Under a cloudy sky that threatened rain, a current of students streamed into Lawrence High School from buses and sidewalks: the first day of school underway. 

Before classes officially began, Principal David Adam took time to recognize the high school’s 50th anniversary, since opening its doors on September 7, 1966. Students, teachers, Board of Education members, Mayor David Maffei, Town Council members, the Lawrence Township Education Foundation members, Chief of Police Mark Ubry, and Superintendent Dr. Crystal Edwards were in attendance. Though unable to make the ceremony, Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman sent a joint resolution, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes sent a proclamation.

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Before cutting the celebratory ribbon, Principal Adam expressed his gratitude to all of the people in attendance by saying, “Magic happens every morning. It’s a special place. The high school isn’t just a building, it’s part of the community. That’s what we are here to celebrate and this is just the beginning. Throughout the school year we’ll have many small events. We’re very excited about it.”

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Angela Jacobs
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.


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