Centennial Meeting

The day was August 11, 1919. A meeting was held In Merchantville by returning local doughboys to start a chapter of the newly formed Veterans group called the American Legion. 100 years later to the day we will return to spot where it all started. A very special post meeting that is open to the public as we reflect on those humble beginnings and pay tribute to our Post namesake, 19 year old resident Frederick W. Grigg. The meeting will be held upstairs in Council chambers as it was in the "old Borough Hall" 100 years ago. The meeting will begin at 12 noon. Following the meeting all are invited to raise a glass at Eclipse brewing to young Frederick and the rest of the doughboys who set into motion a century of service to our local Veterans. Join in on a singing of "Over There" as we proudly celebrate Merchantville Posts 100th Birthday! Hope you can join us.

McFarlan's Collingswood to Close

A press release from McFarlan's Market Collingswood tonight announced that owners, Janet Stevens and Pete Burgess, are closing their Collingswood location effective August 15, 2019 and will continue operations at the Merchantville location.  The Merchantville location has been in business since May 2010 and the Collingswood location, which underwent a complete remodel, opened last September. Both stores feature specialty groceries including baked goods, butcher, deli, and prepared foods and catering services. The Collingswood location also features a café dining space. Both locations are fully equipped and furnished including refrigeration and cooking equipment. “While we love owning the stores and our employees, customers, suppliers, and both towns, the time has come to search for a new owner,” said Pete Burgess. “We feel an operator with the right concept and experience can make the stores profitable, but we are open to the highest and best use for both sites including possible conversion to restaurants,” added Burgess. Joe Riggs of NAI Mertz is representing the owners in finding potential buyers/operators for both locations and suggested that conversion to dining/restaurant operations would likely be the highest and best use.  Interested buyers can contact Joe Riggs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Read the NJ Pen article.

Knights Golf Fundraiser

St. Peter's Knights of Columbus is hosting their 3rd Annual 9 Hole Golf Outing on Sunday, September 15th at Pennsauken Country Club starting at 1:00 p.m. Fee: $50 and includes 9 holes of golf with a cart, 2two (2) tickets for beer/soft drinks/hotdogs and 1 FREE Block in our $100 payout block pool. Additionally, there will prizes for be closest to the pin and putting contests. There are a total of 52 spots available and if you can come in as a foursome that would be great. However, if you are a single, double or threesome we will pair you up accordingly. Please contact Grand Knight Bob Altenbach at 410-336-2209 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This event is open to all!

Patrick "Pat" Smith, 35

Patrick Smith passed away suddenly on July 25, 2019. Patrick grew up in Merchantville. He was a member of Merchantville Elementary School's class of 1998 and Camden Catholic, class of 2002. He is survived by his loving parents, Stephen Smith and Cynthia Smith; his siblings, Rosemary (Kurt) Geisler, Christopher Smith, Matthew Smith and his wife Carol; his wife Alana (nee Davis) and his beloved children, Ella Marie and Liam Henry as well as a large extended family. A resident of Marlton, Patrick worked for Quad Graphics in Westampton, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Friday, August 2nd from 10:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Healey Funeral Home, 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ where his Service will take place at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to the Seabrook Foundation, In memory of Patrick Smith. Visit www.seabrook.org or send to Seabrook Foundation, 133 Polk Lane, Seabrook, NJ 08302. 

3rd Annual PTSD Walk

Wear the Eagle. Bring Old Glory. Support your Veterans. Please walk with Merchantville's American Legion Post 68 to bring awareness to the 22 Veteran a day suicide epidemic. The 3rd Annual PTSD walk will begin directly behind Eclipse Brewery on Merchanville's scenic bike path located at East Park and Gilmore Avenues. The walk is about 2 miles round trip - an easy walking/running pace - and both child and pup (on a leash please) friendly . This walk is FREE and registration for the organization is not required. However, we ask that you register here to let us know you are coming. Joan Kim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to donate, there will be a collection for Americas Vetdogs. Please join us for a social gathering at the brewery afterwards.

 

When in Doubt

When in doubt, THROW IT OUT. Beginning on July 26th, recycle cans in Merchantville will not be picked up if items such as, plastic bags, pizza boxes and plastics other than #1 and #2 are mixed in the can. Cans will be tagged and residents will receive a flyer on the can with the guidelines for items that can be recycled. Camden County wants to make single stream recycling easy and will only accept rinsed plastic or glass bottles, jars and jugs, rinsed aluminum and steel cans, clean paper, and clean cardboard.  If you are unsure if a piece is recyclable, just throw it out. For more information regarding the guidelines visit Camdencounty.com/recycling.

Elizabeth "Bette" Vasta

Elizabeth Anne (Lerch) Vasta, age 86, daughter of Ben and Virginia Lerch, passed quietly in her sleep after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on July 1, 2019 at the Masonic Home in Burlington County, NJ. Bette was raised in Merchantville, NJ, where she spent most of her life. She attended Merchantville Elementary School and Merchantville High School, and graduated with a B.S in Chemistry from Bucknell University. Bette also trained and then volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in her hometown of Merchantville. She captained the volunteer squad for over two decades and served as their president for over 15 years. A visitation is scheduled for 10:00 am on September 6th at Trinity United Methodist Church, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 am. The Alloway Funeral Home, Merchantville, NJ is providing the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Alzheimer's or Cancer research. Full obituary.

 

Thomas Wallace Jr.

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Thomas Wallace Jr., Merchantville, New Jersey, who passed away on July 22, 2019. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 10th 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 10 W Maple Ave, Merchantville, NJ. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Thomas Wallace Jr.. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org

July BOE Meeting

Agenda items for approval at the July 23rd Board of Education meeting included extending the Early Dismissal time for Merchantville School to 12:45 p.m. - previously 12:30 - Early Dismissal Days will run from 8:20 – 12:45 with bag lunches being served to all students in the school. Approval of tuition contracts with Kingsway and YALE schools for students, and the tuition contract with Haddon Heights Board of Education for regular education tuition, special education tuition, and 2017-2018 tuition adjustment in the amount of $2,080,634.00 for the 2019-2020 school year. The BOE July agenda addendum was for hiring approval of Christina Folk as a part-time Mathematics teacher starting September 1, 2019 at BA Step 3. A listing of Board of Education members and meeting minutes/agenda are available on the school website.

National Night Out

The Borough of Merchantville invites you to join the members of the Merchantville Police Department and the members of the Merchantville Fire Department for our annual National Night Out celebration. This years National Night Out will take place on August 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Merchantville Community Center, 212 Somerset Street. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring policemen, firemen and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

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