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Vol. LXII, No. 9
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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YWCA’s Waxwood Award Recipient Announced

M. Katherine McGavern of Princeton has been selected to receive the YWCA Princeton’s highest honor, the Waxwood Award. The award, which was established in 1999, honors “truly distinguished contributions to the YWCA Princeton over a lifetime.”

In 1997, Ms. McGavern and fellow Waxwood honoree Margee Harper chaired a three-year, $3 million endowment campaign for the YW, the largest sum ever raised in one campaign. It enabled the continuation and expansion of existing programs, and the creation of new mission-driven programs and initiatives.

As president of the YW’s board of directors, Ms. McGavern is credited with implementing “strategic governance,” charging board members to think strategically about the future of the organization. She encouraged staff directors to see the mission of the YWCA — the elimination of racism and empowerment of women — as central to their programming.

In addition to chairing the endowment campaign and the board of directors, Ms. McGavern has also served on and chaired a variety of YW committees, and was a trustee for the YM/YWCA from 2001 to 2006.

Ten “Tributes”

Ms. McGavern will be presented with the Waxwood Award at the 25th anniversary Tribute to Women Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 6, 2008. At the dinner, honorary chair Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University, will recognize ten “Tribute” honorees: Marcelline V. Baumann, University Medical Center at Princeton Auxiliary; Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, Mercer County Community College; Patricia M. Hart, Womanspace; Karen Jezierny, Princeton University; Jane F. Kelly, South Jersey Industries, Inc.; Lydia Mallett, PhD, Tyco International; Anne O’Neill, (widow of Princeton Borough Mayor Joseph P. O’Neill) Alsace International; Shirley Satterfield, Princeton historian; Jaye Hewitt Semrod, Stuart Country Day School Board of Trustees; and former Princeton Township mayor Michele Tuck-Ponder, Ponder Solutions, Inc.

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Hill Wallack Partner Focuses on “Brownfields”

Nielsen V. Lewis, a partner at the Princeton law firm of Hill Wallack LLP, was recently program chair and a featured speaker at a Brownfields redevelopment seminar devoted to No Further Action (“NFA”) letters of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s “Brownfields Program” is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

In his remarks, Mr. Lewis addressed the subject, “When Can You Really Rely On An NFA Letter?” The seminar was sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, a joint venture of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Rutgers, and Seton Hall University.

Partner-in-charge of Hill Wallack LLP’s Environmental Law Practice Group, Mr. Lewis counsels and represents corporations, public entities, and individuals on a wide range of environmental and land use matters, including local development applications, environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, and environmental litigation. A frequent lecturer and writer on environmental and insurance topics, he is a past Chair of the NJSBA’s Insurance Law Section, a member of its Environmental Law and Dispute Resolution Sections, and a Master of the Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court. Mr. Lewis is admitted to the Superior Court Roster of Court-Approved Mediators.

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Anne Carter Haughton, a senior at Princeton High School, has been named a Distinguished Finalist in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for noteworthy acts of volunteerism. Anne launched a project with her sister to collect donations of new and gently used prom dresses for girls from poor families in Appalachia. Over the past two years, the “Prom Dreams” project has distributed 367 gowns in two counties in Kentucky and West Virginia. The awards program is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSAP).

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Air Force Senior Airman James A. Curtis, the son of John and Deborah Curtis of State Road, is currently deployed in Southwest Asia to support the missions of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Wing, providing military aerial operations from its forward-deployed location to sites in Kuwait and Iraq. Mr. Curtis graduated in 1997 from Princeton High School, and received a bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Rutgers University. He earned an associate degree in 2007 the from Community College of the Air Force, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

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