Collingswood, New Jersey

Borough officials asking for help in identifying inlet cover thieves

Over the past 24 hours several storm drain/inlet covers have been stolen from streets in Collingswood. Collingswood Police are asking for assistance in tracking down the thief or thieves.

According to reports, approximately 12 inlet covers have been stolen from the area of Harrison Ave, Virginia Ave, Franklin Ave and Arlington Ave between the overnight of March 13 and the morning of March 14.  Also, in the last week and a half more than six inlet covers have been stolen from the area of Woodlawn Ave and Cedar Ave.

Officials are asking that residents call 911 immediately if they see any suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles (especially pickup trucks or vans) parked on corners near storm inlets. Storm inlets are being secured and Police are working on the issue but information from residents can be very helpful.

March 15 GTLO concert postponed due to illness

The Get the Led Out Concert scheduled for Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 are postponed until Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 respectively due to a band member's illness.  All tickets will be honored.

More information on the Scottish Rite is at http://collingswood.com/entertainment/theater-and-ballroom

Support the Marlins at the Suburban Swim Association Championships!

The Collingswood Marlins Swim Team will host the 2014 Suburban Swim Association of South Jersey (SSASJ) Championship Meet this summer  on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at Roberts Pool in Collingswood. The Suburban Swim Association has teams from Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties.

Putting together an event to host over 900 swimmers from South Jersey as well as their extended families over two days takes much planning and financial investment. More than 2,500 guests are expected to attend this year’s championship meet. The Collingswood Marlins Swim Team is offering businesses, community organizations and families an opportunity to place an advertisement in the souvenir program book.

Consider making a tax deductible financial contribution in the name of the swimmer/family, business or organization. The Collingswood Marlins Swim Team is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Checks can be made out to Collingswood Marlins Swim Team and mailed to: Lou Evangelist, 115 Frazier Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. Publication deadline is July 20, 2014. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lou Evangelista at 609-707-3121 or by email at evangelistal@verizon.net . Rate information is below. Thank you for your support in making this year’s championship meet a success!

2014 Program Book Advertising Rates
Business Card 3.5” x 2 (8 per page): $40
¼ page 3.875: x 5.125: $65
½ page 8” x 5.125”: $115
Full page 8” x 10.5” (Best Value): $165 
Inside Back Cover 8” x 10.5” (Premium): $300
Inside Front Cover 8” x 10.5” (Premium): $300
Outside Back Cover 8” x 10.5” (Premium): $360
(Outside back cover printed in color)

All ads are printed in black and white on heavy stock paper. Ads will be positioned in the program on a first come, first served basis. All checks should be made payable to Collingswood Marlins Swim Team.

 Publication deadline is July 20, 2014. Please include camera ready artwork. All entries will be sized based on an 8.5” x 11” page. Electronic files may be e-mailed to evangelistal@verizon.net

 

2014 budget announced

Collingswood's 2014 Budget, which will be introduced at a special Commission meeting on Friday March 7, includes appropriations that support new police hires, increase capital improvements and infrastructure upgrades. The increase on the average assessed home in Collingswood is $122.

Notably, the budget supports staffing for the Collingwood Police Department. The Police will hire one new full time officer and a Class II traffic officer. The police department had added officers every year since 2011. The Borough will move to an e-ticketing program in 2014 as well. The Fire Department will also keep two additional firefighters on board thanks to a Federal SAFER grant.  

The Borough’s switch to the State health benefits plan in 2013 resulted in substantial savings in healthcare costs as well. The switch saved what would have been nearly a half million expenditure in healthcare costs. Contract negotiations with many departments resulted in salary savings and many Borough employees saw cost of living raises for the first time in two years. The budget also replenishes the Borough’s snow trust which is used to fund plowing and maintenance during winter and was depleted with the recent inclement weather. Other budget items include a continued upgrade to digital water meters, pedestrian and roadway improvements and building repairs.

“By examining costs, contracts and every layer of how we spend we’re able to put together a budget that will include a lot of improvements for town,” said Commissioner Mike Hall.

For the third year in a row the Borough’s debt, after being flat for nearly 10 years, is on the decline in 2014. By restructuring the Collingswood debt policy the Borough will save $100,000 over the next eight years by refunding outstanding debt and restructuring loans and reducing interest rates. Overall, the Borough will retire two thirds of its total debt over the next 10 years with additional restructuring and an aggressive paydown schedule. In 2014, the Borough will pay down in excess of $2 million from the sale of LumberYard units. “These payments are strategic moves made ahead of schedule and shows us managing our debt responsibly,” said Mayor Jim Maley.

“Each year we have to handle increases in health care, pension and utilities - budget items we have little control over,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “But we’re also able to continue to improve town with more services and upgrades.”

In related positive Borough news, new businesses have steadily filled vacancies and the Borough continues to see active growth in the downtown. Additionally, Standard and Poor’s recently gave Collingswood it’s highest rating in Borough’s credit history.

Collingswood seeks outstanding volunteer nominations

Collingswood seeks outstanding volunteer nominations for National Volunteer Month in April

Do you know someone who gives their heart and soul to Collingswood to make it a better place? April is National Volunteer month and Collingswood, a community built on strong volunteer spirit, is hoping  to celebrate those that give back.

The Borough is holding a short essay contest to find the town’s most giving volunteers. People that would like to nominate a friend or neighbor can write a short essay (150 words or less) describing a Collingswood volunteer who has contributed to the community and how. 

Nominees should fit the theme: A Collingswood resident that has given outstandingly to Collingswood-specific efforts, projects or organizations. A winner will be selected in March and both the essayist and nominee will be honored at the April 1 Commission Meeting. Both will receive $50 Collingswood Cash and the nominee will get a proclamation celebrating their dedication to town. The winning essay will be published in the Town Crier as well.

 “There are so many people that give their time and talent to make Collingswood the amazing place it is,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “I suspect we’ll have a lot of nominees and that’s part of what makes our town wonderful. They’ll be very touching to read.”

According to Nationalserviceresources.org, National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week. Additionally, governors, mayors and other elected officials make public statements and sign proclamations in support of the event.

Last year the Borough honored winner Michelle Miller for her service as president of the Collingswood Junior Women’s Club.

Send essays to:
Volunteer Month Essay Contest
c/o Cass Duffey
678 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Essays can also be emailed to cduffey@collingswood.com with the subject line “Volunteer Month Essay Contest SUBMISSION.” Essays should be received by March 24 and be no longer than 150 words.

Dance your support for the Library - May 2!

The Collingswood Public Library will host its second 21-and-over dance in the ballroom of the Collingswood Senior Community Center on Friday, May 2, from 8 p.m. to midnight.  Nick Cain and JG will provide music for the event.  All proceeds from the dance will fund new ebooks for the Library.  

The dance doesn't have a theme, so attendees can wear their favorite dancing clothes!  The music will range from New Order to Daft Punk. The dance will feature free Gourmet Popcorn Creations popcorn and trays of Philly Soft Pretzel Factory pretzels. The dance will also feature a cash bar.  

Beginning April 9, the library started selling tickets online through its website, http://collingswoodlib.org/. The first 50 tickets cost $10 each, the next 50 ost $12.50 each and the last 100 cost $15 each. The library sold out its first adult dance last year so gather friends and purchase early!

For more info call (856) 858-0649 or visit http://collingswoodlib.org/

Public works asks residents to report potholes

Collingwood’s Department of Public Works is working to fix potholes caused by the harsh winter weather. If you have a pothole on your street you can report it for repair by calling the DPW garage at 856-858-0533.

Potholes on roads maintained by Camden County must be repaired by county crews. The County is also working to repair roads. To report a pothole on a County Road call 856-566-2980.

Roads maintained by Camden County
Haddon Ave
Collings Ave
Richey Ave
Fern Ave
South Park Drive
Newton Lake Drive
Park Ave
Ferry Ave
Browning Road
Bettlewood Ave
Cuthbert Blvd

Roads maintained by the NJDOT
Rte 130
Rte 30

Collingswood earns two 'Golden Forks'

South Jersey Magazine named two Collingswood restaurants as Golden Fork recipients which honor editor’s top 10 dining picks in South Jersey. Zeppoli and Indiya earned the awards which highlight “the dishes that should be on your radar…” Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, also got a nod in the “Extra Plates” category for their Carpaccio di Manzo Con Olio Tartufato e Pepi. Read on for the full reviews. See here for the online version of the article – which includes suggested dishes!

Indiya in Collingswood
Traditional Indian cuisine gets a modern twist at this Haddon Avenue staple. It’s chef Vipul Bhasin’s second South Jersey restaurant (he also runs Coriander in Voorhees) and he continues to pack a ton of flavor through an assortment of curries and tandoor-cooked plates.

Zeppoli in Collingswood
Now in it’s third year, chef Joey Baldino’s 35-seater continues to put out fresh and seasonally inspired Sicilian dishes that have earned him such critical acclaim.

Extra Plates: Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood
Carpaccio di Manzo Con Olio Tartufato e Pepi
Raw angus beef loin is shaved thinner than Kate Moss and brought to life thanks to EVOO and lemon juice and complemented with a bed of arugula, shaved parmesan, long hots and some white truffle oil for good measure.

Snow storm information

FEBRUARY 13 SNOW INFO: *Share* with Collingswood friends

TRASH UPDATE - From our DPW Superintendent: South Jersey Sanitation is in town today (Thursday, Feb 13). They are picking everything up but recycling. They will be in tomorrow to do Friday's route and also recycling on Thursday's route.

Borough Hall, Collingswood Public Library and all Borough Buildings are closed. Collingswood schools are closed.  Collingswood officials are urging residents to refrain from parking vehicles in the street due to the expected heavy snowfall on February 12 and 13. If possible, please pull cars into driveways and off the roads. Our Public Works Department will be extremely busy with plowing operations. Vehicles parked in the roadway cause a hindrance to the plowing operations and put plow drivers at risk for possible accidents with parked vehicles in the roadway. We appreciate your cooperation.

SNOW REMOVAL GUIDELINES
Public Works is working hard to make driving safer and easier in snowy weather. Depending on the duration and amount of snowfall, Borough trucks may plow your street several times. As snow rolls off our plows, it will accumulate in driveways. Please understand that this is unavoidable and it is the homeowner's responsibility to clear it. Here are some helpful hints to make "snow" business less frustrating:

Shovel snow to the right side of your driveway (facing the street) to minimize the amount of snow entering your driveway.

If possible, wait until the Borough trucks have made at least two passes on your street before clearing your driveway.

Shovel and/or blow snow onto the curb, not into the street.

DO NOT PARK cars on the street from one hour after snow has continuously fallen until 12 hours after snow has stopped. This speeds the removal process and prevents cars from being plowed in.

To insure safety of pedestrians, residents must remove snow from sidewalks following a snow fall.

In the event of deep snow, please shovel around your mailbox and fire hydrants near your house – for your safety and your neighbors'.

 

Annual Symphony in C concert series

     Symphony in C and Assistant Conductor Petko Dimitrov will perform Peter and the Wolf for the symphony's annual Concerts For Young People series at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m.  The annual Concerts for Young People series brings orchestral works and stories to pre-K through ninth grade students. 

     A 13-year-old cellist, Isabel Newell, will perform Antonio Vivaldi's Cello Sonata No. 5 in E minor during the programs. Newell started attending Symphony in C's Summer Music Camp in 2012. The symphony allows her the opportunity to perform as the first chair cellist as well as a solo cellist. Newell started playing cello at 5-years-old and recently worked with world-renowned cellist David Finckel in a Symphony in C Master Class. Symphony in C's Peter and the Wolf performances will also feature renowned performer Michael Boudewyns.

     Tickets, currently on sale, cost from $8-10.  Symphony in C concerts feature wheelchair accessibilty, large print programs and brochures, and assistive listening devices.  Sponsors of the event include Subaru of America, the New Jersey Council on the Arts, and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.  For more information on Symphony in C, visit www.SymphonyinC.org or call 856-963-6683. 

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