The James Beard Foundation released its list of semifinalists for the food and restaurant awards, which for foodies is the Oscars of the restaurant world. The only New Jersey restaurant nominated for a national award was our very own Zeppoli of Collingswood, up for Best New Restaurant in America. Congrats!
Finalists in each category will be announced on March 19; winners will be announced at the annual ceremony on May 7. Good luck to Zeppoli!
Collingswood Municipal Court seeks volunteers for the Community Disputes Resolution Committee
Collingswood Community Disputes Resolution Committee (CDRC) utilizes volunteers, trained as mediators to settle disputes. The CDRC Program was created to achieve several goals; to early intervention in community and interpersonal tensions, remove the necessity of a court record for minor personal disputes and relieve congestion in the court.
This mediation program is an alternative to resolving disputes in Municipal Court. Trained mediators listen to all sides and help the parties to reconcile or settle disputes without court intervention. CDRC is solution oriented and dedicated to the principal that the settlement of a dispute rests with the disputants themselves.
For more detailed information about the program, go to www.Collingswood.com. Click on Local Government tab and click on the word “Court” (on the left hand side of the page).
Mediators must be 21 years of age or older, possess good communication skills, be objective and impartial, non- judgmental, tolerant, creative and be able to write settlement agreements. Initial mandatory training will be provided by the New Jersey Judicial System. The training is an intensive 18 hour course. If interested please contact Collingswood Municipal Court at 856-854-7535.
Collingswood High School graduate and author Matthew Quick will host the trailer debut of his new young adult book, BOY21, at an author night at the Collingswood High/Middle School Auditorium (424 Collings Ave) on March 5, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm.
The BOY21 book party will give fans an opportunity to meet and greet this nationally known local author. After the trailer, Matt will talk about BOY21 which is set to be released this March, and previous titles. Following the Q&A session, Matt will hold a book signing. Collingswood High School senior, Chris Michael, is the leading star of the BOY21 book trailer.
Quick’s first book, The Silver Linings Playbook, has been made into a Hollywood movie starring Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper which filmed in Philadelphia last year. Quick also wrote the young adult novel Sorta Like A Rock Star.
This event is free, no RSVP is required. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Collingswood’s 2nd Saturday goes green the Emerald Isle way on March 10 with the addition of Irish Dancing to the monthly arts event. A troupe from DeNogla Irish Dance School will be at All Fired Up (602 Haddon Ave, the corner of Haddon & Powell), at 5 p.m. The Irish dancers will also perform again at 5:30 p.m. at Zane School Clock (756 Haddon Ave, the corner of Haddon & Irvin). The dancers will perform a mix of traditional Irish step dances such as jig and reel and slip jigs in solo and group acts.
Denogla’s Irish Dance performances are part of 2nd Saturday -Collingswood’s monthly art and music event. Each month visitors can plan a night on the town to experience dozens of one night art exhibits tucked in retail shops, restaurants and unique spots on each block as well as the shopping and dining Collingswood is known for. As always, Second Saturdays are free. Just visit Collingswood, stroll and enjoy the culture - on us.
Learn more about visiting or participating in 2nd Saturday by going to the 2nd Saturday page and Facebook page.
Show your love and photo skills by entering shots of Collingwood in the “I Love Classic Towns” Photo Contest!
Professional and amateur photographers alike are invited to submit photos showcasing Collingswood, which was named a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia in 2008. Categories include photos of Collingswood representing our history, community, parks and recreation, people, main streets, residential and seasonal. Classic towns are “... communities that have preserved their history, their character, and their main street charm.” Learn more about our Classic Town designation here.
There’s no limit to submissions and the Classic Towns program is tallying the towns that are best represented! Let’s show off Collingswood and submit a plethora of shots that let everyone else know what a historic, lively and beautiful place Collingswood is.
All photos have the opportunity to be included as part of a traveling exhibition that will tour select Classic Towns. Plus, there's the chance that your photo will be used on Classic Town's website, in one of its publications, or in the publications of DVRPC. If that happens, you'll receive credit as photographer and you can tell your friends, families, and coworkers that you've been published.
The public will pick their favorite photos from each category starting April 15, and Classic Towns representatives will award prizes worth up to $1,500 later in the year! Show off Collingswood and win cash - what are you waiting for? Start shooting, shutterbugs! Learn more at the contest site here.
Congrats to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market! The New Jersey Agricultural Society awarded Betsey Cook and David Hodges of the Collingswood Farmers Market the Tony Russo Farmers Marketing Award, for excellence in promoting New Jersey’s agricultural products!
The Market is approaching its 12th season in 2012 which kicks off in May. Now into its second decade, the Market has become an established part of the social fabric of Collingswood. People come to walk, meet their neighbors, and socialize while they shop for their weekly produce and more. Related vendors and activities help make the Market a vibrant and fun destination every Saturday, May through Thanksgiving.
Collingswood's businesses are getting big mentions once again!
Sapori’s Franco Lombardo dishes on how he learned his chef skills in the old country and Zeppoli gets a big nod as one of the best Italian joints in the state in the February issue of New Jersey Monthly. Read the pieces in their entirety below.
Sapori: Just One Way to Skin a Rabbit
” Anna showed him how to bake anelletti—a shape Americans will liken to SpaghettiO’s—in the style of lasagna, with bechamel, ground meat, carrots, tomato sauce, prosciutto and mozzarella. Lombardo occasionally offers it at Sapori.”
Zeppoli: Pass the Pasta
“The tangy eggplant caponata would do any Sicilian nonna proud.”
Collingswood is in the final stretch of the Reader’s Digest contest to be named the best town in America and we’re throwing a party! To celebrate everyone’s support and make one final push for a prize, Collingswood will host a town-wide, come one, come all, vote extravaganza on February 28 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Collingswood Community Center.
Currently ranked as a top 20 town in the entire nation in the We Hear You America Contest, we’re calling on fans to keep voting for Collingswood until March 1. If Collingswood can stay in the top 18, we’ll win cash for town improvement projects. Bring a laptop or device, enjoy a free buffet and live music and cast votes with friends and neighbors! All are welcome and we hope to see you out for a true community event. This event is BYO – bring a bottle of wine or a six-pack and enjoy a night out with friends and neighbors. Dinner is covered for voters! If you can’t make the party, help us reach our goal of a top town by joining us online from your home or office all day long on February 28.
It will take everyone voting daily to see that we take a top spot. It’s easy to help cheer for Collingswood and we need folks to start today:
-Log on to www.ReadersDigest.com/America
-Enter your zip code (08108 for all of Collingwood)
-Register - only have to do this once
-Click the vote button - vote an UNLIMITED amount of times per day!
CAMtech Computers will provide a computer station for those that want to participate at the party but don’t have laptops, smartphones or tablets. Food for the Vote Party is being donated by DiBartolo’s Bakery, Raymond’s Pizza, Tortilla Press, Cafe Antonio, Villa Barone and Saladworks. Live jazz, courtesy of Jazz Bridge, will keep everyone’s toes tapping. The Jazz duo is pianist Jim Holton and bassist Mike Boone, who is Ben Vereen’s bassist and performed with the Buddy Rich Band. He is one of Philly’s premier jazz bassists. Please thank our sponsors by supporting them!
February 28 is also an official Vote Day. Although voting is needed daily, Vote Days are intended to be a day-long, town-wide push for voting to help Collingswood garner a mass of votes to leap ahead. This is the most crucial stretch of the contest and we have to rally as a town to stay ahead! Encourage neighbors, clubs and friends to help pitch in for the next few weeks of voting.
Mark your calendars for the February 28 Vote Party and continue to vote each day (starting today!) until March 1 at www.rd.com/america.
Start voting today to keep us in the top 18 until March 1 at www.rd.com/america.
VOTE TUESDAYS at Grooveground!
Voting for Collingswood in the Readers Digest We Hear You America contest is just more fun with friends, and our first Vote Party at Casona was such a success that we wanted to keep the energy going with a weekly occasion to meet with other Collingswood-minded folks and vote, vote, vote!
Grooveground will offer 50% off coffee, iced teas and sodas for voters all day on Vote Tuesdays and groups of four or more voters get a free sweet snack to share! Caffeine is just the thing we need to enter all those CAPCHA phrases so down a half-price cup and enjoy some time with friends while we push for a top 8 spot.
If we’re going to make it to #8 (or above!) we’ll need a good push in the next six weeks. Get some people together, folks on your block, friends, your organization, and keep the voting going Tuesday nights. It’s a great excuse to get out and help Collingswood win cash for civic prizes. Voters must bring their own laptops or devices to cast votes.
Are you part of a club or organization? Can you rally your PTA or group to hold a vote night? A few hours, a few folks, a few laptops and lots of coffee can mean a lot of votes in an afternoon or evening. Please, share this with as many people as you can: Neighbors, rec teams, family – help spread the word and get people voting.
The Borough is also planning two more evening vote events with food and fun – stay tuned for information on those parties!