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Welcome to the new Collingswood.com!

Residents and guests of Collingswood – we’ve relaunched our digital home! With feedback from citizens, employees and business we’ve built a more user friendly site for visitors with all the important municipal functions you need and info on all the fun in town as well.

What’s new:

A streamlined site! We’ve trimmed down, consolidated, updated and eliminated unnecessary pages where possible. You’ll also notice new layouts for calendar, news, documents and other functions that will make it easier to access everything. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • The Take Action panel: A quick action menu that takes users to some of the most frequently used functions like bill pay, report an issue, etc
  • Social Media panel: View content from our YouTube, Facebook and Instagram feeds
  • Forms & Documents areas: Access to important municipal applications, reports and forms all in one place
  • Welcome New Residents page
  • For Business page: Dedicated to our local businesses and welcoming new business in Collingswood
  • An improved mobile presence

Some areas are still a work in progress!
Think of this as our “beta version” – we’re relying on feedback from you to continue improvements. Here are some areas that will be part of phase two:
-Services A-Z directory: A categorical sitemap to help you find what you need
-Directories: Searchable, restructured directories for business, employees and all categories are still being built

What if I see something that needs to be changed or updated?
Let us know! We’ve updated hundreds of pages of information but we need your feedback as we come across bugs or other issues. To report a broken link, typo or other issue use the “Report an Issue” feature (Communication category) and include the URL of the page with the issue and a description of what’s wrong!

We look forward to your feedback and continuing to provide easy-to-access information for our residents and guests. Enjoy navigating the new Collingswood.com!

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Community adult/child/infant CPR and AED course

The Collingswood Police and Fire Chaplains along with the Borough of Collingswood Police and Fire Departments will be hosting a certified CPR class on November 7 and 9, 6:30 to 8:30pm, at Collingswood Community Center for just $10 per person.

You must attend both nights to receive the certification. The class is limited to 24 students 16 years and older and must be a town resident. Registration is $10 cash or check made payable to the Borough of Collingswood. Registration is first come, first served. Register at the Collingswood Fire Department, 20 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108 Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm.

October is also Fire Prevention Month! The Collingswood Fire Department shares the following tips.
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here are this year’s key campaign messages:

· Draw a map of your home (see how here) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.

· Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.

· Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

· Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.

· Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

· Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

· If you need smoke detectors or assistance checking them, contact the fire department at 856-854-7447 ext. 0 to schedule a free home safety check and smoke detector installation.
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Town Book 2017 The Unseen WOrld

Collingswood's 2017 Town Book announced

The 2017 Collingswood Town Book is The Unseen World by author Liz Moore. Moore will attend the annual Collingswood Book Festival on October 7, 2016.

Every year, the organizers of the Collingswood Book Festival choose a town book, “to provide an opportunity for our entire community to bond over some of the great themes in literature,” said Jean Brennan, chair of the book festival committee. Copies of the book are donated to students of the AP English Class of Collingswood High School as part of their reading curriculum. The festival provides a forum for discussion and analysis beyond the classroom and into the community through a discussion taking place at Collingswood Public Library during festival week. Over the years, students have examined such topics as life in Afghanistan, plagiarism, book banning and the demographic shift away from urban sprawl.

After several non-fiction books, this year’s town book is a page-turning story that spans decades and contains numerous interwoven plotlines revolving around sharply focused universal themes of family, love and identity. It is a timely and important exploration of the complex bonds between a daughter and her father, of the role of intelligence technology in human relationships.

Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David's mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David's colleagues. Soon after she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep the reader riveted until The Unseen World's heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion.

The Collingswood Book Festival includes authors and events for kids, tweens, teens and poetry fans in addition to top-notch adult authors. The free festival is set for more than six blocks along Haddon Avenue on October 7. More information will be added to the website in the coming weeks: www.collingswoodbookfestival.com.
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Annual Apple Pie Contest seeks bakers

 We need bakers! Do you have the best pie?

Put those yummy Fall apples to good use! The Collingswood Farmers’ Market will be hosting their annual APPLE PIE CONTEST on Saturday, October 14. This is a perfect opportunity for you to make Grandma’s secret recipe or show off your baking skills. There are Market gift certificates up for grabs, so put your all into your pie!

The contest will be at 9:30am in the judging tent at the Market. Pre-registration is a must! To register please visit the rules and registration page here before contest.
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Town Forum scheduled for October 24

Twice yearly Collingswood hosts a Town Forum. Every resident and business owner is encouraged to come. There’s no formal agenda, no RSVP, no sign-in – just an opportunity to bring your questions, concerns or support to your elected officials or even just hear about what’s happening in town.

The next Town Forum will be held October 24  at 7pm at the Collingswood Community Center (30 W Collings Ave). All are welcome. For info call 856-854-0720 x125.
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Year round "Medicine Drop Box" available at Collingswood PD

The Collingswood Police Department is partnering with the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative and provides a Project Medicine Drop box at the Collingswood Police Headquarters.

The Collingswood PD now makes it easier and more convenient than ever for Collingswood residents to take an active role in the fight against the nationwide epidemic of opiate and heroin abuse, which often is fueled by the abuse of prescription painkillers.

The Borough’s new Project Medicine Drop Box is located in the lobby of the Collingswood Police Department, 735 N. Atlantic Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. Residents may visit the Police Department at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to dispose of their unused or excess medications.

Project Medicine Drop is an important component of the New Jersey Attorney General’s effort to stop the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opiate painkillers.

Through this initiative, the State Division of Consumer Affairs installs secure “prescription drug drop boxes” at police departments, sheriff’s offices, and State Police barracks across New Jersey, allowing citizens to safely dispose of their unused, excess, or expired prescription medications.


Members of the public are invited to visit the Project Medicine Drop sites and drop off any unused prescription medications anonymously and with no questions asked.  Most Project Medicine Drop sites make this service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

By giving New Jerseyans a safe and secure method to dispose of unneeded medications, Project Medicine Drop helps prevent the abuse of these drugs. This initiative also protects New Jersey’s environment by keeping these drugs out of landfills and out of the water supply"

“Project Medicine Drop is a natural addition to our commitment to help improve the public safety and quality of life in Collingswood. It will encourage our residents to be fully aware of the potential for abuse presented by otherwise beneficial medications,” Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey said.

More information about Project Medicine Drop, including the full list of Project Medicine Drop locations, can be found at NJ Division of Consumer Affairs.
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