Mayor and Council
The Borough's 2019 Holiday festivities are underway including the much anticipated annual parade! Public Events, Garden Club, Boy Scout and other volunteers have been trimming the Borough tree, hanging seasonal street decor and readying the Santa House for the following seasonal events. Merchantville's Christmas Parade and Holiday Tree Lighting will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, December 6th. Enjoy two days of festive family cheer at St. Peter PTA’s Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair on Friday, 12/6, from 4:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 12/7 from 10:00-3:00 p.m. Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 14th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Community Center. Join us as we continue one of Merchantville's many holiday traditions for children up to 4th grade. Please consider donating a non-perishable food item - canned good or boxed good. Some other seasonal events are: Holidays Can Be A Pain Lecture and Workshop hosted by Merchantville Medical Wellness Center and Spirit to Sole Connection from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on 12/10, Kid's Keepsake Ornament Workshop hosted by Graceful Knit Knots from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on 12/14 and a Holiday Centerpiece Workshop hosted by The Flower Peddler on 12/18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cherry Valley Model Railroad "Open House" will take place on Saturday and Sunday 12/07 & 12/08; 1/04 & 1/05; and, 1/11 & 1/12 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. For all ages. FREE admission and onsite parking. Located in the basement of Grace Episcopal Church.
The Garden Club invites all residents to join them for a morning devoted to greening-up the Borough's downtown for the holidays. On Saturday, November 16th, we are going to decorate the downtown hanging baskets and planters with fresh greens. If you would like to join them, they are meeting at the gazebo - at Centre and Chestnut - at 10:00 a.m. Dress warmly, and please bring work gloves and pruning shears if you have them. If you have greens you would like to contribute, they encourage you to bring them to the gazebo with you on Saturday morning. They hope to see you there!
Snow and arctic cold is expected to blast the Northeast US in the coming days. Icy conditions and accumulating snow will spread across the northeastern United States early this week as a potent snowstorm pushes through the region. The storm that brought snow to the Rockies and High Plains on Sunday will continue to sink south into the beginning of the week. This storm will bring some snow and Arctic cold to parts of the southern Plains. As the storm strengthens over the central and southern Plains on Monday, it will send snow from Missouri into the western Great Lakes. By the afternoon, snow is expected to spread into western New York. From northwestern Pennsylvania to southern Missouri, precipitation will likely start as rain, but as Arctic air is pulled south on the backside of the storm, rain is forecast to gradually changeover to snow across these areas Monday afternoon and evening.
Merchantville's Election Totals are as follows: Borough Council: unopposed incumbent Democratic councilman Anthony Perno and challenger Raymond Woods, III won - Perno 369, Woods 355; School Board: Adams 309, Perno 326 and filing the third vacancy Mark Iannucci 27 - received the most votes as a write in candidate; Camden County Freeholder: Kane 339, McDonnell 325, Rodriguez 338, Cybulski 154, Gustafson 153, Nance 157; County Clerk: Ripa 342, Gustafson 153; NJ State Assembly: Greenwald 343, Lampitt 341, Papieka 148, Plucinski 145 and Public Question #1 to extend the Property Tax Deduction for Veterans to Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Yes - 287, No - 76.
The Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission will hold a public hearing for the purposes of taking testimony and public comment on the below proposed increase in both connection fees and general rates for water fees and penalties charged by the Commission. The Hearing will commence at 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2019 immediately prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Commission as noticed in its annual meeting advertisement. The hearing and meeting will be held at the administrative headquarters of the MPWC located at 6751 Westfield Avenue, Pennsauken, NJ, 08110. The proposed increases may be found here.
Monsterville hope's that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. The designated time for trick-or-treating in the Borough of Monsterville begins after school on Thursday, October 31st, and ends at 8:00 p.m. However, you will often see neighborhood toddlers and pre-school children enjoying “Safe Trick-or-Treating” in the downtown business district and throughout our community as early as 11:00 a.m. Merchantville's 2-day Halloween curfew is posted on the electronic portable message board in front of Borough Hall. The same curfew is in effect on Wednesday, October 30th - commonly known as "mischief night". Merchantville has a Borough ordinance regarding curfew during Halloween. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to be on the streets of Merchantville from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m the following morning. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Community Affairs Office, 856-662-2472 x 120.
The Haunts of Monsterville returns for 2019 with a "Tomb Sweet Tomb" theme. If you've always wanted to participate or are a veteran decorator this is a great year to sign up! Contestants must submit their haunted entry by high noon on October 25th. There are four categories this year: "Fresh Blood" for novices to this competition; "Eerie Exterior" for the ghostliest outside appearance; "Path to Doom" for frightful walk-through path experiences; and the "Monsterville Merchant" for the spookiest window decore - voted by the zombie residents of Monsterville using Survey Monkey from 10/21-10/31! Prizes include the prestigious Golden Broomstick and gift cards to McFarlans, The Juice Bar and The Station. Winners will be announced at the gazebo, 7:00 p.m. on November 1st during the Friday Night Market. Rules: (1) Home or business must be in Merchantville. (2) No professional decorating companies (3) Decorations limited to the exterior. (4) All Judge’s decisions are final. (5) Have fun!
After 11 years, designating 30 “classic” communities, reaching over 420,000 online visitors, Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia is coming to a close.The Classic Towns marketing program was launched with initial support from the William Penn Foundation in 2008. This initiative supported reinvestment in the region’s older suburbs and urban neighborhoods through strategic messaging and branding about the benefits urbanism, smart growth, and transit-oriented development have on a community’s quality of life. In 2019, the Classic Towns marketing program was discontinued but the work that goes into creating livable communities continues. Merchantville was designated a Classic Town in 2008. Here's a recap and highlights from the program: https://dvrpc.org/ClassicTowns/
Come downtown on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., to help Merchantville kick-off a month of Monsterville events at our First Friday Night Market. Vendors and activities include Tara’s Cozy Kitchen, Bear Soaps & Honey, Earth Crafts by Ami, Dannette’s Kids Zone - full list here. For kids there's a special appearance by "A Wish for Winellda the Witch" and her friends, face painting, a Pumpkin Patch/Pumpkin Painting Contest and a showing of "Casper" the movie at 7:30 p.m. There's live music from The Pink Angels, The Sparklers & The Merchant Villains, food trucks - Red's Rolling Restaurant and Just Fork It Food Truck and Catering will also be joining us. Eclipse Brewing will feature their new 8% Pumpking on tap at their outdoor beer garden where Cigar Alley will have a table. Stop in to meet the artists and view the gallery at Eilandarts Center's Mystical and Magical - Dark and Light art show between 7:00-9:00 p.m. where Mat Eiland will be performing live. Don't forget to sign up for the 2019 Merchantville Turkey Trot on November 28th.