CME Associates is holding a zoom meeting on Thursday, December 17th, at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the final set of plans for crosswalk improvements to Centre Street within Pennsauken and Merchantville. The plans have been completed and the project is anticipated for public bid the beginning of the new year. To join the Zoom Meeting please use this ID: 930 2712 5032, click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/93027125032 or dial into this number: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York).
The Merchantville Health Department strongly encourages everyone to get a flu shot. The CDC, Camden County Department of Health and Human Services, and the NJ Department of Health recommends everyone six months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year with the best time to get vaccinated in the early fall. Since COVID -19 will likely be circulating during this year's flu season, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however the vaccine can reduce flu illnesses and hospitalizations, helping to minimize the stress on the healthcare system as these two illnesses circulate. Getting a yearly flu vaccine helps protect you and those around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness such as infants and young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions. Camden County is currently providing drive thru flu shots throughout the county. Please check the dates and locations here.
Merchantville's Public Events Committee fosters a sense of community through various family events and is creating a 2021 Community Calendar. This fun and project is being lead by Emily Sutin and she's asking all residents to submit their best Merchantville photos for this publication. Please submit two (2) well-focused, 300dpi photographs of scenery, landscapes or architecture by Thursday, November 5th, in order to be considered. No photos including people will be accepted. Photo credit will be attributed on the calendar. Please read and follow all details here.
Mayor Dracula of Monsterville shared a video announcement from the Borough of Monsterville about plans for a modified 2020 Monsterville schedule of events. Monsterville is strongly discouraging TRICK-OR-TREATING as recommended by the CDC but, residents who choose to enjoy that activity will be permitted to between 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st. The Haunts of Monsterville - a decorating competition for businesses and residences - will go on as always with online voting taking place between October 23rd-25th. Stay tuned for a list of participating haunts! 8th Grade students from Merchantville School will host a Monsterville Haunted Circus Parade through the streets of Monsterville starting at 5:30pm on Saturday, October 24th. This will take the place of their annual Haunted House and support fundraising for their graduation in June. And, have you been BOOed? Keep an eye out on your front porch!
What do you do if you're a tiny borough with tons of Halloween spirit and a pesky pandemic? Well, if you're Merchantville, New Jersey, you rise to the challenge and up your game because "Monsterville" 2020 is about to begin and - as the ringmaster says - "The show must go on!" Throughout the month October, the entire town will feature a series of Halloween themed activities and events designed to showcase its spooky spirit. This year gives us an opportunity to think outside the box and let New Jersey know "we own this"! Order your "officially ghoulish tee" before October 8th through Community Sports and keep an eye out for the "Haunts of Merchantville", "You've Been Booed" and lots of fun outside events!
The Oaks Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. "The Oaks," located in Merchantville, New Jersey, is a planned neighborhood of upscale, early-twentieth century suburban houses envisioned by landscape architect George E. Rhedemeyer and developed by the Oaks Realty Company which he formed in 1910. Designed during the early years of the automobile age and for the most part, before the First World War, The Oaks became Merchantville's twentieth-century showcase and its gateway for vehicular traffic entering the Borough from Wellwood Avenue, later renamed Browning Road, and includes 320 W. Maple Ave., 101-201 (odd numbers) Browning Rd, 308-318 (even numbers) Volan St., and 1-3 Oak Terrace. The Oaks Historic District contains an assemblage of the period's revival styles, several representatives of which were designed by Arnold H. Moses, long-time Merchantville resident and the Borough's most prolific architect during the first quarter of the twentieth century. Because The Oaks contains a concentrated group of Merchantville's most fashionable residences associated with the automobile age of the Borough's developmental history, and the resources reflect the discrete plan laid out by Rhedemeyer and the architectural work of Moses, the district is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The period of significance begins with Rhedemeyer's acquisition of the land in 1909 and terminates around 1937 when the last of the initial homes in The Oaks was built. Photograph by Carol Benenson Perloff, 1996.
Okay, all you procrastinators - IT'S TIME! The deadline for the 2020 Census is approaching and self-response rates are on par with the 2010 Census. For the first time, you can choose to respond online, by phone, or by mail. Respond today. Responding helps shape resources for children and your community over the next decade. Complete the Census today. It's vital for our community that everyone COUNTS and is COUNTED. Let's get to 100% of our households counted! As the U.S. Census Bureau stays on track to stop its head count on September 30th, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing Thursday to push for legislative action to extend the deadline, in light of the coronavirus crisis. Stay tuned.