Reading Street Senior Center to Remain Open Until New Center Is Built

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    Though the Pennington Reading Street Senior Center was slated for closure end of December 2017, County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the mayors of  Pennington Borough, Hopewell Borough, and Hopewell Township have jointly made the decision to keep the center open until a new one is built. All entities pledged that the necessary repairs and upgrades would be made to bridge the five to ten year gap.

    The list of repair items is extensive and, with only $150K budgeted ($75,000 from Pennington Borough, Hopewell Borough, and Hopewell Township and $75K from Mercer County), all agreed to find partners willing to donate labor, materials, and monetary donations to offset the cost. Among those community partners, Trap Rock Industries will be donating 210 tons of bituminous concrete, the Township will transport the material to the site (free of cost), and the County will pave the parking lot and repair curbing (free of cost). A full list of other necessary repairs (i.e. new oven, new roof, upgrades to kitchen) will be provided by Pennington Borough for discussion among the three municipalities.

    Township Committee member Kristin McLaughlin feels certain that the work will be done in a timely manner and that the Boroughs are ready to work together.

    “Everybody realizes that this is just a patch, but an absolutely necessary one to get us through to what comes next. We owe the seniors a place to gather and eat together,” said Ms. McLaughlin.

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    Angela Jacobs
    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.

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