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"Haunt" Entries Extended!

The Borough has received requests to extend the deadline for entries to the 2019 "Haunts of Monsterville" house decorating contest to Monday, 10/28/19 at noon. You can email your completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can drop it off to Borough Hall, 1 West Maple Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Like they say about the lottery: You gotta be in it to win it! Who will be the winner of the prestigious Golden Broomstick? 

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MPWC Fee Notice

The Merchantville-Pennsauken Water Commission will hold a public hearing for the purposes of taking testimony and public comment on the below proposed increase in both connection fees and general rates for water fees and penalties charged by the Commission. The Hearing will commence at 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2019 immediately prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Commission as noticed in its annual meeting advertisement.  The hearing and meeting will be held at the administrative headquarters of the MPWC located at 6751 Westfield Avenue, Pennsauken, NJ, 08110. The proposed increases may be found here.

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Green Team Meets Tonight

Merchantville's Green Team will have their October meeting Thursday, October 17th, at 7:30 p.m. at the old Post Office, now Ryans Retail on Centre Street. Main item for agenda is the early planning for an Earth Fair on May 9th. Updates on existing projects and partnerships will be reviewed and initiatives for this fall discussed and planned. The Green Team is registered with Sustainable Jersey. They develop plans, implement programs, and assists with educational opportunities that support the creation of a sustainable community. The Merchantville Green Team was recently recognized at the Camden County Freeholder Meeting for work on sustainability! The Green Team meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. If you are interested in participating please email the Green Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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Trick-or-Treating

Monsterville hope's that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. The designated time for trick-or-treating in the Borough of Monsterville begins after school on Thursday, October 31st, and ends at 8:00 p.m. However, you will often see neighborhood toddlers and pre-school children enjoying “Safe Trick-or-Treating” in the downtown business district and throughout our community as early as 11:00 a.m. Merchantville's 2-day Halloween curfew is posted on the electronic portable message board in front of Borough Hall. The same curfew is in effect on Wednesday, October 30th - commonly known as "mischief night". Merchantville has a Borough ordinance regarding curfew during Halloween. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to be on the streets of Merchantville from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m the following morning. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Community Affairs Office, 856-662-2472 x 120.

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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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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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