Joan Brennan

Joan Brennan
Custom Travel Services is in the business spotlight this month. Opened in 1994, owner/agent Georgiann Jaworskyj offers a full service travel agency and provides the hands on service you deserve every day. She's an authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Honeymoon Specialist and Sandals & Beaches Platinum Specialist. Plan a vacation - Shop local - Shop Merchantville.

"Sustainable", a narrative documentary film focusing on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness will be presented by Merchantvilles's sustainability team - Incredible Edible, Green Team, Garden Club and Shade Tree - at Eilandarts Center at The Station Coffee on Friday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago. "Sustainable" travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.

Primary election day in New Jersey is Tuesday, June 4th. The polls in Merchantville are located at the Community Center, 212 Somerset Avenue. For Merchantville Borough Council, Democratic candidates Dan Sperrazza and Anthony Perno are running unopposed, and there are no Republican candidates. For General Assembly, Democrats Louis Greenwald and Pam Lampitt are facing opposition from Danie Moss-Velasco and E. Julian Jordan, III. The two unopposed Republican candidates are John Papieka and Cynthia Plucinski. The Democratic candidates for Camden County Freeholder, including Merchantville resident Carmen Rodriguez, are unopposed on the ballot. View sample Democratic and Republican ballots. 



The Bedding Outlet at 25 West Park Avenue was just for sale for $139,000 by McHugh Realty. This commercial building is a single story brick structure built in 1950, includes open showroom space with a bathroom, a paved driveway with 3 parking spaces and is located in Merchantville's downtown business district. The listing agent is Rita Miloshevsky.

Camden County’s Early Voting Center in Gloucester Township is open to residents to cast their votes early in the 2019 primary election - as an alternative for those who can’t get to the polls on election day. Camden County’s Early Voting Center is located in the Elections and Archives Center, located at 100 University Court in Gloucester Township and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center is also offering the following extended hours: May 28th and 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and June 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information visit this page.

Come join us for some summer fun!  The Borough of Merchantville's Parks and Playgrounds Program begins Monday, June 24th and runs through July 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (closed on 7/4 & 7/5) at the Merchantville Community Center, 212 Somerset Avenue. All children 4-10 years of age are invited to participate. Parents can register children at Borough Hall or on the first 2 days at the Community Center. The cost is $175.00 for residents and $200.00 for non residents - $25.00 discount for each additional child. Please note that children must bring their own snack each day. Notices will be coming home from school next week. For information please contact Patti Fields at 856-986-2191.

The Merchantville School Garden Club under advisor Dina Turan, met with the Merchantville Community Garden Club to plant in the community on May 17th. Before they planted, they were read a story by club member, Cindy Hertneck. It is wonderful to see the Borough and school clubs working together to embrace the importance of community engagement and volunteerism. The Merchantville Garden Club also gave students sunflower seeds to plant in their own yards.

The backstop at Wellwood Park has been repaired after being damaged by a fallen tree several months ago. Take advantage of this family-friendly field space to enjoy a pick up game of baseball or softball in the park. We look forward to seeing Merchantville Little League return to the park for games and practices - as they did in the '80's and '90's.

NJ Pen wants you to tell them about the people, places, and members of your community that make it what it is, and they’ll share those stories with their readers. They're asking their readers to help identify the people and places on which they should shine a light to tell those stories better. The categories include: The Local Hero, The Small Business That Changed My Life, The Most Welcoming Space, The Outstanding Public Employee or The Teacher Who Made a Difference. Eligible nominees will hail from the towns in their coverage area: Audubon, Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, Haddonfield, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Oaklyn, and Pennsauken. Submit your entries here.

The Merchantville Shade Tree Commission will offer an educational program and some practical tips on how to select and plant a tree this Sunday, May 26th at 10:00 a.m. Anyone who is interested should meet at the gazebo - corner of Centre and West Chestnut Avenues - for this program. Members of the commission, who plant and maintain all Borough curbside trees and public trees in the parks or on municipal property, will teach you how to plant trees, and give you an opportunity to try it out yourself! 

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