Mary Jacobs Library Will Stay Open
As libraries across the state gradually reopen following closures forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, one library is also celebrating a new lease on life.
The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, which serves the borough of Rocky Hill, had been slated to close at the end of 2020, when a shared services agreement with the Borough of Rocky Hill, Montgomery Township, the library foundation, and the Somerset County Library Commission was set to expire. A new library with an anticipated opening in 2021 as part of neighboring Montgomery’s new municipal complex would absorb its inventory.
Those plans changed, however, when a new, multi-year agreement to keep the 46-year-old library open was announced on July 10.
“This agreement reflects the determination and commitment of all the parties involved to provide high-quality library services in our community,” said Irene Battaglia, Rocky Hill borough council president.
“I am extremely pleased that county library services will continue in Rocky Hill, and that the county recognizes the important and central role that the Mary Jacobs Library plays in our Borough. I am thrilled that residents will enjoy a thriving library space in Rocky Hill for years to come.”
Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill 08553. 908-458-8430. Rebecca Crawford, branch manager. www.maryjacobs.org.
AlumniCorps Names New Director
Princeton AlumniCorps has announced that Caryn Tomljanovich has been appointed as executive director, effective July 1. She was most recently the Director of Programs and Strategy and replaced Kef Kasdin, who has moved to California but retains the volunteer role of president of AlumniCorps.
The nonprofit, originally known as Princeton Project 55, is a network of alumni from multiple colleges and partner nonprofits working to build communities and deepen social impact.
“I’m thrilled to pass the baton to Caryn Tomljanovich as executive director,” Kasdin said in a statement. “She brings not only considerable experience, wisdom, and commitment to the role but also a deep knowledge of all AlumniCorps programs and extensive connections to the AlumniCorps network.”
Tomljanovich, who grew up in East Windsor, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Connecticut College and a master’s in public policy with a focus in community development from Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany. She also holds a certificate in diversity, equity, and inclusion from Cornell University.
Princeton U. Partners with Nonprofits for Meal Program
Princeton University’s Campus Dining, Office of Community and Regional Affairs, and Pace Center for Civic Engagement have established the Summer Food and Nutrition Program to provide meals for at-risk families, children, and individuals. The initiative includes collaborations with the Princeton Public Schools as well as nonprofit organizations HomeFront, the Rescue Mission of Trenton, and Meals on Wheels of Mercer County.
The Summer Food and Nutrition Program will run for six weeks, through August 16. The program will offer continuity of employment, including health benefits, to Campus Dining employees who normally work for nine months a year. The team will prepare and package approximately 9,500 meals each week to be distributed to about 2,000 people in surrounding communities.
The Campus Dining team has started the planning process — writing globally diverse, healthy menus; placing food orders; and preparing for packaging options. They are also developing simple homestyle recipes that are nutritionally dense for families to prepare at home; the recipes will be available on the Campus Dining website.
The Princeton Public School district has 500 students on its free/reduced price lunch program. Once the district moved to remote teaching this spring, the district continued offering breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and through a collaboration with Send Hunger Packing Princeton, extended those offerings to include weekend breakfast and lunch and three family dinners per week. School bus drivers have been delivering the meals via front porch drops and distribution sites.
As part of the Summer Food and Nutrition Program, Campus Dining will prepare and package the three-per-week family meals and the weekend breakfasts and lunches. The district will continue to provide breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. This also enables SHUPP to provide children with a bag of fresh produce once a week for their families. School district bus drivers will continue to deliver the meals using front porch drops and distribution sites.
With Homefront, the Summer Food and Nutrition Program will provide meals that the Lawrence-based nonprofit delivers to homeless individuals and families living in motel rooms on Route 1, and an additional 200 meals a week for the mothers and toddlers currently living on the HomeFront campus in Lawrence as they work toward independence.
The program will provide lunch and dinner — about 2,500 meals per week — for those who are in recovery and treatment, and those who are homeless and living at the Rescue Mission of Trenton.
An additional 540 meals a week will be provided to Meals on Wheels of Mercer County, for delivery to homebound individuals living in communities, including Princeton, East Windsor, West Windsor, and Hightstown.
Black Creek Group, a real estate investment management firm based in Denver, Colorado, announced that it had purchased 3 Applegate Drive in Robbinsville.
The 172,000-square-foot industrial building is fully leased and houses DocuSafe Records Management and Bohren’s Moving and Storage. Bohren’s was also the previous owner of the building and was represented by Cushman & Wakefield in the sale. The price was not disclosed
Bancroft Construction, 700 Alexander Park Drive, Suite 301, Princeton 08540. 609-436-5888. www.bancroftconstruction.com.
Bancroft Construction, a construction management firm headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, has relocated its Princeton office from 101 College Road East to Alexander Park.
Montgomery MacPherson Berrien Jr., 79, on June 28. He worked in multiple supervisory positions for the state departments of transportation, treasury, and environmental protection.
Mary Jane Davidson, 80, on July 6. She worked for the City of Trenton Welfare Department for 36 years.
Vera Fiorelli, 105, on July 7. She worked for 25 years as an office manager at Zieger Enterprises in Trenton, retiring in 2009.
Wendy Szelingowski, 60, on July 7. She retired from the New Jersey State Police Cyber Crimes Unit as a senior clerk in 2019.
John J. Jachym, 76, on July 12. He was an auto mechanic with PSE&G for 25 years.
Anna D. Turek, 99, July 12. She worked for Heinmann Electrical for more than 20 years.
Barbara DiMeglio, 94, on July 11. She worked for Princeton University for 45 years, including 25 years as assistant coordinator for the Alumni Council.