Joan Brennan

Joan Brennan

Beat the heat and start your holiday shopping during Christmas in July where you'll find several local small businesses in one place at Ryan's Retail. Shop hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Satyrday July 20th and 27th. Merchants include: Graceful Knit Knots, Antisha Inspired Crafts & Services, Shop 4 Vintage Clothing, Jersey Girl is Crafty, Scentsy, Paparazzi, Brown Babycakes, Pixie Lane, Usborne Books & More, Origami Owl, Candles N Curios, Color Street, Thirty One, and Pink Zebra. Ryan's Retail is located at 22 North Centre Street in the old post office building.

Camden County's Board of Chosen Freeholders held their monthly meeting at the Merchantville Community Center last evening. Some proposed resolutions included an agreement between the county and Cooper River Yacht Club for kayak rental, $150,000 for countywide dam repairs, $500,000 for youth gang desistance/divergent grant funds, $32,000 for electronic faxing machines, $54,000 for video camera upgrades, and $966,000 for the purchase of a server system for the Department of Corrections. A Community Award was given to Cindy Hertneck from the Merchantville Garden Club, a sustainability award to Mary Ellen Lane for her work on the Cherry Hill Environmental Board, a proclamation honoring Camden native Theresa Thoulouis, Team USA gold medalist and individual bronze medalist at the WKC World Championship in Dublin, Ireland and National Spelling Bee champion, Shruthika Padhy, from Cherry Hill. Full agenda.

The July issue of the Merchantville Observer has been published online and will be distributed soon. It is published monthly, distributed to households in the Borough and available in stores of advertisers. It is operated by General Manager: Edward H. Bohn III; Editors: Agnes Madden and Jim Madden join Gail Meister; Distribution Managers: Jim and Jane Moore; and, Advertising Manager: Wally Hussong. Monthly .pdf versions are available on their FB page. Persons interested in helping with this publication and businesses interested in advertising in it may contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or PO Box 1516, Merchantville, NJ 08109.

Aunt Charlotte’s Candies, located at 5 West Maple Avenue in Merchantville, is having their annual vacation sale at the end of this month. Stop by to shop for some delicious candy and great giftware. They're closing for vacation for the entire month of August and their sale starts next Thursday. Dates and hours are: July 25th, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 30% OFF All Candy and Nuts; July 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 40% OFF All Candy and Nuts; and, Saturday, July 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 50% OFF All Candy and Nuts. Also, 30-50% OFF All Giftware. Be sure to ask our salesgirls for a sample!

The new Merchantville Medical Wellness Center is open at 5 West Chestnut Avenue. Merchantville resident Dr. Jennifer Phillips, ND, MMWC offers Naturopathic medicine as well as other natural and holistic practices. Her specialties include food allergies, women’s health, digestive & GI issues and chronic pain. Dr. Jen is supports beginning wholistic care in childhood to foster a life time of good health. With plans to add multiple practitioners we will offer in-house bloodwork, nutritional therapy, chiropractic care, private personal training and yoga instruction. Please head over to our Facebook page, "Like" and "Follow" us to contact the office or learn more about our practice. We hope to be your inspiration for a natural and effective health care in South Jersey.

 

 

Summer Reading Fun continues in the Merchantville Library in July. Happy Mail, Rock and Rhyme with Mr. Jon, DIY Paper Mache Telescopes, Candy Sushi, and more! We are halfway through summer and still having fun including lots of programs for little ones. Enjoy Rock and Rhyme with Mr. Jon on Wednesday, July 17th at 2:30 p.m., The Family Magic Show: Just Joshin' on Wednesday, July 24th at 2:30 p.m. featuring highly interactive routines, filled with comedy and amazing magic or create and eat candy sushi and then make a candy necklace to take home at a Teen Candy Party on Thursday, July 18th at 3:00 p.m. Sign up for events here.

Clean your attic and get ready for Merchantville's annual Town-Wide Yard Sale on September 21st, starting at 9:00 a.m. The donation is $15.00 per household and all proceeds benefit Merchantville Public Events. This sale draws a huge crowd and will be advertised in the Courier Post, the Merchantville Borough web site, The Retrospect and several Merchantville social medial outlets. Respond before the deadline of September 12, 2019. Send us your completed registration form with your name; address and $15.00 check made payable to Merchantville Pubic Events @ 1 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109, Attn: Denise Brouse. Questions? CALL 662-2474 ext. 303. You may pick up your yard sale kit on September 17th or 18th at 1 West Maple Avenue at the Clerks office between 8:30 and 4:30 or at the annex door after hours. Kit includes: Sale sign, maps and balloons NOTE: Registrations received after the deadline may not be listed on the map. 

Be a part of the Summer Art Show at Eilandarts Center in August 2019. The theme for this year's Summer show is "Flowers and Trees" and artists can submit up to three pieces. Every piece of art submitted has to have the artist’s name, the title of the piece, and the price clearly written on the back. All pieces must be for sale and should be priced between $100-$350. Artists will receive 70% sales, 15% will go to the Eilandarts Center Gallery and 15% will be donated to the Merchantville Garden ClubApplication deadline is July 20th. Entry fee is $15. Entries may be submitted - with images - to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Mail check to Eilandarts Center, 10 E. Chestnut Ave., Merchantville, NJ 08109. Check payable to: Eilandarts Center. Application form.

The polls are still open for 9 Key to Community grants @ Philafound.org and Hopeworks Camden is in the running! For more than a century, Philadelphia Foundation has increased philanthropic investment in the community, fostering the economic, civic and social vitality of Greater Philadelphia. Hopeworks provides a positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden, New Jersey. They connect youth to life-changing opportunities where their growing technology skills go to work for enterprising businesses within our community. The real-world, on-the-job experience they gain raises their potential and benefits our partners. Vote for Hopeworks daily through July 26th and promote the vote to your friends and family!

 

The Philadelphia Inquirer provides a guide to which beaches are open, closed or under advisory, from Atlantic Highlands to Cape May based on live water quality monitoring data from New Jersey and Delaware (Here’s what that means.) You can also use this tool to save your favorite beaches, get driving directions and check the weather before you head out. Please note: Local beach patrols can close beaches for other reasons, such as surf conditions. The state’s data may not reflect these closures; check lifeguard stands for flags before you take a dip. This year, The Inquirer’s Ultimate Shore Guide also gives you a town-by-town look at the best of the Shore’s old routines and new additions. You’ll never have to worry about finding something fun to do – even on a rainy day.

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