Joseph W. Zizwarek, 50

Montgomery Police Officer & Father of Three 1968 to 2018 Joseph W. Zizwarek, 50, died on August 25. Born in Neptune, Joseph resided in Ewing and had recently moved to Bordentown. Joseph graduated from Jackson Memorial High School in Jackson and The College of New Jersey with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He later graduated the Middlesex County Police Academy. Joseph was a police officer for the Montgomery Township Police Department in Belle Mead and was preparing to retire in February of 2019. He was previously employed with the New Jersey Transit Police Department from 1994 to 1998. He was a member of Calvary Chapel in Ewing and PBA #355. Joseph is survived by his parents, Joseph

Rebecca Jean Downes, 70

Devoted wife, mother, and homemaker (1948 — 2018) Rebecca Jean Downes (nee Fitts), 70, died at home in Belle Mead on August 25, after a long and courageous fight against cancer. Rebecca was born in Morgantown, WV and grew up there. After graduating from high school and Morgantown Business College, she worked at the WVU medical center. She and her husband moved to New Jersey in 1974. They have lived in Belle Mead since 1977. As a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker she loved to cook, especially baking, and gardening. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, John Downes, and their daughter, Melissa Downes, as well as several cousins. Donations in her honor may be made to: Susan G Komen

Route 206 Overnight Lane closures Over Crusers Brook in Montgomery

Traffic shift necessary to relocate gas main (Trenton) – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced traffic on Route 206 southbound in Montgomery is scheduled to be shifted this weekend as the bridge deck replacement on the Route 206 Bridge over Crusers Brook project advances. Beginning at 9 p.m., Friday, August 24, until 7 a.m. the next day, NJDOT's contractor, Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc. is scheduled to close one lane of Route 206 with alternating traffic overnight to establish a temporary traffic shift. At 7 a.m. Saturday morning, southbound traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed lanes in order to relocate a gas main. Once the traffic shift is in pla

Louis J. Gambaccini, 87

NJ Transit's First Chairman May 6, 1931 — August 19, 2018 Louis J. Gambaccini, 87, of Skillman, died at home on August 19. Best known for creating NJ Transit, Gambaccini was a national public leader, revered for his vision and inspiring leadership as a public transportation expert and public servant of the highest integrity and character. Most important, Lou was a beloved family man, professional, colleague, and friend. Lou was born in New Haven, CT to Basilio and Pierina (Malerba) Gambaccini, Italian immigrants from Le Marche region of Italy. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1952, served in Korea, earning a bronze star and the combat infantryman badge, then earned a master

James P. Crosson, Jr.

Served in the US Air Force “The engine is the heart of an airplane but the pilot is the soul.” — Walter Raleigh _________________________________ August 30, 1939 — August 16, 2018 James P. Crosson, Jr., died on August 16. Born in 1939, he graduated from St. Joseph University, married Betsy Crosson, and joined the US Air Force as an officer and a pilot. After retiring from the Air Force, he moved to Belle Mead and worked for Trans World Airlines — where he started his career as a flight engineer and retired as a captain at the age of 60. He had a love for many things, including traveling, golf, tennis and flying. He enjoyed his final days watching golf in his favorite chair in Bradenton, Fl.

Mae W. Smith, 100

Longtime River Road Resident Oct 27, 1917 — Aug 12, 2018 Mae W. Smith, who lived for 25 years on Millstone River Road (Rt. 533), died on August 12 in an assisted living facility in Easton, MD, the town where she had lived since 1972. Her son, Richard D. Smith of Rocky Hill, was by her side. Mae was born on October 27, 1917, near High Bridge, the daughter of Anthony Woodhouse and Mary Ely Woodhouse. In 1947, she married Carroll D. Smith, Jr., the fourth-generation president of a family pharmaceutical company. They built a home on River Road (now the Bed & Biscuit Inn dog boarding center). In 1963, they built the neighboring home, known locally as “the house with the greenhouse” (until recentl

Ellen Epple, 85

Operated a daylily farm December 28, 1932 — August 5, 2018 Ellen Epple, 85, died on August 5 in her home at Acorn Glen in Princeton surrounded by her family and her minister. She was born in Nutley to Lucy Goldbeck Buckman Quakenbush and Martin Buckman. Ellen owned a catering company in the Princeton area, was a member of the Blawenburg Dutch Reformed Church, and raised her family in Belle Mead. In her retirement, Ellen and her late husband, Augustus Epple, moved from Belle Mead to Cape May County for their love of the birds and beaches, and because of the perfect soil for growing day lilies. Together they founded, owned, and operated Dias Creek Daylily Farm for 25 years. She was a member of

Montgomery Township Mayor Resigns, Effective Immediately

Mark Conforti, affectionally known as "Mr. Montgomery" on account of his service to the community, resigned as mayor at the Montgomery Township Committee meeting on Thursday night. "I'm sorry to drop this on you," he told township committee members, staff, and two people in the audience, "but if I can't do something 100 percent ... and if I can't live up to the standards I set, then I'm not going to do it." "I've had changes on the homefront and I'm going to have to step down," he explained. "I'll be resigning immediately. And I'll be heading south, to Florida." A Montgomery resident since 1997, he and his wife Janeen raised two children, Matthew and Samantha, in Montgomery and now enjoy spe

Be Not Who You Think You Should Be, But Who You Are

“Let your life be your message.” — Mahatma Gandhi This quote from Gandhi is rich, especially in a time when we are confronted with many pressures to conform to a certain look, lifestyle, and conflicting values. Go into any bookstore and you will likely be greeted with books that tell you what you should eat, how you should look, and how you can be real and authentic. There are cookbooks, self-help books, make over books, and just as many magazines that promise a newly transformed you. Gandhi’s message is to be not who you think you should be, but who you are. The Orthodox Church will celebrate a very important feast in her liturgical life on August 6, when we will celebrate the feast of the

After 34 years, Beloved Attorney Retires with Tears, Standing Ovations, Gifts, and Well Wishes

Attorney Kristina P. Hadinger — after 34 years of dedicated service to Montgomery Township — retired from her position as township attorney in July. Hadinger “set a standard for excellence with civility, humility, determination, professionalism, patience, and good humor,” according to the resolution Township Committee passed in her honor. Photo: Kristina P. Hadinger (center) with Montgomery Township Committee and staff members. “She kept the township out of trouble,” according to Mayor Mark Conforti, by just “shaking her head and pursing her lips.” “Or the sigh,” Township Administrator Donato Nieman added with a smile. Perhaps Deputy Mayor Christine Madrid best summed it up, telling Hading

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