Corinne G. Shirk, 105

Corinne G. Shirk, formerly of Merchantville, NJ and Heron Point’s oldest resident passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at the age of 105. She was surrounded by her loving niece, Joan, and her caregiver, Pattie. Corrine was a teacher and retired from the Education Department on 07/74 after serving 34 years. Her hobbies were line dancing, handwork, knitting. 


Corinne was one of the Seamen's Church ministry's most productive knitters - 275 watchcaps in three years - Every ship that has called in Philadelphia for 150 years between Thanksgiving and Christmas has received a package for each seafarer on board.Corrine saw a newspaper advertisement, placed by the New York seamen's center. She didn't do anything about the ad at first.Years later, though, she was feeling dejected, she said, and her priest told her to do something to help others. She recalled the ad then, and called the Seamen's Center here. They signed her up right away.In 1983 at age 84, she still knits while watching television and taking bus trips. When gymnastics and figure skating are on television, the caps have a simple design. The rest of what's on television, she said, "doesn't require much attention," so her designs get pretty colorful.Her own sons lived in Japan, British Columbia and Maine and didn't get home much now "so the boys on the ships have become my Christmas," she said on Christmas Eve. "I love waking up on Christmas morning, knowing that boys all over the world are saying, 'Oh boy! I've got a new hat.'


In 1986 she was one of eight women honored by The Camden County Historical Society who spent more than 14 months embroidering the new crewel-work paneled bedhangings that surround the four-poster bed in the master bedroom of Pomona Hall, the restored 18th-century house on Park Boulevard in Camden.There will be no service. Arrangements by Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech.

CCSS & PARCC Information Session

Learn about the Commonc Core Standards and the PARCC assessment on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 in the Merchantville Library. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers.

Winter Storm Warning for New Jersey
PlowDangerously cold weather this morning will be followed by a significant snowfall tonight and early Tuesday, and then a return to excessive cold Thursday and Friday. A Week of high impact Winter weather is at hand. This mornings temperatures are in the process of nearing records. Wind Chill was near 35 below zero in the Poconos and 10 to 20 below zero over much of the remainder of our area. A quick hitting snow event occurs tonight and ends by mid morning Tuesday.
Advocacy group urges public to vaccinate
Autism Speaks, is urging parents to vaccinate their children amid a measles outbreak that has already reached 14 states and infected 102 people last month. Rob Ring, chief science officer of Autism Speaks, released a statement today stressing that vaccines do not cause autism, and parents should vaccinate. "Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated."
2015 Golden Fork awarded to Bella Vita
carloSouth Jersey Magazine's selected Cafe Bella Vita in Merchantville for one of thier annual Golden Fork Awards. They rounded up 32 of their favorite plates from delectable appetizers and small plates to hearty steaks and perfectly cooked pasta. These dishes were both memorable and mouthwatering and satisfy so much more than just our appetite. Bella Vita's Chef Carlo Finazzo won for "Best Simple But Complex Plate" for their Gramigne Carozza.
PTA Night Out
Are you going to Pinsetter's Night Out? On Feb 27th from 7-11pm Pinsetter Bar & Bowl will donate 15%, on all food and drinks, to the Merchantville PTA. Just say that you are with the Merchantville School. The donation does not apply to charges for bowling.
Curbing the aging process
brigidMerchantville resident, Brigid Brennan, AHP, CYT, CMT, will be giving a free talk on Ayurvedic Medicine and curbing the aging process at the Haddon Twp. Branch of the Camden County Library System on Wednesday, February 11th, from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. She will discuss herbal remedies as well as lifestyle and dietary practices which encourage the rejuvenative processes of the body and mind.
Rich's Micro Roast
coffeeRich Curry's quest for a better cup of coffee started out as a hobby last summer. In April he'll be setting up shop at The Station in Merchantville, partnering with Eilandarts. It'll be a space that will include art, culture and coffee. Rich will have a bigger roaster there and will be able to roast up to six pounds at a time. His beans come from all over the world - Ethiopia, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil and El Salvador.
County plans for tool library
Camden County homeowners, gardeners, and fix-it-yourself types will soon have a new money-saving resource. This summer, county officials hope to launch a tool library in Gloucester Township that can help residents work on home projects without having to buy special equipment. The program will be similar to the West Philly Tool Library, which Camden County Freeholder Michelle Gentek visited last year, along with Chris Waldron, county director of sustainability and shared services.
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