Joan Brennan

Joan Brennan

A massive fire has erupted at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Southwest Philadelphia shaking nearby homes and sending thick smoke into the air. Homes as far away as South Jersey were rocked by a series of explosions as the blaze, which erupted shortly after 4 a.m., burned. Some residents in Philadelphia said the explosions knocked art off their walls. The fire is contained on the property off Passyunk Avenue of the refinery, fire officials said shortly before 6 a.m. Authorities have not yet said if any workers were injured or not. The site is the PES refinery at 3100 W. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia Fire Department is asking residents and businesses east of the fire location in South Philadelphia to shelter-in-place until further notice.


Mosquito spraying has been postponed until June 28th. The Camden County Mosquito Commission will be conducting ULV spraying operations on Friday, June 28th between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. weather permitting on Plymouth Place, Somerset Avenue, St. James Avenue and Church Road. Mosquitoes are well known throughout the area as a nuisance. Uncontrolled mosquito populations can still ruin outdoor activities and interfere with many elements of business. A less common but even more serious problem with the blood sucking of mosquitoes is the spread of diseases. Various types of life-threatening encephalitis occur throughout South Jersey in humans and domestic animals. To report a mosquito issue in your town, please click here.

On Tuesday, June 18th, under a colorful, celebratory banner and accompanied by the band, Merchantville School graduated the their 8th Grade "Garnet and Grey" Class of 2019. They will continue their educational careers making Merchantville School proud. "Once a Knight - Always a Knight". Merchantville School thanked the parents and community for making the 2018-2019 an extremely successful school year.

Multiple water related incidents occurred during from last evening's storm. Water rose to flood levels on Ivins Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Chestnut Avenue and many Merchantville side streets. Pennsauken Township was involved in a number of water rescues along and around Route 130 and 48th Street. During heavy rain and flash floods. Watch for flooding in your basements. Make sure that home water removal equipment, like your sump pump, is working. The National Weather Service calls for more flash flooding today. and call the Merchantville Police or Fire Department with any emergencies.

PATCO service is suspended this morning, 6/20/19, as a result of issues created by last night's storm. Several stations flooded & track ballast - the stone that holds track in place - in some areas washed away. Repairs & inspections of the line are underway. Storm damage at several NJ stations & track areas.

Did you know that you can help the Merchantville PTA earn money to use for programs for your children by bookmarking our school Amazon link and using that URL every time you make a purchase on No sign up required, all you have to do is make sure you click on the link from first, then you'll be directed to the online website, shop normally, and Merchantville PTA makes 0.5% on your purchase! - easy as 1-2-3! Remember to bookmark the url and use it every time you go to Amazon to make a purchase. Box Tops for Education is another simple school fund raising program from General Mills. Each Box Top clip is worth 10 cents. It’s simple. Buy the products; clip the Box Tops; send the Box Tops into Merchantville school. Enrolled schools receive two checks a year from General Mills to purchase the things they need like: books, school supplies, playground equipment, teacher training computers, etc. Thanks for your help!

Spend a week on the farm at Free Haven Farms learning about science. Nature will be our classroom to explore agriculture, ecosystems, food chains, soil chemistry, insects, and more. Open for youth ages 3-12. July 8 - 12; 9am-4pm. $150; $50 non-refundable deposit required upon registration. Balance is due upon arrival. Free Haven Farms is a hands-on operation that Cynthia and Micaiah Hall established three years ago in Lawnside. Dr. Cynthia Hall, who grew up in this cozy borough, is an Environmental Geochemist and Associate Professor at West Chester University. She received her BS in Chemistry from Howard University and Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Tech. She and Micaiah are raising three children while using artisanal agriculture to make a living, share their considerable knowledge, and build community. Their motto is “sustainable and attainable,” says Micaiah, 42, a plumber by trade who hails from Connecticut and grew up working on a neighbor’s farm. He also worked for seven years at the Mill Creek Farm in West Philly. Read Kevin Riordan's story about them.

We had a double drop off of plastic bags this week, putting our current total to 152 pounds and the chance to win a FREE recycled park bench form TREX! Shout out to our #BinIt2WinIt hero, Terri James Porter, who collected the plastic bags in my absence. Don't forget, drop offs can be made at Blue Monkey TavernRyan's Retail, and at the Merchantville Market Off Centre. We accept grocery bags, bubble wrap, case overwrap, clean ziploc/bread bags, newspaper sleeves, etc. are all accepted. Please combine your materials in a single larger bag and compact it as much as possible before tying it up. We're making great progress to our 500 lb. goal!

An interview from November 6, 2014 by Maureen McLoone, president of Merchantville's Historical Society. Dr. Rudolph, formerly of Merchantville, NJ resided in Medford Leas, NJ at the time of this interview. As a doctor, his professional acumen, dedication, compassion and attitude has engendered confidence from his patients throughout his many years as a physician. As a friend, his firm hand shake, warm greeting, broad smile, and cheerful conversation; connote a genuine friendship to old as well as new acquaintances. As a highly respected citizen, his cooperation with and attention to civic, social, and benevolent matters have neither been slighted nor have they been neglected even though his profession demanded so much of his time. Service to his country, during World War II, in the European Theatre, further attests to this. At the MHS Annual Meeting, they highlighted his life in Merchantville from 1922 through 1977.

Mrs. DiBease is hosting a summer reading book club for St. Peter students entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades and Mrs. Roseboro is hosting a math skills program for students entering 2nd through 5th grades. Summer reading saint books will be on sale this Sunday in Pastors' Hall after the 10:30 Mass. If you cannot make it this Sunday, here's the information. Check this website link for Summer Reading Lists. Summer office hours at the school will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The office will be closed on Fridays during the summer.

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