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.

Town Food Blogger Wins Grand Prize

Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today recently announced the Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 #FindJerseyFresh photo contest is Sarah Licata, a food blogger based in Merchantville in Camden County. The grand prize for Licata is a $500 gift card to a business that features Jersey Fresh produce. Her place of choice was the A.T. Buzby Farm in Salem County. Licata sources some of her fruits and vegetables from that farm to feature in recipes she posts on her blog, The winning photo by Licata featured a table of cherry tomatoes of different colors during the Burlington County Farmers Market at the Burlington County Agricultural Center.

MHS Hosts Annual Meeting

If you have a personal treasure you have been yearning to know its historical significance and value, we have a venue for you. Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Merchantville Historical Society on Wednesday, October 9th, at 8:00 p.m., at the Community Center. Go to the Merchantville Historical Society Facebook page to indicate you are attending. Those guests wishing to bring an item for evaluation, should select the appropriate box. The first 35 people, registering a submission, will have their pieces placed in a viewing area. Mike Ivankovich, professional appraiser, will expound on each item to the audience. We are pleased to have The Woman’s Club of Merchantville co-hosting the event. Peruse your attic or storage areas; register your participation and come to our antiques style road show.

Interactive Walking Tour

Merchantville is a treasure trove of a variety of well-preserved styles of residential architecture. A classic mix of 19th and early 20th century architecture and tree-lined streets with beautifully maintained gardens define the historic borough and its vital downtown. Less than one square mile, Merchantville is home to almost 3,800 residents. Quaint and intimate, Merchantville offers an unprecedented and authentic sense of community. This interactive walking tour adapts and combines the Merchantville Historical Society's individual district tours. They can be walked separately or together depending what you choose to explore during your time in Merchantville. Detailed descriptions of the houses in each tract are linked to in the directions below or can be obtained in person at Borough Hall, One West Maple Avenue.

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.

Estate Sale 9/13 and 9/14

A couple in Merchantville is downsizing and selling the contents of their home at an estate sale on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, 14th from 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Items include furniture, pictures, lamps, area rugs, bar stools, glassware, decorative bar accessories, dining room furniture, kitchen furniture, family room furniture, bedroom furniture, outdoor furniture with accessories. Also being sold is some holiday decor and HO trains with village houses. Terms & Conditions: Cash and Credit Cards only. Furniture pickup on last day of sale. Bring help to move heavy pieces. No return and no delivery policy. Come out and see for yourself. The address for this sale in Merchantville, NJ 08109 will be available after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

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.

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.

Back-to-School Backpack Blessing

For some of us, the advent of a new school year is exciting. School shopping is the absolute best – bouquets of pencils delight us. We just can’t wait to organize our new assignment planners. For others, a new school year brings nothing but trepidation and an onslaught of anxious questions. Will I like my new teacher? What if my best friend isn’t in my class? What if I get a bad grade?... don’t make the varsity team? No matter where your kids fall in this spectrum, they will most likely carry a backpack to and from school. These backpacks may be mostly empty or crammed full of books and papers. No matter how full they are of stuff, they will contain hopes, dreams, fears, and questions for each new season and each new day of this academic year. We would like to invite you to bring those backpacks to Trinity Church, 36 Maple Avenue, on September 8th at 10:45 a.m. Bring them empty or full. Invite a friend! Adults, if you’d like in on this, bring your briefcases, tote bags, or backpacks as well. The priests will bless the bags during the announcements in the middle of the service, to honor all the hopes, dreams, and fears that accompany the new school year, and to ask for God to strengthen, sustain, and encourage all our children as they learn and grow throughout the year. 

2019 Turkey Trot Scheduled

Begin your Thanksgiving Day with a 5K dash through scenic Merchantville at our 3rd Annual Turkey Trot, or if you prefer, a 1-mile "Fun Run/Walk". The 5k begins at 9:00 a.m and the Fun Run/Walk at 9:15 a.m. Advanced online registration is recommended. Fees: $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $15 for Fun Run participants. ‘Day-of’ registration will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the 28th. Fees: $25 for 5k, $20 for Fun Run/Walk. The first 300 participants who pre-register using the link below will receive a free event t-shirt. Other registrants will receive t-shirts while supplies last. We'll have post-race refreshments for all runners and walkers, cash awards and prizes will be given to the top three overall finishers, male and female. The top three finishers, male and female in each age group will receive a commemorative Merchantville Turkey Trot pint glass.
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