Collingswood, New Jersey

Rain barrels and composters available at subsidized price

Rain barrels and composters are still available for residents at reduced prices and can even be delivered to you!

Pick up an Earth Machine composter for just $25 (retail price $80) or a rain barrel for $45 and join the hundreds of homes in Collingswood that compost and reuse rain water. Visit Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) to purchase and your new composter or rain barrel can be delivered to you. Or, after you’ve paid, visit Public Works by appointment (713 Haddon Ave, 856-858-0533) or the Bike Share garage along Atlantic Ave on Tuesday evenings to pick them up. For more information you can call Carol at Borough Hall, 856-854-0720 x135 or email csickler@collingswood.com. Please bring proof of residency when paying for your item.

The Borough has offered rain barrels and composters at reduced rates for the last few years in an effort to increase environmental stewardship and reduce waste in the Borough. The program is funded by a Camden County Recycling grant.

Collingswood’s composter and rain barrel program is just one of the eco-initiatives that make the Borough one of the greenest places in the Delaware Valley. Programs in Collingswood that encourage sustainability include the town’s bike share program, annual Green Festival, community garden, rain gardens, car sharing (via Zipcar)  and recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Collingswood authorizes bid to replace parking kiosks

At the July 1 Commission Meeting, Borough officials will authorize an ordinance to solicit bids to replace the malfunctioning kiosks in downtown Collingswood. Since their installment, the modems on the kiosks have operated spottily causing payment issues with users.

“Kiosks are an amenity in other destination towns and increase parking revenues, which help offset other costs. They’re a good upgrade for Collingswood but the trouble we’ve had with the original units are unacceptable,” said Mayor James Maley.

The Borough has been in discussions with the manufacturer of the current kiosks to return the machines. If no return is completed, the Borough will take action to recover its investment and its loss of revenues caused by the malfunctioning machines.

“There’s no doubt the old meters have caused a lot of headaches. We have investigated other towns’ experience and the problem is with these machines. The change to new machines will be good for our residents and guests. We’re looking forward to getting things in working order as soon as possible.”

Parking rates are 50 cents per hour (for a maximum of three hours) and the kiosks are currently located at least one per block. Parking enforcement staff is informed in real-time which cars are paid up and which are in violation.

Kiosks offer the flexibility of pay-by-plate and dashboard slip options. Traditional coin meters are in use past Powell and Fern Aves and in the Borough Hall and Atlantic Ave lots, underneath the PATCO speedline, although the Borough replaced all old coin meter heads for more reliable electronic heads. Collingswood hopes to eventually make all parking payable at kiosk pay stations.

Maps and parking information here.

Book spine poetry could win you $100!

You don’t have to be a poet to enter this contest from the Collingswood Book Festival!  Instead, you just “find” a poem by stacking book titles to make a poem, free verse or interesting story.  Use books you have around your house or visit the library or bookstore and rearrange the titles until you find the best sequence.  It can be serious or amusing - the possibilities are unlimited!  Then document your poem by taking a photo. The contest is funded by The Retrospect newspaper.

Entries must be delivered to the Collingswood Library (771 Haddon Ave) or emailed to twdr112@yahoo.com by October 1. 

Include name, address, phone and email of the entrant.  Please indicate whether your actual stack of books would be available for a library exhibit during the month of October. Judging will take place at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 5.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 and five runners-up will receive Collingswood Book Festival T-shirts! Full contest rules at http://www.collingswoodbookfestival.com/

PrancerDance to gallop down Haddon Ave for charity

Giddy up! You’ve seen–  the You Tube exercise craze sweeping the nation. Now join in a prance through Collingswood to have fun and raise money for charity!

Inspired by the viral workout craze, people of all ages are invited to do a short “prance” from Perkins Center for the Arts on Irvin Street to The Pop Shop’s party room on Washington Ave on Monday, July 17 at 6 p.m.

The Pop Shop will award a $50 to the “best dressed” prancer. Frugal Resale at 720 Haddon will give a 15 percent discount on workout apparel or any items purchased for the Prance. Just mention “Prance” from July 1 to July 17. Workout gear should allow for "A springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse's gait and ideally induced by elation" as describe by Prancercise founder Joanna Rohrback.

A $5 suggested donation will benefit The Pop Shop’s Party Fund. The Fund donates birthday parties – including transportation, dinner and presents – to kids from Camden County who might not get the chance to enjoy a birthday celebration.

No pre-registration is needed. Just be ready to Prance at 6 p.m. Volunteers will collect donations with buckets during the event.

Collingswood adds parklet to downtown

Collingswood is getting a parklet!

Wait…what’s a parklet?

A parklet is an extension of public space that enlarges and enhances the streetscape and pedestrian experience. It adds amenities and green space for people using the street in urban areas.

“It’s essentially a mobile patio,” said Mayor Jim Maley. “We hear a lot of feedback about adding more gathering space to our downtown. Collingswood is a semi-urban area and this is a way that cities are adding to their districts.”

Collingswood’s parklet will make its debut during the June Cruise Night event on June 20, in front of Grooveground (647 Haddon Ave) with tables, chairs and greenery for guests to sit and take in the bustling downtown. The parklet will move to a different location about every month. In addition to being an amenity for residents and visitors, studies show that parklets are revenue boosters for businesses.

“It gives people another place to relax and enjoy our events. It’s like bringing a little park to Haddon Ave,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “It encourages people to enjoy our downtown longer and adds a new visual element to Collingswood.”

Parklets got their start in San Francisco as a way to offer more park space in urban areas. They can now be found in Philadelphia, New York, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Jose, Dallas, and Vancouver, British Columbia and other metropolises. The idea for Collingswood’s parklet was submitted as part of the Knight Park Art Contest which asked local artists to submit ideas to beautify town after winning funds in a national contest. Resident Jason Miller conceived the plans for a parklet on Haddon Ave and it was built by Miller and the Department of Public Works.

Miller, who works in urban planning said, “I had read up on the parklet trend and thought it would be a great for Collingswood. They’re popping up in cities but this seems like a parklet neighborhood. It creates some space that people could share to enjoy our downtown.

Want to know more about parklets? You can read about the debut of parkets in Philadelphia here.

Colls Summer Youth Theatre presents THE LITTLE MERMAID

Collingswood Summer Youth Theatre is pleased to announced their nineteenth season's show - THE LITTLE MERMAID.  The Little Mermaid leaves her undersea realm for a fifteenth birthday excursion to the surface.  She hopes to find the prince of her dreams, whose statue she has found.  Accompanied by her friends, they begin their quest.  But a jealous Sea-Witch conjures up a storm which sinks the ship carrying the prince.  The Little Mermaid dives into the waves to save him, and then is tricked into trading her voice to the Sea-Witch.  Can she get the prince to marry her instead of his intended?  The Little Mermaid's life depends on it!  This show is fun for the entire family!

Performances are July 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30pm and July 25 at 1pm.  All performances take place in the blissfully air-conditioned Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ  08108.  Tickets are $6 per person and are available at the door. 

Register now for boys & girls basketball day camp

June 24-27: The camp is designed for first through twelfth graders who are interested in learning the basic skills of basketball or refining advanced skills. Players will be divided into several age groups in order to focus on skill level and allow competition to be fair. All skill levels welcome.

Collingswood Day Camp will use a specific program designed to simultaneously encourage learning and improve play. Players learn the game, develop skills, employ standards of good sportsmanship, and most importantly have fun playing basketball!

Information on registration, coaches and schedule is in the brochure below.

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

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