Singer-songwriter Kate Taylor, sister of James Taylor, will be performing a benefit concert for the preservation of the Carter Road area on Thursday March 26 at 7:00 pm at the Off-Broad Street Theater in Hopewell Borough. Bill Flemer’s Riverside Bluegrass Band will open the concert after dessert and beverages.

Proceeds will help preserve 320 acres of land at the former Western Electric campus straddling both sides of Carter Road in Hopewell Township right outside of Hopewell Borough. The land will become an open-access park connecting to the Hopewell-Lawrenceville Trail (LHT).

The Carter Road acquisition is of significant conservation value, as identified by the late Ted Stiles, because of its water resources, wetlands, forest and habitats for wildlife, as well as being part of a contiguous corridor of preserved open space and farmland leading from Hopewell Valley to the Sourland Mountains. This innovated land preservation will preserve not only the land and water resources, but also the quality of life in this region.

After years of litigation, the funds for the property has been partially met through funds coming from Mercer County, Hopewell Township, Princeton, Lawrence Township, Pennington Borough, Hopewell Borough, state of NJ DEP Green Acres, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Friends of Princeton Open Space, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Stony Brook-Millstone Association, and D&R Greenway Land Trust.

Carter Road map JPEGAt this point, the campaign is only $160,000 shy of its goal and must be raised by April 1, the closing date. A citizens-based regional preservation effort is being led by New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Hopewell Valley Citizens’ Group which has already raised $1.1 million in private funds.

Tickets are limited to the first 100 reservations for a tax-deductible donation of $100.00 online at: https://–road-preservation-concert.

If you are not able to attend, please consider supporting the Carter Road Preservation with a donation. Every gift helps!


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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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