Obituaries

Garnet Jean Burton    WASHINGTON — Garnet Jean Burton, 75, died Saturday at home.    Born in West Virginia, she lived in the Trenton area before moving to Robbinsville 17 years ago.    She retired from Arcadia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, formerly King James Nursing Home, as a certified nurse’s aid with 27 years of service.    Daughter of …

Existential Humor

McCarter Theatre opens its season with Harold Pinter’s ‘The Birthday Party.’ By: Susan Van Dongen    It’s ironic that so much would be discussed, pondered and analyzed about Harold Pinter’s 1957 play The Birthday Party. Like many of the playwright’s early works, the study of peril and mystery in a shabby English boarding house abounds with …

Heading back to the classroom (II)

Boards spread news students can use By: Lacey Korevec    While students are busy doing back-to-school shopping and enjoying the last few days of their summer vacation, teachers at Brunswick Acres Elementary School are already in their classrooms, cutting, coloring, laminating, measuring and stapling.    Bulletin boards are one of the most important, and time-consuming, parts of …

Sale of Hopewell hardware site brings Hill family’s history to life

A multifaceted business that started as Blackwell and Hill in 1870 and eventually became J.B. Hill & Sons was the focus of Joseph Hill’s stories. By John Tredrea    "The past is never dead. It’s not even past." — William Faulkner.    Talking with Joseph Hill, 78, is like seeing through a window into Hopewell Borough’s past. …

Obituaries

Florence Hopkins    COOKSTOWN — Florence Hopkins, 84, died Saturday at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.    Born in New Hanover Township, she was a lifelong area resident.    Wife of the late Ezekiel Hopkins and mother of the late Patricia Roscoe, she is survived by a son, Wayne Hopkins of Cookstown; a son-in-law, William Roscoe of Cookstown; …

Valley’s elementary schools get set for new year

Four K-five schools open Sept. 7 By Ruth Luse    Approved unanimously by the Hopewell Valley Regional Board of Education in December 2005 was an administrative restructuring strategy designed to save money. One result of this plan was the elimination of the positions of vice principal at the elementary schools.    To help fill the gap, long-time …

Warehouse’s impact on area discussed

Traffic patterns, COAH requirements could be major sticking points for development By: Purvi Desai    UPPER FREEHOLD — Amid a much more subdued crowd of fewer people than the previous Planning Board meeting, officials Tuesday night testified why they think a warehouse development in the township will be detrimental to the area.    Rockefeller Group Development Corp. …