New Jersey is one of only three states that are on track to contain Covid-19. Gov. Phil Murphy has been adamant about the importance of wearing masks during the pandemic, mandating on Wednesday, July 15th, that they be worn outdoors nearly at all times. New Jersey flattened the curve with masks. Other states didn’t. The premise behind wearing masks is that they contain small respiratory droplets, making it less likely you could spread the virus to others. The governor's executive order on masks excludes children younger than 2 years old, those partaking in some sports activities, people who are eating and drinking, as well as those with underlying health conditions. Wear a mask. Social distance. Get tested.
To help senior citizens who are living in homes without air conditioning or other means of cooling this summer, Camden County is distributing free fans to seniors. The Division of Senior and Disabled Services will be hosting a contactless drive-thru distribution on Wednesday, July 15th, beginning at 11 a.m. Qualifying seniors can receive their fan while maintaining a physical distance. Camden County residents ages 60 and older with an income of $25,000 or less are eligible. Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Division of Senior Services reports, “We have already distributed dozens of fans this summer and are prepared to get even more in the hands of seniors who need them.
Join us at Aradia's Treasure Metaphysical Shop for a sacred circle gathering to celebrate Lammas / Lughnasadh, The Harvest of First Fruits. With grateful hearts we will gather in the courtyard to celebrate our many blessings. This is a day to celebrate the beginnings of the harvest, when the grain and corn is gathered. It's also a time, in some traditions, of honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. Here are some ideas for dressing up your altar for your Lammas (Lughnasadh) celebration. Sign up on our website under the event/classes tab. Space is limited. Cost $5.00. This event includes: Circle Gathering, Celebration of the Celtic Deity Lugh, Meditation of Gratitude, refreshments and merriment. Remember to check out other Workshops, Health & Wellness Events in Merchantville.
Patti Sharp (nee Daly), of Barrington, NJ, passed on June 26, 2020 at the age of 58. Patti passed away comfortably, surrounded by her beloved family. Loving mother of Katie Sapia (Jim), Samantha Sharp and Courtney Porado (Paul). Devoted grandmother “Gammy” of Makayla, Oliver, Jaxson, and Mason. Cooper, family dog, sure will miss sharing Burger King meals with her. Beloved sister of the late Keri Ragona. Survived by her caring nieces, nephews and former spouse Frank Sharp. Patti was well known for her big heart and many acts of kindness. Patti’s talent was cooking which led her to be a successful restaurant owner, Station House Restaurant. Full obituary.
Donald L. Graff of Haddon Heights, formerly of Merchantville, passed away on May 9, 2020, at the age of 87. Beloved father of Lisa M. Cornely (Frank), Andrea D. Racobaldo (Dominic) and Mark L. Graff (Katie). Loving grandfather of Frank, William, Maureen, Matthew, Thomas and Alaina Cornely; Laura, Dominic, Andrew, Cara and Abbie Racobaldo; Mark, Maura and Emma Graff. Devoted great grandfather of Caroline Cornely. Don's family moved to Merchantville when he was a child. He attended Merchantville Elementary School and then graduated from Merchantville High School. He enjoyed music and was an accomplished clarinet player. He also played football at Merchantville High School. Full obituary.
The Borough will host another American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Merchantville Community Center, 212 Somerset Avenue, on Tuesday, July 14th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Appointments are preferred. To make an appointment online sign up at www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: "Merchantville Community". Save time on the day of the donation and visit www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass 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.
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.
The Merchantville Police Department, Mayor Brennan and Borough Council are sad to share the passing of Retired Chief Robert Ward. Chief Ward passed away on May 20th after a battling an illness. Robert "Bob" Ward was the chief of police for thirty-three years, from – Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Ward family, friends and co-workers. On June 1st at 11:00 a.m. there was a short procession past Chief Ward's residence so that members of the police department, fire department and, past and present Borough officials were able to pay their respects to his family. Rest In Peace Chief.
Beloved wife of 53 years to the late Leonard F. Formanek. Born in 1929 in Philadelphia to the late Collette A. (Rowan) and William S. Gannon and raised during the Great Depression in the Cramer Hill section of Camden. Colette worked as a long-distance operator for Bell Telephone in the Bourse Building in Philadelphia. After her marriage in 1950, Colette raised her nine children over the span of four decades in Paulsboro, East Camden and Merchantville. She is survived by her nine children, Colette (David) New of Tabernacle; Barbara (Charles Stevenson) Formanek of Williamsburg, VA; Judith (Theodore) Pettek of Toms River; Leonard (Sharon) of Charlotte, NC; Eileen (Charles) Gorman of Camden; Joseph (Cynthia) Formanek of Coopersburg, PA; Maria (Thomas) Murt of Hatboro, PA; Lisa (Patrick) Roche of Doylestown, PA; Michele (Stephen) Pedrani of Neshanic Station, and a legacy of 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Full obituary.
The princess has spoken at The Juice Bar! Good health is the mind, body and soul living in harmony as one and it fills our hearts with joy to see children enjoy a healthy drink. In our continuing effort to provide you with the most nutritious and delicious juices, we are transitioning to bottled cold pressed juice only. Cold pressed juice protects & preserves the nutrients of the fruits & vegetables which means you get 100% of the vitamins, minerals, & nutrients in each juice! Cold pressed juices also have a longer shelf life so you can save your juice for up to 5 days (refrigerated) without worrying about losing any of its flavor or nutrients! Juices will be available to grab and go in our front refrigerator! Business hours - Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 856-324-0436 to order ahead for safe pick-up.