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D&R Canal Watch slates bird walk on April 30

The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will sponsor a bird walk 8 a.m. Sunday, April 30, at the historic Van Wickle House in Franklin Township and following the canal towpath.

The walk leaders are naturalists and history buffs Barbara and George Dawson.

“We should see or hear Baltimore and orchard orioles, warbling vireos, house wrens and other nesting birds,” said Ms. Dawson. “We’ll also identify plants and look for butterflies along the way.”

The Dawsons will also discuss the Van Wickle House and the significance of the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

Participants should meet in the canal parking lot at the foot of DeMott Lane. The GPS and mapping address is 1289 Easton Ave., Somerset.

The walk is free, and no registration is required. Participants should bring binoculars and drinking water.

For further information, contact the Dawsons at 732-249-2670.

The nonprofit D&R Canal Watch helps promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park.


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Princeton Record Exchange Celebrates the Tenth Record Store Day!


Princeton, NJ. Princeton Record Exchange will be rocking the 10th annual National Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22nd.

Record Store Day’s purpose is to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store, and it has been growing in popularity every year. On this day, hundreds of limited edition titles are sold exclusively at record stores like Princeton Record Exchange, and special music events are held all over the country.


The sales of vinyl records have been sky-rocketing over the last couple of years as a new generation has embraced the warmer sound and eye-catching packaging. Over 7 million were sold in 2016; a 26% increase from 2015. While many records are available online or in “big box” stores, the main attraction of Record Store Day (RSD) is a vast amount of titles that are not available anywhere except participating independent bricks-and-mortar stores. At last count, there are over 400 limited edition titles being released.


Adding to the collectible appeal, most of these records have very limited production runs, typically from 100 to 5,000 pieces. They are allocated by the distributors to stores around the country, and the stores don’t know what they’ll receive until just before the day. Princeton Record Exchange orders thousands of pieces each year.


This year’s slate of releases features a wide spread of genres. Classic rock and indie-rock comprise the majority but there are also exciting rap, soul, jazz, techno, country, folk, metal titles and more. These pieces are often on color vinyl, are numbered, on heavy 180-gram vinyl or otherwise different from the standard issues.

Some of the highlights include: Bruce Springsteen “Hammersmith Odeon London '75”, a four LP box set; Grateful Dead “P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, Canada 7/29/66”, a two LP set from their first tour outside the country; Pink Floyd “Interstellar Overdrive” a 12” single featuring an unreleased 15-minute mono mix from 1966; and U2 “Red Hall Mining Town” a 12” picture disc of an unreleased Steve Lillywhite remix.


On the quirkier side, there is a reissue of avant-garde composer Moondog’s classic self-titled 1969 album on white vinyl; Ken Kesey “The Acid Test”, originally released in 1966 in a pressing of less than 500; and a Star Wars 40th anniversary edition Crosley Cruiser turntable. A complete list can be found on Record Store Day’s web site.


As part of the celebration, there will be free coffee for the first 50 people in line courtesy of D’Angelo Italian Market.


Dogfish Head beer, the “official” beer of RSD, has a special release for the day, “Beer to Drink Music to ‘17”. That will be featured, along with other Dogfish Head brews, at nearby pub The Alchemist & Barrister starting at 3:00 pm, and at Public liquor store where there will be a tasting from 4:00-6:00. Posters and swag will be given away at those locations and the store.


To cap off the day, Princeton local favorite Chris Harford & His Band of Changes will rock an in-store show at 6:00 pm.


The store opens at 10:00 am, but customers line up much earlier than that to maximize their chances of getting the rarer titles. Last year, several hundred people were waiting at opening. There was a real sense of fun and camaraderie as like-minded folks came out to support the store and hope for their top picks of the limited titles. With the ever-increasing base of vinyl fans out there, Princeton Record Exchange trusts the 10th annual Record Store Day will be the biggest yet.


Princeton Record Exchange has been consistently ranked as one of the top record stores in the country. They have been buying and selling new and used music and movies since 1980. They are located at 20 S. Tulane St. in downtown Princeton, NJ. Visit their website www.prex.com and Facebook for more information. 

MTPD Advisory:


DPW Road paving over the next 2 weeks. Monday 4/10: Burnt Hill Road and Orchard Road. Temporary road closures between 7AM-5PM possible

Princeton Institute Woods Field Trip May 7 & 20

Join Washington Crossing Audubon Society at 8 am on either Sunday, May 7 or Saturday, May 20 for a free, guided walk to observe the spring migration of warblers and other songbirds at the Institute Woods near the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ. Directions: From Princeton take Alexander St. towards Rte. 1. At the bend before the canal turn right on West Dr. Go a short distance on West Dr. and park near the entrance to Rogers Refuge. Contact Brad Merritt at (609) 921-8964 for additional information or the evening prior in case of inclement weather.

Also, at 8 am on Saturday, May 28 for a free, guided birding trip at the Negri-Nepote Grassland Preserve in Franklin Township, NJ. Directions: From Rte. 206 at Woods Tavern take Rte. 514 East (Amwell Rd.). Turn left on Rte. 615 South (S. Middlebush Rd.). Turn left on Skillman's Lane, to the Preserve entrance off the West side (between two 90 degree curves). Contact Brad Merritt at (609) 921-8964 for additional information or the evening prior in case of inclement weather. See our website (www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org) and follow us on Facebook. 

Princeton Avenue Roadwork starts April 17

 For roughly one week, starting sometime after April 17, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Princeton Avenue will be re-surfaced.

Montgomery Woman's Club Preparing for Golden Jubilee Year

What were you doing in 1967?

Forty nine years ago, in April 1967 a group of Montgomery women came together with a great idea, good intentions and a powerful force of moxie and might to organize the Montgomery Woman's Club. The Montgomery Woman's Club (MWC) was federated in May 1967 as a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs and subsequently incorporated in October 1967.

If you were not a resident, not born yet or somewhere in between, and had no idea that Montgomery Woman's Club even existed then you should read on.

The New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs, the largest volunteer women's service organization in the state and a member of the national organization of General Federation of Women's Clubs, provides opportunities for education, leadership training and community services through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in the lives of others, one project at a time.

The purpose of the MWC Club then and now remains the same and has held to the constant mission to further the educational, philanthropic and social lives of its members and of the community. Throughout the years there have been many themes centered on service and volunteerism.

In 1982 "Unity in Volunteer Service" and "Together All Hands Make it Happen" was the echoed incentive to serve.

1987 heralded the "Volunteers Formula for Action" and "Let Our Voice Be Heard."
The 1990's spoke of "A Legacy for the Future" and "Today's Woman Facing Tomorrow's Challenges."
"A New Century of Challenge" and "Unity, Strength, Achievement, Making the Best Better" were the hallmarks for action and service as we entered a new millennium.

Each year the national and state federations of Women's Clubs pick a theme and a service project. This year's national theme: "Living the Volunteer Spirit" and state theme: "Volunteer... Work From The Heart," are modeled by the Montgomery Woman's Club. MWC has dedicated their service and friendship for many years to the Crawford House in Montgomery, which is a halfway house for women recovering from chemical dependencies.

Hosting holiday parties and donating gifts for the residents is a heartwarming experience for all. The MWC is always ready to lend a helping hand when approached by the administrative team at Crawford House.

Additionally the club supports the Food Pantry with monthly collections of needed food items, volunteers to hand out programs at the Montgomery Rodeo, and awards two scholarships yearly to graduating Montgomery High School Seniors and awards two citizenship prizes to deserving MHS graduating seniors of exceptionally strong character.

It is not all work and no play for these women. Monthly meetings are usually held at the Otto Kaufman Community Center where general business is discussed; plans are made for upcoming events throughout the year including covered dish night, international dinner night, holiday craft projects and game nights. Refreshments are served to round out the evening while working on the agenda and activities for each meeting. Social gatherings occur too with a book club and group lunches.

The 50th anniversary is a very exciting time for the MWC. This steadfast group has quietly supported the Montgomery community for almost half a century. A dinner will be held on May 4 and the club will be presented with 50-year-anniversay certificates from the state and national organizations.

It is not 1967 and Montgomery has grown and changed; the challenge for MWC is to introduce ourselves to all the new women in town. Whether you are "new, new" and just moved into town or you are "sort of new" and have lived here for a long time and never knew about our organization; we invite you to join us, we invite you to challenge us with your new ideas and new commitments to service and leadership. We are one of 200 clubs in New Jersey; this is our town and our chance to make a difference one project at a time.
Membership is open to women over 18 years of age. If you are interested in joining please contact Beth Desai at beth.desai@gmail.com or call 908-829-3843.

Come and meet new friends and establish yourself in a long-standing tradition of philanthropy and service.



The Trinity Church Annual Rummage and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 the same day as Rocky Hill’s Borough-wide yard sale. Doors will open at 8:00 am and close at 2:00 pm. Coffee and baked goods will be served from 8:00am on; the grill will start at 10:00am with hamburgers and hot dogs and will continue on to 1:00pm.


From 1:00 to 2:00 pm there will be a bag sale for $4.00


Donations of items will be accepted on Tuesday’s May 9th & 16th from noon to 4pm and also on Thursday’s, May 11th & 18th from 3 to 4 pm.


Please call Anne Pate, 860-633-2052 with any questions. 

Neshanic Garden Club Meets May 18

The Neshanic Garden Club will hold its regular monthly meeting at 9:45 am on Thursday, May 18, at the Station House on Olive Street in Neshanic Station. The program this month will be a Gardening Roundtable and Plant Auction. Bring your gardening questions where someone will be sure to have the answer. This will be followed by our fabulous, fun plant auction. Be sure to bring cash or check and get ready to bid.

A light luncheon starts at 12:00 p.m. Prospective members are encouraged to attend. For further information about club meetings, please contact club president Marion Nation at 908-359-6317. For more information regarding the club, you can visit us at www.neshanicgardenclub.org and like us on Facebook.  

Latest Location of Ongoing Road Paving

POLICE ADVISORY: The Montgomery Department of Public Works will be paving Burnt Hill Road and Sunset Road starting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 12th. Today they are working on Orchard Road and Opossum Road. Temporary road closures and delays are possible between 7 AM and 5 PM. Further updates will be provided - location of work is dependent on factors such as weather and rate of advancement. The work is expected to occur over the next two weeks. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve Montgomery's roads.

Another notification of road construction at Princeton Avenue, Blue Spring Road, and Salisbury Road, beginning April 17th, is found below. Thank you.  

Spring Wildflowers

In this woodland walk we look for fleeting spring wildflowers in romantic Rock Mill Preserve. We'll explore the entire park from grassland interior to the edge of babbling Rock Brook. Sarah Roberts, Montgomery resident, has extensive knowledge of native plants and ecology. Sarah's talks are always in-depth and informative.

Meet at Rock Mill Preserve, 360 Grandview Road, Skillman, Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Trails may be muddy. Wear footwear as appropriate. Free to the public.

Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition Presents Program May 7

On most important threats to river valley & D&R Canal

Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition Presents Anniversary Program Featuring Science Director of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association on May 7

The Millstone Valley Preservation Association today announced its anniversary event will be held May 7 at 2pm featuring a presentation entitled “Preserving the Millstone River & Floodplain: An Agenda for Action,” by Steve Tuorto, Director of Science & Stewardship at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association. The event will be held in the Mule Tender’s Barracks in the D&R Canal Park in the Griggstown Village of Franklin Township.

The event celebrates the third anniversary of the establishment of the Visitor’s Center of the Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway in the, a 27-mile circular route through villages in Montgomery, Hillsborough, Franklin, South Brunswick, and Princeton townships including River Road to the west of the Millstone River and Canal Road on the east side of the D&R Canal.

Dr. Tuorto, who received his PhD in Marine & Coastal Sciences from Rutgers, will make a presentation on the challenges facing the Millstone River Valley, particularly flooding due to over-development and climate change. He will discuss potential solutions that will require sustained advocacy and public action, as well as smaller steps that private citizens can take to reduce storm-water runoff.

“Come enjoy for a lively presentation and discussion about an agenda for protecting the natural and cultural resources we all value,” said Liz Palius, President of the MVP Coalition and a Montgomery Township resident.

The anniversary event will also feature a display of a Rutgers University Landscape Architecture Student Designs for the beautification of Griggstown and Blackwells Mills causeways - a partnership with Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway, Rutgers University, D&R Canal State Park, PSEG and BPU.
The GPS address for the event is Muletender’s Barracks, 4 Griggstown Causeway, Princeton, NJ 08540, in Franklin Township, Somerset County.

The Raritan Valley Chorus Earth, Water, Air, and Fire Concert May 13

The Raritan Valley Chorus presents choral sounds of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire including American gospel, traditional Hebrew and Spanish folk melodies, music of the Broadway stage and silver screen, and an explosive moment of Mozart, directed by Martha Dudich. Saturday evening, 13 May 2017 at 7:30pm, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 34 Yorktown Road · Hillsborough NJ. ALL TICKETS $10. Come on out and enjoy. 

Spa Pop-Up Series at Cherry Valley Country Club

Who doesn't need to pay some attention to themselves ? Teachers, busy professionals, caretakers, hard working moms and dads are all welcome to “pop in” for a restorative spa night with a friend, a date, or just some pampering alone time.

Spa Pop Somerset is a series of Health, Wellness and Beauty events at the Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman. This series will premier on May 9, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm, just in time for Mother's Day, prom season and wedding season. Spa Pop Somerset will be back on July 25 and then have its final event on September 26.

“You need it. We all do. And you deserve it!” says SpaPop founder and professional event planner Venetia Weeks. Just stop in and experience what our carefully selected participants are offering in wellness, beauty and spa-themed experiences. Here you will sample opportunities for massage, reflexology, nutritional counseling, personal yoga plans, Reiki, and so much more! This special pop-up boutique is just in time to shop for unique gift items, services, products, and gift certificates for a perfect Mother's Day gift to yourself or someone you love. Food and beverage is complementary and provided by the fabulous Cherry Valley Country Club.

Entrance is $10 in advance and $15 at the door and tickets are available online. For reservations visit www.EventPop.biz and click on SpaPop Somerset. Vendors Spaces and Sponsorships are still available. For more information call 908-342-6979.

Mary Jacobs Library 12th Annual Fundraiser Nov 4, 2017

Food & Wine of Australia & New Zealand
Supports the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation
Sponsorship Opportunities Available Now

The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation has set a theme and date, and named the co-chairs of its 12th annual food and wine fundraising event - to be held at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, on Saturday, November 4, from 7 pm to 10 pm.

"The annual food and wine event is a great way to celebrate and support our local library," said Brenda Fallon, Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation Board of Trustees President. "We are very grateful to our donors, sponsors, and volunteers who support us year-after-year. The Foundation counts on this event to raise funds needed to keep the building up-to-date in our increasingly technical and digital world. And, it's always a fun night out."

Foundation Trustee Cary Dawson of Rocky Hill and Grant Moser of Belle Mead will lead the popular event, which sells out every year and is the Foundation's premier annual event. This will be Mrs. Dawson's third year as an event chair, and Mr. Moser's first.

"This year's event will feature the food and wine of New Zealand and Australia, which will be expertly paired with Kiwi and Aussie wines," Mrs. Dawson says. "We are currently organizing our volunteers, and plan to feature our popular Silent Auction and Wine Pull once again."

Veteran library volunteers Jo Szabaga and Nancy Geiger, both Montgomery residents, will once again co-lead the crowd-pleasing silent auction. Denyce Mylson and Joseph Olenick, both Belle Mead residents, will lead the wine arbor.

Sponsorship opportunities are available now and will include admission to the event. Please email foundation@maryjacobslibrary.org for more information.
Partnering and Sponsorship Opportunities: Cornerstone Partner • $5,000+; Library Partner • $2,500+; Gold Sponsor • $1,000+; Silver Sponsor • $500+.
Friends of Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

The Friends are volunteers who actively promote Mary Jacobs Library, sponsor special library events and programs, and help the Foundation with fundraising. If you would like to get involved with the Friends please sign up at the library or email President Crissy Blanos at friends@maryjacobslibrary.org.
Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation

The Foundation's mission is to provide a library building for the community, in partnership with the Somerset County Library System. The Foundation aims to maintain an innovative, safe, and welcoming environment that inspires learning, advances technology, and promotes cultural engagement in the community. For more information about the Foundation, or to donate, visit www.maryjacobslibraryfoundation.org. Or, telephone/email Foundation President Brenda Fallon at 609-924-7073 ext 107; or foundation@maryjacobslibrary.org.  

Take to The Skies at Terhune Orchards Kite Day May 5 & 6

Come experience the old fashioned delight of flying a kite with your family during Kite Day on May 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. - 5 pm at Terhune Orchards. This is the farm's is unique way to welcome spring by taking over the skies with high-flying fun.

Children can make and decorate their own kites. We use a kite design that is guaranteed to fly. The farm store will be stocked with a fantastic assortment of pre-made kites in the fanciful form of dragons, birds and many more colorful designs. Feel free to bring your own kites from home, too.

Little ones can join lots more old fashioned, farm fun beyond kite flying. All ages enjoy playing pin the tail on the piggy, sack races and blowing bubbles. Climb aboard one of our tractor drawn wagons for a ride around the orchard and farm fields. If we are in luck the apple trees will be flowering. Keep your eyes on the sky to see the kites swoop and glide above you. Make the day extra special with a pony ride and a visit with the face painter.

On both days, local musicians will provide old-fashioned fiddling and fun. Ocean Country will play on Saturday and Tookany Creek will perform on Sunday.

On Sun., May 7 at 2 pm, sheep shearer, Joel Markensey, will demonstrate how to shear sheep in the barnyard. Children get to take home a card shaped like a sheep with a piece of fluffy wool attached. Be sure to get to know some of the other animals in the barnyard while you visit.

Terhune's famous barbequed asparagus will be available at Pam's Food Tent. Harvested fresh from the field, we lightly grill the tender stalks for a special snack. Sample Terhune Orchards' other spring goodies including out famous apple cider donuts, pies, fresh pressed apple cider, country style chili, hot dogs, barbeque chicken, and salads.

The winery tasting room will be open from 12 - 5 pm. We suggest sipping our Front Porch Breeze or Blossom White wines or choose your favorite from our red, white and fruit based wines produced here on the farm.

Free parking at the farm. Admission to the festival area is $8, age 3 and up. No admission to the farm store and winery tasting room.

Call 609-924-2310 or visit www.terhuneorchards.com for more information.
Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton.
The farm store is open daily 9 am - 6 pm. The winery tasting room is open Fri. - Sun., 12 - 6 pm. Trenton Farmers Market- Fri. and Sat. 9 am -4:30 pm. 

Meet the Democrat candidates May 19

Please come and meet the candidates! Join us! It's
GREAT STATE of NJ for the next 4 years!

7-9pm Montgomery Middle School Auditorium, Upper Campus
375 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman, NJ 08558

Admission: Food Pantry Donation
(but we won't turn you away if you forget!)
Limited Seating: RSVP for Reservation


Ongoing Road Paving Project Update

Montgomery Township Department of Public Works will continue its paving of a number of roads in the next several weeks. Paving Schedule - Thurs. 4/13: Orchard Rd., Opossum Rd. & Sunset Rd.; Fri. 4/14: Opossum and Sunset Rd. Mon. 4/17 Sunset Rd. work likely. Temporary road closures between 7AM-5PM are possible. Further updates will be provided - locationof work is dependent on factors such as weather and rate of advancement. Work is expected to continue over the next two weeks at various locations. 

Sightseeing Along The Scenic Byway May 21

Millstone Valley Bus Tour May in Montgomery 2017

Would you like to tour a byway that still resembles when George Washington's troops marched there? Would you like to visit and learn about area historic houses and barns from the Revolutionary and early American period?

The Millstone Valley National Scenic Byway has a significant place in our nation's history. In the heart of Central New Jersey and running through Montgomery, Hillsborough, and Franklin townships and the villages of Griggstown, East Millstone, Millstone, Kingston and Rocky Hill, this now protected byway is a natural north south corridor, which remains a rare oasis of natural beauty and historic integrity.

Join us May 21 to tour the scenic byway loop along the Millstone River and Delaware and Raritan Canal from East Millstone to Kingston and back. This guided bus tour by local history experts will be a trip back in time, to relive history and get a glimpse of life in the valley as it was and still remains today. Small amounts of walking will be involved when we stop at several Dutch Colonial, Federal, and Victorian style homes. Tours at 11 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm (two hour tours).

Meet at Longhouse/Muletenders Barrack (cross the Griggstown Causeway Bridge from Montgomery, parking on right, building on left) The GPS address for the event is 4 Griggstown Causeway, Princeton, NJ 08540, in Franklin Township, Somerset County. Please pre-register (see below) and arrive 15 min. early. $25 per person.

An optional snack will be available with refreshments at no charge. Bathrooms available at meeting place at start and finish.

May in Montgomery is the largest annual fundraising event of the Van Harlingen Historical Society - a 501(c)3 non-profit. Sign up on the Van Harlingen Historic Society website at: www.vanharlingen.org . Seats in previous tours have sold out. If you have questions, please call Anne at 908-359-2642 or email info@vanharlingen.org. Offered in cooperation with the Millstone Valley Preservation Coalition.

New Pastor at Rocky Hill Trinity Episcopal Church

The Rev. Dr. Johan Johnson has accepted the call to serve as the new Vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rocky Hill.

Father Johan, who is also happy to be called "Father J," or, for basketball fans, "Dr. J," brings a wealth of experience to Trinity both as a pastor and educator. He comes from a long line of Episcopal priests. Father Johan's brother, late father and grandfather were all ordained. Presently, he also serves as the Chaplain of the Peddie School, in Hightstown, where he resides with his wife Gabriela and two daughters Madeline and Elizabeth, who are, respectively, seven and five years old. There, he also coaches the JV tennis teams and teaches a humanities course.

For 16 years, Father Johan served as the Rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. Martin's & St. Luke's in Harlem, a parish of 500 members. While there, he co-founded a challenging, independent K-8 school for children of all socio-economic backgrounds. Earlier, he provided pastoral care as the Chaplain at St. Mary's Episcopal Center in Harlem, a forty-bed residence for people with AIDS.

Father Johan was the founding Head of the Trinity Episcopal Day School (now known as Trinity Academy) in Hartford, Connecticut, a school founded to provide equal opportunities for underprivileged children to a quality education. He worked, as well, at the Portledge School on Long Island and New Canaan Country School in Connecticut in admissions positions.

Father Johan looks forward to getting to know and serve the community, noting "I am really excited to be getting back to parish ministry, which I have done my whole career, in conjunction with my school work. It provides me with a deeper understanding of what families and young people are going through."
Trinity Episcopal Church, Rocky Hill is the "Little Church with the Big Heart" located at 1 Park Avenue in Rocky Hill. Sunday services are held at 8 and 10 am.


Beginning on or about April 17, 2017 the Montgomery Township end of Princeton Avenue will be closed for roadwork from Rt 206 to Van Horn Brook from 9am - 3pm. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and follow the posted detours. Work will take approximately 4 weeks.  

Montgomery EMS Kicks off its 2017 Fund Drive

The volunteers of Montgomery EMS would like to thank the people of Montgomery for their continued support of our Emergency Medical Services squad. This year marks our forty fifth year of our service to the community and during that time, the people of Montgomery have donated generously to Montgomery EMS enabling us to continue to provide emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days per year at no cost to the patient. We are counting on everyone's continued support in 2017.

This year we are pleased that Somerset County Freeholder, Mark Caliguire, a past Mayor and long-time Montgomery resident together with Montgomery Township's current Mayor, Ed Trzaska could both join us to mark the start of our 2017 Fund Drive. When Mayor Trzaska personally made the first donation to our fund drive he stated "The Montgomery EMS squad continues to play a key role in our public health and safety services. They have been protecting our community for 45 years and their professionalism and expertise are second to none. My family feels safer knowing we can count on them whenever needed. They are also very cost effective and provide the town with a tremendous financial benefit. Their annual budget is about $170,000, which is mostly paid for through donations. If the town had to take over EMS services, it would cost the taxpayers of Montgomery well over $1 million."

Freeholder Caliguire added: "Our town's EMS squad is one of the best in the State and everyone in Montgomery should be proud of them. I urge all residents and businesses of our Township to support Montgomery EMS in any way they can."

Mayer Ed Trzaska also wanted to remind everyone to check and see if their employer will match their contribution. He suggests, "If you are not sure, contact your human resources department to see if your company has a matching gifts program. Many employers offer matching gifts programs in which your contribution to Montgomery EMS is matched by your company with a donation of its own, usually dollar for dollar. In effect, your contribution is doubled and sometimes even tripled."

The funds Montgomery EMS receives from the annual fund drive goes towards maintaining and replacing equipment, supplies, building and ambulances, as well as the continuous training of our crews. Remember, Montgomery EMS is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides prompt and professional emergency medical services at no charge.

The volunteers of Montgomery EMS are your neighbors. Last year they donated over 35,000 hours of service to the community. In order to serve you in a professional manner, our EMTs are state certified and spend many hours on continuing education classes.

Look for our fund drive flier to arrive in your mailbox early in May. We hope you can show your support by sending a tax-deductible donation to Montgomery EMS in the envelope provided. If you prefer making your donation via a credit card, you may donate online via PayPal. You can do this by visiting mems47.org and click on the Donate button at the bottom of the page. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Notes from the Township Administrator

With the warm weather and the adoption of the 0217 Municipal Budget the Township has been able to start its road repaving and reconstructions projects earlier than in prior years.

Paving will have started on or about April 10th and continue through April 28 weather permitting. Montgomery is a member of the Morris County Purchasing Cooperative and has gotten exceptional pricing from the paving contractor who has the contract through the Co-Op. This year's annual road repaving list includes: Burnt Hill, Orchard, Cherry Hill, Cherry Valley, Mountainview, Maple, Rutland, Red Oak, Pin Oak, Sourland, and Hollow Roads.

Aside from the annual repaving program the Township also has several major road reconstruction projects underway. Princeton Avenue is being reconstructed and repaved and as part of this project the crosswalk will be improved and the sidewalks along Blue Spring Road and Salisbury Road will be repaired/replaced. The Jamestown Road neighborhood will also have their roads reconstructed as the bid for that work was recently awarded by the Township

The Township will also be working on Cherry Valley Road from Mountainview to Cherry Hill Road and getting that project underway as well as the Phase II portion of the Green Avenue Road project. Montgomery is continuing its long term plan to improve and repair Township infrastructure.

The four new police officers hired by the Township are doing well. One officer is on the road with his Field Training Officer learning Montgomery and our Police Procedures. One officer is completing his training at the Mercer County Police Academy and will be graduating the end of April and two police recruits are halfway through their training at the Cape May County Police Academy and should be graduating at the end of June.

As the warm weather approaches residents will be spending more time outside. Please be considerate and "Noise Sensitive" whether it's outdoor entertaining with music, lawn mowers or leaf blowers, consider the hour, the day and the impact you may be having on your neighbor and neighborhood. Our police get a number of calls on noise complaints during the warm months of spring and summer.


Mark your calendars now for Thursday, June 29 for the 2017 Montgomery fireworks (rain date July 6).
This event is once again funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and small businesses, plus fees from our local vendors, making this a true community event. For more information, please go to www.montgomeryfireworks.org

Light rail trip to explore historic canal on April 29

The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will sponsor a light rail tour of the D&R Canal between Bordentown and Trenton on Saturday, April 29.

The NJ Transit River Line Light Rail route follows the path of the canal from Crosswicks Creek to Trenton. See the abandoned canal, Watson's Creek and the Abbott Marshlands. In the City of Trenton, where Route 129 is on the former path of the canal, remnants of the industrial and commercial buildings that lined the canal can be observed and compared with early photos.

In Trenton, participants may take two short guided walks or spend time in the Trenton Transit Center over a cup of coffee.

Meet 9:15 a.m. at the River Line Bordentown station, 100 West Park St., before boarding the train to Trenton for this whirlwind tour. Round trip fares are $3.20 or $1.50 for seniors.

Pre-registration strongly advised. Call 609-924-2683.

The nonprofit D&R Canal Watch helps to promote, enhance and preserve the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park.


Rental Assistance Info Session - April 26

Are you eligible for Somerset County's rental assistance program? Find out April 26 at a free information session in Somerville.

Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh invites county residents to learn about the Rental Assistance Program as part of the county’s Housing Month activities.

County staff will host an information session and eligibility screening for the Somerset County Rental Assistance Program at the Somerset County Human Services building at 27 Warren St. on Wednesday, April 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Information will be provided from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and staff will be available to answer questions from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The program offers up to 15 months of rental assistance to working families. The maximum subsidy provided is $300 per month.

“The goal of this program is to help working families who are struggling, or who have suffered a setback financially, to achieve financial stability by completing the entire program,” said Freeholder Walsh.

After a brief overview, staff will be available to answer questions and review eligibility criteria, which are listed below. For more information about the program before the event, call the Somerset County Community Development Office at (908) 541-5756. It is suggested, but not required, that you RSVP for the information session by Monday, April 24.

To qualify for the Rental Assistance Program:

All adults in the household must work at least 30 hours per week.
Clients must also complete a monthly household budget and meet monthly with a case manager.
Applicants must have a formal lease at a rate that is lower than the Fair Market Rental Rate.
Income limits are:

1 Person - $51,500 2 People - $58,800

3 People - $66,200 4 People - $73,500

5 People - $79,400 6 People - $85,300

Cherry Valley Rd ResurfacingApril 17

 Between Rutgers and Cherry Hill Rd


A free rabies clinic will be taking place Saturday 4/22 from 10am - Noon at the Rocky Hill Fire Station.
All pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier.
If renewing a 3 year vaccination, owners must bring proof of existing vaccine status.  

New Roadwork Locations Cherry Hill Rd., Cherry Valley Rd., Princeton Ave.

Road Work Advisory: DPW road paving Mon. 4/17: Cherry Hill Rd. Temporary road closures possible between 7AM-5PM. Tues. 4/18: Cherry Valley Rd. Road closures from Rutgers Ln to Cherry Hill Rd. Plan alternate route.

Princeton Avenue from Rt. 206 to Van Horne Brook (past Kings Commons) will CLOSE to all through traffic for approx. 4 weeks during work hours, M-F 9 AM to 3 PM. Only residents of this section of Princeton Ave., Service Trucks & Emergency Vehicles may access Princeton Ave. during work hours, M-F 9 AM to 3 PM. This is due to the Princeton Avenue, Blue Spring Rd. & Salisbury Rd. Improvement Project. Blue Spring Road will remain open at all times with access from Kingston-River Road. Expect delays during work hours and plan alternate routes when possible.


MHS SAT's Rate #16 in 2016

MHS SAT's Rate #16

The 2016 SAT scores are out for New Jersey schools. Montgomery High School tied for 16th with the Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains, with an average score of 1,313. Firsts overall statewide was the High Technology HS in Middletown Township., at 1506. Second was Middlesex County Academy for Science, Math and Engineering in Edison, at 1,477.

Next, at 3. Biotechnology HS in Freehold, 1,476 and in order:
4. Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, 1,470
5. Middlesex Co. Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences, 1,413
6. Marine Academy of technology and Environmental Science, 1,383 in Stafford Twp.
7. Academy of Allied Health and Science in neptune, 1,372
8. Union County Magnet HS, 1,353.
9. Communications HS in Wall Twp., 1,345.
10. Mercer Academy of Science and technology, 1,334
11. Bergen Co. technology HS, 1,330
12. Academy of Allied health and Science in Scotch Plains, 1,323
13. Millburn HS, 1,322
14. West Windsor-Plainsboro South HS, 1,321.
15. West Windsor-Plainsboro North HS, 1,317.
18. Tenafly HS, 1,307
19. Princeton HS. 1,302.

Rodeo in June

Montgomery Rodeo rides back into town this June bringing the Special Friends Rodeo as well

The Montgomery Rodeo will celebrate its 23st anniversary on June 10 and 11 at the Daube Farm on Sunset Road in Skillman. As always, there will be great traditional rodeo events such as bucking broncos, bull riding, and barrel racing, as well as exciting children's events like mutton busting and the calf scramble. Music, food and fun for the whole family will abound. And as if the event itself wasn't enough, the Montgomery Rodeo is riding in with a sweet deal for people who plan ahead; Early Bird Ticket Buyer discounts.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Day-of-event tickets will be $20 for adults and $15 for children and seniors. To make ticket buying easier, early bird tickets are now available on the rodeo's website (www.njrodeo.com) and starting in May, buy discount tickets locally at six convenient local businesses: 1st Constitution Bank (Skillman branch), Cammps Hardware, Copper Kettle Café, Technician X, Thomas Sweet Café, and Tiger's Tale. Online discounts end on May 31 at midnight.
The Montgomery Rodeo is also proud to be hosting it's 3rd annual Special Friends Rodeo Performance, which is designed to include all of the regular rodeo events, yet modified to make it more sensory-friendly. After collaborating with Eden Autism Services, and Sam and Carrie Swearingen, of Rawhide Rodeo Company, our Montgomery Rodeo producer, we are able to offer a friendlier environment for this community and their families. This year, we are offering events for family participation and a closer, more personal experience overall.

The Special Friends Rodeo Performance is an invitation-only event, to keep the number of spectators at a comfortable level. For more information, or to request an invitation, please contact SpecialFriendsRodeo@montgomeryrodeo.com. For sponsorship information please contact info@montgomeryrodeo.com.

The charities supported by the 2017 Rodeo: The Special Friends Rodeo, Crawford House, Rock Brook School, Eden Autism Services, Montgomery Fire Houses, Montgomery EMS, Montgomery Police Benevolent Association, Montgomery Woman's Club, Drift Family Scholarships, and Rocky Hill Fire House and Rocky Hill First Aid and Rescue Squad.

MTPD Advisory:

 Road Work Update: Thur 4/20- Cherry Valley Rd and Cherry Hill Rd will be OPEN. Mountain View Rd will be CLOSED 7am-5pm.

7 MHS Students Awarded National Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Corporation announced winners of corporate-sponsored scholarships in April. The Montgomery High School (MHS) seniors who were awarded these scholarships (and their expected field of study) are: Alexandra Li (Biochemistry), Esther Lo (International Development), Vicki Lu (Healthcare), Emily Ren (Law), Vijay Srivastava (Engineering), William Xiao (Engineering), and Raymond Wang (Engineering).

The seven MHS seniors are among roughly 1,000 NMS Finalists who were awarded scholarships by over 200 businesses and corporations. These organizations award scholarships to students who are children of their employees, live near the organizations, or will enter a field of study the organization has chosen to promote.

Many of these scholarships provide $500 to $10,000 a year for four years of undergraduate study at a college of the student's choice. Some provide a one-time award of $2,500 to $5,000.

The selected students were chosen from 1.7M American high school juniors who took the NMS Qualifying Test in the fall of 2015. Last fall, 16,000 of those taking the test were named Semifinalists. Based on essays, applications, and references submitted by the Semifinalists, 15,000 Finalists were selected. Half of the Finalists will be awarded scholarships from corporations, universities, or NMS Corporation.

NMS Corporation will announce winners of $2,500 scholarships in May and winners of college-sponsored scholarships in June. About 7,500 scholarships totaling $32M will be awarded this spring through the NMS program. This is the 62nd year that NMS has awarded scholarships "to honor the nation's scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education."

7 MHS Students Awarded National Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Corporation announced winners of corporate-sponsored scholarships in April. The Montgomery High School (MHS) seniors who were awarded these scholarships (and their expected field of study) are: Alexandra Li (Biochemistry), Esther Lo (International Development), Vicki Lu (Healthcare), Emily Ren (Law), Vijay Srivastava (Engineering), William Xiao (Engineering), and Raymond Wang (Engineering).

The seven MHS seniors are among roughly 1,000 NMS Finalists who were awarded scholarships by over 200 businesses and corporations. These organizations award scholarships to students who are children of their employees, live near the organizations, or will enter a field of study the organization has chosen to promote.

Many of these scholarships provide $500 to $10,000 a year for four years of undergraduate study at a college of the student's choice. Some provide a one-time award of $2,500 to $5,000.

The selected students were chosen from 1.7M American high school juniors who took the NMS Qualifying Test in the fall of 2015. Last fall, 16,000 of those taking the test were named Semifinalists. Based on essays, applications, and references submitted by the Semifinalists, 15,000 Finalists were selected. Half of the Finalists will be awarded scholarships from corporations, universities, or NMS Corporation.

NMS Corporation will announce winners of $2,500 scholarships in May and winners of college-sponsored scholarships in June. About 7,500 scholarships totaling $32M will be awarded this spring through the NMS program. This is the 62nd year that NMS has awarded scholarships "to honor the nation's scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education." 

Skillman Health and Wellness Specialist Offers Fresh Approach to Chiropractic Care


Dr. Carleen Thum, an experienced chiropractor, has opened the office of Gentle Chiropractic at Orchard Hill Center, 88 Orchard Rd., on the grounds of the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in Skillman.

Dr. Thum relies on the simple, yet profound practice of providing regular spinal check-ups and adjustments to produce outstanding healing benefits. She encourages practice members to live life fully with good health and wellness as their strongest asset. Dr. Thum uses gentle instruments to adjust the spine and extremities and holds an Advanced Proficiency Rating in Activator Methods, a widely researched instrument adjusting technique with clinical trials to support its efficacy.


Chiropractic adjustments activate the body's self-healing and self-restorative functions by removing damaging blockages in the flow of nerve impulses which control and coordinate all bodily activity.


Dr. Thum knows that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. To schedule a Wellness Workup contact Gentle Chiropractic at 609-250-3188 or health4u@gentlechiropractic.com. 



Somerset County Freeholders
Somerset County Park Commission
Hillsborough Township
Official Opening of Mountain View Park,
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:30 A.M.
Mountain View Park
141 Mountain View Road, Hillsborough, New Jersey
Officials from Somerset County government, the Somerset County Park Commission, and Hillsborough Township will officially open the state-of-the-art athletic complex at Mountain View Park.

The Park includes two (2) adult baseball fields, four (4) youth baseball fields and one (1) special needs Challenger Field. All fields are lighted. Amenities include batting cages, playground, pavilion, a concession/restroom facility, park maintenance facility, and a paved perimeter multi-use trail with associated parking. The facility will allow the potential for future development of six (6) additional baseball/softball fields.

Outstanding Middlesex County College Professors Receive Awards for Teaching, Scholarship

Three outstanding professors at Middlesex County College were recently honored: Kathy Shay (Montgomery), of the Mathematics Department, received the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award; Shirley Wachtel (East Brunswick), professor of English, was selected as the 2017 Faculty Scholar; and Sara Blomquist (High Bridge), of the English Department, received the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Part Time Award.

Dr. Shay brings a variety of teaching methods into the classroom. "She is truly a passionate master teacher," Professor Altman said. "A lifelong learner, Kathy brings innovation and new technologies to the classroom, continually working with students to instill a love of learning in addition to teaching them how to learn. As evidenced by her strong teaching philosophy and examples of her unique classroom resources, Kathy always seeks to improve her teaching. Committed to the success of her students, Kathy emphasizes the process of problem-solving and critical thinking. Student projects integrate not only mathematics, but also writing and communication and invite her students to embrace the discipline in innovative ways."

Dr. Shay has also been involved in CELT, the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, since its inception. CELT members serve as leaders in the College community by providing expertise, support and resources to enhance learning, teaching and scholarship.

"Through CELT, Kathy shares her love of teaching and learning with the wider MCC faculty community," Professor Altman said. "She challenges us to think about how we approach pedagogy in the classroom and raises up all of our teaching." 

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Can Lead to Substance Abuse That Can Change Lives "In the Blink of an Eye"

A panel discussion on stress, anxiety, depression, and the substance abuse that has been occurring in increasing numbers - particularly in Montgomery - was held on April 20 at Montgomery High School (MHS). Over 300 residents attended the event, titled "In the Blink of an Eye." Panelists included a physician, police personnel, and area residents in recovery. Montgomery Township Health Educator and Montgomery/Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance Coordinator Devangi Patel stated, "We want people to know that addiction can - and is - happening in Montgomery Township."

According to the results of the Somerset County Health Assessment (a survey of residents), Montgomery Township residents 18 and over had the highest rating of self-reported use of marijuana and other illegal drugs and binge drinking among all towns in Somerset County. Patel states, "That's not normal and it's not o.k." She added that local health professionals and faith leaders have also noted that there is a lot more stress, anxiety and addiction in our community.

Montgomery Township Health Officer Stephanie Carey concurred with Patel, saying, "Stress, anxiety, and depression are affecting an increasingly large number of our young people. When you're struggling with emotional pain, people self-medicate. These people are raiding their medicine cabinet and misusing prescription drugs. Pills including opioids for pain and ADHD or anti-anxiety medication are the pathway to heroin (also an opioid)."

Montgomery Township Police Department (MTPD) Detective Brian Hofacker told the audience that Ocean County, which is only 29 miles from Montgomery, has a "full blown epidemic." Ocean County had 300 heroin-related deaths last year, and 66,000 people there are going through - or in need of - addiction treatment. Here in Somerset County, 70 people were saved from death through opioid overdose after receiving Narcan, a drug that can sometimes reverse these overdoses. Another ten of these people could not be revived.

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, physician for Montgomery Township School District (MTSD) and chair of pediatrics at the University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP), presented distressing statistics from UMCP's Emergency Room. The amount of juveniles seeking mental health assistance has increased roughly 20%. The number of juveniles attempting suicide has also gone up.

Regarding the increase in stress, anxiety, depression, and subsequent substance abuse in Montgomery, Mandelbaum noted, "We have the right ingredients including availability, affordability and accessibility." He said that there are significant a number of people taking stimulants. "The school is definitely seeing more kids on stress, anxiety, and ADHD medications." The number of deaths from heroin in New Jersey is three times higher than the national average.

During the evening, three individuals also shared their personal experiences with addiction to alcohol, prescription medications, and heroin. All three grew up in affluent suburban towns similar to or neighboring Montgomery. They began using drugs at age 13 and, despite growing addictions, created a "normal" façade while participating in sports and other activities and eventually attending college. A parent who is retired from MTSD also shared a similar story regarding her child.

Regarding these types of situations, Patel said, "Our biggest struggle has been getting our message to parents who don't think it's a problem. But these are things your children will struggle with when they go to college. Montgomery graduates are having these problems when they go to college. Our neighbors are suffering silently and in isolation, and parents are quietly burying their children."

Patel noted that MHS nurse Mary Ellen Foley and MHS student assistance counselor Christine Grossman initiated the conversations which led to the event. In addition, concerns were voiced at monthly meetings of the Municipal Alliance, which includes parents. "While our focus has historically been on underage drinking, we've recently been hearing from everybody, including the kids, about an increase in stress, anxiety, and addiction."

Carey says it's important to get parents to talk about these issues. "You can get parents to ask, 'What can we do to prevent our kids from doing this? What message are we as parents and caregivers giving our kids about how to deal with stress? What are our family's values about underage drinking and unsupervised parties?' This is a conversation that parents need to have with each other. We as parents have to stand up to our kids and say, 'That's not the way we do things in our family.'"

Regarding mental health intervention, Carey says, "It's important to recognize when people are crying out for help before it's too late." Patel added, "We need the support of the residents and the parents. They are our strongest assets in dealing with these issues. We also want everyone in the community to know that there are people here ready to help should they or someone they know need it."

The panel was moderated by Montgomery Township School District (MTSD) Superintendent Nancy Gartenberg and included Hofacker, Brian Stack from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, and Mandelbaum. The panelists agreed on the importance of discarding unused medications, and also that parents should talk to their children regularly, especially before and after parties.

Representatives from area community groups (including the Princeton Elks Drug Awareness Program and the 24 Club of Princeton); Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim religious organizations; and mental health providers were present for the evening.

The evening was sponsored by Carrier Clinic, Montgomery Township Health Department, Montgomery/Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance, MTSD, MHS PTSA, MTPD, Montgomery Township PBA, and Princeton House Behavioral Health. Adam's Party Rental, Chartwells, Fabulous Festivities, and Tiger's Tale provided complimentary food and refreshments.

For more information on dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, contact the Montgomery Health Department at 908.359.8211, extension 227, or visit their website www.health.montgomery.nj.us. 

Ootsav at the Mary Jacobs Library May 6

Ootsav, a family friendly cultural charity event will be held on May 6 at the OHES Cafeteria from 4 pm to 6:30 pm to benefit the Mary Jacobs Library. A ticket allows entrance to the event, cultural entertainment, shopping with local vendors, participating in a silent auction and a light snack. The event is being organized by the Montgomery South Asian Community Foundation.

Riding on the coattails of the 2016 Ootsav charity event supporting the Montgomery Library, the strong base of women volunteers wanted to keep the momentum of their newfound friendships; the satisfying feeling of giving back to the community and the positive energy that surrounded it, all together.
A few months later, a holiday party hosted by these same volunteers, (proceeds going to the Montgomery Food Pantry) began cementing this group of women further. On a whim, the "Desi (slang for South Asian Indians) Moms of Montgomery" Facebook page was formed and within a few weeks, 422 friends signed up!

Wondering if this interest could be harnessed further, in December of 2016, an informal "Meet & Greet" was held at a local restaurant and the price of admission was to bring in food and essentials for Montgomery Food Pantry. 80 people and three car loads of Food Pantry later; the Moms wanted more. And yet, when it came time to drop off all these donations, we couldn't answer to who was making the donation. This started the thinking behind creating the Montgomery South Asian Charity Foundation (Montgomery SACF).

Montgomery SACF was officially founded in 2017. It is a private volunteer based 501C3 organization whose purpose is to provide South Asian women an opportunity to develop networks of strength, support and collaboration while simultaneously giving back to the local community that it lives in.
On Feb 10, the volunteers organized "Women's only" Winter Charity Gala benefiting the EMS in Montgomery. the event was sold out and raised $2,000 for the EMS, presented to them at their board meeting.

purchase tickets for Ootsav by emailing montysacf@gmail.com.

Princeton Pro Musica presents Carmina Burana on May 21 in Princeton

On May 21at 4 pm, Princeton Pro Musica will present Carol Orff's iconic Carmina Burana in Richardson Auditorium. Mark Roxey of Roxey Ballet was commissioned by Pro Musica to create new choreography to enliven this one-of-a-kind piece of music that celebrates life, fate, love, and spring. Dance and music will combine in a way that will stimulate all of your artistic senses. Princeton Girlchoir will also be on hand to sing the children's chorus part.

Written in 1935 to 1936, Carmina Burana consists of 25 movements originally written for large orchestra, large chorus, children's choir and three soloists. Princeton Pro Musica will present the version for chorus, two pianos and a large battery of percussion in order to allow room for the dancers. Orff's original intention was to have the piece danced as well as sung.

Roxey Ballet was founded by Mark and Melissa Roxey in 1995 to bring world-class professional dance training and performance opportunities to Hunterdon County, NJ and Bucks County, PA. Mark and Melissa both had distinguished careers with American dance companies including The Joffrey Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and Dayton Ballet, among numerous others. The company has performed extensively around the country including New York City, Boston, Virginia, and Washington DC at the inauguration of President Obama.

Dr. Brandau serves as artistic director of Princeton Pro Musica, Monmouth Civic Chorus and Amor Artis in New York City. He is on the faculty of Westminster Choir College. An accomplished choral singer, Dr. Brandau is a baritone with the American Bach Soloists. Before coming to New Jersey, he served as Artistic Director of the Santa Clara Chorale and Director of Choral Activities at Santa Clara University, among other posts. He received his doctorate and master's degrees from the Yale School of Music, attended Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, and received his B.A. in music from Princeton University. His choral arrangements have been performed by groups worldwide.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased online at www.princetonpromusica.org, or by calling the office at (609) 683-5122.

Princeton Pro Musica exists to perform choral masterworks and other works of the choral literature with energy, passion, and uncompromising artistic excellence. We believe in the power of choral music to uplift and transform our current and future audiences, performers, and communities. Programs are made possible in part by funds from The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and The New Jersey Cultural Trust. 

Register for FunFest

The third annual Montgomery FunFest will be held at the Princeton Airport on September 10, 2017. The turnout last year was over 10,000 community members in attendance, who enjoyed a day of family, food, fun, and entertainment.

There is space available for over 100 vendors, artists, non-profits, and food concessions. FunFest is an opportunity to grow your business and connect with Montgomery and Princeton area residents.
Application for Montgomery FunFest 2017 are already coming in. Register at MontgomeryFunFest.com.

April 2017 Sports Roundup

Montgomery boys tennis won the prestigious Bryan Bennett Invitational over top-seeded West-Windsor Plainsboro South, 3-2. The team scored victories in second singles, and both doubles matches. The invitational served as a testing ground for Ishaan Ravichander, who is ranked second in the state despite only being a freshman. He won his match to break the tie and lead Montgomery to its 3-2 victory. Overall the team is undefeated so far, with eight wins. Having won most of its matches in a dominating 5-0 fashion, the team is now hoping to clinch first in the state tournament.

Senior and co-captain Liam Lynch reflected, "I have big hopes for the team this year, with what I think is the strongest team in Montgomery boys' tennis history. In the first big event, the Del Barton tournament, we beat two of the top teams in the state on our way to the title, and became ranked number one. Even though it's a new team, we've already gotten really close and are constantly supporting each other on and off the court, which helps us perform out best. The team has some tough matches coming up, but I'm excited to see what the rest of the season has in store, and hopefully we'll be able to bring back a state title for the school."

Similarly, the MHS softball team is undefeated with a 9-0 record. The team has had some close games, such as a 3-2 game against Immaculata. The Cougars scored three runs in the second inning, and held out against two runs by Immaculata in the third and fourth innings to win the game.

Coach Upshaw commented, "The softball team is off to a great start going. Montgomery has beaten the number one team in the state, Immaculate Heart Academy, and the third-ranked team, Watchung Hills. The Montgomery softball team also earned the number one seed in the upcoming Somerset County Tournament."

The Montgomery baseball team, too, has a stellar start, only losing one close game to Mendham in its eleven games so far. Montgomery was leading for the majority of the game. However, Mendham came back in the seventh inning, despite two runs scored on the MHS side. The team was also able to eke out a win against South Brunswick, 7-6, by scoring four runs in the fifth inning. South Brunswick came close to evening the score in the sixth inning, but the Cougars kept their lead for the rest of the game.

With a lineup bursting with talent, the boys golf team has started the season strong. Although the team tied for fifth in the Somerset County Tournament, senior Andrew Kotler placed second individually in a close contest with a golfer from Pingry. The team as a whole has won against Hunterdon Central, Phillipsburg, Warren Hills and Bridgewater-Raritan, all tough competition. In their most recent game against Bridgewater-Raritan, Andrew Kotler shot a 37. Jake McCarthy and Brian Thompson rounded out the top four.

Girls golf has been as successful, winning a meet against Phillipsburg 182-248. Senior Rosey Li and sophomore Madeline Jin were integral to the team's success, and posted the lowest scores of the night. Captain Rosey Li commented, "So far the team has been playing really solidly. Hopefully we can keep working hard to qualify for sectionals."

Montgomery boys lacrosse is 5-3 overall so far. The team has had success against Somerville, Immaculata, and Ridgewood. The Cougars lost a close game against Ridge, 9-10. Nico Ipeker scored three goals, and additional goals were contributed by Kyle Howard, Joe Mercurio, Kyle Marrapodi, and Danny Engels. The team's upcoming matches include the likes of Pingry, St. Augustine and Moorestown.

Girls lacrosse won two games against Somerville and Phillipsburg. Sara Howard and Tori Bobal are key components of the team's offense; the two scored a total of seven goals in the game against Somerville. In the same game, goalie Allyson Weakliem made eight saves, helping the team win 13-12.

In the Skyland Conference meet, the MHS boys' track and field team finished third. In the Skyland Relays as well, the Cougars tied for third with Ridge. The team has important meets coming up, like the Somerset County Tournament.

Athlete of the Month- Peyton Schnackenberg

Peyton is unique in that she excels at a variety of sports. She is a core member of the MHS varsity softball team, which won the Skyland Conference last year and remains undefeated this year. She also recently pitched the win against the top-ranked team in the state, Immaculate Heart Academy. This past winter, Peyton was one of two hundred girls to try out for Team USA's Junior Women's National Team in Clearwater, Florida. She also competed on the USSSA's Northeast team in Orlando.

In track and field as well, Peyton holds both the indoor shot-put school record and the shot-put relay record, and has placed first in the Somerset County Tournament in this event. Lastly, Peyton holds all the female weight lifting records in school up to junior year.

Peyton grew up hitting wiffle balls in the backyard of her grandfather's house. She was always exposed to softball, frequently watching her aunts play games in college, and even travelled to Disney to watch one of their games. At the end of the game, her grandfather stood on the mound and said, "You will be here one day."

Peyton's grandfather was right. In first grade, she began playing softball, and has since matured into a stellar athlete. Her dad, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, frequently helped her with a body weight circuit training program. Now, though, Peyton follows Coach Griffin's weightlifting programs. After joining the eight-ranked softball team in the country, Peyton gained even more knowledge to improve her pitching. She commented, "The travel team had a girl committed to play softball at the University of Oregon, and I learned so much from her mom during my time with the organization. I learned how important conditioning and endurance is in pitching. After meeting her, I added a lot of conditioning to my workouts, including suicides, pitch-and-runs, and hill sprints." Peyton also travels to Sparta, New Jersey once a week for pitching lessons, and practices almost every day of the week. Her conditioning has helped her outlast opponents, and obtain the late break on her pitches to get more strikeouts.

Despite her extraordinary achievements, Peyton remains humble, and is extremely grateful to her parents and grandparents for dedicating their time so that she can succeed in softball. She recalls, "Last week we had a game against Franklin, and my parents got there and started getting their chairs out when one of my teammates said, 'Hey, it's our biggest fans!' My grandparents come to just about every high school game and I'm so thankful to have their support. My grandfather is 69 years old and can still catch my 65 mph fastball if I need him to come practice with me. My parents have also sacrificed so much for me to be able to play softball. My dad drives me over an hour to take me to Sparta for my pitching lessons, practices with me every day, comes to just about all of my high school games, and drives me three hours each way to get to my travel team practices in Maryland."

For Peyton, this sense of family and support extends to her high school coaches, Coach Carf and Coach Upshaw, who are completely dedicated to the team. Coach Upshaw commented, "Peyton has a pitching record of 6-0 this year with no earned runs allowed. She is a dominant pitcher and has been terrific." In track and field as well, Coach Figs has helped elevate Peyton's skill in shot put from throwing 25 feet in her freshman year to making the New Balance Indoor Nationals this year.

After watching one of Peyton's games, Coach Kvilhaug of St. John's University invited her to visit the school. The university was Peyton's top choice, and she has now verbally committed to play softball for their Division I team. With one year left of high school, Peyton will continue to contribute to the success of MHS's sports teams before graduating.

PDS Presents Student Climate Change Conference April 23

Partnering with Princeton University and
Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association

Princeton – Princeton Day School has partnered with Princeton University to create the Energy and Climate Scholars program at the school. Each year, a select group of PDS sophomores, juniors, and seniors meets monthly over a working dinner with highly talented and engaged Princeton University Ph.D. students, learning and conversing about energy and climate and related science, economics, policy, and politics.

The Energy and Climate Scholars have now organized, with Princeton University and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, the Student Climate Change Conference, which will take place at the Watershed on Sunday, April 23. Open to all high school students, the event will feature workshops on policy, water, climate change, and food and agriculture. Please visit www.pds.org for more information and to register for this free event.

Liz Cutler, Upper School English teacher and Sustainability Coordinator, is the faculty advisor to the Energy and Climate Scholars. When announcing the conference, Ms. Cutler said, “Students have planned every aspect of this conference, from writing grant proposals, to connecting with local businesses to donate food, to organizing the schedule, to advertising through social media. They will run the small group discussions and the logistics of the day. I am very proud of them. They want all students to know what they now know about energy and climate.”

The goal is for 100 high school age students from all over the state to attend the conference on April 23.

Princeton Day School is an independent, coeducational school educating students from
Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12.

Katherine Baicker Appointed Dean at University of Chicago

Katherine Baicker, a leading scholar in the economic analysis of health care policy, has been appointed the next dean of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Baicker serves as the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics at Harvard University, holding appointments at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Kennedy School of Government. Her appointment as Harris dean will begin Aug. 15.

"Kate is widely recognized as one of the nation's most thoughtful and visible leaders on health care policy," wrote President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Daniel Diermeier in announcing Baicker's appointment. They added her "commitment to high academic standards combined with policy impact, her academic and policy leadership experience and achievements, and her belief in the great future potential of Harris" would make her an ideal leader for the public policy school.

Baicker's experience in policy leadership includes serving as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2005 to 2007, for which she played a leading role in the development of health policy, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which provides analysis and policy advice to Congress. She has been on the faculty at Harvard since 2007, and served as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard's Chan School from 2014 to 2016.

Ms. Baicker was born and raised in Montgomery and is the daughter of Maxine Baicker.


BSA Troop 1776, Neshanic - 50th Anniversary Outing & Reunion

June 17, 2017

If you are an alumni scout or leader from Boy Scout Troop 1776, we are looking for you! Please join us in celebrating our 50th year in scouting with an outing full of activities and a reunion with old scout friends and some new ones! Families welcome. Go to http://www.bsa1776.org/50th-anniversary for more details or contact us via email at 50th @bsa1776.org . 

MTPD Help Wanted

POLICE RECORDS CLERK – Montgomery Township. Daily responsibilities include recording criminal/non-criminal reports, legal discovery, maintenance of central record system and maintenance of crime statistics in accordance with FBI Uniform Crime Recording Procedures. Strong, effective communication, organization and efficiency skills a must. Strong computer skills also a must. Complete background investigation required. High school diploma or equivalent thereof also required. Competitive benefits package offered. Please send resume to Tamarah Novak, Personnel Coordinator at tnovak@twp.montgomery.nj.us or mail to Township Administration Office at 2261 Route 206, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. EOE. 

Chile Offers Great Wines at Good Prices

If you are looking for wine some day or evening, it is almost impossible to find a bad one out of Chile. Chilean wines are also always great values. Good wines, great prices. Who could ask for more?

Wines from Chile date back to the 16th century, when the conquering Spanish took over the land. Chile hit big in the world of wine staring in the 1980s, when a new group of international winemakers particularly French, showed that they could do as well there as any place in the wine-drinking world.

The climate of Chile has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carménère. You may not be familiar with Carménère, which for a long time was thought to be an antecedent variety.

Some experts consider the grape to be a long-established clone of Cabernet Sauvignon. There have also been suggestions that Carménère may be Biturica, a vine praised in ancient Rome and also the name by which the city of Bordeaux was known during the Roman era. Carménère later originated in modern-day Spain and Portugal, according to the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder. It is currently a blending favorite variety with Sangiovese in Tuscany.

The Carménère grape had its origins in the Médoc region of Bordeaux and was also widely planted in the Graves region until the vines there were nearly destroyed by oidium. It is almost impossible to find Carménère wines in France today because of the Phylloxera plague in 1867 that nearly destroyed all the vineyards of Europe. For many years the grape was presumed to be extinct, but it survived all that time in Chile. Then in recent years it hit world markets with a bang.

A number of big names in wine found their way to Chile and opened up their own outposts or collaborated with Chilean wineries to produce new brands. Robert Mondavi did a joint venture with Vina Errázuriz. Miguel A. Torres from Spain opened Miguel Torres Chile in 1979. Château Lafite Rothschild formed a collaboration with Los Vascos. Bruno Prats, the owner of Château Cos d'Estournel, and Paul Pontallier, the technical director of Chateau Margaux, opened Domaine Paul Bruno. Château Mouton Rothschild formed a collaboration with Concha y Toro Winery to produce Almaviva.

One of the strongest attractions of Chile wines is the price. If you really demand a splurge wine, you can buy a bottle of Montes Purple for $60 a bottle, and it is worth the price. But you don't have to look far to find really good wines for less than $10. One of my favorites are the Lapostolle Casa Grand Selection.
My preferred Chilean wines are the reds, which the country's hot climate brings to the best. But there are also plenty of fine whites from the area, which are designed to go with the country's strong fishing community. Errazuriz makes an outstanding line of whites, and the Wild Ferment Chardonnay is a great wine at a good price. The country also produces a lot of Sauvignon Blanc. The Cono Sur white wines are all hits.

George M. Taber is the author of Judgment of Paris-California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine and other wine books.


Police Blotter - Feb – March 2017

Middle age is hard: MTPD and MEMS responded to a four-car accident with injuries on Feb. 15 at 5:49 pm at Rt. 206 near Sunset Rd. A 58-year-old Hillsborough man, northbound on Rt. 206, rear-ended a car driven by a 49-year-old Churchville, PA man, which had been stopped for traffic at the light. The second car was then shoved into a third car, driven by a 35-year-old Bedminster woman, which then hit a fourth car, driven by a 58-year Morristown man. All involved refused treatment. The first car was towed, and the driver ticketed for careless driving.

Spotting a car driving on Rt. 206 without an inspection sticker, MTPD stopped a 24-year-old Hamilton woman on Feb 16 at 3:29 pm. The officer saw that the front seat passenger, a 33-year-old Bordentown man, wasn't wearing his seat belt, and, as it happened, had an outstanding warrant from Trenton. He was arrested and turned over to TPD, and the lucky driver was released with a warning.

On Feb 21, someone called 911 with a report of two people sleeping in a car at WaWa at 9:32 pm. Arriving officers found a 21-year-old Brooklawn, NJ man and a 37-year-old Voorhees man, who said that they had not been sleeping nor resting their eyes but had been looking at their cell phones while seated in the car, always a mesmerizing experience. However, the Voorhees man was found to have a $500 warrant Southampton Township, for which he was arrested, and unable to post bail, was held pending a date in court.

Ixnay on the itteringlay: MTPD stopped a 25-year-old Manville man on Feb. 27 at 10:59 pm for an equipment violation on Rt. 206 and detected the smell of marijuana coming from the interior. Arresting officers recovered a small amount of marijuana, which the driver ha tossed from the car, for which he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, along with possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, obscured plates, and, wait for it, littering.

Lexus 350 SUV vs. Subaru Outback: on Feb. 26 at 10 am, the 42-year-old driver of a Lexus 350, who claimed afterwards, "The brakes failed," tried to park at the parking lot in front of the movie theater at the Montgomery Shopping Center. Instead, he lost control of his car, which leaped the curb and berm and hit a passing Subaru squarely on the driver's side rear quarter panel before coming to a rest at the sidewalk. There were no injuries, and the Subaru was dented but perfectly driveable, with all its doors, lights and steering working, once a piece of wheel well trim was torn loose and hurled to the side of the road by it's disgusted driver, a 68-year-old Rocky Hill man. The front end of the Lexus, on the other hand, came apart like a cheap piñata, and the SUV had to be towed after it shed an impressive number of important, interesting, useful and expensive parts. The Lexus driver was ticketed for careless driving, the clumsy sod. Takeaway: lose the Lexus, keep the Subaru.

On March 4 at 1:43 am, MTPD stopped a car for speeding on Rt. 206. The officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the car, and the passenger, a 39-year-old Philadelphia man, was arrested for possession under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Cloak of Invisibility didn't quite work for a 24-year-old Wayne man whose car was stopped on March 11 at 11:30 pm for driving northbound on Rt. 206 with a headlight off. He was found to have been smoking pot, and a search turned up marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the car. he was arrested for possession under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia, and given tickets for failure to maintain lamps and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.

So near and yet so far away: a 50-year-old Rocky Hill man and his passenger didn't quite make it home along River Rd. near Blue Spruce on March 13 before his car went off the road. Arriving MTPD officers found an individual walking near the scene, who turned out to have been the passenger. He said that the driver had absquatulated after failing to make the turn and hit a utility pole, several large rocks and a tree. Nice one. A K-9 indicated that narcotics were involved. A search warrant was obtained and the driver, for whom the Cloak of Invisibility worked just fine, was later charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving, having an open container of alcohol in the car, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident.

On March 18, MTPD Officers Eric Hannold and Ryan Gray stopped a car driven by an 18-year-old Bristol, RI man on Rt. 206 near Orchard Rd. he was found to have marijuana, hashish, and drug paraphernalia, for which he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, consumption of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

Montgomery PBA Fundraiser May 16

The PBA is having their 2nd Sporting Clay fundraiser on Tuesday, May 16 at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clay. LVSC is about 1.5 hours from Montgomery, 35 minutes east of Cabela's.

This Fundraising event with registration form will be posted to their website at www.montgomerypba.org. This will be a fun event with a challenging sporting clay course, continental breakfast, pig roast, adult beverages & cigars afterwards.

This is a good event to attend if you are a non shooter, you will be placed with an instructor and other novice shooters who will be shown safe gun handling and sporting clay shooting techniques throughout the course.
It is also good for team building for your company. There will be trophies for Top Gun, Top Gun Woman, Top Cop and Top Team. 

Horse Tests Positive for Neurologic Equine Herpes Virus

First Reported Case of 2017


(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has quarantined properties in Hunterdon and Somerset counties after a horse developed highly infectious equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM). EHM is the often deadly neurologic form of the Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection. No recent movement had occurred at the farm where the virus was reported prior to this case. The horse was moved into the isolation barn at a local animal hospital the evening EHM was confirmed. Both the horses at the original farm and the hospital are under quarantine.

Nine horses were being treated at the hospital at the time of the incident; several horses were exposed to the ill horse. Seven of these horses will be moved to a remote facility, which also will be placed under quarantine so the hospital can be cleaned and disinfected in order to reopen. Other than the initial case, none of the quarantined horses at either location are showing clinical signs at this time. Both locations are taking the necessary biosecurity precautions to limit the spread of the virus. Temperatures also are being taken twice daily on all quarantined horses.

“The Department took swift action to prevent the disease from spreading to other horses by enacting a quarantine, which stops movement of horses in and out of the properties and puts in place preventive measures to contain the virus,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.

The EHV-1 organism spreads quickly from horse to horse and can cause respiratory problems, especially in young horses, spontaneous abortions in pregnant mares, and the neurologic form of the virus can result in death. The incubation period of EHV-1 is typically 2-10 days. Clinical signs include respiratory disease, fever, nasal discharge, depression, cough, lack of appetite, and/or enlarged lymph nodes. In horses infected with the neurologic strain of EHV-1, clinical signs typically include mild incoordination, hind end weakness/paralysis, loss of bladder and tail function, and loss of sensation to the skin in the hind end. The virus spreads readily through direct contact with infected materials. While highly infectious, the virus does not persist in the environment for an extended period of time and is neutralized by hand soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and sunlight. The virus does not affect humans and other domestic animals, with the exception of llamas and alpacas.

Concerned owners should consult with their veterinarian prior to taking any action as the clinical signs of infection with the neurological form of EHV-1 (EHM) are common to many other diseases. EHM is a reportable disease in New Jersey. If an owner has a horse exhibiting neurologic signs or suspects Equine Herpes, they are directed to call their veterinarian immediately.

The NJDA Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory provides testing for the neurologic form of EHV-1. For more information, visit www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/ah/prog/lab.html or call 609-406-6999.

To learn more about the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NJDeptofAgriculture and www.facebook.com/JerseyFreshOfficial or Twitter @NJDA1 and @JerseyFreshNJDA.


2017 Sewer Billing Notice

To All Montgomery Township Sewer Utility Users:

Please be advised, the 2017 Sewer Tax bills will be mailed on approximately 4/24/17. The first half year billing will be due on 5/16/17 with a grace period ending on 5/25/17. The second half year billing will be due on 9/01/17 with grace period ending on 9/11/17.

Sewer bills are now available to our residents to view / pay via our website at:

This payment link is also readily accessed on the homepage of the Montgomery Twp. website, for future reference.


2017 Sewer Billing Notice

To all Montgomery Township Sewer Utility users

The 2017 Sewer Tax bills will be mailed on approximately April 24. The first half year billing will be due on May 16, 2017 with a grace period ending on May 25, 2017. The second half year billing will be due on Sept. 1, 2017 with grace period ending on Sept. 11, 2017.

Sewer bills are now available to residents to view or pay on the Township website at www.twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/finance/payment.  

American Accordionist's Association Annual Festival

The American Accordionist's Association Annual Festival will be in Princeton, NJ this summer, July, 2017. Part of the AAA's outreach initiative includes working with local high school and college-aged jazz musicians. These young musicians will have the opportunity to perform in the Festival.

In addition, PFO member, Dr. Robert McMahan, will be performing and presenting a workshop on the use of accordion in opera.

The Accordion In Opera, 1898 to the Present


What do composers Umberto Giordano, Alban Berg, Virgil Thomson, Kurt Weill, Samuel Barber, Lee Hoiby, Daniel Catán, and Thomas Adès have in common? They all wrote operas that include the accordion in their instrumentation!

We will sample excerpts from these diverse musical dramas, paying special attention to

the unique role and function that the accordion plays in each.

Details for the festival are on their website: http://www.ameraccord.com/artwork/2016/Sept%2016/AAAFest2017.pdf


Monty Dems Meet and Greet

On March 25, the MDO held a successful Meet & Greet at the Pike Run Clubhouse. Montgomerians came out to meet their neighbors and talk politics while the kids made crafts and enjoyed the playground.

Attendees also got the chance to meet Sadaf Jaffer, the Democratic candidate for Montgomery Township Committee, as well as Laurie Poppe and Roy Freiman, Hillsborough residents running for the District 16 NJ State Senate and Assembly seats. Shanel Robinson, Democratic candidate for Somerset County Freeholder also dropped in to talk with everyone.

Guests enjoyed refreshments and conversation, and were treated to three motivating speeches by the candidates about the importance of local politics. They spoke about the amazing grassroots energy of the progressive movement since Donald Trump came into office. Candidates also discussed the necessity to vote Democratic "down the line," instead of just at the national level, and to get fired up about getting out the vote as the November election nears.


Up Against the Wall

In 1929, Alphonse Gabby May Capone, a.k.a. “Scarface,” a.k.a. “Big Al,” or just simply, Al Capone, was vying for control of Chicago’s criminal enterprises with rival gangster George “Bugs” Moran. A plan was hatched to rub out Moran and most of his outfit. On the morning of February 14, five members of Capone’s gang lured seven of Moran’s cronies into a garage under the pretense of purchasing hijacked, bootleg whisky. As part of the ruse, two of Capone’s thugs were dressed as police. But the subterfuge worked too well. Moran, who arrived late, saw the “police,” and dodged the meeting. How thin the line is between life and death—for inside the garage, Moran’s men were lined up along the back wall and riddled with machine gun fire. The infamous bloodbath went down in history as the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

Capone won domination of Chicago but it was an ironic and short-lived victory. The very slaying which eliminated his competition exposed him to the public spotlight and subsequently the federal authorities. In two years he would be convicted of income tax evasion, imprisoned the year after, and dead of syphilitic brain disease fifteen years after that. Capone was sojourning at his home in Palm Beach during the massacre to avoid suspicion. Upon his return it is reported that his family welcomed him with a feast that included one of his favorite dishes: cold pasta with walnut sauce. And that brings us to another nut that was difficult to crack.

Walnut trees are found throughout the world and include over fifteen varieties. The most common walnut is the English or Persian walnut followed by the black walnut. The English/Persian walnut originated somewhere between southeastern Europe and northern India. Archeological evidence from modern Iraq reveals that man was consuming walnuts as far back as 50,000 BC. Walnuts first started being domesticated about 12,000 years ago. They were popular with the Greeks and Romans, the latter spreading them throughout Europe. The Spanish introduced them to California in the eighteenth century. Today, China is the leading producer of walnuts followed by the US.

Walnuts are available year round. Choose specimens devoid of any cracks or holes in their shells. Walnuts in their shells can last up to three months in a cool dry place. As the walnut ages its kernel changes from white to gray. Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids which are purported to lower serum cholesterol. Normally found in fish, walnuts are one of the few plants to contain omega-3. Walnuts are also a good source of fiber, vitamin E, B vitamins, and a number of minerals.

Walnuts have a wide range of culinary applications. They are used in myriad pastries, meat, chicken and fish dishes, forcemeats, salads, and stuffings. You can use them to coat meat or fish before cooking, employ them as a topping on baked dishes, or grind them into a flour. Walnut oil, an expensive but luxurious oil, is usually reserved for salad dressings.


This recipe comes from Phil Lempert of the supermarketguru.com.

2 lbs. of rigatoni or ziti
1 pint olive oil
1 lb. walnuts, chopped
Half cup raisins
1 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese plus extra for serving
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 handful of dried oregano

Boil the pasta until al dente, drain, and then place in a large bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients and toss with the pasta. Refrigerate overnight, tossing occasionally. Serve with some extra cheese sprinkled on top. You can also make the sauce a few days in advance and refrigerate. The extra time will allow the flavors to meld even more.


This recipe comes from chef Faith Alahverdian.

1 bunch of thin asparagus, ends trimmed
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped chives
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons walnut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

Blanch the asparagus in boiling salted water and then submerge in ice water. In a bowl mix the vinegar, lemon juice, chives, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in both oils until emulsified. Arrange the asparagus and tomatoes on a plate and drizzle with the dressing.


Blawenburg Preschoolers Salute the Earth at Princeton Public Library

Walking into the children's area of the Princeton Public Library, visitors are greeted by a 6' x 12' mural created by students of the Blawenburg Village School who wanted to celebrate the beauty and unconditional welcome found in Nature. The mural will on display through Earth Day, until April 21.

Working together as a community, the children painted papers to create a river, hillside, trees, rocks and sun, and produced an array of flowers, turtles, butterflies, swans, clouds and caterpillars using a variety a media. The project took several weeks to complete. Portraits of the young artists at work frame the scene, and viewers are encouraged to find and count the various flora and fauna in the mural.

A poem by NJ poet and photographer Harold C. Johnson Jr. entitled A Pledge of Allegiance, reminds viewers of the how precious and irreplaceable the Earth is to all of us.

Blawenburg Village School offers classes dedicated to nurturing the social, developmental, emotional and spiritual lives of preschool children. It is located at is located at 424 Route 518 in Blawenburg. Reflecting the school's awareness of nature and growth, classes include Sprouts (ages 2-3), Buds (ages 3-4) and Blossoms (ages 4-5). All are welcome. For more information, contact Blawenburg Village School Director, Karen Hill at (609) 466-6600.

Visit the Princeton Public Library at Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ, Monday-Friday: 9 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 6 pm.

Verizon Application at Tennis Club Raises "Larger" Cell Tower Question

At the April 6 Township Committee meeting Township Committeeman Conforti says Verizon is in the process of having its engineers and experts testify for the current application to erect a cellphone tower at the Nassau Tennis Club on Route 206. Conforti hopes the last failed application is in the rearview and Verizon does not sue the township in superior court, opting to instead focus on its central Montgomery coverage.

"At this point they're going through cell coverage maps and the fun stuff similar to what we listened to a year ago. It will go on for quite some time. Verizon's professionals are providing testimony on the basis of why they need a cell tower there, focused on the dead areas in town. The alternative is identified as hundreds of small telephone poles, which start with the eyesore issue. A lot of the communities have all the utilities underground. Now we would see them dig up the lines and put up poles where there are no poles. They estimated a couple hundred poles," Conforti said.

He spoke favorably of high towers as opposed to a proliferation of DAS units (distributive antenna systems) similar to square/rectangular boxes stationed atop smaller utility poles. But Conforti made no reference to a 100-foot-plus tower impacting the skyline and scenery of Montgomery's neighborhoods. He told fellow Committee members "you would think at this point they'd have better technology."

Mayor Ed Trzaska listened to Conforti and wondered aloud if by the time Verizon puts a tower up, in the next five to ten years if the cell carriers are not going to need towers. Conforti said he does not advocate towers until he needs them, citing dead spots nearest to the D&R Canal off River Road, where residents successfully fought against the Staats Farm application.

"I kept thinking if I hit a deer while driving what am I going to do, I'd have no coverage to make a call," he said.

While a few residents have attended a course of Zoning Board meetings since February, the calendar for the Zoning Board, which usually meets on the third and fourth Tuesdays of each month, is stuffed with more sessions for the Verizon application with two or three hours of discussion at each meeting.
Conforti says residents are aware that their turn for comments and input before the Zoning Board is far from over at this point.

Lenape Swim Club Will be Demolished

Van Zandt Road Land Donated to Township


Montgomery Township Committee introduced an ordinance on April 6 to accept the donation of approximately 11.6 acres of property on Van Zandt Road, immediate to the northwest of the Princeton Elks Lodge in Blawenburg.

The D & R Greenway Land Trust obtained the title to the parcel and, "It's coming to the township," according to Township Attorney Kristina Hadinger. She told the Committee the housing developer of that neighborhood hoped to eventually, "Be able to put a lot or two on there, but it's constrained environmentally."

The property Mayor Trzaska touted as "another 12 acres" has a few streams running through it.
Former Mayor Patricia Graham called the parcel "absolutely beautiful."

The Committee voted 4-0 to introduce the ordinance, and approval is planned for the Thursday April 20 Committee meeting.

An existing Montgomery property, the Lenape Swim Club and its silos at Pine Brae Court in Skillman, will be demolished.

When membership dropped from 200 people to 150 in the summer of 2014 the Lenape Swim Club's officers decided to liquidate the club's assets and cease operations for good. The Lenape Swim Club website cited the high cost of running the club, paying the lease and maintaining liability insurance.
Township Administrator Donato Nieman says "it has been a long time coming."

The Lenape Swim Club buildings were all boarded up and secured by the township with the club's closing, and police were vigilant to prevent vandalism.

"We grouped them all together, and it is more critical than ever we do Lenape Swim Club now because we kept up efforts with submersible pumps to prevent mosquito infestation and West Nile Virus (with standing water)," Nieman said. He will update the Committee as bids to do the demolitions are received, and the Committee will need to formally approve the work.

Mayor Trzaska said the Committee has talked about that demolition for a couple of years.

Current plans include demolition of a building on Hollow Road and one on the corner of Dutchtown-Harlingen Road and Route 206. The township is also working on the sale of its small triangular parcel of property at Airpark Road, a strip a little more than one acre in size leading to Princeton Airport. Hadinger says the township is proceeding with the appraisal.

"It's sort of a triangle but more of a funnel because there is a sliver that goes back. The developer there wants it but because it is less than the minimal acreage required for zoning, it can be sold but it has to be offered to the adjacent property owners," Hadinger said.  

"In the Blink of an Eye" A Conversation about Stress, Anxiety, Alcohol & Drug Use in Our Community

Thursday, April 20th
7:00 p.m.

Montgomery High School
1016 Rt. 601
Skillman, NJ 08558

The evening will consist of a panel discussion, personal stories of hope, key messages from local faith leaders, and an open audience Q & A. This is a free event and open to the entire community.

Doors open to the public at 6:30 pm with community faith leaders and over 30 area treatment providers (for both mental health and substance abuse) available to address anything you would like to discuss prior and after the event.

Panel discussion begins at 7:00 pm and will include presentations from all of the panel members, along with three "personal stories" from a parent's perspective and two individuals personally affected by this tragic situation.

Panelists will include:

Nancy Gartenberg, Superintendent Montgomery Township School District
Captain Thomas Wain, Montgomery Township Police Department
Bert Mandelbaum, Chairman Dept. of Pediatrics UMCP & MTSD School Physician
Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
Experts and Advocates from the Recovery Community

Following these presentations there will be a Q&A session where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. Questions may be presented in three ways:

Prior to the event, submit questions electronically and anonymously thru this Google form
Writing questions before & during the discussion and submitting them
Stepping up to the provided microphones

At the conclusion of the Q&A session, panel members, faith leaders and treatment providers will be available for further questions & discussion.

Pre-registration appreciated, please click here.

For more information please visit the event website: http://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/blinkOfAnEye

Any questions, please contact:
Christine Grossmann at cgrossmann@mtsd.us
Mary Ellen Foley at mfoley@mtsd.us 

Splurge on a Rustenberg wine

Rustenberg is a South African winery that traces its roots back to 1682, when a local farmer named Roelof Pasman planted the first grapes there. He hailed from the ancient town of Meurs near the Rhine river in Europe. Pasman recognized the wine growing potential of that specific area of South Africa. The winery changed hands many time, but in 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought the Rustenberg estate and later more property in the area of Schoongezich. Their son Simon took over running the property in 1987, and his son Murray has been running the winery with his father since 2010.

The Wine Spectator recently observed, "Rustenberg has all the qualifications of a world-class wine estate: a long history of winemaking...and ideal terroir, with deep-red, clay-rich granite soils that are located on a variety of slopes and elevations."

Rustenberg has achieved tremendous critical and commercial success, and today its celebrated estate bottlings are among South Africa's most iconic and sought-after wines. Rustenberg has a long line of wines, but it really specializes in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. I think those two are some of the wines made in the world today.

The only shortcoming is that the wines are a little over the price point that I usually recommend for this column, which is normally about $15 for a bottle. You can buy Rustenberg wines in New Jersey these days for about $25. Every once in a while, any wine lover should toss his or her budget aside and buy a truly outstanding wine.

The Barlow Chardonnay is wonderful and rich and will stand up to the very best Chards that can cost a lot more. It's fruity, dry and delightful. Life is short, so drink plenty of Barlow Chardonnay along the way.
I simply love this style of South African Chardonnay. It is toasty and rich, but also vibrant and alive in your mouth. Half of the wine is usually aged in new oak, while the other half is aged in old used barrels. That provides a nice balance. On the nose you will get a range of flavors including toasted almond and green apple. There are also some lime and orange tastes. The wine goes very well with grilled chicken, turkey, and even lobster. The winery's oldest Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vines named the Peter Barlow Block. It's a very long-lived wine, and you can hold it in your cellar for years and years. The winery recommends that you decant it before serving. That gives it a richness and full body that one rarely finds. Peter Barlow is truly a wine to remember.

Another of the great Rustenberg reds is the John X Merriman, which is a little softer on both the palate and the wallet. It also has a very smooth finish.

I always seem to get back to the Rustenberg when I want to impress my guests or treat myself. Give them a try, and I think you will enjoy them as well.

George M. Taber is the author of Judgment of Paris-California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine and other wine books.

Bank Gives $5K for Montgomery Fireworks

ndependence Day Event June 29

Montgomery Township has received a $5,000 donation from Investors Bank to be used for the annual Independence Day Celebration. A ceremonial check was presented March 27th by Syed Khalid Jafri, Asst. VP and Branch Manager of the North Brunswick Branch of Investors Bank. Montgomery Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman, CFO Michael Pitts, and Administrator Donato Nieman were present to accept the donation and express the gratitude of the Township to Mr. Jafri and Investors Bank.

Montgomery Mayor Ed Trzaska commented, "Our fireworks celebration is one of the premier events of Montgomery. It brings together thousands of residents along with our exceptional community organizations and local businesses. This amazing donation from Investors Bank will help make the event even more special. On behalf of everyone in town, thank you for this generous support."

The Montgomery Independence Day Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 29 starting at 6 pm (rain date July 6) at Montgomery High School, 1016 Rt. 601, Skillman, NJ. For further information or to consider making a donation, go to www.montgomeryfireworks.org.

Somerset County Ranks Third Healthiest in New Jersey

This is the second year in a row Somerset County has earned this ranking.

Somerset County has been ranked the third-healthiest county in New Jersey for the second year in a row in an annual nationwide survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“For the past seven years, Somerset County has been consistently ranked as one of the top three healthiest counties in New Jersey,” said Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer. “Although Somerset County is ranked third overall this year, when measuring for health factors based on weighted scores for health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and the physical environment, Somerset County comes in second.”

The Somerset County Department of Health balances the rankings with other sources of health data to help identify issues and opportunities for countywide health improvement. In addition, these data sets are used as inspiration for public health partnerships, as well as to garner support for initiatives among a variety of government agencies, healthcare providers, community organizations, business leaders, policymakers and the public to shape good health and strong policies to promote health for everyone.

“The Somerset County Department of Health continually works with our public health partners to improve health behaviors among residents through education and outreach on community health initiatives,” said Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, liaison to Healthier Somerset, a coalition formed to improve the health and wellness of everyone who lives and works in Somerset County. “The ranking reflects the collaborative efforts taken by our staff and through interactions with these groups to prioritize personal and community health.”

To address community health issues, the Somerset County Department of Health is an active partner in Healthier Somerset and Healthier Middlesex, to focus on engaging county residents and stakeholders in good health habits and promoting policy changes to improve the health and well-being of all in the community.

While no ranking model can perfectly describe the health of a population, the county health ranking can be used to demonstrate differences in health by place, raise awareness of the many factors that influence health, and stimulate further community-health-improvement efforts. In ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the results illustrate what we know when it comes to what is making people sick or healthy. The road maps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.

The Somerset County Department of Health attributes health-status achievements to ongoing community initiatives, such as with Healthier Somerset and Healthier Middlesex, and several long-standing public health collaborations with organizations, such as the Greater Somerset Public Health Partnership and three area hospitals: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - Somerset and New Brunswick campuses - and Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Additional regional collaborations with Morris and Middlesex counties have resulted in efforts to establish ordinances that promote community health, such as smoke-free parks and Complete Streets that enable access for all users.

Somerset County has promoted programs to expand walking and biking trails, increase open space and increase utilization of alternative energy and green design. These initiatives address key issues in the 2015 Somerset County Community Health Improvement Plan and the 2016 Middlesex/Somerset Counties Community Health Improvement Plan, which identified health concerns in Somerset County.

Residents are encouraged to look at these local sources of data to understand more about the health of their community. The Somerset Community Health Improvement Plan and the Middlesex/Somerset Community Health Improvement Plan can be viewed at http://bit.ly/HDReports.

To view the “County Health Rankings” report, visit www.CountyHealthRankings.org