A Barn Dance and Silent Auction to benefit the Carter Road Preservation Project, hosted by New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Hopewell Valley Citizens’ Group, will be held Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 7-9:30 pm at Music Together, 225 Hopewell-Pennington Rd, Hopewell.

Local chefs and bakers are donating sweet and savory treats. The caller will be Sue Dupré. Live music performed by Bill Flemer’s Riverside Bluegrass Band. Tickets: $50 with a reservation by Wednesday Feb. 11, or, $60 at the door. Soft soled shoes only! RSVP requested at

The Carter Road Preservation Project will save 320 acres on the east and west sides of the former Western Electric campus on Carter Road and forever end plans for major commercial development, high density housing and 4,500 vehicles commuting through local roads in central NJ to this beautiful rural site. This preserved open space will be the centerpiece of a corridor of preserved farmlands and open space linking Hopewell Valley to the Sourland Mountains. The 320 acres will become a new public park with walking trails. This project also provides for the completion of the northern loop of the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail, a thirty mile regional trail system dedicated for walkers and cyclists.

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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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