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New Outdoor Activities to Reopen

Gov. Murphy's Executive Order No. 147 will take effect on Friday, May 22nd at 6:00 a.m. allowing certain outdoor activities at recreational businesses, including archery ranges, batting cages, golf driving ranges, horseback riding, shooting ranges, and tennis clubs as well as community gardens to open with required social distancing measures in place. To limit physical interactions, the order requires outdoor recreational businesses that reopen to limit capacity to 10 people at one time and implement…
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Covid School Aid Distributed

Federal Emergency aid will help New Jersey school districts with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The median amount among 654 districts and charter schools is about $116,000, ranging from no additional money in a handful of small districts or charter schools to nearly $19.3 million in Newark. Merchantville received $57,974. Gov. Phil Murphy says state aid to schools is in jeopardy as New Jersey faces revenue shortfalls in the billions of dollars and while…
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Rethinking Covid-19 in Children

AN article in the New York Times highlights new evidence that some children may become very sick, and we are beginning to learn more about who may be most at risk and what parents need to watch for. This past week there were reports of children hospitalized in different locations, including New York City, with a multisystem inflammatory disease. In addition, new research continues to be published describing the ways that the virus can behave…
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Mother's Day 2020

Happy Mother's Day 2020 to moms, grandmoms and great-grandmoms. Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May. In most…
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Covid-19 Assistance Fund

Six weeks ago, The Cooper Foundation established the COVID-19 Assistance Fund to support our healthcare professionals working around the clock caring for patients who have come into contact with the virus. From critical PPE to meals and coffee for health system workers and heartwarming messages of gratitude and encouragement – our community has embraced our needs with overwhelming generosity and we are so thankful. In addition to face masks, face shields, gowns and ventilators, the…
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Extreme Mother's Day Weekend

All-time record cold for May is expected this weekend with parts of the Northeast and Midwest anticipating snow and the potential for a New England bomb cyclone! The strong cold front sweeping across the Midwest and East will make it feel more like late March than early May. High temperatures…
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Kids' Library Events

Camden County Library has virtual events every week for kids. Here are some events for the week of May 11-15. Monday morning kids can "Make Your Own Journal" with simple home supplies or join in some evening fun with "Tween Dungeons & Dragons". On Tuesday get ready for some zany…
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Message from Mayor Brennan 5/07/20

Mayor Brennan recorded a video message for the Borough of Merchantville regarding COVID-19 on May 7th. His message included the unfortunate announcement of the Borough’s first coronavirus death; clarification of passive recreation park use; the requirement to wear face coverings when working at or patronizing essential businesses; and, availability of testing by appointment regardless of symptoms for anyone over 18 at the Barrington Rite Aid site. The mayor thanked residents for all their hard work…
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The Borough Brief - May 2020

The May edition of The Borough Brief contains updates on Borough of Merchantville happenings. Please subscribe to this digital newsletter by entering your email address in the box on the front page of the Borough's website. Articles in this edition include the mayor's latest Covid-19 message, the importance of completing your census online, an interview with Laura Panarello on the frontline, grant funds for rails-to-trails, renovations to the Community Center park and information on local…
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Hometown Hero on the Frontlines of Covid-19

Merchantville is filled with neighbors going the extra mile to help each other and the community. It is also home to frontline workers like lifelong Merchantville resident Laura Panarello. As an assistant nurse manager for Virtua Health’s satellite emergency rooms in both Camden and Berlin, Ms. Panarello is familiar with the impact Covid-19 continues to have on our area. She took a few moments to speak with me about this time and how the hospital,…

Town Covid Update 5/4/20

Between April 26th and May 4th there have been nine (9) new cases in Merchantville bringing the Borough total to 25 residents. Most recent Covid-19 cases include resident males in their 50's, 60's and 70's and females in their 60s. The Camden County Department of Health has announced 3,542 cases in Camden County today and 186 total fatalities. Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. stated, “We have reached a difficult stage in this pandemic, one where…
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