Dress for Success Central New Jersey, 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Suite 209, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-4112. Melissa Tenzer, executive director. www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty.

Dress for Success Mercer County is expanding into Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and parts of Hunterdon and Somerset counties and changing its name to Dress For Success Central New Jersey to reflect its broader reach.

The nonprofit, which offers professional wardrobes and job training for women, plans to officially announce the change at its “Cocktails for a Cause” event Thursday, October 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $125. For information, call 609-896-4112, e-mail mercercounty@dressforsuccess.org, or visit www.dressforsuccess.org/mercercounty.

“We are thrilled to begin this next chapter,” said Melissa Tenzer, executive director of Dress for Success Central New Jersey. “Helping women gain confidence to reach for dreams and achieve economic independence is the core of our mission. Having the ability to serve even more women and girls fills me with such joy and hope for their future.”

Tenzer said the program has increased the number of women it serves by 72 percent since she became director, and that with a solid foothold in Mercer County, it was time to expand.

“We have been receiving phone calls from agencies in neighboring counties,” she said. “We felt it was imperative to heed the call and expand our services beyond greater Mercer County.”

The group was founded with $50,000 seed money provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2007. Its aim is to provide resources and support to disadvantaged women to improve their chances of getting and keeping jobs. Last year it saw more than 1,000 women.

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NAMI Mercer NJ, 1235 Whitehorse Mercerville Road, Building C, Suite 303, Hamilton 08619. 609-799-8994. Janet Haag, executive director. www.namimercer.org.

The nonprofit, which offers support and advocacy for the mentally ill, has moved from Route 1 in Lawrence to the Whitehorse Executive Center in Hamilton.


Frank R. Grove, 75, on September 30. He was an elementary and junior high school teacher who helped bring computers to the Trenton school district. He was also the proprietor and instructor of Professional Tutoring Service, retiring in 2004.

Dr. J. Michael Smith, 71, on September 28. He was a teaching professor for the residency program at St. Francis Medical Center, where he practiced internal medicine. Services will be held Saturday, October 7, at 11 a.m. in the chapel at St. Francis Medical Center, 601 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton.

Elizabeth Schoen, 82, on September 30. She was formerly employed at NJ Bell Telephone and was then the co-owner with her late husband, Joseph, of Garden State Tire & Battery in Hamilton. Services will be held Friday, October 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square.

David O’Keefe Jr., 52, on September 28. He worked for the past 25 years at A-1 Economy Transmission in Hamilton.

John Harmon, 80, on September 26. After retiring from North American Philips Lighting, he served on the boards of the Lawrence Township school district, the Old Barracks Museum, the Mercer County Human Services Advisory Council, and many other groups.

Kelly A. Nelson, 29, on September 15. She worked at Anne Klein Forensic Center and consulted as a home health aide.

Theresa Ann Betros, 68, on September 26. She worked in the admissions office at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Maryann P. Manlio, 75, on September 25. She worked for Novo Nordisk.

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