Collingswood, New Jersey

New Library events for adults!

Whether you want to learn something new or hone your skills, these are just a few of the events the library is hosting for adults this summer.

Cooking Demonstration from Indiya: Flavors of India
Wednesday, May 28, from 6-7 p.m. in the Peter P. Childs Community Room
Chef Paul from Collingswood’s Indiya will be here to teach you how to turn your Farmer’s Market bounty into one of his acclaimed dishes.

Chronicling South Jersey’s History with Cheryl L. Baisden
Wednesday, June 11, 7-8 p.m. in the Peter P. Childs Community Room
Local author Cheryl L. Baisden will speak about her work documenting our local history in her books Camden, Delaware River Port Authority, and South Jersey Farming.

Preserving by the Pint with Marisa McClellan
Wednesday, July 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Peter P. Childs Community Room
Curious about canning? Want to learn how to preserve the contents of your Farmer’s Market haul or CSA share? Local cookbook author and blogger Marisa McClellan is going to show you how to make your summer produce last all year long with her small-batch canning technique.

For more info contact the Library at 856-858-0649 visit their page here.

Go to the Library… and check out a museum!

Collingswood Library members entitled to free family passes to local museums and institutions!

The Collingswood Public Library card now offers experiences for you and your family outside of the library—and even outside of Collingswood itself. Your library now offers one family pass for each of the following:

-Academy of Natural Sciences
-Garden State Discovery Museum
-Grounds for Sculpture
-Morris Arboretum
-Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Adult cardholders in good standing may check out one pass at a time, and each pass may be checked out for up to four days. For more information, or to find out which passes are available today, call the Library at (856)858-0649.

Spring Library events for teens

The Collingswood Public Library has many events for teens this spring, take a look below!

On Wednesday, April 30, the Collingswood Public Library will host a free showing of the Tim Burton movie “Beetlejuice” for teens in grades from 6-12. The movie takes viewers through a dark comedy filled with ghosts, bizarre characters and humor.  The event will take place in the library’s group meeting room from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Snacks will be provided. 

On Wednesday, May 7, the Collingswood Public Library will host the Teen Tabletop Gaming Club from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Teen Area on the library’s second floor.  Teens in grades from 7-12 can come play board, card and role-playing games. Teens can bring their own games or play some classics from the Teen Area’s collection such as Apples to Apples, King of Tokyo and Settlers of Catan. 

On Wednesday, May 14, the Collingswood Public Library will host the Teen Comic Book Club for teens in grades from 7-12.  Fans of comic books, graphic novels and Manga can discuss their favorite titles, recommend new books, watch anime/comic-related movies and work on their own projects.  The club will meet from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Teen Area on the library’s second floor. 

Water main break info - Grant Ave & Rte 130

Contractors working for the State of New Jersey hit a water main on Thursday, April 17. Homes in the In the vicinity of Grant Ave and Route 130 can expect low water pressure and some discoloration in their water temporarily but the water is safe.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Water Department at 856-854-2332856-854-2332 from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Drug Take Back Day, April 26

Collingswood Police Department hosts Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 26, the Collingswood Police Department will hold Medicine Collection Day, for Collingswood residents only, in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Pharmaceuticals Take-Back Day. 

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Police Department will accept prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams vials and pet medications.  The Police Department will not, however, accept illegal drugs, biohazardous material, needles, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc) and household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas, etc). 

Medicine Collection Day aims to keep pills out of the hands of drug abusers, protect local rivers and ponds and prevent the poisoning of children. Unused medicines should never pour or flush it down the drain.  Instead, individuals with unused prescription drugs should store them where children and teenagers cannot find or access them until Medicine Collection Day, the next safe-disposing opportunity or use a safe disposal technique. To safely dispose of persription drugs, deal pills or liquids in a separate container with items such as coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw them in household trash cans. Individuals can protect their personal information located on prescription drug bottles or containers by peeling off labels or crossing them out with a marker.

Currently, the Police Department only holds its Medicine Collection Day as one of the DEA’s once-a-year collection locations.  The Police Department does not currently operate a permanent prescription drug take-back program, but is investigating the possibility of one.  “We would like to,” said Collingswood Police Officer Kevin Carey, “but it’s a matter of having the resources. It’s a good thing to offer to our residents.”            

Studies show that a majority of prescription drug abusers take the drugs from home medicine cabinets or from family or friends.  Each day, approximately 2,500 teenagers use prescription drugs to “get high” for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. 

Water reclamation facilities cannot remove all medicines from the waste stream.  Drugs can end up going through plants and directly to local lakes and rivers. Various levels of antibiotics, anti-depressants, veterinary drugs, birth control hormones and other drugs exist in waterways across the U.S. 

For more information, visit

Five Colls restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life, April 24

Bam! Pow! Fight AIDS on April 24 as part of the 24th Annual Dining Out for Life on April 24

Anyone can be a superhero in the fight against HIV/AIDS – no cape or tights necessary, just an appetite. That’s the message in the latest commercial for Dining Out for Life, which returns to the Southern Jersey area on Thursday, April 24.

Over 150 restaurants and food trucks will again participate across the Delaware Valley -includng five in Collingswood- and each donate 33 percent of their sales for the day to local HIV/AIDS service organizations. The event raises nearly a quarter of a million dollars each year, which is essential in a region with four times as many people infected with HIV/AIDS than the national average.  In Collingswood, guests can dine at Bistro di Marino, The Tortilla Press, The Pop Shop, Villa Barone, Indeblue and Nunzio Ristorante Rustico to give back.

"The Tortilla Press has been an active participant and supporter of Dine Out for Life since the year we opened our doors,” said Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press. “It's been so satisfying to see the growth and the community support. And believe me, I'm proud that restaurants are leading the charge with this special day, doing what we do best, cooking, and showing, once again, that food is love and life."

The monies raised on April 24 in Philadelphia, Southern Jersey, and Delaware are invested through local non-profits to only fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV/AIDS services across the region. In addition to ActionAIDS, beneficiaries include AIDS Delaware, Camden Area Health Education Center, Family & Community Service of Delaware County, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

This year, this fund raising endeavor benefits Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC), an organization committed to improving the health of the medically underserved - the ethnic and culturally diverse, the aged, the poor, the very young, the unemployed, the homeless and the uninsured. Camden AHEC is the only organization in Southern New Jersey to operate a drop in center designed to provide resources and HIV education to young men of the gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community. Camden AHEC’s mobile van provides HIV counseling and testing services to over 1,000 individuals annually. Particular emphasis on providing HIV/AIDS prevention services and support to those individuals infected or affected by HIV/AID.

For more information about Dining Out for Life, visit

2014 Southern New Jersey Participating Restaurants:
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
The Pop Shop
Bistro di Marino *
The Tortilla Press
Villa Barone Ristorante Italiano
Tortilla Press Cantina
Tre Famiglia Ristorante*
Keg & Kitchen
Marlene Mangia Bene*
Casa Bella Trattoria
Barnsboro Inn
Westmont Diner *


*Make an additional donation of $25.00 or more on April 24, and you will receive a 20% off Tuesdays card with your thank you letter. This card entitles you to 20% off your table’s food bill on Tuesday evenings throughout the year.


DOT lane closure notice: Rte 30/130

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will be performing roadwork that closes lanes nightly along Route 130/30 starting at the end of April. Information about the project is in the DOT Impact Notice below:

New Jersey Department of Transportation
Division of Traffic Operations
Advance Traffic Impact Notice

Project:      Route 30/130 Collingswood/Pennsauken (Phase B)
Route/Direction/MP:    Route 30/ EB & WB / MP 3.4–4.1
Municipality/County:  City of Camden; Pennsauken Township & Collingswood Boro/Camden County

Nature of Work:   Project entering Stage 4.  Work in this stage to consist of total reconstruction of SB portion of Cooper River Bridge; re-decking of Haddon Road overpass; drainage and paving. 

Anticipated Traffic Impacts:  There will be nightly lane closures around the last week of April on Route 30/130 NB and SB for paving operations leading up to the traffic switch.

Description of New Traffic Pattern: Route 30/130 SB traffic will shift into center lanes at North Park Drive up to Hadden Road bridge.  Maintaining 2 SB lanes at all times.  NB traffic will remain in its same configuration during this stage.

Proposed Start Date of New Traffic Pattern: Friday May 2, 2014

PATCO parking lot expansion starting in April

From April to mid-November 2014 PATCO will be reconstructing the parking lots at the Collingswood station by demolishing the former Mohrfeld Oil building. Information on the project is below in a letter from PATCO to residents.

April 10, 2014
Dear PATCO Neighbor,

I’m writing to inform you about a planned PATCO capital improvement project. From early April until mid-November, PATCO will be reconstructing its Collingswood Station parking lots. When completed, the parking lot improvements will create at least 80 additional spaces for our customers.

Residents who live next to the PATCO parking lots can expect to see and hear heavy equipment between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Construction work is not expected to take place on weekends. Please note that our contractors are required to meet local environmental and safety regulations during all phases of this project.

PATCO parking lots will remain open during the project. While most of the station’s parking areas will remain open at all times, certain sections will be unavailable during different phases of the project. The first phase of the project will begin on April 14th, with demolition of a building on the former Mohrfeld Oil property, located behind 24 Lees Avenue. For approximately two weeks during the building demolition phase, certain areas of the adjoining lot will not be available for parking. After demolition and resurfacing, the Mohrfeld space will be transformed into an additional PATCO parking lot. Then construction will continue on adjacent PATCO lots. VMS signs will be in place to indicate which lots are closed. Signs hung in the station lobby and on the platform will also provide information.

Parking is usually available at Ferry Avenue, Haddonfield and Woodcrest PATCO stations. There are also metered, municipal parking spaces along Atlantic Avenue, west of the station.

Please feel free to contact me at 856-968-2250 if you have any questions.

Thank you.
Fran O’Brien
Corporate Communications & Community Relations, PATCO

Tiny Tot Storytime registration opens May 2

Tiny Tot Storytime (for children 18-35 months old)
Wednesday or Friday Programs Available 10am
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room, Collingswood Public Library

This program is limited to 14 children and includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime.  There will be no reservations taken before that time.

Registration begins May 2 for Friday May, 9, 16, 23 events. Please call Carol or Dot at 858-858-0649 to register.858-858-0649 Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Information on the Tiny Tot Summer Program coming soon!

Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue

Spring Storytime Schedules at the Libary

Collingswood Public Library Winter Storytime for 3, 4 & 5-Year Olds - Thursdays at 10am in the Peter P. Childs meeting room.

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 856-858-0649856-858-0649.

Dates & Themes
May 1: Dragon Tales
May 8: And the Cow Said Moo
May 15: A Pizza the Size of the Sun
May 22: Under the Sea
May 29: Out of Africa
June 5: Maestro Plays
June 12: All Aboard

Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Avenue

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