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Privatizing on hold
Council postpones privatizing
emergency dispatch. PAGE 2
By HEATHER FIORE
The Lawrence Sun
Susan Sturner, a resident of
Lawrenceville, has been suffering
from glaucoma since 2006.
Some nights I cant sleep be-
cause the pain is so bad; my eyes
will just ache, she said. Some-
times it feels like pins and needles
and other times its a blinding eye
ache, a pressure I cant explain.
From the very moment she
wakes up, Sturner experiences
waves of extreme nausea accom-
panied by severe headaches, two
of the hindering side effects of
her condition, which sometimes
wont even allow her to sit up in
her own bed.
After she manages to get her-
self out of bed, she makes her
way into the kitchen to make
some tea or to grab something to
eat, if her appetite hasnt disap-
peared yet.
Although a cluster of pill bot-
tles lie neatly on the coffee table
in her living room near the
couch, where she spends most of
her days, she explains how those
are only supplements and vita-
mins.
Thats not even the half of
them, she said.
This is only the start to a typi-
cal day for Sturner, who has also
been diagnosed with Hepatitis C,
chronic fibromyalgia, chronic
pain, chronic muscle spasms, IBS
(irritable bowl syndrome), and
post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD).
However, on Tuesday, Dec. 20,
everything as Sturner knew it
changed.
On that day, she traveled al-
most two hours away to the
Greenleaf Compassion Center in
Montclair the only medical mar-
ijuana dispensary in New Jersey
for her first appointment, which
she had been awaiting for weeks.
Sturner is one of the nearly 500
people that are currently regis-
tered in New Jerseys Medical
Marijuana Program (NJMMP),
an initiative designed to provide
medicinal marijuana to state-
qualified patients.
The registration fee for the
NJMMP is $200, but a reduced fee
of $20 is available for patients like
Sturner, who qualify for certain
state and federal assistance pro-
grams. Registration is valid for
HEATHER FIORE/The Lawrence Sun
Lawrenceville resident Susan Sturn-
er, who suffers from glaucoma along
with a handful of other debilitating
conditions, is part of the New Jer-
sey Medical Marijuana Program
(NJMMP) and is shown using her va-
porizer pen at her home. LEFT: The
Greenleaf Compassion Center, the
only current medical marijuana dis-
pensary in New Jersey, has three
strains available for patients of the
NJMMP, including Blue Dream and
Green Crack. Each strain differs in
the amount of THC it contains and
how it makes you feel once ingested.
Relief from pain
please see PROGRAM, page 6
Lawrenceville woman one of
nearly 500 registered for states
medical marijuana program
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By HEATHER FIORE
The Lawrence Sun
At the four-hour long Lawrence
Township council meeting on
Tuesday, Jan. 8, council members
voted to postpone the decision on
whether or not to privatize the
townships police emergency dis-
patching services for a two-week
period in order to give the current
dispatchers an adequate amount
of time to try and save their jobs,
which are now in jeopardy.
After going out to bid for dis-
patching services about a month
ago, Township Manager Richard
Krawczun detailed how the town-
ship received a bid from the Cran-
bury-based company, iXP Corpo-
ration, on Jan. 3.
He made a very detailed cost
analysis presentation, which
compared the costs of running
the services through the town-
ships current communications
center staffed with nine dispatch-
ers and iXPs proposal, using
salaries and benefits.
Krawczun showed how, over a
five-year period from 2013 to 2017,
it would cost the township
$3,634,063 to continue to provide
the services, almost $18,000 less
than iXPs proposal of $3,651,922.
However, he also explained
how iXPs proposal, which in-
cludes 12-hour shifts and normal
overtime payments, would ulti-
mately save the township money
$338,909 because of the over-
time the township would have to
pay the employees over the five-
year period, ultimately leaving
the dispatchers to account for the
shortfall about $321,000.
Vice president of AFSCME
Council 73 Frank Herrick, who is
currently the union representa-
tive working with the dispatch-
ers, was confident that he and the
dispatchers would be able to pres-
ent the council with a reasonable
counter offer, erasing the need to
outsource the service.
Why are we looking to priva-
tize something thats never been
privatized for a reason? he said.
You dont privatize fire; you
dont privatize police; you dont
privatize the people who dispatch
those agencies its too critical.
You got real professionals
working on this; why would we go
to an untried, no experienced
agency? he added. I think two
years from now youre going to be
sorry you did this if you do it. I
want you to keep an open mind as
to how much youre willing to
save when youve got a good team
in there already doing a good job.
Im sure you all have friends who
are cops; talk to them about what
its like to be out there, and hope
that when he asks for help that
the right person is sitting at that
desk. Ive watched it; Ive worked
with them; Im a life member of
the PBA because I was that close
to them, and that was one area
they never wanted anybody to
skimp on, so were going to be
working hard and hopefully well
come up with the numbers that
will make you happy and youll
stick with the team that does the
job.
Council postpones privatizing emergency dispatch services
please see LABOR, page 5
Two-week postponement set to give current dispatchers time to try and save their jobs
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JAN. 16-22, 2013 THE LAWRENCE SUN 5
Vice president of the FOP
Lodge 209 and Lawrence Town-
ship Det. Scott Flora added to
Herricks comments by detailing
how irreplaceable the townships
dispatching services are.
When we talk about removing
our dispatchers and bringing in a
private agency, we as the FOP, re-
ally consider this a huge public
safety issue, he said. First and
foremost because when you bring
in a private entity, they dont
know our town. They dont know
our citizens, how the demograph-
ics of town are laid out, who
weve had numerous calls for,
where possible domestic violence
occurrences are coming from.
Our dispatchers right now are ex-
cellent. They know exactly who,
what, when, where, why, and how,
and when youre putting a police
officers life on the line, I want
someone to know who, what,
when, where, why and how.
Flora detailed how he lived in a
town previously where they had
done something similar to a pri-
vate dispatching agency, although
not quite the same, where police
took three hours to arrive to his
house in the case of an emer-
gency because they didnt know
the demographics of his town.
How is a private entity going
to know who theyre dealing
with? he said. Theyre going to
come in here blind. Theyre not
going to know a single thing
about our town. Im not speaking
only for police officers; Im speak-
ing for town residents. How is a
town resident going to feel safe by
having a dispatcher who may
take one, two years to learn the
demographics of our town, the
ins and outs of our town, the bad
and good residents of our town?
I urge you to please allow our
dispatchers to work out such a
deal with the town council to try
to divert this and make this so
that we keep our dispatchers at
any cost possible, he added.
Please dont jump to any rash,
harsh decisions to bring in a com-
pany thats possibly going to put
the entire towns safety at risk be-
cause thatd be a real shame if
something got injured and it was
because of a faulty dispatch.
President of the FOP Lodge 209
and Lawrence Township police of-
ficer Andrew Lee piggybacked
Floras concerns.
Our concern is your concern
police officers at the desk, he
said. I think if there was a way
to figure out how to eliminate
that and a way to figure out a
scheduling that would than be
beneficial to the township and the
dispatchers, I dont think there
would be a need to go to iXP. I
think that would be the most ben-
eficial thing sit down with the
dispatchers and try to alleviate
these concerns. As the union
president, I am very concerned
about the officers not being on the
road because we need the man-
power out there. We are short;
were at critical levels, so it is a
major concern.
Lee also noted how the town-
ships dispatchers are second to
none, shoes a private agency
cannot fill.
Anytime Im going to a call, I
always feel comfortable, he said.
They know what theyre doing.
Theyre cognizant; theyre alert;
and theyre conscientious of the
police. To lose that would be an
absolute deficit to this township.
Krawczun, who reiterated that
this decision is in no way a reflec-
tion upon the townships dis-
patchers, explained how the re-
view of emergency 911 dispatch-
ing services in the township did-
nt just begin.
Weve been doing this for
years, examining regionalizing
and sharing services with some
towns, he said. This hasnt just
been looked at since just last
Thursday.
After much discussion and de-
liberation amongst the council
and dispatchers that attended,
Krawczun detailed how postpon-
ing the decision is the fairest way
to handle this situation as of now,
which all of the council members
agreed with.
We do have to look at things
differently and we may have to be
the town that takes the chance,
whether its on this service or
something else, he said. Yes,
change is hard and its a cold dip
of water in the deep end of the
pool, but we were asked and Ive
been asked by you, to come up
with new ways to do business and
we need to explore those. And, if
we can do it in cooperating with
the union and create those same
savings, then lets go down that
road, and if we cant, Im going to
recommend another direction.
At the meeting, the council also
passed a resolution for the town-
ships new labor contract with its
police officers, which covers from
Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2015;
and, Executive Director of the
Ewing-Lawrence Sewerage Au-
thority (ELSA) Robert Filler in-
formed the council that there will
be no increase in the sewer rate
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The Mercer County Holocaust-
Genocide Resource Center (MCH-
GRC) invites the community to
an open house and the screening
of the documentary film Chil-
dren of Terror on Thursday, Jan.
31. The doors open at 6 p.m. The
film will be shown at 7:30 p.m., fol-
lowed by a Q&A with the produc-
er, Rider University Professor Dr.
Shawn Kildea. The event is pre-
sented free of charge.
The center is located on the
West Windsor campus of Mercer
County Community College at
1200 Old Trenton Road on the sec-
ond floor of the Library Building
(next to the college bookstore).
Based on the 2009 book of the
same name, the film combines the
stories of two Holocaust sur-
vivors. Inge Auerbacher, a Ger-
man Jew, survived Terezin, a
Nazi concentration camp located
in what is now the Czech Repub-
lic, while Bozenna Gilbride, a
Catholic Pole, survived Chemnitz,
a Nazi work camp in Germany.
The film focuses on the interfaith
relationship these two women
forged in spite of the resistance to
their friendship from some with-
in their own communities.
For more information, contact
the MCHGRC at (609) 570-3355 or
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The Lawrenceville Elementary
School is now accepting applica-
tions for the districts three year-
old preschool program. This inte-
grated preschool program will
service both typically developing
and special needs children. Class-
es will meet for two hours a day,
five days per week. The three
year-old class will be limited to 16
students. Special needs students
will be placed in the program by
identification, evaluation and eli-
gibility procedures outlined in
New Jersey Administrative Code.
Placement for eight typically de-
veloping three year-old children
will be based on a lottery to be
held on March 14. Tuition cost for
this program is $300 per month.
Eligibility for this program re-
quires that children must be at
least three years of age on or be-
fore Oct. 1, 2013, must be a
Lawrence Township resident, and
must be toilet trained.
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T
he last few years havent been
good ones for Atlantic City casi-
nos. And, over the last few
years, theres been plenty of blame to
go around. There has been a lack of a
coordinated marketing effort until rel-
atively recently, for example. The casi-
nos were slow to respond to competi-
tion from surrounding states, too.
But blame Novembers disastrous
numbers on, well, a disaster. Hurri-
cane Sandy blew ashore followed
closely by another strong storm that
kept people away from the city.
According to the Division of Gam-
ing Enforcement, casino win fell 27.9
percent in the calendar month of No-
vember from last years November
numbers.
Overall, casino win was down 7.9
percent in the first 11 months of 2012,
compared to the first 11 months of
2011.
That said, the state had some better
news to report: For the three gaming
weeks ending Nov. 30, casino win was
down only 13 percent versus the same
three weeks in 2011. The huge hit came
in the two weeks impacted by Hurri-
cane Sandy and the second storm.
Casino win was down 63 percent com-
pared to the same two weeks of 2011.
Also, during November, nine conven-
tions, 15 concerts and assorted other
events were cancelled due to the
storms. Sandy also impacted October
revenue as well.
But, it could have been worse. The
casinos and the boardwalk in front of
the casinos emerged without a signifi-
cant amount of damage. The casinos
reopened fairly quickly after Sandy.
And it seems as though the Do AC
campaign is finally beginning to mar-
ket the city as a whole, which is way
better than relying on individual casi-
nos to attract patrons.
Maybe, if the weather cooperates,
2013 finally will bring better news for
Atlantic City.
in our opinion
This time, blame Mother Nature
Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on AC casino revenue as well
A big casino loss
Not surprisingly, Hurricane Sandy and
the storm that followed only a few days
later, wreaked havoc on Atlantic City
casinos. Casino win was way down in
November. But, the casinos, for the
most part weathered the storm and
might be in for brighter days in 2013.
two years.
After NJMMPs Patient Registry opened
on Aug. 9, 2012, and after learning that her
condition was among the 12 qualifying de-
bilitating medical conditions listed by the
NJMMP, Sturner applied to the program
with the help of her Lawrenceville-based
doctor Joseph Jimenez, and within a week,
was approved as a patient.
I was thrilled to death that I got into the
program, she said. In the past couple of
weeks, my life has changed.
Sturner, who struggles with heightened
intraocular pressure in her left eye as a re-
sult of the glaucoma, explained how she
was slated for operative surgery this
month to fix the problem because it be-
came so bad, a decision she begged her doc-
tor to prolong and re-evaluate 90 days after
she got into the NJMMP and began self-
medicating.
My glaucoma was controlled by drops
for a while and then it got out of control,
she said. I had laser surgery in both eyes
and that kept the pressure down for almost
1 1/2 years or so, and then the pressure
started climbing up again. My eye doctor
told me to try stronger drops and I was al-
lergic to both of the stronger drops they
put me on my eyes looked like theyd be
slit open, they were so puffy and bloodshot
and the only other options were the med-
On April 16, 2012, the New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services
issued a permit to Greenleaf Compassion
Center in Montclair to begin growing med-
ical marijuana, the first legitimate step
toward legalizing the drug, which has
been prohibited since 1937.
Exactly six months later on Oct. 16,
2012, the New Jersey Department of
Health (DOH) issued a permit to Greenleaf
Compassion Center to operate as an
Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) to dis-
pense marijuana, officially making New
Jersey one of the 16 states, including the
District of Columbia, to legalize the use of
marijuana for medicinal purposes.
In addition to Greenleaf Compassion
Center, five other ATCs were granted
licenses in March 2011, but have not yet
gotten final approval, in part due to
repeated delays by regulators, and in part
due to problems getting local permission.
MORE INFORMATION
PROGRAM
Continued from page 1
please see STURNER, page 7
Program has changed Sturners life, she says
JAN. 16-22, 2013 THE LAWRENCE SUN 7
ications I were allergic to. So, I
was doing drops three times a day
and that wasnt holding the pres-
sure down.
Sturner described how her
condition is irreversible and how
medical marijuana is the last at-
tempt to stabilize it before more
surgery is inevitable.
Glaucoma is silent and no one
really knows when its going to
happen, she said. If this works
for me, I can avoid the surgery.
Thats why I asked my doctor to
give me 90 days to see if my pres-
sure goes down.
Im hoping the marijuana is
lowering my pressure so its nor-
mal enough so I dont need to
have the surgery, she added. I
just want my symptoms re-
lieved.
For her first purchase, Sturner
bought a quarter ounce of two
different strains of marijuana, a
variety of G2 sativa known as
Green Crack for $120 and a va-
riety of G2 indica known as Blue
Dream for $140, in hopes that it
would lessen her symptoms natu-
rally and relieve some of the pres-
sure in her eyes.
She also purchased a vaporizer
pen for $165 and some other rec-
ommended filters and materials,
all of which came with a hefty
price tag, one of the only down-
sides to the NJMMP thus far, ac-
cording to Sturner.
By the time I walked out of
Greenleaf, I mustve spent $1,000,
she said.
Since Sturners first experi-
ence at the Greenleaf Compas-
sion Center, she has been doing a
lot of research on marijuana and
its effects. She noted how studies
show that medical marijuana
helps lower intraocular pressure,
which is her ultimate goal.
Science has proven that med-
ical marijuana, along with drops,
reduces intraocular pressure for
everybody, not just glaucoma pa-
tients, she said. For glaucoma
patients, it can be cut by 50 per-
cent.
Im glad the program is there
to help me with glaucoma and I
urge anyone else who has this to
join because the science is there,
she added.
With her research, Sturner has
also learned that there are dozens
of other strains of marijuana,
which also assist a range of other
side effects caused by certain ail-
ments or conditions.
The more I learn, the more I
realize I have to learn, she said.
Who would have known that
there was so much science behind
it? There are so many strains and
hybrids, and lists of what strain
of the plant does what. Some are
more specific for someone with
MS and something else for some-
one who has nausea from taking
HIV meds. Its very particular
and I dont know how New Jersey
is going to hit that with three
strains, so they definitely need
to look at expanding the pro-
gram.
Under law, New Jersey is only
currently allowed to sell three dif-
ferent strains of marijuana at
any given time, something which
Sturner explained also needs to
be altered in the future.
Although the state has taken
its first steps towards legalizing
medical marijuana by imple-
menting the NJMMP, Sturner de-
tailed how there is so much more
work to do to improve the pro-
gram and all it encompasses.
Its great that its off the
ground, but its just baby steps;
its just the beginning, she said.
I want the information out there
good and bad because thats
how we make things better. A lot
of people have worked really hard
to get this program to this point.
One of the first things on
Sturners list of improvements is
alternative methods of ingesting
marijuana, rather than being
forced to smoke it.
Id like to see the state have
more options, she said. I dont
want to smoke all the time; I dont
want smoke in my body all the
time. It would be nice to eat a lol-
lipop or chew some gum or drink
some tea.
Also on Sturners list more
willing doctors like Dr. Jimenez,
which is key to expanding the
program and gaining more wide-
spread acceptability.
My doctor is open-minded,
she said. But, we need more doc-
tors. Doctors are hesitant to adopt
the program. I started to mention
it to regular doctors and they did-
nt want to talk about it they
would say things like, Its compli-
cated or its not generally accept-
ed. They dont want to pay the
money or jump through some
hoops, which I can sort of under-
stand, but they can write a pre-
scription for morphine but not for
an herb.
Lastly, and most importantly,
Sturner believes that education is
an area where the advocates and
officials of the NJMMP need to
channel their focus so people are
better informed about the prod-
uct and its uses.
GreenLeaf gives you a pam-
phlet on how to make elixirs and
tea, what to expect if youre
high, what to do about side af-
fects, but theres nobody to teach
me how to vape (use vaporizer) or
how to cook, she said. There are
cookbooks, but theyre only big
meals. So, Ive been talking with
people to create a program to
teach people about this, so there
could be designated people who
could come in and teach them [pa-
tients] how to use it [marijuana].
Sturner, who is also known as
Rowyn Capers, is also part of the
Coalition for Medical Marijuana
New Jersey (CMMNJ), a nonprof-
it organization founded in May
2003 to support the legalization of
marijuana for use by patients
under a doctors supervision,
which meets the second Tuesday
of every month at the Lawrence
Library on Darrah Lane.
Theyve been working for at
least 10 years for this law to be im-
plemented, she said. I only
joined 4 months ago, but theyve
been working so much longer to
see the people of New Jersey get
the medication that they need.
People can go there for re-
sources.
The reason I joined the
CMMNJ was not only to help my-
self, but to help other people, she
added. This is something I feel
passionate about and something
that affects me, so it can give me
that extra boost I get that extra
bit of energy and if it can
help me, I can help people even
better.
Contrary to what is portrayed
and instituted by various drug
prevention organizations, Sturn-
er described how marijuana isnt
as bad as it seems, and how its
imperative that people are prop-
erly informed of the drug and its
capabilities.
I think we need to change so-
cietys mind that this is not a gate-
way drug, she said. This is med-
icine that can help people and it
can help people in ways without
harming them, like a lot of phar-
maceuticals do.
Since Sturner began medicat-
ing, as she likes to call it, she has
seen considerable differences in
her condition and most impor-
tantly, how she feels on a day-to-
day basis.
It definitely makes the pain go
away absolutely, she said. It
works very well on the nausea,
and also helps me sleep. Im try-
ing to smoke every five hours
when they say the pressure starts
to rise to keep the pressure
down.
Aside from helping her avoid
more surgery and improving her
own condition, Sturner ultimate-
ly hopes that the NJMMP will
make three major improvements
to the program, all of which will
allow it to assist the people who
need it most.
What we need to keep work-
ing on is getting more doctors en-
rolled, getting the list of condi-
tions expanded, and getting what
we can buy expanded, she said.
The DOH has established a
Customer Service Unit to assist
patients, caregivers and physi-
cians in the registration process
for the NJMMP. The customer
service line can be reached by
calling (609) 292-0424 between 8
a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday
through Friday.
For more information about
the NJMMP, go to
state.nj.us/health/medicalmari-
juana/index.shtml. For more in-
formation about the CMMNJ, go
to cmmnj.blogspot.com.
STURNER
Continued from page 6
Sturner: More doctors need to enroll in program
The Lawrenceville Elementary
School Character Workshops con-
tinue in 2013 with a presentation
on Top Tools for Preventing Bul-
lying.
This free workshop, part of a
series now in its second year will
be held at Lawrence High School
on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
The workshop is organized by
the Character Team at
Lawrenceville Elementary School
and funded by a grant from the
Lawrence Township Education
Foundation (LTEF).
Naomi Drew will be the fea-
tured speaker for the evening.
Drew is recognized around the
world for her work in conflict res-
olution, peacemaking, and anti-
bullying. Attendees will learn the
latest on what to do if your child
is being bullied, how to prevent
him or her from being a target,
what to do if you suspect your
child is bullying someone else,
and ways to help your child
stand up for themselves and oth-
ers.
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workshop can be completed on-
line at www.nokiddingaboutbul-
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the LTEF office at (609) 219-0340.
Free childcare will be available at
Lawrence High School during the
workshop.
The LTEF is a non-profit or-
ganization devoted to enhancing
educational opportunities for
Lawrence Township public
school students; it has funded
over 500 programs in the
Lawrence schools since 1992. For
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WEDNESDAY JAN. 16
Lawrence Township Zoning Board
meeting: 7:30 p.m. on the third
Wednesday of the month. Visit
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information.
Lawrence Township Construction
Board of Appeals meeting: 7:30
p.m. on the third Wednesday of
the month. Visit www.lawrence
twp.com for more information.
Knitting Circle: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at
Lawrence Branch Library. Knit-
ters who already know the basics
are invited to drop in on the first
and third Wednesday evening of
each month to socialize with oth-
er knitters and work on a project
of their choice. Instructor Ann
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individuals. Other needle crafters
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THURSDAY JAN. 17
Story time: Ages 2 to 5. 7 p.m. at
Lawrence Branch Library. Story
time and a craft. Caregiver super-
vision required.
Crochet Corner: 3 p.m. at Lawrence
Branch Library. Needle crafters
who already know the basic cro-
chet stitches are invited to drop
in to socialize and work on a proj-
ect of their choice. Margaret Woo
will be available to assist individu-
als. Registration suggested.
Puppy Love: 7 p.m. at Lawrence
Branch Library. Not sure what to
expect once you bring home your
new dog or puppy? Dog trainer
Tricia Baker who is certified with
the Council of Professional Dog
Trainers will help to answer your
questions about that new mem-
ber of your family. Please leave
your new pet at home, this is for
people only. Registration is sug-
gested.
Lawrence Township Affordable
Housing Board meeting: 7:30
p.m. on the third Thursday of the
month. Visit www.lawrencetwp.
com for more information.
FRIDAY JAN. 18
Meditation Circle: 2:30 p.m. at
Lawrence Branch Library. Slow
down and join Reference Librari-
an Ann Kerr and reduce stress
using meditation. Light stretch-
ing at the beginning of the medi-
tation hour will relax your mus-
cles and allow you to be more
comfortable and focused. Regis-
tration suggested.
Posture Perfect: 3:30 p.m. at
Lawrence Branch Library. Refer-
ence Librarian Ann Kerr and cer-
tified fitness trainer Maria Okros
will share some simple exercises
to improve your posture and
increase your flexibility. Registra-
tion suggested.
Drum Practice: 4:30 p.m. at
Lawrence Branch Library. Drum-
mer Mike Buriani will facilitate
this drum practice. Bring your
own drum or use one of ours.
Shakers, gongs, bells and other
percussion also welcome.
Refreshments served. Registra-
tion suggested.
SATURDAY JAN. 19
Story time: Ages 2 to 5. 11 a.m. at
Lawrence Branch Library. Story
time and a craft. Caregiver super-
vision required.
Boomers & Seniors Saturday
Morning Wii Bowling League: 10
a.m. at Lawrence Branch Library.
Wii, an interactive video game, is
a fun and easy way to get some
light exercise and socialize with
friends. Refreshments served.
Registration is suggested.
Learn to Knit: Ages 9 and older. 2 to
2:45 p.m. at Lawrence Branch
Library. Project will take about
one hour and 30 minutes. Library
staff will be present in the room.
Registration required.
MONDAY JAN. 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The
Lawrence Branch of the Mercer
County Library System will be
open for holiday hours from 9:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. and will reopen on
Tuesday, Jan. 22. Municipal
offices are also closed and will
reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Story time: Ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. at
Lawrence Branch Library. Story
time and a craft. Caregiver super-
vision required.
TUESDAY JAN. 22
Story time: Ages 2 to 5. 9:35 a.m. at
Lawrence Branch Library. Story
time and a craft. Caregiver super-
vision required.
Books & Babies: Ages 6 to 23
months. 11 a.m. at Lawrence
Branch Library. A fun, upbeat
program of songs, rhymes, fin-
gerplays, board books and activi-
ties to promote early literacy in
infants and young toddlers. Led
by a librarian; caregiver participa-
tion required. Online registration
required.
Lawrence Township Drug and
Alcohol Alliance meeting: 5 p.m.
on the fourth Tuesday of the
month. Visit www.lawrence
twp.com for more information.
Lawrence Township
Pedestrian/Bike Task Force
meeting: 7:30 p.m. on the fourth
Tuesday of the month. Visit
www.lawrencetwp.com for more
information.
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