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Easter Bunny's Coming

This year's Borough Egg Hunt at the community center has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Governor's call to limit large social gatherings so, The Niagara Fire Company will be touring the town with their good friend - The Easter Bunny - on Saturday, April 11th between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. The Fire company promises to visit every street in Merchantville and urges everyone to be patient! The Easter Bunny wants to remind everyone to maintain social distancing during his tour by remaining in your front yard and not approaching the fire truck. Happy Easter!

Eco-Friendly Research

Rutgers University–Camden junior and Merchantville resident, Emily McDermott, is conducting cutting-edge research that could lead to applications for NASA to use in space. A recipient of the NASA NJ Space Grant Consortium, she is working with an assistant professor of chemistry and an assistant professor of biology at Rutgers–Camden conducting research on using plant-based materials to power batteries that astronauts could use in space in the future. McDermott's innovative project aims to find a more eco-friendly way to power batteries instead of using fossil fuels.

Little League Postponed

Dear Players, Parents, Sponsors and Members of Merchantville Little League: “This is much bigger than any game.” Merchantville Little League along with every other Little League worldwide received the following directive from Little League International: “with the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , the Little League International Board of Directors and staff is now strongly recommending that all of its local Little League programs suspend or delay the start of their seasons until no earlier than at least, May 11, 2020.“ Due to this and for the health and well-being of our players and members we are suspending ALL LEAGUE operations including – practices, games, scrimmages, meetings and even our opening day ceremonies and league wide picture day now through at least May 11, 2020. Please look for updates on our Facebook page and from our email system at Blue Sombrero as well . Please contact Robert Wetherspoon, President MLL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Meals for Seniors

There's an Emergency Meal Plan Program in place for Camden County residents over 60 years old temporarily during this pandemic.  Individuals who are already receiving home-delivered meal services will AUTOMATICALLY get a week's worth of meals delivered once a week, a mix of frozen and fresh meals, dropped off on their porch or, if they live in an apartment complex, it will be delivered to the lobby. The driver will then call the person and let them know the meal is there. They will be doing this every week for the next 3 weeks. For those who are not already receiving home-delivered meal services, they can call 856-374-6325 and arrange to have emergency meals delivered. They do not have to be in the home delivered meals program to receive this temporary service during the pandemic. Please call above number to apply directly and arrange to have emergency meals delivered.

Tips to Boost Immunity

Stay active - Watch your diet - Stay on top of stress - Get enough sleep - Be strategic about supplements are just a few science-backed tips for strengthening your immune response to coronavirus quickly and effectively. When it comes to fighting coronavirus, you already know that handwashing and avoiding those who may be sick are key precautions. But experts say that boosting your immune system may also give you an edge in fending off viruses and staying healthy this season. Here are five smart steps shared by AARP to add to your to-do list now.

Marie D. Peze, 99

Marie Peze (nee Dunleavy), age 99 of Merchantville passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Richard J. Peze; devoted mother of Richard Peze of Peachtree City, GA, Gary Peze (Diane) of Merchantville and Janice Withers (Dominic) of Tabernacle. Marie is survived by eight grandchildren, Siri Lackovic (Paul), Jeffrey Peze (Monica), Jessica Hickenbottom (William), Brett Peze (Jayne), David Peze (Amy), Ritchie Mazzaglia (Joy), Jillian Ormsby (Christopher), Ashley Cardini (Michael); eleven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by all seven of her siblings and their spouses. Marie was a 29 year resident of Holiday City in Williamstown and a leader in the Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts. She was an active church member and worked as a bookkeeper for various companies ultimately retiring from Dunleavy’s Restaurant in Hainesport. She was an avid traveler and travel organizer. She particularly enjoyed traveling with her sisters Florence and Helen. Full obituary.

FaceBook LIVE Storytime

Moms and dads who re looking for educational entertainment while schools and daycares are closed can join Miss Paige for "Little Readers Theatre" at a storytime right on Facebook LIVE! On Monday, March 16th at 10:30 a.m. Login to Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/camdencountylibrary and your kiddies can enjoy 45 minutes of silly stories, songs, felt board stories, and finger plays. While the Camden County Library System - and Merchantville Branch - has decided to cancel all on-site Library-sponsored programming until April 1st, they will be offering some virtual events and programs for the entire family.

Estate Sale 3/14-3/15

Medford Company Store invites you to 204 Westminster Avenue, Merchantville on March 14th & 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a real treasure hunt of world travelers’ belongings. If you can only get to one estate sale this weekend, come to this one - we're all set with hand sanitizer, disinfectants and an easy to access kitchen sink. This clean, bright, charming house has 3 stories and a basement. And here’s what you’ll find: Antiques - American and Asian, Mid Century Modern Books, Fine Art & Prints, Contemporary Japanese Art, Accessories & Books, Shoji Screens, Beautiful Rugs, Lighting, Crystal, Silver Plate, HUGE Collection of Lilliput Lane, King & Country Lead Soldiers, Slide Carousel Trays, Pewter, Pottery, Medical Cabinet, Artsy Medical/Lab Glassware, Sheet Music Cabinets, Large Collection of Sheet Music, Music CDs, Christmas, Halloween, Vacuums, Linens, Old Doors, Down Quilts and lots more. We do need to get this house emptied.

Sue Baldwin, 68

Susan Virginia Baldwin (nee Froyd), of Marlton, passed away suddenly on March 9, 2020. She was 68 years old. Susan was the beloved wife of Thomas Fay Baldwin for 49 years. Loving mother of Christopher Robert Baldwin and Jeffrey Thomas Baldwin (Erin). Cherished grandmother of Abigail Gray and Eleanor Fay Baldwin. Dear sister of Michael Froyd and aunt of his children, Jesse and Rebecca Froyd. Sue, Tom and their boys resided in Merchantville for many years. Relatives and friends are invited to gather at Givnish of Marlton, 398 East Main St., on Thursday March 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A memorial prayer service will begin at 3 pm. Full obituary.

Marjorie Ann Stein

Marjorie Ann (Margie) Stein, 85, peacefully passed away on February 28, 2020. Margie was born in Camden, lived in Pennsauken and graduated from Merchantville High School. She was a teller for Merchantville Bank, First Fidelity Bank, and, in the summers while staying in Strathmere, she worked at the Sea Isle Bank. Margie also worked as a teacher’s aide in the Pennsauken school system and retired from the Better Business Bureau in the late 1990s. Margie was an active member of her high school reunion committee for many years and a member of the Merchantville Eastern Star for 60 years. She was also a member and Sunday school teacher at Grace Episcopal Church in Merchantville. Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday March 5, 2020 at 11:00AM at The Godfery Funeral Home of Palermo. Full obituary.

Cupcake Decorating

On Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Grace Church will host a St. Patrick’s Day themed Cupcake Decorating Event for youth and adults. This is a delicious way to enjoy being Irish for a day and revel in all things green. $5 admission gets you all supplies, and you get to take what you make home with you! This event was a big success last year so, save your spot by calling the church, 856-665-4117 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register by 3/6.
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