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www.hopewellsun.com NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 6, 2011 FREE JIM WRIGHT/The Sun Trenton Thunder mascot Boomer gives Toll Gate students a hand preparing sweet potato pies Nov. 22 during the Task25 project. The students helped prepare 250 pies over two days for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving dinner. See the story to the left. Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Su
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  www.hopewellsun.com NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 6, 2011 FREE JIM WRIGHT/The Sun Trenton Thunder mascot Boomer gives Toll Gate students a hand preparing sweet potato piesNov. 22 during the Task25 project. The students helped prepare 250 pies over two days for theTrenton Area Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving dinner. See the story to the left. Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Supporting the turf HVCHS boys’ soccer teamdonates $500. PAGE 4 Toll Gate studentsprep Thanksgivingmeals for needy Toll Gate Grammar School stu-dents last week completed theirTASK of love for the 25th consec-utive year.Students have been preparingfull Thanksgiving meals for theTrenton Area Soup Kitchen since1986. One thousand meals are do-nated, as students collect cannedand boxed food,“We thank your families for do-nating all the ingredients for themeals, TASK co-chairwomanFrancine Manimmon told agroup of second- and fourth-graders Nov. 22 before they begantheir task of making their signa-ture sweet potato pies. “But themost important ingredient iswhat you are bringing today, andthat is your pinch of love.”Groups of students made 250 of those pies over two days, with ta-bles set up for mashing the sweetpotatoes and mixing the ingredi-ents before the batter was pouredinto pie shells on other tables inthe cafeteria.The students had some specialguests helping them with theirwork, including PenningtonMayor Anthony Persichelli, Sgt.Steve Friedman, of the Penning-ton Police Department, Waynethe Postman, who delivers mail tothe school each day, Boomer, mas-cot of the Trenton Thunder, andschool mascot Tucker the TollGator.Once the students were donemaking the pies, they madedrawings that were used to deco-rate the soup kitchen hall for theThanksgiving meal.A carve-a-thon was held for thedonated turkeys in the evening.“It’s really great for the kids,”said principal Dan Ulmstead. “It’sa great thing. Lots of positivethings for the kids and it helpsthem develop a sense of responsi-bility.”Helping develop a sense of pride and accountability are thestickers on the top of each pie boxwith a student’s name on it.“This is something we are com-mitted to and really proud of,”Ulmstead said.At a recent kick off assembly,the kindergarten students wereintroduced to the project for thevery first time while the veteransof this project the first- throughfifth-graders were reminded of how fabulous and important theirparticipation will be in preparingthese meals. By JIM WRIGHT The Hopewell Sun School participates in TASK program for 25th straight year  please see TASK, page 2 Dance company having holiday show The Pennington Dance Compa-ny continues a popular traditionwhen it holds its holiday perform-ance in Heritage Hall in the Pen-nington Presbyterian Church, 13South Main St. & Delaware Avenue(Delaware Avenue entrance) Dec. 2,at 6:45 p.m., during the annual holi-day walk sponsored by the Pen-nington Business and ProfessionalAssociation.The church is one of three stu-dios in the area, with the dance stu-dents also meeting at the CyrusTemple Masonic Lodge and a stu-dio in Pennington.More than 80 dancers ranging inage from 3½ to 18 years from Pen-nington, Hopewell, Titusville,Ewing, Lawrenceville, Yardley andDoylestown will perform.“They’ve really only had two re-hearsals to get ready for this,” saidDirector Nancy Warner at theCyrus studio Nov. 22.Some of the program’s ballet,tap, jazz, and hip-hop numbers in-clude “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” “Jingle Bells,” “Jingle By JIM WRIGHT The Hopewell Sun  please see DANCE, page 3 Making pies for the needy    P  r  e  -  s  o  r  t  e   d    S  t  a   n   d  a  r   d    U   S   P  o  s  t  a  g  e    P   A  I   D    B  e l l   m  a   w  r   N  J    P  e  r   m i t  1  5  0  1    P  o  s  t  a  l   C  u  s  t  o    m  e  r  McManimon and GretchenOverhiser, the TASK 25 co-chairs,showed a slide presentation to thestudents, drawing visual parallelsto the amounts of food that hasbeen donated over the years.“If you took all the boxes of Stove Top Stuffing that have beencollected since 1986 and stackedthem one on top of the other, doyou know how tall it would be?”McManimon asked. The childrenwere awestruck when the answerwas 7,500 boxes.That would be as tall as the Eif-fel Tower stacked five times. Thenumber of sweet potato pies overall those years is about 6,250, withthe bags of sugar needed to makethem weighing as much as a greatwhite shark.Students at that assembly weretreated to meeting three poets,Brook Beatty, Ethel D. Mack andDerrick Branch, from TASK’sSHARE project, which is a part of TASK’s educational component.The individuals read their poemsabout TASK, and the final one, ti-tled “Junk Food Junkie,” byBranch, brought laughter to thechildren as he spoke about hislove of junk food. He told themhow much he loved the lunchesthat are packed complete withcandy donated from the studentsHalloween collection and pack-aged by Pennington’s Pack 44Scouts. That assembly was con-cluded with the premier viewingof a video coordinated by the co-chairwoman with the help of Hopewell Valley Central HighSchool students. Project founderDebbie Gwazda; executive direc-tor of TASK, Dennis Micai; Um-stead and others were inter-viewed, sharing their inspira-tional view of this project.Historical photos were used,showing the many ways that thechildren have participated overthe years and the special guestslike our local policemen, mayor,and postman that have participat-ed in helping make the nearly 300pies each year.The film depicted many TASKmembers, workers and communi-ty volunteers sharing their mes-sage in three words, using ABC’s“Good Morning America” prem-ise of Your Three Words , whereyou see how much you say in justthree words to describe yourthoughts, feelings, sadness, joy.Our project founders, coordina-tors, students, TASK members,and the community came togeth-er to share their touching andemotional words. There aremany words that can describebeing a part of this incredibleproject...today we are “GivingCaring Sharing” and we are“Making a Difference.” What areyours?For more information, to do-nate, to volunteer to read thepoets essays and see this project,visit tollgategrammarpto.shutter-fly.com/task25 . 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Toll Gate students prepare mealsfor Trenton Area Soup Kitchens Visit us online atwww.hopewellsun.com  NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 6, 2011 –THE HOPEWELL SUN 3   Bells Techno,” “We Wish you aMerry Christmas,” “Silver Bells,”“You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch,”“Deck the Rooftop,” “Winter Won-derland,” “We are Santa’s Elves,”and “We Need a Little Christmas.”Dances are choreographed byPennington dance instructorsJenny Gladney, Jessica Furlong,Jenna Schottlander and Warner.Six-year-olds, Faith Doldy of Pen-nington and Nina Amodio of Lawrenceville will perform “LastChristmas,” a number they havechoreographed themselves.There is no admission fee for theperformance, and everyone is wel-come. Pennington Dance is cele-brating its 32nd year.“I started the school when I wasa senior in college,” Warner said.“We have a great staff here andthere is such a community spirit.”Warner said there also is a spiritof comraderie among the dancers,who are like a big family.“We have about 200 students,”she said. “Many of them take morethan one class.”The company has performed forevery holiday walk and Penning-ton Day since both events’ incep-tions, performs annually at resi-dential nursing homes and has per-formed in Philadelphia’s Thanks-giving Parade.Pennington Dance offers classesin ballet and pointe, tap, jazz, hiphop, srcinal Broadway repertoire,small group Pilates mat classes andprivate Pilates apparatus classes.“It can be tough being a teenag-er,” Warner said. “The classes givethe kids a chance to express them-selves.”For more information, callNancy Warner at 609-737-7596 orvisit www.penningtondance.com . 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To make a donation or to learn more about ‘Turf’s Up!’ visit www.hvrecfoundation.org. The Hopewell Valley March-ing Black & Gold recently fin-ished third in the United StatesScholastic Band AssociationNew Jersey State Champi-onships for their highest finishin school band history.The band, which was formedin 2007, traveled to Union HighSchool and competed as one of 16 bands in their classification,Group 2A.The “MBG” performed their2011 production: “Emotion...ThePower to Move” and received ascore of 92.16. The band’s previ-ous finishes were seventh in 2007with a score of 80.14; seventh in2008 with a score of 83.15; ninthin 2009 with a score of 79.25;ninth in 2010 with a score of 80.17.Student leaders for the March-ing Black & Gold include drummajor Casey Parrett, presidentAnoush Aghababian, sectionleaders Emily Hopkins, AndrewPisetzner, Kennan Meyer, Lind-say Colanduoni, Emma Max,Jackie Burdwood and field man-ager Nadia Fedchin.The band is under the direc-tion of David Schwartzer and as-sistant director Jeff Parkinson. Bandplacesthird
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