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Vol. LXV, No. 17
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Avid Cyclist Offers Safety Tips After Witnessing a Close Call

Phyllis Suber
Terhune Road

Shade Tree Commission’s Message For Planters of Arbor Day Seedlings

Polly Burlingham, Alexandra Radbil, Marie Rickman, Patricia Hyatt, Welmoet Bok van Kammen
The Princeton Borough Shade Tree Commission

National Stand Against Racism Day Takes Place This Year on Friday, April 29

Marietta Taylor
Hartley Avenue
Wilma Solomon
Tee-Ar Place


Avid Cyclist Offers Safety Tips After Witnessing a Close Call

To the Editor:

I recently witnessed a very close call experienced by a young bicyclist and it has prompted me to write this letter as a means of helping to educate cyclists. This cyclist was probably in her early teens. She approached the intersection of Witherspoon and Wiggins Streets riding on the sidewalk. She was headed west (towards Rt. 206). The light changed to red for her direction just as she reached the intersection. She rode across Witherspoon St. anyway, right in front of cars that now had a green light and were just starting to move forward. Due to an alert driver who jammed on his brakes, the cyclist narrowly missed being hit.

Attention cyclists! Please keep in mind that you must obey the traffic laws, including not crossing on a red light. Other rules apply to you also, such as riding on the right side of the road. It’s safer and it’s the law. I am an avid cyclist myself and it bothers me to see some cyclists not following the rules, thereby endangering themselves and others.

Lovely cycling weather is here. Let’s all cycle safely!

Phyllis Suber
Terhune Road

Shade Tree Commission’s Message For Planters of Arbor Day Seedlings

To the Editor:

The Princeton Borough Shade Tree Commission (PBSTC) is asking to hear from individuals, families, or schools who have planted Arbor Day seedlings distributed over the past decades at Communiversity. If so, we ask that they contact the PBSTC through our newly revised website www.pbshadetree.org. The commission wants to track the success rates of these seedlings and compile a list of robust specimens now thriving in the borough. If there are family stories, special events (graduations, weddings etc.) or honorees connected with the planting of these new trees, or even photos, please elaborate under “Your Message.” And don’t forget to stop by and say hello at the PBSTC table at this years’ Communiversity. See you on April 30.

Polly Burlingham, Alexandra Radbil, Marie Rickman, Patricia Hyatt, Welmoet Bok van Kammen
The Princeton Borough Shade Tree Commission

National Stand Against Racism Day Takes Place This Year on Friday, April 29

To the Editor:

Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA that aims to bring together people from all walks of life to raise awareness that racism still exists, to share in a vision of eliminating it, and to celebrate the richness of diversity. Initiated by the Princeton and Trenton YWCA’s several years ago, the now national Stand Against Racism Day takes place this year on Friday, April 29. Not In Our Town is supporting this effort in Princeton by engaging the business community in a commitment to end racism by displaying signs in their establishments saying “We Stand Against Racism Today and Every Day.” At this point, over 115 businesses in Princeton have joined this public demonstration of solidarity and are listed in an ad in today’s paper. Princetonians can show their support by frequenting these establishments and sharing a word or two of appreciation.

Not In Our Town (NIOT) is a Princeton-based interracial and interfaith social action group united to advance the cause of racial harmony. While we acknowledge that great strides have been made in recent decades, we also know that much more remains to be accomplished. Racism, conscious or unconscious, remains a sad reality in our country and in our community. We need look no farther for the glaring expression of this than to a recent rally by a neo-Nazi group in downtown Trenton.

Since its inception in 1999, NIOT has presented many programs on racism, including a youth forum for secondary school students (Through Our Eyes), showing films, and sponsoring speakers and discussions for general audiences. We can all help eliminate racism and other forms of discrimination. Sometimes it takes a little effort to go out of our comfort zone, but it can be worth it. Some ideas:

• Get together with a neighbor or co-worker of a different race, ethnicity, or religion.

• Does your social or faith group reflect Princeton’s cultural diversity? How can it be more inclusive?

• Get involved in one of the many multi-cultural programs offered in the town.

• Join NIOT’s Continuing Conversation on Race held first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library.

• Be an active member of your child’s school parent association and add your voice to make sure all children are receiving the best the school has to offer.

Our hope is that Princeton continues to grow into the place where the ideals of friendship, community and pride in diversity prevail.

For Not In Our Town,

Marietta Taylor
Hartley Avenue
Wilma Solomon
Tee-Ar Place

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