Collingswood, New Jersey

2014 Collingswood Holiday Ornament available!

The 2014 Collingswood Holiday Ornament order form is available! This 19th ornament in the series celebrates First Baptist Church of Collingswood's 125th Anniversary. Each year's ornament highlights a time, place or special event in our town. It's a great way to decorate your home or tree with something uniquely Collingswood.

If you've missed out on previous years, want to start a collection or just buy one or two ornaments that have special meaning to you, you're in luck! Select few ornaments from past editions are still available.   2014 Ornaments will be available for pick up at Arts Plus Gallery upon notification.  Past ornaments can be purchased at Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood.

Enjoy an ornament that celebrates our treasured Library, historic Zane School, stunning Scottish Rite, magestic Transfiguration Church, the family-favorite Holiday Parade and several other Collingwood landmarks. 

The 2014 ornament and each run of ornaments are limited in quantity - order now!

Previous ornaments still available for a special offer of just $10.
Thackara House (low inventory)    
Collingswood Manor                        
May Fair (low inventory)                  
Zane School (low inventory)               
Collingswood Theatre (low inventory)                       
Foster Warne                      
Transfiguration Church (low inventory)                      
Holiday Parade (low inventory)                               
Collingswood Library
Collingswood 125th Anniversary (low inventory) 

Third Annual Knight Park Clean Up, Nov 8

Saturday, November 8 at 9 a.m. meet your neighbors and join volunteers at Knight Park at the Pavilion for the 3rd Annual Autumn Clean Up!

Last year, under the direction of local landscape artist George Schroeder, volunteers created a landscape design and planting around the Pavilion at Knight Park. Just a year later we’re seeing the gorgeous benefits of this contribution come to fruition! There are lovely young multi-trunk eastern redbud trees and other plantings. This year, volunteers will meet on November 8 to clean up the mulch area, re-edge the garden, and rake and beautify the gardens around the bridge.  There will be lots of coffee and plenty of good conversation so come join the fun.  We need your hands and energy to spruce up one of Collingswood’s most important spaces.

Please bring gloves/rakes and any other hand tools that could be helpful. For more info please email Commissioner Joan Leonard at

CMS presents "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

Collingswood Middle School will be staging a production ofthe family-friendly musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Based onthe comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz , the show  follows atypical day in the life of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang and features suchmemorable songs as "My New Philosophy," "Suppertime," and"Happiness”.


The show will be held at the Collingswood Middle SchoolAuditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ on November 20, 21 and 22 at7pm with a matinee on Saturday, November 22 at 2pm.  Tickets are $10adults, $5 students and seniors and are available at the door.


A special Character Breakfast will be held on Saturday,November 22 at 10am at the Collingswood Middle School Cafeteria.  Ticketsare $5 per person and include bagels, juice, donuts and PEANUTS story time withthe cast.  It’s perfect for the little – and not so little – ones!


For more information, contact

Pavilion Painting Party: Oct 4 cancelled, Oct 5 still on

UPDATE: Due to a rainy forecast, the Pavilion Painting event on October 4 has been cancelled. The event will proceed as scheduled on Sunday, October 5. Volunteers still needed! Full info below.

Pavilion Painting Party, Oct  5 – volunteers needed!

The Borough is looking for residents to give some time this fall to help paint the pavilion in Knight Park! Two days of painting are scheduled for October 5.

“Residents showing up to give a little time and energy are one of the ways this community gets things done,” said Commissioner Mike Hall. “The pavilion has seen some significant upgrades but desperately needs a new paint job. Even a handful of folks could have a real impact on this project and we’re hoping to make a fun day of it.”

Volunteers should arrive at the pavilion at 8:30 a.m. Those interested do not need to commit to both days. Organizers are also asking volunteers to bring supplies if possible, including paint brushes, tarps, six foot ladders and paint buckets. The Borough will supply the paint and volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. Pizza will be served to volunteers at lunchtime. To sign up or get more information, please email Woody Baldwin at

Hydrant flushing starts April 12

The Borough of Collingswood Water Department will begin flushing the water system starting Saturday, April 12, 2015 and will continue through Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

The Water Main Flushing program is designed to remove natural minerals like iron and calcium that sometimes collect in the bottom of water mains. This operation may cause a temporary discoloration in your water supply. By allowing your water to run for a short period of time, the problem should clear itself. Please be assured, although the water may be discolored, it is safe for human use.

Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Water Department Superintendent, Tom McCarthy at 856-854-2332 from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Wine Tasting Fundraiser benefits Colls Holiday Parade

The Collingswood Holiday Parade Committee will be hosting a fundraising event featuring New Jersey's finest wines. Bring your friends and family to this great event.  You will be helping raise much-needed funds for the Collingswood Holiday Parade, one of the finest events of the year.

Date:  Friday, October 24, 2014
Time:  6pm to 10pm
Place:  Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue
Cost:  $45 per person; $85 per couple

Cost includes wine tasting, food from our local restaurants and door prizes.

For more information or tickets, contact John A. Meier or Paul Kerth at

SAT prep courses available for CHS juniors

Attention Collingswood Juniors: Are you ready to take the SATs? 

Don't walk into the SATs unprepared.  SAT strategy classes will be offered to Collingswood Juniors starting in January, 2015 in preparation for the March, 2015 administration of the SATs.  The classes will be held over an eight-week period on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at Collingswood Borough Hall.

Mandatory Registration and Informational Meeting – 11/1/14 or 12/6/14 

Parents of students who wish to enroll in the CSAT course must attend a registration session at Collingswood Borough Hall on November 1, 2014 or December 6, 2014 at 10:00 am.  Students are welcome to attend and may attend in lieu of their parents.

Registration Deadline: The deadline for registering for the January, 2015 CSAT class is December 20, 2014.

Registration Fees: Before December 20, 2014 and attended information session - $25. After December 20, 2014 - $50

Questions: Contact John Kilgannon at

CSAT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that is funded by members of the Collingswood community.  CSAT was created by Collingswood parents to enhance the educational opportunities for Collingswood high school students.   CSAT's mission is to assist Collingswood students in their college application process by providing them with the support necessary to excel on their college entrance exams. The classes are taught by experienced and motivated professionals who have expertise in SAT test taking strategy and preparation. 

“From Collingswood to College”

Trick or Treating info for Friday, October 31

The ghosts and goblins will be out on Friday, October 31! Trick or Treating hours in the Borough are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Trick-or-Treating along Haddon Avenue businesses, as well as in neighborhoods, is very popular!

Going trick-or-treating? The CDC gives these safety tips for your ghouls and goblins:
-Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
-Always walk - don’t run from house to house.
-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
-Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
-Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
-Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
-Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Apple Pie contest seeks bakers

The Collingswood Farmers' Market annual Apple Pie Contest
We need bakers! Do you have the best pie?

Put those yummy Fall apples to good use! The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will be hosting their annual APPLE PIE CONTEST on Saturday, October 18. This is a perfect opportunity for you to make Grandma’s secret recipe or show off your baking skills. There are Market gift certificates up for grabs, so put your all into your pie!

The contest will be at 9:30am in the judging tent at the Market. Pre-registration is a must! To register please visit the registration page here before contest. Full contest details available here.

Four Colls businesses named in PHL Hot List poll, including BEST BYOB!

Congrats to Kitchen Consigliere who was voted Best BYOB in the PHL 17 Philly Hotlist poll! The contest honors the best of the region’s food, services and merchants in 164 categories as decided by voters.

Voters lauded the food and atmosphere at Kitchen Consigliere with comments like, “The best Italian food in all of South Jersey” and “Great place to eat and have a good time. It feels like you are with family, always a great atmosphere. Huge portions, good value for the buck, I love the wait staff, desserts of the highest quality, it’s just the best!!!!!”

Three other Collingswood businesses were top five finalists in the contest as well! Aenigma Jewelry, The Nesting House and Blue Moon Olive Oil and Vinegar were all recognized as fan favorites.

2014 HOT LIST Collingswood winners and finalists:
WINNER – BEST BYOB: Kitchen Consigliere
TOP 5 PICK – WOMEN’S ACCESSORIES: Aenigma Jewelry & Accessories
TOP 5 PICK – GOURMET GROCERY: Blue Moon Olive Oil and Vinegar

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