Joan Brennan

Joan Brennan
Spirit to Sole Connection will offer a Reiki 1 Class on June 24th, July 8th and 14th. In this a two night and one Sunday afternoon class you will learn how to perform Reiki on yourself and others. The first-degree workshop is open to all who wish to learn Reiki to optimize their personal and spiritual growth, accepting responsibility for their own holistic healing, and who wish to help their friends, family, and even pets. Reiki I is the first step into helping your own life force energies, learning to increase these energies to help others. Fee: $125.00. Reserve your space online or call 856-834-0883 at least 24 hours before class.

Sparrow Lake Farms in Monroeville, NJ brings fresh eggs, produce and pasture raised chicken to Merchantville's weekly Market Off Centre. They offer customers fresh herbs, green garlic, garlic scapes, and onions; kale and pure raised roasters. The Market provides an active family oriented atmosphere offering a variety of local, handmade, and homemade goods and services. Open from 10-2 along the bike path every Saturday. Interested vendors should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with information about your products or services. Updates on this week's vendors are here.

The Love in Motion Youth Group has decided on their next service project and are requesting donations. They will be collecting small or travel size items until July 6th to make “We Care” boxes. Items needed: toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, shampoo, soap, facewash, nail clippers, combs, brushes, tampons, sanitary pads, deodorant, wet wipes, razors and chapstick. The kids will be assembling boxes for men, women, and children with the donations received, then distribute them in the cities of Camden and Philadelphia. If you are able to help us help others, it will be truly appreciated! We will pick up or you may drop off at 112 Locust Street, Merchantville. 

Parker’s offers a smart alternative to traditional convenience stores, combining first-class customer service with an uncompromising commitment to quality at their 54 stores across Georgia and South Carolina. On Thursday, 6/13, Dave Meloni was named the company’s new director of personnel development, overseeing the recruitment, training, retention and succession planning of nearly 1,000 employees. Before joining Parker’s, Meloni served as the director of operations at Enmarket. Originally from Merchantville, NJ, Meloni earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Penn. He currently resides in Bluffton, S.C.

Merchantville Elementary School students worked hard in Art class throughout the year. As school comes to a close, their students took a moment to show off some of their work. Thank you to Ms. Baker for giving them a great opportunity to show their artistic side. This is Karen Baker's third year as the Art Teacher at Merchantville School, and her eleventh year of teaching Art. She graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, with a BFA in Illustration and a certification to teach art. Before coming to Merchantville she taught art for six years at The Village Charter School in Trenton - a K-8 school - and for two years prior to that at Urban Promise's K-12 program in Camden.


Mary Hilbert, female chef on the food truck, Mary’s Mobile Diner - a fixture at many Merchantville events - will will be feeding the Good Morning America staff breakfast and lunch options Wednesday , Thursday and Friday. This Jersey diner on wheels serves fresh made to order breakfast, lunch and dinner options for meat lovers and vegetarians. Mary focuses on homemade food made with fresh ingredients at a reasonable price point. Most items are $7 or $8 making it a very good value. She doesn’t skimp on the portions either. “I’m a mobile diner, there should be leftovers,” she says. To contact her for your event call (856) 840-3660.

Cooper River is the perfect setting for dragon boat racing, drawing praise from athletes and international experts for its sheltered, minimal current, race course. It will host South Jersey's Premier Dragon Boat Festival on July 27th from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Athletes Village is located on Park Boulevard approximately 1 mile south of the Cooper River Boat House. Marshaling takes place at the docks, located near Park Boulevard and E. Cuthbert Boulevard, Cherry Hill.Located within newly renovated Cooper River Park, the Cooper River has hosted numerous major state and national rowing events, including the IRAs, NCAAs, and the SRAA regattas, in addition to many local high school, college and masters regattas. 

Jack Weiss, 90, of Mount Laurel passed away on June 8, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 28, 1928, in Pennsauken, NJ, to the late Oswald and Naomi Weiss. Jack was a corporal in the US Army and a veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a regional director for the aviation supply office in Philadelphia for the federal government. He was a member of Merchantville Masonic Lodge #119. He was a deputy chief of the East Pennsauken Volunteer Fire Association, No.1. Deputy Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, at Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home, 2426 Cove Rd, Pennsauken, NJ 08109. A funeral service will be on Thursday, at 11:00 am, at the funeral home. Burial with military honors to follow at Bethel Memorial Park, in Pennsauken. Full obituary.

On Monday, June 10th, Merchantville School welcomed back the 2019 graduating class from Haddon Heights High School. The returning grads took a "walk down memory lane" by visiting their previous teachers, seeing the school and giving advice to the current Merchantville School students. This is the first full class representing Merchantville School to graduate since the phase in began. This continues to be a great relationship between Merchantville School and Haddon Heights.

There have been several deer sightings in Merchantville posted on social media during the past few days - Rosemarie Mocrytzki, captured a picture of one in her driveway off Lexington Avenue, and another was photographed crossing St. James and Somerset Avenues by Tim Mentzler. Last October, Marilyn Johnson spotted four deer grazing on Hampton Road across from the Merchantville Country Club, and a month later in her own back yard! NJ says that the deer population has become a public safety problem leading to thousands of car crashes, a public health problem with increasing cases of Lyme disease, and millions of dollars a year in losses for agriculture. Just a head's up to check for ticks and be careful when driving in and around the 'ville.

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