As part of Collingswood’s monthly Commission meeting on August 4, Borough officials will authorize the purchase and resale of National Market (741 Haddon Avenue) to Janet Stevens and Pete Burgess, owners of McFarlan’s Market in Merchantville. The authorization is part of a plan to renovate the currently closed market and reopen a second McFarlan’s location in downtown Collingswood.
“We’re excited to take the next step in Collingswood,” said Stevens. “The support for this project has been nothing less than overwhelming. We’ve finally buttoned up the financing and we can start moving things along.”
The Borough will purchase the property for $415,000 and sell immediately to Stevens and Burgess for $400,000. The $15,000 difference will be recouped in three and a half years’ time by the increased value created by the improvements planned by the owners. “The deplorable condition of this building required the Borough’s involvement to make this a reality,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley.
“We know everyone has been eagerly awaiting updates on this project. Now we can make things official. The Borough’s involvement in the transaction only serves to move the process along more quickly and provide an incentive for business owners that are investing more than a million dollars in Collingswood. We’ll see a much larger return in the value and taxes generated by this property from Pete and Janet’s investment. We’ll get a much needed grocery and a more valuable ratable out of this project which is good in the long and short term,” said Maley.
McFarlan’s hopes to replicate their business model in Merchantville, offering a range of grocery items, prepared goods, a butcher and deli meats. Burgess and Stevens are anticipating opening in spring 2015. Plans call for making significant improvements to the property after the purchase is authorized.
“It will be a place you can purchase a prepared dinner for the whole family or just a box of cereal,” said Stevens. “Of course we’ll build on feedback from our customers in Collingswood as well. We have some great ideas for the space.”
At the August 4 Commission meeting, Collingswood appointed Kevin Carey as the Acting Chief of Police for the Collingswood Police Department. The promotion is effective September 1, 2014.
“Kevin was an outstanding applicant,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “His record shows a commitment to the department and the community and he has some excellent ideas concerning the future of the Collingswood PD.”
“I appreciate the confidence the administration in Collingswood has in me,” said Carey. “I’m honored to step into this role and continue the fine tradition of leading the Collingswood Police Department.”Notably, Carey’s father is a retired CPD officer who formerly served as Deputy Chief of Police of the department.
Borough officials were assisted in the interview process by the New Jersey Police Chiefs association. Current Chief Richard Sarlo has served with the Collingswood Police Department since 1988, becoming Chief in 2010.
Celebrate all things Harry Potter at the Back-to-Hogwarts party, only at Collingswood Public Library! Make your own delicious Potions, test your knowledge in our Trivia Challenge, enter your name in the Goblet of Fire, see magic performed by Collingswood's own Stephen Jackson, and more! Themed snacks will be provided. Costumes optional!
The Back-to-Hogwarts party will take place on Sunday, September 7th from 1pm to 2:30pm in the Peter C. Childs Meeting Room. Open to children grades 3 - 6.
To register, call Dot, Carol, or Dana at 856-858-0649, Monday - Friday, 9:30am to 5pm.
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 4, 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 3.
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: $112.50
Non Collingswood Family: $225
Collingswood Adult: $35
Non Collingswood Adult: $70
Collingswood Senior Citizens: $22.50
Collingswood Child ages 0-3: No fee
Collingswood Child ages 3-20: $27.50
Non Collingswood Child: $55
In Collingswood, close proximity to big cities is big key
By Meg Fry
With its old-fashioned, small-town charm and pedestrian-friendly urban flavor, Collingswood is oddly reminiscent of early 20th century America.
Once upon a time, however, the largely blue-collar town suffered from its proximity to Camden and the growing trend of residents moving farther away from where they worked.
Now, that's all changed — and Collingswood is ready to capitalize on making it easier to live with a little less.
For instance, Collingswood is just finishing the last phase of its $45 million “LumberYard” multifamily project, a result of public and private financing from the New Jersey Department of Transportation's 2003 Smart Growth initiative aimed at encouraging residential development along commuter corridors.
Mayor Jim Maley — who has been mayor for 17 years and in elected office for 25 — said the transformation of the original town lumberyard into 70 condominiums and 100 apartments is the most housing that's been built in the town over the last 60 years.
“We've been built out,” Maley said.
“But one of the things that South Jersey suffers from is a lack of rail transit — we're lucky enough to be one of the seven stops on the (PATCO) Speedline.
“People are living here because they're able to survive without a car or just one car.”
Jef Buehler agrees Collingswood's high-speed, elevated rail access adjacent to the wealthier community of Haddonfield has spurred its economic growth.
“Transit-oriented development has become, over the last 15 years, very much a public-policy focus, tactic and strategy to support downtown and community revitalization,” Buehler said.
Collingswood's close proximity to Philadelphia hasn't hurt it, either.
“We can drive back from the Phillies game after watching the last out and be back home before the radio postgame starts,” Maley said.
And that goes both ways: While Collingswood has focused on making the town more attractive to its 14,000 residents through initiatives such as a duplex conversion program and public safety upgrades, Collingswood also benefits from frequent visitors from nearby areas such as Philadelphia and Camden.
Essentially, Collingswood has become the most easily accessible one-stop shop after implementing a bike-share program, adding Zipcar vehicle-sharing stations, constructing a community greenhouse and hosting a seasonal farmer's market.
“We're also a dry town, so we worked very hard on the BYOB restaurant scene,” Maley said.
In the last years, 20 restaurants serving everything from Brazilian to French cuisine have opened — no doubt helping Collingswood earn its 2011 title as the Most Transformed Town in America by Forbes.
“The last 10 or 15 years towns (have been) talking about building town centers,” Maley said.
“You used to build the center first and housing developed around it. If you build a train station, development happens around it. That's what it's always been for us and we still do that.”
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The (ever-funky) Borough of Collingswood and The (mind-bending) Franklin Institute are pairing up this spring to challenge visitors to Collingswood to teasers, tricks and a look inside your brain!
The Franklin Institute will release their “Brain Waves” Street Team on unsuspecting crowds in Collingswood during the Borough’s spring and summer lineup of events. The FI team will bring street-corner science and get inside the heads of guests with an intricate series of interactive experiments designed to mess with the minds of shoppers and diners and reveal the inner-workings of the brain. Games that stun with optical illusions, test memory and gauge reflexes will aim to reveal exactly how people see (or just think they see) the world around them.
The fun and games are all part of an effort to showcase The Franklin Institute’s newest permanent exhibit, “Your Brain” opening June 14, 2014, the centerpiece of the brand-new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. The new exhibit invites people to climb the 18-foot tall web of neural networks and navigate a busy street scene filled with multisensory illusions that literally turns your world upside down. With over 70 interactive experiences, visitors of all ages will discover the foundations of a science that is revealing new questions every day.
The Franklin Institute’s Brain Waves team will storm Collingswood crowds during these dates/events:
Thursday, May 15: Cruise Night, 5 to 9PM
Saturday, May 24: May Fair, 10AM to 5PM
Saturday, May 31: Farmers’ Market, 8 to 12PM
Saturday, August 9: 2nd Saturday, 5 to 9PM
“Who doesn’t want to take a peek inside their brain, especially with the great scientists at the Franklin Institute?” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We welcome the head-scratching they’ll be bringing to us. It’s our kind of fun.”
About The Franklin Institute:
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. For more information, visit www.fi.edu.
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. For more information, visit www.Collingswood.com.
As part of Collingswood’s summer movies in the park series, the Borough will host a second screening of the Disney hit FROZEN on Thursday, July 31.
Movies in the park are free! All movies begin at dusk. The screen is located by the Browning and Collings intersection, near the gazebo. This event is BYOC - Bring your own chair (or blanket!). For all the information on summer movies and recreation programs, visit
Can YOU win the blue ribbon?! Grease your baking dishes for Jersey fresh peaches
The annual Collingswood Farmers' Market PEACH PIE CONTEST is August 2! We need pie bakers. Win gift certs and bragging rights. Dust off the pie pans and show off those skills, fans! Nothing says Americana like a good old fashioned pie contest. Join in!
:: Bakers MUST pre-register. http://www.collingswoodmarket.com/events/just-peachy/ ::
Collingswood, well known for its restaurants, will also host a Just Peachy restaurant week on August 5, 6 & 7.
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
“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, their 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.
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 Peach month with a cooking demo and recipes at Collingswood’s Farmers Market, where a peach pie contest will be taking place on the same day. Local restaurants will feature tasty peach desserts, like the Peach Bellini Tiramisu at That’s Amore in Collingswood and the Pop Shop’s peach pancakes.
Other restaurants like blueplate, Braddocks Tavern and The Tortilla Press are featuring full menus spotlighting peaches in every course. Keg and Kitchen in Westmont will offer both a full menu and a special Jersey Peach martini featuring farmers peach cider, St elder, stoli peach vodka. And BYO restaurants are getting into the spirit. “We’re also doing peach sangria tasting” says Chef Smith whose restaurant features Sharrott Winery’s Just Peachy Sangria.
The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will also host a Peach Pie contest on August 2 to kick off the month celebrating peaches. Bakers are needed – details here. http://www.collingswoodmarket.com/events/just-peachy/
“Everything’s coming up peaches,” said Malaby “And local restaurants couldn’t be happier.”
Keg & Kitchen - Westmont
The Tortilla Press - Collingswood
Tortilla Press Cantina - Merchantville
Braddocks Tavern – Medford
The Pop Shop - Collingswood
That’s Amore - Collingswood
Sapori - Collingswood
L’Oceano - Collingswood
Indiya - Collingswood
Bistro di Marino - Collingswood
Otts Tavern - Medford
Blueplate - Mullica Hill
Nunzio Ristorante - Collingswood
Otts Tavern - Washington Twp, Berlin and Medford
Filomena's - Almonessen
South Jersey Magazine names Collingswood’s BEST
Collingswood businesses and events were named tops in South Jersey Magazine’s Best of the Best 2014! South Jersey Magazine editors “…combed through every town in the tri-county region in search of standout stars and hidden gems that help make our area so exciting.” Read on to see what to eat, shop and enjoy in Collingswood!
Pop-Up Gala, Collingswood
It doesn’t get much more romantic than getting whisked away to a secret location for an elegant, candlelight dinner; now add live music and dancing and imagine doing it with dozens of other diners, all dressed in white. Styled after similar dinner en blanc events in major cities, in which guests don’t know the location until just before dinnertime, it’s South Jersey’s own Midnight in Paris.
Collingswood, (856) 854-0720(856) 854-0720, Collingswood.com/Gala
The Pop Shop
We can’t resist a place with a dedicated section on the menu just for French fries. You’ll find the traditional homemade cut and favorites like Old Bay, but we steer toward their more inventive creations—think Disco Fries with mozzarella cheese and gravy or a spicy version served with jalapeño peppers and onions.
Collingswood, (856) 869-0111(856) 869-0111, ThePopShopUSA.com
GLUTEN-FREE BAKED GOODS
Sweet Freedom Bakery
Finding a snack with dietary restrictions can be tough, but not at Sweet Freedom. Along with a full line of freshly baked vegan and gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, breads, brownies and more, you’ll find specialty treats designed around specific food allergies.
Collingswood, (856) 869-7322(856) 869-7322, SweetFreedomBakery.com
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Nunzio’s was one of the first to usher in Collingswood’s now thriving fine dining scene, and while others have come and gone, it has only gotten better with age. Chef Nunzio Patruno flexes his culinary muscle with a mouth-watering menu that incorporates Italian specialties with French techniques and the results are the perfect pairing for that bottle of vino you’ve been saving for a special occasion.
Collingswood, (856) 858-9840(856) 858-9840, Nunzios.net
The American Table
Look no further for unique housewarming gifts or extra-special additions to your own kitchen. These shelves are stocked with an assortment of artisan jams, salsas and jellies, along with totally original barware, serving tools and glassware. There’s even creative cookbooks, so you can find all new ways to use your tools of the trade.
Collingswood, (856) 240-1224(856) 240-1224, TheAmericanTable.net
Scissors and Suds
You don’t trust just anyone to groom Fido’s curly coat, and neither do we. That’s why we take our pets here, where friendly, caring professionals are as committed as we are to making our pets look their best. Offering services like nail clipping, teeth cleaning, fluff drying and more, Fido never had it so good.
Collingswood, (856) 858-6262(856) 858-6262, ScissorsNSuds.com
Akira (now Osaka in Collingswood)
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