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Hamilton Jewelers Announces New Boutique - H1912

PRINCETON, October 7, 2015:  There’s a new hot spot in town and it’s poised to take Princeton by storm.  H1912, part of the Hamilton Jewelers family of brands, will be opening at the former Forest Jewelers location at 104 Nassau Street.    Planned to open on Saturday, October  10th, the boutique is one of eco-friendly retail therapy with a strong selection of vintage, estate, and pre-owned jewelry and watches.

Guests to the newly renovated storefront will enjoy a tremendous array of ‘vintage luxury’.  All items offered at H1912 are inspected by jewelry and watch professionals, issued a Certificate of Authenticity, and accompanied by a 1-year warranty.   The boutique will also assist clients in selling their unwanted jewelry and watches.

H1912 shares Hamilton’s social responsibility commitment and support of philanthropic causes in the Princeton community, and will be donating a portion of all sales to a worthwhile organization in the region.  For October, the selected charity is HOMEFRONT in Trenton, dedicated to ending homelessness in Mercer County.

Hamilton Jewelers is a family-owned and operated firm with locations in Princeton and Palm Beach, FL.  Since 1912, Hamilton has provided successive generations of families and friends with impeccable service, value, and selection.  All items are responsibly sourced with care for the environment and communities.  For more information, please visit    VISIT WWW.H1912.COM  for more info.

Most Mercer County Offices and Facilities Closed Columbus Day

TRENTON, N.J.—Most Mercer County offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in observance of Columbus Day.


The following County offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, and will reopen for business on Tuesday, Oct. 13: McDade Administration Building, 640 South Broad St.; Criminal Courthouse, 400 South Warren St.; Office of the Mercer County Clerk, 209 South Broad St.; Civil Courthouse and Office of the County Surrogate, 175 South Broad St.; Mercer County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton; and all branches of the Mercer County Library System.


The following County offices and facilities will remain open: Trenton-Mercer Airport; Correction Center; the Tennis Center at Mercer County Park; all four County golf courses; the Equestrian Center; the Wildlife Center; the County Sheriff's Office; and the Emergency Services Communications Center.

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After School Art Enrichment Programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County

Artworks Trenton has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County in offering after school art enrichment classes starting in October 2015. The classes will be taught by Artworks instructors and hosted by the Boys and Girls Club at their brand-new community center at 1040 Spruce Street in Lawrenceville (adjacent to Halo Farm and the Trenton Farmer's Market).

For more information & schedule:

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Judy King Interiors MOVING SALE This Friday/Saturday

Live Music


and Fun!

everything must GO

This Friday - 3 - 8pm

Saturday 10 - 3pm

44 Spring Street, Princeton



PEAC Health & Fitness Offers College Bound Lecture Series


Ewing, NJ (October 7, 2015) PEAC Health & Fitness will host two complimentary “College Bound” lectures on October 13 and October 20, 2015 to address important aspects of planning for college, presented by experts in the field.


“An Insider’s View of Current Day College Admissions,” will be held on October 13, 2015 at 6:30pm.  Don Betterton of Betterton College Planning will discuss important aspects of applying to college in today’s competitive acceptance environment, such as application essays and GPAs. Betterton is a college admissions expert who served on Princeton University’s Admission Committee for three decades.  His experience in higher education has provided him with knowledge in all facets of the admissions process, including policy level discussions, the evaluation of student credentials and college athletic recruiting. 


Funding a College Education,” will be held on October 20, 2015 at 6:30pm, presented by Kevin Ryan of Premier College Funding in Pennington, NJ.  Ryan, a Financial Advisor and Certified College Planning Specialist, will present ways to help parents custom build a plan to pay for a child’s education, regardless of their income level or the sum of their assets. 


“Our College Bound lectures provide a wealth of valuable information about planning for college,” states Christine Salmon, PEAC’s Program & Events Coordinator.  “Participants routinely appreciate the presenters’ expert advice about this important topic.”


Both College Bound lectures are complimentary and open to the public. To reserve a space, please call PEAC’s Service Desk at 609-883-2000.  For more information please contact Christine Salmon at, or visit  PEAC is located at 1440 Lower Ferry Road in Ewing.

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The Arts Council of Princeton presents the 2015 Fall/Winter Jazz & Beyond Concert Series

PRINCETON, NJ - The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces the line-up for the 2015/16 Fall & Winter Robeson Center Performances. Robeson Center Performances range from jazz, blues, world-fusion, folk, musical theater, and culturally-specific roots music. From the Jazz and Beyond Series, Robeson Center Live! to Café Improv, a monthly showcase of local and regional artists broadcast on Princeton Community Television, the Robeson Center Performances present a diverse range of artists in the intimate setting of ACP’s Solley Theater, one of New Jersey’s best listening rooms. These performances present live music, theater, spoken word, and more in an uncluttered sound space, providing the audience with an inspiring up close and personal experience. Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ 08542. Parking is available in the Spring and Hulfish Street Garages and at metered spots along Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place. To learn more, visit or call (609) 924-8777.


Friday, October 16, 2015, 8pm – Venissa Santi. Jazz vocalist Venissa Santi combines her Afro-Cuban roots with an American upbringing to develop her signature musical style. With her refreshing sound and modern approach she defies borders, languages by drawing on Afro-Cuban jazz, rhythm and blues and salsa in her vocal performance. Thus, making her a talented and diverse musician. $12 General Admission/$10 ACP members, students & seniors.


Friday, November 13, 2015, 8pm – An Evening with Woody Mann & Special Guests. Pioneering guitar legend Woody Mann takes a fresh approach to his blues re-creations and his own compositions defy category. Woody has pursued a rich and diverse career, performing everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to festivals, clubs and concert stages worldwide. While the blues are his touchstone, he draws inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. $12 General Admission/$10 ACP members, students & seniors.


Sunday, December 6, 2015, 8pm – A Chanukah Celebration Featuring the Klez Dispensers. A full force of creativity, The Klez Dispensers are juicy, fresh, and daring, and have been dishing up their signature state-of-the-art, swinging American-style klezmer music since 1998. Known for their impeccable arrangements, inspiring improvisations, and engaging repertoire from the early years of klezmer, the Klez Dispensers are the voice of both klezmer past and future, this afternoon concert will provide entertainment for the entire family! $12 General Admission/$10 ACP members, students & seniors.


Friday, December 11, 2015, 8pm – Sarah Donner Holiday Soiree. Join Sarah Donner & Scott Barkan for the annual Holiday Soiree! Sarah teeters back and forth between playful, rock, nerd core, and ballads, all tied together with bright melodies and driving, energetic instrumentals. Joining Sarah will be guitarist Scott Barkan, playing the gamut from ethereal ballads, to swampy grooves, to blistering bluegrass numbers, and accompanying Sarah with powerful vocals. $12 General Admission/$10 ACP members, students & seniors.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 8pm Miguel Zenón The Arts Council of Princeton, in collaboration with the Princeton University Department of Latin and Portuguese Studies, presents multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. Free admission for Princeton University Students, Staff, and Faculty.


Friday, February 19, 2016, 7:30pm Reception; 8:30pm Performance, Cabernet Cabaret ft Sarah Donner and Friends – The Arts Council of Princeton presents the fourth annual Cabernet Cabaret show, a cabernet-infused cabaret show in the most romantic month of the year. Join Sarah Donner and special guests for a night of live music filled with drama, romance and comedy. Tickets to Cabernet Cabaret include tapas reception provided by Mediterra, one drink ticket and the performance. $18 General Admission/$15 ACP members, students, seniors.


Friday, February 26, 2016, 8pm: Lift Every Voice and Sing! ft. Minister William D. Carter III & Special Guests – Celebrate African-American History Month with the powerful vocalist and songwriter Minister William D. Carter III and The Arts Council of Princeton. As a gifted entertainer, Minister Carter has appeared with the renowned male ensemble, Three2Five, and Peter Nero & the Philly Pops.


The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP), founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in the visual, performing and literary arts. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population in the greater Princeton region. Tickets to Jazz and Beyond Series concerts are available at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to each show time.



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Choir & Orchestra Performance Oct. 15 & 16 at PHS

Bring the whole family for a fun evening of music and theater!


PHS Choir and Orchestra team up to present Maurice Ravel's lyric fantasy opera, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (sung in English): a magical story about a young boy whose rudeness is quelled as the objects in his room come to life and teach him a lesson about being kind.


This production runs an hour in length with full costumes and scenery. Following the performance, all the characters will gather in the lobby so that young students can meet their favorite characters and have their programs signed!


The performance represents a collaboration between the choir and orchestra that's unprecedented in scale, as well as with the French classes of Gyselle North and Janelle Wilkinson, who are reading and discussing the original libretto by Colette. The students are designing posters of the story, which will be on display both performance nights in the lobby of the PAC.
What: Operetta production by PHS Choir and Orchestra of Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (sung in English)
When: Thursday and Friday, October 15 & 16 at 7:30p.m.
Where: PHS Performing Arts Center, 151 Moore St.
Tickets: $5 for students & senior citizens; $10 for adults, available through PHS Choir and Orchestra members or at the door.

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3rd Annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Award Winners Chosen

Ewing, NJ (October 5, 2015) -- A broad-based coalition of New Jersey business and trade organizations will be presenting the third annual New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards on October 13, 2015 at the MIDCED International Business Expo at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) luncheon from 12:30-2:00 PM.

The Awards program was created to recognize and honor the past and present contributions of immigrant business owners in the State of New Jersey. The awards are named for great New Jersey immigrant entrepreneurs. The 2015 winners, their businesses and their country of origin are: 

2015 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year            

Iftekhar Hossain (Bangladesh), IH Engineers - Princeton

George Perrott Macculloch Award for Leadership

 Steve Sun (China),  Genewiz, Inc. South Plainfield

Caspar Wistar Award for Growth  

Sankalp and Trusha Trivedi ( India), Mausam - Montclair

Nicholas Marcalus Award for Sustainability

Barry Zhang (China), Princetel, Inc. - Hamilton

David Sarnoff Award for Advocacy and Community Engagement

Erick Cedano (Dominican Republic), GraphiCore - Elizabeth

Albert Einstein Award for Innovation

Tathiana Carrasco (Panama), Applique Technologies International,- Tinton Falls 

Nominees for these awards hailed from 12 different countries, including Argentina, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Israel, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Taiwan.  They represented small mom and pop businesses as well as large corporations; ranging from high-tech firms to professional service providers, manufacturing operations to restaurant and financial institutions. Combined, the nominees employ hundreds of people and do millions in sales.

The judges for this year's Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards were Jeffrey Vega, President & CEO of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, John Lau, President of Applied Info Partners and winner of the 1st annual Albert Einstein Award for Innovation, and Chandru Rajam, PhD, Vice Provost, Graduate, Professional & Continuing Education at The College of New Jersey.

The Third Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards are sponsored by a broad-based coalition of New Jersey chambers, associations and organizations; including AJC New Jersey, Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Diversity Dynamics, Einstein's Alley, MIDCED/MidJersey Chamber of Commerce, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Main Street Alliance, the New Jersey Historical Commission, Ryan Stark Lilienthal Law Offices, the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, and the Union County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce.

For tickets and more information about these Awards go to:  or contact Minesh Pathak, (609)689-9960 ext. 14.

McCarter Theatre Presents 'A Comedy of Tenors' Oct 13 - Nov 1

One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It's 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century—as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep the amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from causing runaway chaos. Comedy mastermind Ken Ludwig (Baskerville) returns to McCarter for the world premiere sequel to his sidesplitting international hit, Lend Me a Tenor. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight. Directed by Stephen Wadsworth (The Figaro Plays) this frenzy of a farce promises an evening of sheer joy.

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Sophia Rose Designs Moves to Hopewell Borough

Hopewell Borough, NJ, October 5, 2015— Local interior design company Sophia Rose Designs will move from its original and much-loved location in Pennington to a larger space in Hopewell Borough, opening on October 6, 2015. As the team works to bring more offerings to make each house into the home it deserves to be, the company’s motto of “Live in Beauty…Love Your Space” has never been more true.


Sophia Rose Designs (SRD), founded by Lisa Sprague just a year ago, seeks to help clients create the unique beauty they want in an environment. Be it through interior design, home staging, or even decorating for a specific event, each project is carefully tailored to clients’ individual tastes and budgets. The company boasts a full team that covers every aspect of design, including an in-house contractor and builder.


In the new space, SRD will be able to share more handpicked retail offerings, such as furniture, accessories, and design materials, in addition to the world-class design services that SRD has become known for. The new space will also allow for a larger focus on creative workshops, many of which are hosted in conjunction with other local businesses. Sprague, a firm believer in the strength of the community, utilizes each workshop as a fundraiser, supporting local non-profits like Christine’s Hope for Kids and the Greenwood Avenue Farmers’ Market. Sprague’s goal is to provide an easy, fun way for members of the community to contribute to local non-profits while learning something new, such as decorating and creating unique tablescapes. Past workshops have included grilling techniques with Mrs. G’s TV and Appliances and flower arranging with Dahlia’s Floral Concepts. “Each workshop provides us all with an opportunity to do something special,” says Sprague. The next workshop, “Decorating for the Holidays,” will take place on November 11th, and is in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


In line with her commitment to community service, Sprague and SRD formed a team in 2010 for the annual Out of the Darkness Walk, which also benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Team Jojo, which was created in remembrance of Sprague’s son, Jordan, walked again at this year’s event. The Walk, held at beautiful Buccleuh Park in New Brunswick, took place this year on October 4th . To sponsor Team Jojo team, please visit Proceeds fund suicide hotlines, education of school officials, and support for survivors.


To sign up for one of SRD’s many community-oriented workshops, learn more about SRD, or simply find inspiration, please visit, call 609-730-4171, or visit SRD at its new home at 37 W. Broad Street, Hopewell, New Jersey.


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PSO Fall Musicale to Feature Pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton October 18

Princeton, NJ— The talented piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton performs at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra's Fall Musicale on Sunday October 18, at 5 pm, at the home of Holly Schade in Hopewell, NJ. The evening's program includes four-hand piano pieces by Bach, Brahms, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Schoenfield.


Born in Princeton, twins Christina and Michelle possess "stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry" (The San Francisco Examiner). They have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity created by their mystical musical communication. Orchestral engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Houston, Milwaukee, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nashville, Virginia, Hawaii, Maryland, Toledo, Delaware, El Paso, Napa Valley, Wichita, Tulsa, Gulf Coast, and Madison Symphonies, among others. Their performances have been broadcast on American Public Media's Performance Today, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, New York's WQXR, Chicago's WFMT, Philadelphia's WHYY,  Boston's WQED, Atlanta's WABE, and internationally. Christina and Michelle are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They are Steinway Artists and currently reside in New York City.


PNC Wealth Management is the exclusive underwriter of the Fall Musicale. The PSO is grateful to Holly Schade for opening her home for this special concert. The Musicale committee which planned this event includes Co-Chairs Ruta K. Smithson and Martha Vaughn, as well as Leigh Bartlett, Kathleen Biggins, Debora Haines, Peggy Hughes-Fulmer, and Deborah Prentice.


For additional information on the Musicale, please contact the PSO at (609) 497-0020 or email Reservations can be made online at


The Fall Musicale supports the PSO's general operations, including the PSO Classical Series and PSO POPS! concerts at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton; the PSO Chamber Series at the Institute for Advanced Study, Monroe Township Library, and local adult residential communities; PSO BRAVO! education programs in more than 30 schools; numerous lecture programs; and collaborations with other arts organizations.


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This Week at Princeton Public Library

Monday, October 5
"Race to Nowhere" trailer
7 p.m.
Film: "Race to Nowhere"
This 2009 film by Vicki Abeles and Jessica Congdon is believed to be one of the most viewed American documentaries never to have a theatrical release. Screened more than 7,000 times in schools, libraries and community centers in the U.S., "Race to Nowhere" tells the stories of high school students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve. Author Daniel Pink said the film, "raises important questions that educators and parents must confront ... a provocative, conversation-starter of a film."  1 hour, 25 minutes. Part of the Teaching and Learning Series. Angela Siso, director of guidance for Princeton Public Schools, will discuss the district's wellness initiative as part of a post-screening discussion. Registration is requested. Click here for free tickets. Community Room
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities
6:45 p.m., Continuing Conversations on Race
7:30 p.m., Mystery Book Group

Tuesday, October 6
7 p.m.
Google Maps (with short review for iPhone users)
In this class we will go over the basics of using Google Maps as a direction finding aid, from typing in addresses to printing out the results.  We will peer into the use of Street View and see how it can help you find your way, and will take a short detour into some more eccentric uses just for fun.  While this class will focus primarily on Google Maps for desktops and laptops, we will be ending with a short review of Google Maps for the iPhone. Technology Center
4 p.m., Chess
7 p.m., Writers Room
Database Spotlight
With Bon Appetit, Food Network magazine and other cooking-related titles among its more-than 70 offerings, our Zinio digital magazine collection is a great place to turn for some new fall recipes. Zinio beautifully recreates the experience of reading a print magazine on your computer or mobile device with full-color, page-for-page digital versions. The entire digital magazine collection is always available when and where you want to read it. You have 24/7, unlimited access and issues never expire. 
To get started, access Zinio by typing into your web browser or visit our eLibrary page and click on "Magazines." A free app is available for iOS and Android mobile devices, as well.
Wednesday, October 7
7 p.m.
Authors John Calu and Dave Hart
The authors talk about and sign copies of "Adventures Along the Jersey Shore," their seven-book series exploring the forgotten history and natural phenomena behind our state's most baffling events. The series for all ages is being presented for the first time in one volume with the addition of a new adventure set during Superstorm Sandy. Community Room
4 p.m., Acting Out
Thursday, October 8
"Approaching the Elephant" trailer
7 p.m.
Film and Q&A: "Approaching the Elephant"
Amanda Rose Wilder's debut film chronicles the inaugural year of the experimental Teddy McArdle Free School in New Jersey, where all classes are voluntary and rules are determined by vote - adults and children have an equal say. Wilder is there from the beginning to end of the school year, documenting and observing founder Alex Khost and an indelible cast of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head. Director Amanda Rose Wilder will participate in a post-screening Q&A. 1 hour, 20 minutes. Part of the Teaching and Learning series. Community Room
Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
10:30 a.m.,  Fiction Book Group
6:30 p.m.,  Origami Club
Friday, October 9
7 p.m.
McCarter Live at the Library
Playwright and theater director Ken Ludwig discusses the creation of "A Comedy of Tenors," the sequel to his Tony Award-winning "Lend Me a Tenor." Directed by Stephen Wadsworth, "A Comedy of Tenors" will have its premiere run at McCarter Oct. 13 through Nov. 1. Community Room

Saturday, October 10
3 p.m.
Middle and high school students are invited to play a game where the object is to eliminate other players and acquire the identity card they chose at the beginning of the game. The player who has all the cards at the end of two hours is the winner and will receive a prize. The runner-up will also receive a prize. Teen Center
11:30 a.m., Spanish Stories
2 p.m.,  Go Between Club
Sunday, October 11
4 p.m.
ESL Class
Speakers of world languages who are learning English as a second language are invited to these two-hour classes. Conference Room
Co-sponsored by the library and St. Paul's Church.
Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., Poets at the Library
Oct. 13, 7 p.m., Taking Better Videos
Oct. 16, 10 a.m., Friends Book Sale Preview
Oct. 17, 9 a.m., Friends Book Sale
Oct. 18, 4 p.m., ESL Class
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D&R Greenway Forms Unique Partnership with YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center

Princeton, N.J. – D&R Greenway Land Trust announced today that its Princeton campus will become a Conservation Campus. The YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) will be its first campus partner by moving into 2 Preservation Place. 


“The new strategic alliance between the two nonprofits celebrates the healing value that nature brings to our lives,” says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “D&R Greenway Land Trust has been working for more than 25 years to preserve open space and has recognized the important connection between the outdoors and health. The YWCA Princeton BCRC will be able to offer a welcoming and nurturing home setting for women and families, establishing a direct connection between nature and well-being.”


Surrounded by more than 60 acres of open space, D&R Greenway’s campus presents a healing environment with fresh air, sunshine and nature right outside the door.


The Johnson Education Center, headquarters for D&R Greenway, is known for its conservation-focused art exhibits and educational programs, and for its community meeting space used by five garden clubs, the Princeton Photography club, educational institutions and government partners. D&R Greenway acquired the three homes adjacent to its Johnson Education Center through a generous grant from the George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation. It is developing a vision for a Conservation Campus where nonprofits aligned with D&R Greenway’s mission of inspiring a conservation ethic can share resources and ideas. 

“The BCRC represents an opportunity to partner with another nonprofit in a way that benefits both organizations,” continues Mead.


“In order to serve more survivors and to expand the scope of offerings, we are working with D&R Greenway to lease the beautiful home that sits along Rosedale Road, walking distance from our campus,” says YWCA Princeton CEO Judy Hutton. “We are delighted to be on the property of an organization that finds value and beauty in open space and greenery, because a healthy environment is so beneficial to good health. Thanks to extraordinary donors, BCRC will be able to keep a presence at 59 Paul Robeson Place and successfully expand and grow into this second home,” adds Hutton.


“We look forward to expanding to this peaceful and nurturing campus where women can reconnect with nature and experience the good feelings that will help get them through this crisis,” says Nancy Faherty, Director of Advocacy & Development for the YWCA Princeton. “With this new partnership, we’re looking toward holistic health models. This move represents the intersection of health care, environment and real estate, and we hope to model this for other YWCAs empowering women.”


Recent scientific studies have shown that green space offers numerous health benefits. Walking in nature reduces depression and anxiety, it reduces stress hormones and blood pressure; being outdoors near preserved land increases opportunities for exercise and offers greater health benefits than indoor exercise. (For more information on these studies and sources, please visit


The three campus houses, once part of the Robert Wood Johnson Estate that D&R Greenway and partners preserved in 2001, were originally sold to the Hun School of Princeton to help fund the purchase of Greenway Meadows. The Johnson Education Center, a model of adaptive reuse of a circa 1900 barn, opened on the campus in 2006.


When the Hun School decided to move teachers back to its own campus and sell the three houses, D&R Greenway bought back all three houses, thanks to the Sands Foundation. “The new conservation campus will include nonprofits that can benefit from this shared resource,” says Mead. “This destination campus will benefit our local community and beyond, and will stay relevant no matter what the future brings.”


“The acquisition of the three houses gives the D&R Greenway the opportunity to examine its campus and explore ways to further connect people with the land as it continues to pursue its essential mission of preserving open space for all,” says Betsy Sands, co-chair of the D&R Greenway Campus Master Plan Committee.  “Partnering with effective organizations like the YWCA Princeton makes us think about how we are conserving and why it matters, inspiring us all to get outside and connect with nature to preserve our spirit, which is perhaps the most important of all.”


“D&R Greenway and the YWCA Princeton are working diligently to move our missions forward, and with this partnership we can tell our stories in a way that will attract more support for both organizations,” says Mead. “Even, better, it will impact lives in a positive way.  Such collaboration can only help everyone involved.”





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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