Joan Brennan

Joan Brennan

Tom Wilkie and Reese DeFeo, members of the Knights of Columbus Council 6735 out of Saint Peter Parish, Merchantville, and their brother Knights help to foster a sense of community by preparing sandwiches to feed Camden’s youth. For the past nine years, Knights of Columbus councils around Camden County have made lunches for the youth summer camp run by Sister Helen Cole out of Guadalupe Family Services in Camden. For five weeks, city youth socialize and enjoy such places as the Jersey Shore and the Philadelphia Zoo. Approximately 50 lunches are made by the Knights for each day of the camp.  

PSE&G crews will be repairing a gas main on Chapel Avenue in Merchantville, on Monday, Aug. 19. While crews are at work, Chapel Avenue will be closed to all traffic between Clayton Avenue and Stanley Street. On Monday, Aug. 19, crews will close the affected stretch of roadway from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Motorists will be directed along a posted detour route to circumvent the affected area. The project is expected to be completed by the end of work hours on Monday, Aug. 19. Scheduling and project timing is dependent on weather and may be adjusted due to unforeseen events. Please use extra caution when driving near construction crews and vehicles.

One year ago, China stopped accepting most American scrap plastic and cardboard - rejecting all but the cleanest, most conforming items - throwing a wrench into U.S. recycling programs. Now, cities and towns across the U.S. are dealing with piles of homeless plastic with no clear destination because markets for #4, #5, and #7 plastics are now almost non-existent and plastic bags are considered a contaminant. As a result, these items are in many cases leaving the recycling facility as trash and being landfilled. In the past 10 years Camden County, like many other places, started Single Stream Recycling, where residents combine all recyclable materials into one container for pickup. The Borough of Merchantville will continue to educate residents about effective, clean recycling measures. Recently, neighboring municipalities have experienced their recycling rejected due to contamination. Let’s all reduce how much plastic we use and remember, only plastic #1 & #2 can be placed in the blue bins. The following items should be placed in your curbside recycling container: Newspaper • mixed paper including junk mail • magazines • catalogs • school papers • office papers etc… • paper packaging • paperboard cartons for foods such as cereal boxes, pasta boxes and tissue boxes, etc… • softcover books • phone books • cardboard • glass bottles and jars • aluminum and steel cans • aluminum and steel lids • CLEAN CONTAINERS like Plastic bottles and jars with #1 or #2 found on the bottom • milk and juice cartons • paper towel and toilet paper inserts.



Merchantville School is excited to allow parents to view their child's schedule on RealTime starting on Friday, August 16th. Information has been mailed to parents with login instructions. Parents must acknowledge certain forms and then will be able to view their child's schedule and teachers. Picture Day Information, links and forms will come home the first or second day of school. You can either order on line or return form with your child(ren). Picture Day is Wednesday, September 18th. If you have questions, Merchantville School is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mondays - Thursdays throughout August.

The Merchantville School District is located in Camden County, New Jersey.  The district is committed to the students of Merchantville and ensuring their success in the 21st century.  All candidates need to have full proper certification in order to be considered for the following positions. Substitute Teacher: Must have NJ Substitute Certificate or the minimum requirements to obtain it; substitutes for our Pre-K to 8th grade teacher and aides on a daily basis; candidates will work directly for the Merchantville School District; candidates should be well–organized and able to follow teacher instructions; candidates should possess a love for children and desire to help them succeed. Positions are available starting September 1, 2019. For consideration, forward a cover letter and resume (Internal candidates need only submit a letter of interest) by August 31, 2019 to: J. Scott Strong - Chief School Administrator, Merchantville School. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Preferred) or Mail:130 S Centre Street, Merchantville, NJ 08109. For more information about the district, please visit our website

Joseph E. Gurecki, Sr., age 81 of Pennsauken, passed away at his home on August 13, 2019. Beloved husband of Regina (nee Poplawski); Devoted father of Anastasia Gurecki, Casandra (Robert) Dinan, William Gurecki, Joseph Gurecki II (Tracy), and the late Babette Gurecki; Loving grandfather of William, Lyndsey, Gabrielle, Peter, Regina, Norah, Kristen, Scarlett, Maxwell and Robert; Dear brother of Joan Chudzinski and Robert Gurecki and brother in law of Thomas Seidel and Marilyn Poplaski. Mr. Gurecki was a 1957 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School and a United States Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was also the treasurer of the Delran Jr. Marksmen. Relatives and friends are invited to the Visitation and Funeral on Monday, August 19th, from 6 to 8 p.m. Full obituary.

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.

They are mostly in their 90s and have been getting together faithfully since they met years ago at the Collins Tract Elementary School in Pennsauken, NJ. It was back in Merchantville, Camden County, that these kindergartners - David Taylor, Joe Holman, Lindsay Pratt, Ralph McGee and Peg Tomlinson - first met, when life was about crayons and storybooks, recess and occasional roughhousing, and a lifestyle that is almost like a folk tale against the background of today’s computers, complex world problems, and wonders like cellphones, space travel, and cars that practically drive themselves. To watch them in action and hear them reminisce is to witness what it means to cherish friendships through life. 

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