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.
Did you know that you can rethink your lawn, create a Jersey-friendly yard and reduce your environmental impact? NJ native plants help conserve and filter water, provide habitat for native wildlife, protect soil resources, and reduce the costs and environmental impacts associated with fertilizers and pesticides.This year’s Jersey-Friendly Yards conference will be on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Ocean County College’s Gateway Building in Toms River, New Jersey. There will be two fantastic featured speakers and “choose a workshop” sessions to learn how to put your Jersey-Friendly Yard into practice! Fall is the perfect time to add native plants to your landscape and New Jersey growers will bring a great selection of native plants ready for fall planting.
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.
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.
Alterations and extensive renovations to the Merchantville Community Center and Senior Center are continuing this summer. Bids were received in October, 2018 and the project was awarded to Settembrino Architects, Red Bank, NJ. This project, undertaken by the Borough of Merchantville and the Camden County Improvement Authority, has an anticipated completion date of July, 2019. Anyone who would like to know more about the project, can stop into Borough Hall and look at the plans. The back section of the building and playground area are not accessible during construction.
Merchantville has a Community Garden at the Community Center and from time to time, there are garden plots available. Merchantville's Community Garden is a single piece of land located behind the baseball field at the Community Center. It is gardened and maintained collectively by a group of residents and students. Our community gardens utilizes either individual plots on this public land to produce fruit, vegetables, and plants for food and food sharing. Please contact Kris Donohue at kdonohue202@gmail if you are interested in having a sunny plot in this garden next year.
If anyone is interested in a career in public safety or law enforcement, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission is accepting applications now through August 31, 2019. The list includes: Municipal Police Officer, County Police Officer, Campus Police Officer Recruit, Police Officer Recruit Human Services, Sheriff’s Officer, County Correction Officer, State Correctional Police Officer Recruit, and a Correctional Police Officer Recruit, Juvenile Justice Commission. Also available on this site is information pertinent to the Entry-Level Fire Fighter examination process.
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.
Pennsauken Youth Action Committee will perform “Disney’s Frozen Jr.” at Pennsauken High School, 800 Hylton Road on: Friday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and, Sunday, July 28th at 2:00 p.m. Based on the book by Jennifer Lee and adapted for children ages 7 to 14, “Disney’s Frozen Jr.” is a popular 2018 Broadway musical and brings the memorable characters and songs from the highly popular animated film onstage. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, “Frozen Jr.” expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Tickets: $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors. Tickets will also available at the door.