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Kelsey Theatre is unable to present “Mamma Mia!” this summer due to a national touring company.
Instead, the theater will present MTI’s Broadway Junior Revue – Raise Your Voice. The one-act presentation will feature Broadway tunes performed by teenagers at 8 p.m. July 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. July 31. Tickets are $15 for adults; or $12 for seniors, students and children.
Anyone who currently holds tickets to “Mamma Mia” has four options: Transfer tickets to “Raise Your Voice” – the price difference will be considered a donation to the theater; move tickets into a show credit for a future show; donate the tickets back to the theater; or receive a refund.
Contact the Box Office as soon as possible by calling 609-570-3333 or emailing boxoff@mccc.edu
Kelsey Theatre is located at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.
 
 
 
The Burlington County Farmers Market enters its 16th season, held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October at the Burlington County Agricultural Center on Centerton Road in Moorestown.
Live music, food, handcrafted goods, cooking classes and Jersey fresh farm produce can be found from more than 20 farms, two dozen food vendors and multiple artists and crafters. Some participants include 1895 Organic Farm, Pinelands Produce, Durr’s Blue Box, the Soup Bar and Hoop House Bakery, Black Sheep Farm, Sparrow Lake Farm and Truly Seasoned.
Craft beer and liquor sales are back after debuting last season. Marlton-based Zed’s Beer and Columbus-based Recklesstown Farm Distillery, plus Burlington City’s Third State Brewery and Cherry Hill’s Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery are on tap. Alcohol sales will be for off-site consumption, though overage adults will be permitted to try a limited number of samples.
 
 
East Windsor community and school youth and adult groups can participate in the township’s 2022 Adopt-A-Spot program. Under the program, participating groups “adopt” one of the public properties identified by the committee and keep it clean during the year.  A placard is erected on the site indicating that it has been “adopted by” with the name of the group. 
The groups are expected to perform cleanups three times a month through Nov. 30.
To participate, interested groups should mail or fax a letter to East Windsor Clean Communities Committee, ATTN: Mayor Mironov, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520.
 
 
 
 
 
The Mercer County Nutrition Program for Older Adults will resume in-person lunches at nine of its locations after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
The Nutrition Program for Older Adults provides a daily nutritionally balanced meal Monday through Friday, except for county and/or municipal holidays.
All meals meet the required one-third of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) daily referenced intake of nutrients for an individual 60 years or older.
Meals are available to Mercer County residents age 60 or older and their spouses (regardless of age), any county resident with a disability whose primary caregiver is a program participant, anyone volunteering in the program, and the personal care aides of program participants when they accompany a participant to the site where the meals are provided.

In-person services will be hosted at: Jennye Stubblefield Senior Center and Sam Naples Community Center in Trenton, Lawrence Township Senior Center, Princeton Café for Older Adults, John O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center in Hamilton, Hamilton Senior Center, Hopewell Valley Senior Center, Hollowbrook Community Center in Ewing, and Robbinsville Senior Center.
Most meal services begin at 11:30 a.m., although times may vary by location, so call 609-989-6650 or inquire at a local site.
No payment is required for a meal; however, there is a suggested donation of $1 for each meal provided.
Reservations are required; call 609-989-6650 to reserve a spot.
Monthly menus can be found on the Nutrition Program for Older Adults web page.
If transportation is a barrier to participating in the congregate meals, Mercer County TRADE may be able to help; call 609-530-1971 or email trade@mercercounty.org. Some of the sites also may have transportation options for its participants.
There may be home-delivered options.
The South Ward Senior Center and North 25 Terminal/Reading Senior Center in Trenton will remain closed due to ongoing construction, and no service will be provided at this time. Additionally, the East Windsor Senior Center is under construction, but will continue to provide grab-and-go and home-delivered services.
For more information, call 609-989-6650 or email adrc@mercercounty.org.
 
 
The Bordentown Historical Society announced the reopening of the Bordentown Friends Meetinghouse Museum and grand opening of the new Joseph Bonaparte exhibit.
The launch of the exhibit marks the first public opening of the meetinghouse in more than two years.
The meetinghouse will be open twice a month for visitation, in addition to special events throughout 2022 to educate the public on Bonaparte, the former King of Naples and Spain and, perhaps, Bordentown’s most famous one-time resident.
The first exhibit to grace the space will feature Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte, the eldest brother of and advisor to Napoleon Bonaparte. Co-incident with the recent preservation of the former Point Breeze property once owned by Joseph Bonaparte in Bordentown, the BHS has assembled an exhibit and will present a series of events to explore this famous resident’s impact on America and Bordentown. There will be letters and memorabilia on hand, and experts will offer narratives on the furniture that came from the mansion on display at the Friends meetinghouse, an archaeologist’s perspective of life on the property, a review of artworks that were on display in Joseph’s mansions, and more.
Additional details will be announced in the coming months.
For more information, visit www.BordentownHistory.org
 
 
Join the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) for half-day volunteer sessions in the great outdoors, to assist with a variety of conservation projects at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve.
Individuals, families, students, community/corporate groups welcome.
Sessions will be held throughout May and June.
Details are available at www.fopos.org/getinvolved
 
 
The TV show American Pickers on the History Channel is planning to return to New Jersey this August.
Producers are looking for different, unusual and unique items; something with an extraordinary story.
Collectors interested in being considered for the show should call 646-493-2184 or email AmericanPickers@cineflix.com. Include full name, city/state, contact information, and a brief description of the collection.
Pickers only pick private collections, so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses, or anything open to the public.
American Pickers will follow all guidelines and protocols for safe filming outlined by the state in terms of COVID-19 guidelines.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GotAPick/
 
 
The Faculty Student Show at West Windsor Arts will celebrate the work of teaching artists and their students created in a class or workshop at WWAC during the fall, winter or spring sessions of the 2021-22 class year. 
The exhibition runs through July 9 at WWAC, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction.
 
 
Residents can view two exhibits on loan from the permanent collection of the Ukrainian History and Education Center that are on display in the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Gallery, located in the county Administration Building, 20 Grove St., Somerville. 
 
The exhibit in the lobby, “Ukraine 1933: A Cookbook,” is a portion of the linocut series by Ukrainian artist Mykola Bondarenko that depicts the “menu” people were forced to use to survive the genocidal artificial famine of 1932-33.
 
Pysanky, on display in glass cases on the third floor of the county Administration Building, are decorated Ukrainian eggs, traditionally made during Easter or the weeks leading up to Easter. Pysanka comes from the Ukrainian word “pysaty,” which means to write. The designs on the eggs are written using a stylus, hot wax and dyes.
 
View a video about the exhibit at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpPA3IBKtDw.
 
For more information, contact the Cultural & Heritage Commission at 908-231-7110 or CulturalHeritage@co.somerset.nj.us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Burlington County Commissioners are teaming with New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton and the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department to collect items for Catholic Charities Providence House Domestic Violence Services and the women and children the nonprofit helps shelter and support.
Providence House provides comprehensive and confidential services to individuals experiencing or impacted by domestic violence. The organization’s services include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, advocacy, referrals and programs for children who have witnessed abuse.
The donation drive will continue through May 31.
Requested items include individually wrapped snack foods, such as fruit cups, chips, pretzels, crackers, granola bars, etc.; microwaveable sides – rice, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese; canned or pouch tuna and chicken; Chef Boyardee pasta meals, either canned or microwave cups; breakfast cereal; peanut butter and jelly; diapers and pull-ups, sizes 4, 5 and 6 only; all sizes of children’s underwear; infant and child over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, Benadryl, Mylicon gas relief drops; drawstring bags; journals for adults; adult coloring books; and individual packs of tissues. 
Items should be new and have tags attached.
Donation boxes are located at Burlington County offices and the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton; as well as Senator Tory Singleton’s legislative office in Moorestown, 400 N. Church St., Suite 260.
 
 
A Student Art Show by students throughout the Hillsborough School District is on display at the municipal building, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough, through May 27.
 
D&R Greenway Land Trust’s exhibition “Space to Dream: Nature and Creative Freedom” showcases the relationship between open spaces and artistic expression with three themed galleries: On the Water, Within the City, and In the Wild.
The artwork is on view through May 27 at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Pl., Princeton. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 4 p.m.
Exhibiting artists include Sean Carney, Susan DeConcini, Moss Freedman, Kate Graves, Erica Harney, Ting Ting Hsu, Léni Paquet-Morante, Charles David Viera and Tricia Zimic. 
This exhibit will also feature art from students in the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s FUTURO program, which is an inclusive and diverse youth mentoring program for promising first and second-generation immigrant students.
Art sales benefit the mission of D&R Greenway to preserve and care for land and trails that provide the public access to the natural world. Information on the exhibit and other events may be found at www.drgreenway.org.
 
Kelsey Theatre continues its 2022 season with MTM Players’ production of Noël Coward’s comedy “Present Laughter” weekends from May 27 through June 5. Kelsey Theatre is located on the Mercer County Community College campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.
First produced in 1942 with Coward in the leading role, the three-act play is a semi-autobiographical comedy that follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. The show is replete with unexpected twists that include seductions, suspicions, adulteries and blackmail.
The cast features Jessa Bedser of Yardley, Pennsylvania, as Daphne Stillington; Deb Lasky of New Egypt as Miss Erikson; Barry Leanard of Monroe Township as Fred; Karena Paleologo of Milford as Monica Reed; Tim Rerucha of Hamilton as Garry Essendine; Cathy Coryat of Cream Ridge as Liz Essendine; David Patterson of Lawrenceville as Roland Maule; Mark E. Evans of Somerville as Morris Dixon; Sachin Ahuja of Millstone as Jugo Lyppiatt; Melissa Rittmann of Ewing as Joanna Lyppiatt and Ruth Markoe of Lawrenceville as Lady Saltburn.
Performance dates are May 27, May 28, June 3 and June 4 at 8 p.m.; and 2 p.m. May 29 and June 5.
Tickets are $20 for adults; and $18 for children, students and senior citizens.
Tickets may be purchased online at KelseyTheatre.org or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available next to the building. Assisted listening devices are available upon request. For a complete listing of events, visit the Kelsey website at www.KelseyTheatre.org.
Masks are recommended but not required.
 
 
Princeton’s Spirit of Princeton Memorial Day Parade, after a two-year hiatus, returns on May 28 as veterans and active members of the military march down Nassau Street to Monument Plaza.
Rain or shine, the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. from the staging area of Nassau Street and Princeton Avenue. Those who are marching should arrive at 9:15. a.m. A shuttle bus will run from 8:30-9:55 a.m. from Monument Hall parking lot to parade staging area.
The parade route is one mile on Nassau Street ending at Monument Plaza, where a brief ceremony will take place at 11:15 a.m. on the steps of Monument Hall.
Princeton’s celebration of Memorial Day will continue at 1 p.m. with a program hosted by the Princeton Battlefield Society at the Princeton Battlefield State Park on Mercer Street.
Parade grand marshal and speaker at the ceremony is LTC William Gunther, director of Army Officer Education program at Princeton university. In that role, he is responsible for producing commissioned officers for the U.S. Army. He has held a variety of assignments over the course of his career serving around the world in such locations as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Colombia. LTC Gunther is both an U.S. Army Ranger and a Green Beret.
All veterans are encouraged to march, as well as children from kindergarten to fifth grade who can ride in the Patriotic Bike Brigade.
Other participating groups include Princeton Police Department; Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad; Princeton Fire Department; Princeton mayor and council members; MacGregor Pipe Band; American Legion Post 218; Operation Phoenix; Princeton Cranberry Chapter Sons of the American Revolution; Princeton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; Crescent Shrine Mini Car Unit; Colonial Musketeers; Colonel Ogden’s First NJ Regiment; 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment; Trenton ROTC; Boy Scout Troop 43; Princeton Girl Scouts; Princeton Little League; Burlington City Marching Band; Mercer County Chapter of Sunshine Foundation.
All residents are invited to continue Princeton’s Memorial Day commemoration at 1 p.m. at Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer St. Add a yellow ribbon to the memorial wreath, then join the 2nd PA Regiment, historical interpreters, and the singing of “Amazing Grace.” Walk the hallowed grounds where George Washington’s ragtag army launched the nation, and hear the story of the battle that was fought. For more information, visit www.PBS1777.org
For more information, call 609-430-0144 or visit www.spiritofprinceton.org
 
 
 
 
 
The New Jersey Renaissance Faire announces its 13 season of its outdoor festival set in Medieval times.
The story unfolds at 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May 28 and 29, and June 4 and 5, and continues through 6 p.m., rain or shine, at Liberty Lake, 1195 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown.
 
The family-friendly festival features a jousting contest, Tournament of Arms, sword fighting, fire breathing, aerialists, comedy, music, and hours of interactive entertainment.
Shop in the eclectic Merchant Village of fine artisans, featuring leather goods, jewelry, costumes and handmade crafts.
Feast on gourmet food, Dragon Legs, Spellbound and Third State craft beers, Valenzano wines, and whiskey tastings with the South Jersey Celtic Society.
Special attractions include Shelli Buttons; musical entertainment from Chaste Treasure, Righteous Blackguards and hammered dulcimer maestro Vince Conaway; and the talents and wit of Paolo Garbanzo, William Shakespeare, and the Lords of Adventure.
COVID restrictions have been lifted. Face masks are optional.
One-day fixed, flex, VIP or season passes are available; children under 5 are free. Parking is free.
This is a dog-friendly event with the purchase of dog ticket.
All tickets are available online or in-person.
For more information, visit www.NJRenFaire.com.
 
 
Plans are underway for the Salute to Military Service Breakfast, Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration Program in Hillsborough on May 28.
Guests can register for the breakfast at 7:30 a.m. by calling the Recreation Department or visiting the Parks and Recreation website and following the “Register for Activities” link on the homepage.
The parade begins at 10 a.m., led by Hillsborough Township’s military service personnel.
The Garden of Honor ceremony will immediately follow the parade.
Rain date for the parade and ceremony will be Sunday, May 29.
Hillsborough youth-based organizations and local non-profit charitable organizations are invited to participate in the parade and can register to march by contacting the Recreation Department. No political organizations or associated political organizations are eligible to march with the exception of current elected officials.
All groups are encouraged to provide floats representing their organization.
 
Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. May 29 at the Field of Honor, Veteran Section, 1800 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton.
 
Prasadam distribution of free sanctified vegetarian meals, plus Kirtan, will be held from 1-3 p.m. May 29 outdoors at the Princeton YMCA, Paul Robeson Place.
All members of the community are welcome to join.
RSVP at https://fb.me/e/2CTknocSB.
 
 
McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton will present “Ride The Cyclone: The Musical,” the first show to be directed by McCarter’s new Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, with book, music and lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond.
The musical follows the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir whose lives are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. A mechanical fortune-teller invites each to tell their story of a life interrupted, offering the chance to come to terms with their fates.
“Ride the Cyclone” runs through May 29 in the Roger S. Berlind Theater, 91 University Pl., Princeton.
Run time is 90 minutes, no intermission.
Schedule and ticket information are available at McCarter.org.
Masks, proof of COVID vaccination and ID are required at McCarter performances.
 
Youth Leadership Somerset, a leadership development program for Somerset County youth entering grades 9-12, is accepting applications for the 2022-23 program year, which runs from September through May.
Classes are held one Saturday per month for approximately five hours. All sessions are held in Somerset County, and most take place in Somerville.
The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 29.
Youth Leadership Somerset gives participants an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and form connections with peers from across the county. Through presentations by community leaders, small group challenges, and interactive programming, participants explore a wide variety of subjects including the environment, mental health, law enforcement, emergency response, housing, economic development, recycling, local government, justice, healthcare, culture, and leadership.
The application is available at www.co.somerset.nj.us/residents/community-leadership-programs/youth-program/program-application-3062
Candidates will be selected by the end of June. Those accepted to the program will receive a full scholarship to ensure that financial status is not a barrier.
Developed by the Leadership Somerset Class of 2000, Youth Leadership Somerset is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Commissioners. To learn about the adult leadership program, email leadershipsomerset@co.somerset.nj.us or visit www.co.somerset.nj.us/residents/community-leadership-programs/adult-program
For more information about applying to Youth Leadership Somerset, contact Melania Tchir at 732-469-3363.
 
National cycling champions from the U.S. and various other nations have entered to ride in the 77th Tour of Somerville on Memorial Day in both the men’s 50-mile and women‘s 25 mile races. 
Races are promoted by Arts on Division and sponsored by Unity Bank, as well as Atlantic Health System, Flemington Car and Truck Company, Somerset County, the Downtown Somerville Alliance and the Borough of Somerville.
Eight USA Cycling preliminary races for registered riders of different age and skill levels, as well as a Family Fun Ride, are being held prior to the two featured events.
For more information, visit www.tourofsomerville.com/
The commander of a critical U.S. Air Force training and operations center will join with the Burlington County Commissioners and other area elected officials, veterans and residents on May 30 to honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.
Maj. Gen. Mark D. Camerer, commander of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, will deliver the keynote address at the Burlington County Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 851 Old York Road, Burlington Township, adjacent to the Burlington Township Municipal Complex.)
In addition to Camerer’s address, the ceremony will feature wreath presentations and remarks from Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell.
As the commander of the Air Force Expeditionary Center, Camerer leads more than 14,000 airmen assigned to the Expeditionary Center, which is the Air Force’s Center of excellence for Rapid Global Mobility and expeditionary Agile Combat Support training and education. The Expeditionary Center also provides direct oversight for the Global Air Mobility Support System and installation support, contingency response and building partnership capacity mission sets with the global military enterprise.
He helped pilot the first of the new KC-46A Pegasus tankers to arrive at the Joint Base last year, marking a new era of aerial refueling operations at the installation.
 
 
Washington Crossing Audubon Society will offer the following free, public events during June:
No walk-ons will be permitted at any event; pre-registration is required at www.signupgenius.com/go/springfieldtrips22 for all aforementioned events.
For more information, visit www.washingtoncrossingaudubon.org and follow the group on Facebook.
 
 
As part of an effort to hear directly from the residents of the 16th Legislative District about local issues and concerns, Sen. Andrew Zwicker and Assemblymembers Roy Freiman and Sadaf Jaffer will hold a series of Gardenside Chats during June and July. The chats will focus on concerns raised by community members and solutions needed to correct problems that are raised.
The Gardenside Chats are scheduled for:
 
Wed. June 1, 6-7 p.m. at Flounder Brewing Company, 2 Clerico Lane, Building 4, Hillsborough;
 
Mon., June 6, 5-6 p.m. at Lone Eagle Brewing, 44 Stangl Road, Flemington;
 
Tues., June 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Princeton Public Library, in the Community Room, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton;
 
Tues., June 21, 5-6 p.m. at South Brunswick Public Library, in the Community Room, 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction;
 
Wed., July 6, 6-7 p.m. to be held on Zoom
 
Attendees are encouraged to RSVP via https://forms.gle/ZRK5bij4hQD2YezE6 or call 732-823-1684.
Members of the general public who wish to attend the virtual Gardenside Chat should RSVP to senzwicker@njleg.org to receive Zoom information.
 
 
 
 
 
The Dr. Esther Wollin Memorial Scholarship Fund offers a scholarship opportunity available to Jewish female students who reside in the Princeton Mercer Bucks community.  
Monies from Dr. Wollin’s estate were designated to grant a college scholarship to eligible Jewish female full-time students who will be or are already attending Rutgers University and raised by their Jewish mother in a single-parent household in the Princeton Mercer Bucks Community.  
Eligibility is based on financial need.

Submission deadline is June 1. 
 
For more information or to apply, visit www.JFCSonline.org, or contact Joyce at 609-987-8100 or JoyceW@JFCSonline.org. 
 
 
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County’s 4-H Summer Camp Program, TOPS (Totally Outrageous Program for Summer), will take place June 27 to July 1.
TOPS Camp includes outdoor activities, educational workshops and experiments with science. Experience opportunities like woodworking, arts, theater, nature, animals, geology, Olympics, water fun, games, a field trip, guest speakers, dancing, cooking, tie-dying, leadership and bonding.
Registration forms can be found at 4histops.org/events/tops-camp-2022
Forms are due before June 1. Space is limited.
To learn more about Somerset County 4-H, visit 4histops.org.
 
 
The Masorti Movement in Israel, Pluralism, The WZO & You will be presented at 7 p.m. June 1, in person, at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau St., Princeton.
Sponsored by The Jewish Center, Adath Israel Congregation, and Beth El Synagogue.
Speaker Dr. Yizhar Hess, vice chair of the World Zionist Organization, served as executive director of the Masorti Movement in Israel, part of the worldwide Conservative/Masorti Movement, from 2007-20.
RSVP required at https://tinyurl.com/2p9fuasu
 
 
The League of Women Voters (LWV) is hosting a Democratic Primary candidates’ virtual forum for Congressional District 3 on June 1 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Democratic primary candidates Reuven Hendler and Andy Kim from Congressional District 3 will take questions submitted by voters and moderated by a trained LWV moderator from outside the voting area.
To register, visit bit.ly/forumcd3dem and submit questions in advance of the forum; or email questions to lwvforum2022@gmail.com and include “CD3 Democratic Primary” in the subject line.
The forum is organized by the LWV within Congressional District 3: Western Monmouth, Burlington County, East Windsor-Hightstown Area, and Lawrence Township.
 
 
 
The Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP), in cooperation with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJUH), will hold Somerset County’s BizFest & Wellness Expo from 2-5 p.m. June 2 at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, Bridgewater.
 
BizFest & Wellness Expo will include more than 70 display tables.
 
 
Registration for SCBP member businesses is open. Exhibit space fees are $300 of SCBP members with 25 employee and under; $400 for SCBP members with 26 employees and over; $250 for restaurants.
Admission to BizFest & Wellness Expo will be free of charge.
 
Sponsorship opportunities for members are available at fees from $500 to $2,500.
 
To register or for additional information, call 908-218-4300 or register online at https://bit.ly/BizFest22.
 
 
 
Mercer County’s Notary Nights will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 3-7:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Connection satellite office, 957 Route 33, Hamilton.
The dates for 2022 are June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.
Sessions will also be held on business days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, 209 S. Broad St., Trenton.
A mask or face covering must be worn to enter. 
To be sworn in by Mercer County Clerk’s Office staff as a new notary, prospective notaries must apply and have their applications signed by a legislator. If you file your application online it will be sent to your legislator electronically.
After the State of New Jersey processes your application, you will be sent your commission by mail.
You must take your oath of office.
The fee is $15; checks and money order are accepted.
Prospective notaries will also need a photo ID and their certificate on hand to be sworn in.
After July 2022, all notary applications will have to be completed electronically, and an education component will be required for new notaries due to a change in state notary laws.
The Clerk’s Office also has new updated Notary Handbooks, which are available for pickup at the office at 209 S. Broad St. in Trenton.
For more information about notaries public and for updates on office openings and closings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk-/office-services/notary-public, or call the office’s main number at 609-989-6465.
 
The Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury will host an exhibit by members of the New York City United Federation of Retired Teachers. Many of the exhibiting members were in a painting class run by the UFT as part of the SI Beagle Program, a program designed to be a part of continuing learning by the NYC Teachers Union, which was located in Manalapan as part of the union’s outreach program. Currently the classes are virtual. Chapters are in the five boroughs of New York and outreach programs in various states and countries throughout the world.
Linda Gilbert, chairperson of the Gourgaud Gallery and member of the Cranbury Arts Council, was the original instructor, followed by Deborah Rosen. Gilbert started the painting class in New Jersey in 2010.
This exhibit will run June 2-27. The artists include Gilbert, Rosen, Donna Rittner and Frances Gunther, all who have exhibited before in various shows at the Gourgaud Gallery.
An artist reception will be held June 5 from 1-3 p.m. at the Ggallery. The exhibiting artists will be present. Light refreshments will be served. The day of the reception, there will be a basket of unframed paintings ranging from $25-$35.
The Gourgaud Gallery is located on the second floor of Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A N. Main St., Cranbury. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
 
 
The Burlington County Senior Art Show is an annual exhibit organized by the Burlington County Office on Aging, the Burlington County Department of Human Services and the Burlington County Parks Division to showcase the artistic creations of residents age 60 and older.
This year’s show will be held from June 2 through July 24 at the Worker’s House Gallery at Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton.
Artists and art enthusiasts are also invited to attend an outdoor reception at Smithville to mark the opening of the exhibit on June 3 from 1-3 p.m.
For more information, call the county Office on Aging at 609-265-5784 or email cfynan@co.burlington.nj.us.
 
 
The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces the return of its Dance, Princeton, Dance series in time for Princeton Pride 2022.
On June 3, the ACP’s parking lot at 102 Witherspoon St. will transform into an open-air dance party from 8-10 p.m. with tunes supplied by Princeton Record Exchange’s own DJ ModCon2.
This celebration of Princeton Pride is open to everyone and all ages.
Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to benefit the ACP’s Pride Art Club, where teens work collaboratively to create and complete a graphic novel. Led by teaching artist and queer activist Rashad Malik Davis, this free class uses the process of creating a narrative and characters and to explore issues of gender identity, self-expression, and acceptance in a safe and creative space.
The Princeton Pride Dance Party is hosted in collaboration with the Princeton Record Exchange, with support from the Bayard Rustin Center.
For more information, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
 
 
Eden Autism has announced the return of the Princeton Lecture Series along with a lineup of leading research and medical professional guest speakers who will present during “Neurobiology and Autism: Genetics, Comorbidities, and Dual Diagnosis.”
The program will highlight experts in neurology, psychology, pharmacology and applied behavior analysis whose research and clinical care provides insight into co-morbidities, dual diagnoses, behaviors, and potential treatments for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
Held June 3 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there are two registration opens available this year. Individuals can attend in-person at the Munich RE Conference Center, 665 College Road East, Princeton, or virtually.
This year’s Lecture Series features Eric Hollander, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who will present “New Developments in Autism and the Repetitive Behavior Domain.”
Madeline Chadehumbe, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will present “Neurological Comorbidities Seen in Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
Also speaking will be Gahan Pandina, PhD, senior director, Compound Development Team Leader at Janssen Research & Development. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Pandina will present “Neurobiology and Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the use of Biomarkers in Diagnosis and Development of Novel Therapeutics.”
Rounding out the lineup is Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D, chief learning officer at Eden Autism Services and a professor at Endicott College, who will present “Bringing it All Together: Comprehensive Care Models for Autism.”
Admission for in-person attendance is $100 and includes breakfast and lunch. Virtual registration is $50. The event is free for students to attend, and CEUs and Professional Development hours are also available.
For more information or to register, visit edenautism.org/princeton-lecture-series.
 
 
Cranbury United Methodist Church will hold an evening of music, coffee and desserts from 6:30-9 p.m. June 3.
Music will range from traditional hymns to contemporary Christian music to original songs performed by Christian recording artists Bill Arce and Jim Winder.
The concert will be held in Fellowship Hall, 21 N. Main St., Cranbury.
Admission and food are free, but donations are appreciated.
For more information, visit https://bit.ly/CUMCCoffeeHouse
Holy Grounds Coffee House is part of the 1st Friday Series, a series of special events including movies, music and more that take place on the first Friday of every month in Fellowship Hall.
 
 
 
 
The Princeton Actors Collective presents a staged exploration of “Old Times” by Harold Pinter at the Drapkin Theatre, in the Lewis Center of the Arts Complex, second floor, Princeton University campus. This play examines how the relationship between the past and present overlap, how language can both reveal and obscure the truth, and how the stories we tell ourselves about our lives can change in an instant.
Performances are at 7 p.m. June 3 and 2 p.m. June 4.
Princeton actors Katharine Powell, Vivia Font, and Ben Steinfeld will share an actor-led investigation of this 1971 masterpiece by one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century.
The Princeton Actors Collective is a newly formed troupe of local professional actors committed to sharing actor-driven, high-quality theater with local audiences.
“Old Times” is free and open to the public.
For reservations, visit https://givebutter.com/LXKp4Y and click on Donate & Tickets
For more information, email Elba Barzelatto at ebarzelatto@yahoo.com.
 
 
 
 
Westfield Senior High School Class of 1976 will hold its reunion weekend June 3-5.
The reunion will kick off on June 3 at 6:30 p.m. with a casual get-together at Crossroads in Garwood.
On June 4, join classmates at the Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club for an event featuring a buffet, beer and wine and music.
Registration can be found at www.westfieldhigh76.com.
A website is available with more detailed information, including hotel and travel information.
For more information, contact either Ruth Liebesman at ruthliebesman@aol.com or Jim Bivona at jimbivona@gsinet.net.
 
 
 
 
 
In partnership with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH)Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will host “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America,” a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit comes to the gallery at MCCC May 18 to June 20. The gallery is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, on the second floor of the Communication building.
“Voices and Votes” examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people,” including the origins of American democracy, the struggles to obtain and keep the vote, the machinery of democracy, the right to petition and protest beyond the ballot, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.  
 
Presented in six stand-alone sections, the exhibit features historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; interactive multimedia activities; and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material.
The MCCC exhibit will include a Mercer County section of artifacts from the Trenton Public Library’s Trentoniana Collection and a photographic survey of Mercer County monuments and murals.   
 
Gallery hours for the exhibit are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Closed on May 28 for Memorial Day weekend.)
Dates of note include Future Voters Day on June 4; and A Tribute to John Watson on June 17.
The exhibit is presented free to the public and is appropriate for all age groups, including public schools, youth groups, and new voters.
More about the exhibit and special programs can be found at mccc.edu/voicesvotes 
 
Among other partners in the MCCC project are the New Jersey League of Women Voters and the Citizens Campaign through the Trenton Civic Trustees.   
 
Group tours may be arranged by appointment. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
For more information, email mercervotesexhibit@mccc.edu 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter, the return of the community stitching project created by artist/activist Diana Weymar.
Weymar facilitated Interwoven Stories as the Arts Council’s 2016 Artist-in-Residence, creating a dialogue within the Princeton community. Each stitcher received a blank fabric page to tell a story through their memories, honor beloved family or friends, or return home to a favorite place through needle and thread.
Ultimately, more than 100 completed pages were donated to Interwoven Stories 2016 and displayed in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery to mark the culmination of her residency.
In 2018, the project was expanded and dubbed Interwoven Stories International, the result of Weymar taking the project on the road for two years to curate more than 250 pieces collected from the original Princeton project, plus pages from The Peddie School, the Nantucket Stitching Gam, the Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), Open Space Art (Damascus, Syria), Build Peace (Columbia), the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma), Yarns/NoDominion Theater (Jersey City), and Trans Tipping Point Project (Victoria, BC).
This 2022 iteration is an opportunity for past participants to revisit their previous works and invite new stitchers to get involved.
Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter has gone national, culminating in an exhibition on view in the ACP Taplin Gallery from June 4 through July 2.
Local resident and past Interwoven Stories participant Kyle Burkhardt joins the Interwoven Stories team as community liaison, organizing behind-the-scenes and leading stitching workshops for those who need help or just want to stitch with others.
Weymar will return for select workshops and the opening reception, scheduled for June 4.
Blank fabric pages are available for local pickup or domestic shipping for a donation of $15 or $20, respectively.
Participants are also welcome to sew their own page by following a video tutorial available on the Arts Council’s website.
Registration is required. Visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
 
Join CentralJersey.com at Monroe 33 Tennis, Basketball and Sports Center for their Kids Expo on June 5 from noon to 4 p.m.
Expect fun, games and more from vendors for kids and parents. 
More information on vendors and activities coming soon.
This event is free, but pre-registration is requested for all attendees. Pre-register at nmg.ticketleap.com/kids22/
For vendor opportunities, email michelle@newspapermediagroup.com.
 
 
The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra will hold its season finale concert, “A Concerto Extravaganza,” with Music Director/Conductor Chiu-Tze Lin and winners of the 2022 Young Artists Concerto Competition at 7 p.m. June 5 at Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, at the corner of Scudders Mill Road.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Premium VIP seating is $30. Senior/student tickets are $18.
For tickets, visit www.bravuraphil.org.
 
 
 
 
Special Olympics Team NJ is participating the USA Games June 5-12.
The Special Olympics facility in Lawrenceville is where the team practices to prepare for the games. For more information, visit www.sonj.org/team-new-jersey/ or www.2022specialolympicsusagames.org/
 
 
The nonprofit Friends for the Abbott Marshlands will present Voices for the Marsh, its 2022 biennial, 10th Juried Photography Exhibit, from June 5 to Sept. 18 at the Tulpehaking Nature Center’s galleries at 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton.
It is juried by Al Horner of New Jersey Pinelands photographic fame, and Pat Coleman, naturalist and president of the Friends.
The show provides an opportunity for both fine art photographers and local hobbyists to capture the cultural and ecological richness of the marshlands and participate in the Friends’ efforts to build awareness and support for the protection and stewardship of the marshlands.
The Abbott Marshlands are a critical natural and cultural resource located in central New Jersey along the Delaware River between Trenton and Bordentown, including Hamilton. Its 3,000 acres of open space include the northernmost freshwater tidal marsh on the Delaware River and surrounding lowland and upland forests.
The Tulpehaking Nature Center provides educational resources, answers to questions for the public and bathrooms. There are free weekly and monthly group walks with registration at rotating locations between: Watson Woods, Spring Lake at Roebling Park, Northern Community Park, Bordentown Bluffs with Crosswicks Creek Water Trail, and D&R Canal State Park between Bordentown and Trenton. Another location will be added soon in Point Breeze State Park, the historic former estate of Joseph Bonaparte, and most recently, the Divine Word Missionary.
For more information, visit https://abbottmarshlands.org.
 
 
 
New Jersey’s 16th District legislators Sen. Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Roy Freiman and Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer will host Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) mobile unit events, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6, July 27 and Oct. 6 at 530 Willow Road, Hillsborough; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 and Sept. 26 at 1 Monument Dr., Princeton.
The mobile units will provide the following services:
Driver’s Licenses: Renew the license, obtain a duplicate license, change name or address on license, add a boat endorsement, add a veteran designation, register to vote and/or make organ donation selections.
Non-Driver Identification Cards: Photo identification that may then serve as a primary or secondary form of personal ID.
Registrations: Renew registration or obtain a duplicate registration card.
REAL ID: Available if license or ID card is expiring within the next 6 months. For REAL ID, please arrive no later than noon.
License Plates: Surrender license plates.
Placards:  Persons with a Disability, Purple Heart, or Disabled Veteran can obtain a placard.
Examination Permits: Apply for an examination permit to take a written knowledge test. The written test itself is not available.
Registration is required. For instructions, email SenZwicker@njleg.org attn: Pam Hersh. Individuals with no access to email should call 732-823-1684.
After contacting Hersh, the resident will be sent a link to a form that will be filled out and submitted. If the event is at capacity, the resident will be notified and instructed to try for one of the other upcoming events.
 
The annual meeting of the Harbourton Cemetery Association will be held June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Titusville Presbyterian Church, 48 River Road, Titusville.
 
 
St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church will hold its 36th annual Lebanese Festival from 5-10 p.m. June 10, noon to 11 p.m. June 11, and from noon to 10 p.m. June 12 at the church, at 526 Easton Ave., on the corner of Franklin Boulevard, in Somerset.
Better known as a Mahrajan, the festival is an outdoor gathering for authentic Middle Eastern food, music, dance and culture. 
Traditional Lebanese foods such as falafel, shawarma (gyro), hummus, shish kabob, spinach pies, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves and more will be featured. There will be many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. In addition, a large assortment of Middle Eastern pastries such as baklawa, mamool, namoura, and ghraybeh will be available. Also, the bar features beer, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks.
For entertainment, there will be live music featuring a different singer each day. Performing on Friday evening will be Eddie Osama. On Saturday, singer Jad Rahme will perform, and on Sunday, Wassim Rabih will be singing both traditional and popular songs from Lebanon. 
For everyone’s enjoyment, there will be dancing, as well as folkloric dance performances.
In addition, there will be souvenirs, 50/50, backgammon and hookah.
The festival is held as the largest fundraising project for the building of the new church complex.   
Admission and parking are free. 
For more details, call the parish office at 732-828-2055, visit the Facebook or Instagram page, or www.saintsharbelnj.org.
 
 
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced that tickets are available for the 18th Princeton Festival, planned for June 10-25, by phone at 609-497-0020 and online at princetonsymphony.org/festival.
This year’s festival will include three staged operas, chamber music, orchestral and pops concerts, plus cabaret and jazz nights all taking place under the festival’s outdoor performance tent being erected on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden at 55 Stockton St., Princeton.
Baroque concerts can be enjoyed across the way at Trinity Episcopal Church.
The new artistic head of the Princeton Festival responsible for its creative programming is Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov.
All performances start at 7 p.m. with the exception of the opening night concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Here is a comprehensive listing of ticketed performances:
Fri., June 10 – Opening Night: “Seven Deadly Sins” starring Storm Large. Kurt Weill’s sensual “The Seven Deadly Sins” explores age-old temptations in modern context on a program with Rodion Shchedrin’s “Carmen Suite.”
June 11, 12 and 18: Derrick Wang’s opera “Scalia/Ginsburg” and W.A. Mozart’s “The Impresario” – a thought-provoking, yet comedic double bill.
June 13: “What Makes it Great?”: “Death and the Maiden” with Ron Kapilow and the Signum Quartet. An exploration of Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor led by one of radio’s favorite musicologists.
June 14: “Schubert’s Late String Quartets” featuring the Signum Quartet. Schubert’s “Rosamunde” quartet and the String Quartet in G Major display the composer’s mastery of the form.
June 15: “Stephen Sondheim Tribute” Cabaret-style entertainment with Broadway vocalists Alyssa Giannetti and Jason Forbach.
June 16: “The Sebastians” New York City-based Baroque ensemble with a youthful vibe.
June 17 and 19: “Albert Herring” comic opera by Benjamin Britten about a young man who is declared May King when no virtuous maidens are to be found.
June 21: “Time for Three.” This string trio defies conventional boundaries, fusing their instruments with their voices as they perform Americana, modern pop, and classical music.
June 22: Aaron Diehl Trio. Pianist, composer and Juilliard grad Aaron Diehl leads his trio in a performance of works from the early jazz tradition.
June 23: Festival Chorus with the Sebastians. The Festival Chorus performs some of the most intricate and expressive music of the Baroque period.
June 24. Broadway POPS! starring Sierra Boggess.
June 25: Family POPS! with Rossen Milanov and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. A fun mix of familiar classics, movie music and pop melodies at this family-friendly concert.
Beyond these performances, plans are underway for multiple ancillary events such as public lectures relating to works being performed and a poetry workshop and readings. These events will be free and open to the public.
Individual tickets range from $10 to $130; ticket packages are $18 and up.
Check the PSO’s Princeton Festival website for ticketing and event details at princetonsymphony.org/festival.
 
McCarter’s Jazz in June series returns June 10-25.
The current schedule is:
Joshua Redman Trio, June 10
Christian Sands Quartet, June 11
Helen Sung Quartet, June 17
Jazzmeia Horn, June 18
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap, June 24
Tyshawn Sorey Sextet, June 25
McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Pl., Princeton.
For ticket information, visit www.mccarter.org/tickets-events/2022-jazz-in-june
 
 
 
 
The Bordentown Township Green Fair is scheduled for June 11.
Consider donating bicycles to families in need.
 
 
The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Athletics Department and MCCC Foundation will host the college’s second annual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from 6-9 p.m. June 11 at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Lawrenceville.
All proceeds will go to scholarships for current student-athletes and the improvement of the college’s athletic facilities. 
The Hall of Fame Class of 2022 includes three Vikings national championship teams: 1968 men’s soccer, 1974 men’s basketball, and 2000 women’s tennis.
Nine individuals will also be inducted: Dan Gakeler (Baseball), Carole Gibilisco (Athletics Administrative Assistant), Diane Rose Kelly (Soccer and Softball), David Leckie (Soccer), Peter Lindauer (Soccer), Jennifer Lopresti Such (Softball), Robert Marchetti (Track and Field), Robert (“Bobby”) Sands (Basketball), and Mary Smith-Jones (Basketball).  
Individual tickets are $100 per adult and $50 per child age 12 and under. Tickets include live music, dinner, complimentary beer and wine, and the awards ceremony. 
Community members may show their support by becoming an event sponsor or placing an ad in the ceremony booklet. All sponsors will be recognized at the event, in MCCC’s 2022 Annual Report, and on the MCCC Athletics Hall of Fame website. 
For more information about MCCC’s Hall of Fame event and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit https://app.mobilecause.com/e/14XHcA?vid=r2rs3, email foundation@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3607. 
 
 
The 10th annual Cultural Festival & Food Truck Rally will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 11 at Mercer County Park on the festival grounds, West Windsor.
Rain or shine.
 
Bordentown City’s second annual Pride Parade & Community Day is scheduled for June 12.
Leaping Dog Art Studios is accepted donations of wooden chairs, stools and tables that will be painted and auctioned off, with funds donated to support the LGBTQ+ youth community.
There will be a march through town, a cookout at HOB with DJ Justintime, crafts with Leaping Dog, face painting, live music with Sean Kelly, DJ Dakota, Student Voices of Bordentown Regional High School, drinks at Old Town Pub, and free rainbow ice and pup cups at Smilie’s Ice Cream.
Activities start at 12:30 p.m. The march will begin at 1 p.m. Sullivan’s Pet Fashion Contest at Bordentown Home for Funerals. Family and children’s area sponsored by Bordentown Home for Funerals.
 
 
Join a naturalist from the Somerset County Environmental Education Center for an afternoon of learning and viewing birds from 2-4 p.m. June 12 at the Hageman House, 209 Middlebush Road, Franklin Township.
Cost is $12 for members or $15 for non-members.
Minors 12 and older must be accompanied by a parent.
For tickets, visit eventbrite.com or email tmf.org.1289@gmail.com or visit themeadowsfoundation.org
 

Join members of
Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction for a discussion based on the book “Humus” by Fabienne Kanor and translated by Lynn E. Palermo.

“Humus” is based on the true story of 14 African women who escaped a slave ship by leaping into shark-infested waters to avoid enslavement. Many drowned or were eaten by sharks.
The discussion will be held at noon on June 12 via Zoom.
For the registration link, email bethchaimrj@gmail.com
 
The second annual Color Fun Run & Walk, a fundraiser hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville section of Hopewell Township.
The morning starts off with a welcome and full-body yoga warmup. Then, multiple waves of runners and walkers will be sent onto the fun-run course passing through five color blast stations where volunteers shower participants in food-grade dyed cornstarch. The course ends with a closing celebration dance party and a group color toss finale.
Tickets start at $20. Register by June 3 to receive an event T-shirt.
For tickets, FAQs, and more, visit www.hvartscouncil.org/colorfunrun.
 
 
Community college students who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers and pursuing their studies at a four-year university can get a head start at Rider University through participation in its STEM Summer Institute.
Held in two sessions — July 7-10 and Aug. 4-7 — the residential program includes hands-on laboratory experiences, field work and research opportunities. There is no cost to attend the program and all meals are covered as part of the experience.
Participants will become familiarized with Rider’s STEM curriculum and receive personalized guidance on a variety of scholarship opportunities and financial aid.
Those who complete the program will also receive an additional $2,000 scholarship to Rider, renewable for up to three years.
During the program, participants will live in a residence hall on Rider’s campus in Lawrenceville alongside current Rider STEM students who will serve as their mentors. They will also work directly with Rider faculty during on-campus sessions and field trips.
The STEM Summer Institute is limited to 20 potential community college transfers per session.
June 15 is the final deadline to apply.
For more information about the STEM Summer Institute, including how to apply, visit rider.edu/scienceinstitute. Questions may also be directed to Associate Professor of Chemistry Danielle Jacobs, Ph.D., at djacobs@rider.edu or 609-895-5667.
 
 
The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will host a virtual program with author Mike Scardino on June 16 from 7-8 p.m.
Scardino is the author of “Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance,” a collection of unforgettable recollections and stories taking place from 1967 through 1971.
Register to attend this virtual author event at sclsnj.libnet.info/event/6194283.
 
 
Become an ESL tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC).
Attend an information session on Zoom. Then attend a virtual 4-week training workshop.
Meet with the adult student weekly, remotely, in-person, or both. Teach the student every day English skills.
 The next information sessions are scheduled for 7 p.m. June 16 and 4 p.m. July 25.
No experience required.  
To register for an LVSC Information Session, visit www.literacysomerset.org/get-involved/tutor
 
To learn more, visit www.literacysomerset.org or call the LVSC office at 908-725-5430. 
 
 
The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice organized Princeton Pride ‘22, a Celebration of Community Parade and after-party, for June 18.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St. “Sesame Street’s” Alan Muraoka, the proprietor of Hooper’s Store, will be the grand marshal.
 
The event also features Parade Queen “Miss Stonewall Inn” Cissy Walken; young members of the BRCSJ family Rose and Gabriella, who serves as BRCSJ Queer Youth Advocacy Community Liaison, as flag bearers; BRCSJ Board Member Michelle Elizabeth Brown, poet and activist from Detroit, who will share remarks in honor of Juneteenth; Erin Worrell, trans activist and BRCSJ board president; Pride Puppets who celebrate 50 years of LGBTQIA history with 10-foot tall puppets of movement activist heroes; BRCSJ Board Member Glen Pannell; Maplewood’s first openly gay Mayor Dean Dafis, another BRCSJ board member; Sen. Andrew Zwicker; Princeton Mayor Mark Freda; queer icons Chet Kabara and Frank Mahood, co-founder of Gay People Princeton; and the Philadelphia Freedom Band.
The after-party will be held at the Princeton YMCA field on Paul Robeson Place.
Visit www.rustincenter.org for more information on how to march and participate, as well as how to donate, volunteer, or otherwise be of service.
The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, located on 12 Stockton St. in Princeton, is an educational bridge, community activist center and safe space for LGBTQIA children, intersectional families and diverse folx, connecting disparate communities, both locally and nationally.
 
 
 
 
 
The Redhawks Native American Arts Council will hold its Native American Heritage Celebration June 18 and 19 at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.
Redhawk Council produces the largest heritage celebrations in the Northeast which include over 1,000 Native American artists, performers, and educators.
Buy tickets at raritanpw2022.eventbrite.com
 
 
The Vince Lipani Memorial Golf Outing will be held at the Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough, beginning with an 11 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start, followed by a 6 p.m. dinner.  Fees begin at $100 for dinner only; and for both golf and dinner $225 per individual golfer and $900 for a foursome.
A range of sponsorships are available ranging from $125 to $1,200.
Proceeds from the golf outing will be used by the Rotary Club of Hillsborough Foundation to support an annual scholarship, named in Mr. Lipani’s honor, for a graduating Hillsborough High School student pursuing a post-secondary education.
Lipani is a former Rotarian and founder of Central Jersey Nursery who passed away in July 2021 at age 81.
Registration and additional information can be obtained at www.birdease.com/lipanimemorialgolf   
For other questions, contact Tod Mershon at 908-295-1368 or jetphan73@aol.com
 
New Jersey Conservation Foundation will celebrate preserved land and the start of summer on June 23 during a gala fundraiser at the historic Brick Farm Tavern in Hopewell.
The “Summer Solstice Celebration of the Land” event will be held outdoors under an open-air tent starting at 6:30 p.m., and will feature gourmet farm-to-table fare and spirits, music, and live and silent auctions.
The evening celebrates New Jersey Conservation’s 62 years of preserving open space, parks and farmland – as well as its commitment to addressing climate change and advocating for sustainable agriculture that supports healthy local foods, clean water, pollinators and other wildlife.
To reserve tickets for the event, or to register for the auction, visit https://Solstice2022.givesmart.com.
Those not attending the event can still participate in the silent auction online.
To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Erica Colace at ecolace@njconservation.org.
All proceeds from the Summer Solstice Celebration will support New Jersey Conservation’s land protection, stewardship, advocacy and urban greening work throughout the state. For more information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation and its programs and preserves, visit www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LANDSAVE (1-888-526-3728).
 
 
Cristina Altamura is a concert pianist whose organization, Legacy Arts International, is presenting “Musical Circus,” a variety-style concert at 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Berlind Theater of the McCarter Center in Princeton.
Planned in cooperation with Jacobs Music Company, the Steinway representative in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware is providing a Steinway & Sons Spirio concert grand piano. The evening is a gala celebration concert to kick off the disABILITY Music Creation Pilot, a new program from Legacy Arts.
Tickets are $35 general admission and can be purchased online at www.Legacyartsinternational.org
The disABILITY Music Creation Pilot commissions new pieces of music for students whose educational needs are not being met by the current repertoire and pedagogy for their instrument. During the 2022-23 school year, Legacy Arts International will pair a hand-picked team of distinguished and diverse composers with music students to create new works which will harness and emphasize the students’ unique strengths and interests.  
  
 
 
The Bordentown Historical Society presents History in Bloom, its annual garden tour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25. This will be a self-guided tour of gardens, parks and sites throughout Bordentown City. Rain date is June 26.
Tickets are $20 general, $18 for members, $10 for children ages 8-16, or free for children under 8. Tickets are available at www.bordentownhistory.org
Check the society’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages for details.
 
 
 
The Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission, in partnership with the Old Hights Brewing Company, presents Kaleidoscope, a group art exhibition of paintings in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, mixed media, and digital art that highlights a prism of colors found in botanicals, urban areas, landscapes and abstractions.
The artists include Gary Fournier, Spriha Gupta, Marisa Keris, Kathleen Hurley Liao and Phillip McConnell, and is curated by Hightstown Cultural Arts Commissioner Chanika Svetvilas.
The exhibition will be held through June 26.
The brewery is located at 123 W. Ward St., Hightstown.
 
Princeton Senior Resource Center will hold Pups & Cups in person at PSRC’s 101 Poor Farm Road location the fourth Thursday of every month, from 3-4 p.m., through Aug. 25.
Join an hour of socializing and pet therapy. A certified therapy dog will be available to provide comfort, cuteness, and relaxation, along with the opportunity to socialize and enjoy some hot beverages.
Register at https://princetonsenior.wufoo.com/forms/pups-cups-april-2022/
 
 
Mercer County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), offered in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, allows individuals meeting various income qualifications to apply for bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance and energy-related home repairs.
LIHEAP is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.
This year, the application period is Oct. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.
To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant household must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Applications, forms and information can be found on the Office of Housing and Community Development’s programs page on the county website. Mail to County of Mercer LIHEAP/USF Programs, 640 S. Broad St., Room 106, P.O. Box 8068, Trenton 08650; fax to 609-278-2758; email housing@mercercounty.org; or drop off at Mercer County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton.
If an in-person appointment is necessary, clients can call 609-337-0933 or email heatingappt@mercercounty.org to schedule an appointment at the County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton; or Mercer County Connection, Hamilton Square Shopping Center, 957 Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton.
For more information, contact Home Energy Assistance at 609-989-6959 (Spanish: 609-989-6736).
 
 
 
Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties will hold its next Job Seekers Success Group for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change on July 6 from 7-9 p.m.
This meeting will be held by virtual format via Zoom.
The topic for this session is “Job Offers: How to Successfully Accept or Reject Them” presented by Harold Levin, staffing manager for SmartStaff Personnel.
This group is offered free of charge and is open to the community.
Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation and to be admitted to the group.
To register or for information about Career Counseling Services, contact Elise Prezant at  eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org or 908-725-7799, ext. 108.
 
 
The Chivalrous Crickets concert has been rescheduled to 7-8:30 p.m. July 9 at the West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction.
Join an evening of Celtic, English and American folk music.
A special opportunity to learn about their instruments, songs and more will be a part of the night, with a Q&A with the band following their performance.
For more information, visit https://westwindsorarts.org/event/chivalrous-crickets-concert/
 
 
Kelsey Theatre will present MTI’s Broadway Junior Revue – Raise Your Voice.
The one-act presentation will feature Broadway tunes performed by teenagers at 8 p.m. July 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. July 31.
Tickets are $15 for adults; or $12 for seniors, students and children.
Contact the Box Office by calling 609-570-3333 or emailing boxoff@mccc.edu
Kelsey Theatre is located at Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.
 
 
 
The Somerset County 4-H Fair returns Aug. 10, 11 and 12 for free family fun.
The fair allows 4-H youth to present their hard work from throughout the year as a chance to celebrate and look ahead to the future.
Somerset County 4-H is currently looking for vendors, both food and commercial.
For more information, visit https://4histops.org/vendors-and-nonprofits
 
 
 
Hillsborough PBA Local 205 will hold its 47th annual golf outing on Sept. 9 at Royce Brook Golf Club, 201 Hamilton Road, Hillsborough.
Includes continental breakfast, door prizes, driving range, 18 holes of golf with cart, beverages on the course, lunch, and buffet after golf.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. along with breakfast. Shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Prizes will be awarded.
There are sponsorship packages available.
Individual golfer is $200. Golf foursome is $800. Dinner only option is $65 per person.
Make checks payable to Hillsborough PBA Local 205.
RSVP by Aug 31. Email hillsboroughPBA205golf@gmail.com or call 908-303-2859.
 
 
Newspaper Media Group/Packet Media LLC will host an Employment Weekly job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9 and Nov. 4 at the Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, in the Nordstrom corridor.
Job seekers can register at https://nmg.ticketleap.com/job9/?ct=t
Employers will receive 5% when booking two dates, or 15% off when booking three dates.
Email events@newspapermediagroup.com for vendor opportunities.
For more information, email areyes@newspapermediagroup.com
 
 
 
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, will hold its 33rd annual Guardian Angel Dinner Dance, Back in Black Tie, from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton, 102 Carnegie Center.
Join a night of entertainment, silent auction, 50/50 raffle.
For tickets, visit www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org/GADD2022
The Diocese of Trenton serves Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties.
 
 
 
The Downtown Bordentown Association announced the return of the 32nd annual Cranberry Festival on Oct. 1 and 2.
For more information on the “Maker Fest on Farnsworth,” visit btowncranfest.com
 
Kingston: On The Map opens April 9 in the History Room at the D&R Canal Locktender’s House, on old Lincoln Highway (off Route 27) in Kingston.
On view Saturdays and Sundays from April to November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The village of Kingston has hosted colonial taverns, armies during the American Revolution, canal boats, railroad trains and travelers on the Lincoln Highway. One of the oldest settlements in central New Jersey, Kingston evolved with America over its 340-year history.
The display uses journal entries and prints of a dozen historical maps to illustrate Kingston’s evolution, from settlement to commercial center to modern community. One map shows how Kingston moved between the colonies of east and west New Jersey. Another shows both Kingston and Princeton divided by county lines. Railroads appeared in the 19th century, disappearing by the 20th. The Delaware and Raritan Canal was built for commerce, but is now a recreation destination.

Air circulation is limited, so masks and distancing are requested.
For more information, visit www.khsnj.org/
 
 
The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will perform safety seat inspections every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m.
No appointment required.
The service is offered free of charge to improve child safety.
A typical inspection takes about 20 minutes.
Inspections are performed at the Burlington County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly. Residents can call 609-265-3788 when they arrive and ask for the on-duty child safety seat technician.
 
Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers who are willing to make a difference with individuals who are experiencing the challenge of end-of-life.
Dove Hospice Services is looking for individuals who can dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide companionship-friendly visits, life review, play cards, sewing, knitting or craft projects, music enrichment, pet therapy and office or administrative assistance, according to a press release.
Dove Hospice Services is expanding its “We Honor Veterans” program and is seeking motivated veterans who are interested in providing compassion, support and outreach to fellow veterans and their families.
Visits can be made to individuals living in facilities or private homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. For additional information, contact Michelle Rutigliano at 732-405-3035.
 
 
This fall, Rider University will begin offering a cannabis studies certificate program. The 100% online program provides students with the credentials and expertise to enter the legal cannabis market.  
The program explores the biological, legal, ethical, business and practical aspects of the industry through four courses.
The capstone course is taught by an industry professional, allowing students to gain experience and learn about future internship and job opportunities.
The program is open to those interested in any aspect of the cannabis industry, with no prerequisites or previous degrees required.
Registration is required at https://admissions.rider.edu/register/cannabislaunch
 
 
 
 
 
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (CASA SHaW), which is dedicated to foster children in the region, is seeking applications from individuals in the community to serve on the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees.
Individuals who are interested in applying to become a member of the CASA SHaW Board of Trustees should send their resumes and credentials to CASA SHaW at info@casashaw.org.
CASA SHaW is part of a statewide network of community-based, non-profit programs that recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to “Speak Up for a Child” removed from home due to abuse or neglect. CASA is the only program in New Jersey that uses trained volunteers to work one-on-one with children, ensuring that each one gets the services needed and achieves permanency in a safe, nurturing home.
For more information, visit www.casaofnj.org.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hillsborough Township’s Senior Chapters A and B each provide an experience for seniors looking to get out, mingle and experience new things. Trips, theaters, entertainment, card games, speakers, hobbies, talent shows, restaurants, history, and health screenings are some of the activities.
The first and second Thursdays of each month are designated for regular meetings at the municipal building for Chapter A and Chapter B, respectively. 
Any Hillsborough senior age 60 or over who is interested in learning more can contact the Social Services Department at 908-369-3880.
 
 
 
 
The Monroe Township Jewish War Veterans Post 609 is collecting United States and foreign stamps, both on and off envelopes.
Stamps are used by veterans as a hobby and as therapy at VA medical centers nationwide.
The stamps are not traded or sold; they are forwarded to veteran patients at no charge.
Also requested are DVDs suitable for veterans at those locations.
Send all items to JWV Post 609, c/o Charles Koppelman, 6 Yarmouth Dr., Monroe Township 08831.
 
 
 
The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator of Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES), which is responsible for overseeing addiction-fighting efforts across the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, have renewed their partnership to host the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series in 2022.
The Learning Series, which began in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, features regular webinars focusing on various aspects of the opioid epidemic and its impact on New Jersey and the nation. It is a branch of PDFNJ’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day initiative, which is held annually on Oct. 6 to educate residents and prescribers on the risks of prescription opioids and to raise awareness of the opioid crisis throughout the state.
The 2022 Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day Learning Series will include a webinar every month on wide-ranging topics concerning the opioid epidemic, including medication-assisted treatment, harm reduction, the impact on families and addiction recovery.
To learn more about the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day and for a schedule of this year’s webinars, visit knockoutday.drugfreenj.org.
 
 
 
Volunteers are needed to help end domestic violence in Burlington County.
The Domestic Violence Response Team consists of volunteers who work with Providence House, domestic violence services and police departments to help people who experience domestic violence by empowering and advocating for survivors.
Must be 18 years of age or older, a resident or employee of Burlington County, have a valid New Jersey driver’s license and access to transportation, and no criminal history.
For more information, call 856-904-4344 or email abaum@cctrenton.org
 
 
 
East Windsor residents can volunteer for appointment to various township boards and committees, including the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission, Health Advisory Board, Local Assistance Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The mayor and council will make appointments at the January reorganization meeting, as well as throughout the year as opportunities arise.
Residents interested in volunteering can obtain an application form from the Municipal Clerk or from the township website or send a letter of interest and a resume or information about their background to: Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Township Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520; or fax to 609-443-8303.
For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 238.
 
 
 
 
 
The U.S. State Department is experiencing longer than usual delays in the processing times of passports.
For those looking to travel and needing to renew their passports, it is advised to begin this process immediately. The current wait times for passport services is 10 weeks for expedited services and up to 14 weeks from the time of submission for a regular application. This delay is likely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information regarding passports, visit the Mercer County Clerk’s website at www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk-/office-services/passports or call the clerk’s passport office at 609-989-6473; for Spanish, call 609-989-6131 or 609-989-6122.
Appointments at the Mercer County Connection, located at 957 Route 33, Hamilton, are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment at the Mercer County Connection, call 609-890-9800.
All customers must have applications filled out, money orders and checks along with documentation and copies prior to appointment. Delays in appointment availability may be experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 
Mercer County’s Swift911 system notifies the public in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information via phone, text or email.  
All calls will have the caller ID of “Mercer County Alert.”
Personal information will not be provided to any outside agencies or companies.
To sign up, visit www.mercercounty.org/departments/emergency-management-public-safety/mercer-county-emergency-notification-system
For assistance with registration, email OEM@mercercounty.org
Mercer County posts regarding emergency closures are available at www.cancellations.com/ and www.fox29.com/closings 
 
 
Central Jersey Chapter 148 of the Korean War Veterans extend an invitation to any veterans, regardless of the branch of service, who served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, in any location, including Europe; or who have served in Korea from July 27, 1953, to the current date.
Other veterans may join as associate members.
The group meets at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month, from May to December, at the Monroe Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, in the court room.
Requirements for membership include paying dues of $25 to the Korean War Veterans Association and $10 to the chapter per year.
Korean War Veterans National LIFE membership is available for those 80 and older, and is $75.
The chapter is involved in various functions during the year, including fundraising to help veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park, the Lyons campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, and the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Vineland.
For more information, contact Charlie Koppelman at 609-655-3111 or KWVANJ@yahoo.com
 
 
 
The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.
Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.
Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at http://co.burlington.nj.us/611/Marriage-Services.
There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.
For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.
 
 
Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.
Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.
Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.
For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit www.bentleycommunityservices.org
Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.
 
 
 
 
 
Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.
The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.
Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.
The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.
To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email jdanyus@saintpetersuh.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sign up at https://forms.gle/nxuZUi5AMJe1RcyJ8
 
 
NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.
To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email ioov@naminj.org
Presentations are available in English and Spanish.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.
The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.
Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email marcia.glatman@scorevolunteer.org
 
 
The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.
The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.
To sign up as a donor, visit www.mercersolidarity.org/ or email MercerCountyPOL@gmail.com.
 
 
 
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Feb 25, 2022
Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Brenda Gibson, accused of stealing over $800,000, is escorted out of Courtroom B at the Warren County Courthouse on Thursday after a preliminary arraignment.
A Warren County notary, already accused of stealing over $400,000 from previous employers, faces new charges for allegedly stealing over $400,000 from her customers.
Brenda L. Gibson, 58, of Pittsfield, was arraigned Thursday afternoon before District Judge Laura Bauer.
Gibson is charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, and two counts of receiving stolen property.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, read by Bauer during the hearing, Gibson accepted payments at her notary business from 714 individuals between January 2020 and December 2021. From those payments – for sales tax, registrations, and titles – $339,718.07 should have been forwarded to PennDOT, but were not, according to the affidavit.
Because the amount was over $100,000, Gibson is charged with felonies of the second degree in relation to those alleged thefts.
According to the affidavit, Gibson also allegedly failed to send $81,018.18 to PennDOT from 15 “apportionment registrant business owners.”
Charges related to that allegation are felonies of the third degree.
According to the affidavit, PennDOT had suspended its agreement with Brenda Gibson Notary of 1595 Market St., Warren, multiple times in 2020 and 2021, before terminating the agreement on Aug. 9, 2021.
The department conducted an audit of Gibson’s business later that month, according to the affidavit, and found hundreds of outstanding applications that were never forwarded by Gibson to the department.
In addition to the amounts that were intended to be paid to PennDOT, Gibson collected a fee of “at least $55 to process the transaction” from the 714 individuals and 15 businesses, according to the affidavit.
Gibson “failed to forward” $420,736.25 “while collecting $40,095 for services never rendered,” according to the affidavit.
Bauer explained that Gibson could face not more than 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for each of the three second-degree felonies and not more than seven years and a $15,000 fine for each of the three third-degree felonies.
She then set cash bail at $250,000 and a preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.
Gibson was already incarcerated in the Warren County jail.
Related to a previous docket, she faces 13 felonies and three misdemeanors related to allegations that she stole $134,000 from Dyke’s Garage in Bear Lake, where she was employed for 16 years, and $325,000 from Deerfield Township, where she had been secretary/treasurer for six years.
The bail related to those charges was also $250,000 cash.
Formal arraignment on those charges is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10.
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Safari offers browser translation in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Apple devices with operating systems older than IOS 14.0, will not include this feature. Download the Google Translate app or Microsoft Translator app to your device to access translations.
Traducciones disponibles en árabe, chino (simplificado), francés, alemán, italiano, japonés, coreano, portugués, ruso y español.
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iPhone o iPad
Safari para móviles
Traducciones disponibles en árabe, chino (simplificado), francés, alemán, italiano, japonés, coreano, portugués, ruso y español.
Los dispositivos Apple con sistemas operativos anteriores al IOS 14.0 no incluirán esta característica. Descargue la Aplicación de Google Translate o la Aplicación Microsoft Translator en su dispositivo para acceder a las traducciones.
سطح المكتب
تتوفر الترجمات باللغات العربية، الصينية (المبسطة)، الفرنسية، الألمانية، الإيطالية، اليابانية، الكورية، البرتغالية، الروسية والإسبانية.

افتح متصفح سفاري (Safari) واختر عرض (View)، ثم ترجمة من القائمة المنسدلة. اضبط متصفحك على لغتك المفضلة غير اللغة الإنجليزية.

توجه إلى الصفحة الإلكترونية التي تريد ترجمتها.

سيظهر زر الترجمة على يمين شريط العنوان. قد لا تتوفر الترجمات لجميع الصفحات.

اختر زر الترجمة ولغتك المفضلة
 
الآيفون (iPhone) أو الآيباد (iPad)

سفاري (Safari) على الهاتف المحمول
تتوفر الترجمات باللغات العربية، الصينية (المبسطة)، الفرنسية، الألمانية، الإيطالية، اليابانية، الكورية، البرتغالية، الروسية والإسبانية.
افتح متصفح سفاري (Safari) على جهازك المحمول وانتقل إلى الصفحة الإلكترونية التي تريد ترجمتها.
اختر أيقونة aA بجوار شريط العناوين لرؤية خيارات الموقع. من القائمة المنسدلة، اختر “الترجمة إلى” “Translate to” وثم لغتك المفضلة .
اختر “تفعيل الترجمة” “Enable Translation” إذا ظهرت القائمة المنبثقة (pop-up menu). اعلم أنه سيُطلب منك تفعيل الترجمة لمرة واحدة فقط.
لن تتضمن أجهزة آبل (Apple) التي تعمل بأنظمة تشغيل أقدم من IOS 14.0 هذه الميزة. قم بتنزيل تطبيق غوغل للترجمة (Google Translate) أو تطبيق مترجم مايكروسوفت (Microsoft Translator App) على جهازك للوصول إلى الترجمات.
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افتح متصفح كروم (Chrome) وانتقل إلى الصفحة الإلكترونية التي تريد ترجمتها.

يمكن أن تظهر قائمة ترجمة غوغل المنبثقة تحت شريط العناوين. اختر لغتك المفضلة من قائمة الخيارات (menu) لترجمة الصفحة.

إذا لم تظهر قائمة الترجمة، فاختر زر الترجمة من غوغل على يسار شريط العناوين. اختر لغتك المفضلة من قائمة الخيارات (menu) لترجمة الصفحة.

للوصول إلى المزيد من اللغات للترجمة، اختر زر الترجمة من غوغل على يمين شريط العناوين، ثم اختر رمز قائمة خيار الإجراء. من القائمة المنسدلة، انقر على “اختيار لغات أخرى” “Choose Another Languages” واختر لغتك المفضلة من القائمة المنسدلة.
 
هاتف أندرويد (Android) أو الجهاز اللوحي (Tablet)

افتح متصفح كروم (Chrome) على جهازك المحمول وانتقل إلى الصفحة الإلكترونية التي تريد ترجمتها.

يمكن أن تظهر قائمة خيارات ترجمة غوغل في الجزء السفلي من الشاشة. اختر لغتك المفضلة من قائمة الخيارات (menu) لترجمة الصفحة.

للوصول إلى المزيد من اللغات للترجمة، اختر أيقونة قائمة خيارات الإجراءات (action menu) واختر “المزيد من اللغات” “More Languages” ثم لغتك المفضلة من قائمة الخيارات المنسدلة.
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安卓手机或平板电脑
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سطح المكتب (Desktop)

عند فتح متصفح مايكروسوفت إيدج (Microsoft Edge) ، انقر فوق النقاط الثلاث في الزاوية اليمنى العليا من المتصفح ثم اختر “الإعدادات” “Settings” من القائمة المنسدلة.
من الجانب الأيسر من نافذة المتصفح، انقر على قسم “اللغات” “Languages” واختر لغتك المفضلة عن طريق النقر على “إضافة لغات” “Add languages” واتباع المطالبات.
إذا قمت بزيارة صفحة لم تتم ترجمتها إلى لغتك المفضلة، فقد تظهر قائمة خيارات الترجمة المنبثقة بجوار شريط العناوين. اتبع التعليمات لاختيار لغتك المفضلة واختر “الترجمة” “Translate” لترجمة الصفحة.
台式电脑
If you need to take a test, attend a license reinstatement hearing, or complete a license reexamination, you must use an interpreter who is authorized by the Michigan Department of State prior to your scheduled appointment.
You can ask anyone to interpret on your behalf for all other Secretary of State services and office visits.
If you’d like to have someone interpret on your behalf for a test, hearing, or reexamination, they will need to submit an application to serve as a one-time interpreter. Your one-time interpreter must be authorized by the Department prior to your scheduled visit and can only provide interpretation for your test, hearing, or reexamination.
To apply to be a one-time interpreter, an individual must:
Mail, fax or email all required documents to:
Michigan Department of State
Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 30708
Lansing, MI 48909
Fax: 517-335-3241
Email: SOS-OIS@Michigan.gov
Once the Department has reviewed the application, staff will contact the applicant to inform them when they are approved to provide one-time interpreter services.
Application to Provide Volunteer Interpreter Services
The Michigan Department of State maintains a list of permanent volunteer foreign language interpreters. You may contact a volunteer interpreter to arrange your visit to a Secretary of State office location.
Interpreters on this list are approved to provide service at specific Secretary of State offices and are prohibited from charging a fee.
To request a copy of the pre-approved interpreters list, visit a Secretary of State office or email MDOS-Access@Michigan.gov.
Si necesita realizar una evaluación, asistir a una audiencia de restablecimiento de licencia o completar una re-evaluación de licencia, usted debe utilizar un intérprete que posea autorización del Departamento de Estado de Michigan antes de programar su cita.
Puede solicitar que cualquier persona realice la interpretación en su nombre para cualquier otro servicio de la Secretaría de Estado y visita a la oficina.
Si quiere que alguien interprete en su nombre para una evaluación, audiencia o re-evaluación, esta persona deberá presentar una solicitud para servir como intérprete ocasional. Su intérprete ocasional debe tener autorización del Departamento antes de su visita programada, y solo puede proporcionar intepretación para su evaluación, audiencia o re-evaluación.
Para solicitar ser intérprete ocasional, la persona deberá:
Enviar por correo, fax o correo electrónico todos los documentos necesarios a:
Michigan Department of State
Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 30708
Lansing, MI 48909
Fax: 517-335-3241
Email: SOS-OIS@Michigan.gov
Una vez que el Departamento haya revisado la solicitud, el personal contactará al solicitantes para informarle cuándo serán aprobados para prestar servicios de interpretación ocasional.
Solicitud para prestar servicios de interpretación voluntaria
El Departamento de Estado de Michigan mantiene una lista de intérpretes de lenguas extranjeras voluntarios permanentes. Usted puede contactar a un intérprete voluntario para concertar su visita a una sede de la oficina de la Secretaría de Estado.
Los intérpretes en esta lista están aprobados para prestar servicios en oficinas específicas de la Secretaría de Estado y tienen prohibido cobrar tarifas.
Para solicitar una copia de la lista de intérpretes pre-aprobados, visite una oficina de la Secretaría de Estado o envíe un correo electrónico a MDOS-Access@Michigan.gov.
.إذا كنت بحاجة إلى إجراء اختبار، أو حضور جلسة استماع لاستعادة رخصة القيادة، أو إكمال إعادة فحص الرخصة، فيجب عليك استخدام مترجم فوري مفوض من قبل مكتب السكرتارية في ميشيغان قبل الموعد المحدد لك

.يمكنك أن تطلب من أي شخص أن يقوم بالترجمة نيابة عنك لجميع خدمات مكتب السكرتارية الأخرى وزيارات المكتب
إذا كنت ترغب في الاستعانة بشخص ما يقوم بالترجمة نيابة عنك لإجراء اختبار أو جلسة استماع أو إعادة الإختبار، فسيلزمه تقديم طلب للعمل كمترجم فوري لمرة واحدة. يجب أن يتم تفويض المترجم الفوري المعين لك من قبل إدارة المكتب قبل زيارتك المحددة بموعد مسبق ويمكنه فقط تقديم الترجمة الفورية للاختبار أو جلسة الاستماع أو إعادة الاختبار.
:للتقدم للعمل كمترجم لمرة واحدة، يجب على الشخص

إكمال الطلب والتوقيع عليه لتقديم خدمات الترجمة التطوعية، واختيار أنه سيعمل كمترجم فوري لمرة واحدة •  
تقديم صورة أو نسخة عن رخصة القيادة أو بطاقة الهوية الصالحة وغير منتهية الصلاحية •
:أرسل جميع المستندات المطلوبة عبر البريد أو الفاكس أو البريد الإلكتروني إلى
Michigan Department of State
Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 30708
Lansing, MI 48909
الفاكس: 3241-335-517
SOS-OIS@Michigan.gov: البريد الإلكتروني
.عندما تراجع الإدارة الطلب، سيتصل الموظفون بمقدم الطلب لإبلاغه عندما تتم الموافقة عليه لتقديم خدمات الترجمة الفورية لمرة واحدة
طلب لتقديم خدمات المترجم الفوري التطوعي
يحتفظ مكتب السكرتارية في ميشيغان بقائمة بالمتطوعين الدائمين لمترجمي اللغات الأجنبية. يمكنك الاتصال بمترجم فوري متطوع لترتيب زيارتك إلى موقع مكتب سكرتارية الولاية
.تمت الموافقة على المترجمين الفوريين الموجودين في هذه القائمة لتقديم الخدمة في مكاتب معينة لسكرتارية الولاية ويُحظر عليهم فرض رسوم
.MDOS-Access@Michigan.gov لطلب نسخة عن قائمة المترجمين الفوريين المعتمدين مسبقًا، قم بزيارة مكتب سكرتارية الولاية أو أرسل رسالة عبر البريد الإلكتروني إلى
如果您需要参加考试、执照恢复听证会或完成执照复审,您必须在预约前使用密歇根州务院授权的口译员。
您可以让任何人代表您,口译所有其他州务卿服务和办公室访问事宜。
如果您想让某人在考试、听证会或复核中提供口译服务,他们需要提交申请,为您提供单次口译服务。译员提供单次口译服务,必须在您预约办理日期前获得州务院的授权,才能在考试、听证会或复核中提供口译服务。
如需申请成为提供单次口译服务的译员,个人必须:
请根据要求,将文件邮寄、传真或电子邮件方式发送至:
Michigan Department of State
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P.O. Box 30708
Lansing, MI 48909
传真:517-335-3241
电子邮箱:SOS-OIS@Michigan.gov
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密歇根州州务院有一份永久志愿外语译员名单。您可以与志愿译员联系,安排您需前往州务卿办公室现场办理业务。
名单上的译员已获准在特定的州务卿办公室提供服务,不允许向您收取任何费用。
如需获得已批准译员名单的副本,请前往州务卿办公室或发送电子邮件至MDOS-Access@Michigan.gov
All Secretary of State offices offer translated testing for driver knowledge exams in the following languages:
The chauffeur’s, moped, motorcycle, and recreational (Double R) endorsement tests are also offered in the following languages at Secretary of State offices:
Schedule an office visit
New drivers
License and ID information
Todas las oficinas de la Secretaría de Estado ofrecen evaluaciones de conocimiento de conducción traducidas en los siguientes idiomas:
Las evaluaciones de aprobación para choferes, ciclomotores, motocicletas y vehículos recreativos (doble R) también se ofrecen en los siguientes idiomas en las oficinas de la Secretaría de Estado:
Programe una cita para acudir a una oficina
Nuevos conductores
Información de licencia e identificación
:تقدم جميع مكاتب سكرتارية الولاية اختبارات مترجمة لامتحانات معرفة السائق باللغات التالية
English (English) •
shqip (Albanian) •
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русский (Russian) •
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:تتوفر أيضًا اختبارات المصادقة على السائق الخاص والدراجة النارية والدراجات النارية الصغيرة (موبيد) والمركبات الترفيهية (Double R) باللغات التالية في مكاتب سكرتارية الولاية
قم بتحديد موعد لزيارة المكتب
السائقون الجدد
معلومات رخصة القيادة والهوية
所有州务卿办公室均提供以下语言的驾驶员知识考试:
国务卿办公室还提供以下语言的司机、轻便摩托车、摩托车、双拖车房车许可考试:
预约办公室业务办理
新手驾驶员
驾驶证和身份证信息
Visit a self-service station to renew your vehicle registration, tab, and license plate or renew your license or ID, if a new photo is not required. All 160 Secretary of State self-service stations offer translated service in the following languages:
A $3.95 service fee will be charged for each item transacted at a self-service station.
Find a self-service station
Visite una estación de autoservicio para renovar el registro vehicular, la etiqueta y la patente, o renovar su licencia o identificación, si no se requiere una foto nueva. Todas las 160 estaciones de autoservicio de la Secretaría de Estado ofrecen servicios traducidos en los siguientes idiomas:
Se cobrará una tarifa de servicio de $3,95 por cada transacción en la estación de autoservicio.
Encuentre una estación de autoservicio
:قم بزيارة محطة الخدمة الذاتية لتجديد تسجيل سيارتك وعلامة التبويب ولوحة الترخيص أو تجديد رخصة القيادة أو الهوية، إذا لم تكن هناك حاجة إلى صورة جديدة. تُقدم جميع محطات الخدمة الذاتية التابعة لمكاتب سكرتارية الولاية التي يبلغ عددها 160 خدمةً مترجمة إلى اللغات التالية
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.سيتم فرض رسوم خدمة بمبلغ 3.95 دولارًا لكل عنصر يتم تداوله في محطة الخدمة الذاتية
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VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MAY 26 – VietNamNet

The Vietnamese economy recovered more slowly than the world economy last year, but the reverse is likely to be true this year.
BIDV Chief Economist Can Van Luc made the forecast at the conference “Vietnam financial market 2021 and outlook 2022” on May 25.
Luc had three possible scenarios for the Vietnamese economy in 2022. In the best-case scenario, the economy is expected to rebound strongly with an annual growth rate of 6-6.5 percent.
The figure is adjusted down to 5.5-6 percent in the base-case scenario, and to 4.5-5 percent if things do not turn out well. Meanwhile, inflation is believed to rise steadily due to global inflationary pressures.
“I’m quite sure that Vietnamese inflation will rise to around 3.8-4.2 percent this year. It’s inevitable amid rapid-rising global inflation,” he added.
Additionally, Luc was optimistic that the securities market is likely to become more sound and stable after several corrections. The VN-Index is forecast to rise slightly by 7.7 percent to reach 1,614 points in the best-case scenario.
Regarding the banking system, credit growth is expected to hit 14-15 percent while the non-performing loan ratio would be kept at around 2 percent. Pre-tax profits of credit institutions are estimated to grow by 20-25 percent against 2021. 
The insurance market is also expected to do well in 2022 profit-wise with a growth of 18-20 percent. However, profits from investment activities are likely to stay lower than in 2020 and 2021.
Economic expert Le Xuan Nghia believed that the corporate bond market is a capital-raising channel more important than medium- and long-term bank loans. It is the case because corporate bonds are more flexible than bank loans.
The expert feared that the currently-stagnated bond market would hold back ongoing bond-financed projects and stifle new projects, putting firms at risk of defaults.
He was also concerned that the stagnation would freeze the realty market and drive many banks to a critical situation. He called for transparency and accountability in the bond market to solve the problem.
Pham Xuan Hoe, Secretary-General of Vietnam Financial Leasing Association, estimated total financial assets in the economy at over 300 percent of GDP. The ratio was so high that it signalled a structurally-problematic real economy. 
The secretary-general also highlighted asset leasing as an effective financial channel for firms, notably small- and medium-sized businesses. However, legal frameworks for the channel have been outdated and need to be replaced to unlock its potential.
Pham Thi Hoang Anh, Director of Research Institute for Banking, Banking Academy of Vietnam, opined that the State Bank of Vietnam had managed central exchange rates with much success. Notably, foreign reserves reached 114 billion USD by late 2021.
The director also revealed that total credit to commercial real estate hit 783 trillion VND by late March 2022, higher than the same period in previous years but still in the safe zone.
Vu Nhu Thang, Vice Chairman of the National Financial Supervisory Commission, was concerned that risks in the realty market might spill over into the banking system and securities market, putting firms on the line.
He also underlined Circular 16 issued by the SBV in 2021 as a timely regulation that constrained banks’ privately-placed bond ownership, effectively curbing the spillover.
UK attaches importance to agriculture cooperation with Vietnam
Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of the UK Victoria Prentis on May 25 highlighted the importance of the Vietnam-UK agriculture and rural development cooperation, especially now that the UK government considers Vietnam as a vital partner in the Indo-Pacific region.
During talks with visiting Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam Phung Duc Tien at the headquarters of DEFRA, Prentis affirmed her country’s commitment to strongly support the transformation of Vietnam’s agriculture towards green, low emission and sustainable development.
For his part, Tien proposed specific cooperation, including in the field of policy, to develop green and low-emission agriculture, promote the opening of agro-forestry-aquaculture markets, and strengthen cooperation in sustainable development, climate change adaptation and biodiversity.
He expressed his hope that the two sides will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in agriculture and rural development, thus promoting and realising priority cooperation programmes and activities in 2022-2025.
Regarding future orientations for cooperation, the Vietnamese official suggested the UK government to soon consider opening the market for fresh fruits such as mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, litchi, and longan; and processed pork and poultry products, poultry eggs, and milk and dairy products, from Vietnam.
To increase trade in livestock products between the two countries, Deputy Minister Tien proposed the UK side to provide veterinary hygiene and food safety requirements.
Prentis agreed on Tien’s assessment of the cooperation potential between the two ministries in the near future, and noted proposals of Vietnam to promote the opening of the market.
She suggested Vietnam consider to soon import some pork and chicken products of the UK, and affirmed her country’s commitment to strongly support the transformation of Vietnam’s agriculture towards green, low emission and sustainable development.
Forum promotes application of int’l financial reporting standards in Vietnam
A forum discussing the application of international financial reporting standards (IFRS) in Vietnam took place in Hanoi on May 25.
Jointly organised by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Accounting and Auditing Supervisory Department (AASD) under the Ministry of Finance, the event gathered over 600 delegates from agencies, units, listed businesses, auditing companies and universities.
The second event of its kind is within the framework of the technical cooperation project between AASD and JICA  on “strengthening the capacity of the AASD to promote the application of financial reporting standards in Vietnam” funded by the Japanese government.
The forum is expected to help agencies of the Government, private sectors and training institutions in Vietnam understand the differences between Vietnamese accounting standards (VAS) and IFRS; as well as promote the exchange of views on the roadmap for applying IFRS.
Quang Ninh to host Vietnam Real Estate Brokerage Day 2022
The Vietnam Real Estate Brokerage Day 2022 will take place in Ha Long city in the northern province of Quang Ninh from June 24-25.
According to Nguyen Chi Thanh, vice chairman of the Vietnam Association of Realtors (VARS), Vietnamese real estate brokers have played an important role in the rapid, strong and sustainable development of the property market over the last two decades.
He underlined the impressive change to Vietnam’s property market with thousands of new and modern urban areas, adding that tens of thousands of people have been able to buy new houses every year.
Thanh attributed the results to the significant contribution of real estate brokers in Vietnam, noting they have helped stimulate demand and create motivation for property developers to promote investments.
The event is hoped to attract about 1,000 participants from the real estate investment and business community and brokers across the country.
It will offer a venue for brokers and businesses to share experience and set up partnerships.
The event will also see the participation of representatives from the Government, local authorities, and from ASEAN, Asia and the US, among others.
Vietnam Electricity gearing up to keep lights on for dry season
Vietnam Electricity (EVN) said it will make adjustments to the power grid to ensure power supply for daily public energy use in the second quarter – the peak of the dry season, when power generation becomes a serious issue.
Daily consumption in April was estimated at 779 million kWh while load power stood at about 42,124 MW, rising 5.3 percent year on year.
Difficulties are likely to linger on this season in terms of coal supply for thermal power plants.
The State-owned group said coal shortages were recorded in Q1, at 1.36 million tonnes lower than the contracted volume, forcing thermal power plants to cut turbines, reducing output by 1.365 billion kWh.
Facing that reality, the firm worked with coal suppliers to find solutions and reported the problem to authorities.
EVN flexed its fleet of hydropower plants so as to guarantee both power generation and water for downstream agriculture.
Vietrade consultation to spur exports to Kuwait
A consultation will be held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Department of Trade Promotion (Vietrade) on June 1 to boost export to Kuwait where demand for agricultural, industrial and consumer products are on a rise.
Economic relations between Vietnam and Kuwait have grown constantly over the years, with the bilateral trade exceeding 4.78 billion USD in 2021, up 49 percent from the previous year.
However, Vietnam has registered a significant trade deficit with Kuwait as it only generated over 60 million USD from the export of mainly mobile phones, electronics, aquatic products, wood and timber products and farm produce to the Middle Eastern country last year.
Its import from Kuwait totaled more than 4.7 billion USD in 2021, a year-on-year increase of 49 percent, a majority of which was crude oil to be used as input for Nghi Son Oil Refinery.
Vietnam Dairy 2022 to be held in Hanoi
The third Vietnam International Milk and Dairy Products Exhibition (Vietnam Dairy 2022) will take place at Hanoi International Exhibition Centre from May 31 to June 4, the event’s organisers have announced.  
Co-organised by the Vietnam Dairy Association (VDA) and Vietnam Advertisement and Fair Exhibition JSC (VIETFAIR), the upcoming exhibition will have 200 booths from 150 domestic and foreign exhibitors. Among them will be Vinamilk, Friesland Campina, Nestle, Nutifood, Abbott and Vinasoy. 
Participated firms will showcase milk and dairy products, ingredients and technology in the dairy industry, processing and packaging lines in the industry, animal feed and veterinary machines, dairy cattle breeds, environment treatment technology, food safety standard management system and other services in the dairy sector. 
Despite the prolonged pandemic, the domestic dairy industry still produced over 1.76 billion litres of fresh milk in 2021, up 3.5 percent year-on-year. Powdered milk production volume also saw positive growth of 14.5 percent year-on-year to 150,000 tonnes, congthuong.vn reported. 
In 2021, the sector had a turnover of nearly 300 million USD. Among its export outlets last year, Iraq was the largest one, accounting for over 50 percent of the sector’s total export value.
Shrimp exports reach peak, higher value expected in Q2
Vietnamese shrimp exports hit a record high of US$1.4 billion in the opening four months of the year, rising by 45% against the same period from last year, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).
The top five consumers of local shrimp include the United States, Japan, the EU, China, and the Republic of Korea, with their growth rates ranging between 15% and 91%.
The steady growth in shrimp exports can largely be attributed to high market demand and strong export prices, according to local export enterprises.
Most notably, Vietnamese shrimp products received due attention at a number of international aquatic trade fairs, such as the Seafood Expo North America and the Seafood Expo Global held in March and late April.
According to details given by the VASEP, shrimp exports during the second quarter of the year are projected to see an upward trajectory of approximately 12% to US$1.2 billion.
However, experts have outlined that a number of factors, such as unusual weather, as well as high input costs of gasoline and production materials, are likely to impact the supply source of raw shrimp, thereby eroding any profits made by enterprises.
Vietnamese firms show off food, beverage products at Thai fair
     
Eighteen food and beverage enterprises led by the High Quality Vietnamese Product Business Association are displaying their products in Bangkok at THAIFEX-Anuga Asia, the region’s largest food and beverage trade fair.
They are showcasing some unique and healthy products that meet consumers’ evolving post- COVID-19 pandemic such as lotus seed milk, lotus tea, dried lotus seeds, fruit jam pie, organic mango, coconut candy, bottled fresh coconut water with strawberry and salted lemon flavours, coconut butter, green skin pomelo, Habanero chilli sauce, fresh freeze-dried celery juice, eggplant products, pennywort powder, and others.
According to the association, the Vietnamese products exhibited at the event meet international standards and are especially good for health.
Besides taking part in the fair, the Vietnamese businesses will also take part in a study tour, visiting large factories, wholesale market and farms, and meet Vietnamese businesses in Thailand and local ones.
They will also call on the Vietnamese ambassador and trade office in Thailand and interact with the Thai Food Processing Association to learn about consumer trends, innovations in food processing and trading, difficulties faced by Vietnamese agricultural products in penetrating the Thai market and long-term solutions to enable them to get a firm foothold there.
Ample room for Vietnamese plastic exports to Australia
     
Room for growth is ample for Vietnamese plastic exports, as Australian demand has risen steadily in recent years.
The Vietnamese Trade Office in Australia (VTOA) reported that Vietnamese plastic exports to the country grew by over 11 per cent between 2017 and 2021. In 2021, Viet Nam took revenue of nearly US$87 million in plastic trade with Australia, up 28.5 per cent year-on-year.
Since the changing consumption habits in Australia are associated with a greater preference for convenience and ready-to-eat foods, the demand for plastic bags used in the food industry is expected to hold steady, creating more room for Vietnamese plastic.
Additionally, Australian agricultural and food exports are forecast to continue to climb in the short term thanks to free trade agreements, raising the demand for plastic bags in packaging. Vietnamese plastic is believed to benefit significantly from this upward trend.
The VTOA underlined trade fairs as an effective channel allowing Vietnamese firms to reach out to Australian partners. The organisation said it would help firms stay well-informed about Australia’s trade fairs and trade opportunities.
It also said that it promoted Vietnamese firms to Australian partners and developed plans to help these firms look for exclusive distributors in the market.
HCM City annual agriculture fair opens
     
Agricultural and other products under the ‘One Commune – One Product’ Programme from HCM City and the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are on show at the HCM City Agriculture Fair that opened on Tuesday in Thu Duc City.
The products on the display at 160 booths include orchids, bonsai plants, vegetables, mushrooms, seeds, fertilisers, garden accessories, and packaged foods.
The fair is aimed at promoting agricultural products and creating a platform for the promotion of agriculture and rural development.
It seeks to connect farmers and agricultural businesses with consumers in the city.
The event at the Thu Duc City Children’s House will run until Sunday. 
False declaration of prices in transferring real estate cause losses
     
Organisations and individuals buying, selling and transferring real estate under two separate prices, meaning that the actual purchase price is lower than that on the notarised contract, is increasingly common and has caused great losses of revenue to the State budget.
The tax industry has implemented many solutions, recommending that taxpayers need to be honest in declaring actual prices to protect their own interests.
In real estate transfer activities, there are still cases in which the house prices declared on real estate transfer contracts with notarised certification, are much lower than the actual prices.
There are also contracts of purchase and sale of houses and construction works which are formed in the future. The value of the future house is somehow equal to the purchase price of the initial investor. In other case, after receiving the certificate of land use right, when the ownership of house and other land-attached assets has been granted, the taxpayer is willing to declare lower selling price. This does not reflect the true value of real estate transactions, and causes a loss of revenue for the State budget.
To promote the management of real estate transfer activities, the Ministry of Finance has sent an official dispatch to the People’s Committees of the provinces and centrally-run cities, police and Ministry of Justice to co-ordinate and implement solutions to prevent losses.
The Ministry of Finance and tax authorities at all levels have guided people and businesses to properly declare the transfer price as a basis for tax calculation in accordance with the law. The Ministry of Finance has also directed the General Department of Taxation to request tax authorities strengthen co-ordination with local agencies and departments in the management of real estate transfer activities, especially strengthening criminal handling for acts of tax evasion related to business activities and real estate transfer.
The General Department of Taxation has taken a number of measures to collect evidence to verify the transfer price such as verifying with the Notary Offices about the deposit contract, the contract appendix with the adjusted price, verifying through the banks about transactions related to real estate transfer and loans to buy real estate.
US institutions here to help local leverage
A number of US-headquartered investment funds and financial institutions are displaying a growing appetite for Vietnam’s market, but regulatory bottlenecks must be expeditiously addressed to realise their ambition.
Following the visit by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to the United States last week, a number of American business leaders have expressed their confidence in Vietnam as a compelling story for them to generate alpha.
Charles R. Kaye, CEO of private equity firm Warburg Pincus, highlighted interest in Vietnam’s policy of restricting foreign ownership limits (FOL) in banking, set at 30 per cent for private commercial banks and 20 per cent for state-owned banks. The FOL barrier, consequently, could hamper international financing sources flowing to Vietnamese banks.
With a diverse portfolio, Warburg Pincus is now a prominent US backer, spending over $2 billion on a range of companies and joint ventures such as Techcombank, MoMo, Vincom Retail, BW Industrial, Lodgis, and The Grand Ho Tram Strip, among others.
He also suggested that Vietnam’s stable macroeconomic and business environment is a huge impetus for foreign investors, and some challenges still need to be further improved, such as FOLs in the banking sector and infrastructure. Similarly, a Goldman Sachs representative also raised his concern FOLs as well as accessibility to foreign currencies.
Nevertheless, Asian investors, especially from Japan and South Korea, are continuing their buying spree in Vietnam’s banking landscape, with a handful of notable deals, which bodes well for the resurgence of cross-border merger and acquisition activity. US financiers, notwithstanding, have not been active in deploying their capital into the Vietnamese banking M&A market.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) under the World Bank Group has partnered with HDBank to boost access for Vietnamese small- and medium-sized enterprises to innovative funding, enabling them to take part in global supply chains and expand into new markets. The collaboration is expected to help HDBank build a supply chain financing portfolio of $1 billion by 2025.
Besides this, IFC will also support the State Bank of Vietnam in developing the legal framework for environmental, social, and corporate governance standards in the investment activities of Vietnamese credit institutions.
Joseph Y. Bae, co-CEO of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), another prominent PE fund from the States, also emphasised the fund’s interest in enhancing its footprint in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s State Securities Commission and the New York Stock Exchange have also inked an agreement to facilitate Vietnam’s forthcoming market status upgrade, from frontier to emerging, and provide a mechanism for investors to engage in both markets. Standard & Poor’s has also signalled its readiness to assist Vietnam to be classified as an emerging market.
JPMorgan Chase, N.A. Ho Chi Minh City Branch announces capital injection into Vietnam
JPMorgan Chase, N.A. Ho Chi Minh City Branch announced a capital injection of $123 million into its branch entity on May 26.
The investment brings the firm’s total capital investment into the Vietnamese market from $77 million to $200 million.
The capital will be used over the next few years to fund the expansion of the bank’s onshore services and capabilities, support its fast-growing suite of product offerings, and increase the hiring of local talent.
Vietnam accelerates post-pandemic economic recovery
The first year of the post-pandemic economic recovery journey has seen many positive signals, with a boom in investment, manufacturing and business, since COVID-19 was effectively put under control.
In a document sent to National Assembly deputies, the Government emphasised that the epidemic has been put under control, the macroeconomy remains stable, major balances of the economy have been ensured, key sectors are all recording higher growth, and many large-scale infrastructure projects are being implemented with strong determination.
However, the economic recovery path remains bumpy amid the uncertainties in the global political situation and internal weaknesses of the economy. Controlling inflation is a challenge amid rising fuel prices while public investment disbursement remains slow. In such a situation, the goals of achieving 6-6.5% economic growth and keeping inflation under 4% have become enormous challenges.
The National Assembly adopted Resolution 43/2022/QH15 on fiscal and monetary policies with the aim to support the socio-economic recovery and development programme, with total funding of 347 billion VND (15 billion USD). The programme has been promptly implemented by the Government by providing interest rate support, reducing value added tax for enterprises, supporting house rent for workers and constructing key transport projects.
The implementation of the programme is expected to raise GDP by 2.9% in 2022 and 0.2% in 2023, thus helping Vietnam to realise the growth target of 6.5-7% during the 2021-2025 period, while ensuring stable jobs and income for workers and keeping the unemployment rate at 2-3%.
Recently domestic and international research organisations have made optimistic forecasts about Vietnam’s economic recovery prospects. The World Bank predicts that Vietnam’s growth in 2022 will reach 5.3% and then stabilise at around 6.5%. The International Monetary Fund sees Vietnam’s growth at 6% and 7.2% in 2022 and 2023 respectively, while the Asian Development Bank expects Vietnam’s economy to recover to 6.5% in 2022 and 6.7% in 2023. Domestic agencies also forecast that the economy will expand by 6-6.5% this year under an optimistic scenario.
In order to accelerate economic recovery and fulfil the set targets, the Government has identified 12 key tasks, with a focus on expediting the implementation of support packages and public investment. The Government is also seeking new growth drivers in science and technology, digital transformation, innovation, and clean and renewable energy. On top of macroeconomic stability, such measures are expected to help the Vietnamese economy speed up on the recovery path and soon return to the growth orbit.
Techmart introduces promising produce processing, preserving technologies
More than 200 technological products of 87 businesses have taken part in the recent Techmart with the theme Agriculture and Post-Harvest Technology, held by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology.
At this Techmart event, certain products and solutions for post-harvest produce processing and preserving like innovative produce dryers have attracted much attention of visitors since they can help to reduce processing time while increasing product quality and preservation time compared to traditional drying methods.
Vietnam’s agriculture lately has achieved many impressive results, and its export turnover continuously increases year by year. However, during the harvest season, farmers still encounter trouble processing and preserving their crops owing to a lack of advanced technologies. The products and solutions exhibited in this Techmart are, therefore, expected to become a great aid to farmers and produce processing factories.
HCMC announces 6 key scientific-technological programs
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology has just held a conference to announce ‘Innovative, Scientific-Technological Research Programs and Directions from 2021-2025’, and the project ‘Introducing the Task of Managing, Using, and Handling Assets from Implementing Scientific-Technological Missions with State Capital’. 
Accordingly, HCMC is going to launch the 6 key scientific-technological programs:
_Research and development of technologies for smart urban area and digital transformation;
_Research and development of industrial technologies;
_Research and development of healthcare technologies
_Research and development of hi-tech agriculture;
_Research and development of applications for urban management and growth;
_Youth Science and Technology Incubator.
HCMC to develop urban area around Tan Son Nhat Airport
Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Phan Van Mai has directed the planning and development of an urban area around Tan Son Nhat Airport, according to the Office of the municipal People’s Committee on May 25.
Under the direction, the Department of Planning and Architecture will cooperate with the People’s Committee of Tan Binh District to study the airport-based urban area planning and assess the adjustment of the HCMC Master Plan by 2040, with a vision to 2060.
The People’s Committees of Tan Binh, Go Vap and Tan Phu districts have been required to consider solutions for the planning and development of an urban area around Tan Son Nhat Airport to make zoning plans and propose appropriate models of business and service development.
Transport Ministry announces projects with slow disbursement
The Ministry of Transport announced that at the end of May, there are nine projects with slow disbursement.
The projects invested by the ministry include the transport project connecting mountainous Northern provinces, the Tan Van – Nhon Trach section of Ho Chi Minh City’s Ring Road No. 3 project, the construction of Dien Chau-Bai Vot section of the North-South expressway, My Thuan – Can Tho Expressway, construction of the Interconnecting Road to National. Highway No 91 and Long Xuyen City bypass, the subproject on upgrading and renovating National Highway 279B, construction of the National Roads of 21B and 15, and the project to upgrade the runways at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
Hanoi accelerates construction of smart urban projects
 
The completion of these projects would help ensure Hanoi’s rapid and sustainable development towards green, smart, and modernization while maintaining the harmonization between rural and urban areas.
To date, the progress has been encouraging as contractors are speeding up the completion of the site clearance process.
According to a recent report, site clearance for the construction of the new residential project Tay Mo – Dai Mo – Vinhomes Park in Nam Tu Liem District has almost concluded, with the  70% of the work volume completed.
Around 80% of the land for the projects in the communes of Xuan Canh, Dong Hoi, and Mai Lam (Dong Anh District) have been cleared, and the authorities are handing over clear sites to contractors.
The local authorities are also working on investment procedures for the construction of the smart city project in Dong Anh District, with an investment capital of US$4.2 billion from the joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation and BRG Group.
Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung in a recent meeting with Japan’s Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio pledged to complete the site clearance on time for the construction to start in June 2022.
Under the municipal Party Committee’s program No.03 on urban renovation and development of urban economy in Hanoi in the 2021-2025 period, the city is tasked with building 2 to 3 new smart urban areas.
This would help ensure the city’s rapid and sustainable development towards green, smart, and modernization while maintaining the harmonization between rural and urban areas.
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365 Property Buyers Helps Homeowners Sell House Fast in Arkansas – Digital Journal

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365 Property Buyers, a company based in Cabot, AR, is happy to announce that they can help homeowners sell their house fast in Arkansas. They want to point out that selling a house fast in Arkansas is a straightforward and uncomplicated process for the homeowner or any other property owner. A homeowner can simply call 365 Property Buyers on the phone and provide some basic information about the property to one of their real estate assistants. The assistant will provide some advice to the owner and discuss ideas on how to help with the home selling.
Joey Deskin, owner of 365 Property Buyers, says, “Perhaps listing with an agent and paying real estate agent fees is the preferable alternative for your property. For some, it is the best option. If we believe that listing with an agent would be a better option for you, we would gladly inform you of this during the initial phone conversation. We are a no-nonsense veteran-owned property buying company that buys houses in Arkansas for cash. If you need to sell your house fast for cash, we are home buyers in AR that are interested in purchasing your property.”
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Joey Deskin wants to emphasize that they will never make an offer right away for the property over the phone. While some home buyers will do that in order to bind the house in a contract and then use an “inspection report” to request for a substantial reduction in the selling price at the end of their inspection period, 365 Property Buyers will refuse to do that. Thus, when a homeowner calls them, they will only ask for the most basic information about the house to see if working the homeowner is a possibility. Once, the homeowner is satisfied with various options they have provided, their House Helpers will schedule an offer meeting with the homeowner. This can done within the same day, either in person or by phone. Before the scheduled meeting, 365 Property Buyers will conduct an extensive evaluation of the property to ensure that they can make the best possible offer.
They want to point out that they will always strive to come up with a reasonable offer for a particular home that the home seller will find to be satisfactory because that is how they stay in business. That is because no one could be expected to accept a very low-ball offer. Fortunately, they have optimized their operations to such extent that they are able to afford to make larger offers on properties compared to other as-is home buyers in Arkansas. They have a range of alternatives when it comes to making an offer and some of these may even allow them to offer more than full market value.
If the homeowner accepts the offer, Joey Deskin or one of their in-house buyers will contact the home seller. The contract will then be given to the title firm, who will then check for title and property liens. Next, a property inspection will be conducted with the homeowner, who may then verify the accuracy of the repair estimates, after which they will make an offer to buy the home. This will usually take one to four business days.
The next step will be for them to examine the inspection report, including the title and home lien searches. They can offer a solution for almost any kind of home title, lien, or property tax issue in order to buy the property fast. This step will usually take 10 to 20 days.
The final step will be the scheduling of the closing and the payment of cash for the home. A mobile notary public will visit the homeowner to arrange for a visit to the title company. A certified cashier’s check will then be issued by the title firm for the property once the owner has signed the closing documents. This step will usually take one to five days.
Founded in 2010, 365 Property Buyers is a veteran-owned house buying firm that is ready to offer cash for houses in the state of Arkansas. They can buy homes in any situation and condition, such as: property on probate, property with tax lien, inherited home, owner is relocating, health issues, title issues, owner is upgrading, expired listing, bankruptcy, job loss, foreclosure, problems with tenants, being behind on payments, code violations, job transfer, and more.

When looking to sell house fast Arkansas homeowners can check out the 365 Property Buyers website, or contact them on the phone or through email.
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Oct 5, 2021
A long-time Warren County notary faces numerous felony theft charges related to other employment.
Brenda L. Gibson, 57, of 1025 Gibson Road, Pittsfield, faces two counts of theft by unlawful taking; two counts of receiving stolen property; two counts of theft by deception; two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds; forgery; deceptive business practices; restricted activities — conflict of interest; and two counts of other reason access device is unauthorized by issuer (all felonies); and misdemeanors tamper with records or identification; and two counts of misapply government or entrusted property.
According to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Gibson was employed by Dyke’s Garage in Bear Lake, where she handled business accounts and payroll for 16 years, and by Deerfield Township as secretary and treasurer for six years.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the owners of Dyke’s Garage were informed by a supplier that their account was past due. “The Dykes contacted Gibson and inquired as to why this vendor had not been paid,” officers said. “Gibson responded by telling the Dykes to ‘work harder’ to pay their bills.”
The owners reviewed business accounts at local banks and “identified many unauthorized and fraudulent transactions conducted by Brenda Gibson,” according to the affidavit. The alleged amount in fraudulent withdrawals from one bank since January 2021 was $99,081.47. “Many of the checks were either made out to Brenda Gibson or her business, Gibson Notary.”
“According to the Dykes… Gibson was the only one who maintained the password and had access to the account online,” according to the affidavit.
The records at another bank indicated that, since January 2020, Gibson made fraudulent withdrawals in the amount of $35,150 — made out to Brenda Gibson, or Gibson Notary, according to the affidavit.
“The Dykes never gave permission to Gibson to write checks to herself or pay her bills through their bank accounts,” according to the affidavit. “The total loss sustained by Dyke’s Garage for both business accounts is $134,231.47.”
On the same day officers met with the owners of Dyke’s Garage, they met with representatives of Deerfield Township.
According to the affidavit, Gibson handled five accounts — liquid fuels, general fund, payroll, and two money market accounts — for the township, and had “executive online access to all the accounts.”
The township reviewed its accounts that were maintained by Gibson following media and social media reports that Gibson’s notary business “may have been conducting inappropriate monetary transactions,” according to the affidavit.
That review resulted in the alleged discovery of five “misappropriated transactions” of $111,000 from the liquid fuels account and 21 totaling $214,000 from the general fund, since January 2020, according to the affidavit.
According to officers, Gibson presented the August 2021 balance sheet report to the township supervisors, reflecting a balance of $212,750. The total in all accounts at the end of August, according to the township’s review, was $6,544.54.
Checks bearing the signature of Supervisor Raymond Hagg were reviewed and eight were determined to be forgeries, according to the affidavit.
“The board of supervisors never gave permission to Gibson to write checks to herself of pay her bills through their bank accounts,” according to the affidavit.
Gibson has been a commissioned notary since April 1, 1998, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
In recent weeks, officers from the attorney general’s office and Conewango Township Police have searched her North Warren office and seized documents more than once.
Gibson’s office generated concerns and actions by PennDOT and State Rep. Kathy Rapp over the past few months when payments for vehicle services – including titles, registrations, and other documents – handled through the office did not go through.
Gibson, who once campaigned for the position of magisterial district judge, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Todd Woodin at 10:15 a.m. Monday.
She was released on $250,000 unsecured bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.
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5 Best Marriage Celebrants in Cleveland, OH – Kev's Best

Below is a list of the top and leading Marriage Celebrants in Cleveland, OH. To help you find the best Marriage Celebrants located near you in Cleveland, OH, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
The top-rated Marriage Celebrants in Cleveland, OH are:
5 Best Marriage Celebrants in Cleveland, OH
Cupid’s Arrow Wedding Officiant is known to create ceremonies that offer a lot more than the normal celebrant. This marriage celebrant is considered one of the best in Cleveland. Cupid’s Arrow Wedding Officiant offers their services regardless of race, religion, and gender. They are adept at helping couples ease in and not have anxiety on this special day. This marriage celebrant will go above and beyond to ensure the ceremony goes smoothly. They can also create unique wedding ceremonies to make the day more memorable. Are you looking for a reliable marriage celebrant in Cleveland? Check out Cupid’s Arrow Wedding Officiant today for more details.
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Address: Parma, OH 44134
Phone: (216) 502-9250
Website: cupidsarrowweddingofficiant.com
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Lisa was amazing! I had a little over a month to plan a wedding and the ceremony was the last thing on my mind. She helped me visualize everything I wanted. They created a ceremony that honored our religious beliefs and let our rowdy side show. Everyone complimented us on our ceremony afterward. So glad we contacted her! – Alyssa Ishu
The Best Marriage Celebrants in Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Wedding Officiants is an elopement chapel and marriage celebrant based in Cleveland, Ohio. This marriage celebrant offers an efficient and wonderful experience to couples. Cleveland Wedding Officiants understand that your special day should be as perfect and unique as possible. They have some of the most artistic and creative marriage celebrants in Ohio. Types of wedding ceremonies include traditional, civil, spiritual, inter-faith, and more. Other ceremonies like creative, intercultural, and custom ceremonies are also available. Looking for a top-notch marriage celebrant? Check out Cleveland’s Cleveland Wedding Officiants today for more details.
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Address: 21515 Chagrin Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44122
Phone: (216) 622-5190
Website: cleweddingofficiant.com
REVIEWS:
I used this company for my ceremony on 9/28 it was so wonderful. The vows the officiant had us recite to each other were everything I wrote on my phone. I’m booking again for my vow renewal. I HIGHLY recommend very professionally, nice, thoughtful – Giselle Braddon
Best Marriage Celebrants in Cleveland, OH
Diane’s Wedding Officiants provides marriage celebration services to the greater Cleveland area. This marriage celebrant has state-licensed officiants ready and willing to assist you. Diane’s Wedding Officiants promotes custom and unique wedding ceremonies that cater to your needs. Their marriage celebrants are among the most creative and experienced in Ohio. They will go the extra mile to make your special day more memorable. Personalized service is top-tier and will cater to your dreams and wishes. Want a great marriage celebrant to help with your wedding? Consider Diane’s Wedding Officiants today for their amazing services.
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Address: 6656 State Rd, Parma, OH 44134
Phone: (440) 623-8754
Website: dianesweddingofficiants.com
REVIEWS:
Diane’s Wedding Officiants did a terrific job at my wedding. They have several ministers if you need one in a hurry. Simple, certainly not boring. They do exactly what you want. – Lisa M.
Cleveland, OH Best Marriage Celebrants
Celebrations by Shari promotes amazing wedding ceremonies and moments to clients across Cleveland. They offer one-of-a-kind ceremonies that will surely be memorable. Celebrations by Shari offers unlimited consultations to make sure you get the perfect moment at your wedding. They will help you design the perfect wedding and ceremony that caters to your dreams. Their marriage officiants will go above and beyond to make sure your needs are met and satisfied. Want an amazing marriage celebrant to host your special day? Celebrations by Shari is a top-tier option you should consider today.
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LOCATION:
Address: 3771 E Lake Rd, Sheffield Lake, OH 44054
Phone: (440) 213-7574
Website: celebrationsbyshari.com
REVIEWS:
Shari was an amazing officiant for us! She went above and beyond to help us make our ceremony exactly what she wanted. She and her husband are so professional and kind. We are so happy she could marry us! – Abby Green
Cleveland, OH's Best Marriage Celebrants
A Princess for A Day offers event planning, notary services, and mobile officiating in Cleveland. This marriage celebrant will help you craft an unforgettable wedding ceremony. A Princess for A Day is a mobile-only marriage celebrant. They are widely regarded as one of the most efficient and professional marriage celebrants. Their marriage celebrants are highly requested for various ceremonies and elopements. These wedding celebrants are very experienced and creative. They will help you create an unforgettable ceremony. Looking for a great celebrant in Ohio? Check out A Princess for A Day today for more details on their services.
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LOCATION:
Address: 100 North Ave 103 133, Tallmadge, OH 44278
Phone: (330) 333-0249
Website: aprincessforaday.com
REVIEWS:
Stephanie and I worked on our wedding for a whole year. She is very understanding and very God with communication and makes sure the day is perfect. I would recommend her to everyone for her amazing services. – Tiffany Harmon
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Southeast Oklahoma Library System's Bookmobile is coming | Local News | mcalesternews.com – Mcalester News Capital

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Southeastern Oklahoma Library System (SEOLS) is introducing a new library — the SEOLS Bookmobile.
“The SEOLS Bookmobile will expand our area coverage by bringing full library services to our small and rural communities.” Executive Director Michael Hull said. “The Bookmobile has a full physical collection of more than 2,000 items ranging from Children, Juvenile, Young Adult, Adult, and Large Print books along with audiobooks and DVDs.”
The Southeast Oklahoma Library System serves seven counties: Pittsburg, Coal, Choctaw, McCurtain, Leflore, Latimer, and Haskell with 16 libraries spread throughout the counties.
The Bookmobile will also provide standard library services such as printing, copying, scanning, faxing, WIFI, notary services, and access to two public computers, Hull said.
SEOLS Marketing Coordinator Eddie Gray said mobile outreach is a key component of the SEOLS mission.
“The Bookmobile aims to make the library accessible to people in all parts of communities and all walks of life in our system’s geographic service area,” Gray said.
The Bookmobile is 35 ft long featuring two doors, an awning, an exterior monitor and speaker, and an ADA compliant wheelchair lift for easy access. The Bookmobile exterior design features photographs of locals from across Southeast Oklahoma.
“We are so excited to bring this service to Southeast Oklahoma,” Bookmobile Manager Kaylee Stanfield said. “The Bookmobile provides a great opportunity to connect with our communities and is being met with great anticipation.”
The Bookmobile is expected to arrive by mid June. The Bookmobile will spend the summer months attending local events and is scheduled to begin its planned routes this fall. Visit www.seolibraries.com for more information on the SEOLS Bookmobile including scheduling, event appearances, and services.
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