Pennington’s Weed Tucker Honored in Street Naming

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    Kit Chandler, Joe Lawver, former Councilman Ken Baker, Weed Tucker, former Mayor Jim Benton, former Councilman George Pierson, Borough Attorney Walter Bliss, Mayor Persichilli, Public Safety Director Bill Meytrott, Chico Marciante, former Councilman Bob DiFalco.

    To honor Pennington Borough resident Weed Tucker’s long and distinguished career serving this community, a newly established road in the Heritage at Pennington development was named “Tucker Way” by proclamation last month.

    “This is a humbling honor to have a street in my name,” said Tucker. “I’ve tried to give back as much as I could to a community that has given so much to my family. I appreciate this honor and thank everyone for the recognition. I’m not alone in this honor. There are so many volunteers contributing so much to our community we could use a billboard instead of a street sign!”

    Edwin Weed Tucker has been a Pennington Borough resident since 1956, when his father, the Reverend Canon Edwin W. Tucker, was appointed vicar. Reverend Tucker later became the first rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

    Professionally, Tucker first served in the United States Army and later in the fields of journalism, education, and government affairs, setting the course for his commitment to civic duty, open government, and free speech in his civil involvement.

    Tucker was appointed to and served on the Borough Planning Board for 35 years, from 1965 to 2000, and served as Chairman of the Board. He was first elected to public office as mayor of Pennington Borough in 1976, and served a four-year term during which time he was instrumental in the construction of the Borough sewer system, re-construction of the Borough water tower, upgrade of the Borough water lines, and revision of the zoning Master Plan. In 2003, he was next elected to the Pennington Borough Council and re-elected thereafter to three additional three-year terms, serving several terms as Council President and serving on nearly every council committee.

    He has also served the Borough of Pennington in many other ways, including as a member of the Pennington Centennial Committee, the Historic Preservation Committee, the Pennington Day Sites Committee, the Pennington Streetscape Committee, the Friends of the Pennington Public Library, the Pennington Business and Professional Association, the Pennington 125th Anniversary Committee, and the Pennington Point Condominium Association.

    Also serving the greater Hopewell Valley community in many ways, Tucker has been a member of the Hopewell Valley Jaycees, the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association, the Hopewell Valley Democratic Club, the Hopewell Valley Senior Advisory Board, the Mercer County Solid Waste Advisory Council, the Mercer County Mayors’ Advisory Council, and the St. Matthew’s Church Vestry.

    “We consider Weed the town historian and I have learned all of my ‘mayoral skills’ from him, except his art of telling a long story and composing proclamations,” shared Pennington Borough Mayor Anthony Persichilli. “He was a great contributor to the political achievements of the Borough of Pennington.”

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    Mary Galioto
    Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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