#b#Hopewell Heroes#/b#

For my own “Person of the Year” I would like to nominate Dr. Nancy Snyderman. I was born and raised in Hopewell, I am landlord of the building to which she paid her infamous lunch “visit,” and owner of the restaurant next door. Showing her air of superiority, and taking absolutely no responsibility, Nancy brought negative international attention to our little town and with it an economic drought.

Enough about the negative and Dr. Snyderman (who still has not issued a correct apology), let’s focus on the positive. Let’s talk about the people who immediately came to the defense of our little Town like: Stephanie Carey the health inspector, the entire Hopewell Township Police Department who came to the borough to eat, Michele Hovan the Borough Administrator and David Freidrich, principal of Hopewell Elementary, as well as countless others.

This is exactly the reason why people choose to live in small towns and the kind of people you hope to surround yourself with. This is why Hopewell is such a special place to live and why I personally am so grateful to Dr. Snyderman for bringing this to everyone’s attention. I sincerely thank her for the debacle she brought down upon us because as this year comes to a close I am keenly aware of how spectacular our town is and how lucky I am to be surrounded by people who really care about others. Happy New Year, Hopewell!

Clark Reed

Hopewell

#b#Page 8 Was Great!#/b#

The trustees of Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands are grateful for the great publicity U.S. 1 provided for our “First Day” Hike at Mapleton Preserve in Kingston. It was a thrill to open up U.S. 1 and see our photo dominating page 8, the first page of the Preview section.

This First Day walk was part of a nation-wide initiative to get people outside, exercise, enjoy nature, learn some local history, and welcome the New Year with friends and family. Your listing helped to bring 123 people to the Mapleton Preserve for a walk on New Year’s Day. One of our local bald eagles even put in a cameo “fly-in” appearance for the group. Many of the attendees had never been to the property, which was historically owned by Princeton Nurseries, a wholesale tree nursery of international renown.

Preserved since 2005 as public open space, paths leading from the Mapleton Preserve connect with the D&R Canal and trails to the Cook Preserve. For those who could not attend the walk, a directions and a map of the Preserve can be found at www.fpnl.org.

Karen Linder

President

Friends of Princeton Nursery Land

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