Bentley Community Services has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for a box truck crucial to its scheduled pick-ups of products from providers in the region.   Bentley is an alternative food bank/pantry, specifically addressing the needs of families, individuals and seniors who, though perhaps employed, do not receive traditional assistances and are challenged […]

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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is advising area residents to avoid Rosedale Lake water due to an extensive Harmful Algal Bloom. This week state officials confirmed this bloom with laboratory analysis. The rapid spread of the bloom may be the result of heavy rainfall carrying nutrient-laden stormwater into the lake, followed by periods […]

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The eighth annual Farm to Table dinner, which is the signature fundraiser for the Mercer Green Fest, has been set for July 18 at Terhune Orchard at 330 Cold Soil Road in Lawrence Township. The Farm to Table fundraiser features a cocktail hour and a five-course dinner made with ingredients from local farms, said Pam […]

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Sonja Michaluk is student taking action to address current and future water challenges. Her efforts and passion have resulted in Sonja being recently selected as the 2019 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner. “My first reaction was complete and utter shock. I was in disbelief. It took me a couple hours to kind of get […]

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After 30 years of service in America’s Air Force CM/Sgt. Patrick VanVranken is retiring from the nation’s armed forces. His legacy is not just one of service to his country but service to his fellow servicemen and women. He inspired Boatsie’s Boxes, which has been a Christmas-season campaign that has helped and supported tens of […]

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A 17-year-old boy was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a police officer saw the juvenile and two other boys near the turf athletic fields on the Lawrenceville-Pennington Road at 11:48 p.m. on June 25 and stopped to investigate. An assortment of items, valued at […]

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A campground –to the delight of officials–has been established in Mercer County Park. This campground adds something different as it is the first offering of overnight campsites in Mercer County Park, according to county officials. “For me, this is a personal achievement. I grew up all my life camping and found it difficult to believe […]

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New Jersey families are being sought for a new competition series that will film one day from July through October. A family of three or four who is looking for something fun to do this summer, or even a group of two to four relatives, friends or co-workers who love competition, can email fomocasting@gmail.com with […]

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The Hopewell Township Committee voted unanimously for an amendment to the land use ordinance that applies to the Bristol-Meyers Squibb property. The property covers 430 acres, 200 acres of which are dedicated to preserved farmland and open space on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. Following a contentious public hearing on the ordinance on June 24, committee members […]

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Area residents can learn how in participate in local government with a new program organized by the Hopewell Valley Democratic Club. The program will discuss committees, commissions and boards who are looking for citizen volunteers to fill positions in Pennington Borough, Hopewell Borough and Hopewell Township, according to club officials. “This is a first us, […]

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The 23rd annual Sunshine Football Classic was called to an end in the third quarter after a lightning bolt was sighted. But that didn’t stop a host of Mercer County area all-stars from enjoying their final high school game and appreciating their scholastic careers in the annual game that was held at Notre Dame High […]

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They call Jan Stephenson the Marilyn Monroe of women’s golf. She just got inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in early June. And now she’s coming to Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The details for the July 20 event at Forsgate are hardly even relevant, because club officials expect Stephenson’s mere presence […]

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As usual, the New Jersey Senior American Legion baseball season started in early June. And as usual, the schedule started slowly because it coincided with the end of the high school baseball campaign. But then, even after the high school season ended, the legion summer struggled to launch. The week of June 17-23 was besieged […]

Once Carla Burube was finished with her successful basketball playing career at the University of Connecticut, her initial thoughts didn’t turn to coaching.

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The future of the Monmouth Park Racetrack appeared bleak a few years ago. Horse racing, the Oceanport track’s chief revenue stream, just wasn’t as popular anymore, especially among younger people. But the park had one trump card in its back pocket—the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill, which was ready to open once the […]

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The great-great-grandson of literary icon Charles Dickens will perform his rendition of “A Christmas Carol,” a heartwarming holiday tale, at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood. During his one-man show, Gerald Dickens, an actor and producer from Oxford, England, conjures “A Christmas Carol” with just a table, a wing […]

By Tomer Davidov, M.D. Whether from eating a big meal or catching a stomach bug, almost everyone experiences some sort of abdominal pain every now and then.  In fact, abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  But how do […]

By Pam Hersh John S. Watson Jr., a.k.a. Jay, grew up in an environment that featured the hallways and offices of New Jersey’s government buildings. For his life’s work, however, he chose to broaden his environment outside of those hallways by focusing on the outside, as in the outdoors. Leading several environmental programs – both […]

By: Pam Hersh Princeton’s playgrounds are treasure troves for all sorts of adventures, according to hundreds of kids – and one particular Princeton grownup. John Altman, the author of eight spy-genre thrillers that have been published all over the world, was assisted in his most recent spy novel, “The Korean Woman,” by experiences he had […]

By: Joseph M. Pepek, M.D. Radiation therapy is a common approach to treating many different types of cancer and has become increasingly precise as technology has improved and advanced. Precision is paramount as radiation not only kills cancer cells, but can also affect surrounding healthy cells. As part of its comprehensive cancer care program, the […]

By Pam Hersh I had a back-to-the-future epiphany on Friday, June 14. Non-screen contact (NSC) with humans – the phenomenon that occurs when you make eye, voice and physical (non-sexual) contact with another person – might be making a comeback in our alienated and alienating society. I woke up on June 14 somewhat depressed because […]

By Kelly Gray, P.T. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. And by 2020, nearly one million people in the United States will be living with Parkinson’s, a disease that affects the neurons in the brain that control movement. Though there is no standard treatment for the […]

By Pam Hersh Gov. Phil Murphy on June 10 announced the inductees for the incoming class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame – a who’s who of some of the Garden State’s best and brightest. “Game of Thrones” groupies were buzzing about inductee George R. R. Martin, author of the “A Song of Ice […]

By Michelle Reuben, L.P.C. Few, if any, teenagers escape adolescence without experiencing some feelings of angst along the way. Like a pop quiz in math or a breakout before the big dance, feeling down occasionally is normal and expected. However, teenagers who feel bad about themselves more often than they feel good, may have low […]

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 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 […]

Red’s Toy Shop, located at 1010 Route 9 south in the Gateway Shopping Center, Old Bridge, recently celebrated its grand opening. The shop offers a large variety of toys for all age groups in many categories, including outdoor and pretend play and educational toys. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Saturday and […]

Old Bridge recently celebrated the grand opening of Via Sposito, located at 3857 Route 516 in the Village at Town Center, Old Bridge. The restaurant will offer a full selection of coal-fired pizza and northern and southern Italian specialties, featuring homemade pastas, sauces, breads and fresh mozzarella made on site. Hours of operation are from […]

Wolfe Ossa Law attorney Cristian A. Ossa will present on the Six Critical Points of Estate Planning at 10:30 a.m. on July 11 at the Woodbridge Hills Clubhouse, 1 Sutton Lane, Iselin section of Woodbridge. Learn about protecting hard-earned assets, avoiding common will mistakes, how to take advantage of Medicaid, and why a trust may […]

The Ramtown-Howell Fire Company recently received a donation of three sets of specially designed oxygen masks for pets from at-home pet services provider Canine Company. Chief William Gotto requested and received the life-saving masks after learning about the company’s donation program from a neighboring fire company. An estimated 40,000 pets die from smoke inhalation across […]

ERA Central Realty Group has announced the 2019 recipients of the Edge scholarship: from Allentown High School (Monmouth County), Brenna Stempe; from New Egypt High School (Plumsted Township, Ocean County), Connor Devine; from West Windsor-Plainsboro South (Mercer County), Lara Lemkin; and from Steinert High School (Hamilton Township, Mercer County), Christopher McLaughlin. CentraState Medical Center, Freehold […]

CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, has opened the Statesir Memory Care Center at Applewood, a dementia and Alzheimer’s center featuring individualized, 24/7 care under the supervision of licensed practical nurses. This new center is the latest addition to CentraState’s senior living and services portfolio that includes independent and assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term skilled […]

OLD BRIDGE – Three new businesses have opened in the new Harbor Plaza shopping center, located at 301 Route 35 north in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge. Big Jim’s Discount Mattress sells a wide array of bedding and furniture. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and […]

Columbia Bank appointed Oliver Lewis to senior vice president, Commercial Banking market manager. In his new role, Lewis will be responsible for the bank’s Commercial and Industrial (C&I) and Middle Market activities in central and southern New Jersey as well as parts of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Columbia, Lewis held several leadership roles within the […]

The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Marlboro-Manalapan real estate office has dedicated a conference room to Stanley Komito, a beloved colleague and fellow real estate agent who passed away in April. Hal Maxwell, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y., led the dedication ceremony for the Stanley Komito Conference Room. […]

Many medical insurances, Medicare and Medicaid plans included, are now recognizing the need for Telehealth services. This is due to varying reasons including medical provider and patient convenience and even cost efficiencies for the insurance companies. Medical insurances are now paying for…

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