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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Officer Rulli Promoted

Officer Matthew Rulli achieved rank of Sergeant as he took the oath of office from Mayor Brennan on Monday evening, December 14th. The ceremony, which took place at 7:00 p.m. in front of Borough Hall, included a gathering of family, friends and municipal officials, as well as, many brother officers…
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Carole Rowland, 81

Carole Suzanne Rowland (Ricords), 81, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 5, 2020, in Ellicott City, Maryland. Born July 1, 1939, to Herbert And Margaret Ricords in Merchantville, New Jersey, she was the sister of Herbert Jr., Richard and Ann (Dare) and the family divided their time between Florida and New Jersey. Carole had the biggest heart, and worked tirelessly as a volunteer in every community she lived: cleaning and painting public housing, assisting with battered women’s shelters, health organizations in the early days of the AIDS crisis, The Innocence Project, Habitat for Humanity and cold-case files with the New Orleans Police Department. She is preceded in death by her husband and her son Robert. She is survived by her children Francine (Mark), Patrick (Lisa) and Maria; her daughter-in-law, Lesa Petri; her siblings, Herb “Sonny”, Ritchie and Ann (Dare); her grandchildren, Kate, Anthony, Nicole, Joseph, Phoebe, Taylor and Julia; and, her great-granddaughter, Evelyn. Full obituary.

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Trees to be Removed

The Merchantville Shade Tree Commission received a grant from the NJ Forestry Program to undertake a tree inventory for the town and, as a result, some of our trees were determined to be dead, dying or diseased. To avoid hazards we will begin removing trees from the priority 1 list.…
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Virtual Town Tree Lighting

Everyone is invited to join the community on Friday evening, December 11th, for a Facebook Live holiday event! Tune into the Borough of Merchantville Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. to join Mayor Brennan and some special guests for our Virtual Downtown Tree Lighting. Make sure to have your kids or grandkids share their computer skills in advance so you'll be ready to login and join in the fun as Merchantville lights the honorary tree at Center and Park.

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Barbara Joan DeFranco

On November 16, 2020, age 78, (nee Sikorski) of Pennsauken, NJ. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J., Jr. and loving mother of Anthony J., III (Michele) DeFranco, Denise Slawinski (Richard) and Christine McGinley (Anthony Barone). She is also survived by 4 loving grandchildren Vanessa, Joseph, Andrew and Maximilian; 3 brothers Robert, Edward and Paul Sikorski and 2 sisters Janet Schwarz and Cathy Koestel. Barbara worked for the Pennsauken School System for 41 years. She was a member of the Merchantville Women's Club, past president of St. Peter's Altar and Rosary Society, a Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter Church and a former CCD teacher. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Monday evening from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM in St. Peter Church Merchantville, NJ. Full obituary.

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Officer Rulli Fundraisers

A few weeks ago, my family's great friend and an officer with Merchantville Police Department was diagnosed pancreatic cancer. He is. He is married with three children. The money raised through this "Reps for Rulli" GoFundMe campaign will directly go to help his family as he fights this terrible disease. I will also be starting a series of lifting marathons, where I, along with friends, will challenge ourselves to incredible feats in order to raise money. Our first event will be a 12 hour lifting marathon, where we will complete a 12 hour non-stop workout. We hope to challenge ourselves to a 24 hour challenge workout shortly after. Our family friend was an avid lifter when he was younger, and we feel this challenge is highly fitting. Another way to donate to help out is through the No Shave Fundraiser, through the Venmo account @FOPGarden-StateLodgeThree, listing Rulli66 in the description. Chief Grassia and Chief Nettleton of the Merchantville Police Department and the Pennsauken Township Police Department have allowed us to begin growing our beards early. For a $30 donation in November and in December, we are supporting our Brother in Merchantville battling advanced pancreatic cancer. If you would like to donate to this fundraiser you can Venmo us or mail a check to our Lodge. We thank you in advance for your donations and help in this trying time. Thank you. We have received an enormous amount of support already. We can’t thank you all enough! Please specify Rulli66 on either of those donations. Thank you!

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Blood Drive 11/30/20

The American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive at the Merchantville Community Center, 212 Somerset Avenue, on Monday, November 30th from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Appointments are preferred. To make an appointment online sign up at and use sponsor code: "Merchantville Community". Save time on the day of the donation and visit to check donor eligibility guidelines, donation tips and tips to boost your iron. Area hospital patients are counting on you so, don’t forget to hydrate and bring your ID.

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Margaret Haynes

Margaret L. (Lorenzo) Haynes of Mount Laurel, N.J. died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at home while surrounded by her loving family. She was 73. Margaret "Peggi" Haynes was born in Camden, N.J. She grew up in Woodlynne and later resided in Merchantville before moving to Mount Laurel in 1973. Peggi served on the Mount Laurel Board of Education for 39 years and first ran for the board in 1981. There will be a viewing from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Mount Laurel Home for Funerals, 212 Ark Road, Mount Laurel, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. John Neumann RC Church, 560 Walton Avenue, Mount Laurel.  Interment will be at Our Lady of Victories Cemetery in Vineland, N.J. following Mass. Full Obituary.

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Boxes of LOVE

The "Love in Motion" youth group is collecting the following items to make thirty (30) boxes for local mutual aid. Items needed are: shelf stable rice, canned vegetables, canned chicken, baby wipes, hand wipes, bar soap and toothbrushes. The items can be picked up or dropped off before Friday, November 20th. If you have any items to be collected please contact Christina Aman or Kristen Fitzgerald by DM through their Facebook page or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As always, thank you so much for supporting us and our causes! 

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Alijah's Angels

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