The Hopewell Valley Education Support Professionals Association (HVESPA) and Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) have reached a contract agreement. As reported by MercerMe, (Hopewell Valley ESPA Contract Negotiations Stall and Hopewell Valley Education Support Professionals Association Urge Resolution) after the sides were unable to reach an agreement after more than 18 months through the typical negotiation process, a mediator was utilized, and when that failed, a fact-finder was brought to the table mid-April.
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.