Meet Sarah Licata, a Merchantville resident who's passionate about creating seasonal recipes for the everyday cook inspired by New Jersey farm-fresh produce and blogging about them at Her affection for food was learned watching her family cook, reading countless cookbooks and through plenty of trial-and-error. She's lived in New Jersey her whole life where she's discovered the difference that using local, seasonal, farm-fresh foods can make in a healthier body and mind. Oatmeal is one of the healthiest choices you can make in the morning, and this cranberry orange baked oatmeal is filled with warm spices to start your day right! Follow Sarah on twitter to learn how to shift your focus back to market-driven home cooking..

St. Peter Parish is hosting a free Health & Wellness Fair this Sunday, October 13th after the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses in Pastor's Hall to meet and talk with vendors who offer services that promote healthy living and disease prevention. There will also be representatives from facilities and organizations that help people maintain their optimal well-being and prepare for life events. Flu shots will be available courtesy of Merchantville CVS. Make sure you check out the amazing Bake Sale while you’re there!

So you’ve probably heard about this barre class we’ve been swooning about and Maya, our newest addition at Soulflower Yoga. Certified Barre Instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher Maya Augelli will be teaching our Thursday evening barre classes at 7:15 p.m. starting September 5th to help and connect. What exactly is barre you ask? Barre takes elements from ballet, yoga and Pilates and combines them all into one class to create a full body, low impact workout to promote health and wellness. Wondering what you’ll need to bring to class? We provide the barre, light weights - if you’d like to use them - and the instructor, you just need to bring yourself, water, a positive, fun attitude and most importantly and absolutely required, socks with grips on the bottom. We’ll have some for sale at the studio if needed. If you have more questions, e-mail us, message us on social media or stop by the studio. Hope to see you in class on Thursday, September 5th!

Overeaters Anonymous has approximately 6,500 meetings in over 80 countries. OA is a self help 12-Step Program for individuals who compulsively eat or overeat, and whose lives, health, relationships, emotions have become unmanageable because of their eating. There are no dues or fees and the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. Please join thousands of people worldwide who have found relief from the horrible disease of compulsive eating. Meetings take place in Merchantville on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 10 West Maple Avenue. For more information please call Judy at 856-234-2556 or go to the South Jersey OA website at

A "Twerk Til You Drop Dance Fitness" event will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 22 North Centre Street in Merchantville from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Come twerk, shake, bounce and burn some calories by dancing to the latest trap music with instructor Keon Murray. Throw on your favorite workout outfit, grab a bottle of water and a towel, and join us to experience the most fun you can have while working out. Spaces limited, passes based on availability.Attendees must be 18 or older. Tickets: $15 before September 18th and $20 at the door. Register here.


Maryland officials are testing new technology installed in vehicles that prevents the car from moving if the driver’s had too much to drink. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety analyzes the driver’s breath — there’s no need for a separate device — and if the sensors in the vehicle pick up a given level of alcohol, the engine will turn over, but the car won’t move. By allowing the car to start, the driver can then charge their phone and call a cab or a ride-hailing service. The sensors can be set to “zero tolerance” in the case of teen drivers, or can be set to 0.08, the legal limit.


Tom Wilkie and Reese DeFeo, members of the Knights of Columbus Council 6735 out of Saint Peter Parish, Merchantville, and their brother Knights help to foster a sense of community by preparing sandwiches to feed Camden’s youth. For the past nine years, Knights of Columbus councils around Camden County have made lunches for the youth summer camp run by Sister Helen Cole out of Guadalupe Family Services in Camden. For five weeks, city youth socialize and enjoy such places as the Jersey Shore and the Philadelphia Zoo. Approximately 50 lunches are made by the Knights for each day of the camp.  

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