Eurdine Russo, 85

Eurdine B. Russo (nee Ballance) age 85 years, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Ernest. Devoted mother of Ernest Russo (Donna Matthias) and the late Eurdine Robinson. Loving grandmother of Jessica Russo, Jennifer Bradshaw, Eurdine Robinson and Joseph Robinson. For many years, Eurdine worked with her husband at their produce store, Russo's Market in Pennsauken and she was a cook for their family catering business and was active in the Cub Scouts as a den mother for Troop 119 in Merchantville and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of the choir. Full obituary.

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Ernest Wellford, 91

Ernest Penn Wellford of Richmond, VA died Tuesday, April 14, 2020, following a brief illness and hospitalization. He is survived by his spouse of 67 years, Rebecca Pilcher Wellford of Richmond; daughters Kathryn Wellford Stewart of Merchantville, N.J., Nancy Wellford Markon (John) of Midlothian, Rebecca Pilcher Wellford of Doswell, and Laura Simmons Chicklo (Jay) of Midlothian; and grandchildren Michael Ernest Turner of Glen Allen, Elizabeth Markon Oakland (Milo) of Charlottesville, and Tyler James Chicklo of Midlothian. Private burial in Westhampton Memorial Park, 2 p.m., May 13. Live stream video is available for those kept at home by the COVID-19 health emergency. Full obituary.

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Fr. Alfred Hewett, 95

Father Alfred J. Hewett, a priest of the Diocese of Camden for more than 60 years, died April 18 at the age of 95. Father Hewett graduated from Collingswood High School, served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps and the U.S. Army Air Corps then, attended Saint Joseph’s University. His first assignment was in Merchantville, as parochial vicar at Saint Peter Parish from 1956-63. Due to current restrictions, interment at Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill will be held privately for his family.  A memorial Mass will be held when the current restrictions are lifted.  Donations may be made to Madonna House or Catholic Relief Services.

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Bocce Ball Court

On March 9, 2020 Borough Council passed Resolution R20-44 awarding Joseph A. Cuzzupe the contract to complete various renovations and improvements at the Community Center recreation park. Renovations included the installation of a bocce ball court and basketball court. Residents can look forward to using these beautiful new courts with friends and family as soon as social distancing guidelines are loosened to permit the use of recreational equipment and public sports facilities. For now, we will all have to appreciate a job well done and admire them from afar.

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Magical Memories

Minnie's Magical Moments proved that there's nothing more enchanting than seeing a child's face light up when an impromptu parade of Disney characters, Super heroes and Folklore favorites passes by. Owner, Destiny Pagan, organized a three-day parade around the neighboring communities of Pennsauken, Delair & Merchantville to spread joy and happiness over Easter weekend to spread some cheer during these trying times. She was able to recruit some of her workers, friends and family to help her carry out this treat that has left a lifetime in the memories in the minds of all these children. Thank you, Destiny!

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Elizabeth McCoy, 84

Elizabeth Louise McCoy died on April 8, 2020, at Spring Village Assisted Living Center in Galloway, NJ. Elizabeth was born on October 5, 1935 to Thomas and Matilda (Tilly) Graham. She attended Merchantville H.S., where she met and married John McCoy. John and Elizabeth were devoted to each another and were married for 60 years. They had four children: Michelle (Shelley), Bunny, Bonnie and John, as well as two grandchildren: Gayneta and Cali. Arrangements entrusted to Wimberg Funeral Home in Galloway 609-641-0001. For condolences, please visit

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Phoebe Walsh, 85

Phoebe M. Walsh, a longtime Merchantville resident passed away at home on Sunday, April 6, 2020. She was 85. Services and interment private. For condolences please visit To plant a tree in memory of Phoebe M. Walsh, please visit our tribute store.

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Easter Bunny's Coming

This year's Borough Egg Hunt at the community center has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Governor's call to limit large social gatherings so, The Niagara Fire Company will be touring the town with their good friend - The Easter Bunny - on Saturday, April 11th between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. The Fire company promises to visit every street in Merchantville and urges everyone to be patient! The Easter Bunny wants to remind everyone to maintain social distancing during his tour by remaining in your front yard and not approaching the fire truck. Happy Easter!

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Eco-Friendly Research

Rutgers University–Camden junior and Merchantville resident, Emily McDermott, is conducting cutting-edge research that could lead to applications for NASA to use in space. A recipient of the NASA NJ Space Grant Consortium, she is working with an assistant professor of chemistry and an assistant professor of biology at Rutgers–Camden conducting research on using plant-based materials to power batteries that astronauts could use in space in the future. McDermott's innovative project aims to find a more eco-friendly way to power batteries instead of using fossil fuels.

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Little League Postponed

Dear Players, Parents, Sponsors and Members of Merchantville Little League: “This is much bigger than any game.” Merchantville Little League along with every other Little League worldwide received the following directive from Little League International: “with the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , the Little League International Board of Directors and staff is now strongly recommending that all of its local Little League programs suspend or delay the start of their seasons until no earlier than at least, May 11, 2020.“ Due to this and for the health and well-being of our players and members we are suspending ALL LEAGUE operations including – practices, games, scrimmages, meetings and even our opening day ceremonies and league wide picture day now through at least May 11, 2020. Please look for updates on our Facebook page and from our email system at Blue Sombrero as well . Please contact Robert Wetherspoon, President MLL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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Meals for Seniors

There's an Emergency Meal Plan Program in place for Camden County residents over 60 years old temporarily during this pandemic.  Individuals who are already receiving home-delivered meal services will AUTOMATICALLY get a week's worth of meals delivered once a week, a mix of frozen and fresh meals, dropped off on their porch or, if they live in an apartment complex, it will be delivered to the lobby. The driver will then call the person and let them know the meal is there. They will be doing this every week for the next 3 weeks. For those who are not already receiving home-delivered meal services, they can call 856-374-6325 and arrange to have emergency meals delivered. They do not have to be in the home delivered meals program to receive this temporary service during the pandemic. Please call above number to apply directly and arrange to have emergency meals delivered.

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