Collingswood, New Jersey

Dustless Hardwood Floors hosts Toy Drive

Toy donations will be accepted again at Dustless Hardwood Floors to benefit the Collingswood Head Start program and to encourage recycling.

Like the Holiday Magic toy drive in December, gently used toys and books can be brought to Dustless Hardwood Floors at 487 Haddon Ave, Ste A, Collingswood, NJ. They can be dropped off inside during normal business hours, 10-2, Monday - Thursday, or left on the covered porch to be taken in after hours, each night, for the whole month of April. Donations will be taken by staff and initiative creator, Susan Tucker, to Collingswood Head Start, to benefit the school and its families.

Dustless Hardwood Floors is a green company that thanks you for recycling in honor of Earth Day and every day! For questions or other inside drop off times, please contact Donna at (856) 833-0024.

Symphony in C moves to Collingswood

Music Director Rossen Milanov and Board Chairman Robert Kugler are pleased to announce the move of Symphony in C’s administrative and box offices to Collingswood. Symphony in C will officially occupy the offices beginning March 25, 2013.

Symphony in C will lease an 800 square foot office at 576 Haddon Avenue, right in the heart of bustling Collingswood. The move will provide greater access to Symphony in C’s regional audience with full box office services available at the new location. Symphony in C will perform its annual Concerts for Young People at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, but will continue to perform all of its subscription concerts at Gordon Theater, Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. Symphony in C will continue its commitment to the City of Camden, providing daily instrumental instruction in many of Camden’s schools, while exploring new opportunities in Collingswood.

“While Symphony in C remains committed to the City of Camden in so many ways, including performances and classroom education programs, moving the offices to Collingswood creates new opportunities for our organization,” remarked Symphony in C Board Chair, Robert Kugler.

“We’re thrilled to have Symphony in C in Collingswood,” said Mayor Jim Maley. “This adds so much to our reputation as a town that supports the arts. The possibilities for partnership between the Borough and Symphony in C are endless. There’s going to be a lot to look forward to.”

Symphony in C is positioned and poised for its continued organizational and artistic growth in southern New Jersey, the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally. Nationally recognized as a training ground for up-and-coming musicians, Symphony in C is the only professional training orchestra in the Mid-Atlantic to provide musical performance training and career development services for musicians pursuing a career as orchestral musicians. Symphony in C reaches more than 27,000 students and adults of all ages and abilities through its nationally recognized Music Matters! educational outreach programs.

Symphony in C’s mission is to provide training for tomorrow’s orchestra musicians, music directors, soloists, composers, and audiences, by presenting artistically excellent performances and educational programs enriching the cultural life of the Mid-Atlantic region with a special focus on the City of Camden. The success of our musicians is recognized by alumni performing in major orchestras throughout the world including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

Symphony in C programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, Subaru of America and the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation. Symphony in C is a member of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA).

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.

Spring library programs for kids!

Spring Storytime for 3, 4 & 5 year olds (Tiny Tot info below!)
Thursdays at 10am
Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room

Dates & Themes
April 11 - Poem in Your Pocket
April 18 - You Belong @ Your Library
April 25 - Tell Me, Tree
May 2 - The Three Little Pigs
May 9  - Tale Mysteries
May 16 - See You Later, Alligator
May 23 - Everywhere Babies
May 30 - It’s a Zoo Out There
June 6 - G is for Goat

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. New attendees can register for this session by calling Carol or Dot at 858-0649.

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Tiny Tot Storytime (18-35 months old)
Wednesday or Friday programs available, 10am
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room, Collingswood Public Library771 Haddon Avenue

This program is limited to 12 children and includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Caregivers must register their child each month beginning on the specified date below to participate. There will be no reservations taken before that time. Please call Carol or Dot at 856-858-0649 to register. Walk-ins not be permitted.

Registration begins Fri., April 5 for Wed., April 10, 17, 24 OR Fri., April 12, 19, 26

Registration begins Fri., May 3 for Wed., May 8, 15, 22 OR Fri., May 10, 17, 24

Registration begins Fri., May 31 for Wed., June 5, 12, 19 OR Fri., June 7, 14, 21

 

Dispose of unused medicines on April 27

MEDICINE COLLECTION DAY For Collingswood Residents ONLY
APRIL 27, 2013 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m WHERE: Collingswood Police Department, 735 N. Atlantic Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

A prescription for safe kids & community
-Keep pills out of the hands of drug abusers
-Help protect local rivers & ponds
-Prevent childhood poisonings

WHY SHOULD WE CARE? Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are taken from medicine cabinets at home or from family and friends. Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

NEVER flush or pour unused medicine down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all medicines from the waste stream. Drugs can end up going through the plants and directly to our lakes and rivers. Various levels of antibiotics, anti-depressants, veterinary drugs, birth control hormones and other drugs have been detected in waterways across the United States. Antibiotics in the environment may also contribute to the development of drug resistant germs.

YOU CAN BRING: Prescription Medication & Over the Counter Medication. Ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications are acceptable.

DO NOT BRING Illegal Drugs, Biohazardous Material (Collingswood hazardous waste day is April 20 - details here), Needles/Sharps, Personal Care Products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc), Household Hazardous Waste  (paint, pesticides, oil, gas). Research suggests that hormones found in pharmaceuticals may cause abnormalities in the reproductive cycles of fish.

Deadline for pet licenses - March 31

Reminder! Dog and cat licenses are due by March 31! Get your pet licensed by the end of the month to avoid a late fee. Forms are on the Borough Clerk’s page, at the bottom, here.

With questions call 856-854-0720 x127.

Alice in Wonderland - ballet for families - at the Scottish Rite

BalletFleming presents Alice in Wonderland at the Scottish Rite Theatre - a classical, family-friendly interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice in Wonderland, just in time for spring!

BalletFleming, together with dancers from the Tricia Sloan Dance School, presents an original ballet adventure choreographed by former New York City Ballet dancer and world-acclaimed choreographer Christopher Fleming. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole as she meets the weird and wonderful characters of Wonderland – have tea with the Mad Hatter, play treacherous croquet with the Queen of Hearts and meet a White Rabbit who leads her all the way!

Featuring two performances at the Scottish Rite Theatre in Collingswood, NJ, Alice in Wonderland is the first event in a new partnership between this venue and BalletFleming. Christopher Fleming is “thrilled to partner with the Scottish Rite to introduce the BalletFleming to a whole new audience in and around Camden County. While we have worked with the Tricia Sloan Dance School for some time, most recently in December’s performances of The Nutcracker at the Scottish Rite, this new partnership will allow us to continue to bring new, exciting works to one of the area’s best and most beloved theatres.”

Performances are Saturday, May 11 at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $22 each, available through the Company’s website: www.balletfleming.org or by calling 215-454-2858. The Scottish Rite Theatre is located at 315 White Horse Pike in Collingswood, NJ.

The goal of BalletFleming is to inspire, engage, entertain and educate the public through the works of its Artistic Director, Christopher Fleming. Established in 2010, the company is guided by this purpose in its performances, teaching, outreach activities and commitment to the community.

Shared services agreement for FD inspections signed

Collingswood and Pennsauken sign shared services agreement for fire services, inspections

In another step to reduce costs and share services between municipalities, Collingswood and Pennsauken officials formalized an agreement in March to share fire prevention and housing inspection services for three years.

The arrangement merges inspection services of the two fire departments to create a Fire Prevention Bureau which will share Pennsauken’s current fire official, one administrative secretary from Collingswood, and four licensed part time inspectors to be hired by both Collingswood and Pennsauken to handle the fire and property maintenance inspections for both towns. The Bureau will be headquartered in Pennsauken, but property owners can still contact their local fire departments to make payments, drop off paperwork and handle other business. The process also means streamlining forms and fees for each town and making more information available online.

“This is a much more cost effective way of doing business and creates numerous efficiencies within both of our organizations. This will allow us to provide a better service to the residents, owners and businesses in our municipalities,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis.

This shared service will save Collingswood $50,000, Pennsauken $70,000 and frees up fire fighters for emergencies and fire prevention efforts including education programs like smoke detectors programs, school outreach and other community services. The new inspection bureau framework is designed to allow other interested municipalities to partner for inspections as well.

”This is set up so that other towns in the region can easily get on board as well and we can all see a savings in our inspection costs,” said Davis.

“By merging, everyone wins,” said Pennsauken Fire Chief Joseph Palumbo. “Each town is leveraging their strengths to build upon the current inspection process with more comprehensive resources. We’ll get to do more inspections more thoroughly in a timely basis and at a better cost. That also means safer properties for both towns.”


”This is another great example of local officials looking closely at ways to save money, opening the lines of communication and taking steps that have a serious impact on how we run our towns,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “It’s more important now than ever that we investigate ways to work together to run things as efficiently as possible.”

“What really stands out about this shared services agreement is that it keeps firefighters on the trucks; so in addition to saving taxpayer money, we’re also improving the coverage of both of our fire departments,” said Pennsauken Mayor Rick Taylor. “This innovative plan is a testament to the hard work of Chief Palumbo, our department of Public Safety, as well as Chief Davis, Mayor Maley and the good people of Collingswood.”

Collingswood announces Pedestrian Safety Initiative

In an effort to increase safety for pedestrians in Collingswood, well known as a walkable community, officials are kicking off a Pedestrian Safety Initiative in spring 2013. The program, titled “Stop at the sign or pay the fine,” aims to remind drivers that it is imperative to follow pedestrian safety regulations and will crack down on those that put pedestrians and other drivers at risk.

The program will focus on stricter enforcement of traffic laws including curbing speeding and illegal u-turns, enforcing full stops at signs and enforcing crosswalk laws and other increased ticketing of violations that put pedestrians in danger. The Borough will also improve signage and hire part time help this summer to repaint crosswalks throughout town.

“The idea is to really stress that driving that puts pedestrians at risk will be ticketed,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “We’re known as a walkable town and a destination so we want to keep residents and visitors as safe as possible. We get a lot of feedback on this issue. It’s a major concern for us especially in the spring when people flock to town for warm weather events, shopping and dining.”

The Borough already staffs crossing guards and has bump outs and other traffic calming devices in the downtown along Haddon Avenue in an effort to maintain a safe walking atmosphere. The “Stop at the sign or pay the fine” program will increase the current budget for traffic calming measures.

”This initiative keeps people safer and will give Collingswood a reputation as a place where careless driving isn’t tolerated,” said Collingswood Police Chief Richard Sarlo. “It’s remarkable how many people ignore traffic laws that protect pedestrians.

CHS presents "Bye Bye Birdie"

Get ready to "Put on a Happy Face" as Collingswood High School presents "Bye Bye Birdie".  The story revolves around rock 'n roll superstar Conrad Birdie, played by Sam Sobel, who is drafted into the army and the complications that ensue when, as part of one last publicity stunt, he promises to give "One Last Kiss" to one lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio.  Also starring in this production are Alex Herzog as Alex Peterson, Julia Nigro as Rosie Alvarez, Olivia Micale as Kim MacAfee, Griffin Maylath as Mr. MacAfee, Hayley Schofield as Mrs. MacAfee, Abby Screiber as Mrs. Peterson and Jared Downing as Hugo. 

The show is being held at the Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, at 7:30pm on March 21, 22 and 23 with a matinee on March 23 at 1pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors (over 60).  Seniors admitted free on Thursday, March 21.  Friday night special:  one student gets in free with the purchase of one adult ticket.  General admission seating.  Please call (856) 962-5701 for more information.

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 kenneth.allendoerfer@gmail.com.

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 kenneth.allendoerfer@gmail.com.

Learn more about these groups at:
www.facebook.com/groups/collingslab/
-Collings Lab group

www.facebook.com/groups/collingswoodom
-Collingswood OM group

www.collingswoodrecleague.com
-Collingswood Rec League page

http://njootm.org
-NJ Odyssey of the Mind Organization

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