Joan Brennan

Joan Brennan

The 11orMore™Project was started by Dr. Cameron T. Whitley in 2018 as an initiative to promote LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff support and acceptance at schools across the country. Rutgers University-Camden is a participating sponsor of this project. The GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey suggests that most LGBTQ+ students have experienced harassment and discrimination in their high schools prior to coming to college. In fact, about 85% report being verbally harassed and over 50% report hearing homophobic and negative gender expression remarks by high school staff. The hope is that this project will showcase members from all across the campus community helping students to feel valued and supported in their identities within the campus community.

The hottest week of the climatological year is upon us according tho NWS Mt. Holly. Temperatures turn warmer this week, but record highs should not be threatened. The problem is the increasing humidity, as heat index values will exceed 100 degrees several days late this week.  Today will be another beautiful day today with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 80s to low 90s. The human body is normally able to regulate its temperature through sweating, until it is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death. Stay cool and hydrated. Heat safety tips from the National Safety Council.

 

Start your fitness journey with Essence Fitness Studio today. In the two years since the studio moved to town they've been embraced by the community in many ways and hosted several exciting activities for kids and families. Trainers Ivory Pardo and Christian Nusom set out with the goal of improving overall health in Merchantville using a wide range of holistic centered fitness classes ranging from yoga and zumba to spinning and boxing. They partnered with chiropractor in Dr. Kevin Gyurina and several local business to meet this goal. Call Essence Fitness Studio at 856-254-2891 to schedule your FREE assessment. For more information please follow us on Instagram and FacebookOpen: Monday -  Friday 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 

Pennsauken Township will begin replacing a storm sewer on Chestnut Avenue on Monday, July 15th. The project will require a stretch of Chestnut Avenue to close throughout the week. From Monday, July 15th, until Friday, July 19th, crews will fully close Chestnut Avenue between Merchantville Avenue and East Hollywood Circle from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Crews will continue the storm sewer replacement the following week, from July 22nd to 26th, but will not require a road closure. The shoulder of the roadway will be closed during this time. This project is expected to be completed by the end of work hours on Friday, July 26. Scheduling and project timing is also dependent on weather and may be adjusted due to unforeseen events.

 
 
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Have you ever heard of a Schober crepe? How about roasted pork “Charlie” style with teriyaki. What’s that on top - a few Schober vanilla bourbon peaches and the house made teriyaki sauce. And with peaches in season, expect some creations dressed with Schober Orchards vanilla-bourbon peaches, salted caramel and candied pecans.  Schober’s is a fourth generation family farm, a refreshing step back in time and if you're Charlie, from Charlie's Crepes in Merchantville, where you'll find the freshest local produce in season. As you drive past the lush rows of fruit trees on 275 beautiful acres of preserved farmland, you may see our workers hand-picking the fruit during harvest. And depending on the season, you'll see baskets of colorful, delicious apples, peaches or nectarines as you enter their lot. As Charlie says, “If you’re using good quality local ingredients, you feel good.”  Dining hours are: Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; and, Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

On Monday, July 8th, Mayor and Council heard from residents of Glenwood Avenue about the continuing issue of street flooding. Reports of flooding on the 200 block of Glenwood Avenue in Merchantville can be found in newspapers as far back as 1938. In 1979, flooding along Glenwood and Holly Avenues was sited as issue and in 1989 Borough Engineers, Remington and Vernick, advised the municipality to increase the size of storm sewer pipes from 18" to 24"and replace the system of drainage pipes along the railroad embankment. In 1991 the Borough appropriated $25,000 in funds to enlarge the storm drains, then in 1992 an additional $22,800 to increase drain capacity caused by heavy storms. In 1995, Mayor Patrick Brennan announced an $85,00 contract with VPS, Inc. to solve years of flooding by relocating two storm pipes, installed in 1945 along the 200 block of Glenwood, to the Holly Road intersection; increasing the storm pipe size from 18" to 27"; and, creating more inlets to catch rainwater. Today, Mayor Ted Brennan sent a letter to the residents of Glenwood Avenue detailing actions taken to date, outlining plans to alleviate future issues, and announcing a follow up meeting in that neighborhood on August 6th.

 

 

 
The Choir at Mary Queen of All Saints Parish will be hosting a celebration of sacred music on Sunday, July 28th at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, to provide a wonderful musical experience during our celebration. Then, at 2:00 p.m. there will be a free concert of sacred hymns and songs at St. Cecilia Church, 4824 Camden Ave., Pennsauken NJ. The combined choirs of Mary, Queen of All Saints Parish and the Agnus Dei Chorale invite you to spend some time with them to listen to inspirational hymns and songs presented by the choirs, guest soloists and instrumentalists.
 
Galvanized by the steady stream of disturbing details about U.S. immigrant detention centers Lights for Liberty will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets, parks and their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. More than 760 rallies and vigils are planned in places around the globe on Friday night, July 12th, to shed light on the atrocities being committed in US detention camps. Cooper River Indivisible Camden County will host a Lights For Liberty Vigil on July 12th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Knight Park Pavilion in Collingswood. 

The New Jersey Southern's T-trak layout will be on display during the Merchantville Classic Car Show on July 13th in the basement of Grace Episcopal Church, located at 7 East Maple Avenue. There will also be a Church-Wide Yard Sale from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There'll be LOADS of foot traffic walking past our tables, so rent a table and sell your own items. Rental is $20 payable by cash or check. Contact Grace Episcopal Church by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. FB message or calling the church office 856-665-4117 to reserve a table. Visitors can access the church basement from the back driveway on Park Avenue or the front entrance on Maple Avenue.

 

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