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Vol. LXI, No. 30
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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Department of Transportation Urged to Find Alternative Route 206 Exits

ELLEN FOOS
Griggs Drive

Proposed Changes in Swimming Lanes Unnecessary at Community Park Pool

EVELYN and JEROME SALDICK
Randall Road

Nutrition Program for Seniors Helps Local Farmers as Well as the Elderly

RHONA W. PORTER, M.S.W.
Social Worker, Elm Court


Department of Transportation Urged to Find Alternative Route 206 Exits

To the Editor:

Regarding your front page article on the new traffic patterns at Route 206 and Cherry Valley Road (Town Topics, July 18) and the Township Committee vote that will limit access on Hillside Avenue, I find it imperative to write to open this decision to further review. Travelers currently using the Hillside cutoff are going to look for alternatives to sitting at the 206 intersection. My guess is that they will use Cherry Hill Road to circle around the back way to Cherry Valley Road. These are residents of four developments which total almost 500 units. Measures should be taken to keep these drivers flowing smoothly along the 206 corridor rather than jammed up at a jug handle or snaking along country roads.

Neither should the residents of Hillside have to suffer. A new cutoff road should be created that will resolve the situation. That was my impression of what was already happening. Right now is the time to solve this problem rather than "tweaking" it later as suggested by Township Engineer Robert Kiser. The Department of Transportation should be quickly engaged to see what can be done.

ELLEN FOOS
Griggs Drive

Proposed Changes in Swimming Lanes Unnecessary at Community Park Pool

To the Editor:

That was a wonderful article (Town Topics, July 18) about Larry Ivan, our pool manager, and a man for all seasons.

There are intentions to modify the Community Park Pool complex in the future. A proposal displayed in the recreation office would involve eliminating the currently available 50 meter unobstructed swimming lanes, one of the best features of the present pool.

We hope this doesn't happen.

EVELYN and JEROME SALDICK
Randall Road

Nutrition Program for Seniors Helps Local Farmers as Well as the Elderly

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services for continuing to fund the New Jersey Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program. This Program gives low income seniors $20 in coupons to be spent on fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. It's a win-win program. The seniors benefit and New Jersey farmers benefit.

The collaboration between the Trenton Farmer's Market and this Program deserves additional kudos. Jack Ball, manager of the Trenton Farmer's Market, arranged for different farm stands to sell their produce every other week at Elm Court and Harriet Bryan House, subsidized housing in Princeton. So far Judy from Pineland Farms has come and she could not have been nicer. It was great. People exited Elm Court and there was fresh corn, tomatoes, zucchini, etc. All the healthy, delicious products of the Garden State were beautifully displayed for purchase and people had $20 in coupons to help defray costs. Plus, no one had to worry about the difficulty of transportation to a local farm stand. It was a wonderful morning.

Thank you, Donna Povia, Chief of the Mercer County Nutrition Project for the Elderly, for making this all possible. I think the Farmer's Market Program is an example of government working effectively to reach out and really benefit people.

RHONA W. PORTER, M.S.W.
Social Worker, Elm Court

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