Collingswood, New Jersey

Collingswood seeks volunteers at Community Meet & Greet on May 15

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Collingswood, a town known for and built on volunteer spirit, is looking to find new members of the community to give back to the Borough’s myriad organizations and festivals. The Borough will host Get Up, Collingswood! – a volunteer night and community meet and greet on May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Ballroom (315 WHP).   

“Not everyone realizes that all those groups and events that Collingswood is known for run almost completely on the time and energy of people that want to make great things happen here,” said Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley. “A lot of the people on those committees have been giving their time for 15, 20, 30 years. We need new faces to keep these events going. So put down the laptop, step away from the keyboard and bring the family out on the fifteenth of May. Get up and get involved!”

The kid-friendly event will give interested guests an opportunity to learn about what efforts they can volunteer for directly from representatives of those organizations. Get Up Collingswood! is also a community meet & greet – a chance for folks to meet their neighbors and enjoy a Collingswood-spirited night out while signing up to give back.  For fun, guests can challenge neighbors in a giant game of Jenga, there will be craft beers on tap, giveaways (including passes to the Franklin Institute and Collingswood merchandise), snacks and crafts and entertainment for kids. The event is free.

“We want neighbors from all over town to come out for a little fun but more importantly see what groups are a good fit for them,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “Dedicating a few weekends, or even a few hours, a year makes all the difference. It’s what makes Collingswood great today and we need to see new people get involved to keep Collingswood great for generations to come.”

Events like May Fair, the Book Festival, Holiday Parade, Green Festival, 4th of July Bike Parade, the Farmers’ Market, recreation programs and Parent Teacher Associations require volunteers to plan and execute some of Collingswood’s most loved events or build important organizations. The Borough hopes this inaugural event will pair people interested in giving their time with groups that need volunteers.

“Some groups are struggling to find new members,” said Commissioner Mike Hall. “We know there are hundreds of people out there that want to give back, we just need to connect them with our organizations. Collingswood is an ideal town in the eyes of many and that’s in no small way because of volunteers but we need new people to fill roles. It’s a tradition that’s made our town lively and a wonderful place to live. We’re hoping for a stellar turnout.”  


Police Department Bike Auction, May 3

The Collingswood Police Department will hold a bicycle auction on May 3.

Nearly 150 bicycles will be up for auction from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Collingswood Public Works garage, 713 Atlantic Ave. The event is a closed auction - doors open for public to view bikes from 8 to 9 a.m.

The bikes to be auctioned off have been recovered by the Police Department as either stolen or lost. Payment is cash only. For more information call Agent Chris Rodgers at 854-1901 x 227.

County Hazardous Waste event, April 12

Collingswood will host a special waste collection on April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Collingswood public works complex (713 N. Atlantic Avenue). Clear the garage of old paint cans and fuels and help the earth by making sure it’s disposed of properly. There are separate recycling events for computers and electronics. Call 856-858-5241856-858-5241 or visit for more information.

This event is the same day as the Collingswood Green Festival!

What to bring:

Automotive: Antifreeze, brake fluid, car batteries, car wax and polish, carburetor cleaner, degreasers, diesel fuels, engine starting fluid, gasoline, grease, lead-acid batteries, power steering fluid, tire black, transmission fluid, window washer fluid

Paint related: creosote, driveway sealer, epoxies, linseed oil, oil based paint, paint strippers, paint thinners, primer, pruning paint, resins, shellac, solvent based paint, spray paint, turpentine, varnish, water sealer,

Household cleaners: aluminum cleaners, air fresheners, bleach, cesspool cleaners, disinfectants, drain opening, dry cleaning solvents, floor wax, furniture polish, lye, metal polish, oven cleaner, rug & upholstery cleaner

Pesticides: Baygone, chlordane, diazinon, DDT, fertilizers, flea collars & sprays, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, lindane, malathion, moth balls & crystals, mouse & rat poison, Pyrethrins, Strychnine, stump killer, weed killer, wood preservatives

Fuels: camping fuel, kerosene, lighter fluid

Personal care: fingernail polish & remover, hair coloring, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, mercury thermometers

Home and hobby: chemistry kits, cutting oil, glues and adhesives, gun cleaning solvents, mercury thermostats, pool cleaning chemicals, propane tanks, rock salt

What not to bring:
Motor Oil, Tires, Landscape Timbers, Air Conditioners, Electronics, Space Heaters, Other Scrap Metal, Empty Containers, Medications

This is only a partial listing. If you have any questions about what to bring call 856-858-5241856-858-5241. Also, remember that latex paint is water based and non-hazardous. It can be disposed of in your regular trash after being dried out. Use kitty litter or another absorbent material to help speed drying time. Motor oil is also recyclable and can be taken to automotive service centers to be recycled.

Town Forum - April 9

Next Forum:  April 9, 2014 7 p.m. Scottish Rite

Residents and business owners are welcome to attend an open forum on the Borough. Do you have questions for the Mayor and Commissioners? Come out and share your ideas for Collingswood!

Forums have proven to be an extremely useful communication tool between the Borough representatives and community. Forums provide residents with the opportunity to tell their government of specific concerns impacting their neighborhood, issues such as public safety, public works, recreation, etc. They are conducted in an informal manner designed to encourage two-way communication. All interested citizens of the Borough are encouraged to attend and participate. Residents are notified by Town Crier and E-blasts for upcoming forums.

Discount composters and rain barrels available, April 29

Sales and classes during two hour  event next Tuesday

A new shipment of rain barrels and composters just arrived which Collingswood will sell at subsidized prices to citizens on Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). The program is open to anyone who wants another, still wants one, or knows someone who wants one! Composters cost $25 each for Collingswood residents and $35 each for non-residents. The rain barrels cost $45 each for Collingswood residents and $55 for non-residents. One composter and barrel per person.

Purchasers must attend a special 15-minute instruction session on the proper use of composters and rain barrels at the Collingswood Community Center after purchase of their item.  A local expert will lead the 15-minute information sessions for the benefit of both first-time and experienced composter and rain barrel users.

Composter and rain barrels will be sold of a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited. For more details contact Commissioner Joan Leonard at

Collingswood’s Green Festival is just one of the eco-initiatives that makes the Borough one of the greenest places in the Delaware Valley. Programs in Collingswood that encourage sustainability include the town’s bike share program, subsidized composter and rainbarrel programs, community garden, the only town that provides car sharing (via Zipcar) in Southern New Jersey and recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.


All Colls Odyssey of the Mind teams advance to State finals!

Collingswood’s Odyssey of the Mind organization, only in its second year, had an excellent first round of tournaments in March. All teams will advance to State finals in April. An overview of this weekend’s success is below, provided by coach and organizer Kenneth Allendoerfer:

Seven Collingswood Rec teams competed in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition this year: 5 teams in Division 1, which is for elementary school kids, and 2 teams in Division 2, which is for middle school.  All 17 kids and 5 coaches from last year returned this year, with last year's 5th graders now forming the core of the new middle school teams.  They were joined by 30 first time OMers and 7 new coaches this year.  In addition, 18 kids participated in our Primary Club, which is a noncompetitive introduction to OM.

The Lighthouse Regional tournament was held at Haddonfield Memorial High School on March 22.  77 teams from as far south as Woodstown and as far north as South Brunswick competed.  The top 3 teams in each problem category/age division will advance to State Finals, to be held April 12 in Ewing, NJ.

Collingswood results:

Problem 1 – Driver’s Test
Division 1 – 3rd Place of 5 -  Stephen Hwang, coach
Division 2 – 1st Place of 6 - Joshua Cook, coach

Problem 2 – The Not-So Haunted House
Division 1 – 3rd Place of 9 - Alyson Wiecek, Shannon DiMasi, coaches
Division 2 – 2nd Place of 12 - Kenneth Allendoerfer, Chris Celia, coaches

Problem 3 – It’s How We Rule
Division 1 – 1st Place of 5 - Chris Celia, Jennifer Perez, coaches

Problem 4 – The Stackable Structure
Division 1 – 2nd Place of 3 - Sue Gittler, Nick Romano, coaches

Problem 5 – Seeing is Believing
Division 1 – 3rd Place of 4, Kelly Castle, coach

All 7 Collingswood teams are advancing to State Finals.  Only St. Augustine of Canterbury (South Brunswick) and Woodstown (which includes high school) have a similar number of teams advancing.  I'm so proud of all our kids and our coaches.

In addition, I want to mention a few of the teams' accomplishments:

1) Our Problem 2/Division 2, Problem 3/Division 1, and Problem 5/Division 1 teams each received 100 out of 100 points in Spontaneous. Spontaneous is the part of the OM competition in which the teams are presented a problem to solve immediately without any preparation and without their coaches in the room.  In all three cases, our teams bested their nearest challengers by more than 15 points.  This is an amazing accomplishment, and a testament to the creativity and quick thinking of our Collingswood kids.

2) Our Problem 1/Division 2 team received 193.32 out of 200 on Long Term.  Long Term is the portion of the competition where the teams solve a problem over a period of weeks and months. The team's solution involved a rideable vehicle with no motor or pedals that navigated a course and completed tasks while being chased by a mythical beast. Read about them in the Philly Inquirer!   

3) Our Problem 2/Division 2 team, known as "Team Tape," which composed of seven 2nd and 3rd graders competing against many 4th and 5th graders, scored 199.17 out of 200 points in Long Term.  The team's solution involved a journey to a haunted hollow tree, wolves with bad breath, and spooky squirrels.  Their solution took  3 months to create and prepare, and they thought of all the ideas themselves.  In addition, the same team scored 47.15 out of 50 points in Style, which is the part of the competition about how creatively the sets, props, costumes, etc. appear and are constructed.  Team Tape's multiple accomplishments are an indicator of the active imaginations of these kids and the hard work of their coaches and parents.

4) Our Problem 4/Division 1 team was the first Collingswood team to ever compete in the OM structure problem. Their solution involved a tower made of only balsawood and glue, and it was designed to hold weights. Though the team's structure did not hold any weight on this first attempt, their Style and Spontaneous scores put them into 2nd place, and they will have three weeks to work on and improve their design to try again!

5) Our Problem 1/Division 1 team was composed of all new OMers--all boys 10 and under--who created a vehicle of cardboard and some trash-picked wheels to navigate a course and avoid the pitfalls of Bad Luck. Hard work and a dedicated coach made for a great accomplishment!

Spring leaf pickup starts April 7

The Department of Public Works will be providing residents with curbside leaf pick up the week of April 7.  This will occur on your normal fall leaf pick up day.  Also, large brush can be placed curbside for pick up. Please call 856-858-0533 with your address for brush disposal or for more information. Leaf pickup schedules are available at on the Public Works page.

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

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 . 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


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