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Two incumbents, newcomer secure seats for Lawrence school board
By Lea Kahn Staff Writer
Two incumbent school board members will be joined by a newcomer when the Lawrence Township Public Schools Board of Education reorganizes in January. Incumbent school board member Michele Bowes was the top vote-getter with 4,001 votes, followed by newcomer Diana Pasculli with 3,939 votes. Incumbent school board member Arundel Clarke received 3,745 votes. Candidate Thomas Figueira earned 2,324 votes. The term is for three years. The vote tallies were certified by Mercer County oﬃcials and released Nov. 22. The certified vote tallies included early voting, mailin ballots, Election Day voting and provisional ballots. Bowes, Clarke and Pasculli ran as a slate of candidates on the “Students First” ticket. Bowes will begin her fourth term on the school board when it reorganizes in January. She is the chair of the Mental Health and Guidance Committee, and also serves on the school board’s Curriculum and Instruction, Personnel and Equity committees.
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Bowes said she was running for re-election because she wants to continue to build on the progress that has been made in the district. The schools play a critical role in a child’s future, and she is devoted to their success, she said. Clarke, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the school board in 2022, was elected to his first full term. He is the chairman of the school board’s Equity Committee. He said he was running for reelection to help continue building relationships within the district among the growing and diverse communities that have concerns about academic, inclusive and equitable growth in the best interests of the students. Pasculli, who has a background in education, sought election to the school board so she could become more engaged in the education community and work with fellow board members, administrators, students, families and educators. Pasculli said she had devoted her entire career to education – first as a middle school teacher and then working on statewide school laws and policies. Within each role, she has worked to improve the educational opportunities for all children.
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Out with the old, in with the new
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On Feb. 23, 2024, the Lawrence Township Police Department will be 100 years old! On Nov. 21, we received our new “Centennial Entry Banner!” As part of our centennial celebrations, events and happenings, we are replacing our old “90th Anniversary” banner with a new one. The new one was designed by Lt. Michael Whitmore (who is our Centennial Committee Chairman) and created locally by “FastSigns.” Chief Christopher Longo also pitched in and helped Public Works hang the new banner. We hope and expect that our new banner will be up for generations to come!
Incumbent, newcomer look forward to terms on Lawrence Township Council By Lea Kahn Staff Writer
tion to a full term in 2020. Ryan said he was running for a second, full term for the same reason that he ran for his first full term – “to keep Lawrence Township affordable while maintaining the level of infrastructure and services that make it a desirable place to live.” “Keeping the town affordable and maintaining services is a matter of how municipal tax dollars are allocated in the municipal budget,” he said. “Reviewing the budget, line item by line item, would help to fight the rising costs of services in the township.” In his second term, Ryan said he would like to improve how the township communicates with residents. An important first step has been livestreaming the Township Council meetings, but more can be done, he said. Farmer said she wanted to serve on the Township Council because it is the next logical step in community involvement. She is completing a three-year term on the Lawrence Township Public Schools Board of Education and is the school board president.
During her term on Township Council, Farmer said she would like to promote community engagement and participation. She also would like to implement economic opportunities in the township. Farmer said she would like to maintain healthy environments, such as parks and trails, and to introduce more opportunities for art and culture. Perry said she wanted to run for Township Council because she wanted to protect the quality of life in Lawrence. She wants to work with the council and Municipal Manager Kevin Nerwinski to bring in affordable housing. She also wants to maintain high quality services and reasonable property taxes. She said she would like to address “as best as possible” the issues facing the community. She would like to bring thriving businesses to Lawrence Township without sacrificing the environment. Perry said she is committed to the challenge of working hard to ensure Lawrence Township residents are proud and happy to live in the town.
The re-election of incumbent Township Councilman John Ryan and the election of two newcomers to the Lawrence Township Council has been confirmed by Mercer County election oﬃcials, following the Nov. 7 general election. By Lea Kahn Staff Writer Ryan and his running mates, Patricia Hendricks Farmer and Olympia I’Liou Perry – all The Lawrence Township Council Democrats – were unopposed in their quest for a awarded a one-year contract to trash four-year term on the Township Council. hauler Interstate Waste Services for Farmer was the top vote-getter with 4,978 residential garbage and bulk item col- votes, followed by Ryan with 4,937 votes and lection, beginning Dec. 1. Perry with 4,886 votes. The Township Council awarded The vote tallies were certified by Mercer the $1.3 million contract to the Ew- County oﬃcials and released Nov. 22. The certiing Township-based hauler at its Nov. fied vote tallies included early voting, mail-in bal9 meeting. Interstate Waste Services lots, Election Day voting and provisional ballots. was the only bidder for the job. Ryan, who is serving in the ceremonial role of The contract begins Dec. 1 and mayor for 2022 and 2023, was seeking his second ends Nov. 30, 2024. There is an op- term on Township Council. He was appointed to tion to renew for four additional fill out an unexpired term in 2019 and won elecyears, ending Nov. 30, 2028. Household garbage will continue to be picked up weekly, but bulk waste – which had been collected Calendar ............................................................................................... 2A News: ....................................................................................................(609) 924-3244 each week, along with household Classiﬁ ed .............................................................................................. 7A Classiﬁ ed: ............................................................................................(609) 924-3250 garbage – will be picked up once per Town Forum ......................................................................................... 4A Advertising: .........................................................................................(609) 924-3244 month. There is a limit of three bulk To subscribe: ........................................................................ 856-779-3800 ext 3022 items to be collected monthly. Bulk waste is anything that does not fit into the Lawrence Townshipissued blue containers. Read Digital Issues Online. Packet Media LLC is offering a new way for readers to access their news each week. Visit www.centraljersey.com, Reducing the number of bulk go to the “Papers” tab and scroll to the bottom to “Read Digital Issues Online.” Outside of the breaking news and updates we post each day on the website, collections results in a savings of you’ll be able to “flip through” each week’s newspapers in their actual format. It’s the next best thing to holding your newspaper in your hands! $199,645, Municipal Manager Kevin Nerwinski said. Nevertheless, the new contract represents a 14% increase over the expiring contract. “There were no bidders for the organic recycling program, so it is being temporarily suspended as of Nov. 30,” Nerwinski said. “There were about 100 households that SCAN QR CODE TO LEARN MORE & had participated in the program. They made direct payHVAC SERVICE ment to the hauler of $38.50 DUCT CLEANING Yo u r Ho me. Yo u r E xp e r t. per month for the service.” HUMIDIFIERS / DEHUMIDIFIERS AND MUCH MORE! Township oﬃcials will Limit one system per offer. Promotion expires 12/31/23. Cannot be look to alternatives to revive combined with any other offer. Plan members excluded. Residential only. Promotion expires 12/31/23; Cannot be combined with any other offer. Additional surcharges may apply. Residential only. Other Exclusions may apply. the organic recycling proSCHEDULE ONLINE! gram, Nerwinski said.
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The Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults has in-person lunches at nine of its locations. The Nutrition Program for Older Adults provides a daily nutritionally balanced meal Monday through Friday, except for county and/or municipal holidays. All meals meet the required one-third of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) daily referenced intake of nutrients for an individual 60 years or older. Meals are available to Mercer County residents age 60 or older and their spouses (regardless of age), any county resident with a disability whose primary caregiver is a program participant, anyone volunteering in the program, and the personal care aides of program participants when they accompany a partici-
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pant to the site where the meals are provided. In-person services will be hosted at: Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center and Sam Naples Community Center in Trenton, Lawrence Township Senior Center, Princeton Café for Older Adults, John O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center in Hamilton, Hamilton Senior Center, Hopewell Valley Senior Center, Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing, and Robbinsville Senior Center. Most meal services begin at 11:30 a.m., although times may vary by location, so call 609-989-6650 or inquire at a local site. No payment is required for a meal; however, there is a suggested donation of $1 for each meal provided. Reservations are required; call 609-9896650 to reserve a spot. Monthly menus can be found on the Nutrition Program for Older Adults web page. If transportation is a barrier to participating in the congregate meals, Mercer County TRADE may be able to help; call 609-5301971 or email email@example.com. Some of the sites also may have transportation options for its participants. There may be home-delivered options. For more information, call 609-989-6650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Each year Operation Yellow Ribbon (OYR) and the local community partner together for the December holidays to send a “taste from home” to U.S. Troops deployed in The Middle East and far from home during the December holidays: We are asking anyone who would like to purchase and drop off the following types of items and products that are store purchased only and already fully sealed by the manufacturer. Ideas of items include: • Candy Canes • Cans of ground coffee • Boxes of tea bags • Hot Chocolate • Holiday Themed Tins of Cookies • Holiday Themed Chocolates • Holiday Themed Candy • Hanukkah Gelt (chocolate gold coins), Dreidels, & Hanukkah Candles • Little Debbie Holiday Cakes/Snacks • Hostess Holiday Cakes/Snacks • Royal Dansk Cookie Tins (Butter Cookies) • Store purchased cookies such as Oreos, Nabisco, Chips Ahoy, Keebler, Mallomars, Lorna Doone, Archway etc. • Kellogg’s Rice Crispy Treats • Gingerbread House Kits Please contact OYRofSJ@gmail.com with any questions or if more information is needed.
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Call to action on a drug-free lifestyle
In recognition of last month’s National Red Ribbon Week, the Partnership for a DrugFree New Jersey encourages students across the state to participate in programs that promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. “The red ribbon isn’t just a symbol; it’s a call to action,” said Angelo Valente, the partnership’s executive director. “We ask students to join hands with us and make a meaningful Friday, Dec. 1 impact in our state. Together, we can inspire Bordentown Township Tree Lighting Cer- a drug-free future and empower our youth to emony at 6 p.m., Senior Community Center, make positive choices.” 3 Municipal Dr. One partnership initiative is the 2023-’24 Chocolate Walk in Bordentown City from fourth grade folder contest, an annual compe5:30-8:30 p.m. tition for students to showcase their creativity by illustrating the theme, Fun Things to Do Instead of Doing Drugs. Entries will be accepted until Dec. 7. The Cranbury Public Library (CPL) is located at 30 Park Place West. For more information on listed events please call (609) 7226992. Dec. 1 – all day – Inaugural Holiday Tree Decorating and Lighting at 4:40 p.m. Dec. 1 – 11 a.m. – Communicating Your Health Priorities. Dec. 2 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Bob Ross Painting Workshop: Winter Wonderland. Dec. 2 – Noon to 2 p.m. – Meet the Artist – Kathleen Maguire Morolda. Dec. 4 – 4 p.m. – Pawns Pathways at CPL Chess Club. Dec. 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Spinning Yarns. Dec. 6 – 11 a.m. – Family Storytime. Dec. 7 – 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Mindful Movements and Guided Meditation. Dec. 7 – 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Thursday Crafternoon: Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? Navigators. Dec. 7 – 6:30 p.m. – Knot Your Momma’s Yarn Club. Dec. 8 – 10 a.m. – Book Sale. Dec. 8 – 10:30 a.m. – Parachute Play. Dec. 8 – 1 p.m. – Mah-jong Meetup.
Continued from Page 2A There are two exciting opportunities to watch the 71st reenactments of General George Washington crossing the Delaware River. They will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 25th from noon to 3 p.m. at Washington Crossing Historic Park, located at the intersection of Routes 532 and 32 (River Road) in Bucks County, Pa. The actual crossings will take place at 1 p.m. For more information visit WashingtonCrossingPark.org.
The Bordentown Township Police Department offers Straight to Treatment on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Insurance is not necessary to receive assistance. Neither is residency in Burlington County. No appointment is needed. For more information visit www.straighttotreatment.com or email treatment@ co.burlington.nj.us.
Bordentown City holds a farmers market rain or shine outside Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks Street. For inclement weather, the market is moved indoors.
Bordentown Library events
Bordentown Library is located at 18 E. Union St., Bordentown. For more information about the events below call 609-298-0622 or Avisit https://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/locations/bordentown-library. Dec. 1 – 10 a.m. – Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange. Dec. 1 – 1 p.m. – Mah-jong Meetup. Dec. 2 – 10 a.m. – Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange. Dec. 4 – 10 a.m. – ELL English Language Learners. Dec. 5 – 10:30 a.m. – Baby and Toddler Time. Dec. 5 – 6 p.m. – Create Your Own Scrapbook: Card Kit Class. Dec. 6 – 10 a.m. – ELL English Language Learners. Dec. 6 – 10:30 a.m. – Kids’ MusicRound. Dec. 6 – 5 p.m. – Pinot’s Palette Art Class: Wishful Snowfall. Dec. 7 – 11 a.m. – Gentle Yoga. Dec. 7 – Noon – Community Resource
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Cranbury Arts Council Gourgaud Gallery Gourgaud Gallery is located in Town Hall, 23-A North Main St. The gallery will host an Open Call Exhibit in December. This is our 13th annual event and the theme this year is TREES, FLOWERS AND WATER. The exhibit will run Sunday, Dec. 3 (Reception 1-3 p.m.) to Wednesday, Dec 28. Admission to the gallery is free. The show will feature several different mediums (paintings, drawings, photography, collage), in a variety of styles and sizes, created by many different artists. In addition to the artwork hanging on the walls, there will be a basket of matted unframed work to choose
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By Anish A. Sheth, MD
Revolutionizing Colorectal Cancer Screening: AI-Assisted Colonoscopy
dvances in artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming life as we know it. And in fact, when it comes to colon cancer, AI is helping save lives. Doctors at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center’s (PMC) Center for Digestive Health are using AIassisted technology to help detect hard-to-find precancerous polyps during screening colonoscopy. About Colorectal Cancer Colorectal cancer, which includes colon and rectal cancers, is one of the most common types of cancer — and one of the most preventable — in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 153,000 new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in the United States this year, and nearly 53,000 people will die from the disease. Further, rates of colorectal cancer are disproportionately increasing among people under age 55. Since the mid-1990s, the rate of adults under age 55 diagnosed with colorectal cancer, has increased approximately 2% annually, according
to the American Cancer Society, doubling over the past two decades. Moreover, the majority of cases diagnosed in younger people are advanced, making them more diﬃcult to treat. Researchers continue to study the cause of the rapid increase in colorectal cancers among younger adults. However, certain risk factors likely contribute to cases among adults of all ages. They include: • History. A person is more likely to develop colorectal cancer if one or more family members have had the disease. Certain genetic conditions, a history of polyps in the colon or rectum, a past colorectal cancer or inﬂammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, also increases risk. • Lifestyle. A diet that is high in red and processed meats and/or low in fiber, as well as smoking, alcohol consumption and physical inactivity increases the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer.
ner lining of the colon or rectum. These polyps — medically termed adenomas — usually don’t cause symptoms, but some can change into cancer over time. That’s why early detection is key. When polyps are caught early, they can be removed before they turn cancerous. And if a polyp is cancerous, it can often be treated and cured with surgery if detected early. The American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk of developing colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. Those with a family history of the disease should begin screening earlier in consult with their physician. Moreover, if symptoms do occur, you should see your doctor right away. Symptoms include: • Changes in bowel habits. • Blood in stool. • Abdominal pain and cramping. • Unexplained weight loss.
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vention of colon cancer, and the recent integration of AI in colonoscopy has ushered in a new era. At PMC’s Center for Digestive Health, gastroenterologists use GI Genius, an FDA approved system with AI, for screening and surveillance colonoscopy. While the physician views realtime images of the colon, the system — informed by algorithms — aids detection by highlighting a potential polyp, calling attention to small polyps and polyps that are ﬂat. While AI-assisted colonoscopy is state-of-the-art technology, it cannot replace the skill and judgment of a well-trained clinician. The tool is designed to aid medical professionals and support their decision-making. Clinical studies with the GI Genius platform have revealed a roughly 13% increase in polyp detection using AI-assisted colonoscopy versus standard colonoscopy. Reduce Your Risk As with all cancers, early detection of colorectal cancers usually results in better outcomes. That is why it is important to follow through on regular screenings and contact your
doctor if you are experiencing symptoms. Lifestyle habits such as eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding tobacco, can also reduce the risk of developing colorectal and other cancers, and have the added benefit of improving your overall health. The Direct Access Colonoscopy Program at PMC’s Center for Digestive Health helps speed the scheduling of routine screening colonoscopies for patients who meet certain criteria. To learn more about the Direct Access Colonoscopy Program, call (609) 853-6390. To find a gastroenterologist aﬃliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Health call 1 (888) 742-7496 or visit www.princetonhcs.org. Anish Sheth, MD., is board certified in gastroenterology. He is Chief of Gastroenterology and Co-Medical Director of the Center for Digestive Health at Penn Medicine Princeton Health.
By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director, New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Don’t cut funds for saving open space and farmland!
our years ago, residents of rural Warren County were shocked when a Pennsylvania developer announced plans to build 2.8 million square feet of warehouses on 600 acres of prime farmland in White Township. From the local viewpoint, nothing about the Jaindl Land Co. plan made sense. High quality soils for growing crops would be destroyed forever, eliminating a source of local food. The site is far from the nearest major highway, meaning truck traﬃc would be routed along narrow, winding county roads. The property lacks infrastructure like public sewers and water. Fortunately, New Jersey’s farmland preservation program came to the rescue earlier this month with an offer to permanently protect the property as farmland. Susan Payne, executive director of the State Agriculture Development Committee, indicated that her agency stands prepared to make offers to keep other farms from being lost to development. New Jersey has the ability to protect properties like the farm in White Township thanks to its dedicated funding for land preservation. In 2014, Garden State voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot question amending the state constitution to allow a percentage of the state’s Corporate Business Tax (CBT) to be used to preserve open space, city parks, farmland, and historic sites. This steady and reliable funding source has been exactly what the nation’s most densely populated state needs. It allows New Jersey to protect vitally important lands that grow food, provide outdoor recreation, protect wildlife, safeguard clean water and air, and reduce the impacts of climate change. It lets the state buy out ﬂood-prone residential
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properties and turn them into parks and open space, and clean up hazardous polluted sites. But unless the state Legislature and Gov. Phil Murphy act quickly, New Jersey could lose a huge chunk of this incredibly valuable funding source. A CBT surcharge is set to expire at the end of 2023, triggering the loss of tens of millions of dollars annually for state, county, local and non-profit preservation efforts and severely reducing New Jersey’s ability to invest in residents’ health, safety and quality of life by preserving land. A coalition of organizations committed to land conservation, agriculture, historic preservation, environmental protection, urban parks, and outdoor recreation are asking Gov. Murphy and the state Legislature to restore the CBT surcharge. According to the New Jersey Keep It Green Coalition, the state will lose over $60 million in environmental program funding annually, including $48 million for open space, farmland, ﬂood protection, historic preservation and $12 million for community
hazardous site cleanups. Over the coming decade, the losses would add up to about $436 million. “The price of land is one of the largest challenges faced by the Green Acres Program, and cutting the program budget by tens of millions of dollars each year will undermine the state’s ability to provide all residents access to high-quality open spaces,” said a letter from the New Jersey Keep It Green Coalition. The Coalition is also encouraging counties and municipalities to pass resolutions calling on the governor and the Legislature to restore the surcharge. Without the CBT surcharge, the state may not be able to save prime farmland like the property in White Township when the need arises. It may also have to say no to muchneeded projects to create new parks and open spaces in New Jersey’s cities. For example, in Camden a partnership of nonprofits and government agencies are working to protect multiple properties to create a greenway along the Back Channel of the Delaware River. Located across from Petty’s
Island, this greenway would give the public access to water-based recreation like fishing and kayaking. The project is complicated and state funding and partnership is critical to its success. The CBT surcharge is a 2.5% tax on every dollar of corporate profits above $1 million. Eliminating it would benefit only the top 2% of big businesses – while hurting millions of New Jerseyans. Let’s not forget that preserving parks and open space makes economic sense. Outdoor recreation and tourism – including fishing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, bird-watching, hunting, boating, horseback riding and other sports – create jobs and bring in billions of dollars in revenue to outdoor-oriented businesses. Green spaces also provide vital ecosystem services in a changing climate, helping to reduce extreme heat, stormwater runoff and ﬂooding. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Studies have shown that every $1 invested in New Jersey’s land preservation efforts returns $10 in economic value to the state. Speak out for keeping the CBT surcharge in place! Please contact Gov. Murphy and the state senator and assembly members serving your legislative district. To see a copy of the sample resolution being considered by municipalities, go to https://anjec.org/action-alerts/. To find your legislators, go to www.njleg.state.nj.us/ district-map. And for more information on protecting New Jersey’s land and natural resources, visit the New Jersey Conservation Foundation website at www.njconservation.org or contact me at email@example.com.
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First phase of Watershed’s Wargo Pond restoration complete
Crews from Capela Construction install the new mechanisms and outflow to Wargo Pond on The Watershed Institute property.
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Phase one of Wargo Pond has been completed.
After months of construction and repairs, phase one of the Wargo Pond restoration is complete. The necessary repairs to the mechanisms that regulate the water level, the structure of the pond, and the earthen dam are finished and Wargo Pond is holding water again. ‘We are very excited that life can return to Wargo Pond,” said Jim Waltman, executive director of The Watershed Insitute. ‘The pond has been a such a popular spot on the Watershed Reserve for over 50 years. It is exciting that it’ll be part of our watershed education and activities again.” The pond had been drained of water since 2019 when the mechanisms that regulate the water level failed. With the help of a $475,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Stewardship Program, and private donors, fixing the pond began earlier this summer. “Now that the structural repairs have been done to the pond, our team will be focusing on habitat restoration over the next two years,” said Kory Dudash, conservation and sustainability director. “This is an exciting project for the Watershed, and we’ll continue removing dead ash trees, improve our trails, and plant more native trees and shrubs around the pond that will
grow for generations to come.” Wargo Pond has been a central part of The Watershed Institute’s education and recreation activities and a vibrant wildlife habitat since its construction in the late 1960s. After the mechanism that regulates the pond’s water level failed in 2019, The Watershed Institute was required to drain the pond. Before doing so, more than one thousand fish were removed from the pond and transported to a local wildlife management area. In addition, silt had accumulated in the pond over the years, reducing the pond’s depth, diminishing its habitat for fish and wildlife that require deeper water, and caused the water that remained in the pond to heat up. The construction that finished this fall has fixed all of those issues. “We’re excited to see what birds and wildlife return now that the construction is complete,” Waltman said. “It was host to so many species like turtles, herons, egrets, and bald eagles. It is amazing to see how quickly some of them have returned once there was water in the pond.” The trails around the pond are open again and the small parking area is accessible. Please note that hunting season began on Nov. 27 across The Watershed Institute. To learn more, visit www.thewatershed.org.
A great blue heron rests on the bank of Wargo Pond.
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The 22nd season of Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey (GOTRCNJ) is gearing up for the fall season. Hickory Corner Branch Library is located at 138 Hickory Volunteer coaches are needed in Somerset, Middlesex and Corner Road, East Windsor. Monmouth Counties. Please reach out to donna.york@girlsonDec. 1 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Creation Station. Hillsborough Branch Library therun.org for more information. Dec. 1 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Dance Party. The library is part of the Somerset County Library System Coaches do not need to be runners or athletic. The goal Dec. 1 – 2-4 p.m. – Matinee Movie: “Now You See Me.” at 379 S. Branch Road. For more information on the events of the coaches is not to teach the girls how to run. The key Dec. 2 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Family Fun Time. visit sclsnj.org. takeaway from the curriculum is for the girls to learn about Dec. 2 – 11:30-12:30 p.m. – Free Play with mTiny Robots. Dec. 1 – 10:30-10:50 a.m. – Baby Rhythm and Rhyme confidence, character, caring, connection, and contribution to Dec. 3 – 12:30-2 p.m. – NaNoWriMo Wrap Up Party! Time. community. The girls learn to build self-worth, recognize their Dec. 3 – 2-4 p.m. – Matinee Movie: “The Prestige.” Dec. 2 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Saturday Stations. inner power to make positive decisions in their lives, while celDec. 4 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Messy Monday. Dec. 4 – 3:30-7:30 p.m. – Homework Help Center. ebrating their uniqueness. These dynamic lessons instill valuDec. 4 – 10:30-11:30 a.m. – ESL Conversation. Dec. 4 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Writers Group. able life skills including the important connection between Dec. 4 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Learn How to Play Spades. Dec. 5 – 10:30-11 a.m. – American Sign Language Story- emotional and physical health, RELEASE DATE—Sunday, December Dec. 4 – 5-5:30 p.m. – Schoo-age STEAM: Make Your Own time. There is17, still2023 time to volunteer as a coach or to start a new Stamp and Art. Dec. 5 – 2-3 p.m. – Crafternoon Tea. site for the Fall season. For information go to www.gotrcnj.org Dec. 4 – 7-7:30 p.m. – Makerspace Monday: Make Your Dec. 5 – 7-7:50 p.m. – Suspense with Susie Book Discus- or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Own Stamp and Art. Edited by Patti Varol Dec. 5 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Storytime. 85 Nasal irrigation 43 Awake before 13 Interpretation “CREATURES 81 Cable network 115 Bird that thinks Dec. 5 -5-5:30 p.m. – Chanukah Storytime. vessels the alarm first provided OF HABIT” it’s a restaurant that’s a nonprofit 87 Backstage crew 44 Headwear for a SOTU BY REBECCA critic? 82 Trouble Dec. 6 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Discovery Time. 88 First Nations sported by address in 2021 GOLDSTEIN & 118 Finished 83 Observe Dec. 6 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Caregiver Support Group. people Rihanna on the 14 Comfort item for 119 __ City: RACHEL FABI 84 Cozy room 89 Like some cover of British some tots Pittsburgh 86 Insects that Dec. 6 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Current Events Chat. intricate designs Vogue 15 Light show? 120 “__ did I just ACROSS think they’re Dec. 6 – 4:30-5:15 p.m. – Chess Club. 46 Consider, as an 91 Before birth 16 Principle watch?” outfielders? 1 Squirrel’s 92 “I love everything idea celebrated on 121 Don 90 Teensy bit cheekful Dec. 6 – 6:30-7 p.m. – Evening Storytime. you’ve done 47 Prepares at the first night of 122 Try again 93 Wool type 6 Whole bunch Dec. 7 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Baby time. here” a state fair, Kwanzaa 123 Little helper? 94 Olympic 10 “I did it!” 98 “I’ll drink to that” perhaps 17 Iotas 124 Simplicity swimmers 14 Spumante Dec. 7 – 11-11:45 a.m. – Basic Skills Craft for Adults. 99 Hunger for 48 Gym 20 __-pedi 125 Pedometer Crocker and specification Dec. 7 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Crochet and Knit Corner. 100 Ran very slowly 49 Lye, in a lab 23 Used up units Thorpe 18 Faith with 101 Receive 50 Syst. between 28 Stores with 95 “Groovy” a shrine in Dec. 7 – 5-5:30 p.m. – Crafternoon: Owl Babies Painting. 102 Put on the Baltimore and Småland play DOWN 96 Picture of the Hanging Dec. 8 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Story and Snack: Reindeer. market D.C. areas 1 Basics Pluto? Gardens of Haifa Dec. 8 – 11-11:45 a.m. – Basic Skills Craft for Adults. 103 Breads with 53 Fez danglers 29 Gives a zero2 Pod used as 19 Healing succulent 97 “Star __” pockets star review, say 57 Enters a chocolate 99 Lambs that think 20 Silent stars? Dec. 8 – 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Creation Station. 105 Rich cake 59 __ cucumber 31 Cry from a substitute they’re census 21 “The Chi” Dec. 8 – 2-4 p.m. – Matinee Movie: “The Commuter.” 106 Single-masted 62 Blast letters Mega Millions 3 “Such a flirt!” takers? creator Waithe
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Twin Rivers Branch Library is located at 276 Abbington Drive, East Windsor. Dec. 5 – 2-3 p.m. – Craft and Chat. Dec. 6 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Baby time.
Hightstown Branch Library
Hightstown Branch Library is located at 115 Franklin, Hightstown. Dec. 2 – 3 p.m. – Visit with Santa. Dec. 4 – 10 a.m. – Vamos A Aprender! Bilingual Story Time. Dec. 4 – 6 p.m. – Kindergarten to Grade 8 tutoring. Dec. 6 – 10 a.m. – Kids’ Concert with Miss Kim. Dec. 6 – 2-3 p.m. – Crafty Adults: Felted Soap. Dec. 7 – 10 a.m. – ABC Play Time. Dec. 7 – noon to 12:45 p.m. – Guided Meditation.
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East Windsor to participate in Womanspace’s “Communities of Light” at the municipal building, 16 Lanning Blvd. at 5 p.m., Dec. 4. The lighting up ceremony will be followed by light refreshments. Citizens can participate by purchasing luminary kits, containing six candles each, for $10 at any time at the Police/Municipal Court Building, 80 One Mile Road, and bringing luminary kits to the event. All proceeds will go 100% directly to Womanspace, the primary Mercer County organization providing a comprehensive array of services to individuals affected by domestic violence and dedicated to improving the quality of life of abuse victims and their families. For further information, call (609) 448-5678, ext. 232.
Hightstown Elks Lodge No. 1955
Hightstown Elks Lodge No. 1955 invites everyone to two holiday events. Dec. 10 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Breakfast with Santa, 110 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor. Visit www.elks1955.org to reserve seats.
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