Collingswood, New Jersey

2014 Collingswood Little League sign ups

Registration for the 2014 Collingswood Little League season is now open!

Register Online at

Or in person at the Community Center on one of the following days:
Saturday, 1/19, 8am-1pm
Wednesday, 1/23, 6pm-8pm
Saturday, 1/26, 8am-1pm
Saturday, 2/2, 8am-1pm

TBall, 5-6 year-olds
B Minor, 7-8 year-olds
A Minor, 9-10 year-olds
Major, 11-12 year-olds

Important Little League dates:
A Minor tryouts, Feb. 22 (Time: TBA)
Major tryouts, March 1 (Time: TBA)
Opening Day 2014, April 5

Tryout address: Excel One Baseball Academy
                       7905 Browning Road, Suite 202
                       Pennsauken Twp., NJ 08109

For more information, send an email to

For the most up to date information on the Collingswood Little League, visit the group's Facebook page here:

Collingswood bombed!

Yarn bomb art installation decorates Haddon Ave overnight

Despite the project’s warlike name, Collingswood woke up to a very warm and fuzzy art installation on Friday, February 7. Nearly two dozen trees, poles and other items in the town were yarnbombed overnight by a team of yarn artists organized by the Borough.

A group of nearly two dozen knitters made up of residents, knitting enthusiasts and organizations worked secretly over the last few months to measure, design and install a town wide bombing to create a large-scale, fiber arts installation in the downtown. The project was led by Collingswood’s Director of Community Development, Cass Duffey, after yarnbombs started appearing randomly around town.

“These colorful little sweaters were so charming,” said Duffey. “We thought it would be impressive to bomb the entire downtown and showcase local yarn artists. We started reaching out to some local knitting networks and they were all very enthusiastic.”

Yarnbombing, also called yarnstorming, has become common in urban areas, decorating everything from lampposts to entire vehicles. Dozens of organizations dedicated to the craft and execution of bombings exist around the county. In 2012, the city of Pittsburgh organized local knitters to decorate the Andy Warhol/7th Street Bridge. Collingswood’s project included artists from the town’s Fiber Arts Guild, local residents and local yarn shop owner Judy Weinstein of Jubili Beads & Yarns®.

“February is a time that can be gloomy,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “This is something creative, different and beautiful for our business district, residents and visitors.”

Even Collingswood’s iconic millennium clock and horse hitching posts got the yarn treatment. The exhibit coincides with Collingswood’s monthly 2nd Saturday event on February 8 and Valentine’s Day. The yarn art will decorate the town through February. The wraps and blankets will be donated to Almost Home Animal Shelter in Pennsauken to warm sheltered pets after the installation is complete.

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.

Library hosting monthly writing workshops

The Collingswood Public Library will host library host monthly writing workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month beginning on March 6.

The Poetry Workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to write, read and discuss their original work.  We will examine a variety of poetic styles in a close, collaborative environment while developing and refining skills and interests.  The program will provide exposure to current movements in poetry through exposure to online and print magazines. Topics will also include the practical methods of editing, submitting and publishing work. This workshop is free.

The workshops can accommodate a maximum of 10 participants so please register with Emily beforehand at, or by phone at 856-858-0649 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The class will be held on the second floor of the library. See the event calendar for the monthly schedule.

Lady of Lourdes Comedy Night, March 8

On Saturday, March 8, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Collingswood Auxiliary Branch will host a comedy night at the Collingswood Community Center from 7 p.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.  Three professional comedians will perform, including The Cable Ace Winner, Joey Callahan. 

Tickets cost $45 and include food, dessert, wine and beer.  For more information, contact Marianne at 856-854-0152. 

PATCO trackwork info

Collingswood officials received the following statement from PATCO regarding track work taking place in Collingswood and along all their lines. This affects transit users, commuters and residents near tracks. Read on for updates.  With questions on the project and work call PATCO directly at or visit More details on the project are here as well.

Earlier this month, PATCO embarked on a two-year, $103 million project to rehabilitate aging railroad tracks on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  The tracks were last replaced about 30 years ago.

This project is likely to affect at least some of your constituents in the following way: 

-People who live and work near bridge anchorages and landings will hear loud, steel-on-steel construction noise, particularly after April, when week-long work begins.

-Over the next two months, PATCO passengers will experience crowded trains and 30-minute gaps in service during Friday evening rush hour and Monday morning and evening rush hours.

-This spring, construction crews will use one eastbound lane on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as a multi-month staging area.  The lane will be closed to motor vehicle traffic while the crews are using it, and some traffic congestion is likely in both directions.

Construction crews are already installing work scaffolding under the north and south tracks on the bridge.  They also are performing concrete repairs, electrical work and other tasks in preparation for the actual track replacement, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in April.

The bridge’s south track is scheduled to be closed for construction in April and May.   Work on the north track should begin in July and August.  The project is slated for completion by the end of 2015.

During April and May – and again in July and August – the current PATCO Friday-through-Monday train schedule will become a 24/7 schedule.  PATCO passengers will experience 30-minute gaps in service and crowded trains during all rush hours.

PATCO is using releases to the local news media, the PATCO website, PATCO social media, informational seat drops, station banners and revised timetables to inform passengers of construction related schedule changes and the anticipated effects of those changes on the PATCO customer experience.

The DRPA is also reaching out to homes and businesses located close to the bridges to prepare them for construction noise and provide them with project contacts.

CHS Band Booster Basket Raffle

Collingswood High School Band Booster Association presents their 8th Annual Basket Raffle on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 6pm to 10pm.  Event takes place at teh Collingswood Senior High School, 424 Collingswood Avenue, Collingswood, NJ  08108.  Drawing begins at 7pm.  

Entry fee is $5 and light refreshments will be available.

Ticket prices are as follows: $5 for 1 sheet of 25 tickets or $10 for 3 sheets of 25 tickets.  Pre-sale orders will begin February 1, 2014 at 5 sheets for $15.  Pre-sales will end on February 28, 2014.  To order Pre-sale tickets, contact Betsy Chittum at 856-962-5701 x6005.  Pre-sale ticket and entry fee money must be paid to Mrs. Chittum no later than March 1, 2013.  Pre-sale tickets will be provided upon entry the day of the event.

There will be door prizes, regular baskets, Premium Baskets and SUPER BASKETS which include a Big Screen TV and 4 Disney Park Hopper Passes.

Come on out and get your number called! 

Passing of former Commissioner Marion Flenard

Marion Flenard, former Commissioner of Collingswood, passed away January 23, 2014 at the age of 87. She will be fondly remembered for her dedication to the Borough. Flenard was a dedicated member of the Collingswood community. She served as a Collingswood Borough Commissioner for 12 years, from 1977 to 1989. Notably, she was the first woman ever elected to Borough Commission.  Fellow Commissioner Michael Brennan called her a “Trailblazer.”

Marion was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 20, 1926. She graduated from Collingswood High School in 1944 and Parsons School of Design in 1948.

Flenard balanced a career, personal life and enthusiastic community involvement. As Commissioner of Revenue and Finance, Flenard parlayed her business acumen into managing Borough business and budgeting. As a member of the centennial steering committee she was very involved with Collingswood’s centennial celebration in 1988.

“Marion gladly lent her time and talent to any group that asked her for assistance,” said Brennan.

Borough flags will fly at half-staff to honor Flenard.


2014 Year at a Glance available!

Collingswood is chock full of festivals, concerts, events and more – and now you can plan out a year full of fun with the 2014 Year at a Glance. See a show! Take the kids out! Enjoy all the family fun our town has to offer (and it doesn’t even include all the events hosted by the merchants in our business districts!). Print it, put it on your fridge and start filling your calendar. PDF below.

The May Fair! Cruise Nights! The Pop Up Gala! We love to see you in Collingswood! To stay-up-to-date on events like us on Facebook here!

Community Garden 2014 meetings start in March

Come to the first Collingswood Community Garden meeting on March 13 at 7pm in the Collingswood Library (771 Haddon Ave.) See why you should 
become a member! For more information go here or email

Tiny Tot storytime schedules

Tiny Tot Storytime at the Collingswood Public Library
(for children 18-35 months old) Fridays – 10am, Peter P. Childs Meeting Room

This program is limited to 14 children and includes simple stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Caregivers must register their child each month beginning on the specified date below in order to participate. There will be no reservations taken before that time. Please ask for Carol or Dot. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Registration begins Jan 10 for  Jan 17, 24, 31
Registration begins Feb 7 for Feb 14, 21, 28
Registration begins Mar 7 for Mar 14, 21, 28, April 4

Collingswood Public Library
771 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

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