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Lawrence Hopewell Trail & REI Announce "Trail Mix" on Black Friday

(Hopewell, N.J.) – The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is partnering with REI Co-op on REI’s Black Friday #OptOutside campaign. On Friday, November 24 LHT’s Trail Mix event is comprised of four recommended routes for trail users, family, friends, new and old, to meet up and walk, run or bike together.

For the last two years, REI Co-op has shut down on Black Friday and paid its employees to get outside. In the world of retail, it’s a controversial move. Instead of driving sales, REI takes a breath in a busy world, to regroup and enjoy precious time outside with friends and family. REI believes this effort can play an important role in bringing people together to celebrate the outdoors to life and share time together regardless of background or belief.

Participants can coordinate with each other using the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s Facebook event pages to meet up with friends who share their enthusiasm for the outdoors and the LHT. The four routes selected for this year’s Trail Mix event differ in length to accommodate the interests of participants. They are: Mercer Meadows-Rosedale Park, Carson Road Woods, Village Park and Maidenhead Meadows Park.

Trail Mix attendees are encouraged to take photos and post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag campaigns #OptOutside and #LHTrailMix to be entered to win a free gift provided by the LHT.

For more information about the Trail Mix event, visit


For more information about REI Co-Op’s #OptOutside campaign, visit


About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22+ mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and transportation corridor through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County, N.J. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation is a nonprofit organization that depends on the community for support.  It is not supported by local tax dollars. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Trails a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information about the LHT, please visit

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PDS Announces Innovative Middle School Program: The Da Vinci Program

Princeton – This year, Princeton Day School launched an innovative new program in the Middle School: The Da Vinci Program. With the implementation of the new academic schedule this year at Princeton Day School, there was an opportunity to devote a block of time to a course of study where Middle School students could pursue a non-traditional class of their choosing, such as robotics, sustainability, coding, and service learning to stimulate their curiosity.

When announcing the new program, Head of Middle School Renee Price explained, “The Da Vinci program aims to engage students as the captains of their own learning. Each student takes courses that they choose in which they take risks, explore individual passions, develop new interests, and use multiple disciplines to solve problems and create original solutions.”

Middle School Humanities teacher Cindy Peifer took on the newly created role of Da Vinci Program Coordinator, and began building the Da Vinci course options this fall by first surveying the faculty and then the students. Ms. Peifer emphasized how engaged the students have been in the entire process, even creating their own classes in some cases.

From the great range of original possibilities she received, she narrowed the offerings down to 15 Da Vinci courses for the first session, which is currently taking place in the Middle School and will end on November 7.

Among the current Da Vinci offerings is the Instant Challenge with science teacher Alli Treese, where students have the opportunity to solve one or sometimes two problems within the course of the class. This can range from building a car out of simple materials and make it move along a ramp without touching it, to participating in an “egg drop” experiment, ensuring the egg doesn’t break when dropped from the upper balcony. Similar to the challenges encountered in Destination Imagination, this course has been a big hit with the students.

Math teacher Brian Laskowski has run a popular Da Vinci course on Lego Robotics. On a recent day, the students were studying a lego processor that was programmed to solve a Rubik’s cube. Mr. Laskowski will most likely lead a Vex IQ course in the next session, a further iteration of robotics and processing that ties into the new STEAM curriculum launched in the Upper School at Princeton Day School this year. Another big hit with students has been a course on Model Car Building, led by science teacher Jack Madani.

Some other Da Vinci courses in this first session include creating 3D printing projects with Humanities teacher Tara Quigley and Technology Coordinator Jamie Atkeson; taking part in a Mock Trial team with Librarian Sheila Goeke; “Choose Your Own” art projects with art teacher Karen Stolper; learning American Sign Language with Humanities teacher Amy Beckford; Making Art Out of Nature with science teacher Corey Dempsey; and yoga with reading and writing specialist Kimberly Ballinger, to name just a few.

On a recent tour through the Middle School during the Da Vinci block, it was evident that the students have thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the schedule. The quiet concentration and smiles were abundant.

As Ms. Peifer shared the experiences of this first session of Da Vinci, she noted, “The best surprises have come from the kids thinking up these great ideas, and the faculty making these courses come to life.”










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American Repertory Ballet Announces 2017 Nutcracker Season

New Venue Added – Axelrod Performing Arts Center

Sensory-Friendly Performance to be held at Union County Performing Arts Center


American Repertory Ballet (ARB) announces its 2017 Nutcracker season, November 18 through December 23, at venues across New Jersey: Union County Performing Arts Center (Rahway), McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton), Patriots Theater at the War Memorial (Trenton), South Orange Performing Arts Center (South Orange) and State Theatre New Jersey (New Brunswick). This season, due to popular demand, ARB adds a sixth venue to its roster – Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park.


"Nutcracker is our annual celebration of family and community, of childhood and fantasy, hope and joy," says Douglas Martin, Artistic Director. "It brings us together, slows down the hectic pace of our daily routines and helps us focus on what really matters, family and community."


ARB's Nutcracker is a holiday classic set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score with a cast of over 100 performers, featuring the professional, international dancers of American Repertory Ballet and select students from Princeton Ballet School, the official school of ARB. A holiday tradition since 1964, ARB's production is the longest-running Nutcracker in New Jersey and one of the longest consecutively-running in the United States.


American Repertory Ballet officially kicks off Nutcracker season on November 18 at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. On November 19, ARB presents a sensory-friendly production of Nutcracker. This abridged, one-hour performance is especially for children and adults with special needs and is made possible by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders as part of the UC Sensory-Friendly Theatre series.


Nutcracker performances continue at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton during Thanksgiving weekend and at Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial in Trenton, featuring the Trenton Children's Chorus, on December 2. The performances at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick will feature a live orchestra and Princeton Girlchoir, under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt, December 15 through 17.  


A holiday favorite among student audiences. Due to demand, a second School-Time Matinee was recently added at the State Theatre New Jersey and at South Orange Performing Arts Center, December 7 through December 9, the company will perform three School-Time Matinees and three public performances over the weekend.


"We are proud to present our Nutcracker at times when schools can bring children to the theater and introduce them to live, professional performance art, ? says Julie Diana Hench, Executive Director. "Nutcracker is a great introduction to ballet, an educational opportunity, and adds to the magic of the holiday season.?


With the addition of the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park for three performance, December 22 and December 23, ARB brings the joy of this holiday classic to even more communities throughout the state.


Terra Momo restaurant group will once again partner with ARB this season. Terra Momo will offer ARB's Nutcracker ticket holders 20% off a meal at any of its three restaurants: Eno Terra in Kingston, Mediterra in Princeton, or Teresa Caffe in Princeton.


Union County Performing Arts Center

1601 Irving Street

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 499.8226


Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (Sensory-Friendly performance)


McCarter Theatre Center

91 University Place

Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 258-2787


Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.


Alumni Gathering:

The 13th annual Nutcracker Alumni Gathering will immediately follow the November 25, 2017, 5:30 p.m. performance in the McCarter Theatre West Lobby. RSVP: Lisa de Ravel at or 732.249.1254 x17. Tickets to the performance must be purchased separately.



Patriots Theater at the War Memorial

1 Memorial Drive

Trenton, NJ 08608

(877) 987-6487 


Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.


South Orange Performing Arts Center


South Orange, NJ 07079

(973) 313-2787


Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.


State Theatre New Jersey

Featuring Live Orchestra and Choir

15 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

(732) 246-7469


Thursday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. (School-Time matinee)

Friday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m.


Axelrod Performing Arts Center

100 Grant Avenue

Deal Park, NJ 07723

(732) 531-9106


Friday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m.




American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB's Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program. The performing company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. To learn more, visit   

American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

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Princeton Day School Announces New Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: KERRY FODERINGHAM

Princeton – Princeton Day School Director of Athletics Tim Williams announced that Kerry Foderingham will serve as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the 2017-18 season.

A 2008 graduate of Kean University, Coach Foderingham is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher at Franklin High School.  He was most recently an assistant men’s basketball coach at The College of New Jersey and prior to that coached at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Foderingham also has high school experience coaching at both Franklin High School and at his alma mater, Somerville High School.

Coach Foderingham will assume the head coach role at PDS for the Varsity team who won 18 games in each of the last two seasons and won the NJISAA Prep B State Championship in 2016.

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At the Well Families Announces Parents as Partners Program

We have completed a successful At the Well Young Women's Leadership Academy and Ninth Grade Weekend Intensive. To maintain a program of excellence, we rely upon our wonderful volunteers and parents who lend their extradordinary talents to our program.

As we begin planning our 2018 activities, your help is needed. Please consider providing your skills to assist us in continually increasing the quality of At the Well programs. Join the Parents as Partners Program now.
Whether you have a few hours or a few months, your committment is appreciated. Feel free to help with program pre-planning or implementation. We are seeking expertise in the following areas:
Fund Development
Social Media Marketing
Volunteer Management
Event Planning
If you would like to serve as a volunteer leading up to and during the At the Well programs, we welcome you.
Please complete the Parents as Partners or Volunteer form and email it to us at

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Municipality of Princeton Announces Customer Service Department 'Access Princeton'

The Municipality of Princeton is proud to announce that it has created a new department called Access Princeton.  The idea is to offer superior customer service to its residents. 

The town has also partnered with SeeClickFix - an application where residents can report to the town everything from missed trash pickups to storm-water clogs, broken streetlights and signs, downed trees and unsafe buildings, all non-emergency issues.  Click here to submit a report.

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An Important Announcement Regarding RiverStone Kitchen and Bath Design
Name Change - Same Excellant Design

 After six years of partnership, RiverStone Kitchen and Bath has divided and expanded into Martin Builders & Renovators, a full service construction company and Blue Lotus Kitchen and Bath Design.

Blue Lotus Kitchen and Bath Design will continue specializing in creating distinctive kitchens and baths.  We will continue with our full service design studio located in Pennington, NJ.

Our name has changed, but our commitment to the design of beautiful and functional home spaces is the same.

Please stop by the Blue Lotus Kitchen and Bath Design studio or visit our social media pages: FaceBook, Houzz, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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