Collingswood, New Jersey

Holiday Toy Magic Project seeks donations

Want to make some magic? Help turn gently used toys, books, bikes and other fun stuff for kids and teens into holiday gifts for the annual HOliday Toy Magic Drive. Donate items, join a caravan to transport the goodies (especially if you have a mini-van or SUV, we need you!) or help by just spreading the word.
Donations of gently used, nice condition toys and books will gladly be accepted at Dustless Hardwood Floors, 487 Haddon Ave, Ste A, Collingswood. Inside drop off hours are 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, or drop off any time on the covered porch. Items are brought inside several times a day. 
Donations accepted from Friday, November 22, 2013 to Friday, January 3, 2014. To get involved, contact Susan at 856-854-3882 or Donna at 

Gifts are distributed by New Visions Homeless Day Shelter in Camden, which last year serviced more than 500 families in Camden County.

Parade of Lights - Dec 13

Parade of Lights, Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
Continuing in tradition, fire trucks and floats strung in glittering lights will drive from Zane Ave. to Homestead Ave. (at the Collingswood post office, 970 Haddon Ave) for the Parade of Lights on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30. Collingswood’s Fire Department and civic organizations will come decorated and ready to represent their groups. Trucks will compete for top honors and prizes. Santa will follow on the last truck to greet children and spectators and send season’s greetings. Organizations that would like to be involved can call the Collingswood Fire Department at 856-854-1043. 

Read about all the wonderful holiday events in Collingswood here!

'Ugly sweater' photo sessions benefit charity

Ugly in Collingswood: Tacky photo sessions benefit local charity

It’s back there. Way back in the shadows of your closet. It might have a blinking reindeer or a family of off-kilter snowmen. It’s so bad it’s good. 

It’s the ugly Christmas sweater. And you can wear it with pride, say cheese and make some money for charity this December in Collingswood.

In the spirit of “Awkward Family Photos,” Collingswood photographer Kathleen Roseboro will host “Ugly Christmas Sweater" portrait sessions. For just $30 families, pets, couples, siblings, kids -anyone!- can sit for a 15 minute session on Sunday, December 1. Participants receive two high-res digital images for unlimited use and 100 percent of proceeds go to Collingswood Cares for its Children in Crisis. 

‘Cares’ collects money for Borough families with children who are chronically or terminally ill. The charity is run by Collingswood Mayor James Maley and his wife, Mary Kay. Even the Mayor will be pulling out the old ugly sweater to raise funds for families.

Of course, extreme cheesiness is not only encouraged but almost a requirement.

“I’m bringing the ugly,” said Maley. “It’s for a cause close to me and Collingswood so you have to go all out, right?”

Frugal Resale in Collingswood is also teaming up with organizers for the event. The Collingswood boutique will offer ugly sweater rentals and some ‘loaner’ sweaters for the charity portraits.

“Spots are filling up fast,” said Roseboro. “People are really enthusiastic about looking so corny. They’re going all out. It’ll be funny to see everyone’s poses and sweaters but at the end of the day it’ll be wonderful to give back.”

Roseboro’s studio is located in The Factory, Collingwood’s makerspace at 13 Fern Avenue. Sessions are expected to go extremely fast. Email Kathleen Roseboro Photography at to book a session.

“We can’t wait to see the Christmas cards coming out of Collingswood this year,” said Maley.

Collingswood U speaker series gives residents a platform

Human Trafficking. A food co-op. Fracking. Just a handful of topics that Collingswood residents are passionate about. A new Borough program will give citizens a chance to reach out to their neighbors to spread the word about the causes close to their heart.

The Collingswood U speaker series is the brainchild of Mayor James Maley who is often approached by citizens that want to make change or inform their community about issues important to them.

“So many residents reach out to me wishing more people knew about these things,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley. “We figured the best way to help them was to give them a louder voice. Whatever you’re fighting for, we wanted to give people the opportunity to tell others.”

The programs provide groups and speakers with time and space at the Collingswood Community Center and help speakers promote their event. The series begins on December 2 with a presentation on Human Trafficking by Kelly Master of Dining for Dignity. Master founded Dining for Dignity (DfD) in 2011 with a passion to elevate awareness in her community about human trafficking. DfD is a non-profit that exposes the reality of sex trafficking.  

Collingswood U events are first Monday evenings at 6:30pm at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). Details, bios and updates on all speakers and topics available soon at  Residents that have a topic they would like to present at a Collingswood U event can submit their information for consideration by the Borough by emailing Cass Duffey at

2013-2014 Collingswood U schedule:
December 2: Human Trafficking, Kelly Master, Dining for Dignity
February 4: Prescription Drug Abuse, Kate Woods, ExcelleRx, Inc.
April 7: Fracking, Cooper River Group of Food & Water Watch NJ
June 3: TBA

Collingswood Youth Theatre 2014 registration is open!

To download the registration form, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Handmade Holidays at the Farmers' Market starts Nov 2


Tis the season! The much anticipated Handmade Holidays at the Collingswood Farmers' Market starts November 2. The gift bazaar is a seasonal extension of the mega-popular Farmers' Market in Collingswood. As temperatures drop and harvest season winds down the Market expands to fill spaces with crafters and artisans selling gifts and holiday-themed items like tree decorations and holiday wreaths

Gifts and goods offered run from the practical (candles, coffee mugs, sake sets) to the whimsical (assemblage jewelry, toys, hair accessories) to the esoteric (photography, paper arts) to the merely beautiful (home décor, ceramics, knitwear).

Many regular vendors at the Market produce and package beautiful holiday giftables, notably Rochelle Rose, (handmade soaps, bath and beauty products), Green Aisle Grocery (healthy gourmet shelflife edibles), John & Kira's Chocolate, Dee Dee's Garden Pesto, Collingswood's own Cheese, Etc. Gourmet Gifts (gift baskets) along with dozens more bringing unique gifts and crafts.

Handmade Holidays gives space to 30 exhibitors on a rotating basis so shoppers can expect to see different choices when they make return visits. Plus, many season-long produce and food vendors are part of  the November Market. It is a time for late season crops and year-round agricultural products such as meat, cheese, and honey. The Saturday before Thanksgiving dinner is a must-go tradition for many - a popular date regardless of the weather.

"The bazaar is a true artists market. Nothing is resale. Everything sold is purchased from the hand of the artist who made it, crafted it, molded it, wove it, sewed it, carved it, or assembled it," says Market Director David Hodges.

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market and Handmade Holidays run every Saturday from May to the Saturday before Thanksgiving 8am to 12pm between Collings and Irvin Ave along PATCO. Charles M. Kuperus, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, has called us "one of the finest markets in the State." We were recently honored as "Best Farm Stand" in NJ Monthly Magazine's Best of Jersey issue due to its "authentic rural feel and hustle-bustle." It was also named best small market in the country in an American Farmland Trust poll.

Collings-Knight House fall events

The Friends of Collings-Knight House will be hosting some exciting events this fall at the historical house (500 Collings Ave). 

Saturday, November 9 there will be an 1860's era parlor viewing recreation. Sherri Groff, living historian dressed in full mid-Victorian mourning attire, will be presenting the viewing of Granville Price Groff at 2pm. This event is free!

On Saturday, December 14 from 2pm to 4:30pm Friends of Collings-Knight will be throwing an 1863 Christmas Party of historical proportions! Join in the festivities based in the 18th century during the Great Conflict. This celebration gives attendees an opportunity to talk with soldiers and other visitors to the homestead while enjoying 19th century music, games, costume and traditions. Free for all members, $5 for non-members or bring your family for $10! Refreshments will be served.

For more information on either event call 856-858-6205 or click here to email.

The Collings-Knight House stands as a tribute to the descendants of the founders of Newton Colony before the 19th century development of Collingswood as a planned suburb. It was built in 1825, by Edward Zane Collings for himself, his widowed sister Rebecca Knight and her children. The property it sits on was passed to him by his father Robert Zane, an original settler and member of the 1682 Newton Colony. The house is on the National and New Jersey Historic Registers and has been preserved and restored so that it is presently used as much as possible. Friends of Collings-Knight House oversee all operations and are constantly developing fundraising efforts for the continued restoration of the house.

Knight Park cleanup days - Nov 9 & 16

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Improving our spaces: A natural park landscape plan for Knight Park has been drawn by landscape architect volunteer George Schroeder. We need some help getting it planted! A volunteer installation is planned for Saturdays November 9 and 16 from 9am until noon. Hands are needed to perk up the park and help execute new planting. Tasks include turning over soil and adding compost, installing shrubs and eastern redbud trees, leaf raking and pavilion sweeping, etc. Kids ages 12 and over are welcome. Please help us green up our beloved park.

RSVP to Commissioner Leonard at to volunteer.

Want to help? Bring: Gardening gloves, rakes, shovels, spade shovel  and if possible leaf blower and broom. Meet at the Pavilion at Knight Park.

CMS presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's enduringly popular musical favorite "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" comes to Collingswood Middle School on November 14, 15 and 16 at 7pm with a matinee on November 16 at 1pm.

Performances will be staged at the Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students/seniors and are available at the door. Make plans to bring the family to this fun, lively musical...there's something for everyone! 

Marriage applications for same sex couples available Oct 18 & 19

UPDATE: On Friday afternoon the NJ Supreme Court unanimously denied the stay request. Marriages can proceed Monday, October 21.

Collingswood is taking marriage applications for same sex couples starting noon on Friday Oct. 18 and Borough Hall staff will also be available at the Community Center (30 W Collings Ave) on Saturday, Oct 19 from 10-2. An update and from Mayor Maley is below.

I have been in contact with the State Registrar, our legal counsel, and other State officials and we are of the opinion that the Borough is authorized to accept applications for marriages from same sex couples now. Starting at noon on Friday, October 18, the Borough will be accepting applications for marriage. The Borough will also take marriage applications Saturday from 10am until 2pm at the Community Center. Check out this site for information an applying for a license

Ceremonies can be performed 72 hours after application is submitted; licenses will be issued then. The issuance of licenses could still be stayed by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

We are sorry for all of this confusion but the State Attorney General's office has chosen to provide no guidance to either State or municipal officials on implementation of the Court's decision.

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