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Throughout one of the hottest summers in history, a highly pregnant Jennifer Poe was hard at work in her Newtown, Pennsylvania interior design store, Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor. Merely weeks after giving birth to a baby boy, Poe is back at it, heading some of the most sought-after interior design projects in the Greater Philadelphia area.

This type of work ethic is nothing new for the recent mother of four. Since the age of 19, she has had a hand in the purchasing, gutting, and renovating of homes, quickly establishing her visionary talent. After graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Poe founded Rittenhouse Home Furniture and Décor, a full-service boutique firm with cosmopolitan sensibilities. Her storefront may be located in Newtown, but her clientele spans from Philadelphia’s most discerning neighborhoods to Bergen County. more

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It’s fall, and with the changing colors and cooler temps comes a change in wardrobe! 

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Friday, September 9

5 to 9 p.m.: Food Truck Friday. Live music and food trucks at 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell (rain or shine).

Saturday, September 10

8 a.m.: 5 Mile Road Race at ETS, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton. Hosted by Community Education and Outreach of Princeton Healthcare System and Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center. Learn more at www.princetonhcs.org.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Doylestown Arts Festival, celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking art in Doylestown, Pa. Includes more than 160 artisans, live music, and food courts (also on Sunday, September 11). more

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Painting: The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777.

By Taylor Smith 

“Hamilton” has become something of a phenomenon.

The play won 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Additional awards include the Kennedy Prize for Drama and a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has freestyled for President Obama and a national tour is set for 2017. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Photographs courtesy of Girls on the Run and The First Tee

“What’s your favorite subject in school?” This is one of the standard questions asked of school-aged children, and the answer is often recess or gym. The popular response can make parents cringe, but studies have shown that gym and recess are crucial to healthy child development. Sports-based youth organizations The First Tee and Girls on the Run understand the need for kids to break out of the structured school routine. more

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Registered nutritionist and dietician Jane Schwartz eases you into school-lunch-packing season with her nutrition tips for parents and their kids

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

How many times have you looked into your child’s lunch bag to find a piece of fruit left behind? Most kids have no problem finishing their Dunkaroos or fruit snacks, but when it comes to eating health foods, they often transform into picky eaters.  more

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#OrangeOut in Princeton University gear. 

Don’t forget – the famous Princeton vs. Harvard football game will take place at Princeton Stadium on Saturday, October 22. 

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Save up to 60% when you take an extra 20% off a great selection of sale and clearance items.  Total savings: 40-60%. Offer and selection may vary in store.

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Friday, September 2

6:30 p.m.: Screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) at Princeton Public Library. The biographical drama is based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel.

7 p.m.: Open Mic Night at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20 Blackwell Avenue, Hopewell. Open to all musicians, beginner to advanced.

Saturday, September 3

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Pick-your-own apple season returns to Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville. Also, fresh apple pies, fresh pressed cider, cider donuts, apple butter, and more.  more

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Be comfortable and fashionable this fall semester with the help of Princeton Magazine.

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Today marks day four of the US Open, where big-name celebrities and tennis fans alike flood to Queens, NY to watch some serious tennis before summer’s close. Here, we outline some interesting facts and figures about the highly anticipated USTA event.

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Show your school spirit with Jack Rogers’ new Spirit Sandals collection! Perfect for cheering on your favorite school team or club, each pair features their iconic whipstitching and rondelles.

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Friday, August 26

3 to 5 p.m.: Native Plant Sale at D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music. more

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Sleek contemporary fire pit with matching cover doubles as coffee table when not in use.

Bring the comfort of home to your outdoor space with these tips from Pavillion Outdoor Furnishings in Montclair, New Jersey

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Co-owners of Pavillion Outdoor Furnishings Lisa Mierop and Frank Contey are the authorities on outdoor living. Each with their own landscape design/build firm in Montclair; the duo has decades of experience outfitting the finest homes in north Jersey and beyond.  more

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Shop for fall during the final days of summer!

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Friday, August 19

10 a.m.: Free, tour of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, 100 Stellarator Road in Princeton.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer). more

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…because we could all use a little more cuteness in our newsfeed

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The Morris Animal Inn is a pooch (and kitty) palace, and its residents are treated like royalty. The family owned and operated business is an internationally recognized boarding, daycare, training, and grooming facility for cats and dogs. In addition to offering amenities suitable for a five-star human hotel, the Inn provides a daily dose of adorability via their @morrisanimalinn Instagram page. Below are photos of their irresistible boarders living the good life at the pet resort. more

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Friday, August 12

9:30 a.m.: Kayak Tours of Mercer Lake at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. Includes kayak instruction followed by the tour. Registration is required by calling (609) 888-3218. The cost to attend is $25-$30.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer).

7 p.m.: Free, Dancing Under the Stars at Hinds Plaza in downtown Princeton. more

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These fitness-friendly devices will enhance your summer workout routine. 

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Short Hills resident Leslie Hsu enters the world of fashion-technology with her latest accessory line. 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Leslie Hsu knows accessories. The former fabric research and developer for Calvin Klein has had a hand in designing handbags and accessories for the likes of UGG Australia, True Religion Brand Jeans, Jonathan Adler, Zappos.com, and Barnes and Noble Nook, as well as her own eponymous handbag brand. more