Summer Events Return

It was a happy 1st of July and super kick-off to Merchantville's summer event season at the first Market Off Centre last night. Residents, neighbors and visitors were treated to a mile-long affair packed with a panorama of peddlers from balloon twisters to glass blowers, candlemakers and artisans. The Refill Mart, Incredible Edible Merchantville and Mt. Pleasant Farm shared home-grown produce and their personal progress towards sustainable living. Organizations like The Boy Scouts, Grace Church provided opportunities for membership and Merchantville Library gave away craft bundles and held kids story time. DJ Blake entertained with his trademark, energetic remix. Also, captured fresh from this Merchantville Market Off Centre is Mayor Brennan's latest Ted Talk - enjoy! By evening's end Eclipse Brewing was packing them in and Mr. Softee had sold out! Much thanks to community volunteers Janeen, Cait, Carolyn and Katherine for their hard work organizing this event and accomplishing so much in a short time!  Save the date: Join us for our first summer Movie Night next Friday, July 8th - 8:30 p.m. at Eclipse Brewing.


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MPLL 50/70 Champs

Congrats to Merchantville-Pennsauken Little league 50/70 All-Star team on winning the District 13 Championship! MPLL, who had a bye in the first round, hosted and defeated Pemberton Little League at the Elm Avenue field and will now move on to the Section 4 Tournament which starts July 5, 2022 and is hosted by West Deptford. Come out and support the team in their challenge to go all the way. 50-70 Baseball is designed for the player that has experienced boys major league baseball play and is ready to move to a higher level of competition. 50' pitchers mounds and 70' base paths replace the 46' pitchers mound and 60' base paths of major league baseball. The game now has leads and pickoffs and looks a lot like High School baseball.  Registration for MPLL 50/70 Baseball closes on 08/16/2022 at 05:00 PM. Season Dates: 09/10/2022 to 10/31/2022. MPLL available programs.

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Healthy Reds

Some tips on wine from Dr. Farhin Rahman, ND, practitioner at Merchantville Medical Wellness Center. You’ve probably also heard that the best kind of alcohol is red wine because of its heart-healthy and antioxidant benefits. While drinking 5 oz of red wine daily has anti-aging benefits, you might still want to be careful about the quality of wine you’re consuming. Believe it or not, a huge portion of vineyards use a chemical called glyphosate (Monsanto’s weed killer, Roundup), which is a poisonous and carcinogenic substance linked to diseases like Lymphoma, Alzheimer’s, Autism and Brain Cancer. There have also been high levels of sulfites and heavy metals - like arsenic - found in wine. So here are some helpful guidelines: Avoid wine from California. That’s right! Even organic wines from California- Napa, Sonoma, etc. are contaminated and tested positive for glyphosate. The highest level came back from Cabernet Sauvignon. If possible, avoid all US and French conventional wines, as their wine tested the highest in pesticides. Look for USDA Certified Organic Wine whenever possible. The best wines to drink: Pinot Noir is considered the healthiest red wine you can drink. Pinot grapes have a thin skin, so Pinot Noir has low tannins but high levels of resveratrol. Sagrantino is an antioxidant-rich wine and might contain the most antioxidants of any red wine out there. Merlot has high levels of resveratrol and procyanidin which help to lower cholesterol and promote cardiovascular health. Cabernet Sauvignon helps to stimulate the immune system and cell health and Malbec high levels of antioxidants and has been linked to both heart health and immune health. To find out if you have heavy metals or chemical sensitivities, schedule an appointment with Dr. Far to discuss more! 
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2022 Summer Park Events

See what Summer has to offer in this year's jam packed event guide. The 2022 Park Events Guide is your family’s ticket to an amazing season of fun and entertainment. Celebrate Independence Day at the Camden County Freedom Festival at Wiggins Waterfront Park featuring a performance from the O’Jays or check out the cool sounds of the Sundown Music Series at the McLaughlin Norcross Memorial Dell at Haddon Lake Park. From kayaking to exercise classes, horseback riding and more, this summer’s lineup of events has something fun for everyone. Whether you want to hang out in a lawn chair or stretch out across a yoga mat, we’ll welcome you to the parks this summer. To see this year's guide digitally Click Here.

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Get Your Fudgy Wudgys

“C’mon, Getcha' fudgie wudgies here!" Merchantville's 8th Grade class had the best surprise at their Graduation party on Tuesday night. A surprise visit by the Fudgy Wudgy Man (aka Mayor Ted Brennan). The booming voice announcing the surprise arrival, the iconic cart filled with delicious ice cream treats and the authentic attire. From Sea Isle City all the way to Wildwood Crest buying ice cream from the “Fudgy Wudgy Man” has always been a tradition that brings joy to the families of the Jersey Shore.  When your kids or the kid inside you sees the Fudgy Wudgy flag a couple blocks away, or hears the echoes of “Get your Choco Taco” or “Take your tongue for a sleigh ride”, you know your day is about to get better. The transformation from Mayor to Fudgy Wudgy Man was a big hit and we thank the Mayor for his time!
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"Jack" R. Dillon, III

John "Jack" R. Dillon, III passed away peacefully on June 5, 2022 at Virtua Hospital in Mt. Holly, NJ. Born in Camden to John R. And Cecilia M. Dillon, John was 74 years old. He was a resident of Moorestown for the last 24 years and formerly lived in Merchantville & Pennsauken. Husband of 51 years to Marion D. (nee Max) Dillon. Loving father of John (Laura) Dillon IV and Brian (Melissa) Dillon. Cherished Pop Pop to Patrick, Ryan, Kayla and Krista. Dear brother of Michael L. (Marie) Dillon, Carol M. (Matthew) Berghof and the late James M. (Christine) Dillon. Jack served his country in the National Guard during the Vietnam War and was 1st Vice President Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley in Mt. Laurel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack's memory to the Camden County College Foundation at To share your fondest memories of Jack, please visit

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Summer Art Offerings

Eilandarts Center is offering week-long, themed art camps provide children with a range of classes and themes to fit any artistic interest. Students are encouraged to imagine and explore creatively, while making their own artistic masterpieces. Each week children will have the opportunity to learn a new craft. July 5-8 enjoy learning Papermaking and Sculpting, Painting and Mixed Media​ or Stop Motion Creations. July 11-15 try your hand at ​​ArtSplosions! Art + Science​​, Love to Sew!, Combining & Creating or Animals and Art. And, July 18-22 Art Explorations, Band Camp, Nature & Art Proijects or Fantasy Sculpture & Problem Solving. COVID: Our classes are held in the big room at Eilandarts Center where we can spread out and create art in a save way. Limited spots for all classes to keep them small. Masks are not required, but feel free to wear it. Please register to save your spot.

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Bordi Delivers for HHHS

Just one glimpse at the spin of her breaking pitches or hearing the whizzing sound of her heater, it’s easy to see why Merchantville resident and Haddon Heights HS freshman, Sophia Bordi, is so successful in the pitching circle. But to know the true meaning of her dominance is to…
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Bishop Announces Assignments

Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, of the Camden Diocese, announced the following priest personnel changes, effective July 1. Father Timothy E. Byerley was appointed to a second six-year term as Pastor, Saint Peter Parish, Merchantville. Father Edward M. Friel is appointed to a second six-year term as Pastor, Mary, Queen of All Saints Parish, Pennsauken. Father John Fisher, OSFS, from Rector, Parish of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Camden, to Pastor, Our Mother of Consolation Parish, Chestnut Hill, Pa., at the determination of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales. Father Ernest E. Amadi from Parochial Vicar, Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, Cherry Hill, to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lindenwold.

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Whether you're new to board games or a veteran, all are welcome to join in the fun on Saturday, June 4th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT Kids, families, adults, seniors - everyone has a place at the table. GOTCHA is a group dedicated to getting gamers together in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area. Any gamer is welcome; board games, role playing games, tabletop games, strategy card games, LARP, X-Wing Miniatures, and there are so many more options and opportunities. We play a lot of board games. We have a large gym to host and a few rooms near by, should the space become needed. In the event we are not able to use the gym, we will be on the top floor. Please use the back entrance connected to the church parking lot. The church's front doors will not be open. Do not let the stairs scare you, this event is handicap accessible with an elevator that can get you to the gym or the top floor. The church is allowing us to use this space for free. Follow our events.

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Spring Beer Fest 2022

Goodbye Winter, and Hello Spring! You’re invited to our annual Spring Fest on Saturday, June 11th from 5:00-9:00 p.m., hosted by Blue Monkey Tavern and Niagara Fire Company. Join us for tastings of beers, select wines, music, food, fun and more! A portion of the proceeds will support Merchantville’s Niagara Fire Company and our local first responders. Tickets available now at the Blue Monkey or online at Event Reminders: Please check-in/enter at the Main Entrance (which will be facing South Centre Street in Merchantville, near the front entrance to the Blue Monkey Tavern).All attendees MUST be 21 years of age or older to enter, whether drinking or not. Must have valid state ID and ticket (printed or mobile) to be admitted. Designated Drivers - FREE TO ATTEND! Please indicate you are a DD at the door to be stamped. All DD’s must be 21 years of age or older to enter – no exceptions - and will not be permitted to consume any alcohol onsite at the event.

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