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Hopewell Township police blotter

A 23-year-old Philadelphia man was charged with possession of a fraudulent government document following a motor vehicle stop on Route 579 Aug. 7. He was found to be operating the vehicle with an alleged fictitious temporary registration. He was processed and released. A 48-year-old Hopewell Township man was charged with...
PUBLIC SAFETY

Common calendar, Packet papers, Aug. 12

Free tours of the Wyckoff-Garretson House & Museum, which dates back to 1730, will be held the second Sunday of every month, through October. Docent-led tours are held from 1-4 p.m. at the house, 215 South Middlebush Road, Somerset. For more information, visit themeadowsfoundation.org. The Burlington County Farmers Market enters...
NEW JERSEY STATE
Picture for Common calendar, Packet papers, Aug. 12
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Upgrades to Hopewell Township’s outdated emergency dispatch system to improve communication Valley-wide

State grant funds will not only replace equipment for outdated Hopewell Township’s emergency 9-1-1 dispatch system, but also provide “updated technology” for a state-of-the-art communication center. “This will ensure the system complies with current standards and is able to expand as necessary into the future,” Hopewell Township...

HomeFront founder and CEO to retire; Board of Trustees selects COO to fill role Oct.1

Sarah Steward will become the next CEO of the Lawrence Township-based nonprofit group HomeFront, officials said. Steward, who currently serves as HomeFront’s chief operating officer (COO) and whose office is next door to the office of retiring CEO Connie Mercer, was chosen after a nationwide search for Mercer’s successor, officials said. She will take over the top administrative post Oct. 1.

SOLUTIONS: FIRES AND FLOODS

The changes to our planet from the increasing emissions and trapped heat are profound and everywhere. They are changing the oceans and continents. India’s billion-plus population is roasting, literally to death, without sufficient means to respond. Antarctica is seeing record temperatures, as is our Northwest. Parts of Texas have seen no rain for months. Rivers and lakes are drying up in our West. Wildfires have ravaged parts of France, Spain, and the Russian tundra. The fact is that the impacts of these changes are being experienced around the globe.
ENVIRONMENT

Residents enjoy National Night Out activities in Aberdeen, Matawan

Residents in Aberdeen Township and in Matawan celebrated National Night Out on Aug. 2. According to the website natw.org, “National Night Out is an annual community- building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood. camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.”. Aberdeen Township. Aberdeen Township residents...
MATAWAN, NJ

The Bridge Academy Changes Lives

Founded in September 2003 by educators, parents, and community members, The Bridge Academy helps students with language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing, and ADHD “bridge the gap between potential and performance.” We are a New Jersey-state approved school for ages 8-18, and the only school in New Jersey certified by the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Classes consist of a 3:1 ratio in reading, a 4:1 ratio in writing and math, and small group instruction for other classes.
EDUCATION

Bond ordinance will fund capital improvements in Freehold Township

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – The Township Committee has appropriated $3.12 million to fund various improvements in Freehold Township. During a meeting on July 27, committee members adopted a bond ordinance that will authorize the appropriation for capital improvements. The ordinance will authorize the issuance of $2.96 million in bonds or notes to finance part of the appropriation. A down payment of $163,789 will cover the remaining costs.

Common calendar, Packet papers, Aug. 5

Free tours of the Wyckoff-Garretson House & Museum, which dates back to 1730, will be held the second Sunday of every month, through October. Docent-led tours are held from 1-4 p.m. at the house, 215 South Middlebush Road, Somerset. For more information, visit themeadowsfoundation.org. The Burlington County Farmers Market enters...
NEW JERSEY STATE

National Night Out connects Hopewell Valley community with a good time

Another year of the Hopewell Valley National Night Out at Stony Brook Elementary School in Pennington was deemed a success for all involved. The annual community event Aug. 2 featured Hopewell Township and Pennington police officers, Hopewell Valley fire departments and emergency services personnel, fire trucks, ambulances, a dunk tank, bouncy house, pony rides, food, and live DJ music.
PENNINGTON, NJ

Excel Environmental to assess wetland areas within Pennington Sanitary Landfill

The Pennington Borough Council is ready to move into the next phase of the Pennington Sanitary Landfill study. Council members approved a professional services contract with Excel Environmental Resources, North Brunswick, for $8,995 to prepare applications for a “freshwater letter of interpretation” and a “flood hazard verification” at a meeting on Aug. 1.
PENNINGTON, NJ