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Vol. LXII, No. 48
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Under-Funded First Aid & Rescue Squad Needs and Deserves Community Support

RACHEL BENEVENTO
Shady Brook Lane

Retiring Mayor Marchand Owed Thanks for Staunch Environmental Leadership

LINDA J. MEAD 
Executive Director
D&R Greenway Land Trust

Riverside School’s Do Something Club Offers Thanks for UNICEF Donations

NIA ARORA, AARON DiGREGORIO, EMILY KLEINBART, HAMMUTAL SCHATZ
For The Do Something Club at Riverside School


Under-Funded First Aid & Rescue Squad Needs and Deserves Community Support

To the Editor:

The Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad recently ran an ad campaign in Town Topics. The ads, featuring local residents whom PFARS treated over the last several years, were part of a new fund-raising initiative that also included a direct mail appeal. Unfortunately, the response has been disappointing; donations are down 12 percent compared with last year. In these challenging economic times, it is easy to discard solicitations, however benevolent the cause. But the implications of an under-funded volunteer rescue squad are worrisome. PFARS has indicated that to continue providing a high standard of care in the future, they need private donations. Our local government funds less than 20 percent of their budget.

In the interest of full disclosure, my son was one of the people featured in the campaign. Last year, when he was two years old, he suffered a nearly fatal anaphylactic reaction and was saved by PFARS, who had been equipped with epinephrine just eight days earlier. Medical emergencies are unexpected and often life threatening. With the backing of our community, the outstanding care provided by our volunteer local rescue squad will not be jeopardized.

RACHEL BENEVENTO
Shady Brook Lane

Retiring Mayor Marchand Owed Thanks for Staunch Environmental Leadership

To the Editor:

Princeton Township’s Mayor Phyllis Marchand is a champion of open space whose legacy benefits future generations well beyond today’s Princeton community. When D&R Greenway sought to preserve the former Robert Wood Johnson estate, now Greenway Meadows, Mayor Marchand jumped in to spearhead the Township Committee’s support. She demonstrated the same environmental leadership during D&R Greenway’s efforts to preserve Coventry Farm, as well as the recent acquisition of the land to provide the final link in the Stony Brook Trail. 

All of us who are committed to this community owe Phyllis Marchand an enormous debt of gratitude for her staunch support of land preservation in Princeton. It is truly up to this generation to determine the future of New Jersey’s environment. Our mayor has been a leader in ensuring that our future will be green, and her presence will be missed.

LINDA J. MEAD 
Executive Director
D&R Greenway Land Trust

Riverside School’s Do Something Club Offers Thanks for UNICEF Donations

To the Editor:

We would like to thank the residents of Princeton for their generous donations to UNICEF that Riverside Elementary School students collected on Halloween. With their donations we have raised a total of $1830.46. This money will be sent around the world to children who need the five things important to life: education, shelter, food, water, and health care.

Did you know that with just $4.65 ten kids could get polio vaccines? That $3.80 will buy a water filter? That 13 cents buys a book bag, and for just $3 someone could have a warm blanket?

So remember, whether you donated 20 dollars or 5 cents, every penny helps! It goes to show how kids can help the world.

NIA ARORA, AARON DiGREGORIO, EMILY KLEINBART, HAMMUTAL SCHATZ
For The Do Something Club at Riverside School

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