Collingswood, New Jersey

Work in Harmony Café hosts “Our Wishes Over Dishes”

Program partners with Nunzio Ristorante Rustico and The Tortilla Press to help families address end-of-life issues

Our Wishes Over Dishes is part of a national movement to bring families together to have a conversation on what family members wishes would be at the end of their lives. Do you or your older loved ones have an advanced directive? Have you made out a will? Do you want to be buried or cremated? These are very difficult questions to answer, but so very necessary in planning for later years.

Work in Harmony (810 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood) is offering the use of their conference room free of charge one night a week from 6 to 8 p.m. for families who want to hold this important meeting with their loved ones  in a quiet, neutral environment. Planning assistance and resources will be available.

Collingswood restaurants Nunzio’s and Tortilla Press are providing limited menus  for families to order from and have delivered to enjoy a meal surrounded by loved ones while having one of the most difficult and important conversations a family can have.

Work in Harmony Café owner Michelle Polidoro is a registered nurse. The idea to host Our Wishes Over Dishes came from years of seeing patients struggle to make end-of-life decisions for sick loved ones. It became a personal matter for her when a family member got sick.

“My family faced this decision last January when my Pop passed away. We made the decision to give him morphine at the end, and for a long time afterwards my mom felt guilty for doing so,” said Polidoro. “It is important that people know what their loved ones would want if faced with this same decision or other decisions that need to be made.”

Polidoro was familiar with “Death over Dinner”, a similar national program which aims to make the conversation regarding care in final days more empowering when supported by loved ones. She decided her co-working café gave families an ideal space to plan for end-of-life and enjoy a meal together. She is offering her space for free to families that want to share their wishes.

Did you know (According to Death over Dinner statistics):
-How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation that America isn’t having.
-Nearly 75% of Americans want to die at home, yet only 25% of them do.
-60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important”; 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes.
-Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain.
-The vast majority of bankruptcies are due to end of life expenses.

Work in Harmony aims to offer families a comfortable place to start a dialogue. “Let’s make our community strong by participating in this movement to increase awareness of end-of-life choices and decrease the burden on families and society,” said Polidoro.

To reserve space or get more info, contact Michelle Polidoro at michelle@workinharmonycafe.com or call 856-869-9600.

Band Boosters Basket Raffle 2015

Band Boosters Basket Raffle 2015

Add a boost to your evening at the CHS Band Boosters 9th Annual Basket Raffle on Saturday, March 14 at the Collingswood Senior High School (424 Collings Ave) from 6 to 10 p.m. Entry fee is $5 and includes light refreshments. The event will feature regular, premium and super baskets as well as door prizes!

Raffle tickets prices on the night of the event:
-$5 for 1 sheet of 25 tickets

-$10 for 3 sheets of 25 tickets

Presale tickets will be available February 1-28 at five sheets for $15. Remember presale ticket and entry fees must be paid no later than March 1. To order presale tickets contact Laurie Webber at collsbandboosters@yahoo.com or 856-534-6123.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for presale ticket purchasers and presale tickets will be provided upon entry.

You can win big, Come boost your luck!

Collingswood Rotary Art Auction

A night of food, cocktails and art: The Rotary’s Art Exhibition & Auction 2015

The Collingswood Rotary will hold its second annual Gala Art Exhibition & Auction on Saturday, February 21 at The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (839 Haddon Ave.). Doors open at 6 p.m. to preview the event, auction begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door.

The exhibition will feature music and sports memorabilia, door prizes, raffles and exceptional artwork from various time periods. It’s a great art buying opportunity that will include reproduction paintings by Picasso, Rothenberg, Fazzino, Holston as well as other well-known and local artists.

Admission also includes hors d’ oeuvres and desserts from local restaurants and bakeries, pasta and entree samplings from Collingswood's Table 8 Bistro, wine, beer and additional refreshments.

"Guests can look forward to great food, great conversation and a tremendous selection of art, music and sports memorabilia,” said Collingswood Rotary President Michael Trainor. The Collingswood community and art lovers in the region are encouraged to stop by for a night of food, cocktails and art.

Proceeds benefit Rotary scholarships for Collingswood High School students, Collingswood Little League, Thanksgiving food baskets and other Rotary fundraisers and projects. For more information contact Michael Trainor at 609-313-4910 or email savingsandfunreading@gmail.com

Rotary International is an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. To learn more about being a member of the Collingswood Rotary Club contact President Michael Trainor or visit their Facebook page here. Collingswood Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave).

 

80s Valentine Party to benefit Colls Odyssey of the Mind

Dudes and dudettes, there's a totally awesome eighties themed fundraiser happening for Collingswood Recreation Program's Odyssey of the Mind. Party like it's 1989 on Friday, February 13 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. at the Collingswood Community Center Ballroom (28 W Collings Ave, next to the firehouse).

Tickets are $20 per person. Ticket price includes your first drink and a night of dirty dancing to your favorite eighties music, epic nacho bar, gnarley video games and a cash bar. 80s dress is optional - door prizes for the most bodacious outfits and hair.

The all-volunteer Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) program, now in its third year, has grown by leaps and bounds. This year, the club has seven teams heading to the regional OotM competition, and involves more than 50 kids with more than 20 adults volunteering as coaches, officials, workshop instructors, and team parents. Proceeds from the party will help the booster club enhance and expand the program while keeping registration fees and other costs low.  The proceeds will also help to defray some of the costs of sending teams to the 2015 World Finals at Michigan State University should the club advance that far.

The most excellent party will feature:
- A DJ spinning your favorite 80s hits (Dancing With Yourself and/or On the Ceiling is strongly encouraged)
- 80s video games like Atari, Pong, and Sega  (Two Words: Missile Command)
-  Carnation station where you can relive your 1986 prom dreams/nightmares
-  Prizes for the best 80s outfits (Mullets, Rat Tails, or Big Hair recommended)
- Totally Epic Nacho Bar
- Gnarly 80s Snacks and Treats Bar
- 1 drink is included with each ticket and there will be be a cash bar

Purchase tickets online at www.collingswood-om.ticketleap.com/. Event is 21 and over only. With questions, contact joshuagormancook@gmail.com.

Water main break - Maple Ave & E. Wayne Terr

FEBRUARY 16: The Collingswood Water Department is reporting a water main break at Maple Avenue and E. Wayne Terrace. The 100 block of E. Wayne will experience supply issues for most of Feb 16 while the Water Department repairs the break.

Due to the extreme cold other service breaks may occur. The Borough will keep residents posted regarding breaks and updates. With questions regarding your water service, please call Water Department at 856-854-2332.

Knight Park Playground commemorative pickets now for sale

Personalized picket makes wonderful tribute & gift

UPDATE! Deadline for pickets extended to March 31, 2015

As part of the successful volunteer-driven effort to build a safe, accessible playground structure in Collingswood’s Knight Park, a commemorative fence was added around the toddler area in the center of the new playground. To contribute to the effort, many families and supporters purchased personalized pickets to show their support for the park.

The Borough is taking orders for the remaining spaces on the memorial fence. Personalized fence pickets are $30 each or two for $50. Consider honoring your family or surprising a loved one. Pickets can be engraved with an individual, family, company, corporate or civic name. Knight Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

“If you bring your children or grandchildren to Knight Park it’s a great way to be a permanent part of the playground and show your support for an important place in our community,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “The Knight Park Playground Committee worked incredibly hard to bring this structure to life and we’d love to see the fence filled with names of families and organizations that cherish this space.”

Pickets are a wonderful gift idea! Deadline for orders is Feb 28, 2015 (or until enough orders are received to complete the fence). Pickets will be installed in spring 2015. Visit Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave) or click here for an order form.

NOTICE: Ice skating at Knight Park

Please be advised: Skating at Knight Park is only allowed when green flags are visible at the ponds.

Unless there is a green flag on the pole at the ponds in Knight Park, ice skating is prohibited. Visitors are welcome to skate when conditions permit, which is indicated by the green flag at the pond. Otherwise, visitors are not permitted to skate or otherwise traverse the ice on the ponds.  

Library hosting LEGO clubs - register now

The Collingswood Public Library is starting two Lego clubs!

Lego Junior is for 5 to 7 year olds and will meet the second Wednesday and Thursday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. (Jan. 14, Feb. 11 & 12, March 11 & 12, April 8 & 9, May 13 & 14, and June 10 & 11).

Lego Club is for children 8 to 12 years old and will take place the third Wednesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. (Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 15, May 20, and June 17) The older kids will face challenges each month such as building a plane, making a maze, etc.

The Library will provide the Legos. The Library is accepting Lego donations as well. For more information or to register, parents can call Carol or Dot at the Library, Monday through Friday from 9:30a.m. to 5 p.m. at 856-858-0649.

Winter Storytimes for 3, 4, 5 year olds at the Library

Collingswood Public Library
Winter Storytime for 3, 4 & 5-Year Olds
Thursdays at 10am

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 must register for this session by calling Carol or Dot at 858.0649. Please note that if the public schools are cancelled due to snow there will be no storytime.

Dates and themes
Jan 8 - Winter’s Here
Jan 15 - Button Up
Jan 22 - Mitten Weather
Jan 29 - Shadows
Feb 5 - What Pet to Get
Feb 12 - Be My Valentine
Feb 19 - Crazy Mixed Up Colors
Feb 26 - Many Colored Days of Dr. Seuss
Mar 5 - Give a Dog a Bone
Mar 12 - Hair Raising
Mar 19 - The Sky’s the Limit
Mar 26 - Singing in the Rain 

Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ  08108
856.858.0649

Winter Tiny Tot Storytimes at the Library

Tiny Tot Storytime (for children 18-35 months old)
Fridays at 10am
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room 

This program includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Please call Carol or Dot at 856-858-0649 to register.

Winter Storytime Dates:
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20, and 27. 

Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
856.858.0649

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