What Exactly Is Açaì Anyway?

If you are unfamiliar with the plant-based superfood movement, you might want to study the Playa Bowls menu online before you go. Local residents Ryan and Lindsay Murray opened the health-food store on June 8 in the new Montgomery Grove shopping center on Route 206 in Belle Mead. A refreshing snack after little league baseball: Donovan and Eric Ciano of Belle Mead; Devin Kapasi of Skillman; Liam Marsh of Rocky Hill; and an unknown parent. On right, JD Marsh. College and high school students seem to be familiar with this stuff, but I found myself wondering how to pronounce açaì. Also, what exactly is it anyway? Take a quick look at playabowls.com/menu/ and you will see what I mean. Açaì is a

Montgomery Promenade Gets a New Anchor Tenant

Broome + Greene, a modern furniture, lighting, and decor store, announced on June 27 that they have signed on as one of the anchor tenants at Montgomery Promenade — a 300,000-square-foot mixed-use retail project in Montgomery. Developer Madison Marquette announced that it plans to open the outdoor mall in late 2020. The 9,000-square-foot Broome + Greene store will be the company's largest showroom opening to date. It will be located opposite a planned full-size Whole Foods supermarket. Richard Eib, chief executive officer at Broome + Greene said: "Retail is not dead. Shoppers are looking for a hybrid of online and offline shopping and this has never been more evident than in the home furnish

A Day at Duke Farms — An enchanted oasis in Montgomery’s backyard

The Duke estate — now a public park — is a magnificent gift to nature lovers, hikers, and athletes who live close enough it to enjoy it. Montgomery Township residents are fortunate to be able to take a short drive north on Route 206 to experience the Garden State at its finest. The great falls at Duke Farms. Duke Farms is a quiet, picturesque place to walk, jog, and bike and is open year round, with the exception of Wednesdays when it is closed. It is an oasis for photographers, artists of all kinds, bird watchers, gardeners, and anybody with an appreciation of nature and environmental stewardship. Many know the story of how tobacco magnate James Buchanan “Buck” Duke purchased 357 acres of f

Top of the Class of ’19 Meet the MHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

From left: MHS Class of 2019 Salutatorian Nikita Goswami and Valedictorian Ivan Chau. Photo by Delaney McCaffrey VALEDICTORIAN IVAN CHAU Walking through the halls of Montgomery High School, Ivan Chau is just another student excited to graduate. But this National Merit Scholar is an accomplished app-developer who can now also add valedictorian to his already long list of accolades. As a few of his classmates jokingly call out, “Hey is that the valedictorian?!” Chau’s humility shines through as he blushes and laughs, waving back to his friends. “What I’ve been focusing on during high school is trying to explore different areas of science to see what I was interested in,” Chau said. Through ex

Montgomery High School Graduates 412 Students

Family, friends, and faculty gathered together in Cougar Stadium to watch the Class of 2019 graduate from Montgomery High School on the warm evening of Monday, June 24. Donned in bright green gowns and matching caps, 412 students walked across the stage signifying the end of their high school experience. MHS Graduates Sarina Swain & Chilly Wallace In her speech, salutatorian Nikita Goswami spoke to her disbelief that this significant chapter in her life was coming to a close. “I’ve been feeling a lot of nostalgia for all the time spent here in Montgomery, both the good times and the bad,” she said. “It’s been hard to accept that high-school really IS over.” Valedictorian Ivan Chau offered hi

Montgomery School Board Meeting — Kid Connection to Be Discussed

The Montgomery Township Board of Education will be conducting its monthly workshop and business meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Township High School MPAC room located at 1016 Route 601, Skillman. The board will first be convening in the Board of Education office large conference room in executive session at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of interviewing candidates to fill a vacancy to serve on the board of education. After deliberating, the board may select a candidate to fill the vacancy in public session. A Donaldson hearing will occur in executive session as well as the discussion on items related to personnel, harassment, intimidation and bullying reports, an

William Bryce Thompson, IV, 87

The Land Man August 18, 1931 — June 21, 2019 William Bryce Thompson, IV, one of the largest landowners in New Jersey, died on June 21. Bryce was born on August 18, 1931 in his father’s home in Valley Head, Alabama, but Bryce is well known as a longtime Princetonian, having grown up at 195 Nassau Street in the house his grandfather built, where Bryce later had his office. As Bryce grew up, his family faced significant challenges, so that Bryce clearly understood from early age that, except for their love, he was on his own. Bryce was a man of big ideas, fierce ambition, hard drive, risk-taking, and strong work ethic. Bryce graduated from Princeton High school and then attended seven differe

Sam P. Panicaro, 98

Lifelong Rocky Hill Resident . June 11, 1921 — June 20, 2019 Sam Panicaro, 98, died on Thursday, June 20. He was born in Rocky Hill on June 11, 1921 to Josephine and Gennaro Panicaro and was a lifelong resident of Rocky Hill, along with his nine brothers and sisters. Sam graduated from Princeton High School and was employed, for many years, by the Princeton University Store. He served in the United States Navy during WWII, and was an active and supportive member of the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill. Beloved by neighbors and friends, Sam was a remarkable source of memories and historical information for Rocky Hill. He loved sharing his stories with younger generations. His melodic whis

Kid Connection Disconnect

Things got ugly when Deputy Mayor Catherine Gural announced at township committee meeting on June 20 that Kid Connection — the only municipality-run preschool / enrichment program in the state — would close its doors for good in December. A two-hour public comment session followed, with angry parents, teachers, and others pleading for the town to continue the program — which benefits children (ages 3 through 7) and employs about 36 people who primarily live in the well-to-do township. The audience of about 80 people persuaded the township committee to take another look at the program, which has been losing about $700,000 annually — translating to about $95 per household in extra taxes each

CKS Holds Unusual Group Adult Bat Mitzvah

The ritual of becoming a Bat Mitzvah usually takes place at age 13, and celebrates becoming a “daughter of the commandment,” marking full ownership of the rights and responsibilities that come with being part of the Jewish community. On June 29, eight women will become Bat Mitzvahs at Congregation Kehilat Shalom (CKS) in Belle Mead. Rachael Apanovitch, Hilary Crist, Jill Fraticelli, Hinda Greenberg, Mary Horowitz, Leslie Kowalski, Ramona Mora, and Susan Waskow, ranging in age from their 40s to early 70s, are the women who will become Bat Mitzvahs. Some have been CKS members for only one year, some up to 26 years. From left: Hinda Greenberg, Jill Fraticelli, Hilary Crist, Leslie Kowalski, Mar

Frances Lampariello, 91

She Took Care of Everybody December 23, 1927 — June 17, 2019 . Every day people would come up to Fran and ask her what products she used to keep from wrinkling. She always chalked it up to her olive oil-heavy diet growing up in an Italian household. Whether it was this diet or really good genes, Fran, 91, was wrinkle free every day of her long life. Frances Lampariello, née Berardinelli, was born on December 23, 1927 in Abruzzi, Italy. She came to America at 11 months old with her mother, Angela, who was 17 at the time. Fran grew up in Newark. As the oldest of three children, she worked hard to pave the way for her younger siblings. She went to work at 14 years old to offset the toll the Gre

Doris Colangelo, 87

Long-time Skillman Resident May 2, 1932 — June 12, 2019 ... Doris Colangelo, 87 of Skillman died at home on the morning of June 12. Born and raised in Hopewell, she later married and moved to Skillman where she and her husband of 59 years raised seven children. Doris is predeceased by her husband Antonio and her son, James. She is survived by her daughters: Leslie Weston; Marilyn Staats; Armida D’Augustino (husband Anthony); Christine LaRue (husband John); and Maria Colangelo, (partner Mary Taylor); and by her son, Anthony Colangelo (wife Cheryl). She had 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. ■

Anthony Cassar Returns Home, Inspires New Generation of Montgomery Wrestlers

It was hard to miss Anthony Cassar. Wearing a black suit, he was easily the tallest, widest figure in the Princeton Elks Lodge, a venue that on June 3 was packed with Montgomery athletes and their parents. A star wrestler, Cassar won the national championship in his weight class for Penn State earlier this year. He plans to pursue a spot on the U.S. Olympics team as his next challenge. Despite his imposing stature, his demeanor was anything but. He mingled with fans in the Elks Lodge, hoisting young wrestlers high into the air, signing autographs, and celebrating his success with members of the community. After an hour of celebration, John Moyle, founder of Montgomery’s wrestling program, to

Nathaniel Wilbank Lee, 19

Young College Student 2000 — June 9, 2019 Nathaniel “Nate” Wilbank Lee, 19, of Montgomery Township died on June 9 after years of struggle with depression. Nate was born in New York City on the first day of the Year of the Dragon. At the time of his birth, his great-grandparents remarked that he was the “Golden Dragon” baby. Nate’s curiosity about the world began at a young age with trucks and dinosaurs, and grew to include philosophy, math, and writing while he was a student at Skidmore College. He loved his brothers, Noah and Caleb, and his six younger cousins in CT and FL. As the oldest of 9 grandchildren, he took good care of his younger brothers and cousins with kindness and affection.

Anita G. Pettibone, 87

Dedicated to Her Family... June 17, 1931 - June 9, 2019 _______ Anita G. Pettibone, 87, formerly of Rocky Hill died in Niantic, CT, on June 9. A memorial service is being planned for August 10 at 11 am at the Harlingen Reformed Church in Harlingen. Lunch will follow. Anita was born in Philadelphia to Anthony and Tess (Czeslawa) Grabowski. She was raised by her parents and extended family members, within her Polish community in the Bridesburg section of the city. She graduated from Frankford High School and worked as a secretary until marrying John. She and John started their life together in Levittown, PA, later settling in Rocky Hill, where they raised their family and lived for more than 5

Portrait of a Graduate: Montgomery Township Deputy Mayor Earns Bachelor’s Degree

Some smart person once said: “Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.” It took Montgomery Township Deputy Mayor Catherine Gural 25 years and a drive across-county-and-back to earn her bachelor’s degree. She encountered roadblocks and avalanches along the way that may have crushed her dreams, but she acquired navigation skills and found her own way. She learned to succeed against the odds by developing what is often called grit, perseverance, or resilience. “I think there’s a perspective that comes from hard work, from putting up with misfortune, or bad luck, to overcome setbacks and to come out smiling,” Gural says. “That’s one of the things we t

Polls Are Open Until 8 pm Today for New Jersey’s 2019 Primary Election

Registered Republicans and Democrats may cast their votes today (Tuesday, June 4) until 8 pm to select the candidates who will represent each party in the general election on November 5. Two Montgomery residents — Mark Caliguire and Christine Madrid — are seeking election to the New Jersey General Assembly to represent District 16. The third candidate is Roger Forest Locandro, a conservative from Hunterdon County. The three are vying for two spots on the November ballot. The winners will run against Assembly incumbents Andrew Zwicker (D) of Kingston and Roy Freiman (D) of Hillsborough. Madrid served as a Montgomery Township committeewoman from 2012 to 2018, and as mayor in 2015 and again for

Lewis Brewster Young, 76

Authored Many Patents February 25, 1943 — June 3, 2019 Lewis Brewster “Brew” Young III, 76, of Skillman died Monday, June 3. Brew grew up San Gabriel, CA. He attended the University of California, Riverside, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, then pursued his doctorate degree in chemistry at Iowa State University. While studying there, he met Marian Gordon, an undergraduate student and his future wife. After doing post-doctorate work at the University of Colorado, Brew had a successful 30-year career at Mobil Chemical, where he worked on a variety of projects and authored many patents. Brew loved an active life. His early hobbies included car racing and flying. He was an avid

Montgomery Township to Preserve Two Properties for Greenspace on Fairview & Mountain View Roads

Montgomery Township officials acquired two open space parcels totaling 85 acres on May 21. The properties include a 25-acre agricultural property on Fairview Road from the Forfa Family and a 60-acre scenic property on Mountain View and Cherry Valley roads. "When we admire the scenic vistas of Montgomery or walk the township nature trails, we must also appreciate the work of community advocates and township professionals who stayed the course, not just for years but for decades," Mayor Sadaf Jaffer said. “I would especially like to congratulate Open Space Committee Chairperson Clem Fiori, whose commitment and achievements in land preservation cannot be over-stated.” The 60-acre parcel, which

Selecting the Best Summer Flowers for Your Montgomery Garden

Summer begins on June 21 this year, but for me, Memorial Day seems to signify the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Either way, it’s time to talk about summer flowers. Many homes and businesses use annual flowers to add some color to their properties. Annuals will bloom all summer, and that’s a great advantage. On the other hand, annuals won’t come back next year, and that just bothers me. I like to think that anything I plant will grow, and be there next year. I suppose I’m just lazy. Three tiger swallowtail butterflies on Joe Pye weed. Photo by Larry Koplik There are several choices of deer-resistant annual flowers, including shade-loving begonias, which come in many colors, but m

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