Collingswood, New Jersey

County hosts Newton Lake cleanup meeting, June 10

County officials to hold public meeting on Newton Lake cleanup

Freeholder Jeffrey Nash will host a meeting to inform residents of the next steps being taken by Camden County to address the issue of algae growth at the lake. Residents are welcome to attend a meeting on June 10 at 7PM at Oaklyn Borough Hall (500 White Horse Pike - parking and entry in the rear of the building).

The County has contracted with Princeton Hydro to assess the problem of the algae, formulate a plan and begin the project.  A representative from Princeton Hydro will be on hand to explain the project and will be available for questions

Collingswood Public Works hiring a part time employee

Collingswood Department of Public Works position open - seasonal

Work Week: Monday – Friday. Hours: As Assigned.
Responsibilities: Under direction of a supervisory official, performs varied types of manual and unskilled laboring work and may drive a truck in connection with laboring work on occasion; does other related duties such as grass cutting, tree work, street repairs and other various duties.

Requirements: A valid driver’s license in the State of New Jersey will be required (CDL preferred). Collingswood residents preferred. Must be 18 years of age or older. Interested parties will be required to complete an Employment Application at the Borough of Collingswood, 678 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Free library programs offered all summer - for all ages!

Collingswood Public Library’s 2013 Free Summer Programs

Explore what’s beneath your feet from burrowing animals to dinosaurs!

All activities are free however registration is required (unless otherwise noted). Programs take place in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room and last approximately 1 hour.

Please call Carol or Dot at 856-858-0649 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the month of June. Tiny Tots registration begins Friday, July 5.

Family Program: Mr. Malcolm Presents Journey to the Center of the Earth Friday, June 21 – 4pm Enjoy Mr. Malcolm’s unique, humorous interactive interpretation! No registration required.

Reading Boards for children 3 years through students entering 5th grade June 21 through August 30
Receive prizes for checking out books or completing tasks. Boards will be distributed at school and will also be available at the Library beginning June 21.

Little Digs Story Time (18‐35 mos)
Fri., July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2 - 10am

This program is limited to 14 children and includes stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Registration for this program will not be taken until July 5. Please call Dot or Carol at 856-858-0649.

Sprouts ‐ 3, 4 & 5 Year Old Story Time
Thurs., July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8 – 10am

Includes stories, songs, snack, play period and a craft package to complete at home.

Burrowers ‐ Stories & Crafts for Children Entering K, 1st, and 2nd
Wed., July 10, 17, 24, 31 – 4pm

Explore all things underground with stories and crafts!

Questers ‐ For Children Entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades
Thurs., July 11 – 4pm: Dig Into the Past Ancient Egypt
Thurs., July 18 – 4pm: Just Dig It ‐ In the Garden

Groundbreaking Reads – For Teens and Adults June 21-August 30

When you return your books, enter raffle tickets for what you have read. Once every ten days a winner will be randomly chosen winning a free book, tote, and Collingswood Cash. No registration required.

Sciencetellers Family Program: The Bugs of Blackwood
Thurs., Aug. 8 – 4pm

Using science experiments to tell a story, this interactive program is fun (and educational) for all. No registration required.

Sponsored by the Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library, and the Municipal Alliance

Borough Hall holiday hours

Borough Hall is closed THURSDAY, JULY 4 and open FRIDAY, JULY 5. Read more about the fireworks and events in Collingswood here.

Proud Neighbors hosts annual July 4 decorating contest

Proud Neighbors invite you to decorate for America'sbirthday!

It's Independence Day!  Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is inviting you to decorate your home, business or neighborhood block red, white and blue as they present their annual FOURTH OF JULY HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST!  Register in advance for Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s contest by e-mailing July4@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org

All Collingswood homes, businesses and town blocks are urged to participate and show off their Stars and Stripes! Decorations are judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness to architecture, best historic home and overall best look.  Your name will be publicly credited for your holiday spirit and “Collingswood Cash” is awarded to winners.  Official judging will take place on the morning of July 4.  Winners will be announced at the Collingswood fireworks show!  You must call in advance to register your address for the contest.  Judges will only visit homes that provide address, name, phone and e-mail in advance.

G
ather up the bunting, start flying the flags, and get ready for the grandest Proud Neighbors of Collingswood HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST Collingswood has seen yet! 

Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 at only sites that have pre-registered. You must register in advance for Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s  contest by registering with your name, address, phone and e-mail at July4@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org Please call 609-932-8207  with questions.

The 4th of July House Decorating Contest is a project of The Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, a not-for-profit civic organization established in 1983.  Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is dedicated to restoration, raising awareness of historic preservation and working with volunteers, neighbors, Business & Government to maintain the historic character of our town. 

For information on all the events in Collingswood in Independence Day, see our Fun on the 4th page here.

Collingswood PD ticketing kids

The Collingswood Police Department has been instructed to write as many tickets possible to kids 12 and under this summer.


Kids caught wearing their helmets will be issued a ticket – for a free water ice!

The “Friendly Ticket” program will reward Collingswood children for wearing their helmets while riding their bikes, scooters, rollerblades, etc. this summer with free small water ice coupons redeemable at Cabana Water Ice. Cabana is providing the coupons at no charge in an effort to support the safety campaign.

“Summer is about safety as much as it is about fun,” said Collingswood Police Chief Rich Sarlo. “We can’t stress enough how important helmets are and we’re happy to be involved in anything that encourages kids to wear them. Plus, it’s a great way for neighborhood kids to get to know their police officers.”

Officers have been instructed to be on the lookout for helmeted children and issue as many tickets as possible starting when school lets out on June 21. “Offenders” can just bring their “tickets” to Cabana Water Ice at 552 Haddon Ave and redeem it for a small water ice. The Friendly Ticket program will continue through summer.

“A big thanks to Cabana for their support on this. It’s a true community program and a great way to make sure kids stay safe when the bikes are out all summer long,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley.

FD performing Block Inspections

Collingswood FD performing Block Inspections for residents

The Collingswood Fire Department announced this spring that members of the Borough FD will be going door to door to distribute free smoke detectors and offer a free fire safety checkup.

The Block Inspection program is a block-by-block home inspection tour to distribute smoke detectors, offer "pre-incident planning" assistance and offer solutions with safety issues within a residence. It also gives residents the opportunity to get to know their fire department staff.

Proper operation and placement will be checked for smoke detectors, and a home safety courtesy check can be performed as well.  A maximum of 2 smoke detectors can be provided and installed if needed. Fire officials are also able to do rough plans of homes, which are helpful in the event of emergency.

Collingswood firefighters performing block inspections will always be wearing uniforms with badges and have an engine or ambulance with them. No personal information is given out as a result of the inspections and no violations given. Officials point out hazards and give advice but the program is not an effort to cite owners.  

The Fire Department will continue inspections over the next few months. Firemen will visit homes between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. during the week and during the afternoon on the weekends.  You can schedule a free inspection or pick up free smoke detectors by calling the fire prevention line at 856-854-1043.

SAT prep class available for Collingswood Juniors

Information from COLLINGSWOOD SAT PREP, INC
A Collingswood Non-Profit Corporation

ATTENTION COLLINGSWOOD JUNIORS - Are your SAT cored high enough?

The October/November administration of the SATs will be the last chance to boost your scores before the college application process begins.  Don’t take the test without proper preparation.  SAT strategy classes will be offered starting in August, 2013. The classes will be held over an 8 week period on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at the High School.  If you are interested enrolling in a class at no cost ($25 book charge), or have any questions about the class, contact Collingswood SAT Prep, Inc. ("CSAT") at collingswoodsat@gmail.com.  Classes are available to all Collingswood High School Juniors.

CSAT is a non-profit corporation that is funded by members of the Collingswood community.  CSAT was created by Collingswood parents to enhance the educational opportunities for Collingswood high school students.   CSAT's mission is to assist Collingswood students in their college application process by providing them with the support necessary to excel on their college entrance exams. CSAT also hopes to encourage any students who are undecided about their post-graduation options to consider preparing for and taking the SATs.  The classes are taught by experienced and motivated professionals who have expertise in SAT test taking strategy and preparation. 

Upcoming events at the Senior Center

Lots of events to enjoy in spring at the Collingswood Senior Community Center.

On May 22 at 11am and 7pm a representative from the Unclaimed Property Administration, NJ Department of the Treasury will present a seminar about claiming forgotten assets, i.e. cash, property, bonds, etc.
Call the Community Center to register at 856-854-4440.

Fridays at 1pm - Senior Line Dancing. $3. All welcome!

Tuesdays at 11:15am  - Chair Yoga and Movement. $5

Anyone interested in starting a Scrabble Group please call Barbara at 856-854-4440.

The Collingswood Seniors and the AARP meet at the Community Center from September to June.

Collingswood offers free learn to swim program

A FREE learn to swim program is offered by the Borough of Collingswood for students in grades 2 through 4. On June 18 and 19 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, kids can learn swimming basics at no cost.  Information, permission and registration forms will be sent to schools.

Buy pool passes at a discounted rate
Season pool passes for families (parents and dependent children) are just $175 - that’s $50 off for a whole season of fun! The Summer Swim Sale and all pool pass sales start May 20. This is a limited offer, discounted family pool passes must be purchased by June 20.

Pool tags will be sold at Borough Hall starting May 20, Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Once the pool season starts you may purchase your season tags at Roberts Pool daily and weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Roberts Pool programs range from the student Learn to Swim Program for youths and toddlers to the Senior Citizen Swim. For more information on pricing and programs visit Collingswood.com.

Roberts Pools Dates & Hours:
- Open for weekends starting June 8 & 9 and June 15 & 16
- Open for the season when school lets out for the summer,
- Pool hours are noon to 8 p.m.

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