Joan Brennan

Joan Brennan

Rev your engines! Hot rods, classic bikes, family fun, and football will be hallmarks of Pennsauken Township’s 27th annual Car, Bike, and Craft Show. The show will take place on Sunday, September 22nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hundreds of classic cars and bikes will be on display along part of the "Maple Mile," starting at Pinsetter Bar and Bowl, 7111 Maple Ave. and extends to Union Avenue. Vendors and crafters will be offering great items for purchase. Also enjoy a Kids Zone with bounce houses, balloon twisting, and face painting. A Big Screen to watch the Birds take on the Lions and plenty of great food and drinks. Rain date for this event is Sunday, 9/29. Register here.

Merchantville School's website has a new layout and look powered by Frontline Education. Frontline is a school administration software that helps districts proactively manage people and processes for greater student success. The Quick Links on the website allow parents of students in Merchantville School to access and change demographic information, review 3rd-8th student grade books, manage absences and provides lunch information for all students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade. Check it out!

Meet Mr. Max. He is the new guy at Sherry’s Place Rescue. Mr. Max is adorable, Yorkie from Merchantville. At a great size - 12 1/2 pounds - he is a very youthful 8 years old. He has had all of his shots and bloodwork, plus a dental, neuter, and microchip, so he will be ready for adoption as soon as he is all recovered from his surgeries. He is doing very well with potty training, as long as he is kept to a schedule. He needs to work on his leash manners, as he is excited to be out, and tends to pull. Are you looking for a happy, hardy little guy to add to your family? Send us your application today!

Ocean City held its annual Twins Contest on July 31st in front of the Music Pier on the Boardwalk. It's one of Ocean City's most popular and fun events and, yes you are seeing double! The event awarded prizes to identical and fraternal twins gathered to those who look the most and least alike in different age groups from 5 and under to adult.. The adults most alike were Nancy Logan and Jean Conover of Chambersburg Pa. The adults least alike were Mildred Henderson of Lancaster, Pa., and Lucille Roberts of Merchantville, N.J. Congratulations, Lucille!

Dorothy C. Young, longtime Pennsauken resident passed away Friday, August 2, 2019. She was 77. Dorothy had retired after many years working at the Cinnaminson and Maple Shade Acme. A devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville, Dorothy was also very dedicated to serving in the church food pantry. She is survived by two loving children, Peter LaBrie, Jeannine LaBrie; three cherished grandchildren, Sean LaBrie, Patrick LaBrie, Carmen LaBrie; three caring siblings, William Young Jr. (Bette), Thomas Young (Sigrid), Linda Rice (Andy); and several nieces and nephews. Her memorial service will be held 11 am, Friday, August 9th at the Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home, 33 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 10 am until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville, 10 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109 or by means of non-perishable food to the church food pantry that will assist those in need. Full obituary.

Saint Peter School in Merchantville has rounded out its curriculum with a Latin Studies program for students in all grades. Principal Joseph Saffioti said that nine students from Saint Pete's were recognized for their stellar marks on the National Latin Exam. The test, which is administered globally, requires students to read and interpret passages and answer questions relating to Roman culture, Latin grammar and Latin vocabulary - all in Latin. The exam was administered to the school's 7th and 8th grade honors students, and nine out of the 25 students obtained national recognition for their performance including AnaMair Muller, who obtained a near perfect score. New Jersey is among the more competitive states in terms of the number of students participating in the National Latin Exam, so these initial achievements are no small feat. Furthermore, there is a clear correlation between those students who perform well on this exam and top level performance in all English Language Arts domains.

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.

Amos, Dorothy, - 97, of North Cape May, formerly of Harrisonburg, VA and Pennsauken, NJ, passed away peacefully in her sleep and ready to meet her creator God on July 30, 2019. She is predeceased by her husband Charles Amos (1997) and grandson Denis Collopy (Elizabeth). Survived by her daughters Patricia Williamson (Harry), Kathleen Collopy (Dennis), Dorothy Little (Richard), sister Mary Narleski of Merchantville, many loving nieces, nephews and friends, 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Saturday, August 3, 10:00am at St. John Neumann, 680 Townbank Rd, N Cape May, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am. Burial will immediately follow Mass at the Veterans Cemetery, Crest Haven Rd, Cape May Court House, NJ. Condolences can be shared at www.EvoyFuneralHome.com.

As far back as 1924 there are published reports of drainage issues and flooding on Glenwood Avenue in Merchantville. In The Morning Post (Camden, New Jersey) on December 23, 1924 the borough highway committee was reported to be working with Delaware Township (Cherry Hill) on railroad drainage issues. In July of 1925 eleven residents filed a complaint with Council about the lack of a proper drainage in the thoroughfare, and in September of 1926 authorization of $1,250 for a storm sewer to drain "the lake that forms at Holly and Glenwood avenues." In 1938, 1939 and 1940 referencing garage and home flooding, a county sponsored WPA ditch drainage project that would cross Glenwood Avenue thereby overwhelming the runoff system and opposition to the project by Merchantville's borough engineer and Council. In a May 1947 Courier-Post article Borough Council requested that Freeholders supply storm sewers to drain Glenwood Avenue stating, "Drainage of the area, which has been flooded several times, has been problem for nearly 20 years." and in August 1950 police reports that the 200 block of Glenwood was flooded and "pedestrians and cars could not get through". Borough Council reported in December 1951 that the drainage project on Glenwood Avenue was "making normal progress".  Again, after a major storm in June 1969, flooding was reported on the "200 block of Glenwood Avenue." Ten years later, in March of 1979, resident Grace Green sent a letter to the Courier-Post chastising Councilwoman Yates and the mayor for condoning the existing water problem at Holly and Glenwood. The next searchable news about this comes from a Philadelphia Inquirer article on November 10, 1989 and p.2  titled, "Merchantville attacks problem of flooding on Glenwood Ave." It discusses the response to a serious flooding issue in October of that year. In 1992 the Inquirerpage 2 recorded the drainage issue as seen through the eyes of resident, Bob Press, sharing tales of knee-deep flooding four times a year. And from 1994, in a series of four articles - May, July, August and September - found in the Courier-Post and Philadelphia Inquirer, the ongoing saga of Glenwood Avenue is memorialized. In January of 1995 an $85,000 contract was awarded by Mayor and Council to VSP, Inc., Haddonfield to relocate and repair storm drains and pipes on Glenwood Avenue. 

 

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.

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