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Burlington, Mercer, and Somerset counties

New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center, which provides blood for local patients, is looking for a few good volunteers.

The blood drive volunteer is an integral member of our team whose tasks include assisting donors with registration and/or at the refreshment area. No medical background necessary. Volunteers should be outgoing to provide friendly customer service, be able to perform tasks as needed and must provide proof of COVID Vaccination prior to volunteering. Must have transportation. All training is provided including additional precautions for the safety of our team and blood donors. For additional information call or text Sharon Zetts, manager of NJBS Volunteer Services at 732-850-8906 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

Spring is here! April is National Volunteer Month, and the American Red Cross is celebrating the millions of people who volunteer to give blood, platelets and plasma throughout the year. This month, the Red Cross and Peanuts are joining forces as a reminder that it’s cool to be kind and help save lives.

Don’t wait until there’s a crisis to give – donors of all blood types, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are needed now to keep the blood supply strong enough to support critical patient care all season long. Book a time to give by visiting, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

American Red Cross Llura Gund Blood Donation Center – Central New Jersey

707 Alexander Road, Suite 101, Princeton

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 12:30-7:15 p.m.

Thursday: 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lawrence Township

July 21 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Slackwood Presbyterian Church, 2020 Brunswick Ave.


July 27 – noon to 5 p.m. – Hopewell Valley Central High School, 259 Pennington-Titusville Road.


July 16 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 216 Nassau St.

July 21 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – MarketFair Mall, 3535 US Route 1 South

July 28 – 2-7 p.m. – Stone Hill Church, 1025 Bunn Dr.


July 18 – 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road.


The Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults has in-person lunches at nine of its locations.

The Nutrition Program for Older Adults provides a daily nutritionally balanced meal Monday through Friday, except for county and/or municipal holidays.

All meals meet the required one-third of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) daily referenced intake of nutrients for an individual 60 years or older.

Meals are available to Mercer County residents age 60 or older and their spouses (regardless of age), any county resident with a disability whose primary caregiver is a program participant, anyone volunteering in the program, and the personal care aides of program participants when they accompany a participant to the site where the meals are provided.

In-person services will be hosted at: Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center and Sam Naples Community Center in Trenton, Lawrence Township Senior Center, Princeton Café for Older Adults, John O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center in Hamilton, Hamilton Senior Center, Hopewell Valley Senior Center, Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing, and Robbinsville Senior Center.

Most meal services begin at 11:30 a.m., although times may vary by location, so call 609-989-6650 or inquire at a local site.

No payment is required for a meal; however, there is a suggested donation of $1 for each meal provided.

Reservations are required; call 609-989-6650 to reserve a spot.

Monthly menus can be found on the Nutrition Program for Older Adults web page.

If transportation is a barrier to participating in the congregate meals, Mercer County TRADE may be able to help; call 609-530-1971 or email [email protected]. Some of the sites also may have transportation options for its participants.

There may be home-delivered options.

For more information, call 609-989-6650 or email [email protected].

Take-Home rapid COVID-19 test kits

Take-home rapid COVID-19 test kits are available at all Mercer County Library System branches. Mercer County residents may request up to three kits at a time. The kits are Lucira brand over-the-counter rapid molecular nasal swab test comparable to a PCR test.

The New Jerey State Museum

The New Jersey State Museum is pleased to announce the start of new Spanish-language programming in the Planetarium. Six Spanish versions of current Planetarium programs have been added to the programming lineup. On the fourth Saturday of each month, which began on June 24, two Spanish language shows will be presented, at 9:30 am and 10:30 am. Tickets for each show must be purchased at the Planetarium box office on the day of the show; the box office opens 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and $9 for seniors. Patrons should plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before their shows as it will start at the listed time.

The schedule for future programs can be found on the Museum’s website, The museum is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton.

Through Sept. 4

The New Jersey State Museum will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2023 program began on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, and will end on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. While admission to the New Jersey State Museum is always free, there is a fee for Planetarium programs. That fee is waived under the Blue Star program.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military — Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force, members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), DD Form 1173-1 ID card or the Next Generation Uniformed Services (Real) ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and participating museums across America. A list of participating museums is available at

The New Jersey State Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. General admission is free. For additional information visit

Located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, the New Jersey State Museum encompasses three buildings including a state-of-the-art Planetarium and holds over two million artifacts in its collections in Archaeology/Ethnography, Cultural History, Fine Art and Natural History.

The New Jersey State Museum is a center for the exploration of science, history and the arts. We preserve and share stories that inspire curiosity and creativity for the enrichment of our communities.

By Tuesday Aug. 8

Registration is now open for HEWYBL’s fall 2023 flag football season. The league is open to boys and girls from all area towns, and has both co-ed teams and all-girls teams. HEWYBL Flag Football is open to players who will be in grades Pre-K to 9 in the fall. The registration deadline is Aug. 8 and the season will run from early September until early November. Games will be played in East Windsor.

HEWYBL flag football typically draws players from Allentown, Cranbury, East Windsor, Hamilton, Hightstown, Millstone, Robbinsville, West Windsor and other surrounding towns.

Season details and registration are available at If you have any questions about HEWYBL Flag Football or the upcoming season, please contact [email protected].



The Bordentown Township Police Department offers Straight to Treatment on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Insurance is not necessary to receive assistance. Neither is residency in Burlington County. No appointment is needed.

For more information visit or email [email protected].

Every Sunday

Bordentown City holds a farmers market rain or shine outside Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks Street. For inclement weather, the market is moved indoors.

Bordentown Library events

Bordentown Library is located at 18 E. Union St., Bordentown. For more information about the events below call 609-298-0622 or visit

July 14 – 1 p.m. – Mahjong meetup.

July 15 – 10:30 a.m. – Outdoor Family Storytime.

July 17 – 2 p.m. – Troll Headbands.

July 17 – 5:30 p.m. – Gently Yoga PM.

July 18 – 2 p.m. – Garden Club.

July 18 – 3 p.m. – Art time.

July 18 – 4:30-5:15 p.m. (15 min.) – BowWow Books: Read with Patron.

July 19 – 2 p.m. – Wednesday Crafternoons.

July 19 – 5 p.m. – Music Appreciation Club.

July 19 – 7 p.m. – Li-Brewery Trivia.


The Cranbury Public Library is located at 30 Park Place West. For more information on listed events please call (609) 722-6992.

July 14 – 2 p.m. – Friday Afternoon Flicks.

July 14 – 8 p.m. – Cinema Under the Stars: Movie Night at Cranbury Public Library.

July 15 – 11 a.m. – Zentangle Workshop.

July 15 – noon to 1:30 p.m. – Making the Transition to College.

July 17 – 4 p.m. – Chess Club.

July 18 – 11 a.m. – Didgeridoo Down Under!

July 18 – 6:30 p.m. – Spinning Yams.

July 19 – 11 a.m. – Family Storytime.

July 19 – 1:30 p.m. – Afternoon Book Discussion.

July 20 – 10 a.m. – Interfaith Book Discussion.

July 20 – 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Mindful Movements and Guided Meditation.

July 21 – 2 p.m. – Friday Afternoon Flicks.

Cranbury Arts Council Gourgaud Gallery 

Presents the Creative Collective Summer Exhibition at the Gourgaud Gallery from through July 28 at the gallery, Town Hall, 23-A North Main St.

Gourgaud Gallery located in Town Hall, 23-A North Main St. will host art exhibits by members of the Creative Collective. The exhibit includes a variety of mediums including oil painting, acrylic paintings, watercolor and mixed media.

In August, the gallery will present “Nature Revisited” by artist Evie Sutkowski.

The Art opening reception will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. Artwork includes the mediums of watercolor, collage, mixed-media, eco-print, and cyanotype.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information visit and

As part of a non-profit Cranbury Arts Council, the Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of art sales to the Cranbury Arts Council and it’s programs that support the arts in the community. Cash or a check made out to the artist is accepted as payment.

East Windsor

Child Passenger Safety Car Seat Inspections

To promote child passenger safety, Mayor Janice S. Mironov, Members of Council and the Police Department will be hosting free Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspections for East Windsor Township residents, underwritten by a New JerseyHighway Traffic Safety Division grant. Participants will have their child car seats inspected to ensure proper installation and will receive educational materials on how to properly and safely restrain children passengers.

The program will be held on several dates at the following locations:

Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 6-9 p.m. – at the East Windsor PAL complex, 30 Airport Road (National Night Out).

Friday, Sept. 22 – 3-7 p.m. – at the East Windsor Township police/court building, 80 One Mile Road.

Sundays, July 16, 30

Sunday brunch with John Bianculli Trio with Daniel Mayer on bass and Tom Baker on drums from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Americana Kitchen & Bar, 359 US Highway 130, East Windsor. For more information call 609-448-4477.

Through August

Meadow Lakes resident, Betsy Ashton, is displaying her art exhibit, “Portraits of Immigrants: Unknown Faces, Untold Stories,” at the Meadow Lakes community. The art exhibit showcases several paintings created by Ashton. Through the art exhibit, she introduces viewers to the lives of people she has met from different countries who have immigrated and now live in the United States. The portraits depict real people with real lives that come from a variety of different cultures.

Ashton used the journalistic skills she developed during her career as a CBS News correspondent to interview the people in her portraits. She wrote the accompanying bibliographical captions for each of her portraits. When the viewing public experience her paintings, Ashton wants them to better understand who these people are, what sacrifices they made to come to this country, and all their contributions to our society.

Ashton is an experienced artist whose portraits are displayed in art exhibits and collections around the world. Her official portrait of former Ambassador Philip Lader resides in the collection of the US Embassy in London, United Kingdom and her portrait of actor Hal Holbrook is in the Hall of Fame collection of The Players in New York City. Her portrait of author Louise Erdrich is displayed in the collection of the Kenyon Review at Kenyon College.

The “Portraits of Immigrants: Unknown Faces, Untold Stories” art exhibit will be in the Meadow Lakes community, 300 Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, until August.


Photo submissions

The Administration/Clerk’s Office invites Hillsborough residents to share scenic photos of Hillsborough for the annual township calendar and planner. In the past, the calendar has showcased the township’s gorgeous open space and scenic locations including wildlife, farmland, parks, and rivers. When submitting photos, please don’t include people and pets, and avoid objects that distract including roofs, fences, and car windows. Please save pictures with your name and the location’s name before sending them to Deborah Ng at debng@hillsborough-nj. You will also need to fill out a photo release form that is located on the Hillsborough Township website.

Wednesday, July 19

Skin health seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hillsborough YMCA, 19 E. Mountain Road. Free and open for adults in the community. Registration is required. For more information contact Tom Niszczak at 908-369-0490 ext. 8722 or email [email protected].

Wednesday, July 26

The Hillsborough Township Police Department (HTPD) and the Ice Cream Parlor The Ice House present Summertime Connection from 6-8 p.m. on July 26. Come connect with members of the HTPD at The Ice House. The first 100 kids will get a free scoop. Rain date is Thursday, July 27.


The Sourland Conservancy – all year round – is thankful for every single member, volunteer, partner, and supporter for everything they do to save the Sourland Region’s important history and ecology.

Sourland Conservancy is at 83 Princeton Avenue, Suite 1A, Hopewell.

If you have planted any native plants and trees at your home or business, please email the Conservancy to let them know. They would like to highlight the efforts of private citizens in planting native to help connect green spaces and provide habitat for native and migratory species. For more information, visit their website or email [email protected].

Sourland Mountain Fest

The Sourland Mountain Fest, presented by Unionville Vineyards, will be held from 3-8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 15.

Sourland Mountain Festival proceeds benefit the Sourland Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the history and ecology of the Sourland Mountain region of Central New Jersey. Proceeds from the Sourland Mountain Festival will support the Sourland Conservancy’s mission to protect, promote and preserve the unique character of the Sourland Mountain region. The 90-square-mile Sourland region is home to the largest contiguous forest in Central New Jersey. It encompasses a complex ecosystem of forest, wetlands and grasslands, and is home to an incredibly rich diversity of animal and plant species, many rare or endangered. The forest is especially important as a breeding area for migratory songbirds, particularly those who nest only in large wooded areas.

Diabetes Education at Capital Health

Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, One Capital Way, Pennington, will hold four evening sessions from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The dates are Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; and Nov. 7, 14, 21, and 28.

For more information call 609-537-7081.

Saturdays at Howell Living History Farm

The farm is located at 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township and is a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission. For more information on the events listed call 609-737-3299 or email [email protected].

July 15 – 5- 8 p.m. – Farmer’s Choice.

July 22 – 5-8 p.m. – Evening Animal Chores.

July 29-30 – Mercer County 4-H Fair and Wheat Threshing. Saturday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sundays at Washington Crossing Park

The Historic Education Committee of the Washington Crossing Park Association (WCPA) will lead tours of the State Park on various Sundays from 1-2:30 p.m.

Tickets are free. As space is limited, all tickets must be reserved at Eventbrite. (

Tours begin at the Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum with a tour overview and a screening of the film, Ten Crucial Days: The Road to Liberty. Tour guides and state park historians will introduce participants to the Museum’s world-class Swan Historical Foundation Collection of Revolutionary War artifacts. They will also discuss Lloyd Garrison’s painting of Washington’s Crossing, and how it compares to other depictions of the 1776 Crossing.

Next, visitors will walk down Sullivan Drive to the entrance to Continental Lane, where you will engage in a discussion on the reasons why Gen. George Washington chose this spot for his history-changing campaign. From there, participants will walk to the park’s Stone Barn where they will examine a map of the Battle of Trenton and a large diorama of Washington’s Crossing, the March to Trenton, and the Battle of Trenton.

Finally, visitors will walk to the nearby Landing Overlook, where they will discuss the significance of the nearby 1740s Johnson Ferry House, and the importance of ferryboat operations to the Crossing and Landing.

Tours are free but donations to the Washington Crossing Park Association are gratefully accepted. Tours are contingent on the weather. For updates: call the Visitors Center at (609) 737-0623. You may also visit for more information.

NOTE: There are no park entrance fees until July 1st. After that, a $5 per car (cash only) entry fee applies on weekends until Labor Day.

Contact Information: WCPA, Executive Director Annette Earling, [email protected].

Lawrence Township

Tuesday nights are Family nights at Anne Demarais Nature Center (ADNC), 481 Drexel Ave. The programs begin at 7 p.m. and will last until approximately 8:30 p.m.

July 18 – Birds of the ADNC.

July 25 – Visitors from Outer Space.

Aug. 1 – Incredible Insects.

Aug. 8 – The Art and Science of Composting

Aug. 15 – Exploring the Trails of the ADNC.

Aug. 22 – Revolutionary War History in South Lawrence.

Aug. 29 – Music and Storytelling Night (and marshmallows too!)

Thursday, July 27

“Lawrence Neighbors Together” and “Kulak Arms,” the Lawrence Township Police Department will be hosting a gun safety class from 6-7 p.m. July 27. They will be partnering with “BESMART” for the event. “BESMART” is a nonprofit organization that promotes gun safety and conducts classes of the like. (

The class will be in the training room of the Lawrence Township Police Department, 2211 Lawrence Road, Lawrence Township. Free gun locks and refreshments will also be provided during the event (while supplies last). Walk-ins are welcome but space is limited.

For questions about the event please email: [email protected], [email protected] or call 609-844-7102 (for David Doherty).

Tuesday, Aug. 1

8-1 – noon – A Conversation with Congressman Andy Kim at Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. For more information contact 609-883-8292.

The Lawrence Headquarters Branch of Mercer County Library System and the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township welcome Congressman Andy Kim to the library. This conversation will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township. Come and join Congressman Andy Kim for an inspiring discussion on democracy and good government. Advance registration is appreciated.


Happenings at McCarter Theater

McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Place, Princeton. For more information about events listed visit

McCarter Theater Summer Camp will offer students from ages 5 to 15, the chance to immerse themselves in a creative process. Online registration began Feb. 17.

Camp runs Monday through Friday. Session 3 runs from July 10-21, Session 4 runs from July 24 to Aug. 4, and Session 4 runs from Aug. 7-11. For more information visit Summer Camp 2023 | McCarter Theatre Center.

July with FOPOS

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) has a number of events lined up. For more information visit

Friday, July 14 – 2-4 p.m. – Nature Walk: Exploring Moutain Lake.

Saturday, July 15 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Weekend Land Steward Session: Popsicles and Plants.

Sunday, July 16 – 10 a.m. to noon – Stewardship Event: Foraging for Wineberries.

Sunday, July 23 – 8:30-9:45 p.m. – Eastern Screech Owl Walk.

Tuesday, July 25 – 2-4 p.m. – Weekday Volunteer session.

Saturday, July 29 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Weekend Land Steward Session.

Sunday, July 16

Alliance Française of Princeton Bastille Day Picnic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Princeton Community Park South Pavilion.

Bring your own picnic. Beverages and door prizes will be provided this year. Converse in French, play boules, listen to French music. Cost: $15 for members; $20 for non-members

Pay on our website ( or bring cash/check. RSVP to Gail Bruno if plan to pay at event: [email protected].

Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library is located at 65 Witherspoon St.

Through Aug. 1 – Albert Einstein: Champion of Racial Justice Exhibit.

A collaboration between The Princeton Einstein Museum of Science (PEMS) and the Witherspoon Jackson Historical and Cultural Society (WJHCS), the exhibit details the esteemed scientist’s relationships with residents of Princeton’s traditionally African American neighborhood, as well as with many of the most prominent Black leaders of the mid 20th century.

Happenings at Morven Museum & Garden

Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton St. Hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact [email protected].

July 20 – 6 p.m. – Build a Bouquet Workshop.

July 26 – 6:30 p.m. – Uncovering the New Jersey State Village for Epileptics.

Through Aug. 4

The Princeton Human Services Department is seeking donors for its 14th Annual Backpack and School Supplies Drive. The drive benefits Princeton children who are low-income and in need of school supplies and new backpacks.

If you would like to participate in this year’s drive, you may drop off donations at the Princeton Human Services office on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located at One Monument Drive. The deadline for donations is Friday, Aug. 4.

You may choose to donate book-bags or school supplies or both! Items that can be donated include book bags, notebooks, binders, folders, loose leaf paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, and other school supplies.

Hundreds of applications have been distributed to families with children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Your help and generosity are greatly appreciated. If you have questions, please call our office at (609) 688-2055 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

West Windsor

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer presents:

Fridays, July 28 and Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.
Saturdays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.
Sundays, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.
Sunday Aug. 20 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located at the Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

West Windsor Arts

West Windsor Arts Council, located at 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, is hosting a number of events.

Registration for Summer Arts Camps – through Sept. 1

For more information, call (609) 716-1931 or visit

Continuing events

Hopewell Township officials remind residents about annual pet licenses, which are required by the state for all dogs and cats. A proof of rabies vaccination is required for the license to be issued.

The township’s pet licensing fees are $22.20 for spayed or neutered dog, and $21 for spayed/neutered cats. If an animal is not spayed or neutered, the fee is $3 more. Pet owners received a notice back in October, with a deadline for payment at the end of January.

The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will perform safety seat inspections every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m.

No appointment required.

The service is offered free of charge to improve child safety.

A typical inspection takes about 20 minutes.

Inspections are performed at the Burlington County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. Residents can call 609-265-3788 when they arrive and ask for the on-duty child safety seat technician.

Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers who are willing to make a difference with individuals who are experiencing the challenge of end-of-life.

Dove Hospice Services is looking for individuals who can dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide companionship-friendly visits, life review, play cards, sewing, knitting or craft projects, music enrichment, pet therapy and office or administrative assistance, according to a press release.

Dove Hospice Services is expanding its “We Honor Veterans” program and is seeking motivated veterans who are interested in providing compassion, support and outreach to fellow veterans and their families.

Visits can be made to individuals living in facilities or private homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. For additional information, contact Michelle Rutigliano at 732-405-3035.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (CASA SHaW), which is dedicated to foster children in the region, is seeking applications from individuals in the community to serve on the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees.

Individuals who are interested in applying to become a member of the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees should send their resumes and credentials to CASA SHaW at [email protected].

CASA SHaW is part of a statewide network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one-on-one with children, ensuring that each one gets the services needed and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home.

For more information, visit

Hillsborough Township’s Senior Chapters A and B each provide an experience for seniors looking to get out, mingle and experience new things. Trips, theaters, entertainment, card games, speakers, hobbies, talent shows, restaurants, history, and health screenings are some of the activities.

The first and second Thursdays of each month are designated for regular meetings at the municipal building for Chapter A and Chapter B, respectively. 

Any Hillsborough senior age 60 or over who is interested in learning more can contact the Social Services Department at 908-369-3880.


The Monroe Township Jewish War Veterans Post 609 is collecting United States and foreign stamps, both on and off envelopes.

Stamps are used by veterans as a hobby and as therapy at VA medical centers nationwide.

The stamps are not traded or sold; they are forwarded to veteran patients at no charge.

Also requested are DVDs suitable for veterans at those locations.

Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr., Monroe Township 08831.


Volunteers are needed to help end domestic violence in Burlington County.

The Domestic Violence Response Team consists of volunteers who work with Providence House, domestic violence services and police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for survivors.

Must be 18 years of age or older, a resident or employee of Burlington County, have a valid New Jersey driver’s license and access to transportation, and no criminal history.

For more information, call 856-904-4344 or email [email protected]




East Windsor residents can volunteer for appointment to various township boards and committees, including the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission, Health Advisory Board, Local Assistance Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The mayor and council will make appointments at the January reorganization meeting, as well as throughout the year as opportunities arise.

Residents interested in volunteering can obtain an application form from the Municipal Clerk or from the township website or send a letter of interest and a resume or information about their background to: Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Township Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520; or fax to 609-443-8303.

For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 238.






The U.S. State Department is experiencing longer than usual delays in the processing times of passports.

For those looking to travel and needing to renew their passports, it is advised to begin this process immediately. The current wait times for passport services is 10 weeks for expedited services and up to 14 weeks from the time of submission for a regular application. This delay is likely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information regarding passports, visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at or call the clerk’s passport office at 609-989-6473; for Spanish, call 609-989-6131 or 609-989-6122.

Appointments at the Mercer County Connection, located at 957 Route 33, Hamilton, are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Mercer County Connection, call 609-890-9800.

All customers must have applications filled out, money orders and checks along with documentation and copies prior to appointment. Delays in appointment availability may be experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.



Mercer County’s Swift911 system notifies the public in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information via phone, text or email.  

All calls will have the caller ID of “Mercer County Alert.”

Personal information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.

To sign up, visit

For assistance with registration, email [email protected]

Mercer County posts regarding emergency closures are available at and 



Central Jersey Chapter 148 of the Korean War Veterans extend an invitation to any veterans, regardless of the branch of service, who served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, in any location, including Europe; or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953, to the current date.

Other veterans may join as associate members.

The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month, from May to December, at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, in the court room.

Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and $10 to the chapter per year.

Korean War Veterans National LIFE membership is available for those 80 and older, and is $75.

The chapter is involved in various functions during the year, including fundraising to help veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, the Lyons campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, and the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.

For more information, contact Charlie Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or [email protected]




The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.

Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.

Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at

There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.

For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.



Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.

Bentley creates access to healthy foods, facilitating healthy diets and nutrition for these families. The crucial monies that families save are applied toward their mortgages, rent, monthly bills and expenses, debt, medical bills and more as these families work toward financial stability and security.

Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.

Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.

For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit

Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.






Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.

The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.

The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.

To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email [email protected]






The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corp (AECDC) Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting baby clothing sizes newborn-2T, diapers and books.

Donations can be picked up if within Middlesex County. Volunteers from the Rutgers School of Nursing will arrive between 10 a.m. and noon on the day indicated.

At this time, no shoes, equipment, toys, etc. can be collected.



NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.

To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email [email protected]

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.







Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email [email protected]



The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.

The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.

To sign up as a donor, visit or email [email protected].




Send items to [email protected]. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.


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