Judith A. Peters, 65

Well-known for Her Willingness to Serve on Neighborhood Projects March 5, 1952 - February 26, 2018 Judith Alleyne Peters of Belle Mead died suddenly at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center on Monday, February 26 from complications associated with liver cancer. She was 65. Judy was born March 5, 1952, in Hammond, LA. She was the first of three children born to Timothy V. Peters and Janice Yates Peters. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech University, and three master’s degrees: Textile Science from Virginia Tech, Business Administration from Columbia University, and Historical Preservation Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also taught courses. Her studi

Joseph A. Baicker, 90

Founder of Princeton Gamma Tech August 30, 1927 – February 21, 2018 Joseph Baicker, 90, died on February 21 in his Montgomery Township home. Joe was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania on August 30, 1927 to Harry and Cecile Baicker. He graduated from Wyoming Seminary, Yale University, and earned a doctorate in nuclear physics from Columbia University. His education was interrupted by a tour in the Merchant Marines during the Korean Conflict. Joe married Maxine Hofheimer of Norfolk, Virginia in 1955 and in 1959 moved to Montgomery, where he served on township committee and was deputy mayor. In 1965, Joe and his graduate school friend Al Sayers founded Princeton Gamma Tech (PGT), which became a

Doris M. Drake, 87

Doris M. Drake, 87 Long-time Harlingen Resident August 13, 1930 - February 16, 2018 Doris "Marion” Drake, age 87, of Harlingen, died peacefully at home on February 16, surrounded by her loving family. Marion was born on August 13, 1930 in Princeton to Elise and Raymond Waag. She moved to Harlingen in 1950 to start and raise her family. Marion lived a life full of family, friends, laughter, and fun and made the world brighter for all those who knew her. She met her future husband, Ted, at Princeton High School, where he was captain of the football team and she was a cheerleader. Marion graduated in 1948 and worked as a switchboard operator for the Education Testing Services (ETS) in Princeton

Something Is Different about The Montgomery News

The Montgomery News has a new owner, Mighty Oaks Media. The principal owner of the company is Norman Silverstein, a resident of Hillsborough, who is married to Rosa and has three children. Mr. Silverstein is a graduate of Rutgers College and Brooklyn Law School and has had a diverse and successful career with a wide range of knowledge and experience in many fields. Our staff had the opportunity to sit down with him and discuss his purchase of the newspaper: Q: Did you ever read The Montgomery News before you purchased it? A: I live in a section of Hillsborough that receives the paper every month and I always found the local community news to be engaging and interesting. It is the best place

Fostering Emotional Intelligence

Perhaps you have recently heard the buzz word — emotional intelligence. According to Daniel Goleman, the American psychologist who helped to popularize the concept, the five key elements associated with emotional intelligence include self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. I have encountered this concept several times as it relates to the students in our local school system. Many students, parents, and school leaders seem to agree that our schools are doing a great job of helping students achieve academic success, which leads to good test scores and college acceptance. But we are also recognizing that success in college and life does not depend exclusively o

Montgomery Pathways

"When the path ignites a soul, there's no remaining in place. The foot touches ground, but not for long." — Hakim Sanai, 12th Century Persian Poet From Montgomery, a person could walk just about anywhere. There are miles and miles of pathways, some leading to the East Coast Greenway — which stretches from Maine to Florida. Another path leads up into the Sourlands and lends a view of New York City’s Freedom Tower Make a goal to hike or bike them all. These scenic byways are often quiet, and downright secluded in winter. If dressed properly, there is no reason to fear the cold. An advantage to winter walking: Frost kills mosquitoes and deer ticks, and bare trees often reveal various sorts of

Frank “Wayne” Birch, 80

Frank “Wayne” Birch, 80 Made Snowshoes & Loved the Woods March 31, 1938 - February 1, 2018 Frank “Wayne” Birch, 80, who retired from his job as a senior construction official for Montgomery Township in 2001, died peacefully at home in New Gloucester, Maine on February 1. Wayne graduated from Princeton High School, served in the Army, and was a volunteer firefighter for many years. He spent most of his life in and around the construction industry — working in hardware, painting, carpentry, and a stint at VEPCO before settling in as a construction official for Plainsboro Township and finally Montgomery Township. He retired to Maine with his beloved wife and their golden retrievers. He loved th

Frederick Drift, 83

Frederick Drift, 83 Led a Life Many Envied October 18, 1934 - February 1, 2018 Frederick “Fred” Drift, 83, of Skillman died on February 1 after a long battle with cancer. He led a life many people envied. Fred was born on October 18, 1934, to the late John and Katherine (Stritter) Drift and grew up with four siblings in Belle Mead. He was a “Jersey guy;” raised and schooled in Montgomery and Princeton. He was a Navy man and served eight active years in the naval reserves. He lived briefly in California and British Columbia, Canada, and traveled to every state in the US — meeting interesting people while exploring the country. When an amputation stopped him from running bulldozers and backhoe

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