squarelogoMercerMe is an independent “hyperlocal” online news source offering breaking headlines, and events and feature coverage in Mercer County, New Jersey.
Written by community members for community members, our writers are the people you know — or at least the people you know your friend knows. With coverage on issues important to the internet-connected generation, we fill a gap left unfilled by the shrinking print and traditional media in our area. Currently, in our fifth year, MercerMe focuses on news and issues affecting the greater Hopewell Valley region of Mercer County.
We are proud to be on the forefront of important local events and issues. Plus, we’re having a blast.
MercerMe accepts contributions from members of our community through letters to the editor and guest contributor articles.  For our regular contributors, get to know us through our biographies below.
Mary Galioto

IMG_2745Founder. Publisher. Editor. Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, a lawyer, a writer and a mom to two friendly and talkative little girls. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, she was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with mild germaphobia, enthusiastic television viewing, fitness and misguided adventures in random hobbies.

Cathleen Lewis

Author of “Mommy Mayor” Column. Cathleen, the Mayor of Lawrence Township & a full-time Public Affairs professional, counts her best job as being Mommy to Abigail (3 years) and Bridget (6 months ).  A New Yorker originally, but Boston raised, Cathleen enjoys the challenge of raising the girls in a mixed household with her Yankee-fan husband Paul.  She hopes to make up for the confusion by encouraging the family’s love of Rutgers football. She dreams of sharing her love of beaches, margaritas, music and adventure but is happy to squeeze in a family walk with the dog and a back yard BBQ these days.  Formerly an avid reader and writer before work, life and children; Cathleen hopes she hasn’t lost her ability to capture thoughts through the written word but often can’t remember where the grocery list is.

Angela Jacobs

Reporter. Angela Jacobs is a freelance writer who lives in Hopewell Township with her teenaged children and partner of 20 years. Despite her best efforts to simplify her life, last year she added four chickens and a second rescue dog to her pet menagerie. Unfortunately, an interim of peaceful coexistence ended with the untimely demise of two of the chickens at the paws of Jax, the new dog. An egregious lack of impulse control has since been diagnosed resulting in an indefinite separation of Jax from all present and future chickens, her two cockatiels, open garbage cans, snacks open on tables, abandoned stuffed animals, etc. She does however gently encourage him toward a certain industrious squirrel that has spelunked its way through her backyard in search of the most perfect hiding spot for its nuts.

Renata Barnes

Author of “The Taste Chase” column. A lover of all things poetic, colorful, funny and inspiring, Renata is the author of “The Taste Chase,” MercerMe’s own food review column. A native New Yorker, who grew up in Hopewell Valley and spent the better part of her adulthood back in NYC, currently finds herself in a growing love relationship with “the Valley”. Latin food, Indian saris and mehndi, French perfume, African music, Middle Eastern spices, South American jewels, Asian fabrics and anything from just about any island (maybe not Riker’s Island) are things that remind her to go out and taste the world, live passionately and always wear deodorant. The mother of one rambunctious boy and the wife of a mellow fellow, Renata tries to put her too many years of university and her film and writing talents to good use here in NJ. “I’ve spent too much time trying to fit in some where when I probably belong everywhere.  That slow revelation has been freeing.”