Monthly Archives: July 2015

Aloha! PMAC To Host Luau-Themed Happy Hour

Special Submission By Joe Cooney,

As the dog days of summer heat up so do the events and business happenings in Pennsauken and Merchantville.

PMACIn lieu(ow) of its regular monthly meeting, PMAC – the Pennsauken-Merchantville Area Chamber of Commerce – will hold a Happy Hour Luau, Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home.

Inglesby Director David Hernandez will host the festive evening that will include great food, music and libations.

“We held our first luau last year in the courtyard of Inglesby’s and the turnout was fantastic,” said Tim Ellis, PMAC’s chairman. “Thanks to David, his lovely family and our wonderful sponsors it was an awesome event,” Ellis added. “We’re looking forward to another great time this year.”

Inglesby’s is at 2426 Cove Rd. in Pennsauken. To register for the event, or for more information, visit or call (856) 438-0833.

Pennsauken Youth Action Committee Theater Performs “Shrek Jr. The Musical”

1421100584-shrek_the_musical_jr_tickets_The Pennsauken Youth Action Committee’s performance of “Shrek Jr. The Musical” will be held on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the air conditioned Intermediate School Auditorium, 8125 Park Ave., Pennsauken. Tickets will be available for sale at the door.

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he”s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way.

For more information, e-mail Elwood “Duke” Martz at or call (856) 665-1000 x151.

First-Ever Cooper River Dragon Boat Festival Held On July 18

North America’s fastest growing athletic competition is coming to Pennsauken this Saturday, July 18, 2015.

The first annual Cooper River Dragon Boat Festival will feature 200 meter races along Cooper River from 9:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. for novice or intermediate community teams, as well as for competitive sport teams seeking Eastern Regional Dragon Boat Association points.

Fire Department Hosts Open House During National Night Out

National Night Out-Open House Announcement 2015The Pennsauken Fire Department will open all of its fire stations to the public during National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 4, an annual community-building campaign that is designed to make neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.

From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Pennsauken’s fire stations will host a variety of activities, including apparatus displays, specialized unit demonstrations, ambulance displays, giveaways and more. Free bottled water, water ice and soft pretzels will be given out while supplies last. Members of the public can also pick up information on fire prevention and volunteer membership.

The National Night Out open houses will be at the following locations:

  • Fire Station 1, 8362 Stockton Ave.
  • Fire Station 2, 2215 Merchantville Ave.
  • Fire Station 3, 5301 Lexington Ave.
  • Fire Station 5, 511 Union Ave.

Students Paint Mural at Animal Hospital

Students Paint Mural at Animal HospitalPennsauken Animal Hospital felt like it needed a little something to make their building more visible. So the art class at Pennsauken High School volunteered to paint a mural. Art student, Jenesa Bose created the idea for the project. Under the guidance of art teacher Fran Bennett, Jenesa and fellow students, Kim Lee Phan, Kevin Canlas, Klet Tran, Malek Maddah, Sovie, Jessica and Jennie Ngeth, Phalina Chun, and Khang Nguyen, gave up their Saturday to create the eye catching mural on the Rt. 130 side of the building. Dr. Earl Rippie and the staff at Pennsauken Animal Hospital are grateful to all that took part in this project, and extremely proud to display it for all to enjoy.

Pennsauken Police Make Narcotic Arrests

Provided by The Pennsauken Township Police Department

On Sunday, June 7, 2015, Pennsauken Township Police responded to 5548 Woodland Ave. for the report of a disturbance. While on location, officers developed probable cause that the second floor apartment at 5548 Woodland Ave. was involved in narcotics manufacturing/distribution. A search warrant was obtained for the residence; a search revealed a large quantity of heroin, cocaine, paraphernalia to package narcotics for street-level distribution, a firearm and approximately $16,000.00. Edwin R. Colon-Pena, 39, of Pennsauken and Rafael Colon-Pena, 41, of Pennsauken were arrested and charged accordingly.

First-Ever Little Heroes Run And Fun Walk Held At Cooper River Park

LittleHeroesThe first-ever Little Heroes 5K Run and Fun Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken. The event will raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), an organization dedicated to improving the health and well­being of children and families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 3,000 children. NF causes tumors, affects vision and hearing, and can lead to other serious health concerns.

Nineteenth Century “Base Ball” Comes To Pennsauken

Play Ball! This August, Pennsauken Township will be the host of some old time “base ball.”

Jamison And Dow Named Athletes Of The Year

By Billy Wright, Pennsauken High School Athletic Director

Wrestling and football student-athlete David Dow made it relatively easy for the PHS coaching staff to vote for Athlete of the Year honors when he not only won the NJSIAA Region 7 195 lb. wrestling title, but also mowed through the competition a week earlier to win the District 28 title. David’s region gold medal was the first region championship for a PHS grappler since Gerald Smith won the 103 lb. title in 1983. For his region win, the Courier Post named David to the prestigious All South Jersey team, the first Indian athlete named first team since 1968, when Mike Panarella was honored. Ironically, the old meets the new, as Panarella currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach for Code Red. David will be attending Baker University in Kansas on a wrestling scholarship.

The girl’s voting was much closer, as four budding stars were in the running: All South Jersey bowler Jessica Bello, two sport star Olivia Summerville, and track and field stars Olivia Jamison and Amanda Bakley. Olivia Jamison eked out the voting of the coaches and claimed her second consecutive Athlete of the Year honor. Bello led South Jersey in season average; Summerville was first team all conference in volleyball and lacrosse; and Bakley set three school records on the track. For her part, Jamison won the 400 meter dash at both the BCSL and NJSIAA sectional championships and anchored the school record-setting 4×100 meter relay and the super sprint medley. Olivia will be attending Morgan State University on a track and field scholarship.

Reflection On A 20-Year Community Friendship With The Pennsauken Library

BobFisher-HughesBy Robert Fisher-Hughes, AAP Columnist and Amateur Historian

Unless you are a teenager, or not much past, 20 years doesn’t seem to be a very historic period of time looking back. On the other hand, yesterday’s news is already history. It all depends on perspective and the relative significance of events. Measured by these factors, the founding of the Friends of Pennsauken Free Public Library is historic, because of the fundamental worth to our community of the Library itself. In these years of challenge for our local public institutions, it is all the more so.

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