Joan Brennan

Joan Brennan
Clayton J. Long of Merchantville, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He loved his dogs, the Phillies, the Eagles, warm weather, and reading in the sun. He was the son of Anne, and the late Nathan; devoted father of Jason (Carrie), Saralyn, and Samantha; lifelong friend to their loving mother Leanna; "Poppy" to his dear grandchildren Natalie and Jamie. Friends and family are invited to attend his viewing Wednesday, May 22nd from 8:15 to 9:45 am at the Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home, 33 West Maple Ave., Merchantville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 am at St. Peter RC Church, 43 W. Maple Ave., Merchantville. Interment in Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. For condolences please visit

If you're looking for delicious Caribbean cuisine in Merchantville then head on down to Rasta Kitchen, at 618 Maple Avenue, right next to Wellwood Park. Chef/owner Kevin Nugent is serving up jerk wings, oxtail, sweet chili fried shrimp and jerk chicken marsala - plus desserts like pineapple upside down and carrot cake, and so much more. Caribbean cooking is an incredible blending of savory flavors and multicultural tropical influences enhanced over centuries and based primarily on African, Spanish, Chinese and East Indian cuisine. Beginning on May 21st you can order online for carryout or delivery. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00  a.m. to 7:00 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.


From June to October, on the First Friday of each month, Merchantville will run a Night Market with fun for the whole family including food trucks, vendors, live music, movies and more in the downtown along Chestnut and Centre streets. Many local food businesses and retail shops will be open late and word on the street is that Merchantville will be celebrating their 148th Birthday during opening night with a bounce house, some activities for kids. Woot, woot! Any local organizations/nonprofits that want to participate with an activity or just be there with a booth, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Get up-to-date info about the vendors joining us for the kick-off of our first Night Markets on Friday, June 7th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on our Facebook page. Movies will be hosted by the Merchantville Task Force behind Eclipse Brewing - show time for "The Goonies" begins at 7:15 p.m. 



This little crepe shop is well worth the trip, "especially for it's Bacon Jam that sells really well, paired with the Vanilla Bourbon Peaches, or capped off with a poached egg", says foodie trend writer, Joy Franklin, from PhillyBite magazine. Charlie's Crepes also carry "standard" crepes such as ham and cheese, as well as banana Nutella, although our favorites are the NJ farm to table variety highlighting seasonal fare. Stop by their shop on the Centre Street circle.


Come check out all of the newly planted flowers and vines as you stroll from Wellwood Park down West Maple Avenue. Residents and neighbors joined in the Garden Club's effort to fill the planters lining this streetscape following the West End Clean and Green Day on May 4th. Garden Club members supplemented the herbs and plants donated to IE Merchantville from the greenhouse at Sustainable Camden County during their trip to Platt’s Nursery on May 7th. and used the vegetation to beautify the many community spaces they maintain annually in the Borough.

Congratulations toMerchantville School students Jessica Katzberg, Tim Rocchi and Ava Kelly and teacher, Dina Turan, in winning the 2019 American Legion of Merchantville/Pennsauken essay contest about Americanism. Our MES students took first, second and third place in this annual competition sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary for grades third (3) through twelfth (12). The contest has different classifications pertaining to grouping or classes. Essays need to be at least 150 to 500 words depending upon which “class” the student falls under. 

Merchantville's "Market Off Centre" will bring their farmers market to the downtown on the First Fridays of each month from June to October. It kicks off on Friday, June 7th from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and you can track the food and craft vendors, local businesses and community organizations who are joining us opening night on our Facebook page. Enjoy mingling with neighbors and friends as you enjoy with food, vendors, live music and special events like movies and much more. The Pink Angels will deliver rock music from the old post office loading dock and our feature movie - The Goonies - hosted by Merchantville Task Force will be showing at 7:15 p.m. behind Eclipse Brewing. Fun for the whole family in the heart of town. Looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping with set up and break down of our First Friday Market. If interested or have any questions please PM us or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hurry, tickets are on sale! Our production of The Lion King, Jr. is right around the corner. Be sure to visit to purchase your tickets! Want a guaranteed great seat? Purchase a VIP ticket, and enjoy a complimentary snack and drink. The performance will take place on May 16-18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Camden.

Open house this Sunday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at this absolutely charming and elegant three bedroom two and a half bath center hall colonial in Merchantville. Located on beautiful Saint James Avenue, it features a spacious formal living room with gas fireplace with beautiful mantel, hardwood floors, and french doors leading out to the 20' x 8' side porch. There is also a formal dining room with crown molding, hardwood floors and built in corner curio. Also featuring a very attractive foyer with a beautiful staircase leading up to the second floor. Next there is the huge modern kitchen with breakfast area and butler's pantry. Great for entertaining! A great education is available at Merchantville Elementary or St. Peter School K-8 and Haddon Heights High School and lots of shops and restaurants in the historic downtown. Presented by Tony Knox.

It is that time of year again, Merchantville Little League (MLL) will host our annual fundraiser on Friday, May 17, 2019 at Pennsauken Country Club. We are reaching out to our community to see if anyone would like to donate a basket, gift card or service to our fundraiser. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your business is interested in donating to our fundraiser. The basket raffle is a fun and exciting part of our evening. You will be donating to a great cause and at the same time advertising for your business to many local families. Tickets are $45.00 per person, this includes dinner, beer and wine. There will be dancing with music by our own DJ Jerry Bennett. Tickets can be purchased through venmo, check or cash. Please visit the Eventbrite site to attend. Thank you.

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