Collingswood, New Jersey

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 collingswoodsat@gmail.com

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. 

COLLINGSWOOD SAT PREP, INC.
“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 – CHILDREN’S RESALE BOUTIQUE, CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE: The Nesting House
TOP 5 PICK – GOURMET GROCERY: Blue Moon Olive Oil and Vinegar

Sundays now Pedestrian Safe in Knight Park

It will be a lot safer to walk the dog and play tag at Knight Park starting Sundays in October.

Beginning Sunday October 5, there will be no vehicle traffic permitted in Knight Park on Sundays. Parking will still be allowed in the High School lot between the Collings Avenue and the field hockey field but cars will have no access to drive the roads within the park.

“The idea is that the park should be a calmer, quieter, car-free place just for one day a week. Kids can run or bike, families can stroll without the worry of cars zooming around inside the park. Everything is the same, we’re just asking that people refrain from driving in the park on Sundays,” said Collingswood Commissioner Joan Leonard.

Regular park vehicle traffic will resume Monday through Saturday. Knight Park, Collingswood’s 70-acre recreation and gathering space, was gifted to the Borough by Edward Knight in 1888. According to the Knight Park website, “Since that time Knight Park has existed at the center of the Collingswood Borough. Not only has it functioned as the physical and geographical center, but equally as the center of everyday life. Here generations have played baseball, soccer, field hockey, skated or simply stretched out on the grass in the warm spring sun.”

Knight Park is managed by the Knight Park Trustees. For more information, visit www.KnightPark.org.

2014 Animal Licensing notice

During the summer months, animal census enumerators canvassed the Borough.  Residents receiving notices showed evidence of an animal at their residence.  After a review of the Borough of Collingswood’s animal licensing records; any residents found to have not licensed their animals will be in violation of Chapter 105, Article 2 and/or Chapter 105, Article 31 of the Code of the Borough of Collingswood regarding the licensing of dogs and cats, respectively.  This notice will allow you until Friday, October 17, 2014 to obtain a dog and/or cat license(s).

A COURT SUMMONS WILL BE ISSUED IF YOU DO NOT SECURE A LICENSE(S) BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014.  Dog/Cat licenses can be obtained in person or by mail from the Borough Clerk’s Office.

License Applications can be downloaded at Collingswood.com on the Clerk's page here.

Collingswood PD hosts DEA Drug Takeback, Sept 27

On September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Collingswood Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Collingswood Police Station at 735 N. Atlantic Avenue.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.    

Haddon Avenue traffic/detour information

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

LumberYard parking garage is OPEN during construction. 

LOCAL BUSINESS: Businesses along Haddon Ave are OPEN – including those between Harvard and Woodlawn Aves and along Powell Lane. The LumberYard parking garage is OPEN during construction.  These businesses are easily accessed by parking in the LumberYard Garage (entrance along Collings and Atlantic Aves).

ADDITIONAL PARKING: Collingswood has added additional parking to areas around impacted businesses by increasing street parking at the intersection of Woodlawn and Haddon Aves. The Borough has also made a temporary parking lot at 641 Haddon at the corner of Haddon and Woodlawn Avenues for patrons of businesses in the construction area.

Beginning in mid-September thru traffic on Haddon Avenue southbound (towards Haddon Twp.) between Browning Road and Collings Avenue will be detoured due to construction.  All northbound traffic on Haddon Avenue (towards Camden) will remain open during the construction, motorists are just asked to use caution.  The project is expected to last 4-6 weeks and detour signs will be posted for motorists to follow or seek an alternate route.

Local Traffic Only: There will be a sign on Haddon at Browning Rd. advising that the road is closed except for local traffic.  This means that local traffic will be permitted to use Haddon Avenue between Browning Road and Knight Avenue during the construction, allowing access to homes and businesses, INCLUDING West Knight Avenue.  The construction work is being done primarily between Harvard Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue; therefore there will be NO SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC PERMITTED ON HADDON AVENUE BETWEEN KNIGHT AVENUE AND WOODLAWN AVENUE.  Motorists are asked to plan an alternate route.

The map below details the detour route, which will divert southbound traffic down West Browning Rd. to Park Avenue. From there traffic will be directed along Park Avenue to West Collings Avenue and finally from West Collings Avenue back to Haddon Avenue.

Fire Prevention Night and Public Safety Open House, Oct 17

Collingswood will host Fire Prevention Night and Public Safety Open House in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week on October 17
Free event brings community and officials together for safety festival

On October 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. along West Collings Ave, Collingswood residents, families and guests from around the area can enjoy a festival that features games, giveaways and safety information and demonstrations as part of an effort to inform people and bring communities and their safety officials closer together. The festival will be held along Collings Avenue and North Atlantic Avenues near the Collingswood fire and police stations.

The 2014 festival will be held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week which held annually aims to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly. According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Collingswood’s event will feature fun, prizes, food, music and more. Guests can enjoy carnival games, a police car and fire truck expo, bomb squad display, a K-9 unit display, fire safety education, public safety demonstrations, hot dogs, hot chocolate, prizes, free child IDs, banking information, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local fire officials and law enforcement agencies.

“Spending a night interacting with the community is the goal of this event," said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “It's really a lot of fun for kids and families but it also helps spread a message of safety and prepare people for emergencies. We're the public safety officials in Collingswood so it's important folks get to know us and we really like getting to know everyone as well."

Collingswood Police and Fire Departments as well as local vendors are pitching in for the event which aims to heighten crime prevention awareness and strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships with police and fire departments. The event is staffed by volunteers from the Collingswood Police and Fire Departments, civic groups, government officials and local businesses. Collingswood’s Fire Prevention Night and Public Safety Open House event is made possible by generous sponsors including 1st Colonial Community Bank and other local organizations and businesses.  

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 and a Great Place in America (Haddon Avenue) by the American Planning Association. For more information visit www.collingswood.com.

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Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the 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 at h2o111@comcast.net or Paul Kerth at PKerth@ialarmnj.com.
 

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