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George B. Sanderson Becomes Doane Academy's 22nd Headmaster

Burlington, New Jersey - October, 2015 -
On Sunday, October 4th, in a celebration full of symbolism and very real ties to ceremonies that have taken place across three centuries of this school's history, George Sanderson was installed as the 22nd Headmaster of Doane Academy.
Ceremony in Historic Chapel - Reception in New Building
 In a ceremony built around tradition, and presided over by New Jersey's retired Episcopal Bishop, George Councell, as well as by the President of the Board of Trustees of Doane Academy, Audrey Winzinger, George B. Sanderson was officially installed as the 22nd Headmaster of Doane Academy.  Doane Academy is an age 3 through 12th grade college prep school in Burlington, New Jersey.

The ceremony took place on Sunday afternoon, October 4th, in the school's historic 1847 chapel and was attended by over 200 friends, family, faculty, staff, students and other guests.  This chapel, the first Gothic cruciform-style church in the United States, was designed by John Notman, and has been witness to twenty such ceremonies since its consecration nearly 170 years ago. 

Special remarks were provided by Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson, Head of School at National Cathedral School in Washington DC since 2003. Mrs. Jamieson spoke of Mr. Sanderson's passion for education and for developing leadership skills among students, which is in alignment with Doane Academy's mission to develop confident,  ethical leaders prepared to improve the world.

During the ceremony, Mr. Sanderson was presented with a number of symbolic and actual gifts.  The first gift was the  "key to the school", the original front door key to the school, used by Bishop Doane beginning in 1837.  This was presented by the Board of Trustees.  Other items presented were: a school shield, presented by the faculty and staff, a set of three history books written about the school, presented by graduates, a small tree presented by parents and a framed photograph of the entire student body, presented by students. A reception followed these ceremonies in the school's new expansive building, Rowan Hall, a 26,000 square foot addition, bringing eleven new classrooms as well as office,meeting and reception spaces to the growing school. 
Mr. Sanderson grew up outside of Boston and is a graduate of the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. He earned his undergraduate degree in History from Princeton University and his masters from the University of Pennsylvania. After college, he worked in the corporate finance field for eleven years both in New York and in London prior to pursuing his career in education. Before coming to Doane Academy this year, Mr. Sanderson held a variety of teaching and administrative positions at Princeton Day School, including History department chair, upper school dean, and director of financial aid. At Princeton Day School, Mr. Sanderson was the recipient of The Robert C. Whitlock Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Stanton Foundation Innovation in Civics Program grant, and The David C. Bogle Award for the Pursuit of Teaching Excellence. He has served as chair of the National Association of Independent Schools' financial aid committee, as a trustee of several nonprofit organizations, and currently serves on the executive board of the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He and his wife Carolyn are the parents of three children: Peter and Katie, who are seniors in high school, and James, who is a senior at Duke University.  Doane Academy is
proud to officially welcome
Mr. Sanderson and his family into the
Doane Academy family.
 The reception, as it took place inside of Rowan Hall.
About Doane Academy
Doane Academy was founded as St. Mary's Hall in 1837 by the Right Reverend George Washington Doane, the second Episcopal bishop of New Jersey.  The school, which changed its name to Doane Academy in 2008, remains to this day on its original scenic campus on the banks of the Delaware River in historic Burlington, New Jersey.

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D&R Greenway Land Trust Announces New Preserved Property in East Amwell

Princeton, N.J. – D&R Greenway Land Trust announces the preservation of 10 acres of forest on South Hill Road, East Amwell Township, Hunterdon County.  The property was preserved in partnership with East Amwell Township and Hunterdon County Open Space Programs. The parcel is an addition to D&R Greenway's 140-acre Cattail Brook Preserve in the Sourland Mountains.


The preserved property is an addition to large intact forest which contains a diverse range of ecosystems, including wetland and upland forest, edge and interior forest, headwater stream corridors, vernal pools and boulder fields. Its location in the eastern end of the Sourland Mountain Ridge makes it an important addition to a number of other properties that have been preserved in the vicinity.


"Preserving properties in the Sourland Mountains enables us to maintain the forest cover and prevent forest fragmentation in the region," says D&R Greenway Land Trust Vice-President Jay Watson. "The Sourland Mountains are the largest contiguous forested area in central New Jersey and maintaining that contiguity is most important for interior forest dwelling and breeding species. The deep forest ecosystem is an especially important stronghold for deep forest-breeding neo-tropical migrant songbirds including a number of species of warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, vireos and others." 


"The Sourland Forest is Central New Jersey's most important migratory stopover for species coming north from Mexico, and Central America," says Linda Mead, President and CEO of D&R Greenway Land Trust. "These species have been utilizing this forest for their very survival for millennia and every parcel that we preserve ensures that this habitat that is so critical for them remains intact forever."


This property increases public access to the forest for visitors entering the preserve from South Hill Road.


"We are very happy to complete the preservation of this tract of land that adjoins the Cattail Brook Preserve in East Amwell Township," says Mayor David Wang-Iverson. "This acquisition, which took several years to complete, builds upon the network of preserved lands in our Sourland Mountain District. This is the latest example of East Amwell's long-term and highly successful partnership with D&R Greenway Land Trust to preserve critical open spaces in the township. Many future generations of our residents will benefit from our preservation partnership."


"Hunterdon County is pleased to help the effort by East Amwell Township and D&R Greenway to provide improved access and heighten the public's enjoyment of Cattail Brook Preserve," says Hunterdon County Open Space Coordinator William Millette.




The Cattail Brook Preserve lies within a large unbroken tract of deciduous forest and is part of a deep forest ecosystem including nearby large forested properties under permanent preservation by D&R Greenway Land Trust and other entities. Additional preserved lands nearby are owned by Hunterdon County Parks, the State and East Amwell Township. This property faces onto South Hill Road.


The forest is made up of deciduous hardwoods of medium age including tulip poplar, oaks, ash, red and sugar maples, hickories, black gum, American beech, hornbeam, and others. The native under-story shrubs and trees include spicebush, ironwood, viburnums, flowering dogwood, witch-hazel, and several invasive species including multiflora rose, Japanese barberry, Asian wineberry, several invasive honeysuckle species, ailanthus and autumn olive.


The herbaceous plant community includes many native spring ephemerals, including trout lily, bloodroot, may apple, rue anemone, dwarf ginseng and Canada mayflower. Additional herbaceous plants in the woodland include various grasses, asters, goldenrods, jewelweed, Christmas fern, wood ferns, lady fern and others. Wetland areas along streams have additional wetland species including skunk cabbage and cardinal flower. Herbaceous invasive species include garlic mustard and Japanese stilt grass.


The Sourland Mountains have been designated as an "Important Bird Area." The deep forest ecosystem of the Sourlands is an important stronghold for deep forest-breeding neo-tropical migrant songbirds including a number of species of warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, vireos and others. The Sourlands support up to 65 documented species of breeding neo-tropical migrant songbirds and provide stopover habitat for these species plus about 51 other species of stopover migrants. A very detailed and extensive study of breeding and migrant birds within one mile of Cattail Brook Preserve has been conducted by Hannah Suthers. Most of the breeding and migrant bird species documented by Suthers would be expected to be present on this site. In addition, the deep forest character of the site provides habitat for many wintering and breeding temperate species such as wrens and woodpeckers and 'temperate migrant" species such as brown thrashers, towhees and American robins and American woodcock.


The Sourland Mountains are defined as a 90 square mile area extending over five townships (East Amwell, West Amwell, Hopewell, Hillsborough and Montgomery) and three counties (Hunterdon, Somerset and Mercer) in central New Jersey. The Sourland Mountains consist of the main Sourland ridge with an elevation ranging from 300 to 600 feet, and several geologically similar adjoining areas including Baldpate Mountain, Mount Rose and Pheasant Hill.


The Sourland Mountains remain as the largest "wilderness" in central New Jersey, containing about 20,000 acres of contiguous forest. The Sourlands have been called a "node of biodiversity in central New Jersey" because the intact forests support many interior forest species and species sensitive to habitat fragmentation that cannot survive in the fragmented woodlots and suburban landscape of the surrounding areas. The intact forest is largely a result of the geology of the Sourlands which consists of hard and impermeable shale bedrock of the Lockatong Formation and the igneous diabase boulder formations of the Sourland ridge. These rock types crop out at the surface which has prevented clearing of the land for farming and residential development. The groundwater recharge is poor, well yields are low and septic systems costly and difficult to construct.


The forested Sourlands include and protect the headwaters of many of central New Jersey's streams including the Stony Brook, Alexauken Creek, Swan Creek, Moore's Creek, Rock Brook, Bedens Brook, Back Brook, Neshanic River and South Branch of the Raritan River. The Alexauken Creek has been designated as a New Jersey C-1 stream. The Swan Creek watershed provides drinking water for the city of Lambertville while the Stony Brook, Bedens Brook, Neshanic and South Branch are sources of raw water for approximately one million people throughout central New Jersey.


The deep forest ecosystem is an important nesting area and migration stopover habitat for "interior forest passerine birds" including more than 110 species of neotropical migratory birds. Many other temperate forest birds, including rare and threatened species of raptors such as red-shouldered hawks and barred owls,  also nest in the Sourlands. The flanking valleys are a stronghold for agriculture and one of New Jersey's most important remaining habitats for endangered grassland birds. New Jersey Audubon has designated the Sourland Mountains as one of New Jersey's Important Bird Areas. The large size of the contiguous forest also supports some mammals such as black bear and bobcats which are otherwise rare in central New Jersey.


The perched water table of the Sourlands has produced an extensive system of wetlands and an exceptional concentration of vernal ponds on the Sourland ridge, particularly on the north slope. There are many more vernal ponds per square mile on the Sourland Ridge than in the valleys below. The streams and vernal ponds support large populations of obligate vernal pond species including wood frogs and spotted salamanders as well as New Jersey threatened species such as wood turtles. These vernal pond areas also support many wetland-adapted native plants such a skunk cabbage, cardinal flower, marsh marigold and blue flag iris as well as particular State-listed plants associated with diabase such as wild comfrey.




D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 26TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey.   Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway's mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 18,750 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City's Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.


The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway's home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 


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West Windsor Community Farmers Market Best in Class

West Windsor, NJ October 7, 2015 –American Farmland Trust’s summer-long Farmers Market Celebration – an annual effort to rally support for local farms and family farmers by calling on shoppers to identify the best of America’s farmers markets and West Windsor Community Farmers Market was rated top 50 best in class and the favorite within the state of New Jersey.   The WWCFM has been voted New Jersey’s best in class market four years in a row.

 “Farmers markets are critical for new and beginning farmers,” says Susan Sink, American Farmland Trust’s Vice President of Development and External Relations. “Next generation farmers selling directly to consumers at farmers markets have nearly a 10 percent greater chance of staying in business than those selling goods through traditional retail. And when family farmers thrive – our community, economy and families thrive.” 

This year’s Celebration encouraged market customers, family farmers, community members – anyone who believed they had the best farmers market in the country – to endorse their market in four unique areas: Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community, and Champion for the Environment.

West Windsor Community Farmers Market national rankings are:

      People’s Choice: 19

      Focus on Farmers: 15

      Healthy Food for All: 17

      Pillar of the Community: 16

      Champion for the Environment: 15 


Now in its twelfth year, the WWCFM in central New Jersey prides itself on its commitment to the agriculture in the state and remaining true to providing consumers a direct connection with the farmers that grow and raise their food.  Open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00am-1:00pm until November 21, at the Vaughn Drive Commuter Lot in West Windsor, the market is host to fifteen farms and eleven artisan and natural product vendors.  Live music, cooking demonstrations, special events and community groups round out the market experience.  

The Market season continues by moving indoors once month to the Windsor Athletic Club at 99 Clarksville Road in West Windsor.  Dates are: December 12, January 9, February 13, March 12 and April and the markets will run from 10:00am-1:00pm. 

To visit the full list of top ranked markets nationwide, visit .  Visit for up to date farm, vendor and events listings or call 609-933-4452.

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International Negotiation Specialist Stephen Weiss '71 Returned to Hun School to Teach Students Important Negotiation Strategies

Princeton, NJ – On Wednesday, September 30th Dr. Stephen Weiss returned to The Hun School of Princeton, where he gave a lecture about effective negotiation strategies and skills. Dr. Weiss is a professor of policy, strategy, and international business at the Schulich School of Business – York University in Toronto, Ontario where his research is focused on complex international negotiations. Using case studies as examples, Dr. Weiss explained how negotiations reach mutually agreeable and durable resolutions, particularly when interests are argued, rather than positions.


Griffin Ferrara '17 said, "It was really interesting to listen to Dr. Weiss explain how parties come to a successful negotiation. It's not something we are able to see on a normal basis – the bargaining and leveraging that takes place in high-power negotiations. Dr. Weiss really gave us a look at the significance and complexity of international policy. It was a great class."


Dr. Weiss pointed to a case study concerning climate change policy between various international governments as well as the United Nations to explain the fragile nature and complexity that emerges in multiple-party deals. A second case study showed how a Canadian zoo and the Chinese government came to an agreement over the placement of panda bears, despite the zoo's severely limited resources. The examples provided a contrast of how negotiating with clear goals are necessary for a successful outcome.


Hun School economics teacher Robert Sacco said, "At the most basic level, it's important to know what you want from a negotiation. What are you negotiating for? Dr. Weiss reminded us that having a goal or outcome in mind is crucial to any successful negotiation."


Mr. Sacco continued, "Students gained a valuable insight from Dr. Weiss. They received material and analysis of the complex types of negotiation modeling done at the collegiate-level. It was the type of lecture of issues and thinking that happens with professors who have dedicated their life to mastering a specific topic and area of focus."




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Eden Autism Services Receives Transformative Bequest

Single largest donation in Eden's 40 year history, gift will enhance the organization's programmatic excellence. 

Princeton, NJ – Peter H. Bell, President and CEO of Eden Autism Services, announced today that the organization has received a bequest of $2 million from the William & Dorothy Noonan Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. This gift represents the single largest donation in Eden's 40 year history of serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan.

"We are absolutely thrilled and honored by the generosity of Bill and Butz Noonan, two extraordinary individuals who fell in love with Eden and its mission. Their commitment to serving others is tremendously inspiring," said Mr. Bell. "This transformative gift will enable us to enhance and expand our programmatic excellence, make improvements to our facilities with a particular focus on our adult services program, and help ensure our long-term sustainability for those we serve, both today and in the future."

"This is a wonderful and thoughtful legacy by the Noonans and great news for Eden," said Chairman of the Board, Anthony J. Kuczinski, President of Munich Reinsurance America. "Now in its fifth decade of service, Eden has spent much of the last year planning for its future. Integral to its rich history is the indelible mark that the Noonans have made on Eden during their lifetime and through their bequest."

Upon moving to Princeton in 1987, Bill and Dorothy "Butz" Noonan became deeply engaged in Eden's mission despite having no family connection to autism. Bill was named Chairman of the Eden Board of Trustees in 1998 and served as such until 2003, and then again in 2005 until his death in 2006. Caring and committed members of their community, the Noonans counted Eden and several other human services organizations among their philanthropic interests. Bill's interest in people, and his vast experience as a Marine Captain, Officer Candidate School instructor, radio and newspaper reporter, and ultimately an executive with Merrill Lynch, helped those organizations pursue their missions.

In an interview published by Eden in 1997, Bill Noonan provided insight into what inspired him to become engaged in Eden's mission: "...a year or so later [after being introduced to Eden] I was elected to the Board of Trustees. In the process, I learned a great deal about autism. It was clear that people with autism – and their families – desperately need the assistance of others. The individuals that Eden serves simply cannot survive without help, and what I found so heartening was the realization that with that help, they not only survive but often thrive."

"In life, and in death, Bill and Butz Noonan have made a remarkable impact on Eden. It is in our hands to honor their faith in this organization and to leverage their generosity such that it raises our individual and collective sights on what is truly possible for Eden - and those we serve. With gratitude and deep respect for their legacy, we are humbled by this extraordinary gift," said Mr. Bell.

"As grateful as we are to Bill and Butz for remembering Eden through their legacy giving, we also extend our sincere gratitude to the Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF) for its role in promoting philanthropy throughout the greater-Princeton region, and for stewarding the intentions of generous individuals like the Noonans," said Melinda Gorny McAleer, Chief Development Officer for Eden.

For information about becoming a member of the William J. Noonan Legacy Society, named in Bill's memory in 2006, contact Ms. McAleer at (609)987-0099 x3513 or go to

About Autism

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that impacts the development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. The result of a neurological disorder affecting the functioning of the brain and frequently other systems of the body, autism typically appears during a child's first three years.

Autism Facts

·         Autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys

·         New Jersey has the highest rates with 1 in 45 children and 1 in 28 boys

·         Autism prevalence figures are growing

·         More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined

·         Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

·         Autism costs the nation over $265 billion per year

·         Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

·         Boys are five times more likely than girls to have autism

·         There is no medical detection or cure for autism


About Eden Autism Services

Eden Autism Services is a recognized leader in improving the lives of children and adults with autism. Founded in 1975, Eden was among the first service providers to expand its program to address the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum from the point of diagnosis through adulthood. Our services include early intervention therapy, a school for students aged 3 to 21, adult employment and residential programs, and curriculum and consultation for educators and other professionals. Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. with a national prevalence rate of 1 in 68 children (1 in 45 in New Jersey). For more information about Eden Autism Services visit or call (609) 987-0099. Follow Eden on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.   

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The Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra 2015-2016 Season

The Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra announces the start of the 2015-2016 Season with a revised Board of Directors and an updated roster of students.

This year, the GPYO features 170 students from almost 40 New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities.  Artistic Director Kawika Kahalehoe will conduct the Symphonic Orchestra and the Prep Winds ensembles; Dr. Arvin Gopal will conduct the Concert Orchestra and the Prep Strings ensembles.

Outgoing President of the GPYO, Richard Bilotti, will remain on the Board and transition into the newly created position of President Emeritus beginning October 1, 2015.  Current Board member David DeFreese was selected to be President at the last meeting of the GPYO Board; his term begins October 1.  He says:  "The GPYO has over fifty years of youth music education with thousands of area students taking part in dozens of domestic and international performances.  We want to continue to build on that legacy by producing great programs for both the GPYO families and for the surrounding community."

The GPYO was founded in 1960 and is New Jersey's oldest, longest running regional youth music ensemble.  The GPYO mission is to provide high level music education and performance opportunities for the student musicians and to promote classical music appreciation within the community through concerts, master classes and other outreach efforts.

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St. Paul Catholic School Celebrates 135 Years in Princeton

  When St. Paul Catholic School first opened its doors in Princeton, Rutherford B. Hayes was in the White House, Nassau Street was a dirt road, and Princeton University was still known as the College of New Jersey.


          Built in 1880 on its current site at 218 Nassau Street, the school was founded by Monsignor Thomas Moran (namesake of adjacent Moran Avenue) and staffed by the Sisters of Mercy.  The current school building was constructed in 1930 on the foundation of the original structure.  St. Paul's is now the oldest Catholic elementary in the Diocese of Trenton and its 95 year-old Parent Teacher Association is the nation's oldest among Catholic schools.


           Throughout its 135 year history, the Sisters of Mercy have been a part of the faculty and played an integral role in the school's history.  The first principal and a native of Ireland, Sister Gabriel Redigan, acted as Mother Superior to six Irish teaching sisters.  For the next  83 years St. Paul's was the only Catholic school in Princeton and still remains the only Catholic coeducational school in the Township.  Photographs show that the student body was racially integrated by the early 1920's in a town where the public schools remained segregated until 1949.


Current principal, Ryan Killeen, has made history as the school's first male principal assuming that position in 2007.  On the occasion of the 135th Anniversary Mr. Killeen stated, "It's an honor to carry forward the Mercy tradition of excellence in Catholic education here in Princeton.  We have a unique community that cherishes our history while embracing innovation with our Catholic faith at the core of all we do".


         St. Paul School has grown over the years to its current enrollment of over 400 preschool through eighth grade students along with 45 full and part-time faculty members.  The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's 2012 National Blue Ribbon of Excellence.   


At the recent annual Mercy Day Mass which commemorates the founding of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1827 by Catherine McAuley, the school's current reading specialist Sister Mary Terena Gentili, was recognized and honored on the occasion of her 60th Anniversary in religious life and 25 years as a teacher at St. Paul School.  Also present was Sister Jane a retired St. Paul teacher who still resides in the school's convent.

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D&R Greenway Supporters Revel in the Benefits of Land Preservation at 20th Greenway Gala

Princeton, N.J. – Nature rewards those who nurture it, and D&R Greenway Land Trust earned its due for preserving 19,000 acres in central New Jersey in the form of golden sunlight for its 20th Greenway Gala on Sunday, September 20.


The annual event pays tribute to those who have made a difference in land preservation, and this year’s Donald B. Jones Conservation Award honored D&R Greenway founder and long-time trustee Rosemary Miles Blair (1931-2015). In welcoming remarks, D&R Greenway Vice President Phyllis Marchand suggested that Blair, whom former U.S. Congressman Rush Holt called “a force,” had influenced the weather that illuminated the meadow she played a key role in preserving.


Blair’s husband, David, and a contingency of children, spouses and grandchildren came from across the country, joining more than 150 D&R Greenway supporters for the celebration.


“As her husband for 61 years, I can tell you about persistence,” remarked David Blair. “She was dynamite in a small package. Rosemary can rest in peace because of the work she did for D&R Greenway.”


Daughter Maria Blair, of Hinesburg, Vermont, recalled how her mother was always moving forward with positive energy, and so proud of her work with D&R Greenway in preserving land. Daughter Rachel McGregor of Deadham, Massachusetts, said people remember her mother as “the woman in white sneakers who showed up at countless meetings for conservation. She had a sense of what was right and had no fear in talking to anyone about preserving land.”


“It was so tremendously important to Mom,” said daughter Karen Horn of Moretown, Vermont. “Preservation defined who she was.”


Son David Blair, of Washington, D.C., said “I’ll always remember my mother’s activism in environmental issues and open space. She’s built a terrific legacy. She loved things that were old, which included farms and architecture. If someone wanted to change something old and established, she was a big questioner: why change it? Restored things are beautiful.”


“Rosemary got us started but it takes a vigilant and committed board, staff and supporters who believe in the common cause and are committed to get it done,” said D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead, concluding an inspiring speech about vision, value and community with a quote from Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality: "... it is helpful to set aside some places which can be preserved and protected from constant changes brought by human intervention.”


“One does not need to be religious to appreciate this – it speaks to exactly what we do,” said Mead.


Pushing her 6-month-old in a stroller, D&R Greenway Trustee and Drinker Biddle real estate attorney Cindy De Lisi Smith said she watched her great grandmother’s farm, one of the last in Scotch Plains, as it was paved over, and is committed to D&R Greenway to protect that from happening to farms in our midst. Having worked on closings for several D&R Greenway preserved properties, Smith says she likes working with families to figure out how they can benefit from preserving land. Smith lives in the Sourland Mountains where her children can play in the woods.


Jerry Fennelly, president and founder of NAI Fennelly Commercial Real Estate Services, remarked on how the beautiful setting shows off the work D&R Greenway does, creating beauty in central New Jersey. A regular user of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, where he runs and walks, Fennelly says that from the perspective of a real estate developer, green space creates greater value for surrounding towns. “It creates value for the residents – that’s why people come here from all over the world. More than a third of our residents are born outside the country, and 87 languages are spoken in Mercer County. They are drawn to the open space.”


Over the years the Donald B. Jones Conservation Award has been given to a governor, a community, a family, a congressman, local citizens, a Princeton land trust and a 10-year-old who raised more than $3,000 for St. Michaels Farm Preserve, among others. When Rush Holt left Congress to become American Association for the Advancement of Science CEO and had to clean out his desk, the Jones Award was among the treasures he kept. “I display it on the wall in my home because it’s something I’m proud of.”





D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 26TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey.   Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 18,750 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.


The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 



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Grand Opening Ceremony At Cambridge School To Celebrate Opening Of New Upper School

On September 10, 2015 Pennington’s Mayor, Anthony Persichilli, Director of Public Safety, William Meytrott, Cambridge School administrative staff, teachers, parents, and Upper School students watched with anticipation as Deborah and Jim Peters, Co-Founders of Cambridge School, cut a ceremonial ribbon to acknowledge the grand opening of the new Upper School building and its dynamic, accredited high school program.  Attendees toured the spacious contemporary style rooms complete with state-of-the-art technology including: 3-D printer, green screen technology, and interactive white boards. This substantial investment in the Upper School is representative of Cambridge School’s Mission Statement and the school’s steadfast determination to serve students diagnosed with learning differences, helping them to thrive. The Upper School will continue to be a small school where teaching, learning, and personal relationships are paramount. The curriculum is specially designed to develop specific academic skills, build a foundation of knowledge on those skills, and stimulate intellectual curiosity. The program is rigorous and designed to prepare students for success in college.

During the ceremony, Director of Public Safety, William Maytrott, announced to the crowd, “I have been in Pennington for 60 Years and Cambridge School is the finest organization that Pennington’s had in this 60 year period”.

For more information call (609)730-9553 or visit our website at     


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PennEast Submits Application -- Environmental Community Says It Will Do What It Has To In Opposition

PA/NJ – Just over a year ago the proposed PennEast Pipeline was announced.  Today, September 24, over 3 months after they originally threatened to file their application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the PennEast Pipeline project partners (PSEG – Public Service Enterprise Group, UGI Energy Services, Spectra Energy Partners, AGL Resources, NJR Pipeline Company, South Jersey Industries) submitted their application.

            The PennEast Pipeline has received record refusals to conduct surveys for the project – with over 2/3 in NJ denying access for survey, despite having higher access in PA the company’s July progress report represents that 60% of the project are available for survey activities, 25 towns and 3 counties have passed resolutions of opposition along with hundreds of opposition letters already submitted to the FERC express opposition, questions and concerns about the project. 

            “The PennEast Pipeline is not wanted and it is not needed and if it were to be built it would inflict irreparable harm on the Delaware River Valley and Susquehanna River Valley communities it will cut through.  There are numerous expert reports already on the record documenting the water and air pollution that will result, the loss of forest, damage to ecotourism, increased erosion and flooding impacts, and damage to local businesses PennEast would inflict.  And we have submitted proof that the fracked gas PennEast would carry is in fact not needed in our region and so the true goal of the PennEast companies is most likely export to foreign nations. We will do what we have to to stop the PennEast Pipeline, ” said Maya van Rossum the Delaware Riverkeeper.

“The real battle to save the Delaware Valley from this damaging pipeline starts now. This pipeline will not only cut an ugly scar through environmentally sensitive lands in the Valley, but it’s a threat to our environment and our homes. This pipeline will promote fracking, add to air pollution, and create safety concerns to the surrounding communities. With all the damage that has already occurred from surveying and testing this land, just think of how much of a disaster a pipeline would be for the area. Environmentalists , along with thousands of citizens and a dozen municipalities oppose this dangerous pipeline.” “We don’t believe that FERC can adequately evaluate this application since 67% of people have denied PennEast survey access to their lands .” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club This is the beginning of our new campaign to stop the pipeline.  We be will  now be kicking our fight against PennEast into high gear; fighting permits at the state and federal agencies, bringing thousands of people out to the hearings, and going to court to fight this dangerous pipeline. We will fight to keep PennEast the FERC out of our Valley!”

"Communities up and down the pipeline route have made it clear that they don't want this pipeline and have no plans to back down. Last month, almost exactly one year to the day after PennEast first announced the pipeline, more than 400 people marched across the Delaware River to protest it. The opposition isn't waning; it's growing," said Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gas Truth.

"The Delaware River watershed is our land where a river runs through it, not a massive fracked gas pipeline. PennEast is a pipeline too far, and their application clearly shows they didn't listen to the thousands of citizens united against this invasion," said Doug O'Malley, director of Environment New Jersey. "PennEast has united citizens from both sides of the river to oppose this massive ecological scar from being ripped through the Delaware Valley, and we're not going away."

“In its filing announcement of September 24th, PennEast continues to lie and misrepresent what this pipeline project is about. Citizens, organizations, scientists and government officials have proven over and over how this project will harm the environment, produce economic hardship, and fail to benefit NJ or PA residents and businesses. We continue to encourage the NJDEP to withhold permits due to lack of survey data and implore FERC to do its job and not rubber stamp this project for which there is no public need or convenience. The Sourland Conservancy and its members, as well as the numerous others opposed to this horrendous project will remain undaunted by PennEast’s filing – we will continue to work to protect our homes, businesses, land, air and water!”  Caroline Katmann, Executive Director, Sourland Conservancy.

"PSE&G's dirty dangerous PennEast gas pipeline, if the Feds sign off on it, will mean more worse extreme weather, more water pollution, loss of open space and will take people's property away from them. We will do all we can to stop it!" said David Pringle with Clean Water Action (NJ).

"This project is against the will of the people. If approved, the PennEast pipeline would impact hundreds of important water resources, thousands of residents, and lock our region into a future of fossil fuel dependence," said Joseph Otis Minott, Esq., Executive Director of the Clean Air Council. "The people united will defeat this project. UGI has already faced massive delays because of our collective opposition, and today we commit to banding together with the 26 communities, dozens of opposition groups, and hundreds of landowners to oppose this ill-conceived project until UGI withdraws."

            The pipeline will need approvals from the FERC, the Delaware River Basin Commission, the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the US Army Corps of Engineers. 

In August a rally attended by an estimated 500 people demonstrated the massive and growing opposition to the project.  Because of its inability to get survey access PennEast has asked the State of New Jersey for permission to conduct needed surveys aerially. 

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Machestic Dragons Gift Breast Cancer Resource Center and THRIVE

It may be unusual for one non-profit organization (Machestic Dragons Breast cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team) to gift other non-profit organizations with their hard earned profit realized from Paddle for Pink Dragon Boat Festival, however, recognizing organizations that provide free services to those that are in treatment for breast cancer or are in recovery is an apparent choice.  To share a percentage of the proceeds is necessary when Machestic’s know full well how important and unique it is to have the option to receive services free of charge.

Annie Carricato, Machestic Dragons President says, “the Machestic’s offer scholarships for team membership to breast cancer patients and survivors that are in need thanks to the generosity of donors that specifically gift us in memory of their friends and family, some that were once our members we paddled with, traveled with us to races, and helped build our team with camaraderie and often with humor.  We honor these women each year at Paddle For Pink and pass our goodness on to other organizations that we recognize as stewards of our healing”. 

This year The Breast Cancer Resource Center at the YWCA in Princeton was gifted eight thousand dollars from the Machestics.  Two thousand dollars was given to a new program that was brought to our attention by two of our supporter Machestic members, THRIVE, acronym for To Help Restore Increase Vitality Through Exercise, at the YMCA in Hamilton.

Each year Paddle For Pink draws teams together for our common goal of paddling for a cause, breast cancer continues to effect women and awareness is key since early detection makes a huge difference in treatment and surviving.  PFP is about lifting spirits and celebrating life on and off the water. Dragon Boat Races have sprung up throughout the region, still Paddle For Pink is the favorite of most paddlers because the event is a blast of down home personal community spirited fun activity, live entertainment and racing on Mercer County Park Lake that is second to none.

 Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Paddle For Pink Dragon Boat Festival, June 18, 2016, at Mercer County Park. Join us now to support this work that makes life a little richer and meaningful in our region.  

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"FunFest", Montgomery's New Fair, Brings Out Thousands

The new “Montgomery FunFest” was a resounding success Sunday at Princeton Airport.  More than a hundred business and non-profit groups greeted residents, providing displays, giveaways, kids’ rides, games, crafts and more.  There were vintage cars & airplanes on display, even helicopter rides. Local Montgomery musical talent entertained from three stages and attendees enjoyed great food and beverage choices. Attendance was in the thousands.

The purpose of the event was to support local businesses and strengthen the community spirit of Montgomery Township. Funfest was organized by the non-profit Montgomery Business Association (MBA) with support from the Montgomery Economic Development Commission (EDC), a volunteer committee of the municipality whose goal is to promote Montgomery as an excellent business location. 

After bringing her two children Sunday, Mayor Christine Madrid express enthusiasm about Funfest and praised the event organizers:


"Congratulations to the MBA and the EDC on a very successful event! Everyone had a great time and it was such a wonderful opportunity for Montgomery to come together as a community. Thank you for all of your hard work that made Funfest possible," she stated.


Co-Chairs Jean Robinson & Todd Royer worked tirelessly for months to organize FunFest. The 2015 FunFest committee members were Alicia Schwarcz, Frank Luis, Saul Wendroff, Jane Gore, Wendy Andreotta, Matt Robinson, Christa Bruneau-Flynn and Erin Brendel. Many more volunteers also donated their time and make the event possible.

Montgomery Twp. Committeeman Rich Smith commented on the role of the township’s Economic Development Committee.  He said, “The entire Montgomery EDC was involved in this collaborative effort with the MBA for months which led to a fantastic event that will continue as an annual event for Montgomery.  Special thanks go out to EDC Chair Todd Royer for the countless hours he put into working with the MBA to help make Fun Fest a great event for the families and businesses of our town.”

American Boychoir School Begins New Year Under New "Homestay" Model

Robust school year and tour schedule greets returning and new students and their families

“Through adversity comes opportunity” might well be the unofficial motto of the American Boychoir School (ABS). Having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April, ABS was confronted with a painful reality: redesign the school’s operational approach and secure the necessary funding to assure long-term stability, or close its doors. With a storied educational and performance legacy at stake, the school’s leadership, faculty, students, parents and the community-at-large united in an unprecedented effort to not only keep the doors open, but to position the school and its revered choir for the future.

Under its new operating structure, the Princeton, N.J., area will remain the school’s home.  A new location was secured at the Rambling Pines campus in Hopewell, a short distance from downtown Princeton.  This vibrant campus offers the boys classrooms, rehearsal space and over 200 acres of outdoor play area.  In addition, “Music Together,” a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music to children, has graciously made available additional rehearsal space at its global headquarters two miles away from our campus.

While planning for the new school year was underway, a number of exciting summer activities took place.  ABS’s summer camp, “The American Boychoir Experience,” was held at the Hun School from June 28 to July 4.  In August, American Boychoir members put their summer vacations on hold and reassembled in Princeton to rehearse for a performance at famed Tanglewood Festival. On August 8, the boys performed in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at Tanglewood with Maestro Andris Nelsons and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

“ABS President Kerry Heimann, Litton-Lodel Music Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Head of School Louise Dewar, and all the staff have put their hearts and souls into preparing for this school year; they dealt with numerous bumps in the road, and they made it happen,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Rob D'Avanzo. “The loyalty of our parents and supporters has been proof positive that all our efforts are worth it.  Indeed, despite all the uncertainties we faced over the summer as ABS worked to get a new structure in place, our students stuck with us and are returning this fall – and we have a number of new students and expectations for more.  The American Boychoir is something very special.”

After a summer of intensive planning and activity, on September 14, ABS opens the school year under a new “homestay” model.  Because of its national reputation the American Boychoir draws students from around the country.  This year more than half the boys are from outside the local area.  Under the new “homestay” model, these boys will spend the school year living with host families connected to the ABS community.

The 2015-16 school year promises to be an exciting one for the ABS. The choir will tour the West Coast this fall, East Coast for the holidays, and the South in the winter.  Several special fundraising events are also in the works.

About American Boychoir
The American Boychoir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Under the leadership of Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director, the American Boychoir has dazzled audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation, and ensemble virtuosity. The Boychoir performs regularly with world-class orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is often featured with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit, and Alan Gilbert. The American Boychoir is frequently invited to join internationally-renowned artists on stage, and the list of collaborators reflects the extraordinary range of the ensemble: from great classical artists such as Jessye Norman and Frederica von Stade to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and pop icons Beyoncé and Sir Paul McCartney. The choir's young soloists are also in high demand and have joined forces with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival USA, to name a few.  As an icon of American musical excellence, the Boychoir has been invited to sing for every sitting U.S. President since John F. Kennedy.  Touring frequently at home and abroad as preeminent ambassadors, the American Boychoir spreads messages of beauty and hope through outstanding musical achievement.

Boys in fourth through eighth grades, reflecting the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of the United States, come from across the country and around the world to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey.  While keeping up with their academic demands, the boys balance schoolwork with an intense national and international touring schedule.  In addition to the almost 100 solo concerts, the 2015–2016 season includes four national tours, continued international releases of the movie “Boychoir” with Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, and members of the American Boychoir, performances of Mahler’s Symphony 8 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and engagements at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The legacy of the American Boychoir is preserved through an extensive recording catalog, which boasts over 45 commercial recordings and the launch of its own label, Albemarle Records.


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Writer, Director Stephen Stahl Joins Downtown Performing Arts Center

Producer and owner of the Downtown Performing Arts Center (DPAC) Ginny Brennan announced last week that stage director and playwright Stephen Stahl has joined the faculty of the Lambertville, N.J. based performing arts studio. Stahl joins DPAC as it enters its 2015 fall session set to begin on Monday, September 14.

Internationally renowned writer and director Stephen Stahl received his early training at The Hedgerow Theatre under Jasper Deeter and Rose Schulman, then moved to New York and studied with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio. His production and directorial credits include over 150 stage shows around the world including a West End production of Lady Day in London which was nominated for an Olivier Award and won a Bay Critics Award and the National Drama Award.

Stahl joins DPAC's faculty which already includes Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre artistic directors Louis Palena and Jordan Brennan. Both Palena and Brennan has been prominent figures in the region's theatrical scene for the past decade. Along with teaching at DPAC and serving as artistic directors for the Open Air Theatre, both have directed numerous productions at area school districts. Brennan is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in dance. Palena has performed locally and abroad including the Russian cast of 42nd Street. He is also a successful playwright and lyricist having created several successful children's productions for the Open Air Theatre.

When asked about the edition of Stahl to the teaching roster of the Downtown Performing Arts Center, Brennan replied, "We're excited to have an artist of Stephen's caliber join DPAC as an instructor. He's a wonderful edition to our accomplished faculty and our students are sure to benefit from his experiences and insights."

During the 13-week schedule, dance classes in tap, jazz, and improv will join Stephen Stahl's teen and adult acting classes. Triple Threat classes will be offered designed to improve vocal, acting and dance with an emphasis on Broadway musicals. Additionally, there are offerings for budding performers ages 4-6 to help introduce them to performance and theater.

The Downtown Performing Arts Center's 2015 fall session begins on Monday, September 14 and continues through Friday, December 11. The studio is located at 54 Mt. Airy Village Rd. in Lambertville, N.J. For the complete schedule, fees and more, visit or call 609-397-3337.

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Educational Expert Grant Lichtman Addresses Hun School Faculty

Princeton, NJ – What does innovative teaching look like? How can established institutions ensure they evolve in innovative ways? Grant Lichtman attempted to answer these questions while traversing the country and visiting educators. The results were the basis for his book, #EDJourney. During a visit to The Hun School of Princeton on August 27th, Mr. Lichtman addressed the Hun School's faculty about his findings and invited them to join him in the conversation about educational innovation today.


During his keynote address, Mr. Lichtman said, "We have to teach our kids, essentially, for their future, and not for our past," said Mr. Lichtman. "And, I think that is what you are thinking about here. You are thinking about the operating system of your school, not just the hardware and software."


After Mr. Lichtman's keynote address, faculty spent time participating in breakout groups. They worked together to develop new ideas and discussed how best to support innovation on campus.

They collaboratively imagined systematic-level, big picture changes – aspirations for high-level innovations that aligned to the School's strategic plan. When they reconvened as a whole to share these goals, themes emerged that included interest around student voice, interdisciplinary programs, and testing boundaries of space and time.


"If we are going to be leading and significant as opposed to just great and successful, we do that by taking some degree of risks," said Mr. Lichtman. "It's a healthy thing to have in your risk-reward portfolio. The question for some schools is, 'Can we do it?' The question for your school is, 'Well, we have to decide to do it.'"


Upper School head Ryan Hews said, "In recent years, The Hun School has shifted curricular focus from traditional disciplines and content to a more skills-based curriculum, with an eye toward higher levels of student engagement.  Mr. Lichtman's visit both affirmed this innovative work and inspired Hun's visionary faculty to imagine what's next.  Schools need to be dynamic, adaptable, and reflective places and it was rewarding to have Mr. Lichtman partner with us toward these ends."?

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Cambridge School – Celebrating 15 years of Educating Students Who Learn Differently

“I wish every school was like the Cambridge School,” enthuses Amy Fishman, parent of 4th grader Sophia. “Every child would benefit from their warm and inviting environment.” Located in Pennington, NJ Cambridge School is an academically rigorous private school specializing in educating children with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences through a multisensory curriculum. They believe every child deserves the opportunity for an excellent education.

At Cambridge School, the teachers focus on more than basic academics. Amy adds “they stress kindness and being respectful to others. They encourage students like no other school.” Head of School James Maher explains “all of our teachers are highly trained language specialists. We provide consistency of programing throughout all areas of the curriculum, this allows teachers to identify challenges and help students using the techniques and tools of research-based programs.” Additionally, students are excited to participate innovative and experiential classes such as Taekwondo, Architecture and Engineering, Graphic Design, and Music Classes in collaboration with the Westminster Choir College. These courses are designed specifically to address the learning needs of our students, as supported by academic research, and to develop intellectual curiosity and real world applications.

Cambridge School has expanded its education to include Upper School. Maher adds “based on our success, parents have asked us to add an upper school program. We have an additional, newly renovated space with state of the art technology. Last year we started with a 9th grade pilot program, are adding a 10th grade this year, and anticipate having a fully functional high school by September 2017. Melody Maskell, Associate Head of School, who oversees Admissions, reports that the freshman class is reaching full capacity, as great interest in our Upper School program continues.

Beyond traditional academic classes, each grade in the Upper School includes a course called Investigation with a different theme each year. Freshmen begin with metacognition; with an understanding of how their brains function. Students learn how to develop and use their learning strengths in order to succeed in college and in life. For sophomores, the focus is on exploring careers, including a hands-on internship in a field of interest. In the junior and senior years, the focus will be on preparing students for college.

Cambridge specializes in helping students with learning differences thrive. For Sophia, her journey to Cambridge began over two years ago. When Sophia, who has dyslexia, was in public school her mother watched her self-esteem drop. “I Googled schools. I called Cambridge and immediately felt the love through the phone.” At the same time, the school is located 75 minutes away from their home in Old Bridge. “I didn’t want to like it. We parked the car, opened the door, and I felt the love immediately.” Now entering her third year at Cambridge, Sophia is thriving academically and socially. “I cannot say enough good things about it.” Fishman adds that the school is also academically challenging. Last year, for example, Sophia was reading “Hatchet,” while her son was reading the same book in a fifth grade public school class. “The increases in her reading and writing are unbelievable.”

The best proof, for Amy, that they made the right decision for their daughter is that, “Sophia cannot wait to go back to school!”

Cambridge School, 100 Straube Center Blvd., Pennington, NJ 08534, 609/730-9553,

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Christine’s Hope for Kid's 'Operation Backpack" a Huge Success

Hopewell, NJ, September 2, 2015— The Christine’s Hope for Kids Foundation, founded on the principle that every child deserves the chance to be a kid regardless of the circumstances, has just completed its latest campaign in a string of events to celebrate its five-year anniversary: Operation Backpack. The wildly successful Operation Backpack was inspired by the reality that many children do not have the supplies or resources needed for the upcoming school year. The Foundation’s goal was to fill hundreds of backpacks with pencils, paper, notebooks, and additional supplies to distribute to local kids in need throughout Mercer County.

The backpack initiative is an annual undertaking for CHFK, but this year’s Operation Back Pack exceeded all expectations with a goal of 1,005 backpacks, almost double of last year. With the help of 20 volunteers, 60 volunteer hours completed, 148 delivery miles driven, 1,005 backpacks filled, and 1,005 happy kids. In conjunction with New Jersey Women in Banking, The JM Group of Princeton and Noto Insurance Agency this was the Foundation’s largest backpack donation to date. With the support of the above sponsors and other countless donors and volunteers, each backpack contained not only basic supplies, but also rulers, calculators, binders, pencil cases, and a host of items in order to make each child feel special in addition to feeling prepared.

At the close of this summer’s Operation Backpack, the 1,005 backpacks were shared with ten different agencies for distribution to individual children: Children’s Home Society, Homefront, WomanSpace, One Simple Wish, Mill Hill Child Development Center, Trenton Soup Kitchen, Princeton Human Services, Pennrose Social Services, Princeton YMCA Child Resources, and Resource Family Advisory Board—Child and Family Services.

Christine’s Hope for Kids was founded to continue the legacy of the late Christine Gianacaci, a 22-year-old Lynn University student hailing from Hopewell. Christine had a passion for helping children in need and was fulfilling that passion on a January 2010 mission to Haiti when her life was tragically taken by a catastrophic earthquake. Her determined pursuit of spreading hope to children worldwide led her parents, Jean and John, to found the organization in her honor. The Foundation looks to further Christine’s legacy and maintain momentum in the years to come.

CHFK continues to celebrate its five-year anniversary through charitable giving, and the next event will be The Sixth Annual CHFK Golf Event, a tournament to be held on September 28, 2015 at the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton. The Five for Five campaign is also still in effect; with a $100 donation, donors will receive five celebratory notecards, each of which represents a child in need. For more information on upcoming events and other ways to support Christine’s Hope for Kids, please visit the Foundation’s website,

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Princeton Day School Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

Princeton – Princeton Day School faculty and staff were back on campus Monday morning for opening meetings to prepare for the start of school. The community welcomed the following new faculty.


In the Upper School:

  • Christian Cousins will be teaching several levels of Upper School Spanish, including our AP Spanish Literature course. He holds a PhD and MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Texas-Austin, and a B.A. in Modern Languages from Trinity College. Prior to PDS, Christian taught Upper School Spanish and coached soccer at St. Christopher’s School, a PreK-12 independent school for Boys in Richmond, VA.
  • Sam Hunt will teach 9th grade World Studies and 10th Grade American History, and will also serve as an Upper School Advisor. He received his B.A. from Southern Methodist University in French and World History. He then completed two Masters Degrees at Columbia University, one in East Asian and Japanese Studies and a second in African History. Prior to PDS, Sam served as an Upper School World History Teacher, Advisor, and Dean of the 10th grade class at The Dalton School in New York City.
  • Jessica Manners will be teaching three sections of Upper School English. She received her B.A. in English and American Literature, cum laude, from Harvard University, and then completed a Master’s Degree in the Teaching of English from Columbia University Teachers College. Prior to PDS, she taught 9th and 11th grade English, as well as two English electives in Creative Writing and Film Criticism at the Leman Preparatory School in New York City.
  • Mia Manzulli will teach 10th grade English as well as an elective on Shakespeare, and will also serve as a faculty advisor to the Writing Center and to our Upper School Lively Arts Program. She earned her B.A. in English, with distinction and departmental honors, from Stanford University, and earned an M.A. as well as a PhD in English and American Literature from New York University. Mia previously taught across the street at Stuart Country Day School, where for six years she was a distinguished member of their English Department, and prior to Stuart, she was an Assistant Professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Caroline Lee will teach 9th grade English, a new upper level elective entitled American Literature: Race Matters, and will also provide faculty support to a number of our student diversity clubs and programs. Caroline received her B.A. from Rutgers University, a Masters of English from Penn State, and a Masters of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to PDS, Caroline taught English at The Lawrenceville School, and also served for many years as a housemaster, a teacher in the school’s summer “Rising Scholars” Program, and as a leader in the school’s diversity programming, serving as Asst. Director for Multicultural Affairs.
  • Julie Ludwick will be teaching dance this fall, filling in for dance teacher Ann Robideaux while she is on maternity leave. Julie received a B.A. in Dance from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MA in Dance and Dance Education from Columbia University Teachers College. In addition to running a private dance studio, Julie also serves as Director and Lead Teacher in the “Fly By Night” Dance Theater in NYC, a Dance Company she founded in 1999.  
  • Mary Sisson will teach one section of 7th grade English, three sections of 9th grade English, and will serve as an US advisor. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with a double major in English and History (and a minor in Music), Mary is currently pursuing her M.A. in English through the Bread Loaf School, Middlebury College. Prior to PDS, she taught at St. Anne’s Belfield School, a PreK-12 independent school in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
  • Aimee Nyce is the new Upper School assistant to Jason Robinson, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life.  Aimee comes to PDS from The Wilberforce School in Princeton, where for the past six years she has served as the school's  Director of Admissions and Marketing. 


In the Middle School:

  • Drew Lloyd will teach MS Science and serve as a 6th grade advisor. He earned a graduate degree in Environmental Sustainability from Cardiff University in Wales and a B.A. in Literature from New York University. Most recently Andrew served as a MS Science Teacher and Sustainability Coordinator at The Pennington School.
  • Emily Gill will teach Spanish I, serve as an advisor, and also teach in Upper School. She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a Master’s degree in Education and also is a Villanova graduate (BA, Spanish). Emily taught Spanish in both the U.S. and Spain in previous teaching positions.


In the Lower School:

  • Leah Anderson will teach 2nd Grade. She is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines and holds a Masters of education from Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Prior to PDS, Leah taught second grade for three years at Voyager Academy in Durham, NC. She was also a Leadership Team member and served on numerous committees including the Responsive Classroom, the Changemaker School, and the Teacher Evaluation committees.
  • Carolee Van Dervort will teach Science in grades PreK - 1st. Carolee is a graduate of the University of Delaware and holds a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Bowie State University in Maryland. Prior to PDS, she served as a reading therapist at the Cooper Learning Center at the Cooper Health Systems in Camden, NJ, and she taught fourth grade at Deale Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland. 
  • Heather Farlow will serve as the PreK Assistant Teacher. Heather is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Masters degree in the school of public health from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Prior to PDS, she was a Human Resources Assistant at the Brearley School in Manhattan, and was also the varsity field hockey assistant coach at the Chapin School in New York City. Heather will coach our varsity field hockey team.


Two administrative positions are also new this year, and were reported on earlier this year. Renée Charity Price is serving as Head of the Middle School. And Dr. Maritoni (Candy) Shah is serving as the school’s first Director of Wellness Services. For more information, please visit



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D&R Greenway-led Partnership Preserves Mountain View 'Hole in the Donut'

Princeton, N.J. –One of the last developable pieces of open space on Mountain View Road in Montgomery Township, Somerset County, has been preserved, ensuring that an extraordinary rural landscape will be enjoyed by the public forever. D&R Greenway Land Trust assembled a partnership to preserve a 31-acre tract owned by Emily and Johan Firmenich, weaving together a 650-acre fabric of preserved farmland and open space in the Township.


Working farms line both sides of Mountain View Road, as they have for generations. The bucolic scenery, framed by the Sourland Mountains, draws walkers, bicyclists and leisure drivers to enjoy the countryside just minutes from downtown Princeton. This continuous network of open space supports a thriving farm economy, and protects the water quality of the Bedens Brook and Millstone River watershed.


The Firmenich property is a mix of hay fields along the road, and thick woods that support wildlife and protect the Cherry Run stream corridor to the east.


Half of the funding for the preservation transaction, which was finalized in June, was provided by Friends of Montgomery Open Space, using a Farmland Preservation Program grant from the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC). Somerset County and Montgomery Township each contributed matching funds from their open space programs.


"The SADC was pleased to participate in this partnership effort to preserve the Firmenich farm, which is an important addition to approximately 400 acres of preserved farmland directly surrounding it," said Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher. "By continuing to build on our cooperative preservation efforts, we can help ensure that farmland and agriculture will always be a part of Montgomery Township."


"The Somerset County Agriculture Development Board is very pleased to have worked with D&R Greenway, Montgomery Friends of Open Space and the Township of Montgomery in preserving another vital piece of farmland," said Mark W. Kirby, the organization's chairman. "The addition of the Firmenich Farm to our preserved farmland inventory contributes to the sustainability and advancement of the agricultural industry in Somerset County."  


Sarah Roberts, President of Montgomery Friends of Open Space, commented, "I'm so pleased that Montgomery Friends of Open Space received the grant of almost a quarter of a million dollars from the State Agriculture Development Committee to help purchase the development rights to this beautiful farm, the hole in the doughnut of preserved farmland on Mountain View Road. My thanks to the SADC for their generosity, to Mary Penney, my predecessor, for her vision and all her work, and to Johan and Emily Firmenich, who've been so accommodating and devoted to preserving their land."          


Emily and Johan Firmenich moved to Mountain View Road to enable their three young children to grow up in the kind of rural landscape that each of their parents had enjoyed. When they discovered that the unbroken swath of farmland along the road looked the way it does because those lands had been preserved, Emily recounts, "We fell in love with the place." The Firmenichs preserved the 31-acre site adjacent to their new home to fulfill a "sense of obligation," carrying forward the legacy they received. "The families before us on this road had had the foresight to protect the land," Emily Firmenich comments. "It's a small road that means a lot to a lot of people. It's a miracle that this road exists, and it would have been a shame to lose it."  


Montgomery Township worked with D&R Greenway and MFOS to preserve the Firmenich property. At the same time the partnership completed preservation of  the Styles property on Hollow Road that includes a waterfall along nearby Rock Brook. Mayor Christine Madrid commented, "Our Township Committee and staff are very pleased to have played a role in ensuring that these lands are now preserved for current and future generations' enjoyment and for the positive environmental benefits which will result.  Our town would like to thank our partners in this process and the landowners involved."


D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead praises the partners and landowners for their cooperation. "Congratulations to Montgomery Township on this latest preservation success in your community.  The State, County, Township and Montgomery Friends worked together cooperatively for two years to ensure that this land was preserved.  The landowners, Johan and Emily Firmenich are visionary, recognizing the importance of preserved land to the welfare of the community including their own young children. With this transaction, D&R Greenway has preserved 270 properties from development, totaling nearly 19,000 acres of agricultural and natural land in New Jersey."


Working with D&R Greenway and other experts on sustainable land management, Emily and Johan Firmenich are now creating a long-term  ("30 to 50 years") plan for their property. "We feel more like custodians than owners," says Emily. "We're carrying the torch, preparing the property for the future the way the people before us did." 




D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 26TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey.   Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway's mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 18,750 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City's Central Park, including 28 miles of trails open to the public.


The Johnson Education Center, a circa 1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway's home. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. 


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