Collingswood, New Jersey

(P)open for business on Sept 26 & 27!

Traffic will be impacted during the Pope’s visit on Sept 26 & 27 - Borough officials and businesses encourage residents to stay local.

Significant closures, delays and traffic issues surround the Pope’s visit and the World Meeting of Families on September 26 and 27. There will be considerable overflow to Camden County and towns surrounding Philadelphia, including Collingswood. It is anticipated that many guests will walk to Philadelphia, meaning increased traffic and parking in neighborhoods. Due to the anticipated large crowd, several regional roadways will be impacted:
-Rte. 130 at the Airport Circle in Pennsauken is a major check point allowing traffic into Camden
-Rte. 70 & Rte. 38 will both be reduced to one lane through Cherry Hill to allow for emergency vehicle access/response
-Rte. 676 in Camden will be closed at Morgan Blvd
-Rte. 30 (Admiral Wilson Blvd) will be shut to traffic trying to enter Camden

As a result, Borough officials are anticipating increased traffic on the following roads: Ferry Avenue, Rte. 130, Rte. 30, West Collings Avenue, Haddon Avenue, Cuthbert Blvd., Park Avenue, S. Park Drive.

Regionally, the NJ DOT is expecting higher than normal traffic on 295, 676, NJ Turnpike, AC Expressway, 42, 55 and possibly any other road that accesses the Philadelphia/Camden area.

“There is simply not enough parking close enough to the Ben Franklin Bridge to allow cars to park and walk over, therefore the plan is to turn a good majority of vehicles around and send them back to where they came from.  Therefore, traffic on the above roadways should be significantly impacted in both directions,” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey.

Locally, all recreation programs and school activities in Collingswood that weekend will take place as scheduled.

Borough officials are encouraging residents to stay home. “Consider this a snow day and stay off the roads if possible,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “Getting in your car to go anywhere could be difficult, so if you don’t have to, don’t.”

As a result, Collingswood is promoting a “staycation” weekend to bolster local businesses impacted by the visit and to offer residents specials at businesses within foot distance.

“The idea of Collingswood’s Papal Staycation is to have locals consider staying in town that weekend and supporting the businesses and services in their backyard,” said Collingswood’s Director of Community Development Cass Duffey. “Enjoy what we have to offer; paint some pottery, go out to dinner, explore the arts, check out new business. It’ll be a zoo out there, enjoy our hamlet.”

The Farmers’ Market
will be open on September 26, although some regular vendors may opt out. We have gotten word that a “special guest” will be at the Market for photos. Stop by to see who!

Other specials include 10 percent off your meal at L’Oceano on Sept 26 and 27 (reservations suggested).

Purchase four bars of soap and get one of equal or lesser value free at Chamomile Cottage (Free soap does not qualify for buy nine get one free. Offer expires on September 28, 2015.).

At Yogawood, all classes are on, all weekend. Bring the little ones for a local night out! Family Yoga on Saturday September 26 from 6  to 7 p.m. is just $15 for the whole family. Pre-register at Yaogawood.com.

Upcycle is hosting a (P)open House, opening up the cycling studio to anyone and everyone! On Saturday September 26 they’ll have free 30 minute rides throughout the day. Every guest who comes to a class will have the chance to win one month of unlimited classes. On Sunday, the doors will be open from 8 a.m. to noon so guests can “come in, check out the studio, ride solo or just hang out.”

Gourmet Popcorn Creations is carrying Papal themed flavors like Sweet Baby Jesus (made with chocolate peanut butter porter and peanuts) and Pope Corn, a secret recipe that’s sweet and salty.

If you can, keep your car parked! Bicycle parking is available on Haddon Avenue directly in front of many shops and restaurants and bicycle racks can be found at the library, Borough Hall and at the Community Center.

More Papal Staycation specials and events will be announced at Collingswood.com.

Pool hours change August 15

The pool will close an hour early for the remainder of the season:

Pool hours starting August 15:
Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sundays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.                      

End of season schedule: The pool will remain open daily until August 31 and be closed September 1 through 4. It will reopen for a final season weekend for Labor Day, September 5 through 7.

Thanks for a great summer, everyone!

Public Safety Night Raffle Winners Announced

Congratulations to our winners:

Andrea Ketschek - Philadelphia Phillies Cap and Autographed Ball
Kerrie Dingler - Philadelphia Eagles Autographed Photo
Janet Jermyn - Philadelphia Flyers Autographed Puck
Mike Poacelli - Camden Riversharks Family 4 pack of tickets
Paul Diefenbach - 2 passes to the Adventure Aquarium
Carol Scheuren - $25 gift card to All Fired Up
Max Roseboro - 2 tickets to a concert at the Scottish Rite

Prizes can be picked up at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue, Monday through Friday between 9am and 4:30pm.

 

 

Fall story times at the Library

Take the kids out to story time at the Collingswood Public Library! There are weekday events for tots and little ones. Fall 2015 events below!

Collingswood Public Library
Fall 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 Mondays through Fridays from 9:30am to 5pm to register.

Fall dates:
September 11, 18, 25
October 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20

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Collingswood Public Library
2015 Fall Storytime
For 3, 4 & 5 year olds
Thursdays at 10am
Peter P. Childs Meeting Room

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. Those new to the program should register by calling Carol or Dot at the Library Monday through Fridays, 9:30am to 5pm.

Dates and Themes
September 10 - Have You Seen My Dragon?
September 17 - Whose Shoes?
September 24 - Autumn Leaves
October 8 - Celebrating James Marshall
October 15 - It’s About Time
October 22 - Shhhhh!
October 29 - Halloween Fun (Come in costume to our annual Halloween party!)
November 12 - Time to Sleep
November 19 - Be Thankful 

For more information contact the Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108
856-858-0649

 

 

Local Restaurants celebrate NJ Peaches, August 4 & 5

“We really lived up to our reputation as the Garden State with this one,” said Chef Mark Smith of The Tortilla Press in Collingswood and Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville. Chef Jim Malaby of Mullica Hill’s blueplate, agrees, “I have guests calling me as early as June for this dinner.”

Both chefs are referring to Just Peachy, the August tribute to Jersey peaches, now so popular that a half a dozen other restaurants have signed on to join the peach madness that August brings.  This August they will be joined by The Pop Shop, Nunzio’s Ristorante and Braddock’s Tavern.

With over 90 peach orchards spread throughout the state, New Jersey produces almost 66 million peaches for export, making it the 4th largest producer of peaches in the nation.  “Not bad for such a small state,” explains Malaby. “Which is why we’re celebrating the incredible diversity of this beautiful fruit, showcasing it in every possible way, from the usual desserts, right through to soups, salads and entrees.”

This year restaurants will kick off NJ with a wide array of tasty peach dishes, from appetizers through desserts.  “Peaches are so versatile,” explains Smith, “It’s a shame to relegate them just to dessert. And the season is so sort that we all enjoy spreading it out in as many ways as possible.”

Some restaurants are featuring full menus spotlighting peaches in every course, others will offer peaches in specific dishes.  Some are offering a peach touch to their liquor menus (peach martinis and peach bellinis.  And BYO restaurants are getting into the spirit.   “We’re also doing peach sangria” says Chef Smith whose restaurant features Sharrott Winery’s Just Peachy Sangria.

The Collingswood Farmers' Market also hosts a Peach Pie Contest, August 8! Details here.

Participating Restaurants:

Braddocks Tavern - Medford
Otts Tavern - Medford
Blueplate - Mullica Hill
The Tortilla Press - Collingswood
Tortilla Press Cantina - Merchantville
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico - Collingswood
The Pop Shop - Collingswood

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)  

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