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Vol. LXIV, No. 1
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Senior Resource Center Holiday Party, Thanks to Generous Donors, Served 150

SUSAN W. HOSKINS
Executive Director
Princeton Senior Resource Center
Stockton Street

Township’s Community Alert Network Offers Protection and Peace of Mind

GRACE SINDEN
Ridgeview Circle

High School P.E. Department Thanks Participants in Its Gardening Project

MATT WILKINSON
Physical Education Teacher
Princeton High School


Senior Resource Center Holiday Party, Thanks to Generous Donors, Served 150

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Princeton Senior Resource Center participants, staff and board, I would like to thank all the volunteers and organizations that made our holiday party possible.

One hundred and fifty people enjoyed a full holiday meal prepared by Acorn Glen, with appetizers from McCaffrey’s. Transportation from senior housing was provided by Buckingham Place and the Free B. Decorations were provided by Stony Brook Garden Club and entertainment by the Cat’s Meow from Princeton High School.

Volunteers from Bloomberg and from the PSRC board and friends were the servers and performed hundreds of tasks for this major event.

SUSAN W. HOSKINS
Executive Director
Princeton Senior Resource Center
Stockton Street

Township’s Community Alert Network Offers Protection and Peace of Mind

To the Editor:

Regarding the letters on emergency communication (Town Topics, December 23): in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd struck Princeton, I was a member of the Princeton Regional Health Commission, the combined Boards of Health of the Borough and Township. At that time there was serious concern about widespread contamination of drinking water. Several of us tried to staff the few municipal phones available to answer questions from residents and offer recommendations about boiling water, etc., but this was highly inadequate.

Approximately eight years ago Princeton Township instituted a Community Alert Network for emergency communication whereby about 14,000 phones, residential and business, can be automatically dialed in an hour to give a pre-recorded message alerting the public to an emergency or giving instructions on what to do.

In the snowstorm last week, residents of Princeton Township received such a call instructing people to move their cars off roadways so plows could move through. Since the 1999 hurricane, Princeton has had other incidents, such as the Anthrax scare in the Borough.

I appreciate the Township having taken the initiative to have the fast acting Community Alert Network for the protection of Township residents. Borough residents should inquire about what system is being used there for quick and efficient emergency communication to the public. Not everyone uses a computer or listens to local TV or radio all day, but most people can be reached by phone, including cell phones, for emergency alerts and messages.

For many years, the Princeton Regional Health Commission and former Borough police chiefs had recommended that the Borough “piggy back” on the Township’s system when it was instituted but, as far as I have been able to learn, that has not happened. The County alert system may be slower in alerting residents in its 13 municipalities to a widespread emergency when speed is critical.

The Township’s Community Alert Network gives a degree of protection and peace of mind.

GRACE SINDEN
Ridgeview Circle

High School P.E. Department Thanks Participants in Its Gardening Project

To the Editor:

On a bright, crisp Sunday morning in November, more than 70 Princeton community members descended upon Princeton High School for a garden raising.

During a four-hour period, 16 raised wooden beds were built and filled with a mix of topsoil and compost. The beds will supply the school’s Physical Education Department a connection between the school district’s wellness policy and a lifetime fitness activity: gardening.

It is with the deepest gratitude that the Princeton High School Department of Physical Education thanks so many people and businesses for their wonderful efforts. All the participants received bubbling grass-fed beef chili from Eno Terra and the Momo brothers, hot apple cider from Whole Earth, coffee from Small World, salad from Pizza Star, apples from Chartwells, and door prizes from Ace Hardware.

Those who were not able to be involved and want to learn more may look for “Phys Ed Garden” under the Activities/Club section on the Princeton High School web page, http://phs.prs.k12.nj.us/Garden. There they will find a list of needed equipment for the garden project, and other ongoing events involving the gardens.

The weather might be getting colder, but the Phys Ed Garden is heating up. Again, thank you to everyone who got the garden going.

MATT WILKINSON
Physical Education Teacher
Princeton High School

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