Attention Merchantville Friends and Neighbors! We have an update for Music Fest 2020. Regrettably, due to the impact and restrictions COVID-19 has had on live events and gatherings, we will be holding this fall's Music Festival 100% virtually on our FaceBook and Instagram pages. We will be live-streaming the best local bands and highlighting all that the great town of Merchantville has to offer. We will also have changed the date to Saturday, October 17th, 2020. Be sure to stay tuned right here for more updates as we post them. Thanks!
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.
Merchantville Medical Wellness Center recently announced the addition of Houtaneh Houtan, NMD, who joins Dr. Jennifer Phillips in offering naturopathic medicine to area residents. Houtan studied biochemistry at Syracuse University as an pre-med undergraduate, where she discovered the need for holistic medicine alternatives then,g raduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2019 . Naturopathy focuses on the critical role that natural medicine can play in the realm of reversing disease. Her favorite medicines include clean nutrition, botanicals and homeopathy. The Wellness center is located at 5 W. Chestnut Avenue in Merchantville. For more information, call 856-488-7067 or https://naturopathynj.com/
Kathleen Foster Lippy, 74, of Hampstead, MD passed away on July 24, 2020. Born December 9, 1945 in Camden, NJ, she was the daughter of the late George and Ruth (Harnish) Foster and the devoted wife of Donald Lippy. Kathleen was a graduate of Merchantville High School (NJ) class of 1963; where she excelled in all sports. Kathleen is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Donald Lippy; daughter, Tracey Rill and husband Bradley; son, Matthew Lippy; four grandchildren: Tyler Rill and fiancee, Kristina Savage, Logan Rill, Keegan Rill, Molly Rill and great-granddaughter, Maci Rill. Full obituary.
On Sunday, July 26th, Mike Billig and his wife Kerri were involved in a tragic accident. Kerri sustained many injuries, impeding her ability to walk. Mike did not survive the crash. Kerri is one the stylist at The Clip Joint in Merchantville and is in need of help. Kerri is not only trying to heal physically and emotionally but, suddenly finds herself a widow, unable to work, with two children to care for and a home she can not afford on her own. Please consider making a contribution the Billig Family Go Fund Me campaign. Any monies donated will go directly to the Billig family to help them during these unexpected and difficult times. Let’s show some town love and support, big or small anything would help.
On July 24, 2020, age 33, of Merchantville, NJ. He was the loving son of William J. and Darcy (nee Menzer) Harrison and loving bother of Nichole Harrison and Mark C. Harrison. He is also survived by 3 nephews Gray and Sam Howell and Brody Youngs; his uncle Michael (Robin) Menzer; many loving cousins; and his dog Jerry. Bill graduated from Holy Cross High School in 2002 and was an Eagle Scout. He worked at A-1 Searches in Merchantville and enjoyed cooking, music and festivals. He was also an avid Philadelphia Union Soccer fan. A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.