Send a Hero Home

The Knights of Columbus in New Jersey are looking for donations to help send active duty military personnel home for the holidays. The Knights buy bus, train, and plane tickets for service members. In past six years they have raised in excess of $200,000 to get 360 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members to their, families. The program is especially for junior enlisted members with a rank no higher than E3.

The program’s primary focus is Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and they work with base chaplains to identify recipients. The average ticket price the Knights purchase is about $500. Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Lou Peoples at 609-240-7991 or

Make checks payable to “Knights of Columbus Trenton Federation” send a Hero Home. Donations can be mailed to “Send a Hero Home,” c/o K of C Lawrence Council #7000, PO Box 6425, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.


Throughout November the Mercer County Park Commission’s Tulpehaking Nature Center will be collecting tough-to-recycle items that would normally end up in a landfill in partnership with the Mercer County Special Services School District, Soles4Souls, and Trex. Recycling bins will be set up at the nature center during open hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. to drop off snack food bags, candy wrappers, and other items.

The nature center is collecting the following items: snack food bags and plastic bags from candy, chips, pretzels, cookies and energy bars; plastic cereal bags, cracker sleeves, pet food or pet treat bags, and any inner bags found inside cardboard boxes; all foil-lined energy bar wrappers; and new or gently worn shoes with soles intact.

Visitors to the nature center can also participate in the NexTrex Challenge, which will take place from November to May. In this challenge, the nature center aims to collect 500 pounds of plastic and film bags (about 40,500 bags).

Help achieve this goal by bringing in the following items: #2 grocery bags, bread bags, dry-cleaning bags, ice bags, produce bags, salt bags, wood pellet bags, zip-lock and other re-closeable food storage bags; bubble wrap, newspaper sleeves, plastic shipping envelopes, case overwrap, pallet wrap and stretch film.

During open hours the nature center will host simple, hands-on projects for turning old items into new treasures with reclaimed material. The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Avenue, Hamilton. Visit


Playhouse 22 in East Brunswick hosts open auditions on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. for select roles in its December production of “A Christmas Carol.” The production runs Fridays through Sundays from December 13 through 22. Open roles include Barbara (nephew Fred’s wife); Martha Cratchit (age 15 to 25); Tiny Tim (age 10 or under); Mary & Belinda Cratchit (sisters to Tiny Tim); Ignorance & Want (orphans protect by the Ghost of Christmas Present); Turkey Boy (a London street kid); and children of various ages for the ensemble. The playhouse is located at 721 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick. For more information visit

Center Players, located at 35 South Street, Freehold, hosts auditions for “Same Time Next Year” on Saturday, November 16, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 17, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sides from the show will be provided. Bring a resume and a headshot. For additional information, contact director Anthony Marinelli at Visit

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