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Roberta Lewin, 82

Roberta Elaine Lewin of Chestertown, Maryland, died on October 6, 2019. She was 82. She was born September 18, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of the late William S. and Claire Blake Clark. She was a 1955 graduate of Lansdowne High School, a 1959 graduate of Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre, and later earned a master’s in Education from Salisbury University. Roberta loved studying. She married Earl Purnell Lewin on June 27, 1959, they resided in East Lansdowne, PA, Collingswood, NJ, Merchantville, NJ - where she was a Youth Group Director with Merchantville Presbyterian Church, and for the last 30 years in Chestertown, MD. Full obituary.

Health Fair This Sunday

St. Peter Parish is hosting a free Health & Wellness Fair this Sunday, October 13th after the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses in Pastor's Hall to meet and talk with vendors who offer services that promote healthy living and disease prevention. There will also be representatives from facilities and organizations that help people maintain their optimal well-being and prepare for life events. Flu shots will be available courtesy of Merchantville CVS. Make sure you check out the amazing Bake Sale while you’re there!

Locals Star in ‘Meteor Shower’

Greg Wood, Susan Riley Stevens and their family live in Merchantville. The couple are longtime theater vets who play Norm and his wife Corky in Steve Martin’s new comedy, "Meteor Shower", and bring seventeen years of marriage on stage in Martin’s comedy, playing at the Walnut Street Theatre through October 27th. Playwright and comedian Steve Martin is always quirky and always exceedingly funny. In "Meteor Shower" he takes an absurd look at how we deal with modern marriage. Set in 1993, they play a couple that invites another couple to watch a meteor shower - an engaging mix of cocktails, nighttime and a couple of couples. Read a review here.

 

 

Leon DeLoach, 81

Oran Leon DeLoach died and entered into the joy of heaven on Monday, September 30, 2019.  Leon, as he was affectionately called, was 81 at the time of his death.  He was a Christian, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Teacher and Caregiver for all he came in contact with.  He was born on March 7, 1938 in Carrollton, Mississippi.  Leon was preceded in death by his first wife of 27 years, Donna Whitten DeLoach.  Leon is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jolynn Urbanelli DeLoach, children, Kim DeLoach Tomlin (Paul), Lee Whitten DeLoach (Sandi) and Gerald Wilson DeLoach (Doreen), step children Erica Levin (Daniel), Rachel Levin, Aaron Levin, Daniel Levin (Kim), and grandchildren Paul Tomlin, Donna Tomlin, Elizabeth DeLoach, Lukas DeLoach, Lily DeLoach, Tyler DeLoach, and Zoey Levin, along with many nieces and nephews. You are invited to join us for his service on Saturday October 5th at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville located at 10 W Maple Ave.  Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with the service starting promptly at 11:00am. Full obituary.

Anglers Out for Event

Members of Merchantville's Fishing Club will join the ranks of anglers targeting striped bass and bluefish from the shores of Long Beach Island as the 65th annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic kicks off October 5th. Registration is still open for the nine-week derby – which began in 1955 as the “Striped Bass Derby” and is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied surfcasting tournaments. This event runs through December 8th, and offers thousands of dollars in prizes. Proceeds from the tournament, organized by the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Committee in partnership with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, go toward event prize distribution, with a portion benefiting local high school scholarships. 

Linda Maratea, 71

Linda Jean Maratea, age 71, (nee Morgan) of Ocean Pines, MD formerly of Merchantville, NJ moved from this life early Tuesday morning September 17, 2019. She is survived by her husband and love of her life for 53 years James M. Maratea, and children Jenny A. Karpinski (Jim), Jill M. Forte (Michael) and Patrick J. Maratea (Elizabeth). She was the adored grandmother of Elizabeth, Julia, Francesca and Lainey. She is survived by her brother Bruce Morgan and was predeceased by a brother Daniel Morgan. Relatives and friends are invited to gather will her family on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM in St. Peter Church 43 W. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis, TN 38105. Full obituary.

Call For Entries

Eilandarts will celebrate 2019 Halloween in Monsterville and dedicate our monthly gallery show to all things Mystical and Magic – Dark and Light. No size restrictions. Any media- must be ready to hang (small sculptures accepted- please check with Nicole to make sure size is ok). Artists can submit up to 3 pieces. October Show will run from 10/1-10/31. Timeline: September 18th, Deadline for entries; September 21st, Acceptance notice; September 28th Drop off work- 12:00pm-3:00pm (or by prior arrangement); Show: October 1st – 31st; and, November 2nd Pick up work between 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. or by prior arrangement.


Surf Fishing Tourney

Merchantville Fishing Club's 3rd Annual Surf Fishing Tournament will take place on the beaches of LBI on October 19, 2019. This event is a team and individual tournament. Reserve your spot, come out and wet a line with us and be sure to bring the kids! Team (6 anglers) registration is $60.00. Individual registration is $15.00. Registration checks can be mailed - payable to Merchantville Fishing Club - to MFC Tournament Chair, C/O Gene Aikens, 30 Merion Lane, Maple Shade, NJ 08052. ASAC 72 hour rule applies. Morning of registration may be limited, so please call or email Gene Aikens @ 609-440-6994 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP. Award presentations and lunch begin at 1:00 pm at tournament headquarters located in the Surf City Fire Hall, 813 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, NJ 08088.

Dancer, Writer, Producer

"The Academy" is a mockumentary Web Mini Series comedy about an elite dance school in NYC written, directed and produced by David Guggino. Watch as a film crew attempts to document the eccentric and, sometimes difficult, faculty. As a film crew attempts to document them the real fun begins! David Guggino grew up in Merchantville and received a B.F.A. from Joffrey Ballet/New School University. He is a film, TV, and video director/writer/producer/choreographer and a former pro dancer. His company is DTG Productions LLC - providing full production needs for out sourcing video, web, interviews, in-house videos and live events. The mission of his company is to provide collaboration and creativity bringing their vision to life!

Polish Fest Fundraiser

Saint Peter's Parish is hosting its first-ever Polish-American Festival on Saturday, September 28th. Held at 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in Pastors’ Hall, the event features Polish food; performances by Polkadelphia, the Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble, and a guest appearance by the Aqua String Band; beer and wine; polka dancing; and more. Tickets are $40 per person and proceeds benefit parish initiatives. For more information, or to purchase tickets, e-mail Bobbie Bradley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (856) 662-7577.

Dance Fitness Event

A "Twerk Til You Drop Dance Fitness" event will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 22 North Centre Street in Merchantville from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Come twerk, shake, bounce and burn some calories by dancing to the latest trap music with instructor Keon Murray. Throw on your favorite workout outfit, grab a bottle of water and a towel, and join us to experience the most fun you can have while working out. Spaces limited, passes based on availability.Attendees must be 18 or older. Tickets: $15 before September 18th and $20 at the door. Register here.

 

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