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Fire Co. Member Earns High Honors

On October 9th the officers and members of the Merchantville Fire Department - Niagara Fire Company congratulated SPC Erin Calderon on completing her basic and advanced training and graduating as the Distinguished Honor Graduate - with the Highest GPA in her class - and Iron Soldier - with the Highest PT test score in her class. SPC Calderon is a graduate of Rowan University, a member of Pennsauken EMS and currently assigned to the NJ National Guard. Her colleagues at the fire department look forward to having her back with them soon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"Tomb Sweet Tomb" Contest

The Haunts of Monsterville returns for 2019 with a "Tomb Sweet Tomb" theme. If you've always wanted to participate or are a veteran decorator this is a great year to sign up! Contestants must submit their haunted entry by high noon on October 25th. There are four categories this year: "Fresh Blood" for novices to this competition; "Eerie Exterior" for the ghostliest outside appearance; "Path to Doom" for frightful walk-through path experiences; and the "Monsterville Merchant" for the spookiest window decore - voted by the zombie residents of Monsterville using Survey Monkey from 10/21-10/31! Prizes include the prestigious Golden Broomstick and gift cards to McFarlans, The Juice Bar and The Station. Winners will be announced at the gazebo, 7:00 p.m. on November 1st during the Friday Night Market. Rules: (1) Home or business must be in Merchantville. (2) No professional decorating companies (3) Decorations limited to the exterior. (4) All Judge’s decisions are final. (5) Have fun!

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Classic Towns Closes

After 11 years, designating 30 “classic” communities, reaching over 420,000 online visitors, Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia is coming to a close.The Classic Towns marketing program was launched with initial support from the William Penn Foundation in 2008. This initiative supported reinvestment in the region’s older suburbs and urban neighborhoods through strategic messaging and branding about the benefits urbanism, smart growth, and transit-oriented development have on a community’s quality of life. In 2019, the Classic Towns marketing program was discontinued but the work that goes into creating livable communities continues. Merchantville was designated a Classic Town in 2008. Here's a recap and highlights from the program: https://dvrpc.org/ClassicTowns/

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Friday Night Market

Come downtown on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., to help Merchantville kick-off a month of Monsterville events at our First Friday Night Market. Vendors and activities include Tara’s Cozy Kitchen, Bear Soaps & Honey, Earth Crafts by Ami, Dannette’s Kids Zone - full list here. For kids there's a special appearance by "A Wish for Winellda the Witch" and her friends, face painting, a Pumpkin Patch/Pumpkin Painting Contest and a showing of "Casper" the movie at 7:30 p.m. There's live music from The Pink Angels, The Sparklers & The Merchant Villains, food trucks - Red's Rolling Restaurant and Just Fork It Food Truck and Catering will also be joining us. Eclipse Brewing will feature their new 8% Pumpking on tap at their outdoor beer garden where Cigar Alley will have a table. Stop in to meet the artists and view the gallery at Eilandarts Center's Mystical and Magical - Dark and Light art show between 7:00-9:00 p.m. where Mat Eiland will be performing live. Don't forget to sign up for the 2019 Merchantville Turkey Trot on November 28th.

 
 
 
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MHS Hosts Annual Meeting

If you have a personal treasure you have been yearning to know its historical significance and value, we have a venue for you. Join us for the Annual Meeting of the Merchantville Historical Society on Wednesday, October 9th, at 8:00 p.m., at the Community Center. Go to the Merchantville Historical Society Facebook page to indicate you are attending. Those guests wishing to bring an item for evaluation, should select the appropriate box. The first 35 people, registering a submission, will have their pieces placed in a viewing area. Mike Ivankovich, professional appraiser, will expound on each item to the audience. We are pleased to have The Woman’s Club of Merchantville co-hosting the event. Peruse your attic or storage areas; register your participation and come to our antiques style road show.

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Interactive Walking Tour

Merchantville is a treasure trove of a variety of well-preserved styles of residential architecture. A classic mix of 19th and early 20th century architecture and tree-lined streets with beautifully maintained gardens define the historic borough and its vital downtown. Less than one square mile, Merchantville is home to almost 3,800 residents. Quaint and intimate, Merchantville offers an unprecedented and authentic sense of community. This interactive walking tour adapts and combines the Merchantville Historical Society's individual district tours. They can be walked separately or together depending what you choose to explore during your time in Merchantville. Detailed descriptions of the houses in each tract are linked to in the directions below or can be obtained in person at Borough Hall, One West Maple Avenue.

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Historic Marker Unveiled

Join the community at Collins-Pancoast Hall - aka The Blue Monkey Tavern - for "Happy Hour on the Porch & Historic Marker Celebration" on Friday, September 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The Blue Monkey will offer old fashion drink specials and the marker unveiling will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the gazebo. This event will occur on First Friday and is co-sponsored by the Borough of Merchantville and the Merchantville Historical Society with the support of the Camden County History Alliance and Board of Freeholders.

 

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Town-Wide Yard Sale

Clean your attic and get ready for Merchantville's annual Town-Wide Yard Sale on September 21st, starting at 9:00 a.m. The donation is $15.00 per household and all proceeds benefit Merchantville Public Events. This sale draws a huge crowd and will be advertised in the Courier Post, the Merchantville Borough web site, The Retrospect and several Merchantville social medial outlets. Respond before the deadline of September 12, 2019. Send us your completed registration form with your name; address and $15.00 check made payable to Merchantville Pubic Events @ 1 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109, Attn: Denise Brouse. Questions? CALL 662-2474 ext. 303. You may pick up your yard sale kit on September 17th or 18th at 1 West Maple Avenue at the Clerks office between 8:30 and 4:30 or at the annex door after hours. Kit includes: Sale sign, maps and balloons NOTE: Registrations received after the deadline may not be listed on the map. 

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Crisis Changes Recycling

One year ago, China stopped accepting most American scrap plastic and cardboard - rejecting all but the cleanest, most conforming items - throwing a wrench into U.S. recycling programs. Now, cities and towns across the U.S. are dealing with piles of homeless plastic with no clear destination because markets for #4, #5, and #7 plastics are now almost non-existent and plastic bags are considered a contaminant. As a result, these items are in many cases leaving the recycling facility as trash and being landfilled. In the past 10 years Camden County, like many other places, started Single Stream Recycling, where residents combine all recyclable materials into one container for pickup. The Borough of Merchantville will continue to educate residents about effective, clean recycling measures. Recently, neighboring municipalities have experienced their recycling rejected due to contamination. Let’s all reduce how much plastic we use and remember, only plastic #1 & #2 can be placed in the blue bins. The following items should be placed in your curbside recycling container: Newspaper • mixed paper including junk mail • magazines • catalogs • school papers • office papers etc… • paper packaging • paperboard cartons for foods such as cereal boxes, pasta boxes and tissue boxes, etc… • softcover books • phone books • cardboard • glass bottles and jars • aluminum and steel cans • aluminum and steel lids • CLEAN CONTAINERS like Plastic bottles and jars with #1 or #2 found on the bottom • milk and juice cartons • paper towel and toilet paper inserts.

 

 

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Boom Car Update

The thump thumping that keeps South Jersey folks up at night isn’t coming from under the bed. Residents living along a 20-mile stretch of riverfront towns from Burlington to Gloucester Counties have reported noise from what officials call “boom car” parties in Philadelphia on the weekends, usually from Saturday 11 p.m. until Sunday 5 a.m. Philadelphia police enforce the city’s noise ordinance, which includes quiet hours between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Those who violate city code face fines for a first-time offense between $100 and $300. Four or more offenses could cost $500 to $700. Yesterday, the Merchantville Police Department posted an advisory that the Philadelphia Police are aggressively addressing the "Boom Car" situation that is affecting the residents of New Jersey with the loud thumping noise. The lots in which the Boom Cars have been gathering have been locked down, The Philadelphia Police have also issued numerous citations to the offenders. If you hear the "thumping" coming from across the river, please contact The Philadelphia Police at (215) 686-3030

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Glenwood Ave. Drainage History

As far back as 1924 there are published reports of drainage issues and flooding on Glenwood Avenue in Merchantville. In The Morning Post (Camden, New Jersey) on December 23, 1924 the borough highway committee was reported to be working with Delaware Township (Cherry Hill) on railroad drainage issues. In July of 1925 eleven residents filed a complaint with Council about the lack of a proper drainage in the thoroughfare, and in September of 1926 authorization of $1,250 for a storm sewer to drain "the lake that forms at Holly and Glenwood avenues." In 1938, 1939 and 1940 referencing garage and home flooding, a county sponsored WPA ditch drainage project that would cross Glenwood Avenue thereby overwhelming the runoff system and opposition to the project by Merchantville's borough engineer and Council. In a May 1947 Courier-Post article Borough Council requested that Freeholders supply storm sewers to drain Glenwood Avenue stating, "Drainage of the area, which has been flooded several times, has been problem for nearly 20 years." and in August 1950 police reports that the 200 block of Glenwood was flooded and "pedestrians and cars could not get through". Borough Council reported in December 1951 that the drainage project on Glenwood Avenue was "making normal progress".  Again, after a major storm in June 1969, flooding was reported on the "200 block of Glenwood Avenue." Ten years later, in March of 1979, resident Grace Green sent a letter to the Courier-Post chastising Councilwoman Yates and the mayor for condoning the existing water problem at Holly and Glenwood. The next searchable news about this comes from a Philadelphia Inquirer article on November 10, 1989 and p.2  titled, "Merchantville attacks problem of flooding on Glenwood Ave." It discusses the response to a serious flooding issue in October of that year. In 1992 the Inquirerpage 2 recorded the drainage issue as seen through the eyes of resident, Bob Press, sharing tales of knee-deep flooding four times a year. And from 1994, in a series of four articles - May, July, August and September - found in the Courier-Post and Philadelphia Inquirer, the ongoing saga of Glenwood Avenue is memorialized. In January of 1995 an $85,000 contract was awarded by Mayor and Council to VSP, Inc., Haddonfield to relocate and repair storm drains and pipes on Glenwood Avenue. 

 

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