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About Us

MercerMe provides the news – hyperlocal, independent, reliable, and digital — to Hopewell Valley in New Jersey, since 2013. We’re community connected! Run exclusively by members of this community, MercerMe relies on reader subscriptions and advertising partners to keep the news coming.

Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder and publisher of MercerMe, and served as long-time editor. She holds a BA in English from Binghamton University and a JD from Seton Hall Law School. Mary lives in Hopewell Township and also works as the PR & Media Coordinator for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.
Amie Rukenstein
Amie lives in the recently-restored oldest structure in Titusville and has worked for MercerMe since August 2019. As the CFO of a company that manages affordable housing, and board member of several non-profit organizations, she finds herself most often with her laptop open and excel and google on the screen. Amie received her BA in Political Science from Marist College and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Our Team

Drew Mumich
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Renata Barnes
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Local voices sharing local issues is part of what makes MercerMe so special. We welcome guest posts, photography, letters to the editor, and tips on news and events!

History & Hightlights

The Beginning: MercerMe was born from a mommy-blog written by now publisher Mary Galioto and two friends. MercerMe and its current model was established in December of 2013 to provide the sorely needed news this community has been looking for. The publication has since continued under Galioto’s guidance, always with our readers and our community in mind.
MercerMe Received a Grow and Strengthen Grantalong with support and mentorshipfrom Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Mediain 2014.
MercerMe Welcomes Mayor Cathleen Lewis as Columnist: From 2014 to 2016, we were proud publishers of a column “Mommy Mayor” by Lawrence Township’s former mayor, Cathleen Lewis, who wrote of her take on work-life balance and life as a publically involved working mom.
Letters to the Editor: We started accepted letters to the editor in October 2014 to expand community participation possibilities and ensure that MercerMe really continues to serve as the community’s news source.
The Taste Chase: One of our highlights is our popular column, The Taste Chase, written by Pennington resident Renata Barnes. She scouts out the tastiest treats from all corners of Mercer County. Yum it up and binge on some of her past reviews by clicking this link!
MercerMe’sCut Throat Cookie: This is not your grandma’s holiday cookie exchange. Not unless your grandma is well-versed in smack talk and has a filthy mouth. MercerMe’s Cut Throat Cookie is a competitive and lively cookie contest and exchange that brings together the love of baking and the glory of bragging. Wonderfully organized and hosted by MercerMe’s best and bravest supporters most notably the amazing Renata Barnes (also of The Taste Chase).