Collingswood, New Jersey

Colls Police host a Community Meeting

The Collingswood Police Department invites you to attend a Community Meeting on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm at the Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue.

Please join the CPD to strengthen the Community/Police Relationship.     This is your opportunity to:  

* Meet with Chief Carey and staff  

* Assist with the Community Ribbon Project  

* Be a part of an open discussion about concerns about your neighborhood  

* Help plan Community Night Out (Tues., August 4)  

FD receives grant for equipment

The Collingswood Fire Department received federal grant funds to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Collingswood along with Camden and Pennsauken received $1,538,758 to buy the new gear. The new devices provide clean air in toxic life-threatening conditions and will replace the departments’ outdated equipment, which in some cases no longer meet official standards or function properly. $233,887.50 of the grant went to Collingswood.

The money is awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, to help communities meet their emergency response needs without placing an additional burden on their local budgets.
“We would have had to replace our SCBA bottles and upgrade our packs in the next 3 years as they were about to reach the end of their life span,” said Collingswood Fire Chief Keith Davis. “We are saving $212,625 by receiving this grant. It’s terrific.”

This is not the first grant Collingswood FD has received. Impressively, the department has secured more than $1.7 million in grants since 2003 for equipment and staffing.

“It’s of the utmost importance that our first responders have appropriate and working gear,” said Commissioner Mike Hall. “It’s even better when we can secure these things at little to no cost to taxpayers with grants.”

Seven Collingswood businesses honored as “Best of the Best” by South Jersey Magazine!

Some old favorites and very new businesses were picked by the staff of South Jersey Magazine as the most outstanding merchants in their categories for the annual Best of the Best issue! See who writers and readers say are Collingswood standouts (and then check them out yourself!).

Oasis Mexican Grill, 498 Haddon Ave,
Meaty leg of lamb gets cooked slow until tender, then shredded and served in plates of three tacos, all on corn tortillas and topped with fresh lettuce, queso blanco, and just a bit of sour cream. They’re proof of what attention to detail and a respect for authentic Mexican technique can do.


Frusen Berri, 2 Powell Lane,
Take your pick from a variety of fun and funky frozen yogurt flavors (cinnamon bun, anyone?) then dive into the selection of toppings, syrups, fresh fruit and candies. Grab a seat at one of their outdoor tables or chill out in their upscale lounge space inside, which includes couches, a television and plenty of tables and chairs. There’s even an espresso machine and coffee station for the grown up so you can make it through that sugar high with a bit of energy.

Verde, 4 Powell Lane,
We’ve yet to find a better way to treat ourselves than with a glamorous blowout, and when we’re looking to turn heads we go for Verde’s Express Blowout. You’ll leave with silky, sexy hair that you just need to show off – so be sure you have plans for a great night out.

Upcycle, 688 Haddon Ave,
This Collingswood spin spot is still young, but is already drawing crowds with their fun and unique class options. Of course there’s the classic 60-minute sessions, but you can mix things up with 45-minute “quickie” classes, or have some fun with monthly classes like their Bikes and Brunch, Gears and Beers and Candlelit Cycle class.  

Best Italian Restaurant: Nunzio’s Ristorante Rustico
Seafood Restaurant:  L’Oceano
Cocktail Dresses: Marlene’s Dress Shoppe

Veterans' Appreciation Cruise Night

On July 16 Collingswood will host its monthly auto show - but they’ll be celebrating more than beautiful cars. The July event will focus on honoring veterans for the evening with a series of patriotic performances and surprises to thank those that have served.

Collingswood is partnering with Camden County for the special evening. Veterans will receive free registration for their vehicles. Camden County will provide American flags for participants and guests along with other veteran information and resources. The Collingswood Fire Department will display their impressive 20’ by 40’ American flag held by two ladder trucks at the corner of Haddon and Collings.

Rockabilly band Full Blown Cherry will be joined by Collingswood’s favorite girl trio, Hotsy Totsy ( to entertain crowds.  Full Blown Cherry will perform at the Zane School (756 Haddon Ave) and Hotsy Totsy will kick off the evening with the National Anthem and then do sets throughout Collingswood’s historic downtown along Haddon Avenue.


There will be all things red, white and blue on display at July’s Cruise Night. Flags, banners, balloons, dash plaques, trophies will all be patriotically themed. Trophies for the evening’s winning vehicles will be presented at 8:15 p.m. along with some special giveaways courtesy of Mothers Polishes, Meguiar’s, Eagle One, Duragloss and Fanelle’s Auto Repair and Towing.


Cruise Night is July 16. Collingswood’s Cruise Nights are the third Thursdays of every month from April to October. Registration for car and motorcycle owners participating in the show opens at the Collingswood Senior Community Center, 30 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ  08108 beginning at 4:45pm and closes at 6:30pm. Cost is $5 per vehicle (veterans will be free in July). Cruise night is always free and open to the public. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Collingswood Cruise Night is celebrating its 10th season and is still going strong.  Cars and motorcycles line Haddon Avenue and folks stroll the Borough’s picturesque downtown shopping, dining and enjoying the sights and sounds of live music and cars from every era. Select restaurants and merchants will offer Cruise Night and veterans specials to crowds. 

Collingswood PD ticketing kids

The Collingswood Police Department has been instructed to write as many tickets possible to kids 12 and under this summer.

Kids caught wearing their helmets will be issued a ticket – for a free water ice!

The “Friendly Ticket” program will reward Collingswood children for wearing their helmets while riding their bikes, scooters, rollerblades, etc. this summer with free small water ice coupons redeemable at Cabana Water Ice. Cabana is providing the coupons at no charge in an effort to support the safety campaign.

“We're thrilled to reward safety,” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “Every year, thousands of injuries can be prevented by something as simple as strapping on a helmet. We want to make helmet use a really positive thing and we love to spend time with kids in our neighborhoods as well.”

Officers have been instructed to be on the lookout for helmeted children and issue as many tickets as possible starting when schools let out in June. “Offenders” can just bring their “tickets” to Cabana Water Ice at 552 Haddon Ave and redeem it for a small water ice. The Friendly Ticket program will continue through summer.

“A big thanks to Cabana for their support on this. It’s a true community program and a great way to make sure kids stay safe when the bikes are out all summer long,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley.

National Night Out and Public Safety Open House, Aug 4

Free event brings community and officials together for safety festival

Collingswood will participate in the “32nd Annual National Night Out” (NNO) program on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by hosting the 3rd Collingswood Community Night Out.

On August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. along West Collings Ave, Collingswood residents, families and guests from around the area can enjoy a festival that features community engagement, giveaways and crime prevention information and demonstrations as part of an effort to inform people and bring communities and their safety officials closer together. The festival begins at the corner of Haddon and West Collings Avenues in the center of town.

Collingswood Police, Fire Departments, Department of Public Works, community organizations and local vendors are pitching in as part of the national campaign which, according to the NNO website, aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. In addition to the traditional National Night Out theme, Collingswood’s Community Night Out event will highlight the importance of Community Policing and engagement with the community.

Guests can enjoy  a police car and fire truck expo, bicycle safety tips, water safety tips from Roberts Pool lifeguards (still waiting on confirmation), speed pitch machine, water ice, hot dogs, prizes, free NY Life child IDs, banking information, music, mascots, entertainment and ask questions of local law enforcement.

“We’re looking forward to bringing the community together” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “The opportunity to informally connect with the residents of Collingswood is priceless and beneficial to all.  We are really excited to engage with everyone and highlight the importance of a community partnership.”

The event is staffed by volunteers from the Collingswood Police Department, Fire Department, DPW, civic groups, government officials and local 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

Opera in the Park - July 16

It will be tuxes and tails -and flip flops!- for just one evening in Collingswood. The opera is coming to Knight Park.

The show, performed by La Diva Tenors, will stage a “popera” featuring arias from several operas, Neapolitan music and Broadway and pop crossover selections from modern performers like Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.

The group weaves opera and modern standards together with the goal of reaching all audiences. La Diva Tenors boasts their performance as “a sprinkling of opera and a unique blend of wit, personality and humor.”

Opera in the Park takes place in Collingswood’s iconic Knight Park on July 16 at 8 p.m. and is free to the public. Guests should bring blankets and chairs. Exact location in Knight Park is to be determined. Performance location will be shared on in June. The event is sponsored by Camden County.

Want to picnic in the park as well? Several Collingswood will offer special take out menus for opera night guests. Call ahead or drop by these eateries to bring a ready-made meal to Knight Park!
Tortilla Press
The Pop Shop
Nunzio Ristorante Rustico

“We’re bringing a little black tie tshirt to Collingswood,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “Between our family movie nights in the summer, we’ll have an evening of couples and music lovers sprawled out on the grass, enjoying a little Carmen for a change.”

About La Diva Tenors:
The powerhouse quartet features tenors Antonio Buonauro, Thomas Betham and James Gafgen as well as soprano Donna Buonauro. Their careers have reached every continent and touched thousands of international audiences from Carnegie Hall to La Scala.

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.

Proud Neighbors hosts annual July 4 decorating contest

Proud Neighbors invite you to decorate for America'sbirthday!

It's Independence Day!  Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is inviting you to decorate your home, business or neighborhood block red, white and blue as they present their annual FOURTH OF JULY HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST!  Register in advance for Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s contest by e-mailing

All Collingswood homes, businesses and town blocks are urged to participate and show off their Stars and Stripes! Decorations are judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness to architecture, best historic home and overall best look.  Your name will be publicly credited for your holiday spirit and “Collingswood Cash” is awarded to winners.  Official judging will take place on the morning of July 4.  Winners will be announced at the Collingswood fireworks show!  You must call in advance to register your address for the contest.  Judges will only visit homes that provide address, name, phone and e-mail in advance.

ather up the bunting, start flying the flags, and get ready for the grandest Proud Neighbors of Collingswood HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST Collingswood has seen yet! 

Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 at only sites that have pre-registered. You must register in advance for Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s  contest by registering with your name, address, phone and e-mail at Please call 609-932-8207  with questions.

The 4th of July House Decorating Contest is a project of The Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, a not-for-profit civic organization established in 1983.  Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is dedicated to restoration, raising awareness of historic preservation and working with volunteers, neighbors, Business & Government to maintain the historic character of our town. 

For information on all the events in Collingswood in Independence Day, see our Fun on the 4th page here.

Collingswood PD increasing enforcement of dog leash violations

The Collingswood Police Department will be increasing enforcement of dog leash laws and ticketing owners in violation of Borough ordinance.

The Police Department has responded to an increasing number of dog related incidents around town and in Knight Park caused by unleashed dogs. There are no off-leash dog areas in Collingswood.

“The gazebo at Browning and Grant Avenues in Knight Park has become an unofficial dog park in Collingswood. It’s not legal or safe to have dogs off leash anywhere in the park,” said Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey. “We’ve gotten more and more incidents and calls about people and animals getting bitten. Some incidents have resulted in serious injury to humans and other pets. In order for everyone to be safe in the park and around town, we have to have owners complying with leash laws and in light of these incidents the PD is going to begin strict enforcement.”

Borough ordinances regarding leash laws are as follows:
§ 105-21 Dogs running at large.
Any person owning, keeping or harboring any dog, whether the dog is licensed or unlicensed, who shall suffer or permit said dog to run at large in or about the streets, highways or public places of the Borough or to run at large upon the lands and premises of any person other than the owner or persons in possession of said dog without permission of said landowner first obtained, in writing, shall be guilty of a violation of this Article.

§ 105-22 Leashing of dogs.
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit the same to be upon the public streets or in any public places of the Borough unless such dog is accompanied by a person over the age of 12 years and of such mental and physical capacity that he or she is able to control said dog by leash, provided, always in any case, that there shall be control of such dog by an adequate leash with not more than six feet thereof extended between the person in control of such dog and the dog itself.

“As the weather warms up, more people and their pets will be spending time outdoors. The safest way to enjoy our public spaces is to keep pets leashed,” said Carey.

2015 Town Book announced

Collingswood Book Festival organizers have announced the 2015 Collingswood Town Read. A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka, by Lev Golinkin, is a darkly comic story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union. It's also the story of Lev Golinkin, the American man who finally confronts his buried past by returning to Austria and Eastern Europe to track down the strangers who made his escape possible . . . and say thank you.
In 1990, Mr. Golinkin came to the U.S. as a child refugee from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov (now called Kharkiv). A graduate of Boston College, he resides in New Jersey. His op-eds and essays on the Ukraine crisis have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and, among others. Mr. Golinkin will appear at the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 3, 2015. For more information, please visit

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