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Neighbors To Neighbors

Merchantville Democrats are out talking with neighbors to support get the vote out. Cindy Morales-Butts and Dan Sperrazza are running for two Borough Council seats in the June 8th primary. Cindy has resided in town with her family since 2004 and is an Instructor and Program Developer at East Greenwich…
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Planting Paw Paws

Merchantville Organic Community Garden now has three native fruiting Paw Paw trees thanks to a generous donation from the Merchantville Observer and collaboration between Merchantville's Shade Tree Commission, Green Team and Incredible Edible. Thanks to a great group of volunteers from town: George Aaron, Lynn and Steve Geddes, Monica Tully, Anna and Joe Bouvier, Kerry and Tim Mentzer, Greg Hample, Jim Murray, Bob Murray, Dorothy, Joe and Pat Foley, Cindy Hertneck, Denise Menzel, Nina Scarpa, Alice Diamond, and Ed Bohn. IE Merchantville member, Brigid Austin, planted four immature Paw Paws three weeks ago in Wellwood Park along Hamilton Avenue. This is the group's first "understory tree" project. Paw Paws will grow from 12 to 25 feet tall and will produce fruit in 2-6 years.
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Donations for Needy

With warmer weather and more vaccinations underway, the Love in Motion Youth Group announced that they're resuming collection and donation activities and gearing up for some "clean-up" events. Right now, they are requesting toiletries, diapers and wipes during the month of June. They are gathering these items for their homeless outreach in Camden, as well as, South Jersey Mutual Aid. They only need the items listed, so please don't donate things that are not on the list. Items can be dropped off on the porch at 112 Locust Street and 24 Volan Street, Merchantville or can be picked up - just email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As always, thank you for your kindness and generosity. Community matters!

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New County Commander

At the Camden County American Legion committee meeting, on April 15th, Merchantville resident John Brouse was elected as Camden County’s Commander for 2021-2022. John served in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard for 8 years in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield which became Operation Desert Storm. He's been the Post Commander for Merchantville's FW Grigg Post 68 American Legion from 2013-2021. The Post has been active in Merchantville since the early 1920s and hosts events like the Annual PTSD walk to bring awareness to the Veteran suicide epidemic. In 2019 the Post celebrated 100 years and the Borough dedicated a portion of West Chestnut Avenue as "Corporal Grigg Way". The organization is currently promoting a "Build A Brick - Wall of Honor" at Wellwood Park.
 
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James Eichman, Sr.

James J. Eichman “Jim”, of Westville, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday February 10, 2021. Jim was a long time member of the Merchantville Fishing Club, a regular at their annual awards banquet and a frequent attendee at most kid events with his grandchildren. According to his obituary, Jim loved all things outdoors, be it fishing and trapping, gardening and hiking, and even metal detecting. He truly loved the outdoors and passed this love of nature off to his children & grandchildren who surely will continue in his footsteps. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years Deborah L. (Marcus) Eichman; children, Jimmy, Kevin (Kelly) and, Lisa Groves (Jeff); and, grandchildren Madeline, Ellie, Hannah, Connor, Claire, Matias and Jocelyn. A great guy who will be missed by all members of the club.

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2021 Little league Registration

The newly formed MPLL's Board Meeting will take place on Thursday, January 21st. This meeting is usually filled with plans for the season including equipment orders, baseball and softball orders, field needs and coaching requests. Everyone is welcome to come and find out how to play a part in MPLL's Spring 2021 Season. Opening day for baseball and softball is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th, 2021. MPLL offers a variety of programs for children beginning with their Tee Ball Program where kids learn to become part of a team and develop the basic skills needed to start this sport. Registration information and up-to-date announcements are available on the Merchantville Pennsauken Little League website. Please message us through Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
 
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Little League Merger

As 2020 draws to a close, we at Merchantville Little League (MLL) are looking forward to baseball and softball in 2021! With that, we wanted to take the time to announce some changes in our 2021 Little League season.
Our league has been asked to take back the territory that was once Pennsauken baseball. The territory was served by MLL for the better part of 25 years and returned to Pennsauken baseball when they came back into Little League. As many know, there has not been baseball in Pennsauken for the last two years. Little League has asked that our two leagues find a way to better serve the children who want to play baseball and softball in our two towns. Because of this, we at MLL and Pennsauken Baseball and Softball have voted to merge our two territories and leagues into a single league. This new combined league will serve both towns and surrounding areas with Little League Baseball and Softball. Moving forward our league will be known as Merchantville-Pennsauken Little League.
 
This merger will allow us to bring back things like Friday Night Baseball and Friday Night Softball! It will also allow for more opportunities to run clinics and camps with our local middle schools and high schools. We are also hoping to bring back Junior and Senior level baseball to our towns, as this part of Little League has been gone from Pennsauken and Merchantville for several years. There are still many familiar faces, from both MLL and Pennsauken Baseball and Softball, working behind the scenes to make this merger go as smoothly as possible. Please be patient with us as we work through new challenges and new scenarios.
 
As we head into our 2021 registration season, you will see signs in both towns advertising our open registration for Little League Baseball and Softball. For now our website remains the same, as well as our email address. Be sure to continue checking our Facebook page for all the new announcements heading your way about MPLL Baseball and Softball in the coming year! We at MPLL wish you a happy holiday season and hope that you and your families have a wonderful New Year! As always, be sure to register early so as not to miss out on any opportunities in our spring season! Please feel free to reach out with any questions via our Facebook page or through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
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Beatification Inspires Knights

On May 27, 2020, Pope Francis announced that the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will become beatified on October 31st. The ceremony will occur during a special Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. This exciting news was welcomed by Knights of Columbus councils worldwide including George Pierlott, Grand Knight of Council 6735 out of Merchantville’s Saint Peter Parish. “It’s a great group of men, always willing to help,” he said. A Grand Knight since July 1st, and a member of the council since 2006, Pierlott has joined his brothers in assisting the parish during COVID-19.  Their work has included setting up the parish’s live-streaming of Masses; organizing a drive-up and drop-off to fill the pantry of the parish’s local Saint Vincent de Paul Chapter, and help feed over 50 families each month; and providing funds for the church’s sanitizing supply. 

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Baseball Clinic Planned

Exciting news! MLL is offering a Fall Baseball Clinic to both Merchantville Little League and Pennsauken Little League baseball players ages 9-12. This clinic is being run by Coach Eric Newell of Haddon Heights High School and Coach Gautier of Pennsauken. Over the years, MLL has fed players to both high schools and the coaching staff at both schools are eager to develop future players. All participants will receive a clinic tee shirt and participate in 3 days of baseball. Clinic dates: October 2nd through 4th. Friday, October 2nd: 5:30-7:00 p.m. with Coach Newell of the Haddon Heights Garnets; Saturday, October 3rd: 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. with Coach Rolando of PHS Indians. Sunday, October 4th: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. with Coach Mike Stallone of PMS Indians and Coach Rolando. Registration fee is $25 + tax for all three days and is open until 19th of September. Location TBD.

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Coaching Unity Through Covid

With the country reeling from a global pandemic and tensions rising with protests against racial injustice, The Courier-Post covered Merchantville Little League Coach Vince Martinez as he looked for a way to bring his team of 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds together. “With everything that was happening in the world and with Black Lives Matter movement, I thought we needed to unify the team and we could do that with all of the kids wearing the same number,” Martinez said. And in baseball, where numbers mean everything, there’s only one numeral that could achieve his goal - Jackie Robinson's No. 42. Martinez, who played baseball at Pennsauken High School and Camden County College, was applauded by MLL parents for celebrating the life and values of a true sports hero.

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Gardening Good Works

Cindy Hertneck, member of Merchantville's Garden Club & Incredible Edible, will often be seen elbow deep in vegetation spots around town working hard to keep our community sustainable and beautiful. Every year Garden Club volunteers plant, weed and water an abundance of foliage around town including planters throughout the downtown, at Borough Hall, along the bike path, the Merchantville Circle garden, Morrissey Park, and adjacent to Cigar Alley. Please consider contributing your time to helping the Garden Club keep our town beautiful during this busy time of year. Contact Cindy Hertneck at (609) 472-4626 if you would like to join the Garden Club.

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