Collingswood, New Jersey

4th of July trash schedule

Holiday trash schedule: Due to the Independence Day holiday, Friday trash pickup will happen on Saturday. Regular trash schedule will resume Monday, July 7. For more information see the Fun on the 4th page here or the Public Works page here.

Collingswood earns 13 "Best Of" titles in SJ Magazine!

Collingswood brings home 13 “Best Of” nominations in SJ Magazine! Shopping, dining and service retailers are, “…extraordinary spots you may not know about – or those familiar places you love as much as we do.”

The Borough even won special recognition as “Best Support of Local Talent” for showcasing local artists in shops and at events. Congrats to all! See the full list here!

Best Support of Local Talent
Collingswood Township (sic)
Stop in one of the hip stores on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, and there’s a good chance you’ll see a sign that says: “Locally Produced.” Several stores sell products produced by Collingswood crafts people, photographers, chefs and artists. So when you make a purchase, you know you’re  supporting a neighbor.

Best Toy Store
Duck Duck Goose

702 Haddon Avenue
Look for unique toys made with sustainable products at this friendly shop. There’s a large playroom in the back, and you can drop off things like old crayons and bubble wrap to be re-used in craft projects.

Best Baby Boutique for Parents Who Want to Save the World
The Nesting House

710 Haddon Avenue
Any parent knows that kids outgrow stuff – and fast. That quickly leads to loads of clothing, books, toys and gear that outlives its use. Rather than tossing things out (and cluttering up landfills), eco-friendly parents can trade them in at The Nesting House. Not only will they get cash (or a store credit), they’ll be helping the environment by passing it along to others who can use it. Call it responsible retail for the next generation.

Best Place to Stop and Smell the Flowers
Michael Bruce Florist

823 Haddon Avenue
Nobody does flowers like Michael Bruce. The eccentric and lively artist really listens to what clients want and then creates something beautiful with the most unique flowers, plants, vases, feathers, gems, ribbons – you name it. Nothing is ordinary here.

Best Sandwich
Tortilla Press

703 Haddon Ave
This chipolte peanut BBQ pork sandwich is so good, we put it on our cover! Mounds of pulled pork topped with homemade peanut sauce (we actually think the peanut sauce makes this sandwich such a stand-out) tucked within a fresh roll. You’ve never had a better sandwich.

Best hamburger. No wait…best brownie. No wait…best donut.
DiBartolo Bakery

667 Haddon Avenue
We know you go to DiBartolo’s for their scrumptious cakes and cupcakes, but take a look in their bakery displays, and you’ll see something truly amazing. Made to look like a hamburger, one of their sweet treats is actually a donut split in half with a brownie sitting in between. Some icing adds a touch of faux garnish for a funny surprise that tastes super good.

Best Cupcake
My Little Kupkake

685 Haddon Avenue
It’s the flavors. That’s what makes the cupcakes here so awesome. Choose from rows of unique combinations of cupcake yummy-ness, like Fruity Pebbles, Chocolate Lemon Curd or Cherry Chocolate Candy Bar.

Best Breakfast

729 Haddon Avenue
We love any place where you can get breakfast all day. And the friendly folks at The Pop Shop know how to do breakfast right – with their humongous yet fluffy pancakes (they call them Bettys), stuffed French toast and awesome omelettes (try the Buffalo Bill – grilled chicken, buffalo sauce and blue cheese). You can also get “starters” like Pop’s Groovey Granola or – get this – pancake fries. They even have green eggs and ham. What a way to wake up!

Best Popcorn
Gourmet Popcorn Creations

802 Haddon Avenue
With more than 40 (!!!) varieties of popcorn on the menu, there’s something to satisfy every sweet, salty and savory snack craving out there. Flavors range from mild (ranch, barbecue, and bacon) to wild (dill pickle, Maryland crab and chili cheddar) to I’ve-just-gotta try this (black licorice, grape and piña colada).

Best Girls’ Night Out
Canvas Mixers

542 Haddon Avenue
Skip the same old parties, and have a blast at this group painting session. Not all that artistic? That’s OK. One of the friendly artists in charge will lead you through a step-by-step painting process. At the end of the night, you’ll have a beautiful acrylic painting on a 16-by-20-inch canvas. Private parties are BYOB, so you can gather your girlfriends for a night of high art and good times.

Best Way to Buy Art
Perkins Center for the Arts

30 Irvin Avenue
Every spring, Perkins Center for the Artspresents “HandCrafted,” a very cool event at their Collingswood studio where you can buy some pretty awesome art from local artists. While you’re browsing the art, sample regional microbrews. We mean, really, can an event be any cooler?

Best Place to Have a Craft-tastic Party
I Made This!

798 Haddon Avenue
Is your Pinterest arts and crafts board as crowded as ours? If so, this workshop is the place to get started on those art projects you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t know where to begin. Part gift store, part studio, you can gather friends and rent the place for kids’ birthday parties, a girls’ night out, mom-and-daughter time and more. Not a crafty person? Noproblem – owner Kathy “Craftleen” Murphy is there to help.

Best Place to Buy Christmas Decorations in the Summer
Collingswood Variety Store

724 Haddon Avenue
This may never happen, but just in case. Next time you’re looking for Halloween skeletons and skulls in January or Valentine’s hearts in August, we’ve got the place for you. The variety store in Collingswood has several aisles of holiday decorations – year round. We’re not sure why, but they do. And you just never know.

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: 



Linwood Avenue
Belmont Avenue
Merrick Avenue
Conard Avenue
Ogden Avenue



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:

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 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 ( 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

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

“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.

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