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Arts Council Thanks Those Involved in Candle-lit Christmas Eve Caroling

RANDI LUND
Public Relations/Events Coordinator
The Arts Council of Princeton

Seminary Student Thanks Motorists for Helping to Save Frightened Dog

LAURA MCKNIGHT
North Post Road
Princeton Junction

Other States Have Outlawed Smoking in Public Places; So Should New Jersey

GRACE and FRANK SINDEN
Ridgeview Circle

Citizens Group Urges Participation at Upcoming Route 206 Hearings

CITIZENS FOR A SAFER ROUTE 206
SANDY SOLOMON
Bayard Lane
MIRCEA SAVU
Hilltop Drive
DON GREENBERG
State Road


Arts Council Thanks Those Involved in Candle-lit Christmas Eve Caroling

To the Editor:

As the holiday season comes to a close, the Arts Council wishes to give thanks to everyone who made the holiday a little brighter.

Thank you first to those who made its annual Candle-lit Christmas Eve Caroling possible. This cherished tradition, which originated over 25 years ago, has been distinguishing the holiday season in Princeton ever since. Thanks are due to the Nassau Inn and Palmer Square Management for providing Palmer Square as the setting; to Rip Pellaton, Princeton's beloved Town Crier; to the Blawenburg Brass Band for setting the tone; and to Princeton Shopping Center, Camillo's Café, Great Clips, Holsome Teas and Herbs, J. McCaffrey's Markets, McLauglin, and Matteo & Co. for their generosity in sponsoring the Christmas Eve Caroling Songbook. Without the wholehearted support of these businesses and individuals, the Arts Council would not be able to continue this unique community event year after year.

For our part, it was thanks enough to see almost 500 singing and smiling carolers turn out for this year's caroling, so thank you to those who attended and to those who attend Arts Council programs and events, now at the conTEMPORARY Arts Center at the Princeton Shopping Center, all year long.

RANDI LUND
Public Relations/Events Coordinator
The Arts Council of Princeton

Seminary Student Thanks Motorists for Helping to Save Frightened Dog

To the Editor:

I want to thank everyone in West Windsor who was driving on Tuesday, December 27 along North Post Road, who avoided hitting a runaway cocker spaniel as she crossed and re-crossed the road. I especially want to thank those in the minivan (with Sam the German Shepherd) who stopped to help and tried to chase the cocker spaniel down with us, and the nice man in the white commercial van who finally helped us corral her at the Mercer Oaks golf course.

We are dog-sitting for a friend who is away for the holidays, and this cocker is a formerly abused, now rescued dog, who is afraid of everyone. We also knew she didn't know her way around the area, so we were doubly worried. Thanks to all who drove carefully and were patient with our road antics, and especially those who stopped and actually helped us end the chase.

LAURA MCKNIGHT
North Post Road
Princeton Junction

Other States Have Outlawed Smoking in Public Places; So Should New Jersey

Editor's Note: The following is a copy of a letter sent to New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Roberts and Assembly Speaker Albio Sires, with a copy to Governor Richard Codey.

To the Editor:

We are appealing to you to support and put up for a vote in the Assembly the recent legislation passed in the Senate (S-1926) to ban smoking in work and public places. Compromises have already been made to exclude parts of the casinos.

This is a critical public health measure. There are serious illnesses caused or exacerbated when people are exposed to second-hand smoke and we know of this from our own family experiences.

Several states, New York City, and countries including Ireland have taken such steps to protect their residents. Why shouldn't New Jersey employees and residents also have this important health protection? It is embarrassing, as well as a sad statement, to let the world know that the special interests have had such influence in New Jersey that the people's own representatives have resisted for so long in taking this enlightened public health step.

At this holiday-new year period you can give a meaningful gift to the people of New Jersey by supporting and allowing a vote by January 9 on this important legislation in the current legislative session.

We thank you and so will many others.

GRACE and FRANK SINDEN
Ridgeview Circle

Citizens Group Urges Participation at Upcoming Route 206 Hearings

To the Editor:

On November 28, more than 120 Princeton residents crowded into the Township Municipal Complex to hear consultants hired by the State Department of Transportation discuss road design and how it can affect a road's relationship with the residential areas through which it passes. All were invited to participate in defining the problems plaguing Bayard Lane and State Road (Route 206), and to discuss ways to make the road serve our community better. During the following three days the consultants, led by Ian Lockwood of Glatting Jackson, listened to us nonstop. They said that they had never been to a community in which so many residents were so deeply engaged in making a main road work better.

Mr. Lockwood and the consultants at Urban Engineers are coming back at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 9 to report their findings from the November sessions and to begin to develop ideas about how to improve Bayard Lane and State Road. They will want our reactions.

Over the subsequent two days, Mr. Lockwood and his colleagues will work to accommodate our suggestions into an actual proposal. During these workdays the public will be welcome to drop in at the Community Room in the Township Complex to observe the consultants' progress and to make brief comments, but interaction time will be limited by the constraints of the deadline.

The consultants will present their preliminary design plan for the road on Thursday, January 12, also at 7:30 p.m. at the Township Municipal Complex. We urge everyone to attend this second meeting as well. While we expect that the community will continue to work together to refine that proposal after the consultants have left, we hope to come up with a good baseline for local discussion.

The objective of this process is to develop a unified vision for State Road and Bayard Lane based on input from and consensus among citizens. To make the process work well, as many of us as possible need to be there on January 9 to give input to the consultants, and on January 12 to hear their proposal.

Some of the questions we've been asking are: What can we do to give drivers approaching our town from the north, visual cues that they are entering our town and should begin to drive appropriately? What can we do to make the road safer for all users, including local drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists? What can we do to make the road serve our neighborhoods rather than watching our neighborhoods increasingly serve the road?

Please join us on the second Monday in January to continue rethinking the road.

CITIZENS FOR A SAFER ROUTE 206
SANDY SOLOMON
Bayard Lane
MIRCEA SAVU
Hilltop Drive
DON GREENBERG
State Road

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