Common calendar, Packet papers, June 17




Free tours of the Wyckoff-Garretson House & Museum, which dates back to 1730, will be held the second Sunday of every month, through October.

Docent-led tours are held from 1-4 p.m. at the house, 215 South Middlebush Road, Somerset.

For more information, visit




The Burlington County Farmers Market enters its 16th season, held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October at the Burlington County Agricultural Center on Centerton Road in Moorestown.

Live music, food, handcrafted goods, cooking classes and Jersey fresh farm produce can be found from more than 20 farms, two dozen food vendors and multiple artists and crafters. Some participants include 1895 Organic Farm, Pinelands Produce, Durr’s Blue Box, the Soup Bar and Hoop House Bakery, Black Sheep Farm, Sparrow Lake Farm and Truly Seasoned.

Craft beer and liquor sales are back after debuting last season. Marlton-based Zed’s Beer and Columbus-based Recklesstown Farm Distillery, plus Burlington City’s Third State Brewery and Cherry Hill’s Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery are on tap. Alcohol sales will be for off-site consumption, though overage adults will be permitted to try a limited number of samples.








The Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults will resume in-person lunches at nine of its locations after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

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 participant 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 609-989-6650 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 609-530-1971 or email [email protected]. Some of the sites also may have transportation options for its participants.

There may be home-delivered options.

The South Ward Senior Center and North 25 Terminal/Reading Senior Center in Trenton will remain closed due to ongoing construction, and no service will be provided at this time. Additionally, the East Windsor Senior Center is under construction, but will continue to provide grab-and-go and home-delivered services.

For more information, call 609-989-6650 or email [email protected].



The Bordentown Historical Society announced the reopening of the Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse Museum and grand opening of the new Joseph Bonaparte exhibit.

The launch of the exhibit marks the first public opening of the meetinghouse in more than two years.

The meetinghouse will be open twice a month for visitation, in addition to special events throughout 2022 to educate the public on Bonaparte, the former King of Naples and Spain and, perhaps, Bordentown’s most famous one-time resident.

The first exhibit to grace the space will feature Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, the eldest brother of and advisor to Napoleon Bonaparte. Co-incident with the recent preservation of the former Point Breeze property once owned by Joseph Bonaparte in Bordentown, the BHS has assembled an exhibit and will present a series of events to explore this famous resident’s impact on America and Bordentown. There will be letters and memorabilia on hand, and experts will offer narratives on the furniture that came from the mansion on display at the Friends meetinghouse, an archaeologist’s perspective of life on the property, a review of artworks that were on display in Joseph’s mansions, and more.

Additional details will be announced in the coming months.

For more information, visit





The TV show American Pickers on the History Channel is planning to return to New Jersey this August.

Producers are looking for different, unusual and unique items; something with an extraordinary story.

Collectors interested in being considered for the show should call 646-493-2184 or email [email protected]. Include full name, city/state, contact information, and a brief description of the collection.

Pickers only pick private collections, so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses, or anything open to the public.

American Pickers will follow all guidelines and protocols for safe filming outlined by the state in terms of COVID-19 guidelines.

For more information, visit





Residents can view two exhibits on loan from the permanent collection of the Ukrainian History and Education Center that are on display in the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Gallery, located in the county Administration Building, 20 Grove St., Somerville. 


The exhibit in the lobby, “Ukraine 1933: A Cookbook,” is a portion of the linocut series by Ukrainian artist Mykola Bondarenko that depicts the “menu” people were forced to use to survive the genocidal artificial famine of 1932-33.


Pysanky, on display in glass cases on the third floor of the county Administration Building, are decorated Ukrainian eggs, traditionally made during Easter or the weeks leading up to Easter. Pysanka comes from the Ukrainian word “pysaty,” which means to write. The designs on the eggs are written using a stylus, hot wax and dyes.


View a video about the exhibit at


For more information, contact the Cultural & Heritage Commission at 908-231-7110 or [email protected].



Gesher LeKesher is currently accepting applications from 11th and 12th grade teens as of the 2022-23 school year to participate in a Jewish peer leadership program.

As Gesher “Madrichim” (peer leaders), teens lead a group of seventh to ninth grade “Talmidim” (learners) in outreaches addressing trending topics from a Jewish perspective including friendships, the impact of social media, peer pressure, prejudice and anti-Semitism on campus.

Gesher LeKesher meets six hours each month: two Monday night trainings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and an additional outreach time either Monday or Wednesday night or Sunday morning.

For more information, visit

The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is celebrating its 20th year bringing together teens in grades 8-12 from the Mercer and Bucks counties area. The Jewish Community Youth Foundation is a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County and the Ricky and Andrew J. Shechtel Philanthropic Fund. The program is designed to have teens learn about, experience and act upon Jewish values.

Each teen philanthropist donates their own money which gets matched and pooled with money they fundraise during the program. Students meet to discuss Tzedakah and explore needs and the non-profit organizations who address them. At year-end, each group decides how their dollars will be donated.

Registration is open for all participants in grades 8-10, and returning participants in 11th and 12th grades. Space is limited.

For more information, visit

Community service hours are available for both programs.

Contact Celeste Albert at 609-987-8100, ext. 210 or [email protected] with any questions.











Select dates, throughout June

Washington Crossing Audubon Society will offer the following free, public events during June:

  • 8 a.m. June 18, free, guided birding trip led by Sharyn Magee at Mercer Meadows Pole Farm, formerly the AT&T Overseas Transmission Station. This preserved and managed area of woods, fields and meadows provides opportunities to see grassland birds and butterflies.
  • 8:30 a.m. June 18, free, guided birding trip led by Mark Manning and co-sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Learn more about the human and natural histories of this marsh and the birds, plants and herps that live there today. There will be a special focus on damselflies and dragonflies.

No walk-ons will be permitted at any event; pre-registration is required at for all aforementioned events.

For more information, visit and follow the group on Facebook.




Join the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) for half-day volunteer sessions in the great outdoors, to assist with a variety of conservation projects at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve.

Individuals, families, students, community/corporate groups welcome.

Sessions will be held throughout June.

Details are available at






Select dates, throughout June and July

As part of an effort to hear directly from the residents of the 16th Legislative District about local issues and concerns, Sen. Andrew Zwicker and Assemblymembers Roy Freiman and Sadaf Jaffer will hold a series of Gardenside Chats during June and July. The chats will focus on concerns raised by community members and solutions needed to correct problems that are raised.

The Gardenside Chats are scheduled for:

Tues., June 21, 5-6 p.m. at South Brunswick Public Library, in the Community Room, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction;


Wed., July 6, 6-7 p.m. to be held on Zoom


Attendees are encouraged to RSVP via or call 732-823-1684.

Members of the general public who wish to attend the virtual Gardenside Chat should RSVP to [email protected] to receive Zoom information.





Select dates, as of Thursday, June 16

Mercer County’s Notary Nights will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 3-7:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Connection satellite office, 957 Route 33, Hamilton.

The dates for 2022 are July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

Sessions will also be held on business days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, 209 S. Broad St., Trenton.

A mask or face covering must be worn to enter. 

To be sworn in by Mercer County Clerk’s Office staff as a new notary, prospective notaries must apply and have their applications signed by a legislator. If you file your application online it will be sent to your legislator electronically.

After the State of New Jersey processes your application, you will be sent your commission by mail.

You must take your oath of office.

The fee is $15; checks and money order are accepted.

Prospective notaries will also need a photo ID and their certificate on hand to be sworn in.

After July 2022, all notary applications will have to be completed electronically, and an education component will be required for new notaries due to a change in state notary laws.

The Clerk’s Office also has new updated Notary Handbooks, which are available for pickup at the office at 209 S. Broad St. in Trenton.

For more information about notaries public and for updates on office openings and closings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit, or call the office’s main number at 609-989-6465.


Through June 27

The Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury will host an exhibit by members of the New York City United Federation of Retired Teachers. Many of the exhibiting members were in a painting class run by the UFT as part of the SI Beagle Program, a program designed to be a part of continuing learning by the NYC Teachers Union, which was located in Manalapan as part of the union’s outreach program. Currently the classes are virtual. Chapters are in the five boroughs of New York and outreach programs in various states and countries throughout the world.

Linda Gilbert, chairperson of the Gourgaud Gallery and member of the Cranbury Arts Council, was the original instructor, followed by Deborah Rosen. Gilbert started the painting class in New Jersey in 2010.

This exhibit runs June 27. The artists include Gilbert, Rosen, Donna Rittner and Frances Gunther, all who have exhibited before in various shows at the Gourgaud Gallery.

The Gourgaud Gallery is located on the second floor of Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A N. Main St., Cranbury. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

The Burlington County Senior Art Show is an annual exhibit organized by the Burlington County Office on Aging, the Burlington County Department of Human Services and the Burlington County Parks Division to showcase the artistic creations of residents age 60 and older.

This year’s show will run through July 24 at the Worker’s House Gallery at Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton.

For more information, call the county Office on Aging at 609-265-5784 or email [email protected].


Through June 20

Special event June 17

In partnership with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH)Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will host “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit came to the gallery at MCCC on May 18 and runs through June 20. The gallery is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, on the second floor of the Communication building.

“Voices and Votes” examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people,” including the origins of American democracy, the struggles to obtain and keep the vote, the machinery of democracy, the right to petition and protest beyond the ballot, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.  

Presented in six stand-alone sections, the exhibit features historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; interactive multimedia activities; and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material.

The MCCC exhibit will include a Mercer County section of artifacts from the Trenton Public Library’s Trentoniana Collection and a photographic survey of Mercer County monuments and murals.   

Gallery hours for the exhibit are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dates of note include A Tribute to John Watson on June 17.

The exhibit is presented free to the public and is appropriate for all age groups, including public schools, youth groups, and new voters.

More about the exhibit and special programs can be found at 


Among other partners in the MCCC project are the New Jersey League of Women Voters and the Citizens Campaign through the Trenton Civic Trustees.   


Group tours may be arranged by appointment. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

For more information, email [email protected] 





Through July 2

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter, the return of the community stitching project created by artist/activist Diana Weymar.

Weymar facilitated Interwoven Stories as the Arts Council’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence, creating a dialogue within the Princeton community. Each stitcher received a blank fabric page to tell a story through their memories, honor beloved family or friends, or return home to a favorite place through needle and thread.

Ultimately, more than 100 completed pages were donated to Interwoven Stories 2016 and displayed in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery to mark the culmination of her residency.

In 2018, the project was expanded and dubbed Interwoven Stories International, the result of Weymar taking the project on the road for two years to curate more than 250 pieces collected from the original Princeton project, plus pages from The Peddie School, the Nantucket Stitching Gam, the Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), Open Space Art (Damascus, Syria), Build Peace (Columbia), the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma), Yarns/NoDominion Theater (Jersey City), and Trans Tipping Point Project (Victoria, BC).

This 2022 iteration is an opportunity for past participants to revisit their previous works and invite new stitchers to get involved.

Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter has gone national, culminating in an exhibition on view in the ACP Taplin Gallery through July 2.

Local resident and past Interwoven Stories participant Kyle Burkhardt joins the Interwoven Stories team as community liaison, organizing behind-the-scenes and leading stitching workshops for those who need help or just want to stitch with others.

Blank fabric pages are available for local pickup or domestic shipping for a donation of $15 or $20, respectively.

Participants are also welcome to sew their own page by following a video tutorial available on the Arts Council’s website.

Registration is required. Visit



Through Sept. 18

The nonprofit Friends for the Abbott Marshlands will present Voices for the Marsh, its 2022 biennial, 10th Juried Photography Exhibit, through Sept. 18 at the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s galleries at 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton.

It is juried by Al Horner of New Jersey Pinelands photographic fame, and Pat Coleman, naturalist and president of the Friends.

The show provides an opportunity for both fine art photographers and local hobbyists to capture the cultural and ecological richness of the marshlands and participate in the Friends’ efforts to build awareness and support for the protection and stewardship of the marshlands.

The Abbott Marshlands are a critical natural and cultural resource located in central New Jersey along the Delaware River between Trenton and Bordentown, including Hamilton. Its 3,000 acres of open space include the northernmost freshwater tidal marsh on the Delaware River and surrounding lowland and upland forests.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center provides educational resources, answers to questions for the public and bathrooms. There are free weekly and monthly group walks with registration at rotating locations between: Watson Woods, Spring Lake at Roebling Park, Northern Community Park, Bordentown Bluffs with Crosswicks Creek Water Trail, and D&R Canal State Park between Bordentown and Trenton. Another location will be added soon in Point Breeze State Park, the historic former estate of Joseph Bonaparte, and most recently, the Divine Word Missionary.

For more information, visit


Through July 15

The Mercer County Division of Culture & Heritage and the Office on Aging are gearing up for the annual Mercer County Senior Art Show from July 22 to Aug. 5 at the Conference Center at Mercer on the West Windsor Campus of Mercer County Community College.

The exhibit features works of art created within the past three years, and not previously entered in a Mercer County Senior Art Show or the State Senior Art Show, and is open to all Mercer County residents age 60 or older.

All submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Applicants may submit one piece of art in any of the following categories: acrylic, craft, digital imagery, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture and watercolor. The registration deadline is July 15.

For more information, contact the Division of Culture & Heritage at 609-989-6899 or register online at




Select dates, beginning Friday, June 24

New Jersey’s 16th District legislators Sen. Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Roy Freiman and Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer will host Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) mobile unit events, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27 and Oct. 6 at 530 Willow Road, Hillsborough; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 and Sept. 26 at 1 Monument Dr., Princeton.

The mobile units will provide the following services:

Driver’s Licenses: Renew the license, obtain a duplicate license, change name or address on license, add a boat endorsement, add a veteran designation, register to vote and/or make organ donation selections.

Non-Driver Identification Cards: Photo identification that may then serve as a primary or secondary form of personal ID.

Registrations: Renew registration or obtain a duplicate registration card.

REAL ID: Available if license or ID card is expiring within the next 6 months. For REAL ID, please arrive no later than noon.

License Plates: Surrender license plates.

Placards:  Persons with a Disability, Purple Heart, or Disabled Veteran can obtain a placard.

Examination Permits: Apply for an examination permit to take a written knowledge test. The written test itself is not available.

Registration is required. For instructions, email [email protected] attn: Pam Hersh. Individuals with no access to email should call 732-823-1684.

After contacting Hersh, the resident will be sent a link to a form that will be filled out and submitted. If the event is at capacity, the resident will be notified and instructed to try for one of the other upcoming events.


Through July 5

Kyoko Bartley, a local artist in Somerset County, will display her latest artwork “12 Months of Japanese Flowers,” “Icons of Good Fortune,” “Black Squirrels” and “Endangered Species” at Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon St., Princeton through July 5. A reception, opening night to meet the artist in person will be held from 5-8 p.m. June 10 at the cafe.




Through June 25

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced that tickets are available for the 18th Princeton Festival, which began on June 10 and runs through June 25, by phone at 609-497-0020 and online at

This year’s festival will include three staged operas, chamber music, orchestral and pops concerts, plus cabaret and jazz nights all taking place under the festival’s outdoor performance tent being erected on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden at 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

Baroque concerts can be enjoyed across the way at Trinity Episcopal Church.

The new artistic head of the Princeton Festival responsible for its creative programming is Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov.

All performances start at 7 p.m. with the exception of the opening night concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Here is a comprehensive listing of ticketed performances:

June 16: “The Sebastians” New York City-based Baroque ensemble with a youthful vibe.

June 17 and 19: “Albert Herring” comic opera by Benjamin Britten about a young man who is declared May King when no virtuous maidens are to be found.

June 21: “Time for Three.” This string trio defies conventional boundaries, fusing their instruments with their voices as they perform Americana, modern pop, and classical music.

June 22: Aaron Diehl Trio. Pianist, composer and Juilliard grad Aaron Diehl leads his trio in a performance of works from the early jazz tradition.

June 23: Festival Chorus with the Sebastians. The Festival Chorus performs some of the most intricate and expressive music of the Baroque period.

June 24: Broadway POPS! starring Sierra Boggess.

June 25: Family POPS! with Rossen Milanov and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. A fun mix of familiar classics, movie music and pop melodies at this family-friendly concert.

Beyond these performances, plans are underway for multiple ancillary events such as public lectures relating to works being performed and a poetry workshop and readings. These events will be free and open to the public.

Individual tickets range from $10 to $130; ticket packages are $18 and up.

Check the PSO’s Princeton Festival website for ticketing and event details at


McCarter’s Jazz in June series returns through June 25.

The current schedule is:

Helen Sung Quartet, June 17

Jazzmeia Horn, June 18

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap, June 24

Tyshawn Sorey Sextet, June 25

McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Pl., Princeton.

For ticket information, visit



Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, will be the home of the 2022 Princeton Festival from through June 25.

A state-of-the-art performance tent will be set up in Morven’s parking lot. Concerts run nightly during the allotted dates, featuring opera and orchestral concerts, cabaret and jazz nights, plus Baroque performances across the street at Trinity Episcopal Church.

For details on the Princeton Festival programming, visit their website.

Morven’s parking lot will be unavailable to museum guests through July 1.

Morven will remain open during regular museum hours, and guests may alternatively park in the municipal lot neighboring the museum, 1 Monument Dr.

There will be signage on property instructing visitors where to park.

During this time, visitors can take a closer look at Morven’s latest exhibition, “Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in New Jersey” by meeting Curators Elizabeth Allan and Jesse Gordon inside the galleries at 2 p.m. June 24. This informal afternoon event offers an opportunity to learn more about important moments in New Jersey’s telecommunications history, from satellites, switchboards and radios to picturephones, and more.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Morven members.

It is also a peak time to enjoy the gardens, which are free to visit.

Morven Museum & Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit





Saturday, June 18

Washington Crossing Audubon Society will offer the following free, public events during June:

  • 8 a.m. June 18, free, guided birding trip led by Sharyn Magee at Mercer Meadows Pole Farm, formerly the AT&T Overseas Transmission Station. This preserved and managed area of woods, fields and meadows provides opportunities to see grassland birds and butterflies.
  • 8:30 a.m. June 18, free, guided birding trip led by Mark Manning and co-sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Learn more about the human and natural histories of this marsh and the birds, plants and herps that live there today. There will be a special focus on damselflies and dragonflies.

No walk-ons will be permitted at any event; pre-registration is required at for all aforementioned events.

For more information, visit and follow the group on Facebook.


Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19

Kelsey Theatre will present “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at 8 p.m. on June 10 and June 17, at 2 p.m. on June 18 and 2 p.m. on June 19. For more information visit Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, call 609-570-333 or visit

Young Proteus only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But one look at the beautiful Silvia on a trip to Milan changes everything. Now he’s smitten with his best friend’s lover, but Julia has no intention of going away quietly. Events spin out of control as romantic rivals face off in this wild comic tale. Shakespeare 70’s staging of The Bard’s comic adventure brings out all the usual suspects: young love, hilarious servants, and disguised genders. And did we mention a clever dog?




The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will host a virtual program with author Mike Scardino on June 16 from 7-8 p.m.

Scardino is the author of “Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance,” a collection of unforgettable recollections and stories taking place from 1967 through 1971.

Register to attend this virtual author event at



Saturday, June 18

Bird Walk for Beginners with Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS).

The FOPOS will hold an introductory bird walk at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve led by FOPOS Land Steward Intern Hollie Lane.

Participants will learn how to recognize the songs of common birds including woodpeckers, cardinals, catbirds and wrens from 8-10 a.m. June 18th. For details visit

Wednesday, June 22

The Kingston Historical Society Main Street Reflections program will feature stories of Kingston’s Main Street through the eyes of longtime residents, illustrated by an array of historical photographs.

The program is in person at 7 p.m. June 22 at the Kingston Firehouse, 8 Heathcote Brook Road, Kingston, or virtually, by registering at: The program is free, but those attending virtually must register.


Monday, July 25

Become an ESL tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC).

Attend an information session on Zoom. Then attend a virtual 4-week training workshop.

Meet with the adult student weekly, remotely, in-person, or both. Teach the student every day English skills.

 The next information sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. June 16 and 4 p.m. July 25.

No experience required.  

To register for an LVSC Information Session, visit


To learn more, visit or call the LVSC office at 908-725-5430. 


June 18 and June 25

A Princeton Photo workshop on Adobe Lightroom: The Basics and More will be held remotely at 10 a.m. The Princeton Photo workshop is located on Herrontown Road, Princeton. For more information visit


Select Fridays, June 17 to Aug. 19

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) and African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCMC) announced that their monthly Story & Verse open mic will head outdoors for its Summer Series.

Beginning June 17, these poetic and storytelling events will be held at Pettoranello Gardens, 20 Mountain Ave., and are free and open to all.

Story & Verse welcomes local and regional talent to perform original works inspired by a monthly theme, providing attendees with free, community-created entertainment.

Dates and themes are as follows:

June 17, 7 p.m.: “To be Free is to be Bold”

July 15, 7 p.m.: “Spark in the Dark”

Aug. 19, 6 p.m.: “Circle of Life”

Interested performers should arrive 15 minutes before the start time of each event.

For more information, visit




Saturday, June 18

The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice organized Princeton Pride ‘22, a Celebration of Community Parade and after-party, for June 18.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St. “Sesame Street’s” Alan Muraoka, the proprietor of Hooper’s Store, will be the grand marshal.

The event also features Parade Queen “Miss Stonewall Inn” Cissy Walken; young members of the BRCSJ family Rose and Gabriella, who serves as BRCSJ Queer Youth Advocacy Community Liaison, as flag bearers; BRCSJ Board Member Michelle Elizabeth Brown, poet and activist from Detroit, who will share remarks in honor of Juneteenth; Erin Worrell, trans activist and BRCSJ board president; Pride Puppets who celebrate 50 years of LGBTQIA history with 10-foot tall puppets of movement activist heroes; BRCSJ Board Member Glen Pannell; Maplewood’s first openly gay Mayor Dean Dafis, another BRCSJ board member; Sen. Andrew Zwicker; Princeton Mayor Mark Freda; queer icons Chet Kabara and Frank Mahood, co-founder of Gay People Princeton; and the Philadelphia Freedom Band.

The after-party will be held at the Princeton YMCA field on Paul Robeson Place.

Visit for more information on how to march and participate, as well as how to donate, volunteer, or otherwise be of service.

The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, located on 12 Stockton St. in Princeton, is an educational bridge, community activist center and safe space for LGBTQIA children, intersectional families and diverse folx, connecting disparate communities, both locally and nationally.






Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19

The Redhawks Native American Arts Council will hold its Native American Heritage Celebration June 18 and 19 at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

Redhawk Council produces the largest heritage celebrations in the Northeast which include over 1,000 Native American artists, performers, and educators.

Buy tickets at



Monday, June 20

The Vince Lipani Memorial Golf Outing will be held at the Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough, beginning with an 11 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner.  Fees begin at $100 for dinner only; and for both golf and dinner $225 per individual golfer and $900 for a foursome.

A range of sponsorships are available ranging from $125 to $1,200.

Proceeds from the golf outing will be used by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation to support an annual scholarship, named in Mr. Lipani’s honor, for a graduating Hillsborough High School student pursuing a post-secondary education.

Lipani is a former Rotarian and founder of Central Jersey Nursery who passed away in July 2021 at age 81.

Registration and additional information can be obtained at   

For other questions, contact Tod Mershon at 908-295-1368 or [email protected]


Thursday, June 23

New Jersey Conservation Foundation will celebrate preserved land and the start of summer on June 23 during a gala fundraiser at the historic Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell.

The “Summer Solstice Celebration of the Land” event will be held outdoors under an open-air tent starting at 6:30 p.m., and will feature gourmet farm-to-table fare and spirits, music, and live and silent auctions.

The evening celebrates New Jersey Conservation’s 62 years of preserving open space, parks and farmland – as well as its commitment to addressing climate change and advocating for sustainable agriculture that supports healthy local foods, clean water, pollinators and other wildlife.

To reserve tickets for the event, or to register for the auction, visit

Those not attending the event can still participate in the silent auction online.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Erica Colace at [email protected].

All proceeds from the Summer Solstice Celebration will support New Jersey Conservation’s land protection, stewardship, advocacy and urban greening work throughout the state. For more information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation and its programs and preserves, visit or call 1-888-LANDSAVE (1-888-526-3728).



Cristina Altamura is a concert pianist whose organization, Legacy Arts International, is presenting “Musical Circus,” a variety-style concert at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Berlind Theater of the McCarter Center in Princeton.

Planned in cooperation with Jacobs Music Company, the Steinway representative in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware is providing a Steinway & Sons Spirio concert grand piano. The evening is a gala celebration concert to kick off the disABILITY Music Creation Pilot, a new program from Legacy Arts.

Tickets are $35 general admission and can be purchased online at

The disABILITY Music Creation Pilot commissions new pieces of music for students whose educational needs are not being met by the current repertoire and pedagogy for their instrument. During the 2022-23 school year, Legacy Arts International will pair a hand-picked team of distinguished and diverse composers with music students to create new works which will harness and emphasize the students’ unique strengths and interests.  

Arts Educator Janet Mandel will present a virtual Henri Matisse: Master of Color, Magician of Modernism program at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Pennington Public Library, 30 North Main Street, Pennington.

For more information call 609-737-0404 or visit Registration:

Monday, June 25

The Bordentown Historical Society presents History in Bloom, its annual garden tour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25. This will be a self-guided tour of gardens, parks and sites throughout Bordentown City. Rain date is June 26.

Tickets are $20 general, $18 for members, $10 for children ages 8-16, or free for children under 8. Tickets are available at

The Princeton Historical Society will hold a Vintage Base Ball Game between the Flemington Neshanock and the Diamond State Base Ball Club at 11 a.m. on June 25 at Greenway Meadows Park, 275 Rosedale Road, Princeton.

Members of the teams will play a competitive match of bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using 1864 rules. Spectators are invited to take batting practice using authentic replicas of 19th century equipment. The game is free; registration is not required.


Sunday, June 26

The International WeLoveU Foundation is hosting Fit for Funds, a ping-pong tournament and fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 26, at Princeton Pong, 745 Alexander Road No. 9, Princeton.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds to support the organization’s direct impact programs and volunteer activities to support marginalized communities and protect and restore the environment. Focus areas include environmental, health, educational, emergency relief, community well-being and international aid projects.

WeLoveU is a non-profit associated with the United Nations Deptartment of Global Communications that is focused on achieving the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

The foundation seeks to treat all people of the world as one family that spreads the selfless love of a mother throughout the global village.

For more information, visit


Through Sunday, June 26

The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission, in partnership with the Old Hights Brewing Company, presents Kaleidoscope, a group art exhibition of paintings in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, mixed media, and digital art that highlights a prism of colors found in botanicals, urban areas, landscapes and abstractions.

The artists include Gary Fournier, Spriha Gupta, Marisa Keris, Kathleen Hurley Liao and Phillip McConnell, and is curated by Hightstown Cultural Arts Commissioner Chanika Svetvilas.

The exhibition will be held through June 26.

The brewery is located at 123 W. Ward St., Hightstown.


Tuesday, July 28

A blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 28 at the Hickory Corner Library, 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor. Appointments preferred. For an appointment, go to Use  sponsor code 69952 or call 800-933-2566.

Walk ins accepted if spacing allows.


Fourth Thursday of the month, through Aug. 25

Princeton Senior Resource Center will hold Pups & Cups in person at PSRC’s 101 Poor Farm Road location the fourth Thursday of every month, from 3-4 p.m., through Aug. 25.

Join an hour of socializing and pet therapy. A certified therapy dog will be available to provide comfort, cuteness, and relaxation, along with the opportunity to socialize and enjoy some hot beverages.

Register at



Through Thursday, June 30

Mercer County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), offered in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, allows individuals meeting various income qualifications to apply for bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance and energy-related home repairs.

LIHEAP is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.

This year, the application period is Oct. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant household must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Applications, forms and information can be found on the Office of Housing and Community Development’s programs page on the county website. Mail to County of Mercer LIHEAP/USF Programs, 640 S. Broad St., Room 106, P.O. Box 8068, Trenton 08650; fax to 609-278-2758; email [email protected]; or drop off at Mercer County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton.

If an in-person appointment is necessary, clients can call 609-337-0933 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment at the County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton; or Mercer County Connection, Hamilton Square Shopping Center, 957 Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton.

For more information, contact Home Energy Assistance at 609-989-6959 (Spanish: 609-989-6736).

Registration for HEWYBL’s fall 2022 flag football season is open. HEWYBL is open to boys and girls from all area towns, and has both co-ed teams and all-girls teams.

HEWYBL Flag Football is open to players who will be in grades K-9 in the fall. The registration deadline is Aug. 15 and the season will run from early September until mid-November. Games will be played in East Windsor.

HEWYBL flag football typically draws players from Allentown, Cranbury, East Windsor, Hamilton, Hightstown, Millstone, Robbinsville, West Windsor and other surrounding towns.

Season details can be viewed at To register, go to and select REGISTER at the upper right-hand corner.

For questions about HEWYBL Flag Football or the upcoming season, contact [email protected].

July 1 to 28

The Gourgaud Gallery at Cranbury Town Hall will hold a “Summer Exhibit” of eight members of the art group Creative Collective. An artist opening reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. July 10. The show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, 23-A North Main St.

An open studio Sunday will be held from 1-3 p.m. July 24. Exhibiting artists are invited to paint live in the gallery.

As part of a non-profit Cranbury Arts Council, The Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of art sales to the Cranbury Arts Council and it’s programs that supports arts in the community. Checks made out to the artist, or cash are accepted as payment. For more information contact Margaret Simpson and [email protected].

Sunday, July 3

John Bianculli Trio with Daniel Mayer on bass and Tom Baker on drums will perform “Live” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 3 at Americana Kitchen & Bar, 359 U.S. Highway 130, East Windsor.

The live performance includes a three-course brunch menu – $24 for adults and $19 for children/teens. For more information call 609-448-4477 or visit


July dates at Morven Museum & Garden

Morven Museum & Garden is bringing back its Fourth of July Jubilee after a several year hiatus due to the pandemic. The festivities are from noon to 3 p.m., a celebration of its American heritage at the home-turned museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The celebration will swing back to the 1960s in celebration of the museum’s current exhibition Ma Bell: The Mother of Invention in New Jersey, which features the original TelStar satellite and many other technological innovations made in New Jersey.

Jubilee features include:
• A Jasper Johns American Flag activity, provided by the Arts Council of Princeton.
• A meaningful 1960’s Princeton adventure from the Historical Society of Princeton.
• Live dancing in the gardens with the Luminarium Dance Company.
• Live music from the Green Planet Band, who will be playing music from the 1960s
and beyond, including the hit “TelStar.”
• Family ticket bundles available for $25 to view inside the Museum.
• Food trucks will be on premises, including KonaIce and Potato Potato.

July 14 – 6:30 p.m. – book launch of “The Education of Betsey Stockton” by author and historian Gregory Nobles. In-person tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for Morven members. Virtual tickets are $10 or general admission, $5 for Morven members. Books will be available for purchase for $25 and for signing after the program.

July 21 – 6:30 p.m. – musical summer evening with the Ragtime Relics performing vintage American music. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for Morven members. Bring blanket or chair.

July 28 – 6:30 p.m. – evening with AT&T’s Corporate historian Dr. Sheldon Hochleiser, who will share the discovery of the six transformational AT&T innovations, many of which were created in New Jersey. In-person tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for Morven members. Virtual tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Morven members.

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Wednesday, July 6

Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties will hold its next Job Seekers Success Group for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change on July 6 from 7-9 p.m.

This meeting will be held by virtual format via Zoom.

The topic for this session is “Job Offers: How to Successfully Accept or Reject Them” presented by Harold Levin, staffing manager for SmartStaff Personnel.

This group is offered free of charge and is open to the community.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation and to be admitted to the group.

To register or for information about Career Counseling Services, contact Elise Prezant at  [email protected] or 908-725-7799, ext. 108.



Through Saturday, July 9

The Faculty Student Show at West Windsor Arts will celebrate the work of teaching artists and their students created in a class or workshop at WWAC during the fall, winter or spring sessions of the 2021-22 class year. 

The exhibition runs through July 9 at WWAC, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction.



Saturday, July 9

The Chivalrous Crickets concert has been rescheduled to 7-8:30 p.m. July 9 at the West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction.

Join an evening of Celtic, English and American folk music.

A special opportunity to learn about their instruments, songs and more will be a part of the night, with a Q&A with the band following their performance.

For more information, visit


Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31


Kelsey Theatre is unable to present “Mamma Mia!” this summer due to a national touring company.

Instead, the theater will present MTI’s Broadway Junior Revue – Raise Your Voice. The one-act presentation will feature Broadway tunes performed by teenagers at 8 p.m. July 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. July 31. Tickets are $15 for adults; or $12 for seniors, students and children.

Anyone who currently holds tickets to “Mamma Mia” has four options: Transfer tickets to “Raise Your Voice” – the price difference will be considered a donation to the theater; move tickets into a show credit for a future show; donate the tickets back to the theater; or receive a refund.

Contact the Box Office as soon as possible by calling 609-570-3333 or emailing [email protected]

Kelsey Theatre is located at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

July 30, Aug. 13 and 27

West Windsor Arts will present three free outdoor concerts at Nassau Park Pavilion between 5-7:30 p.m. located behind Panera Bread on Rt. 1.

July 30 – Uncle Ho 2.0 Dan Kassel, cello. Rain date on July 31.

Aug. 13 – Bronwyn Byrd and Justin Nawn, family-friendly fun and activities. Rain date on Aug. 14.

Aug. 27 – Sophi Coran, Dan Kassel, cello. Rain date Aug. 28.


Wednesday, Aug. 10 to Friday, Aug. 12

The Somerset County 4-H Fair returns Aug. 10, 11 and 12 for free family fun.

The fair allows 4-H youth to present their hard work from throughout the year as a chance to celebrate and look ahead to the future.

Somerset County 4-H is currently looking for vendors, both food and commercial.

For more information, visit




Through Wednesday, Aug. 31

Hillsborough PBA Local 205 will hold its 47th annual golf outing on Sept. 9 at Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough.

Includes continental breakfast, door prizes, driving range, 18 holes of golf with cart, beverages on the course, lunch, and buffet after golf.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. along with breakfast. Shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded.

There are sponsorship packages available.

Individual golfer is $200. Golf foursome is $800. Dinner only option is $65 per person.

Make checks payable to Hillsborough PBA Local 205.

RSVP by Aug 31. Email [email protected] or call 908-303-2859.



Fridays, Sept. 9 and Nov. 4

Newspaper Media Group/Packet Media LLC will host an Employment Weekly job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 and Nov. 4 at the Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, in the Nordstrom corridor.

Job seekers can register at

Employers will receive 5% when booking two dates, or 15% off when booking three dates.

Email [email protected] for vendor opportunities.

For more information, email [email protected]




Sept. 24

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, will hold its 33rd annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance, Back in Black Tie, from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center.

Join a night of entertainment, silent auction, 50/50 raffle.

For tickets, visit

The Diocese of Trenton serves Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties.




October 1 & 2

The Downtown Bordentown Association announced the return of the 32nd annual Cranberry Festival on Oct. 1 and 2.

For more information on the “Maker Fest on Farnsworth,” visit


Through November

Kingston: On The Map opens April 9 in the History Room at the D&R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway (off Route 27) in Kingston.

On view Saturdays and Sundays from April to November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and travelers on the Lincoln Highway. One of the oldest settlements in central New Jersey, Kingston evolved with America over its 340-year history.
The display uses journal entries and prints of a dozen historical maps to illustrate Kingston’s evolution, from settlement to commercial center to modern community. One map shows how Kingston moved between the colonies of east and west New Jersey. Another shows both Kingston and Princeton divided by county lines. Railroads appeared in the 19th century, disappearing by the 20th. The Delaware and Raritan Canal was built for commerce, but is now a recreation destination.

Air circulation is limited, so masks and distancing are requested.

For more information, visit



East Windsor community and school youth and adult groups can participate in the township’s 2022 Adopt-A-Spot program. Under the program, participating groups “adopt” one of the public properties identified by the committee and keep it clean during the year.  A placard is erected on the site indicating that it has been “adopted by” with the name of the group. 

The groups are expected to perform cleanups three times a month through Nov. 30.

To participate, interested groups should mail or fax a letter to East Windsor Clean Communities Committee, ATTN: Mayor Mironov, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520.

Through January 2023

Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton will have a historic slideshow where visitors can learn how the Princeton Battle Monumnet came to be, as well as special ephemera provided by the Historical Society of Princeton in an exhibition in the museum, the latter of which can be seen through January 2023.

The Museum held a commemoration in celebration of the 100-year anniversary with an unveiling and dedication on June. 9

The monument was designed by Beaux Arts sculptor Frederick MacMonnies to commemorate the 1777 Battle of Princeton, and its installation was made possible by Helen and Bayard Stockton, residents of Morven at the time.

Visitors can view the slideshow with Museum admission, or for free for Morven members.

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St., Princeton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit



Continuing events


The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will perform safety seat inspections every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m.

No appointment required.

The service is offered free of charge to improve child safety.

A typical inspection takes about 20 minutes.

Inspections are performed at the Burlington County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. Residents can call 609-265-3788 when they arrive and ask for the on-duty child safety seat technician.


Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers who are willing to make a difference with individuals who are experiencing the challenge of end-of-life.

Dove Hospice Services is looking for individuals who can dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide companionship-friendly visits, life review, play cards, sewing, knitting or craft projects, music enrichment, pet therapy and office or administrative assistance, according to a press release.

Dove Hospice Services is expanding its “We Honor Veterans” program and is seeking motivated veterans who are interested in providing compassion, support and outreach to fellow veterans and their families.

Visits can be made to individuals living in facilities or private homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. For additional information, contact Michelle Rutigliano at 732-405-3035.



This fall, Rider University will begin offering a cannabis studies certificate program. The 100% online program provides students with the credentials and expertise to enter the legal cannabis market.  

The program explores the biological, legal, ethical, business and practical aspects of the industry through four courses.

The capstone course is taught by an industry professional, allowing students to gain experience and learn about future internship and job opportunities.

The program is open to those interested in any aspect of the cannabis industry, with no prerequisites or previous degrees required.

Registration is required at






Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (CASA SHaW), which is dedicated to foster children in the region, is seeking applications from individuals in the community to serve on the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees.

Individuals who are interested in applying to become a member of the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees should send their resumes and credentials to CASA SHaW at [email protected].

CASA SHaW is part of a statewide network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one-on-one with children, ensuring that each one gets the services needed and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home.

For more information, visit







Hillsborough Township’s Senior Chapters A and B each provide an experience for seniors looking to get out, mingle and experience new things. Trips, theaters, entertainment, card games, speakers, hobbies, talent shows, restaurants, history, and health screenings are some of the activities.

The first and second Thursdays of each month are designated for regular meetings at the municipal building for Chapter A and Chapter B, respectively. 

Any Hillsborough senior age 60 or over who is interested in learning more can contact the Social Services Department at 908-369-3880.





The Monroe Township Jewish War Veterans Post 609 is collecting United States and foreign stamps, both on and off envelopes.

Stamps are used by veterans as a hobby and as therapy at VA medical centers nationwide.

The stamps are not traded or sold; they are forwarded to veteran patients at no charge.

Also requested are DVDs suitable for veterans at those locations.

Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr., Monroe Township 08831.




The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator of Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES), which is responsible for overseeing addiction-fighting efforts across the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, have renewed their partnership to host the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series in 2022.

The Learning Series, which began in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, features regular webinars focusing on various aspects of the opioid epidemic and its impact on New Jersey and the nation. It is a branch of PDFNJ’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day initiative, which is held annually on Oct. 6 to educate residents and prescribers on the risks of prescription opioids and to raise awareness of the opioid crisis throughout the state.

The 2022 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series will include a webinar every month on wide-ranging topics concerning the opioid epidemic, including medication-assisted treatment, harm reduction, the impact on families and addiction recovery.

To learn more about the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day and for a schedule of this year’s webinars, visit




Volunteers are needed to help end domestic violence in Burlington County.

The Domestic Violence Response Team consists of volunteers who work with Providence House, domestic violence services and police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for survivors.

Must be 18 years of age or older, a resident or employee of Burlington County, have a valid New Jersey driver’s license and access to transportation, and no criminal history.

For more information, call 856-904-4344 or email [email protected]




East Windsor residents can volunteer for appointment to various township boards and committees, including the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission, Health Advisory Board, Local Assistance Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The mayor and council will make appointments at the January reorganization meeting, as well as throughout the year as opportunities arise.

Residents interested in volunteering can obtain an application form from the Municipal Clerk or from the township website or send a letter of interest and a resume or information about their background to: Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Township Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520; or fax to 609-443-8303.

For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 238.






The U.S. State Department is experiencing longer than usual delays in the processing times of passports.

For those looking to travel and needing to renew their passports, it is advised to begin this process immediately. The current wait times for passport services is 10 weeks for expedited services and up to 14 weeks from the time of submission for a regular application. This delay is likely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information regarding passports, visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at or call the clerk’s passport office at 609-989-6473; for Spanish, call 609-989-6131 or 609-989-6122.

Appointments at the Mercer County Connection, located at 957 Route 33, Hamilton, are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Mercer County Connection, call 609-890-9800.

All customers must have applications filled out, money orders and checks along with documentation and copies prior to appointment. Delays in appointment availability may be experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.



Mercer County’s Swift911 system notifies the public in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information via phone, text or email.  

All calls will have the caller ID of “Mercer County Alert.”

Personal information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.

To sign up, visit

For assistance with registration, email [email protected]

Mercer County posts regarding emergency closures are available at and 



Central Jersey Chapter 148 of the Korean War Veterans extend an invitation to any veterans, regardless of the branch of service, who served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, in any location, including Europe; or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953, to the current date.

Other veterans may join as associate members.

The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month, from May to December, at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, in the court room.

Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and $10 to the chapter per year.

Korean War Veterans National LIFE membership is available for those 80 and older, and is $75.

The chapter is involved in various functions during the year, including fundraising to help veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, the Lyons campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, and the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.

For more information, contact Charlie Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or [email protected]




The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.

Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.

Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at

There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.

For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.



Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.

Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.

Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.

For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit

Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.






Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.

The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.

The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.

To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email [email protected]






The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corp (AECDC) Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting baby clothing sizes newborn-2T, diapers and books.
Donations can be picked up if within Middlesex County. Volunteers from the Rutgers School of Nursing will arrive between 10 a.m. and noon on the day indicated.
At this time, no shoes, equipment, toys, etc. can be collected.



NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.

To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email [email protected]

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.







Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email [email protected]



The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.

The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.

To sign up as a donor, visit or email [email protected].




Send items to [email protected]. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.