Monthly Archives: October 2015

Halloween Events

Haunted House

The Merchantville School District hosts its annual Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 at Merchantville School, 130 S. Centre St. The spooky fun runs from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is just $5 for adults, $3 for children; concessions are also available for purchase. For more info, call (856) 663-1091.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Bobby Ray’s Pennsauken Tavern, 6324 Westfield Ave., holds its second annual pumpkin carving contest on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. The $10 entrance fee gets you a Pumpkin to carve, a beer to drink (keep the glass) and buffet to eat. There will be prizes and giveaway throughout the event, including a $100 first prize! For more info, visit Bobby Ray’s Pennsauken Tavern on Facebook.

Halloween For The Kids At Griffith Morgan House

Halloween comes to old Griffith Morgan House in a big way! On Sunday, Oct. 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., crafts and spooky lore of the season will join with tasty treats and a visit from our special guest, the Jersey Devil, for an eerie day of historic fun! Pumpkins to decorate, legends to tell and an old house to explore! What could be better? Admission, tours and parking are free. Some activities may charge a nominal fee to help defray the cost.

Breathe Deep South Jersey

The Breathe Deep South Jersey is a 3.8 mile walk and fun run held Saturday, Oct. 31 at Jack Curtis Stadium at Cooper River Park, Park Dr. and McClellan Ave., Pennsauken. This event will take place rain or shine. Wear your Halloween costume in spirit of our trick or treat walk! Check-in/registration and Halloween-themed activities begin at 9:00 a.m. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail

Connie Mac’s Halloween Party

Connie Mac’s Irish Pub, 8000 S. Crescent Blvd., is holding a Halloween Bash featuring guest band, Drinkin Outta Cups, on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Prizes will be given out for best costume and drink specials will be available. Bring your pumpkin! For more info, call (856) 910-1255.

Calling All Monsters, Princesses And Superheroes: The 4-1-1 On Trick Or Treating

The boys and ghouls of Pennsauken are excitedly counting down the days to Halloween. To keep them safe, the Township has an ordinance in place regarding the holiday.

Pennsauken has a curfew in place not just on Oct. 31, but the two days prior to Halloween. During this period, any minor under the age of 16, regardless of where they live, is not allowed out on the streets of Pennsauken after the hour of 8:00 p.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. That means the person your with must be an adult who’s legally responsible for you.

Trick or TreatingAs Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, Pennsauken Township suggests that trick or treating start in the afternoon; but when night begins to fall, make plans to start heading home, as the kids have to stop knocking on doors at 8:00 p.m.

Also, trick or treating is for the little ones, not adults. It’s unlawful for anyone over the age of 14 to go out trick or treating, unless you’re acting as a chaperone. And unfortunately, chaperones can’t ask for any candy or treats. They have to wait until they get home to help their kids “sort” the candy.

If someone is caught breaking the ordinance, the “trick” they’ll get can vary from just a warning to a fine up to $200. And that’s kind of scary.

Here’s wishing you a fun, safe time celebrating a uniquely American holiday.

Carson Grows “Kindness Chain”

CarsonKindnessStudents at Carson School are focusing on “healthy hearts” this year. The staff at Carson has initiated a program that recognizes all members of the Carson Community who are kind to one another and help to build a healthy heart. Whenever a student is “caught” being kind, their name is placed on a heart and added to the school’s “Kindness Chain.” The goal is to have Carson students to grow the “Kindness Chain” tremendously throughout the year.

At Burling, Fourth Grade Is “Passport To The Future”

BurlingFourth graders at Burling Elementary School got right down to business when they worked on their “All About Me” robot projects in Mrs. Matthews’ class. The theme this year is “Fourth Grade is our Passport to the Future.” This activity highlights the students’ interests and some amazing facts about their personal lives. Students completed their projects in time for all to see at Burling’s Back to School Night in September. Way to go fourth graders!

First Day Of School At Franklin

FranklinParents, students and staff at Franklin Elementary get adjusted to the routine during Franklin’s opening day of the 2015-2016 school year.

Double Dozen Presents Tribute To The Grammys

DoubleDozenThe Pennsauken High School Double Dozen will present a “Tribute to the Grammys” on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will take place in the Pennsauken High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $5.00 and all proceeds will benefit the fifth annual Vocal Music Broadway trip. Contact Mrs. Kathryn Brown at (856) 662-8500 x5273 for tickets.

Phifer Holds Candlelight Memorial For PE Teacher

PhiferOn Thursday, June 18, Howard M. Phifer Middle School and the entire Pennsauken community suffered a terrible loss. Taryn Johnson, a Pennsauken School District physical education teacher for 18 years, sadly passed away. Ms. Johnson was more than just a physical education teacher: she was a friend, colleague, and mentor to both students and teachers alike.

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the members of Pennsauken community gathered together for a candlelight memorial to honor her spirit and service.

Second Graders At Carson Receive Kindle Fires

CarsonKindleStudents in Ms. Kelly’s second grade class at Carson Elementary are excited about receiving five Kindle Fire devices for their classroom. Ms. Kelly was awarded a grant to receive these devices, which will used to support students’ 21st century learning skills.

Baldwin Elementary Holds Back To School Night

BaldwinBackToSchoolBaldwin pre-school parents, teachers and students enjoyed getting to know each other at Baldwin’s Back to School Night. Parents visited the classrooms and teachers provided them with an overview of the pre-school program. Representatives from the Pennsauken Free Public Library provided parents with the opportunity to register for library cards and informed them of the Library’s Museum Pass Program. In addition, information and an invitation were extended for all families to attend Pennsauken’s upcoming Harvest Festival. Everyone at Baldwin is looking forward to a successful school year!

A New School Year For Pennsauken PTA

The Pennsauken Zone PTA would like to welcome everyone to the new school year. PTA is dedicated to the education, health, safety and well being of children and youth.

Each individual school has their own local PTA. All of the locals belong to a group called the Pennsauken Zone PTA. The PTAs meet monthly to conduct business and make plans for the coming months. Everyone is encouraged to attend these meetings to find out what’s going on in your school and what you can do to help. Make yourself familiar with PTA planning meetings.

PTA membership enrollment began in September. As a member of the PTA, you are a part of a network of local, state, and national associations that can help you convert your concerns for children into effective action. You can accomplish many important things for your children simply by becoming a member. Watch for flyers being sent home through your school.

In no time, you will be receiving some type of fundraising project for your school PTA. PTAs raise only those funds that are necessary to meet the needs of the year’s activities and projects as outlined in their budget. The safety of our children is our main concern. Children should NEVER go “door to door” with their fundraising! Parental involvement is very important. Take the fundraising flyer to work, ask friends, etc.

The PTA and your children need your support!

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