HOPEWELL TWP.: Bow hunting for deer opens Monday in Mercer Meadows parks 

HOPEWELL TWP. — The Mercer County Park Commission will hold its deer management program at Mercer Meadows parks from Monday, Dec. 21, through Feb. 20. Deer will be harvested by bow. Hunting will take place Monday through Saturday (no hunting on Dec. 25), and Mercer Meadows will remain open to the public with the exception …

HOPEWELL TWP.: Pennytown missing as housing site in plan 

By Frank Mustac, Special Writer HOPEWELL TWP. — After Planning Board officials heard an update on the township’s ongoing affordable-housing litigation, one member of the public questioned why the Pennytown property was not part of the affordable housing plan presented to the court. Pennytown is a township-owned tract of land of about 25 acres located …

PENNINGTON: Pennington School throws party for HomeFront kids

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Anyone who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus should’ve been at The Pennington School on Saturday for the annual HomeFront Christmas party. The giving spirit was rampant as the school hosted — even embraced — 400 kids and parents, who are clients of HomeFront, in the spacious Sparks Gymnasium. The party was supported by the volunteer …

HOPEWELL: Feeling down at the holiday? This service may be for you  

Feeling less than merry this holiday season? The Hopewell Council of Churches will hold its annual “Blue Christmas” service at Calvary Baptist Church on Monday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. The service is intended to help address the needs of those experiencing grief caused by the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, unemployment or …

HOPEWELL: Hopewell Valley Community Bank and Northfield Bancorp gain approvals to merge

Northfield Bancorp, Inc. and Hopewell Valley Community Bank have received shareholder and regulatory approvals for the merger of the two organizations. On Dec. 14, about 72.8 percent of Hopewell Valley shareholders approved the acquisition by Northfield as outlined in the definitive merger agreement. The transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of …

HOPEWELL VALLEY: Teachers’ pact to bring 8% raise over three years

By Frank Mustac, Special Writer Teachers employed at Hopewell Valley public schools will get a 2.8 percent pay hike this year, followed by annual increases of 2.6 and 2.4 percent in the following two years. The Board of Education on Monday approved a three-year contract with the education union. Calculated on a compounded basis, the …

PENNINGTON: College athlete Gies charged in Pennsylvania break-in

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By Frank Mustac, Special Writer PENNINGTON — Michael Gies, a freshman football player at Lehigh University and winner of the outstanding male athlete award in his Hopewell Valley Central graduating class last spring, has been charged along with several teammates in connection with an incident of revenge gone wrong. Mr. Gies, 19, of Pennington, along …

HOPEWELL TWP.: Two drivers hospitalized in Route 31 crash 

Both drivers were hospitalized following a two-car accident on Route 31 at the intersection of Ingleside Avenue at 7:23 a.m. Monday, according to the Hopewell Township Police Department. Meaghan McGowan, 25, from Spotswood in a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta was trying to cross over Route 31 from eastbound Ingleside Avenue. She pulled out into the path …

HOPEWELL: Chinese water ministry officials visit watershed HQ

A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Water visited the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in November. Twenty officials and a translator toured the Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education and learned about its innovative technologies. The tour included a close look at stormwater runoff, which can be an overlooked source of pollution and …