Five Candidates File for Montgomery School Board General Election in November

Five candidates filed to run for five open spots on the Montgomery Township Board of Education on July 29, which was the deadline for filing a petition to run in the November election. Candidates included: (1) Shreesh R. Tiwari for a three-year term (his own seat). (2) Jinesh "Jin" Patel for a three-year term. ( The seat is currently held by Dharmesh Doshi, who has decided not to run again.) (3) Phyllis Bursh for a three-year term (her own seat). (4) Michael J. Morack, Jr. for a two-year term. ( This was Rick Cavalli’s seat. Cavalli resigned from the board last year.) (5) Raghib Muhammad for a one-year term. (This seat belonged to Paul Johnson, who recently resigned from the board.)

Belle Mead Resident Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Distribution of Steroids and Marijuana

TRENTON – A doctor who lives in Belle Mead with offices in Asbury Park and Brooklyn, NY, was sentenced on July 29 to 27 months in prison for unlawfully distributing prescriptions for anabolic steroids and for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Kevin Custis, 54, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to one count of distributing anabolic steroids and one count of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: In 2016 and 2017, Custis wrote and delivered numerous prescriptions for various types of anabolic steroids to two patients. Custis admitted tha

Evelyn Gayle Long Flora, 77

July 8, 1942 — July 27, 2019 Retained Her Southern Charm Evelyn Gayle Long Flora, 77, of Belle Mead died on Saturday, July 27. Evelyn was born to Gilbert R. and Mary Hester Long on July 8, 1942, in Blacksburg, VA. She graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1959 then worked for several years to be able to independently finance college. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Radford College in 1964, completing the program in just three years. She taught school in both Warrenton, VA and Nashville, TN. On August 14, 1965 she married Robert Montgomery Flora of Richmond, VA, whom she met while playing volleyball on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Evelyn retaine

David Sherwood Huggins, 95

• World War II & Korean War Veteran • July 24, 2019 US Navy Lieutenant Commander David Sherwood Huggins (Ret.) of Montgomery Township died July 24 at home. He was a Princeton-area resident for many years. Born in Karuizawa, Japan, he was son of the late Harold Huggins and Dorothy Hideko Tanaka Brinkley Huggins. David was with the US Navy and National Security Agency for more than 20 years, and served in WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a proud member of the US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association. He retired from General Electric / David Sarnoff Research Labs in West Windsor. David was predeceased by his wife, Joan Shirley Huggins. He is survived by three daughters: Jane Malia Re of Pr

John Fletcher Allen, 87

• Korean War Veteran • Kept History Alive in Griggstown & Montgomery • April 12, 1932 — July 21, 2019 John Fletcher Allen died after a seven-year battle with cancer on July 21. He was born on April 12, 1932 in Elat, Ebolowa, Cameroon, West Africa in a hospital run by the Presbyterian Church. His father, James Blaine Allen, who was an architect, had designed and built many of the buildings on the hospital grounds. John was baptized in Yollandi in a church also built by his father. This church has a stained glass window designed by his father that portrayed the Bible verse: “Suffer the little children to come unto me…” John’s father and mother, Annie Mary Faulkner Allen, were assigned to star

Free Princeton Airport Tours

If you have ever passed through Montgomery toward Princeton on Route 206, chances are you have seen a green sign by Airpark Road. “Learn to Fly Here,” the sign reads; the text surrounds a small picture of a biplane. Turn right on to Airpark Road and follow alongside the adjacent runway, and you will discover one of Montgomery’s hidden treasures. The Princeton Airport is an incredible facility with 110 airplanes, and offers flying lessons among other services. But for those afraid of heights, the airport also provides a free tour of its grounds through out the summer months: every Tuesday at 10:30 am. The tour is open to the public, and will continue through August. Steve Nierenberg, the Pri

D&R Canal Dredging Reaches Midpoint

The Ashtabula, a barge on the D&R Canal in Rocky Hill, is named for the place where it was first launched — a city in Ohio located at the mouth of the Ashtabula River on Lake Erie. Driving on the Delaware & Raritan Canal Park towpath, just north of Rocky Hill, we carefully pass a man who looks both invigorated and content as he strides along. “I know him,” Garret Brown smiles. “He walks here almost every day.” Brown is field engineer for Urban Dredging Consultants (UDC) of Horsham, PA, one of the contractors on a major dredging of a 10-mile stretch of the D&R Canal between Kingston and Millstone. Now in the second of its three-year phases, Brown and other workers, including staff of the New

Burglary at Belle Mead Synagogue

Montgomery Township Police are looking for a young white male who broke into Congregation Kehilat Shalom in Belle Mead early Sunday morning, July 7. Montgomery police responded to the synagogue, located at 253 Belle Mead -Griggstown Road, for an activated burglar alarm at 12:58 am. Police located an unsecured door and proceeded to check the interior of the synagogue. A surveillance system depicted a white male, approximately 17 to 25 years of age with brown hair and an average build wearing a white T-shirt, gray athletic shorts, and tan low cut work boots with a white sole. Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson issued a press release on Tuesday, July 9, asking for assistance in ide

Gardening for the Environment: The essential link between insects, animals, and plants

Most people have heard that monarch butterflies and bees have declined drastically in the last 20 years, but not as many people know that other insects are also decreasing. Hummingbird Moth, also known as Hawk Moth. Scientists have found that we’re losing insects and other bugs worldwide at a rapid rate due to pesticides and loss of habitat. Surveys from different countries in the last few years have shown losses of as much as 80 percent to 90 percent for many species, and scientists are scrambling to find more data from years past and conduct comparable studies today, to measure the problem. It has been called an insect Armageddon or apocalypse. Most of us would be happy to have fewer cockr

Montgomery Township Committee to Address Kid Connection Program at July 3 Meeting

More than 100 Montgomery Township residents attended the School Board meeting on June 25 to discuss the future of the town's Kid Connection Program. The board pledged to work with Montgomery Township Committee to extend the children's program through June 2020, and to try to help find a better solution to closing the program — which provides pre-K, half-day kindergarten, and before and after school care for young children. The discussion moves back to township committee on Wednesday, July 3, at 7 pm in the Montgomery Municipal Building on Route 206. Municipal CFO Michael Pitts is expected to give an in-depth PowerPoint presentation on the program, which is run by Montgomery Township and uses

Local Independence Day Fireworks

If you missed the Montgomery Fireworks, or if you simply cannot get enough, here is a list of local fireworks displays: SOMERSET COUNTY The Somerset County Park Commission is inviting all to attend the annual July 4th Fireworks Display, to be held July 4 at North Branch Park on Milltown Road in Bridgewater. North Branch Park gates will open at 6 pm to allow vehicles to enter the park and families to picnic on park grounds. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 pm. Stone Flower Santana Tribute and the Tyrone Stackhouse Project will perform throughout the evening. Franklin Township’s Independence Day Celebration is July 3 starting at 6 pm at the municipal complex. Fireworks will start at 9:

Priceless Donation of Civil War Flag

The Van Harlingen Historical Society (VHHS) donated the 36-star flag (circa 1850) to Rocky Hill in 2012. Photo: Former VHHS VP Don Matthews of Montgomery; former VHHS president Anne Woolley; with former Rocky Hill mayor Ed Zimmerman and Rocky Hill Clerk Rebecca Newman. The Van Harlingen Historical Society of Montgomery has given a 4' x 6', thirty-six star, c. 1865 Grand Luminary flag to the Borough of Rocky Hill. The flag, said to have flown in Rocky Hill after President Lincoln's death, was donated to the Society by Brick resident Virginia Kaiser. Mrs. Kaiser is the great-great granddaughter of the original owner, Huntington Wolcott Freeman of Rocky Hill. Freeman was the grandson of Oliver

Historic Flag and Bell to Be Properly Preserved in Rocky Hill Borough Hall

Pamela Patton of Montgomery Avenue spoke to Rocky Hill Borough Council on June 17 about preserving a Civil War era American flag and an old school bell from 1884. The artifacts are currently on display in the borough hall. See related article. The bell reads “Rocky Hill Public School, January 1, 1884.” The bell once announced the start and end of the school day from the bell tower of the town’s first school. Patton has significant career experience in museum work and artifacts, and currently works at Princeton University as a researcher and administrator in the Index of Medieval Art. Patton earned her Ph.D from Boston University in 1994. She moved to Rocky Hill four years ago after teaching

Local Fireworks Displays and Advice on Using "Legal" Fireworks

Montgomery area residents know fireworks are now legal in New Jersey, but many are still learning about what they can "launch" from their own backyards this Fourth of July. Montgomery Township's Fourth of July fireworks on June 27 at Montgomery High School New Jersey Fire Marshal Richard Mikutsky encourages people to attend public fire works displays, such as the one in Montgomery, in a memo to residents on July 2. Thousands attended the Montgomery fireworks on a sweltering hot evening on Thursday, June 27, on the Montgomery High School front lawn — sponsored by the Montgomery Recreation Department. (See photo album below.) “I would encourage residents to attend one of the many free public f

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