Wellness Center Adds Practitioner

Merchantville Medical Wellness Center recently announced the addition of Houtaneh Houtan, NMD, who joins Dr. Jennifer Phillips in offering naturopathic medicine to area residents. Houtan studied biochemistry at Syracuse University as an pre-med undergraduate, where she discovered the need for holistic medicine alternatives then,g raduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2019 . Naturopathy focuses on the critical role that natural medicine can play in the realm of reversing disease. Her favorite medicines include clean nutrition, botanicals and homeopathy. The Wellness center is located at 5 W. Chestnut Avenue in Merchantville. For more information, call 856-488-7067 or

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Billig Family Fundraiser

On Sunday, July 26th, Mike Billig and his wife Kerri were involved in a tragic accident. Kerri sustained many injuries, impeding her ability to walk. Mike did not survive the crash. Kerri is one the stylist at The Clip Joint in Merchantville and is in need of help. Kerri is not only trying to heal physically and emotionally but, suddenly finds herself a widow, unable to work, with two children to care for and a home she can not afford on her own. Please consider making a contribution the Billig Family Go Fund Me campaign. Any monies donated will go directly to the Billig family to help them during these unexpected and difficult times. Let’s show some town love and support, big or small anything would help.

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William D. Harrison, 33

On July 24, 2020, age 33, of Merchantville, NJ. He was the loving son of William J. and Darcy (nee Menzer) Harrison and loving bother of Nichole Harrison and Mark C. Harrison. He is also survived by 3 nephews Gray and Sam Howell and Brody Youngs; his uncle Michael (Robin) Menzer; many loving cousins; and his dog Jerry. Bill graduated from Holy Cross High School in 2002 and was an Eagle Scout. He worked at A-1 Searches in Merchantville and enjoyed cooking, music and festivals. He was also an avid Philadelphia Union Soccer fan. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.



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Yard Sales, 7/18

Stop by at a Good Old Fashioned Yard Sale on Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at 1 West Walnut Avenue in Merchantville. This sale combines more than three families items including household goods, jewelry, lots of very nice women’s clothing and shoes, books, luggage and…
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Experts Agree on Masks

New Jersey is one of only three states that are on track to contain Covid-19. Gov. Phil Murphy has been adamant about the importance of wearing masks during the pandemic, mandating on Wednesday, July 15th, that they be worn outdoors nearly at all times. New Jersey flattened the curve with masks. Other states didn’t. The premise behind wearing masks is that they contain small respiratory droplets, making it less likely you could spread the virus to others. The governor's executive order on masks excludes children younger than 2 years old, those partaking in some sports activities, people who are eating and drinking, as well as those with underlying health conditions. Wear a mask. Social distance. Get tested.

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Fans for Seniors

To help senior citizens who are living in homes without air conditioning or other means of cooling this summer, Camden County is distributing free fans to seniors. The Division of Senior and Disabled Services will be hosting a contactless drive-thru distribution on Wednesday, July 15th, beginning at 11 a.m. Qualifying seniors can receive their fan while maintaining a physical distance. Camden County residents ages 60 and older with an income of $25,000 or less are eligible. Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Division of Senior Services reports, “We have already distributed dozens of fans this summer and are prepared to get even more in the hands of seniors who need them.

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Lammas Circle Gathering

Join us at Aradia's Treasure Metaphysical Shop for a sacred circle gathering to celebrate Lammas / Lughnasadh, The Harvest of First Fruits. With grateful hearts we will gather in the courtyard to celebrate our many blessings. This is a day to celebrate the beginnings of the harvest, when the grain and corn is gathered. It's also a time, in some traditions, of honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. Here are some ideas for dressing up your altar for your Lammas (Lughnasadh) celebration. Sign up on our website under the event/classes tab. Space is limited. Cost $5.00. This event includes: Circle Gathering, Celebration of the Celtic Deity Lugh, Meditation of Gratitude, refreshments and merriment. Remember to check out other WorkshopsHealth & Wellness Events in Merchantville.

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Outside Zumba Classes

Come dance *outside* with me, Jacqui Wiseman, beginning on Tuesdays at 6:00 at 22 North Centre Street, Merchantville. Bring extra water and a towel. Due to social distancing requirements, please reserve your spot in advance here. Class passes are $10 for one class, $40 for 5 classes, or $75 for 10 classes. Passes can be used on any date. If space permits, drop-ins are always welcome. Also check out other Workshops in MerchantvilleHealth & Wellness Events in Merchantville. I can't wait to dance with you outside!
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Patti Sharp, 58

Patti Sharp (nee Daly), of Barrington, NJ, passed on June 26, 2020 at the age of 58. Patti passed away comfortably, surrounded by her beloved family. Loving mother of Katie Sapia (Jim), Samantha Sharp and Courtney Porado (Paul). Devoted grandmother “Gammy” of Makayla, Oliver, Jaxson, and Mason. Cooper, family dog, sure will miss sharing Burger King meals with her. Beloved sister of the late Keri Ragona. Survived by her caring nieces, nephews and former spouse Frank Sharp. Patti was well known for her big heart and many acts of kindness. Patti’s talent was cooking which led her to be a successful restaurant owner, Station House Restaurant. Full obituary.

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Donald Graff, 87

Donald L. Graff of Haddon Heights, formerly of Merchantville, passed away on May 9, 2020, at the age of 87. Beloved father of Lisa M. Cornely (Frank), Andrea D. Racobaldo (Dominic) and Mark L. Graff (Katie). Loving grandfather of Frank, William, Maureen, Matthew, Thomas and Alaina Cornely; Laura, Dominic, Andrew, Cara and Abbie Racobaldo; Mark, Maura and Emma Graff. Devoted great grandfather of Caroline Cornely. Don's family moved to Merchantville when he was a child.  He attended Merchantville Elementary School and then graduated from Merchantville High School.  He enjoyed music and was an accomplished clarinet player.  He also played football at Merchantville High School. Full obituary.

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Blood Drive 7/14

The Borough will host another American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Merchantville Community Center, 212 Somerset Avenue, on Tuesday, July 14th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Appointments are preferred. To make an appointment online sign up at and use sponsor code: "Merchantville Community". Save time on the day of the donation and visit to check donor eligibility guidelines, donation tips and tips to boost your iron. Area hospital patients are counting on you so, don’t forget to hydrate and bring your ID.

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