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A bit of everything -- parenting, fitness, humor, health.

Summer Fun: MercerMe Outdoor Roundup

Happy Summer, Mercerites! Part of what we love about Mercer County is the abundance of parks, trails, farms and open space. It's gorgeous and offers loads of healthy free fun. We polled readers on Facebook and here's what you've shared as favorite parks and trails around the area! [googlemaps https://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zwp7IPsrcCYw.kKUqd6iB16Ns&w=640&h=480]Maps and guides to area trails: D&R Greenway Land Trust Lawrence Hopewell Trail Lawrence Township...

Hopewell’s best kept secret turns 30!

It is no secret that the quaint little town of Hopewell has much going on for it. The eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, playgrounds and specialty shops all within walking distance make it the appealing destination come rain or shine. Not many however know that this gem of a town is also the home of an equally charming little...

Blue Moon Acres Hosts Farm Roll Bike Tour This Sunday

Local farm Blue Moon Acres is hosting "The Farm Roll," a scenic bike tour of Hopewell Valley area vineyards, farms and open spaces from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. The ride is geared toward low-intermediate to advanced riders and offers two distances to choose from, either a 30 mile ride stopping at 8 sites, or...

Hopewell’s Food Truck Friday PLUS Stay to Shop Local

Hopewell Boro has caught the food truck craze! On Friday June 27th between 5PM-9:30PM, "Food Truck Friday" is happening right at Hopewell Boro's train station on Railroad Place. But once you've come into Hopewell Boro, why not stay and check out our great downtown businesses? MercerMe has created a Business "Walking Tour" in cooperation with some of our great shops. Check below...

New Jersey Bill Tells Cars to Move Over

I've seen a vehicle nearly miss crashing directly into a cyclist. And the cyclist was someone I know. He's a father, a husband, a friend, and a neighbor. When I share the road with a bicyclist, I flank him with a wide berth between my vehicle and his bike. WIDE. I'm so nervous -- the actions of my heavy piece of machinery...

An Oxcuse to Spend an Oxfternoon at Capital Health

What oxcuse' to 'oxamine' puns on the word "ox" than an 'oxternoon' at the art gallery at Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell? MercerMe covered some basics about the "Stampede" back in April. But in case you haven't 'herd' the details about the fiberglass oxen around Hopewell Valley these past few months, they are are part of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council's "Stampede." As the...

Demographer to Speak at Next District Enrollment Meeting, June 16

In an email to the school district constituents last night, Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVSRD) Superintendent Tom Smith announced that the next meeting of the Future Planning Advisory Committee -- established to help develop and present recommendations regarding the long-term planning for the district -- will be held Monday June 16 in the Timberland 8th Grade House Center. The...

Al Fresco at Brick Farm Market Will Be Twice as Nice

Has this happened to you? You've found an amazingly lucky parking lot spot at the Brick Farm Market, loaded up your arms with goodies -- your grilled asparagus nicoise salad or your slow roasted brisket sandwich, plus a cup of Rojo's coffee, plus a little something sweet for later (for now) -- you finish paying and there's nowhere to...

Hopewell School Planning Committee Member Presents to Boro Council

At the Boro Council meeting last Thursday, a representative member of the Future Planning Committee presented the official status of the Committee and the anticipated role of the Committee going forward. The Committee was established earlier this year to evaluate statistics pointing to declining enrollment across Hopewell Valley, and to make recommendations to the Superintendent. MercerMe has covered the progress from...

Vito’s Pizza Celebrates 25th Anniversary

I take my two boys to Vito’s Pizza in Pennington for lunch during the week after school, after story time at the Pennington Library, for dinners on weekends…for any reason at all. We usually order plain cheese slices, cut into tiny square pieces for my kids, and a slice of Brooklyn or Bronx. I can’t say no to a...