May 30, 2012

Anne: “The Gerb Family Pool Bay is great! We really needed something like this for years.”
Brooke: ”I like the Gerb Family Pool Bay because I can bring the baby in with me and sit.”
—Anne (left) and Brooke Robotti, Princeton

“It‘s a lot bigger and a lot more spacious and there are a lot more cooler things, like the fish for the baby pool and the slide for the big pool.”
—Atticus Jamison, Princeton

“It’s very good. It’s more open and it’s laid out better, parents can see their children in the baby pool.”
—Jim Jones, Princeton

Morgan: “I really like it. I like water slides, so I really like the new slide.”
Sumaiyya: “I really, really like it. It’s very open and roomy.”
—Morgan Bestwick (left) and Sumaiyya Stephens, Princeton

Dahlia: “I like the changes, it’s bigger and a lot cleaner.”
Caroline: “I think the changes are good with the slide and the pool is much cleaner.”
—Dahlia Musa (left) and Caroline Giles, Princeton

Marco: “It looks better and there’s a big slide.”
Michael: “I like that the pool is way bigger.”
Isabella: “It’s big and it’s awesome.”
—Triplets (left to right and oldest to youngest) Marco, Michael, and Isabella Bahbah, Princeton 

Orlando: “I really like the slide.”
Julian: “I like that the pools are connected and that there’s an overhang over the pool for shade.”
—Orlando Chorney with son Julian, Princeton

NTU Polly 5-16-12

GRACEFUL GARDEN: “I love to work with plant combinations. That’s what makes a garden successful, using different textures and colors.” Master gardener Polly Burlingham, owner of Green Gardens & Polly’s Pots, is seated amidst a display of orange iris and ornamental grass in a garden she designed on Snowden Lane.

“A container garden personalizes things. Almost any plant can go into a container for a limited time, and what’s fun about containers is that you can start over again every year and experiment.”

Master gardener Polly Burlingham should know. She specializes in unique container gardens, including hanging baskets, and she knows what a difference they can make on a patio, terrace, or deck.

As owner of Green Gardens & Polly’s Pots for 10 years, Ms. Burlingham has designed innumerable container gardens for clients in Princeton and the surrounding area.

“I like to design and restore gardens, and I like creating intimate spaces,” she explains. “Most gardens have seasonal interest; things bloom at different times, and this creates variety. There can be fall colors, or interesting bark on trees, or texture that stands out in winter. Every season has something special.”

Master Gardener

Ms. Burlingham says she was always interested in creating beautiful gardens, a talent she shared with her mother. “My mom was a wonderful gardener, and I was a member of the Junior Garden Club.”

When she became a Master Gardener in 2001 (a process which entails a six-month study program, extensive volunteer work, and ongoing education), Ms. Burlingham became involved in the Barbara Sigmund Park. She has devoted many hours of landscaping, planting, and maintenance to the establishment of a garden there, which has provided a charming and colorful vista for the community.

“I also proposed doing a series of hanging baskets to the Borough, including on Nassau and Witherspoon Streets, and the Albert Hinds Plaza at the library.”

Her handiwork can be seen at all of these locations, as well as at the Princeton Shopping Center, the Peacock Inn, and Alchemist & Barrister. She is also known for the beautiful plantings in the elegant urns at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s mansion.

Ms. Burlingham’s clients depend on her throughout the year to combine her unique style with theirs to create a garden design that continues to provide pleasure, whatever the season.

“I enjoy choosing the plants,” she notes. “I’m very visual, and I also change my mind a lot. I shop for plant materials in a variety of nurseries, and find new combinations that I might not have thought of. This is the most fun — discovering a new plant or color combination.”

New Varieties

She adds that there are many more choices available today than in the past. “One of the surprises has been the emergence of so many new plants and varieties that are now available. The plant palette has expanded so much. Every year, there are new varieties to work with. It keeps it interesting.

“For example, there used to be a few types of geraniums; now, there are hundreds. Today, there are many different kinds of petunias. New varieties of old stand-bys keep us inspired.”

Placing a plant in the right location — whether sun or shade, wet or dry conditions — is crucial, Ms. Burlingham adds.

“The most important consideration is putting the plant in the right place. If a plant likes it dry, you don’t put it in a wet area. It’s good to put like plants together — that is, those that do well in similar types of soil and conditions. Although in container gardens, you have a little more flexibility because you can make changes. And, of course, you also have to think about deer-resistant plants.”

The ability to mix and match the plants in container gardens — from season to season or even within a season — creates ongoing interest, points out Ms. Burlingham. “I like to try several new plants every year. It’s great to experiment. I enjoy including more unusual plants. For example, in summer, you could have angelonia, coleus, and plectranthus. In spring, a container garden might include mini daffodils, herbs, such as rosemary, pansies, violas, and grape hyacinth.

“I also like to include succulents; they have so many interesting shapes and textures. And, I’ll use edible plants like herbs, kale, and lettuce. In addition, I like perennials, grasses, and small shrubs in containers.”

Textures and Colors

“I really specialize in interesting plant combinations, making the most of the textures and colors. My hanging baskets are a good example. There can be coleus (which does well in sun or shade), asparagus ferns (for a feathering look), trailing petunias, and upright angelonia. I can also add a big bold leaf like caladium.”

A winter basket could contain decorative branches, pine cones, berries, and evergreens, she adds.

Ms. Burlingham also provides the container for the plants, and this is another important part of the visual effect. “I use glazed containers, clay pots, wooden boxes, and unusual pieces of logs handcrafted by area artist Peter Soderman.

May and June are especially busy, but Green Gardens & Polly’s Pots is an active year-round operation. Ms. Burlingham has a part-time staff for digging, planting, and installation.

“Fall can also be busy,” she adds. “It is an excellent time for installing new gardens because traditionally, it’s a little wetter. Also, you can put in beautiful grasses, fall-blooming perennials, and a chrysanthemum as an accent. I often start with new clients in the fall, and it’s nice, too, because a lot of the containers are on sale.

“I have a real mix of clients,” she continues. “Some like to be very involved hands-on gardeners. Others just like to sit back and admire the lovely garden setting.”

Of course, budget is always a consideration in terms of the plant material and size of the project. In some cases, projects are on-going and done in increments, continuing over time. A work in progress can be very engaging, and more people seem to be taking an interest in improving their outdoor space, reports Ms. Burliingham.

“In some cases, people are not taking such expensive vacations as in the past, and they want to make their home environment more appealing. I love to help them, and I love to visit all the gardens. Many times, the clients have become good friends, and I really think of it as visiting my own garden!”

Green Gardens & Polly’s Pots can be reached at (609) 947-1015. Website: www.pollysgreengardens.com

—Jean Stratton

NTU Cafe 44 5-16-12

GREAT TASTES: “We thought it would be a good idea to have a place that offers breakfast all day and have a space that is easy to get to, with a down-to-earth atmosphere, and reasonable prices.” Jennifer Jefferis, owner of Cafe 44, and manager Matthew Miller, are happy their new coffee house is off to a rousing start.

“The best French toast ever!”

“The best ham and sausage omelette I’ve ever tasted!”

“It’s a great addition to the town — a real neighborhood gathering place.”

“Super food and friendly staff!”

These are just some of the rave reviews that are making the rounds about the hot new coffee house, Cafe 44 on Leigh Avenue.

Opened in March by Jennifer Jefferis, it is located in the former space of Tortuga’s Mexican Village, which has moved across the street, and which Ms. Jefferis also owns.

Great Response

‘We’ve had a great response,” she says. “There has been great word-of-mouth. People like to come, and they seem to enjoy everything. We have a friendly atmosphere; it’s fun, down-to-earth and good value for the money.”

Manager Matthew Miller has had extensive experience in the cafe business  and is a barista. “We roast our own coffee, and it is very popular,” he reports. “People are really commenting on how good the food is, and we have lots of repeat customers. Our staff is excellent, very reliable, and capable.”

The space, which is inviting and relaxing, was totally renovated, he adds. The new wood floors are handsome, and a side room, featuring leather sofas, comfortable chairs, and book shelves, attracts customers who appreciate a cozy “library” setting in which to sip coffee and also take advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi.

“The main dining room’s tables and chairs can accommodate 34 people. Together, both rooms provide seating for nearly 50.

The cafe also offers rotating artwork, and on June 3, an artist’s reception will be held for Bucks County photographer Donna Lovely from 2 to 4 p.m.

Other than diners, not many places offer breakfast all day, and this has been a big draw. As a neighborhood customer reports, “There was a need for a place like this to serve breakfast all day. And what they have is delicious — generous portions and very high quality. I love to come for brunch. And you never feel rushed, even when it’s full of people.”

Fresh and Local

Fresh and local ingredients are emphasized, adds Mr. Miller. “This is important. We are a local establishment, and we support area farmers and vendors.”

“Some of the most popular items are the challah French toast, the peasant omelette (with red potato, onion, cheddar cheese, and bacon, ham, sausage or pork roll), and the home fries,” says Ms. Jefferis. Other favorites are pancakes, Belgian waffles, and the variety of omelettes, and scrambled or fried eggs.

Weekends are especially popular for brunch, but lunch is another option, and lunchtime customers are increasing in numbers. “We want people to see what a great place this is to come on week days, too. Parking is not difficult, and you can walk here from nearby offices. It’s just about a 10-minute walk from Nassau Street.”

Soups, sandwiches, and salads are on the lunch menu, and favorites include grilled turkey, brie, and green apple; also, the avocado BLT (with avocado added to the traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato). Other choices are grilled chicken with bacon, Swiss cheese, and honey mustard dressing, and grilled veggies with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Spinach, chef’s, Caesar, and mixed greens are all popular salads.

Cafe 44 is also noted for its scrumptious baked goods from Sweetmama. Muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, brownies, cupcakes, and cookies are all big sellers.

A variety of coffees covers the spectrum, from a cup of Joe to espresso, cappuccino, latte, au lait, mocha, and macchiato, among others. Assorted teas, juices, sodas, and smoothies are also offered.

French Toast Fans

Prices include two eggs any style for $5, pancakes and French toast at $6, grilled sandwiches from $7, and salads from $6.

Take-out and catering service are also provided, and while Ms. Jefferis and Mr. Miller are very happy with the response to their daytime hours, they are looking forward to providing dinner within a few months. “We plan to be open Thursday through Sunday, and we also hope to have live music on Friday and Saturday nights.”

The focus is on Princeton customers, but as word gets out, people are coming from the surrounding area as well. “They really like the unpretentious atmosphere, quality food, and reasonable prices, note Ms. Jefferis and Mr. Miller.

Cafe 44 is very family-friendly, and many parents come in with children. The edibles and the surroundings attract all ages!

The reviews and critiques continue to be excellent, both in person and on-line, such as on Yelp, the user review website.

“We’ve had a great response, and I really enjoy connecting with the people,” says Ms. Jefferis. “I like to see them enjoying themselves. All they have to do is come in and taste what we have, and they’ll be back!”

Cafe 44 is open Tuesday through Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (609) 924-3900. Web: www.cafe44princeton.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/cafe44princeton.

May 23, 2012

CREATIVE CUTS: “Our specialty is Vidal Sassoon precision cutting. All our stylists have trained in a Sassoon salon center. We are set apart by our precision cutting, manageability, and style.” Tere Villamil, owner of La Jolie Salon Spa, is proud of its longtime success as a premier salon in Princeton.

Creative cuts and color are key to La Jolie Salon Spa, along with facials and massages, and attentive personal service.

All this and more has made La Jolie one of Princeton’s premier salons for the past 30 years. In addition, it has recently been named one of the top 200 salons nationwide by Salon Today Magazine.

“Jolie was the first female owner of a business in downtown Princeton, and I am the third female owner of the salon,” reports Tere Villamil, who purchased La Jolie in 2010.

“I had been a client for many years, and had 20 years experience in the hair industry,” she continues. “I was in the marketing and advertising end, and had also established a successful day spa in Manalapan. It had always been my goal to have my own business. My father and grandfather had owned businesses in Cuba, where I was born, and they always urged me to establish my own business.”

On-going Education

Ms. Villamil could not be happier with her own turn of events. Mindful of La Jolie’s tradition and reputation, she has fully respected that, while building on it to create a modern, up-to-date, fashionable salon in all ways.

“I have a great relationship with all the manufacturers and artists,” she points out. “They come here to give demonstrations, and we have continual training and on-going education courses in the latest styling techniques and product advances. We have an in-house education team, directed by Laura Benson, and our stylists have training sessions all over, from New York to Miami to New Orleans and abroad. Our products, including L’ANZA and Aveda, contain the most organic and healing benefits for hair available.”

Vidal Sassoon precision cutting is a specialty at the salon, as is the latest in creative color. La Jolie’s stylists include specialists in both areas, and the salon’s “level” system also includes intern/apprentices, recently graduated from cosmetology school, who train for six months to a year in La Jolie’s specialized, challenging program.

Long hair, short hair, mid-length, classic bobs, pixie cuts, curly hair, straight hair, perms, relaxers — everything is popular today, says Ms. Villamil.

People also like easy maintenance, wearable styles. Cuts today are so versatile, they can provide texture and volume and various styles to offer the easiest care.

“We are also known for our ‘up-styles’, up-do’s for special events, weddings, and parties,” she adds. “We do hair and make-up for bridal parties, and other groups or individuals.”

Season-to-Season

La Jolie’s services are for all types of hair texture and ethnicity. As Ms. Villamil points out, “We have many multi-cultural guests with different hair texture.”

Color, of course, is a hugely important part of a salon’s business today. Certainly, it is a long way from the days when it was a means to cover gray (although that is still one function). But, now it is seasonal — season-to-season color! Many guests opt for a total change — brown to red, red to blonde, etc. Highlights are another popular way to add interest, and lowlights offer still another option.

“Color is very safe now,” Ms. Villamil reports, “and we use the highest quality products with the safest ingredients. We also have corrective color for people who may have had a problem with home color experiments. In addition, we have products to help thinning hair. Sometimes, people may be undergoing chemotherapy or other treatments that can affect their hair.”

Both with color and cutting, careful attention is paid to a client’s facial structure, skin tone, eye color, and life-style. It is all about the individual at La Jolie, and each guest is given personal attention and focus.

This is true when they have spa services as well. Facials, massages, body treatments, waxing, pedicures and manicures are all available, and the spa setting will soon undergo expansion to offer an even more appealing atmosphere.

“Our facials are especially popular,” says Ms. Villamil. “We do active facials and hydrating facials, and they are all skin-specific.”

A spa service is an excellent gift, she adds. With proms, Mother’s Day, and graduations coming up, a gift certificate is a welcome way to remember — and often introduce — someone to the benefits of a facial or massage.

A variety of gift packages, offering savings, is available. In addition, all services can be mixed and matched for a custom gift.

Prices include manicures from $14, cuts from $50, facials and massages from $85.

Ms. Villamil is delighted to have so many clients who have been fans of La Jolie over the years, as well as newcomers. They are all ages, including children, and 40 percent are men!

Loyalty and Dedication

She looks forward to continuing to build on La Jolie’s success. “I think we are set apart by our technology and the ingredients of the products we use, and of course, our stylists. Not only are they talented, but they seek ongoing advanced education, and they demonstrate great loyalty and dedication to the salon and our guests.

“I strongly believe in building employee morale. We do this in many ways. We have 36 employees, and we have a wonderful management team, including Emely Molina, our general manager.”

Ms. Villamil adds that she is happily anticipating the salon’s “re-do.” “We’ll be going green in every way — in products and decor. We will have a wonderful new look!”

What is not new is the salon’s prominent place in the Princeton downtown, and Ms. Villamil is a strong supporter of local businesses. “We have a great relationship with the local people in town, and I love the networking. I love our location downtown, and Princeton is a great place to be!”

Ms. Villamil also makes a point of giving back to the community by La Jolie’s support of area foundations and organizations, including the Princeton Public Library, Autism Speaks, and AIR Foundation, among others.

La Jolie is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday 11 to 8, Friday 10 to 7, Saturday 9 to 6, Sunday 11 to 5. (609) 924-1188. Website: www.lajoliesalonspa.com.


FINE FORM: “I love teacher training. It is so important. The teachers are passionate about what they do,” says Deborah Metzger, founder/director of Princeton Center for Yoga and Health. Shown is teacher Lesley Haas, demonstrating the Warrior I pose in the Amethyst Yoga room, featuring bamboo flooring.

“I love to see people get into harmony. My aim is to create a safe, welcoming, peaceful environment, and a sense of community. People can come here and feel safe and free and in harmony.”

Deborah Metzger, founder and director of Princeton Center for Yoga & Health (PCYH), is pleased that the center, which she opened in 1996, has been featured as one of the top five traditional yoga studios in New Jersey by New Jersey Life Magazine. It continues to attract many adherents, both longtime students and those new to yoga.

It has recently moved to a new location in the Orchard Hill Center at 88 Orchard Road (just off Route 206) in Montgomery. Ms. Metzger wanted more space for her growing operation, and she also wanted to offer a particular type of setting.

“This location is more like a retreat, with that kind of serene ambiance,” she explains. “You look out of the window and see wonderful views of the countryside.”

Gathering Room

The existing building has been renovated to accommodate the various types of yoga, meditation, and holistic services PCYH offers. There is also a shower, changing room, and gathering room for refreshments as well as assorted retail items for sale, such as essential oils, yoga mats and towels, etc.

Clients need only their own comfortable clothes, however, explains Ms. Metzger. PCYH provides all the mats and props necessary for the yoga session as well as complimentary teas and snacks.

Students come to PCYH for many reasons, reports Ms. Metzger. Yoga is a known stress reliever and a chance for quiet and calm, which is certainly a big plus in today’s fast-moving society. Some clients like to stretch and exercise; and still others like the challenge of hot yoga and the more vigorous classes.

Whatever the reason, more and more people are discovering the benefits of this ancient Eastern discipline.

“With yoga, you can find who you are. All the answers are inside — it’s the moment of silence within yourself,” explains Ms. Metzger, who came to yoga herself in the mid-1980s. She trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. The experience was so positive, including helping alleviate respiratory problems, that she determined to become a teacher and was certified in 1991.

“Here at PCYH, yoga is not simply a form of exercise, it is a life practice,” points out Ms. Metzger. “By establishing a regular practice, you can realize a deepening connection with your spirit. Each class deepens your connection to your true self. We offer different levels, traditions, and challenges.”

Yoga Styles

Classes at PCYH offer different levels, traditions, and challenges and are available in many types of yoga, from gentle to vigorous. They are all traditions of Hatha yoga, and they emphasize physical postures, alignments, breathing, and meditation. These postures or poses help to strengthen, stretch, and tone muscles, massage internal organs, and promote relaxation.

Other yoga styles at PCYH include Kripalu, the more vigorous Astanga, Vinyasa, and Soma yoga, among others.

The classes emphasize letting go of the stresses of the day, all those “To Do Lists”, and allowing them to fade away. Concentrating on breathing, on the physical poses helps to focus on “now” — present time consciousness. By doing so, a sense of calm, peace, and well-being is created.

“Be in the moment!” stresses Ms. Metzger. “The past is gone, we don’t have a clue about the future; we really only have this moment. When you focus on the sensation of the body and the breath, it brings you into the present moment.

“A number of things make yoga so popular now,” she adds. “Some people may have a health issue, such as stress, and they decide to try yoga. Or they may be involved in an active sport, such as tennis and golf, and yoga can strengthen and stretch their muscles in a way to help avoid injuries. Yoga also massages the glands and organs — it’s good for the whole body. You feel better afterwords, and it is not competitive. This is just about you.”

Poses can be modified and adjusted so that everyone can participate, guided by a well-trained teacher. As Ms. Metzger notes, there is never a sense of competition or pushing one’s body too far. The focus is on each individual’s sense of what is helpful and appropriate for that person. Therapeutic classes for people with specific physical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, shoulder or spine problems, or injuries, are also offered.

Singing Bowls

In addition to yoga; meditation classes, singing bowl workshops, and drum circles are available, and all-day retreats will also be offered.

Ms. Metzger co-leads two meditation classes with Dr. Jeffrey Rutstein. These include Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression.

In the first case, she helps people prevent stress from getting the upper hand. “I teach people not to be on automatic pilot, but to pause and take time to be in the moment. In the second case, I help give people the tools to learn to prevent a relapse into depression, including by identifying the early warning signs.”

A variety of other meditation sessions is also offered. “Studies have shown that meditation can help the brain to function better, and can even help people become more optimistic,” reports Ms. Metzger.

Classes for yoga and the other services are held throughout the week and weekend, most often in the mornings, evenings, or late afternoon. Drop-in yoga classes are $17, and there are many packages available, offering various savings. A first time try-out class is complimentary.

Approximately 50 classes are held each week, with 20 teachers, all certified in the various specialties. A full schedule of classes, including times and prices, is available on the PCYH extensive website. www. princetonyoga.com.

Ms. Metzger looks forward to introducing even more people to the benefits of yoga. “Each time you do a yoga pose, it’s different because the body is different,” she explains. “We offer a safe, warm, inviting place where like-minded people can meet and explore different paths to health, healing, and personal growth.

“I am so pleased that they are giving me the privilege of sharing what I love with them.”

For more information, call (609) 924-7294. Website: princetonyoga.com.


“Blackberries, watermelon, and corn.”
—Stephanie Chorney, Princeton

Dina: “Corn on the cob and watermelon.”
Charlie: “Broccoli and cantaloupe.”
—Dina, Charlie, and Tessa Olin, Princeton

Sophia: “Strawberries, watermelon and corn.”
Karen: “Fresh strawberries and beets.”
—Karen with daughter Sophia Naphan, Princeton

Penelope: “Carrots, watermelon, and strawberries.”
Marna: “Rhubarb, fennel, and sorrel.”
—Marna Seltzer (right) and Penelope White, Princeton

“Peaches, apples, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, kale, sorrel, lettuce, and leeks. I’m looking forward to the fruits of the garden year round.” —John Emmons, Princeton

Julie: “Asparagus that is still in season, strawberries, and I’m looking forward to cherries.”
Nick: “Carrots.”
—Julie Landweber with son Nick Hagedorn, Princeton

To The Editor:

As Princeton residents, we support Patrick Simon’s candidacy for the new Princeton Council. We believe Pat has the highest qualifications and commitment to public service and we urge you to join us in voting for him in the June 5 primary.

Pat will be an excellent Council member because he is committed to producing results through teamwork and collaboration. As a member of the Consolidation and Shared Services Study Commission, he worked with the other members to successfully produce a road map to consolidation, create an open process that engages the community, and prioritize continuity of government services. He is committed to fully realizing the intended benefits of consolidation: cost control and savings, maintaining the quality of services we enjoy, and creating a more effective government. We are confident that he will help manage the consolidation process in a way that will preserve the unique character and diversity of our community and also maintain the quality of life here in Princeton.

We are also confident that Pat will be an effective Council member on any issue facing him. As a Commission member, Pat was diligent in exploring the many difficult issues surrounding consolidation and has built an impressive knowledge base of the issues that concern members of our community. In his talks with us, he has displayed his ability to grasp the “big picture” while managing the minutiae surrounding the complex aspects of consolidation. Pat is thoughtful, prudent, and measured; these are qualities we look for on the new Princeton Council.

Finally, his candidacy has been endorsed both by the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) and the two Democratic Party Municipal Committees. He is the only candidate to be endorsed by these organizations who is not currently serving on one of the elected town councils. We support this newcomer to politics and urge you to do the same on June 5.

Doreen Blanc Rockstrom,

Maidenhead Road

Laurie Harmon,

Spruce Street

Mary Clurman,

Harris Road

Peter Lindenfeld,

Harris Road

Seth McDowell,

Pine Street

Yan Bennett,

Markham Road

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of Scott Sillars for Council in the new Princeton.  Scott has served as chairman of the Township’s Citizens Finance Advisory Committee since 2007 and is currently serving as vice chairman of the joint Borough/Township Transition Task Force.  I am also serving as a liaison to the Transition Task Force and have observed first-hand Scott’s dedication to ensuring that the transition from two towns to one goes as smoothly as possible.  Further he brings financial expertise to the table and is committed to ensuring that the savings contemplated by the Consolidation Commission will be realized, without compromising the level of service Princeton residents have come to expect.

He is a thoughtful person who listens.  And, when he speaks, his is a voice of reason. I am confident that Scott will work toward open and frank communication with Princeton University. We need public servants like Scott and we will especially need them on the new Council. There will remain work to be done as our towns continue the transition from two towns to one unified town and Scott will provide the necessary leadership to help us achieve our goals.   I urge you to vote for Scott on June 5.

Barbara Trelstad

President, Princeton Borough Council

 

To the Editor:

Recent meetings gave me the opportunity to talk at length with and to listen to presentations by Scott Sillars.  This prompts me to strongly recommend that Scott Sillars be elected in June as a member of the new consolidated Princeton Council!

Why?  Scott has the unique combination of a sharp businessman’s and a dedicated civil servant’s mind.  His organized, clear thinking and determined drive to accomplish results is impressive.  He has a clear picture of the priorities for our new Council:  Successful and generally beneficial consolidation, cost control, balanced diversity, a vibrant business downtown, and professional dialogue with the University for its contribution.

Scott’s career background in corporate finance, then chairing for years our Finance Advisory Committee, charitable volunteering and managing community projects with Isles in Trenton and for the Red Cross presents him as a most respectable and qualified citizen of our community

Helmut Schwab

Westcott Road

 

To the Editor:

We write in support of Scott Sillars for Princeton Council. We have observed first-hand the qualities that made him outstanding as the Chairman of the Citizens’ Financial Advisory Committee: Attention to detail, financial experience and a determination coupled with the moral courage to achieve the savings Consolidation promises for us all, if truly implemented. We can’t, as a community, afford not to vote for him.

David and Claire Jacobus

Cleveland Lane

To the Editor:

I am voting for Kevin Wilkes to be the candidate for mayor of Princeton in the June 5 Democratic primary. I would like to present my reasons and show why you, fellow Princetonians, should mark your ballot for him, too.

Kevin came to live in Princeton in 1975 when he started his architecture studies at Princeton University. So, for over 25 years he has been both Township and Borough resident. He has also served as a Borough council member for the past four years.

Mr. Wilkes in an architect. Architects are artists, creators of tangible beauty.  However, architecture studies are not easy. In fact, they are quite complex, for they give the artist concrete knowledge of what could and should be done when building.  In architecture school, these dreamers acquire so much through a host of subjects that “ground” them so they can not only dream about beauty, but understand how to make it happen. Architects not only draw; architects know about physics laws, stability and structures. Architects know about planning, zoning, and to integrate the landscape into the buildings and their functions.  Architects know how to prepare budgets and meet deadlines.  Architects know how to listen to their clients, complete projects with quality materials while solving last minute crises that are always encountered while involved in a construction.

With this vast knowledge and years of experience, Kevin Wilkes can’t be fooled. He gets the job done, within budget, no excuses.

As an artist, he created “Quark Park” and the “Writers’ Block”, both entrepreneurial art projects that embellished the Princeton brand across the country.

Kevin knows about diversity. For him, diversity is not the overused/misused fad of the moment.  His mother was a visionary, who sent young Kevin to spend his summers in Spain. There he mastered a new language , lived and appreciated a different culture, which left in Kevin’s psyche, the indelible gift of an open mind.

In combination with his professional and public life, Kevin has worked with our Hispanic population. He knows firsthand their work ethic, aspirations, and problems. Through his work with LALDEF and the  Latin American Task force, the Latinos here trust Kevin to look out for their interests.  Kevin feels and shows empathy towards them with actions.

On June 5, please vote for Kevin Wilkes in the Democratic primary to be the candidate for mayor of unified Princeton

Sandra J. Bierman

Grover Avenue

To the Editor:

I write to urge my fellow Princetonians to support Liz Lempert for mayor in the coming election. As the president of Friends of Princeton Open Space, I have attended many Township Committee meetings during the time Liz has served on Committee, and have also worked with her on a number of important land preservation projects and conservation issues. I have been consistently impressed by Liz’s openness, thoughtfulness, quickness to grasp an issue, and ability to see things through. She is responsive to citizen concerns, and concerned about our most vulnerable citizens.

Liz has been a leader in working to protect the eastern Princeton Ridge and create a Princeton Ridge Preserve. This benefits our town in many ways, not just because we have more passive-recreation open space and preserved critical habitat, but because the protected lands provide “environmental services” such as flood protection, carbon sequestration, counteracting the urban heat effect and reducing the public costs of too-intense development. Liz is knowledgeable about environmental issues, but she is not a one-issue person, and to my observation she contributes in all of the areas that Committee takes up.

My husband knows Liz through his work for the Friends of the Princeton Public Library, where she is an active volunteer and supporter. Liz obviously appreciates the important connections between libraries and the welfare of children, and makes time in her very busy schedule to support this critical institution.

We are blessed in Princeton to have many capable and intelligent individuals who are willing to run for and serve in our government. I believe that Liz is a standout even in this outstanding field.

Wendy Mager

Cherry Hill Road

To the Editor:

On November 8, 2011, voters in the Borough and Township of Princeton approved a ballot measure to consolidate their two local governments into one Princeton.  Because of the municipal consolidation, and due to population shifts in census numbers, Princeton election districts and polling locations may have changed from those in which votes were previously cast. The Mercer County Board of Elections earlier this year approved these new polling locations.

As Mercer County Election officials, we want Princeton voters to be aware of these changes as we approach the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, and the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

Princeton voters, you will find your newly assigned polling locations and election district information on your sample ballots —which will be sent to all registered voters in the coming weeks.  Please be mindful that your sample ballot will clearly indicate the district and location of the polls where you should vote.  You can also find your current polling location online by visiting the “Voter Information” section at www.njelections.org.

Should Princeton voters have any questions regarding the location of a current polling place, please contact the Mercer County Board of Elections directly at (609) 278-6522 or the Princeton Township Municipal Clerk’s Office.

Catherine DiCostanzo,

Mercer County Superintendent of Elections

Joanne Palmucci,

Chairwoman, Mercer County Board of Elections

Paula Sollami Covello, Esq.

Mercer County Clerk

To the Editor:

For as long as I have served or lived in Princeton, I knew that I could always count on Jenny Crumiller. She has been a tremendous asset to Princeton and the surrounding communities and schools. Her volunteerism and commitment to local governmental services make her stand out, as well as her true character in always standing up for what she believes in.

As a Princeton Borough Council member, Jenny has consistently demonstrated her intelligence, dedication to the community, ability to organize, and deeply held Democratic values. As president of the PCDO, she transformed the organization by greatly increasing membership and encouraging openness and transparency in the democratic process.

With Princeton’s best interests in mind, I support Jenny Crumiller’s run for Princeton Council.

Reed Gusciora

(D-Mercer/Hunterdon), Assemblymember, LD15

To the Editor:

I am writing to strongly endorse Jo Butler for election to the new Princeton Council. Since the beginning of the year, I have served on the Princeton Consolidation Transition Task Force and have had the honor to get to know, and work with, a number of elected officials from both Princeton Borough and Princeton Township. Although it is fashionable to bash politicians, I generally have been impressed by the quality of Princeton’s public officials; I plan to vote for several of them in the upcoming primary and in the fall election.

So why Jo? Jo and I have worked closely together on a number of matters relating to the Princeton consolidation and I have found her to be remarkably hard-working, thoughtful and balanced. She is a “roll up your sleeves and get it done” type of person, entirely comfortable getting down into the weeds on an issue while at the same time keeping in mind the greater goal. Although there has been a great deal of “noise” about Princeton Borough vs. Princeton Township over the past several years, Jo has already embraced the paradigm shift of thinking about one Princeton. And while she brings a passion about certain important issues to the table, her instinct is to listen to other points of view and then seek ways to get to a workable resolution. In short, Jo is much more interested in good public policy than personal political gain. (I wish we had more like her in Washington!)

From my vantage point as a member of the Transition Task Force, I will be interested to see how the newly consolidated Princeton works in 2013 and beyond. With people like Jo Butler on the new Princeton Council, I will have high hopes that a consolidated Princeton community will become even more vibrant and livable.

Brad Middlekauff

Hibben Road

To the Editor:

We citizens of Princeton are lucky to have a deep bench of able candidates to choose from in the upcoming Democratic primary election on June 5. I am writing to throw my support behind one council candidate in particular — Heather Howard. I’m not sure everyone in town realizes just how impressive her resume is; from a senior position on Hillary Clinton’s staff when she was First Lady, to serving as New Jersey’s Health Care Commissioner under Governor Jon Corzine, Heather has played in the major leagues and brings all the skills and contacts she developed in those positions to our little “field of dreams” here in Princeton. She has a passion for progressive causes that shines through after only a couple minutes of conversation, but she tempers that passion with political acumen and know-how that enables her to really get things done. In her first year on Borough Council she introduced and passed a reform that moved public sessions up on the agenda, allowing more citizen input and greater transparency. This is just one example of her dedication to the principles of good governance, and her grasp of how to accomplish her goals with minimal fuss and bother. Please join me in voting for Heather on June 5.

David E. Cohen

Terhune Road

To the Editor:

A matter of civic dismay: Princeton Hospital has left, but hospital leadership has not explained to the community why it has selected AvalonBay to develop the old hospital site with plans that violate Borough Code and the 2006 Master Plan. Why has the hospital sold out greater Princeton, which gave it $100M to relocate?

On May 7, 2012, Princeton Citizens for Sustainable Neighborhoods / Witherspoon raised these issues in a letter sent to Barry Rabner, President and CEO of the University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) and to all trustees. To date, no response has been received.

Why will hospital leadership not explain why it has reneged on commitments it made? Mr. Rabner was himself a primary participant in Health Care Task Force discussions, and his team negotiated a very high housing density (280 units) in exchange for specific commitments to large public plazas, bike/pathways crossing the site, compliance with LEED-certification, and building-heights in scale with the neighborhood.

Not one of these commitments is being honored by AvalonBay, the contract-buyer.

Hospital leadership has an obligation to fulfill its commitments. The burden of desperately poor urban planning with which Princeton is otherwise left is too heavy to be borne; AvalonBay plans a “gated community” (prohibited by the Master Plan), and that will drag down all of Witherspoon Street, together with the idea of what Princeton stands for.

It’s time for the hospital to exercise pressure. Contract negotiations are not yet settled. Indeed, the “word on the street” is that there are disputes between the hospital and AvalonBay, and that Barry Rabner will no longer engage in discussions with AvalonBay’s representative, Ron Ladell—“One of last year’s most polarizing top 10 picks — you either think he’s a joke or a rock star” (NJBIZ, Real Estate, 2011).

And it’s time for the hospital to honor its commitments. How can the hospital’s CEO step away from formal agreements in which he participated? Barry Rabner gained the hospital a decent selling price; he’s been leading tours of the new hospital for weeks.

It’s high time he and the hospital trustees rededicated themselves to the Princeton they’ve left in the lurch. We want a written response. And we want action: a better developer who will honor Borough Code at the insistence of hospital leadership. Anything less is betrayal.

Miki Mendelsohn

Hickory Court

To the Editor:

On behalf of the “Morven in May: A Celebration of Art, Craft and Garden” committee, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all who helped make this year’s special event possible, including too many individuals to mention here.  A special thank you to our corporate sponsors who provided both financial and in-kind support, including Baxter Construction; Callaway Henderson International Realty; Howard Design Group; Jack Morton Exhibits; Masterminds Advertising; PrincetonScoop; RBC Wealth Management; Robert Wood Johnson IV Charitable Trust; and Suplee Clooney, & Co.

The weekend commenced with a festive preview garden party under a grand tent on Morven’s Great Lawn.  Three hundred of our friends and neighbors enjoyed delicious fare provided by Main Street Fine Catering while perusing the beautifully crafted art objects on display by our talented invited artisans.  Over 700 attended the art show throughout the weekend alongside our traditional heirloom plant sale, which, this year, sold three times the number of plants than ever before!  All proceeds from Morven in May fund Morven Museum & Garden’s historic gardens, exhibitions and public programs.

Thank you, again, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Leigh Constable Bartlett

Betsy Griffith

Ruth Wilson

2012 Morven in May Co-Chairs

To The Editor:

As a Princeton resident, a parent, and a novelist for teens, I was disappointed by the lengthy May 16 Letter to the Editor mischaracterizing the services HiTOPS provides our community.

HiTOPS empowers young adults with the knowledge to make informed health decisions. If HiTOPS presented sexual activity as “unproblematic” (as the letter writers allege), such education, support and prevention programs wouldn’t be necessary. I’ve personally engaged with tens of thousands of young adults throughout my career. I know firsthand how dangerous misinformation—or no information at all—can be to their physical and emotional well-being.

It’s important to note that the money raised by the Princeton Half-Marathon is specifically targeted for providing adolescents access to mental health screenings. This speaks to the HiTOPS mission to treat young adults like whole people and not just the sum of their private parts.

I did agree with the final point in the letter, which read in part: “We should remind ourselves and teach our teens that sometimes it is necessary to consider other voices and to rethink our own assumptions if we wish to get closer to the truth.”

If only more individuals offering this kind of advice were better at following it themselves.

Megan McCafferty

Fisher Avenue

To the Editor:

I am a 35-year-old professional who is happily married with two children, and a resident of Princeton Township.  After having conferred with my husband about my feelings regarding the letter you published on May 16 (“Not All Parents Think the HiTOPS Approach to Sex Education Valuable”), I’d like to disclose that 20 long years ago I was a client.

As maybe was more common then than now, I “experimented” as a young teen and found myself in need of medical assistance that I could never, ever tell my parents about.  I still remember distinctly a friend of mine driving me over to Rt. 206 in a snowstorm so I could obtain an STD test I badly needed (for the public record, thankfully, it was negative).  I remember leaving HiTOPS, thinking as only a fifteen-year old who had just received a critical free service could, “God, why are they, like, so judgmental?”  With 20 years to reflect, I realize the lady who did my test that day gave me much-needed counseling on responsibility and self-respect.

I was a boarder at the Methodist Pennington School with conservative parents, and still I found myself in need of HiTOPS services. I have children, and I too hope they will delay becoming sexually active.  However, the human record shows that doesn’t tend to happen on parental timetables, and sometimes kids need help that they need to keep private, even from their own parents.  I would hope that when my children are older they would feel comfortable coming to me if they needed help despite any disappointment I might show, but if they didn’t, I would be satisfied that an option exists where “diversity” beyond what my own personal hopes for my children might be lets them stay healthy, private, and whole.

Liz Winslow

Dodds Lane

To the Editor:

I deeply respect and appreciate the sentiments expressed by four parents regarding sexuality education provided by HiTOPS (Town Topics, May 16). Being a parent myself and having been involved with the organization for almost 20 years, I can tell you that HiTOPS wholeheartedly agrees with the authors that parents have the right and the responsibility to provide information about sexuality to their children within the context of family values, religious beliefs and cultural norms.

HiTOPS’ mission to promote adolescent health and well-being is accomplished in part by providing age-appropriate education to middle school and high school youth within a public health context. Our lesson plans are in alignment with the New Jersey Department of Education Core Curriculum Content Standards in Health Education for all New Jersey public schools. Health education on any subject is designed to give students the information and skills they need to make decisions that eliminate or reduce their risk for negative health outcomes.

HiTOPS provides health education throughout New Jersey on a range of health topics, including bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, postponing sexual involvement, abstinence, dating violence, sexual assault prevention, appreciating differences, healthy and unhealthy relationships, pregnancy prevention and STI/HIV prevention. Lessons provide factual information, as well as a forum for discussion, to help youth understand the consequences of certain actions and make decisions that are in line with their values and protect their health. Many parents rely on these programs and know that the issues are covered under state mandate. Other parent may choose to opt their children out of these classes.

Some Princeton High School students participate in a class called Teen PEP, where students learn to be peer leaders on similar topics. Freshmen at PHS receive these peer-led programs as part of their health classes. The 900-page manual to which the authors refer in their letter is the training manual for the Teen PEP class, and it is only used by the PHS Juniors who apply and are accepted to be part of the Teen PEP program. Teen PEP is a program developed and implemented by HiTOPS and the Princeton Center for Leadership Training, and funded by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. This program was also developed in conjunction with the content standards and has been evaluated rigorously for medical accuracy.

While this community is fortunate in so many ways, the fact remains that the U.S. suffers the highest teenage pregnancy rate and higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases amongst teens than all developed countries. National studies are reporting that it is not that they are more sexually active, but that they just do not have the same information as their global peers to protect themselves. Experts around the world agree, HiTOPS’ approach — providing accurate, unbiased information and access to resources and care — is the best approach for reducing risks and promoting health-enhancing decisions.

Elizabeth M. Casparian, PhD

Wiggins Street

May 16, 2012

To the Editor:

We urge our fellow Democrats in Princeton to support Tamera Matteo for Borough Council in the primary on June 5. She believes that united Princeton deserves the best Borough Council. We agree.

A vote for Tamera would be a vote for results-oriented leadership and an end to the petty squabbles that have paralyzed our Borough government. Drawing on her ten years as a small business owner in Princeton, she would bring elements of our community together for win-win solutions to problems ranging from downtown parking to cost sharing by local tax-exempt organizations. She would draw on her civic activism as a Parent-Teacher Organization president and community volunteer to engage a broad cross-section of Princeton residents in shaping our common future.

A vote for Tamera would be a vote for transparency and against the local party machine. Meeting behind closed doors, the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee gave current Borough Council members Jenny Crumiller and Jo Butler favored positions on the June 5 primary ballot despite Crumiller and Butler’s failure to win the full endorsement of the membership of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization. Tamera is not beholden to the party machine and will make decisions that she independently believes are in the best interest of our community.

Consolidation offers the voters of the new Princeton the opportunity to create a vibrant new civic culture. We believe that Tamera Matteo will make that happen.

Ted Mills, Henry Vega

Quarry Street

To the Editor:

As a lifelong Democrat, I’m supporting Jenny Crumiller for the new Princeton Council. For over 20 years, Jenny has selflessly served our community from being a room parent at Community Park School to serving on the current Borough Council. In her spare time (wherever she finds it) she is vice-chair of the local committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Jenny never seeks the limelight; she just gets the job done.

Jenny was a founding member of Unite Princeton and worked tirelessly to bring about the consolidation of the Township and Borough, a goal that had eluded Princeton’s leadership for several decades. As a taxpayer, I appreciate the reduction in government expense without decreasing services to the public. As a civil rights lawyer, I appreciate her efforts to ensure that the savings come from elimination of redundancies, not using consolidation as an opportunity to cut the pay and benefits of municipal employees.

Jenny also led the effort to make the local Democratic Party more democratic. When I became a committeeman eight years ago, the party leadership simply gave me the position. The people in my district had no voice in the decision. Jenny worked hard to increase participation and give anyone interested in serving an equal chance. Ironically, this good deed has not gone unpunished. Some of those who liked things the old way now oppose her candidacy.

Public servants like Jenny don’t come along every day. We need to keep her in office.

Lewis L. Maltby

Stone Cliff Road

To the Editor:

On June 5, Princeton Democrats will elect a slate of six Council members and a mayoral candidate to represent our party in a historic election in November. We need knowledgeable leaders to ensure that consolidation yields the promised savings while maintaining and/or enhancing our community’s quality of life; leaders respectful of disparate viewpoints; leaders who are skilled listeners; leaders willing to research the pros and cons of issues; leaders capable of collaborating with others to identify the best options and solutions to community concerns; leaders driven by advancing what is best for our community as a whole; leaders who embrace healthy debate. I know Jo Butler is such a leader.

During the two-year consolidation debate I was very vocal in my opposition to the municipal merger. I appeared at nearly all of the Commission meetings and every joint municipal meeting to raise questions and concerns. I can state unequivocally that Jo Butler listened to my concerns, answered my questions in a thoughtful manner and was respectful of our differing viewpoints.

Now during the “transition” to a united Princeton, I regularly attend task force meetings and selected subcommittee meetings. I am comforted that Jo Butler is in a position of leadership and decision-making, representing Borough Council on the Transition Task Force. She is serving on the Personnel, IT, Public Safety, and the Infrastructure and Operations subcommittees, working to make sure the promises and opportunities of consolidation come to fruition.

Jo Butler is a proven leader working on behalf of the Princeton community at-large. Her energy is boundless, her attention to detail unparalleled. She is frank, honest, an independent thinker who works well with others. She is a doer and a go-getter in her work on behalf of others.

Jo Butler is prepared on Day One to make myriad tough decisions that await the new government. With knowledge and insight, Jo is ready to begin a new government faced with the difficult task of making the transition from two municipalities to one a success for the future of Princeton.

We need a leader who is ready to unite Princeton on January 1, 2013. That is why I will be voting for Jo Butler. Please join me in supporting and voting for Jo Butler on June 5.

Kate Warren

Jefferson Road

To the Editor:

November’s vote for consolidation was a monumental turning point in Princeton’s future. But this was only the first step … it is now incumbent upon us to vote for the right leader to make this vision of consolidation, of a more efficient and effective government, a reality. The Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) and the local Princeton Democratic Party have done this with their overwhelming endorsement of Liz Lempert. I’ve worked closely with Liz in my role as the chairman of the Environmental Commission, and I couldn’t agree more.

Liz brings the leadership needed for a United Princeton. She has spearheaded many initiatives that are critically important to the existing Township and Borough: keeping municipal taxes flat, saving human services, and preserving our environment. Through collaborative decision making, Liz was able to help save 66 acres of land on the environmentally sensitive Princeton Ridge. As liaison to the Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC), Liz has been on top of sustainability since she first took office … working with the PEC to investigate options for a Parks Director, working on solutions for safer cycling, and most recently bringing people together to help keep a Green Building Checklist on the agenda of the local government.

Liz will ensure that consolidation results in the tax savings that we expect and the elimination of much of the red tape that frustrates each and every one of us. She takes her constituents’ concerns to heart and will strive to preserve the character of our neighborhoods and the vitality of our downtown. The bottom line is that Liz is the right person at the right time.

In a few short weeks, Princeton takes the next step in the consolidation journey. Join me in voting for the best possible candidate to lead us, Liz Lempert.

Matt Wasserman

Meadowbrook Drive

To the Editor,

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff, and parents of The Bridge Academy I would like to thank the Princeton, Lawrenceville, and Hopewell community businesses that supported our recent fundraiser, “Reach for the Stars.” I would also like to thank Willis Greenhouse for the beautiful centerpieces they provided.

The evening was a fabulous success! As a school for language-based learning disabilities (like dyslexia) and the only school in New Jersey that is Orton-Gillingham accredited, it is extremely important for us to provide a multi-sensory approach to learning. Our annual fundraiser helps support the hands-on learning opportunities for our students that enrich their educational experience.

While fundraising was an important part of the evening, the student testimonials about how important Bridge has been to their success in school formed the highlight. As one of our students said, “opportunities are found every day at The Bridge: to go to college, to have a job, to grow a family, to bridge forward. Who said a dyslexic was not normal?”

Thank you to all the local businesses that help our students bridge the gap between potential and performance.

Kim Bruno

Development Coordinator

The Bridge Academy, Lawrenceville

To The Editor:

Recently, in an article about the Princeton Half-Marathon, from which HiTOPS, an adolescent health organization, will benefit, Princeton Borough Mayor, Yina Moore, was quoted as saying, “If any of you have kids, you know how valuable HiTOPS is.” We are mothers of children who attend public schools in Princeton and we think it is wrong to assume or imply that all parents agree with HiTOPS’s approach to adolescent health. First, it is important to recognize that Princeton is a diverse community. Second, it is important to understand that there is no sex education program that is morally neutral.

In their 900-page teaching manual, HiTOPS promotes teen condom use as well as “alternative” sexual practices sometimes referred to as “outercourse” (sexually intimate activity short of intercourse). HiTOPS also teaches teens that consensual, “protected” teenage sexual activity is commonplace, healthy, and unproblematic. Furthermore, HiTOPS puts emphasis on normalizing alternative sexual lifestyles and practices while reducing sexuality to questions of individual, private satisfaction, and self-protection. Whatever your particular views about these teachings, one cannot honestly claim that they are morally neutral.

Our own views regarding sexual ethics and the meaning of human sexuality are diametrically opposed to those advanced by HiTOPS. We believe that it is important to teach teens that sexual longings are an essential part of living a virtuous life and have a place in the service of something higher — for example, to love another faithfully, rear and provide for children and participate knowledgeably and loyally in the political order which protects the family.

People who share the views of HiTOPS have as much right to their views as we have to ours, but they have no right to a monopoly in the public schools. The unjust monopoly status HiTOPS currently enjoys, and comments like Mayor Yina Moore’s, tend toward an assumption of homogeneity and conformism, which may lead to the suppression of individuality and diversity. Recognition of a true or fundamental diversity is not merely recognition and toleration of those good-willed persons who have different views than we do, but a respect for them even when we strongly disagree with them. We would not ask for or expect our view to be given a monopoly in the schools, but we do object to a view contrary to our own being given a monopoly. Students should be given a serious opportunity to engage the main competing views about sexuality and sexual morality.

Teaching the conflicts is one of the bedrocks of a good public school education system. Once we assume that something is intellectually settled or even sacrosanct, we often marginalize, malign, or render mute the voices of others. We should remind ourselves and teach our teens that sometimes it is necessary to consider other voices and to rethink our own assumptions if we wish to get closer to the truth and make an adequate defense before our own intellectual and moral consciences.

Wai Far Bazar,

Greenbrier Row

Aileen Collins

Guyot Avenue

Sarah Schemmann

Erdman Avenue

Lynn Irving

Longview Drive