Mayor and Council
Mayor Ted Brennan spoke this morning about the importance of remembering those who went before us - giving the ultimate sacrifice - for whom today is more than the unofficial first day of summer. Rather, it's a day of reflection on the many lives lived and sacrificed so that we in Merchantville, New Jersey and the USA can continue to lead and enjoy the lives we have today.
Residents and neighbors are invited to join Merchantville American Legion Post #68 for the Borough's annual Memorial Day program to remember and honor those men and women who lost their lives in service of their country in the Armed Forces. The Memorial Day ceremony will take place in front of the gazebo in Wellwood Park (Maple and Linden Avenues) on Monday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m. Borough Hall will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Come out and join us a we remember our fallen and observe at the true meaning of this holiday. Light refreshments will be served following our service. The Merchantville Community Center will host this event should we have inclement weather.
A notification flyer was recently mailed to all Merchantville residents to make them aware that regardless of ongoing construction, the Community Center, at 212 Somerset Avenue, will be the polling place for the 2019 Primary Election on Tuesday, June 4th. However, the poll location inside the building has been temporarily moved from the basement level to the 2nd Floor. The handicap entrance remains at the left side door where residents can ring the bell for entrance assistance. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Camden County Board of Elections 856-401-VOTE ext. 8683.
Primary election day in New Jersey is Tuesday, June 4th. The polls in Merchantville are located at the Community Center, 212 Somerset Avenue. For Merchantville Borough Council, Democratic candidates Dan Sperrazza and Anthony Perno are running unopposed, and there are no Republican candidates. For General Assembly, Democrats Louis Greenwald and Pam Lampitt are facing opposition from Danie Moss-Velasco and E. Julian Jordan, III. The two unopposed Republican candidates are John Papieka and Cynthia Plucinski. The Democratic candidates for Camden County Freeholder, including Merchantville resident Carmen Rodriguez, are unopposed on the ballot. View sample Democratic and Republican ballots.
The Merchantville Shade Tree Commission will offer an educational program and some practical tips on how to select and plant a tree this Sunday, May 26th at 10:00 a.m. Anyone who is interested should meet at the gazebo - corner of Centre and West Chestnut Avenues - for this program. Members of the commission, who plant and maintain all Borough curbside trees and public trees in the parks or on municipal property, will teach you how to plant trees, and give you an opportunity to try it out yourself!
Please be advised that beginning on or about Monday, May 6th the following Borough roads are scheduled for concrete improvements, and the removal and repair of the existing roadway, a new asphalt surface course will be placed. No vehicles are to be parked in the roadway from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Westminster Avenue (from Maple Avenue to Somerset Street, Poplar Avenue (from Maple Avenue to Myrtle Avenue) and Cedar Avenue (from Centre Street to Penn Street). The work will be completed by Arawak Paving Company, Hammonton, NJ. During the service access to driveways may be curtailed. Resident inconvenience will be minimized as much as possible.
The Merchantville Police are investigating a missing juvenile. Madison Montalvo walked away from her residence on Tuesday, April 16th and has not returned. Madison is 5'01" with brown hair and brown eyes and is a freshman at Haddon Heights High School. If anyone has seen Madison or has any information on her whereabouts, please contact Merchantville Police at 856-662-0500. UPDATE on 4/26/19: Madison has been located and is unharmed. She is no longer listed as missing and has been turned over to her immediate family. The Merchantville Police Department would like to thank all of the outside agencies and residents who assisted with locating Madison.
Grab a friend and join your Garden Club neighbors in keeping our Borough clean and green! We will meet at the Wellwood Park gazebo, on West Maple Avenue between Linden and Hamilton Avenues, at 8:00 a.m., then divide and conquer 4 different West End green spots from there. Please bring any tools, gloves and friends. Bags will be provided. Merchantville's Garden Club plants and maintains 26 planters along the the West End park and business district. Thank you for helping to keep our Borough beautiful!
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.