Thursday, April 18, 2013
The green event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Irvin Avenue, where the farmers market will be held in a few weeks.
Spring has sprung, and with it, the annual borough celebration of all things verdant, hopeful and just plain crunchy-granola good. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the fifth Collingswood Green Festival will take over Irvin Avenue (note to farmers market regulars: it's the same, sub-Speedline location) and the stretch of parking lot that runs from the back of the police station to Collings Ave. Vendors will retail eco-friendly products and tips for creating a more sustainable household, from cloth diapering to locavore dining. Various food share and community supported agriculture (CSA) organizations will be on hand to discuss alternative food purchasing arrangements. The Camden County Hazardous Waste Collection event will also take place at…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Were you at Saturday's glitzy benefit? Add your photos to our gallery!
Collingswood rockers packed the house at the Perkins Center for the Arts Satuday night to support an evening of glam-rock that benefited the Collingswood Bike Share. The event raised a tidy sum for the Bike Share and provided a one-of-a-kind evening of music in the borough. Here's just a handful of images of the pick-up band, Candy Volcano, led by musical director Kevin Monko. Were you one of the fabulous people in attendance? Add your photos to our gallery!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Bike Share volunteers found the missing banner rumpled but unharmed in front of their workspace Saturday morning.
In the aftermath of Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy, one of the lesser casualties of either the weather (or the vandalism that followed) was a banner belonging to the Collingswood Shakespeare Company. Last Saturday that banner was believed to have been recovered by volunteers at the Collingswood Bike Share. Whether it was delivered by fate, conscience or coincidence—perhaps that's a tale for The Bard. Our story, however, begins when Bike Share member Gary Becker noticed something unusual "crumpled up next to some pizza boxes and other trash" as he tidied up the exterior of the building. "Before throwing it away, I straightened it out and noticed it was a 'Shakespeare Company' banner," Becker wrote in an email to Collingswood Patch. "On the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The event is the brainchild of Collingswood residents Joe Bonaparte and Kevin Monko, and features a cast of thousands.
Joe Bonaparte got the idea last year at a Halloween party in Oaklyn. Musician Kevin Monko was providing the entertainment, leading a handful of different singers through the changes on some David Bowie tunes. Call it timing or atmospherics, but the performance was uncannily affecting, Bonaparte recalls. “A good friend of mine who’d schooled me in all things glam rock, coincidentally, was on his deathbed at the time,” Bonaparte said. “After that, I thought we should have a party all-things-Bowie where we do the entire Ziggy Stardust album.” Bonaparte, who runs the Collingswood Bike Share, is an avowed music lover who often christens his refurbished two-wheelers with rock n’ roll names. So it wasn’t much of a stretch to consider organizing a…
Monday, November 12, 2012
It's a week of entertainment, activism and self-improvement in the borough—and of course, the sale of bonus Collingswood cash.
Monday, Nov. 12, 6:45 p.m.—ExtraordinaryEd "Accountability, collaboration, brainstorming, and results. All with chocolate. Facilitated by 2 certified Coaches, both in Management, Entrepreneuship, and Personal Growth. RSVP here." Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.—771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ "Together we study the impact of the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are in our food supply, learn how to avoid them, and explore ways to increase awareness about this serious global crisis. "Bringing a dish is optional, but if you do, make sure it is non-GMO and bring copies of the recipe to share!" RSVP: email@example.com or 856-869-3592 Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.—Collingswood Middle School This weekend, Collingswood Middle School presents…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Collingswood Bike Share director Joe Bonaparte tells us how "Happy Days" and turning wrenches inspired his lifelong love of two-wheelers.
Joe Bonaparte is a self-taught bicycle mechanic who parlayed a passion for all things two-wheeled into a position as director of the Collingswood Bike Share. This week, Joe tells Patch how the Bike Share program works for Collingswood residents and shares the story of the '70s two-wheeler on which he began his love affair with bikes. Collingswood Patch: For those who may not know, can you explain how the bike share works? Joe Bonaparte: The Bike Share program was founded by [Collingswood Borough Commissioner] Joan Leonard and Rich Everill about four years ago. We get bikes that have been donated to us in various states of disrepair and some bikes that have been recovered by the police that no one has claimed for over a year. We get them …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Collingswood cyclists, a few simple things can decrease your chances of having someone help themselves to your ride.
“‘I only left it in front of Wawa for like two seconds.’ That is the next thing people usually tell me after they tell me their bike was stolen.” That’s how Joe Bonaparte of the Collingswood Bike Share opens his email to Patch about bike theft. “As my friend Roland will tell you, if a professional bike thief wants your bike, he or she will get it,” Bonaparte writes. In a world where thieves carry battery-powered saws, he says, “theft prevention is all about reducing the odds.” “I have seen people steal the most uninteresting bikes, and in those cases it’s likely because the thief has been presented with an opportunity,” Bonaparte writes. In fact, through the Bike Share, he tried to build a theft-proof bike for a friend—a two-wheeled …