September 28, 2022

BEST TRACTORS: This 4610 M 4×4 Hi Crop model, suitable for tillage and planting, is one of many tractors available at Belle Mead Garage. Also known for pre-owned automobiles, rentals, and car service, the company expanded into tractors several years ago. “We are always ready to help customers with advice about the best tractor for their needs and purposes,” point out owners Kip Higgins and Chris Carnevale.

By Jean Stratton 

That familiar adage “When one window closes, another opens” has certainly proved true at Belle Mead Garage. The longtime and highly respected automobile dealership is celebrating its 95th anniversary, and with a new and very successful component to its business — tractors!

Some businesses and organizations — like people — stand the test of time. Some don’t. In recent times, it seems that the business and commercial landscape changes almost in the blink of an eye.

It is all the more remarkable when a business continues to grow and evolve, despite setbacks and new challenges. Such an enterprise is the aforementioned Belle Mead Garage, located at Route 206 and Station Square in Belle Mead. It has been at that location since 1927, when Leroy Higgins opened it as a service station and car dealership, and lived in the attic of the original building.

Three generations of the Higgins family have seen to it that their reputation has remained intact through all the ups and downs of the automobile industry. Paramount is their love of the business, and a willingness to address unforeseen issues that come along. more

To the Editor:

On Friday, September 16, Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) held its seventh annual Links to Youth Golf Outing at the Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg. This event drew 88 golfers and raised more than $82,500, which will support PBC’s award-winning Summer Bridge Program. Each year, Summer Bridge offers hundreds of students from Trenton, Newark, and Camden a high-quality summer enrichment experience focused on social emotional learning, literacy, and STEM completely free of charge.

At the dinner celebration following the outing, PBC presented the Ev Pinneo Award to Christina Bailey of Princeton. Established in 2018 as part of the 110th Anniversary of the Center, the Ev Pinneo Award is given to a volunteer or staff member who has gone above and beyond in their dedication and commitment to the mission of the Princeton-Blairstown Center, in much the same way that Ev has throughout his seven-decade association with PBC.

The winning foursome for the day, who scored an impressive 11 under par on the Fox Hollow course, included Don Seitz, Michael Seitz, Tom Heffernan, and Jon Heffernan. more

To the Editor:

Last week, on a beautiful afternoon, my husband, an elderly cellist, was walking along Levitt Lane. He tripped on a piece of uneven sidewalk and fell onto his shoulder, which broke.

Five minutes later, I happened to drive by, en route home from an errand, and stopped to see if I could help. Here was my own husband lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. Three neighbors, whose names I do not know, were talking to him and had called 911. When the ambulance arrived, a policeman asked me where he had fallen. I saw the piece of sidewalk block that was sticking up and showed it to him. He said he would take care of it.

Today, less than one week later, I walked past that spot and, indeed, that sidewalk block and several others nearby had been repaired.

Thank you to that policeman, to the EMT crew, and to the three neighbors whose names I do not know. We have good neighbors in Princeton.

Leslie Vieland
Snowden Lane

To the Editor:

It was such a treat to have Dodds Lane newly paved and void of potholes this summer. There has been a lot of construction on the street in the past three years, so I thought the paving signaled an end to all the noise, trucks, industrial smells, and uneven pavement that accompany progress. Those of us in the Littlebrook neighborhood very much enjoyed the clean, smooth paved street.

To my surprise, two weeks ago, long tubes were stacked up in 100-meter intervals and the entire newly paved street was marked with arrows and letters indicating where these tubes will be placed. Sure enough, this morning the street is being torn up by jackhammers. There are police cars indicating that the street is closed, and school children are having to cover their ears as they navigate the crazy and noisy work site. I am sure many Princeton residents have had the same experience in their streets.

How difficult would it be to require vendors that supply and maintain services to the town to coordinate their efforts so that this constant paving, digging up, and drilling could be reduced? Could the installing of cables, tubes, or any necessary work be done simultaneously every few years rather than piecemeal?

Our town prides itself for its efforts in sustainability. Shouldn’t the coordination of work undertaken in our streets by services providers be part of this effort? It would minimize the waste, noise pollution, air pollution and inconvenience of a constant digging up and repaving of our streets.

Gabriella C. Milley
Wittmer Court

To the Editor:

I am writing to support Dafna Kendal’s candidacy for the Board of Education. I’ve known Dafna since our children, who are now both sophomores at Princeton High School, started kindergarten together at Littlebrook Elementary School in the fall of 2012. I was thrilled when Dafna joined the Board in 2016, and throughout her two terms I’ve been continually impressed by Dafna’s commitment to the education and well-being of all of Princeton’s students; by her ingenuity in devising creative solutions to budgetary challenges; by her deep respect for our district’s teachers; and by her dedication to open, transparent communications with all town residents.

Dafna’s many achievements during her time on the Board demonstrate the tenacity and vigor with which she approaches her role. Over her six years on the Board, she has, among many other achievements, secured over a million dollars in voluntary payments to the school district from Princeton’s multiple institutions of higher learning. As someone both deeply aware of the extraordinary contributions of the district’s teachers and committed to safeguarding the district’s financial resources, Dafna has led multiple negotiations with all three labor unions, each time reaching a mutually satisfactory outcome without costly and time-consuming acrimony. Today, thanks to Dafna’s efforts, all unionized staff are under contract through 2024 and all teachers are under contract through 2027. Earlier this year, Dafna was part of the leadership team that successfully steered through an essential referendum to repair our schools’ leaky roofs, taking advantage of state aid to cover approximately 30 percent of the total cost, and saving Princeton taxpayers millions of dollars in the process.  more

To the Editor:

I was shocked to read earlier this year that 29 pedestrians were struck on Princeton streets in the past year — 24 (83 percent!) in marked intersections. Since we have had a successful trial of the “pedestrian priority” system at the corner of Nassau and Vandeventer streets it now seems logical and urgent to implement that system at other busy intersections in Princeton, whether controlled by the state or the town. This can definitely reduce the conflict between pedestrians crossing and drivers turning at these intersections.

The busy intersection of Witherspoon and Wiggins streets would be a prime location for the “pedestrian priority” system, particularly now as Princeton school and University students, and tourists, are on the streets in increased numbers. With the library on one corner and the Arts Council on another, this has become a busy intersection even during the summer, with lots of foot traffic and, unfortunately, frequent jaywalking. Hopefully, this change can be made without requiring state approval to slow its implementation.

It would also seem logical to implement this system at the corner of Witherspoon and Nassau streets given the conflict of traffic turning north onto Witherspoon Street while pedestrians are crossing simultaneously. Of course, this is more difficult since, as I understand it, the state may have the final say on changes at this location. more

September 21, 2022

THEATRE MAGIC: “We are proud of what we do, which is to offer you and your family a high quality convenient alternative to Broadway theater in New York City, and other theaters in New Jersey and Philadelphia,” says M. Kitty Getlik, artistic director of Kelsey Theatre, located at Mercer County Community College. “Our semi-professional theatre center offers musicals, plays, comedies, drama, children’s theater, dance programs, and music concerts year-round. And we try very hard to keep it all affordable for your budget.”

By Jean Stratton

The play’s the thing” at the Kelsey Theatre!

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the 399-seat theatre, located at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), 1200 Old Trenton Road, has a proud history of offering high quality productions.

Much of the theatre’s success is due to the longtime involvement of artistic director M. Kitty Getlik, who joined Kelsey’s operation a few years after its establishment in 1972-73.

Starting as stage manager, she has seen it grow into an important resource for theater-goers. more

To the Editor:

I agree with Brenda Battat’s request in last week’s Town Topics Mailbox [September 14] that there should be a marked crosswalk at the corner of Jefferson Road and Wiggins Street.

It is a busy road and extends several miles to what used to be the Township.

I see young people, especially, crossing there. I myself cross there occasionally, if there is no traffic at the moment on Wiggins.

I remember many years ago, before the old house was torn down and the big duplex was built, there was a fatal accident right at that spot.

Since this seems to be a legal request, better to play it safe. Let’s get out the white paint and do it.

Doris Richards
Jefferson Road

To the Editor:

On behalf of the board of trustees, many thanks to the leadership, staff, board, and volunteers of the Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) for the absolutely amazing event on September 15 to celebrate PSRC and to honor Norman Klath and Stark and Stark Attorneys at Law. Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you for your generosity — PSRC could not accomplish all it does and could not plan for even more and greater programming and services in the future without you!

This event was an opportunity to gather together for the first time since the onset of COVID and to showcase the amazing new PSRC facility, the Nancy S. Klath Center for Lifelong Learning on Poor Farm Road, Princeton.

Congratulations to the Individual and Corporate Honorees, Norman Klath and Stark and Stark Attorneys at Law, two most deserving honorees. Norm has been an active PSRC board member and leader, generous supporter, and avid participant with PSRC for many years. Norm’s generosity allowed PSRC to jump-start its capital campaign for the Lifelong Learning Center. Norm’s late wife, Nancy, was a strong advocate of lifelong learning, and our new building is fittingly named on her behalf.  more

To the Editor:

This year, on March 6, we lost a wonderful and special person. Honey Rosenberg was beloved by generations of people in this community. After a career as a teacher and director of a nursery school in New York City, Honey joined the Henry Street Settlement where she supported immigrant families while they learned language and coping skills. She lived on Princeton’s Bank Street for 30 years. When it was time to work closer to home, Honey walked to Talbots where she worked for 15 years.

Through the auspices of the Princeton Senior Resource Center “GrandPals” program, Honey read to kindergarten through second graders, four days a week, for 12 years (until age 93!). The children adored Honey and her stories. With her laughter and that of the children, Honey brought the books to life. Honey was also a dedicated volunteer at PSRC, assisting people in the front office, assembling brunch baskets for the annual Brunch at Home fundraiser, and helping to organize annual holiday events. She defined herself through work and service.

Honey also taught us how to face life’s challenges. She taught us fidelity. As a young widow with five children, she remained true to her husband’s memory. Honey was both self-effacing and fiercely independent. Her faith was strong and her belief in everyone else’s faith was just as strong. She would walk the three miles to synagogue, but if she became fatigued, she might stop into the Methodist church to pray. more

To the Editor:

I agree completely with my Jefferson Road neighbor, Brenda Battat, who pointed out the need for crosswalk markings at the busy intersection of Jefferson Road and Wiggins Street in the September 14 Town Topics Mailbox.

This T intersection is heavily utilized by pedestrians. Many are students wearing earphones and using phones. These devices may prevent pedestrians from hearing approaching automobiles. In 2019, Science News suggested an association between distraction by phone usage while walking and a recent tripling of pedestrian injuries.

Pedestrian distraction by technology, in an area heavily traveled by young people, should make the case for creating a highly visible, marked pedestrian crosswalk at Jefferson and Wiggins.

Elizabeth Nicholas
Jefferson Road

September 14, 2022

FAMILY TRADITION:  “We are so happy that we could raise our children here, and that we could have a business in which all our family could be involved. It has been wonderful to do something with our lives to make the community better and that people enjoy and appreciate. It’s very special.” Pam and Gary Mount, owners of Terhune Orchards, are shown with the family’s second and third generations, all doing their part at the farm.

By Jean Stratton

Terhune Orchards is a favorite place not only for Princetonians but for many other loyal customers from farther away. People come from all over to enjoy this special haven at 330 Cold Soil Road. As many as 500,000 a year actually visit, and return again and again.

Emphasizing the unique bounty of each season, this country farm is a local treasure year round. Community and families gather to enjoy great food, fresh fruits and vegetables, friendly farm animals, and wine tastings in the wine barn from the farm’s own vineyard winery.

The evolution of Terhune Orchards into a major example of modern farming began 47 years ago, when Pam and Gary Mount purchased Terhune’s, which had been established in the early 1920s. Just home after three years in the Peace Corps in Micronesia, the Mounts saw a “For Sale” sign at the orchard, and decided to buy it. more

To the Editor:

Sponsored by the Princeton Housing Authority (PHA), the Block Party honoring Clay Street residents on August 27 featured face painting, contests, prizes, and books for kids, along with music, dancing, awards and a plentiful and wide variety of food and drinks. Clay Street residents and their neighbors enjoyed spending time with friends, both old and new.

The event›s large turnout and success would not have been possible without the contributions and hard work of many individuals and entities to include PHA Chairman Joseph Weiss, PHA Executive Director John Clarke, PHA Housing and Operations Manager Reginald Wright Jr., Councilman Leighton Newlin, Patty Ann Yates, Joanne Parker, and Lynn Hightower.

Special thanks go to the community groups who contributed generously to the event, including the Princeton Public Library, Princeton Municipal AID, YMCA, Princeton Arts Council, Corner House, Princeton Parents of Black Children, Princeton Recreation Department, Municipal Aid of Princeton, Princeton Police Department/Princeton Fire Department, Delizioso Bakery and Kitchen, Tera Momo Bread Company, Mt. Pisgah AME Church, jaZams, McCaffrey’s Market, Rita’s Water Ice, Halo Farms, Local Greek, Chuck’s Cafe, and Lupita Grocery.

Linda Sipprelle
Commissioner, Princeton Housing Authority
Victoria Mews

To the Editor:

On behalf of the staff, board, and members of the Sourland Conservancy, I would like to sincerely thank the Sourland Spectacular cyclists, runners, hikers, volunteers, and businesses who helped make this year’s event a big success!

Participants in Saturday’s kick-off event enjoyed Bagel Barn bagels, Small World Coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit, New World Pizza and hoagies, and bent spoon ice cream.

Proceeds from the event will support the Conservancy’s education, advocacy, and stewardship efforts. Last year, our staff and volunteers hosted several educational seminars and webinars, created educational videos and signage, and planted over 11,500 native trees in public parks and preserves in the region! more

To the Editor:

We are gradually settling in to Princeton, our new home of three weeks.

The house location we chose was deliberate to enable us to walk to town, campus, library, restaurants, and family on sidewalks. Walkability is a top priority for us.

So it’s ironic that where our street, Jefferson Road, intersects with Wiggins Street there is no marked pedestrian crossing.

Both Wiggins and Jefferson are busy streets for traffic and Jefferson for kids walking and biking back and forth to school.

To the right Madison has a marked crossing and to the left so does Moore. Jefferson in the middle does not.  more

September 7, 2022

HOMEOWNER HELP: “We provide quality home repair, maintenance, and management services for homeowners. We can handle projects of all sizes, and with our maintenance program, we can find things that could become a problem that the owner didn’t know about.” Jim Baxter, left, co-founder and owner of Total Home Manager (with Ray Disch), is shown with office manager Pamela S. Beer and project manager Peter Parker.

By Jean Stratton

Tired of having to worry about the leak in the roof, cleaning the gutters, shoveling snow, waiting for the plumber, or painting the house? Don’t worry. Help is at hand — and peace of mind!

Total Home Manager (THM) can make this happen. And you don’t have to move; you can stay in your house, and you are relieved of stress and strain and all those pesky details that accompany home ownership.

As its name suggests, Total Home Manager is prepared to take complete control of maintenance, repair, and management of whatever problems and needs arise.   

Established by Jim Baxter, owner of Baxter Construction, and entrepreneur Ray Disch in 2009, it is headquartered at 31 West Broad Street in Hopewell. more

To the Editor:

Why are our elected officials portraying the new AvalonBay project at Princeton Shopping Center as affordable housing? With a mere 40 affordable units and 160 units designed to generate income for the already-profitable AvalonBay business, it is not affordable housing. It is the action of a large corporation consuming space and resources to achieve its own financial goals. Elm Court, Harriet Bryan House, Princeton Community Village, and the affordable units at Griggs Farm are examples of affordable housing.

The contributions AvalonBay will make to upgrades of Grover Park and to the Municipal Sustainable Transportation Fund are a tiny (tax deductible) portion of the overall budget of the project; but the costs to our community in the form of increased expenditures for education, public safety, and social services will be a permanent burden.

AvalonBay is not affordable housing done right. It is affordable housing done very wrong — for the benefit of a large corporation not any members of our community. We all deserve better.

Maryann Witalec Keyes
Franklin Avenue

August 31, 2022

Jennifer Rose Joyce was married to James Francis Mahon III on May 7, 2022 at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in the city of New York, NY. The reception was held at the Harvard Club of New York City.

Father Paul Anel, of the Parish of St. Paul and St. Agnes in Brooklyn, NY, officiated the nuptial mass. The Matron of Honor was Jessica Bessler and the Bridesmaids were Jules Lee, Theresa Pilgrim, and Candace Yorioka. The Best Man was James’ brother Denis Mahon and the Groomsmen were Russell Koff, Paul Vishayanuroj, and Mark Shepard. 

The Bride was granted permission to have a choir perform at the nuptial mass, comprised of friends from Downtown Voices, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, and the broader musical community. The choir performed “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” and “A Gaelic Blessing,” both by John Rutter, accompanied by Angelina Savoia on harp and Dr. Jennifer Pascual on organ. Mark Heimbigner cantored the nuptial mass and Aine Hakamatsuka sang “Ave Maria” by Bach/Gounod as a soprano soloist. more

BEST BOOKS:  “We are an independent, family-owned bookstore, with books, new and used, both of general and of specialized interest, including many books you can’t find elsewhere. As an official bookstore for Princeton University, we also specialize in academic books for students and scholars.” Dorothea von Moltke, an owner of Labyrinth Books, is shown in one of her favorite places.

By Jean Stratton   

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

—Stephen King

It certainly is true that a book can take the reader to a magical place, on an exciting adventure, or into a territory filled with new, perhaps unexpected, ideas and treasures.

As Dorothea von Moltke of Labyrinth Books explains about the store’s name, “We think of it as getting lost in order to find what you didn’t expect.”

Opened in 2007 at 122 Nassau Street, the store is owned by brothers Cliff and Peter Simms and Dorothea von Moltke.

After a number of years in New York City, with a location near Columbia University, Labyrinth had an opportunity to become the official bookstore for Princeton University. Princeton seems to be the perfect match not only for the academic books, but also for an independent bookstore offering a wide variety of books for all readers, notes von Moltke. more

August 24, 2022

To the Editor:
Like so many social justice-centered organizations in the greater Mercer County area, the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) was fortunate to benefit from the leadership, support, and advocacy of the Rev. David McAlpin, who passed away on August 5, 2022. We join the community in recognizing the tremendous impact he had on our community over the past seven decades.

As the associate pastor of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, he became keenly aware of discriminatory housing practices affecting African Americans and he helped to establish two acclaimed integrated housing developments: Glen Acres and Maplecrest.

He and his family moved to Detroit in 1970 where he served as a pastor working on civil rights issues and establishing affordable housing organizations. When he returned to Princeton in the early 1980s, he helped found the Trenton chapter of Habitat for Humanity in 1986 and served as president of the board.

He also served as board chair of PBC as well as on the boards of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, The New Jersey Association on Correction, The Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, The Historical Society of Princeton, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He received numerous community awards including the 2017 Frank Broderick Award from PBC for his deep commitment to social justice, compassion, and selflessness.

The enormous impact of Rev. McAlpin’s leadership and support of social justice causes will be felt for many decades to come. The board, staff, and the young people of the Center are eternally grateful to this gentle servant leader and philanthropist. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Pam Gregory
President and CEO
Princeton-Blairstown Center

MOSASARUS MAXIMUS: This impressive restoration cast suspended from the ceiling is Mosasarus maximus, a 50-foot aquatic reptile that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period, 65-80 million years ago. It is shown in the natural history hall of the New Jersey State Museum, and is part of the “Written in Rocks” exhibit. This reptile was discovered in a quarry in southern New Jersey, and the original skull is in the museum’s collection.

By Jean Stratton

Explore the heavens in the Planetarium, learn about prehistoric creatures, investigate dinosaur fossils and casts of bones, view the fine art of New Jersey artists — and so much more.

This is all possible at the New Jersey State Museum, an institution close at hand in Trenton, which is still an unknown treasure for many state residents.

“This is a very rich resource for people who are interested in knowing more about the place where they are living,” says Susan Greitz, the museum’s marketing and public relations manager.

Greitz is enthusiastic about the variety of opportunities this outstanding museum offers visitors. Founded in 1895 (in one room of the State House), it has a long history of providing entertaining and informative exhibits and artifacts relating to New Jersey history. Located at 205 West State Street, overlooking the Delaware River, it is operated as part of the New Jersey Department of State.


To the Editor:

As a rising senior in high school, planning for my future and beginning to make my own choices, having the autonomy to decide what is the best path forward for myself is paramount. So to watch the end of protections for abortions, be it from the Supreme Court, or from numerous state legislatures in their efforts to ban and criminalize abortion (according to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly half the states could be in this boat), is frightening because it is the stripping away of the basic freedom to choose and have bodily autonomy, autonomy that is so critical to planning our futures.

Therefore I am immensely grateful to our state legislature for passing both A-3975/S-2633 and A-3974/S-2642, bills that protect a patient’s reproductive medical records from scrutiny, and that prevent the extradition of anyone who comes to New Jersey seeking an abortion. By taking this critical step, they have protected the crucial autonomy and freedom for so many people.

However, we can’t just stop in New Jersey, we must also look more broadly. Urge your lawmakers to pass laws that broaden access to reproductive health care services and that recodify Roe into our national existence. We may see this as not our problem, but until we secure the right of reproductive health care access and autonomy for everyone in this country, it is not safe.   

Thara Ellsworth
Glenview Drive

August 17, 2022

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: “We are so pleased to have this wonderful facility for our dogs,” says Carole Lini, owner of All Good Dogs Daycare. “I am now the owner of the Schalks Crossing property, and I look forward to new opportunities and further renovation. I am so lucky to have a wonderful dedicated staff to help me provide the best care for our canine clients.” Staff members at 113 Schalks Crossing Road are shown in front of the handsome brick house, now home to 20 to 35 dogs five days a week.

Carole Lini loves her work. As owner of All Good Dogs Daycare for more than 20 years, she has been providing dogs with a safe, supervised, and socialized home away from home.

But even before, she knew that caring for dogs was her passion. As a young girl, she played with her own pets, and as she grew up, she took on dog-walking projects.

“I always knew that I wanted to work with animals,” she reports. “I started as a veterinarian technician, then worked as a pet sitter, walking dogs and caring for cats. I realized that even with three or four visits a day, the dogs were still not getting enough attention, and were lonely. We needed to find another way.”

That led her to open All Good Dogs Daycare in Kingston in 2000, with a focus on giving dogs a safe, friendly, supervised environment providing exercise and socialization. more

To the Editor:

Princeton Community Housing (PCH) honors the life of the Rev. David McAlpin, community leader, and housing and social justice advocate, who passed away on August 5, 2022.

After graduating from Union Seminary in 1953, Rev. McAlpin met with Benjamin Anderson, the minister of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, who invited Rev. McAlpin to assist him. Rev. McAlpin later became the associate pastor. In this role, he became aware of discriminatory housing practices. Rev. McAlpin helped to establish two local integrated housing developments  — Maplecrest at Dempsey Avenue and Walnut Lane in Princeton and Glen Acres in West Windsor Township off Alexander Road.

In 1970, Rev. McAlpin moved to Detroit where he served as a pastor, advocated for civil rights, and established affordable housing organizations. He returned to Princeton in the 1980s and helped found the Trenton chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Like so many of our neighbors, we are grateful for Rev. McAlpin’s leadership, passion, generosity, and advocacy. He will continue to inspire us to work for an inclusive community that is accessible to all.

Alice K. Small
President, DC Board President
Princeton Community Housing, on behalf of the Board of Trustees

August 10, 2022

WELCOME HOME! “This design has a lot of different plant varieties that will bloom at different times. When designing, we like to use a lot of different textures and color,” explains Chris DeMato, owner of Rock Bottom Landscaping & Fencing. Shown here is a recent Rock Bottom project, creating an eye-appealing design of contrast and color. “We included texture such as dwarf evergreens to contrast with the soft growth of ornamental grasses, which adds subtlety, and we also featured boulders which contributed texture, giving a natural look to the overall design.”

By Jean Stratton

Your home is your haven, and more and more often that extends to the surrounding landscape. Attractive plantings, handsome patios, and winding walkways all add to the pleasure of a welcoming home environment.

Chris DeMato, owner of Rock Bottom Landscaping & Fencing, knows all about transforming tired landscapes into exciting new looks. For more than 30 years, he has been helping people select just the right landscape, hardscape, or fencing to enhance their property and increase their enjoyment.

“It’s a great feeling when you can transform something that was overgrown or in disrepair, and turn it into something special,” says DeMato. “Old properties can often have overgrown plant material and that are not in good condition. We can put in new plants and trees, and it is very rewarding to see this transformation.” more