Monthly Archives: February 2016

Info On Last Night’s Fatal Shooting In Merchantville

From the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office:

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and Merchantville Police Department reported a man was fatally shot in Merchantville last night.

Merchantville Police were dispatched at approximately 8:31 p.m. on Monday to the unit block of Russell Avenue for a report of an unconscious person. Officers arrived and located the victim, Joshua Simmons, 21, of Pennsauken, lying on the sidewalk. He was suffering from gunshot wounds and was transported to Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill, where he was pronounced deceased at 9:07 p.m.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sherman Lee Hopkins Jr. at (856) 225-8623 or Merchantville Police Sgt. Steve Marrone at (856) 662-0500. Information may also be emailed to

Remembering Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum

All Around Pennsauken was saddened to learn of the passing of Cara McCollum, a former Miss New Jersey and current anchor on the SNJ Today news program, who passed away from injuries sustained during a automobile crash on Feb. 15. In honor of Cara’s memory and her dedication to instilling a love of reading to children, we are highlighting an article about McCollum from our June 2014 issue.

Miss NJMiss New Jersey Visits Children At Pennsauken Library
By Melaine Zayas, AAP Intern

On Tuesday, April 22, Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum, visited the Pennsauken Free Public Library to read aloud to young children as part of the library’s celebration of Earth Day, as well as to promote her platform, “Giving the Gift of Reading,” a literacy program that reaches out to children across the state to celebrate reading.

Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund Announces 2016 Scholarship Program

!cid_image003_jpg@01D168AFThe Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund recently announced the launch of its 2016 scholarship program. Six $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who have a parent actively serving Camden County, or they themselves serve Camden County in a public safety capacity. Two awards will be presented in each field of service: law enforcement, fire, and EMS. 

Tax Help For Seniors Held At The Library

SonnyphotoBy Sonny DiSabato, Senior Citizen Coordinator

Hello fellow seniors.

The Pennsauken Free Public Library is once again hosting AARP Tax Help sessions. This free service is available in the Library’s Community Room, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tax help runs through April 14. This is first come, first served and priority is given to seniors.

Lions Accepting Nominations For Citizen Of The Year

The Pennsauken Lions Club is currently accepting nominations for its annual “Citizen of the Year” award. Nominees are individuals who volunteer their time for the betterment of Pennsauken.

Bob Hanging Out With… Bob

WagsphotoBy Bob Wagner, AAP Columnist

I was sitting on my back steps yesterday, enjoying the sunshine, chatting with my new friend, Bob. Actually, I was talking, Bob was listening. Bob rarely speaks, as Bob is a cat. His presence in the neighborhood goes back to springtime, when he appeared in the alley, along with a few siblings, climbing in and out of my old wooden fence. We all generally ignored each other throughout the summer. The siblings seem to have moved on, but Bob remains.

Valentine’s Day At Public Works: Hold The Snow… Take The Chocolates

By Joe Scavuzzo, Director, Department of Public Works

We’ve seen a lot of weather changes in the past two months: 70 degrees on Christmas to frigid days the third week of January. With the looming winter weather bringing us painfully cold wind, we can only dream of the springtime.

Meet The Pennsauken Board Of Education

By the Pennsauken Board of Education: Nick Perry, President; Allyson Meloni-Scavuzzo, Vice President; Cheryl Duffy; Michael Hurley; Diane Johnson; Leona Moss; Meg Snyder; Orlando Viera; and JoAnn Young

Each year, the Board of Education is required to hold a reorganization meeting by the seventh day of January. During this meeting, newly elected board members are installed and the Board chooses its president and vice president. This year’s meeting was held on Jan. 5. In conjunction with this reorganization meeting, we wanted to introduce the members of the newly seated Pennsauken Board of Education, each of whom will be working together to continue making Pennsauken schools successful.

Running Of The Brides Tradition Continues At Goodwill

The “running of the brides” tradition over Valentine’s weekend in South Jersey will continue on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Goodwill’s Pennsauken Store, located at 5461 Route 70. The nonprofit agency’s eighth annual Valentine’s Bridal Sale Extravaganza begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m. This popular annual fundraiser will feature over 350 brand new deeply discounted designer wedding gowns plus scores of accessories, shoes and other bridal attire. Proceeds fund job training programs that help local residents with disabilities and disadvantages get to work.

Hospice Volunteers Needed In Pennsauken

Grace Healthcare Services is looking for volunteers to assist hospice patients and their families in both Pennsauken and the surrounding area.

“If you have a warm heart, a listening ear and the gift of compassion, you can make a difference,” explains Kate Moore, volunteer coordinator for Grace Healthcare Services. “Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team. Whether you choose to work directly with patients and families, or volunteer in one of many other ways, you’ll be providing invaluable help to those in need.”

Volunteer training is free and provided by the Grace Healthcare Services Volunteer Program.

For more information, call (866) 447-0246 or e-mail

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