Collingswood Town Crier Vol. 22, No. 1 March/April 2018

Town Crier March/April 2018 A publication for the Borough of Collingswood Vol. 22, No. 1 - Special Pull Out Section! Year at a Glance calendar inside this issue! - PRSRT STD U.S. Postage Paid Bellmawr, NJ Permit No. 1134 Collingswood celebrates 10 th annual Green Fest Spring is almost here and plans for our tenth annual Green Festival are in motion! This event strives to introduce the community to the idea of living green, as well as provide residents with the tools and knowledge they need to make a difference in their environment. The Green Festival will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Irvin Ave. The festival will showcase Collingswood’s continued dedication to incorporating sustainable living practices into our everyday life in town. “The mission of the Green Festival is to give every person a chance to reduce their carbon footprint and to participate in a new green activity that can be easily implemented into your home,” explains organizer Commissioner Joan Leonard, who - see Green Fest, pg 2 CHOW DOWN: Restaurant Week in April, pg 8 leads our town’s Green Team. “Come on out and enjoy a fun day for the entire family!” Each Spring Collingswood’s Green Festival brings together residents, businesses, vendors and volunteers alike to see how they can each make a difference in their community by working together to build a better environment. Attendees learn how they can incorporate what they learn at the festival into their daily lives through a variety of activities including recycling education and opportunities, green-conscious vendors, discounted green supply purchases and eco-friendly demonstrations. Attendees are invited to participate in on-site recycling at the festival by bringing their households items to be recycled both safely and efficiently. Used electronics such as old TVs, monitors, laptops, radios, fax machines, DVD players, etc., will be accepted for drop-off during festival hours. Gently worn shoes are also being accepted for donation, as well as used water based latex house paint to be recycled and reused. While medications cannot be disposed of at the Green Festival, they can be discarded year-round at the Collingswood Police Department’s medicine drop box at PD Headquarters (735 Atlantic Ave). Camden County is also hosting one of their regular hazardous waste collections during the festival near the Public Works building (713 N Atlantic Ave) starting at 8:30 a.m. (see special waste collection article on page 2 for full details). This year’s event features a variety of opportunities to learn about the changes you can make in your everyday life to “go green.” Residents are invited to take the one bag challenge— which dares participants to find a way to use just one bag of trash per day. Learn how to conserve energy, as well as the benefits of using solar power in your home or business. Attendees can also learn the many different ways to use rainwater. Stop by the water tent to learn more about water conservation and water quality. Residents can also take advantage of low prices on composters, in addition to rain Something for everyone on April 28. Grand openings and business celebrations! Businesses are coming, growing and staying in Collingswood. This winter we welcomed some new faces, celebrated some familiar ones and look forward to new business as the weather warms up! Kenkojuku Karate (614 Haddon Ave) celebrated their 15 year anniversary this winter! Owner and Sensei Andrew Faupel invited the community to an open house at the dojo to celebrate the milestone. “I am very proud to be a Collingswood small business owner. Over the past 15 years we have developed many young leaders, equipped our students with skills for self-defense, and - see Businesses, pg 3 helped to support the health of our community. I am tremendously grateful to our many students, parents and friends, as well as our business colleagues and local government for all of their support. Thank you for 15 years, and we look forward to continued success as a favorable influence in Collingswood for many years to come!” said Faupel. Four health-related businesses have opened at the completely renovated Grant Building. 716 Haddon Ave is now home to Upcycle, Yogawood, Krista Clear and Light Now. Together, they will provide fitness and wellness/ Cutting the ribbon for *four* businesses at the Grant Building!