I'm a huge fan of Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill, of the swath comprised of Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex counties, of Jersey City and the Jersey Shore, and really all things New Jersey. I've lived here for 21 years, both boys were born at Princeton Hospital, and have been fortunate to have neighbors who moved here and raised their families here and are still here. The twelve kids in our neighborhood still hang out every chance they can even through they range in age from 21 to 11.
Spending a lot of time in my home town of Amherst, Massachusetts over the past few months has reinforced my hopes that I can stay in Montgomery for many years to come. Even as a middle-aged husband and father, it is so nice to go back to my homestead and sleep in my own bedroom and see family and old friends and let my kids experience the same things I did when I was their age.
Amherst and Montgomery/Rocky Hill/Princeton are growing and changing in very similar ways. The university continues to expand with state-of-the-art facilities available not only to the students and faculty but also to the entire region, the restaurant scene is booming, the mix of ethnicities and cultures is expanding, there are exciting new development projects underway, and there is far more to do in a day than hours available.
I count my blessings every day for the good futune of having been born where I was born and live where I've wanted to live. I have experienced complete and total freedom to do what I wanted to do, work where I wanted to work, say what I wanted to say, and go where I wanted to go. The vast majority of the world's population has not had that same good fortune. Sometimes life isn't fair, but that phrase too often acts as a crutch, an excuse, a rationalization for the way things are. What can we do to help even the odds?
We have some fantastic events coming up. Let's think of ways to introduce others to the things that make our area so amazing: the Somerset County 4H Fair, Fun Fest, Princeton's Jazz Feast, and next year's Run With Rotary, Communiversity and the Montgomery Rodeo. It's a great time to be alive in Montgomery and Rocky Hill.