Robert G. Esposito, 69

One-of-a-Kind ... May 24, 1949 – Dec 30, 2018 ... Robert Esposito of Belle Mead died Sunday, Dec 30, after a two-year battle with leukemia — which he fought with bravery, pride, and with the extraordinary love of his family. A 1967 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan West, and the University of South Carolina in 1971, Bob spent the last 45 years welcoming friends, family, regulars, and complete strangers into the front door of Espo’s Restaurant on Second Street in Raritan. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the volume, and the laughter were all a direct reflection of Bob. The restaurant will always hold a special place in so many people’s hearts - but not nearly as many as the man does. If yo

John L. Hunt, 84

His Faith Was Strong ... Nov 15, 1934 – Dec 26, 2018 ... John L. Hunt died Dec 26 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro after a brief but aggressive cancer. He was 84. John was born in Ringoes on Nov 15, 1934, the eldest child of John and Martha Hunt. As a teenager, he moved with his family to his grandparents farm in Belle Mead. In his youth he was a Boy Scout and 4-H member of the Mt Airy and Skillman Dairy clubs. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1953. Always proud of serving his country, he served with the 50th armored division National Guard for one year, then served in the US Army for three years, doing basic with the 101st Airborne. He also attended Military

Here Lies the Body of Abraham Stryker Who Departed this Life in 1777

Now that the once proud ConvaTec buildings have been razed to make way for the new Montgomery Township municipal complex, what will happen to a small family cemetery of tilting headstones from the 1700s? The remains of Dutch settler Abraham Stryker (1715-1777) and his immediate descendants have rested on the property, located off Orchard Road near the Route 206 intersection, for hundreds of years. “We have an obligation to maintain that cemetery,” says Donato Neiman, Montgomery Township administrator, emphasizing that “we would do it anyway.” Meanwhile, local residents with the last name of Stryker wonder if they may be related to the early settlers buried in the plot. William S. Stryker of

Goddard Pre-School Coming to Montgomery Soon

The Montgomery Planning Board recently granted approval for the construction of a Goddard School for 136 children on a three-acre property that formerly housed the Pear Tree Creations gift shop on the corner of Route 518 and Vreeland Drive. Tuladhar Educational Services (TES) of Edison bought the property in 2017 for $750,000, according to NJ Parcels. The Goddard School currently licenses more than 460 franchised schools with more than 65,000 students in 36 states. The franchise offers year-round daycare for children from six weeks to six years old including after-school enrichment and summer camps. The planning board approved a reduction of the building footprint and the number of students

Beloved Local Hardware Store in Belle Mead to Close after 30 Years

Long-time business partners Michael M. Peacos and Daniel A. Maciborski have decided to close their iconic CAMMPS Hardware Store, located on Route 206 in Montgomery Township. Maciborski of Belle Mead and Peacos of Franklin Township have sold John Deere utility vehicles, land planes, Honda power equipment, Stihl chain saws, SCAG commercial mowers, parts, and more. They also serviced most brands of lawn and garden equipment. A close-out sale is in progress through the end of the year. “People are asking whether brick and mortar is where (retail) ought to be,” Peacos said in a telephone interview. “Do you need an online presence? How will you compete with Amazon and big box stores?” Peacos and M

The Untold Story of Slavery in the Sourland Region as Told from the Grave

Local authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills tell the untold story of slavery from the perspective of a small cemetery on the Hopewell-Montgomery border in their new book, If These Stones Could Talk. Who were the 160-plus people buried in Stoutsburg Cemetery off Provinceline Road? Headstones reveal many were soldiers who proudly fought in the Civil War, and at least one served Gen. George Washington in the Revolutionary War. American flags are posted by these stones. Buck and Mills begin their book telling the story of the three men who purchased land in 1858 for the exclusive use as a burial ground for people of color, who could not be buried with Whites. It is believed the land was used as

Behold a Field of Flags on Display at Montgomery High School

The Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill invites the community to visit the Flags for Heroes display, featuring 250 full-size flags, in front of Montgomery High School (MHS), 1016 Rt. 601, Skillman, from December 5 to 15. Each flag honors someone’s hero ... including veterans, teachers, parents, and others. Community members may walk among the flags, read the medallions displayed on each flag, and discover who is being honored and why. Visitors are encouraged to take a moment to think about their own heroes. The flags will also serve as a spectacular welcome to the Wreaths Across America convoy when it arrives at MHS on December 12. When visiting: • Please park in the Montgomery High School

Whole Foods Named as an Anchor During Final Planning Board Approval of Route 206 Shopping Complex in

The Montgomery Planning Board gave final approval to Madison Marquette — a $6 billion commercial real estate company based in Washington, DC, and operates in 24 states — to build a shopping complex with 1,499 parking spaces just north of Princeton Airport on Route 206. The complex will include Whole Foods, LL Bean, a Panera restaurant with a drive-through, and an Ulta Beauty cosmetics store, along with a combination of other shops and restaurants, a theater /entertainment building, a bank, and a daycare facility on what is now an empty farm field just north of Princeton Airport. Madison Marquette downsized the originally proposed square footage of the Montgomery shopping complex from 318,000

Teachers’ Wear Red to Show Support for Education and to Express Frustration with Salary Negotiatio

Dozens of Montgomery Township Education Association (MTEA) members and supporters wore red and spoke at the November Board of Education meetings about their stalled salary negotiations. Jennifer Jones, an MTEA vice president and a special education teacher at Montgomery High School since 1999, introduced herself to the board as “a teacher, class advisor, basketball and golf coach.” “I am also the sole provider for three daughters,” she said. “And I am no longer able to financially provide for them.” Jones started sobbing as she described how its a daily struggle, despite her hard work. “I have a pay stub here from 2010,” Jones said. “I am now taking home $326 less per month than I was eight

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