Hopewell Valley Neighbors August 2017

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r e i Prem ISSUE

Meet the Family of

Premier Issue

Elizabeth Sutton & Mark LaChance Finding the Right Note in Pennington

Cover photo by Mike Schwartz Photography

Hopewell Valley A community magazine serving the residents of Hopewell Township, Pennington Borough and Hopewell Borough N E I G H B O R S

WELCOME To Hopewell Valley Neighbors! Our Stories Our Families Our Community

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Blackwell Memorial Home www.blackwellmh.com 21 N. Main Street Pennington, NJ 08534

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DeSimone Orthodontics www.desimoneorthodontics.com 2 Tree Farm Road, Suite B-200 Pennington, NJ 08534 Flutter Boutique www.flutterstyle.com 20 S. Main Street Pennington, NJ 08534 Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate www.glorianilson.com 800 Denow Road, Suite N Pennington, NJ 08534


Mike Schwartz Photography www.mikeschwartz.photo 20 Coburn Road Pennington, NJ 08534 Northfield Bank www.enorthfield.com 4 Route 31 Pennington, NJ 08534 802 Denow Road Pennington, NJ 08534

Princeton Air Conditioning, Inc. www.princetonair.com 39 Everett Drive, Building D Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 Rosedale Mills www.rosedalemills.com 101 Route 31 North Pennington, NJ 08534

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Publication Team Co-Publishers: John Carson and Rachel Donington Content Coordinator: Charles Henderson Designer: Robin Stachura Contributing Photographer: Mike Schwartz Photography www.mikeschwartz.photo Phone: 609-273-8274 Email: mike@mssphoto.com Advertising Contact: John Carson Phone: 609-731-7665 Email: jcarson@bestversionmedia.com Contact: Rachel Donington Phone: 609-462-6786 Email: rdonington@bestversionmedia.com Feedback/Ideas/Submissions Have feedback, ideas or submissions? We are always happy to hear from you! Deadlines for submissions are 25th of each month. Go to www.bestversionmedia.com and click “Submit Content.” You may also email your thoughts, ideas and photos to rdonington@bestversionmedia.com. Content Submission Deadlines: Content Due: Edition Date: November 25............................... January December 25.............................. February January 25....................................... March February 25........................................ April March 25.............................................. May April 25.................................................June May 25................................................... July June 25............................................ August July 25........................................September August 25.......................................October September 25 ��������������������������November October 25................................ December Any content, resident submissions, guest columns, advertisements and advertorials are not necessarily endorsed by or represent the views of Best Version Media (BVM) or any municipality, homeowners associations, businesses or organizations that this publication serves. BVM is not responsible for the reliability, suitability or timeliness of any content submitted. All content submitted is done so at the sole discretion of the submitting party. © 2017 Best Version Media. All rights reserved.

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Dear Residents,


elcome to Hopewell Valley Neighbors! There are as many reasons to live in Hopewell Valley as there are wonderful neighbors, and our family-friendly lifestyle and sense of history tops most lists.

The aim of our magazine is to give you greater insight into the local people and businesses who contribute to making the many wonderful neighborhoods of Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, and Pennington Borough great places to live, work and raise our families. Look for lists of important information to keep you up-to-date and socializing, as well as timely tips from local Expert Contributors. Every month, we’ll introduce you to one of your neighbors who help make Hopewell Valley such an unmatched treasure. We would like to thank our local business leaders for their support in launching Hopewell Valley Neighbors: A&E Construction, Blackwell Memorial Home, DeSimone Orthodontics, Flutter Boutique, Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Knox Grove Financial, Mike Schwartz Photography, Northfield Bank, Occasions Paperie, Pennington Quality Market, Princeton Air Conditioning, and Rosedale Mills. These local businesses have all contributed for many years to our community, and they have extended that same commitment to bring Hopewell Valley Neighbors to you. This is your magazine. Please reach out to us with your story ideas, introduce us to your neighbors, and let us know areas of interest that would help you get the most out of Hopewell Valley. We look forward to working with you to showcase the many ways we can connect with our Hopewell Valley Neighbors! Co-Publishers John Carson 609-731-7665 Rachel Donington 609-462-6786

Expert Contributors

Construction and Home Repair A&E Construction Greg Fontaine – Owner 2479 Pennington Road Pennington, NJ 08534 Phone: 609-737-4452 greg.aeconstruction@gmail.com www.AEconstructionNJ.com

Financial Advisor Knox Grove Financial Christina Nash – President & CEO 23 Route 31 North, Suite B10 Pennington, NJ 08534 Phone: 609-216-7440 Christina@knoxgrove.com www.knoxgrovefinancial.com

Heating & Cooling Princeton Air Conditioning, Inc. Adam Czaplinski 39 Evertt Drive Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 Phone: 609-337-3627 adam.czaplinski@princetonair. lincservice.com www.princetonair.com Real Estate Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate Hopewell Valley 800 Denow Road, Suite N Pennington, NJ 08534 Phone: 609-737-9100 www.glorianilson.com

Community History

Our Hopewell Valley One History By David Blackwell


ur three municipalities: Hopewell, Pennington, and Hopewell Township have the same historical DNA. Beginning in 1687 after the survey of the Province Line, all three developed by clearing the same primeval forest within the same early boundaries, through the efforts of the same people. Our predecessors came here to grow wheat for export, and to grow food for their families. The land was called Hopewell as early as 1686. It stretched north from the Assunpink Creek, which flows through modern Trenton, and lay between the Province Line and the Delaware River. The iconic “sawtooth” northern boundary of Hopewell Township was surveyed in 1689. It was an expanse of tall hardwood trees, probably over 150 feet, and the canopy far above was filled with the songs of birds. The forest floor, where little sunlight fell, was generally open, and the rolling land was interrupted by leaning and fallen forest giants, rotting back into the ancient, never-tilled soil. Creeks and streams cut through the land, some draining to the Delaware River, others flowing to the Millstone and Assunpink. Along with these waterways, Indian trails were used to penetrate the forest, and to find places to start surveys for tracts of land. A few of the settlers were English Quakers from Burlington, but most were Long Island descendants of New Englanders. There was a smattering of New Netherlands Dutch. There were no towns at first, and our two Boroughs would not be created for another 200 years.

Even today, as we travel to work and events within our cherished Hopewell Valley, we use the ancient Indian pathways. One such is Route 31 – Pennington Road - including its old course as Main Street through Pennington. In 1689, this was the path from Trent’s Town to Wissamency, a stockaded Lenape village somewhere near the border of Hopewell and Amwell. Soon after 1700, this path became known as Roger’s Road after the Quaker doctor Roger Parke who lived along today’s Stoney Brook Road where he learned cures from the Indians.


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In 1722 and 1723, roads were built into the township to meet Roger’s Road at what is now Marshalls Corner. The first came south from the old York Road (from Ringoes), and the second came west from the Province line, in an alignment that is now Broad Street in Hopewell and passes by the Hopewell Valley Golf Course. The first church built in present Hopewell Township was the Presbyterian, constructed along Roger’s Road in 1725, where it crossed still another ancient trail, now Delaware Avenue in Pennington. The surrounding land was forest, except for a few settler’s clearings. The town of Pennington resulted from the church, and grew up around it. The second church in the Township was built in 1748, along the 1723 road, and the town of Hopewell grew up around it. The towns followed the churches, and grew directly from the religious needs of Township citizens. The two future Boroughs were not independent and different from the Township: they were nodes, and served the farmers’ needs. In 1876, the Delaware and Bound Brook railroad came through the Township. It passed close by the two principal towns. Stations were built in each. Soon new possibilities occurred to the citizens of the towns. A town could be a neat enclave of well graded streets, sidewalks, street lamps: a place to live for those who were more inclined to be tradesmen, shop keepers, and professionals, than farmers. The railroad meant that young men and women could travel daily for jobs, and that enterprising citizens could import products and materials and export finished goods. Both towns had entrepreneurs who brought in horses and cattle by railroad for the farmers to buy. Farmers cooperated with townsmen to start banks in both places. Soon both towns were incorporated, and both had associations of men who sought to attract new businesses, as well as telephone and electric services. Being separate from the Township, the town citizens could legislate their own non-farm issues. Still, farm produce and farm supplies flowed to and from the railroad and farms. Today we enjoy the special ambience of our towns and countryside. We shop at Pennington Market, and shop and dine in both towns. Visits to Titusville, Washington Crossing Park, the Howell Living History Farm, and the Hopewell Museum are invigorating and informative. The Township landscape is a tapestry of old hedgerows, farmhouses and barns that give us a unique identity. The streetscapes of Titusville, Pennington, and Hopewell are catalogues of historic architecture. Throughout the Valley our children utilize a single school district. We are a blessed community of three municipalities, bound by a single history and identity. Mr. Blackwell is a native of Hopewell Valley, where his family history reaches back to the beginning of the Township. He is a member of the Township Historic Preservation Commission, where he is a writer of historic designations. He is a long-term member of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and a frequent contributor of stories to its newsletter. He is also Archivist and Acting Curator of the Hopewell Museum. He will be contributing historical vignettes to this magazine.

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Open Air Theater at Washington Crossing Park: The Wizard of Oz August 4, 5 & 6 Time: 7:30pm

August 11, 12 &13 Time: 7:30pm

August 18, 19 & 20 Time: 7:30pm

Wednesdays through Labor Day

Quoits & Horseshoes @Train Station Hopewell Borough Time: 7pm www.hopewellboro-nj.us

Every third week of the month

Pet Adoption @Rosedale Mills Call 609-737-2008 for dates and times.

Snow White

August 4, 5 & 6 August 11, 12 & 13 Time: Friday and Saturday at 11am Sunday at 4pm


August 18, 19 & 20 August 25, 26 & 27 Time: Friday and Saturday at 11am Sunday at 4pm.

Every Saturday through mid-November

Pennington Farmers’ Market @Rosedale Mills New Vendors plus weekly ‘Artist in Resident’ sponsored by Hopewell Valley Arts Council Time: 9am – 1pm

Every Wednesday

Story Time! at Pennington Public Library www.penningtonlibrary.org Geared for Children Ages 2-4 years Time: 11am

Calendar of Events

This month at Hopewell Valley Vineyards: Visit www.hopwellvalleyvineyard.com for Artist Listings

Thursday evenings

Live Jazz

Time: 6-10pm Cost: Free

Friday evenings

Music & Merlot Time: 6-9pm

Fri., August 5

Magnolia Street String Band @the Gazebo Hopewell Borough Summer Concerts Series Time: 7:00-9:30pm - Rain Date August 7 www.hopewellboro-nj.us

Sat., August 12

Every Sunday

Jazzy Sundays Time: 2pm

Hopewell Township Parks & Recreation Summer Trips: www.hopewelltwp.org

2nd Annual Peach Festival Pennington Farmers’ Market @ Rosedale Mills Time: 9am – 1 pm

Mon., August 14

Mon., August 28

NY Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians @Yankee Stadium Time: 4pm-12am

Blawenburg Band Concert

Wed., August 30

@Train Station Hopewell Borough Time: 7:30pm www.hopewellboro-nj.us

@the American Music Theatre & Shady Maple Smorgasbord Time: 10:30am – 7:30pm

“Vegas Legends”


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Resident Feature

Our Family: Elizabeth Sutton and Mark LaChance Finding the Right Note in Pennington By Charlie Henderson Photos by Mike Schwartz Photography/ www.mikeschwartz.photo


riends surely play an important part in everyone’s life. For Elizabeth Sutton and Mark LaChance, recommendations from two friends played vital roles in bringing them together, and to the place they are happy to call home: Pennington. Without a surreptitious gesture by one friend, this couple might have never met. Elizabeth, then an aspiring opera star, had returned from Italy to try her luck on the big stage in New York City. As so many performers early in their careers must do, she supported herself by waitressing at Rosa Mexicano, an uptown restaurant. One night in January 2001, a young insurance executive named Mark LaChance and a female friend sat down for dinner. Mark’s friend thought that he and the vibrant, blue-eyed waitress would make quite the pair, and unbeknownst to him, convinced Elizabeth to provide her phone number, which she then turned over to him with the direction to call the waitress as soon as possible. As they say, the rest is history. Within weeks, the two were dating. Four years later, they got married in Mount Vernon, Virginia, with a lively ceremony attended by a George Washington impersonator. Eight and a half years later, their first daughter Madeline (Maddie) was born, followed by Eleanor (Elle) three years after. Their Upper West Side apartment was closing in on them, and the desire to


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raise a family on the streets of the city was losing its charm. The couple realized it was time to move on. What made the decision easier was a teaching offer to Elizabeth from Rider University’s prestigious Westminster Choir College. Here’s where another friend offered advice in an essential life decision for the couple. “I sat next to someone from Pennington on the first day I went to work in 1990,” said Mark. “We became great friends and he recommended Hopewell Valley to us. We would come down on the weekend and see 30 homes or so. I had spent over 18 years in New York, so I wasn’t even sure what two acres looked like.”

“Being so close to work, I can practice at home until the girls ask me to stop,” Elizabeth said jokingly. “But I then can go to my studio at Westminster and put in the work.” “It’s really about how hard she practices,” said Mark, a Brown University graduate and former Division One ice hockey defenseman. “He once scored seven goals in a hockey game,” Maddie proudly chimed in. “I’ve grown to like it,” said Mark when asked if he likes opera. “We attended a few when we lived in New York. When she was performing with the Milwaukee Opera over one summer I would go out for weekends.”

They both feel they have made the ultimate good decision.

Mark’s real test of dedication to her career came on an eventful day in January 2002.

“We loved living in New York: all the little things like walking to the store. And then we come here and the first supermarket we went to was like... Wow, the aisles are really wide,” Mark said laughingly. “And the carts were regular size, not kiddie carts.”

“Mark grew up in New England so he’s a huge Patriots football fan,” Elizabeth recounted. “And we were at Don Carlos at the Met (Metropolitan Opera) in New York, sitting in primo seats. Probably one of the most spectacular performances ever.

Elizabeth, who has worked as an Adjunct Professor of voice for 12 years at Westminster is delighted at the opportunity to live close to work in an area that allows her family to check off all the important lifestyle boxes. And while Mark commutes to New York City daily, Pennington allows them the best of city accessibility and suburban living.

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Meanwhile, his beloved Pats were winning a heart thumping divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders in an epic contest that became known as “The Snow Bowl.” “That’s love right there,” joked Mark. Moving to the Hopewell Valley has also allowed them to pursue other activities

when time permits. Elizabeth is an avid runner who has completed five marathons, as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. She is a yoga fan and often can be found at The Pennington Studio where she teaches private voice and runs a vocal program for elementary school students. One of Elizabeth’s dreams came true in 2015 when she made her debut at Carnegie Hall, but she also found enjoyment on a smaller stage at a cabaret evening at Hopewell Valley Vineyards. “It was called Seasons of Love; it was about relationships,” she mentioned. “I had a blast. I’m hopefully going to do it again in the fall.” Mark is a dedicated single handicap golfer who tries to sneak in a round most weekends. Like his wife, he is passionate about music and plays the drums for his band Tastes Like Chicken. It’s obvious that both Mark and Elizabeth are dedicated to their careers and other entertaining pursuits. Each summer they spend time with family at either Cape Cod, Massachusetts or the North Carolina beaches. It appears as though the performance gene has been passed down to their children. Maddie and Eleanor, both Toll Gate Elementary School students, are participating in the Hopewell Children’s Theater class this summer at Hopewell Valley Central High School, which culminates in a performance of Beauty and the Beast. Continued on page 8


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“We love it here,” gushed Elizabeth. “His commute is not fun, but I love this lifestyle. I love being able to tuck my kids in at night and not travel. I have friends who are singing all over the world and only can Skype with their kids and not see them for three months at a time. That’s a whole different lifestyle that I’m not interested in.”

area. I love being in a small town where many people know our family and people look out for one another.”

Know a neighbor who has a story to share? Nominate your neighbor to be featured in one of our upcoming issues! Contact Rachel Donington at rdonington@bestversionmedia.com.

“We love Hopewell Valley because of the schools, small community, and the fact that there is really something here for everyone,” she continued. “We love having access to both Philadelphia and New York City, but we also love the privacy and beauty of being in a more rural


President and CEO of Knox Grove Financial, LLC of Pennington, NJ Hello Hopewell Valley Neighbors!

As a Pennington business owner and Hopewell Township resident, I am delighted to contribute to the Hopewell Valley Neighbors Magazine. Some people feel intimidated when speaking about their financial plan because they find the information too confusing to understand. My goal is to provide easily understood financial information to empower you to make informed decisions about your financial future. Knowledge is Power! Every issue I will highlight a question from our readers. Submit your questions via E-Mail: info@knoxgrove.com or our Facebook page: KnoxGroveFinancial Each reader that submits a question will automatically be entered in our quarterly drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local Hopewell Valley business. I look forward to chatting with you. Wishing You Success,

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Real Estate

Look At Our Homes in Hopewell Valley! ACTIVE




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Love where you live…live where you love!

We are you! We live, work and play here in the Valley. We have raised our children here and have enjoyed life in what feels like small town America. We are active volunteers because we continually want to make a difference and care deeply about this community. Selling Hopewell Valley is easy and selling your home is our passion. River, canal, walking paths, Revolutionary War historical sights, one hour to the ocean and another to the mountains. 55 minutes if you can catch an express train to NYC. Philly, less than an hour by car or train. Convenient to shopping, dining and the Arts. Committed to serving you and experts in our field, we offer sound advice and continued guidance throughout the process of buying or selling.

Your goals are our goals. Let us help you achieve them!

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Community Events

Back to School in the Valley

Let’s Kick-Off Another Great Season!

Hopewell Valley Bulldogs Football 2017!

Mike Schwartz Photography/ www.mikeschwartz.photo

Hopewell Valley Regional School District 425 South Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534 Phone: 609-737-4000 www.hvrsd.org

Schools Opening Dates August 17 - 24 Orientation Week September 4 Labor Day September 5 Staff Development September 6 Grade 6 & Grade 9 Orientations September 7 First Day for All Students




Thursday, Aug. 31st Friday, Sept. 8th Saturday, Sept. 16th Friday, Sept. 22nd Friday, Sept. 29th Friday, Oct. 6th Saturday, Oct. 14th Friday, Oct. 20th Friday, Oct. 27th Saturday, Nov. 4th Friday, Nov. 10th Friday, Nov. 17th Saturday, Dec. 2nd

Hamilton West Home 7:00 PM Rancocas Valley Home 7:00 PM Nottingham Away 1:00 PM Notre Dame Home 7:00 PM Allentown Away 7:00 PM Burlington Twp Away 7:00 PM Steinert Away 11:00 AM Lenape Home 7:00 PM Northern Burlington Home 7:00 PM Trenton Away 1:00 PM 1st Round Play-Offs TBD TBD 2nd Round Play-Offs TBD TBD Sectional Championship Rutgers TBD

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Pet’s Corner Pet’s Corner Sponsored by Rosedale Mills.

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Share your love for your precious pet by introducing him/her to the community! Whether your friend is of the feline, canine, amphibian, aviary or other species, we recognize the uniqueness of your pet and are happy to share his/her quirks, habits, favorite activities and more.

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Non-Profit Profile

Hopewell Valley History “In memory of Hopewell’s Pioneers and Heroes” – 1923 By David Blackwell


here are few small towns that have local history museums, and still fewer that have carried on the good work of preserving their local history for a full century. The Hopewell Museum has 17 rooms of preserved objects, including furniture, clothing, tools, weapons, local business artifacts and Indian artifacts. The Museum maintains a large collection of local photographs, deeds, and other documents under a professional program of Archives management. The mission of the Museum is to preserve the Hopewell area’s history and to demonstrate the nature of life in small American towns from the colonial period to the present. Even the Museum’s building is an artifact of the town, being a Second Empire house built in 1877 by Randolph and Carrie Stout. The Museum’s history began with renewed interest in a town Library, which was established by the Roundabout Club in 1914. In existence for several decades, this social club bought 350 books, and placed them in a building on Mercer Street in that year. Within a few years, Mr. J. Hervey Stout had donated a collection of 19th century Stout family papers to the Library. In 1919, his sister, Miss Sarah D. Stout, offered her collection of Stout family furniture and housewares to the town, provided a suitable building could be obtained to house and protect her collections. As a result, the Hopewell Free Public Library Funding and Building Association was formed in 1922. It immediately attracted a subscription of $4,025. With the initial funds, the organization purchased the small brick building on East Broad Street, now the library, that had been built as the Hopewell National Bank in 1891. Thus, Hopewell’s combined Library and Museum was born. Just two years would pass before better housing became available. Nearby and across the street at 28 East Broad, Mr. Hugh Smith, town mayor and retired Hopewell entrepreneur, was making plans to sell his desirable brownstone Second Empire house. He determined to offer it to the Library/Museum Association, and the town rallied around the possibility. In 1924, the new location opened to the public. The Museum has been in the building for 93 years.

Instrumental in all these town activities from the Roundabout Club to the Library/Museum Board, were two sisters, Miss Eleanor and Miss Susan Weart, the first Librarian and first Museum curator, respectively, of the new Library/ Museum. They served from the 1920s to the 1950s. With both the Library and Museum growing, the Library moved back to the small brick building where it is now in 1965, and in 1967 a two-story addition was built on the rear of the Museum through the generosity of Dr. David B. Hill, a great nephew of the Stouts who started the collections. This addition provided two large spaces: an open furniture and costume display space on the second floor, and a large space on the first floor, now being re-appropriated for large exhibits and lectures seating 60 people. The 15 spaces of the original house include two rooms at the entry that are furnished as period rooms, one Victorian and the other early Federal. Next is a treasure filled room with photos, postcards, signs, dolls and dozens of mementos of Hopewell’s past. The rear lecture room includes local Indian artifacts. On the second floor there are toys, dolls, samplers, a dining room, a 19th century glass collection, and George Washington prints. The third floor contains a Fire Department room, a room for WWI and II, a Colonial bedroom, a costume collection, a Civil War room, and a weapons room. Our Archives are stored in the building; family and local history research may be done by appointment. Come and see the Hopewell Museum. You will be surprised, and you will learn. This year we enjoyed hosting district third graders while they searched for local history, but it’s never too late to start. In the coming year, we look forward to developing improved displays that will tell the history of our village and township in a more concise way, before our visitors start their journeys of discovery with us. We look forward to seeing you here. Join us for our Christmas Tea on the first Sunday of December. The Hopewell Museum Board of Directors Hopewell Museum www.hopewellmuseumnj.org Open: 2-5pm – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday Phone: 609-466-0103

Blackwell Memorial Home 21 North Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534

(609) 737-2900

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Elizabeth Blackwell Davis Owner / Lic. Director NJ #2475

Kevin R. Latham

Manager / Lic. Director NJ #4625 / PA #000714

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Did You Know? Interesting facts from the Hopewell Valley

By Rachel Donington


ne of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was John Hart of Hopewell. After he signed he was forced into hiding in the Sourland Mountains in order to avoid capture by the British. His family still resides in Hopewell. Our local business, Rosedale Mills, is owned by his descendant John Hart.

Neighborhood Classifieds


Hey Kids! Free Advertising! Be in business for yourself and make a little money – all while helping your neighbors! To place your free classified offering services, go to www. bestversionmedia.com and click ”Submit Content.” Please limit to 40 words and include a parent’s phone number. Parental permission will be obtained before we publish the ad. Please be advised that all communication regarding Kids’ Classifieds will be directed through a parent or guardian. Dog Walkers Does your dog need to be walked? Hi, we are 2 brothers who live in Pennington. Whether your dog needs regular walking, a little extra exercise on the weekends, or a few weeks of service, we are happy to help! For details, call 609-462-6786.

Calling All Writers! Hopewell Valley Neighbors is looking for junior writers, senior writers, any writers. If you love to write or want to discuss some ideas you have, please email Rachel Donington at rdonington@bestversionmedia.com.

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Recipe of the Month

Barley Salad with Fresh Mint By Chef Cindy Hanaway @Pennington Quality Market Method: In a saucepan, combine 3 cups water and barley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until barley is tender, 40-45 minutes. Drain barley and set aside. Place green onions, red pepper, parsley, basil and mint in a large bowl. Add cooked barley and toss to combine.

Serves 4 to 6 Few foods say “summer” better than mint. The color, texture and flavors of red bell pepper, green onions, pearled barley and fresh mint and basil makes this the consummate summer salad that stands well on its own or served on half an avocado or papaya. It also works well as an accompaniment to grilled fish or barbecued tofu or tempeh. Ingredients: 1 cup pearled barley 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley leaves 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped 1/4 cup granola oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, minced garlic and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then drizzle over barley salad, stirring to combine well. Taste and adjust season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temp or cold. Nutritional Info: Per Serving: 210 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 200mg sodium, 29g carbohydrates, (6g dietary fiber, 1g sugar) 4g protein Special Diets: Dairy Free/Vegan/High Fiber/ Sugar Conscious/Wheat Free

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opewell Valley Neighbors is all about bringing people together and fostering a closer-knit community! Check out the many ways that you can contribute to and take advantage of your monthly neighborhood magazine:

Resident Features Get to know your neighbors and community one resident at a time. We enjoy featuring residents from all walks of life. Make the magazine your own by submitting nominations of families or individuals who you would like to see highlighted – could be the newest or longest-living residents on the block, your friends next door, the hobbyist, entrepreneur, etc. Help us honor those people who make this community a great place to live, work and raise a family. Or use this feature as a way to share your own story with neighbors. See pages 6-8 for one example of a resident feature.

Social Scene What’s happening in the neighborhood? If you’re part of a book club, social group or charity organization promoting fun or service in the community, share your experiences and photos, and invite others to join you!

Youth Classifieds Budding entrepreneurs can submit free classifieds advertising their services to the community. With parental permission, youth can grow their babysitting, lawn care, pet care and other small business services by submitting a free ad. See page 13 for how to begin.

School and Extracurricular Activities Showcase young athletes, artists and actors among us by submitting photos and details on your kids’ accomplishments, as well as information on school events and fundraisers your family is involved in.

Share Your Pix! Do you have photos from your latest vacation? Have you captured a nature scene or a touching moment that begs to be shared? Let us help preserve your memories!

Bulletin Board Celebrate life’s milestones and events! Post announcements such as engagements, weddings or anniversaries, hats off to graduates, military recognition, new baby announcements, retiree congrats, neighborhood garage sales and more. If you have a submission or feature idea, simply email our Publishing Team at rdonington@bestversionmedia.com with your name and submission info. Please note the submission deadlines found on page 3. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

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Important Phone Numbers Borough of Pennington 30 North Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534 www.penningtonboro.org Administration ...................................................................... 737-0276 Police Department.................................................................737-1679 Pennington Fire Company................................................ 737-0381 Pennington First Aid Squad.............................................737-0478 Public Works...........................................................................737-9440 Hopewell Borough 88 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525 www.hopewellboro-nj.us Administration....................................................................... 466-2636 Hopewell Township Police Department.................... 737-3100 Hopewell Borough Fire Department.......................... 466-0600 Public Works........................................................................... 466-0168 Hopewell Township 201 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road Titusville, NJ 08560 www.hopewelltwsp.org Administration.......................................................................737-0605 Hopewell Township Police Department.................... 737-3100 Titusville Fire & Rescue Squad......................................... 737-1213 Public Works........................................................................... 737-0799

For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1

Visit Our Libraries

The Mercer County Library System Hopewell Branch Library 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, NJ 08534 Phone: 609-737-2610 www.mcl.org Hopewell Public Library 3 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525 Phone: 609-466-1625 www.redlibrary.org Pennington Public Library 30 North Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534 Phone: 609-737-0276 www.penningtonlibrary.org