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During this damp spring even a muddy terrain did not deter more than 230 runners from participating in the Watershed Institute’s fourth annual Trail Run and Festival. The 10k and 5k run on May 19 were designed to tour portions of the 950-acre Watershed Reserve in Pennington. “The event began with one of our board […]

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To help the Hopewell Valley community engage with each other three local groups have organized a community-wide dinner to talk about race, bullying and social media. Global Connections, Hopewell Valley Race and Diversity Discussion Group (HVRDDG) and the Global Peace Foundation partnered up to have the community dinner and discussion, so residents could better understand […]

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American history buffs are likely familiar with local authors Larry Kidder and David Price, both of whom have written extensively about the American Revolutionary War, but they have probably never met the two men. They will get a chance to meet the authors when Kidder and Price appear at a special publication party, set for […]

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Pennington Borough officials have unanimously adopted a $1.81 million bond ordinance to improve the conditions of Burd Street, Abey Drive and Kings Court. During a Pennington Borough Council meeting, Council President Glen Griffiths, Councilman Charles Marciante, Councilwoman Elizabeth Semple, Councilwoman Catherine Chandler, Councilwoman Beverly Mills and Councilwoman Deborah Gnatt voted “yes” to approve the ordinance […]

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With a snip of the over-sized scissors, Educational Testing Service President Walter MacDonald opened the newest segment of the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail on the Educational Testing Service campus on a warm and sunny day on May 31. The new trail segment on the ETS campus, off Rosedale Road in Lawrence Township, is a little more than […]

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Montgomery Township officials are pleased to announce the acquisition of two open space parcels totaling 85 acres. On May 21, Montgomery Township purchased a 25-acre agricultural property on Fairview Road from the Forfa Family. The township also contracted to purchase 60 scenic acres at Mountain View Road and Cherry Valley Road. Mayor Sadaf Jaffer expressed […]

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To help accomplish its mission, the Hope Loves Company has added five new members to the non-profit organization’s Board of Directors. The elected board members are Craig and Kristen Colby, Sara Cooper, Michael Palmer and Linda Osman. “We made a conscious decision to grow our board as we as an organization are growing. To be able […]

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Hopewell Valley volunteer fire companies responded to two back-to-back house fires that investigators believe may have been related to the severe weather that rolled through Mercer County around 5 p.m. May 29. The first call came in at 5:33 p.m. for a possible house fire on Valley Road, according to the Hopewell Township Police Department. […]

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The Hopewell Township Committee has adopted a $22.69 million budget to fund the operation of the municipality during 2019. During a public hearing on May 20, committee members voted 4-1 to adopt the spending plan. Mayor Kristin McLaughlin, Deputy Mayor Michael Ruger, Committeeman Kevin Kuchinski and Committeewoman Julie Blake voted “yes” on a motion to […]

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The Hopewell Valley Regional School District Board of Education and the Hopewell Valley Education Association have come to terms on a  new three-year contract. The Hopewell Valley Education Association (HVEA) represents more than 400 certificated teaching staff employees, which consist of teachers, child study team members, guidance counselors and athletic trainers in the school district. […]

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Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space have announced six student winners from throughout the school district for the second annual EcoWarrior contest. The organization is a non-profit land trust, that is dedicated to conserving the valley through preserving land and protecting natural resources, according to officials. “I am continually impressed by the commitment of our […]

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On June 6 at South Brunswick High School, the Old Bridge High School boys’ volleyball team won the NJSIAA championship –its second straight– with a 2-1 victory over Fair Lawn High School. The Knights took the first set, 25-19, dropped the second set, 25-17, and clinched the state title with a 25-18 decision in the […]

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By Pam Hersh Anthony “Skip” Cimino, who last year assumed the job of executive director of the New Jersey State Assembly Majority Office, recently told me he was a “failure.” Having worked with him for decades in our various intersecting professional and volunteer jobs in Mercer County, I was stunned to hear the word “failure” […]

By Bert Mandelbaum, M.D. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 11% of American children ages 4-17 have the disorder, which can result in children who are overactive, inattentive and impulsive. Children with ADHD are more likely to experience […]

By Pam Hersh Anthony “Skip” Cimino, who last year assumed the job of executive director of the New Jersey State Assembly Majority Office, recently told me he was a “failure.” Having worked with him for decades in our various intersecting professional and volunteer jobs in Mercer County, I was stunned to hear the word “failure” […]

By Pam Hersh Princeton-based architect Bob Hillier has completed projects in 34 countries throughout the world. And yet, the Princeton University undergraduate and graduate alumnus never has left the college campus. Never leaving Princeton University emotionally goes without saying. It is a syndrome shared by tens of thousands of alumni as evidenced annually at the […]

By Pam Hersh “Are you for real?” That was my reaction to a young woman shopping on Palmer Square on Saturday, when she asked me, “Why the parade today?” and “What’s with all the flags?” She was referring to the just completed “Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade” and the bag of mini American flags […]

By Pam J. Hersh Bob Cawley, Barbara Sigmund, Marvin Reed, Joe O’Neill, Mildred Trotman, Yina Moore, Jack Wallace, Jay Bleiman, Josie Hall, Win Pike, Gail Firestone, Kate Litvak, Dick Woodbridge, Larry Glasberg, Phyllis Marchand, Michele Tuck-Ponder (both before and after she added Ponder to her name), Bernie Miller, Chad Goerner, Liz Lempert – what do […]

By Kristy Champignon, L.P.C., L.M.H.C., A.C.S.  The tween and early teen years are a time of change, growth and discovery, often filled with intense emotions.  To cope with these emotions, an increasing number of children in this age group are turning to non-suicidal self-injury, deliberately hurting themselves to provide relief or express themselves.  In fact, […]

By Pam Hersh Mother’s Day brings a tear and a smile to Princetonian Lynne Cannon, the mother of Kate “Katie” Cannon. The tears are due to the fact Katie – Dr. Kathryn Cannon Hughes, an obstetrician-gynecologist and herself a mother of two toddlers – died in November 2017 at the age of 36 from acute […]

By Pam Hersh Princeton-based artist Sydney Anne Neuwirth has no problem talking about her age. During a conversation last week, in front of one of her art pieces at the Cranbury Station Gallery in Princeton’s Palmer Square, she told me, “I am 84 years old – and that’s just fine with me. Nowadays, women artists […]

By Evan Katzel, M.D. Many women who undergo a mastectomy to treat breast cancer opt for reconstructive surgery to help rebuild the shape and look of their breast. And while reconstruction techniques vary greatly depending on the unique needs of each woman, the goal is largely the same – to restore self-image, self-confidence and quality […]

By Pam J. Hersh On Thursday, April 18, at a Princeton University reception, I learned the following: the words “mentor” and “mensch” might be etymologically related; no one has the heart or guts to eat cookies in the shape of a Chicago Cubs baseball and in the image of the Cubs’ greatest New Jersey fan; […]

By Pam Hersh Before municipal consolidation, Princetonians continually agitated over the donut-and-hole controversy – often leaving a bitter taste in one’s mouth, very different from the taste of the donuts and holes found at Princeton’s two Dunkin’ stores. Since that controversy has settled down, perhaps it is time that our elected officials tackle another not-so-sweet […]

By Pam Hersh My favorite people-watching perch in town – the front window stool of Starbucks overlooking the sidewalk of Nassau Street – has trained me in a new profession. I have become a fundraising consultant to individuals soliciting money from strangers on Nassau Street, an enterprise that takes place each weekend directly in front […]

Cyndi Bleier, Amboy Bank senior vice president and general counsel, accepts her award as the 2019 winner of the General Counsel of the Year Awards in the Private Company with Revenue Over $500 Million category. Presented by NJBIZ, the awards honor the state’s most dynamic general counsels and chief legal officers who are making an […]

CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold Township, announced that Dr. Margaret Dufreney has joined its OB/GYN team at Women’s Health Specialists of CentraState. A fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dufreney specializes in female reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbirth, with a special interest in preventative care, management of abnormal uterine bleeding and pap smears, […]

Last month, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurants owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises announced the winners of their third annual Above and ‘BEE’yond Teacher Essay Contest. The contest recognized top teachers from school districts throughout New Jersey as nominated by their students via an essay written and submitted to their local Applebee’s restaurants. Winning […]

Casper opened its first Edison retail store, the Casper Sleep Shop, on the first floor of Menlo Park Mall, 55 Parsonage Road, off Route 1, Edison. Visitors can shop Casper’s sleep offerings and even book a nap to experience the products in one of the store’s miniature homes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. […]

Weichert Real Estate School will offer a full schedule of two- and three-week real estate pre-licensing classes throughout the summer. The 75-hour pre-licensing course provides all the training and testing necessary to kick-start a career in real estate by earning a New Jersey real estate license. The first class begins on June 17 at Weichert, […]

Comcast announced the official opening of the first Middlesex County Xfinity Retail Store, located in the Brunswick Square Mall, 755 Route 18, East Brunswick. The 12th Xfinity Retail Store to open in New Jersey is a 4,400 square-foot center. In addition to the latest mobile devices and top-of-the-line mobile accessories, retail offerings at the East […]

North American Properties (NAP) announced that industry veteran Mark J. Fetah has joined the firm as senior vice president/director for the Riverton Master Planned Projects, a $2.5 billion, 5 million-square-foot mixed-use development comprised of 400 acres on the Raritan River in Sayreville. Fetah is a hands-on real estate development and construction veteran who has delivered […]

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