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Classics Books at Home Program Gives $5,394 Worth of Books to Trenton Kids

The Classics Bookstore's "Classics Books at Home Program," which gives free books to children in Trenton, gave away $5,394 worth of books in 2017. Program organizers emphasize that books in a home library have been shown to improve grades and retention rates, whether or not the student is doing well or struggling.  While many books were picked up directly by children and their...

Danielia Cotton Confirms Hometown Hopewell Show at Hopewell Theater

Described by the LA Times as bringing “a freshness to the soul-rock formula” with “a contagious fervor that is near irresistible,” songwriter, guitarist and powerhouse vocalist Danielia Cotton dug deep into classic Motown and Sly and the Family Stone to embrace her newfound optimism and self-acceptance.  Twelve years into an evolving career, Danielia's latest album The Mystery of Me (December 1...

“We Make” Changes Face of Employment for People Living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

On November 13th, on the site of the long shuttered 84 Lumber in Pennington, "We Make" welcomed its first group of Hopewell Valley Central High School (CHS) students to a unique job training program. All of the participating students live with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and are part of the high school’s Academic Essentials special education program. Though academics...

PB&PA Hosting 34th Annual Holiday Walk in Pennington

The Pennington Business and Professionals Association is hosting the 34th Annual Holiday Walk in Pennington this Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6-9 pm. It will be a fun-filled evening to celebrate the season with friends and family, and includes a traditional visit from Santa and an opportunity for pictures, just outside of Sun Bank. While you wait for Santa, the Hopewell...

The Taste Chase Goes to David Bradley Chocolatier

“Who can make a sunrise? Sprinkle it with dew. Cover it with chocolate and a miracle of two, the candyman, the candyman, oh the candy man can. The candyman can ‘cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.” This song, from the original movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” used to greet me on the...

Inaugural Meadows Miler Race Elicits Big Turnout for Autism

The inaugural run of Meadows Miler, a 10K/5K/1-mile fun run, on Saturday, November 4th in Rosedale Park is being celebrated as an enormous success. More than $23,000 was raised for Princeton Child Development Institute’s (PCDI) autism programs for children and adults. Approximately 500 runners and walkers participated, including 90 boys from Central Jersey’s Let Me Run chapter. Patrick R. Progar,...

Lawrence Hopewell Trail Partnering with REI #OptOutside Campaign with First Trail Mix Event

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is partnering with REI Co-op on REI’s Black Friday #OptOutside campaign with LHT’s first "Trail Mix" event, a social way to enjoy the trail on Friday, November 24, 2017, to meet up and walk, run or bike together. For the last two years, REI Co-op has shut down on Black Friday and paid its employees to get...

African American History in the Sourlands

Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck have been hard at work uncovering African-American history in the Sourland region and Hopewell Valley for their upcoming book, “If These Stones Could Talk.” On Thursday, November 16, they offer a presentation at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, along with John Buck, president of the board of directors of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), the...

Volunteer Firefighting Forges Successful Careers

His first day on the street with the Trenton Police Department, Officer Cody Braddock already had a keen ability to communicate with all sorts of people in all sorts of stressful situations. When Princeton Fire Marshal Joe Novak tells business owners they must correct an electrical issue, he does not pull out the code book, but a bevy of detailed...

Hopewell Valley Central High School Presents Picnic

Opening up the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Season, the students at Hopewell Valley Central High School will be performing William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, PICNIC.  This classic play takes place in a small Kansas town in the 1950’s on the day of the annual Labor Day Picnic.  All is peaceful amongst residents of Flo Owens’ and Helen Potts’...