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Vol. LXI, No. 25
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
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Senior Housing at Merwick Tract Seen as Ameliorating a Continuing Problem

RONALD FLAUGHER
Mt. Lucas Road

Homeowners With Attack Dogs Should License, Vaccinate, and Confine Them

LUCILLE B. GAIGNAULT
Bank Street

Recreation Department Says Farewell and Thanks to Veteran Board Member

RICHARD NOSKER
Chair, Joint Recreation Board

On Graduation Day, a Former Teacher Reflects on Meanings of Retirement

WILLIAM ROUFBERG
Kendall Park

Organizers of Post Prom Party Thank Sponsoring Corporations and Parents

CARRIE STRASBURGER, DIANE GOLOMB
2007 Post Prom Party Co-Chairs


Senior Housing at Merwick Tract Seen as Ameliorating a Continuing Problem

To the Editor:

In reading about the potential rezoning plans for the Merwick Tract, I was disappointed to see no mention of senior housing as one of the "mixed uses" to even be considered. Such a location is ideal for a senior component to be included, where its members would have ready access to Princeton's amenities, feel and be a part of the community, and more easily contribute to its political and social activities.

In spite of the planned developments up on Princeton Ridge, senior housing problems are not going to be affected. We should seize this opportunity to include our seniors in the community. It would be an outstanding solution to a serious and continuing problem.

RONALD FLAUGHER
Mt. Lucas Road

Homeowners With Attack Dogs Should License, Vaccinate, and Confine Them

To the Editor:

The Police Blotter article (Town Topics, June 13) about Giovanni Rivera's being severely mauled by a pack of vicious, unlicensed, and mostly unvaccinated German shepherd dogs, is sickening and horrifying. A landscaper, Mr. Rivera was no passing vagrant. He had presumably been engaged for the job and was therefore expected to appear on the property. If homeowners require a pack of vicious dogs for their "security" and well-being, they should at least have the elementary decency to license and vaccinate their monsters, and confine them behind a ten-foot chain-link fence.

I'm so glad I have two gentle, indoor house cats.

LUCILLE B. GAIGNAULT
Bank Street

Recreation Department Says Farewell and Thanks to Veteran Board Member

To the Editor:

The Princeton Joint Recreation Board would like to recognize and commend Sally Fields for her 20-plus years of service to the Board and to the community.

Ms. Fields has consistently helped the Board develop good public policy for the betterment of Princeton. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors.

RICHARD NOSKER
Chair, Joint Recreation Board

On Graduation Day, a Former Teacher Reflects on Meanings of Retirement

To the Editor:

Graduation exercises will take place at Princeton High School on Wednesday, June 20. For most of those in attendance — graduating seniors and their parents — the day will be one of celebration and joy. For others — some of the teachers — the end of the school year will also mark the end of their careers.

To some, retirement may sound great or ominous. When I retired, after 30 years at P.H.S., I wondered what it meant. Here is what I learned as a retiree.

Teachers who retire lose their principals. Principals who retire lose their faculties. Superintendents who retire no longer play board games. Board attorneys who retire walk around without their briefs. Librarians who retire become shelved. Nurses who retire lose their patience. Math teachers who retire lose their functions. Art teachers who retire tend to go baroque.

Of all retirees, the worst are social studies teachers who, like myself, walk down Nassau Street and hear people say, "There goes Roufberg, he has no class."

WILLIAM ROUFBERG
Kendall Park

Organizers of Post Prom Party Thank Sponsoring Corporations and Parents

To the Editor:

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Princeton and Cranbury communities for helping to make this year's Princeton High School Post Prom Party a huge success. More than 300 students attended the 007 Casino Royale festivities on Friday, June 1 after the Junior-Senior prom, and a great time was had by all.

Because of the generosity of the parents and community at large, we raised close to $8,000 and were able to attain our goal of providing a safe and fun party for the students. In particular we would like to thank the following local businesses, corporations, and organizations for their contributions of money or gifts in kind to the party: Applegarth Golf Center, ARI Products, Barnes and Noble, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Brookstone, Camillo's Café, Carleton Cards, Carousel Luncheonette, Chazzmatazz Formal Wear, A. S. Cole and Sons, Conte's, Cranbury Arts Council, Cranbury Educational Foundation, Cranbury Lions Club, Cranbury Pizza, Cranbury PTO, Cranbury Township Municipal Alliance, Forest Jewelers, lano's Restaurant, Image Photo, Jordan's, Kopp's Cycle Shop, Long Motor Company/Volvo of Princeton, McCaffrey's, Metropolis, Movies at MarketFair, Mystique Hair Salon, NY Sports Club, Nine West, Princeton Borough PBA No. 130, The Papery of Princeton, Pizza Star, Princeton Drug and Alcohol Alliance, Princeton High School PTO, Princeton Jewelers, Sansom Engineering and Construction, Shop Rite, Ten Thousand Villages, The Sight Center of Princeton, Thomas Sweet, Village Silver, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market, and countless parents for their donations of time and money.

The success of this evening is due to the hard work and generosity of many people and we apologize for inadvertently omitting any names. Many thanks for all the support and hard work that went into making the 2007 Post Prom Party a special night for everyone.

CARRIE STRASBURGER, DIANE GOLOMB
2007 Post Prom Party Co-Chairs

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