Chef rethinks menu after weight-loss surgery
David Ralic was never the kind of man who slipped into a room unnoticed. At 27, his 350 pounds was evenly distributed over his 6-foot-5 frame. Then he bought the restaurant Ralic, in Haddonfield, and as he tasted and tasted, he grew even larger, finally ballooning to 430 pounds. His weight endangered his life. One of his physicians, Dr. Mark A. Neff, chief of surgery at Kennedy Hospital, last month referred to him as “a titan.”
Save the Dates
carloCafé BellaVita will be hosting two different events in July and we want you to save the dates to experience Carlo’s talented cooking. Thursday July 19 features a Pork Dinner where Carlo will be serving a full picnic roast for parties of 4 and more.  Round up the family and friends and make it a date at your local Italian Bistro.  This event is by reservation only. And, on Thursday, July 26 our monthly Taste of Sicily. Seafood is a big influence in Sicily which is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea.  This Taste of Sicily Carlo wants to bring the Mediterranean to Merchantville and will be serving all seafood dishes including bronzino.
Events in the Parks
Don’t miss the great family entertainment in the Camden County’s Parks this week. It kicks off on Tuesday, July 10 – The Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet takes the stage at 8:00 p.m. in Wiggins Park, July 11 – Mike Doughty will perform at Haddon Lake Park with special guest Griz at 7:30 p.m. And on July 12 – The Rip Cords Surfer Concert 8:00 p.m. will be at Cooper River Park. For a complete listing of events visit our website @
Fireworks, parades fill July 4th calendar

fireworksOn Tuesday, July 3rd - Haddon Township: Happy Birthday America! fireworks display, gates open 7 p.m. Haddon Township High School. www.haddontwp.comHaddonfield: Fireworks, gates open 7 p.m., Haddonfield Memorial High School. At dusk, a firework celebration will be held. Gates open at 7 p.m. Free. Rain date is July 7.

Show Your Patriotic Pride

pridebannerGet out Your Red, White & Blue for the 2012 Merchantville Car and Bike Show. Celebrate along with our Magnificent Merchantville Veteran Ceremony. It’s all about the Colors this year! Decorate the exterior of your home in Merchantville and be one of the top three residences to win prizes and awards.


You can decorate anytime as long as the decorations are available for judging over the weekend of July 7, 2012 and remain up through the day of the Car Show. For questions: Call Jacquelyn Fuentes at 609-680-2013 and visit for updates.

SCUCS ends Senior Lunch Program

seniorlunchOn May 30, 2012 Mayor North received notice from Stephen Considine, CEO of Senior Citizens United Community Services, that they are closing the Merchantville Nutrition Site at the Community Center effective June 29, 2012. This site has provided meals and socialization

Ironies abound as Camden landmark's fate is sealed

The landmarks Camden has lost or tossed away could fill a hall of shame. They include long-gone but still-beloved buildings like the Stanley Theater, the Walt Whitman Hotel, and the Broadway Methodist Church, a list to which the shuttered Sears store on Admiral Wilson Boulevard soon will be added. Let's point out that the disappearance of any single structure in Camden has been far less damaging to the city's viability than the wholesale clearance of blocks along Broadway, Mickle, Federal, and Market between the Delaware River and 10th Street.

Laundry packets critically poison kids
laundrypodsOn May 18th along with the American Association of Poison Control Centers, NJPIES issued a press that was distributed to all major media outlets urging parents to keep highly concentrated “single dose packs” of laundry detergent locked up and away from children. Nationally, poison centers are
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