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Think Big, Shop Small

Imagine your neighborhood or city without any of its small, local businesses. Coffee shops, hair and nail salons, corner stores, boutique clothing stores, consignment shops, restaurants, bars, craft shops, markets, antique and repair shops, laundromats, liquor shops, gift shops, pet stores, and more – all gone. The pandemic is devastating small business and this could mean closing the businesses they’ve sacrificed so much to build. But, you can help. When we lift up a small business, we lift up a community. Studies show that 48% of small business purchases are recirculated locally, compared to only 14% by chain stores. Every dollar you spend could help save a small business. Please shop from Merchantville's small businesses. Small businesses off better customer service and give back to our community. Many offer online and in-store options, take-out and gift cards, and most ship nationally. There’s something for everyone!

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Thomas O. Fallon, 70

Age 70, of Voorhees, formerly of Merchantville; passed away December 28, 2020 of Covid-19 related complications. Predeceased by his parents, William C. and Inez E. Fallon of Merchantville and brother James, he is survived by his daughter Victoria (Benjamin Patti), son Thomas (Meghan) and grandson Tommy, daughter Jenna, sister Mary (Nettleman), brothers William, Robert, John, Joseph, Peter and Paul. Tom was a graduate of St. Peter School, Merchantville H.S. and Camden County Community College. He and his former wife, Patricia (nee Cinelli), owned and operated several businesses, including Fallon ARCO and Shell service stations in Merchantville. Tom is remembered as a fun loving, dry humored, avid follower of Penn State football. Energetic and trusting, always ready to help out a buddy, he was also a leader and eager to entertain friends and family with pranks. Full obituary.

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Roland H. Ernst, 78

Roland H. Ernst of Merchantville, NJ, died on November 13, 2020 at the age of 78. He is survived by his sister Henni; two brothers Bill and Gordon; grandchildren Amanda, Gregory and Andrew and several nieces and nephews. Roland was a US Amy veteran and retired from the Camden County Board of Social Services. His Funeral will be private. Alloway Funeral Home

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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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Pegie Barracliffe, Vocalist

On December 15, 2020, age 84, (nee McArdle) of Pennsauken, NJ. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard M. and is survived by two sons Richard Jr. and Robert (Lisa); eight daughters Peg Wilson, Annie Barracliffe (Carl LeVotch), Julie (late Russ) Nesst, Catherine (Tom) Erskine, Nora (Bob) Baker, Mary (John) Marlow, Jone-Marie (Randy) Altshuler and Carolee (George) Fisher. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Pegie was the vocalist at St. Peter Church in Merchantville. Full obituary.

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Closed for the Holidays

Due to the current Covid situation The Blue Monkey Tavern will temporarily be closing our doors until early January 2021. We are saddened to miss the holiday season with our beloved customers who have become like family to us. You have rallied behind us before and we’re asking for your patience and understanding once again. We thank you for your support! We’re not monkeying around. We will take the proper precautions needed to clean and disinfect so we can open again as soon as possible. We promise to keep you updated and please have a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season!

Published in Life, Dine

Vaccination Professionals Needed

As our community prepares for an unprecedented effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of thousands of residents in 2021, the Camden County Department of Health is providing vaccination information and seeking registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and medical professionals to support this once-in-a-century undertaking. All candidates for this…
Published in Camden County, Wellness

Charles 'Chuck' Schank, 85

Charles Edward Schank, of Wilmington, NC passed away on December 4th, 2020. Born February 15th, 1935 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charles and Gladys Schank, he spent his early years in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After graduating high school in Merchantville, NJ he attended Rutgers University, earning a degree in philosophy. He was then accepted to Yale Divinity School and received his Masters of Sacred Theology in 1959. He was ordained into the New York East Conference of the Methodist church in June, 1959. Full obituary.

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Holiday Give-Away

Real Estate Rita wants to make the Holidays “Extra Sweet” for you this year with a Holiday Cookie Giveaway! Four (4) Lucky Winners will receive a tin of two dozen assorted holiday cookies - locally baked by the talented T Spoon of Sprinkles! Her hot chocolate cookies are amazing! It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to Enter: 1. Like and Share this post 2. Like My Page - Real Estate Rita 3. Like T Spoon of Sprinkles. Four random winners, who live within a 20 minute radius of 08109, will be chosen and announced on Monday, December 21. Cookies will be delivered to you before the 25th! You will also get a bonus entry for each friend you tag in the comments below here.
 
 
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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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Shop Local This Holiday

Are you looking for some special gifts this holiday season? Merchantville's business community is ready to serve up stocking stuffers, gift cards and handmade presents for that special someone! Follow Shop Merchantville on Facebook and Instagram all month long for great gift ideas you can find in town. Shop Merchantville is one place where you can find spots in town to eat and safely shop. Staying local to support your independently-owned businesses and restaurants this season sustains them and our community. Check out Merchantville's Business Directory for specials, store hours and safety steps. #shopmerchantville

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