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Community Conversation

LTCF 2018 Community Conversation

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Best Ways to Deliver News to the Community

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6-9 pm
Educational Testing Service, Conant Hall

In the past few years, it has become more and more difficult for Lawrence Township residents to feel connected to local news. This year's LTCF Community Conversation will bring together residents from all neighborhoods in Lawrence for a township-wide meeting to discuss this important issue.

The 2018 Community Conversation “Best Ways to Deliver News to the Community” will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. at Educational Testing Service, 660 Rosedale Rd, Princeton. The event will address the challenges groups and individuals face in communicating information about programs, services and events to the people of Lawrence Township. Residents are encouraged to discuss how they currently receive their local news and would like to do so in the future.

A group of local communicators will discuss how their organizations deliver local news and the challenges they face. Opening remarks from the speakers will be followed by multiple small table discussions each focusing on the variety of options to enhance communication in Lawrence Township. The groups will discuss ideas and brainstorm methods to implement positive changes in the community. By the end of the evening a variety of actionable ideas that the participants have developed and are interested in pursuing will be summarized and next steps explored.

Panelists will include but are not limited to:

  • Kristine Brown, Asst. V.P. of Marketing and Communications at Rider University
  • Joe Eisele, Publisher of Newspaper Media Group
  • Joe Emanski, Managing Editor of Community New Service
  • Lea Kahn, Former reporter from the Lawrence Ledger
  • John Mozes, General Manager 107.7 THE BRONC at Rider University
  • Lana Mueller, Lawrence Twp. Public Schools, Operations Manager
  • Ingrid Reed, Founder of NJ Spotlight
  • Richard Rein, Editor of US 1 and
  • Sam Sciarrotta, Editor of the Lawrence Gazette
  • James Thompson, Organizer for Free Press

Light refreshments will be supplied by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Representatives for nonprofits, civic groups, local businesses and interested residents are encouraged to attend this free event.
Online Registration is requested via Eventbrite -

The Lawrence Township Community Foundation sponsors a Community Conversation that provides an in-depth opportunity for members of the community, town officials, and representatives from local businesses and non-profits to discuss topics and issues that are important to residents of Lawrence Township.


Community Conversation

Recognizing the importance of connecting with the residents of Lawrence to help identify their needs, the Lawrence Township Community Foundation hosts an annual Community Conversation which brings together residents from all the neighborhoods in Lawrence for a township-wide meeting. Over the years, some great programs have been created as a result of these conversations, including arts festivals, Sustainable Lawrence, and the `Welcome to Lawrence’ signs around town.

Community Conversation: 2015 Presentation

Previous Community Conversation discussion topics included:

  • Community Wellness—Health, recreation and wellness for residents of all ages
  • A Healthy & Safe Lawrence – Preserving & protecting our community
  • People, Places & Stories - A celebration of Lawrence Township history
  • Being a Good Neighbor – Creating community
  • Engaging Our Youth – Programs & activities

Read more about it

Public Lists Its Common Concerns For Town by Leah Kahn, Central, Packet Media Group on Mar 25, 2015

Communication is Key During Community Conversation by Michelle McGuinness, Open Post on Patch, on March 22, 2011

Community Conversation 2015