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Valid from 09/22/2009

BRUSH COLLECTION Info for Hopewell Township


In response to the significant brush that has been generated by the storm event on October 29, the Hopewell Township Public Works Department shall provide one additional brush collection day in each Zone with the following restrictions with NO EXCEPTIONS:
·         The maximum amount of brush collected for each lot will be an area measured 15 feet in length by 8 feet in width by 4 feet in height and placed in front of the lot from which the brush as generated.
·         There will be ONLY ONE (1) collection per lot.  Any materials not collected shall be disposed of by the property owner or its agents .
·         All materials shall be stacked at  the edge of pavement but NOT on the pavement.  
·         All other brush collection requirements apply:
1.       Limited to brush and tree prunings.
2.       Limbs 8’ maximum length, small twigs bagged.
3.       Must be placed out in an orderly manner with all butts (6” dia. maximum) facing road.
4.       Wire, nails and metal must be removed.
The following will not be collected:
·         Tree stumps or any other brush with roots
·         Tree trunks and limbs in excess of 6” dia.
·         Brush when mixed with leaf piles.
Collection will begin on Monday, November 7th in Zone 1.   Upon completion of collection in Zone 1, collection in Zone 2 will begin.  Upon completion of collection in Zone 2, collection in Zone 3 will begin. 
Collection efficiency is dependent upon volume of work, staff availability and, weather.   Every effort will be made to complete collections as quickly as possible. 
Following these rules is essential to the Public Works Department removing as much brush as quickly as possible.  It is also essential to help the Township maintain compliance with its NJDEP permits.  Failure to comply will result in written notices being given to non-compliant property owners by the Public Works Department.   Failure to comply may also result in summons be issued.
Questions may be directed to the Hopewell Township Public Works Department by phone at 609-737-0799 ext. 650 or by email

Valid from 11/05/2011 to 12/01/2011

Hopewell Township Parks & Recreation Dept. to Sponsor Junior Bulldog Wrestling League


The HTPRD is now accepting registrations for the Junior Bulldogs Wrestling League for children in grades K through 8.  No experience is necessary to participate in this recreational program where the emphasis is on instruction.  Practices begin on Tuesday, November 2 in the TMS Aux. gym with wrestling meets scheduled in January and February.  For further information call the HTPRD office at 737-3753 or go to for a registration form.

Valid from 10/27/2010 to 11/15/2010

Storm Updates from Hopewell Township


Here is an update of where things stand right now.
Item 1 – Power -  PSE&G has restored most or all of the power in Brandon Farms and the other outage areas. JCP&L restored some areas of the township that are fed from Lambertville. The following information was received from MCOEM, hopefully this will include Hopewell Township, but personally I am not counting on power being restored today-
08/30/2011 at 15:10 EDT NJMERHartman-Mercer County OEM
I spoke with JCPL rep. JCPL as a priority is focused on restoring transmission lines today and will continue with repairing distribution problems tomorrow. This means that some of your households may get power back today if it is a main line issue, but if it is something like the line from the pole to the house, they won`t get to that today.
Item 2 – Also from MCOEM -
08/30/2011 at 15:34 EDT NJMERHartman-Mercer County OEM
County Executive Brian M. Hughes has rescinded the Emergency Declaration dated August 26, 2011.
Item 3 – Hopewell Valley roads closed -
Roads closed for an extended period of time due to structural damage:
State Highway 29 - detour in effect between Washington Crossing and Lambertville – roadway undermined and caving in.
County Route 518 - between State Highway 31 and Stony Brook Road – bridge damaged.
Pennington Harbourton Road - between County Route 579 and Hallet Drive – bridge damaged.
Woosamonsa Road - between County Route 579 and Poor Farm Road – bridge damaged.
Lower River Drive in Washington Crossing State Park – bridge damaged.
Roads closed due to wires and or trees down:
Harbourton Woodsville Road – between County Route 579 and Harbourton Ridge Drive – pole, trees and wires down.
Crusher Road – Hopewell-Princeton Road to Route 654 – trees, wires, poles down – 2 locations.
S. Main Street @ 65 – (Pennington Borough) tree down.
Aunt Molly Road – washout.
Nelson Ridge Road – trees, wires down.
Item 4 -
Traffic lights without power:
Route 29 and Route 546 (Washington Crossing)
Route 29 and Church Road
Route 518 and Harbourton Rocktown Road (Route 579)
Item 5 –
There are many other roads in the valley with trees on wires, partial lane blockages, and other problems.
Item 6 –
Potable water is available 24 hours at the HT DPW, there are hoses our front. Non potable water (because it has not been tested) is available at Union fire house, rear parking lot. This is for residents who have no power and consequently no water. Reverse 9-1-1 was sent (unfortunately with limited or no phone service many calls were not received) web site and cable channels were updated with this info, school district sent email, text and recorded messages about the water locations. Nixle message sent.
Item 7- Water/ice –
The health department is working on procuring water and ice for JCP&L customers without power.
Item 8 – Emergency generator –
The municipal building generator suffered water damage and may need extensive repairs.
Item 9 – Seniors
Abigail has been in contact with numerous seniors assisting them with various needs.
Item 10 – Stranded residents
Residents remain basically stranded in several areas including Harbourton Woodsville Road (emergency access possible) Nelson Ridge Road (emergency access possible) and Crusher Road (no emergency access).
George C. Meyer, Chief
Hopewell Township Police Department
201 Washington Crossing Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ 08560                    609 737 3100


Valid from 08/30/2011 to 09/04/2011

Turf Tuesdays in Hopewell Township to Benefit Turf Field


The first Tuesday of every month the following local businesses will donate 5% of their sales to the Hopewell Valley Recreation Foundation to support the establishment of a turf field.

The Front Porch
Pennington Bagel
Deli on a Bagel
Chez Alice
Uncle Ed's
Flutter (the old Rosanna's)

Valid from 04/09/2012 to 06/09/2012

Storm Update for Hopewell Township


Latest update from the Chief below. Also below a list of existing road closures in the Valley. Please note this is an ever changing list, so be prepared for detours.
In case you missed it, for safety reasons, all three municipalities and school district have asked that we postpone Halloween “Trick or Treating” until this Saturday. Please pass the word.
No word yet on whether schools will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 1.
For those of you on Trenton Water, we have been advised that it IS drinkable.
For those of you on generators, Luke Oil on the circle is the only gas station open that I’m aware of.
ShopRite and Stop & Shop are open.
This from Pastor Shurley: In case anyone might need it, we will be having a free hot dog supper at the Titusville Presbyterian Church, 48 River Drive, at 5 p.m. tonight. We're also doing an ecumenical prayer service at 4:30 p.m.
From a resident on JCP&L: JCP&L has an interesting status page…
Areas I’ve heard have regained power include:
Jacobs Creek area
Washington Crossing Estates
Brandon Farms area.
No news on when power will be returned to other areas in the Township… unfortunately.

Valid from 10/31/2012 to 11/01/2012

Brush Pickup Update in the Hopewell Township


On Monday, November 19, the Hopewell Township Committee approved a resolution to hire a state-authorized Debris Removal Contractor to remove brush associated with Superstorm Sandy.   Brush pick-up will begin in December, however, the specific start date and collection details have not yet been finalized.  These details will be announced next week in the November 29 Hopewell Valley News as well as on the Township’s website and cable channels.  
Residents should continue to place brush in the Township, County or State right-of-ways at the curb line.  Brush should NOT be placed in the street because the Debris Removal Contractor will be using large tractor-trailer type equipment that requires as much road pavement as is available in many locations to perform the cleanup.  
Additionally, leaves should NOT be mixed with brush because the Township’s Public Works crews will continue to work independent of the Debris Removal Contractor to remove leaves in December.


Valid from 11/20/2012 to 12/10/2012

Run the Vineyards - A Drop of Tuscany - 5K Run Through Hopewell Township May 25


Run the Vineyards – A Drop of Tuscany 5K

May 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

| $40.00


Hopewell Valley

May 25th at 9am! (Memorial Day Weekend)

Join us for a beautiful scenic run through Hopewell Township, finishing on the prestigious property of Hopewell Valley Vineyards! Enjoy post run wine tasting, live music, awards, and great times.

This run will be chip timed with immediate results, plus all runners will receive a Run the Vineyards tech shirt and 2014 Run the Vineyards Wine Glass! We will award top overall finishers and age group winners on race day.

Register Here

Hopewell2005-wine glass
Hopewell logo

Valid from 05/05/2014 to 05/26/2014

Hopewell Township & Police/Fire Hold Annual Food/Used Clothing Drive


The Hopewell Township Police Department, Hopewell Township Police Benevolent Association 342, and the Hopewell Valley Uniformed Fire Fighters Association Local 3897 are conducting their annual FOOD AND USED CLOTHING DRIVE FOR 2015.
Drop off dates are Tuesday December 1st thru Monday December 14th, 2015 at the following locations:

1. Hopewell Township Police Headquarters main lobby for food or clothing.
2. Hopewell Borough Fire Department for food or clothing.
3. Union Fire Company in Titusville for food or clothing.
4. Pennington Quality Market. Please place food only in drop off box at store exit during business hours.
5. Shop Rite of Pennington. Please place food only in drop off box at store exit during business hours.
6. Stop N Shop. Please place food only in drop off box at store exit during business hours.

Any questions, please contact Hopewell Township Police Lieutenant Chris Kascik at 609-737-3100 ext. 518.
All donations will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

Valid from 11/30/2015 to 12/15/2015

Hopewell Township


Valid from 10/09/2009

Hunter Farm Homestead in Hopewell Township has been Preserved Through a Partnership Between Mercer County and Hopewell Township


HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP -- The Hunter Farm homestead in Hopewell Township has been preserved through a partnership between Mercer County and Hopewell Township, announced Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

In addition to the historic value of the 1700s farmstead, this 138.7-acre preservation contract protects the Howell Living History Farm viewshed and the area’s historic and natural amenities. As part of the deal, the County will own the remaining land adjacent to the 1,132-acre Baldpate Mountain and Ted Stiles Preserve, where it will expand the existing trail system, creating a circular trail that will also include a viewshed of the Pleasant Valley Historic District.

“This purchase offered a unique opportunity to partner with Hopewell Township and dovetail their goal of preserving these historic structures and the County’s goal of preserving the view and enhancing our trail network,” Hughes said.

Under the terms of the deal, Mercer County contributed $1.9 million and Hopewell Township no more than $400,000 based on the Green Acres certified value of $15,000 per acre, according to the County Planning office. The property has been subdivided, with the township owning 50 acres – containing all the structures -- between Pleasant Valley Road and the stream. The township will put a historic conservation easement on its portion to prevent the destruction of the historic buildings. That property is slated for public auction by Hopewell Township.

The County will own the remainder of the property. Funding of this property was through the Open Space, Farmland, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

Valid from 12/19/2013 to 01/31/2014

Hopewell Township


Valid from 07/20/2009

Public and Private Partners Preserve the St. Michael’s Property in Hopewell Township


Princeton, NJ, January 26, 2009 – On January 19th, the deeds were signed that provide for the permanent preservation of the 340- acre St. Michael’s property in Hopewell. 


Bordering the Borough of Hopewell to the south and east, the land encompasses 340 acres of farm fields and woodlands.  Largely undisturbed since the Hopewell Valley was settled over 300 years ago, this property provides a direct link to the Borough’s agricultural history -- and a beautiful, signature viewscape and for residents and visitors to enjoy.


The land is known as “St. Michael’s” because the St. Michael’s Orphanage and Industrial School was built on the property in 1896.  The facility closed in 1973, but the land remained open and undeveloped.  In 2004, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton approached D&R Greenway Land Trust to see if a viable solution could be found to preserve the land as an alternative to selling the property to developers. 


 “The preservation of this property will forever safeguard the unique charm and character enjoyed by Hopewell Borough and Township today,” commented D&R Greenway Land Trust Board Chair Richard Goldman. 


According to Rayanne Bennett, spokesperson for the Diocese of Trenton, “We are extremely pleased to have had a role in this effort to preserve open space in Hopewell through the sale of the St. Michael’s Orphanage property.  It is fitting that this land, which once served the needs of so many children, will now bring enjoyment to the wider community. It has been a privilege to work with D&R Greenway and its partners in putting together this sale, and we are particularly grateful to our attorney Dave Roskos, who worked very hard these past few years to bring this to fruition.”


D&R Greenway Land Trust led the preservation effort with a coalition of public funding partners that included the New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee (Farmland Preservation Program), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program, Mercer County, Hopewell Township and Hopewell Borough.


Together, the above mentioned public funding partners contributed more than $8 million toward the $11 million purchase price of the land.


Private Fundraising Closed the Gap


 In the summer of 2006, a group of concerned residents of Hopewell Borough and Township stepped forward to help D&R Greenway raise the remaining funds required to preserve the St. Michael’s land.  The St. Michael’s Preservation Committee’s campaign began in September 2006 at the Hopewell Harvest Festival where the community was first made aware of the threat to develop St. Michael’s.



Leslie Davis Potter, Chair of the St. Michael’s Preservation Committee commented, “Community support for preserving St. Michael’s was phenomenal as was the dedication and enthusiasm of the Committee and the coverage in The Hopewell Valley News.  Many grass-roots fundraising events were held – concerts, auctions and block parties.  Support from over 800 individuals poured in. On Halloween night 2006, Callie Considine, a fourth grade student at Hopewell Elementary School, went door-to-door in her neighborhood collecting funds.  Her commitment to the project grew and in total, she collected over $3,300 – truly an inspiration for young people.” 


Additional contributions provided by Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and the Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed Association and private contributions from The Willard T. C. Johnson Foundation, The Larson Land Fund, Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Bunbury Company – and over 800 individuals –  completed the $11 million acquisition.”


 “The preservation of this property protects more than 200 acres of farmland that will serve as an important agricultural resource for the surrounding community,” said Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher, who chairs the State Agriculture Development Committee.  “As a result, we were pleased to provide an approximately $3 million grant – the largest we have ever awarded to a nonprofit organization – to partner in the preservation of this land, which was among the largest remaining unprotected farms in Mercer County.”


Given current zoning regulations in Hopewell, the St. Michael’s land could have easily played host to 150 houses.  A less likely, but legally permissible “worst case scenario” would have seen the site developed as a hamlet; this would have meant that up to 1,020 homes could have been built, with provisions for up to 76,000 square feet of office or commercial space.  Development under hamlet designation would have more than doubled the existing number of households in Hopewell Borough, completely transforming the lifestyle the residents of this historic village enjoy today.

"Preserving St. Michael’s has been a priority of the Borough of Hopewell for many years – and the primary reason the Borough established its local open space tax nearly a decade ago,” said Council President David Knights.   “Permanently protecting the green belt at our borders is a critical element in our Master Plan because it not only preserves the character and landscape of Hopewell Borough for generations to come, but also because it conserves vital lands and natural resources”, he added.  “The entire Hopewell Borough community supported this effort and we are very grateful to       D&R Greenway and to all of our partners that we have reached this very successful conclusion”. 

An Ecologically-Significant and Historic Landscape


Beyond its 220 acres of active farmland and prime agricultural soils, the St. Michael’s property encompasses a wide variety of environmental resources.  Fallow fields and floodplains provide grassland, hedgerow and shrubland habitats for many species of birds.  Wooded areas support mature trees that restore oxygen to the air and support the collection of ground water into aquifers.  The Bedens Brook and its four tributaries cross the property providing scenic stream corridor habitat before emptying into the D&R Canal, helping to support an important source of drinking water for our region. 


"It is a rare opportunity to preserve such a large, contiguous piece of property in New Jersey, and we were glad to join the many partners who contributed to this environmental victory," said Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Bob Martin. "This property embodies all the benefits achieved from preserving open space - enhanced recreational opportunities, protected wildlife habitat and clean air and water."  


The Path to Preservation


It took more than six years to bring the St. Michael’s project to a successful conclusion.  According to D&R Greenway Executive Director Linda Mead, “In the 20 years of D&R Greenway’s history this was by far the most intricate preservation project we’ve ever encountered.”


The St. Michael’s preservation project had the greatest number of public and private funding partners of any project D&R Greenway has ever worked on.  In addition, two dump sites on the property – one associated with the original orphanage and farm and the other an illegal site off Aunt Molly Road – needed to be cleaned up to meet NJDEP standards before the state agencies would release funding.  This work took two years to complete, with excellent results.  In fact, the former Aunt Molly Road site will be transformed into a one-acre grove filled with native trees and shrubs, to become a model for studying the effects of carbon sequestration.


D&R Greenway’s Board Chair Richard Goldman commented, “We would especially like to thank Bob Harris and his company ENVIRON, Inc. for donating their services to D&R Greenway and advising us during the clean-up process.  We also thank Mark Solomon of Pepper Hamilton LLP, pro bono attorney for D&R Greenway, who provided countless hours of legal counsel throughout the course of this project.”


“The preservation of the St. Michael property is a tremendous success story and provides a roadmap for public/private conservation moving forward” said Hopewell Township Mayor Michael Markulec.  “D&R Greenway Land Trust, in cooperation with other non-profit organizations, local business, community groups, and municipal and county governments and the state came together to protect this environmentally sensitive property while also maintaining our history and agricultural heritage.”


Looking to the Future


First and foremost, D&R Greenway will continue to farm St. Michael’s.  As they have been since Hopewell was settled over 300 years ago, the fields of this landscape will continue to be used for productive farming. 


The wooded acres on the property support biodiversity and a healthy environment, safeguarding water resources and wildlife habitat.  These non-agricultural open space acres can also provide a wealth of recreational opportunities.  Plans are underway to identify trails through the non-agricultural portions of the property, for walking, horseback riding and nature study.  St. Michael’s could, in time, become the hub for a regional trail network, linking to Princeton, Pennington and up into the Sourlands. 


The preservation of the St. Michael’s property provides an amazing resource and benefit for the residents of Hopewell Borough and Township, Mercer County – indeed for all citizens of New Jersey. 

Brian M. Hughes, Mercer County Executive observed, "Mercer County is pleased to be a partner in the preservation of this significant open space and farm parcel. In the current economic times, no one entity could have preserved this without the help of others and the significant contribution of individuals."

D&R Greenway Executive Director Linda Mead added, “D&R Greenway Land Trust would like to acknowledge the perseverance of all our public partners, who worked side-by-side with us to see this project through, and the patience of all of our donors, who have eagerly anticipated the preservation of St. Michael’s.” 


That day has finally come.  D&R Greenway is planning a community celebration in the early summer to introduce the beauty of the landscape to everyone.  The date and time will be announced in the spring.


Please note:  D&R Greenway asks anyone who wants to see the property to stay on existing farm roads until trails have been marked and informational signs posted.  Please visit only during daylight hours.


For the latest information about plans for St. Michael’s and information about D&R Greenway Land Trust please visit 





Valid from 01/29/2010 to 04/29/2010