Robert F. Eaton, Sr., 71

Longtime Montgomery Resident ... April 4, 1947 — January 30, 2019 . Robert F. Eaton, Sr., a retired research chemist, died January 30 at the Robert Wood Johnson University / Barnabas Hospital in New Brunswick. The longtime Montgomery Township resident was 71. Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born on April 4, 1947 in Baltimore, MD to John Eaton and Mary Eaton (Piller). He attended Mount St. Joseph High School and Loyola College (now Loyola University Maryland), from which he graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1969. He was the recipient of the Chemistry Gold Medal for the class of 1969. He earned a PhD in chemistry in 1974 from Princeton University, where he studied under

John Pickett Dismukes, 85

Inventor Held 14 Patents ... Nov 16, 1933 — Jan 29, 2019 John Pickett Dismukes of Skillman died from neurological damage on January 29. He was born on Nov 16, 1933 to Edna (Pickett) and John Phillips Dismukes in Greenville, SC. He graduated from Sydney Lanier High School in Montgomery, AL; Auburn University; The University of Illinois; and the University of Muenster, Germany. He began his scientific career at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, and also worked for EXXON and the University of Toledo, OH. Dismukes' six-man team at RCA earned the David Sarnoff Outstanding Team Award in 1968 for work on thermoelectric alloys for generating electric power, which today is used in solar innovation.

Constance R. Blair, 94

Oil Painter, Gardener & Writer 1924 — Jan 22, 2019 . Constance R. Blair died on January 22 in her home at Stonebridge at Montgomery at the age of 94. She was born in Milton, MA in 1924 to Sherman Rodman Ramsdell and Margaret Bateman Ramsdell. She grew up in Milton and spent her childhood summers with her father and brother in Lubec, ME. Her mother died in 1928. She graduated from Simmons College in 1945. She then worked as a textbook editor at Allyn and Bacon and later served as director of advertising for Personal Book Shops in Boston. In 1947 she married Hector D. Blair, a financial manager with General Electric. As her husband was transferred among various GE outposts, she lived at times

New Montgomery Township Leaders Pledge to Work Together Towards Shared Goals

A momentous shift in Montgomery leadership drew a standing-room only crowd into the municipal building on Route 206 to begin the new year. In a matter of minutes, Catherine Gural went from being sworn in as one of two new members of Montgomery Township Committee to accepting a nomination for the town’s deputy mayor position, and taking her second oath of office at the January 3 reorganization meeting. Gural was joined by her three children, husband Todd, plus friends and supporters at the meeting. Some brought bouquets for her; many others took photos and recorded the full inauguration ceremonies on their cellphones that night. Photo from left: Deputy Mayor Catherine Gural with two of her ch

Rocky Hill Man in Scorsese Film

Billy Dawson is known locally as Rocky Hill Borough Council President. But, few know his history as a classical ballet dancer, artist, screenwriter, and actor. He’s trained in classical ballet, toured internationally, and performed for seven years. Dancers, known to have relatively short careers, Dawson is diversified. He is registered with the Writer’s Guild East, has written a screenplay, television pilot, and digital film documentary; and, he's a trained actor and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member with a part in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming gangster movie, The Irishman. The film, starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesce, and Harvey Keitel, will be released soon on Netflix. Based on Char

Irwin S. Zonis, 88

Chemical Engineer ... Jun 22, 1930 — Jan 13, 2019 Irwin S. Zonis, 88, of Skillman, died on January 13. Beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, Irwin was born in Boston, where he attended Boston Latin School, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and MIT. Irwin and wife Barbara lived for 50 years in West Orange before moving to Skillman. Educated as a chemical engineer, Irwin worked his way up to CEO and president of both the Essex Chemical Corporation Industrial Chemicals Division and Peridot Chemicals of NJ until his retirement in 1995. Irwin was actively involved in environmental issues for the state of NJ. He was a member of the NJ Clean Air Council from its inception in 1968, and

LaVerne Edna Deik Hebert, 95

Long-time Montgomery Business Owner ... 1923 – Jan 8, 2019 . LaVerne Edna Deik Hebert — a Montgomery Township business owner who gave countless volunteer hours over many decades to local causes including the Rocky Hill Fire Department and who gifted scholarships to Montgomery High School students, died on January 8. She was 95. The youngest of several children by hard working German parents, LaVerne was a lifelong resident of New Jersey, most recently a resident of Kendall Park. She is the last of her generation, survived by a niece Caroline Bradbury of Vadnais Heights, MN, and nephew William Dodds of Livingston. A graduate of the School of Nursing, Presbyterian Hospital, LaVerne was trained

State Attorney General Swears in New Jersey's First South Asian-American Woman Mayor

TV Asia staff with Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer and NJ Attorney General Gubir Singh Grewal at the mayor's inauguration. Marking a historic event for both Montgomery Township and the Garden State, NJ Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal swore in new mayor Sadaf Jaffer on Thursday, Jan 3. His visit and Jaffer’s rapid ascent to mayor grabbed the attention of many, prompting a standing-room only crowd of well over 100 people in the Montgomery Municipal Building, including international news media and central New Jersey politicians. A common academic link exists between Grewal and Jaffer, both of whom earned bachelor's degrees in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, however they attended

Gwendoline M. McCullagh, 80

Bassett Hound Breeder & Judge ... Aug 23, 1938 to Jan 5, 2019 Gwendoline Mary McCullagh (nee Murray) of Skillman died on January 5 after a long illness. She was 80 years old. Gwen was born in Dublin, Ireland on August 23, 1938 to Rose (Mooney) and Vincent Murray. She graduated from University College Dublin / Mater School of Physiotherapy and earned a teaching certificate at Guy’s Hospital in London. In 1962 she emigrated to America. On January 26, 1963 she married her lifelong partner, John F. (Jack) McCullagh. They lived in Newark, then Cranford, then in 1975 they moved to their long-held home in Skillman. Gwen worked as a physical therapist, first at Newark Beth Israel Hospital, then the

New Mayor for Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill Mayor Bob Uhrik and Borough Clerk Rebecca Newman at swearing in ceremony. Photo by Rikki N. Massand. At the Rocky Hill Borough Council’s annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, January 2, new Mayor Bob Uhrik was sworn in for a four-year term of service. His wife, former borough councilwoman Eileen Uhrik, and their daughter Rebecca attended the ceremony. Uhrik told attendees he was honored to have the privilege to be mayor. He outlined his priorities, saying he wants to make sure "the lovely town" of Rocky Hill keeps efficient, cost-conscious, and meets residents' needs. “I am stepping into a long line of distinguished mayors and I hope to do just as well as they did. I know I

Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic Merge to Enhance Behavioral Health in Tri-State Area

The merger agreement includes a $25 million investment in Carrier's Belle Mead campus. The organizations pledge to better integrate addiction and mental health treatment, boost behavioral research, bolster their psychiatry residency programs and add a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health network, is proud to announce that Carrier Clinic, a leader in behavioral health with a 100-year history in the state, is joining the network which will result in unsurpassed behavioral health care in the region. “We are writing a new chapter for the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorder as w

Daniel Michael Moore, 46

Village Elementary School Employee Apr 10, 1972 — Jan 2, 2019 Daniel Michael Moore, 46, of Titusville died January 2 at Capital Health Medical Center after suffering a stroke the week before. He was surrounded by his loving family and the music of the Grateful Dead. His hard work and caring presence at the Village Elementary School in Montgomery Township left a lasting impact on all the students, staff, and families who knew him. All will remember his warm demeanor, big smile, and kind eyes. Daniel was employed by the Montgomery Township Board of Education since 1998. Born in Trenton, he was a life-long area resident. Son of the late John J. Moore, Jr.; brother of the late Jason Robert Moore

Montgomery’s new mayor brings a multi-cultural perspective that reflects the changing demographics 

Sadaf Jaffer grew up on the north side of Chicago, where she and her younger brother, Abbas, used to participate in mock presidential debates as children. “One of my funny memories of growing up is that my dad used to hold mock presidential debates between my brother and I on long car rides, and I was very proud of myself because I won the debates,” she said during an interview at her Princeton University office where she is a scholar of South Asian, Islamic, and gender studies. “But, I was three years older so it wasn’t really a fair fight,” she said, laughing. Jaffer attributes her interest in politics to her early taste of trying to come up with solutions to nationwide problems as a young

First Baby of the New Year

Montgomery residents Americe Moody and Preston Discher cradle their new baby girl — Journey Divine Discher — born Jan 1 at the Robert Wood University Hospital in Somerset. Somerset County’s first baby of 2019 arrived at 1:52 pm on Tuesday, Jan 1. A baby girl, Journey Divine Discher, was born to Americe Moody and Preston Discher of Montgomery. Weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long, she was delivered by obstetrician/gynecologist Fisayo Tunde, MD at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset. It is the couple’s first child. Journey is an increasingly popular baby name in the US, ranking in the top 50 on (Journee or Journey). The top baby names for g

Rocky Hill Resident Zimmerman Announces Candidacy for Assembly Seat in District 16

Republican Ed Zimmerman, former mayor of Rocky Hill, announced his plans for 2019 on New Year's Day — to pursue an assembly seat in Legislative District 16. "I am prepared to tackle the difficult issues our state faces with real hands-on experience," Zimmerman wrote in an email to The Montgomery News on Jan 1. He will be running for one of two seats now occupied by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) and Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-16). District 16 is located in parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties. It includes the following towns: Branchburg, Delaware, Flemington, Hillsborough, Manville, Millstone (Somerset), Montgomery, Princeton, Raritan (Hunterdon), Readington, Roc

Montgomery Township Democratic Organization Announces Transition Plan and Leaders

Committeewoman-elect Catherine Gural and Committeeman-elect Marvin Schuldiner will be sworn into office on Thursday, January 3 as the Montgomery Township Committee reorganizes after the November election. Current Committeewoman Sadaf Jaffer will be named mayor. The three have set up a transition team as they acclimate to their new roles and set the agenda for their initial goals as members of the governing body. Mayor-elect Jaffer says, “This transition provides the opportunity for growth and improvement. I look forward to learning from community members about their priorities for Montgomery as we build a better future.” Committeeman-elect Marvin Schuldiner says, “Our system of government re

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