80th Anniversary of Monty’s Fire Department — Thursday, October 10

Dial 911, and in minutes a firetruck will be braking in front of your house. Never doubt it. But, it wasn’t always so. When Montgomery was still rural, if a column of smoke announced a fire, neighbors came running to help, although there was little they could do other than drive livestock out of the barn and haul valuables out of a house even when there was a windmill tank full of water and buckets enough to pass it along. Fire spread with amazing rapidity among a farm’s cluster of frame buildings, and a barn packed to the rafters with combustibles was an inferno waiting to happen. Two devastating fires in quick succession back in 1939 energized the determination of a handful who had stood h

Nancy E. Peakes Pike, 91

Nancy E. Peakes Pike, 91 Loving Wife & Mother 1928 — September 28, 2019 Nancy Eleanor Peakes Pike, a long-time resident of Princeton and Montgomery Township, died September 28 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton. She was 91. Born in Cambridge, and raised in Weston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Seldon Charles Peakes and Christine Newborg Peakes. She graduated with honors from the Boston University School of Public Relations in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. During college she was president of Phi Gamma Nu, a national professional sorority in commerce, and was a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary journalism fraternity. Following graduation, she became a

Paul M. Boisde, 90

March 10, 1929 - September 20, 2019 Paul M. Boisde, 90, a long-time resident of Montgomery Township, died on September 20 at Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro. Paul is survived by his spouse, Denise Boisde; two children, Herve Boisde and Cecile Brice; son-in-law Chuck Brice; and two grandchildren, Alexandra and Charlie. His daughter Agnes Boisde died tragically in 1987. Paul was born and raised in the village of Saint-Mars-La-Jaille in the Loire-Atlantique region of western France. He came from a large family and was the oldest of eight children, and the oldest among a group of 18 first cousins, who were all very close. Throughout his life, he was considered a leader and mentor by his

Skillman Resident Airlifted to Hospital Following Motorcycle Accident Near Skillman Road

Armaan Shah, 21, of Skillman was found unresponsive on the Route 601 roadway near Skillman Road after his motorcycle collided with a dump truck on Monday, Sept 16, at 1:03 pm. The dump truck driver, Osman Karagoz, 44, of Burlington, was uninjured and remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said. No summonses have been issued at this time and the investigation is on-going. Shah suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. He was flown to Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick. Montgomery Township EMS, Montgomery Township Fire and RWJ Medics assisted at the scene. Anyone with information related to the crash is requested to contact Sgt. Andrew Perry at 908-281-5869

Rocky Hill Clam Rustlers Return

Conservation Police Officer (CPO) Jordan Holmes responded to a call about illegal clamming in the Millstone River in Rocky Hill in July, which lead to a recent arrest of two men who did not speak English. The men were poaching massive quantities of polluted clams and selling them to a restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. The Montgomery News first broke the story in November 2017, when the newspaper reported that a dog walker in Rocky Hill found several bags of freshwater clams laying alongside the pathway in the Green Acres park off Skillman Road by the First Aid Squad. Almost two years later, poachers are still rustling up clams from the Rocky Hill portion of the Millstone River. On Monday, July 15

Robinson’s Chocolate Celebrates 40th Anniversary on September 14

Jim Robinson, owner of Robinson's Chocolate Stop by Robinson’s Chocolate in the Montgomery Shopping Center on Saturday, September 14, from 5 to 7 pm, to help them celebrate 40 years of being part of the Montgomery community. The shop will serve appetizers, beverages, and of course chocolate to thank customers for their support over the years. Bring friends, and enter the Robinson's raffle. Their story began in 1928 with Robinson’s father, James K. Robinson, known in the family as “Pop-Pop,” who was making chocolate and candy for the Whitman Company in Philadelphia. Pop-Pop thought it would be fun to show his granddaughter’s what he did for a living, so one day, while visiting his son Jim in

Montgomery Artist's Paintings on Display at Small World Coffee

Cats in Love: Acrylic on paper, by Minako Ota Japanese painter, Minako Ota is displaying a selection of her animal and nature paintings at Small World Coffee through October 1. Ota lives in Montgomery Township by the Princeton border. She was born in Osaka, Japan and studied traditional Japanese painting at Tama Art University in Tokyo. Upon graduation, she attended Cambridge University in England where she focused on Western painting conservation. “For me, painting is an ever-changing life form,” Ota says. “Through life experiences, you keep reinventing yourself and as you transform, your painting style transforms, too.” “Since I left my native country 30 years ago, I have become a hybrid o

Amanda Youngberg, MHS Dance Team, Is The Montgomery News Athlete of the Month for September

Courgarette Amanda Youngberg Senior Amanda Youngberg has been dancing for what seems to be her entire life, having started at two years of age. She joined the Montgomery High School dance team as a freshman, having never done “competitive” dance. She learned fast, and her hard work earned her the role of co-captain. Last season, the Cougarettes placed seventh for hip hop at the National Dance Team Championship at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. They also placed first in hip hop at the state championship, and placed third for jazz. Amanda says a lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into a dance performance. “What people see is the finished product,” she says. “What they don’t s

Meet Your Candidates for Somerset County Freeholder & Sheriff at the Only Forum Scheduled

The League of Women Voters will host a Somerset County Candidates Forum at Somerville High School on Monday, September 16, at 7 pm. Freeholder candidates Melonie Marano (D) and incumbent Patricia Walsh (R) will answer questions beginning at 7 pm. Sheriff candidates William Parenti (R) and Darrin Russo (D) will answer questions beginning at 8 pm. FREEHOLDER CANDIDATES Melonie Marano (D) is a former Green Brook Mayor and Green Brook Township Committeewoman. She now lives in Dunellen and is vice president of business development at Universal Vending Management, a privately-owned Westfield-based company with customized programs for coin, currency, or card-operated vending machines, including:

Montgomery Fifth Annual FunFest, September 15, Rain or Shine

Montgomery Fun Fest (Photo: Susan Rash) Art, music, amusement rides, games of chance, obstacle courses, and festival foods are among the many thrills in store for 10,000 expected patrons at the Fifth Annual Montgomery FunFest at Princeton Airport on Sunday, September 15, from 12 noon to 5 pm. The community festival is free, though there is a charge for parking, amusement rides, and food. Organized by the Montgomery Business Association (MBA), the festival will feature more than 130 vendors, including local businesses, non-profits, artists, and food concessions. Attendees can ride in a helicopter, climb a rock wall, attempt the triple slide, and other amusements. Fire trucks, planes, and clas

Time to Register for the Eighth Annual Sourland Spectacular Bike Tour

A ROUTE FOR EVERY RIDER The Sourland Conservancy will host its Eighth Annual Sourland Spectacular bike tour on September 7 from 7 am to 2 pm. Five routes — from the “Five Mile Almost Flat Family Fun Ride” to the challenging Metric Century — start and finish at the Otto Kaufman Community Center, 356 Skillman Road, Skillman. Proceeds will help to preserve and protect the ecological and historic resources of the Sourland Mountain. The “Five-Mile Almost Flat Family Fun Ride” has been a big hit with riders who want to have fun and support the cause, but aren’t ready to tackle the more challenging routes. Serious cyclists from all around the tristate area will challenge themselves on one of four

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