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Vol. LXII, No. 25
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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A Community Bulletin

On Saturday, June 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Mercer County Improvement Authority will host Household Chemical and Electronics Waste Disposal Day for county residents who would like to recycle common residential wastes or electronics. The event will take place at the Dempster Fire School, located on Bakers Basin/Lawrence Station Road, rain or shine. While no registration is necessary, it should be noted that the event is open to Mercer County residents only, and attendees will need to show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license. No commercial or industrial waste will be accepted. For questions or more information, individuals should call (609) 278-8086 or via the Internet at Acceptable household items include: Aerosol cans, household or car batteries, rechargeable batteries, photographic chemicals, used motor oil and oil filters, lighter fluid, propane gas tanks, pesticides/herbicides, pool chemicals, oil-based paint, paint thinners, stains/varnishes, gasoline, anti-freeze, gas/oil mixes, driveway sealer, insect repellants, mercury.

Acceptable used electronic items include: central processing units (CPUs), modems, printers, keyboards, computer mouses, fax machines, copiers, circuit boards, televisions, monitors, electrical wire, stereo equipment, laptops and laptop peripheral equipment, scanners, phones/telecommunications equipment, microwave ovens, networking equipment, VCRs, camera equipment.

Borough and Township residents are asked to complete the Community Health Needs Survey available online at, or The questionnaire, which is anonymous and takes approximately five minutes to complete, will be used to help identify “the most pressing health needs that can be addressed through community action.” Once completed, it can be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed back to the Princeton Regional Health Department. For further information call (609) 497-7608.

At its membership meeting on Sunday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Center, the Local Issues Committee of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) will sponsor a forum entitled, “Should Princeton Taxpayers Continue to Subsidize Princeton University?” The PCDO will also sponsor a “Unite For Change Garden Party: Barack Obama for President,” on Thursday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the home of Margaret Griffin and Scott Sillars 59 Battle Road. For more information or to RSVP contact Jon Durbin at or call (609) 924-2438. — Donations can be made at the door

With the FY09 State budget in final negotiations and passage set for June 23, New Jersey ArtPride encourages voters to contact elected officials and ask them to help restore State dollars for arts, history and tourism. Visit the ArtPride web site at and click on Action Alert to locate a sample email.

A 270-page binder reflects the considerable effort, including demographic analyses and surveys, that has gone into the Recreation Department’s master plan. Mr. Roberts is happy to report that, so far, a $340,000 “sink fund” created by pool profits over recent years has paid for the planning efforts that went into the master plan he hopes to present to the Borough and Township this summer. Tax payers’ dollars, however, will eventually have to come into play.

“Both governments know it’s on the radar,” said Mr. Roberts, though he’s also looking at alternative funding possibilities. (Another weighty tome in his office is from a fund-raising workshop he recently attended.) Some pieces of the current pool site may be salvageable; Mr. Roberts thinks that both the shell of the diving pool and diving board stands can be rescued. There is still much to be done, however, and the practice of naming things after local heroes may have to go by the wayside, as funds for a refurbished pool complex are needed.

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