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PYAA Spring Soccer

Online registration for PYAA Spring Intramural Soccer is open until Monday, February 3, 2020. In-person registration will take place on Thursday, January 27th, at the PYAA Field House Located on Elm Avenue from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Please use this link to register.  If you have any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and make sure you select the appropriate box while registering. Returning coaches are eligible for a one time $20 discount. If you are a parent who would like to coach or volunteer this spring please message us via Facebook or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to receive the code.

Former Mayor Passes

Ricardo "Rick" Taylor, Pennsauken's former mayor, longtime public servant, educator and tireless advocate for charitable works in the Diocese of Camden, died after a long illness on Friday, January 10th, at age 73. Ricardo Vincent Taylor Jr. affectionately known as "Rick" was born May 1, 1946, in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Ricardo Vincent Taylor Sr. and Nettie E. Taylor. He was educated at Holy Spirit School in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania and graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Rick earned his Masters of Arts in education administration from Glassboro State College (Rowan University). Rick leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, his wife of 50 years Bernice, son Scott (Donyelle), daughter Holly, three grandchildren Alexandra, Jeremy, and Amelia. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 4-8 PM and Friday, January 17, 2020 from 9-10 AM at the Falco/Caruso & Leonard Pennsauken Funeral Home, 6600 N. Browning Rd. Full obituary.

Tom Duffy, 90

 

On January 8, 2020, age 90, of Merchantville, NJ. Tom was the beloved husband of Bernadette (nee Storey) and the late Clare (nee Kraus). He was the loving father of Thomas P. Jr. (Susan), Christine (Ray) Lodge, James (Eileen) and Daniel (Linda). He is also survived by 8 grandchildren Kevin and Rachel Duffy, Ryan (Jenna) and Kyle Lodge, Jennifer (Bo) Smith and Kathleen, Daniel and Faith Duffy; one brother Joseph Duffy and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Monday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM and Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30 AM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10:00 AM in St. Peter Church Merchantville, NJ. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Cherry Hill, NJ. Full obituary.

Strudel From Scratch

On Sunday, January 12th from 2;00-4:30 p.m. you can learn to make strudel from scratch with In My Grandmother's Kitchen. Join cooking teacher, Jolynn Deloach, and see how to stretch a simple dough to make tissue-thin layers of flaky strudel. It's easier than you think and so much fun! We will be making apple filling but, there are dozens of others that you can make on your own, once you know how. All classes are hands on and all materials are provided. Tickets are $25 and are available through Eventbrite.

Meditation Workshop

Join Xandra O’Neill for an opportunity to learn about mantra meditation and intuitively choose a mala. Xandra will offer an introduction to mantra meditation, sharing benefits of the practice and answering questions. You will then have the opportunity to choose your own mala or wrist mala that you can use in your practice. As a community, we will then chant 108 rounds of a mantra together so that you can immerse yourself in the powerful practice of mantra meditation. There is a $35 investment, pre-registration is required. Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hosted by Soulflower Yoga and Sacred Becoming with Xandra O'Neill

PTSD Documentary

Come join us for a very educational and eye opening night hosted by Alpha Bravo Canine at Grace Episcopal Church in Merchantville on Friday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. We will be showing the full length documentary film, To Be Of Service. This feature documentary explores complex stories of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the impeccably trained service dogs they're paired with. These dogs bring independence and a feeling of safety along with a new measure of happiness and hope to these brave warriors we sent into the maw of war.  It is producer/director Josh Aronson's hope that viewers will glean from this film a deeper understanding of the life-long impact that war can have on the lives of veterans. And, in this complex and fraught world in which our leaders contemplate the possibility of war, that they will always view it as a last resort.  

Narcan Training Sessions

The Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force is continuing to arm residents in the fight against opioids and other drugs in 2020. Beginning this month, the Task Force will begin hosting free Narcan training sessions where participants will learn how to administer naloxone to reverse a heroin or opioid overdose and will receive a free naloxone kit upon completing the training successfully. All trainings are held at the Living Proof Recovery Center located at the Center for Family Services, 108 Somerdale Road, Voorhees. This training equips you with the tools and skills you need to save a person’s life in the event of an overdose to reduce the number of overdose deaths in our community. Trainings require advance registration to participate and are held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. monthly beginning on Tuesday, January 7th on the following dates.

 

Robert Grant, 92

Merchantville - Robert McAllister Grant, 92, of Merchantville, NJ, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2019 with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Rosemarie for 65 years. Dear father to the late Jeffrey (Lorna), Jacqueline and Robert J. (Sandy). Devoted Poppy of Amanda, Sean, Robert and Jenna Grant. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Bob graduated from Merchantville High School in 1944. A gathering of friends and family will be held on Friday, January 3rd at Givnish of Maple Shade, 600 E. Main Street, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. with his memorial service following. Full obituary at Givnish.com

Jumpstart Health Naturally

The Merchantville Medical Wellness Center encourages you to get a "jumpstart on a healthy 2020". Dr. Jennifer Phillips ND, heads the team as a Naturopathic physician in guiding clients to a natural approach to medicine. Her personalized approach to health care offers an alternative to disease management and covers specialties including food allergies, women’s health, digestive & GI issues and chronic pain. Dr Jen is especially fond of beginning wholistic care for children as this is where a life time of good health starts. Dr. Phillips has the support of other physicians in the community if necessary for the purpose of physical examination, lab testing, and referrals.

 

Division Train Meeting

On Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Grace Episcopal Church, 7 East Maple Street, Merchantville, Philadelphia Division 3, MER, NMRA will host the New Jersey Division Model Train meet. Doors open at 8:30. To reserve contact Bill Grosse, 609-532-3431 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jersey’s Fred Willis revisiting the basic principles of scratch building structures working with photos and discuss techniques for building better entries and how to increase your score not only for the contest, but also to earn merit awards. Mark Wallace will present part two of his ongoing series of clinics about Model Railroad Operations and Dispatching from a Prototypically Functional Approach. Our Jersey hosts are always accommodating with plenty of coffee and donuts, while we naturally supply the Philly soft pretzels. In addition, there will be door prizes and swap tables -  The afternoon will feature several impressive New Jersey layout open houses. For those interested, the original Merchantville train station—now a restaurant—is located a block away on the corner of N. Center and Chestnut Streets - built in 1881 on a line from Pemberton to Camden. 

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