Collingswood, New Jersey

Before the Bridge Music Festival moving inside this Weekend!

In light of the expected periods of rain on Saturday, the Before the Bridge Music Festival will be moving inside to "The Factory" at 13 Fern Avenue, only 5 blocks down Haddon Avenue in Downtown Collingswood. This is a beautiful space for live music and we are so grateful the ownership has made it available for the show to go on.

So get ready to enjoy a fun-filled day of great music, kids activities, vendors, food and drink minus the rain! Don't forget to bring a comfy chair if you wish.

See you There!!!

For more information on the event, visit www.beforethebridge.com or visit the festival facebook page.

Jr. Women's Fall Festival

The Collingswood Junior Women's Club will be hosting the annual Collingswood Fall Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from noon to 4pm (rain date of Saturday, October 26, 2012, from noon to 4pm), at the Pavilion in the Knight Park.

There will be participation from many of our local school PTAs and the event will include pumpkin-themed games and crafts, hayrides, hot dogs, pretzels, caramel apples, decorate your own cupcake, live music, etc.  The event itself is free, but the cost for the hayride is $3 per person (under 2 years old free), and various costs for each of the individual tables/booths put on by the PTAs. Questions?  Contact Jodi at jodie.farrow@yahoo.com or by phone at 609-760-7523.

Colls Marching Band Used Clothing Collection

Collections will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 8am to Noon at the Collingswood Farmers' Market and Saturday, September 28th at Collingswood High School, 424 Collings Avenue from 12 noon and run throughout the day until 9pm.

We are collecting *Wearable & Usable Clothing (men, women and children) * Shoes, Belts, Handbags * Linens * Stuffed Animals * Hard Toys.  Proceeds from this collection will benefit the Collingswood High School Marching Band. We will receive money for every pound we collect. Please put all items you are donating into tightly tied plastic bags.

Questions can be addressed to Peg Schnyer at pschnyer@gmail.com.

 

Temporary water stoppage at Heights of Collingswood today

Due to a water leak in the garage area of Heights of Collingswood water will be shut down in all buildings starting at 10am on Thursday, October 31. Repairs will take for 3 to 4 hours and full water service should be returned to residents before dinnertime on Thursday. The water issue is confined to Heights of Collingswood. With questions, residents can call Heights of Collingswood directly at 856-854-4112.

Commission Meeting, Tues Sept 3

The monthly Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3 at 7pm, due to the Labor Day holiday. You can also watch the meetings online! More information about that here. http://www.collingswood.com/government/meetings-and-forums

AVENUE Q RETURNS!

Collingswood Community Theatre is bringing back the wildly popular summer smash hit, AVENUE Q for a limited showing. Mark your calendars now! Performances are October 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30pm and October 6 at 3pm. Don't miss this amazingly funny show.

The revival will be taking place in the Scottish Rite Theatre, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door (cash or check only).  Groups of 10 or more can be purchased at a special price by calling Terry at 856-854-0720 x128. (NOTE: All group tickets must be purchased and picked up in advance - no group tickets at the door.) Returning audience members can bring their Avenue Q mugs back for another free beer or wine.

If you missed it the first time, or saw it and want to see it again, come out to one of the 4 shows in October. Once again, parents are warned that this is not a musical for children under 14 years of age. 

Six Colonial Alliance towns reviewing RFPs for police study

On Friday, six of the seven Colonial Alliance towns (Audubon, Haddonfield, Haddon Township, Mount Ephraim and Oaklyn) received three proposals to study the feasibility of shared police administration roles. Officials are reviewing proposals from Matrix Consulting Group, CGR and Ronin Security Solutions.

“We’re reviewing what’s been brought to the table,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “The aim is to have an informed dialogue about possibilities to save money in our departments and improve, or increase, patrols. As like minded towns, it makes sense to see if we can work together. State budgets and caps mean we have to examine shared service even at this level and we’re starting a conversation about what might work for our towns.”

Figures for the cost of the study range from $48,000 to $191,000 but the Alliance is looking into potential grants that may help defray the cost which would be split among the towns.

The Alliance is also working with the Camden County Police Chiefs Association and their own chiefs for feedback on the proposals. The Chiefs may also provide suggestions for efficiencies within departments to help offset costs.

“In the end, the goal is to reduce costs and build our forces in a way that works for the Alliance towns,” said Audubon Mayor John Ward. “If we opt to have a study done, we wouldn’t consider any suggestions that would diminish a town’s identity or reduce their public safety staff. Consolidating administrative positions means potential for freeing up budget to increase police staff, technology, equipment and make our forces even better.”

RFPs will be posted on Alliance towns’ official websites for public view. Copies can be found below.

Matrix Consulting Group
CGR
Ronin Security Solutions

Holy Trinity's pet blessing, Sept 28

On Saturday, September 28, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with an outdoor service and the blessing of pets. The church is located at Haddon and Fern Avenues in Collingswood (839 Haddon Ave).

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. All pets are welcome for the service and blessing. For the safety of all (including your pet) please make sure that all pets are properly restrained. Children are also invited to bring any cherished stuffed animals that might be in need of a blessing. 

Refreshments and treats for everyone will be served after the service, and an offering will be taken to benefit local animal shelters. The service and blessing of pets will be held in the church plaza, if weather permits. In the case of inclement weather, the service will be in the Great Hall (downstairs in the church).
 
For more information, please call the church office at 856-858-0491.

St. Francis of Assisi was born in Italy, in 1181, to a wealthy cloth-merchant. At the age of 25, Francis decided to give up his wealth and live a life of poverty in the service of the poor. He founded the Franciscan order in 1208. St. Francis has always been remembered most for his great love of the animals, whom he called  his “brothers and sisters.” 

Collingswood seniors invited to be VIPs at County Summer Concert Series

Camden County is offering the VIP treatment to Collingswood seniors - special front-row seating for the Opera in the Park starring Frank Tenaglia with special guests Jim Longacre and Dorothy Cardella on Thursday, August 15 at 8pm. The concert will be held at Cooper River Park, Jack Curtis Stadium, on North Park Drive in Pennsauken.

Prior to the performance, seniors, as preferred guests are invited to a special Camden County “Just for Seniors” VIP reception at the Camden County Boathouse located at 7050 North Park Drive in Pennsauken from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

As seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis, an RSVP for BOTH the preferred seating and the reception is required.  For RSVPs, additional information or questions, please contact Tom Castellano our Senior Citizen Outreach and Events Coordinator by calling (856) 858-2986 or by email tcastellano@camdencounty.com.

Peach pie contest this weekend!

Grease your baking dishes for Jersey fresh peaches

The annual Collingswood Farmers' Market PEACH PIE CONTEST is *this weekend!* We need pie bakers. Win gift certs and bragging rights. Dust off the pie pans and show off those skills, fans! Nothing says Americana like a good old fashioned pie contest. Join in!

::Bakers MUST pre-register. Contest details here::

Collingswood, well known for its restaurants, will also host a Just Peachy restaurant week on August 6, 7 & 8. 

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market is in its second decade providing produce and more to the Delaware Valley region and was named the best small market in America in an American Farmland Trust poll. The Market is weekly along Atlantic Ave (under the PATCO Speedline) between Irvin and Collings Avenues from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. www.collingswoodmarket.com

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