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Vol. LXII, No. 50
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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YWCA’s Crafters’ Marketplace Raised $60,000 for Community Financial Aid

JUDY HUTTON
CEO, YWCA Princeton

Community Food Bank Donations Urged to Feed Hungry During Holiday Season

DAN BAUER
Spruce Street

McCaffrey’s Thanked by Junior School for Donations of Thanksgiving Baskets

PETER Y. RAPELYE
Headmaster, Princeton Junior School

Proposed Demolition of Speer Library Gets Planning Board Review Tomorrow

ANITA BERRIZBEITIA
Stockton Street


YWCA’s Crafters’ Marketplace Raised $60,000 for Community Financial Aid

To the Editor:

Thirty-five years and still going strong!

The YWCA Princeton’s Crafters’ Marketplace, held at John Witherspoon Middle School on November 22 and 23, succeeded in raising a record $60,300. With such a shadow over our economy right now, we were worried that perhaps our Bates Scholarship Fund, to which all proceeds are directed, would suffer.

However, we are very happy, and most appreciative, that such is not the case. Once again we will be able to offer financial aid to those community members who must put their children in our care while they work, who literally need our rehabilitative services to keep moving, who count on our English classes to help them assimilate into their new country.

We thank all those who attended Crafters’ Marketplace. We also thank our staff, the Crafters’ Marketplace Planning Committee, the Princeton Newcomers, and many other volunteers who devoted their entire weekend to making sure the Marketplace ran flawlessly. And we are grateful to the corporations that contributed goods, and to our patrons who gave “a little something extra.”

We are very proud of all supporters of this wonderful event.

JUDY HUTTON
CEO, YWCA Princeton

Community Food Bank Donations Urged to Feed Hungry During Holiday Season

To the Editor:

On Thanksgiving morning I was one of the 200 people who decided to forego sleep and instead put on running shoes to participate in the first Turkey Trot organized by Trinity Church in Princeton. Besides being a fun and healthy way to start the morning, it was a way to observe the day and come together to help those in greatest need. All proceeds from the event went to benefit The Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton.

I am writing now to remind all Mercer County residents that during this season of giving it is essential that we all go the extra mile to support community food banks, such as Mercer Street Friends (www.mercerstreetfriends.org, 609-396-1506) and the many local organizations that feed the hungry. They include Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton (www.thecrisisministry.org, 609-396-9355), HomeFront (www.homefrontnj.org, 908-989-9417), and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (www.trentonsoupkitchen.org, 609-695-1225), whose food stocks this year are precariously low and whose demand is exceedingly high.

Your generous support of much-needed food and cash donations will help ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season. It’s a gift that will brighten the day for both the giver and the receiver in these tough economic times.

DAN BAUER
Spruce Street

McCaffrey’s Thanked by Junior School for Donations of Thanksgiving Baskets

Editor’s Note: The following is a copy of a letter sent to James McCaffrey of McCaffrey’s Supermarket in the Princeton Shopping Center.

To the Editor:

On behalf of the faculty, staff, parents, and children of the Princeton Junior School, I would like to express our deepest gratitude again for McCaffrey’s generous donation of turkeys to our Thanksgiving Basket Drive last week. Our school collected an assortment of food items to assist needy families in the Trenton area through Mercer Street Friends. Your generosity helped make a wonderful statement about helping others in our community, especially at Thanksgiving time. Your support embraced the spirit of our Pilgrim forefathers who passed on the gifts of courage, community, and commitment to generations of Americans to come.

The delivery of the baskets followed the School’s traditional ceremony of songs and words of thanks presented by the children, honoring the spirit of Thanksgiving and acts of kindness throughout the year. Princeton Junior School children also made their own bread to accompany a special turkey soup prepared by our “soup dads.”

Your thoughtful contributions to our community service project are greatly appreciated. Thank you again for your assistance.

PETER Y. RAPELYE
Headmaster, Princeton Junior School

Proposed Demolition of Speer Library Gets Planning Board Review Tomorrow

To the Editor:

The Princeton Theological Seminary has applied to the Princeton Regional Planning Board for concept review on Thursday December 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Township Municipal Complex to demolish the 1956 Collegiate Gothic Speer Library so they can clear the site to construct a new 130,000 square foot library facility at the corner of Library Place and Mercer Street.

Because of the drastic nature of this demolition proposal, I urge all Princeton residents to attend this meeting and ask questions in an effort to understand the full impact — environmental, historic, and aesthetic — of the Seminary’s proposed new building complex on this critical site at the gateway to the Borough, and at the center of the Mercer Hill Historic District.

ANITA BERRIZBEITIA
Stockton Street

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