion.  He then describes his own love-interest to his friend, Speed (Elise D'Avella).  Launce loves a milkmaid who has foul breath and "more hair than wit and more faults than hairs," but seeing as she also has "more wealth than faults," he will take her as a practical bargain. 

It is not only the two gentlemen's love interest that Launce mocks, but their friendship.  Proteus and Valentine profess to be the best of friends, but it's Launce who turns out to be a true best friend - to his dog, Crab.  In obsessive detail, Launce describes his devotion:  how Crab stole a chicken leg at a dinner party (for which Launce was whipped); how Crab stole bread puddings (for which Launce was put in the stocks), and how Crab lifted his leg and urinated on a royal lady's petticoat (for which Launce was berated by his own master).

Two Gentlemen is a superb blend of comedy and commentary, in which fools are wise,   gentlemen behave badly, girls dress as boys and everything falls apart and comes together at the end.  It's a show you won't want to miss.

Performances will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 839 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108 (at the corner of Fern and Haddon Aves.)  Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and may be purchased at the door. Evening show times are 8 PM; Sunday matinee at 3 PM. For more information, call 856-701-1471 or visit The Collingswood Shakespeare Company on Facebook.

Proud Neighbors pot luck in March

Meet the “Proud Neighbors of Collingswood” for a pot-luck supper on Friday, March 8 at 125 Harvard Avenue at 7 p.m.  Please bring a "covered dish" to share - your favorite dish, appetizer or salad helps create a fabulous feast of specialties!

Learn about Collingswood civic-minded men, women and students sharing ideas about restoration and maintaining the historic character of the Collingswood community.  For 30 years, this civic group has made a mark with proud community volunteer efforts including the popular Porch Brunch & House & Garden Tour. Greet Proud Neighbors and make new friends on Friday, March 8!

Proud Neighbors welcome your ideas!  RSVP to Gayle at 856-854-8891 or e-mail

CHS Band Boosters Basket Raffle, March 9

Come out for the Collingswood High School Band Boosters Basket Raffle on March 9, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Collingswood Senior High School (424 Collings Ave., Collingswood, NJ).

Drawing begins at 7pm. Entry Fee is $5. Light refreshments will be available.

Tickets prices will be as follows day of the raffle:
$5 for 1 sheet of 25 tickets or $10 for 3 Sheets of 25 tickets
Pre – Sale Orders will begin  February 1 at 5 sheets for $15
Pre – Sales will end on March 1, 2013

For Pre-Sale Tickets contact Betsy Chittum at  856-962-5701 Ext. 6005
Pre-sale ticket and entry fee money should be paid to Mrs. Chittum at the High School no later than March 1, 2013.  Pre Sale Tickets will be provided upon entry the day of the event.

2013 Collingswood Little League sign ups

Registration for the 2013 Collingswood Little League season is now open! Register Online at

Or in person at the Community Center on one of the following days:
Saturday, 1/19, 8am-1pm
Wednesday, 1/23, 6pm-8pm
Saturday, 1/26, 8am-1pm
Saturday, 2/2, 8am-1pm

Important Little League dates:
Opening Day 2013, April 6th
Picture Day, May 9th
Colls LL Day at the Riversharks, June 9th

For most up to date information on the Collingswood Little League, visit the group's Facebook page here: 

CCT presents Fiddler on the Roof

Shows are February 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30pm; matinees are February 16 and 24 at 2pm.  All shows are on stage at the magnificent Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ  08107. 

In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

Rich in historical and ethnic detail, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

The show features a star turn in Tevye, among the most memorable roles in musical theatre. Original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins' staging is legendary, and available from MTI in a comprehensive choreographic guide. Its celebrated score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved the world over: "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Matchmaker," to name a few. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is simply Broadway at its very best.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.  Seating is General Admission; tickets are available at the door one-half hour prior to each performance.

Discounts are available ($10 per ticket reserved and prepaid) for groups of 15 or more.  Contact Dale at or by phone at 609-217-4691.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Luncheon/show combo ticket.  The luncheon will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 12:30pm in the Grand Ballroom at the Scottish Rite.  Lunch includes a selection of sandwiches and wraps, tomato bisque soup with crackers, hot and cold beverages and cookies.  Seats will be reserved for the 2pm performance.  Lunch and a show ticket is $25 per person (no discounts apply) and reservations must be made in advance.  To make luncheon reservations, call Terry at (856) 854-0720 x128.  Reservations and payment must be received no later than Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Seating is limited so make your reservations early.

Consider having dinner and a show when you come out along Collingswood’s restaurant row!  For a list of restaurants in Collingswood, click here.


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