Collingswood, New Jersey

Dance your support for the Library - May 2!

The Collingswood Public Library will host its second 21-and-over dance in the ballroom of the Collingswood Senior Community Center on Friday, May 2, from 8 p.m. to midnight.  Nick Cain and JG will provide music for the event.  All proceeds from the dance will fund new ebooks for the Library.  

The dance doesn't have a theme, so attendees can wear their favorite dancing clothes!  The music will range from New Order to Daft Punk. The dance will feature free Gourmet Popcorn Creations popcorn and trays of Philly Soft Pretzel Factory pretzels. The dance will also feature a cash bar.  

Beginning April 9, the library started selling tickets online through its website, http://collingswoodlib.org/. The first 50 tickets cost $10 each, the next 50 ost $12.50 each and the last 100 cost $15 each. The library sold out its first adult dance last year so gather friends and purchase early!

For more info call (856) 858-0649 or visit http://collingswoodlib.org/

Public works asks residents to report potholes

Collingwood’s Department of Public Works is working to fix potholes caused by the harsh winter weather. If you have a pothole on your street you can report it for repair by calling the DPW garage at 856-858-0533.

Potholes on roads maintained by Camden County must be repaired by county crews. The County is also working to repair roads. To report a pothole on a County Road call 856-566-2980.

Roads maintained by Camden County
Haddon Ave
Collings Ave
Richey Ave
Fern Ave
South Park Drive
Newton Lake Drive
Park Ave
Ferry Ave
Browning Road
Bettlewood Ave
Cuthbert Blvd

Roads maintained by the NJDOT
Rte 130
Rte 30

Collingswood earns two 'Golden Forks'

South Jersey Magazine named two Collingswood restaurants as Golden Fork recipients which honor editor’s top 10 dining picks in South Jersey. Zeppoli and Indiya earned the awards which highlight “the dishes that should be on your radar…” Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, also got a nod in the “Extra Plates” category for their Carpaccio di Manzo Con Olio Tartufato e Pepi. Read on for the full reviews. See here for the online version of the article – which includes suggested dishes!

Indiya in Collingswood
Traditional Indian cuisine gets a modern twist at this Haddon Avenue staple. It’s chef Vipul Bhasin’s second South Jersey restaurant (he also runs Coriander in Voorhees) and he continues to pack a ton of flavor through an assortment of curries and tandoor-cooked plates.

Zeppoli in Collingswood
Now in it’s third year, chef Joey Baldino’s 35-seater continues to put out fresh and seasonally inspired Sicilian dishes that have earned him such critical acclaim.

Extra Plates: Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood
Carpaccio di Manzo Con Olio Tartufato e Pepi
Raw angus beef loin is shaved thinner than Kate Moss and brought to life thanks to EVOO and lemon juice and complemented with a bed of arugula, shaved parmesan, long hots and some white truffle oil for good measure.

Snow storm information

FEBRUARY 13 SNOW INFO: *Share* with Collingswood friends

TRASH UPDATE - From our DPW Superintendent: South Jersey Sanitation is in town today (Thursday, Feb 13). They are picking everything up but recycling. They will be in tomorrow to do Friday's route and also recycling on Thursday's route.

Borough Hall, Collingswood Public Library and all Borough Buildings are closed. Collingswood schools are closed.  Collingswood officials are urging residents to refrain from parking vehicles in the street due to the expected heavy snowfall on February 12 and 13. If possible, please pull cars into driveways and off the roads. Our Public Works Department will be extremely busy with plowing operations. Vehicles parked in the roadway cause a hindrance to the plowing operations and put plow drivers at risk for possible accidents with parked vehicles in the roadway. We appreciate your cooperation.

SNOW REMOVAL GUIDELINES
Public Works is working hard to make driving safer and easier in snowy weather. Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, Borough trucks may plow your street several times. As snow rolls off our plows, it will accumulate in driveways. Please understand that this is unavoidable and it is the homeowner's responsibility to clear it. Here are some helpful hints to make "snow" business less frustrating:

Shovel snow to the right side of your driveway (facing the street) to minimize the amount of snow entering your driveway.

If possible, wait until the Borough trucks have made at least two passes on your street before clearing your driveway.

Shovel and/or blow snow onto the curb, not into the street.

DO NOT PARK cars on the street from one hour after snow has continuously fallen until 12 hours after snow has stopped. This speeds the removal process and prevents cars from being plowed in.

To insure safety of pedestrians, residents must remove snow from sidewalks following a snow fall.

In the event of deep snow, please shovel around your mailbox and fire hydrants near your house – for your safety and your neighbors'.

 

Annual Symphony in C concert series

     Symphony in C and Assistant Conductor Petko Dimitrov will perform Peter and the Wolf for the symphony's annual Concerts For Young People series at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m.  The annual Concerts for Young People series brings orchestral works and stories to pre-K through ninth grade students. 

     A 13-year-old cellist, Isabel Newell, will perform Antonio Vivaldi's Cello Sonata No. 5 in E minor during the programs. Newell started attending Symphony in C's Summer Music Camp in 2012. The symphony allows her the opportunity to perform as the first chair cellist as well as a solo cellist. Newell started playing cello at 5-years-old and recently worked with world-renowned cellist David Finckel in a Symphony in C Master Class. Symphony in C's Peter and the Wolf performances will also feature renowned performer Michael Boudewyns.

     Tickets, currently on sale, cost from $8-10.  Symphony in C concerts feature wheelchair accessibilty, large print programs and brochures, and assistive listening devices.  Sponsors of the event include Subaru of America, the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.  For more information on Symphony in C, visit www.SymphonyinC.org or call 856-963-6683. 

2014 Collingswood Little League sign ups

Registration for the 2014 Collingswood Little League season is now open!

Register Online at http://www.eteamz.com/CollsLL

Or in person at the Community Center on one of the following days:
Saturday, 1/19, 8am-1pm
Wednesday, 1/23, 6pm-8pm
Saturday, 1/26, 8am-1pm
Saturday, 2/2, 8am-1pm

TBall, 5-6 year-olds
B Minor, 7-8 year-olds
A Minor, 9-10 year-olds
Major, 11-12 year-olds

Important Little League dates:
A Minor tryouts, Feb. 22 (Time: TBA)
Major tryouts, March 1 (Time: TBA)
Opening Day 2014, April 5

Tryout address: Excel One Baseball Academy
                       7905 Browning Road, Suite 202
                       Pennsauken Twp., NJ 08109

For more information, send an email to mailto:collingswoodlittleleague@gmail.com

For the most up to date information on the Collingswood Little League, visit the group's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CollingswoodLL

Collingswood bombed!

Yarn bomb art installation decorates Haddon Ave overnight

Despite the project’s warlike name, Collingswood woke up to a very warm and fuzzy art installation on Friday, February 7. Nearly two dozen trees, poles and other items in the town were yarnbombed overnight by a team of yarn artists organized by the Borough.

A group of nearly two dozen knitters made up of residents, knitting enthusiasts and organizations worked secretly over the last few months to measure, design and install a town wide bombing to create a large-scale, fiber arts installation in the downtown. The project was led by Collingswood’s Director of Community Development, Cass Duffey, after yarnbombs started appearing randomly around town.

“These colorful little sweaters were so charming,” said Duffey. “We thought it would be impressive to bomb the entire downtown and showcase local yarn artists. We started reaching out to some local knitting networks and they were all very enthusiastic.”

Yarnbombing, also called yarnstorming, has become common in urban areas, decorating everything from lampposts to entire vehicles. Dozens of organizations dedicated to the craft and execution of bombings exist around the county. In 2012, the city of Pittsburgh organized local knitters to decorate the Andy Warhol/7th Street Bridge. Collingswood’s project included artists from the town’s Fiber Arts Guild, local residents and local yarn shop owner Judy Weinstein of Jubili Beads & Yarns®.

“February is a time that can be gloomy,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “This is something creative, different and beautiful for our business district, residents and visitors.”

Even Collingswood’s iconic millennium clock and horse hitching posts got the yarn treatment. The exhibit coincides with Collingswood’s monthly 2nd Saturday event on February 8 and Valentine’s Day. The yarn art will decorate the town through February. The wraps and blankets will be donated to Almost Home Animal Shelter in Pennsauken to warm sheltered pets after the installation is complete.

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, 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.

Library hosting monthly writing workshops

The Collingswood Public Library will host library host monthly writing workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning on March 6.

The Poetry Workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to write, read and discuss their original work.  We will examine a variety of poetic styles in a close, collaborative environment while developing and refining skills and interests.  The program will provide exposure to current movements in poetry through exposure to online and print magazines. Topics will also include the practical methods of editing, submitting and publishing work. This workshop is free.

The workshops can accommodate a maximum of 10 participants so please register with Emily beforehand at getzinger@collingswoodlib.org, or by phone at 856-858-0649 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The class will be held on the second floor of the library. See the event calendar for the monthly schedule.

Lady of Lourdes Comedy Night, March 8

On Saturday, March 8, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Collingswood Auxiliary Branch will host a comedy night at the Collingswood Community Center from 7 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.  Three professional comedians will perform, including The Cable Ace Winner, Joey Callahan. 

Tickets cost $45 and include food, dessert, wine and beer.  For more information, contact Marianne at 856-854-0152. 

PATCO trackwork info

Collingswood officials received the following statement from PATCO regarding track work taking place in Collingswood and along all their lines. This affects transit users, commuters and residents near tracks. Read on for updates.  With questions on the project and work call PATCO directly at or visit http://www.ridepatco.org/. More details on the project are here as well.

Earlier this month, PATCO embarked on a two-year, $103 million project to rehabilitate aging railroad tracks on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  The tracks were last replaced about 30 years ago.

This project is likely to affect at least some of your constituents in the following way: 

-People who live and work near bridge anchorages and landings will hear loud, steel-on-steel construction noise, particularly after April, when week-long work begins.

-Over the next two months, PATCO passengers will experience crowded trains and 30-minute gaps in service during Friday evening rush hour and Monday morning and evening rush hours.

-This spring, construction crews will use one eastbound lane on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as a multi-month staging area.  The lane will be closed to motor vehicle traffic while the crews are using it, and some traffic congestion is likely in both directions.

Construction crews are already installing work scaffolding under the north and south tracks on the bridge.  They also are performing concrete repairs, electrical work and other tasks in preparation for the actual track replacement, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in April.

The bridge’s south track is scheduled to be closed for construction in April and May.   Work on the north track should begin in July and August.  The project is slated for completion by the end of 2015.

During April and May – and again in July and August – the current PATCO Friday-through-Monday train schedule will become a 24/7 schedule.  PATCO passengers will experience 30-minute gaps in service and crowded trains during all rush hours.

PATCO is using releases to the local news media, the PATCO website, PATCO social media, informational seat drops, station banners and revised timetables to inform passengers of construction related schedule changes and the anticipated effects of those changes on the PATCO customer experience.

The DRPA is also reaching out to homes and businesses located close to the bridges to prepare them for construction noise and provide them with project contacts.

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