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Valerie Amiss has joined Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, as a ballet instructor. Amiss will teach beginner ballet in the school’s primary A, B, C and Level 1 conservatory classes in Princeton. She will also teach beginner and intermediate ballet to adults in the school’s Cranbury studio. Amiss teaches ballet […]

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The 6-acre cornfield at Von Thun’s Country Farm Market in South Brunswick has a different, fun theme carved into it each year. The 2019 maze theme celebrates the 150th anniversary of college football and the two teams who started this American tradition, Rutgers and Princeton universities. The maze takes approximately 35 to 45 minutes to […]

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The Hopewell Township Committee has unanimously passed a resolution awarding a bid for road improvements to Van Brunt Road. Mayor Kristin McLaughlin, Deputy Mayor Michael Ruger, Committeeman Kevin Kuchinski, Committeewoman Julie Blake and Committeeman John Hart voted “yes” to pass the measure during the Sept. 9 committee meeting. “Van Brunt Road is part of our […]

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Two Florida men who attempted to flee from police have been charged with multiple criminal charges, including obstruction of justice, assault, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, according to the Hopewell Township Police Department. The incident began when a police officer stopped the car, which was occupied by a 19-year-old man and a 31-year-old man, […]

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The Master Gardeners of Mercer County are demonstrating the importance of insects to everyday life through its 17th annual Insect Festival on Sept. 14. The Master Gardeners of Mercer County are part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, which promotes enhancing and protecting environmental resources. The festival, which will be dubbed “Remember Bugs,” this year, is taking […]

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Breathing new life into a used car can also breathe new life into a car-less HomeFront client’s future. That’s why HomeFront, which helps the homeless and the working poor, has launched its new “Drive Home” program. Drive Home takes donated cars and reconditions them for use by HomeFront clients who need a reliable way to […]

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A partnership between Pennington Borough and the Hopewell Valley Regional School District will result in a new botanical section in the community. The area, which has been dubbed as an arboretum, is where trees, shrubs and plants are planted or cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. Howe’s Habitat, the 3.4 acre plot of land next to […]

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Plowing has been turned into a competition that has become a tradition at the Howell Living History Farm for the last 36 years. And that tradition continued in Hopewell Township on Aug. 31. The annual plowing match marks the beginning of a crop production cycle that is set to take 10 months with the land […]

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The Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s sixth annual “Full Moon Ride” next week takes on new meaning for bicyclists and other participants, because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon. The annual Full Moon Ride, which is the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corp.’s signature fund-raising event, is set for Sept. 14 […]

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A bill making its way through the New Jersey state legislature is set to help municipalities such as Hopewell Borough collect personal property taxes on local telephone companies. Assemblyman John Burizichelli (D- Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem) is the primary sponsor of assembly bill A5450, which focuses on taxation of certain business personal property that includes poles […]

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Families and friends of those who have lost a battle with drug addiction shared stories and provided support to others during International Overdose Awareness Day. On Aug. 27 at the grounds of Woolsey Park in Hopewell Township, people gathered to mourn the ones they lost, honor their memories and honor individuals who continue to battle […]

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In the first installment of the Central Jersey Top 10 last week, North Brunswick Township High School and Rumson-Fair Haven High School opened as the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, respectively. Both squads dominated their week one opponents and looked like they were on a collision course toward state playoff championships. Then they […]

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Terrance Peterson jumps out on football game film. He is the kind of player who unleashes teammates by forcing opposing coaches to game plan for him. Last fall as a sophomore, Peterson, a 6-0, 215-pound defensive lineman, set a Hopewell Valley Central High School record with 24.5 tackles for a loss. He also registered 58 […]

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Welcome to the first installment of the Central Jersey Top 10, a weekly ranking of the best high school football teams in the centraljersey.com coverage area. Each week, the rankings will be based on a combination of numerous considerations that will include record, margin of victory and strength of schedule. But there is no magical […]

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Hopewell Valley Central High School enjoyed a great girls’ soccer season last fall. With just about everybody back for 2019, the Bulldogs should be great again this fall. But they did suffer one great disappointment in 2018, losing the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 3 sectional tournament championship game to Brick Township High School in penalty […]

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Entering his fourth season as Hopewell Valley Central High School’s girls’ volleyball coach, Dan Williams just wants his Bulldogs to improve. For a team that went 6-22 last fall, it’s a reasonable goal, especially with four starters and five varsity players back for 2019. They are a committed group that is developing steadily, and both […]

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Bella DiNardo and Chloe McGregor are a solid 1-2 punch for the Hopewell Valley Central High School field hockey team. As underclassmen a year ago, the duo combined for 19 goals and 11 assists for a 12-6-1 Hopewell Valley club. Both players are among the best scorers and distributors in the Colonial Valley Conference. But […]

The Hopewell Valley Central High School football team had an adequate season in 2018, finishing 5-4 and narrowly missing the NJSIAA playoffs. Hopewell Valley even outscored its opponents, 172-126, over the course of the season. The Bulldogs were solid on both sides of the ball and they could be again in 2019, especially on defense, […]

LPGA legend Jan Stephenson, who earlier this month was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, will be at Forsgate Country Club on July 20 to participate in a day that includes a golf clinic, tournament on the historic Banks Course, and a cocktail reception and tasting of Jan’s signature wines and rums. The […]

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By Ken Downey Jr. & Joanne Thornborough With the 2019 Emmy Awards airing this Sunday, Sept. 15, my colleague, Joanne Thornborough, and I, sit down for the final time to take a look at who we feel is best deserving for the best performances on television. Looking at the limited and comedy series the last […]

By Kelly Gray, P.T. If you’ve ever experienced a bout of dizziness, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 40% of Americans will experience an episode of dizziness sometime during their lives that is significant enough to send them to a doctor, according the National Institutes of Health. And while dizziness can throw you off […]

By Pam Hersh Phyllis Marchand is no newcomer to Princeton. The former mayor of Princeton Township – and current influencer/advocate for the community’s numerous charities – first set foot on Princeton soil in 1966. “I once was a real newcomer, ignorant of all things Princeton, and it was the YWCA’s Newcomers and Friends that saved […]

By Rohit Bhalla, D.O. Flu season is about to ramp up, and if it is anything like past years, millions of people will suffer its effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the flu results in between 9.8 million and 36.5 million illnesses annually. You can help protect yourself from the virus […]

By Pam Hersh Although I expect to receive failing grades as a cook, last week I was shocked that I failed at another “C” activity – canvassing. Acknowledging my failure at canvassing, which is supposed to be a good way to introduce the community to the candidate running for office, inspired me, however, to come […]

By Susanne Steinberg, M.D.  In many cases, the scars of past trauma extend beyond emotional pain and physical injury, manifesting as distinct physical symptoms or disorders.  Chronic pain, excessive fatigue, stomach and bowel problems, headaches, palpitations and dizziness are often associated with trauma, and routine tests and physical exams typically fail to provide an explanation.  […]

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical and mental health play important roles in helping a child growing through life. CDC officials say physical activity is one of the ways a child’s health stays strong. “Physical activity is really important for children and adults. There are numerous studies that state that […]

By Pam Hersh On a Tuesday afternoon several months ago, Princeton resident Ira Fuchs scheduled an emergency computer video conference after dinner with his three grown children to discuss a new development in the family dynamic.  He reassured them the reason for the hastily called meeting involved no health emergency and gave no other details. […]

By Pam Hersh I played matchmaker this past week by introducing two institutions – both the same age and both driven by their commitment to community. It is a match – not made in heaven – but in Princeton and it’s a union that may prove to benefit many Princetonians. The idealistically compatible couple comprises […]

By Pam Hersh While sitting through the magical and innovative Princeton Summer Theater (PST) production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” I kept smiling – with a tear of sadness lingering in the corner of my eye. I laughed at the refreshing and exceedingly talented execution of the shenanigans occurring on stage. My thoughts, however, […]

By Katie Gaffney, R.D. Intense emotional experiences and stressful events affect everyone differently, including adolescents who are especially vulnerable to the ups and downs that typify the teenage years. Sometimes these emotions can have an impact on eating and can cause adolescents – girls and boys – to turn to food as a way of […]

Chiro Plus Wellness Center, owned by Dr. John Jaeger, a licensed chiropractor, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 27. Located at 3883 Route 516 in Old Bridge, the center offers chiropractic care, spinal decompression, custom foot orthotics, cryoskin procedures and weight loss programs. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, […]

Valerie Amiss has joined Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, as a ballet instructor. Amiss will teach beginner ballet in the school’s primary A, B, C and Level 1 conservatory classes in Princeton. She will also teach beginner and intermediate ballet to adults in the school’s Cranbury studio. Amiss teaches ballet […]

iPlay America, Freehold Township, announced that Samantha Unglert, senior vice president and general manager, has been selected as one of NJBIZ’s 2019 40 Under 40 winners. Unglert, 30, is being honored for making her mark in New Jersey business and the contributions she has made to the community. Unglert joined iPlay America as a retail […]

The Edison Chamber of Commerce will welcome Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence professional development course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 at The Pine Manor, 2085 Route 27, Edison.   Discover insights that drive Disney parks and resorts and how to adapt them to strengthen your own organizational efforts. Register online at […]

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold Township, as a National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) site of the Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium (AHCC). As the first and only New Jersey-based NCORP, AHCC will help develop and implement NCI cancer prevention, screening, care delivery, and treatment studies with leading healthcare systems […]

Kendal Hand of Howell has joined commercial real estate services firm Levin Management Corporation (LMC), North Plainfield, as a leasing representative. She brings a strong track record in leasing open air shopping centers to her new position. Hand’s responsibilities include leasing and marketing efforts at several properties in LMC’s New Jersey retail portfolio, including Chatham […]

Maricel’s Kitchen celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 3. Chef Maricel Gentile welcomed guests to the new Old Bridge location at 1109 Englishtown Road. Focusing on Filipino and Asian foods, she offers catering, meal plans, cooking classes and a food truck. For more information, visit www.maricelskitchen.com or call 732-497-2698.

Code Ninjas celebrated the grand opening of its Old Bridge location on Aug. 17. The open house celebration allowed parents and children to tour the facility and discuss curriculum with owners Sarita and Deepak KC. Code Ninjas lets children ages 7-14 learn to code by building video games, and offers a game-based curriculum made up […]

Bright Future Preschool held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 25 at its new Old Bridge location. The center offers daycare services and preschool and kindergarten classes for children from 6 weeks to five years old. It is owned by Gennaro Palomba; his daughter Danielle Palomba serves as the center’s director. Registration is open for the […]

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