Collingswood, New Jersey

FD Block Inspection Program continues in June

The Collingswood Fire Department  will continue Block Inspections through summer. For the month of June the Fire Department will visit homes from: 1100 block of Stokes Ave, E. and W. Summerfield Aves,Tatem Ave and  Sloan Ave. The program aims to equip homes in Collingswood with working fire detectors to keep families safe.

“We ask residents if we could check their smoke detectors for them and if needed we provide them with up to two complimentary smoke detectors and batteries.  This is a voluntary service – residents aren’t obligated to give us access if they do not want participate but we encourage folks to take part,” said Lt. Edward W. Glaze Jr. “It’s a push to make Collingswood homes safer.”

To encourage homeowners to maintain their smoke detectors, the fire department personally reaches out to Collingswood residents in their homes through this program. The program is voluntary and the inspection team asks permission to enter the dwelling. Although the fire department has the authority to require landlords to supply and maintain smoke detectors in properties they have no authority to enter a single family home.

Inspections are performed by on-duty career staff who visit in the fire truck and ambulance. They try to perform inspections in the early evening and on Saturday afternoons to accommodate the residents. Two attempts are made to make contact with all the residents to help ensure that everyone has smoke detectors. With questions about the Block Inspection program call the Fire Department at 856-854-1043.

Take a look at your smoke detectors!
Working smoke detectors greatly increase chances of surviving a fire. A 2014 National Fire Protection Association report showed almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. They also concluded that the risk of dying in reported home structure fires is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms and smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected or dead batteries. The Fire Department will continue visiting neighborhoods and promoting fire safety throughout 2014.

Where do I hang my smoke detectors?
All smoke detectors should be hung at ceiling level. There should be a smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and the attic as well as in every sleeping area. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and the batteries changed out every six months.

Summer Tiny Tot Storytime registration

Tiny Tot Storytime
For children 18-35 months old, Fridays at 10amPeter P. Childs Meeting Room

Registration begins June 6 for Friday, June 13, 20, 27

This program is limited to 14 children and includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Please call Carol or Dot at 858-0649 to register.

For more info contact the Collingswood Public Library, 856-858-0649771 Haddon Avenue Collingswood, NJ 08108

Commemorative Military Sign application

In May 2014, Collingswood unveiled a new commutative military sign honoring residents of Collingswood that have served or are serving in all branches of the military since the Iraq war.  

Spaces on the sign are available for those that have served or are serving in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy since March 2003. Honorees must have been Collingswood residents at the time of their enlistment.

An application to be added to the sign is below in PDF form. Please print and return to Carol Sickler at Borough Hall (678 Haddon Ave). With questions call 856-854-0720 x125 or email csicklet@collingswood.com.

To read more about the new sign dedication click here.

Oaklyn VFW offers services to Collingswood veterans

The Oaklyn VFW is offering its assistance to Collingswood veterans for any help or support they might need.

Services include contact information for VA benefits (VA claims, compensation, education, death benefits, etc.). Collingswood does not currently have a Veterans organization such as the American League or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Additionally, the Oaklyn VFW welcomes any veterans who served in a combat area.

Call the Oaklyn VFW at 856-854-5654, or visit it at the following address:

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 4463
5 Manor Ave.
Oaklyn, N.J. 08107-1513

Power outages in Newton Lake area - 6/14

A downed tree on Bettlewood and Eldridge Aves has caused power outages along several blocks in the Newton Lake area. Crews have cleared the tree and PSE&G has responded and is currently working to return power.  Electric will be intermittent to some homes while they are fixing the situation.

 

Collingswood to install traffic calming fountain on Haddon Ave

Collingswood will install a decorative fountain as part of a traffic calming “center island narrowing” device on Haddon Ave, between the Collings apartments at the LumberYard and Sapori restaurant at 601 Haddon Avenue.

The fountain is decorative, but the centrally positioned 100-foot-long, 15-foot-wide island on which it sits acts as a slightly raised barrier that narrows the travel lanes at that location, effectively slowing traffic coming east on Haddon Ave. It is similar in application to the bumpouts at the Collingwood millennium clock and Villa Barone (753 Haddon Ave) in that the objective is to squeeze the roadway to slow traffic.

A calming measure near each end of the Borough’s pedestrian friendly downtown encourages vehicles to slow dramatically through the most trafficked part of the Borough. The fountain also acts as a landmark at the ‘west’ end of Haddon Avenue, much like the clock is a beautifying signpost at the other end of town.

“The paved bumpouts have become iconic, people walk past them every day, cross safely, meet friends ‘at the clock’ – the island will have the same effect,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “It bookmarks our downtown, it makes Haddon Avenue more pedestrian friendly and it improves the look of Collingswood.”

The Institute of Transportation Engineers reports that medians are preferred by fire department/emergency response agencies to most other traffic calming measures. Additionally, center island medians:

-are often nicely landscaped to provide visual amenity and neighborhood identity

-can help pedestrianize streets by providing a mid-point refuge for pedestrians crossings

-sometimes used on wide streets to narrow travel lanes

-work well when combined with crosswalks

The Borough plans to landscape the island with benches and flowers around the fountain which will act as the centerpiece. The median will also act as a crosswalk on that block. The median has received all County approvals and appropriate clearances regarding sizing for that stretch of Haddon Ave.

“Medians act to pinch traffic and slow drivers,” said Collingswood Police Chief Richard Sarlo. “The stretch of road leading in to downtown Collingswood is a wide open lane with few barriers. When given a wide road people tend to speed. A median will slow drivers through the busiest part of town.”

“A fountain is more than just that, it is the center of town, the belly button of the community,” said Franco Lombardo of Sapori Trattoria Italiana, located at 601 Haddon Ave which is in front of the median. “It slows down traffic and it is going to be a unique Collingswood monument. Other towns will follow the footstep.”

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.

Collingswood unveils commemorative military sign, pocket park, May 10

On Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m. Collingswood officials will unveil a new commemorative military sign honoring residents of Collingswood that have served or are serving in all branches of the military since the Iraq war.  

The dedication will also include the opening of a new pocket park around the sign at its new location at Collings Avenue between North Atlantic Avenue and the PATCO speedline bridge, adjacent to the Collingswood Senior Community Center.

The board replaces a previous sign which needed updated names and had been weather-beaten. The project was led by Collingswood Commissioner Mike Hall who organized the creation and relocation of the sign after local residents requested that the sign be replaced.

Commissioner Hall was assisted with donations of time and materials by the Collingswood Fire Department, the Timber Creek Regional High School shop class, VCI Emergency Vehicle Specialists, Latch Brothers Landscaping and close friend Rick Troendle. The sign currently honors 103 residents and has space for 27 more names.

“This sign honors all the Collingswood men and women that have served or are serving our country home and abroad to keep us safe. It was an honor to create this new sign,” said Commissioner Hall.

Honorees on the board and the public are invited to attend a short dedication on May 10 at 9 a.m. in the new public space. Officials have also invited local and county military personnel to participate in the unveiling. The pocket park area will be open for the public to enjoy and will include new landscaping and benches for people to appreciate the service of Collingswood veterans and servicemen and women. The park also provides a space to relax during the weekly Collingswood Farmers’ Market and during warm weather and beautifies a very visible space in the Borough.  

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. For more information, visit www.Collingswood.com.

2014 Collingswood Town Read Announced

2014 Town Book:
The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving

It’s already time to think about your summer reading, and so the organizers of the Collingswood Book Festival have announced the 2014 Town Book. Leigh Gallagher’s The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving has been described as “first-rate social history” and “fascinating reading on changing trends in how and where we live.” Read the book, and then join your neighbors at a book discussion during the week leading up to this year’s Collingswood Book Festival. For a special treat, come to the Festival on Saturday, October 11, and meet the author!

Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on a variety of topics and oversees Fortune editorial packages including the magazine’s “40 Under 40” rankings. She is also a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, speaks regularly at Fortune and other business and economics conferences, and is a seasoned business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and public radio’s Marketplace.

The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving (published by Portfolio in August 2013) is Ms. Gallagher’s first book.

New Library events for adults!

Whether you want to learn something new or hone your skills, these are just a few of the events the library is hosting for adults this summer.

Cooking Demonstration from Indiya: Flavors of India
Wednesday, May 28, from 6-7 p.m. in the Peter P. Childs Community Room
Chef Paul from Collingswood’s Indiya will be here to teach you how to turn your Farmer’s Market bounty into one of his acclaimed dishes.

Chronicling South Jersey’s History with Cheryl L. Baisden
Wednesday, June 11, 7-8 p.m. in the Peter P. Childs Community Room
Local author Cheryl L. Baisden will speak about her work documenting our local history in her books Camden, Delaware River Port Authority, and South Jersey Farming.

Preserving by the Pint with Marisa McClellan
Wednesday, July 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Peter P. Childs Community Room
Curious about canning? Want to learn how to preserve the contents of your Farmer’s Market haul or CSA share? Local cookbook author and blogger Marisa McClellan is going to show you how to make your summer produce last all year long with her small-batch canning technique.

For more info contact the Library at 856-858-0649 visit their page here.

Go to the Library… and check out a museum!

Collingswood Library members entitled to free family passes to local museums and institutions!

The Collingswood Public Library card now offers experiences for you and your family outside of the library—and even outside of Collingswood itself. Your library now offers one family pass for each of the following:

-Academy of Natural Sciences
-Garden State Discovery Museum
-Grounds for Sculpture
-Morris Arboretum
-Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Adult cardholders in good standing may check out one pass at a time, and each pass may be checked out for up to four days. For more information, or to find out which passes are available today, call the Library at (856)858-0649.
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