It was the flashing lights and the shrill sound of the siren as the ambulance raced down the street that first caught Sneah Sukhardia’s attention. “It’s like a lot of kids. They see a lot of flashing lights and they think it’s really cool. I saw the Hightstown First Aid Squad ambulance go by one […]

During the Cranbury Township Committee meeting on Feb. 11, a session called “De-Mystifying Municipal Government” took place for residents who wanted to know more about local government. Committeeman Mike Ferrante led the session that lasted for about 40 minutes. During that time frame, a range of topics were discussed along with a portion of time […]

Acts of kindness are being celebrated at The Cranbury School by a club, but not just any club, the Kindness Club. The club began in 2012 and is a full year service-learning club open to all fifth to eighth grade students. According to club advisors Nichole Ball and Laura Burke, the primary goal of the […]

When a volunteer fire company chooses its “Firefighter of the Year,” it is typically not one of its officers. But this year, in a departure from tradition, Fire Chief Mario Batista was given the top honor by East Windsor Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2. Chief Batista, who is a 15-year member, was chosen for the […]

It was crunch time for Lily Ipe while she spelled word after word after word at the Greater Hightstown Juniorettes’ annual spelling bee that was staged on Jan. 28. “I was freaking out. I was really nervous,” said 10-year-old Lily, who is in the fifth grade at the Perry L. Drew Elementary School in the […]

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 […]

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes has announced plans to seek a fifth term to the county’s top administrative post, which he has held since 2004. Hughes, who is a Democrat, made his announcement during the annual State of the County address that was delivered at the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Jan. 24 meeting […]

The Hightstown Borough Council has appointed a lifelong town resident and a community volunteer to fill two vacancies on the council. The open seats were created by the resignations of former Borough Council members Denise “Denny” Hansen and Connor Montferrat. Joshua Jackson, who grew up in Hightstown, and Trish Egan, who moved to Hightstown seven […]

Dr. Seth Derman is a OBGYN who made his first medical mission trip to the country of Cuba. Derman, joined with 22 others and travelled to Havana, in what started as a religious mission trip. He would go on to provide supplies and medications to the Patronato, a Havana synagogue and community center that includes […]

For some folks, Martin Luther King Jr. Day means a day off from work or school. But for those who sign up to help at nonprofit groups and churches, such as RISE and the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Hightstown, it is a day “on” – and this year is no exception. The First United […]

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 […]

The Princeton University women’s basketball team ran its winning streak to four when it topped Marist, 60-57, last Saturday at Jadwin Gym. Bella Alarie scored 24 points to lead the offense for the Tigers. Princeton, which is now 5-7, has won all three games Alarie has played since returning to the lineup after a pre-season […]

Caroline Purdy of Cranbury has been named to the President’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma City University for the Fall 2018 semester. In order to be named to the honor roll, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours while also maintaining a GPA of 3.9 or higher.  

Kiana Best of East Windsor has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester. Best is majoring in Secondary Education -English. Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college […]

To the Editor: I want to wish everyone a belated Happy and Healthy New Year. It is my honor and privilege to serve as Cranbury’s Mayor in 2019, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Township Committee, town staff and volunteers as we embark on an exciting 2019. 2019 is the […]

Once upon a time, some Princeton parents had a dream: a great school, academically competitive with Princeton Public Schools but one that was unbound from big-school bureaucracy, and made for their children. They started Princeton Charter School. Beloved of its parents, students and teachers, it is now ranked one of the nation’s best. How about […]

“Forests are the ‘lungs’ of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. The forests are also needed for mitigating extreme climatic fluctuations, holding the soil on the slopes, retaining the moisture in the ground, and controlling the equable flow of water in our streams.” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1935 Our 32nd president […]

The holiday season’s here and it’s time for a tree. Do you go for a real tree or a fake? You may think that an artificial tree is the more environmentally responsible choice – after all, it spares a real tree and is reusable.  But a New Jersey-grown tree is the greenest choice, and it […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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