Collingswood, New Jersey

Town Forum - October 1

Twice yearly Collingswood hosts a Town Forum. Every resident and business owner is encouraged to come. There’s no formal agenda, no RSVP, no sign-in – just an opportunity to bring your questions, concerns or support to your elected officials or even just hear about what’s happening in town.

The next Town Forum will be held October 1 at 7pm at the Scottish Rite Ballroom (315 WHP). All are welcome. For info call 856-854-0720 x125.

Fall events at the Collings-Knight House

Fall events at the Collings-Knight House Museum will kick off with an Open Porch event on Sunday, September 27 from 1:30 to 3:30pm. It’s the beginning of our 190th Anniversary celebration, and we’re starting by inaugurating the NEW BACK PORCH! Join us “out back” to celebrate the completion of this long-awaited (and desperately needed) project. The rest of the house will be open for tours as well; the event is free and open to the public.

In October, Shades of Poe returns! Find us at the Book Festival for date and ticketing info for the popular theatre presentation featuring the works of Edgar Allan Poe. You’ll also find info about other literary-related programs we’re planning this year.

For the first time, the Friends of Collings-Knight House will participate in Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends community fundraiser. How it works: in exchange for a $5 donation to the Friends of Collings-Knight House, you receive a Boscov’s 25% discount shopping pass; use it to get 25% off Boscov’s shopping ALL DAY on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. A mere $20 purchase will recoup your $5 donation, which the Friends of CK House gets to use toward programs, repairs and restoration. Wins all around!

On November 14, author Deborah Yaffe will share her experiences Among the Janeites- A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom. – Would you believe that fans of Jane Austen and her works can be quite hardcore? The program is from 2 to 4pm, and will likely include period clothing, entertainment and refreshments. The author’s book will be available for purchase and signing, and the event is is free to members; $5 non-members.

Today the Collings-Knight House stands at the corner of Knight Park as a tribute to the descendants of the founders of the Newton Colony, and the years of agrarian interests they upheld before the 19th century development of Collingswood as a planned suburb of Camden and Philadelphia. More information at Collingsknighthouse.org.

Fall leaf pickup starts October 12

The Department of Public Works will be providing residents with curbside leaf pick up Starting the week of October 12.  This will occur on your normal fall leaf pick up day. For leaf maps and schedules, see the Public Works page here. 
Also, large brush can be placed curbside for pick up. Please call 856-858-0533 with your address for brush disposal or for more information. 

Call for artists, registration changes to 2nd Saturday in Collingswood

Every month, artists and musicians set up along Haddon Ave in downtown Collingswood. Guests stroll dozens of one night mini-art-installations - painters, jewelers, crafters, potters and bands on every corner. This collection of culture is Collingswood's 2nd Saturday event, started to showcase local artisans and promote the Borough's business district.

To elevate the event, Collingswood will now require registration for 2nd Saturday artists starting with the September 12, 2015 event. Participating crafters must register before events each month and pay a $10 registration fee to be a part of the event.

"We're using the registration system and revenue to help better organize artists and also to invest in promotion of 2nd Saturday," said Collingswood Community Development Director Cass Duffey. “We’re hoping to get more artists and bring more attention to the 2nd Saturday as well.”

The Borough is seeking quality submissions from visual and fine arts as well as artisans, performers and musicians. Artists can register starting in mid-August. Interested artists must email Devon at collingswoodsecondsaturday@gmail.com to register for the event. Displays should be art or craft based, handmade works – no vendors or resale permitted. Full details regarding set up are at http://www.collingswood.com/arts/second-saturday. Event registration is online only and registration fees are collected via PayPal. Artists must be registered no later than the Thursday prior to the event at 4pm.  Registrations received after that time will not be accepted and will not be included in the monthly event.

There is no fee for musicians interested in performing on 2nd Saturday, but musicians must be scheduled with music chairman Sam Caruso. For details regarding performing at 2nd Saturday, email Sam at secondsatmusic@aol.com.

Second Saturday takes place every month (weather permitting) from 5 to 9pm. Visitors enjoy the unique art, music, shopping and dining Collingswood is known for. As always, Second Saturdays are free for guests.

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.

(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.

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