Monday, September 24, 2012
Meet 'The Knight's Dragon': the winning entrant in the Knight Park public art contest hosted by the borough of Collingswood.
After several months and more than 660,000 votes cast in the 2012 Reader’s Digest We Hear You America campaign, Collingswood will bear the fruits of its labors. The contest finished with Collingswood in 16th place, which meant the borough was awarded a $5,000 cash prize from Reader’s Digest (and also ruled out of the 2013 competition). Borough leaders decided to use the money to fund a public art installation in Knight Park, and held a contest this summer to solicit submissions. Despite initial plans to put the submissions up for a public vote, only six entrants submitted designs for the contest; of those, several were ruled out as impractical. “The Knight’s Dragon,” a three-piece, 16-foot-long sculpture was selected as the winner, and its…
Monday, September 10, 2012
Registration is open all week; the event goes live at noon next Monday.
Every year, Collingswood golfers get together to support local charities at the Collingswood Golf Invitational. This year's event will be held Sept. 17 at the Merchantville Country Club, with all the trappings of a formal tournament. "For the first time, the event will be a stroke format golf tournament with a shotgun start at noon, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner at the Club," reads a press release from the borough. "The event is stroke play with handicaps. The winner will keep ownership of the Collingswood Cup for the next year, have their name engraved on the Cup, and will ride in the 2012 Collingswood Holiday Parade!" The tournament will benefit Knight Park and Collingswood SAT Prep, Inc. Call 856-854-1515 for more information, …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Your weekly calendar of events includes a pair of important borough meetings Monday night and a pair of great movies.
Most of the action this week happens early on this week, with the Planning Board and School Board meetings running head-to-head Monday night after a blood drive. The week rounds out with a pair of great movies, one for grown-ups and one for kids. 1. Blood Drive Mon., Aug. 27: 2-7 p.m., St. John's Church Pre-register online or call the parish office at 856-858-0298 to schedule your donation. Bring ID and drink plenty of fluids beforehand. Eat iron-rich foods (red meat, fish, poultry, broccoli, beans, raisins and prunes) before and after your donation. 2. Planning Board Meeting Mon., Aug. 27: 7 p.m., Borough Hall, 3rd Floor Come see what the Planning Board has in store for the future of the borough at its monthly meeting. 3. School Board …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The borough is 'where you want to be'—and it looks like it for the purposes of TV, too.
Most borough residents will tell you that Collingswood is a great place to live; fewer might tell you they consider it to be an artistic ideal. But for a couple days this week, at least, Geisinger Health Plan, a Danville, PA-based insurer, believes the town is a reasonable approximation of Small-Town America. For a few days this week, the company will film an advertisement that follows an everydad on his daily jog through an active suburban community. Amy Bowen, a spokesperson for Geisinger, said its contracted film crew, Curt Crane Productions, recommended the area because it’s “very similar to the area we offer coverage in.” Curt Crane producer Marshall Evans said Collingswood was top-of-mind because “the community has always been very …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Around 150 kids decorated their bikes, wagons, and scooters in patriotic crepe paper, garland, and bells to parade around Knight Park.
It seemed almost as if a red, white and blue tidal wave had flooded Knight Park. Swarms of bikes, scooters, wagons, even motorized miniature jeeps decorated in crepe paper and tinsel, rolled out for the Fourth of July Bike Parade. “I love it; the kids are just so cute,” said Michelle Miller, vice president of the Collingswood Junior Women’s Club, which sponsored the event. After a turnout of 125 last year, Miller had only expected about 100 kids; however, that number was quickly surpassed. By 9:45 a.m., the registry stood at 147 children and counting. "A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this,” joked Stephanie Coyle of Collingswood about her sons’ motorized jeep. Coyle said it took her about two hours to cover the toy …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Could your design be on permanent display in Knight Park? Enter by July 30 to find out.
Cracking the top 20 in the Readers' Digest “We Hear You America” contest earned Collingswood a cool $5000 cash prize. Now the town is ready to hand that money over to the local artist or artists who conceive of a lasting tribute to the borough and its spirit of community, to be installed in Knight Park. The call officially went out Friday for submissions, which are due July 30. Each entrant is allowed to submit two proposals outlining a budget, design, materials and installation. The borough will pre-select three to five finalists from among the field. A public vote (beginning August 30) will determine the winner. “We thought the [Readers' Digest] winnings should go to something everyone can enjoy,” said Mayor Jim Maley in a statement …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Kris Forrest, a parent of four, reflected on the Knight Park playground build Thursday.
Collingswood Patch received the following note and accompanying images from Kris Forrest, a volunteer who has been tied closely with the Knight Park playground renovation project for the past five years. Forrest described the scene Thursday in starting to close out the project. "It was a great day at Knight Park! There weren't a whole lot of volunteers today, because it was a week day (work day) and there were quite a few year-end school activities scheduled today in Collingswood. "Still, it was awesome that some folks made it out anyway. The first phase was done in 2008, so it's great to have the rest of the equipment going in now. The picket fence will be installed over the next few weeks—reinforced, to deter vandals. Many people …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Are you free tomorrow morning from 8 a.m.? Help continue the community build of the Knight Park Playground. No experience necessary!
Tomorrow morning, the nonprofit Knight Park Playground Committee will continue the second phase of its build-out, and the group needs some help. Volunteers of all kinds are needed to assist with the installation of new playground equipment. No skilled experience is necessary, says coordinator Connie Correia Fisher—just an urge to help. "This community build is the continuation of the Knight Park Playground Improvement's work to build a new, safe, and accessible playground in Knight Park," Correia Fisher wrote in an email. "The first phase, completed in 2010, was built in two days by over 100 volunteers and the the borough of Collingswood," she said. For more information, call or text 609-670-2470, or simply arrive in the park at 8:00 a.m. …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Kenneth Allendoerfer hopes that the outdoor public event will be the first in a series of "sciency" things for borough kids under his Collings Lab project.
The transit of Venus is not an event on the order of a regular solar eclipse, in terms of excitement or naked-eye visibility, says astronomy enthusiast Kenneth Allendoerfer. Yet in tonight's astronomical event, he says, stargazers have an opportunity to experience a moment like those that helped shape early discoveries about the Earth itself. "It's one of those really rare events that historically was one of the ways that the old astronomers used to measure the size of the solar system," Allendoerfer says. In the time before such education was formalized, he says, scientists were dependent upon the work of royal societies and "gentleman scientists" to collect and catalogue the data upon which broader conclusions were reached. "It would …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
The weather held up just long enough for photographer Kevin Cook to snap these images of the Collingswood High School seniors before they headed out to Adelphia for their prom.
The skies above threatened rain—and later fulfilled that promise—but for a little while, at least, members of the prom-bound Collingswood High School senior class could strut in their finery before friends and family on Friday. Here's our gallery of images from their special evening in Knight Park. Got some better ones from the promenade or at your house before the students headed out? Upload your own pics—and don't forget to tell us who's in them, all dressed up for prom.