Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D. The holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ crucifixion is observed), and Easter Sunday. Although a holiday of high religious significance in the Christian faith, many traditions associated with Easter date back to pre-Christian, pagan times.
Easter falls on a different date each year. Easter Sunday and related celebrations, such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, are considered “moveable feasts,” although, in western Christianity, which follows the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. In Eastern Orthodox Christianity, which adheres to the Julian calendar, Easter falls on a Sunday between April 4th and May 8th each year. In some denominations of Protestant Christianity, Easter Sunday marks the beginning of Eastertide, or the Easter Season. Eastertide ends on the 50th day after Easter, which is known as Pentecost Sunday.
The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection.
Merchantville School stresses the importance of reading to the students. This week is designated "Read Across Our Community" where our students will participate in a variety of activities to promote reading. Today classes welcomed guest readers and classes took trips to various locations in Merchantville, like Council chambers, to hear from guest readers like Mayor Brennan. Thank you to all the people that took time to promote the most important life long skill that students need in order to succeed - READING. It was a great success and all involved had a great time.
Merchantville American Legion Post #68 along with Borough Officials would like to invite all residents and the public to the Corporal Grigg Way Street Dedication on May 4th at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Alexander and West Chestnut Avenues. This historic and special event is being held to rename West Chestnut Avenue after a young man that was recognized by the WW1 Battle Commission. He is the namesake of Merchantville's American Legion Post and one of the most heroic young men that called our community home. Corporal Frederick Grigg enlisted at the age of 15 and served on two fronts with the US Army and New Jersey National Guard, he was killed in action during WW1 at the age of 18. 100 years later we will honor his legacy of service and sacrifice with a tribute in front of the very house where his family lived. We hope you can join us. Light refreshments will be served following the service.
Good morning everyone! It's that time of year again, where the MPWC will be conducting our biannual fire hydrant flushing from April 7th to the 11th and April 14th to the 18th from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. If you'd like to know where we will be flushing each night or have any general questions regarding the flushing please take a moment to like the MPWC Facebook page for information and flushing schedules posted daily at noon.
Hampton Road will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC between Chapel Ave and Cuthbert Blvd for redevelopment work, starting Monday morning 04/01/19 continuing 24 hours per day through mid-June. Access will be available to Cioffi's Towing from Chapel Ave. Access to the NJMVS Inspection Station and Courier-Post offices will be available from Cuthbert Blvd. Detours will be posted- please use Rt 38, Cuthbert Blvd, and Chapel Ave to navigate around this long-term closure.
The Merchantville Police Department will be cracking down on distracted driving during the month of April as part of New Jersey’s UDRive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign. Running April 1 – April 21, the high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text-messages while driving. In New Jersey, driver inattention was listed as a contributing factor in 53 percent of the state’s crashes in 2016. Driver inattention was in fact listed as a contributing factor in crashes at a rate nine times higher than that of the next highest contributing factor (speed). Because of this, New Jersey was one of only four states nationally to receive dedicated federal grant funding to combat distracted driving. The UDrive. UText. UPay. enforcement campaign is being held in April, which the National Safety Council has designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
A bronze marker honoring the legendary boxer Jersey Joe Walcott has been reported missing from the site of the old Campbell’s Field baseball stadium in Camden. Authorities believe thieves ripped the marker from a path that was a walk of fame honoring Walcott and other Camden County natives. Jersey Joe Walcott was inducted into the walk of fame at Campbell’s Field in August 2015. The inlet was placed in front of the stadium to honor the Merchantville native who won the world heavyweight title in 1951, becoming an unlikely champion. https://www.philly.com/news/new-jersey/jersey-joe-walcott-boxer-stolen-marker-campbells-field-demolition-camden-nj-20190207.html?fbclid=IwAR1Xw8-n_SynZpsYcEd_BL8w2lz77QTY798ZsBVTi04mX4lf9syKShbIqmg
Recycle Coach is now available for Merchantville. Try the Recycle Coach App on your phone, set email reminders for trash, recycling, bulk items and county collections. Whether it’s remembering to take out the trash or figuring out what you can and can’t recycle, they’ve got you covered. They worry about your garbage and recycling so you don’t have to. No more missed garbage days - they’ll set you up with a personalized garbage and recycling calendar and send you collection reminders when you need them, that way you never miss garbage day again. Stop guessing - trying to figure out what’s recyclable in your community shouldn’t take guesswork. Find local disposal information for thousands of household items with a search tool that tells you what goes where and spend less time recycling more. Let their coachlings do your sorting for you.
On January 14th at the first Borough Council meeting of 2019, Marie Hanna and Rita Lammey were presented with proclamations by Mayor Brennan for their many years of dedicated service to the Borough on the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). The commission meets on to review and recommend certain activities in the B1 and B2 Zoning Districts on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor in Borough Hall, located at 1 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109.