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The Lawrence Hopewell Trail, which is a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly path, was honored by New Jersey Future at its annual Smart Growth Awards ceremony in Newark on June 5. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail was one of seven winners of the 2019 Smart Growth Awards, which recognizes projects that illustrate sustainable growth and development. The off-road […]

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Carol Chamberlain and Heidi Kahme, the coordinators of the Lawrence Alcohol and Drug Alliance and the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, respectively, as well as Lawrence High School Student Assistance Counselor Ann DeGennaro, were honored by the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County at its annual Prevention Awards breakfast June 12. The Mercer County Police Chiefs Association […]

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This month, Mercer County mayors and local business leaders looked to foster new relationships during the annual Mercer County Mayors Breakfast. The roundtable discussions were held at the Mercer Oaks Golf Course in West Windsor Township. “We are really excited with this program. This is another way for the mayors to meet constituents,” said Peter […]

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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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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 […]

Generic drug manufacturing companies based in East Windsor Township, Hopewell Township and Plainsboro Township are being sued by New Jersey and 43 other states for conspiring to artificially boost the prices of more than 100 generic drugs, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. East Windsor Township-based Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc., Hopewell Township-based […]

In the beginning of June, more than 100 young runners will hit the pavement with confidence in the third annual Let Me Run 5k in Hopewell. The race is designed to be the finale of a seven-week training program. During the seven weeks, young boys learn how to run and instill self-confidence in themselves. “We […]

At the age of 35, Jodi O’Donnell-Ames was a widow due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS. Since losing her husband in 2001, Ames said she created non-profit Hope Loves Company in Pennington to provide resources and a free weekend camp for children who have loved ones dealing with the disease. “Our mission […]

The Hopewell Township Police Department is taking part in the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, urging motorists to buckle up and wear their seat belts or receive a summons for failure to do so. The”Click It or Ticket” campaign kicks off May 20 and runs through June 2. Police will use high-visibility seat belt […]

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, […]

Wine enthusiasts, drinkers and tasters gathered in Mercer County Park to enjoy some of New Jersey’s best products at the annual Uncork Wine Festival. The festival took place on the grounds of the Mercer County Park in West Windsor on April 27 and 28. “This is year three for the festival being here in Mercer […]

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During spring break, students of the Hopewell Valley Chamber Singers choir had an experience of lifetime when they traveled through Europe  and performed in venues large and small. The Chamber Singers are Hopewell Valley Central High School students who consist of 40 members, 37 of whom went on the nine-day trip, according to Choir Director […]

“What is latent can become overt. It is too easy to forget, and only by being vigilant can we hope to stop it.” That’s the message that must get out to stem the rising tide of anti-Semitism, Marvin Goldstein said, following the April 27 attack at a California synagogue that killed one worshiper. Goldstein is […]

A Pennington man who who had accumulated more than 50,000 files of child pornography on his computer devices and who attempted to grab a detective’s gun as a search warrant was being served on his home has been sentenced to five years in state prison. Peifeng Meng, 45, of Pennington, was sentenced by Mercer County […]

First grade students from the Toll Gate Grammar School gained an education on trees when the Pennington Shade Tree Committee served as the host to Pennington Borough’s annual Arbor Day celebration. According to Arbor Day Foundation, the day is a celebration of the importance of trees and encourages people and communities to plant trees on […]

Community Options Inc. will be celebrating the organization’s 30-year anniversary with a fundraising gala on the campus of Princeton University. The non-profit’s mission is to develop housing and employment for individuals with developmental disabilities, according to Community Options officials. The gala will take place on May 9 in the McCarter Theater Tent at Princeton University […]

The popular tour “Hidden Gardens of Hopewell” is on schedule to return in late spring. The program is a self-guided tour through seven gardens in Hopewell. “Seven unique and contrasting Hopewell Borough gardens are featured this year, including the elegant grounds of the Ralston House (“the Castle”) and the intimate “Buddha’s Garden of Second Chances” […]

More than 1,000 walkers will lace up their shoes and take to the paths at the Educational Testing Service on Rosedale Road in Lawrence Township for NAMI Mercer’s 12th annual fundraiser walk-a-thon on May 5. The first walkers will step off at noon on the 5K walk-a-thon. Participants can walk the entire 3-mile-long walk-a-thon route […]

A compassionate group in Pennington has created 2,000 quilts to help comfort children experiencing trauma, injury or illness. The group is called the Pennington Quilters for Kids, whose members construct the patchwork quilts that are donated to the national organization Quilts For Kids. According to Quilts For Kids officials, the organization’s mission is to transform […]

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail, which is a bicycle and pedestrian trail that links the two townships, has been named one of seven winners of New Jersey Future’s 2019 Smart Growth Awards. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corp., which is a nonprofit group that promotes walking and bicycling, will be honored at a celebration set for June […]

Apollo Wissfire Buckley, a spunky 6 year old poodle. He loves his walks with Happy Trails. He loves to be photographed, dressed and praised. His favorite pastime is being nosey and listening to his mom’s conversations. Nothing makes Apollo’s day bright then to tell him how cute and wonderful…

The Pennington School’s Odyssey of the Mind teams placed first and third in the Coastal Plains Regional Tournament, which tested the students problem solving skills. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college, according to the New Jersey Odyssey of the Mind […]

Hopewell Township police officers will be on the lookout for drivers who are not paying attention as part of the annual “UDrive UText UPay” distracted drivers campaign, which began April 1 and ends April 21. The campaign is carried out in April, which has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety […]

Five months after it was closed for repairs, the bridge that carries Old Trenton Road over Bridegroom Run in West Windsor Township has reopened, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes said. The bridge was reopened March 25. Work on the replacement bridge began in October 2018, following a $1.6 million contract awarded to Marbro Inc. of […]

Area police departments will crack down on distracted drivers as part of New Jersey’s “UDrive. UText. UPay.” Enforcement Campaign, which runs April 1-21. The high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in dangerous distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving, according to a […]

The Hopewell-Keroka Alliance has organized the group’s 10th annual large flea market to benefit village communities in Kenya. The organization, according to its officials, is a non-profit whose mission is to build an ongoing humanitarian and cultural bridge between the Hopewell Valley and Keroka, Kenya communities. The proceeds from the flea market will go to […]