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FEMA Now Offering Disaster Assistance in Princeton


FEMA has set up an office at the Princeton Shopping Center (near Ace Hardware) and is open 10-6pm 7 days a week.  Stop in for information on getting assistance with flood/storm damage. 


To register for assistance, residents should call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time, and residents may also register online anytime at

Valid from 04/29/2010 to 06/29/2010

What to Expect After Registering for Assistance with FEMA


FORT MONMOUTH, N.J.— Inspectors contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are contacting New Jersey residents applying for disaster assistance following the storms and flooding of mid-March.

These inspectors have approved FEMA identification badges that include the inspectors name and photo, and the name of the company under contract with FEMA.

They will ask for information to verify your name and address and registration with FEMA.  They will NOT ask for a Social Security number nor ask to be paid for the inspection.  The FEMA inspection is FREE, so beware of fraudulent individuals attempting to charge for an inspection.

The inspection generally takes 30 - 40 minutes, during which the inspector will assess disaster-related damage for both real and personal property and may take photos of the interior and exterior of the damaged dwelling. The inspector will then enter damage-related information into a handheld computer and send that data electronically to FEMA. 

The inspector does not determine whether a registrant is eligible for assistance, or the amount of a FEMA grant the individual may receive.

To Register for Assistance

New Jersey residents living in a declared county (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset or Union) who suffered damage to their home or were otherwise affected by the mid-March storm and flooding may be eligible for assistance.

To register for assistance, residents should call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired (for relay service, call 711 or 1-800-852-7897) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available to answer calls during this time, and residents may also register online anytime at

Valid from 04/29/2010 to 06/29/2010

FEMA Sets Up Disaster Relief Center at Princeton Shopping Center


For those who were hit by the recent storms and have damage to deal with,  FEMA has an office "on the back side" of Princeton Shopping Center, between Camillo's Cafe and Ace Hardware.

For more details-Mark Freda 609 658 2480 ( Regional Emergency
Representative in Princeton)

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





Valid from 07/20/2009

The Female Knee


Have you ever wondered why the incidences of knee injuries are so much higher in female athletes versus their male counterparts?  I mean think about it, female athletes who participate in jumping and cutting sports are 4 to 6 times more likely to sustain a serious knee injury than male athletes participating in the same sports. The risk factors fall into four basic categories: environmental, anatomical, hormonal, and biomechanical.  Environmental factors included: shoe-surface interaction; playing surface; skill level; level of conditioning, muscle strength, etc. 

Anatomical factors:

-        a larger Q-angle or quadriceps angle- this is the angle at which the femur meets the tibia

-        weakness of the vastus medialis- a muscle which extends the knee

-        tight lateral ligaments of the knee that will have a tendency to pull the patella to the side as well

-        shallow anatomy of the groove on the femur

 Hormonal factors - Female sex hormones (i.e. estrogen, progesterone and relaxin) fluctuate immensely during the menstrual cycle and are reported to increase ligamentous laxity and decrease neuromuscular performance and, thus, are a possible cause of decreases in both passive and active knee stability in female athletes.

Biomechanical (this is where chiropractic can have an impact) –

-        standing posture

-        foot pronation (inward rolling of the foot)

-        misalignment of joints of the lower extremity

-        pelvic position

 All of which can contribute to altered neuromuscular control, coordination and/or strength (specifically muscle firing patterns). The structural alignment of the lower extremity contributes to the overall stability of the athlete’s knee as well as the overall muscle firing patterns of the lower extremity.  So hopefully you are wondering, “How can chiropractic help?”  In my opinion and the way that I view chiropractic is that the treatment of the whole body requires synchrony between the nervous system and the mechanical control system of the kinetic chain. Subluxations (misalignments) of ANY joint have both neurological and mechanical components. Mechanoreceptors (a specialized receptor that responds to pressure or tension) are embedded in the tissues surrounding joints. When these tissues get stretched by a misalignment of the joint, this activates an inhibition or weakening of the adjacent muscle. Discovery of these weak muscles and correction of the misaligned joint to restore normal strength which will then in turn lead to greater stability in the corresponding joint.

Even better than me being able to help correct these neuromuscular imbalances is the fact that here at PSSM Newtown, we can utilize Performance 3D (motion capture technology) to gather objective empirical data to specifically determine the imbalances that exist.  Check it out… the technology is Bruce Jenner approved!  Call 215-504-2223 to schedule your sports performance evaluation.


Valid from 02/02/2012

FEMA Announces All 21 New Jersey Counties Now Approved for Federal Assistance (Updates During Disasters)


Federal disaster assistance is now available in all 21 New Jersey counties that suffered damages during Hurricane Irene.

Valid from 09/08/2011 to 11/08/2011

FEMA Disaster Recover Center in Somerville Opens


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Somerville Friday, Sept. 9.

The office, located in the first-floor conference room at Somerset County's human services building at 27 Warren Street, will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Irene.


The Disaster Recovery Center will have information on small-business loans, home loans, housing assistance, hazard mitigation, tax matters, crisis counseling and other storm-related issues.


To apply online for FEMA assistance go to   To apply by phone or check your status, call toll-free 1-800-621-3362.


The county's human services programs also are available to assist county residents.  The Office on Aging & Disability Services, Veterans Services, Youth Services, Community Development and Volunteer Services are located at 27 Warren St.  Hours for these offices are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For a listing of county offices, phone numbers and email addresses, visit


Free parking for the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center and the human services offices is available in the parking deck next to the building; enter off Veterans Memorial Drive or East Main Street.

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

Types of FEMA Assistance & How to Apply


FEMA Assistance Based on Individual Needs, Loss

Residents of New Jersey now eligible for individual disaster assistance should know that the help they may receive will be based on their own unique circumstances and needs.

“While not everyone may qualify, our ultimate goal is for anyone who suffered damages from Hurricane Irene to receive the maximum assistance available,” said William L. Vogel, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster operations in New Jersey.

Disaster assistance to individuals is based on a number of factors, and FEMA specialists are trained to seek out and coordinate the eligible assistance from a number of sources. This might include direct financial grants, low-interest loans, charitable contributions from voluntary agencies, and/or other resources that will help residents who are recovering from the disaster.

Registering with FEMA is the first step in the process, whether the loss is large or small and whether or not an individual anticipates federal assistance.

The unique needs of everyone who registers are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the types of assistance that are best suited to that individual. The process, and final assistance determination, is set by federal regulation and is strictly confidential. Not everyone who registers will qualify.

Assistance could include grants to help pay for temporary housing needs, essential home repairs and other disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also may be available to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance (see below).

“What you may receive in the way of assistance might be entirely different from what your neighbor
receives even though it appears your damages were similar.,” said Lt. Paul Miller, state coordinator of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, “Everyone’s needs and everyone’s resources are different.”

There are three ways to register – go to, to or call FEMA tollfree,
800-621-3362 (FEMA). This phone number may be used to check your status after you have applied, as well. Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800- 462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.ederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

When applying for disaster assistance, please have the following available: Social Security Number, private insurance information, if available, address and zip code of the damaged property, directions to the damaged home or property, and daytime telephone number.

SBA Loans

After registering with FEMA, homeowners and renters may be referred to the U.S. Small Businness Association to apply for a low-interest disaster loan. Interest rates are as low as 2.5% for homeowners/renters; 4% for businesses, and 3% for non-profit organizations. Disaster loan limits are up to $200,000 for primary residence, $40,000 for personal property (including vehicles) for homeowners and renters, up to $2 million for damage to business property. If you receive an SBA disaster home or business loan application, complete and return it as soon as possible. You do not have to wait on your insurance to settle or need to obtain repair estimates before submitting the application. NOTE: Home loan applicants who do not qualify for an SBA disaster loan may receive additional FEMA grant assistance. For info about SBA's disaster loan program, contact SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, (TTY) 800-877-8339 or email

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Application Deadline: October 3 for Somerset County Residents

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to self-employed residents or individuals who worked in New Jersey and are unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Irene, according to state and federal officials.

The application deadline for DUA in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties is Oct. 3.

The application deadline for DUA in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Camden, Cumberland,
Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, Sussex, Warren, and
Union counties is Oct. 7.

Unemployment insurance claims filed after the deadlines may be ineligible for payment.

The first step is to file for unemployment insurance benefits by calling a New Jersey Reemployment
Call Center. Individuals who need DUA may call any one of the numbers below, from any county, and a
DUA specialist will provide assistance.

Union City: 201-601-4100
Freehold: 732-761-2020
Cumberland: 856-507-2340

If it is determined that a worker or self-employed individual is not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance
(UI), the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program may pay benefits to those whose work has been
lost or interrupted as a direct result of a disaster.

“If anyone has lost their job because of a disaster, I urge you to apply for the Disaster Unemployment
Assistance. Don’t hesitate. Let the Department of Labor and Workforce Development determine your
eligibility,” said Lt. Paul Miller, state coordinating officer of the New Jersey Office of Emergency

Disaster Unemployment Assistance information is available in Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC).

Valid from 09/16/2011 to 11/01/2011

Stuart Assembles Dream Team to Close the “Girl Gap” in Math and Science and Develop the Next Generation of Female Innovators



Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, recognized for its bold and innovative approach to all-girls education, has assembled a task force of some of the nation’s leading thinkers to help conquer the so-called “girl gap” in the disciplines collectively known as STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.


According to a recent New York Times article, women are earning only about 40 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in the physical sciences and math and when it comes to engineering and computer science, the fall-off is even more dramatic –women earn only 17 to 18 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in those fields.  


“While we already have strong math and science programs in place, studies show that the drop-off – when girls start tuning out—begins as early as third grade,” said Dr. Patty L. Fagin, Head of School.


“Our challenge as educators is to figure out why that is happening and what we can do to motivate, lead, and teach girls that science, technology, engineering and math are cool and can open doorways to endless possibilities. So we asked ourselves this question: what if you could assemble a dream team of some of the best and brightest minds in their fields and ask them what would you do to change the way girls are taught science and math? And that’s exactly what we did.”


Stuart’s STEM Task Force Membership list was developed with careful thought to include national leaders in STEM education, policy makers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, as well as men and women in science and technology-related fields who stand out as role models for girls.


Members include Naomi Leonard, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University; Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist; Bonnie Bassler, a recent presidential nominee to the National Science Board; Ed Felten, the Federal Trade Commission’s chief technologist; and New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt, who was a physicist before he became a politician.

STEM education leaders include Tony Murphy, Ph.D. who led the formation of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Stacy S. Klein-Gardner, Ph.D. who is Director of the Center for STEM Education for Girls at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. 


The task force recently met for the first time at the Princeton campus of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart – most in person but others – in a nod to technology—through videoconference. The discussion centered on this key question: if money were no object, what should a STEM program at Stuart look like, in terms of curriculum, mentoring programs, architecture and learning spaces?


Dr. Bonnie Bassler, professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, said, “We have to show students that science is an adventure and the most important thing we can do is to help girls understand that doing science is the most fun job. We don’t work. We get to play all day. Our job is to simply imagine the unknown and figure out how to get there.”


Rose Wong, Stuart’s Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development, said it was exciting to have so many leading experts and innovators in one room to focus on how we can influence the mindset of our girls to consider careers in math and science.


 “It is an awesome responsibility, but by partnering with some of the most brilliant minds in these areas, we have the power to make Stuart a national leader in STEM education for girls and to develop women who will lead our country in science, engineering, math and innovation.”


For more information on Stuart’s STEM Task Force, including a complete list of Task Force Members, please contact Risa Engel, Director of Communications at 609-921-2330 x253 or


About Stuart: Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart is an independent college preparatory school for girls in kindergarten through grade 12 in Princeton, New Jersey. Stuart also has a co-ed pre-school and junior kindergarten program. Now celebrating its 48th year, Stuart prepares young women for exceptional leadership and service through a challenging and innovative curriculum, superb teaching, and individualized attention. Part of an international community of Sacred Heart schools, Stuart is an independent Catholic school that embraces students of all faiths and backgrounds, helping them to become accomplished and committed women with the confidence and passion for justice to transform the world


Valid from 01/25/2012 to 03/15/2012

'Odd Couple - Female Version' at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Oct. 28 - Nov 6


Martha Stringer, left, as Florence and Susan Galli as Olive star in “The Odd Couple – Female Version"


West Windsor, N.J. – It’s a story first made popular by Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, but about to be reborn in Neil Simon’s female version of the famous mismatched roommates.  The Yardley Players present “The Odd Couple – Female Version” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC”s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this hilarious play are Fridays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Oct. 28. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. 

Instead of a poker night that starts things off in the original version, the recently divorced Olive Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. Her new roommate, Florence Unger, is going through marriage problems of her own. Could they be due to her compulsive neatness, her hypochondria and her particular way of offering advice that drives everyone crazy? When the girls get going, the barbs start flying. Enter the upstairs neighbors, the Costazuela brothers, who are just as goofy as the Pidgeon sisters from the original. The merriment is in high gear as Neil Simon examines relationships and the strains that can occur when friendships are taken to places they were never meant to go.

The play stars Susan Galli of Lambertville as the lovably sloppy Olive Madison and Martha Stringer of Yardley, Pa., as the neurotic Florence Unger. The cast also includes Alana Caraccio-Doylestown as  Vera; Jean Laustsen of Doylestown, Pa., as Micky; Sara Thier of Newtown, Pa., as Sylvie; Carolyn Anzuini of Bordentown as Renee; Tristan Takacs of Trenton as Manolo Costazuela; and Vincent Martinez of Toms River as Jesus Costazuela.

The production team includes Producer Marge Swider, Director Liz Wurtz, Stage Manager Laura Murey Ghaffoor, Costumer Louisa Murey, Lighting Designer Kitty Getlik, Sound Designer Michael Almstedt and Set Designer James Kenna. Properties are by Jill Katz.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students/children and may be purchased online at  or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.


Valid from 10/08/2016 to 11/07/2016

MCCC Theatre Students to Present “The Secretaries,” a Satire of Female Stereotypes, at Mercer’s Studio Theatre Dec. 9 to 11


From left, Katherine Beauchamps, Rachel Lemos, Marysa Pratico as "the new girl," Kayla Salcfas and Katie Horahan


West Windsor, N.J. – The secretarial pool at Cooney Lumber Mill sounds like a dream job for young Patty Johnson – until she discovers the darker side of her office gal pals.  The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Academic Theatre Program presents “The Secretaries” at the college’s Studio Theatre Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.  The Studio Theatre is located next to Kelsey Theatre on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Probing the fine line between female assertiveness and aggression, this sizzling satire was written more than two decades ago, but remains startlingly relevant as it delves into society’s cultural expectations of women.  Set in the middle of a seemingly perfect secretarial pool, Patty, “the new girl,” quickly discovers cracks in the office’s perfect façade, starting with the ultra-cool office manager Susan Curtis. Then there’s the mandatory diet of weight loss shakes, the strange language the women seem to share – and the monthly disappearance of a lumberjack!  Patty soon realizes that these officemates have a “killer” skill set, and it’s not something they can put on their resumes!


Says Director Nicole Erkoboni, a 2013 alumna of the MCCC Fine Arts program, “When I was asked to select a show to direct, my mind was spinning with the possibilities.  But, it didn’t take me long to figure out that “The Secretaries,” written by The Five Lesbian Brothers [Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Lisa Kron], was the way to go.  This eye-opening play was introduced to me in an LGBTQ theater course two years ago while I was studying at SUNY-Purchase and it has stuck with me.  It’s a rare piece of theater that satirically portrays women in clichéd roles while unapologetically shedding light on their day-to-day struggles.”

Erkoboni notes that as a Mercer student, she found herself exploring new possibilities and expanding her comfort zone.  “And that was all thanks to the theater pieces I was introduced to When I was offered this opportunity, I knew I wanted to open students’ minds and creative outlets,” she said.  “This show hilariously touches on the harsh realities of women’s lives, as each character works to fit within the strict social confines she has built for herself.  It encompasses their sadness, fear – and power. ‘The Secretaries’ teaches a message of female empowerment, not only in the workplace, but in everyday life.”

The ensemble cast includes Marysa Practico of Hamilton Patty Johnson; Rachel Lemos of Lawrenceville as Susan Curtis; Katherine Beauchamps of Ewing as Ashley Elizabeth Fratangelo; Kayla Salcfas of New Egypt as Peaches Martin; Katie Horahan of East Windsor as Dawn Midnight; and Liam McCormack of Bordentown as Buzz Benikee/Mr. Kembunkscher.

Erkoboni is joined on the production team by Producer/Choreographer Jody Gazenbeek-Person, Stage Manager Nicole Schulnick, Set/Costume Designer Kate Pinner, Lighting Designer Star McCloud, Sound Designer Eric Collins, and Props Mistress Madelyn Morrison Lichtman.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  (This show is appropriate for mature theatergoers who enjoy satire and is not recommended for children.)  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.

Valid from 11/23/2016 to 12/12/2016