New in Town

First Bank, 3 Tree Farm Road, Pennington 08534. 609-643-0470. Ruth Powell, branch manager.

First Bank, a consumer bank headquartered in Hamilton, has opened a branch in Pennington on Tree Farm Road in the former location of M&T Bank in the Pennington Point shopping center. The branch offers a drive-up ATM, retirement accounts, commercial lending, real estate loans, and other services.

“We’re excited to be part of the Pennington Community,” said First Bank CEO Patrick L. Ryan. “Everything we do is focused on building the communities in which we live, work, and play. “

The branch manager of the new location is Ruth Powell, who was formerly branch manager for Hopewell Community Bank and Northfield Bank in Pennington.

First Bank has about $1.5 billion in assets and 15 locations including branches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Cranbury, Ewing, Hamilton, and Lawrence.


John Sauerman, 65, on April 25. He was a history teacher at the Lawrenceville School from 1977 to 2017 and was history department chair in the mid 1990s.

Kenn Edward Clark, 79, on April 24. He earned a PhD in aeronautical engineering at Princeton and spent several years leading the university’s electric propulsion lab. He later joined RCA (eventually becoming Lockheed Martin) where he was a member of several satellite launch teams. Services will be held Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home at 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington.

Marilyn Antonakos, 82, on April 23. She was part owner of the Nassau Diner, together with her former husband, John Antonakos, until 1979. Later she was a real estate broker with Weichert Realtors in Princeton. Services will be held Saturday, May 5, at 5 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

Nancy J. Harris, 79, on April 23. Together with her husband, David, she co-founded Harris Manufacturing Company in Trenton.

Anne Marie Kearns, 71, on April 23. She was a real estate agent and vice president of Princeton’s Prudential, Fox and Roach office.

David Lewis Blackwell, 70, on April 21. He was a historic preservation advocate and Hopewell Township’s first official town historian. As a founding member of the Hopewell Township Historic Preservation Commission, he researched and nominated dozens of sites to the Register of Historic Places, and was curator of the Hopewell Museum.

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