To celebrate the 125th anniversary of its incorporation as a borough, Pennington has organized an open house of its six churches to be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 to be followed by an ecumenical service at 6 p.m. at the Pennington Presbyterian Church. The event is free and open to the public.

Participating churches include St. James Roman Catholic Church, 115 East Delaware Ave., Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main St., Pennington United Methodist Church, 80 South Main St., First Baptist Church of Pennington, Academy Ave., Bethel AME Church, 245 South Main St., and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 300 South Main St.

The churches will offer a tour and history of their houses of worship. Maps and tour booklets are available on line at or at the churches on the day of the event. Pennington’s churches have played an important role in the history and quality of life of the community. The church tour and ecumenical service are part of several events for the yearlong anniversary celebration. For more details visit and Pennington 125 on Face Book.

The Rev. Gregory Smith and Beverly Mills are co-chairs of the Ecumenical Sunday events and Council member Catherine “Kit” Chandler and former mayor and Councilman Edwin Weed Tucker are co-chairs of the Pennington 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee.

Celebrating our hometown heritage for 125 years is made possible by the generous financial contributions from our local businesses including Platinum sponsor GM CPA Financial, Premium Sponsors Flutter Boutique and The Pennington School, and Gold Sponsors Bank of Princeton, Blackwell Memorial Home, Alisandra Carnevale Law Offices, Pennington Economic Development Commission members, Gloria Nilson Realtors, Hopewell Valley Community Bank, Hopewell – Lambertville Eye Associates, Orion Jewelry, Pennington Business & Professional Association, Pennington Quality Market, Perfect Performance Fitness and Dancewear, Murray Peyton, Law Offices of Scarinci – Hollenbeck, Weidel Realtors, and Zoe Graphics, plus other business and individual patrons and with the help of many dedicated volunteers.




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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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