Archive for the ‘Nonprofits’ Category

Kuser Mansion Home Entertainment: Then and Now

August 25, 2014

“We were in the magic domain …” wrote the author. When the curtains parted, the silent and darkened room transformed into another realm with a fanfare of music and 20th Century Fox spotlights flashing across an 18-foot screen, once hidden but now revealed by the theater master’s cue and a pull of a chord.

Welcome to one of America’s first home entertainment centers, dating back to 1919.

The movie night described above was from circa 1940. The venue was — and still is — the Kuser farm mansion on Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton; the theater master, Fritz Kuser; and the author mentioned above, Tom Glover, Hamilton Township historian and writer/publisher of the blog known as the Hamilton Scrapbook.

Only a couple hours before the show, the 45-foot-long home-theater room would have been the Kuser family’s dining room. But when it was time for the Sunday night movie, the table would be folded up and set aside, the big oak chairs lined up in rows, folding chairs added as needed, and pillows placed up front for the children. ……..

Today, almost 100 years after the Kusers showed their first film, Hamilton Township continues the tradition.

Movies are shown monthly, and visitors can explore the projection room with its original equipment and vintage movie posters almost any weekend during house tours that are offered throughout the year…… Read more at


Ewing community stands strong

April 8, 2014

Community gathers to support explosion victims

With the entire audience standing, the Band Jam Finale musicians performed “Stand by Me” at the Community Strong Benefit for South Fork.

The rousing performance that concluded the March 22 event at Fisher Middle School reflects Ewing’s ongoing commitment to restore the lives of those who suffered from the March 4 gas explosion that damaged or destroyed more than 50 homes in the West Trenton South Fork development.

All proceeds from the event went to the Ewing Township Disaster Relief Fund, which was set up by Mayor Bert Steinmann for residents whose properties were destroyed or damaged.

Money received from individuals, companies and organizations go directly to the fund.

As of March 20, the relief fund had received $227,185. This amount includes $100,000 from PSE&G, $25,000 from New Jersey Manufacturers, and $10,000 from the Muslim Brotherhood, Mayor Bert Steinmann said.


Pajama Bags for children displaced by Hurricane Sandy

November 29, 2012

News from Christine’s Hope for Kids:

Recently a group of volunteers met at the Christine’s Hope office and assembled over 150 pajama bags for kids living in shelters in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Each bag had a new pair of PJ’s, a reading book, teddy bear, and coloring book and crayons. They were delivered to catholic charities who are distributing them to kids at the Jersey Shore.

Volunteer opportunities are ongoing at Christine’s Hope for Kids. To learn more, visit their website at

Just Found Out about free listings with Green Resources New Jersey

January 1, 2012

Just found out that Green Resources New Jersey is compiling a Green directory and offering free listings in its publication through the month of January.

A listing includes your name and logo, address and phone number; your mission statement or purpose, and a brief description of your offerings.

A few of their clients include: Martindale’s Natural Market, Springfield, PA; Green Hospitality, Failte, Ireland; Historical Society of Princeton, NJ; and Fernbrook Farms, Chesterfield, NJ.

To learn how to enter your company or organization, visit the Green Resources New Jersey website.

Back to Wisdom2

June 16, 2010

Videos and highlights from the Wisdom2.0 Conference are now available. The event, which took place April 30-May 2, challenges us to use technology in ways that support the well-being of ourselves and our communities.

See the dialogues and presentations from panelists from Google, Twitter, Upaya Zen Center, Facebook, and other organizations at .

 An introduction to the conference was posted on this blog March 30, 2010.

Driving the social web and advancing the social good:

May 16, 2010

This website explores the use of technology as a means improve lives.

Socialbrite hosts a directory of over 100 nonprofits and public benefit groups who use media to further their causes. A casual sampling includes All for Good, a search engine that allows users to find volunteer options in the geographical region of their choice; BetterWorldBooks, a group that raises money for literacy initiatives by collecting and selling books online; eduFire, an online classroom connecting students and instructors worldwide; and Zerofootprint, a group that helps companies and individuals reduce their carbon footprint through webinars and interactive educational tools.

Founded by J.D. Lasica, the site’s mission is to “… drive the social Web and advance the social good.” The Videos and Tutorials page shows viewers how to best use Web 2.0 technologies including Twitter, Facebook, mobile devices, blogs, and more. A recent story on Socialbrite looks into iPad’s potential for nonprofits.