Music, artwork and food will highlight Lawrence High School’s annual Black History Month celebration and also honor five “trailblazers” on Feb. 22. The event, which is free, runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school that is located on Princeton Pike. It begins in the hallway outside the Lawrence High School auditorium. […]

Sarah Sutton of Ben Franklin Elementary in Lawrenceville established a first in Mercer County. That honor in the county was the result of Sutton being named the first Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher of the Year. The award and distinction is provided by the Mercer County Professional Engineers Society. The award has […]

Although the Trenton Water Works has missed one deadline to correct a violation of drinking water standards and will miss the deadline to correct another violation, the water is safe to drink, according to the city-owned utility that provides drinking water to some Lawrence Township households. In a Feb. 4 letter sent to all Trenton […]

A lawsuit challenging the Lawrence Township Planning Board’s approval of a 340,400-square-foot warehouse on Princess Road, which runs between Princeton Pike and Franklin Corner Road, has been filed by The Gatherings at Lawrenceville Homeowners Association. The Gatherings at Lawrenceville is an age-restricted condominium development located off Princess Road, near the intersection of Franklin Corner Road. […]

A raft of vacancies on Lawrence Township advisory boards and committees, ranging from the Growth and Redevelopment Committee to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, were filled by the Lawrence Township Council at its Feb. 5 meeting. Christopher LaFlamme, Lovette Love-Stevens and Hannah Rhoades were named to three-year terms on the Growth and Redevelopment Committee, ending […]

Seven teachers and seven educational services professionals – one from each school – have been named as the Governor’s Educators of the Year, according to Lawrence Township Public Schools officials. The New Jersey Department of Education, which oversees the Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program, aims to recognize the state’s best teachers and educational services […]

Cynthia Stetz and Elizabeth Alves wouldn’t miss Terhune Orchard’s annual “Wassailing the Apple Trees” for the world. The annual event, which took place on Feb. 2, has drawn them to the farm on Cold Soil Road in Lawrence Township every year for the past five years. “It’s fun for the kids and the adults. You […]

The Lawrence Township Public Schools Boards of Education awarded four contracts to install air conditioning in the seven school buildings, totaling a combined $11.9 million, at a recent meeting. The installation of air conditioning in areas of the schools where it does not exist is part of a $25.1 million bond referendum that was approved […]

Three women gathered around a table in the conference room at HomeFront’s headquarters on Princeton Avenue in Lawrence Township. They were visiting the nonprofit social service agency during its annual “Week of Hope,” held Jan. 19-25, which aims to raise awareness of homelessness and to let the community know how it can help. In front […]

Staff at the Mercer County Wildlife Center are getting set for new volunteer orientations that are being held in March at the Hopewell Township facility. The orientation sessions will be two days. One on March 16 and the other on March 24. Both sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and you must attend […]

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Once upon a time, black families lived in a neighborhood in Lawrence Township that was filled with decrepit housing that lacked indoor plumbing and whose unpaved streets were, by turns, dusty or muddy. But black folks and white folks, working hand-in-hand, re-wrote the story so that today, those houses and have been demolished. In their […]

The Hightstown East Windsor Youth Organization runs spring flag football leagues for players between the ages of four and 18. Registration is now open for all five leagues, the Freshman Division (for players 4-5 years old as of Aug. 1, 2018), the Sophomore Division (6-8 years old), the Junior Varsity Division (9-11), the Varsity Division […]

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Receiving nominations at the Golden Globes, Screen Actor’s Guild, British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) and the Grammy’s for her performance in “A Star is Born,” Lady Gaga has topped it all off by receiving what most people in the entertainment industry only dream of achieving – an Academy Award nomination. Joining her in the category […]

by Pam Hersh Happy birthday to the Princeton Adult School (PAS), which turned 80 years old in January. I am particularly enthusiastic about PAS, because it has two ageless and appealing characteristics: it is older than I am; and it has an inspiring motto – “Learning Never Ends” – a phrase that pushes me daily […]

By Pam J. Hersh Princeton University Professor Norman Itzkowitz, who died at the age of 87 on Jan. 20, would have balked at my writing this column about him. Even though over the years I have written about the scholarly achievements of the world-famous near Eastern scholar, Professor Itzkowitz saw no point in my writing […]

By Pam J. Hersch If New Jersey government and business leaders were playing television’s popular word game “Wheel of Fortune,” their word of choice for solving all the puzzles would be “innovation.” They spell the word daily in their speeches extolling the virtues of innovation as being the key to New Jersey’s fame and fortune. Turning […]

Talking to longtime Princeton resident Martin Tuchman was as satisfying for me as eating a huge stack of pancakes loaded with butter and syrup with a side of extra crispy bacon. The conversation, however, had one major advantage over the pancakes.  It had no calories. The discussion contained only thousands of whatever metric units measure […]

If there were such a thing as a gene for historic destiny, Jim Jeffers would have it. As Plainsboro kicked off its celebration of its 100th birthday with the Jan. 17 Centennial Gala at Plainsboro’s Crowne Plaza, Jeffers, a member of the Plainsboro Centennial Planning Committee, acknowledged that Plainsboro is in his DNA. He is celebrating […]

Jim Dessicino, a nationally renowned sculptor with a fleeting presence in Princeton, shaped his words in a way that perfectly reflected my feelings. “I have been in serious shock over the whole thing and am still trying to come to terms with it,” Dessicino said. “The whole thing,” that has Dessicino and myself so bent […]

Five-year-old Ella is too young to enroll in The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), but she has a special relationship with the school. One might say she owes her existence to TCNJ’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. Ella’s “mom” is children’s author Marisa Chiorello, a TCNJ alumna, class of 2015, with a BA in English […]

Local business entrepreneurs and mentors will have a kickoff and website launch of the newly formed Central Jersey Business Organization from 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Ember Restaurant, 3793 Route 1, South Brunswick.  The CJBO is incorporated exclusively to provide a platform to local businesses to exchange ideas, discuss and resolve their business issues, encourage […]

The Central New Jersey Ballet Theatre (CNJBT) and Bordentown Home for Funerals will showcase a performance of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 7 at Villa Victoria in Ewing and Dec. 9 at the Carslake Community Center in Bordentown. This will be the CNJBT’s seventh production of “The Nutcracker.” The cast is as follows: Shriya Varma from […]

The Christmas/Hanukkah shopping season inspired me to reach out to David Newton, who managed Palmer Square for more than two decades, to get his take on the retail environment and development opportunities in Princeton.  He presented me with his words of wisdom – plus an extra gift that proved even more enlightening than what I […]

Two dance celebrations in the past week moved me enormously without physically moving me. I hardly moved in my seat during a Nov. 24 American Repertory Ballet performance of the “Nutcracker”at McCarter Theatre, featuring New York City Ballet soloist and Princeton native Unity Phelan. Then a week later, I just stood and watched in awe […]

Weichert Commercial Brokerage, Inc. was recently ranked among the top companies in New Jersey by NJBIZ readers. The NJBIZ 2018 Reader Rankings included more than 50 categories across the business landscape, and Weichert Commercial Brokerage, Inc. placed No. 3 for the second consecutive year in the “Best Commercial Real Estate Brokerage” category. According to, the rankings were determined […]

Alexis Cole will perform with her Trio, including bassist David Finck and drummer Kenny Hassler, at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 24 at The Greek on Main, 419 Main St., at the corner of New Street, Metuchen.  The ticketed Jazz and Brunch event costs $50, all-inclusive. Call 732-515-9457 or stop by the restaurant for a ticket. For […]

Columbia Bank has named Matthew Clements its new senior vice president, head of Retail Sales and Product. In his new role, Clements will be responsible for developing sales practices for the bank’s retail branch network, designing programs to increase productivity, and facilitating new product development. Prior to joining Columbia, Clements held similar roles at Citibank. […]

Andrew Zastko, broker-owner of Gloria Zastko, Realtors was a featured presenter on Feb. 7 at a homebuyers’ workshop, given by Craig Shapiro of United Teletech Financial, located in North Brunswick. In attendance were many first-time buyers. Attendees learned the benefits of homeownership, the truth about local home prices, and why 2019 could be the ideal […]

One Steep at a Thyme will hold “A Taste of Ireland” with harpist Michele Mountain at the tea room, 170 Gatzmer Ave., Jamesburg. A seven-course afternoon tea has four seatings: noon or 3 p.m. on March 16 and 17. A seven-course evening tea will be offered at 7 p.m. March 16. The cost is $58 per person, […]

Charschan Chiropractic and Sports Injury Associates will collect used, barely used or new shoes from Feb. 19 through March 30 at its two locations: 490 Georges Road, North Brunswick, and 1281 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains. For more information, call the North Brunswick office at 732-846-6400, the Scotch Plains office at 732-829-0009, or visit

Davis Realtors congratulates its top agents from its East Brunswick office. “Last year was an exceptional year for Davis Realtors, and this year has started off even better,” said Stuart Davis, Broker of Record. “Our company offers a local, independent brand, marketing, training, and administrative support to help all our associates grow their business and better […]

The American College of Cardiology has recognized CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township, for developing and sharing quality practices that optimize the care and outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndrome. CentraState was awarded ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation in December 2018 based on an on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat […]