An elaborately dressed official Hopewell Township Town Crier kicked off tonight’s Hopewell Township Committee meeting.
At the end of last year, Hopewell Township passed a resolution appointing Stanley Saperstein as official Hopewell Township Town Crier to announce events, appointments and other designated acts as the Township Committee designates.
Saperstein is a long-time Hopewell Township resident and a member of the Hopewell Valley’s Senior Advisory Board. He is the official town crier for the Washington Crossing Park Association in New Jersey, has narrated the Crossing of the Delaware on Christmas Day for the past 10 years, has been invited to be the crier for Market Day in Washington Crossing in Pennsylvania and participates in the Easton Heritage Days’ Fourth of July event.
Historically, town criers made public announcements and was the keeper of public records. While methods of communications have changed dramatically since they were popular, today ceremonial town criers are making a come back and are being asked to emcee public events and act as public relations agents for towns.