Collingswood, New Jersey

Arts Plus Gallery Raffles Artwork For Charity

Starting Black Friday, November 29 through December 15, Collingswood's
Arts Plus Gallery will be home of generously donated artwork from talented, local artists. Each piece (valued between $40 and $75) will be raffled off to benefit The Food Bank of South Jersey this holiday season.

Come out to the Arts Plus Gallery located at 704 Haddon Ave and purchase your chance to win one of these amazing pieces of art. Tickets are $3 each or 5 for $10, a steal for such wonderful artwork!

The charitable artists are all from the immediate area. Their incredible 
pieces of art are greatly appreciated and could be yours for a great cause! Drawing will be held December 15 and winners will be notified via email or phone.

Participating artists include Scott Phillips Photography, Birdqueen Designs' 
Gretchen Diehl, Wooljunkie's Bobbi Hewitt, Artsy Fartsy's Lisa Green, 
J&S Photography's Joe Perno & Scott Kern, Naturely Beautiful Photography's Linda Brennan, Tom Seely, Linda McAdam's Photography, Maria Christopher, Joan Nowak, Julie Eden, Barbara Hinchey, Kelly Cole Designs' Kelly Raymond, Evelyn Miraglia, Scribble Stix's Bruce Palese, A Diamond on the Ruff's Kim Cifone and Colleen Dietrich. 

For more information call (856) 854-5500 or to view the artwork being raffled, along with other pieces available by the individual artists go here. 

Standard and Poor’s gives Collingswood highest rating in Borough’s credit history

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services assigned a AA- rating to Collingswood noting, “The outlook is stable.” Organizations in the ‘AA’ category have a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.” S&P’s rating is the highest rating the Borough has ever received in its credit history.

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S&P’s report mentioned Collingswood’s financial strengths which include:

-Adequate economy, which benefits from participation in the broad and diverse economy of the region;

-Adequate budgetary flexibility, with 2012 audited current fund reserves at 5.9% of current fund expenditures;

-Strong budgetary performance, which takes into account a revenue stream S&P considers stable;

-Very strong liquidity providing very strong cash levels to cover both debt service and expenditures;

-Strong management with good financial policies; and

-Very weak debt and contingent liability profile.

S&P’s outlook for the Borough took into account “…the borough’s good management policies and practices, which we believe add stability to the rating,” said S&P’s report. S&P does not expect to revise the rating in the next two years.

“We met with Standard and Poor’s and it was a very enlightening meeting. They left impressed by how we’ve managed projects historically, our current financial picture and our plans to manage finances for the future,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “The things we’ve done over the past 15 years are strategic moves that have greatly improved town and invested back in our community. They saw the work we’ve done as innovative and, more importantly, stable and very beneficial to the Borough.”

“Standard & Poor’s process is objective and transparent when compared with other ratings agencies. Anyone can download their App from the App Store and plug the numbers in to see where a town stands. It is a refreshingly open process and the results are clear,” added the Mayor.

The Borough released a Youtube video to announce the “super-upgrade” to residents. That video can be viewed on Collingswood’s Youtube channel by Friday evening here:

Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust.

Holiday Parade Marshals Needed

Be a Part of the Holiday Parade Tradition-Volunteer! The Collingswood Holiday Parade committee is looking for volunteer marshals for the parade on Saturday, November 30th from 8:30am-10:30am. Experience all the cheer first hand by being a part of the celebration! You will be walking along with parade floats and groups, helping to move it along down Haddon Avenue.

If you can spare some time, please contact Pat Ciervo at Main Street Realty at 609-868-2185.

Collingswood achieves Sustainable Jersey certification

Collingswood, known as one of the greenest towns in the region, has hit another landmark. The Borough met the rigorous requirements to achieve a bronze level Sustainable Jersey certification.  Collingswood is one of 117 towns out of 399 registered municipalities that have attained bronze certification with Sustainable Jersey. Collingswood was honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon this November with Collingswood Mayor James Maley accepting the award.

“Being green is something we always strive for,” said Maley. “We don’t do it for awards – we do it because it is responsible and our residents expect this kind of stewardship. It was nice to work with the Sustainable Jersey organization to take all those things we’ve done and get this acknowledgement. We’re seeing how we can make it to the next level.”

”This is an affirmation of the work we’ve been doing as a community and as a government over the past 15 years,” said Collingswood Commissioner Joan Leonard. “Being green is a priority here. It’s wonderful that we’ve done so much but there’s always more to do.”

To become Sustainable Jersey certified, Collingswood submitted documentation to show it had completed a balance of the required sustainability actions, meeting a minimum of 150 action points to be certified at the bronze level.  In addition to reaching 150 points, each community had to create a Green Team and select at least 2 out of 7 priority action options. Collingswood did two of seven priority actions by conducting an energy audit for municipal buildings and establishing a sustainable land use pledge.

“Becoming Sustainable Jersey certified is a significant achievement,” said Pam Mount, chair of the Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees. “Certified towns demonstrate tremendous leadership and are a testament to how much we can accomplish with impressive sustainability initiatives in New Jersey.”

Certified municipalities excel in areas such as improving energy efficiency and health and wellness, reducing waste, sustaining local economies, protecting natural resources and addressing diversity and equity.  “Collectively the 399 participating Sustainable Jersey towns are a powerful force in New Jersey,” said Donna Drewes co-director of the Sustainable Jersey program. 

Collingswood is a historic NJ town 10 minutes outside Philadelphia. Known for its eclectic downtown and BYO restaurant scene it has taken home national recognition including being named a Top 10 Transformed Neighborhood by Forbes, the Best Place to Go Car Free by Men’s Journal magazine, a Classic Town of Greater Philadelphia by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission , a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association and is home to the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, voted best in America by the American Farmland Trust.

The Borough‘s leadership in environmental initiatives makes it  one of the greenest places in the Delaware Valley. Programs in Collingswood that encourage sustainability include the town’s bike share program, subsidized composter and rainbarrel programs, community garden, the only town that provides car sharing (via Zipcar) in Southern New Jersey and recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey.  Launched in 2009, Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity. Sustainable Jersey is empowering New Jersey towns to build a better world for future generations.  It provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs.  New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training.  Sustainable Jersey is 100 percent voluntary and each Collingswood can choose whether it wants to get certified and the actions it wants to do in order to achieve enough points to get certified. 

Sustainable Jersey’s partners include the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU).  Program sponsors include the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, BPU, PSEG, New Jersey Natural Gas, Church and Dwight, Covanta Energy, Bay Shore Recycling, EcoMatters, New Jersey American Water, Real Goods Solar, South Jersey Gas, Terhune Orchards, Waste Management of New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric, Citizens Campaign, Concord Engineering and the New Jersey Food Council.


Third annual Fire Dept Toy Drive

The Collingswood Fire Department is asking for your help in providing a magical Christmas to some of our neighbors! The Fire Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to families in need this Christmas Season. 

The toys may be dropped off at the firehouse at 20 W. Collings Ave until December 15. The drive is in search of toys for children between the ages of 1-15, wrapping paper, tape and gift tags. 

Families in need or anyone with questions can contact Firefighter Ted Aurig at or by calling the firehouse (856) 854-7447 x366. 

SAT strategy classes for CHS juniors

Are you ready to take the SATs?

Don't walk into the SATs unprepared. SAT strategy classes will be offered to Collingswood juniors starting in January 2014 in preparation for the March 2014 administration of the SAT. The classes will be held over an eight week period on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at Collingswood Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave). The class is free to Collingswood students; a book charge of $25 will be collected at registration.

Registration and Informational Meeting – December 7, 2013
Parents of students who wish to enroll in the CSAT course are encouraged to attend a registration session at Collingswood Borough Hall on December 7, 2013 at 10 am. Students are welcome to attend.

The deadline for registering for the January, 2014 CSAT class is December 20, 2013. 

With questions, contact John Kilgannon at

About CSAT
CSAT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that is funded by members of the Collingswood community.  CSAT was created by Collingswood parents to enhance the educational opportunities for Collingswood high school students.   CSAT's mission is to assist Collingswood students in their college application process by providing them with the support necessary to excel on their college entrance exams. The classes are taught by experienced and motivated professionals who have expertise in SAT test taking strategy and preparation.

COLLINGSWOOD SAT PREP, INC. “From Collingswood to College”

Holiday Toy Magic Project seeks donations

Want to make some magic? Help turn gently used toys, books, bikes and other fun stuff for kids and teens into holiday gifts for the annual HOliday Toy Magic Drive. Donate items, join a caravan to transport the goodies (especially if you have a mini-van or SUV, we need you!) or help by just spreading the word.
Donations of gently used, nice condition toys and books will gladly be accepted at Dustless Hardwood Floors, 487 Haddon Ave, Ste A, Collingswood. Inside drop off hours are 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, or drop off any time on the covered porch. Items are brought inside several times a day. 
Donations accepted from Friday, November 22, 2013 to Friday, January 3, 2014. To get involved, contact Susan at 856-854-3882 or Donna at 

Gifts are distributed by New Visions Homeless Day Shelter in Camden, which last year serviced more than 500 families in Camden County.

Parade of Lights - Dec 13

Parade of Lights, Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
Continuing in tradition, fire trucks and floats strung in glittering lights will drive from Zane Ave. to Homestead Ave. (at the Collingswood post office, 970 Haddon Ave) for the Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30. Collingswood’s Fire Department and civic organizations will come decorated and ready to represent their groups. Trucks will compete for top honors and prizes. Santa will follow on the last truck to greet children and spectators and send season’s greetings. Organizations that would like to be involved can call the Collingswood Fire Department at 856-854-1043. 

Read about all the wonderful holiday events in Collingswood here!

'Ugly sweater' photo sessions benefit charity

Ugly in Collingswood: Tacky photo sessions benefit local charity

It’s back there. Way back in the shadows of your closet. It might have a blinking reindeer or a family of off-kilter snowmen. It’s so bad it’s good. 

It’s the ugly Christmas sweater. And you can wear it with pride, say cheese and make some money for charity this December in Collingswood.

In the spirit of “Awkward Family Photos,” Collingswood photographer Kathleen Roseboro will host “Ugly Christmas Sweater" portrait sessions. For just $30 families, pets, couples, siblings, kids -anyone!- can sit for a 15 minute session on Sunday, December 1. Participants receive two high-res digital images for unlimited use and 100 percent of proceeds go to Collingswood Cares for its Children in Crisis. 

‘Cares’ collects money for Borough families with children who are chronically or terminally ill. The charity is run by Collingswood Mayor James Maley and his wife, Mary Kay. Even the Mayor will be pulling out the old ugly sweater to raise funds for families.

Of course, extreme cheesiness is not only encouraged but almost a requirement.

“I’m bringing the ugly,” said Maley. “It’s for a cause close to me and Collingswood so you have to go all out, right?”

Frugal Resale in Collingswood is also teaming up with organizers for the event. The Collingswood boutique will offer ugly sweater rentals and some ‘loaner’ sweaters for the charity portraits.

“Spots are filling up fast,” said Roseboro. “People are really enthusiastic about looking so corny. They’re going all out. It’ll be funny to see everyone’s poses and sweaters but at the end of the day it’ll be wonderful to give back.”

Roseboro’s studio is located in The Factory, Collingwood’s makerspace at 13 Fern Avenue. Sessions are expected to go extremely fast. Email Kathleen Roseboro Photography at to book a session.

“We can’t wait to see the Christmas cards coming out of Collingswood this year,” said Maley.

Collingswood U speaker series gives residents a platform

Human Trafficking. A food co-op. Fracking. Just a handful of topics that Collingswood residents are passionate about. A new Borough program will give citizens a chance to reach out to their neighbors to spread the word about the causes close to their heart.

The Collingswood U speaker series is the brainchild of Mayor James Maley who is often approached by citizens that want to make change or inform their community about issues important to them.

“So many residents reach out to me wishing more people knew about these things,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We figured the best way to help them was to give them a louder voice. Whatever you’re fighting for, we wanted to give people the opportunity to tell others.”

The programs provide groups and speakers with time and space at the Collingswood Community Center and help speakers promote their event. The series begins on December 2 with a presentation on Human Trafficking by Kelly Master of Dining for Dignity. Master founded Dining for Dignity (DfD) in 2011 with a passion to elevate awareness in her community about human trafficking. DfD is a non-profit that exposes the reality of sex trafficking.  

Collingswood U events are first Monday evenings at 6:30pm at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). Details, bios and updates on all speakers and topics available soon at  Residents that have a topic they would like to present at a Collingswood U event can submit their information for consideration by the Borough by emailing Cass Duffey at

2013-2014 Collingswood U schedule:
December 2: Human Trafficking, Kelly Master, Dining for Dignity
February 4: Prescription Drug Abuse, Kate Woods, ExcelleRx, Inc.
April 7: Fracking, Cooper River Group of Food & Water Watch NJ
June 3: TBA

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