Yard waste collection (by South Jersey Sanitation) has started. Place grass clippings, leaves, weeds, small brush, etc. out on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. Yard waste should be in open containers placed several feet away from household trash and will be collected by a separate truck. Small brush can also be tied and bundled for pick up on the same day. Public Works should be called at 856-858-0533 to schedule pick up for any brush over 4” in diameter. Yard waste collection will continue through the beginning of October ending just prior to leaf season.
Sergeant Thomas Hamilton presented the Patriotic Employer award to Mayor James Maley and Collingswood Police Chief Richard Sarlo at the April 2012 Commission Meeting. The award, from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, honors employers who “contribute to National Security and protect liberty by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”
“Although I feel that it was an honor to receive an award from the United States of America recognizing our efforts in supporting our troops while they are being deployed to help keep our country safe, I do believe that the real thanks should be given to Sergeant Hamilton for his dedication and selflessness efforts in his role in keeping our nation safe,” said Chief Sarlo.
The Collingswood Community Garden is sponsoring a night at the Riversharks on Friday, June 15. Following the game there will be a firework display. This event is a great night out for families.
Tickets may be purchased online by logging onto www.riversharks.com and select “Riversharks Fundraising Program.” Enter group code COLLINGSWOOD and select BUY. A block of lower level seats is reserved for the group. Tickets are $12 each and a portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to the Collingswood Community Garden. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Let’s have our great town take over Campbell’s Field on June 15!
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This May, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about Transit Oriented Developments that featured Collingswood as a model town for development around transit.
You can read the article here: Suburban Swap: Trading in the Backyard for a Train Station
The Wall Street Journal also did a video primer on the piece and TODs featuring Collingswood. Watch it here.
Several roads will be closed during the Independence Day concert and fireworks display on July 4 to allow clearance for emergency vehicles. See map attachement below for details.
NO PARKING along Eldridge Ave (Parking is permitted on Colford and Newton Aves but these roads will be closed to all traffic from 6-11pm. Please plan accordingly).
NO PARKING along the even-numbered side of Everett Ave.
Parking is NOT PERMITTED on the grass in Knight Park. Illegal parking will be ticketed.
Colford Ave (from Eldridge to Newton park Drive)
Newton Lake Drive (from Everett to Bettlewood)
For more information on Fourth of July events, see the event page here.
Collingswood is rolling out a new shop local incentive for residents. The May issue of the Borough’s Town Crier publication will include a Blue & Gold card for each household. The program encourages residents to shop, dine and use local services by offering cardholders discounts from participating merchants in Collingswood.
“It’s simple,” said Community Development Director Cass Duffey. “Residents need only show the card and hear what discounts they can get in town. There’s no registration or paperwork and businesses can offer specials that work for them.”
Blue and Gold cards entitle holders to discounts listed on the Blue and Gold card page at http://collingswood.com/shopping/blueandgold. Specials will be changed periodically by merchants.
“We hope this encourages people to shop our business districts first for food, services, merchandise and entertainment,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We got very enthusiastic feedback from our merchants because it’s great for everyone.”
More than a dozen businesses in Collingswood are providing Blue & Gold discounts to residents which range from dinner discounts to air conditioning tune-ups. Restrictions on offers are also on the Blue & Gold page at Collingswood.com. Look for your card in the next Town Crier!
As planned, The Borough of Collingswood reinstalled the original Michael Landon tribute with a new pillar, bench and garden this week. The memorial plaque was placed by the “Little Treehouse on the Prairie” at Knight Park, close to its previous location.
The Borough is also in the final stages of reinstalling and securing some replacement commemorative fence pickets around the new Knight Park playground, just a few hundred yards from the Landon plaque. Several pickets, purchased and personalized by donors as a contribution to the construction of the new park, were damaged by vandals last year. The Borough is currently reconstructing the fence to strengthen it and return the removed pickets back to their location surrounding the toddler section of the playground.
“We’re happy to see both of these tributes returned to the park,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We appreciate the significance of Michael and the hard work of the playground committee and both memorials will be maintained.”
Landon, a childhood resident of Collingswood and CHS graduate, was honored with a plaque in 1997. The plaque was removed last fall during a park cleanup with plans to return it to a safer location this spring.
”The memorials in both cases are seeing improvements and it’s important that the people that contributed to each can continue to enjoy tributes they worked to build,” said Maley.
Landon’s plaque is now located in the park alongside a bench, to avoid the previous issue as a safety hazard. Labor to install the new plaque pillar was donated by Medusa Concrete.
The new Knight Park Playground was built in 2008 through fundraising and volunteer efforts of the Knight Park Play ground Committee and residents. The committee aimed to create a new, safe, accessible, eco-friendly and low maintenance playground in Knight Park. Work will continue on picket fence until completion.
Green food recycling company will take part in Borough’s fourth annual Green Festival
Organic Diversion, a full service organics recycling company, announced that it has added six local Collingswood businesses to its composting program for restaurants. Local restaurants Bistro di Marino, Casona, DiBartolo Bakery, El Sitio Grill & Café, Sapori and Villa Barone are partnering with Organic Diversion to collect and process organic waste materials (i.e. food) from the restaurant. Warner Landscaping has also joined with Organic Diversion to carry their bagged compost. Rather than sitting in landfills, the Farm-to-Fork-to-Farm Composting Program will compost the waste for other uses. The program also includes training and education in organic recycling.
The program assists these restaurants in implementing and sustaining a successful organics recycling program that reduces their costs overall and helps to preserve our environment. Organic Diversion analyzes their current recycling habits and develops a plan with a customized operations and training manual. It includes collection supplies to best suit their needs. The program also assists in finding and receiving recycling grants from the state and in selling the resulting compost.
“While our clients are very enthused about the idea of preserving the planet, they also find our restaurant program dramatically reduces disposal costs,” says President Rocco D’Antonio. “Up to 75 percent of the waste coming out of restaurants is recyclable, making our program the most efficient waste management solution for our clients.”
“This is another great example of Collingswood leading the way in eco-initiatives,” said Collingswood Commissioner Joan Leonard. The Borough has offered to subsidize a portion of the cost of compost bins for program participants through funds from a Camden County recycling grant.
The fourth annual Collingswood Green Festival is April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., along Irvin Ave. Green companies will line up to present their eco-friendly products and services as well as water conservation information, tips on reducing the waste stream and demonstrations on what happens to our trash. The festival will also include music, food and a Kids Zone. Collingswood’s Bike Share will be on hand to offer free tune ups from volunteer mechanics and a bicycle safety refresher. Also expect spring and summer gardens with tips from master gardeners, information about the locavore movement (everything about buying and eating local sustainable foods), cloth diapering and lots more.
About Organic Diversion: Marlton, N.J.-based Organic Diversion has long-term experience in both the food service industry and in organics collections and hauling. They offer chain-wide, multistate organic recycling solutions for food waste generators. Recently, Organic Diversion announced they will operate the first plant that uses organic waste for renewable energy in the United States, which will be located in Gloucester City, N.J. The world-class facility will use cutting edge green technology to revolutionize the current food and yard waste disposal system in South Jersey. For more information, visit www.organicdiversion.com
About The Borough of Collingswood: Collingswood’s Green Festival is just one of the eco-initiatives that makes the Borough one of the greenest places in the Delaware Valley. Programs in Collingswood that encourage sustainability include the town’s bike share program, subsidized composter and rainbarrel programs, community garden, the only town that provides car sharing (via Zipcar) in Southern New Jersey and recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
NJDOT to reconstruct bridges over Cooper River and Haddon Avenue and will add new auxiliary lanes along the highway in Collingswood and Pennsauken.
Read the news release from the State DOT office below.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced the beginning of construction on a safety and operational improvement project along Routes 30/130 in Collingswood Borough and Pennsauken Township, Camden County.
“Correcting the existing roadway deficiencies along Route 30/130 will provide much needed upgrades in safety and traffic flow at this location,” said Transportation Commissioner James Simpson. “State-of-good repair projects such as this infrastructure investment improve safety, mobility and provide long-term economic benefits.”
NJDOT’s contractor, South State Inc., is scheduled to initiate preliminary construction activities including site mobilization and sign installation this week. The contractor will also begin setup for the first stage of construction, shifting traffic on Route 30/130 to the outside shoulders in each direction to establish a construction zone in the median of the highway.
The $25.7 million federally-funded project will reconstruct and improve a stretch of Route 30/130 from the PATCO rail bridge in Collingswood to just north of the North Park Drive intersection in Pennsauken, adding auxiliary lanes in both directions to facilitate better traffic flow and reduce the congestion coming in and out of Collingswood.
The northbound highway will be widened from two travel lanes to three from Haddon Avenue over the Cooper River Bridge, and the outside shoulder will be widened. Auxiliary turn-lanes will be added at the intersections with Haddon Avenue and Maple Avenue.
The southbound highway will be widened from two travel lanes to three from North Park Drive across the Cooper River Bridge, and the outside shoulder will be widened. A new auxiliary turn-lane will be installed at the Haddon Avenue intersection.
In addition, the existing structurally deficient Route 30/130 bridge over the Cooper River will be fully replaced and the Route 30/130 bridge over Haddon Avenue Bypass will be reconstructed to accommodate the highway widening. The intersection with North Park Drive in Pennsauken will be widened to provide new dedicated turn lanes from the side street onto Route 30/130 in each direction. A new traffic signal will be installed to accommodate the widened intersection.
A wider median consisting of a two-foot-wide concrete barrier with one-foot inside shoulders will be constructed, separating the northbound and southbound directions of the highway. New sidewalks will be installed along a 0.6-mile segment of the highway in both directions between Haddon Avenue and North Park Drive.
NJDOT will stage the construction to minimize the impacts to residents and motorists in these communities. Two lanes will be maintained on Route 30/130 between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily, utilizing traffic shifts. Single-lane closures will be allowed during overnight hours, but one lane will be maintained on the highway at all times during construction. Short term traffic detours of Haddon Avenue, Maple Avenue and South Park Drive will be required to accommodate work at these intersections during later stages of construction. Advance notification will be provided for these detours.
The project has been under development for a number of years, during which the Department initiated extensive public outreach including multiple public information centers and officials briefings. The project is being coordinated with NJ TRANSIT and local emergency responders including police and fire personnel.
The existing highway and Cooper River bridge were built in the 1920’s and the Haddon Avenue bypass bridge was built in the 1940’s. Approximately 60,000 vehicles use this section of highway every day. The project is expected to be complete in spring 2015.
“This is a complex project that will take a significant amount of time, but the Department will make every effort to keep residents, motorists and the business community informed and accommodated as best we can during construction,” Simpson said.
In 2009, NJDOT completed a $26.5 million project to eliminate the former five-legged Collingswood Circle, located just to the south of this project, with an at-grade signalized intersection.
Dynamic message signs will notify motorists of all upcoming traffic pattern changes. The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org real-time travel information.
Girlfriendz-Collingswood Treasure Hunt!
April 26, 5pm
Girlfriendz Magazine and Collingswood are putting together a fun night of shopping, networking and nibbling. Meet us at the Collingswood Community Center between 5 and 6pm to pick up your treasure hunt card, then off you’ll go for fun, shopping and nibbling at: Aenigma Jewelry, Marlene’s Dress Shop, Michael Bruce Florist, Two Cherubs Antiques, McGarry’s Jewelers and Jubili Beads & Yarns. Afterward, we’ll meet back at the Community Center to munch even more and to give away prizes! Collingswood Community Center, 30 W. Collings Ave (next to the firehouse).
Enjoy a Pre-Treasure Hunt dinner at Casona (563 Haddon Ave). Prix fixe menu for includes three delicious courses for only $25.
Must RSVP to Molly@girlfriendzmag.com. FREE EVENT!