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squarelogoMercerMe is a hyperlocal online news source offering grassroots news, 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. 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.

Renata Barnes

Renata is the author of “The Taste Chase,” MercerMe’s own food review column. She’s a lover of all things poetic, colorful, funny and inspiring.  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.”

Town News and Events Contributor. Ryan Kennedy is an attorney, father, nerd, and DIY nut from Hopewell. When working, he’s focusing on redevelopment, property taxes, eminent domain, government affairs and all sorts of property transactions.  He is proud to be connected with this community, and currently serves as President of the Hopewell Valley YMCA, Vice-Chair of the Lawrence Township Growth and Redevelopment Committee, Vice-Chair of the RWJ Hamilton Foundation Young Professionals, Trustee for the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) and member of the Hopewell Borough Planning Board. Ryan also serves as MercerMe’s webmaster (if that is still a “thing”) and legal counsel.


Contributor. Andrea Fereshteh has been writing for as long as she can remember. An avid journal-keeper as a child, she dabbled in dramatic notes to her parents and designed her own stationary. With a zest for small talk and meeting new people, she pursued journalism in college and worked for nine years in PR, writing and media relations for the higher ed and nonprofit sectors. She has a mousters and ducktorate from Disney University and is a mother to two lively boys who inspire her to just keep writing, just keep writing.


Lifestyle Contributor. Also a transplant to New Jersey and Mercer County, Merritt McGlynn is walking a tightrope between career woman and devoted mother: hanging on for dear life with her dishpan hands. Merritt is a mom to two of the most adorable children in Jersey: a darling and spunky 4-year-old and a certifiably insane but heart-melting almost-3-year-old. Married to the always-working “Coach”, Merritt tries to maintain some appearance of a work-life balance, and often finds that the scales are usually tipped in one direction or the other – but she’s still trying! In her spare time, if she ever gets any, Merritt would like to read books, travel with her husband, drink margaritas on the deck, and one day, if she’s really lucky, enjoy a phone conversation without interruptions. For now, she’ll settle for 20 minutes of an Audrey Hepburn movie and a diet coke.