Montgomery to Host a Community Brunch in Response to New Zealand Tragedy

​In light of the recent tragedy in New Zealand, Mayor Sadaf Jaffer in partnership with One Montgomery and Montgomery Mosaic are offering an opportunity for locals to connect with neighbors and share their concerns and hopes for Montgomery and the world. Join them for a community brunch on Sunday, March 24, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Municipal Building, 2261 Van Horne Road (Route 206) in BelleMead.

Montgomery Teachers and School Board Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

The Montgomery Township Board of Education and the Montgomery Township Education Association have reached a tentative settlement for a contract that extends from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2022. "We appreciate the collaboration between the board and staff in achieving a successful agreement," according to a prepared statement from the school district. "We are pleased to return to normal operations." More details to follow

Deadline to Apply to Fill a Vacancy on the Montgomery School Board Is Extended to March 25

Due to the resignation of president and school board member Richard Cavalli on February 26, there is a vacancy on Board of Education. The date for interested candidates to submit their letter of interest stating their qualifications and a statement as to what they can offer the Board of Education has been extended to Monday, March 25. The board is working to fill this vacancy as soon as possible. The individual appointed to the vacant position will serve on the board through January 2020. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest stating their qualifications and a statement as to what they can offer the Board of Education. The documents must be received no later than 4 pm on M

Vacancy on the Montgomery Township School Board

From the Montgomery Board of Education Office Due to the resignation of president and school board member Richard Cavalli on February 26, there is a vacancy on Board of Education. The board is working to fill this vacancy as soon as possible. The individual appointed to the vacant position will serve on the board through January 2020. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest stating their qualifications and a statement as to what they can offer the Board of Education. The documents must be received no later than 4 pm on Monday, March 18. Select candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Education on April 9. Candidates must meet the legal qualifications to serve on the sc

Two Montgomery Students to Compete in Annual Spelling Bee

Two students from Montgomery will compete in the Fourth Annual Spelling Bee Spectacular for children in grades three through eight at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, located at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater on March 16, from 2 pm to 6 pm. The students are Aarushi Chaturvedi, Grade 8, Montgomery Upper Middle School and Aryahi Narvekar, Grade 6, Montgomery Lower Middle School. The event is hosted by the Somerset County Library System (SCLS), a network of 10 public libraries, including the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill. "Participation in the Fourth Annual Spelling Bee helps students increase their scholastic skills by strengthening their mastery of vocabulary and g

Environmental Group Hosts Public Meeting to Oppose the Building of a Gas Compressor Facility Near Mo

Children protest the building of a natural gas compression station next to Trap Quarry in Franklin Township, across the canal from Princeton, Montgomery Township, and Rocky Hill. Food and Water Watch (FWW), a national non-profit environmental group, invites Montgomery and Princeton area folks to a public meeting on the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Compressor Station. Speakers will give updates on the proposed project — which will fuel New York City’s increase demand for natural gas — and will suggest actions to oppose it. The FWW group is gearing up for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection hearing, which is expected to be scheduled later this month. FWW Public Meeting on Gas

Montgomery’s All Around Coach to Retire a Champion

A plaque in Johanna Snedeker's office at Montgomery High School reads: "The teacher has not taught till the learner has learned." Photo by Lea Florentine. For 71 seasons, Johanna Snedeker has coached one of five sports in Montgomery schools, ranging from cheerleading to tennis. She has taught health and physical education for nearly 30 years, and has contributed to the community for 35 years as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and captain at Rocky Hill First Aid and Rescue Squad, and, more recently, at Montgomery Emergency Medical Services. While Snedeker is retiring from the coaching component of her job, she will continue to teach at the high school. Snedeker grew up in Rocky Hill an

Fatal Attraction: Lizzie Bordentown Gives Eagles a Bad Name

Lizzy Bordentown, the new Crosswicks Creek / Bordentown female, in a dominant position relative to her nesting mate. Photo by Kevin Buynie In a 1784 letter that circulated in the new nation’s newspapers, Benjamin Franklin opposed to making the bald eagle the symbol of the new American nation for reasons of “bad moral character.” He cited as evidence an eagle’s habit of stealing fish from hawks, being “too lazy to fish for himself.” Franklin’s observations were likely formed watching eagles over the same Delaware River that intersects with the Crosswicks Creek in Bordentown — a location that is now home to a nesting pair known as the Crosswicks eagles. Franklin’s argument would have been much

The Eagles Have Landed in Montgomery

Eagle Painting by Wayne R Mathisen America’s national symbol, the bald eagle, has become a regular sight in Montgomery Township. Area residents, farmers, and schoolchildren, including an entire class at Orchard Hill Elementary School, have enjoyed recent sightings at Skillman Park, Bridgepoint Farm, Griggstown Village, Hollow Road, and other locations. An eagle was spotted in a tree between Kid Connection and Orchard Hill Elementary in mid-January. Word traveled quickly through the school, and the students in teacher Lindsay Fox’s first grade class exited the building without their coats to get a brief, first-hand look at the large raptor with a white head and tail. The class happened to be

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