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04/04/2007

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04/12/2007

Jazz in the Afternoon with Stanley Jordan June 13 at the Salt Creek Grille to Benefit CASA of Mercer County

05/04/2010

 

Grammy Award-nominated jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan makes a special trip on Sunday,  June 13th to the Salt Creek Grille in Princeton for a solo performance that benefits CASA of Mercer County. Only 125 tickets will be available and will go on sale on Tuesday, May 12th on the organization’s website, www.casamercer.org.

 

Jordan, a 1981 graduate of Princeton University, is one of the most distinctive players in jazz today, renowned for his unique, electrifying “touch” or “slap” technique. His albums include his debut, gold-selling Magic Touch, Flying Home and most recently, the critically acclaimed State of Nature.

 

The benefit sprang from CASA being selected by The Salt Creek Grille as one of three non-profit organizations that the restaurant will provide events for in 2010. This event, from 2-4:30 on June 13th , will be highlighted by gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a carving station, desserts, wine and beer and other soft beverages. The sole artist sponsor for the afternoon is Glenmede Trust, whose director of business development, Fred Young is a member of CASA’s  Board of Trustees.

 

The mission of CASA is to recruit, screen, and train volunteers to speak up for the best interests of children in Family Court who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.  There are over 450 children in out of home placement in Mercer County.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.casamercer.org ; CASA’s phone number is 609.434.0050. Stanley Jordan’s website is www.stanleyjordan.com.

 

 

 

 

Valid from 05/04/2010 to 06/14/2010

Mercer County Park’s Spring Food Truck Fiesta Benefiting One Simple Wish April 18, 2015

03/05/2015

Time to party with your favorite food trucks &

Valid from 03/05/2015 to 04/19/2015

United Way of Greater Mercer County's Winter Wonderland Culinary Experience December 12, 2012

12/03/2012

Valid from 12/03/2012 to 12/13/2012

Dine Out in March for Mercer County Meals on Wheels

02/23/2016

On March 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors. Since then, senior nutrition programs like ours have delivered more than just nutritious meals to our most vulnerable neighbors and loved ones.

For the last 14 years, Meals on Wheels America has led a national awareness campaign during the month of March to celebrate these vital programs, increase awareness in our communities and recruit the support needed to meet rising demand.

Meals on Wheels of Mercer County has chosen to partner with many restaurants throughout Mercer County to help raise the awareness concerning senior hunger.

The restaurants below will be donating a percentage of your food bill to Meals on Wheels of Mercer County when you dine with them on a specific day. No flyer necessary! Your meal and their donation not only helps cover the cost of meals for those seniors unable to contribute, but also helps us raise awareness about senior hunger right in your community!

Please join us as we bring attention to this on going issue in our community!

Please don't forget to thank your hosts for their participation!

Click for Participating Restaurants

Valid from 02/23/2016 to 03/30/2016

Summer Concert Series at Mercer County Park

07/01/2016

 

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Park Commission invite the public to kick back and enjoy the summer at the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds in West Windsor, which will host free concerts by the acclaimed Chevy Chevis and Band and local legends, as well as bands that pay tribute to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, John Mellencamp and the Eagles, as part of the 2016 Summer Concert Series.

                                                        

Chevy Chevis and Band, one of New York’s top bands, will kick off the series at the Festival Grounds on Saturday, July 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., with some of the hottest hits of today and yesterday, featuring rock, funk, soul and so much more!

 

British Invasion Night, featuring Satisfaction: A Rolling Stones Tribute and Blue Meanies: A Beatles Tribute is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, from 6 to 10 p.m., bringing colorful performances to more than 50 years of classic hits. The Blue Meanies will play from 6 to 8 p.m. and Satisfaction will play from 8 to 10 p.m.

 

Local Legends Night, featuring DD & The Divebombers, Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe, and the Ernie White Band, is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. This multi-band concert with Mercer County legends will feature a wide repertoire of blues and popular songs from today and the past half-century. DD & The Divebombers and Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe specialize in blues and the Ernie White Band specializes in rock but also features other music genres.

 

’80s Night will take place Saturday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m., when The Prophets and 80’s UnderCover will rock the Festival Grounds and have attendees on their feet, dancing and singing to those nostalgic ’80s tunes. The Prophets will play from 6 to 8 p.m. and 80’s UnderCover will play from 8 to 10 p.m.

 

Humans Wheels: A John Mellencamp Tribute and the Best of the Eagles: An Eagles Tribute is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring the signature vocal styling and classic pop/rock hits of John Mellencamp and the Eagles. Human Wheels will play from 6 to 8 p.m. and Best of the Eagles will play from 8 to 10 p.m.

 

Admission to the concerts is free. Attendees will be able to purchase food and beer and wine at each concert.

The park has entrances on Old Trenton Road and Hughes Drive in West Windsor.

For more information, visit www.mercercountyparks.org. For up-to-the-minute information on the scheduled performance, call (609) 443-8560.

Valid from 07/01/2016 to 08/21/2016

Mercer County College to Host ‘PlayFest 2017’; Deadline for Statewide Competition Extended to Jan. 6

11/22/2016

West Windsor, N.J. – As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is hosting “PlayFest 2017” in March. While PlayFest organizers have received a number of scripts, they have decided to extend the deadline to Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 to give more playwrights an opportunity to get their work reviewed at their home county colleges and submitted to Mercer.

A first, of its kind, the competition is open to all student playwrights and actors from the state’s 19 community colleges. Community college alumni are also invited to participate.

Submission categories include full-length and one-act plays, as well as musicals and plays with musical accompaniment. The winning productions will be presented on stage at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre the week of March 7 to 12, 2017.

According to PlayFest Coordinator LouJ Stalsworth, Mercer has spent time reaching out to the other colleges and many have expressed excitement about the project. Playwrights should contact the appropriate department – either English or Theater – at their college to determine the contact person for PlayFest. Each school may select one full-length play and up to two one-acts for submission. Scripts will be judged by a panel of theater professionals, with the winning scripts to be announced in January.

The productions themselves will be presented bare bones, using a fringe festival model. “Our focus will be on the written word, not production values. Load-in and load-out times will be limited, allowing for a maximum number of plays to be seen on stage,” he said.

For further details, visit www.mccc.edu/playfest2017. Questions may be addressed to playfest2017@mccc.edu.

Valid from 11/22/2016 to 01/07/2017

Mercer County Park to host Summer Concert Series

07/01/2015

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Park Commission are pleased to invite all residents to kick back and enjoy the summer at the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds in West Windsor, which will host free concerts by the acclaimed Soul Cruisers and local Mercer County legends as well as bands that pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen and Rod Stewart, as part of the 2015 Summer Concert Series.

 

Motown Night, featuring the Sensational Soul Cruisers with Papa Delux and the Main Street Groove, will bring soul to the Festival Grounds on Saturday, July 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., with the smooth rhythm of Motown’s classic hits that will have concert-goers dancing in the aisles. Papa Delux and the Main Street Groove will play from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Soul Cruisers will play from 8 to 10 p.m.

 

Tramps Like Us: A Bruce Springsteen Tribute is scheduled to rock the Festival Grounds on Saturday, July 25, from 7 to 10 p.m., bringing the energy, enthusiasm and electric sound that will have attendees on their feet, dancing and singing to Springsteen songs.

 

British Invasion Night, featuring Rick Larrimore: A Rod Stewart Tribute, and the Blue Meanies: A Beatles Tribute, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m., bringing the signature vocal styling to the classic pop/rock hits of Rod Stewart and the Beatles. The Blue Meanies will play from 6 to 8 p.m. and Rick Larrimore will play from 8 to 10 p.m.

 

Local Legends Night, featuring Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe, Paul Plumeri Blues Band and the Ernie White Band, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. This multi-band concert with local Mercer County legends will feature a wide repertoire of blues and popular songs from today and the past half-century. Joe Zook & Blues Deluxe and the Paul Plumeri Blues Band specialize in blues and the Ernie White Band specializes in rock, but features other musical pieces.

 

Admission to the concerts is free. Motown and British Invasion Night will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.; all other concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.

 

Concert attendees will be able to purchase food, dessert, ice cream and smoothies, and have access to a beer and wine garden for this special occasion.

 

The park has entrances on Old Trenton Road and Hughes Drive in West Windsor.

 

For more information, visit www.mercercountyparks.org. For up-to-the-minute information on the scheduled performance, call (609) 448-1947.

 

Valid from 07/01/2015 to 08/23/2015

Mercer County Park Festival Grounds Announces Lee Brice Concert August 13

08/05/2015

(TRENTON, NJ – August 5, 2015) Mercer County Park Festival Grounds announced country singer LEE BRICE And Special Guests will perform at the new amphitheater on August 13, 2015.  Located in West Windsor, NJ, Mercer County Park Festival Grounds opened earlier this summer with Piano Men, Barenaked Ladies, R5 and other successful concerts and special events.. 

 

Tickets to see Lee Brice are on sale now via www.AXS.com, 888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), or www.AEGLive.com. For more information on Mercer County Park Grounds and upcoming events visit http://www.mercercountyparks.org/facilities/festival-grounds-MCP.

 

This show, produced by AEG Live, is part of Lee Brice’s 2015 Tour in support of his latest album release.  A chart-topping Nashville-based vocalist and acclaimed songwriter, Lee’s first sales milestone from his #1 debuting 'I Don't Dance' was its title track which made an industry statement by being the fastest Platinum certifying country single of 2014.  The song also won “Song of the Year” honors at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

A 2015 ACM "Single of the Year" nominee as well, Lee received his second RIAA certification in less than six months with his current single "Drinking Class" certifying Gold as a Digital Single on March 23. 

 

“The new Mercer County Park Festival Grounds enhances an award-winning Parks system and provides the perfect setting for Mercer County residents to enjoy live entertainment outdoors,” said Claudio Oliveira, Chairman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mercer County Sports and Entertainment Committee. Oliveira, who also serves as General Manager at the Spectra-Managed Sun National Bank Center, adds “We are thrilled to work with the Mercer County Parks Commission and AEG Live on the first major concerts to play the Festival Grounds and to showcase the potential this new venue can bring to our region for years to come.”

 

Located in West Windsor in Central New Jersey, Mercer County Park Festival Grounds opened this summer with a full calendar of live shows and special events. Mercer County Park Festival Grounds encompasses over 200,000 square feet of venue space with a 2,200 square foot, state-of-the art performing arts stage with a wide array of electrical, lighting, sound and rigging capabilities.

 

 

Valid from 08/05/2015 to 08/14/2015

12th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival September 23-25, 2011

03/29/2011

 Mercer County Italian American Festival (12th Annual)

Dates:                  September 23-25, 2011

Times:             Friday 12 noon - 10:00 pm
                        Saturday 12:00 noon - 11:00 pm
                        Sunday 12:00 noon - 9:00 pm

Location:          Mercer County Park
                        1678 Old Trenton Road
                        West Windsor, New Jersey  08550

Attendance:             100,000

Italian cultural festival which includes a Food Piazza featuring regional Italian restaurants; an Italian Market with Italian specialty products; a Heritage Pavilion with art, memorabilia, and historical artifacts; a Cultural Theater with cooking demonstrations and authors; entertainment on two stages including national recording acts; amusement rides; bocce; children's entertainment; and fireworks. Picture a picnic with 100,000 of your closest friends sharing food, laughter, music and a good time and you will capture the essence of the Mercer County Italian American Festival.  Named one of the Mid-Atlantic region's top events by aaaworld.com.


Website:    www.ItalianAmericanFestival.com

Contact for Submission: 609-695-5007
                        barry@barrychiorello.com

Valid from 06/01/2011 to 09/26/2011

"Stress Factory All Star Road Show" Annual Comedy Night To Benefit The Salvation Army Mercer County May 5, 2012

04/27/2012

Come Join us for the "Stress Factory All Star Road Show" Annual Comedy Night To Benefit The Salvation Army Mercer County on May 5th, 7:00 PM out at The College of New Jersey - Kendall Hall Main Stage. 
This 90 Minute New Jersey 3 Comedian Showcase will be a guarantee night of laughter featuring headliner Vinnie Brand and feature acts Rodney Laney and Joe DeRosa. Back by popular demand, Vinnie is owner of The Stress Factory Comedy Club in New Brunswick, NJ. and is a return guest to this years’ comedy show. He has appeared on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd”, The Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival (Best of the Fest), The New York Comedy Festival, and the Toyota Comedy Festival. He has also appeared on the Opie and Anthony Radio show, (WNEW & XM), The Jim Breuer show “Unleashed” (Sirius), FULL METAL COMEDY and the independent film “White Chicks”. He has also starred in a commercial for Direct TV, released a CD entitled “This is Vinnie Calling” and done various voiceovers.Rodney and Joe are no stranger to the comedy industry either. Both stand up comics bring over 20 years of experience to the stage.
Are you looking to laugh your head off and support a good cause at the same time? Come out to support The Salvation Army Mercer County’s Comedy night out at TCNJ. 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing, NJ. This is a clean act and laughter is the best stress therapy around. Tickets start at $20.00 and are available at 
www.mercercounty.salvationarmynj.organdhttp://www.laughstub.com/Kendall-Main-Stage-Theatre-TCNJ

Valid from 04/27/2012 to 05/06/2012

13th Annual Italian American Festival of Mercer County September 27-30

08/07/2012

Named one of New Jersey's Top Fall Festivals by CBS New York, the 13th Annual Italian American Festival of Mercer County will open on Thursday, September 27 with a special Jerry Blavat Dance Party from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  The Festival will continue through Sunday, September 30.  Festival hours are 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Thursday, 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm on Friday, 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm on Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm on Sunday. 

The Italian American Festival of Mercer County features authentic Italian and Italian American music on two stages including the Roma Bank Stage; a Food Piazza with more than 40 vendors including some of the region's best Italian restaurants; wine and beer gardens; amusement rides; children's activities; bocce; the New Jersey Lottery Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday; Italian Market Tent with contemporary and traditional Italian products; Heritage Pavilion with art and memorabilia; and Cultural Theater with guest speakers and cooking demonstrations.

Admission to the festival is $3.00.  Children 12 years of age and under are admitted free compliments of XFINITY, only from Comcast.  Convenient, on-site parking is also free.  The festival is a rain or shine event with plenty of covered areas for guest comfort.  Pets are not permitted.  For more information, contact the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association at 609-631-7544 or visit the Festival website at www.ItalianAmericanFestival.com or on Facebook.

 

Festival Name:          Mercer County Italian American Festival

Dates:                  September 27-30, 2012 
                        
                        Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Times:                  Friday 12:00 noon - 10:00 pm 
                        Saturday 12:00 noon - 11:00 pm 
                        Sunday 12:00 noon - 9:00 pm

Location:                       Mercer County Park 
                        1678 Old Trenton Road 
                        West Windsor, New Jersey 08550

Attendance:             100,000

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Valid from 08/07/2012 to 10/01/2012

Mercer County Symphonic Band to Hold Spring Concert at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 15

05/06/2013

The Mercer County Symphonic Band will present its annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 15, at 8 p.m. at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.  The theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Admission is free.

The band, now in its 32nd year, is under the direction of Dr. Louis Woodruff, with 60 participating musicians spanning six decades in age.  It has gained a reputation for high quality, entertaining performances, which routinely draw large audiences. The concert will include a rich assortment of contemporary American compositions, familiar favorites, and patriotic selections.

The band is supported by the Arts and Communication Division of Mercer County Community College, with funding from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Mercer County Symphonic Band is open to all interested musicians without audition.  It performs at community events, holiday celebrations, MCCC’s graduation ceremony, and other venues open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Woodruff at (609) 947-4040, email woodruff@bucks.edu, or visit the band’s website at www.mercerband.org.

Valid from 05/06/2013 to 05/16/2013

The Yardley Players at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre Present Neil Simon's Plaza Suite in July

06/23/2010

Wry tales of middle-age and marriage are served up with a comedic touch in the Neil Simon classic, “Plaza Suite,” to be presented by The Yardley Players at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. This revival of the 1968 Broadway hit runs Fridays, July 16 and 23 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 18 and 25 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on July 16.  Tickets for “Plaza Suite” are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available next to the theater. 
 
 

Valid from 06/23/2010 to 07/26/2010

Mercer County Community College Plans Multiple Events for Black History Month

01/19/2010

West Windsor, N.J. – “Transforming the Future through the Power of Education” is the month-long theme for Mercer County Community College’s observation of Black History Month.  Kicking off the events and addressing the theme on Monday, Feb. 1 will be Trenton community activist, Rev. Kathleen Smallwood-Johnson, Esq., and MCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Guy Generals. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the college’s James Kerney Campus (JKC), 102 North Broad Street, Trenton. Trenton Central High School’s band will perform.

Month-long activities are sponsored by the college’s African American Student Organization (AASO), the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), and the Student Government Association (SGA).  According to Lucia Brown-Joseph, coordinator of MCCC’s Black History Month activities and the college’s bursar, the observances are designed to teach and encourage students.  “Mercer’s mission is all about empowering students to seize educational opportunities and succeed,” she said.  “We want to teach them about the many known and unsung heroes who have made countless sacrifices to enhance the quality of education for the betterment of future generations.”   
Activities are free unless indicated. Other public events during February include:

An intergenerational conversation on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at noon in Room CM 110 on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Trenton community leaders will talk about their personal experiences and give insights on the impact of changes in the educational system. Panelists will include Dr. Jeannette Purdy, coordinator/supervisor for Mercer County Vocational School of Performing Arts; Ernest Williams, former Trenton Chief of Police; James Floyd, former Princeton committeeman, former mayor of Princeton Township and an MCCC Foundation Board member; W. Ruth Rosser, a Mercer County Commissioner and MCCC Foundation Board member; Rebecca Mitchell, former director of the Division of Community Development in Trenton; and Walter Daniels, East Windsor Township Council member.

Performance by the Universal African Dance and Drum Emsemble on Wed. Feb. 3, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Kelsey Theatre on the MCCC West Windsor Campus.  This one hour performance is appropriate for all ages.

An Open Mike Night on Friday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the James Kerney Campus Café.  For information call (609) 570-3166.

A Valentine’s Day black-tie affair on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Conference Center on the West Windsor Campus. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at MCCC’s Bursar’s Office or by calling (609) 570-3404. 

An interactive presentation of the opera “Carmen” performed by the Latin Opera Soaps Production Co. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre on the West Windsor Campus.  The event is free; donations are welcome. Tickets are available in MCCC’s Bursar Office or by calling (609) 570-3404. 

A Poetry Contest on Thursday, Feb. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at Kerney Hall, James Kerney Campus.  Topics will include education, change and the economy.

A Jazz Café featuring Bar-One Productions on Friday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the James Kerney Campus Café.  Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at MCCC’s Bursar Office or by calling (609) 570-3404.   

A presentation by Sa Mut A. Scott, owner of Magical Mother Women’s Coaching and Empowerment Services, and a spiritual life coach, at noon on Tuesday, Feb.  23 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 104 on the West Windsor Campus. Scott is the author of the Mastering A Joyful Life book series.

Festivities will conclude on Thursday, Feb. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m with an African American Heritage Luncheon featuring East Windsor Township Council Member Walter Daniels and MCCC Vice President Guy Generals at the Student Center, West Windsor Campus.  The luncheon will be prepared by MCCC culinary students. Tickets are $3 for students; $5 for faculty, staff and the public. For more information, call (609) 570-3404 or (609) 570-3166.


 
 

 

Valid from 01/23/2010 to 02/26/2010

“Bugsy Malone Jr.” Comes to Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre

01/07/2010

Song, dance and silliness abound as a cast of talented young actors play all the roles in the Kelsey Players’ adaptation of “Bugsy Malone Jr.”  This spoof of 1920s gangster films comes to Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre on Friday, January 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, January 30 at 2 and 4 p.m. and Sunday, January 31 at 2 and 4 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Tickets are $8 for children and senior citizens, and $10 for adults. Free parking is available next to the theater.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. 
 

 

Valid from 01/07/2010 to 02/01/2010

11th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival September 24 - 26

09/02/2010

Festival Name: Mercer County Italian American Festival (Eleventh Annual)
 
Dates: September 24-26, 2010
 
Times: Friday 12 noon – 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 noon – 11:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm
 
Location: Mercer County Park
1678 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, New Jersey  08550
 
Description:
Picture a picnic with 100,000 of your closest friends sharing food, laughter,
music and a good time and you will capture the essence of the Mercer County
Italian American Festival.  This Italian cultural festival includes a Food
Piazza featuring regional Italian restaurants; an Italian Market with Italian
specialty products; a Heritage Pavilion with art, memorabilia, and historical
artifacts; a Cultural Theater with cooking demonstrations and authors;
entertainment on two stages including national recording acts; amusement rides;
bocce; children's entertainment; and fireworks.  Named one of the Mid-Atlantic
region’s top events by aaaworld.com.
 
Admission: Adults - $3.00, Children 12 and under - Free
 
Website: www.ItalianAmericanFestival.com
 

Valid from 09/02/2010 to 09/27/2010

4th Annual Head to Toe Women’s EXPO ‘The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out’ Hosted by Mercer County Woman Newspaper May 8, 2010

04/01/2010

Join the Mercer County Woman Newspaper on Saturday, May 7th  as they host the 4th Annual Head to Toe Women’s EXPO ‘The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out’. Along with over 100 exhibitors, a Wellness Center for Health Screenings, massage and pampering stations, an Antique Road Show, the “BOOK NOOK’ WHICH WILL FEATURE LOCAL WOMEN AUTHORS, three breakout sessions throughout the day featuring educational seminars ranging from how to improve your sex life, to decorating your space to affect your mood, to cooking demonstrations and more. It’s FREE to Attend. Register @ www.whoscoming.com/headToToesWomenEXPO.  Expo location is Robbinsville High School, Robbinsville, N.J. Doors Open at 9am till 3pm.  Visit our website at www.MercerCountyWoman.com for details.

 

 

 

Valid from 04/01/2010 to 05/09/2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Event and Softball Tournament at Mercer County Park October 8 & 9, 2011

10/03/2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Event and Softball Tournament at Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ. Saturday, October 8th & Sunday, October 9th. Saturday live bands featuring: School of Rock 12:00-4:00, Christine Martucci 2:00-3:30, Element K 4:00-6:00 and Incognito 6:00-9:00. Sunday live bands featuring: Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns 1:00-5:00 and Chailo 5:00-9:00. Beer garden both days, inflatable fun for the kids, food and vendors. Sunday the Red Cross will be holding a blood and platelet drive from 9:00 - 3:00 at the skating center. Appointments appreciated, please call Janeen Gondek (609)858-7681 to schedule your appointment. All blood donors will receive a free bracelet and Kona Ice. Enter for a chance to win a 4-pack of season passes to Six Flags Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor and Wild Safari. You can enter Saturday or Sunday in person at the Event at Mercer County Park. Drawing will be held at Mercer County Park on Sunday, October 9th at 8:00 pm. Event benefits Wrap Around Sports and Breast Friends Forever. There is still time to enter a team in the softball tournament. Please contact Janeen or go to www.wraparoundsports.org

Valid from 10/03/2011 to 10/10/2011

Fall 2015 Mercer County Park Commission Nature Programs

08/19/2015

First Friday Story Time (Starting Friday, September 4)

Time: 10:30 am

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: Free

Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands,

followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside or outside if the weather is nice! Donations benefit Friends for Mercer County Parks.

 

Nurturing Nature

Dates : Session 1: Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29 & October 6

            Session 2: Tuesdays, October 13, 20, 27 & November 3

Time: 10-11:30 am

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $45 per session

Join your child as they explore the park’s flora and fauna with guidance from the Naturalist Staff.  Each themed program includes a group story or experiment, an outdoor hike and a craft. Grow toappreciate nature with your little one. For children 3-5 years old and parent. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Early Bird Walks

When & Where:

September 15     8:30 - 10:30 am @ Roebling Park, Spring Lake     

September 29     8:30 - 10:30 am @ Howell Farm    

October 13          9:30 - 11:30 am @ Baldpate Mountain, Pleasant Valley Road

October 27          9:30 - 11:30 am @ Mercer Meadows, Maidenhead Lot

Price:  Free for Adults and Teens      

Join us for a casual hike dedicated to spotting our fine feathered friends. All abilities of birders are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, extra binoculars are available for those who don’t. Free for adults and teens. Please note time changes! For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Just a Hike

When & Where:

September 18    12 - 2:30 pm @ Mercer Meadows, Pole Farm

October 16         12 - 2:30 pm @ Fiddler’s Creek Preserve

November 20     12 - 2:30 pm  @ St. Michael’s Preserve, Princeton Ave

Price: Free for Adults and Teens

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Join County Naturalist Jenn Rogers on these walks throughout our parks. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Tricks with Trees

Date: Saturday, September 12          

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Become a forester for a day! Learn how to identify trees by leaf shape and estimate their height and age with simple tools and tricks of the trade. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Sensory Night Hike

Date: Friday, September 18               

Time: 7:30-9pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a creature of the night? Test your  senses by

identifying the sounds of different nocturnal animals, communicating as an animal would, and exploring what happens to your sight when the sun goes down. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk & Talk

Date: Sunday, September 20 

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Howell Living History Farm 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville NJ

Price: Suggested Donation of $3

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Howell Living History Farm learning about the edible and medicinal plants that grow in your backyard. There will be two tours, one starting at 2 pm and the other at 3 pm and each lasting about one hour. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Morning Migration at the Meadows

Date: Sunday, October 4        

Time:   9-11am

Where: Mercer Meadows @ Pole Farm Entrance

Price: Free

Enjoy waking up with the sun to look for raptors as they begin their migration! Join  us for a morning in the meadows as we search the sky for these amazing birds of prey on their journey south. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, October 10               

Time: 10am-4pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: Free

Come celebrate the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s First Birthday with a day of family activities, games and giveaways! Are you up for our Birthday Fun Run? Ready to test your skills as an archaeologist? Help us kick-start another year of family fun and learning at the Tulpehaking Nature Center!

 

Bluebird House Building Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 17               

Time: 1-3pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person + $15 material fee per box

Get a head start on preparing a space in your yard for spring wildlife. In the spring, bluebirds are looking for nesting sites and can use man-made homes to raise their young. During this workshop you will learn the bluebird’s life history, how to maintain the houses, and get hands on building experience. Material fee is per house. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Fall Foliage Hike

Date: Saturday, October 24               

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

On this hike, we will celebrate the reason for calling this season Fall! Learn why leaves change their color and enjoy the beautiful color palette of the autumn forest. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Spiders: The Original Web Designers

Date: Sunday, October 25                  

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Howell Living History Farm 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville NJ

Price: Suggested Donation of $3

Turn your spider “eeews” into “aaaahs” during this family- oriented program.  Christy, our Teacher Naturalist has a slew of arachnid activities for all ages that will debunk the many spider myths, and increase your appreciation for these tiny creatures. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

World Rivers Day

Date: Sunday, September 27 

Time: 1-4pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: Free

Bring the whole family to our open house to learn about the importance of our very own Delaware River while enjoying activities, crafts and games!

 

Spooky & Spectacular Wildlife

Date: Thursday, October 29              

Time: 7-8:30pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Has Halloween season got you scared of the creepy creatures and spooky sounds of the night?  This program is dedicated to the nocturnal animals of our area and their role in keeping a healthy habitat. Learn about coyotes, spiders, owls and bats!  For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Prepping Your Yard For Winter Wildlife

Date: Sunday, November 8                

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Learn how you can help autumn’s busy animals as they prepare for winter. In this workshop, participants will learn about simple activities and additions you can do in your backyards, as well as complete your own wildlife-friendly project to take home. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Bat Box Building Workshop

Date: Saturday, November 14           

Time: 1-3pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person + $40 material fee per box

Get a head start on preparing a space in your yard for spring wildlife. During this workshop you will learn about the challenges facing our local bat population and how you can help by building and maintaining a bat box in your backyard. Material fee is per house. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Wooly Worm Talk & Weather Forecasting

Date: Sunday, November 14

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Howell Living History Farm 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville NJ
Price: Suggested Donation of $3

Walk with a Wooly! According to colonial American folklore, the width of wooly  bear caterpillar’s brown stripe forecasts winter weather.  After a walk, we’ll make a simple piece of meteorological equipment.           For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Living Like the Lenape

Date: Saturday, November 21           

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Experience a sampling of Lenape activities from storytelling to games, followed with a demonstration of fire-making technique – without matches of course. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Wild Winter Lifestyles

Date: Sunday, November 22  

Time: 2-3:30pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Since animals can’t wear scarves, they have to prepare for winter in other ways! Discover the different ways that animals such as bears, bats, owls, turtles and frogs survive the cold!  For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Valid from 08/26/2015 to 11/23/2015

Mercer County Library System Launches Annual Summer Reading Program June 22

05/11/2015

TRENTON, N.J.—The Mercer County Library System launches its annual summer reading program on Monday, June 22. Residents can discover new books, make new friends, stay cool and enjoy family-friendly programs by participating in "Every Hero Has a Story" for kids and "Unmask!" for teens.

 

Free registration for the children's Summer Reading Program is easy. It begins on June 22 and continues throughout the program, which ends on Aug. 7. Incentive prizes are awarded weekly as children 11 and under make return visits to the library with their reading logs.

 

The online teen program "Unmask!" is available between June 22 and Aug. 7 for ages 12-18 years. Teens may register via the Library's website, with a user name and password, returning to their account to record books as they read them. Teen events and prizes offered vary by branch location.

 

"Our goal is to keep children, teens and adults engaged with libraries throughout the summer by offering incentives and opportunities related to reading," said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "Our summer reading program improves access to library materials and literacy-related activities such as story hours, creative arts, performances and other special events and encourages youth to become lifelong library users and readers."

 

Fun, educational activities and contests are planned from June through early August at all branches. A variety of programs are scheduled including The Juggling Hoffmans, Uncle John's Puppet Show, Mr. Ray, City Winds Trio, Presley & Melody Concert, Willy Walten's Acrobatic Dog Show, Mike Rose Magic Show, Enjoy Explore India and much more.

 

Summer events at most branches are intended to meet the demand of individuals and families residing in member municipalities. While all programs are free, some may require children to pre-register with a valid Mercer County Library System card. Groups or organizations physically located within member municipalities may contact their local branch to find out which months of the year they may best be accommodated with outreach programming, or if any summer programs may be appropriate for larger groups. Monthly event listings and reading log registration details are available in early June at branch locations. Events can also be found on the Library's website:  www.mcl.org/lib/pr9.html.

 

Programming is paid for by the Friends of the Library or local library association or advisory committee at each branch location. Additional sponsorship is received by the New Jersey Statewide Summer Reading Program and local businesses that have donated prizes.

 

Mercer County Library System's nine branch locations are located in member municipalities as follows: Ewing, Hickory Corner (East Windsor), Hightstown, Hollowbrook (Ewing), Hopewell, Lawrence, Robbinsville, Twin Rivers (East Windsor) and West Windsor.

 

Valid from 05/11/2015 to 07/01/2015

MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCES FREE CHILD SEAT INSPECTIONS

08/21/2013

MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF ANNOUNCES FREE CHILD SEAT INSPECTIONS

 click on pdf for more info

Valid from 08/21/2013 to 10/01/2013

Mercer County Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day

09/10/2013

On Thursday, November 28, 2013, start off your Thanksgiving Day by helping those in need.  Participate in the First Ever Mercer County Turkey Trot at Mercer County Park, 334 South Post Road West Windsor, NJ 08550.  
 
The entry fee for the 5K Road Race or the 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run is $25.00 ($30 after October 31st or on race day).  Participants who register prior to November 20th 2013 are guaranteed to receive a t-shirt.  The 5K race time is 8:00am and the 1 mile walk/run time is approximately 8:05 am.
 
Proceeds from the event will benefit Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor and local food pantries including the Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) Food Bank.
 
 
For more information, please contact MercerTurkeyTrot@gmail.com

Valid from 09/12/2013 to 11/29/2013

Funding for Child Care is Currently Available for Residents of Mercer County

01/14/2014

Do you need help paying for child care?
Funding for child care is currently available for residents of Mercer County through the New Jersey Cares for Kids Program. (NJCK).   If you are the parent or guardian of child under age 13, you may qualify for financial assistance with your child care costs. You must be income-eligible and working, in school, or in job training. To receive an application, contact Child Care Connection at 609-989-7770, press 2 for the NJCK option and request an application be mailed to you; print an application from our website: www.ccc-nj.org, click on downloadable forms; or pick up an application at our office at 1001 Spruce Street, Suite 201, Trenton, New Jersey 08638-3955. For more information about the NJCK program and other Mercer County child care subsidy options, call Child Care Connection or send an email to mail@ccc-nj.org.
Visit us at Facebook, Child Care Connection NJ.

Valid from 01/14/2014 to 02/15/2014

SAVE THE DATE - Mercer County Italian American Festival September 27-29, 2013

04/16/2013

Named one of New Jersey's Top Fall Festivals by CBS New York, the 14th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival will open on Friday, September 27 and continue through Sunday, September 29. Festival hours are 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm on Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 9:30 pm on Sunday.

The Mercer County Italian American Festival features Italian and Italian American music on two stages including the Roma Bank Stage; a Food Piazza with more than 40 vendors including Italian restaurants; a wine and beer garden; amusement rides; children's activities; bocce; the New Jersey Lottery Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday; Italian Market Tent with contemporary and traditional Italian products; Heritage Pavilion with art and memorabilia; and Cultural Theater with guest speakers and cooking demonstrations.

Admission to the festival is $5.00. Children 12 years of age and under are admitted free compliments of XFINITY, only from Comcast. Convenient, on-site parking is also free. The festival is a rain or shine event with plenty of covered areas for guest comfort. Pets are not permitted. For more information, contact the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association at 609-631-7544 or visit the Festival web site at www.ItalianAmericanFestival.com or on Facebook.

Times:    Friday 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
                Saturday 12:00 noon - 11:00 pm
                Sunday 12:00 noon - 9:30 pm

Location: Mercer County Park
                1678 Old Trenton Road
                West Windsor, New Jersey 08550

Admission: Adults - $5.00, Children 12 and under - Free

 

Website:                        www.ItalianAmericanFestival.com

Contact for Submission:         609-695-5007
                        barry@barrychiorello.com

Information for Public:         Mercer County Italian American Festival Association
                        PO Box 2862
                        Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
                        John Scarpati
                        609-631-7544
                        609-631-9116 (fax)
                        buongiorno2000@optonline.net

Contact for Sponsorship:        Barry Chiorello
                        Second Story Productions, LLC
                        609-695-5007

Valid from 04/16/2013 to 09/30/2013

October 28th Marked as Friendship Day in Mercer County

10/18/2012

The Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County is excited announce Expo: Friendship on Sunday, October 28. The Mercer County community is invited to attend this event benefiting the people with special needs and their families. The Expo will include a special needs resource fair and exhibitors, a drop-off program for children with special needs and fun and entertainment for the whole family. In honor the Expo, County Executive Brian Hughes has recognized October 28th as ‘Friendship Day’ in Mercer County with an official proclamation.

The event will begin at 10:00 AM with a variety of family activities, entertainment, and refreshments ongoing until 5:00 PM at Robbinsville High School.

The Expo is free to attend yet we encourage pre-registration.   

The program will include a Family Fun Center from 1-4 PM.

At 1 PM, there will be a Concert presentation by Larry Davidson. Larry Davidson doesn’t allow his autism to deter him from pursuing his music talents. Larry and his father, Steve, are members of the Princeton Folk Music Club and love to play music together. Larry plays piano and guitar alongside Steve who plays banjo and guitar. Larry is the proud recipient of a letter from NJ Governor Florio for his outstanding work with the autistic community. Larry volunteers weekly at local nursing homes and senior citizen centers and entertains all with his amazing musical talents.

Davidson’s mother Sandra, formerly a music teacher in the schools, started Larry on the piano as a child. Davidson picked up the guitar during college and through playing with his father, Steve, who plays guitar and banjo.  
 
 “He’s always liked music and always liked to help people with his music,” Sandra said. “He knows you have to help people when you’re being helped.”
 
Sandra heard about the Friendship Circle through a friend who also has an adult autistic child, and Davidson has since participated in many of Friendship Circle’s programs, such as barbeques, game nights, and movie nights tailored for special needs individuals.
 
Volunteers with the Friendship Circle run the events, and the volunteers are dedicated to making each participant in the program feel appreciated and comfortable.
“They accept you for the way you are,” Sandra said. “They’ve done a lot to help him. I can’t rave about them enough.”
 
At 2 PM there will be a seminar titled ‘TRANSITIONING TO COLLEGE AND THE WORKPLACE’ with Hillary Freeman Esq of Freeman Law Offices LLC
This workshop will help parents of children with disabilities understand the process of transitioning to post-school life - college and/or the workplace. It will include the responsibilities of your local school districts and state agencies in facilitating a smooth transition into adulthood, as well as how to develop goals for transitioning; people and organizations to work with; and suggested timelines for each step.

At 3:30 PM, a second seminar will be held titled ‘The Most Fundamental Issues Confronting Families of Children with Disabilities’.
Professionals on a panel will address the social, legal, and financial issues facing families of children with disabilities. The panel will consist of an attorney addressing special need trusts and guardianships, a financial planner addressing planning for special needs families, and social organization as advocate and services for families.

The Friendship Circle, the hosting organization, was founded in 2010, has a refreshing approach to helping families of children and adults with special needs. People of all ages have volunteered to bring the spirit of true friendship and unconditional acceptance to the children and adults who participate in Friendship Circle's recreational, social, and educational programs.

For information about the Expo or to volunteer, visit  www.ExpoFriendship.org

To learn more about The Friendship Circle, visit www.mercerfriends.com

 

Valid from 10/18/2012 to 10/29/2012

Winter Nature Programs from Mercer County Park Commission

01/02/2016

Just a Hike

Fri. Jan. 8, 2016.  Noon – 2 p.m.

FREE.

Belle Mountain parking lot (Rte. 29 & Valley Road).

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

 

Lenape Life program series: Musical Instruments.

Sat. Jan. 9, 2016. 10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon.

$5/person or $20/family. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Learn about the tools and techniques of the Lenape in this series of presentations through storytelling, real artifacts, games, and activities.

 

Winter Walk & Exhibit Reception

Sun. Jan. 10. 1-4 p.m.

FREE

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Enjoy the quiet beauty of winter on our guided nature walk, then warm up inside the nature center with coffee and hot chocolate as we celebrate The Quiet Months, our current exhibit on winter, ice and snow. Sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.

 

Saturday Science Lab

Saturday, January 16. 1 - 2:30 p.m.

$5/person or $20/family. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Conquer winter boredom by exploring the properties of ice and snow through fun, hands-on science experiments led by our teacher naturalist, Christy. Can ice get hot? Do volcanoes erupt during winter? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

 

Winter Duck Walk.

Sunday, January 17. 1-3 p.m.

FREE.

Roebling Park @ Spring Lake, Hamilton.

Each winter, many species of duck flock to the wetlands and waterways of New Jersey, including our very own Abbott Marshlands. Join our Naturalists for this birdwatching excursion into the marsh to view our wintering waterfowl. Please dress for cold, windy weather, and bring your binoculars if you have them! Appropriate for teens and adults.

 

Waterwise Gardening

Sat. Jan. 30. 10 - 11:30 a.m.

FREE. Registration required at 609-989-6830.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Learn gardening techniques you can use at home to help conserve our precious water supply, including attention on rain barrels and rain gardens. Led by Dr. Christopher Obropta, Specialist with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and sponsored by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County.

 

First Friday Storytime.

Fri. Feb. 5. 10:30 a.m.

FREE, donations welcome.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton 08610.

Gather with your little ones to hear one of our educators share a storybook tale worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a related craft or activity. Donations benefit Friends for Mercer County Parks.

 

Valentines for Nature

Saturday, February 6. Noon - 4 p.m.

$5/child.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Stop by for a jam-packed afternoon filled with crafts, stories, and refreshments for your family to enjoy. Join us by the fireplace for storytelling time, create valentines to bring home for your friends and family, and even a “Valentine for Nature” to hang outdoors.

 

Winter Duck Walk.

Sunday, February 7. 1-3 p.m.

FREE.

Roebling Park @ Spring Lake, Hamilton.

Each winter, many species of duck flock to the wetlands and waterways of New Jersey, including our very own Abbott Marshlands. Join our Naturalists for this birdwatching excursion into the marsh to view our wintering waterfowl. Please dress for cold, windy weather, and bring your binoculars if you have them! Appropriate for teens and adults.

 

Wildlife in the Bedroom

Thursday, February 11.  7 - 9 p.m.

$5/person. For adults. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

In the world of wildlife, it takes much more than a well-wrapped box of chocolates to get the ladies’ attention. Join Naturalists Jenn Rogers and Kelly Rypkema for this presentation on the bizarre and fascinating mating behaviors of wildlife. Wild aerial displays and role reversals are not taboo for discussion this night. For adults.

 

Lenape Life program series: Building Shelter.

Sat. Feb. 13, 2016. 10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon.

$5/person or $20/family. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Learn about the tools and techniques of the Lenape in this series of presentations through storytelling, real artifacts, games, and activities.

 

Just a Hike

Fri. Feb. 19, 2016.  Noon – 2 p.m.

FREE.

Baldpate Mountain, Summit parking area.

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

 

 

Wildlife SOS.

Sun., Feb. 21, 2016. 1-2:30 PM.

$5/person. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Through discussion about native wildlife, learn what to do if you find injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife near your home. Co-sponsored by the Mercer County Wildlife Center. Appropriate for teens and adults.

 

Birding Basics

Sunday, February 28.  2 - 4 p.m.

$5/person. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Do you aspire to take to the sky, but feel overwhelmed when you look at the bird field guide? Join County Naturalist Jenn Rogers for this indoor presentation that will cover essential birding gear and when and how to enjoy birds in your backyard and beyond. Appropriate for teens and adults.

 

Lenape Life program series: Hunting.

Sat. Mar. 12, 2016. 10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon.

$5/person or $20/family. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Learn about the tools and techniques of the Lenape in this series of presentations through storytelling, real artifacts, games, and activities.

Kelly Rypkema

Manager, Tulpehaking Nature Center

www.mercercountyparks.org/facilities/tulpehaking-nature-center

Valid from 01/02/2016 to 03/10/2016

Youth Stages Offers Spring Acting Classes for Mercer County Residents with Disabilities

04/04/2016

Youth Stages will be offering a creative drama session for preschoolers and their caregivers at the new Boys and Girls Club, 1040 Spruce Street, Lawrenceville on Thursday, April 7 from 11:00-11:30 AM. Come play with your preschooler! For more information contact Marci Rubin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, 609-695-6060 x 210.

 

The Secret Garden will be presented by the Kelsey Theatre Playshops Master Class, a Saturday morning advanced acting class for 6th-8th graders run by Youth Stages. The show will take place on the Kelsey Theatre stage, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor on Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 PM. Admission is FREE. For more information contact the Kelsey Theatre at 609-570-3566.

 

FREE creative dramatics classes for Mercer County residents with disabilities begin this week. Eight week classes for children ages 4-6 years, led by Youth Stages, are on Mondays 5:15-6:15 PM. Classes for children 7-9 years are Thursdays 5:15-6:30 PM. Classes are held at Mercer Elementary School, 1020 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. For more information contact VSA NJ at 732-745-3885.

 

Acting classes for children attending 3rd-5th grade begin Monday, April 11 from 3:15-4:15 PM at Johnson Park School, 285 Rosedale Road, Princeton. For more information on this six-week after-school acting class led by Youth Stages, contact Lisa Jacknow at Johnson Park School at 609-806-4240.

 

After-school acting classes conducted by Youth Stages at the West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Rd, Princeton Junction, begin Thursday April 14 and run for 9 weeks. Classes are offered 4:30-5:30 PM for ages 3-5 years and 5:30-6:30 PM for ages 6-8 years. For more information contact the West Windsor Arts Center at 609-716-1931.

 

Youth Stages also holds after-school acting classes in Roosevelt, Montgomery, and Eastampton, NJ. For more information contact Youth Stages at 609-430-9000.

 

Jean Prall Rosolino

Youth Stages

609-430-9000

Valid from 04/04/2016 to 05/01/2016

Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County Hosts NBA Fit Dribble, Dish & Swish Competition November 22

11/14/2014

Local Champions Can Advance to Regional Competitions and All-Star Finals

The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County will host a local National Basketball Association (NBA) Fit Dribble, Dish & Swish Competition at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at its main Clubhouse, 212 Centre Street, Trenton.

Local youth, from 7-12 years of age, have the opportunity to participate in the basketball competition. This grassroots program provides boys and girls, competing separately, an opportunity to showcase their skills of dribbling, passing and shooting.

First Place Champions from this local competition will advance to one of four Regional Competitions occurring throughout the New York City Tri-State Area, in hopes of advancing to the All-Star Finals, which will be held during NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City.

The NBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish program is intended to encourage youth participation in sports and promote sportsmanship. Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and complete a registration form prior to the start of the competition. Age is determined as of February 14, 2015.

For more information please visit www.nba.com/nbafit/dribbledishswish or contact Reggie Coleman at (609) 392-3191 ext. 110 or rcoleman@bgcmercer.org

 

About the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County:

 

The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County provides young people, ages five to 18, in Trenton and surrounding communities with safe havens, academic enrichment, and recreational activities through after-school, weekend and summer programs. Nearly 100 percent of Boys & Girls Club members graduate from high school and 80 percent of them gain acceptance to college. Learn more at www.bgcmercer.org.

Valid from 11/16/2014 to 11/23/2014

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County Announces Scholarship Opportunities

03/05/2014

Princeton NJ— Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County offers two college scholarship opportunities available to Jewish students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community. 

The Jewish Community Foundation is offering book awards to college bound Jewish students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community.   Facilitated by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County, the scholarships are awarded based on financial need and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester. 

Application Deadline: June 15

 

The Melvin Kushner College Scholarship is awarded by The Abrams Foundation in honor of former trustee Melvin Kushner. The scholarship is given annually to a college bound Jewish high school senior who is a resident of Princeton Mercer Bucks community.  The scholarship award is based on financial need and is in the amount of $1,000.  Students applying must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester. 

Application Deadline: June 15

 

Please contact Lara Wellerstein for an application 609-987-8100 or laraw@jfcsonline.org.

 

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County

707 Alexander Road, Suite 102

Princeton, New Jersey 08540

609-987-8100

Valid from 03/05/2014 to 05/15/2014

Mercer County’s Public Ice Skating Center Opens Nov 7

10/18/2015

WEST WINDSOR, N.J.—For a fun, affordable activity just right for people of all ages, look no further than Mercer County’s Public Ice Skating Center, which opens for the 2015-16 season Saturday, Nov. 7. The Skating Center, located in Mercer County Park in West Windsor, is open to the public seven days a week during the operating season, which runs from Nov. 7 to March 12.

“Our Ice Skating Center continues to grow in popularity and is an affordable activity for all our residents,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, noting that in addition to open skating, the rink offers private lessons, hosts exciting high school hockey games, and is available for private parties.

The Skating Center has a full snack bar, a fireplace and lounge area, dining tables, vending machines, skate rentals, a skate sharpening service and lockers. The center offers general public skating sessions, birthday parties, and ice time for hockey, group rates and private party rentals.

Registration for group skating lessons will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Skating Center. Group lesson applications also can be obtained by visiting the link below and may be mailed in for registration. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 24.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fridays, 7:45 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Senior Skate (62 and older) is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Adult Only Skate (21 and older) is offered Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Ticket prices are: adults, $8; juniors (11 and under), $6; and seniors, $6. Skates can be rented for $4 per pair. Frequent skater passes and season passes also are available. Group, private and semi-private lessons are available for adults and children on the weekends.

To obtain a complete public skating schedule with opening weekend and holiday hours; group lesson applications, rates and class schedule; and rink brochure, directions or more information, visit www.mercercountyparks.org or call the Skating Center at (609) 371-1669.

Valid from 10/18/2015 to 12/07/2015

Planned Parenthood of Mercer County

08/30/2009

Valid from 08/31/2009

Fourth Annual YMCA Buck Leadership Award Recognizes Two Mercer County Young Adults

08/22/2014

The YMCA’s Alexander K. Buck Leadership Award honors legacy of philanthropist and good neighbor, Whip Buck.

PRINCETON -   Last Friday morning, August 15, more than one hundred campers at the Princeton Family YMCA’s Discovery Camp and M.V.P. Sports Camp joined together for the presentation of the fourth annual YMCA Alexander K. Buck Leadership Award.  Those selected to receive the surprise honor were Jono Govantes of Pennington and Crystal Abbott of Trenton. 

Annually the award is presented to two YMCA camp counselors, one young man and one young woman, who best exemplify and reflect the leadership qualities, character and passions of the late Alexander “Whip” K. Buck, a longtime Princeton resident and former trustee and supporter of the YMCA and its mission.  The qualities and characteristics include demonstrating the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility; showing humility and kindness to others in actions, words and deeds;  serving as a good citizen in the camp community and showing a love of democratic principles of fairness and respect; possessing an infectious spirit of fun and adventure and inspiring others to follow; valuing the natural environment and encouraging others to do the same; demonstrating a balance of spirit, mind and body as a well-rounded individual; learning from his or her mistakes and accepting and sharing wisdom;  and putting others first and being committed to serving others at every turn;  And finally, being “a good friend to all.”   

Kate Bech, CEO of the Princeton Family YMCA, who helped with the presentation of the awards, said, “Mr. Buck’s extraordinary life, as a longtime supporter of the YMCA mission and many other important community organizations, continues to inspire our Y family and others.   This annual award gives us a happy occasion to remember him, while serving as a wonderful testimony to his good works and legacy.”

Crystal Abbott, daughter of James and Sandra Abbott of Trenton, has worked for the Princeton Family YMCA for two summers.   Crystal has also volunteered at Johnson Park Elementary School as a reader and helped with the Y’s Y Zone program.  Her dedication to working with children, helping others and bringing out the most of everyone she encounters embodies the true meaning of a camp counselor.  Crystal will be a senior at Princeton High School this fall.

Jono Govantes, son of Pedro and Christine Govantes of Pennington, came to the Princeton Family YMCA just this year, applying his athletic and leadership skills to his role.  A rising sophomore at Villanova University with a passion for athletics, Jono enjoys using sports as a tool to teach values.  “He enjoys being outside at every opportunity, and his enthusiasm is contagious among our campers,” commented Paul Zeger, the Y’s Senior Program Director and camp leader.  Jono also volunteered with the Special Olympics, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and has coached young players at a baseball and softball camp. 

Both young adults are truly “a friend to all” and served as exemplary role models to their peers and to the campers this summer.

 

About the Y

 

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.princetonymca.org

 

 

Valid from 08/22/2014 to 10/01/2014

Fifth Annual YMCA Buck Leadership Award Recognizes Two Mercer County Young Adults

08/11/2015

PRINCETON -   On Friday morning, August 7, more than one hundred twenty campers at the Princeton Family YMCA's Discovery Camp and M.V.P. Sports Camp joined together for the presentation of the fifth annual YMCA Alexander K. Buck Leadership Award.  Those selected to receive the surprise honor were Jordan McDonald of Franklin Park and Samantha Adamczyk of Lawrenceville. 

 

Annually the award is presented to two YMCA camp counselors, one young man and one young woman, who best exemplify and reflect the leadership qualities, character and passions of the late Alexander "Whip" K. Buck, a longtime Princeton resident and former trustee and supporter of the YMCA and its mission.  The qualities and characteristics include demonstrating the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility; showing humility and kindness to others in actions, words and deeds;  serving as a good citizen in the camp community and showing a love of democratic principles of fairness and respect; possessing an infectious spirit of fun and adventure and inspiring others to follow; valuing the natural environment and encouraging others to do the same; demonstrating a balance of spirit, mind and body as a well-rounded individual; learning from his or her mistakes and accepting and sharing wisdom;  and putting others first and being committed to serving others at every turn;  And finally, being "a good friend to all."   

 

Paul Zeger, Princeton Family YMCA Senior Program Director, who helped with the presentation of the awards, said, "Mr. Buck's extraordinary life, as a longtime supporter of the YMCA mission and many other important community organizations, continues to inspire our Y family and others.   This annual award gives us a happy occasion to remember him, while serving as a wonderful testimony to his good works and legacy."

 

Samantha "Sammie" Adamczyk, daughter of Michael and Pamela Adamczyk of Lawrenceville, joined the Princeton Family YMCA's summer camp this year as the Nature Camp director.   Her dedication to working with children, friendliness, positive attitude and inspiring a love of the outdoors among her campers and colleagues embodies the true meaning of a camp counselor.  Samantha attends Unity College in Maine where she's studies sustainable science. 

 

Jordan McDonald, son of Derrick and Deanna McDonald of Franklin Park, is a YMCA camp counselor for a second year with the Y's M.V.P. Sports Camp.  A rising sophomore at George Washington University and a Hun School alumnus, Jordan has a passion for athletics and enjoys using sports as a tool to teach teamwork and values to children.  "I love being able to influence kids and teach them, but also learn from them," he shared. 

 

Both young adults are truly "a friend to all" and served as exemplary role models to their peers and to the campers, and demonstrated the YMCA mission in action throughout the summer.  Each received a plaque and certificate in recognition of their achievement.

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About the Y

 

The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofit strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.princetonymca.org

 

 

Valid from 08/11/2015 to 10/01/2015

Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs Announces Fall Tutor Training Course

09/10/2015

Volunteer tutors are needed to help adult learners increase basic literacy skills for native English speakers and ESOL students

 

 

There are an estimated 60,000 adults in Mercer County who read at the fifth grade level or below.  Importantly, there is a strong correlation between poverty, unemployment, crime and low reading skills. Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs (LNJMCP), a non-profit organization, is helping to decrease this number by providing free, confidential tutoring that is designed to increase basic literacy skills and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) throughout Mercer County.  Volunteers are greatly needed to help us accomplish this goal.

 

Volunteers provide free tutoring services at a variety of public locations including public libraries, workplace sites, churches and retirement homes. 

 

All volunteer tutors are required to complete a comprehensive, 15 hour training course to learn the fundamentals of reading and writing instruction. LNJMCP is offering a fall course that runs for five consecutive weeks starting Tuesday, September 29 through October 27. Two classes are being offered - a day class held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an evening class held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Upon completion of the training course, the volunteer tutor is matched with an adult learner who has registered with our program. “Without question, it is truly an extraordinary experience to help someone learn to read,” said volunteer tutor Isabel Hazel. “When you are fortunate enough to have this skill, you may take it for granted.  However, when you realize how often you need to read every day and how vital this skill is for survival, there is a certain pride in helping others.” 

 

To register for the upcoming tutor training course or for more information, please contact our office at 609-587-6027. 

Valid from 09/10/2015 to 10/15/2015

MCCC Gallery Calls for Entries for "Mercer County Artists 2015"

12/19/2014

West Windsor, N.J. – Calling local artists! Artists aged 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County are invited to submit their art for consideration for the “Mercer County Artists 2015” exhibition at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).  Jurying takes place on Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gallery.

The MCCC Gallery is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Directions and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu.  

Artists may enter up to two original works completed since February 2013 in any media except photography.  (The county hosts a separate photography exhibit).  They are asked to drop off their work between 9:30 a.m. and noon.  Works that are not accepted for the show should be picked up between 3:30 to 5 p.m. 

Awards include $1,500 in Purchase and Merit prizes, including the Utrecht Art Supplies Best in Show prize and the annual West Windsor Arts Council Prize for outstanding work by a West Windsor artist. Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission Purchase Award winners become part of the County’s permanent art collection.
 

A full prospectus for the exhibit is available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.  For a hard copy of the prospectus, artists should email their name and full mailing address to gallery@mccc.edu.

The “Mercer County Artists” show will be on display from Monday, Feb. 2 to Friday, Feb. 27.  An Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, February 4, 5 to 7:30 p.m.  The show is free and open to the public.

 

The exhibition is co-sponsored and supported by the county’s Cultural and Heritage Commission through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Valid from 12/19/2014 to 01/25/2015

Dress for Success Mercer County’s Suits for Sandy February 15 & 16: Women Helping Women Succeed after the Storm

02/05/2013

Imagine losing your home, belongings, or job due to Hurricane Sandy. Unfortunately, for many people in NJ these things happened as a result of the storm. Many NJ residents have been struggling in the aftermath and working to rebuild their lives. Several Dress for Success Mercer County volunteers from Monmouth and Ocean counties experienced losses and wanted to help women in their own communities who were severely impacted. Suits for Sandy was created by these volunteers who were determined to help other women affected recover and succeed in the workplace. 

“We recognized that there was a need in the community to assist women whose employment circumstances were forever changed due to the storm.” said Executive Director Lorrie Klaric, “Women whose place of business was destroyed are finding themselves unemployed and in need of career services. Where do you start when you haven’t prepared a resume or looked for a job in years? How do you rebuild your wardrobe and your career, when you need to rebuild simultaneously all that you have lost? Our mission is to support women in need with a network of support – including personalized career tools and business attire. Our team found a way to turn the devastating circumstances into a positive way to give back to the community.”

In a first of its kind program, Dress for Success Mercer County, headquartered in Lawrenceville, is taking their services on the road for Suits for Sandy on February 15-16. Hosted by Christ Episcopal Church in Toms River, they will provide professional attire and interview and career counseling to pre-registered women whose professional lives have been disrupted by Sandy.

Dress for Success Mercer County volunteers will help “suit ” ladies who may have lost their work clothes or job due to the storm. Personal shopper volunteers work with each woman individually to select a custom outfit for her job or interview. The women are encouraged to bring their resumes as career counselors will also provide resume assistance, interview preparation and other job search resources for those seeking employment.

The Suits for Sandy event is Friday, February 15, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 16 , from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ. Pre-Registration is required. You may register online at www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty or by calling 609-896-4112.

 

About Dress for Success Mercer County: Since 2007, Dress for Success Mercer County has helped almost 2000 women in 6 counties achieve confidence and success in the workplace. They provide free services to eligible clients including: interview attire, resume writing, interview coaching, career counseling, power networking, job retention and career advancement skills.  Dress for Success Mercer County is a volunteer run organization with many opportunities for the community to participate. For information about how you can help or to learn about upcoming events, connect at www.facebook.com/dressforsuccessmercer, via twitter @DFSMercer or visit www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty.  Born in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 120 cities in 13 countries.

Valid from 02/05/2013 to 02/17/2013

Mercer County Introduces Recycling App for Smartphones

01/19/2013

 

If you are one of the growing number of people who have a smartphone or tablet, you can download a Mercer County App that puts recycling and special waste collection details and more at your fingertips, anytime you want them.

 

“Mercer County is pleased to announce that we’ve just launched a mobile app that contains all of the information people need to know, tailored specifically to their neighborhoods, about our residential recycling services,” said Mercer County Executive Brain M. Hughes.

 

Called ‘my-waste’, the app lets mobile device users download the full range of information that is normally on the Mercer County Improvement Authority’s website including residents’ collection schedule. Residents who reside in towns that participate in the Mercer County Recycling Program don’t have to go hunting for the printed schedule or be sitting in front of their computers. Instead, by downloading ‘my-waste’™, residents can check details for regular and special collections, and events for household hazardous waste or e-waste days, and more. 

 

Special features of the Mercer County ‘my-waste’ App include a search function that lets residents quickly find information about what to do with a regular or out-of-the-ordinary item.  “The Mercer County ‘my-waste’ App also includes a special ‘report-a-problem’ function that allows residents to report non-emergency problems like missed collections and illegal dumping,” said Phillip S. Miller, Executive Director of the Mercer County Improvement Authority. “The report-a-problem feature uses the smartphone’s GPS positioning system and built-in camera. All they have to do is select the report-a-problem function, take a picture and the problem is automatically e-mailed to us. In coming months, we anticipate adding more special features as well as including useful countywide information.” 

 

The Mercer County ‘my-waste’ download is free. Residents can get it by going to www.my-waste.mobi/NJ-Mercercounty and then select the icon link either to the iPhone/iPad or Android App store. The ‘my-waste’ version for the BlackBerry is coming when RIM releases its new operating system, expected in early 2013.

 

 “Once residents have downloaded the app, they can set it up to give them regular reminders for any of the collection programs,” said Dan Napoleon, Chief of Recycling for MCIA. “For example, they can set a reminder for the day that recycling is collected or they can set up alerts just for household hazardous or electronic waste collection days.

 

“This is a new way for us to connect with residents about our resource recovery and waste diversion programs. We’ll be able to update the information on the app as necessary during the year, so it will always be current. Residents will never forget a collection day and that should lead to increased recycling rates. Everybody wins,” he said. 

 

Mercer County is adding the ‘my-waste’ App to its communication outreach activities. It will continue to distribute printed materials and have information on the website for residents who prefer traditional promotional and educational materials.  For more information, please call the Mercer County Improvement Authority at (609) 278-8100 or visit www.mcia-nj.com

 

 

 

Valid from 01/19/2013 to 02/28/2013

Volunteer Opportunities at CONTACT of Mercer County

01/04/2014

 

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 4 and running weekly through Tuesday April 8, CONTACT will offer free training courses for prospective volunteers.  A one hour, no obligation, orientation session will be held on Feb. 4 at 9:30am and 7pm, at the Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 South Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534.  There is a choice of morning and evening courses which teach compassionate listening skills, telephone crisis intervention, suicide prevention and much more.  Representatives from community programs are speakers on a variety of topics.  Taking this course is a great way to become a better listener and help other people at the same time.

More information and registration: www.contactofmercer.org/ and 609-883-2880.

 

Valid from 01/04/2014 to 02/05/2014

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County Offers Return to Work Coaching Circle

08/06/2013

Are you a stay-at-home parent ready to return to work? Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County is pleased to offer Return to Work Coaching Circle, a 4-session workshop with career coach Karen Rubin. Ms. Rubin is a certified coach specializing in professional development and helping women advance their careers. She is the founder of Princeton Corporate Coaching, LLC. As a participant, you will: regain your confidence, learn to position your career break on resumes and in interviews, update your resume, refresh your networking skills, develop an “elevator story,” create business cards, become familiar with online job search tools, and practice interviewing.

Return to Work Coaching Circle is 4-part series on 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, and 10/8, each from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the West Windsor Arts Center at 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550. The cost is $135/person for all 4 sessions. Register with a friend and enjoy a discounted rate of $125/person. Open to the entire community. Pre-registration is required to Lara Wellerstein at 609-987-8100 or laraw@jfcsonline.org.

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County is a community service agency that strengthens individuals and families in the entire community by empowering people to care for themselves and each other. JFCS offers a wide range of high quality, client-centered behavioral health, advocacy and support services for individuals and families.

Valid from 08/06/2013 to 10/01/2013

CONTACT of Mercer County Celebrates Retired and Senior Volunteers May 23, 2013

03/19/2013

 

Pennington Borough (Mercer County)  NJ  -  February 6, 2013 –  CONTACT of Mercer County is preparing once again to celebrate the continuing contribution of its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteers at its 12th annual Recognition Brunch Thursday May 23rd, 2013,  at the Stone Terrace, by John Henry’s, 2275 Kuser Road, Hamilton NJ. 

 

This year’s theme, VOLUNTEERS ARE LEGENDARY !!  was adapted from an exploration of a Hall of Fame concept and will allow other “legends” of New Jersey origin such as Frank Sinatra, Abbott and Costello and the Sopranos, among many others, to lend their luster to the annual celebration of the program’s hard working Senior Volunteers.  The program will also throw light on another NJ Legend, the Jersey Devil,  after a dark and  hazardous search for the facts around this long standing denizen of the State.

 

Every year CONTACT and RSVP spend a morning thanking and commending the three hundred and fifty to four hundred Volunteers 55 and over who provide thousands of Volunteer hours every year at approximately 35 – 40 sites throughout Mercer County.  This effort always enjoys the support of  numerous service providers, merchants, banks and businesses, along with local community leaders. 

 

Every year finds the program’s senior Volunteers being feted with a full scale brunch while receiving the praises and well wishes of the community and on the receiving end of numberless gifts and door prizes contributed by those diverse supporters.  Volunteers each receive a gift bag loaded with donated giveaway items, receive 50 or more door prizes from sponsors throughout the area and participate in a drawing for a special contest which identifies many more potential Volunteers.  Volunteers are awarded certificates of appreciation while dining with agency staff, the program Advisory Council and community leaders. 

 

Members of the community who wish to join in the tribute are encouraged to donate items for gift bags (in quantity) or door prizes or may sponsor Volunteers’ dining at individual levels up to tables  in multiples of ten (10).  Substantial underwriting arrangements in the range of $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 are also available.  Please  contact Hugh Adams, RSVP Director for details.  Adams also suggested the agency will be outreaching as usual to develop these support options from prior donors and new contributors. 

 

 

 

Highlights of the day also include announcement of  the Isabelle Hickman and the Barbara Brown Station Manager Awards.  The Hickman Award honors a long term RSVP Volunteer with tireless community spirit and is granted every year to one of many RSVP Volunteers with exceptional service.  

They are nominated by the agencies where the Volunteers provide their service and selected by vote of the RSVP Advisory Council. 

 

The Barbara Brown Station Manager Award is named for a long term, now retired,  administrative coordinator at CONTACT/RSVP, and goes to an agency Volunteer Manager who takes special care and advocates for the interests of their program’s Volunteers.  Last year the program also inaugurated a “1 K Club” named after the achievement of members of the program who provide more than one thousand (1,000), Volunteer Hours over the course of the preceding year.  Two (2) members of the program received special citations for this extraordinary contribution to the community:  it is hoped their contribution will spur others to similar levels of caring.   

 

CONTACT of Mercer County which has operated the Federally-funded program for about eleven and a half years, especially values these Senior Volunteers who have refused to sit back in retirement and instead find numerous ways to serve others.  The agency’s announcement letter states that “Volunteers’ roles include:  (acting as)  docents and guides; support activities in senior centers; hotline counselors; reassurance callers, reading and recording for the visually impaired and dyslexic; Meals on Wheels delivery and other services to fight hunger and promote health eating.  It goes on to praise the Volunteers who:  “…represent the best of a civil society, giving of themselves to forward important community goals.”

 

Eleanor Letcher, Executive Director for CONTACT, which operates Hotline and Reassurance services in the County utilizing RSVP members among its Volunteer cadre, noted that RSVP’s future remains uncertain, given ongoing fiscal concerns at the federal level and urged attendees to let their representatives know that the program needs continued support. 

 

Anyone wanting more information about the RSVP Program or CONTACT of Mercer County should contact Letcher or RSVP Program Director Hugh Adams at (609) 883 – 2880. 

 

Valid from 03/19/2013 to 05/24/2013

MCCC and PSRC to Co-Sponsor “Lights! Camera! Fashion!”, a Celebration of Mercer County Fashion at the MCCC Conference Center May 10

03/25/2013

 

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) and Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) invite the community to “Lights! Camera! Fashion!”, a celebration of fashion, film and photography on Friday, May 10 at the MCCC Conference Center, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, N.J.  The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., with a showing of the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York” at 7 p.m. 

This joint benefit event will celebrate MCCC Fashion and Photography students, as well as fashion-savvy active adults from the greater Mercer County area.  The evening will feature original designs by students in MCCC's new Fashion/Apparel Design program, which is housed at the college’s Trenton Hall, along with the new Fashion Merchandizing program.  Both are coordinated by faculty member Allegra Ceci. 

Special guests for the evening include honorary event chairs Pamela Hughes of the Institute for Advanced Study and her husband, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes.  New Jersey-based fashion designers Ray Brown of Trenton and Tammy Duffy of Hamilton, both of whom are graduates of Mercer, will also participate.

In addition to fashions by MCCC’s budding designers, MCCC Photography students will exhibit fashion photography taken in New York City under the direction of Associate Professor of Photography Michael Dalton and Princeton photographer David Kelly Crow.

“We are excited to partner with PSRC as we celebrate the first graduates of the new fashion program at Mercer and their collaboration with our photography students,” said MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue.  She notes that photography courses will also be offered at the Trenton campus beginning in the fall.

At 7 p.m. guests will be invited to view the first-ever Mercer County showing of the 82-minute award-winning documentary “Bill Cunningham New York.”  This fascinating film tells the story of the iconic 84-year-old fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, known for his photography in The New York Times’ Sunday Style section.

"Holding an intergenerational event with MCCC is a perfect collaboration for PSRC, where someone like Bill Cunningham can inspire the next generation of photographers and designers," said Susan Hoskins, PSRC's executive director.  "Here at PSRC we are inspired every day by the enthusiastic and energetic men and women who attend our programs," she added.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.  A brief presentation at 6:15 p.m. will showcase fashion designs created by Mercer students.

Tickets are $20, with a discounted price of $50 for a family of three.  (Tickets for MCCC students are $10.) Proceeds from the event will jointly benefit PSRC and MCCC.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact MCCC at (609) 570-3293, or PSRC at (609) 924-7108, ext. 20. Tickets and sponsorship information is available online at www.mccc.edu/give.

Valid from 03/25/2013 to 05/11/2013

Volunteer Opportunity CONTACT of Mercer County

09/09/2016

CONTACT of Mercer County, NJ is a telephone HOTLINE as well as an online chat and text service offering supportive listening, referrals, crisis help and suicide prevention to anyone who calls, chats or texts.

CONTACT's services, whether over the phone or online, are anonymous,
confidential and free. They are person to person, one person at a time.

You can help by taking the CONTACT Volunteer Training Course, beginning on Tuesday, September 13th and ending in November.

Classes will take place every Tuesday in the office building behind the Pennington United Methodist Church,60 S. Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534. There is choice of a morning session from 9:30am-12:30pm or an evening session from 7pm-10pm.
To register for the Volunteer Training Course visit: contactofmercer.org

HOTLINE: 609-896- 2120/ 609-585- 0011; Suicide Prevention: 1-800- 273-TALK
Lifeline Crisis Chat: crisischat.org
TxtToday: Text 609-488- 4TxT (4898); Tues. & Fri. 6:30-9:30pm

Valid from 09/09/2016 to 10/01/2016

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County is Now Known as Arm in Arm

09/24/2016

TRENTON, NJ – The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County announced the launch of its new name, Arm in Arm, effective Thursday, September 22, 2016.

The 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 1980 by Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church, helps secure the basic needs of food and housing and promotes long-term stability through work training and support. Today, over 5,000 families are helped each year.

The new name — Arm in Arm — conveys the organization’s collaborative approach to service, its spirit of optimism, and its belief in the possibilities of the future.

Executive Director Carolyn Biondi said:

“Arm in Arm is a place where people in need find people who want to help.  Our new name reflects our respect for the dignity of the people we serve, as well as for their own power in the process of regaining stability.

Our tagline ‘Better Together’ expresses our belief that we all benefit when everyone in our community thrives — and that it takes our whole community to ensure that we all thrive. Individuals, congregations, corporations, foundations, schools, and businesses are all critical partners in this effort.”

The mission and programs of Arm in Arm will continue to focus on securing basic needs of food, housing, and work to promote longer-term stability.

Chante H., who recently received a security deposit from Arm in Arm for an apartment for herself and her two children, said that the assistance “has taken a huge burden off of me because now I know that my children have a place to live. I’m so grateful.”

John B., who works two jobs and occasionally receives food from Arm in Arm’s food pantries, said, “I think things are looking up for me, but I’m not quite there yet. But the food is really nutritious, and I just want to say thank you.”

Said Natara N. of Arm in Arm’s work training program, “It is a good feeling to be giving back and contributing (in Arm in Arm’s food pantry) while also gaining skills and experience as a trainee.” With financial help from Arm in Arm’s License to Succeed program, she also obtained a driver’s license, which she said about 75 percent of job applications require. “And now I can answer that question with a ‘Yes!’”

Locations for Arm in Arm will remain in downtown Princeton, downtown Trenton, and south Trenton, all easily accessible from anywhere in Mercer County, New Jersey.

Arm in Arm will celebrate its name change at its fall benefit on November 3, 2016, at The Frick Chemistry Laboratory Atrium on the campus of Princeton University. Special guest Billy Shore, co-founder and executive director of the national hunger awareness organization Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, will keynote the event. Open to the public and the media, the event will be attended by volunteers, supporters, community members, and staff. Reservations can be made online at www.arminarm.org or by calling 609-396-9355, ext. 27.

For more information about Arm in Arm, visit www.arminarm.org or call 609-396-9355.

Valid from 09/24/2016 to 11/01/2016

Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County Launches “WE CARE” Campaign April 26, 2012

04/20/2012

On April 26th, The Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County is launching the “WE CARE” campaign, a county-wide movement to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with special needs. The Friendship Circle is an international non-profit organization that provides social support, educational and vocational programming, and empowerment for children and adults with special needs.  The Mercer County chapter of the Friendship Circle was established in 2010 and is involved in the lives of well over 100 families with children and adults with special needs on a daily basis.

The “WE CARE” campaign aims to reach all residents and businesses in Greater Mercer County (approximately 360,000 people). Our goal: to involve every business, family and relevant organization in the county in making a practical difference in the lives of individuals with special needs and their families.

The campaign will officially be launched on April 26th  at the Palmer Square Plaza (in front of JCREW) Volunteers will be there from noon to 8 PM to hand out brochures and let people know about the campaign. Local politicians will be stopping by to show their support.

Throughout the next few months, there will be a variety of opportunities educating the Mercer community about people with special needs.  Upcoming events include a local Sprout Festival, a dyslexia simulation event, webinars, seminars, disability training events, tables at the local malls, presentations at the local schools and more.

The money raised from this campaign will go toward ensuring the continued growth of the Friendship Circle's programs and activities, specifically our job placement program. Through our job placement service, adults with special needs will receive vocational training, job coaching and job placement. The Friendship Circle offers financial incentives to local businesses for hiring individuals with special needs.  In addition, funds will be allocated toward the start of a camp and building campaign to serve as a permanent location for Friendship Circle as well as a home-away-from-home for all individuals with special needs.

The campaign will culminate with “Expo: Friendship” to take place this coming November. The Expo will include representatives from many organizations that support services for the developmental, mental and physical special needs populations.  “Expo Friendship” will be a unique opportunity for representatives from different organizations to meet and learn about each other.  Parents and other caretakers will also be invited to learn about resources and to network with each other.  The Expo will also include a special needs simulation exhibit to promote understanding of individual differences, and will conclude with a motivational speaker discussing how he overcame his special needs to achieve his goals.  The entire community will be invited to attend the Expo Fair to demonstrate their support.

Everyone is invited to get involved by committing to educate themselves and those around them about how to be more positive and accepting toward the special needs community. Attend one of our many educational events and help arrange one at your place of work or school!

In addition, join the effort by creating or joining a ‘team’, a group that raises awareness and or funds together. In addition, get your friends and families to put on a lawn sign showing their support of the campaign. There are many volunteering opportunities, including brochure distribution, staffing at campaign tables and more.

There are also corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities. More details can be found on unite4friendship.org.

 

 


Valid from 04/20/2012 to 06/10/2012

CASA of Mercer County Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children

07/29/2011

 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteer advocates who want to make a difference in the life of a foster child.  CASA of Mercer County, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to speaking up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA works through trained community volunteers to insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child into a safe and permanent home.  CASA of Mercer County recently merged with CASA of Burlington County and will provide 30 hours of training for you to become a child advocate for one child or sibling group in either Mercer County or Burlington County.  Our Fall Training will begin this October, 2011.   For more information about our program a one-hour long informational session will be offered at both locations on the dates and times listed below and you are welcome to attend any one of those sessions. 

 

The dates for those Informational Sessions at our Mercer County office located at 1450 Parkside Ave., Suite 22, Ewing, NJ are:

 

                                              Thursday                   Aug.11th,  2011 from  5:30 –  6:30 pm

                                              Wednesday                Aug. 24th, 2011 from  9:30 – 10:30 am

 

The dates for those Informational Sessions at our Mt. Holly office located at 129 High St., Suite 2B, Mt. Holly, NJ are:

 

                                                Tuesday            Aug. 9th,   2011 from 5:30 –  6:30 pm

                                                Friday                        Sept. 9th,  2011 from 9:30 – 10:30 am

                                                Thursday            Sept. 15th 2011 from 5:30 –  6:30 pm

 

For more information about CASA or to register, you can go online at www.casamercer.org or call 609-434-0050.

 

Valid from 07/29/2011 to 09/16/2011

Strengthening Families Program Scheduled for August in Mercer County

05/30/2013

Mercer County, NJ, May 29, 2013 -- Beginning in August, the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction will host Strengthening Families, a free bi-weekly educational program for parents, grandparents, guardians and their children. The bi-weekly sessions will be held from 5:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the following location. A complimentary dinner will be served. Families must have a Military connection in order to participate (family member can be active or non-active, veteran, etc.)  Registration is required.


Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning August 6th (7-week program, meets twice a week) 
Children ages 6 – 11
Mercer Council, 1931 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrence Township


Mercer Council’s Strengthening Families educational program will teach participants how to improve communication skills, develop effective conflict resolution techniques and learn to identify and express feelings. The program has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a model parenting program. Gifts will be awarded to families with regular attendance. Upon completion of the program, a graduation ceremony will be held where all participants receive a certificate of completion. 


Strengthening Families is funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.


For more information, or to register to attend, please contact Barbara Sprechman, 

609-396-5874 or bsprechman@mercercouncil.org  by July 24, 2013.


About Mercer Council -- Mercer Council is a 501 © (3) non-profit agency dedicated to preventing alcoholism and substance abuse.   Mercer Council actively provides quality alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention and early intervention services in partnership with individuals, families, schools, communities, businesses, and professionals throughout Mercer County.

 

Valid from 05/31/2013 to 09/01/2013

Dress for Success Mercer County’s Power Walk Brings Fitness and Empowerment to Central Jersey Women Mother’s Day Weekend May 11

04/18/2013

Lawrenceville, NJ. (April 15, 2013) Dress for Success Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women, announces The Power Walk for Dress for Success, which will take place in 35+ cities in May, including Pennington, NJ on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The 5K walk and fun run promote active, healthy lifestyle choices for women and families and serves as a testament to the link between personal health and professional success.

 

What:

Dress for Success Mercer County is one of 35+ affiliates to host this year’s fundraising walk and fun run towards wellness, empowerment and economic independence for women in Central NJ. The event includes fitness activities, a health fair, music and entertainment by New Jersey 101.5, a kids’ corner with arts, crafts and games, and a Mother’s day flower sale to celebrate the special women in your life. The first 100 participants will receive a T-shirt. Healthy snacks and water will be provided but people are encouraged to eat a nutritious breakfast before they arrive.

 

Where:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Hopewell Campus

410 Scotch Road, Pennington, NJ

 

When:

Saturday, May 11, 2013

 

·         8:00-10:25    AM    (Registration)

·         8:30              AM    (Zumba)

·         8:30-11:30    AM    (Health Fair)

·         9:00              AM    (Walk Begins)

·         9:30-10:00    AM    (Yoga Stretch and Opening Ceremony)

·         10:30            AM     (Fun Run *New This Year* Begins)

 

Who:

The Power Walk is open to the public and participants are encouraged to create a team of friends, walk with family, or participate as a virtual walker online. Children under 12 are admitted Free. 

 

Speakers include Dr. Jeff Levine, Director of Women's Health Programs in the Department of Family Medicine at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, inspirational speaker, and former contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” the popular weight loss TV series and George Ruthauser, announcer for the New Jersey Jackals a professional, independent baseball club that plays at Yogi Berra Stadium on the Montclair State University campus

 

Major event sponsors include Stark & Stark, NRG Energy and Riegel Printing.

 

Why:

By participating walkers will help empower disadvantaged women in Central NJ and their families to achieve financial independence and success. All funds raised will support the image enhancement and career development programs and services of Dress for Success Mercer County.  

 

How:

Register yourself or team at: www.dfspowerwalk.org/mercercounty2013. Become a virtual walker or support a team if you can’t attend. Your support = her success. For more event news join us at www.Facebook.com/DressForSuccessMercer.

 

Valid from 04/18/2013 to 05/13/2013

Youth Stages Offering FREE Acting Classes to Mercer County Youth With Disabilities

02/27/2016

Youth Stages will be offering FREE acting classes to Mercer County youth with disabilities through VSA New Jersey and the Mercer County Office for the Disabled.

Classes for 4-6 year olds will be held on Mondays, April 4-May 23 from 5:15-6:15 PM at Mercer Elementary School.

 

Classes for 7-9 year olds will be held on Thursdays, April 7-May 26 from 5:15-6:30 PM at Mercer Elementary School.

 

Class size is limited to 15 students, so register early! For more information, contact VSA New Jersey at (732) 745-3885, (732) 745-3913 TTY, or info@vsanj.org.

Valid from 02/27/2016 to 04/01/2016

Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs Announces Fall Tutor Training Courses

07/11/2016

Volunteer tutors needed to help adult learners increase basic literacy skills

 

 

There are an estimated 60,000 adults in Mercer County who read at the fifth grade level or below. For these individuals, it can be a challenge to fill out a job application, read a utility bill, or follow a prescription label correctly.  Moreover, there is a strong correlation between low literacy skills and the incidence of poverty, unemployment, and poor health.

 

Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs is a non-profit organization, that is helping to improve these neighbors’ lives by providing free, confidential tutoring that is designed to increase basic reading, writing, listening speaking and math skills. We need your help to do this!

 

All volunteer tutors are required to complete a comprehensive, 15 hour training course to learn the fundamentals of reading and writing instruction. Literacy NJ Mercer is offering two fall courses. The first runs for five consecutive weeks starting Wednesday, September 21 through October 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second goes from Thursday, September 29 through October 27, and meets from 6pm to 9pm. Both classes will be given in Princeton.  Upon completion of the training course, the volunteer tutor is matched with an adult learner who has registered with our program. Volunteers provide free tutoring services at a variety of public locations including public libraries, workplace sites, churches and retirement homes. 

Longtime volunteer Michael Thiel describes his experience this way, “I began tutoring with LNJMCP almost 15 years ago.  Over that time I have seen many measurable goals accomplished; a student's first letter to her mother, another learning enough English to get independence through a driver's license, and even more with enough fluency to accomplish their ultimate goal of becoming a citizen of this country. 

What we often don't measure are the emotions and immeasurable assets associated with literacy.  We don't quantify the new found independence or the improvement in quality of life at home.  And while we tend to focus on the students' progress, there is something truly special in a program that keeps me and the other volunteers around for so long.”

To register for the upcoming tutor training course or for more information, please contact our office at 609-587-6027, or email us at cmtich@literacynj.org .  

Valid from 07/11/2016 to 09/30/2016

MCCC Gallery Calls for Entries for "Mercer County Artists 2014"; Jurying Set for March 1

02/07/2014

West Windsor, N.J. – Calling local artists! Artists aged 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County are invited to submit their art for consideration for this year’s “Mercer County Artists 2014” exhibition at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).  Jurying takes place on Saturday, March 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gallery.

The MCCC Gallery is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Directions and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu.  

Artists may enter up to two original works completed since March 2012 in any media except photography.  (The county hosts a separate photography exhibit).  They are asked to drop off their work between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.  Works that are not accepted for the show should be picked up between 3:30 to 5 p.m. 

More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded, including Purchase Awards from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  Artwork selected for Purchase Awards will become part of the county's permanent collection.

A full prospectus for the exhibit is available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.  For a hard copy of the prospectus, artists should email their name and full mailing address to gallery@mccc.edu.

The “Mercer County Artists” show will be on display from Tuesday, March 11 to Thursday, April 3.  An Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Thursday, March 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is co-sponsored and supported by the county’s Cultural and Heritage Commission through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Valid from 02/07/2014 to 03/31/2014

Mercer County Community College’s VOICE Newspaper Wins 18 Journalism Awards

04/23/2013

Mercer County Community College student journalists recently won 18 awards for their work with The College VOICE newspaper.

In this year's annual New Jersey Collegiate Press Association (NJCPA) competition, students won 13 awards in the two-year college category, including the highest honor: first place for General Excellence.  Students also earned five awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Region I Mark of Excellence Awards.

Nine of the 13 NJCPA award recipients are Mercer Honors students who have taken the Honors Journalism II course offered for the first time at the college this past fall. Eight of the recipients are New Media majors.

Now in its second year, the New Media program has more than 40 students pursuing the major at the college. The VOICE also added a social media editor position this spring and now has more than 200 followers on Twitter and Facebook.

Mercer students received nine first place awards and four second place NJCPA Awards for work completed over the last year. Winners included: Dan Povio and Stephen Harrison, first place for News Writing; Noelle Gilman and Stephen Harrison, second place for Feature Writing; Kristie Kuschyk, first place for Personality Profile; VOICE staff, first place for Editorial Writing; Ken Napier, first place for Column Writing; Miranda Horn, second place for Column Writing; Kevin Xavier, first place for Sports Writing; Noelle Gilman, Kellie Rendina and Laura Pollack, first place for Investigative Reporting; Laura Pollack, second place for Investigative Reporting; Dakota Burr, second place for Artistic Story Illustration; and Dakota Burr and Matthew Grant Arnold tied for first place in Sports Photography.

MCCC students also placed in the Society of Professional Journalists Region I Mark of Excellence Awards, which includes students in two- and four-year colleges in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  Award winners included Matthew Grant Arnold, first place for General News Photography; Ken Napier, second place for Column Writing; Laura Pollack, second place for In-Depth Reporting; Kellie Rendina, Laura Pollack and Noelle Gilman, third place for In-Depth Reporting; and VOICE staff, third place for Editorial Writing.

"As the New Media program has grown it has infused The VOICE with great energy,” said Professor Holly Johnson, VOICE faculty adviser. “Seasoned staffers are mentoring cub reporters and the awards demonstrate the success of that system." 

Both Johnson and Professor Michael Dalton, Photography advisor, took a contingent of VOICE students to the annual College Media Association (CMA) conference in New York City in March, which is attended by more than 1,900 college journalism students, faculty and media professionals.

At the conference, Mercer students presented a double-session workshop in investigative reporting.  In addition, Dalton led a photography session, English Professor Diane Rizzo presented three panels on LGBT issues in new media, and Johnson gave five workshops on topics ranging from viral student media to FBI strategies for interviewing.

While at the conference, the VOICE’s former editor in chief, Laura Pollack, received the Finalist Award for "Best Newsroom Leader" in the CMA Apple Awards.

Since 2008, The VOICE has been one of the highest rated and most award-winning two-year college newspapers in the nation. It is led by an editorial board of six student editors. Although the staff sizes fluctuate from semester to semester, each issue showcases the work of 15-20 student journalists.

Valid from 04/23/2013 to 05/30/2013

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift - A Donation to Literacy Volunteers in Mercer County

04/26/2013

This spring, let literacy bloom by making a donation to Literacy Volunteers in Mercer County in honor of your mother, someone who gifted YOU with the legacy of literacy. Your donation will not only help provide the gift of reading to adults in our community, but it is fully tax deductible.

 

We will be delighted to send a card acknowledging your thoughtful gift. We will list your donation on our Facebook and Twitter pages and while you are thinking about it, how about Dad? Father's day is June 16. Just let us know who you want to honor and we will personalize the card appropriately.

 

Click here to donate www.mercerliteracy.org and then just give us a call (609/587-6027) or email Victorialvmercer@verizon.net to provide the details.

 

Deadline for Mother's Day cards: May 6

 

Deadline for Father's Day cards: June 10

Valid from 04/26/2013 to 06/11/2013

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County Challenges the Community to “Pump up the Pantry”

07/08/2013

Princeton, NJ, June 26, 2013 – Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) is pleased to announce the “Pump up the Pantry” $25,000 Food Pantry Challenge.  The announcement comes on the heels of receiving a pledge by an anonymous donor to match up to $25,000 to support JFCS’s Ohel Avraham food pantry, which has been providing non-perishable food assistance to families in need in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community since 1999. 

Nineteen students from Har Sinai Temple in Pennington, N.J., kicked off the campaign by donating $5,600 to the Food Pantry Challenge.  The students from this year’s 7th grade class, collectively decided to pool gift money from their bar and bat mitzvahs and donate a portion to JFCS’s Ohel Avraham Food Pantry, the only kosher food pantry in the area.  

“The big decision was what we wanted to do with our money.  We looked at many charities, but wanted to pick one that helps Jewish and non-Jewish people alike,” said Maia Finkel, 13, of Hopewell, N.J.  “We were glad to be able to help JFCS.”

In addition to making a donation, the students went shopping for nonperishable foods and then helped stock JFCS’s pantry.  “It was great to see where our money went,” said, Rebecca McCormack, 13, of Lawrence, N.J.  “I was surprised to see that the pantry did not have a lot, and it was great to add food to the shelves.”  McCormack added that it was easy to decide to donate their gifts:  “Not everyone has the same opportunities as we do.” 

Benjamin Aronson, 13, of Newtown, Pa., echoes that.  “It’s a sad fact that some kids may go hungry or cold nowadays,” he said.  “If feels good to be able to help in some way.”
  

“We thank the students for their generous donation, and they are wonderful role models for all of us,” said Linda Meisel, Executive Director of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County.  “We are hopeful that the combined $50,000 raised at the end of the campaign will equal the shortfall in the pantry this year due to unprecedented demand.”

The Ohel Avraham Food Pantry helps to fill the important community need to prevent hunger among Mercer and Bucks counties’ low- and moderate-income residents. The Food Pantry is based on Jewish Family & Children’s philosophy of "Client Empowerment" in which the agency educates and enables patrons to care for themselves and others. Clients' pantry use helps stabilize families by offsetting other costs, particularly to meet mortgage and rent payments. 

This year, victims of hurricane Sandy made use of the food pantry as need had increased.  Even without power a few days following the storm, JFCS put together relief bags for elderly clients and delivered them to families.  In addition, the agency began a nutrition initiative this year, offering more healthy options including brown rice, frozen vegetables, and fish.  It also has had the opportunity to provide fresh produce from local farmers markets, and in the future, will offer nutrition workshops, including a healthy cooking class and food safety class.

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County is a community service agency that strengthens individuals and families in the entire community by empowering people to care for themselves and each other. JFCS offers a wide range of high quality, client-centered behavioral health, advocacy and support services for individuals and families.  For more information or to make a donation to the “Pump up the Pantry” Challenge, visit www.jfcsonline.org or call 609-987-8100. 
 

Valid from 07/08/2013 to 08/30/2013

CASA of Mercer County Seeks Volunteers

08/08/2013

CASA of Mercer County Volunteer Information Sessions
Fall Training Classes begin October 2014
 
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mercer County is a non-profit organization committed to speaking up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA works through trained community volunteers to insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child into a safe and permanent home.  Once accepted into the training program, CASA provides 32 hours of training for you to become a child advocate for one child or sibling group. 
Advocates need no special background, just be over 21, have a driver’s license, a desire to help children, and can commit at least 1-2 years to a child’s case.
 
Please join us at one of these brief information sessions:
 
Mercer County Location:  1450 Parkside Ave., Suite 22, Ewing, NJ  08638
August 21, 2013, 9:30 - 10:30 am
September 12, 2013, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
September 17, 2013, 9:30 - 10:30 am
 
 
 

Valid from 08/08/2013 to 09/18/2013

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Seeking Volunteers in Mercer County

10/07/2013

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is actively seeking Volunteers in
Mercer County.  We are a non-profit organization committed to speaking up in court
for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes because of
abuse or neglect.  These children live in foster homes, group homes or residential
facilities.  CASA trains community volunteers who ensure that these children receive
needed services and help in moving into safe and permanent homes.  CASA Advocates
receive 32 hours of comprehensive training and ongoing supervision.  Volunteers come
from all walks of life and need no special background.  You must be 21 years of age,
have a valid driver’s license, a desire to help these at risk children and can commit at
least 18 months to a child’s case.  One hour information sessions are offered on a
regular basis.


Please join us for a 1 hour information session
October 16, 2013, Wed, 5:30pm            October 29, 2013, Tues, 9:30am
November 14, 2013, Thurs, 5:30pm        November 20,2013, Wed, 9:30am
December 9, 2013, Mon, 9:30am        December 12, 2013,Thurs,  5:30pm


The information sessions are held at CASA for Children of Mercer County
1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing, NJ 08638

Please call 609-434-0050, or email Anne Callahan, our Volunteer Coordinator, at
acallahan@casamercer.org for more information or to register.  To find out more about
CASA for Children or register on-line, please visit our website at www.casamercer.org.
 

Valid from 10/07/2013 to 12/13/2013

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County to Honor Holocaust Survivors at 2015 Gala

12/10/2014

Princeton, NJ, December 10, 2014 — Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) will honor Holocaust survivors who live in Mercer County at the 2015 Gala, February 28, 2015 at The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. JFCS has the privilege of caring for several survivors, who are between the ages of 83 and 96 years old. In preparation for the Gala, Burkewood Creative is producing a video featuring four of the survivors, including Martha Friedman and her son Steven, shown in the photo.

 

This event brings with it a historical significance as the survivors are aging and the stories they have to tell are even more important to document and remember. 2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, several in our group were there.

 

“Some survivors wake up soaking wet, in the middle of the night, as they relive their experiences and reflect on those they have lost.”, Janice Baer, LCSW with JFCS.

 

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency providing social services, counseling and support to individuals, families, children and teens.  Professional, licensed social workers offer one-on-one and group counseling, family education, crisis and domestic violence support, re-employment assistance, grief and bereavement programs, and services for special needs children and their siblings. Services include food vouchers, meals on wheels, the kosher food pantry and kosher cafes, which serve thousands of meals to the elderly.  The Secure@Home program is a vital program which allows participants to retain their independence and age at home.  Youth programs include leadership, social skills and peer education. Visit the JFCS website for a complete listing of services www.jfcsonline.org

 

Valid from 12/10/2014 to 03/01/2015

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Food Drive at Cotsen Children’s Library to Benefit Crisis Ministry of Mercer County

01/08/2015

The Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University is hosting a food drive to benefit Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. Simply bring your canned and boxed goods to Cotsen (which is located within Firestone Library on the Princeton University campus). Each item will earn you chances to win a big, 4-foot, cuddly, Very Hungry Caterpillar!

The food drive runs from December 12 – February 12.

Suggested donation items (no glass please):

Canned vegetables

Canned beans

Chunk light tuna

Soup

Cereal

Fruit or applesauce cups

Peanut butter

Pasta

Juice boxes

Coffee

Tea

Box mac & cheese

Granola bars

Pudding cups

 

Questions? Please contact:

Dana Sheridan

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Cotsen Children's Library

Princeton University Library

danas@princeton.edu

Valid from 01/08/2015 to 02/13/2015

Crisis Ministry's 10th Annual Valentines for Food Drive Will Feed Hungry Families in Mercer County

01/17/2014

(TRENTON)—For the tenth consecutive year the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Rotary Club of Princeton, and McCaffrey’s Supermarkets will team with area schools, congregations, and hundreds of individuals for Valentines for Food, the Crisis Ministry’s yearly community drive to support the three pantries in its Hunger Prevention services.

In 2013 Valentines for Food filled the Crisis Ministry’s pantry shelves with more than 10.6 tons of food and totaled another $12,045 in monetary donations.

Carolyn Biondi, the Crisis Ministry’s Executive Director, said, “As we enter into 2014, we are preparing for our highest levels of service in the Crisis Ministry's history. More people relied on our food pantries in 2013 than ever before, and all indicators point to even greater need in 2014. We are grateful for the support of our community that makes our service possible.”

Valentines for Food offers multiple options for community participation and support:

·         McCaffrey’s Princeton and West Windsor stores will sell $4.99 “Valentines for Food” from February 1 to 14. McCaffrey’s will match dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, its shoppers’ charitable purchases.

·         Princeton and West Windsor-Plainsboro public schools are strong food drive participants each year, and are joined, as of January 16, by Ewing High School, the Hun School, and the Pennington School.

·         Congregations supporting the effort with food drives and member donations have included or will include All Saints’ Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church of Trenton, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, St. James Church Pennington, St. Paul’s Church Princeton, Christ Congregation, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, Princeton United Methodist Church, Trinity Church Princeton, Trinity Church Rocky Hill, and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

·         “Virtual Valentines” and a “Virtual Food Drive” on http://www.thecrisisministry.org/volunteer/valentines-for-food-2014/ are ways to support the effort online. With Virtual Valentines, the Crisis Ministry sends special greetings via email or traditional mail to friends or loved ones designated by the donor. The Virtual Food Drive page allows donors to specify food that their donation will purchase.

·         Anyone who is interested in volunteering or learning how their organization can participate with a food drive, is urged to call the Crisis Ministry at 609-396-9355 or send an email to info@thecrisisministry.org.

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, assists some 5,000 Mercer County households annually through integrated services addressing food insecurity and nutrition education; housing stability and homelessness prevention; and work training and employment readiness. In addition to running three Client Choice pantries, the organization’s hunger prevention program operates a community vegetable and herb garden, hosts classes by a certified nutritionist from Rutgers Extension Service, partners with Princeton Community Housing and Trenton senior housing, and offers free “Lunch and Learn” health screenings through Capital Health System. Visit thecrisisministry.org or call 609-396-9355 for more information.

Valid from 01/17/2014 to 02/15/2014

Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County Names Rachel Rouchon 2015 Youth of the Year

03/19/2015

Rachel Rouchon, a senior at Trenton Central High School-West, has been named the 2015 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County. She earned a $2,000 scholarship and a chance to compete at the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey’s Youth of the Year program on June 9th at Stockton College.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community, and Boys & Girls Clubs.                                                       

Six nominees participated in the 2015 Youth of the Year program, each guided by a community mentor and a member of Boys & Girls Clubs professional staff. The primary goals of the youth development program are building character and leadership skills. Mentors provide individual guidance and encouragement throughout the process.

Rouchon was selected before a crowd of 150 Club supporters at the Club’s annual Youth of the Year Dinner on March 17 at the Chauncey Conference Center at ETS in Princeton, It was the ninth year that ETS has sponsored the event.

Felicia S. DeVincenzi, chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ board of trustees, welcomed guests to the event. Evonne Williams, associate teen director, introduced the nominees, who each delivered two-minute speeches about their experiences with Boys & Girls Clubs.

Rouchon, a native of Haiti, spoke of her lonely childhood and the many opportunities offered to her as a teenager at Boys & Girls Clubs. The high school senior is involved in many activities at the Club, including art, cooking, Job-Ready, and dance. She plans a career in social work.

“Just as the staff at Boys & Girls Clubs made a positive difference in my life, I hope that I can give back and make a difference in other people’s lives,” Rouchon said in her speech.

Founded more than 60 years ago, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year Program fosters academic excellence and youth development. Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County congratulates its 2015 Youth of the Year and continues to encourage and prepare other teen members to reach their full potential.

 

Valid from 03/19/2015 to 05/01/2015

Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County Bike Exchange Opens for a Seventh Season March 21st, 2015

03/21/2015

On Saturday, March 21st at 10am, the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County Bike Exchange Opens for its seventh season. The shop located in the Capitol Plaza shopping center at 1500 North Olden Avenue in Ewing collects, repairs and sells bikes that have been donated from individuals across the region. The Bike Exchange, an all-volunteer effort, sold 1,758 bikes and raised more than $90,000 for the Boys and Girls Club in 2014. Since its founding in 2009, and after six years in business, the Bike Exchange has sold more than 10,600 bikes and raised more than $500,000 for the Boys and Girls Club.

The achievement of the past six years demonstrates the power of a simple idea. Recycling, refurbishing and selling used bikes can reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, help low income families and individuals purchase low-cost bikes, encourage fitness, health and green transportation options, provide young people with valuable work skills, and raise significant funds for an important cause. This compelling idea has attracted hundreds of volunteers, thousands of bike donations, and thousands of satisfied customers.

The Bike Exchange is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:45, and Saturdays from 10:00 to 3:45. Anyone can purchase a used bike in decent condition at the Bike Exchange.  The Bike Exchange always has a wide variety of bikes for sale, including basic kids bikes with training wheels, bikes for kids of all ages and bikes for adults, including road bikes, hybrid and mountain bikes.

Bikes are collected through bike drives, run by local businesses and community organizations. Anyone interested in donating a used bike can also drop them at any bike shop in Mercer County.

 “The Bike Exchange is an important part of the community. The Bike Exchange provides an opportunity for local youth to learn valuable skills, provides low-cost bikes to individuals throughout the region and is an important source of financial support for the Boys & Girls Club,“ said Dave Anderson, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County.

 “Our volunteers are critical to the success of the Bike Exchange. We are always welcoming new volunteers to manage the shop, help customers choose bikes, fix and repair donated bikes, organize bike drives and transport donated bikes to the shop,” said founder Russ White.

As a result of the success of the Trenton effort, Bike Exchanges have been opened in Newark, New Brunswick and Plainfield, New Jersey.

How to Help.

Donate a Bike: Individuals with a bike(s) to donate may bring the bike to the Bike Exchange or to any bike shop in Mercer County.   The Bike Exchange in located in the Capitol Plaza Shopping Center at 1500 N Olden Avenue. Individuals interested in organizing bike drives should contact  info@BikeExchangeNJ.org. A complete list of bike drop points is on the web site www.BikeExchangeNJ.org.

Volunteer: The Bike Exchange is always welcoming new volunteers to the effort.  Individuals interested in volunteering at the Bike Exchange should send an email to  info@BikeExchangeNJ.org.

The Bike Exchange needs volunteers to manage the shop, to help customers choose bikes, to fix, clean and repair donated bikes, to organize bike drives and to transport donated bikes to the shop.  Volunteers of all skill levels and all levels of bike knowledge can and do make valuable contributions to the effort. The Bike Exchange is an excellent place for individuals interested in learning and practicing bike repair while helping youth in Trenton.

For more information go to www.BikeExchangeNJ.org or send an email to info@BikeExchangeNJ.org

More information on the Bike Exchange can be found at:  www.facebook.com/BikeExchange

 

Valid from 03/21/2015 to 05/01/2015

Mercer County Area Writers and Artists Invited to Submit Work for Kelsey Review; Sponsorships Available

04/10/2015

West Windsor, N.J.  – Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review 2015, an arts journal published annually by Mercer County Community College (MCCC). The Review accepts short fiction, poetry, personal essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons by those who live, work or study in Mercer County.

 

Fiction should be limited to 4,000 words, non-fiction to 2,500 words, and poetry to six pages. Material can be on any topic, but should not have been previously published.  Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but authors are asked to inform the editors as soon as possible if a piece submitted to Kelsey Review has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

 

This year, the college is introducing a new online submission system.  (Submissions will no longer be accepted by mail or email.)  Full details on the submission process and criteria for submission are available at www.mccc.edu/kelseyreview.  Online versions of prior years' editions are also available on this webpage.  For additional information or questions, email kelsey.review@mccc.edu.

 

The deadline for all submissions is May 15.  Decisions will be made by a four-person editorial board in June and July. The board is co-chaired by MCCC English faculty members Ed Carmien, now in his tenth year with the Review, and new co-editor Jacky Vogtman. Contributors will be notified by the second week of August.
 

Kelsey Review will be available online in the fall.  Area residents and groups are encouraged to support the arts in Mercer County by sponsoring Kelsey Review. Sponsorships help to underwrite the publication and distribution costs for this unique literary arts journal. Sponsors will have their logo or other information printed on the front or rear inside cover page. 

 

Funding for Kelsey Review is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council for the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

Valid from 04/10/2015 to 05/16/2015

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MERCER COUNTY MAKES ‘BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE’ APPEAL

03/18/2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County

 Makes ‘Bowl For Kids’ Sake’ Appeal

Fundraiser Allows Community to 'Start Something' to Help Children who Face Adversity

 

Trenton, NJ – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s biggest annual fundraiser. 

 

The donor-funded organization challenges everyone—mentors and mentees, their friends and families, partners, community leaders, as well as others who may not have time to mentor but support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission—to join Bowl for Kids’ Sake and start something to change the life of a child forever. 

 

The nation’s leader in quality one-to-one youth mentoring services, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for and is able to measure specific youth outcomes. Its programs focus on educational achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors such as juvenile delinquency, higher self-esteem, confidence and the ability to relate to others. For more than 40 years, Bowl for Kids’ Sake has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country, becoming its premiere fundraising event and raising $20 million nationwide each year.

“Bowl for Kids’ Sake brings the whole community together in support of a positive future for our kids,” said Susan Dunning, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of  Mercer County. “No matter how someone chooses to be involved—bowler, team captain, sponsor, or even a virtual bowler—each person has a hand in helping to start a child on the right path. Every dollar raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake directly funds our mentoring programs in Mercer

County and helps to maintain and sustain our mentoring relationships, increasing kids’ chances for success.”   

 

 

 

 

On April 9th, Bowl for Kids’ Sake participants will gather at Colonial Lanes for the bowling party which will include free lunch, t-shirts, entertainment, surprises, and an opportunity to win prizes for all bowlers. 

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2011 comes as Big Brothers Big Sisters launches Start Something™, a national campaign that invites all people, not just volunteers, to get involved with the organization by donating, sharing stories of mentoring successes or volunteering. Funds raised allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to carefully make more mentoring matches and provide ongoing assistance for mentors, mentees and families to help sustain long successful relationships unique to its programs.

 

To join Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2011, take the first step and get started making an impact in your community visiting our event website at www.mercer.kintera.org/BFKS2011 where you can sign up to participate or make a donation.  By pledging to raise funds, you can help provide a new mentoring opportunity for children in Mercer County, starting them on a path to a brighter future. 

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. The agency has served children and their families in the greater Trenton area for 38 years.   Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life when you donate or volunteer at www.bbbsmercer.org.

Valid from 03/18/2011 to 04/10/2011

“Mercer County Artists” Award Winners Announced; Exhibit on Display at MCCC Gallery through Feb. 27

02/09/2015

West Windsor, N.J. – The Mercer County arts community came out in force to view the rich and varied works of fellow artists at the Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception for “Mercer County Artists 2015” on February 4. The exhibit is on display through February 27 at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. 

The show features 89 works by 63 artists in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as mixed media collages and 23 sculptures.

Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe announced the award winners with fellow presenters Tricia Fagan and Nora Añanos from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. “This exhibit clearly demonstrates the immense talent and culture of Mercer County,” Wolfe said. “Supporting the arts sustains the inspirations we can each find when we are living in a community flush with creativity, culture and the expression of passions.”

Wolfe thanked juror Kyle Stevenson, an artist and MCCC Professor of Fine Arts, for making his selections from 244 pieces submitted by 138 artists. “Having been present during his deliberation, I can tell you with certainty that he made many difficult choices,” Wolfe told the crowd.

Wolfe also acknowledged the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission for its continuing support of the exhibit. “The commission not only supports us through grant funding, but also purchased artwork totaling over $2500 from this exhibit. They continue to build a remarkable permanent collection of county created, county owned artwork, and provide direct support and encouragement to our community of artists,” he said.

Award winners include: the Utrecht-Blick Best in Show Prize to David Orban of Trenton for “The Work Party: The Workbench.” The Juror's Choice Awards went to Janis Purcell of East Windsor for “Phoenix Rising” and Megan Uhaze of Hamilton for “The Eye.” Juror’s Honorable Mention recipients were Marina Ahun of Princeton for “New York Grand Central Terminal”; Elise Dodeles of Lambertville for “San Francisco Area Fighter A219, Ike O’Rourke”; James Doherty of Lawrence for “Wynwood Walls”; Timothy J. Fitzpatrick of Mercerville for “Low Tide”; and Bill Plank of Lawrenceville for “Birth.”

County Purchase Awards went to Jamie Greenfield of Lawrenceville for “Seven Gold Coins”; Libby Ramage of Princeton for “Incantation"; John Pietrowski of Ewing (untitled); Adam Hillman of Pennington (untitled); Terri McNichol of Cranbury for “The Baptism”; and Cathy Saska-Mydlowski of Hamilton for “South Beach.”

Arin Black, Executive Director of the West Windsor Arts Council, awarded the Council’s prize to Kathleen Liao of Princeton Junction for “Quantum Leap.”

Other featured artists are: Priscilla Snow Algava of Princeton, Joanne Amantea of Princeton, Sheryl Bassman of Robbinsville, Richard Bilotti of Pennington, Mechtild Bitter of Princeton, Donna Blachford of Monroe Township, Michele Bouchard of West Windsor, Emily Buchalski of Hamilton, Michael Buriani of Hamilton Square, Sean Carney of Ewing, Al Chasan of West Windsor, Larry Chestnut of Hamilton, Sue Chui of Lawrenceville, Patricia Cook Rubino of Trenton, Chris Cooper of Lawrenceville, Ingrid Davis of East Windsor, Katja De Rutyer of Princeton, NJ DeVico of Titusville, Mary Dolan of Princeton, Joseph Dougherty of Pennington, Chris DuBois of Robbinsville, Lynne Faridy of Levittown, Pa., Janet Felton of Princeton Junction, Mary Gilchrist of Hamilton, Dee Gozonsky of West Windsor, Kyle Hamilton of Hamilton, Jamaila Hernandez of Franklin Park, Marlene Hingstman of Ewing, Michael Kane of Hamilton, Michael Kember of Trenton, Sejal Krishnan of Princeton, Ronald A. LaMahieu of Princeton, Scott Madsen of Lawrenceville, Suzanne Migliori of Groveville, Arlene Gale Milgram of Trenton, Gabi Muenzel of Plainsboro, Caryn Newman of Ewing, Lea Novak of Hamilton, Michael V. Pascucci of Monroe, Ghislaine Pasteur of Princeton, Elizabeth Pelikan of Lawrenceville, Dallas Piotrowski of Hamilton, Vijay Sawant of East Windsor, Christa Schneider of Princeton, J. Marion Simmons of Plainsboro, Larry Steele of Lawrenceville, Judith Tallerman of Princeton, Cathy Tsao of East Windsor, Ellen Veden of Princeton, Andrew Werth of Princeton Junction, Mark Wilkie of Hamilton Square, Susan Winter of Hightstown, and Mary Yess of Trenton.

Wolfe, who curated the show, was assisted by MCCC students Autumn Bardachino, Mackenzie Evans and Chris DuBois. Directions and gallery hours are available at www.mccc.edu/gallery

Valid from 02/09/2015 to 03/01/2015

Mercer County Wildlife Center Now Accepting Volunteers

02/25/2015

TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Wildlife Center, which accepted and treated 2,200 birds, mammals and reptiles in 2014, is seeking individuals who would like to volunteer their time to care for animals brought to the Hopewell Township facility.

 

The center’s staff and volunteers care for native wildlife that are injured, ill or displaced, and provide medical treatment and a temporary refuge to prepare the animals for release into an appropriate, wild habitat. The center is open 365 days a year.

 

“This facility is one of a kind, both in terms of quality of care provided by the staff, including seven volunteer veterinarians, and the high volume of animals that are treated,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “And the many volunteers who assist our Wildlife Center are indispensable. I urge anyone who might be interested to volunteer.”

 

The Wildlife Center, a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission, has scheduled its 2015 volunteer orientation from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 22, and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 28, at the center. Those who are interested are required to attend only one of the two sessions.

 

To register for an orientation or for more information, please contact Jane Rakos-Yates at jrakosyates@mercercounty.org or (609) 303-0552, ext. 103, no later than March 15. If you need directions visit www.mercercountyparks.org/facilities/wildlife-center.

 

Wildlife Center volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and have a current tetanus vaccine, and are required to attend one orientation session. No other sessions will be offered this year. The center requires that volunteers make a commitment to a regular, once-a-week, four-hour shift from May through September. This commitment is necessary because of the feeding schedule requirements and housing demands of the animals.

 

The Wildlife Center is located on Route 29, approximately three miles south of Lambertville and 12 miles north of Trenton. For information, call the center at (609) 303-0552 or visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

Valid from 02/25/2015 to 04/01/2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County's Annual Autumn Culinaire Food, Wine and Beer Tasting October 20, 2011

08/22/2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County is holding its annual Autumn Culinaire food, wine and beer tasting event on Thursday evening, October 20, 2011 from 6 to 9:30 PM at The Stone Terrace in Hamilton. Twenty of the area’s finest restaurants will be on hand to serve up tempting samplings from their menus and an eclectic collection of fine wine and international beers will be offered for tasting by Glendale Liquors.  A Silent Auction and live entertainment will round out this special evening.  Tickets are $85.00. All proceeds support the youth mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County.  For tickets call 609.656.1000 or go online to www.bbbsmercer.org.

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.  Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated.  

 

As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support which is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County has been serving local children and their families for 39 years.  To donate, volunteer, or learn more about how you can help change the life of a child for the better, forever, visit www.bbbsmercer.org.

 

 

 

Valid from 08/22/2011 to 10/21/2011

Princeton Area Community Foundation announced $424,750 in Grants to 20 Mercer County Nonprofit Organizations

12/23/2011

Today the Princeton Area Community Foundation announced $424,750 in grants to 20 Mercer County nonprofit organizations as part of the biannual Greater Mercer Grants

 
At this time of year, we are always reminded that generosity ties our community together. Thank you for the excellent work you have been doing to shine a light on our region's essential nonprofit organizations and the important work they do — these stories really do encourage acts of generosity that change lives.    

You will notice that among the grantees (listed online and below for your reference) are several organizations that have been much in the news this past week. We will be publishing short profiles of several of these grant recipients in the coming weeks, and if we can be of assistance to you — by providing a quote, a contact, or a pitch for a story — please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Very best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season.

Valid from 12/23/2011 to 02/01/2012

Diamond Jubilee Gala - Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County, February 25, 2012

01/16/2012

For more information or questions, contact Regie Roth, regier@jfcsonline.org.
Please support us by placing a business ad or a dedication ad in our Commemorative Journal.

Click Here for a complete invitation with all the details!
Click Here for a printable response card!

Valid from 01/16/2012 to 02/26/2012

MCCC Gallery Calls for Entries for "Mercer County Artists 2012"; Jurying Set for Feb. 18

01/30/2012

West Windsor, N.J. – Calling local artists!  Artists aged 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County are invited to submit their art for consideration for this year’s “Mercer County Artists 2012” exhibition at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).  Jurying takes place on Saturday, Feb. 18 at The Gallery.

Artists may enter up to two original works in any media except photography.  (The county hosts a separate photography exhibit).  This year’s juror is Jeffrey Wechsler, recently retired senior art curator at the Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University.

More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded, including the coveted Mercer County Culture & Heritage Purchase Awards.  Artwork that receives Purchase Awards from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission will become part of the county's permanent art collection.

A full prospectus for the exhibit is available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.  For a hard copy of the prospectus, artists should email their name and full mailing address to gallery@mccc.edu.

The “Mercer County Artists” show will be on display from March 6 through April 5.  An awards ceremony will take place March 14 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported by the county’s Culture & Heritage Commission through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.  . All events are free and open to the public.

The MCCC Gallery is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Directions and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu.  

Valid from 01/23/2012 to 02/18/2012

Mercer County 4-H Encourages Public to Enter 97th Annual 4-H Fair

07/09/2015

Event to be held Aug. 1 and 2 at Howell Living History Farm

 

TRENTON, N.J.—Have you perfected a new skill or hobby this year? Maybe you started a project a while back and have finally finished it. Well, bring it over to the 97th annual Mercer County 4-H Fair and the coveted Blue Ribbon could be yours! This year the fair will be celebrated Aug. 1 and 2 at the Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township.

 

There are many “Open Division” categories at the fair – you do not need to be a 4-H member to exhibit. Your special family recipe, homegrown vegetable or creative project could earn a ribbon, and the general public is encouraged to submit entries.

 

The fair will celebrate 4-H’s long association with Mercer County and Howell Farm by featuring family-friendly activities, such as arts and crafts, animal shows and farm tours. This year’s theme is “4-H: Think Green, Live Green, Love Green.”

 

Please visit http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair, where you will find the fair exhibit book. Any class listed — including arts and crafts, photography, foods, gardening, clothing, woodworking and more — may be entered under the Open Division. Projects will be received from the general public for entry in the fair on Friday, July 31, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Howell Farm.

 

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Admission and parking are free. Children’s activities, hay rides and exhibits will take place throughout the fair. Plenty of food and drink, including homemade ice cream, will also be available. The opening ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 1.

 

4-H, a youth development program operated by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, provides research-based, hands-on learning experiences for youth in Mercer County. The fair is an opportunity for 4-H members to showcase projects they have worked on throughout the year.

 

For more information about 4-H or entering projects in the fair, please contact Altaira Bejgrowicz at the Mercer County 4-H Office at (609) 989-6833 or bejgrowicz@njaes.rutgers.edu.

 

Howell Living History Farm, a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission, is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, two miles south of Lambertville. Visitors using Internet directions should use 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville as the destination address. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

 

Valid from 07/09/2015 to 08/03/2015

Clothing Donation Update & Needs from Dress for Success Mercer County

01/20/2015

We have sorted through all your marvelous donations. Hundreds of beautiful suits and other clothing items were brought in on January 5th. We are so grateful for all of our generous donors and look forward to continuing to work with you all in the future.  

We will begin collecting certain donations again February 2nd. Due to space constraints these donations must be made by appointment only. With all the donations brought on January 5th we only have space for certain things.  The items we are in current need of are listed below.

  • Suits sizes 8 and below
  • Blouses and tops sizes 8 and below
  • Suits sizes 20 and above
  • Blouses and tops sizes 20 and above
  • All shoe sizes
  • Accessories - Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings

If you have items that are not listed above please be patient with us. Regular donation days will be announced on our website, please make sure you check our page here.

Valid from 01/20/2015 to 02/28/2015

Holocaust Survivors Honored By Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County at 2015 illumination Ball February 28

01/20/2015

Princeton, NJ, January 19, 2015 — Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) will honor Holocaust survivors who live in Mercer County at the 2015 Gala, February 28, 2015 at The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. JFCS has the privilege of serving several survivors, who are between the ages of 83 and 96 years old.

 

This event brings with it a historical significance as the survivors are aging and the stories they have to tell are even more important to document and remember. 2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, several in our group were there.

 

“Some survivors wake up soaking wet, in the middle of the night, as they relive their experiences and reflect on those they have lost.”, Janice Baer, LCSW with JFCS.

 

The corporate honoree is Debbie Schaeffer, owner of Mrs. G  Appliance and Sleep Center. Debbie's is a third generation business owner and is proud to keep her grandparents tradition of helping and giving back to the community. The longevity of the business is testament to the practice of community engagement and philanthropy.

 

Our special celebrity guest is NY Giants offensive lineman, Geoff Schwartz. Geoff will be on hand for photographs, autographs and will address the crowd.

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency providing social services, counseling and support to individuals, families, children and teens.  Professional, licensed social workers offer one-on-one and group counseling, family education, crisis and domestic violence support, re-employment assistance, grief and bereavement programs, and services for special needs children and their siblings. Services include food vouchers, meals on wheels, the kosher food pantry and kosher cafes, which serve thousands of meals to the elderly.  The Secure@Home program is a vital program which allows participants to retain their independence and age at home.  Youth programs include leadership, social skills and peer education. Visit the JFCS website for a complete listing of services www.jfcsonline.org?

 

Valid from 01/20/2015 to 03/01/2015

Pink Dragons Will Race on Mercer County Lake June 13

04/24/2015

Paddle for Pink Dragon Boat Festival, hosted by the Machestic Dragons, New Jersey’s first breast cancer survivor’s dragon boat team for the ninth year hosts the premiere race event, at Mercer County Park Lake.  Paddle for Pink celebrates on Saturday June 13, 2015 from 8 AM until 4 PM with fun on and off the water at The Finish Line Tower Field area of the park; between the Marina and Tennis Courts. The festival provides free parking, and there is no charge to enter the event area where you can cheer on the racers, visit vendors and have lunch.   Each year the event has grown in participation and support from our surrounding community.  

 

Community participation makes this festival special. Last year teams competed in the exciting races and the Machestics invite you to form a team to compete in the fun.  Twenty paddlers make up a dragon boat team and race against other teams in their division.  Teams of educators, neighbors and friends, business sponsored teams, semi-professionals and teams compiled of all women, and a breast cancer survivor division make up this potpourri of fun lovers that will compete for medals and bragging rights while helping to support this charitable cause.  

 

This year many teams representing area organizations return again to Paddle for Pink.   Marie Ortega, Captain of Onco-Dragons, from Bristol Myers said “I formed an all Women Community Team in 2014, some had never been in a boat some could not swim, all new to dragon boat racing.  Bottom line, we had a wonderful experience this year we are back to compete plus we formed a second team made up of family and friends”.

Amanda Porter of Hightstown, is Captain of Smoke on the Water, a Community Women’s Team,  told us “We love the spirit of friendship, inspiration and strength that this festival brings out best in each of us, we come and race each year to Paddle For Pink”.

 

Registration for PFP is now $ 900, after May 15 the team fee is $1,000.  Not enough paddlers for a team?  Register as a group or individual and we will place you on a team.  See our website for details. All registered teams may schedule 1 practice on the water with coaching and equipment provided by the Machestics at no extra charge in preparation for the race. 

 

The festival benefits local women and families affected by breast cancer. BCRC, Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton, remains one of this charity fund raiser beneficiaries. To date the Machestics have donated $57,000 to BCRC to support free services provided to breast cancer patients and survivors. Other area organizations also receive a portion of the race profits.

 

On land – enjoy the live music, dance, entertainment and food. Vendors may reserve a space to support this cause. There will be a 50/50 raffle drawing, a silent auction that totals 12K and growing in gift basket offering, cultural drumming and ceremonies, see the website for more details.

 

The Machestic Dragons welcome volunteer hands-on support from organizations and individuals as well as donations to make this festival fruitful.  Machestics’ president, Annie Carricato suggests you visit our new and improved web site www.machesticdragons.org to get a better understanding of what the Machestic Dragons represent.

 

All registration and festival information can be found on our web site  www.paddleforpink.org

Valid from 04/24/2015 to 06/14/2015

May Events from Mercer County Connection

04/27/2011

SENATOR LAUTENBERG REPRESENTATIVE – Tuesday, May 31st , from 1 - 3 p.m.
A representative from the office of Senator Frank Lautenberg will be at the Connection to meet with
constituents.  If you have any questions or concerns you would like to speak to the Senator’s office about,
please come to the Connection to have your concerns addressed.
 
CONSUMER AFFAIRS – Friday, May 6th and 20th from 11a.m. – 3 p.m.
Experiencing difficulty with a local business? Do you need information on how to avoid Credit, Home
Improvement, Automotive, or Internet Fraud? Have you had problems with purchases or unreliable repairmen?
Who can you turn to for help?   The Chief of the Mercer County Consumer Affairs Commission will be at the
Mercer County Connection to answer your questions.
 
PLANNING FOR INCAPACITY - Thursday, May 12th from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Is your estate in order?  Planning for incapacity is an important and often overlooked part of estate planning that
covers how you are cared for if you become physically or mentally unable to care for yourself.  This seminar will
discuss planning tools to use to ensure that decision-making related to property or personal care can proceed without
unnecessary disruption.  Guest speaker will be Susan Knispel, Esquire, Project Director for The Mercer County Legal
Services Project for the Elderly.  Please call 890-9800 to reserve your seat.
 
FAMILY AND FRIENDS CPR TRAINING – Tuesday, May 17th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
This course is designed for family members, friends, and members of the general community who want to learn CPR but
do not need a course completion card.  Knowing CPR may one day save the life of one of your loved ones.  Sign up for
this free class offered by Capital Health Emergency Medical Services.  Participants will be taught how to perform CPR on
adults, children, infants, and how to help people who are choking.  Please call 890-9800 to reserve your seat.
 
BARBARA BROMLEY: CONTAINER GARDENING, Wednesday, May 18th, from 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Barbara Bromley, Horticulturist for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office of Mercer County, will offer helpful tips
on how to prepare your flower and vegetable beds for winter to ensure a more spectacular spring and summer garden. 
Topics will include planting new trees and spring bulbs, taking seeds or cuttings of plants, watering, cleaning out perennial
and annual beds, mulching, composting, soil testing, and cleaning and storing tools. Call 890-9800 to reserve your seat!
 

 
N.J. NOTARY OATH FILING - The First Thursday of Every Month from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Did you recently receive your certification to become a notary, or need to renew your outstanding certificate?  If so,
you need to be properly sworn in by the County Clerk’s Office in order to officially become a Notary.  Come to the
County Connection the first Thursday of every month to be sworn in as a NJ Notary.  The cost is $15 and payment
can be made via check, money order, or credit card.  No cash is accepted.
 
S.H.I.P. – AVAILABLE FRIDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program Provides free assistance to NJ Medicare Beneficiaries who have
problems with, or questions about their health insurance.  Come to the County Connection and meet with a counselor
to receive the information you need.  Call 609-890-9800 for a Friday appointment.
 
HOME CARE & HOSPICE MEDICARE BENEFITS INFORMATION – Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Care giving decisions can be difficult and confusing.  Every Tuesday, a representative from the Visiting Nurse
Association of Mercer County will be at the Connection to meet with people, answer questions, and address many of
the concerns families have when deciding whether home care or hospice is the right choice for their loved one.  Learn
what home care and hospice are, what services are provided, and how to pay for the services.  Please call 609-890-
9800 to make a Tuesday appointment.

 
May 2011
Mercer County Connection
957 Highway 33, Hamilton, NJ 08690
609-890-9800

 

Valid from 04/27/2011 to 06/01/2011

Dress for Success Mercer County Hosts 5K Power Walk May 7, 2011

04/19/2011

Dress for Success Mercer County is excited to host its first 5K Power Walk fundraiser on

Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch campus in Hopewell, NJ. Our 5k Power

Walk will promote the Health & Wellness initiative of the Professional Women’s Group and also raise

funds and visibility for Dress for Success Mercer County!

       Jillian Michaels, the celebrity trainer from The Biggest Loser, is the national spokesperson for the event

and Mercer County is honored to have Brett Hoebel, Princeton-native and the newest Trainer on The

Biggest Loser, attending our event and conducting a warm-up session to kick off our Power Walk. We

also are excited to have several past season contestants from The Biggest Loser walking with us!

Registration for the Power Walk is $25 for individual & virtual walkers, to register please visit our website

at www.dfspowerwalk.org/mercercounty. Team and Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Local

Sponsors include Kaplan EduNeering, Stark & Stark, and Reigel Printing Company.

      Dress for Success Mercer County (DFSMC) was founded in 2007 to promote the economic

independence of disadvantaged women of Mercer County by providing professional attire, a network of

support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. DFSMC is a member

of Dress for Success Worldwide, which was founded in 1996 in New York City. Dress for Success

Worldwide currently has 106 affiliates in nine countries. Thirty-three of our affiliates will also be hosting

Powerwalks on May 7, 2011 in their local communities with worldwide sponsors Shape Magazine and

the Style Network.

       Participating in our Power Walk will help raise funds and awareness for our Mercer County chapter by

supporting our career development and employment retention programs including our Professional

Women’s Group program and the Career Corner which offers career guidance, technology skills and job

search support. In 2008, DFSMC launched its Professional Women’s Group (PWG), a client support

group that promotes self-sufficiency by helping low-income women build careers, thereby enabling them

to become viable consumers and steadfast anchors in their communities and families. PWG holds

monthly meetings where clients share, grow and network with other women who are seeking to transition

into the workforce. Workshop topics have included Professional Image, Networking, The Art of

Interviewing, Health and Wellness, Managing Your Time, Self Esteem Building, Parenting and Nutrition.

The workshops have been led by guest presenters from local corporations and agencies.

Please help support our organization so that DFSMC can continue to help the women of Mercer County!

For more information, contact mercercounty@dressforsuccess.org or call 609-587-8298.


 

Valid from 04/19/2011 to 05/08/2011

Dress for Success Mercer County Announces S.O.S. – Send One Suit – Weekend® March 1-4

02/21/2012

Lawrenceville, NJ – (February, 21, 2012) Dress for Success Mercer County, an affiliate of the international non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women, is participating in S.O.S. – Send One Suit – Weekend® taking place March 1-4, 2012.  In its 10th year, the campaign encourages women nationwide to donate one new or nearly-new interview suit to help another woman enter the workforce and take charge of her life.

Dressbarn, the national title sponsor and drop-off location for S.O.S. - Send One Suit – Weekend®, will accept donations of professional apparel for women throughout the four-day event.  Last year, more than 51,000 suits and career separates were donated by consumers at dressbarn stores. The donations are distributed to Dress for Success affiliates located throughout the United States.  On average, more than 20% of each affiliate’s annual suiting needs are met through S.O.S –Send One Suit- Weekend®

“We are proud to participate in S.O.S. – Send One Suit – Weekend,” said Lorrie Klaric.  “By donating just one suit, you are supporting a local woman on her journey to economic independence and to achieving a brighter future for herself and her family.”

  

About Dress for Success Mercer County

Dress for Success Mercer County is a non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  The Lawrenceville office includes a boutique where clients receive custom suits and accessories, a Career Center offering guidance, technology and job search skills and a Professional Women’s Group for support and training. All services are provided free of charge to eligible clients with the goal of instilling confidence and professionalism. Since 2007 they have assisted 1600 women in central NJ. The organization is a member of Dress for Success, with affiliates in more than 110 cities in 13 countries. To learn more, visit www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty. Connect on twitter @DFSMercer.

 

Valid from 02/21/2012 to 03/05/2012

Writers and Artists Invited to Submit Work for Mercer County Literary Journal

03/22/2012

Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in Kelsey Review 2012, a Mercer County literary journal published annually by Mercer County Community College.  The review accepts short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons. 

According to Dr. Ed Carmien, editor of Kelsey Review and an English professor at the college, the major requirements for inclusion are that the material be of high quality and that the writers or artists live or work in Mercer County, NJ.  “We welcome material from local writers and artists, whether their work has been published before or not,” he said.  “We especially look for submissions that offer novel perspectives and intriguing insights.  The editorial board is invariably impressed by the diverse and uniquely creative voices that our community’s writers and artists translate to the page.”

 

The editorial board also includes poetry editors Luray Gross, a “Poet in the Schools” for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Ellen Jacko, an English teacher at Allentown High School.  Fiction editor is Dr. Robbie Clipper Sethi, an English professor at Rider University, novelist, poet and short story writer. 

 

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2012.  Responses will be sent no later than August 15.  Fiction pieces must be limited to 4,000 words.  Creative non-fiction essays must be limited to 2,500 words.  Poetry should be limited to no more than six poems.  No submissions should be simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere or have been previously published.

Authors and artists are asked to mail hard copy manuscripts of poetry and prose and/or legible copies of art (not the only copy) to: Kelsey Review, Liberal Arts Division, Mercer County Community College, P.O. Box B, Trenton, NJ, 08690. A cover letter should include contact information, including e-mail address and a short biography beginning with full name. A self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope should be enclosed for the editors’ response. If the work is accepted, Kelsey Review will request an electronic version (MS Word or .RTF file) for scanning.  All rights are retained by the author or artist.

 

Published annually in September, Kelsey Review is distributed free to libraries and bookstores.  Area residents and groups are encouraged to support the arts in Mercer County by sponsoring Kelsey Review.  Sponsorships help to underwrite the publication and distribution costs for this unique literary arts journal.  Individuals or companies interested in supporting Kelsey Review will have their logo or other information printed on the front or rear inside cover page.  For more information on sponsorship, contact kelsey.review@mccc.edu or call (609) 570-3306.


Funding for Kelsey Review is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council for the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Valid from 03/22/2012 to 08/06/2012

Join CONTACT of Mercer County's VOLUNTEER HOTLINE - FREE Training Classes Available for Prospective Volunteers

09/06/2011

Join CONTACT of Mercer County's VOLUNTEER HOTLINE
SKILLS FOR BETTER LISTENING
40 Hour HOTLINE Training Course teaches Active Listening and Crisis Intervention Techniques and provides information from community experts on many topics such as substance abuse, mental illness, grief, loss, problems with relationships, and suicide prevention. Helping people with serious problems requires volunteers who are trained and skilled.  Callers to the HOTLINE experience a wide variety of problems, some of them life-threatening. 

FREE Training Classes Available for Prospective Volunteers
Fall 2011 Class (#74) will meet weekly on Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 13 - Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Mornings:  9:30am-12:30pm or Evenings:  7:30pm-10:30pm
Pennington United Methodist Church --- 60 South Main Street Pennington, NJ 08534

Classes are open to anyone age 18 or older who is motivated to help others.  References are required before actual volunteer work begins. Upon satisfactory completion of training, each trainee is expected to volunteer at least 100 hours in the first year to qualify for free training.
For those who wish to take the training for personal growth, without the obligation to volunteer, the fee for the course is $150.00. 
College students are encouraged to enroll in training.  It may be possible to get college credit for internships on the HOTLINE by arrangement with college professors.

Valid from 09/06/2011 to 11/01/2011

Mercer County Culture & Heritage Seeking Craft Vendors For Mercer County Cultural Festival

09/02/2011

Brian M. Hughes, County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders present the first Mercer County Cultural Festival on Oct. 15 in Mercer County Park in West Windsor, from 11 am to 6 pm. The one-day festival will celebrate diverse cultures through traditional food, live cultural music and dance performances. The festival will also feature artists exploring their heritage in their art and crafts.

Mercer County Culture & Heritage is seeking craft vendors who create artwork in the tradition of their native country. We invite you to participate in the Mercer County Cultural Festival on Oct. 15 from 11 am to 6 pm in Mercer County Park in West Windsor. There is a vendor fee of $75 for a 10x10 space under a large tent. No tables or chairs are supplied, but electric connection is available. If you have any questions or would like to receive an application, please visit http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/commissions/cultural/culturalfest.html or email culturalfestival@mercercounty.org.

Valid from 09/02/2011 to 10/02/2011

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County Present "I Am Domestic Violence"

01/19/2010

On Sunday, February 21, 2010, Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County, along with the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women and over a dozen community co-sponsors, will present I Am Domestic Violence, performed by motivational speaker Wambui Bahati. The 90 minute show will take place at Princeton University's McCosh Hall, Room 50, at 3:30pm. This free event is open to the entire community and suitable for ages 12 to adult. For more information, contact Debra H. Levenstein at (609) 987-8100 or debral@jfcsonline.org. Even if you aren’t involved with or don’t know someone who is touched by domestic abuse, come to this program so that those individuals who need to learn about domestic abuse and gain support can do so under your cover.
 

Valid from 02/01/2010 to 02/22/2010

CONTACT of Mercer County Offering Free Training for Suicide Prevention Training

08/27/2012

 

CONTACT of Mercer County is offering free morning and evening training courses for new volunteers on its Crisis and Suicide Prevention HOTLINE.  Starting on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 and meeting weekly through November 27, the 40 hour listening skills course will be held at the Pennington United Methodist Church, 60 S. Main Street, Pennington, NJ  08534.   Choice of course times are 9:30am-12:30pm and 7:30pm-10:30pm.  The course teaches active listening and suicide intervention skills to help callers in crisis.  

 

Speakers from CONTACT and other Mercer County agencies are the presenters.  The volunteers benefit personally from their skill development and from learning about community resources.  The HOTLINE is available every day of the year and receives over 1,000 calls each month.  Calls to the HOTLINE range from loneliness to family problems, addictions, mental illness and suicide.   The HOTLINE may be reached at 609-896-2120, 609-585-2244 or on the Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255 and 1-800-SUICIDE.  CONTACT also offers Crisis Chat, a new online crisis service at http://www.crisischat.org/.

 

CONTACT of Mercer County is a non-profit agency serving our area since 1976.  For more information or to register for the course, call the business office at 609-883-2880 or check the web-site:  www.contactofmercer.org ;  e-mail is:  contactofmercercounty@verizon.net.  CONTACT’S training helps build a stronger and more informed community.

 

Valid from 08/27/2012 to 09/15/2012

Expo Friendship, The Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County October 28. 2012

08/27/2012

The Friendship Circle of Greater Mercer County is excited announce Expo: Friendship. The Mercer County community is invited to attend this event benefiting the people with special needs and their families. The Expo will include a special needs resource fair and exhibitors, a motivational key-note speaker, a drop-off program for children with special needs and fun and entertainment for the whole family.

 

The event will begin at 10:00 AM with a variety of family activities, entertainment, and refreshments ongoing until 5:00 PM at Robbinsville High School.


The Expo is free to attend yet we encourage pre-registration.   


The program will include a Family Fun Center from 1-4 PM.


At 1 PM, there will be a  Concert presentation by Larry Davidson. Larry Davidson doesn’t allow his autism to deter him from pursuing his music talents. Larry and his father, Steve, are members of the Princeton Folk Music Club and love to play music together. Larry plays piano and guitar alongside Steve who plays banjo and guitar. Larry is the proud recipient of a letter from NJ Governor Florio for his outstanding work with the autistic community. Larry volunteers weekly at local nursing homes and senior citizen centers and entertains all with his amazing musical talents.


At 2 PM there will be a seminar titled  ‘TRANSITIONING TO COLLEGE AND THE WORKPLACE’ with Hillary Freeman Esq of Freeman Law Offices LLC

This workshop will help parents of children with disabilities understand the process of transitioning to post-school life - college and/or the workplace. It will include the responsibilities of your local school districts and state agencies in facilitating a smooth transition into adulthood, as well as how to develop goals for transitioning; people and organizations to work with; and suggested timelines for each step.


At 3:30 PM, a second seminar will be held titled ‘The Most Fundamental Issues Confronting Families of Children with Disabilities’.

Professionals on a panel will address the social, legal, and financial issues facing families of children with disabilities. The panel will consist of an attorney addressing special need trusts and guardianships, a financial planner addressing planning for special needs families, and social organization as advocate and services for families.


The Friendship Circle, founded in 2010, has a refreshing approach to helping families of children and adults with special needs. People of all ages have volunteered to bring the spirit of true friendship and unconditional acceptance to the children and adults who participate in Friendship Circle's recreational, social, and educational programs.


For information about the Expo, visit  www.ExpoFriendship.org


To learn more about The Friendship Circle, visit www.mercerfriends.com


Media Contacts: Mushky Wilhelm, Program Coordinator, 609-683-7240  

 


Valid from 09/01/2012 to 10/29/2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County Announces Autumn Culinaire 2012 October 18, 2012

09/26/2012

 

Trenton, NJ – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County is inviting the community to support Autumn Culinaire 2012, the mentoring organization’s annual food and wine tasting fundraiser.  Proceeds will benefit the agencies youth mentoring programs. 

 

The nation’s leader in quality one-to-one youth mentoring services, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds itself accountable for and is able to measure specific youth outcomes. Its programs focus on educational achievement, avoidance of risky behaviors such as juvenile delinquency, higher self-esteem, confidence and the ability to relate to others. Funds raised at Autumn Culinaire allow Big Brothers Big Sisters to carefully make more mentoring matches and provide ongoing assistance for mentors, mentees and families to help sustain long successful relationships unique to its programs.  

Autumn Culinaire 2012 will take place on Thursday evening, October 18, 2012, from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s on Kuser Road in Hamilton.  It will feature over 20 of the area’s finest restaurants and 150 select wines and international beers for tastings, The evening will include the presentation of the Greg Olsen Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year awards to our 2012 honorees, Mark Cannon and Matthew & Maria Connolly.

 

Event tickets are $85 per person.  Patron tickets are $125 and include recognition in the event program. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available by calling 609.656.1000.  Tickets can be purchased by phone or via the agency’s website at www.bbbsmercer.org.

 

 

 

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. The agency has served children and their families in the greater Trenton area for 39 years.   Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life when you donate or volunteer at www.bbbsmercer.org.

Valid from 09/26/2012 to 10/19/2012

A September 11 Remembrance Ceremony Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 Mercer County Community College

09/03/2010

A September 11 Remembrance Ceremony
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

Mercer County Community College and the County of Mercer invite the community to attend a commemoration of 9-11, with first responder John Kennedy Jr. as guest speaker. Kennedy is a former New York City firefighter and current Mercer County Fire Academy Instructor.

The event is set for Friday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. at MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, in the Memorial Garden adjacent to the Student Center. In the event of rain the event will be held in the Student Center.

Additional speakers include Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, MCCC Board Chair Rev. William Coleman, Jr., and MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue. The invocation will be given by Rev. Robert Wittik.

MCCC student Danielle Allison will sing. A wreath will be placed on the college’s memorial bench.

The names of the 30 Mercer County residents who died in the attacks will be listed in the program.

Valid from 09/03/2010 to 09/11/2010

CASA of Mercer County Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children Informational Sessions

05/28/2010

June 09, 2010   9:30 – 10:30 am

  June 22, 2010   5:30 – 6:30 pm

 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteer advocates who want to make a difference in the life of a foster child.  CASA of Mercer County is a non-profit organization committed to speaking up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA works through trained community volunteers to insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child into a safe and permanent home.  Our organization will provide 30 hours of training for you to become a child advocate for one child or sibling group.  Our Fall Training will be held in September, 2010.

 

For more information about our program, a one-hour long informational session will be offered on the above listed dates and times. All sessions will be held at CASA’s offices at 1450 Parkside Ave., Suite 22, Ewing, N.J.  For more information about CASA or to register, you can go online at www.casamercer.org or call 609-434-0050.

Valid from 05/28/2010 to 06/23/2010

Mercer County Connection June Calendar of Events

06/02/2010

N.J. NOTARY OATH FILING - Thursday, June 3rd- 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Did you recently receive your certification to become a notary, or need to renew your outstanding certificate?                  
If so, you need to be properly sworn in by the County Clerk’s Office in order to officially become a notary. Come            
to the County Connection today to be sworn in as a NJ Notary.  The cost is $15 and payment can be made via check,       
money order, or credit card.
 
MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Tuesday, June 8th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Representatives from Mercer County Community College will be at the Connection to distribute information about
signing up for classes, types of courses available for all ages, and the summer programs.  Representatives will be available
for any questions you may have concerning the college. It’s never too late to further an education or to take a non-credit
course for fun.
 
MERCER COUNTY SURROGATE WORKSHOP- Wednesday, June 9th from 10 - 11 a.m.
Mercer County Surrogate, Diane Gerofsky, will be at the County Connection to present information on:    
Administration of Estates, Probate of Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, and much more.  Please join us              
for this informative presentation.  Call to reserve your space today; 890-9800.
 
MERCER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION: FREE LEGAL CLINIC -- LAWYERS C.A.R.E. 
The Public Education Committee of the Mercer County Bar Association present: “Lawyers C.A.R.E.”.  This is a         
free 15 minute consultation with an attorney, Thursday, June 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Everyone is seen 
on a first-come, first-served basis.  Attorneys will be available to answer questions regarding:  Family Law, Real       
Estate law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Personal Injury Law, Wills and Estates, Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, and         
Municipal Court Law.  Please call 609-585-6200 for more information.
 
CONSUMER AFFAIRS – Monday, June 8th and Friday, June 25rd from 11a.m. – 3 p.m.
Experiencing difficulty with a local business? Do you need information on how to avoid Credit, Home
Improvement, Automotive, or Internet Fraud?  A representative from the Mercer County Consumer Affairs
Commission will be at the Mercer County Connection to answer your questions.
 
BARBARA BROMLEY: ASK THE GARDNER:  Thursday, June 17th from 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Using the right fertilizer on your flowers, vegetable garden, and lawn is essential if you want healthy, fast growing plants. 
Using the wrong fertilizer can be damaging to both your plants and the environment.  Join Barbara as she discusses
fertilizer formulas, soil testing, advantages and disadvantages of organic and synthetic fertilizers, liquid vs. granule
fertilizers, and much more.  Call 890-9800 to reserve your space!
 
SENATOR LAUTENBERG REPRESENTATIVE - Tuesday, June 22nd, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
A representative from the office of Senator Frank Lautenberg will be at the Connection to meet with
constituents.  If you have any questions or concerns you would like to speak to the Senator’s office
about, please come to the Connection to have your concerns addressed.
 
FREE LEGAL SERVICES FOR SENIORS 60+ - First Wednesday of Every Month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mercer County Legal Services for the Elderly will be at the Connection the first Wednesday of every month to offer
advice and/or provide representation in non-fee-generating civil matters.  Pre-screening is required and you must
have an appointment to meet with a representative.  Please call 609-695-6249, ext. 2411 for your appointment. 
 
S.H.I.P. – Available Fridays by Appointment Only
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (S.H.I.P.) provides free help to NJ Medicare beneficiaries who have
problems with, or questions about their health insurance.  Come to the County Connection and meet with a
counselor to receive the information you need.  Call 609-890-9800 for a Friday appointment. 

Valid from 06/02/2010 to 07/01/2010

CASA of Mercer County Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children

02/26/2010

CASA of Mercer County
Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children
Informational Sessions
 
Wed., Mar. 10th, 2010 from 9:30 – 10:30 am
Mar. 18, 2010 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteer advocates who
want to make a difference in the life of a foster child.  CASA of Mercer
County is a non-profit organization committed to speaking up in court for
the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due
to abuse and neglect. CASA works through trained community volunteers to
insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping
to move the child into a safe and permanent home.  Our organization will
provide 30 hours of training for you to become a child advocate for one
child or sibling group.  Our Spring Training will be held in April, 2010.

For more information about our program, a one-hour long informational
session will be offered on the above listed dates and times. All sessions
will be held at CASA’s offices at 180 Ewingville Rd., Ewing, N.J.  For
more information about CASA or to register, you can go online at
www.casamercer.org or call 609-434-0050. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valid from 02/26/2010 to 03/19/2010

Mercer County Community College Offers Contractor Training

01/23/2012

West Windsor, NJ:  New Jersey contractors are invited to register for the EPA Model Renovator Certification training.  Mercer County Community College is offering the Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPP) Program and NJ DCA Rules and Regulations at a one-day class on March 13 at the college’s West Windsor campus, at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Course content includes NJ DCA rules and regulations, lead based paint health concerns, planning the job, lead dust containment, cleaning, training, non-certified renovation workers, hands-on training, and recordkeeping.

Upon successful completion of the course and exam, students will earn the following certifications:

• NJ DCA Rules & Regulations Certificate

• EPA Model Renovator Initial Certificate

The NJ Department of Community Affairs is subsidizing the classes. The tuition charge, including textbooks and materials, is $99. 

Online registration is available at http://shop.njworkforce.org/.  For further information, call Elaine Weinberg at 609-570-3612 or visit the website of MCCC’s Center for Training and Development at www.mccc.edu/ctd.

Valid from 01/23/2012 to 03/13/2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County Announces 28th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Colonial Lanes in Lawrenceville

02/08/2010

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County for its 28th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Colonial Lanes in Lawrenceville, NJ.  Everyone, young and old, is invited to join in the fun. All participants receive a free lunch, T-shirt, and a chance to win prizes.  Proceeds support our youth mentoring programs.  Log on to our website at www.bbbsmercer.org or call us at 609.656.1000 for more information. 
 
 

Valid from 03/27/2010 to 04/18/2010

CASA of Mercer County Informational Sessions

07/01/2010

 CASA of Mercer County

 

Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children 

 

Informational Sessions

 

 

 

July 12, 2010  5:30 – 6:30 pm

 

  July 22, 2010 – 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

  August 12, 2010   5:30 – 6:30 pm

 

August 17, 2010  9:30 – 10:30 am


CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteer advocates who want to make a difference in the life of a foster child.  CASA of Mercer County is a non-profit organization committed to speaking up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA works through trained community volunteers to insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child into a safe and permanent home.  Our organization will provide 30 hours of training for you to become a child advocate for one child or sibling group.  Our Fall Training will be held in September, 2010.


For more information about our program, a one-hour long informational session will be offered on the above listed dates and times. All sessions will be held at CASA’s offices at 1450 Parkside Ave., Suite 22, Ewing, N.J.  For more information about CASA or to register, you can go online at www.casamercer.org or call 609-434-0050.


Valid from 07/01/2010 to 08/18/2010

CASA of Mercer County Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children Informational Sessions

02/18/2011

 

CASA of Mercer County

Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children

Informational Sessions

                                           

                                         

                                          Wed.,    February   23, 2011      7:00 –    8:00 pm

                                           Mon.,    February   28, 2011      5:30 –    6:30 pm

                                           Thur.,   March       10, 2011     12:30 –    1:30 pm

                                           Tues.,    March       15, 2011      5:30 –     6:30 pm

 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteer advocates who want to make a difference in the life of a foster child.  CASA of Mercer County is a non-profit organization committed to speaking up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA works through trained community volunteers to insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child into a safe and permanent home.  Our organization will provide 30 hours of training for you to become a child advocate for one child or sibling group.  Our Spring Training will begin the end of March, 2011.

 

For more information about our program, a one-hour long informational session will be offered on the above listed dates and times. All sessions will be held at CASA’s offices at 1450 Parkside Ave., Suite 22, Ewing, N.J.  For more information about CASA or to register, you can go online at www.casamercer.org or call 609-434-0050.

 

 

Valid from 02/18/2011 to 03/16/2011

YPC CHOOSES BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MERCER COUNTY

02/09/2011

 

MERCERVILLE, NJ - The Young Professionals Connective (YPC) of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce has chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County as their annual charitable organization for 2011.  Each year, the YPC chooses a non-profit organization to aid and assist in numerous ways, such as volunteering for specific events, and helping to find donations and sponsorships for programs. 

 

“We are proud and honored to be the 2011 community partner for the Mercer Chamber’s Young Professionals Connective.  This is a wonderful opportunity to have outstanding talent assist us in deepening our reach in the community so that we may continue our mission”, said Susan Dunning, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County has served youths at risk for 35 years.  The organization strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children by promoting their self-esteem, expanding their awareness of life’s opportunities, and providing them with the guidance and support through long-term, one-on-one mentoring with caring adults.

 

“The YPC is excited to help promote not only their fundraising efforts, but more importantly their mission.  Through our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, we look forward to having a measurable impact on their organization and the communities they serve”, said Joe Cavalchire, Senior Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Roma Bank in Robbinsville, and also the YPC’s Non-Profit Partner Chair.

 

The Young Professionals Connective (YPC) of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce is the social and business organization of Central New Jersey.  It connects people with other professionals; it gives the opportunity for community involvement; it offers professional growth and development training on all levels.  For more information, email ypc@mercerchamber.org.

Valid from 02/09/2011 to 03/31/2011

Free Drama Stage and Fine Arts Program to be offered for Mercer County Young People with Disabilities

08/05/2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, August 3, 2015 - VSA New Jersey (VSA/NJ) and the Mercer County Office for the Disabled (now called the Office on Aging), are pleased to announce that they are accepting registrations for the 2015 Drama Stage and Fine Arts Programs of the Mercer County Institute for the Arts. 

 

Drama Stage Program for young children, age 4-6 years old is an 8 week series that is offered on Saturdays at the Lawrence Library, beginning September 26, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. This enjoyable program will provide many fun opportunities for acting, moving, communicating, drawing and telling stories. Each week, a story book will be used as a springboard for participants’ imaginations. They will roar like lions, hop like frogs, explore like detectives, ‘fly’ like heroes and giggle like kids! Interwoven into this fun will be verbal and physical communication skills, self-esteem building activities and games to stretch the imagination. Registration deadline:  September 12, 2015.

 

Fine Arts Program for young people, ages 8 – 21 years old is a 10 week series that is offered on Mondays at the Mercer Elementary School, beginning September 28th, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. This program will provide artistic endeavors through which participants will explore the creative world of line, color, and texture by using various media.  Students will participate in an enriching arts environment that fosters the development and expansion of artistic and social skills.  They will have the opportunity to learn the basic principles of art in a setting that meets a wide range of developmental skill levels.  Activities encourage participants to explore their creativity and engage in self-expression.  Registration deadline:  September 14, 2015.

 

The above programs are offered free of charge and are open to Mercer County residents.

 

About VSA New Jersey

Founded in 1978, VSA/NJ is a part of the international VSA network, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  VSA New Jersey is dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities.  Programming and services include arts education, professional development, award competitions, workshops, and performances. 

 

The Mercer County Institute for the Arts is sponsored by the Mercer County Office on Aging.  Additional funding for VSA/NJ is made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts and the central office of VSA, under an award from the U.S. Department of Education.  However, the content does not necessarily reflect the policy of the U.S. Dept. of Education and endorsement should not be assumed.  For additional information or to register for this program, please contact VSA New Jersey at (732) 745-3885, (732) 745-3913 (TTY), or info@vsanj.org.

Valid from 08/05/2015 to 09/15/2015

Fall 2015 Programs in the Arts for Mercer County Residents with Disabilities

08/17/2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, August 14, 2015 - VSA New Jersey (VSA/NJ), and the Mercer County Office on Aging/ADRC is pleased to announced the fall offerings of the Mercer County Institute for the Arts, a program designed to provide quality arts experiences to Mercer County residents with disabilities.  Three programs will begin in the fall. Workshops are offered free of charge.  Advance registration is required.

 

The Acting Program for Adults: This 10-week program invites adults, ages 18+ to audition for “The Secret Garden”. This program will provide participants with opportunities to develop acting skills that will culminate in a staged presentation. Auditions are set for Thursday, September 17 and rehearsals and performance will run through November 12, 7-9:00 p.m. at Project Freedom in Hamilton and the Kelsey Theater in West Windsor.  Registration deadline is September 12.

 

The Creative Drama Program for ages 4-6 :   This 8-week session will have children acting, moving, drawing, communicating, and telling stories. Each week a book will be used as the springboard for the participants' imaginations. The children will roar like lions, hop like frogs, slither like snakes, explore like detectives, "fly" like super heroes, and giggle like kids! Interwoven into this fun will be verbal and physical communication skills, self-esteem building activities, and games to stretch the imagination.  Workshops are scheduled for Saturdays, September 26 – November 4 at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Lawrence Library.  Registration Deadline is September 12.

 

The Fine Arts Program for ages 8-21:  This 10- week program will provide artistic endeavors through which the participants will explore the creative world of line, color and texture by using various media.   Students will participate in an enriching arts environment that fosters the development and expansion of artistic and social skills.  They will have the opportunity to learn the basic principles of art in a setting that meets a wide range of developmental skill levels.  Activities encourage participants to explore their creativity and engage in self-expression.  Mondays, September 28 – December 7 at 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Mercer Elementary School, Hamilton, NJ.  Registration deadline is September 12.

 

 

About VSA New Jersey

 

VSA New Jersey is dedicated to promoting the creative power of people with disabilities.  Statewide programming and services include arts education, professional development for educators, award competitions, exhibitions, festivals and performances. 

 

Major funding for VSA New Jersey is provided in part by the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders; New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; and additional foundations and donors. 

 

For applications and registration information, please contact VSA New Jersey at 703 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ  08901, (732) 745-3885, 745-3913 (TTY), or info@vsanj.org.

 

Valid from 08/17/2015 to 12/31/2015

December Events from Mercer County Connection

11/30/2010

 
MANAGING YOUR DIABETES DURING THE HOLIDAYS– Thursday, December 2nd – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Managing your diabetes is challenging, but it can seem even harder during the holidays.  Changes in eating patterns,
increased stress, and lack of exercise can all wreak havoc on glucose control. Diabetes shouldn’t take the joy out of the
holiday season.  Planning ahead can help you boost your immunity, manage stress, and avoid the pitfalls of emotional
eating.  Please join us to learn practical ways to enjoy the holidays and keep your diabetes under control.  Guest speaker
will be Winsome R. Bright, RN, RD, MS, CDE, Coordinator, Community Health, Capital Health.  Please call 890-9800
to reserve your seat. 
 
CONSUMER AFFAIRS –Friday, December 3rd & Wednesday, December 15th - from 11a.m. – 3 p.m.
Experiencing difficulty with a local business? Do you need information on how to avoid Credit, Home
Improvement, Automotive, or Internet Fraud? Having problems with purchases? Dealing with unreliable
repairmen? Who can you turn to for help?   A representative from the Mercer County Consumer Affairs
Commission will be at the Mercer County Connection to answer your questions.
 
N.J. NOTARY OATH FILING – Thursday, December 9th - 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Did you recently receive your certification to become a notary, or need to renew your outstanding certificate? If so,
you need to be properly sworn in by the County Clerk’s Office in order to officially become a notary. Come to the
County Connection today to be sworn in as a NJ Notary. The cost is $15 and payment can be made via check, money
order, or credit card.
 
MERCER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION: FREE LEGAL CLINIC -- LAWYERS C.A.R.E. 
The Public Education Committee of the Mercer County Bar Association present: “Lawyers C.A.R.E.”. This is a free    
15 - Minute consultation with an attorney, Thursday, December 9th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is seen 
on a first-come, first-served basis. Attorneys will be available to answer questions regarding: Family Law, Real
Estate law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Personal Injury Law, Wills and Estates, Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, and Municipal
Court Law. Please call 609-585-6200 for more information.
 
FREE LEGAL SERVICES FOR SENIORS 60+ - First Wednesday of Every Month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mercer County Legal Services for the Elderly will be at the Connection the first Wednesday of every month to offer
advice and/or provide representation in non-fee-generating civil matters.  Pre-screening is required and you must
have an appointment to meet with a representative.  Please call 609-695-6249, ext. 2411 for your appointment. 
 
 
 
S.H.I.P. – AVAILABLE FRIDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program Provides free assistance to NJ Medicare Beneficiaries who have
problems with, or questions about their health insurance.  Come to the County Connection and meet with a counselor
to receive the information you need.  Call 609-890-9800 for a Friday appointment.
 
HOME CARE & HOSPICE MEDICARE BENEFITS INFORMATION – Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Care giving decisions can be difficult and confusing.  Every Tuesday, a representative from the Visiting Nurse
Association of Mercer County will be at the Connection to meet with people, answer questions, and address many of
the concerns that families have when deciding whether home care or hospice is the right choice for their loved one. 
Learn what home care and hospice are, what services are provided, and how to pay for the services.  Please call 609-
890-9800 to make a Tuesday appointment.

Valid from 11/30/2010 to 12/18/2010

November Events From Mercer County Connection

10/27/2010

Mercer County Connection
957 Route 33, Hamilton, NJ 08690
890-9800
www.mercercounty.org
November 2010

 

CONSUMER AFFAIRS –Thursday, November 4th and Friday, November 19th from 11a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Experiencing difficulty with a local business? Do you need information on how to avoid Credit, Home

 

Improvement, Automotive, or Internet Fraud? Problems with purchases? Unreliable repairmen? Who can you turn

 

to for help?   A representative from the Mercer County Consumer Affairs Commission will be at the Mercer County

 

Connection to answer your questions.

 

 

 

BARBARA BROMLEY: PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED – Wednesday, November 10th, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.

 

Barbara Bromley, Horticulturist for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office of Mercer County will offer helpful tips on

 

how to prepare your flower and vegetable beds for winter to ensure a more spectacular spring and summer garden. 

 

Topics will include planting new trees and spring bulbs, taking seeds or cuttings of plants, watering, cleaning out perennial

 

and annual beds, mulching, composting, soil testing, and cleaning and storing tools. Call 890-9800 to reserve your seat!

 

 

 

VETERAN BENEFITS AND SERVICES – Wednesday, November 17th 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Come learn about the benefits and services you’ve earned through your service to our country.  Learn about Referral

 

Services for:  Transportation to and from VA medical facilities, employment, social services, war veterans’ re-

 

adjustment counseling, VA enrollment for benefits, disability claims, survivor benefits, and much more.  Guest

 

speakers will be: Edward Mazzeo, Chief, Mercer County Veterans Services, and Carol Paprocki, Samaritan Hospice

 

Veterans Outreach Program.  Call 890-9800 to reserve your seat.

 

 

 

PLANNING FOR INCAPACITY - Thursday, November 18th from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

 

Is your estate in order?  Planning for incapacity is an important and often overlooked part of estate planning that

 

covers how you are cared for if you become physically or mentally unable to care for yourself.  This seminar will

 

discuss planning tools to use to ensure that decision-making related to property or personal care can proceed without

 

unnecessary disruption.  Guest speaker will be Susan Knispel, Esquire, Project Director for The Mercer County Legal

 

Services Project for the Elderly.  Please call 890-9800 to reserve your seat.

 

 

 

WELCOME TO MEDICARE SEMINAR - Thursday, November 18th - 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

 

Everyone with Medicare has different needs. With all the options and choices you have today, it can be difficult to figure

 

out what’s best for you and your family. Come to the Connection and get clear, straightforward answers to you questions

 

about Medicare provided by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Aging and

 

Community Services. Please call to reserve your seat. 

 

 

 

SENATOR LAUTENBERG REPRESENTATIVE – Tuesday, November 23rd from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 

A representative from the office of Senator Frank Lautenberg will be at the Connection to meet with

 

constituents.  If you have any questions or concerns you would like to speak to the Senator’s office about,

 

please come to the Connection to have your concerns addressed.

 

 

 

S.H.I.P. – AVAILABLE FRIDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

 

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program Provides free assistance to NJ Medicare Beneficiaries who have

 

problems with, or questions about their health insurance.  Come to the County Connection and meet with a counselor

 

to receive the information you need.  Call 609-890-9800 for a Friday appointment.

 

 

 

HOME CARE & HOSPICE MEDICARE BENEFITS INFORMATION – Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

 

Care giving decisions can be difficult and confusing.  Every Tuesday, a representative from the Visiting Nurse

 

Association of Mercer County will be at the Connection to meet with people, answer questions, and address many of

 

the concerns families have when deciding whether home care or hospice is the right choice for their loved one.  Learn

 

what home care and hospice are, what services are provided, and how to pay for the services.  Please call 609-890-

 

9800 to make a Tuesday appointment.

 

Valid from 10/28/2010 to 12/01/2010

CASA of Mercer County Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children Informational Sessions

11/22/2010


CASA of Mercer County

Seeks Volunteers to Advocate for Children

Informational Sessions

                                           

                                           Tuesday, December   7, 2010      5:30 – 6:30 pm

                                           Tuesday, December 14, 2010      9:30 – 10:30 am

 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteer advocates who want to make a difference in the life of a foster child.  CASA of Mercer County is a non-profit organization committed to speaking up in court for the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASA works through trained community volunteers to insure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child into a safe and permanent home.  Our organization will provide 30 hours of training for you to become a child advocate for one child or sibling group.  Our Spring Training will begin the end of March, 2011.

 

For more information about our program, a one-hour long informational session will be offered on the above listed dates and times. All sessions will be held at CASA’s offices at 1450 Parkside Ave., Suite 22, Ewing, N.J.  For more information about CASA or to register, you can go online at www.casamercer.org or call 609-434-0050.

 

 


Valid from 11/22/2010 to 12/15/2010

Dress for Success Mercer County - Cocktails for A Cause - November 3, 2011

10/17/2011

Lawrenceville, NJ, 2011: On Thursday November 3, 2011, Dress for Success 
Mercer County will host the second Annual Cocktails for a Cause at the Stone 
Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton, NJ at 6:00 pm.  This fundraiser will feature an 
open bar, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, a wine arbor, and a silent auction  
 
This year we are proud to be honoring the following supporters for their
dedication to Dress for Success Mercer County: NRG Energy, Inc. – our
Corporate Supporter, and Marge Norton – our Individual Supporter.  The event
will also celebrate the organization’s four years of service to Central New Jersey
and the recent launch of the new Career Center.  
 
Proceeds from the event will directly support Dress for Success Mercer County
programs, which promote the economic independence of disadvantaged
women by providing professional attire, a network for support and educational
tools to help them thrive in work and in life.  Dress for Success Mercer County
was founded in October 2007 by a group of central New Jersey businesswomen
who saw the need for a local network of support for low-income women entering
the business world.  We are best known for providing free business attire to low-
income women entering the workforce; however it is our Job Readiness-
Educational programs that make our organization not only about getting a job,
but building a career. 
 
Corporate Sponsorships
Various levels of corporate sponsorship are available. Parties interested are
urged to contact Debbie Bronfeld at (609) 896-4112 or at
mercercounty@dressforsuccess.org
 
 
Cocktails for a Cause tickets can be purchased online at 
www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty.  Dress for Success Mercer County is a non-profit
organization; a portion of the $100 ticket price is tax-deductible.  
 
To learn more about Dress for Success Mercer County programs, visit our website 
www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty

Valid from 10/17/2011 to 11/04/2011

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County Has Been Reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation

10/28/2011

Princeton, NJ, October 26, 2011 The Council on Accreditation (COA) has announced that Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County has been reaccredited.

COA reaccreditation is an objective and reliable verification that provides confidence and support to an organization’s service recipients, board members, staff and community partners.  The COA reaccreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices.  All are “measured” against national standards of best practice.  These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, and outcomes-oriented, in addition, they confirm that the services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of JFCS, I would like to express our appreciation for the success of the COA site visit and our reaccreditation.  Our commitment to excellence will ensure that JFCS continues to provide superior service to the community as it has for the past 75 years,” said Ms. Joyce Kalstein, President of JFCS. 

COA reviews and reaccredits the entire organization, not just specific programs; therefore supporters can have confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of the entire Jewish Family & Children’s Service organization.

About JFCS - Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency providing social services, counseling and support to individuals, families, children and teens.  Professional, licensed social workers offer one-on-one and group counseling, family education, crisis and domestic violence support, re-employment assistance, grief and bereavement programs, and services for special needs children and their siblings. Services include food vouchers, meals on wheels, the kosher food pantry and kosher cafes, which serve thousands of meals to the elderly.  The Secure@Home program is a vital program which allows participants to retain their independence and age at home.  Youth programs include leadership, social skills and peer education. Visit the JFCS website for a complete listing of services www.jfcsonline.org

Valid from 10/28/2011 to 12/01/2011

Halloween Gala, CONTACT of Mercer County October 29, 2010

10/21/2010

Halloween Gala, CONTACT of Mercer County, Jasna Polana Country Club, Province Line Road, Princeton, 609-577-0627
6:30 p.m., 'The Witches and Warlocks Ball: A Night of Mystical Enchantment' includes dinner, dancing, open bar, live and silent auctions. Appearances by Lynne Doyle of Comcast's 'It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle,' and actress Jill Whelan. Honorees include Col. Gina Grosso, commander of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst base; J. Kenneth Pagana, president of Essex Plaza Management Associates in Newark; and Sharon Lee Parker, president and CEO of Boehm Porcelain. Benefit for the 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline as well as Families in Crisis Foundation, an organization that assists people facing long-term illness, disability, unemployment, in jeopardy of losing their home, or overwhelmed by medical bills. Register. $195.,
www.contactofmercer.org

Valid from 10/21/2010 to 10/30/2010

Mercer County Connection January Calendar

01/02/2011

 
*** FREE TAX ASSISTANCE COMING IN FEBRUARY - Call 890-9800 for your appointment***
 
HOW TO NAVIGATE THE HEALTH CARE CONTINUUM – Monday, January 10th from 10:30am-11:30am
Complete continuum of care refers to a spectrum of services designed to provide all the social and health care needs of
people as they age.  Patients can choose among a wide variety of care options to help them maintain their dignity and
quality of life.  Unfortunately, having so many options can create confusion and stress.  Please join guest speaker, Dawn
Bock, from CareOne, for an informative discussion about how to navigate through the system and become an educated
health care consumer.  Call 890-9800 to reserve a seat.
 
KNOW THE 10 SIGNS OF EARLY ALZHEIMER DETECTION – Thursday, January 20th 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging.  If you or
someone you know is experiencing memory loss or changes in behavior or thinking skills, it’s time to
learn the facts.  Early detection, diagnosis and intervention are vital because they provide they best
opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.  Guest speaker will be Barbara
DeAngelis, Coordinator, Education & Training, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater NJ Chapter.  
Please call 890-9800 to reserve a seat.
 
SENATOR LAUTENBERG REPRESENTATIVE – Thursday, January 20th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
A representative from the office of Senator Frank Lautenberg will be at the Connection to meet with
constituents.  If you have any questions or concerns you would like to speak to the Senator’s office about,
please come to the Connection to have your concerns addressed.
 
CONSUMER AFFAIRS –Friday, January 7th & Wednesday, January 19th - from 11a.m. – 3 p.m.
Experiencing difficulty with a local business? Do you need information on how to avoid Credit, Home
Improvement, Automotive, or Internet Fraud? Having problems with purchases? Dealing with unreliable
repairmen? Who can you turn to for help?   A representative from the Mercer County Consumer Affairs
Commission will be at the Mercer County Connection to answer your questions.
 
FREE LEGAL SERVICES FOR SENIORS 60+ - First Wednesday of Every Month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mercer County Legal Services for the Elderly will be at the Connection the first Wednesday of every month to offer
advice and/or provide representation in non-fee-generating civil matters.  Pre-screening is required and you must
have an appointment to meet with a representative.  Please call 609-695-6249, ext. 2411 for your appointment. 
 
 
 
N.J. NOTARY OATH FILING – The First Thursday of Every Month from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Did you recently receive your certification to become a notary, or need to renew your outstanding certificate?  If so,
you need to be properly sworn in by the County Clerk’s Office in order to officially become a notary.  Come to the
County Connection the first Thursday of every month to be sworn in as a NJ Notary.  The cost is $5 and payment can
be made via check, money order, or credit card.  No cash is accepted.
 
S.H.I.P. – AVAILABLE FRIDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program Provides free assistance to NJ Medicare Beneficiaries who have
problems with, or questions about their health insurance.  Come to the County Connection and meet with a counselor
to receive the information you need.  Call 609-890-9800 for a Friday appointment.
 
HOME CARE & HOSPICE MEDICARE BENEFITS INFORMATION – Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
Care giving decisions can be difficult and confusing.  Every Tuesday, a representative from the Visiting Nurse
Association of Mercer County will be at the Connection to meet with people, answer questions, and address many of
the concerns that families have when deciding whether home care or hospice is the right choice for their loved one. 
Learn what home care and hospice are, what services are provided, and how to pay for the services.  Please call 609-
890-9800 to make a Tuesday appointment.

Valid from 01/02/2011 to 02/01/2011

February Events From Friendship Circle of Great Mercer County

01/10/2011

 Feburary 8- 6 PM
The Adult Friendship Circle gives Jewish adults with special needs a social and Judaic network that promotes Friendship. Join our new monthly bowling club! We meet at Brunswick Zone Carolier on 790 U.S. Route 1 in N. Brunswick at 6 PM. For more details and travel arrangements, feel free to contact Mushky at 609-683-7240. Suggested donation of $5 per bowler. Looking forward to seeing you!

February 15th - 6 PM -Wok & Roll with the Adut Friendship Circle! Join us for an all you can eat Kosher Chinese Buffet at Lins Kosher Chinese in Manville, NJ. Only 20$ per person.

For more info and to RSVP, please call Mushky at 609-683-7240 or email mercerfriends@gmail.com. The Adult Friendship Circle gives Jewish adults with special needs a social and Judaic network that promotes Friendship. To learn more, please visit www.mercerfriends.com <http://www.mercerfriends.com/> .


February 18th- The Friendship Circle invites you and your family to join us for a festive Shabbat dinner on Friday February 18th at 5 PM.. Enjoy a kid-friendly meal complete with home-made meal including Challah and chicken soup with matzah balls. The Friendship Circle offers friendship, support and assistance to Jewish children with special needs and their family. To learn more, visit www.mercerfriends.com <http://www.mercerfriends.com/> .

To RSVP and for more information, please call 609-682-7240 or email mercerfriends@gmail.com.

February 20th-6 PM Adult Friendship Circle Cooking Circle The Friendship Circle Cooking Circle gives adults who enjoy the kitchen an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and have fun with their special friends. Holiday meals, Shabbat dinners, and Challah baking classes are offered on a monthly basis. Every month, a special meal is prepared and donated during a “mitzvah mission.” No cost to attend! For more info and details, please contact Mushky at 609-683-7240 or email mercerfriends@gmail.com <mailto:mercerfriends@gmail.com> .
The Adult Friendship Circle gives Jewish adults with special needs a social and Judaic network that promotes Friendship. To learn more, please visit www.mercerfriends.com <http://www.mercerfriends.com/> .


February 27th - Friendship Circle Mini Chefs - Join us for a new and exciting cooking club for Jewish girls ages 8-11. Club members will get a chance to roll up their sleeves and get busy. Experience the joy of Kosher cooking. Mini Chefs is geared for girls with special needs and their friends. For more info, call Mushky at 609-683-7240 or email mercerfriends@gmail.com. The Friendship Circle offers friendship, support and assistance to Jewish children with special needs and their family. To learn more, visit www.mercerfriends.com <http://www.mercerfriends.com/> .


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Valid from 01/10/2011 to 02/28/2011

Mercer County Single Volunteers, Inc.

09/09/2009

Valid from 09/09/2009

Disney "Give A Day. Get A Disney Day" Program Is A Big Hit In Mercer County

01/25/2010

 

(Princeton) - A recent offer by the Walt Disney Company to trade a day of volunteering for a free day at one of its theme parks is turning out to be a big hit. VolunteerConnect, Mercer County’s volunteer center and an affiliate of the national HandsOn Network, reports that the program, “Give a Day.  Get a Disney Day.” has resulted in a surge of interest in volunteering.  Volunteers can go to www.disneyparks.com to search for qualified volunteer opportunities and sign up for a day of volunteer service. Over 20 million such searches have been conducted since January 1st.

 

“The Give A Day. Get A Disney Day.” program celebrates the good work of volunteers by giving each of them one-day admission to a theme park at Disneyland® Resort or Walt Disney World® Resort, free. Disney is partnering with HandsOn Network, a national association of volunteer centers and clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, which connects people with projects and certifies their completion.

 

One opportunity promoted through VolunteerConnect guides families in creating their own food drives. The post-holiday season can be difficult for local food banks, as many people fail to continue their food donations during the post-holiday months of January and February. VolunteerConnect encourages volunteers to start a Family Food Drive and help the many in their community who go hungry.  These volunteers pick up bags at their local grocery store, bring them to their neighbors, friends or co-workers with a personal request for non-perishable foods, collect the bags and deliver them to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing.

 

“We’ve had a wonderful response to the Disney program thus far, particularly our Family Food Drive project,” said Adrienne Rubin, Executive Director of VolunteerConnect. “Not only does this Food Drive allow parents to instill a sense of service in their children by actively supporting organizations that meet community needs, but it also fills a significant void at our local food banks.  Through the help of the Disney initiative, volunteers have already begun and even completed Family Food Drives.  In fact, the first family to organize a family food drive through the program collected 28 bags of food, totaling 282 pounds!” 

 

"We are trying to inspire 1 million people to volunteer in their communities and we're inspiring them to do that by giving them a free day at a Disney park," Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

 

Certified volunteers receive a one-day ticket to any park at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., or Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., in 2010.  The ticket is non-transferable, but certified volunteers may donate tickets to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern California and Dreams Take Flight Canada. 

 

“In addition to the Family Food Drive, volunteers can access the VolunteerConnect web site at www.VolunteerConnectNJ.org to search a free, database of hundreds of local volunteer opportunities,” added Executive Director Rubin.  

 

VolunteerConnect’s mission is to enrich the lives of Central New Jersey residents by promoting effective volunteerism and service.  Besides its work in bringing volunteers and opportunities together, VolunteerConnect provides training and professional development in volunteer management to nonprofit leaders to help them effectively recruit, utilize, retain, and recognize volunteers. 

 

For additional information, contact: Adrienne Rubin: adrienne@VolunteerConnectNJ.org.

Valid from 01/25/2010 to 03/25/2010

Arts Exchange, a partnership program of the Arts Council and HomeFront of Mercer County Provides Arts Instruction and Hot Meal to Students

01/24/2012

 

Princeton, NJ  - “Feeding someone is an act of love.” So says Fran McManus of the Whole Earth Center, one of three local food vendors who are contributing fresh, healthy food to the 20 children who attend the Arts Council of Princeton’s Arts Exchange program each week.

 

Arts Exchange is a partnership program of the Arts Council and HomeFront of Mercer County that has provided hands-on arts instruction and a hot meal each Thursday evening of the year to children since 1993. HomeFront is the largest provider of housing and social services to Mercer County families who are homeless or in crisis.

 

For many years, the University Medical Center of Princeton was kind enough to provide a hot meal and beverages for the HomeFront/ Arts Exchange students each week. With the imminent move of the hospital from Witherspoon Street, conversations began with local food vendors to help out with a weekly meal. Olives Deli graciously agreed to provide a hot main dish, the Whole Earth Center provides organic milk and orange juice, Witherspoon Bread Company is donating a green salad and fresh bread, and The Bent Spoon is donating ice cream.

 

Arts Council artist-instructor Eva Mantell, who oversees the Arts Exchange program was thrilled about the community collaboration. “There were smiles all around!” As Fran McManus remarked, “Particularly with children, what we feed them says volumes about how much we care about them. It makes me happy and proud to think of Princeton's culinary community joining the Arts Council in telling the children from HomeFront that they are welcome in our community and that they matter.”


The Arts Council of Princeton operates under a mission to “build community through the arts.” Housed in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in downtown Princeton, the Arts Council has served the greater Princeton community since 1967 with studio-based art classes, exhibitions, performances, free community events and outreach arts programming. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.

 

For more information, contact Andrea Honore at ahonore@artscouncilofprinceton.org or call (609) 924-8777.

Valid from 01/24/2012 to 03/01/2012

Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center to Host Open House and Rededication Jan. 27

01/07/2010

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- The Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center has moved into new quarters on the campus of Mercer County Community College, and will host an Open House and Re-Dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m.

The event will take place at the center, which is now located on the second floor of the college library, next to the bookstore. (It was previously located in a smaller space within the Library.)  The center moved into the new quarters after a major renovation project at the college.

The event will include a benediction by Rabbi Adam Feldman of the Princeton Jewish Center, a talk by Holocaust survivor Judith Sherman, music by Tomara Freeman, who performs on a viola rescued from the Holocaust, greetings from county dignitaries, a description of the center's purpose and programs, and refreshments.

According to MCCC Professor Emeritus Saul Goldwasser, a special Holocaust Torah saved from the Shoah will be on display.  The Torah, from the Czech Memorial Scrolls Trust, is from the town of Susice.  It will be reunited with a Torah from the same town that is located at the Princeton Jewish Center. 

For further information contact Professor Goldwasser at goldwass@mccc.edu.
 

Valid from 01/07/2010 to 01/28/2010

Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Awards of Over Half a Million Dollars to Greater Mercer County Organizations

12/29/2009

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ --- Princeton Area Community Foundation (the Community Foundation), the community foundation serving Mercer County and central New Jersey, recently announced its fall 2009 competitive grants awards totaling $545,000 in funding to local nonprofits for a full range of community building programs and activities.  This round brings the year-to-date total to over $3.5 million of grants distributed through Princeton Area Community Foundation’s 250 Charitable Funds which hold $60 million in assets.
 
The Community Foundation collaborates with the Harbourton Foundation, NRG, and many Charitable Funds to support the competitive grants program including:  Charles L. and Ann Lee Brown Fund, James E. & Diane W. Burke Fund, Judith and Williams Burks Fund, Jane M. Campbell Fund, Esther Y. Eure Fund, Archer & Thomas Harvey Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Fund, LVC Fund, Leroy E. "Brick" Purvis Charitable Fund, Barbara B. Smoyer Memorial Fund, Marjorie R. Smoyer Fund, Stanley C. Smoyer Fund, Speir Fund, Frank E. Taplin Jr. Fund, Weymar Fund, Whitehead Fund and the Willy N. Fund
 
Successful grants are selected which will have the greatest positive impact on the Community Foundation's service area across greater Mercer County.  This round of funding supported a wide range of initiatives, including:
 
·         Artworks - $25,000 for Art at the Center of Community.
·         CASA of Mercer County - $15,000 for recruitment, screening and supervision of child advocates.
·         Community Justice Center - $15,000 for general operating support.
·         Family Guidance Center/Family & Children's Services - $15,000 for Treatment for Victims of Domestic Violence.
·         Fund for an OPEN Society - $25,000 for East Windsor - Hightstown - Roosevelt OPEN Communities.
·         HomeFront - $15,000 for the Ready, Set, Go! program.
·         Housing & Community Develop Network of NJ - $45,000 for Strengthen Mercer County Advocacy Network and Be Your Own Media Pilot.
·         Interfaith Caregivers Trenton/Faith In Action - $15,000 for the Helping Hands program.
·         Jeremiah Project - $15,000 for English at Jeremiah's.
·         Latin American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - $15,000 for Tremendously Trenton, HelpLine, Bienvenida.
·         LifeTies - $15,000 for Triad's New Population
·         Manifestations of the Prodigal Daughter - $15,000 for the Female Ex-Offender Re-Entry.
·         Mercer Street Friends - $15,000 for Mercer Street Friends Food Bank-Healthy Eating Initiatives and $20,000 for Project Connect.
·         Mobile Meals of Trenton/Ewing - $15,000 for Meals-On-Wheels Program.
·         New Jersey After 3 - $25,000 for the Trenton Afterschool Partnership.
·         Passage Theatre Company - $25,000 for Passage Theatre's Community Bridges.
·         PEI Kids - $15,000 for Comprehensive Juvenile Offenders Outreach Services (CJOOS) program.
·         People & Stories/Gente y Cuentos - $33,000 for Crossing Borders with Literature program:
·         Princeton-Blairstown Center - $15,000 for additional mentoring for at-risk TCHS Freshmen & Sophomores through the TCHS L.O.T. program.
·         Progressive Center for Independent Living - $10,300 for Promoting Self-Advocacy.
·         Rescue Mission of Trenton - $10,000 for Job Readiness program.
·         Sustainable Lawrence - $22,000 for SWELL Neighborhoods.
·         Trenton Education Dance Institute - $10,000 for general operating support.
·         Trinity Counseling Service - $15,000 for Childhood Intervention Initiative.
·         USTA: National Junior Tennis League of Trenton - $15,000 for Nutrition, Education and Tennis Support.
·         VolunteerConnect $40,000 for the Civic Engagement Learning, Enhancement, Awareness and Promotion Project.
·         Womanspace - $15,000 for the Domestic Violence Court Advocacy program.
·         YWCA of Trenton - $15,000 for Job Start.
 
The Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy to advance the well-being of our communities forever. The Community Foundation provides charitable giving expertise to individuals, nonprofits and corporations, and each year invests millions of dollars into the community through grants and scholarships. For more information on the Community Foundation please contact them at 609-219-1800 or online at www.pacf.org
 

Valid from 12/29/2009 to 03/24/2010

Dress for Success Mercer County Welcomes New Executive Director

01/24/2012

Dress for Success Mercer County recently announced the appointment of Lorrie Klaric as executive director. The organization helps disadvantaged women in central NJ obtain employment. Klaric has extensive non-profit and business experience with expertise in developing programs and leading teams which is vital as the organization plans to expand its reach in Mercer County and beyond. 

 

“I was drawn to the unique mission of Dress for Success. Our programs build confidence and character, and provide a support system and encouragement that enable the women we serve to become self-sufficient and independent contributors to society,” said Lorrie Klaric. “I’m passionate about the issues women face today and to be in a leadership role that helps to empower women to become economically self-sufficient and to provide for their children is both personally and professionally rewarding.”

 

Most recently, Klaric was corporate director at Wesley Enhanced Living, a group of non-profit retirement communities throughout Philadelphia, PA, where she developed innovative programs, launched inter-community services for seniors and introduced creative staff training initiatives.

 

Prior to Wesley Enhanced Living, Klaric served as vice president of member services and director of adult development at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley, a non-profit organization serving more than 55,000 members. During her six years with them, she developed membership and marketing strategies for growth and retention and supported membership infrastructure in various ways.

 

For sixteen years, Klaric worked for Dunmore Corporation, a global manufacturer in Newtown, PA, gaining experience as a customer service manager and cost accountant.

 

Klaric earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Villanova University. In 2009, she received a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College.

 

She resides in Newtown, PA with her husband Ed. Their two grown daughters include Meghan, an intellectual property attorney in Kalamazoo, MI and Colleen, a second grade teacher in Bethlehem, PA.

 

About Dress for Success Mercer County

Dress for Success Mercer County is a non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  The Lawrenceville, NJ office includes a boutique where clients receive custom suits and accessories, a Career Center offering guidance, technology and job search skills and a Professional Women’s’ Group for job support and training in other life skills. All services are provided free of charge to eligible clients with the goal of instilling confidence and professionalism. Best known for providing business attire to low-income women entering the workforce, Dress for Success Mercer County has assisted more than 1,500 since they opened in October 2007. The organization is a member of Dress for Success Worldwide, with more than 115 affiliates worldwide. 

 

Valid from 01/24/2012 to 03/01/2012

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County Receives Homelessness Prevention Grant of $20,000 from The Bunbury Company

06/19/2015

(TRENTON) — The Bunbury Company has awarded the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County a grant of $20,000 in support of its Housing Stability and Homelessness Prevention program. The 2015 grant will help the Crisis Ministry to keep low-income families and individuals under their own roofs when they are faced with eviction or other threats to housing stability.

The Crisis Ministry is on track to help stabilize approximately 650 Mercer County households in 2015.

“As we progress through our 35th anniversary year of serving and working with our community,” said Executive Director Carolyn Biondi, “we are grateful to partners like The Bunbury Company who make it possible for our organization to provide food, housing, and job search support in Mercer County.”

The Bunbury Company is a private foundation based in Hopewell, NJ, and supports non-profit organizations based primarily in the central New Jersey area.

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is in its 35th year of working with low-income Mercer County households to improve food security and nutrition, stabilize housing, and support job readiness. Each year, the organization serves some 12,500 people of all ages. Learn more about the Crisis Ministry at thecrisisministry.org or by calling 609-396-9355.

Valid from 06/19/2015 to 08/01/2015

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County Welcomes New Staff Members

05/05/2015

Princeton, NJ, May, 2015 — Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) is pleased to announce the recent hires of Andrea LoPresti, MSW, LSCW, who joins the JFCS clinical team as the new Clinical Director and Zorianny Baez, MSW, LSW who joins as the new Bilingual Coordinator.

 

With over 30 years of experience, Ms. LoPresti has worked with various social services agencies in both New York and New Jersey, most recently serving as the Director of Psychological Health for the Air National Guard. At JFCS she will be responsible for supervising professional staff in the clinical department, representing the agency at community functions, grant implementation, as well as seeing clients for psychotherapy.

 

Ms. Baez has worked with various social services agencies including Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in New York City, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in Trenton, NJ, and at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services in New York City, with a focus on helping special needs. At JFCS she will be responsible for counseling bilingual individuals and families in the outpatient clinic. Additionally, Ms. Baez will provide consultation services at Better Beginnings Child Development Center in Hightstown, New Jersey. She will also be responsible for administrative duties relating to Bilingual and Bi-cultural grant funding.

 

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County (JFCS) is a non-profit community service agency dedicated to strengthening families and individuals by providing a wide range of social services and programs including counseling, information and referral, support, education and advocacy throughout the Greater Mercer County/Lower Bucks Community.  JFCS is a state licensed, non-profit mental health agency accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Families and is a Silver Guidestar Partner.

Valid from 05/05/2015 to 06/15/2015

The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment and CVS Recruit Mercer County High School Seniors for CVS Pharmacy Technician Jobs

04/13/2011

The Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment and CVS Recruit

 Mercer County High School Seniors for CVS Pharmacy Technician Jobs

 

West Trenton, N.J., April 13 - The Institute of Wonderful Women Working For Empowerment (IWWWE), a Trenton based 501 ( c ) 3, not-for- profit organization, is partnering with CVS Caremark to bring quality jobs to graduating high school seniors in  Mercer County. CVS contracted IWWWE to recruit seniors interested in, and who qualify for the CVS Pharmacy Technician program. Funded by CVS through a training grant from the State of New Jersey, Department of Labor and Workforce Development Youth-Transition-To-Work Partnership, the Career Prescription for Success –CAPS –internship/apprenticeship program provides free employability training including pre-occupational training and a job shadow experience. IWWWE and CVS have presented, so far, to Trenton Central HS, Trenton West HS, Ewing HS, Emily Fisher Charter School, Hightstown HS, Nottingham HS and Capital Prepatory HS to inform students about this exciting jobs program. After successfully completing pre-employment training and the hiring process, students are employed in a CVS store in Mercer County and are eligible to receive twelve credit hours at Mercer County Community College. Those high school seniors who qualify and are accepted to participate in the CVS Pharmacy Technician program will receive follow-up services from IWWWE, including opportunities to receive mentoring and contact with professionals in the pharmacy field.

 

Interested students may contact Charlene Dow Edwards at cedwards0@comcast.net, or by phone at 609-218-5258. For more information regarding the Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment contact Executive Director Dr. Gloria Fredericks at 609-388-1867 or visit the IWWWE website: www.wonderfulworkingwomen.org .

            Founded in 2006 by a group of African-American women with the objective of promoting the well-being of African-American women and their families, the mission of The Institute for Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment (IWWWE) is “to honor the guidance of our ancestors by bringing self-awareness, healing and wellness, spiritual renewal, stimulation to our minds, economic enrichment for ourselves and our families and community institutions through a holistic leadership development model.” IWWWE was founded upon five pillars, which support economic self-sufficiency: training, education, outreach and referral, spiritual discernment, healing health and wellness.

Valid from 04/13/2011 to 05/30/2011

Planned Parenthood Celebrates 80 Years in Mercer County

02/11/2013

Princeton, NJ – Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area (Planned Parenthood) celebrated its 80th anniversary on Sunday, January 27th in Princeton.  Board members, staff, volunteers, donors, and supporters gathered at the Nassau Club to commemorate the anniversary and pledge their commitment to providing a wide variety of comprehensive, confidential, high-quality reproductive health care services.

“Over these 80 years, we have grown– in terms of staff, donors, and, most importantly, the number of people we have served,” said Debby D’Arcangelo, President and CEO.  “But with this growth, one thing has never changed: our commitment to providing high-quality reproductive health care to the women, men and teens of Mercer County.”
Planned Parenthood opened in 1933 as the Maternal Health Center on South Clinton Avenue in Trenton.  Since then, Planned Parenthood has become a vital part of the Mercer Area community with health centers in Trenton, Hamilton Square, and The College of New Jersey.  Last year, we provided health care and community education services to more than 12,000 individuals.  Services include life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections, breast health services, Pap tests, sexual health education, vasectomy services, and information and health counseling.
“Planned Parenthood is proud to have been part of the community since 1933,”? said D’Arcangelo.  ?”We look forward to serving the health needs of Mercer County for another 80 years and beyond.”?

 

Valid from 02/11/2013 to 03/31/2013

Princeton Area Community Foundation Supports PEI Kids’ Efforts to Keep Mercer County Children Safe

02/19/2014

Lawrenceville, NJ – February 18, 2014 – Last year alone, PEI Kids, a Mercer County nonprofit dedicated to keeping children safe, provided Prevention, Education and Intervention programs that reached more than 16,000 Mercer County children, parents and teachers. The Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF) is helping ensure these youth-focused efforts continue by supporting the organization with a recent $25,000 general operating grant from its Greater Mercer Grant Program.

 

“PEI Kids has long provided support to the most vulnerable children and families in our community, helping them to grow and heal from abuse that most of us would prefer to think never happens," explains Princeton Area Community Foundation President Nancy Kieling. “For more than a decade, The Community Foundation has been a consistent supporter of PEI Kids, especially its efforts to help Mercer County children who have been sexually abused heal, and at-risk youth turn their lives around.”

Another recent $25,000 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls is directly supporting PEI Kids’ “Protecting Our Daughters from Child Sexual Abuse through Education & Supportprogram, which  comprises therapeutic support groups for Mercer County girls who are victims of sexual abuse and their women caregivers, as well as a County-wide child sexual abuse prevention campaign.

 

Martina Davidson, PEI Kids’ Interim Executive Director, states, “Community support is essential to PEI Kids’ efforts to make Mercer County a safe and healthy environment for children and families. The generous support of the Princeton Area Community Foundation and our donors helps us provide professional services at no charge to children and families during some of life’s most critical moments. We are incredibly thankful.”

 

About PEI Kids

Serving the Greater Mercer County, NJ, community for the past 29 years, PEI Kids has long been addressing many of today’s societal issues affecting children – including child assault and sexual abuse, bullying, gang culture and cyber violence. With a mission dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children, its services include developmentally appropriate and culturally diverse programs relating to personal safety; child sexual abuse; school safety and bullying; anger management; gang prevention; and the overall well-being of the child and family. It is also the lead agency of the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse. PEI Kids also provides client services to foster care children and their biological families, supervising more than 1,600 family visits each year and transporting foster children and family members to visitations, and medical and other important appointments. To learn more about the nonprofit’s many programs and services for Mercer County children and families, and how you can support its efforts, please call 609-695-3739 or visit www.peikids.org. All calls regarding possible abuse are confidential.

 

About The Princeton Area Community Foundation

The Princeton Area Community Foundation is a public charity serving central New Jersey. It enables individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create permanent charitable funds that help their communities meet the challenges of changing times. The Foundation invests and administers these funds, award grants and scholarships, and provides an array of services to promote philanthropy and support our local nonprofit sector. For further information, please call 609-219–1800 or visit www.pacf.org. 

 

 

Valid from 02/19/2014 to 04/01/2014

Two Heroes to Receive Valor Awards at 200 Club of Mercer County Annual Luncheon

04/29/2014

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd to Deliver Keynote

 

MERCER COUNTY, NJRaymond A. Amato and Thomas J. Ferrigno from the New Jersey State Police T.E.A.M.S. Unit will receive Valor Awards at 200 Club of Mercer County’s Annual Luncheon on June 11 at the Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton.  250 supporters from the community are expected to attend to honor the Valor honorees and hear Craig W. Floyd’s keynote address.

 

The Valor Award is presented to an individual who has committed an act of bravery, beyond the call of duty, and at imminent personal risk to his own life and safety, and is the highest award bestowed by a 200 Club. A 200 Club Valor pin is the only pin allowed to be worn on the uniform of a New Jersey State Police officer outside of its own awards.

 

“This group of State Police on the scene of the Valor Award incident, like so many safety and rescue personnel, put their own lives in danger to protect others. Troopers Amato and Ferrigno’s selfless efforts and immediate actions stood out during the horrific hostage situation in Trenton,” said Greg Blair, president of the 200 Club of Mercer County. “Their courageous actions saved the lives of three children held hostage over several days.  They are quiet real-life heroes that embody all that the Valor Award represents.”

 

Keynote speaker Craig W. Floyd is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), a nonprofit organization established in 1984 to honor the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers.  Over the past 25 years, he has been one of law enforcement's leading advocates--delivering speeches, hosting radio shows, publishing books, writing articles and conducting media interviews. His work as a Congressional aide, journalist and nonprofit leader has been widely credited with changing America's attitude toward the law enforcement profession and saving officers' lives. He will be traveling from Washington, DC to deliver a keynote address entitled “Remembering the Sacrifice, Celebrating the Service.”

 

Luncheon tickets cost $40 and can be purchased from www.Mercer200Club.org or by calling 609-498-7727.  Luncheon sponsors to date:  investors Bank (Gold sponsor), Doerler Landscapes, First Choice Bank, and Rt. 130 Car Wash & Express Lube.

 

About The 200 Club of Mercer County

The 200 Club of Mercer County is dedicated to providing financial assistance to the families of our police, fire, and rescue personnel in Mercer County who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Business and other members of the community come together to support our public safety personnel and their families in times of devastating loss.  Established in 1979, the 200 Club of Mercer County has provided funds to a number of local families. The club also supports organizations like local chapters of The American Red Cross, Mercer County Fire Academy, NJSP Museum honoring fallen Troopers, NY/NJ Port Authority Police Widows Fund.  Visit www.mercer200club.org to learn more.

 

Valid from 04/29/2014 to 06/15/2014

Crisis Ministry of Mercer County Receives Grant from Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton

05/06/2014

(TRENTON) — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton recently awarded a grant of $2,000 to support workforce development and employment readiness activities at the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.

Carolyn Biondi, the Crisis Ministry’s Executive Director, said, “We are grateful to the Social Outreach Committee of UUCP for partnering with our organization to work with job trainees as they build a more stable future.”

The grant will help the Crisis Ministry to make a direct, positive impact on the job stability and earning potential of participants in programs known as Harvesting Hope and License to Succeed.

Harvesting Hope annually prepares some 65 to 70 men and women for re-entry into the work force with on-the-job training, online certification courses in food handling and customer service, and job search guidance and mentorin

License to Succeed provides assistance in restoring driving privileges in order to improve the job qualifications and earning power of program clients.

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, assists some 5,000 Mercer County households annually through integrated services addressing food insecurity and nutrition education; housing stability and homelessness prevention; and work training and employment readiness. Learn more at thecrisisministry.org or by calling 609-396-9355.

 

Valid from 05/06/2014 to 07/01/2014

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County Welcomes Six New Board Members

10/07/2014

(TRENTON)—The staff and board of The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County are pleased to welcome six new community leaders to the organization's Board of Directors:

  • Ildiko Antal, PhD, of Lawrence Township; Bristol-Myers Squibb Business Development
  • Ken Barbuscio of Newtown, PA; Managing Director, BlackRock
  • Elizabeth Baughan of Princeton
  • Lee Davis of Princeton; Executive Vice President, NRG Energy
  • Peter Fasolo, PhD, of Pennington; Chief Human Resources Officer, Johnson & Johnson
  • Edwina Hawes, PhD, of Princeton; Psychologist, John Witherspoon Middle School

 

"We are grateful for the expertise, passion, and creativity our board members bring to The Crisis Ministry," said Board President and Princeton resident Fred Van Sickle, Chief Development Officer for the Institute of Advanced Studies." Their dedication will enhance our organization's mission to ensure food and housing for more of our low-income neighbors while working with them on a path to financial stability."

 

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, operates from three locations to address basic needs while promoting longer-term stability, housing, and employment stability. Along with food pantries and a community vegetable garden, it provides nutrition education through Rutgers Extension Service, health screenings through the Capital Health System Community Health Education Department, and job search mentoring with a variety of organizations.

 

Learn more about the Crisis Ministry at thecrisisministry.org or by calling 609-396-9355.

Valid from 10/07/2014 to 12/01/2014

“Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County Welcomes Volunteers from TYCO’s Human Resources and Finance Departments “

10/23/2013

Princeton, New Jersey, Oct 17 & 18, 2013

As part of TYCO’s “Day of Caring Opportunities” for the United Way Campaign, volunteers helped Jewish Family & Children’s Service with two important projects:  Blizzard bags and a Shop and Stock for the JFCS Kosher Food Pantry.

Oct 17th, the members of the TYCO Human Resources Department from US Corporate Headquarters in Princeton, put together dozens of blizzard bags for JFCS Kosher Meals on Wheels recipients, Kosher Café clients and case management clients of the United Aging & Disability Partnership.  These bags contained everything from flashlights to non-perishable food in case of inclement weather where the clients cannot safely leave their homes. 

October 18th, members of the TYCO Finance Department, shopped for the JFCS Kosher Pantry at the local grocery store and then stocked the purchased merchandise in the pantry for the JFCS Pantry Clients. 

Jewish Family & Children’s Service is extremely grateful to the participating members from both TYCO Departments.  TYCO is a $10+ billion global leader in fire protection and security solutions.
TYCO has over 70,000 employees worldwide, operating in nearly 50 countries and serves over three million customers.

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency providing social services, counseling and support to individuals, families, children and teens.  Professional, licensed social workers offer one-on-one and group counseling, family education, crisis and domestic violence support, re-employment assistance, grief and bereavement programs, and services for special needs children and their siblings. Services include food vouchers, meals on wheels, the kosher food pantry and kosher cafes, which serve thousands of meals to the elderly.  The Secure@Home program is a vital program which allows participants to retain their independence and age at home.  Youth programs include leadership, social skills and peer education. Visit the JFCS website for a complete listing of services www.jfcsonline.org





 

Valid from 10/23/2013 to 11/30/2013

Dress for Success Mercer County Celebrates Graduates of Latina Empowerment Intiative Program

08/01/2016

Pictured are Melissa Tenzer, Executive Director, Dress for Success Mercer County (left) and Maria Juega, Executive Director, LALDEF (Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund) (right).

 

TRENTON, NJ – Earlier this summer, a graduation ceremony was held for eleven women who successfully completed Dress for Success Mercer County’s (DFSMC) Latina Mobile Literacy Program, which is part of the organization’s Latina Empowerment Initiative. Held in conjunction with LALDEF (Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund), these women have gained the skills and confidence needed to improve their lives and secure financial stability for themselves and their families.

“We are so proud of these women and are privileged to partner with organizations like LALDEF where we can bring our programs directly to the communities where they are needed most,” said Melissa Tenzer, Executive Director of DFSMC. “The impact of our Latina Empowerment Initiative is truly life-changing. The women who complete the program graduate with critically important bilingual career development and educational training that will help improve their employment and economic prospects.”

 The goal of DFSMC’s Latina Empowerment Initiative is to address the challenges that impede the Latina community’s acquisition of the skills and knowledge that can lead to fuller participation in the job market and in wider community life. Its bilingual approach breaks the language barriers and opens avenues of self-improvement and language acquisition. In order to best serve the community, DFSMC has adapted a mobile delivery model that transports its “pop-up” Latina Literacy Mobile Program to trusted partner sites. The 4-week program is conducted in both Spanish and English and teaches women how to network, search for jobs, fill out online applications as well as provide assistance with resume writing and job interview skills.

 “Dress for Success Mercer’s Latina Mobile Literacy program dovetails nicely with our programs,” states Maria Juega, Executive Director of LALDEF. “The women we serve are often not ready to be competitive in the job market. We are trying to build self-sufficiency, this program fills a gap in the canopy of services we provide for the population we serve.”

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Paulina Alvarez, one of the program graduates, was looking for a career change. She has always dreamt of working in real estate. She says the Latina Literacy Program made her feel powerful, it taught her to believe in herself, and provided her with more confidence and skills. “I really love this class. It pushed me to achieve my dreams,” says Alvarez.

Once the Latina Literacy Program is complete, the women can take advantage of DFSMC’s continuum of workshops including its Professional Women’s Group (PWG). PWG offers lifetime membership for women who have gained employment and provides them with practical information and a social support network of peers.

“After graduation, we continue communication and mentorships to make sure the women get the support they need, said Tenzer. “Our Professional Women’s Group helps our women with health/wellness, work/life balance, financial planning and leadership. Many of our clients come full circle and become volunteer and advocates for Dress for Success Mercer County.”  

DFSMC is committed to providing the tools needed to help women in the community break the cycle of poverty. Community collaboration is key. DFSMC partners with over 100 social service agencies and community businesses. “Partnering with agencies such as LALDEF enable us to better serve the women in our community. Together we can make a difference,” said Tenzer.

The next bilingual career development workshop with LALDEF will take place on Thursday, September 22nd from 5:30-8:00 pm. Call DFSMC at (609) 896-4112 for details.

To learn more about Dress for Success Mercer County visit www.mercercountydressforsuccess.org.

 

About Dress for Success Mercer County

Dress for Success Mercer County is dedicated to empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  The organization provides job readiness, educational, career mentoring and image enhancement programs that support clients through every stage of their employment journey – from pre-employment needs to professional development.  Since it opened its doors in 2007, Dress for Success Mercer County has served nearly 4,000 women and girls in the greater Mercer County region. 

 

Dress for Success Mercer County’s core programs - Career Center, Image Enhancement Program, Going Places Network and Professional Women’s Group – provide motivated, job-ready women with a competitive edge in securing jobs, in remaining employed and ultimately becoming contributors to their community.  In addition to the Latina Empowerment Initiative, DFSMC has launched additional programs in 2016 - Financial Literacy and the Customer Service Excellence – which are designed to train clients on personal money management, and to attain skills for jobs in the expanding customer service industry.  Dress for Success Mercer County’s clients are referred to the organization by over 100 regional social service agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions with which it collaborates closely to serve Mercer County women and girls.

Valid from 08/01/2016 to 09/15/2016

Fourth Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot Raises Over $40,000 for Local Charities

11/28/2016

On Thursday, November 24, 2016, approximately 1200 people started their Thanksgiving Day early in the morning by participating in the Fourth Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot at Mercer County Park, 334 South Post Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550.  

 

The morning event consisted of a 5K Race and a 1 Mile Walk/Run. 

 

The proceeds from the event benefitted local food pantries, including Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS), RISE, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), Catholic Charities and Mercer Street Friends.

 

The event raised over $40,000 and filled several carloads of donated food for local food pantries. 

 

A great time was had by all!

Valid from 11/28/2016 to 01/01/2017

YWCA Princeton's Latinas Unidas Receives Mercer County Funding for its emPOWER THROUGH! Program

09/14/2016

YWCA Princeton’s Cecy Jimenez-Weeast and Judy Hutton, with County Executive Brian M. Hughes

YWCA Princeton is partnering with Mercer County's One-Stop Career Center to offer emPOWER THROUGH!, an initiative designed to help young adults achieve their high school diploma and prepare for the job market. The main objective of the emPOWER THROUGH! program is to equip young women and men with crucial life and job skills that will move them toward self-sufficiency. The partnership was announced by County Executive Brian M. Hughes at a Press Conference in the County Administration Building on Friday, September 9th.

 

Fueled by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, and funded by the County of Mercer, the emPOWER THROUGH! Program will identify young women and men, between the ages of 16 and 24, and engage them in a nine-month curriculum that includes high school equivalency preparation and tutoring, taking and passing the HiSET®, mentorship in life skills and job readiness with focus on developing a resume, a work wardrobe and interview confidence. Participants will also benefit from intake counseling sessions, BEST Plus testing, computer and internet access while on site, printing and mailing services, mock job interviews, help with professional clothing and membership in an alumni group for continued support. Those who are not immediately accepted into the program will be referred to other resources.

 

Participants will also benefit from intake counseling sessions, BEST Plus testing, computer and internet access while on site, printing and mailing services, mock job interviews, help with professional clothing and membership in an alumni group for continued support. Those who are not immediately accepted into the program will be referred to other resources. For more information, contact Cecy Weeast at cjweeast.latinas@outlook.com .

Valid from 09/14/2016 to 11/01/2016

Hamilton Jewelers Donates to Dress for Success Mercer County

11/03/2015

PRINCETON, October 30, 2015:   This time of year can be challenging for those in need and many families in Mercer County need assistance to hope for a brighter future.  Hamilton Jewelers recently represented one of their company’s core values of “community support” with an important donation to Dress for Success Mercer County.  

 

Dress for Success Mercer County aspires to be the leading outcomes-based provider of employment services for women in the greater Mercer County region. Through a full continuum of career services, they empower disadvantaged women to gain employment, support their families and meaningfully contribute to our community. 

 

At a Princeton Chamber of Commerce Event held last evening at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville, NJ, Hank and Lisette Siegel made the check presentation.  In September, Hamilton hosted a special event, “Girl’s Night Out” to raise funding and awareness for DFSMC.  A portion of proceeds from the sales during the evening was reserved for a contribution to DFSMC, resulting in a donation amount of $10,095.

 

“We are proud to support such an important and worthwhile organization in Mercer County,” says Hamilton president Hank B. Siegel.  “My grandfather started our company in downtown Trenton over 100 years ago, and it’s important to my family that we always support this community.  We believe strongly in assisting locally, particularly to organizations that help families in need.”

 

Hamilton Jewelers is a family-owned and operated firm with locations in Princeton and Palm Beach, FL.  Since 1912, Hamilton has provided successive generations of families and friends with impeccable service, value, and selection.  All items are responsibly sourced with care for the environment and the community.  For more information, please visit www.hamiltonjewelers.com

Valid from 11/03/2015 to 12/15/2015

Grants Help Support Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County

04/18/2013

PRLog (Press Release) - Apr. 17, 2013 - HAMILTON, N.J. -- Hundreds of homebound elderly and disabled residents of Mercer County will benefit from recent grants to Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County (ICGMC). The nonprofit organization, which relies on corporate, individual and governmental support, provides free caregiving services, including transportation to doctors’ offices, shopping, friendly visiting, light housekeeping and maintenance, telephone reassurance and occasional meal preparation. Such basic services very often enable care receivers to avoid institutionalization and remain in their homes independently, safely and with dignity. 

CGMC Executive Director Jane Latini states, “Our caregiving mission could not be realized without hundreds of volunteers and community supporters, such as the F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc, Roma Bank and New Jersey Foundation for Aging. The Mercer County Office on Aging is also a key and longtime supporter. Our volunteers and donors provide us with the energy and fuel to spread human kindness and care to some of our area’s most vulnerable citizens. They are a true blessing.”

Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County is a volunteer-powered nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of homebound elderly and people with disabilities throughout the County each year. In 2012 alone, ICGMC volunteers from more than 25 interdenominational churches provided 11,821 hours of free caregiving services – an 8 percent increase over 2011 – to 319 Mercer County seniors and people with disabilities.

To request services, volunteer and/or donate to Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, visit www.icgmc.org and/or call 609-393-9922.

Valid from 04/18/2013 to 06/01/2013

Jane Cairo Latini Named Executive Director of Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County

04/18/2013

 

 

Jane Latini

PRLog (Press Release) - Apr. 17, 2013 - HAMILTON, N.J. -- The Board of Directors of Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County (ICGMC) has named Hamilton Square, NJ, resident Jane Cairo Latini as the nonprofit organization’

s new Executive Director. Latini had served as its Acting Executive Director since May 2012.

“The Board is extremely pleased that Jane has accepted the position of Executive Director,” states Rosemary Durkin, ICGMC Board Chair. “Jane is a very giving and caring individual, and she believes strongly in the mission of ICGMC.
Our care receivers and the Board are very lucky to have her in charge.”

Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County is a volunteer-powered nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of homebound elderly and people with disabilities throughout the County each year. In 2012 alone, ICGMC volunteers from more than 25 interdenominational churches provided 11,821 hours of free caregiving services – an 8 percent increase over 2011 – to 319 Mercer County seniors and people with disabilities. Services included friendly home visiting, phone calls and respite care; transportation to medical and other appointments; administration/clerical assistance; shopping; indoor chores (paperwork, light housekeeping and meal preparation); outdoor chores/repairs; and health/wellness education.

A former teacher, administrator and assistant principal at St. Gregory the Great School in Hamilton Square, NJ, Latini specialized in staff development, and instructional and curriculum improvement. A graduate of The College of New Jersey and Georgian Court University, she joined ICGMC as a Volunteer Manager in 2008. In that role, she recruited and trained volunteers and ran workshops and educational forums on care giving for the elderly and their caregivers. She also managed ICGMC’s “Project Healthy Bones,” a program that educates participants on the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety, drug therapy and lifestyle factors as they relate to osteoporosis. Latini and her husband Joe, have three children and four grandchildren, and are active members of St. Gregory the Great Church, where she serves as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, Lector, and small prayer group facilitator.

Regarding her new position, she states “My work is life-giving and uplifting. It is a privilege to help our homebound elderly and the faithful volunteers who serve them. Every day is a blessing.

To request services, volunteer and/or donate to Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, visit www.icgmc.org and/or call 609-393-9922.

Valid from 04/18/2013 to 06/01/2013

20 Mercer County Nonprofits Receive Nearly Half a Million in Grants

12/20/2012

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Princeton Area Community Foundation, the community foundation serving central New Jersey, today announced its Fall 2012 competitive grant awards totaling $468,464 in funding to local nonprofit organizations that serve those in need and build community throughout greater Mercer County.

To date, Greater Mercer Grants has invested $8 million in the most innovative and effective work being done in our region. Each year, more than 120 local nonprofits submit detailed proposals. The Community Foundation’s grants committee reviews them in a rigorous, competitive process.

The Community Foundation collaborates with NRG Energy and the Harbourton Foundation, along with many charitable funds established by individuals and families to support the competitive grants program. * A full list of these funds is appended to this press release.

Grants are awarded in Community Building, which supports efforts that build social capital – the shared will and networks needed to tackle social problems – as well as in the form of Unrestricted Support and specific Program Support to organizations that meet the needs of low income individuals and families.

 

Community Building:

Passage Theater Company – $42,000 to support the development of community partnerships, expanded educational programming, new and stronger relationships with Trenton’s Latino community, and opportunities for a diverse audience to build bridges of communication and respect.

People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos – $20,000 to conduct literature reading and discussion programs that will bridge socioeconomic, racial, and cultural differences by linking Trenton residents with people from surrounding towns and neighborhoods.

Artworks – $30,000 to foster community, culture, and creativity through programming such as Art All Night and the Trenton Mural Arts Project, which provide creative outlets for city residents while attracting visitors for diverse and positive arts experiences.

Volunteer Connect – $20,000 to promote volunteerism and effective use of volunteers by local nonprofits, helping organizations to identify and define projects that draw on professional skills and to recruit skilled volunteers and board members from area corporations.

Millhill Family & Child Development Center – $17,250 for the Trenton Area Stakeholders initiative, an ongoing forum for working collaborations and dialogue to improve the lives of children and families.

 

Unrestricted Support:

Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton – $25,000

Dress for Success Mercer County – $15,000

HomeFront – $25,000

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County – $20,000

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen – $25,000

Trenton Community Music School – $10,000

Womanspace – $25,000

 

Program Support:

CASA of Mercer County – $25,000

Family Guidance Center/Family & Children’s Services – $20,000

HiTOPS – $25,000

LifeTies – $25,000

New Jersey Agricultural Society – $15,000

UIH Family Partners – $25,000

UrbanPromise Trenton, LLC – $25,000

Rescue Mission of Trenton – $15,000

COMMUNITY GRANTMAKING FUNDS AT THE PRINCETON AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Tristan Beplat Fund, Blair Family Fund, Charles L. and Ann Lee Brown Fund, James E. & Diane W. Burke Fund, Judith and William Burks Fund, Jane M. Campbell Fund, Esther Y. Eure Fund, Archer & Thomas Harvey Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Jr. Fund, Kuser Arts Fund, LVC Fund, Princeton Youth Fund, Leroy E. “Brick” Purvis Charitable Fund, Barbara B. Smoyer Memorial Fund, Marjorie R. Smoyer Fund, Stanley C. Smoyer Fund, Speir Fund, Frank E. Taplin Jr. Fund, Weymar Fund, Whitehead Fund, Willy N. Fund, and several advised funds.

For information on establishing a community grantmaking fund or participating as a supporter of Greater Mercer Grants in future funding cycles, please visit www.pacf.org/give.

 

Valid from 12/20/2012 to 02/01/2013

The Crisis Ministry Receives Grant of $50,000 from the Merancas Foundation to Address Homelessness Prevention in Mercer County

06/19/2014

(TRENTON) — The Merancas Foundation has awarded the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County a grant of $50,000 in support of our Homelessness Prevention program. The grant will assist the Crisis Ministry’s professional staff and dedicated volunteers in providing comprehensive, integrated, and effective services to struggling Mercer County individuals and families.

 

“The first half of this year has shown a greater need than ever for our services,” said Carolyn Biondi, the Crisis Ministry’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to the Merancas Foundation for partnering with our organization to offer the most effective services we can to address the basic needs of low-income neighbors in need and work with them to build a more stable future.”

 

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, assists some 5,000 low-income Mercer County households each year through integrated services that address food insecurity and nutrition education; housing stability and homelessness prevention; and job training and employment stability. Along with three food pantries in Trenton and Princeton and a community vegetable garden in Trenton, it provides nutrition education through Rutgers Extension Service, health screenings through Capital Health System’s Community Health Education Department, and job readiness mentoring with a variety of partners. Contact Sarah Unger at 609-396-9355, ext. 15, or visit www.thecrisisministry.org.

Valid from 06/19/2014 to 08/01/2014

Prevention Coalition of Mercer County and Mercer Council Hold First Annual Prevention Awards Breakfast

06/27/2014

Lawrence Township, NJ June 25, 2014 -   Several community stakeholders were recognized at a special breakfast event honoring their commitment to fighting substance abuse in Mercer County.    The event was held at Mercer Council, which is the location of the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County.  The Coalition brings people together from across the county to develop interventions in the community to prevent substance abuse and related problems.

 

Those who were honored with plaques for their efforts in drug prevention were Freeholder Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr., CVS Pharmacy, Mercer County Prosecutors Office Special Investigation/Gang Unit and Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet.   

 

Each year, the Partners in Prevention committee will request nominations to acknowledge individual efforts that go above and beyond the call of duty to protect Mercer County residents from substance abuse.  Organizers said they were very proud to honor "these extraordinary organizations and people."

 

The Prevention Coalition of Mercer County has been in operation since 2012.  The Coalition brings people together from across the county to develop interventions in the community to prevent substance abuse and related problems.  For more information on how to get involved in the coalition, call Barbara Sprechman at 609-396-5874.

 

About Mercer Council -- Mercer Council is a 501 © (3)  non-profit agency dedicated to the prevention of substance abuse. Mercer Council actively provides quality alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention and early intervention services in partnership with individuals, families, schools, communities, businesses and professionals throughout Mercer County.

Valid from 06/27/2014 to 08/01/2014

Dress for Success Mercer County’s Suits for Sandy: Helping Women Succeed after Hurricane Sandy

03/25/2013

Lawrenceville, NJ.  (March 11, 2013)  A few weeks ago, 25 volunteers from Dress for Success Mercer County loaded their cars with business clothing, shoes and laptop computers and headed to Christ Episcopal Church in Toms River. Their goal was to help women in the shore communities who had lost their belongings in Hurricane Sandy and now needed business attire and career services to get back to work.

Suits for Sandy extended Dress for Success Mercer County’s mission of helping disadvantaged women achieve success and confidence in the workplace by providing their services to women whose professional lives were interrupted by Hurricane Sandy.  By now, the women were at a point in their rebuilding process where they were ready to focus on getting back to work or a job search or finding a new career.

Several Dress for Success Mercer County volunteers from Monmouth and Ocean counties experienced losses from Hurricane Sandy and wanted to help other women who were also impacted.

 “We recognized that there was a need to assist women whose employment circumstances were forever changed due to the storm.” said Executive Director Lorrie Klaric. “Women whose places of business were destroyed are finding themselves unemployed and in need of career services. Where do you start when you haven’t prepared a resume or looked for a job in years? How do you rebuild your wardrobe and your career, when you need to do everything simultaneously?”

 “Our mission is to support women in need with a network of support – including personalized career tools and business attire. Our team found a way to turn the devastating circumstances into a positive way to give back to the community,” said Klaric.

 Twenty women of all ages came from Monmouth or Ocean counties that Friday night or Saturday to take advantage of the free resume and interviewing advice, professional customized suiting and make-up tips. The women met individually with volunteer teams organized as personal shoppers who helped them choose a custom outfits, as well as career counselors who reviewed resumes and discussed job search techniques and Mary-Kay consultants, who donated their services to complete the women’s transformations.

“I’ve been a personal shopper and volunteer for about five months and working one on one with clients is always a rewarding experience. The women we saw at Suits for Sandy were different from Dress for Success Mercer County’s typical client. They may have had a home, employment and an established career, but because of Hurricane Sandy lost something or everything” said The College of New Jersey student Beth Dempsey, who is interning at Dress for Success Mercer County this semester. “My goal was to help the women and give them a fun suiting experience.”

 Beth’s mother shared her experience as a first time personal shopper volunteer. When I volunteered to help today I thought I knew what to expect having heard about the experience from my daughter who is a regular volunteer. It was much more than I expected” said Gloria Dempsey. “Dress for Success Mercer County is filling a worthwhile and needed step in the process of helping women find jobs in today's market no matter their situation.”

 Since 2007 Dress for Success Mercer County has been helping women in six counties achieve confidence and success in the workplace. They provide free services to job ready clients by referral. Services include: professional attire, resume writing, interview coaching, career counseling, job retention and career advancement skills.  It is a volunteer-run organization with opportunities for community participation. For more information, visit www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty or connect via Twitter @DFSMercer or Facebook www.facebook.com/dressforsuccessmercer.

 

 

Dress for Success Mercer County is one of 127 Dress for Success affiliates worldwide and raises all of their operating funds through grants, sponsorships and donations. Its next event celebrates the health and fitness of all women on Mother’s day weekend. Dress for Success Mercer County’s Power Walk is Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hopewell Campus, Pennington, NJ. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. The 5K Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. and the 5K Fun Run starts at 10:30 a.m. The event includes fitness activities, a health fair, a kids’ corner, Mother’s day flower sale, music and entertainment supporting programs that empower Central NJ women at work and in life. The individual walker fee is: $25. For sponsorship opportunities, please call 609-896-4112. Register yourself or team online at www.dfspowerwalk.org/mercercounty2013 for the event which will be held rain or shine.

Valid from 03/25/2013 to 05/15/2013

Awards Reception Shines Vivid Light on “Mercer County Artists” - Exhibit on Display at MCCC Gallery through April 4

03/24/2013

West Windsor, N.J. -- Artistic vision comes in all colors, shapes and sizes at the Mercer County Artists exhibit now on display at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College through April 4. One-hundred-seven works by 88 artists include paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolors, as well as sculptures and mixed media collages.


The Gallery at Mercer is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Directions and gallery hours are available at www.mccc.edu.


The winners of 16 awards were announced at an Opening Reception on March 13. Participating in the awards ceremony were County Executive Brian Hughes and Mercer County Freeholder Pat Colavita, representing the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, which co-sponsors the exhibit. Also presenting was West Windsor Arts Council Executive Director Arin Black, who selected two West Windsor artists, Renee Kumar and Janet Fulton, from 14 West Windsor artists featured in the show.
Said Hughes, “This is an opportunity to celebrate the arts and how they bind us all together. Added Colavita, whose brother Jim was an art professor at MCCC until his death in 1996, “There is so much that takes places in the arts. It’s a place for true freedom of expression. Artists are unsung heroes. The fame is in your creation.” Many of the winners acknowledged the enduring influence of Jim Colavita as they accepted their awards, noting they had once been his students.
In her welcome, Gallery Director Tricia Fagan observed that visitors are invariably awed by the work of those who live among them in the county. “This is a venue for the county’s talent and has also helped to create a county collection through Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission Purchase Awards,” Fagan said.
Fagan explained the image used on the exhibit postcard is “Waterfall,” a painting by Al Aronson that was one of the Purchase Award winners from last year’s show. She noted that the 2013 exhibit is dedicated to Aronson and two other artists, Tito Cascieri and Elizabeth Ruggles, who died in the past year.
Hamilton resident John Szabo, a 1987 alumnus of MCCC’s Advertising Design program, earned the Utrecht Art Supplies Best in Show award for “Unfit Survival,” one of two paintings he had accepted for the show. Attributing his inspiration to science fiction, Szabo said he captures themes that suggest the world is going in the wrong direction.
“Sometimes I touch on political themes. I get my ideas out on canvas,” Szabo said, adding that he began doing pencil drawings approximately five years ago, which has progressed into painting on large canvases. He said the validation that comes from winning a prize spurs his creative energy. He works full time as a conceptual designer for The Royal Group, which is based in Chicago and has an office in Hamilton.
MCCC alum Bill Plank, a retired art teacher who now pursues painting full time from his Lawrenceville studio, has been selected for the show numerous times and says it’s always special. He was especially pleased that Guadalupe Reyes, one of his former students from Hightstown High School, is also in the show. Reyes is a Mercer Fine Arts student who will complete her associate’s degree in May. Reyes’s Latino-inspired works reflect her ethnic background. Her oil painting “Viva La Vida Con Frida Kahlo" earned an Honorable Mention.
Inspiration sometimes originates from the most unexpected places. Trenton resident Arlene Gale Milgram’s “Dark Thoughts,” a mixed media on wood that received an Honorable Mention, was inspired by Milgram’s having broken a bone recently. “This is the last in a series of six pieces that suggests systems falling apart and incorporates imagery of scars and bone totems,” Milgram explained.
Mic Boekelmann, of Princeton, didn’t have to look far for inspiration for her two paintings selected for the show. They are portraits of her children, Max, 14, and Luisa, 8, who attended the exhibit with their mom and say they were proud to be her models and to be included in the show. Boekelmann’s painting “Max” won a Juror’s Choice Award. “This show is a nice opportunity for the art community,” she said. Boekelmann works out of a gallery in Hopewell, a space she shares with several other artists.
Said Princeton resident Priscilla Snow-Algava, a past award winner whose monoprint “Dance for Oneself was accepted for this year’s exhibit, “This is my favorite show. I like the space. I always feel good when I come here. It’s an honor to be part of this community of artists.” Retired from teaching, she now pursues her art full time in a studio space in Princeton.
Margaret Miller, of Lawrenceville, winner of a Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission Purchase Award for her oil painting “Autumn Tide,” said the show was a wonderful first experience. She said she was thrilled to have won a prize and beamed when another visitor deemed her painting “the best work in the show.” She notes that she has taken art courses at MCCC in the past and had focused on crafting before recently turning her creative energy to painting.
For artist Keiko Ishida, the exhibit was like coming home. A native of Japan, Ishida earned her degree in Fine Arts at Mercer in 2007 before transferring to Rutgers University. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Boston and completed her bachelor’s degree at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She next moved to Los Angeles, but relocated back to Princeton last year, where she still has friends and fond memories, especially of her MCCC instructors. Her lithograph “Our favorite table in a cozy café” comes from her practice of carrying a sketchbook around like a diary. “I create narrative stories,” she says, noting that the print was based on a couple she observed in a Boston coffee shop.
A handcrafted chair by Salvatore Damiano, of Trenton, drew a lot of attention. According to this versatile artist, who also has an acrylic painting featured in the show, his “Free Form Chair” has been many years in the making. “I have collected interesting pieces of wood over the years when I walk through the woods. I let them dry for six months or more. Artists get tied to their art. This is a very personal thing for me,” Damiano said. He noted that despite its fragile appearance, the chair is bolted together and is very solid.
Juror Dolores Eaton, director of the Pennington School’s Silva Gallery, says judging the show solo was a privilege and a challenge. She had a large number of submissions to review and only a few hours to do it. She explained that the works fell into three categories. “Certain pieces qualified with no question. In some cases, the artists still need time to grow. Then there was the middle group, which was the most difficult.” She notes that she learned a lot about herself in the process. “It made me question my biases and personal preferences as I selected the art,” she said.
Long-time painter Lynne Faridy, whose acrylic painting “Old Oaks” is featured in the show, perhaps summed it up best as she described her long-time passion for creating art. “There is problem-solving involved. I have an idea and I want to execute it. I like light and atmosphere and that’s what I try to capture. When I paint, there is nothing wrong with the world.”
 

Valid from 03/24/2013 to 04/04/2013

Wells Fargo Awards Grant of $5,000 to The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County

06/20/2013

(TRENTON, NJ) — Wells Fargo awarded a grant of $5,000 to The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.
The grant will help keep low-income families and individuals remain to stably housed or to secure a safe apartment through the Crisis Ministry’s Housing Stability and Homelessness Prevention services.

“We are thrilled and grateful to Wells Fargo for this timely grant,” said the organization’s Executive Director Carolyn Biondi. “By avoiding family displacement, homelessness prevention aid not only helps the families to avoid the shelter system but also promotes stability and security to surrounding neighborhoods and communities.”

In Mercer County, where the market rate for a modest 1-bedroom apartment is $1,001 per month, an unexpected health or other large expense or lost income can result in the inability of those with a low-income to pay the rent, mortgage or utility bills and presents an imminent threat of homelessness to the household. The Crisis Ministry stabilized 678 Mercer County households in 2012 through emergency back rent, security deposit, utilities, and mortgage assistance.

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1980 by Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church to respond to local struggles brought on by the deep recession of the time. The community organization provides vital assistance to some 5,000 Mercer County households each year through effective initiatives that address food insecurity and nutrition education; housing stability and homelessness prevention; and job training and employment stability. The Crisis Ministry operates two community gardens in Trenton, hosts weekly bilingual nutrition classes with a certified nutritionist from Rutgers Extension Service, and partners with Capital Health System’s Community Health Education Department for free quarterly “Lunch and Learn” health screenings. For more information on the organization, visit thecrisisministry.org or call 609-396-5327.

 

Valid from 06/20/2013 to 08/01/2013

Dress for Success Mercer County Receives $15,000 Grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation

03/05/2013

Lawrenceville, NJ. (March 5, 2013) Dress for Success Mercer County was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Executive Director Lorrie Klaric said the funds would be used for building capacity as they continue to expand their job readiness programs and services to assist more women in greater Mercer County on their employment journey. “We appreciate the Princeton Area Community Foundation supporting our mission of promoting the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. By creating a full-time presence in the community and by offering our clients the critical tools to move from dependency to self-sufficiency, we can help greater Mercer County’s most vulnerable women succeed in today’s competitive job market.”

 

Since 2007, Dress for Success Mercer County has helped 2000 women in 6 counties achieve confidence and success in the workplace. They provide free services to job ready clients by referral. Services include: interview attire, resume writing, interview coaching, career counseling, power networking, job retention and career advancement skills.  Dress for Success Mercer County is a volunteer run organization with opportunities for the community to participate. For information about how you can help or to learn about upcoming events, connect at www.facebook.com/dressforsuccessmercer, via twitter @DFSMercer or visit www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty.  Since 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 120 cities in 13 countries helping 650,000 women.

Valid from 03/05/2013 to 04/30/2013

Dress for Success Mercer County Welcomes New Executive Director

09/17/2014

Lawrenceville, NJ (Sept. 16, 2014) Dress for Success Mercer County recently announced the appointment of Debra Wachspress as its new executive director. The organization helps disadvantaged women in central NJ obtain employment and achieve professional advancement in the workplace. 

 

"Debra's breadth of experience will enable Dress for Success Mercer County to collaborate with more of the area's nonprofit organizations and serve the many women in our community we know need our programs." said Susan Veltre, board chair.  "We are pleased to have her leading us at this juncture when more and more woman are in need of effective job search and placement services." 

 

Wachspress has extensive non-profit experience with expertise in resource development, community organizing, and public affairs.  "I am pleased to join a very talented team of professionals to help women in our community on their road to economic self-sufficiency. Our job search services, professional support networks, and clothing boutique assist women in building their skills and confidence to go out and find suitable employment," said Wachspress.  "I am delighted to be taking on this leadership role to support women's empowerment and help them break the cycle of poverty. When a woman is able to support her family financially, especially if she is a single head of household, both she and her children benefit. Helping women find economically sustainable jobs that can ultimately lead to career advancement is incredibly rewarding."

 

Most recently, Wachspress was director of community engagement at the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, a non-profit organization based in Trenton that helps disadvantaged youths stay positively engaged in school, leading to increased graduation rates and entrance into post-high school career paths. She served on the development team for a successful capital campaign to build a new youth center on Spruce Street in Lawrence Township and also recruited and managed hundreds of volunteer mentors, tutors and recreational program assistants. Prior to that, she was the director of public affairs for the NJ Charter Public Schools Association in Trenton where she managed public affairs and led legislative and grassroots advocacy campaigns for over 80 schools. She also served as project director for the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail, organizing grassroots advocacy efforts to support the creation of a 20+ mile recreational trail through Hopewell and Lawrenceville. After the tragedy at Columbine High School, she served as the NJ State Coordinator for the Million Mom March which drew over 800,000 supporters to Washington, D.C. and to over 80 cities throughout the country on Mother's Day 2000 to advocate for common sense gun violence prevention laws. In this role, she recruited, trained and managed local volunteer leaders in 18 counties, built strong partnerships for effective advocacy, and served as spokesperson for local and national media.  She currently serves as an elected member of the school board for the Pennsbury School District.

 

Wachspress earned her B.A. degree in Political Science from Douglass College at Rutgers University and her M.A. degree in public policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.  A former resident of Lawrenceville, she currently resides in Yardley, PA with her husband Dan and three children.

 

About Dress for Success Mercer County -- Dress for Success Mercer County is a non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The office is located at 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 4 in   Lawrenceville.  Services offered include a boutique where clients receive custom suits and accessories, a career center offering guidance, technology and job search skills, and a Professional Women's Group for job support and life skills training. All services are provided free of charge to eligible clients. Dress for Success Mercer County has assisted more than 2,500 low-income women since opening its doors in October 2007. The organization is a member of Dress for Success Worldwide, with more than 115 affiliates in the U.S. and overseas.

 

 

Debra Wachspress

Executive Director

 

Dress for Success Mercer County

3131 Princeton Pike, Bldg. 4, Suite 209

Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

(609) 896-4112 - office

(609) 306-1935 - mobile

Visit us on Facebook:  dressforsuccessmercer

Valid from 09/17/2014 to 11/01/2014

CONTACT of Mercer County Celebrates Retired and Senior Volunteers

02/06/2013

 

Pennington Borough (Mercer County)  NJ  -  February 6, 2013 –  CONTACT of Mercer County is preparing once again to celebrate the continuing contribution of its Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteers at its 12th annual Recognition Brunch Thursday May 23rd, 2013,  at the Stone Terrace, by John Henry’s, 2275 Kuser Road, Hamilton NJ. 

 

This year’s theme, VOLUNTEERS ARE LEGENDARY !!  was adapted from an exploration of a Hall of Fame concept and will allow other “legends” of New Jersey origin such as Frank Sinatra, Abbott and Costello and the Sopranos, among many others, to lend their luster to the annual celebration of the program’s hard working Senior Volunteers.  The program will also throw light on another NJ Legend, the Jersey Devil,  after a dark and  hazardous search for the facts around this long standing denizen of the State.

 

Every year CONTACT and RSVP spend a morning thanking and commending the three hundred and fifty to four hundred Volunteers 55 and over who provide thousands of Volunteer hours every year at approximately 35 – 40 sites throughout Mercer County.  This effort always enjoys the support of  numerous service providers, merchants, banks and businesses, along with local community leaders. 

 

Every year finds the program’s senior Volunteers being feted with a full scale brunch while receiving the praises and well wishes of the community and on the receiving end of numberless gifts and door prizes contributed by those diverse supporters.  Volunteers each receive a gift bag loaded with donated giveaway items, receive 50 or more door prizes from sponsors throughout the area and participate in a drawing for a special contest which identifies many more potential Volunteers.  Volunteers are awarded certificates of appreciation while dining with agency staff, the program Advisory Council and community leaders. 

 

Members of the community who wish to join in the tribute are encouraged to donate items for gift bags (in quantity) or door prizes or may sponsor Volunteers’ dining at individual levels up to tables  in multiples of ten (10).  Substantial underwriting arrangements in the range of $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 are also available.  Please  contact Hugh Adams, RSVP Director for details.  Adams also suggested the agency will be outreaching as usual to develop these support options from prior donors and new contributors. 

 

 

 

Highlights of the day also include announcement of  the Isabelle Hickman and the Barbara Brown Station Manager Awards.  The Hickman Award honors a long term RSVP Volunteer with tireless community spirit and is granted every year to one of many RSVP Volunteers with exceptional service.  

They are nominated by the agencies where the Volunteers provide their service and selected by vote of the RSVP Advisory Council. 

 

The Barbara Brown Station Manager Award is named for a long term, now retired,  administrative coordinator at CONTACT/RSVP, and goes to an agency Volunteer Manager who takes special care and advocates for the interests of their program’s Volunteers.  Last year the program also inaugurated a “1 K Club” named after the achievement of members of the program who provide more than one thousand (1,000), Volunteer Hours over the course of the preceding year.  Two (2) members of the program received special citations for this extraordinary contribution to the community:  it is hoped their contribution will spur others to similar levels of caring.   

 

CONTACT of Mercer County which has operated the Federally-funded program for about eleven and a half years, especially values these Senior Volunteers who have refused to sit back in retirement and instead find numerous ways to serve others.  The agency’s announcement letter states that “Volunteers’ roles include:  (acting as)  docents and guides; support activities in senior centers; hotline counselors; reassurance callers, reading and recording for the visually impaired and dyslexic; Meals on Wheels delivery and other services to fight hunger and promote health eating.  It goes on to praise the Volunteers who:  “…represent the best of a civil society, giving of themselves to forward important community goals.”

 

Eleanor Letcher, Executive Director for CONTACT, which operates Hotline and Reassurance services in the County utilizing RSVP members among its Volunteer cadre, noted that RSVP’s future remains uncertain, given ongoing fiscal concerns at the federal level and urged attendees to let their representatives know that the program needs continued support. 

 

Anyone wanting more information about the RSVP Program or CONTACT of Mercer County should contact Letcher or RSVP Program Director Hugh Adams at (609) 883 – 2880. 

 

Valid from 02/06/2013 to 03/18/2013

Prevention Coalition of Mercer County To Attend National Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C

01/31/2013

Trenton, NJ – Representatives from the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County are headed to the Washington , D.C. area to join more than 2,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 23rdAnnual National Leadership Forum.
 
“We are so excited to be able to spend several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” says Barbara Sprechman, Coalition Coordinator “We hope to come back re-energized with new strategies under our belt to tackle our drug use in Mercer County.”
 
CADCA’s Forum will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and the abuse of synthetic drugs like bath salts and K2 to how to create tobacco-free environments and develop policies to reduce underage and excessive drinking.
 
In addition to participating in workshops and plenary sessions with experts at the local, state and federal level, the coalition also plans to participate in state-wide meetings and a special session on marijuana legalization and medical marijuana at CADCA’s Forum.
 
The Coalition has recently impacted the community by conducting a regional needs assessment to determine the substance abuse issues that have the largest impact in Mercer County. These included underage drinking, illegal marijuana use and prescription drug misuse leading to heroin use.  The Coalition is now working on environmental prevention strategies that focus on community-level change.  The coalition also will meet with their U.S. representatives and senators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
 
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training conference for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers and SAMHSA’s 9th Prevention Day, will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 4-7. Visit the Forum website for details about workshops and speakers at http://forum.cadca.org/.
 
 
The Prevention Coalition of Mercer County is committed to the vision of a vibrant community that promotes and provides choices that support healthy lifestyles through a collaboration of resources, environmental strategies and educating professional and community members. The Coalition is an initiative of the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction.




Valid from 01/31/2013 to 03/01/2013

Mercer County FSO Renews Lease at Ibis Plaza

01/24/2014

 Hamilton, NJ – Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Mercer County Family Support Organization recently renewed their lease at Ibis Plaza Office Suites in Hamilton, NJ where they lease 5,000 sq.ft. for an additional three years. Paulette Mader, Executive Director, was pleased to renew her lease at Ibis and said "As a non-profit family support organization we need focus on helping families and cannot afford to get bogged down with building facilities issues. At Ibis we know we can rely on the Management, Christopher Jerjian, and the George Geiger property management team to proactively address all those issues. We also feel we have a partner in Mr. Jerjian, who has always worked with us on our budget constraints".

Mercer County FSO brings compassion and cultural sensitivity to working with families.  We are dedicated to ensuring that all families are well-educated and effectively able to navigate systems of service that can be complicated and challenging.  We facilitate support with other parents, provide education and training, and offer referrals and information to caregivers. Our goal is to empower families to utilize the system of care and resources effectively for their children and to improve the quality of family life.

IBIS PLAZA OFFICE SUITES, a Hamilton, New Jersey class B office building has been providing office space for over 30 years.

 For leasing information contact:


Debra Greta - Guers Commercial Real Estate

(609) 203-0196

Debra@guersdev.com

 

Mr. Christopher Jerjian - Ibis Plaza

Direct Line: (609) 588-6900 ext. 101

chris@ibisplaza.com  

Valid from 01/24/2014 to 03/15/2014

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes Opposed to PennEast Pipeline Project

10/28/2014

TRENTON – In response to a request to conduct a property survey on county parkland eyed for the proposed PennEast Pipeline project, a 150-mile underground gas pipeline currently slated to cut through hundreds of acres of preserved land and fragile ecosystems, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 voiced strong opposition to the project’s path.

Preliminary maps show the underground gas line bisecting pristine parkland, preserved open space, farmland, woodlands and wetlands throughout Mercer Meadows, including the Rosedale Lake, Equestrian Center, Ecological, and Farm districts. The exact impacts are unclear until the PennEast Pipeline Company executes a survey of the county-owned property.

“We have looked at the proposed route of the project and we are adamant that this pipeline will harm public land in which we and all Mercer County taxpayers have invested,” Mr. Hughes stressed. “We have been told by PennEast that in order for them to fully evaluate the feasibility of this project, they must have access to county-owned property to perform a land survey. I have made it crystal clear to PennEast representatives that it is with great reluctance that we must grant access to public land, and that permission in no way constitutes an endorsement of the pipeline. We are prepared to fight on the behalf of our county interests and to fight for the open space we’ve purchased. The survey will be permitted only so that Mercer County can fully understand the impact of this proposal and assist our neighbors in understanding the magnitude of this project.”

Mr. Hughes added that he intends further discussion with the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and will present a formal resolution declaring the Hughes Administration’s opposition to the natural gas pipeline as proposed.

 

Valid from 10/28/2014 to 11/15/2014

Most Mercer County Offices and Facilities Closed Columbus Day

10/08/2015

TRENTON, N.J.—Most Mercer County offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in observance of Columbus Day.

 

The following County offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, and will reopen for business on Tuesday, Oct. 13: McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad St.; Criminal Courthouse, 400 South Warren St.; Office of the Mercer County Clerk, 209 South Broad St.; Civil Courthouse and Office of the County Surrogate, 175 South Broad St.; Mercer County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton; and all branches of the Mercer County Library System.

 

The following County offices and facilities will remain open: Trenton-Mercer Airport; Correction Center; the Tennis Center at Mercer County Park; all four County golf courses; the Equestrian Center; the Wildlife Center; the County Sheriff's Office; and the Emergency Services Communications Center.

Valid from 10/08/2015 to 10/13/2015

Mercer County Urges Storm Preparation

09/09/2013

TRENTON, N.J.--It's been nearly a year since Superstorm Sandy crushed the North Atlantic region, with some families and businesses still picking up the pieces. Would you and your family be ready for another emergency?

September is National Preparedness Month and now is the time to take simple steps to prepare your home, business and school for the next emergency that may affect your area, advises Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

The first step in getting prepared is to make a plan. You may not be at home or with your family when an emergency occurs, so you must have a plan for getting everyone back together and to a safe place. According to Ready.gov and FEMA, a key tip in communication is to complete a contact card for each family member that includes important information and phone numbers and have them keep it handy in a purse, wallet or backpack. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet and what you'll do in different situations, and add that into your plan. Your children's school and even your workplace should have plans for emergency situations, as well.

You also want to create a kit. Your emergency preparedness kit should include a stockpile of items, consisting of at least a three-day supply of bottled water, non-perishable foods and essential medications set aside for each member of your family and your pets.

Don't forget to stay informed. A reminder from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to check all types of media including websites, newspapers, radio, TV, and mobile and land phones for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.

To download a Family Emergency Plan worksheet, go to http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/FamEmePlan_2013.pdf

For other resources on Emergency Preparedness, including making an emergency kit and staying informed, visit www.ready.gov.
 

Valid from 09/09/2013 to 12/31/2013

Mercer County to Replace Carter Road Bridge

03/31/2016

TRENTON, N.J.—The Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will start the replacement of the bridge on Carter Road (CR 569) over Shipetaukin Creek in Lawrence Township on Monday, April 18, 2016. This project is to be completed in 135 calendar days, weather permitting.

 

The contractor has installed signs informing drivers that Carter Road will be closed to through traffic at the bridge for the duration of the project. The detour route for this project for northbound traffic from US Route 206 will be left turn on Province Line Road, left on Rosedale Road. For Southbound traffic, left on Rosedale Road, right on Province Line Road to right on Route 206. 

 

Officially known as Bridge No. 543.7 on Carter Road, the structure is located between US Route 206 and Van Kirk Road, Lawrence Township.

 

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said the County is performing this work ahead of the State’s bridge repair project at Stony Brook on Route 206. “We fast-tracked the Carter Road bridge work so that motorists would not be inconvenienced by simultaneous projects in the area,” he said, adding that the County also reduced the duration of the Carter Road project from 150 days to 135.

 

The existing bridge structure carrying Carter Road over Shipetaukin Creek is a single-span, reinforced arch bridge supported on spread footings. The bridge is in poor condition due to the superstructure and substructure defects that resulted in the bridge categorized as structurally deficient with a sufficiency rating of 49.2 on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the best and 0 being the worst.

 

The replacement bridge over Shipetaukin Creek will be a single-span structure supported on full height abutments. The superstructure will consist of adjacent precast pre-stressed concrete box beams with a variable depth reinforced concrete deck. The substructure will be founded on a spread footing. The structure will support two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, two 7-foot-wide shoulders and sidewalk along the west side. Cast-in-place concrete approach slabs will be constructed on both approaches to the bridge.

 

Marbro Inc. of Montclair was the successful low bidder at $2,017,117.  

 

Valid from 03/31/2016 to 06/15/2016

Mercer County Obtaining Cell Phone Charging Kiosks for Use During Disasters

07/27/2015

TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced that the county will use Homeland Security grant funds to purchase 11 phone-charging kiosks that will enable residents to charge their cell phones and tablets at designated public sites during prolonged power outages.

 

The Board of Chosen Freeholders on July 23 approved a contract purchase from American Hotel Register Co. for the floor-standing cellular phone-charging kiosks, which will be deployed by the county Office of Emergency Management to designated resource centers around the county for use during disasters, as well as for normal daily use.

 

“People need the ability to access and share information during a crisis, and that means keeping their cell phones charged,” Mr. Hughes said. “In the event of a major storm or other disaster, homes could be without power for an extended period of time. These kiosks, which will be placed at sites that have generator power, will help us assist people facing a lengthy outage.”

 

The Mercer County Mass Care Committee, which meets regularly to discuss mass care issues in an emergency or disaster, will review potential sites for the charging stations and make recommendations to the County Executive. Sites being considered include libraries, schools, senior centers and other locations identified as designated resource centers with generator capabilities.

 

The projected cost of the purchase is $59,994 and will be funded from Mercer County’s 2014 Homeland Security grant.

 

Valid from 07/27/2015 to 09/15/2015

Mercer County

07/22/2009

Valid from 07/22/2009

Mercer County Honors Sheriff's Officer of the Year

05/18/2015


http://www.princetonol.com/pdf/awards-mercer-sheriffs-may-2015.pdf

Valid from 05/18/2015 to 07/15/2015

Newly Released Survey Data Show Mercer County Residents Open to Municipal Consolidation & Shared Services; Pessimistic Outlook on Local Economy

01/20/2012

In fall 2011, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School conducted a large-scale mail and web survey of Mercer County residents.  The survey focused on social and economic issues facing residents, including their views on municipal consolidation and shared services as well as the economy. 

 

The results showed that while Mercer County residents were generally open to the idea of municipal consolidation, they were more supportive of sharing municipal services.  Furthermore, the results showed that while Mercer County residents had generally mixed views on the local economy, they had a pessimistic outlook on economic conditions in the county over the next year.

 

Highlights of the survey include:

 

  • Forty-two percent of Mercer County residents favored their municipality consolidating with a neighboring municipality, while 29% opposed consolidation, and 28% reported they were “not sure.”  This was largely driven by economic considerations, with those favoring consolidation also having more confidence that it would both reduce costs of providing government services and reduce taxes. 

 

  • Residents had more support for shared municipal services compared to consolidation.  In general, 59% of residents favored sharing at least one local government service with a neighboring New Jersey municipality, while 20% of residents were opposed to sharing any services, and 21% of residents indicated that they were “not sure.”  The same economic considerations – reduced costs and tax savings -- that influenced consolidation influenced these answers as well.

 

  • Overall, residents had mixed views of economic conditions in Mercer County.  Half of the residents rated conditions as “only fair,” while 16% of residents rated conditions as “poor,” and 29% of residents rated conditions as either “excellent” or “good.”  Residents’ views for the future were not as optimistic, with a vast majority believing that over the next year economic conditions would worsen or stay the same, unemployment would increase or stay the same, and property values would either decrease or stay the same.  Not surprisingly, these views were influenced by household income, with those with lower incomes having a much more pessimistic outlook than those at the higher end of the income scale. 

 

Noting the importance of this type of survey, Christina Paxson, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, said “I believe it is very helpful to capture the views of Mercer County residents on important issues that affect their daily lives.  We hope to continue these types of surveys, perhaps broadening our reach to other parts of New Jersey.”

 


Valid from 01/20/2012 to 03/01/2012

Toy Drive Honors Mercer County Park Ranger

12/21/2013

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Each year as the holidays rolled around, Mercer County Park Commission Ranger Dave Deveney and his wife, Sherri Deveney, were known to rally friends, family and co-workers to open their hearts to children by donating toys during the season. Sadly, Dave Deveney died suddenly earlier this year, and in homage to his generous spirit, his fellow rangers of the Mercer County Park Commission, along with Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, devoted this year’s holiday Toy Drive to his memory.

Yesterday, at the Park Commission Headquarters at the Historic Hunt House, Sherri Deveney thanked the Rangers and Executive Hughes for honoring her husband. “He would have been thrilled by this outpouring of support,” Mrs. Deveney said, surrounded by the thousands of collected toys and gifts. The Deveneys have been longtime volunteers for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots, and Mrs. Deveney recounted the fun the couple had participating in the annual gift wrap marathon, which calls for wrapping the gifts and placing age-appropriate tags on them.

 “The generosity of the employees and residents of Mercer County has been awe-inspiring, as we received more toys this year than any other year,” Hughes said during yesterday’s delivery to the Marines. “This was a symbolic gesture for the county to return to Ranger Deveney all he has given to the community and to Mercer County.”

“I’m thrilled but not surprised that it was our best year ever,” said Park Commission Executive Director Kevin Bannon. “Many thanks to all who stepped up, particularly our Park Ranger staff. I’m so happy that Sherri Deveney could join us for the presentation.”

Among the donated gifts were several signed copies of the children’s book, “Oh Brother, A Nico and Tugger Tale,” by Kimberly Sentek, who works in the county’s Human Services Department.

Toys for Tots joins the many other groups over the years that have benefited from the generosity of Mercer County employees and residents.

Valid from 12/21/2013 to 01/31/2014

Mercer County’s Public Ice Skating Center Opens for Season Nov 7

10/24/2016

WEST WINDSOR, N.J.—For a fun, affordable activity just right for people of all ages, look no further than Mercer County’s Public Ice Skating Center, which opens for the 2016-2017 season Monday, Nov. 7. The Skating Center, located in Mercer County Park in West Windsor, is open to the public seven days a week during the operating season, which runs from Nov. 7 to March 11.

“Our Ice Skating Center continues to grow in popularity and is an affordable activity for all our residents,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, noting that in addition to open skating, the rink offers private lessons, hosts exciting high school hockey games, and is available for private parties.

The Skating Center has a full snack bar, a fireplace and lounge area, dining tables, vending machines, skate rentals, a skate sharpening service and lockers. The center offers general public skating sessions, birthday parties, and ice time for hockey, group rates and private party rentals.

Registration for group skating lessons will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Skating Center. Group lesson applications also can be obtained by visiting the link below and may be mailed in for registration. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 24.

Hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fridays, 7:45 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Senior Skate (62 and older) is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Adult Only Skate (21 and older) is offered Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Ticket prices are: adults, $8; juniors (11 and under), $6; and seniors and military, $6. Skates can be rented for $4 per pair. Frequent skater passes and season passes also are available. Group, private and semi-private lessons are available for adults and children on the weekends.

To obtain a complete public skating schedule with opening weekend and holiday hours; group lesson applications, rates and class schedule; and rink brochure, directions or more information, visit www.mercercountyparks.org or call the Skating Center at 609-371-1766

Valid from 10/24/2016 to 12/01/2016

Mercer County Park Commission Winter Nature Programs

11/03/2016

FIRST FRIDAY STORY TIME

Friday, December  2, January  6, February 3              

10:30 a.m.    

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

FREE, Donations Welcome

Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a craft or activity. We've chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside or outside if the weather is nice! Donations benefit the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Registration Required, please RSVP to  609-888-3218 or natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

JUST A HIKE

Friday, December 9 @ Mercer Meadows- Blackwell Road Lot

Friday, January 13 @ Mercer County Park- Marina

Friday, February 17 @ Baldpate Mountain- Fiddler's Creek Road Lot

noon - 2:30 p.m.

Free

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Join our Naturalists on these walks throughout our parks. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Registration Required, please RSVP to  609-888-3218 or natureprograms@mercercounty.org

           

WINTER DUCK WALKS

Sunday, December 11, January 15, February 5                

1 - 3 p.m.       

Spring Lake @ Roebling Park         

FREE

Each winter, many species of duck flock to the wetlands and waterways of New Jersey, including our own Abbott Marshlands. Join our Naturalist for this birdwatching excursion into the marsh to view our wintering waterfowl. Please dress for cold, windy weather, and bring your binoculars if you have them! Appropriate for teens and adults. Registration Required, please RSVP to  609-888-3218 or natureprograms@mercercounty.org           

 

WELCOME WINTER

Sunday, December 4            

1 - 3 p.m.       

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

$5/person or $20/family

While we huddle inside with a mug of cocoa and blankets, our wildlife neighbors work much harder to prepare for the cold winter months. Join our Naturalist, Jess Novobilsky, for warm drinks and snacks while she shares the ways in which animals have adapted to stay warm in the ice and snow. Afterwards, give our furred and feathered friends a hand by making them tasty treats to hang in your backyard. Appropriate for families. Registration Required, please RSVP to  609-888-3218 or natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

WINTER WILDLIFE HIKE FOR FAMILIES

Saturday, January 14          

1 - 2:30 p.m. 

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

$5/person or $20/family

Bundle and boot up for a naturalist-led hike at the marsh to discover what animals are doing the long, cold winter months of winter. Families will participate in a scavenger hunt that will have them searching for winter wildlife clues. Afterwards, warm up with hot cocoa in the Tulpehaking Nature Center! Registration Required, please RSVP to  609-888-3218 or natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

ANIMAL DANCE PARTY 

Friday, January 27                   

7 - 8:30 p.m. 

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

$5/person or $20/family

Come out, all you party animals! Wild animals use different movements to play, find food, a mate or just let loose! We will learn all about these "animal dance moves" and enjoy a delicious treat to refuel after this exciting party program! Appropriate for children aged 5-11. Registration Required, please RSVP to  609-888-3218 or natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, BEES & BLOOMS LECTURE AND GUIDED WALK

Saturday,  January 28    

1 - 3:30 p.m. 

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

Free

What can you do to attract birds to your garden? What are the best plants to entice bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects that make their home with you? What maintenance techniques are most hospitable for these garden visitors and residents? Guest Naturalist, Mary Anne Borge, will answer these questions and inspire you to plan for the upcoming growing season. There will be an optional guided walk following the lecture. Registration required to rmgofmcprograms@gmail.com. Co-sponsored by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County and Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.

 

VALENTINES FOR NATURE  OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, February 11           

1 - 4 p.m.       

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

$5/child

Celebrate your love of nature and for each other. Stop by for a jam-packed afternoon of crafts, stories and refreshments to enjoy with your family. Cozy up for story time by the fireplace, create valentines for those you love and a wildlife friendly "Valentine for Nature" to hang outdoors. Price per child includes activities and a snack. Extra refreshments available for purchase.  Registration Required, please RSVP to  609-888-3218 or natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

BUILD A BEE ABODE YOUR WILD YARD SERIES

Saturday, February 25       

10 a.m. -  noon         

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

$5/person or $20/family

If you grow pumpkins, cherries, or blueberries at home, than thank a native bee! Invite these helpful pollinators to your backyard by attending this workshop and building a bee house using natural materials. Please bring your own hand pruners. Registration Required, please RSVP to  609-888-3218 or natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

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The Historic Hunt House

197 Blackwell Road

Pennington NJ 08534

natureprograms@mercercounty.org

Office (609)303-0706

Fax (609)303-0447

Valid from 11/03/2016 to 03/01/2017

Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Announced

11/06/2015

WEST WINDSOR, N.J.— The Friends of Mercer County Parks is proud to announce the Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2016. This year's five ambassadors who have achieved great accomplishments within the tennis industry and helped to expand the awareness and popularity of the sport are Bill Kurtain, Edgar Levy, Bill Mountford, Albert Stark, and Judy Vogt. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on January 23, 2016 at an awards dinner at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park.

 

"This is the first year that the Friends of Mercer County Parks will be hosting this induction dinner," said President of the Friends of Mercer County Parks Joseph Schmeltz. "We are honored to participate in this prestigious event and to recognize some of the great contributors to the game of tennis."

 

The Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame was initiated in 1992 by the Mercer County Tennis Council to recognize persons with ties to the Capital County who have made outstanding contributions to the sport. The Mercer County Tennis Council has been dissolved and the Friends of Mercer County Park have taken on the responsibility of selecting candidates who may have been recognized for their involvement in competition, education, officiating, recreation, media or industry, or for having advanced interest in tennis. Induction ceremonies are held every four years and honorees are elected by blind ballot by leader in the area's tennis community. Criteria for induction stipulate that, "The record of achievement must be balanced by a reputation that can be admired and respected. Membership is intended to represent a highly selective group." Any proceeds from the Hall of Fame dinner will be used to support Mercer County Tennis programs and events.

 

The Class of 2016 includes a USPTA Middle States Hall of Fame Member who brought the first tension fabric tennis structure to the area (Kurtain); a passionate tennis enthusiast who helped bring tennis exhibitions and activities to Mercer County (Levy, awarded posthumously); a collegiate all-conference player, challenger tour player turned tennis executive who has made his everlasting mark on tennis around the world (Mountford); an accomplished tennis player from the age of nine who went on to beat the 1963 Men's Singles Champion of Wimbledon, NJTL Board President (Stark); and a distinguished club owner, tennis coach and volunteer who has given back to the sport in so many ways (Vogt). As Hall of Fame Committee Chair, Marc Vecchiolla, commented, "This year's inductees are some of the best innovators, players and teachers of the game of tennis and they are all from Mercer County. The Hall of Fame dinner should be inspirational and we invite everyone to join us in celebrating these amazing people."

 

Tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner are $80 per person. For more information or to receive an electronic invitation, please contact Marc Vecchiolla at mvecchiolla@mercercounty.org or call (609) 448-2088.

 

The Friends of Mercer County Parks is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports all the parks in Mercer County. Founded in 2013 the Friends of Mercer County Parks has helped to enhance and expand the many offering throughout that the Mercer County Park system, from programs to equipment and education of the staff.

Valid from 11/06/2015 to 01/15/2016

March Programs at Mercer County Parks

03/01/2016

FIRST FRIDAY STORYTIME

March 4 @ 10:30 a.m.           

Tulpehaking Nature Center    

FREE, donations welcome

Each month, gather your little ones to hear one of our educators share a storybook tale worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a related craft or activity. Donations benefit Friends for Mercer County Parks. To register, please call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

LENAPE LIFE SERIES: HUNTING

Saturday, March 12  10:30 a.m. - noon         

Tulpehaking Nature Center    

$5/person or $20/family

Learn about the tools and techniques of the Lenape way of life through storytelling, real artifacts, games and activities. Hunting is the final topic in this series. Don’t miss it! To register, please call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

JUST A HIKES

Friday, March 18        Mercer Meadows @ Blackwell Rd. Lot          

Noon - 2 p.m. 

FREE

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. To register, please call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

                       

ANIMAL DANCE PARTY           

Friday, March 11 @  5:30 - 7 p.m.    

Tulpehaking Nature Center    

$5/child

Come out, all you animals! Enjoy a fun dance party to get your heart pumping and learn the “dance moves” of different animals - from courtship rituals to defensive maneuvers and playtime! Refuel afterwards with a great animal treat that we will make ourselves! Suitable for children ages 5 - 12. To register, please call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

WOODCOCK WALK        

Friday, March 11  @  6 p.m.  

Hopewell Borough Park Gazebo

$5 donation

In early March, after the sun sets, male woodcocks take to the air to perform a song and dance for their audience of female birds on the ground. Join us and the Sourland Conservancy for front row seats to the annual woodcock performance. To register call 609-309-5155 or email lcleveland@sourland.org.  To benefit the Hopewell borough park woodcock habitat restoration project.

 

SUNDAY SCIENCE LAB

Sunday, March 20 @  2 - 4 p.m.

Tulpehaking Nature Center    

$5/person or $20/family

Conquer winter boredom by exploring the properties of ice and snow through fun, hands-on science experiments led by teacher naturalist, Christy. Can ice get hot? Do volcanoes erupt during winter? Find out the answers to these questions and more! To register, please call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

Valid from 03/01/2016 to 03/22/2016

Mercer County Park Commission Summer Nature Programs

05/25/2016

Mercer County Park Commission

Summer 2016 Nature Programs

 

 

Kayak Tours of Mercer Lake

Friday, July 1, 8 & 29

Friday, August 12 & 26

Friday, September 9

Tours are from 9:30-noon, weather permitting

Rates:    In county- $25/person

                Out of county- $30/person

Enjoy a morning of paddling, exploration, and wildlife viewing during a Kayak Tour!  Participants will kayak along the lake shore and in the creeks and coves to encounter basking turtles, feeding songbirds and even carnivorous plants!  We provide all of the supplies needed for a morning of kayaking including binoculars and life vests.  Basic kayak instruction is provided before the tour.  For adults and children over 16 years old.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Pontoon Boat Nature Tours on Mercer  Lake

Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 & 28

Thursday, August 4, 11 & 25

Thursday, September 1

                Tours run noon - 1:30 p.m. and 2 - 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Rates:

                In-County– Adults $10/person, Children & Seniors $8/person

                Out-of-County– Adults $12/person, Children & Seniors $10/person

This popular boat tour is a relaxing way to experience the flora and fauna of Mercer Lake.  View great blue herons, painted turtles and rose mallow in bloom from your seat on the boat!  Tour tickets are sold at the Mercer County Marina beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the tour.  Children must be at least 6 years old.  Boat seats 15 people.  For more information, please call (609) 448-4004.

 

First Friday Story Time

June 3, July 1 &  August 5  

10:30 a.m.

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         

Donations Welcome

Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside, or outside if the weather is nice! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Bird In The Hand: Songbird Banding Program

Sunday, June 5, 19, &  26

8 - 10 a.m.          

Fiddler’s Creek Preserve

Adults-$20, Children (ages 6-14)-$10 

In May of 2016, a brand new bird banding station opened at the Fiddler’s Creek Preserve in Titusville! In addition to our scientific research goals, education and outreach are a major focus.  On specified Sunday mornings, we will open the bird banding operation for adults and families to experience the banding process first-hand.  Programs will provide the unique opportunity to visit an active banding station, learn from friendly field ornithologists, and see wild birds up close.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Family Bird Excursion: Naturally Friends

Sunday, June 5  

1 - 3 p.m.            

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

Join our Teacher Naturalist for family-style birding and discover some of the ways that our feathered friends help out with the farm chores. Children will participate in a “Bird Spotting Challenge”. Binoculars will be available.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Birds & Bagels

Friday, June 10  

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Hopewell Borough Park

Donations to Sourland Conservancy

Enjoy before school birding and bagels as part of Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play. On this morning, we’ll be surveying breeding birds in Hopewell Borough Park. Kids and adults are invited to experience field work, bird identification, and assist with bird counting.  The data collected during this survey will be used in the American Woodcock Habitat Restoration Project.  Binoculars and bagels will be provided. Registration required, email lcleveland@sourland.org.  Co-sponsored by the Sourland Conservancy.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Beetles in the Spotlight: Naturally Friends

Friday, June 24 

7:30 - 9 p.m.      

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

Meet a new suite of insects – those that appear for a nocturnal summer show!  With the farm fields as our stage, we’ll be inspecting all of the Farm’s bright lights for these radical bugs.  Join us for some shared time in the spotlight. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Lichen Walk

Saturday, June 25  

10 a.m. - noon  

Mercer Meadows @ Curlis Woods          

Free

Join lichenologist Dennis Waters for two hours of fun field work and learn how to identify some of the common lichens of Mercer County. Gain insight into the interesting lifestyles and ecological importance of lichens. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Turtle Tea Party

Sunday, June 26  

2 - 3:30 p.m.      

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         

$5/person or $20/family

Enjoy a “turtley” awesome afternoon with your child at this tea party hosted by Tully and Cube, the Tulpehaking Turtles. Guests will play games, create their own party favor to take home, and enjoy a choice of herbal tea or juice and treats to eat while waiting for their up-close and personal visit with the live turtles themselves. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Christmas in July

Saturday, July 16  

1 - 4 p.m.            

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)

Donations Welcome

Give a gift to animals! The nature center will be accepting wish list items on behalf of two local wildlife charities to celebrate Christmas in July. Bring your donation for free admission to our holiday celebration with refreshing beverages, cookies, and the chance to make gifts for wildlife in your own backyard. Benefitting: The Mercer County Wildlife Center and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Annual Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 23

Afternoon (time TBD)   

Howell Living History Farm          

Free

Join our County Naturalist for the North American Butterfly Association’s (NABA) annual butterfly count!  During the survey, we’ll identify and tally individual species in the fields at Howell Farm.  The NABA count has been around since 1993, and monitors butterfly populations throughout the U.S.  For adults and children over 16 years old. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Butterfly Bonanza: Naturally Friends

Sunday, July 24  

1 - 3 p.m.            

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

As summer warms and the days lengthen, butterflies mix and mingle throughout Howell Farm’s fields. Get up close and personal with many different species and find out how these colorful, delicate insects benefit the farm with a butterfly net and scavenger hunt. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Dragonfly Walk

Sunday, July 31 

2 - 3:30 p.m.      

Spring Lake Entrance of Roebling Park   

$5/person or $20/family

Attune your eye to dragonfly behavior and diversity on this Naturalist-guided walk. With voracious appetites, dramatic lifestyle and flying ability, these predators in the sky are sure to please! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Artifacts Show-n-Learn

Saturday, August 13  

1 - 4 p.m.            

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         

Free

Think you might have discovered Native American or historic artifacts in your own backyard? Bring your finds to be identified by archaeologists from the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. Noted archaeologists who excavated at the nature center and around our region will talk about important local sites and present displays of Native American and historic artifacts. No monetary appraisals will be given. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Night Hike: Naturally Friends

Friday, August 26  

7:30 - 9 p.m.      

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

The horses and sheep may be in for the evening, but that doesn’t mean the farm is asleep!  Tune up your night vision and join our naturalists and farmers for a walk through the barns, fields and lanes where the animals with nocturnal schedules are just starting their day! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.


 

Valid from 05/25/2016 to 08/27/2016

Mercer County Parks Offering Pontoon Nature Tours on Mercer Lake

07/01/2016

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — Looking for a lazy afternoon activity? Hop aboard the Mercer County Park Commission’s pontoon boat for a fun and informative nature tour of Mercer Lake. These family-friendly tours will gain you unprecedented access to rarely seen areas of this beautiful 365-acre ecosystem. Sit back, relax and enjoy this peaceful excursion.

 

Mercer Lake is home to many native plants and wildlife that are seldom seen in central New Jersey. Situated at the extreme northern reaches of New Jersey's coastal plain, Mercer County Park is in an area of transition between inland and coastal forests. Its sandy soils are host to an array of specialist plant species, and many types of wildlife can be seen at the lake's edge. Home to painted turtles, beavers, a multitude of songbirds and fish, Mercer Lake is alive with more than Olympic rowing teams and paddle boats. With shores lined with native wildflowers, rose mallow in bloom and bald eagles frequenting the lake for lunch, these Pontoon Boat Nature Tours are sure to please.

 

Tours will be held on Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, Aug. 4, 11 and 25, and Sept. 1. There are two tours each day, noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Tour tickets are sold at the Mercer County Marina on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the tour. Children must be at least 6 years old.  The boat seats 15 people. Tour rates for in-county residents are $10 per person for adults and $8 per person for children and seniors. Out-of-county rates are $12 per person for adults and $10 per person for children and seniors.

 

For more information, please call (609) 448-4004 or visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

Valid from 07/01/2016 to 09/02/2016

Mercer County Park Commission's Autumn 2016 Nature Programs

09/08/2016

FIRST FRIDAY STORY TIME

Oct. 7, & Nov.  4       

10:30 a.m.      

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

Donations Welcome

Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a related craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside or outside if the weather is nice! Donations benefit the Friends of the Abbott Marshlands. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

EARLY BIRD WALKS

Tuesday, October  4               8:30 - 10:30 a.m.        Fiddler’s Creek Preserve

Tuesday, October  25            8:30 - 10:30 a.m.         Mercer Meadows @ Maidenhead Lot

Tuesday, November 15         9:30 - 11:30 a.m.         Howell Living History

Free

Join us for a casual hike dedicated to spotting our fine feathered friends. All abilities of birders are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, extra binoculars are available for those who don’t. Free for adults and teens. Please note time change!       Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

JUST A HIKE

Friday, Oct. 14 @ Baldpate Mountain, Fiddler’s Creek Lot

Friday, Nov. 18  @ D&R Greenway’s Sourland Ecosystem Preserve (Mountain Rd, East Amwell)

noon - 2:30 p.m.       

Free

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Join County Naturalist Jenn Rogers on these walks throughout our parks. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

AQUATIC PLANT PRIMER

Saturday, September 10    

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.         

Spring Lake Entrance to Roebling Park      

Free

Immerse yourself in learning to identify common wetland plants with Mary Leck, Professor Emeritus of Rider University in this full-day exploration of the northernmost tidal freshwater wetland on the Delaware River. Appropriate for teens and adults. Bring lunch, water, insect repellant, and hip boots or footwear you won’t mind getting wet. Provided by the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands and Torrey Botanical Club. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.  

 

SCOUT DAYS

Cub Scouts: Saturday, September 17

Girl Scouts: Saturday, September 24          

10 a.m. - noon  &   2 - 4 p.m.           

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

$4/scout

Join us as we unveil our new programs to help your scout work towards badge requirements hands-on with outdoor activities and games. Each day, two of our favorite new workshops will be featured. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

HEDGEROW HIKE: NATURALLY FRIENDS

Friday, September 30   

10:00 a.m. - noon      

Howell Living History Farm  

Donations welcome

Come explore the hidden life of the hedgerow on this naturalist-led hike! Learn about the agricultural and biological importance of these often overlooked and overgrown landscape features. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.         

 

MORNING MIGRATION AT THE MEADOWS

Sunday, October 9  

9 - 11 a.m.      

Mercer Meadows @ Pole Farm Entrance

Free

Enjoy waking up with the sun to look for raptors as they begin their migration! Join us for a morning in the meadows as we search the sky for these amazing birds of prey on their journey south. Highlights from previous years include American Kestrel, Merlin, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey and Northern Harrier. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

FAMILY FUN DAY

Saturday, October 22    

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.         

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

Free

Celebrate the Tulpehaking Nature Center and the Abbott Marshlands with a day of family activities, games and giveaways. Practice Lenape skills in making food and building tools, learn camping and fishing skills and see how the waters of the Abbott Marshlands and Delaware River connect it all. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

VOICES FOR THE ABBOTT MARSHLANDS : AN EXHIBIT RECEPTION

Sunday, October 23    

2 - 4 p.m.       

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

Free

Experience the multifaceted beauty of the Abbott Marshlands as seen through the eyes of both youth and adult photographers in this juried photo show. Sponsored by the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

SPIDERS: THE ORIGINAL WEB DESIGNERS: NATURALLY FRIENDS

Sunday, October 23 

2 - 4 p.m.       

Howell Living History Farm  

Donations welcome

Turn your spider “eeews” into “aaaahs” during this family-oriented program.  Christy, our Teacher Naturalist has a slew of arachnid activities for all ages that will debunk the many spider myths, and increase your appreciation for these tiny creatures. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

SAW-WHET OWL BANDING PROGRAMS

Sunday, October 23           8 - 10 p.m.

Friday, October 28              8 - 10 p.m.

Sunday, November 6         7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Friday, November 11         7:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

Mercer Meadows @ The Historic Hunt House       

$10/person

You can get a peek at the most elusive and best-hidden bird, the Saw-whet Owl.  The Park Commission’s team of trained owl banders will be in the woods to educate participants on owl ecology and the importance of owl banding. Participants will join our staff on a net check, witness the banding process and meet a few Saw-whet Owls up close!          Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

MARSH WALK  UN PASEO GUIADO DE NATURALEZA

Sunday, November 6    

2 - 3:30 p.m.  

Tulpehaking Nature Center 

Free

Listen to the leaves crunch underfoot, and the geese calling overhead as you embark on this fall walk of the Abbott Marshlands. Explore the history, plants, and wildlife of the marsh with Tulpehaking Nature Center naturalist, Kelly Rypkema. This is a guided bilingual tour. Spanish interpretation provided. Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

WOOLY WORM TALK & FORECASTING: NATURALLY FRIENDS

Sunday, November 6

 2 - 4 p.m.      

Howell Living History Farm  

Donations welcome

Walk with a Wooly! According to colonial American folklore, the width of wooly bear caterpillar’s brown stripe forecasts winter weather. During the walk, we will replicate Dr. Curran’s infamous wooly worm research.

Registration Required, call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.


Nature Programs

Mercer County Park Commission

The Historic Hunt House

197 Blackwell Road

Pennington NJ 08534

natureprograms@mercercounty.org

Office (609)303-0706

Fax (609)303-0447

Valid from 09/08/2016 to 11/07/2016

Winter Nature Programs from Mercer County Park Commission

01/02/2016

Just a Hike

Fri. Jan. 8, 2016.  Noon – 2 p.m.

FREE.

Belle Mountain parking lot (Rte. 29 & Valley Road).

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

 

Lenape Life program series: Musical Instruments.

Sat. Jan. 9, 2016. 10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon.

$5/person or $20/family. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Learn about the tools and techniques of the Lenape in this series of presentations through storytelling, real artifacts, games, and activities.

 

Winter Walk & Exhibit Reception

Sun. Jan. 10. 1-4 p.m.

FREE

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Enjoy the quiet beauty of winter on our guided nature walk, then warm up inside the nature center with coffee and hot chocolate as we celebrate The Quiet Months, our current exhibit on winter, ice and snow. Sponsored by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands.

 

Saturday Science Lab

Saturday, January 16. 1 - 2:30 p.m.

$5/person or $20/family. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Conquer winter boredom by exploring the properties of ice and snow through fun, hands-on science experiments led by our teacher naturalist, Christy. Can ice get hot? Do volcanoes erupt during winter? Find out the answers to these questions and more!

 

Winter Duck Walk.

Sunday, January 17. 1-3 p.m.

FREE.

Roebling Park @ Spring Lake, Hamilton.

Each winter, many species of duck flock to the wetlands and waterways of New Jersey, including our very own Abbott Marshlands. Join our Naturalists for this birdwatching excursion into the marsh to view our wintering waterfowl. Please dress for cold, windy weather, and bring your binoculars if you have them! Appropriate for teens and adults.

 

Waterwise Gardening

Sat. Jan. 30. 10 - 11:30 a.m.

FREE. Registration required at 609-989-6830.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Learn gardening techniques you can use at home to help conserve our precious water supply, including attention on rain barrels and rain gardens. Led by Dr. Christopher Obropta, Specialist with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and sponsored by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County.

 

First Friday Storytime.

Fri. Feb. 5. 10:30 a.m.

FREE, donations welcome.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton 08610.

Gather with your little ones to hear one of our educators share a storybook tale worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a related craft or activity. Donations benefit Friends for Mercer County Parks.

 

Valentines for Nature

Saturday, February 6. Noon - 4 p.m.

$5/child.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Stop by for a jam-packed afternoon filled with crafts, stories, and refreshments for your family to enjoy. Join us by the fireplace for storytelling time, create valentines to bring home for your friends and family, and even a “Valentine for Nature” to hang outdoors.

 

Winter Duck Walk.

Sunday, February 7. 1-3 p.m.

FREE.

Roebling Park @ Spring Lake, Hamilton.

Each winter, many species of duck flock to the wetlands and waterways of New Jersey, including our very own Abbott Marshlands. Join our Naturalists for this birdwatching excursion into the marsh to view our wintering waterfowl. Please dress for cold, windy weather, and bring your binoculars if you have them! Appropriate for teens and adults.

 

Wildlife in the Bedroom

Thursday, February 11.  7 - 9 p.m.

$5/person. For adults. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

In the world of wildlife, it takes much more than a well-wrapped box of chocolates to get the ladies’ attention. Join Naturalists Jenn Rogers and Kelly Rypkema for this presentation on the bizarre and fascinating mating behaviors of wildlife. Wild aerial displays and role reversals are not taboo for discussion this night. For adults.

 

Lenape Life program series: Building Shelter.

Sat. Feb. 13, 2016. 10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon.

$5/person or $20/family. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Learn about the tools and techniques of the Lenape in this series of presentations through storytelling, real artifacts, games, and activities.

 

Just a Hike

Fri. Feb. 19, 2016.  Noon – 2 p.m.

FREE.

Baldpate Mountain, Summit parking area.

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

 

 

Wildlife SOS.

Sun., Feb. 21, 2016. 1-2:30 PM.

$5/person. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Through discussion about native wildlife, learn what to do if you find injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife near your home. Co-sponsored by the Mercer County Wildlife Center. Appropriate for teens and adults.

 

Birding Basics

Sunday, February 28.  2 - 4 p.m.

$5/person. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Do you aspire to take to the sky, but feel overwhelmed when you look at the bird field guide? Join County Naturalist Jenn Rogers for this indoor presentation that will cover essential birding gear and when and how to enjoy birds in your backyard and beyond. Appropriate for teens and adults.

 

Lenape Life program series: Hunting.

Sat. Mar. 12, 2016. 10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon.

$5/person or $20/family. Registration required at 609-303-0706.

Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton.

Learn about the tools and techniques of the Lenape in this series of presentations through storytelling, real artifacts, games, and activities.

 

Kelly Rypkema

Manager, Tulpehaking Nature Center

www.mercercountyparks.org/facilities/tulpehaking-nature-center

Valid from 01/05/2016 to 03/10/2016

Mercer County Park Commission August Nature Programs

08/01/2015

Early Bird Walk

Tuesday, August 11  8-10am @ Baldpate Mountain, Fiddler’s Creek Lot

Tuesday, August 25  8-10am @ Mercer Meadows, Reed Bryan Farm

Join us for a casual hike dedicated to spotting our fine-feathered friends. All abilities of birders are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, or borrow a pair of ours. Free for adults and teens. Registration required, call 609-303-0706, email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Cricket Walk

Friday, August 14   7:30-9pm  @ Howell Living History Farm

Experience nightfall on the farm during this under-the –stars excursion. Tune up your night vision and join County Naturalist Jenn Rogers and farmers for a walk through the barns, fields and lanes where animals with nocturnal schedules are just starting their “day”.  Suggested donation of $3. Registration required, call 609-303-0706, email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Bats of the Marsh

Saturday, August 15  7:30-9pm @ Tulpehaking Nature Center

Join us for an evening bat watch and learn about these fascinating insect-eating acrobatic mammals as day turns into night. A flashlight and insect repellant are recommended. $5 per person, $20 per family.  Registration required, call 609-303-0706, email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Pontoon Boat Nature Tours

Wednesday, August 5

Thursday, August 6

Wednesday, August 12

Wednesday, August 19

Thursday, August 20

Wednesday, August 26

Tours run 12-1:30pm and 2-3:30pm, weather permitting. Tickets are sold at the Mercer County Park Marina beginning at 11:30am on the day of the tour. Children must be 6 years or older. For more information and prices, please call 609-448-4004.

 


 

Valid from 08/01/2015 to 09/01/2015

First Annual 5K Run for Mercer County Parks in Mercer Meadows October 4, 2015

09/10/2015

PENNINGTON, N.J.— The Friends Mercer County Parks is proud to announce The First Annual Run for Mercer County Parks 5K on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

 

The flat and fast 5K course will start and end in the beautiful Rosedale Park District of Mercer Meadows, in Hopewell Township, NJ. The race will start at 9 a.m. and will be rain or shine. Registration for the event is required and can be done online at: https://cgiracing.webconnex.com/MercerCountyPark5k; cost to register is $30. Registration can also be done the day of the race at 7:30 a.m. for $35; no new registrations will be accepted after 8:45 a.m. The runner field will be limited to 500 participates.

 

"We are very excited to host this 5K run to benefit the Friends of Mercer County Parks," said President, Joseph Schmeltz. "This 501c3 non-profit organization supports the Mercer County Park Commission and has helped enhance and expand some of the programs and offerings we strive to give park visitors."

 

Early packet pick-up for bib numbers, timing chips and commemorative event shirts (while supplies last) will be held at The Historic Hunt House at 197 Blackwell Road, Pennington, NJ 08534, on Friday, October 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Packets can also be picked up on location the day of the race starting at 7:30 a.m.

 

There is limited parking at the Rosedale Park District of Mercer Meadows, please consider carpooling and arrive early. The race will be electronically chip timed and results will be posted at the conclusion of the race and also available online. No strollers, dogs or bikes will be allowed on the course.

 

The Friends of Mercer County Parks is a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports all the parks in Mercer County. Founded in 2013 the Friends of Mercer County Parks has helped to enhance and expand the many offering throughout that the Mercer County Park system, from programs to equipment and education of the staff.

 

Rosedale Park District of Mercer Meadows is owned by the County of Mercer and operated and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the First Annual Run for Mercer County Parks will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park's four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

Valid from 09/10/2015 to 10/05/2015

Mercer County Park Commission Holds Deer Management Program at Mercer Meadows Dec. 21 - Feb. 20, 2016

12/17/2015

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J.—The Mercer County Park Commission will hold its deer management program at Mercer Meadows from Dec. 21, 2015, through Feb. 20, 2016. Deer will be harvested by bow.

 

Hunting will take place Monday through Saturday (no hunting Dec. 25), and Mercer Meadows will remain open to the public with the exception of Dec. 21-24 and 26, 2015, and Feb. 1–6, 2016. Hunting will take place from 30 minutes prior to sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Each entrance to the park will be posted with a 3-by-2-foot bright yellow sign to notify park users of the hunting program. During the Mercer Meadows hunt, the Park Commission is asking park users to kindly keep their recreating to the finished gravel paths, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and Maidenhead Trail, in the park.

 

The Pole Farm section and the wooded area of Rosedale Park are included in this year’s hunt. There will be no hunting at Curlis Woods or near the Dog Park, picnic area or Rosedale Lake. Maps of the hunting boundaries are available on the Park Commission website.

 

This is the fourth year of Mercer Meadows’ deer management program, which was initiated in response to a forest health study that was conducted at the park five years ago. 

 

The deer management program complies with all of the hunting regulations set by the State; in addition, the Park Commission has adopted County rules for the program. All hunting must be done from an elevated tree stand; hunters are not permitted to hunt from the ground. There is no shooting across park trails. For a full set of the Park Commission’s rules and regulations for the Mercer Meadows Deer Management Program, visit the website www.mercercountyparks.org.

Valid from 12/17/2015 to 02/21/2016

Mercer County Park Commission's Nature Programs 2015

05/12/2015

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY 

Date: Saturday, June 6 

Time:  10 am - 2 pm        

Location: Roebling Park

Price: Free

In celebration of National Trails Day, bring your family out for a free interactive scavenger hunt through Roebling Park. Scavenger hunt is geared for families with children 6 and older. Scavenger hunt groups start every 15 minutes and last about 90-minutes. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

 

EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANT WALK & TALK

Date: Sunday, June 7  

Time: 2 - 4 pm   

Location: Howell Farm  

Price: Suggested Donation $3

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Howell Living History Farm while Mercer County Stewardship Coordinator, Emily Rogalsky, leads you on a walk to learn about the variety of beneficial edible and medicinal plants that grow right in your backyard. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

 

ARTIST’S TALK WITH JOY KREVES

Date: Sunday, June 7  

Time: 2 - 3 pm   

Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center

Price: Free

Meet the artist behind the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s current exhibit; The Absorbed Landscape. Find out what inspired her, how she created it, and get answers to your own questions of how this exhibit came to be. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org. 

 

BUTTERFLY WALKS

Date, Time & Location: Wednesday, June 10   1 - 3 pm at Mercer Meadows @ Reed Bryan Farm

Date, Time & Location: Wednesday, June 24   1 - 3 pm at Tulpehaking Nature Center

Date, Time & Location: Wednesday, July 8       1 - 3 pm at Baldpate Mountain @ Summit Lot

Date, Time & Location: Friday, July 31              1 - 3 pm  at Howell Farm

Price: Free

Butterflies have been described as the pulse of nature; their population changes provide a look into the health of an ecosystem. Work on your identification skills with Naturalist Jenn Rogers on these walks. Butterfly watchers of all experience levels are welcome to join. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

 

LICHEN WALK

Date: Saturday, July 11

Time:  10 am -  12 pm     

Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center     

Price: $5 per person ,  $20 per Family

Join lichenologist Dennis Waters for two hours of fun field work and learn how to identify some of the common lichens of Mercer County. Gain insight into the interesting lifestyles and ecological importance of lichens.                 Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

 

ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT

Date: Sunday, July 12 

Time:  Afternoon            

Location: Howell Farm  

Price: Free

This summer, the Park Commission will participate in an annual butterfly count to help collect data for the North American Butterfly Association and their mission to monitor butterfly populations. Participants must register to take part in the Butterfly Count. Time determined by temperature. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

EARLY BIRD WALKS

Date, Time & Location: Tuesday, July 28         8 - 10 am at D&R Greenway’s St. Michael’s Preserve

Date, Time & Location: Tuesday, August 11   8 - 10 am at Baldpate Mountain @ Fiddler’s Creek Lot

Date, Time & Location: Tuesday, August 25   8 - 10 am at  Mercer Meadows @ Reed Bryan Farm

Price: Free for Adults and Teens

Join us for a casual hike dedicated to spotting our fine-feathered friends. All abilities of birders are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, extra binoculars are available. Free for adults and teens. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

CRICKET WALK 

Date: Friday, August 14

Time: 7:30 - 9 pm             

Location: Howell Farm  

Price:  Suggested Donation $3

Experience nightfall on the farm during this under-the stars excursion. The horses and sheep may be in for the evening, but that doesn't mean the farm is asleep! Tune up your night vision and join County Naturalist Jenn Rogers and farmers for a walk through the barns, fields and lanes where animals with nocturnal schedules are just starting their ‘day’.  Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

BATS OF THE MARSH

Date: Saturday, August 15  

Time: 7:30 pm   

Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center     

Price: $5 per person, $20 per Family

Join us for an evening bat watch and learn about these fascinating,         insect-eating, acrobatic mammals as day turns into night. We'll use an acoustic detector to unlock the "secret" ultrasonic language of bats as they pass overhead. A flashlight and insect repellant are recommended. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

PONTOON BOAT NATURE TOURS OF MERCER LAKE

Dates:  Thursday, July 2

Thursday, July 9

Wednesday, July 15

Wednesday, July 22

Wednesday, July 29

Thursday, July 30

Wednesday, August 5

Thursday, August 6

Wednesday, August 12

Wednesday, August 19

Thursday, August 20

Wednesday, August 26

Time: Tours run 12 - 1:30 pm and 2 - 3:30 pm, weather permitting.

Location: Mercer County Park Marina

Price: In-County Adults: $10/person        Children & Seniors: $8/person

Out-of-County     Adult: $12/person        Children & Seniors: $10/person

Our Nature Tours are a popular way to experience the plants and wildlife of     Mercer Lake. View great blue herons, double-crested cormorants and painted turtles in their natural habitat from your seat on the County’s pontoon boat. Tour tickets are sold at the Mercer County Park Marina beginning at 11:30 am on the day of the tour.  Children must be 6 years old or older. Boat seats 15 people.

For more information, please call 609-448-4004.               

 

KAYAK TOURS OF MERCER LAKE

Dates:   Friday, July 3

Friday, July 10

Friday, August 14

Friday, August 28

Wednesday, September 9          

Time: Tours run 9:30 am - 12 pm

Price:     In-County  $20/person

Out-of-County $22/person

Enjoy a morning of paddling, exploration, and wildlife viewing on a Kayak Tour! The Park Commission provides the kayaks, paddles, binoculars and life jackets. Participants will receive kayak instruction before the tour. For adults and children over 16 years old. A limited number of kayaks are available for each tour; Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

Valid from 05/12/2015 to 09/10/2015

July Mercer County Nature Programs

06/26/2015

BUTTERFLY WALKS

Date, Time & Location: Wednesday, July 8       1 - 3 pm at Baldpate Mountain @ Summit Lot

Date, Time & Location: Friday, July 31              1 - 3 pm  at Howell Farm

Price: Free

Butterflies have been described as the pulse of nature; their population changes provide a look into the health of an ecosystem. Work on your identification skills with Naturalist Jenn Rogers on these walks. Butterfly watchers of all experience levels are welcome to join. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or emailnatureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

 

LICHEN WALK

Date: Saturday, July 11

Time:  10 am -  12 pm     

Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center     

Price: $5 per person ,  $20 per Family

Join lichenologist Dennis Waters for two hours of fun field work and learn how to identify some of the common lichens of Mercer County. Gain insight into the interesting lifestyles and ecological importance of lichens. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT

Date: Sunday, July 12 

Time:  Afternoon            

Location: Howell Farm  

Price: Free

This summer, the Park Commission will participate in an annual butterfly count to help collect data for the North American Butterfly Association and their mission to monitor butterfly populations. Participants must register to take part in the Butterfly Count. Time determined by temperature. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

EARLY BIRD WALKS

Date, Time & Location: Tuesday, July 28         8 - 10 am at D&R Greenway’s St. Michael’s Preserve

Price: Free for Adults and Teens

Join us for a casual hike dedicated to spotting our fine-feathered friends. All abilities of birders are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, extra binoculars are available. Free for adults and teens. Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

 

PONTOON BOAT NATURE TOURS OF MERCER LAKE

Dates:  Thursday, July 2

Thursday, July 9

Wednesday, July 15

Wednesday, July 22

Wednesday, July 29

Thursday, July 30

Time: Tours run 12 - 1:30 pm and 2 - 3:30 pm, weather permitting.

Location: Mercer County Park Marina

Price: In-County Adults: $10/person        Children & Seniors: $8/person

Out-of-County     Adult: $12/person        Children & Seniors: $10/person

Our Nature Tours are a popular way to experience the plants and wildlife of     Mercer Lake. View great blue herons, double-crested cormorants and painted turtles in their natural habitat from your seat on the County’s pontoon boat. Tour tickets are sold at the Mercer County Park Marina beginning at 11:30 am on the day of the tour.  Children must be 6 years old or older. Boat seats 15 people.

For more information, please call 609-448-4004.               

 

KAYAK TOURS OF MERCER LAKE

Dates:   Friday, July 3

Friday, July 10

Time: Tours run 9:30 am - 12 pm

Price:     In-County  $20/person

Out-of-County $22/person

Enjoy a morning of paddling, exploration, and wildlife viewing on a Kayak Tour! The Park Commission provides the kayaks, paddles, binoculars and life jackets. Participants will receive kayak instruction before the tour. For adults and children over 16 years old. A limited number of kayaks are available for each tour; Pre-registration required, please call 609-303-0705 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

Valid from 06/26/2015 to 08/01/2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Event and Softball Tournament at Mercer County Park October 8 & 9, 2011

09/22/2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Event and Softball Tournament at Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ. Saturday, October 8th & Sunday, October 9th.

Saturday live bands featuring: School of Rock 12:00-4:00, Element K 4:00-6:00 and Incognito 6:00-9:00. Sunday live bands featuring: Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns 1:00-5:00 and Chailo 5:00-9:00.

Beer garden both days, inflatable fun for the kids, food and vendors.

Sunday the Red Cross will be holding a blood and platelet drive from 9:00 - 3:00 at the skating center. Appointments appreciated, please call Janeen Gondek (609)858-7681 to schedule your appointment. All blood donors will receive a free bracelet and Kona Ice. Enter for a chance to win a 4-pack of season passes to Six Flags Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor and Wild Safari. You can enter Saturday or Sunday in person at the Event at Mercer County Park. Drawing will be held at Mercer County Park on Sunday, October 9th at 8:00 pm. Event benefits Wrap Around Sports and Breast Friends Forever. There is still time to enter a team in the softball tournament. Please contact Janeen or go to www.wraparoundsports.org

Valid from 09/22/2011 to 10/10/2011

Fall 2015 Mercer County Park Commission Nature Programs

08/19/2015

First Friday Story Time (Starting Friday, September 4)

Time: 10:30 am

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: Free

Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands,

followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside or outside if the weather is nice! Donations benefit Friends for Mercer County Parks.

 

Nurturing Nature

Dates : Session 1: Tuesdays, September 15, 22, 29 & October 6

            Session 2: Tuesdays, October 13, 20, 27 & November 3

Time: 10-11:30 am

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $45 per session

Join your child as they explore the park’s flora and fauna with guidance from the Naturalist Staff.  Each themed program includes a group story or experiment, an outdoor hike and a craft. Grow toappreciate nature with your little one. For children 3-5 years old and parent. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

 

Early Bird Walks

When & Where:

September 15     8:30 - 10:30 am @ Roebling Park, Spring Lake     

September 29     8:30 - 10:30 am @ Howell Farm    

October 13          9:30 - 11:30 am @ Baldpate Mountain, Pleasant Valley Road

October 27          9:30 - 11:30 am @ Mercer Meadows, Maidenhead Lot

Price:  Free for Adults and Teens      

Join us for a casual hike dedicated to spotting our fine feathered friends. All abilities of birders are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them, extra binoculars are available for those who don’t. Free for adults and teens. Please note time changes! For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Just a Hike

When & Where:

September 18    12 - 2:30 pm @ Mercer Meadows, Pole Farm

October 16         12 - 2:30 pm @ Fiddler’s Creek Preserve

November 20     12 - 2:30 pm  @ St. Michael’s Preserve, Princeton Ave

Price: Free for Adults and Teens

No theme, no focus, no itinerary; this program really is just a hike. We may take brief pauses to admire various elements of nature, but who knows what we will see or where this hike will lead us. Join County Naturalist Jenn Rogers on these walks throughout our parks. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Tricks with Trees

Date: Saturday, September 12          

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Become a forester for a day! Learn how to identify trees by leaf shape and estimate their height and age with simple tools and tricks of the trade. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Sensory Night Hike

Date: Friday, September 18               

Time: 7:30-9pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a creature of the night? Test your  senses by

identifying the sounds of different nocturnal animals, communicating as an animal would, and exploring what happens to your sight when the sun goes down. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk & Talk

Date: Sunday, September 20 

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Howell Living History Farm 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville NJ

Price: Suggested Donation of $3

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Howell Living History Farm learning about the edible and medicinal plants that grow in your backyard. There will be two tours, one starting at 2 pm and the other at 3 pm and each lasting about one hour. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Morning Migration at the Meadows

Date: Sunday, October 4        

Time:   9-11am

Where: Mercer Meadows @ Pole Farm Entrance

Price: Free

Enjoy waking up with the sun to look for raptors as they begin their migration! Join  us for a morning in the meadows as we search the sky for these amazing birds of prey on their journey south. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, October 10               

Time: 10am-4pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: Free

Come celebrate the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s First Birthday with a day of family activities, games and giveaways! Are you up for our Birthday Fun Run? Ready to test your skills as an archaeologist? Help us kick-start another year of family fun and learning at the Tulpehaking Nature Center!

 

Bluebird House Building Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 17               

Time: 1-3pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person + $15 material fee per box

Get a head start on preparing a space in your yard for spring wildlife. In the spring, bluebirds are looking for nesting sites and can use man-made homes to raise their young. During this workshop you will learn the bluebird’s life history, how to maintain the houses, and get hands on building experience. Material fee is per house. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Fall Foliage Hike

Date: Saturday, October 24               

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

On this hike, we will celebrate the reason for calling this season Fall! Learn why leaves change their color and enjoy the beautiful color palette of the autumn forest. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Spiders: The Original Web Designers

Date: Sunday, October 25                  

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Howell Living History Farm 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville NJ

Price: Suggested Donation of $3

Turn your spider “eeews” into “aaaahs” during this family- oriented program.  Christy, our Teacher Naturalist has a slew of arachnid activities for all ages that will debunk the many spider myths, and increase your appreciation for these tiny creatures. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

World Rivers Day

Date: Sunday, September 27 

Time: 1-4pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: Free

Bring the whole family to our open house to learn about the importance of our very own Delaware River while enjoying activities, crafts and games!

 

Spooky & Spectacular Wildlife

Date: Thursday, October 29              

Time: 7-8:30pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Has Halloween season got you scared of the creepy creatures and spooky sounds of the night?  This program is dedicated to the nocturnal animals of our area and their role in keeping a healthy habitat. Learn about coyotes, spiders, owls and bats!  For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Prepping Your Yard For Winter Wildlife

Date: Sunday, November 8                

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Learn how you can help autumn’s busy animals as they prepare for winter. In this workshop, participants will learn about simple activities and additions you can do in your backyards, as well as complete your own wildlife-friendly project to take home. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Bat Box Building Workshop

Date: Saturday, November 14           

Time: 1-3pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person + $40 material fee per box

Get a head start on preparing a space in your yard for spring wildlife. During this workshop you will learn about the challenges facing our local bat population and how you can help by building and maintaining a bat box in your backyard. Material fee is per house. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Wooly Worm Talk & Weather Forecasting

Date: Sunday, November 14

Time: 2-4pm

Where: Howell Living History Farm 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville NJ
Price: Suggested Donation of $3

Walk with a Wooly! According to colonial American folklore, the width of wooly  bear caterpillar’s brown stripe forecasts winter weather.  After a walk, we’ll make a simple piece of meteorological equipment.           For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Living Like the Lenape

Date: Saturday, November 21           

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Experience a sampling of Lenape activities from storytelling to games, followed with a demonstration of fire-making technique – without matches of course. For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Wild Winter Lifestyles

Date: Sunday, November 22  

Time: 2-3:30pm

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center 157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ

Price: $5 per person, $20 per family

Since animals can’t wear scarves, they have to prepare for winter in other ways! Discover the different ways that animals such as bears, bats, owls, turtles and frogs survive the cold!    For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org

 

Valid from 08/19/2015 to 11/23/2015

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Mercer County presents One Couple, Two Faiths

09/25/2009

Tuesdays
November 10, 17, 24 & December 1
7:00-8:30pm
Location: Adath Israel Congregation
1958 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Fee: $36/couple
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Monday, November 2, 2009
This four-session workshop provides an opportunity for couples to examine the dynamics and some of the issues raised by their interfaith relationship. Topics will include:

Exploration of beliefs & traditions of family of origin
The impact of two faiths on relationships
Dealing with the expectations of extended family
The religious identity of children
Options available within the Jewish community

Please contact Linda Kanner, LCSW, for more information at (609) 987-8100 or lindak@jfcsonline.org
 

Valid from 09/22/2009 to 12/03/2009

Camp Gan Israel of Greater Mercer County Opens June 27, 2011

05/25/2011

Calling all lucky Camp Gan Israel Boys & Girls: Ready or not, here we come!
On Monday June  27th, Camp Gan Israel of Greater Mercer County will open its doors and heart to campers for the eleventh consecutive summer. Chabad is proud that it has established a loving summer home for local campers to enjoy and to be nourished in for many years to come. Camp "Gan Izzy", established in 2001, is a treasure trove of custom-tailored activities. The programs offered allow campers to experience summer the way it should be experienced: with exciting, relaxing, eye-opening, and educational activities that will become a source of their best childhood memories. Counselors, staff and administration are defined by their ethics, patience, and energetic devotion to the campers and their safety. Camp Gan Israel continues to meet a vital need in the Greater Mercer County area, presenting a dream summer of arts, athletics, adventure and friendship for children ages 3-12, all within a loving Jewish framework. All campers learn fundamental techniques in a large variety of activities, along with the important values of teamwork and sportsmanship. For more information regarding Camp Gan Israel's outstanding program, or to register your camper(s), log onto princetonchabad.org or call 609-683-7240.




June 27-Camp Gan Israel begins! Camp Gan Israel of Mercer County is a treasure trove of custom-tailored activities, both classic and innovative, allowing campers to experience summer the way it should be: exciting, relaxing, eye-opening, and forever a source of childhood’s best memories. Located at the Princeton Junior School, lunches are provided daily. For more info, visit princetonchabad.org or call 609-683-7240.

Valid from 05/25/2011 to 06/30/2011

Chabad of Greater Mercer County's Gala Dinner September 23, 2012

09/10/2012

Chabad of Greater Mercer County considers itself blessed to be celebrating 20 years of social services, education, programming, worship and Jewish connection.  We cordially invite the entire community to join us at our upcoming gala dinner on Sunday, September 23rd, at the Princeton Marriot.


It will be a grand night to recognize our select and long-time supporters: The Honorable  Phyllis Marchand, Tita and Paul Celler, David Newton, Sally Steinberg-Brent and Dan Brent. Chabad's Chesed (Kindness) Award will be presented to Mrs. Chana and Dr. Payam Hanian, devoted partners in Chabad’s vital work. Come get to know all our remarkable honorees -- many are your neighbors, and all are models of outstanding citizenship and friendship.


Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Mercer County was founded to enhance the understanding and relevance of our heritage to every Jew -- regardless of observance level or affiliation -- residing in our large and diverse region.  Reaching, inspiring, and aiding tens of thousands, the organization has succeeded in its mission to such an extent that our gala will celebrate yet another milestone -- the public kick-off of our campaign to build The Chabad Center of Princeton. There we will have the room to stretch our wings and services even more widely, and to properly house The Chabad Shul -- our grass-roots, home-grown, unique, and beloved hub of prayer and study.

The Dinner Buffet Reception will begin promptly at 5:00 PM, followed by an Awards Presentation Program and Viennese Dessert Table.


Couvert is $250.00 per person.


Please RSVP by emailing Chabadmerc@gmail and reserving your seat.

For more information and dinner journal opportunities, please call us at 609 252-0124.

Come be a part of this extraordinary achievement, landmark, night, and organization. We look forward to welcoming each of you personally, and making history together.

 

Valid from 09/10/2012 to 09/23/2012

Chabad of Greater Mercer County Offers Free Services for the Jewish High Holidays

08/28/2013

Princeton, NJ, Just a few weeks before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, there are still many Jews who have no plans to attend synagogue services.

Some of these Jews are not affiliated with a synagogue; others will be travelling on business; and a sizable percentage simply don't feel comfortable in a synagogue setting. Another alarming issue, particularly in light of today's flailing economy, is that many cannot afford the cost of services, which these days can run a whopping thousand dollars or more for a family of five.

Whatever the case is, many of these would-be worshippers are feeling the pangs associated with being left out of the holiest days of the Jewish calendar. Chabad of Greater Mercer County - Princeton, the local branch of the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world, has presented its own High Holiday services option, providing free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in a warm and inclusive setting.

Chabad's services are "user-friendly," making it enjoyable and meaningful for both the beginner and the advanced. Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayerbooks, enable those of all levels to become active participants in the services.

"According to Jewish tradition, on the Jewish New Year, the doors of Heaven are open. G-d accepts prayers from everyone," said Lubavitch Rabbi Dubov who is hosting free services in Princeton. "The least we can do is open our doors as well, to the entire community."

Lubavitch Rabbi Dubov continued, "The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory, insisted that Judaism is accessible to all Jews. During the Jewish High Holidays, accessibility can translate into different factors for different people, such as a non-judgmental atmosphere, affordability of the services, or the ability for a beginner to follow along. Our goal is to lower the barriers of entry, and encourage each and every Jew to actively participate in these most holy and introspective days."

Rosh Hashanah begins this year after sundown on September 4 and extends until nightfall on September 6. Yom Kippur begins this year after sundown on the eve of September 13 and extends until nightfall on September 14.

Chabad of Greater Mercer County - Princeton will be holding Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services this year.

WHERE: Chabad of Princeton, visit www.princetonchabad.org for the service schedule.

COST: There is no cost.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAYS: 
For more information about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, visitwww.PrincetonChabad.org/newyear. To find High Holiday services in hundreds of cities throughout the world,
 visit

Valid from 08/28/2013 to 09/15/2013

Sharim V'Sharot's 7th Mercer County Jewish Choral Festival February 23, 2014

01/20/2014

On February 23 at 2:30 PM, enjoy Sharim v'Sharot's Seventh Mercer County Jewish Choral Festival, Dr. Elayne R. Grossman, Musical Director, featuring "The Three B's: Baroque, Brit Milah, and Beautiful Singing." Come Hear Cantor Davil Tilman, the Festival's first Scholar-in-Residence and Guest Conductor, discuss Louis Saladin's "Canticum Hebraicum," composed for a Brit Milah (circumcision) around 1680. Cantor Tilman will then conduct a hundred Jewish voices in its performance.

Also hear 6 Jewish choirs of Mercer County: Sharim v'Sharot, Lashir, Beth El, Koleinu - Princeton University A Cappella, Adath Israel, and Beth Chaim.

Doors open at 2:15. Cantor Tilman's discussion begins at 2:30; Concert at 3 PM, the public is welcome. A voluntary donation of $10  is requested at the door. The Festival will be at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ, on Rt. 206.  Choral Festival inquiries to: 609-22-CHOIR, which is
609-222-4647, and www.sharimvsharot.com


Valid from 01/20/2014 to 02/24/2014

POSTPONED: Lawrence Hopewell Trail & Mercer County Park Commission to Host Full Moon Bike Ride

08/20/2016

NEW DATE SEPTEMBER 17

HOPEWELL, N.J.  (Aug. 19, 2016) – With a high probability of widespread rain and thunderstorms this Sunday, August 21, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail board and Mercer County Park Commission decided today to postpone its annual Full Moon Ride to Saturday, September 17, with a rain date set for September 18.

The event was originally scheduled to take place this Sunday, but the board and county staff determined that moving the event – which has drawn over 500 participants for the last two years – is necessary to ensure the safety of hundreds of riders and dozens of volunteers expected at event.

An added benefit is that the ride will take place earlier in the evening because the moon rises earlier in September.

"With an expected moon rise of 7:47 p.m. on September 17, we can start the ride a full hour earlier than we planned for this Sunday," said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the Full Moon Ride. "Our ride will begin at 8:30, when the moon will be high enough to cast good light on the trail route. Riders will cycle six miles through the meadows and woodlands of Mercer Meadows."

"The weather forecast for this Sunday evening -- for a cold front bringing widespread rain and thunderstorms  -- leaves us little choice but to move this l event to September," Watson said. "Our event co-sponsor, the Mercer County Parks Commission, agrees with this decision and is now booking the event for September 17, with a rain date of the next night."

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can't attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/.  Registration online is highly recommended!

This is the third year in a row for this nighttime cycling excursion. The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

 

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information, please visit www.lhtrail.org.

 

About Mercer Meadows

The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride will take place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park's four water bodies.  For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.

Valid from 08/20/2016 to 09/18/2016

Mercer County Announces “Just a Hike” Programs This Fall

09/15/2015

HAMILTON, N.J.--Enjoy the spectacular show Mother Nature puts on as summer slips into fall and Mercer County Naturalist Jenn Rogers leads you on “Just a Hike.” These Friday afternoon hikes are a great way to spend time outdoors connecting with the natural world around you.

These casual, laid-back hikes have neither focus nor theme. Walk beneath the trees as their leaves fade and fall to the forest floor. See if you can spot the deer, fox and other wildlife preparing for the long winter ahead. If while meandering along the trail, you spot a curious critter or plant, point it out! Ms. Rogers is always eager to educate, explore and explain the parks’ various plants and wildlife. The possibilities of what you may discover and learn are endless.

“Just a Hike” walks will be held on the following Friday afternoons starting at noon and lasting about two and a half hours: Sept. 18 at Mercer Meadows Pole Farm; Oct. 16 at Fiddler’s Creek Preserve; and Nov. 20 at D&R Greenway’s St. Michael’s Preserve, Princeton Avenue. These walks are free for adults and teens; please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

For more information and to pre-register, please call 609-303-0706 or
e-mail natureprograms@mercercounty.org.

Valid from 09/15/2015 to 11/21/2015

Bike the Canal Feeder in Mercer County With the Sierra Club March 31, 2010

03/16/2010

Join the Sierra Club for an easy 14-mile bike trip on the along the historic towpath. Interested participants are asked to meet at the Washington Crossing State Park parking area located directly off Rt 29 and adjacent to the D & R Canal path at 10:00 am. The group will pedal from Washington Crossing State Park (Titusville) north to Lambertville and return to the start location in time for lunch. The D&R towpath is relatively flat and well-graded dirt with some occasional loose dirt and gravel. Hybrid or mountain bikes are recommended but HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. Bring a lunch that will stay in your car and can be retrieved upon completion of the ride. Bring a lunch, snacks and water. INCLEMENT WEATHER CANCELS. This ride will be lead by George & Leona Fluck and sponsored by the Sierra Club. For further information please call 609-259-3734 or email Leona@pineypaddlers.com.

Valid from 03/16/2010 to 04/01/2010

Mercer County Community College to Host Two Events to Commemorate 9-11

08/29/2012

On September 11, 2001, nearly 700 New Jerseyans -- the second highest casualty toll after New York -- perished during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and aboard United Flight 93.

For the past ten years, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) has hosted a commemoration of these tragic events. This year’s ceremony takes place on Tuesday, September 11, at 11 a.m. at the Student Center Memorial Garden, located on the West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

This year’s speaker will be Sgt. Michael Yeh of the Lawrence Twp. Police Department.  Sgt. Yeh is a volunteer firefighter for Princeton Junction.  He will speak about experiences at Ground Zero when he responded to the call as part of the NJ Urban Search and Rescue Team on 9/11.  Hamilton resident and MCCC student vocalist Alison Varra will perform as part of the ceremony.

The college will host an additional event this year in partnership with the New Jersey State Museum.  A panel discussion, “September 11 as Memory and History,” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer, also on the West Windsor campus.  All members of the public, including high school and college students, are encouraged to attend.

Among the speakers are Dr. Craig Coenen, professor of history at MCCC, who will discuss the historical context of 9/11; Mike Kelly, a journalist for The Record (Bergen County); and Scott Knowles, professor of history at Drexel University, who will discuss how 9/11 might be remembered in the year 2051.  A World Trade Center survivor and two New Jerseyans who lost family members in the attack will also present their stories. 

The program is the first installment in a series organized by the New Jersey State Museum to complement its exhibition, “9/11: Reflections and Memories from New Jersey,” currently on extended view in the Museum’s main building in Trenton at 205 West State Street.

“Participants will have a unique opportunity to hear harrowing tales of escape and loss, along with heartwarming stories of benevolence and goodwill that came from 9/11,” said Anthony Gardner, director of the NJ State Museum.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and have a dialogue with panelists following the discussion. For more information, call 609-570-3378.

The 9/11 exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum, the first comprehensive exhibition to tell the story of September 11 from the New Jersey perspective, will be on display through July 2013.  In September 2012, new artifacts on loan from the National September 11 Memorial Museum along with recently produced videos/digital materials will be rotated into the exhibit.  For more information, call 609-292-5420, or visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov.

Valid from 08/29/2012 to 01/11/2015

MCCC Gallery Calls for Entries for 2010 “Mercer County Artists” Exhibit

01/28/2010

West Windsor, N.J. -- Artists aged 18 or older who live, work or study in Mercer County, N.J., are invited to submit work to be considered for this year’s “Mercer County Artists” exhibit. Artists may enter one or two pieces in any media except photography.  (The county hosts a separate “Mercer County Photography” exhibit).

 

Jurying will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13 at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College.  Artwork should be dropped off at The Galley between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Work not selected for the exhibit must be picked up that same afternoon between 3:45 and 5:00 p.m.

Awards and prizes, including the Utrecht Paints Best in Show, the 8th Annual West Windsor Arts Council Prize, and the coveted Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission Purchase Awards, will be announced at the show’s Opening Reception, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  The show will be on display through April 1.

This year’s juror is C.J. Mugavero, owner of The Artful Deposit Gallery, located in historic Bordentown, N.J.  She opened the first Artful Deposit Gallery in Monmouth County in 1986, and has been a gallery owner and art dealer ever since.  More about her gallery and roster of nationally recognized artists can be viewed at www.theartfuldeposit.com.

 

A prospectus may be downloaded from the Gallery page at www.mccc.edu/gallery. For a hard copy of the prospectus, artists should email their name, full address and zip code to gallery@mccc.edu or they can pick up a copy in front of The Gallery on the day of the jurying.

 

This exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.   

 

The Gallery is located on the second floor of MCCC’s Communications building, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Directions and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu.

Valid from 01/28/2010 to 02/14/2010

MCCC Gallery Announces Winners of “Mercer County Artists 2011”

03/15/2011

The Gallery at Mercer County Community College announced the award winners for "Mercer County Artists 2011" at an Opening Reception Mar. 9. The exhibit, which runs through April 7, features 120 works by 95 artists who live, work or study in Mercer County. The pieces were selected from 240 entries by this year's juror, Janet Hunt, the owner and director of Coryell Gallery, located in Lambertville. Hunt has been a key figure in the arts community of central New Jersey for decades.
 
This annual exhibit is a collaboration between the college and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. The Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

According to MCCC Gallery Curator/Director Tricia Fagan, the exhibit features approximately 80 two-dimensional works and 40 three-dimensional works. Most art media are represented, including oils, watercolors, charcoal, ceramics, wood, handmade paper, acrylics and mixed media. One-quarter of the selected artists are newcomers.
 
Addressing the artists at the awards ceremony, Fagan extolled them for their beautiful art. "Without all of you, our lives would be much less colorful."
 
Mercer County Freeholder Andrew Koontz, who holds a degree in Fine Arts from New York University, added his words of appreciation. "I know how much hard work and how many hours this represents. On behalf of the county, we thank you for providing this educational opportunity for students at the college."
 
Winner of the Utrecht Art Supplies Best in Show Award was Al Aronson, of Princeton, for his acrylic abstract, "Planar." Aronson received a generous gift certificate from Utrecht Art Supplies, located in Cranbury. An MCCC alumnus, Aronson pursued his associate degree in Fine Arts in the 1970s, while working days as an aerospace engineer. Now retired from his career in engineering, he is pursuing his art with a passion.
 
The two Juror's Choice Awards went to Harold Popowitz, of East Windsor, for "Presence," an acrylic on masonite, and Larry Chestnut, of Hamilton, for his oil painting, "Autumn Transition #2." Chestnut, a former graphic designer, now paints full time. "It's what I want to do," he said, noting that painting requires physical stamina and he is doing it "while the sun is still shining."
 
Honorable Mentions were awarded to six artists including: Mic Boekelmann, of Princeton, for her charcoal drawing, "Inner Strength"; Dee Gozonsky, of West Windsor, for her watercolor, "River Bank"; Charles McCollough, of Hopewell, for his elm wood sculptures, "Grounded Pig" and "Flying Horse"; Maxine Shore, of East Windsor, for "Central Park Shade"; Mary Waltham, of Princeton, for her oil painting, "Haymaking"; and Susan Winter, of Hightstown, for her oil painting, "On the Wall."

 Al Aronson, of Princeton, was the Utrecht Best in Show winner for "Planar."
 
Winners of Purchase Prizes, selected by representatives from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, are Larry Chestnut for "Autumn Transition #2" (his second prize); Bill Plank, of Lawrenceville, for his watercolor, "Exiles"; and Susan Winter for "On the Wall (her second prize).
 
Winners of awards from the West Windsor Arts Council included Katarzyna Iwaniec for her oil painting, "Pink Table," and Ronald W. LeMahieu for his raku-fired ceramic, "Trio," and mosaic "Skull/Black & White."
 
The artists selected for the show turned out in droves, both to celebrate their own participation and to view the works of other artists in the local community. Award winner Mary Waltham noted that artists work in isolation. "To be selected is an affirmation of what we're doing. You need that occasionally. And it's great to come out and see what other artists are doing." Originally from the United Kingdom, Waltham said she was given a choice in high school to study either art or science. She chose science then, but has been fully devoted to art for the past five years. Mostly self-taught, she is delighted and inspired to be part of this exhibit.
 
Award winner Dee Gozonsky, a retired art teacher, was also thrilled with the exhibit. "The work is exemplary and outstandingly diverse. This show was wonderfully juried," she said.
 
Now in its 39th year, the Mercer County Artists show continues to feature some of the region's most talented artists. Works in all media except for photography (which is featured in a separate county show) are exhibited by both well-established and emerging artists. This exhibit is supported, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, through a grant from the Mercer County Board of Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.
 
Gallery hours for the show are: Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (609) 570-3589 or visit the Gallery website.
 

Valid from 03/15/2011 to 04/08/2011

MCCC Gallery Announces Winners of “Mercer County Artists 2012”

03/15/2012

 

West Windsor, N.J. - The Gallery at Mercer County Community College announced the award winners for "Mercer County Artists 2012" at an Opening Reception Mar. 7. The exhibit, which runs through April 5, features 78 works, including 18 sculptures, by 76 artists who live, work or study in Mercer County. The pieces were selected from 288 entries by this year's juror, curator/consultant Jeffrey Wechsler, who recently retired as senior art curator at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University/New Brunswick.
 
This annual exhibit is a collaboration between the college and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. The Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Most art media are represented in the show, including oils, watercolors, charcoal, ceramics, handmade paper, acrylics and mixed media. Reflecting on his selections in his juror’s statement, Wechsler observed, “Ultimately it was the effectiveness of the artist at communicating something to the viewer – within the confines of the current level at which the artist now works – that led to the selection of individual pieces into the exhibition. Importantly, the ‘something’ communicated was wide-ranging – beauty, emotion, precision, narrative skill, even a compelling craziness.”
 
During the opening reception, packed with artists and friends, MCCC Gallery Director/Curator Tricia Fagan said, “Lots of people don’t realize that this show was created by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission 40 years ago. It’s a partnership between the county and the college. The county’s art collection is born out of this show.”
 
Presenting the awards were MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, Mercer County Freeholders Pat Colavita and Andrew Koontz, and Division Chief of Cultural and Heritage Ida Perez-Margicin.
 
Colavita congratulated the artists for their beautiful work. “The county has a deep investment in supporting the arts. This exhibit is such a tribute to those who create. It’s a universal language.” Koontz added, “The arts are important. And it’s you who are making it. So we thank you.” Dr. Donohue encouraged the artists to return to the show with friends and family and to spread the word about Mercer’s excellent Fine Arts faculty.
 
Winner of the Utrecht Art Supplies Best in Show Prize was Arlene Milgram, of Trenton, for two mixed media pieces, “And Dreams Will Grow” and “Treasure Error.”(She is one of only two artists who had two works accepted for the show.) The Juror’s Choice Awards went to Timothy Fitzpatrick of Mercerville for “Sons, Brothers” and Charles McVicker of Princeton for “Vortex.” 
 
Honorable Mentions were awarded to six artists: Marina Ahunbabaeba of Princeton for “Princeton/Hamilton Jewelers”; Mic Boekelmann of Princeton for “Experience”; Oki Fukunaga of Lawrenceville for “Golem #25”;Maurice Galimidi of Ewing for “Reclining Nude”; Valerie Labell-Desmarais of Princeton for “Moose knows we all have patterns”; Miryong Lee of Princeton for Harmonious Diversity”; and Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser of Skillman for “Short Stories in White.”
 
Recipients of Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission Purchase Awards were Al Aronson of Princeton for “Waterfall”; Arlene Milgram of Trenton for “Treasure Error”;andMary Waltham of Princeton for “Updike Farm, Princeton.”
 
Presenting two awards from the West Windsor Arts Council was board member Amy Frankel. Winners included Allison Singer for “Where the Birds Have Room to Fly” and Lou Cicchini for “Adam’s Apple.”

 
Best in Show winner Arlene Milgram noted that her mixed-media works are a creative use of unused materials. “I reconstruct them into new pieces,” she said. Milgram is an art teacher in Montgomery Township and a 2005 Dodge fellow in the Artist/Teacher Initiative. She exhibits her work locally and nationally.
 
Juror’s Choice recipient Tim Fitzpatrick explained that he has gotten back into painting in recent years. An MCCC alumnus who studied art and graduated in 1981, Fitzpatrick first worked as a freelance illustrator and then moved into computer graphics. He has been a web designer at the college for 10 years. Fitzpatrick says that being selected for the show is likely to encourage him to continue painting.
 
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Mercer County Artists show continues to feature some of the region's most talented artists. Works in all media except for photography (which is featured in a separate county show) are exhibited by both well-established and emerging artists. This exhibit is supported, in part, by the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, through a grant from the Mercer County Board of Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.
 

Gallery hours are: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (609) 570-3589 or visit the Gallery website at www.mccc.edu/gallery.

Valid from 03/15/2012 to 05/15/2012

Mercer County Senior Art Show

06/04/2009

Mercer County Division of Culture and Heritage is partnering with the Office on Aging to present the Mercer County Senior Art Show from August 17 through August 27 at the Robbinsville Senior Center at 1117 Route 130 in Robbinsville.

Any Mercer County resident age 60 or older may submit artwork to the show for possible inclusion in the New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show. All submissions must be the original work of the applicant, created within the last three years, and not previously entered in the Mercer County Senior Art Show. Applicants may submit one piece of art in any of the following categories: acrylic, computer-generated images, drawing, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography (including digital), prints, and watercolor. One winner in each category will move on to the state show at Meadow Lakes in October. There must be three entries per category before judging can take place.

For more information, or to receive a prospectus through the mail, please call (609) 989-6661.
 
 

Valid from 06/04/2009 to 08/28/2009

MCCC Gallery Hosts Mercer County Artists 2011, Prizes to be Announced at Opening Reception March 9, 2011

03/02/2011

The talents of 95 Mercer County artists will be on display at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College in the upcoming exhibit, "Mercer County Artists 2011," which runs from March 8 to April 7. The community is invited to the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, to be held Wednesday, March 9 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communication Building on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
 
Juror Janet Hunt, owner and director of Coryell Gallery, which is located in Lambertville, has selected 120 works of art for the show from a field of 240 entries. Nearly one-quarter of the artists are newcomers. In addition to oil and watercolor paintings, close to a third of the pieces are three-dimensional mixed media and sculpture in materials ranging from clay and wood to bronze and concrete.
 
Among the prizes to be announced at the Opening Reception are Best in Show, two Juror's Choice Awards, and six Honorable Mentions. The awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. with representatives from the college, the county and the West Windsor Arts Council on hand to make presentations.
 
According to MCCC Gallery Director/Curator Tricia Fagan, juror Janet Hunt has been a key member of the arts community of central New Jersey for decades. Descended from a long line of artists, she has been part of the organizing committee for the prestigious Phillips' Mill annual art show since the early 1970s. "She carries on a remarkable family legacy. She really enjoyed all the talent she found here in Mercer County," Fagan said.
Selected artists include (in alphabetical order): Marina Ahunbabaeva of Princeton, Priscilla Snow Algava of Princeton, Robert Allard of Hamilton, Barry Altman, MD, of East Windsor, Gilda K. Aronovic of Princeton, Al Aronson of Princeton, Karen Bannister of Hopewell, Meghan Blair of Lawrenceville, Micaela Boekelmann of Princeton, Kelsey Bohlinger of Ewing, Ina Brosseau Marx of Princeton, Jennifer Cadoff of Princeton, Tito Cascieri of West Windsor, Larry Chestnut of Trenton, Sue S. Chiu of Lawrenceville, Louis Cicchini of Princeton Junction, Ben Colbert of Trenton, Jonathan Conner of Hamilton, Betty Curtiss of Princeton, Salvatore Damiano of Trenton, Filomena Dileo of Hamilton, Joseph H. Dougherty of Pennington, Ilene Dube of West Windsor, Janet Felton of West Windsor, Amy Frankel of West Windsor, Beverly Ardos Fredericks of East Windsor, Kristin Furbeck of Hamilton, Magdalena Furniss of Princeton, Maurice Galimidi of Ewing, Linda Gebhard of Hightstown, Christine Godfrey of Princeton, Dee Gozonsky of West Windsor, Frank Haggerty, Jr., of Lawrenceville, Biernet Henskens ofTrenton, Yu-Ching Huang of Trenton, Linda Iannacone of Trenton, Katarzyna Iwaniec of Princeton Junction, Justin Jedrzejczyk of Trenton, Bob Justin of Hamilton, René Kammeyer Seeland of East Windsor, Mel Keiner of East Windsor, William Knight of Burlington (with a studio in Princeton), Dick Kraeuter of Lawrenceville, Susan Kubota of Lawrenceville, Renee Kumar of West Windsor, Blanche Lacher of West Windsor, Lori Langsner of Princeton Junction, Ronald A. LeMahieu of Princeton, Kathleen Liao of Princeton Junction, Kuen Liao of Princeton Junction, Orlando Loaiza of Hightstown, Rob Lowe of Trenton, Charles McCollough of Hopewell, Arlene Gale Milgram of Trenton, Glenn Miller of Princeton Junction, Rachelle Nielsen Picarello of Lawrenceville, Lea Novak of Hamilton Square, Terri Olexa of Titusville, Elizabeth Peck of Princeton, Susan Phelan of Hamilton Square, Bill Plank of Lawrenceville, Mircea Popescu of Lawrenceville, Harold Popowitz of East Windsor, Teresa Prashad of Lawrence, Kathleen Preziosi of Princeton, Janis Purcell of East Windsor, Bonnie Christina Randall of Trenton, Jennifer Raughleyof Hopewell, Elijah Sabree of Trenton, Vijay Sawant of East Windsor, Jules Schaeffer of Belle Mead, Catharina Schimert of Lawrenceville, Christa Schneider of Princeton, Nancy Scott of Lawrenceville, Efat Shatzky of Princeton, Maxine Shore of East Windsor, Mary Siebers of Hamilton, J. Marion Simmons of Plainsboro, Margaret Simpson of Hamilton, Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser of Skillman, Larry Steele of Lawrenceville, Karen Stolper of Princeton, Susan Strassberg of Lawrenceville, Chad Thompson of Hamilton, Judy Tobie of Princeton, Katie Truk of Hamilton Square, Mary Waltham of Princeton, Shaomei Wan of Princeton, Alice Warshaw of Lawrenceville, Mary Ann Weisser of West Windsor, Andrew Werth of Princeton Junction, Rena White of Lawrenceville, Marisa Wieczorek Mule of Yardville, Gloria Wiernik of Lawrenceville, Susan Winter of Hightstown, and Nancy Zamboni of Mercerville.


Gallery hours are: Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about exhibits at the MCCC Gallery, visit www.mccc.edu/gallery. Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu.

 

Valid from 03/02/2011 to 03/14/2011

MCCC Gallery Calls for Entries for "Mercer County Artists 2011" Jurying Set for Feb. 26

02/08/2011

 Calling local artists! The Gallery at Mercer County Community College invites individuals 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County, N.J., to submit their artwork to be considered for "Mercer County Artists 2011," a juried exhibition. Artists may enter up to two original works in any media except photography. (The county hosts a separate Mercer County photography exhibit).

Jurying will take place on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the MCCC Gallery. Artwork should be dropped off between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Work not accepted for the exhibit must be picked up that afternoon between 3:30 and 5 p.m.The Gallery is located on the second floor of MCCC's Communications Building on the West Windsor campus (http://www.mccc.edu/welcome_directions_wwcampus.shtml) , 1200 Old Trenton Road.

An array of purchase and merit prizes will be awarded, among them the Utrecht Art Supplies Best in Show prize and the Ninth Annual West Windsor Arts Council Prize for outstanding work by a West Windsor artist. Awards will be announced during the show's Opening Reception, which will be held on Wednesday, March 9 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show will be on display through April 7. Artwork that receives Purchase Awards from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission will become part of the county's permanent art collection.

A prospectus may be downloaded from the Gallery website at http://www.mccc.edu/pdf/gallery_mca2011-prospectus.pdf . For a hard copy, artists should email their name and full mailing address to gallery@mccc.edu.

The exhibition is co-sponsored and supported by a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
Learn more about exhibits at the MCCC Gallery at
http://www.mccc.edu/community_gallery.shtml .

Valid from 02/08/2011 to 02/27/2011

Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center Presents “From Warsaw Ghetto to Darfur” at MCCC Gallery Oct. 12-Nov. 5

10/04/2010

As part of its efforts to teach and understand the concepts and lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center presents “From the Warsaw Ghetto to Darfur: Photos, Text and Commentaries” at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College.  The exhibit opens Tuesday, Oct. 12 and runs through Friday, Nov. 5.  The Gallery is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, on the second floor of the CM Building, 1200 old Trenton Road.
 
The exhibit features a series of powerful photographs taken in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, displayed courtesy of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.  Also featured are Jerry Casciano’s post-war photographs of concentration camps and survivors, with accompanying commentaries.
 
Another group of photographs, on loan from Doctors Without Borders pediatrician Jerry Ehrlich, M.D., were taken in the refugee camps of Darfur during Dr. Ehrlich’s service there in 2004.  Drawings by children of the camps are also included. 
 
An opening reception takes place Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m.  Both Dr. Ehrlich and Mr. Casciano will be on hand to speak about their experiences and photo projects.
 
Gallery hours are Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Additional hours are available by special arrangement.   This exhibit is free and open to the public.
 
Another event in October is the showing of the Oscar Award-winning film, “The Pianist” (2002), on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. in the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center.  The center is located on the second floor of the Library Building next to the MCCC Book Store on the West Windsor campus.  
 
Regular Holocaust Center hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Materials for use and loan include books, videos and CDs. More about the Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center is available at www.mccc.edu/holocaust. For further information, e-mail: goldwass@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3355.


 

Valid from 10/04/2010 to 11/06/2010

Diverse Talents of “Mercer County Artists” Shine at Awards Reception; Exhibit on Display at MCCC Gallery through April 3

03/18/2014

West Windsor, N.J. – The local arts community had a chance to meet, greet and enjoy the diverse, colorful and often poignant works of fellow artists at an Awards Reception for “Mercer County Artists 2014” on March 13.  The exhibit is on display at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor, through April 3.  It features 96 works by 75 artists and includes oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as mixed media collages and sculptures in clay, found art, and recycled materials.

Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe announced the award winners with fellow presenters Tricia Fagan and Nora Añanos from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.  “The art we see around us clearly confirms the vibrancy of the arts here in Mercer County,” Wolfe said.  “Without these artists, we would live in a less colorful, meaningful and inspired community.  They remind us how important art is in shaping and reshaping our experience in the world.”

He thanked juror Dallas Piotrowski, the curator at The Pennington School Gallery, for judging 227 entries and narrowing the show “to what could reasonably fit into this space.”  He also acknowledged the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission for its continuing support of the Mercer County Artists exhibit.  “Through its Purchase Awards program, the Cultural and Heritage Commission is creating an amazing collection while providing direct support and encouragement to the artists in our community,” Wolfe said.

Award winners include: the Utrecht Best in Show Prize to Michelle Rothwell, of Trenton, for “Passion Turbo”; Juror's Choice Awards to Mary Atlas, of Princeton, for “Caged Innocence” and Helene Plank, of Lawrenceville, for “Self-Portrait”; and County Purchase Awards to Ilene Dube, of Princeton, for “Bowties & Butterflies,” Susan Luty, of Hightstown, for “Out of the Earth, Into the Fire,” Helene Plank for “Self-Portrait,” and Kathleen Wallace of Churchville for “October Creek I.”

Rothwell’s “Passion Turbo,” a pigment ink on paper, is a marriage of art and science.  “I was able to sculpt forms from a virtual blob of clay using the same 3-D tools used by game designers and film animators,” she explained, adding that with this technique she is able to add texture and depth.  “It’s a flat surface, but you feel like you can touch it.”   A former game design instructor at MCCC, Rothwell currently teaches game design and animation at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn. 

Other featured artists are: Marina Ahun of Princeton, Joanne Amantea of Princeton, Catherine Babecki of Pennington, Frank Bardachino of Allentown, Bob Barish of Pennington, Samita Bhatia of Princeton, Donna Blachford of Monroe Twp., Janis Blayne-Paul of Lambertville, Mic Boekelmann of Princeton, Tina Boyer of Trenton, Michael Buriani of Hamilton Square, Larry Chestnut of Hamilton, Sue Chiu of Lawrenceville, Louis Cicchini, Ben Colbert of Trenton, Salvatore Damiano of Hamilton, Ingrid Davis of East Windsor, Hanneke de Neve of Hamilton, Chris DuBois, Rob Enggist of Hamilton, Susan Ezzo of West Windsor, Lynne Faridy of Levittown, Janet Felton of Princeton Junction, Maurice Galimidi of Ewing, Greg Goodwine of Robbinsville, Kathleen Green of Lawrenceville, Bill Hoeflich of Trenton, Bob Justin of Hamilton, Renee Kumar of Princeton Junction, Jane Lawrence of Mercerville, Ron LeMahieu of Princeton, Diane Maller of Princeton, Eugene McCray of Princeton, Charles McCullough of Hopewell, Lucretia E. McGuff-Silverman of Roosevelt, Terri McNichol of Cranbury, Arlene Gale Milgram of Trenton, Deena Miller of Lawrenceville, Glenn Moore of Hamilton, Paul Mordetsky of Hightstown, Caryn Newman of Ewing, Lea Novak of Hamilton Square, Deborah Paglione of Robbinsville, Ruthann Perry of Lawrenceville, Mircea Popescu of Lawrenceville, Maria Raimondo of Robbinsville, Libby Ramage of Princeton, Leona Rosso-Dzugan of West Windsor, Michelle Rothwell of Trenton, Joel Rudin of Princeton, Jules Schaeffer of Belle Mead (2), Christa Schneider of Princeton, Mark Schreiber, Nancy Scott of Lawrenceville, Deirdre Sheean of Roosevelt, Margaret Simpson of Hamilton, Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser of Princeton, Priscilla Snow-Algava of Princeton, Harvey Steinberg of Lawrenceville, Kyle Stevenson of Hamilton, Katie Truk of Hamilton Square, Cathy Tsao, Megan Uhaze of Hamilton, Shaomei Wan of East Windsor, Rena White of Lawrenceville, Mark Wilkie of Hamilton and Susan Winter of Hightstown.

The Gallery at Mercer is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Directions and gallery hours are available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.

Valid from 03/18/2014 to 04/04/2014

MCCC Gallery Hosts “Mercer County Photography Exhibit 2013”; Prizes to be Announced at Opening Reception Nov. 20

11/12/2013

 

The familiar, the haunting and the often delightful imagery of 29 Mercer County photographers will be on display at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College in the exhibit, "My Mercer: Mercer County Photography 2013," which runs from Tuesday, Nov. 19 to Wednesday, Dec. 18. The community is invited to an Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Nov. 20 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  (The awards ceremony starts at 5:45 p.m.) The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communication Building on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

 

Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe notes that this year’s show has a special theme.  In commemoration of the county’s 150th anniversary, all photographers were asked to submit photos that feature the people, places, things, and events that make Mercer County a special place to live, work, study and enjoy.

“This exhibit provides the visitor with a collective vision of life in Mercer County, New Jersey.  That vision is one of beauty, contrast, color, people, nature, and industry,” Wolfe said.  The juror for the show was award-winning Trenton Times photographer Michael Mancuso.

Photographers are: Elsie Allen of Princeton, Cheryl Bomba of Pennington, Jay Brandinger of Pennington, Richard DeFalco of Princeton, Bill Felder of Lawrenceville, Anne Freeman of Clinton, Joseph Gilchrist of Hamilton, Lionel Goodman of Princeton, Janet Hautau of Princeton, Jody Kendall of Princeton, Jonathan Michalick of Lawrenceville, Janice Montervino of Hamilton, Harold Ordonez of Hamilton, Kapu Patel of West Windsor, Charles Plohn of Princeton, Zac Santanello of Hamilton, Sandra Shapiro of Princeton, Sandra Simpson of Hamilton, Jerry Spielman of West Windsor, Christina Stadelmeier of Trenton, Anne Stefane of Lawrenceville, Keith Swango of Ewing, John Symons of Pennington, Harvey Steinberg of Lawrenceville, Larry Straus of Ewing, Robert Terrano of East Windsor, Richard Trenner of Princeton, Samuel Vovsi of Princeton, and Lee Whiteman of Robbinsville.

Gallery hours for this show are Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Thursdays, 11a.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information about Mercer 175, visit www.Mercer175.org.

More information about exhibits at the MCCC Gallery is available at www.mccc.edu/gallery. Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu.

 

Valid from 11/12/2013 to 12/19/2013

“Mercer County Artists” Award Winners Announced; Exhibit on Display at MCCC Gallery through March 24

02/27/2016

West Windsor, N.J. – A colorful and creative feast for the eyes greeted more than 100 artists, their supporters, students and county officials who turned out for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for “Mercer County Artists 2016” on February 24.  The exhibit is on display through March 24 at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  (The gallery will be closed for Spring Break, March 14 to 18.)

The show features 69 works by 55 artists in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as mixed media collages and 18 sculptures.

Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe announced the award winners with fellow presenters Pat Colavita, Jr., Mercer County Freeholder, and Tricia Fagan of the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. “This exhibit once again affirms the wealth of talent and ingenuity that surrounds us," Wolfe observed. "Our art community inspires us to see the beauty in even the simplest things." Wolfe curated the show with the assistance of MCCC student volunteers.

Wolfe thanked juror Jesse Vincent, Education Coordinator at Artworks Trenton, for immersing herself in a challenging jurying process.  “There were many tough choices.  Jesse strove to create an exhibit that reflected multiple mediums and subjects.” Vincent selected from 215 pieces submitted by 121 artists. Wolfe also acknowledged the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission for its continuing support of the exhibit, which selected three paintings for the permanent collection of county created, county owned artwork.  Also on hand was Ailyn Green, Executive Director of the West Windsor Arts Council, who presented awards to West Windsor artists.

Janis Purcell, of East Windsor, was the recipient of The Best in Show Award, sponsored by Blick Art Materials, for “Diva,” a wood and mixed media sculpture inspired by African art.  Juror’s Choice Awards went to Chris Cooper, of Lawrenceville, for “Self-Portrait” and Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser, of Lawrenceville, for “That Night.”  Honorable Mentions went to Joseph Dougherty, of Pennington, for “Stick”; Roseann Kanter, of Lawrenceville, for “Leopard”; and Lucretia McGuff-Silverman, of Roosevelt, for “Winter Road at Sunset.”  Mercer County Purchase Awards were presented to John Brecko, of Ewing, for “Daybreak”; Sean Carney, of Ewing, for “First Snow”; and Leni Morante, of Mercerville, for “Van Cumpen Brook – Delaware Water Gap.” West Windsor Arts Council's prizes were presented to Allison Singer, of Princeton Junction, for “Deep in the Park” and Andrew Werth, of Princeton Junction, for “Sierpinski Squared.”

Photos are available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156598158145302.1073741985.176024195301&type=3

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Wednesday hours extended until 7 p.m.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. Directions and gallery hours are available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.

Valid from 02/27/2016 to 03/25/2016

MCCC Gallery Calls for Entries for "Mercer County Artists 2016"; Jurying Set for Feb. 13

01/26/2016

West Windsor, N.J. – Calling local artists! Artists aged 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County are invited to submit their art for consideration for this year’s “Mercer County Artists 2016” exhibition at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).  Jurying takes place on Saturday, Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Gallery.

The MCCC Gallery is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Directions and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu.  

Artists may enter up to two original works completed in the past two years (since February 2014) in any media except photography.  (The county hosts a separate photography exhibit).  They are asked to drop off their work between 9:30 a.m. and noon.  Early drop-off is Thursday, Feb. 11, noon to 3 p.m. Works that are not accepted for the show should be picked up between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. 

Prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded, including the Utrecht Art Supplies Best in Show Prize and the annual West Windsor Arts Council Prize for outstanding work by a West Windsor artist.  Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission Purchase Award winners will become part of the County’s permanent art collection.

The juror for the exhibit is Jesse Vincent, Education Coordinator at Artworks Trenton, where she coordinates and develops all adult and youth education programming as well as instructing artistic enrichment workshops for Artworks Print Studio. Vincent also serves as Assistant Curator for Sales Gaspillée, one of Philadelphia's First Friday art shows.

A full prospectus for the exhibit is available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.  For a hard copy of the prospectus, artists should email their name and full mailing address to gallery@mccc.edu.

The “Mercer County Artists” show will be on display from Monday, Feb. 22 to Thursday, March 24.  An Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is co-sponsored and supported by the county’s Cultural and Heritage Commission through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Valid from 01/26/2016 to 02/25/2016

MCCC Gallery Hosts “Mercer County Artists 2013”; Prizes to be Announced at Opening Reception March 13

03/02/2013

 

West Windsor, N.J. – The talents of 88 Mercer County artists will be on display at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College in the exhibit "Mercer County Artists 2013," which runs from March 5 to April 4. The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communication Building on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

 

The community is invited to the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, to be held Wednesday, March 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m., with representatives from the college, the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the West Windsor Arts Council on hand to make presentations.

Dolores Eaton, director of the Pennington School’s Silva Gallery, juried this year's exhibition. She has selected 107 works of art in a wide variety of media including casein, spraypaint, wood, wax, gold leaf, crystals, fiber, concrete and mylar in addition to the more traditional paint, drawing and sculptural media. She also selected the “Utrecht Paints Best in Show,” Juror's Choice and Honorable Mention awards, which will be announced at the reception, along with the West Windsor Artist Prize and the coveted Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission’s Purchase Awards.

 

According to MCCC Gallery Director/Curator Tricia Fagan, more than 140 artists entered one or two works of art for consideration. “The juror found it challenging to make final cuts with so many talented artists submitting work this year,” Fagan said.

 

Gallery hours are: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

 

The exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.


For more information about this and other exhibits at the MCCC Gallery, visit www.mccc.edu/gallery. Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu

Valid from 03/02/2013 to 03/31/2013

MCCC Gallery Calls for Entries for "Mercer County Artists 2013"; Jurying Set for Feb. 23

02/04/2013

Calling local artists!  Artists aged 18 or older who live, work, or attend school in Mercer County are invited to submit their art for consideration for this year’s “Mercer County Artists 2013” exhibition at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).  Jurying takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23 at The Gallery.

Artists may enter up to two original works completed since March 2011 in any media except photography.  (The county hosts a separate photography exhibit). They are asked to drop off their work between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.  Works that are not accepted for the show should be picked up between 3:30 and 5 p.m. 

A full prospectus for the exhibit is available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.  For a hard copy of the prospectus, artists should email their name and full mailing address to gallery@mccc.edu.  The juror for this year’s exhibit will be announced shortly. Visit the MCCC Gallery website for up-to-date information.

More than $1,000 in prizes will be awarded, including the coveted Mercer County Culture & Heritage Purchase Awards.  Artwork that receives Purchase Awards from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission will become part of the county's permanent art collection.

The “Mercer County Artists” show will be on display from Tuesday, March 5 through Thursday, April 4.  An Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  The show is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported by the county’s Culture & Heritage Commission through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Directions and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu 

Valid from 02/04/2013 to 06/03/2013

Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler Offers Back to School Safety Advice

09/03/2014

Valid from 09/03/2014 to 11/01/2014

Mercer County College to Host ‘Playfest 2017’ - Competition Open to Community College Playwrights Statewide

07/21/2016

West Windsor, N.J. – As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will host “Playfest 2017” next spring, the first New Jersey community college new play festival. The competition is open to all student playwrights and actors from the state’s 19 community colleges.  Community college alumni are also invited to participate.

Submission categories include full-length and one-act plays, as well as musicals and plays with musical accompaniment. The winning productions will be presented on stage at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre the week of March 7 to 12, 2017.  In addition, cash prizes will be awarded to the college(s) of top playwright(s); the playwright who submits the overall winning script will be awarded a slot for his/her production in Kelsey Theatre’s 2017 summer season, according to Kelsey Artistic Director M. Kitty Getlik.

Entries will be accepted from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.  Submission and production of plays will be coordinated through the playwright's community college.  Playwrights should contact the appropriate department – either English or Theater – at their college to determine the contact person for the Playfest.  Each school may select one full-length play and up to two one-acts for submission.  Scripts will be judged by a panel of theater professionals, with the winning scripts to be announced in January.

Festival chairman LouJ Stalsworth explains that the productions will be bare bones, using the fringe festival model.  “Our focus will be on the written word, not production values.  Load-in and load-out times will be limited, allowing for a maximum number of plays to be seen on stage,” he said.

Stalsworth is an MCCC adjunct faculty member who teaches playwriting and world theater, and was the director of two large-scale student shows: “Romeo and Juliet” (2015) and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2016).  He is the artistic director for PinnWorth Productions, which performs at Kelsey Theatre, and is a former New Jersey State Fellow in Playwriting and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow.  He has an MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.

“Kelsey Theatre is centrally located and is home to a dozen community theater companies,” Getlik said. “We have the staff and facilities to make Playfest 2017 a success and are eager to host an event that will celebrate the rich diversity and talent of the state’s network of community colleges.”  (More about Kelsey Theatre can be found at www.kelseytheatre.net.

For further details, visit www.mccc.edu/playfest2017.  Questions may be addressed to playfest2017@mccc.edu.

Valid from 07/21/2016 to 11/16/2016

After School Art Enrichment Programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County

10/08/2015

Artworks Trenton has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County in offering after school art enrichment classes starting in October 2015. The classes will be taught by Artworks instructors and hosted by the Boys and Girls Club at their brand-new community center at 1040 Spruce Street in Lawrenceville (adjacent to Halo Farm and the Trenton Farmer's Market).

For more information & schedule:

Valid from 10/08/2015 to 10/30/2015

Works by Mercer County College Visual Arts Faculty On Display Through December 22, 2010

11/17/2010

“Other Views," a multimedia exhibit featuring artwork by 25 Mercer County Community College faculty members, will be on display at the college's Gallery Nov. 16 through Dec. 22. The show's 38 pieces include acrylics, collage, photographs, ceramics, mixed media, watercolor, prints, computer art and more.


Notes Gallery Director and Curator Tricia Fagan, "Mercer has one of the best fine arts programs in the region, hands down. We're constantly singing the praises of our visual arts faculty to Gallery visitors. With this exhibit, visitors can experience some of that talent for themselves."


An Opening Reception takes place Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and will include a gallery talk and music. On Monday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m., the Gallery will host a Winter Solstice Concert.


Among the full-time and adjunct faculty members participating in the show are Jonathan Conner, Michael Dalton, Sandra C. Davis, Yevgeniy Fiks, Jonathan Gabel, Ingrid Jordan, Lucas Kelly, Mel Leipzig, Scott Lizama, Matt Lucash, Terri McNichol, John Monahan, Paul Mordetsky, Colin O'Con, Mircea Popescu, David Rivera, Sean Shearer, Leonid Siveriver, Kyle Stevenson, Sarah Sweeney, Richard Thompson, Miles Truesdell, Michael Welliver, Aundreta N. Wright, and Nancy Zamboni. Four of the instructors studied visual arts as MCCC students.


Gallery hours for the show will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on MCCC's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. For more information, visit www.mccc.edu or call 609-570-3589.

Valid from 11/17/2010 to 12/23/2010

Captain of the Year, Inc. Announces 2010/11 Captain of the Year Award Will Be Offered For High School Tennis in Mercer County

11/02/2010

Captain of the Year, Inc. is thrilled to announce that the 2010/11 Captain of the Year award will be offered for high school tennis in Mercer County, NJ. The award for the sport of tennis is being sponsored by Phoebe Lee, a sales associate with Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Captain of the Year award program is based in Princeton, NJ, and was established in 2005. The award recognizes student-athletes who demonstrate excellent rules knowledge, superior sportsmanship, and mature leadership skills. The program is looking for sponsors for all sports throughout the USA.

“The board is very excited about Ms. Lee’s decision to make the award possible for student-athletes in the sport of tennis in Mercer County, NJ,” said Cris Maloney, the award’s founder and the executive director for the program. “The program began in field hockey and last year was sponsored in six counties. This is the first year we’ve gone beyond field hockey and we are looking for additional sponsors so the award can be given in all high school and college sports.”

“It is a great program for the kids and I’m so happy that the sponsorship for tennis was still available,” said Ms. Lee, a licensed real estate professional from Princeton, New Jersey. Ms. Lee has extensive real estate experience in West Windsor, Plainsboro, Montgomery and Princeton, where she lives with husband and three children.

Ms. Lee’s interest in education-based programs goes beyond athletics. She is on the board of trustees of the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, heading up Educational Outreach and Bravura’s Youth Orchestra.

Captain of the Year, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. For more information please visit CaptainAward.org.
 

Valid from 11/02/2010 to 12/15/2010

Yvonne Greenbaun of East Windsor Receives the Distinguished Teaching Award at Mercer County Community College Commencement

06/04/2011

West Windsor, NJ:  For Yvonne Greenbaun, teaching mathematics at Mercer County Community College is not a job, but a calling. Her devotion to teaching was recognized at the college’s Commencement ceremonies on May 26, when President Patricia Donohue presented her with the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Selected by students and her colleagues for the honor, Greenbaun is herself a graduate of MCCC.  She was a nontraditional student who returned to college while working full-time and raising her children.  She says she loves teaching.  “When I teach I want my students to see the power and the beauty of mathematics in everyday life, and I try to convey to them more than the nuts and bolts of mathematics.”

In introducing her to the assembled students and guests, Dr. Donohue noted that this dedicated faculty member goes out of her way to try to ensure that students are comfortable with the material before going further. She makes time available before and after class, is honest, ethical, and a true professional.”

A member of the MCCC faculty since 2003, Greenbaun is described by her students and peers as totally dedicated to her profession. They note that her personality and positive attitude encourage students to do better.

Accepting the award, Greenbaun noted that she began her studies at Mercer with a calculus class taught by Professor Art Schwartz.  “I thought ‘Wow, this stuff is great, and that guy is having way too much fun doing this!”  Not one to be shy, I went up to talk with Professor Schwartz.  From that class I found a friend, a mentor, now a colleague, and I learned a really important equasion.  Work does not just equal making a living.  Do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life.”

Greenbaun says she chose to study at Mercer back in the 1970s because it was convenient and economical.  After earning dual degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry, she transferred to Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and earned her B.S. and M.A.

Greenbaun works on statewide committees and has spoken at conferences in Washington, Trenton and throughout New Jersey.  She works at the state level with two-and four-year colleges to align content and improve course transferability and served on a committee with Congressman Rush Holt.  She served on the New Jersey Community College Big Ideas K-16 curriculum alignment project to improve college and career readiness.

Before beginning her teaching career, Greenbaun worked in research at Johnson and Johnson, then was a faculty member at Middlesex County College, where she chaired the Math department.

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care,” Greenbaun said to the graduates. “Whatever your reason for attending Mercer, you have received an education with perks, and one of those perks is the faculty at this college.”

After being presented with MCCC's 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award during Commencement ceremonies May 26, Yvonne Greenbaun, second from right, is led to the podium by MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, right.

 

Valid from 06/04/2011 to 08/04/2011

New Opportunities at Mercer County Community College This Fall

07/07/2011

Most fall credit classes begin August 29 at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), at campuses in West Windsor and downtown Trenton (James Kerney Campus), and through MercerOnline. 

 

MCCC offers 70 associate degree programs plus 30 credit certificates.  New programs beginning this fall include Fashion/Apparel Design and Engineering Science. Other recently introduced programs include Sports Management as part of the Business Management program, Solar/Energy Technology, Global Business, Physics, and Insurance and Finance.  Mercer’s specialized programs, such as Funeral Services and Horticulture/Plant Science, attract students from the tri-state region. 

 

Dedicated to helping students succeed, MCCC offers free tutoring, academic advisement and assistance with state and federal financial aid programs, grants, loans and scholarships.  Flexible scheduling includes the traditional 15-week semester plus semesters of 10, eight and five-weeks, with day, evening and weekend hours to accommodate most schedules.

Continuing this fall are bachelor’s degree programs offered for MCCC graduates right on the West Windsor campus.  William Paterson University offers programs in Education, Liberal Studies, Psychology and Business Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Business, Hospitality, Communications and Criminal Justice, and Felician College in Nursing.

 

New Jersey legislation ensures that community college credits will transfer easily to four-year state colleges, and MCCC also holds transfer agreements with other colleges nationwide.  National statistics say that community college graduates who transfer to four-year institutions do as well as, or better than, students who begin there. 

The college will host an Information Session on October 19 for college-bound students and their parents, focusing on how to begin at MCCC and transfer for a four-year degree, at 6 p.m. at the Student Center on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. To register call 609-570-3244.

 

For those who wish to enter into a career right after earning their associate degree, MCCC offers a variety of programs, such as Physical Therapist Assistant, Law Enforcement, Entertainment Technology, Paralegal and Graphic Design.

 

Mercer’s popular Nursing program recently began an online option which is also open to out-of-county and out-of-state residents.  According to Dean Linda Martin, students complete their coursework online, and clinical rotations take place at Mercer County hospitals 1½ days per week. For details visit mccc.edu/nursing or call 609-570-3391.

Last spring MCCC reintroduced a Study Abroad program, and has conducted faculty-led tours of Italy,  Costa Rica and Paris. Study Abroad for a full semester is also available.  For details visit www.mccc.edu/studyabroad. 

 

Highly motivated students may enter Mercer’s Honors Program, which provides an enriched college experience for high-achievers.  The program is open to high-achieving incoming freshmen. Honors graduates have won major scholarships to baccalaureate colleges such as Stanford, Mount Holyoke, Drexel and others.

 

For more detailed information about Mercer’s credit programs visit www.mccc.edu or call the Enrollment Services office at 609-570-3795. Previously registered students can register online. 

 

Valid from 07/07/2011 to 09/01/2011

Mercer County Community College Offers Irish Heritage Series

05/13/2009

West Windsor, N.J. -- “Top o’ the morning to you…and the rest of the day to you,” is a wonderful way to be greeted. The community can now experience a bit of Irish hospitality and culture, and learn the history of the Emerald Isles, in a new Irish Heritage series of classes at Mercer County Community College. The noncredit classes meet on Tuesday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m. at Mercer’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The journey begins June 2 through July 7 with “The History of Ireland.” In six sessions, instructor Tom Slattery, president of CCC Celt and a member of the Mercer County Ancient Order of Hibernians, will provide facts and insight on 18 historical eras starting from 3500 BC to the present, through lectures, discussions and multi-media presentations. Tuition and fees are $120.

Slattery resumes the adventure July 14 through August 11, presenting a comprehensive perspective on “Irish Culture” in five sessions. Starting with a brief review of Irish history, participants will learn a bit about the Irish way of life, Celtic languages, oral tradition, music, dance and classic literature. They will gain further insight into the impact of Irish genealogy, sports and the media. A slide will showcase Ireland’s lush landscapes. Tuition and fees are $100.

For information or to register, contact MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies at (609) 570-3311, e-mail comed@mccc.edu

Valid from 05/18/2009 to 07/08/2009

Registration is Open for Summer Classes at Mercer County Community College

03/20/2012

This summer Mercer County Community College is offering multiple sessions for greater scheduling flexibility.  Students may choose credit sessions of six weeks, eight weeks, 10 weeks or 11 weeks, with starting dates of May 21, June 1, June 18, July 5.  Online courses are also available.

 

The college offers classes at the West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road, the downtown Trenton campus at North Broad and Academy Streets, and through MercerOnline, whose student population has been growing rapidly.  This summer, MercerOnline is offering an increased number of courses, most appropriate for highly motivated learners.

 

Mercer welcomes students of all ages and stages of life. Students who are home for the summer from other colleges can earn transferable credits, easing their future work load and saving dollars on tuition costs.  Qualified high school students are also welcome to take classes to explore their interests and earn college credits at Mercer.

 

Adults of all ages often attend summer classes to sharpen their skills or begin the journey to a new career.  Others take the opportunity to pursue interests in foreign languages, photography, music or the visual arts.

 

Mercer offers 70 associate degree programs and numerous certificate programs in career areas with projected job growth, including education, business, law enforcement, entertainment technology, exercise science, and the health professions.  New at the college are programs in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandizing offered at the downtown Trenton campus.

 

Through the University Center at Mercer, students who complete their associate degree are eligible to transfer into bachelor’s degree programs offered right at Mercer’s West Windsor Campus through William Paterson University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Felician College.

 

Dual admissions agreements with regional colleges, and transfer agreements with colleges throughout the country make it easy for Mercer graduates to transfer and pursue their bachelor’s degree.  Studies show that students who transfer from community colleges do as well as, or better than, students who begin at four-year colleges.  They also save thousands of dollars.

The college is offering an Open House on Wednesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the West Windsor Campus Student Center for all who wish to learn more about programs and services offered by Mercer County Community College.

The full summer course bulletin is available at county libraries, at both MCCC campuses, and online at www.mccc.edu/summer.  A printed copy may be requested by calling 609-570-3737.

Valid from 03/20/2012 to 05/01/2012

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County Offers 2 College Scholarship Opportunities to Jewish Students from Princeton Mercer Bucks Community

05/15/2012

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County offers two college scholarship opportunities available to Jewish students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community. 

The Jewish Community Foundation is offering book awards to college bound Jewish students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community.   Facilitated by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County, the scholarships are awarded based on financial need and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester. 

Application Deadline: June 15

 

The Melvin Kushner College Scholarship is awarded annually by the Abrams Foundation to a college bound Jewish high school senior who is a resident of Princeton Mercer Bucks community.  The scholarship award is based on financial need and is in the amount of $1000.  Students applying must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester. 

Application Deadline: June 15

 

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County is a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency providing social services, counseling and support to individuals, families, children and teens.  Professional, licensed social workers offer one-on-one and group counseling, family education, crisis and domestic violence support, re-employment assistance, grief and bereavement programs, and services for special needs children and their siblings. Services include food vouchers, meals on wheels, the kosher food pantry and kosher cafes, which serve thousands of meals to the elderly.  The Secure@Home program is a vital program which allows participants to retain their independence and age at home.  Youth programs include leadership, social skills and peer education. Visit the JFCS website for a complete listing of services www.jfcsonline.org


Valid from 05/15/2012 to 06/16/2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker to Speak at Mercer County Community College’s Commencement May 24

05/11/2012

WHEN:  Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m.  Students will begin lining up in cap and gown at 5 p.m.
 

WHERE:  The college’s central quadrangle on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  (In the event of rain, ceremonies will be held in the Physical Education Building and telecast to Kelsey Theatre and the Communications building.)

 

WHO:

  • The college estimates that 1,084 students will be graduating this year.
  • The keynote speaker will be Newark Mayor Cory Booker
  • The student speaker will be Norman Glover of East Windsor, a mature student and Vietnam veteran who achieved his college education while working full time and raising a family.
  • During the ceremony one of Mercer's faculty members will receive the MCCC Distinguished Teaching Award. Each year the name of the awardee is kept secret until the presentation. 

Honors:  Also on May 24, an Honors Convocation begins at 3 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre for top students who are receiving scholarships and awards. 

 

Keynote Speaker: Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor, City of Newark

 

The Honorable Cory A. Booker is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey who took the oath of office July 1, 2006. He was re-elected to a second term on May 11, 2010. He says his mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshalling resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families.

 

Mayor Booker’s political career began in 1998, after serving as Staff Attorney for the Urban Justice Center in Newark. He rose to prominence as Newark’s Central Ward Councilman. During his four years of service from 1998-2002, then-Councilman Booker earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, from increasing security in public housing to building new playgrounds. This work was the foundation for his leadership as Mayor.  For this work, he has been recognized in numerous publications, including, among others, Time, Esquire, New Jersey Monthly (naming him as one of New Jersey’s top 40 under 40), Black Enterprise (naming him to the Hot List, America’s Most Powerful Players under 40) and The New York Times Magazine.

 

Reflecting his commitment to education, Mayor Booker is a member of numerous boards and advisory committees including Democrats for Education Reform, Columbia University Teachers’ College Board of Trustees and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Mayor Booker received his B. A. and M. A. from Stanford University, a B. A. in Modern History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and completed his law degree at Yale University.

 

Valid from 05/11/2012 to 05/25/2012

Mercer County Community College Offers New Choices This Fall Through Expansion of Programs and Facilities

07/12/2012

Most fall credit classes begin August 27 at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), at campuses in West Windsor and downtown Trenton, and through MercerOnline. 

 

MCCC offers 70 associate degree programs plus 30 credit certificates, and will begin offering new programs this fall in Fashion Merchandising, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Sustainability.  The college’s specialized programs attract students from the tri-state region who wish to study Aviation Flight Technology, Funeral Services or Horticulture/Plant Science.  

 

Following MCCC’s long-term Master Plan, construction projects are moving forward at both campuses this summer, with the goal of increasing learning opportunities and providing state-of-the-art educational environments for students.

 

Projects at the West Windsor campus include renovating three science labs and two prep rooms, and replacing tennis courts, a synthetic turf field, and HVAC equipment in the Physical Education building. The Conference Center’s atrium floor will be replaced, as will the entryway.

Making more efficient use of existing space at the downtown Trenton campus, buildings are being renovated to provide a one-stop Information Center with computers where students can register and work online, a new science lab and a renovated science lab, a new classroom with state-of-the-art technology, a Career Center, and new rooms for student activities, independent study and group work.

 

A newly acquired building in Trenton, across Broad Street from existing buildings, will add needed space for programs in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and other visual and digital arts. The building will provide space for future expansion of health, science and business programs in Trenton.

Says MCCC President Patricia Donohue, “After listening to student concerns, we are enhancing what they will experience.  They will have a more open, more user-friendly learning environment at the Trenton campus.”

 

Dedicated to helping students succeed, MCCC offers free tutoring, academic advisement and assistance with state and federal financial aid programs, grants, loans and scholarships.  Flexible scheduling includes the traditional 15-week semester plus semesters of 10, eight and five weeks, with day, evening and weekend hours to accommodate most schedules.

Continuing this fall are bachelor’s degree programs offered for MCCC graduates right on the West Windsor campus. William Paterson University offers programs in Education, Liberal Studies, Psychology and Business Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Business, Hospitality, Communications and Criminal Justice, and Felician College in Nursing.

 

New Jersey legislation ensures that community college credits will transfer easily to four-year state colleges, and MCCC also holds transfer agreements with other colleges nationwide.  National statistics say that community college graduates who transfer to four-year institutions do as well as, or better than, students who begin there.  

The college will host an Information Session this fall for college-bound students and their parents, focusing on how to begin at MCCC and transfer for a four-year degree. It takes place on Wednesday, October 17 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  To register call 609-570-3244.

 

For those who wish to enter into a career right after earning their associate degree, MCCC offers a variety of programs, such as Physical Therapist Assistant, Law Enforcement, Entertainment Technology, Paralegal and Graphic Design.

 

Highly motivated students may enter Mercer’s Honors Program, which provides an enriched college experience for high-achievers.  The program is open to eligible incoming freshmen. Honors graduates have earned major scholarships to top baccalaureate colleges such as Stanford, Mount Holyoke and Drexel.

 

Continuing for 2012 are faculty-led study tours which took students to Costa Rica this spring and to South Africa this summer.  Tour destinations for next year include Costa Rica, parts of Eastern Europe, and the Yucatan Peninsula. Study Abroad for a full semester is also available.  For details visit www.mccc.edu/studyabroad.