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 www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: "Merchantville Community". Save time on the day of the donation and visit www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass 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.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 from Merchantville School and St. Peter School. Merchantville School celebrated the occasion by sharing a bi-lingual eighth grade graduation video and "babies video" for everyone's enjoyment. Their graduation video begins with a heartwarming message from class keynote speaker, Katherine Santos, who entered 6th grade as a non-English speaking student, and credits student and staff equality, companionship, kindness and tolerance for their success. On June 14th, the SPS Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation went live on facebook and youtube where congratulatory comments could be left by friends and relatives. This is the 90th graduating class of St. Peter School who can proudly call this school their "alma mater".
Courier-Post writer, Tammy Paolino, recently penned a piece on "A food geek's guide to best dishes in South Jersey, still available as takeout". The article shared local places to find incredible "drive-by" food while social distancing. And, it was no surprise to us that two of Merchantville's eateries, Charlies Crepes and Park Place Cafe & Restaurant, took the spotlight. Featured were Charlie's seasonal crepes with crispy potato croquettes or spicy deviled eggs and, ice cream flavors from Chef Manganaro that compliment his juicy burgers and celebrate the region, like the Cherry Bomb or Merchantville Mudslide. And, on June 8th, Tammy featured The Juice Bar owners, Seth Amoah and Kelli Mouzon, in her article about black business owners in SJ. The cafe is touted as "a healthy oasis in the heart of Merchantville" offering fresh pressed juices, smoothies, salads, panini and vegan options.
June is the month we celebrate Merchantville's birth in 1874! While current circumstances have caused states to ban public gatherings, such as parties and celebrations, let's toast the founding of our small but strong borough 146 years ago and, honor the efforts of the many public servants, volunteers and business owners who have helped to strengthen and sustain our community. As we start planning for the Borough's Sesquicentennial, Mayor Brennan and Council want you to know that they are committed to continuing their work on your behalf and moving initiatives forward that will promote progress and secure a vital and prosperous future for residents and businesses. Merchantville's history.
The Merchantville Police Department, Mayor Brennan and Borough Council are sad to share the passing of Retired Chief Robert Ward. Chief Ward passed away on May 20th after a battling an illness. Robert "Bob" Ward was the chief of police for thirty-three years, from – Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Ward family, friends and co-workers. On June 1st at 11:00 a.m. there was a short procession past Chief Ward's residence so that members of the police department, fire department and, past and present Borough officials were able to pay their respects to his family. Rest In Peace Chief.
Beginning May 23rd, Camden County is no longer announcing new cases and deaths related to Covid-19 on weekends or holidays. All weekend cases and deaths will be announced on the next business day and will be properly attributed to the day they were received. As of Friday, May 29th, Merchantville had 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus and the Camden County Department of Health (DOH) announced 59 additional confirmed cases of the disease. This brings the aggregate number of confirmed positive cases to 6,588 in Camden County today and 320 total fatalities.
Beloved wife of 53 years to the late Leonard F. Formanek. Born in 1929 in Philadelphia to the late Collette A. (Rowan) and William S. Gannon and raised during the Great Depression in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. Colette worked as a long-distance operator for Bell Telephone in the Bourse Building in Philadelphia. After her marriage in 1950, Colette raised her nine children over the span of four decades in Paulsboro, East Camden and Merchantville. She is survived by her nine children, Colette (David) New of Tabernacle; Barbara (Charles Stevenson) Formanek of Williamsburg, VA; Judith (Theodore) Pettek of Toms River; Leonard (Sharon) of Charlotte, NC; Eileen (Charles) Gorman of Camden; Joseph (Cynthia) Formanek of Coopersburg, PA; Maria (Thomas) Murt of Hatboro, PA; Lisa (Patrick) Roche of Doylestown, PA; Michele (Stephen) Pedrani of Neshanic Station, and a legacy of 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Full obituary.
The Borough of Merchantville, in concert with F.W. Grigg American Legion Post 68, will be hosting a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony this Memorial Day, May 25th at 10:00 a.m., and we invite you to join us virtually at that time on the Borough’s website, www.merchantvillenj.gov or the official Borough of Merchantville Facebook page where the ceremony will be streamed. Remembering those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice through solemn ceremony on Memorial Day is a tradition in the Borough of Merchantville for many decades. Honoring those who have fallen at our memorials in Wellwood Park is one of the most important events that our Borough holds. Although we are restricted from a public ceremony due to COVID-19, we must not forget to honor those who did give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.