The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently took their show on the road and traveled to Lawrence Township to hold its December 8th formal meeting. The freeholders were joined by Lawrence Mayor Greg Puliti, Council members Michael Powers, Jim Kownacki,, Pam Mount and councilman-elect David Maffei.

In an effort to increase public awareness and participation in county government, the Freeholders have made it a practice in recent years to hold meetings in area municipalities. “We are always looking for ways to be more accessible to our constituents,” said Chairman Colavita, “going on the road allows us to bring county government directly to the community.”

In addition to the formal business of the County, the Freeholders recognized five local residents and five Mercer County Vocational/Technical School students.

Kayla Jackson and Ryan Stevens, at the age of 9 Kayla began collecting blankets for people on dialysis, living in shelters, and others in need. This is her third year, and every year she has expanded her reach. Last year she collected 1200 blankets; this year her goal is 2000. Ryan, a 4th grader, joined Kayla on her drive.

Front Row (L-R) Mayor Michael Powers, Kayla Jackson, Ryan Stevens and Freeholder Chair Pasquale Colavita; Back Row (L-R) Freeholders Samuel Frisby, Lucylle Walter, John Cimino, Ann Cannon and Anthony Carabelli. 

Front Row (L-R) Mayor Michael Powers, Kayla Jackson, Ryan Stevens and Freeholder Chair Pasquale Colavita;
Back Row (L-R) Freeholders Samuel Frisby, Lucylle Walter, John Cimino, Ann Cannon and Anthony Carabelli.


Daniel Haggerty, an attorney for Stark & Stark, was recognized for his pivotal role in starting both the Lawrence Township Educational Foundation and the Lawrence Township Community Foundation. Mr. Haggerty also does a substantial amount of pro bono work for various local organizations.

(L-R) Dan Haggerty, Freeholders Lucylle Walter, Samuel Frisby, Ann Cannon, John Cimino, Freeholder Chair Pasquale Colavita and Freeholder Anthony Carabelli. 

(L-R) Dan Haggerty, Freeholders Lucylle Walter, Samuel Frisby, Ann Cannon, John Cimino, Freeholder Chair Pasquale Colavita and Freeholder Anthony Carabelli.


William Agress, since 1981, Mr. Agress has played the role of Col. Edward Hand in the Revolutionary War reenactment of Hand’s delaying tactics following General Washington’s success at the Battle of Trenton.

(L-R) William Agress, Freeholders Lucylle Walter, Samuel Frisby, Ann Cannon, John Cimino, Freeholder Chair Pasquale Colavita and Freeholder Anthony Carabelli. 

(L-R) William Agress, Freeholders Lucylle Walter, Samuel Frisby, Ann Cannon, John Cimino, Freeholder Chair Pasquale Colavita and Freeholder Anthony Carabelli.


NathanielNateWhitehead is a 5 year old kindergarten student at Lawrence Township’s Eldridge Park Elementary School who wanted to make a difference. He, with the support of his family, friends and school, led a coat drive that was able to provide 90 coats to the Mercer Street Friends organization.

Young Nathaniel Whitehead is joined by (L-R) Eldridge Park guidance counselor Trish Burns, Freeholders Samuel Frisby, Lucylle Walter, Ann Cannon, John Cimino, Pasquale Colavita, Anthony Carabelli. 

Young Nathaniel Whitehead is joined by (L-R) Eldridge Park guidance counselor Trish Burns, Freeholders Samuel Frisby, Lucylle Walter, Ann Cannon, John Cimino, Pasquale Colavita, Anthony Carabelli.