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Vol. LXIV, No. 43
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Topics in Brief
A Community Bulletin

The Arts Council of Princeton’s free Annual Home Town Halloween Parade will be held on Friday, October 29, at 5 p.m. The parade will start on the Palmer Square Green and end on Albert Hinds Plaza. Activities include hands-on art making, a DJ dance party, and a haunted house in the Princeton Public Library Community Room. Participants are encouraged to bring their family and friends.

The Cherry Valley Bridge, which spans Princeton and Montgomery Townships, will be officially reopened on Wednesday, October 27, at 11 a.m. by Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and officials from both townships. The original structure, which crosses a tributary to Beden’s Brook, was a 60-foot by 38-foot elliptical reinforced concrete culvert constructed in 1971. The structure was deemed “functionally obsolete” due to safety concerns at the location known locally as “Jefferson Curve.” The new bridge is an 18-foot-long and 68-foot-wide precast reinforced concrete, three-sided culvert that carries two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, two six-foot, five-inch-wide shoulders and one six-foot-wide sidewalk. Cherry Valley Road was realigned at the location to provide safe passage for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Konkus Corporation of Branchburg was successful low bidder at $926,078.60. The contract was awarded on August 12, 2010. The original contract duration of the project was 120 days, but was completed in only 67 days.

A meeting of the Joint Consolidation/ Shared Services Commission will be held on Wednesday October 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the John Witherspoon Middle School Auditorium, at 217 Walnut Lane. This is an opportunity for residents and taxpayers to learn about and provide feedback on the recently initiated study of consolidation and shared services options.

Mercer County will begin its annual fall leaf pickup program the week of November 1. Through the month of November and early in December, the County’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure will visit each of Mercer’s 13 municipalities to sweep leaf piles from curbsides. Residents are reminded to rake leaves from their property into piles between the sidewalk and curb. Crews will not pick up leaves mixed with twigs, branches, stones or brush. Do not park vehicles in front of leaf piles because crews will be unable to reach the piles. Do not bag leaves; bagged leaves will not be picked up. To see a complete schedule of leaf pickup dates, visit (The schedule is posted on the Mercer County website under the DOT section.) In addition, for convenience, the County will post street signs a day or two in advance of a scheduled pickup on that street to alert residents to pile their leaves and not to park on the street.

The Joan Levin School of Early Childhood Education will hold its 24th annual gift boutique, silent auction, and café on Tuesday, November 2 (Election Day) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street. Free baby sitting will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, and 4 to 6 p.m. Sale items will include jewelry, woman and children’s clothing, fitness apparel, handbags, and stationery. For more information call (609) 921-7207. This event is open to the public; admission is free and free parking is available.

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