Collingswood, New Jersey

NJ Division of Consumer affairs provides “Fighting Fraud” workshop for seniors

Camden County Dept. of Health & Human Services and the NJ Division of Consumer affairs will host the Fighting Fraud Initiative Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Carol C. Norcross Senior Social Wellness Center (512 Lakeland Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012).

The workshop provides information about the latest scams targeting senior citizens and how to prevent fraud. From the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs page: “From the IRS phone scam, to lottery and sweepstakes scams, to the so-called grandparent scam, it appears that impostor frauds and other criminal scams are more active than ever – and are preying on potential victims in New Jersey through phone calls, emails, and other means. "Fighting Fraud" is the newest component of the Division of Consumer Affairs campaign to empower New Jerseyans with the information and tools they need to stop fraud before it affects them. The Division is bringing a new series of "Fighting Fraud" seminars to all 21 counties during 2015. As a springboard to discuss various types of fraud, the "Fighting Fraud" seminars include footage from a law enforcement surveillance camera that was hidden in the overseas "boiler room" of a multimillion-dollar lottery and telemarketing scam. "Fighting Fraud" audiences will see real law enforcement footage of these now-convicted fraudsters as they call potential victims, seeking to coerce them into sending money in order to claim their fictional "winnings" from a nonexistent "sweepstakes." Division of Consumer Affairs Acting Director Steve Lee participated in the prosecution of this scam during his prior role as a federal prosecutor. Director Lee leads the "Fighting Fraud" seminars and walks audiences through the various techniques used by these and other criminals when attempting to separate victims from their hard-earned money.:

MUST Preregister: Online HERE or call 856-374-5196 or email jamie.difrancesco@camdencounty.com and provide and leave your name, email, phone number and town in which you live. NOTE: Service providers are strongly encouraged to register their clients who are without internet access, etc.

Second Summer Swim Sale starts August 3

Pool passes half price for the rest of the season!

Collingswood will offer half price pool tags as part of August’s Summer Swim Sale. Starting on August 3, all pool tags for the remainder of the season will be half price for residents and non-residents, families, seniors and children. Tags can be purchased at Borough Hall, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at Roberts Pool until 4 p.m.

Day bands are not half price. Roberts Pool season ends on September 7.

Pool season ends Labor Day weekend. Call 856-854-0720 x110 for more information. Full details on Roberts Pool here.

Discount August pool tag rates:
Collingswood Family: $125
Non Collingswood Family: $250
Collingswood Adult: $37.50
Non Collingswood Adult: $75
Collingswood Senior Citizens: $25
Collingswood Child ages 0-3: No fee
Collingswood Child ages 3-20: $30
Non Collingswood Child: $60

Bakers needed for Collingswood’s Aug 8 Peach Pie Contest!

Grease your baking dishes for Jersey fresh peaches – do you have the blue ribbon recipe?

The annual Collingswood Farmers' Market PEACH PIE CONTEST is August 8! We need pie bakers. Win gift certificates and bragging rights. Dust off the pie pans and show off those skills! Nothing says Americana like a good old fashioned pie contest.

Bakers MUST pre-register to participate: http://www.collsfofm.org/peach-pie-contest/

Prizes are awarded in three categories: Best presentation, best classic peach pie, best “anything goes” peach pie. Full rules and details here.

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

 

Youth Theatre presents “Pocahontas”

The Collingswood Summer Youth Theater will be presenting the children’s musical “Pocahontas” on July 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on July 30 at 1 p.m.

The performances will be held at the Collingswood Middle School (414 Collings Ave) in the air conditioned auditorium. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door. For more information, contact Annemarie at 856-854-1514.

The 'Wordspinner' and the rhythmic beat of the tom-toms open and close this charming musical adventure for all age groups.  Pocahontas is the daughter of the mighty Algonquin Chief Powhatan.  The princess delights in playing with Raven, Wolf and Squirrel.  Pocahontas has also made friends with the English settlers of Jamestown, a community struggling with starvation and sickness. This enchanting musical is graced with a wonderful cast of characters: Little Running Rabbit, Brave Eagle, Aunt Morning Star, Forest Spirits, Mother Earth and, of course, the people of Jamestown.  Filled with Native American lore and beautiful music, this play is true to the original legend. Bring the whole family to enjoy the beautiful music and tale of Pocahontas on the stage this summer!


Colls Police host a Community Meeting

The Collingswood Police Department invites you to attend a Community Meeting on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at the Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue.

Please join the CPD to strengthen the Community/Police Relationship.     This is your opportunity to:  

* Meet with Chief Carey and staff  

* Assist with the Community Ribbon Project  

* Be a part of an open discussion about concerns about your neighborhood  

* Help plan Community Night Out (Tues., August 4)  

FD receives grant for equipment

The Collingswood Fire Department received federal grant funds to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Collingswood along with Camden and Pennsauken received $1,538,758 to buy the new gear. The new devices provide clean air in toxic life-threatening conditions and will replace the departments’ outdated equipment, which in some cases no longer meet official standards or function properly. $233,887.50 of the grant went to Collingswood.

The money is awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, to help communities meet their emergency response needs without placing an additional burden on their local budgets.
“We would have had to replace our SCBA bottles and upgrade our packs in the next 3 years as they were about to reach the end of their life span,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “We are saving $212,625 by receiving this grant. It’s terrific.”

This is not the first grant Collingswood FD has received. Impressively, the department has secured more than $1.7 million in grants since 2003 for equipment and staffing.

“It’s of the utmost importance that our first responders have appropriate and working gear,” said Commissioner Mike Hall. “It’s even better when we can secure these things at little to no cost to taxpayers with grants.”

Seven Collingswood businesses honored as “Best of the Best” by South Jersey Magazine!

Some old favorites and very new businesses were picked by the staff of South Jersey Magazine as the most outstanding merchants in their categories for the annual Best of the Best issue! See who writers and readers say are Collingswood standouts (and then check them out yourself!).

BEST LAMB TACOS
Oasis Mexican Grill, 498 Haddon Ave, www.oasismexicangrill.com
Meaty leg of lamb gets cooked slow until tender, then shredded and served in plates of three tacos, all on corn tortillas and topped with fresh lettuce, queso blanco, and just a bit of sour cream. They’re proof of what attention to detail and a respect for authentic Mexican technique can do.

BEST FROZEN YOGURT

Frusen Berri, 2 Powell Lane, www.frusenberri.com
Take your pick from a variety of fun and funky frozen yogurt flavors (cinnamon bun, anyone?) then dive into the selection of toppings, syrups, fresh fruit and candies. Grab a seat at one of their outdoor tables or chill out in their upscale lounge space inside, which includes couches, a television and plenty of tables and chairs. There’s even an espresso machine and coffee station for the grown up so you can make it through that sugar high with a bit of energy.

BEST BLOWOUT
Verde, 4 Powell Lane, www.verdesalon.com
We’ve yet to find a better way to treat ourselves than with a glamorous blowout, and when we’re looking to turn heads we go for Verde’s Express Blowout. You’ll leave with silky, sexy hair that you just need to show off – so be sure you have plans for a great night out.

SPINNING
Upcycle, 688 Haddon Ave, www.upcyclenj.com
This Collingswood spin spot is still young, but is already drawing crowds with their fun and unique class options. Of course there’s the classic 60-minute sessions, but you can mix things up with 45-minute “quickie” classes, or have some fun with monthly classes like their Bikes and Brunch, Gears and Beers and Candlelit Cycle class.  

READERS’ CHOICE
Best Italian Restaurant: Nunzio’s Ristorante Rustico
Seafood Restaurant:  L’Oceano
Cocktail Dresses: Marlene’s Dress Shoppe

Veterans' Appreciation Cruise Night

On July 16 Collingswood will host its monthly auto show - but they’ll be celebrating more than beautiful cars. The July event will focus on honoring veterans for the evening with a series of patriotic performances and surprises to thank those that have served.

Collingswood is partnering with Camden County for the special evening. Veterans will receive free registration for their vehicles. Camden County will provide American flags for participants and guests along with other veteran information and resources. The Collingswood Fire Department will display their impressive 20’ by 40’ American flag held by two ladder trucks at the corner of Haddon and Collings.

Rockabilly band Full Blown Cherry will be joined by Collingswood’s favorite girl trio, Hotsy Totsy (www.hotsytotsygals.com) to entertain crowds.  Full Blown Cherry will perform at the Zane School (756 Haddon Ave) and Hotsy Totsy will kick off the evening with the National Anthem and then do sets throughout Collingswood’s historic downtown along Haddon Avenue.

 

There will be all things red, white and blue on display at July’s Cruise Night. Flags, banners, balloons, dash plaques, trophies will all be patriotically themed. Trophies for the evening’s winning vehicles will be presented at 8:15 p.m. along with some special giveaways courtesy of Mothers Polishes, Meguiar’s, Eagle One, Duragloss and Fanelle’s Auto Repair and Towing.

 

Cruise Night is July 16. Collingswood’s Cruise Nights are the third Thursdays of every month from April to October. Registration for car and motorcycle owners participating in the show opens at the Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ  08108 beginning at 4:45pm and closes at 6:30pm. Cost is $5 per vehicle (veterans will be free in July). Cruise night is always free and open to the public. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Collingswood Cruise Night is celebrating its 10th season and is still going strong.  Cars and motorcycles line Haddon Avenue and folks stroll the Borough’s picturesque downtown shopping, dining and enjoying the sights and sounds of live music and cars from every era. Select restaurants and merchants will offer Cruise Night and veterans specials to crowds. 

Collingswood PD ticketing kids

The Collingswood Police Department has been instructed to write as many tickets possible to kids 12 and under this summer.

Kids caught wearing their helmets will be issued a ticket – for a free water ice!

The “Friendly Ticket” program will reward Collingswood children for wearing their helmets while riding their bikes, scooters, rollerblades, etc. this summer with free small water ice coupons redeemable at Cabana Water Ice. Cabana is providing the coupons at no charge in an effort to support the safety campaign.

“We're thrilled to reward safety,” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “Every year, thousands of injuries can be prevented by something as simple as strapping on a helmet. We want to make helmet use a really positive thing and we love to spend time with kids in our neighborhoods as well.”

Officers have been instructed to be on the lookout for helmeted children and issue as many tickets as possible starting when schools let out in June. “Offenders” can just bring their “tickets” to Cabana Water Ice at 552 Haddon Ave and redeem it for a small water ice. The Friendly Ticket program will continue through summer.

“A big thanks to Cabana for their support on this. It’s a true community program and a great way to make sure kids stay safe when the bikes are out all summer long,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley.

National Night Out and Public Safety Open House, Aug 4

Free event brings community and officials together for safety festival

Collingswood will participate in the “32nd Annual National Night Out” (NNO) program on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by hosting the 3rd Collingswood Community Night Out.

On August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. along West Collings Ave, Collingswood residents, families and guests from around the area can enjoy a festival that features community engagement, giveaways and crime prevention information and demonstrations as part of an effort to inform people and bring communities and their safety officials closer together. The festival begins at the corner of Haddon and West Collings Avenues in the center of town.

Collingswood Police, Fire Departments, Department of Public Works, community organizations and local vendors are pitching in as part of the national campaign which, according to the NNO website, aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. In addition to the traditional National Night Out theme, Collingswood’s Community Night Out event will highlight the importance of Community Policing and engagement with the community.

Guests can enjoy  a police car and fire truck expo, bicycle safety tips, water safety tips from Roberts Pool lifeguards (still waiting on confirmation), speed pitch machine, water ice, hot dogs, prizes, free NY Life child IDs, banking information, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local law enforcement.

“We’re looking forward to bringing the community together” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “The opportunity to informally connect with the residents of Collingswood is priceless and beneficial to all.  We are really excited to engage with everyone and highlight the importance of a community partnership.”

The event is staffed by volunteers from the Collingswood Police Department, Fire Department, DPW, civic groups, government officials and local businesses.

About Collingswood: 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 and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

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