Merchantville resident Bill Rube is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. He's been involved with horses his whole life.In this article for The Chronicle of the Horse magazine Bill shares his personal journey. "One of the big phrases you hear in recovery is that you must avoid people, places and things associated with alcohol and drugs in order to avoid relapsing, and for a long time I had to step away from the animals and world I loved in order to focus on my sobriety. Getting sober is never easy, and leaving the horse world isn’t either, but it’s the best thing I ever did, and eventually I found my way back." 

Make a simple syrup: combine sugar/water in small sauce pan, bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Cool completely. Prepare fruit: cut away rind, remove seeds, cut into chunks.  Puree in food processor/blender until smooth (I like mine a little chunky, not pulverized!) In a shallow baking dish, combine syrup and puree. Freeze and stir with a fork every 2-3 hours (or when you can) to create slushy texture. To serve, sit at room temperature 10-15 minutes and stir with a fork again.

More than 900 South Jersey children enjoyed healthy treats and hands-on lessons about fruits and vegetables, when the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market visited six area schools. The flavorful festivities marked The National Week of the Young Child™, held from April 16 – 20 this year. Children received nutrition education along with seasonal favorites — apples, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes and clementines. “Virtua’s dedication to promote healthy eating behaviors and provide nutrition education is a core pillar to support health and well-being,” explained Suzanne Ghee, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Business Growth & Community Health Engagement for Virtua.

Merchantville is Laura Nickollof Panarello's hometown. Her son Connor, who attends Mercahntville School, was diagnosed with Hemifacial Microsomia at birth. In this video Connor and his mom, Laura, talk about growing up with a craniofacial condition and the care they've received at CHOP. Our community is so proud of you and Connor!

Before chain grocery stores proliferated in rural America less than 75 years ago, canning fruits and vegetables, and even some meats, was the norm. Most produce ripens between June and October, and canning provided a way to ensure the food supply for the remaining eight months of the year. Now that growing your own is back in style again—not as a necessity, but as a lifestyle choice—canning skills are an essential component of the gardener-chef’s oeuvre.


Come for lunch tomorrow, 11:30-130 and get a Park Place burger. Fresh baked potato rolls, fresh ground chuck from @rastellimarket and a bunch of other stuff on it. Same roll and meat at brunch, Saturday and Sunday mornings with an over easy egg and breakfast meats. People have a lot of fun here, come join us!


brigidMerchantville resident, Brigid Brennan, AHP, CYT, CMT, will be giving a free talk on Ayurvedic Medicine and curbing the aging process at the Haddon Twp. Branch of the Camden County Library System on Wednesday, February 11th, from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. She will discuss herbal remedies as well as lifestyle and dietary practices which encourage the rejuvenative processes of the body and mind.

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