Independence Day, better known as the The Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject, and subordinate, to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
Mayor Ted Brennan, Councilman Andy McLoone and Chief of Police, Rich Grassia, Jr., posted a statement on the municipal website on Friday, June 5th, expressing their sadness about national events that have unfolded in over the past two weeks and, their commitment to lines of open communication about systemic racism. As a first step, these community leaders, along with other community, educational and religious representatives will host a forum in Wellwood Park on Tuesday, June 16th, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss these issues and learn how we can all do better. Wellwood Park is located between West Maple and Myrtle Avenues just past the Browning Road intersection. The public is requested to bring a chair or blanket, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.
The Merchantville Police Department, Mayor Brennan and Borough Council are sad to share the passing of Retired Chief Robert Ward. Chief Ward passed away on May 20th after a battling an illness. Robert "Bob" Ward was the chief of police for thirty-three years, from – Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Ward family, friends and co-workers. On June 1st at 11:00 a.m. there was a short procession past Chief Ward's residence so that members of the police department, fire department and, past and present Borough officials were able to pay their respects to his family. Rest In Peace Chief.
Please consider becoming a board worker at this time for the Camden County Board of Elections. Many of the current poll workers - including Merchantville's - fall into the "high risk" category for Covid-19 and will not be working, so additional staffing is needed. Please call the contact below for more information. This opportunity is open to all registered voters in Camden County and training is provided by our knowledgable staff. Board workers are paid $275/day. The Board of Elections, County Clerk and the State Division of Elections work together to provide the citizenry of Camden County smooth and efficient elections. Each election office has certain mandated responsibilities under the law.
The Borough of Merchantville, in concert with F.W. Grigg American Legion Post 68, will be hosting a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony this Memorial Day, May 25th at 10:00 a.m., and we invite you to join us virtually at that time on the Borough’s website, www.merchantvillenj.gov or the official Borough of Merchantville Facebook page where the ceremony will be streamed. Remembering those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice through solemn ceremony on Memorial Day is a tradition in the Borough of Merchantville for many decades. Honoring those who have fallen at our memorials in Wellwood Park is one of the most important events that our Borough holds. Although we are restricted from a public ceremony due to COVID-19, we must not forget to honor those who did give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
Mayor Ted Brennan is pleased to announce that the Borough of Merchantville is coordinating with Camden County to host a COVID-19 Educational Series on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Verizon lot next to the Merchantville Fire Department, 22 East Park Avenue. Members of the Camden County Public Health Education Team and Merchantville community leaders will be there to answer questions and provide information related to COVID-19. If you have questions about quarantine/isolation, contact with a Covid positive person, where to get tested or mental health/addition issues exacerbated by this pandemic, please stop by with your questions. Residents from Merchantville and neighboring communities are welcome. Thank you to Camden County for this opportunity!
The American Community Survey (ACS) from the U.S. Census Bureau helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation. As of May 3, 2020, Merchantville's 2020 Census self-response rate is currently 61.1%, Camden County's is 59.9% and NJ's response rate is 58.3%. Completing your Census questionnaire online is easy and takes about 10 minutes. It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Merchantville wants to get to 100%. "Be Counted - Because YOU Count!" Go to https://my2020census.gov and complete your 2020 Census today.
The Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently awarded Merchantville and Pennsauken $100,000 in grant funds for two trail projects. Pennsauken has been awarded $65,000 to extend the multi-use trail along Chestnut Avenue, from Euclid Avenue to the former 130 Railroad bridge, while Merchantville has been awarded $35,000 to realign the existing multi-use trail near Centre Street. Currently, users of the multi-use path are directed to ride their bicycle into the street. The trail realignment project will keep the trail off-road. The project is scheduled to coincide with County led Centre Street reconstruction work slated for this summer.
Help save a life by donating at The American Red Cross blood drive at Merchantville School, 130 S. Centre Street, on Tuesday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Red Cross encourages healthy, eligible people to donate blood and reminds us there is no evidence that shows coronavirus can be transmitted by blood transmission - no cases of respiratory viruses have ever been reported through blood transfusions. Further, the Red Cross has asked potential donors to postpone their donation for 28 days following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea or diagnosis of COVID-19, contact with a person who has or is suspected to have the virus. Appointments can be made through this link.