2019 Merchantville Music Fest was approved by Borough Council last night, which means we are set to rock this town on Saturday, October 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. along North Centre and Chestnut streets. We're bringing Music Fest back to the street with the support of The Merchantville Task Force. There will be two stages, at least 8 bands, food trucks and street vendors. More info will be out soon so keep checking back here to find out who and what you can expect to see. The Merchantville Task Force depends on support from local businesses and organizations to bring this free event to the community. Large and small sponsor contributions are welcome. Sponsorship levels for this year.
John Brouse, commander of Merchantville's American Legion F.W. Grigg Post 68, presented an American flag to Roger Grigg, nephew of the World War I soldier for whom the post is named, in a ceremony at Borough Hall on August 11, 2019. F.W. Grigg was in the U.S. Army artillery and died on October 12, 1918, during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. Three generations of the Grigg family attended the gathering, which marked the centennial of the post's founding meeting on August 11, 1919. The family heard of their connection to the Merchantville post after the dedication of a street sign honoring Corp. Grigg in May. Roger Grigg is 87 years old, a resident of Toms River, and a retired teacher and school principal. He is a Navy veteran of the Korean conflict.
Susan Catherine Stine and Alexander Ulises Romero Baires were married Aug. 10 in Baltimore. Ms. Stine, 29, is a program specialist in Washington for the United States Forest Service’s international programs office. She graduated from American University and received a master’s degree in international educational development from the University of Pennsylvania. Susan is a daughter of Sharon Hartson Stine and Robert A. Stine of Merchantville, N.J. The couple met through the dating website OkCupid in 2015, and had their first date in Washington.
Oh No! Flocking is happening in Merchantville! 3HS (Haddon Heights) Field Hockey, which includes five players from our town, has started their annual flamingo flocking fundraiser. Please be on the look out for these territorial birds! There's only one group trained to remove them from your lawn and for a donation, that expert team will move them to a neighbor or a friend's lawn. So, if they land at your house just follow the instructions by your mailbox.
Meet Mr. Max. He is the new guy at Sherry’s Place Rescue. Mr. Max is adorable, Yorkie from Merchantville. At a great size - 12 1/2 pounds - he is a very youthful 8 years old. He has had all of his shots and bloodwork, plus a dental, neuter, and microchip, so he will be ready for adoption as soon as he is all recovered from his surgeries. He is doing very well with potty training, as long as he is kept to a schedule. He needs to work on his leash manners, as he is excited to be out, and tends to pull. Are you looking for a happy, hardy little guy to add to your family? Send us your application today!
Ocean City held its annual Twins Contest on July 31st in front of the Music Pier on the Boardwalk. It's one of Ocean City's most popular and fun events and, yes you are seeing double! The event awarded prizes to identical and fraternal twins gathered to those who look the most and least alike in different age groups from 5 and under to adult.. The adults most alike were Nancy Logan and Jean Conover of Chambersburg Pa. The adults least alike were Mildred Henderson of Lancaster, Pa., and Lucille Roberts of Merchantville, N.J. Congratulations, Lucille!
As far back as 1924 there are published reports of drainage issues and flooding on Glenwood Avenue in Merchantville. In The Morning Post (Camden, New Jersey) on December 23, 1924 the borough highway committee was reported to be working with Delaware Township (Cherry Hill) on railroad drainage issues. In July of 1925 eleven residents filed a complaint with Council about the lack of a proper drainage in the thoroughfare, and in September of 1926 authorization of $1,250 for a storm sewer to drain "the lake that forms at Holly and Glenwood avenues." In 1938, 1939 and 1940 referencing garage and home flooding, a county sponsored WPA ditch drainage project that would cross Glenwood Avenue thereby overwhelming the runoff system and opposition to the project by Merchantville's borough engineer and Council. In a May 1947 Courier-Post article Borough Council requested that Freeholders supply storm sewers to drain Glenwood Avenue stating, "Drainage of the area, which has been flooded several times, has been problem for nearly 20 years." and in August 1950 police reports that the 200 block of Glenwood was flooded and "pedestrians and cars could not get through". Borough Council reported in December 1951 that the drainage project on Glenwood Avenue was "making normal progress". Again, after a major storm in June 1969, flooding was reported on the "200 block of Glenwood Avenue." Ten years later, in March of 1979, resident Grace Green sent a letter to the Courier-Post chastising Councilwoman Yates and the mayor for condoning the existing water problem at Holly and Glenwood. The next searchable news about this comes from a Philadelphia Inquirer article on November 10, 1989 and p.2 titled, "Merchantville attacks problem of flooding on Glenwood Ave." It discusses the response to a serious flooding issue in October of that year. In 1992 the Inquirer, page 2 recorded the drainage issue as seen through the eyes of resident, Bob Press, sharing tales of knee-deep flooding four times a year. And from 1994, in a series of four articles - May, July, August and September - found in the Courier-Post and Philadelphia Inquirer, the ongoing saga of Glenwood Avenue is memorialized. In January of 1995 an $85,000 contract was awarded by Mayor and Council to VSP, Inc., Haddonfield to relocate and repair storm drains and pipes on Glenwood Avenue.
Saint Peter School in Merchantville has rounded out its curriculum with a Latin Studies program for students in all grades. Principal Joseph Saffioti said that nine students from Saint Pete's were recognized for their stellar marks on the National Latin Exam. The test, which is administered globally, requires students to read and interpret passages and answer questions relating to Roman culture, Latin grammar and Latin vocabulary - all in Latin. The exam was administered to the school's 7th and 8th grade honors students, and nine out of the 25 students obtained national recognition for their performance including AnaMair Muller, who obtained a near perfect score. New Jersey is among the more competitive states in terms of the number of students participating in the National Latin Exam, so these initial achievements are no small feat. Furthermore, there is a clear correlation between those students who perform well on this exam and top level performance in all English Language Arts domains.