Mercer County Acquires Hopewell Golf Club

The Mercer County Park Commission has acquired the Hopewell Valley Golf & Country Club, putting an end to years of struggles for the 186-acre facility. The club, which had been under new management since 2016 (U.S. 1, June 8, 2016), had closed in 2019.

The property, which had been in foreclosure, was purchased by the county for $1.9 million. It will be the fifth county-operated golf course, joining Mountain View Golf Course in Ewing and Princeton Country Club and Mercer Oaks East and West in West Windsor.

The county anticipates reopening the facility to the public in the spring of 2021 following maintenance work on the 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and buildings.

PU’s Rouse Nominated to Chair Economic Council


Cecilia Rouse

Cecilia Rouse, an economist and the current dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, was nominated last week to serve as the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors for the incoming Biden administration.

A labor economist, Rouse has been a member of the Princeton faculty since 1992 but has also advised past presidents. She was a special assistant to the president while working at the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration, and she served as a member of Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University.

Her position in the Biden administration gives her responsibility for developing advice on domestic and international economic policy. Of particular immediate concern will be rebuilding the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need to be positioned for the economy of the future so that everyone is able to partake in the growth we hope to have,” Rouse said in a statement issued by the university. “To that end, I am honored to have a chance to return to public service to help lead that charge.”


MaryAnn M. Ricigliano, 73, on December 2. She worked as an events coordinator for the Mercer County Park Commission for 25 years.

Christina M. Swol, 66, on December 3. She started work at the construction firm Joseph Jingoli & Sons, which was founded by her grandfather, and later worked as a legal assistant at law firm Fox & Rothschild.

John Anthony Guido, 75, on December 2. He was a Coast Guard veteran and worked for 42 years for the state Office of Information Technology, where he was a facilities manager.

Wayne F. Simmons Sr., 79, on December 1. During a 30-year career he worked for Oxford Chemical in Trenton and as a Colorist for Ferro Industries in New Brunswick.

Robert J. Fischer, 83, on November 28. He worked for Liedtka Trucking in Hamilton and in retirement spent 18 years as a school bus driver for George Dapper Inc.