DUE TO THE THREAT OF BAD WEATHER, THE EASTER EGG HUNT IS CANCELED.
Collingswood Rotary will host this year’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28 beginning at 10 a.m. The hunt will take place at the gazebo in Knight Park. There will be candy and goodies for boys and girls ages eight and under. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny! No pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Rotary President Michael Trainor at 609-313-4910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders will hold their monthly meeting in Collingswood on March 19 at 7pm at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W. Collings Ave). The public is welcome to attend. A meeting agenda can be viewed here.
An interactive dinner comedy to DIE for!
Finnegan’s Wake, the hilarious interactive dinner comedy, is coming to Collingswood! After playing to sold out audiences in Atlantic City, Finnegan’s Wake will now be playing at the Collingswood Grand Ballroom on March 20.The proceeds from this performance will support the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts.The classic Irish ballad “Finnegan’s Wake” is transformed into the Irish version of “one of those Italian Weddings,” only in place of the nuptials, there’s a funeral. It’s an interactive dinner theater so the audience is part of the act!
Audiences will have the opportunity to pay their respects to poor Sean Patrick Finnegan, give a eulogy, or tell their favorite Irish joke. There’s no telling what may happen when Sean’s crazy family and his outrageous friends come together at his funeral. The event includes original music by the Barley Boys (led by Mike Babick) as well as an Irish buffet and full bar.Tickets can be purchased by calling The Collingswood Grand Ballroom and Scottish Rite Theater at 856-858-1000 x210. Tickets are $40 and include a buffet dinner, two complimentary drinks (beer or wine) and admission to The Wake with music by The Barley Boys. Parking is plentiful and free at the Scottish Rite.
You’ll laugh (until you cry) at Finnegan’s Wake, a production assured to lift your spirits – and rest assured there will be plenty of spirits to go around. After all, this gathering is a celebration of life, not death!
Details for Finnegan’s Wake:
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7pm; doors open at 6:30pm
Collingswood Grand Ballroom, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood 08107
Tickets $40 per person; include buffet and two complimentary drinks (beer or wine)
Tickets are limited; call 856-858-1000 x210
Mixed drinks & Irish beer available
Proceeds benefit Collingswood Foundation for the Arts
Collingswood maps updated, homeowners encouraged to learn about flood risk
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II office has released updates to the flood hazard maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The FIRMs identify areas that have the greatest flood risk and are used by insurance companies to determine flood insurance rates, and lenders to determine flood insurance requirements.
Camden County municipalities impacted by the new maps are: Audubon Park, Audubon, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Camden City, Collingswood, Gloucester City, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Mount Ephraim, Oaklyn, Pennsauken, Runnemede and Woodlynne.
Residents and property owners in these towns are encouraged to learn more about their flood risk and the updates shown on the preliminary flood hazard maps by looking up their property’s address in the “What’s my BFE” tool at www.region2coastal.com.
To provide more information to homeowners, FEMA will hold a public Flood Risk Open House at the Camden County Boathouse, 7050 North Park Drive in Pennsauken on March 25. No presentation will be made, so residents may attend the Open House any time between the hours of 4 and 8 pm. No appointment is required.
Using interactive flood hazard maps at this Open House, representatives from the State, County, and FEMA and their mapping partners, will be available to answer flood risk and insurance questions, and explain the preliminary flood hazard maps. Residents are encouraged to bring their elevation certificates and/or flood insurance policies to the event in order to get the best information about how their flood insurance may change as a result of the new preliminary maps.
Please plan to attend this event if your property is currently mapped within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), newly mapped into an SFHA, and/or if you currently have flood insurance. If you are unsure of your flood risk, please refer to the Preliminary FIRMs which are available on the FEMA Map Service Center website, https://msc.fema.gov/portal, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or your local flood plain administrator or municipal building official.
Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the United States. It is vital for property owners to understand their risk and taking advantage of tools and programs available to them. Property owners can take action by purchasing flood insurance and implementing mitigation actions to help reduce future flooding impacts.
The preliminary flood hazard maps that will be shared at the Open House are an update of the existing FIRMs. These preliminary FIRMs and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) provide the basis for flood risk education and floodplain management measures. Camden County is required to adopt updated maps to continue participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which makes flood insurance available to the community.
For additional information on flood hazard risk and the mapping process, please visit www.region2coastal.com.
Collingswood’s Public Works Department works hard to maintain safe driving conditions and clear streets during a snowy weather. During inclement weather please pull cars into driveways if possible to aid plowing. 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. Please do not shovel snow back into the street when shoveling out drives and walks. It impedes plow crew efforts. Remember, property owners are responsible for clearing walks.
Trash service will continue as scheduled. With public works questions please call 856-858-0533. For weather related updates, cancellations or information please stay tuned to www.collingswood.com.
SNOW REMOVAL GUIDELINES
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/necessary, 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'.
Join Perkins Center in Collingswood (30 Irvin Ave) for an fantastic evening of artistry and beer tasting, featuring over a dozen regional craft micro brews, a distillery, gourmet foods, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction on Saturday, May 16 from 7-10p.m.
In celebrating a landmark year, the Perkins beer tasting event includes a VIP Tasting at 6p.m. and will showcase five small New Jersey breweries from 6-7p.m.. Handmade beer steins, original artwork and one-of-a-kind items will make the silent auction unique. Featured breweries are Yuengling, Lancaster Brewing Co., Yards Brewing Co., East Coast Beer Co., Tuckahoe Brewing Co., Flying Fish Brewery and many more.
Handcrafted will feature live music from electro soul group Vita and the Woolf, named one of the Top 5 Philly Music Discoveries of 2014 by The Key XPN. Visitors are sure to enjoy a great evening of fun, food, drinks and laughter.
The opening of ticket sales begin on Friday, February 13 at $50 per person and can be purchased at www.perkinscenter.org. All proceeds benefit the many arts education efforts of Perkins Center.
Handcrafted at Perkins Center was named the 2014 Best Foodie Event in South Jersey by SoJo Happening, and the 2014 Best Way to Buy Art by South Jersey Magazine.
Handcrafted at Perkins Center is a 21+ event taking place at Perkins Center, Collingswood (30 Irvin Ave. Collingwood, NJ 08108) on Saturday, May 16th from 7-10pm. Tickets are $50 per person and include tastings of all the craft brews and food showcased at the event. Attend the VIP Tasting for an additional $20. Space is limited for the VIP Tasting, purchase tickets early. For ticketing and event details, please visit PerkinsArts.org or call (856) 235-6488.
Collingswood is offering free parking on Sundays for the winter. There’s no charge to park in town on Sundays during February and March. Parking is limited to three hours.
Hours of operation for paid parking are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 50 cents per hour.
Where can I park in Collingswood? It’s easy! Parking maps and more information here.
Program partners with Nunzio Ristorante Rustico and The Tortilla Press to help families address end-of-life issues
Our Wishes Over Dishes is part of a national movement to bring families together to have a conversation on what family members wishes would be at the end of their lives. Do you or your older loved ones have an advanced directive? Have you made out a will? Do you want to be buried or cremated? These are very difficult questions to answer, but so very necessary in planning for later years.
Work in Harmony (810 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood) is offering the use of their conference room free of charge one night a week from 6 to 8 p.m. for families who want to hold this important meeting with their loved ones in a quiet, neutral environment. Planning assistance and resources will be available.
Collingswood restaurants Nunzio’s and Tortilla Press are providing limited menus for families to order from and have delivered to enjoy a meal surrounded by loved ones while having one of the most difficult and important conversations a family can have.
Work in Harmony Café owner Michelle Polidoro is a registered nurse. The idea to host Our Wishes Over Dishes came from years of seeing patients struggle to make end-of-life decisions for sick loved ones. It became a personal matter for her when a family member got sick.
“My family faced this decision last January when my Pop passed away. We made the decision to give him morphine at the end, and for a long time afterwards my mom felt guilty for doing so,” said Polidoro. “It is important that people know what their loved ones would want if faced with this same decision or other decisions that need to be made.”
Polidoro was familiar with “Death over Dinner”, a similar national program which aims to make the conversation regarding care in final days more empowering when supported by loved ones. She decided her co-working café gave families an ideal space to plan for end-of-life and enjoy a meal together. She is offering her space for free to families that want to share their wishes.
Did you know (According to Death over Dinner statistics):
-How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation that America isn’t having.
-Nearly 75% of Americans want to die at home, yet only 25% of them do.
-60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important”; 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes.
-Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain.
-The vast majority of bankruptcies are due to end of life expenses.
Work in Harmony aims to offer families a comfortable place to start a dialogue. “Let’s make our community strong by participating in this movement to increase awareness of end-of-life choices and decrease the burden on families and society,” said Polidoro.To reserve space or get more info, contact Michelle Polidoro at email@example.com or call 856-869-9600.
Band Boosters Basket Raffle 2015
Add a boost to your evening at the CHS Band Boosters 9th Annual Basket Raffle on Saturday, March 14 at the Collingswood Senior High School (424 Collings Ave) from 6 to 10 p.m. Entry fee is $5 and includes light refreshments. The event will feature regular, premium and super baskets as well as door prizes!
Raffle tickets prices on the night of the event:
-$5 for 1 sheet of 25 tickets
-$10 for 3 sheets of 25 tickets
Presale tickets will be available February 1-28 at five sheets for $15. Remember presale ticket and entry fees must be paid no later than March 1. To order presale tickets contact Laurie Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-534-6123.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for presale ticket purchasers and presale tickets will be provided upon entry.
You can win big, Come boost your luck!