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APRIL 612, 2016

Magic, treasure, trees in Marquand


Local kids connect to nature in adventurous hunt around one of Princetons famous parks
By ERICA CHAYES WIDA
The Sun
Princetons Marquand Park
has recently transformed into a
spring paradise. Cherry blossoms and magnolias shade the
grass thats changed from a wintery hay to verdigris. On March
31, Marquand also became a
trove for local children to discover not only deciduous trees but
also treasure.
At the peak of afternoon,
dozens of kids paraded the
grounds
inquisitively.
The
hunters, only discernable by the
green Marquand Park paper
bags they carried in their hands,
whizzed from root to root collecting their findings and learning
about nature.
As participants came from
cars off Lovers Lane, Marquand
Park Board President Pamela
Machold and board member
Joanie Daviau handed out maps
and instructions. Each hunter
was given a treasure map that
identified the many trees, such
as sweetgum, white pine, sugar
maple and cedar of Lebanon.
Once kids collected the papers
hidden beneath each identified
tree, they returned to the entrance for prizes and one last
hunt for a golden egg.
I found a golden egg and won
this owl, said 10-year-old Chiara

Municipal
budget
introduced
Average homeowner will
see an approximate $110
increase in municipal taxes
By ERICA CHAYES WIDA
The Sun

Id definitely do this again,


she said after having learned

Princeton council introduced


the municipal budget at its meeting last Monday. This year,
Princeton homeowners with an
average home valued at $810,191
will see an approximate $110 tax
increase if the final budget is approved.
The budget totals $61.9 million
with a $730,234, or 1.2 percent, increase from the 2015 budget of
$61.2 million.
According to Princeton Administrator Marc Dashield, the increase in the budget was due to
health insurance, which increased $255,004, pension, up
$163,900 from last year, and debt
service, up $249,000. Fifty-three
percent of the budget is paid for
by taxpayer dollars. Other revenues come from, in order of percent from greatest to least: sewer
revenues, 11 percent; surplus, 10
percent; special revenues and
Princeton University share payment, 5 percent; state aid, 4 per-

please see LIBRARY, page 10

please see MAYOR, page 15

ERICA CHAYES WIDA/The Sun

Mary ODowd puts an iconic Marquand Park pin on her nearly 5-year-old son, Patrick, as they prepare
to discover many-a-treasure. For another photo, please see page 11.
Lavino, who moved to Princeton
a year ago from Italy. I found all
the treasures.

Chiara was excited about her


stuffed, furry prize and kept it
close to her.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE


Mayor race contested
Marks, a Republican,
announces candidacy. PAGE 3

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Police Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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APRIL 612, 2016 THE PRINCETON SUN 3

Republican Marks announces


he will run for Princeton mayor
By ERICA CHAYES WIDA
The Sun
Until recently, Princetons
standing Mayor Liz Lempert was
running unopposed for this Novembers mayoral election. That
was until Republican Peter
Marks announced his candidacy
on March 24, about two-and-a-half
weeks before the filing deadline.
Marks is a born and bred
Princetonian. His schooling
began at Miss Masons, continued
at the Nassau Street School and
Quarry Street School and, when
segregation ended, he and the students marched over to the new
John Witherspoon Middle School.
He attended Community Park as
well as Princeton High School.
During his time growing up,
Marks spent a year in Jordan

while his father was on sabbatical


from Princeton University as director of an archaeological institute.
After college, Marks returned
to Princeton and commuted to
New York City. Always maintaining his Princeton address, his
work brought him to New York,
Florida and Philadelphia.
Marks loves Princeton the
small business feel that once defined it and the green belt that
flourishes throughout it.
The character of the downtown is what I like. I like the
streets, the trees that line the
streets, the shrubs, the different
neighborhoods. Its home. It feels
right to me. I dont want that
character to be changed.
To learn more about Marks aspirations as Republican candi-

date running
for Princeton
mayor,
The
Sun sat down
for a one-onone.
Read
more below.
The
Sun:
What inspired
you to run for
Princeton
MARKS
mayor
this
year?
Marks: I had not considered
running for anything, nor would I
be running had I not been asked
by the chair of the Republican
Committee. Elected office has
never been something to which I
have aspired, nor have I ever flattered myself that my service is
please see MARKS, page 13

4 THE PRINCETON SUN APRIL 612, 2016

Faculty members join Princeton Theological Seminary


Dr. Gerald Liu, Dr. Margarita Mooney and Dr. Mark S. Smith will begin positions July 1
Princeton Theological Seminary announced the appointment
of three new faculty members.
Dr. Gerald Liu, assistant professor of worship and preaching,
and Dr. Margarita Mooney, associate professor of congregational
studies, will join the Department
of Practical Theology.
Dr. Mark S. Smith will join the
Department of Biblical Studies as
the Helena Professor of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis.
All three will join the faculty on
July 1.
Liu, a United Methodist minister, is active in the Academy of
Homiletics. He serves as convener of the Narrative and Imagination workgroup and as editor of
the worship reviews for the online journal Homiletic. His forthcoming book, Music and the
Generosity of God, draws on
both music theory and contemporary theology, employing phenomenology to explore the dimensions of sound in relation to
divine generosity.
Princeton Seminary has a for-

midable legacy in preaching and


worship, Liu said. I am excited
to play a part in the evolution of
homiletic and liturgical inquiry
and pedagogy as the first American-born Asian professor of
preaching and worship.
Liu is assistant professor of
homiletics and worship at Drew
Theological School.
He earned his MDiv from Candler School of Theology, and completed his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt
University.
Mooney has conducted research projects in many regions
of the United States, as well as in
Latin America and Europe. She is
working on a forthcoming book,
Struggles of Triumph and
Tragedy: Human Vulnerability
and Existential Security.
Im delighted to be part of a
world-renowned institution that
prepares its students intellectually and spiritually to serve the
church, the nation, and the
world, said Mooney.
Mooney is associate research
scientist in the Department of So-

LIU

MOONEY

SMITH

ciology at Yale University. She


earned her MA and Ph.D. from
Princeton University.
Smith specializes in Israelite
religion and the Hebrew Bible, as
well as the literature and religion
of the Late Bronze Age Ugarit.
I am very grateful to Princeton Theological Seminary for giving me a new and fresh opportu-

nity to learn with a superb faculty and student body, he said.


Smith is the author of more
than 100 articles and 15 books, including his forthcoming, Where
the Gods Are: Spatial Dimensions
of Anthropomorphism in the
Bible World.
Smith is the Skirball Professor
of Hebrew Bible and Ancient

Near Eastern Studies at New


York University. He is a two-time
winner of New York Universitys
Golden Dozen Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
He received masters degrees
from The Catholic University of
America, Harvard University,
and Yale University, and completed his Ph.D. at Yale.

Christmas decorations stolen from Bank Street residence basement


The following reports are provided by the Princeton Police Department.

March 29
A Bank Street resident reported an unknown individual forced entry
through a basement
window and stole several Christmas decorations stored inside the
basement. The incident remains
under investigation.

ing bail.

March 27
Between 11 p.m. on March 26
and 11 a.m. on March 27, an unknown individual caused damage
to a vehicle parked on
Queenston Place. The
vehicles rear tire was
punctured with an unknown object. The incident remains under
investigation.

police
report

March 28
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop for failure to wear a seatbelt,
a 47-year-old Glen Gardner male
was arrested on an active warrant for $81 issued by the Long
Hill Township Municipal Court.
He was transported to police
headquarters where he was
processed and released after post-

The victim was at work at the


Princeton Theological Seminary
and received a threatening and
harassing phone call from a former co-worker. Although the accused was identified, no charges
have been filed yet. The investigation is open and ongoing.

March 26
A random license plate inquiry

revealed a 59-year-old Hopewell


male had an active warrant for
his arrest in the amount of $300.
The warrant was issued by the
Franklin Township Municipal
Court. The perpetrators vehicle
was stopped on State Road and he
was placed under arrest, transported to police headquarters,
processed and released after posting bail.
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop on State Road for having an
expired inspection sticker, a 30year-old Weehawkin male was
found to have two warrants for
his arrest issued by the Weehawkin Township Municipal
Court with a total bail of $372. He
was placed under arrest and
transported
to
police
headquarters where he was
processed and released after posting bail.

Subsequent to a motor vehicle


stop for a four-ton weight limit violation, a 25-year-old Ewing male,
a passenger in the vehicle, was
found to be in violation of the
seatbelt law. Further investigation revealed the man had outstanding
warrants
from
Lawrence, Aberdeen and Ewing
Municipal Courts. The total bail
for the warrants was $1,038. The
perpetrator was placed under arrest and transported to police
headquarters where he was
processed. Unable to post bail, he
was turned over to the Lawrence
Township Police Department.

March 25
A random license plate inquiry
revealed that a 69-year-old Princeton female had an active warrant
for her arrest. Her vehicle was
stopped on Cherry Valley Road
and she was subsequently placed

under arrest. The warrant had


been issued by the Plainsboro
Municipal Court in the amount of
$114. The woman was brought to
police headquarters where she
was processed and later released
after she posted her bail.
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
stop on Nassau Street for a licensing of noncommercial trucks violation, a 47-year-old Princeton
male was found to be operating
the vehicle with a suspended drivers license. The license suspension was associated with a second
violation of driving while intoxicated and the perpetrator was arrested pursuant to state law. He
was transported to police headquarters where he was processed
and released with a pending court
date.
please see TEEN, page 14

6 THE PRINCETON SUN APRIL 612, 2016

in our opinion

Stop walking and put down the phone!

145 Witherspoon Street


Princeton, NJ 08542
609-751-0245

Distracted Walking Bill is being proposed; yes, this is real


Dan McDonough Jr.
chairman of elauwit media

e are all well versed on the


distracted driving laws that
have been created across the
country over the last few years. The
law makes it illegal to use a phone
while operating a motor vehicle, unless it is done with a hands-free device.
It is a good law one that was created in response to the increasing number of motor vehicle accidents being
caused by people who were texting,
talking, browsing or Snapchatting
while driving.
It is a law that has garnered a lot of
PR attention as well. Campaigns such
as U Drive. U Text. U Pay. have
popped up to warn of the dangers of
distracted driving. Youth groups have
also taken up the cause to educate
their peers on why distracted driving

Your thoughts
What do you think of the proposal to
enact a distracted walking bill in New
Jersey? Share your thoughts on this,
and other topics, through a letter to the
editor.

can be very dangerous.


Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt
wants to take this one step further. She
has proposed a distracted walking
bill that could fine offenders up to $50,
put them in jail for up to 15 days, or
both.
Lampitt says distracted pedestrians
are as much a danger to motorists as
jaywalkers, which is why she proposes
similar penalties for the offense.
We applaud the aim behind this proposal to keep pedestrians and mo-

torists safe. But we question whether


we really need a law in place to do so.
Other states have attempted to pass
similar laws to Lampitts proposal.
None have succeeded thus far, but
more attempt every year.
We question whether a distracted
walking bill is one that could reasonably be enforced. While we dont ignore that pedestrian safety is of concern, especially in the many downtown areas of our state, would police
officers be able to effectively enforce
the law? We arent so sure.
We believe that, instead of passing a
law forbiding the practice, distracted
walking should become a part of distracted driving education. We dont
need a law and prison time to save
pedestrians; we need information.

Standardized tests: Shifting the paradigm


This month, school districts across the
state are once again administering PARCC,
the state-mandated assessment designed to
measure the progress of students in
achieving the Common Core standards in
language arts and mathematics. And, once
again, there will be vigorous debate about
the potential merits and misuses of this
new, computer-based test.
The Princeton Public Schools have
proven to be a safe space for healthy debates on topics such as standardized tests
and we want to continue to honor that
openness. We also, however, want to shift
the overall conversation in education from
one focusing on standardization to one focusing on innovation. And to shift the conversation, we must shift the paradigm.
The current paradigm in education is
based on the factory model of the 19th century. Students are viewed as products and
move through a K-12 assembly line of
learning. Students who need more time

are taken off the


assembly line. Students who need
less time generally
continue at the
same
pace
as
everyone else. Specialization by subject matter is seen
as the most efficient way of imparting information. Hence, students spend each
day moving from
Steve
science to social
Cochrane
studies to English
to math.
And
SUPERINTENDENTS
since standardizaMESSAGE
tion is essential in
the factory model,
tests are administered at the end of each
year to ensure the quality of the product.

Of course, students are not products.


They are people, individuals with unique
interests, abilities and hopes. So what paradigm for learning works better for them?
Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, has suggested the paradigm of the
video game, and he believes it serves as a
model for the next revolution in education
one based on personalized learning.
The first feature of the video game
model of education is choice. Students
playing video games can, within limits,
choose what they will learn, when they
will learn it and what might happen during the game.
The second feature of the video game
model is readiness level. Players are assumed to be at different levels of competency and can select the readiness level
with just the right amount of challenge. As
they gain ability, they move up levels. This
please see VIDEO, page 9

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APRIL 612, 2016 THE PRINCETON SUN 7

ON CAMPUS
Emily Young and Anjali Patel,
both of Princeton, were named to
the Fairleigh Dickinson University deans list for the fall 2015 semester.
Scott Cannon, Lewis Blackburn
and Mary Sutton were named to
the Loyola University Maryland
deans list for the fall 2015 semester.
The following students from
Princeton were named to the University of the Sciences deans list
for the fall 2015 semester: Sameer
Akhtar, Shivsai Gongalla, Shraddha Patel, Janvi Mehta, Dhivya
Soundararajan and Karishma
Patel.
The following students from
Princeton were named to the
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
deans list for the fall semester:
Veronika Bychkova, Andrew Chi,
Zining Liang, Stephen Majeski, Edward McCorry and James Schure.

The following students from


Princeton were named to the
Lafayette College deans list for
the fall 2015 semester: John
Bartell, Emma Cohen, Michael Ippolito, Dana Smith and Mirielle
Vasselli.
Julia Bannon of Princeton was
named to the Emerson College
deans list for the fall semester.
Jennifer
Brukhman, David
Bowditch and Anna Williams of
Princeton were named to the
Pratt Institute deans list for the
fall 2015 semester.
Renke He and Tana Wu, both of
Princeton, were named to the
Roger Williams University deans
list for the fall 2015 semester.
Anna Batterman, Kalyn Altmeyer, Matilda Thornton-Clark and
Stephanie Graziano, all of Princeton, were named to the Ithaca College deans list for the fall semester.

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Acting Out: Students in kindergarten through third grade are


invited to engage in dramatic
activity including discussions,
games, and other fun activities.
No experience necessary. Princeton High School drama aficionados will lead the sessions. Princeton Public Library, 4 p.m.
Citizenship Preparation Classes:
Series of eight classes offered by
the Latin American Task Force to
assist those preparing for the
U.S. Citizenship Test. Classes
include history, civics and a
review of basic English necessary
for the citizenship interview. Nassau Presbyterian Church. For
more information, please call
(609)
924-9529
extension
220.Wednesdays through May 25,
7 p.m.

movement, rhymes, read alouds,


fingerplays and other interactive
activities, while enhancing early
literacy skills for children 2 to 5.
Parent or caregiver must attend
with child. Princeton Public
Library, 4 p.m.
Divorce
Recovery
Seminar:
Understanding Yourself. For
more information, contact Phyllis
Rich at (609) 581-3889 or
divorcerecovery@softhome.net.
Princeton Church of Christ, 7:30
p.m.
there.remaining: A dance-theater
fusion of text, movement, music
and projections created by Lewis
Center for the Arts Programs in
Dance and Theater senior Ogemdi Ude. Free and open to the public. Advanced tickets recommended through arts.princeton.edu.
Marie and Edward Matthews 53
Acting Studio, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY APRIL 7

SATURDAY APRIL 9

Mercer County ID Program: All


Mercer County residents are eligible for the community ID card, a
photo identification card providing personal identifying information, medical risk factors and
emergency contact information.
The card is issued by the Latin
American Legal Defense & Education Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group. $10 per card/$5 youth
under 21 and seniors over 65. For
additional information, visit
www.laldef.org. Princeton Public
Library, noon 2 p.m. and 5:30
7 p.m.
Screening of Boy and the World:
In this acclaimed animated feature, Cucas cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for
the city, prompting him to
embark on a quest to reunite his
family. Brazil; musical without
dialogue. Part of the Princeton
International Cinema Series. $6
for Princeton Garden Theatre
members, Princeton University ID
cardholders and Princeton Public
Library cardholders. Call or visit
the public library for free tickets
while supplies last. 160 Nassau
St., 5:30 p.m.

Habitats Around the World:


Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels presents a program about the diverse
wildlife habitats that exist around
the world and how the animals
that live in them thrive. Also learn
how your choices at home impact
animals throughout the world
and ways to become a wildlife
warrior. For children 5 and older.
Part of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Princeton
Public Library, 10 a.m.
Go Between Club: All sixth, seventh
and eighth graders meet on the
second Saturday of every month
for a fun discussion of books and
other interests. Princeton Public
Library, 2 p.m.
Spring Choral Concert featuring
Songs of Hope: Free concert featuring the Princeton Seminary
Chapel Choir, conducted by Martin Tel, C.F. Seabrook director of
music at the Seminary, accompanied by Michael Gittens, choral
assistant at Princeton Seminary.
Free and open to the public. Parking available behind Mackay Campus Center. Princeton Theological
Seminarys Miller Chapel, 7 p.m.
Rick Fiori Jazz Trio: Free and open
to the public. Small World Coffee,
14 Witherspoon St., 8:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 6

FRIDAY APRIL 8
Kelsi Kosinski Art Opening: Free
and open to the public. Small
World Coffee, 254 Nassau St., 3
5 p.m.
Rock & Rhythm: Blending music,

SUNDAY APRIL 10
Earth Day Celebration: A variety of
activities for all ages: nature art,
canal bike ride and safety checks,

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planting in the garden. Nature


walks by request, demos on lowwaste living and information on
everything from what goes in the
bin to backyard chickens. The
Jewish Center, 435 Nassau St., 11
a.m. 2 p.m.
Princeton Bluegrass Jam: Free and
open to the public. Small World
Coffee, 14 Witherspoon St., 7 9
p.m.

MONDAY APRIL 11
AARP Tax Help: free help preparing
and filing federal and state electronic tax returns by appointment. Call (609) 924-9529, ext.
1220. Princeton Public Library.
Letra Pequea: Through engagement with books, activities and
crafts, children and adults
improve Spanish language skills,
for children 2-5 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver, 11
a.m.
Reading Treehouse 1: This reading
group for developing readers in
kindergarten and first grade
meets monthly on the second
Monday during the school year.
Stories, reading aloud, crafts,
games and more that reflect a
different theme each month are
featured.
No
registration
required.
Princeton
Public
Library, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY APRIL 12
Drop Everything and Read: Celebrate the 100th birthday of
beloved childrens author Beverly
Cleary by making a Top 10 list of
things you would drop everything
for. Then, find a book based on a
theme from your list to read for
an hour during our D.E.A.R.
event. Princeton Public Library, 4
p.m.
Screening of Carol: In 1950s New
York, two women from very different backgrounds develop a
bond that leads to love and consequences. Based on the novel
The Price of Salt by Patricia
Highsmith. Princeton Public
Library, 7 p.m.
The Write Space: This group focuses on the encouragement of writing, finding your voice and the
producing of words through guided prompts and other writing
exercises. All levels of writers
welcome for these drop-in workshops. Princeton Public Library, 7
p.m.

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Video game model for learning


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can take as much or as little time
as needed. There is no expectation that players learn at the
same rate.
The third feature of the video
game model is the value placed on
mistakes. In the factory model,
with a strict emphasis on producing a quality product, mistakes
are generally seen as bad. In a
video game, however, mistakes
are the only way players learn.
Mistakes provide the immediate
feedback that allows players to
continually revise and improve
their performance. And the feedback comes without judgement.
Players can assess themselves according to their own performance, but the system does not
label them as good, bad or average.
Fourth, the video game model
places an emphasis on integration. The most engaging video
games are often complex simula-

tions integrating science, math,


history and art, and requiring
students to read, evaluate, think
creatively and make a wide variety of strategic decisions to solve
real-life problems.
Fifth, and finally, the video
game model provides the opportunity for collaboration. Players
can choose to play alone, but they
can also collaborate with others
in the same room or around the
world. And such collaboration
can foster better learning, deeper
friendships and much more fun!
Minecraft and Mario Brothers
are certainly not the answer to
improving education in America,
but they do provide a model for
learning that invites us to expand
our conversation beyond a critique of standardized tests and toward a discussion of high-quality,
personalized learning for every
child. They invite us to shift our
paradigm. Standardized tests are
likely to be with us for a while,
but good instruction always leads
to good test results, and it is on
the former that we must maintain
our focus.

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Mary ODowd came to the hunt
with her nearly 5-year-old son
Patrick and 7-month-old son Jack.
ODowd helped her son put on an
iconic Marquand Park pin.
When asked what he was most
excited for, Patrick, who apparently is more of a treasure hunting leprechaun than pirate,
replied, The end!
Hes excited for the prize, his
mother explained.
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played in the park after the hunt


was over with her younger brother, Itai, sister, Hadas, and their
new friend, Salin Uluakar. The
Meshels helped Selin, only 2-anda-half, around the park and
sought out treasure as a team effort.
I liked the magnolia and cherry trees the best, Ella said.
The beauty of the park, according to Machold, is maintained
solely by the board and its volunteers.
This park is magic, she said.
Bob Wells, our vice president, revived it back to life. He comes
every Saturday to work and garden. We want to keep the park

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public. On April 8, which happens
to be her birthday, a documentary
filmed by Dominique Godefroy
called The Magic of Marquand
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first time at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival at noon.
The inspiration for the treasure hunt actually came from last
years PEFF.
Weve come full circle, PEFF
founder Susan Conlon said.
One of the films, Project Wild
Thing, was about a father the
filmmaker who strived to pull
his children away from TV and
technology.
Its all about connecting to nature, Conlon said.
The Princeton Public Library
used the film as a jumping-off
point to have Princeton kids connect to nature through a fun activity. It partnered with Marquand Park, and the treasure
hunt was born.
We hope to do it again in the
future, Conlon said.

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Tiny treasure hunters

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From left, Hadas, 7, Itai, 4, and Ella, 9, spy something by a tree while
Selin Uluakar, 2, looks curiously about. Many kids participated in a
nature treasure hunt at Marquand Park last week.

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Earth Days sacred core


By ERICA CHAYES WIDA
The Sun
Earth Day creates a pause in
daily life a pause to consider
what you consume, how you consume it and to express gratitude
for all that nature provides. This
year, the Jewish Center in Princeton will welcome the community
for its first official Earth Day
event. The root of this event, however, is seeded deep in Jewish culture.
TuBishvat, the holiday often
called the New Year for the Trees,
has become a modern day Jewish
Earth Day, said Alexandra BarCohen, TJC chair of social action.
TJC traditionally has sustainability Seders ceremonies to
honor, celebrate and educate
about our earth. In the religious
school, we celebrate TuBishvat by
educating the students about the
biblical basis for taking care of
the earth. The message is that en-

vironmentalism isn't just a nice


thing to do. It's a commandment:
Ba'al Tashhit, meaning do not destroy our earth.
The celebration has been one of
Bar-Cohens major initiatives at
the center. She is, however,
backed by a committee of individuals devoted to one of the core
tenets of Jewish law. According
to Bar-Cohen, this tenet is called
Tikkun Olam, which means repairing the world.
The social action committee
takes Tikkun Olam to heart by coordinating blood, food and clothing drives for area food pantries
and shelters, participating in
community builds and creating
forums to learn about topics of
global concern, such as human
trafficking, and ensuring housing
for all the citizens of the world in
addition to enhancing ways that
we as a community can think before we toss to reduce our negative impact on the world around
us.
TJCs Earth Day events will
focus on inspiring the Princeton
community to embrace this
ethos.
Earth Day TJC is a great opportunity to remind the community that the modern movement
of sustainability has its roots in
the first days of creation, as well
as to expose people to the various
ways they can protect our environment, Bar-Cohen said.
Nature art will include creations such as an ephemeral art
collage using all materials from
nature.
Everyone, from the youngest
toddler to the oldest grandparent,
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reusable shopping bag project
headed by local artists Ifat
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There will also be canal bike
rides and safety checks and planting in the garden, nature walks
and demonstrations on low-waste
living.
The Ahlers family from
Lawrenceville is committed to living as low-waste as possible, and
Chris Ahlers will be on hand with
a presentation on how to do it.
Suzanne Estermann of Suzy's
Wild Cooking will demonstrate
low-waste cooking by participating in an Iron Chef-type cooking
challenge, and science writer and
Princeton resident Jenny Ludmer will be on hand with her
flock of backyard chickens, BarCohen said.
The info booths, bake sale and
demonstrations will run for the
full four hours throughout the
event. Gardening will begin tentatively at 11:30 a.m. All those interested in gardening are welcome
to bring their own favorite supplies, though TJC will have
whats needed to participate.
There will be peas, crocus and
daffodil bulbs to plant, as well as
horseradishes to harvest for
Passover. The canal bike ride will
begin at 1:45 p.m. from Turning
Basin Park on Alexander Road.
I love that it is a day to share
all of the positive ways we can
help the earth, Bar-Cohen said.
There is so much that is negative
out there, so much damage done,
but this is a day to spread knowledge about the steps, large and
small, that each one of us can
take to enhance the world around
us.
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Marks says he can be


honest broker for town
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indispensable.
I agreed to run because I think
a contested mayoral campaign offers the prospect of expanding
discussion of municipal issues
beyond the circle of insiders who
tend to dominate our elections
and municipal discourse. Those
insiders seem to view it as inevitable that Princeton grows
into a small city. Some view the
transformation as not just inevitable but desirable. I am in the
other camp. I consider that the future shape and character of
Princeton is a choice, and my
strong preference would be for
the town to remain small, manageable and friendly.
The Sun: If you were elected,
what would be your top three priorities?
Marks: My first priority would
be to alter the makeup of the zoning committee and the Planning
Board. Too many of the existing
members believe either that
growth is inevitable or that
growth is good. Too few have
practical experience in the private sector.
I am not aware of any who understand the economics of commercial development. The result
has been a series of precedents
that make plain that our zoning
code is unenforceable and our
master plan is infinitely flexible
at least with regard to the needs
and desires of prominent applicants.
The second and third priorities
would be to begin to address the
issues that are forcing long-time
residents to relocate. Spending reductions are part of the answer.
Regulatory relief is another part
of the answer. Rethinking tax exemptions might be part of the answer, as might a two-tiered property tax system. New ratables

are decidedly not the answer, nor


are increased subsidies or increased fees and charges.
What is plain is that no solution is possible unless our municipal officials collaborate with
their school, county and state
counterparts. We plainly have a
problem of affordability current
and future. It is just as plain that
the problem is not limited to
Princeton. I suggest that the chief
task of a mayor is to lead by defining the problem in a way that facilitates a solution something I
consider to be one of my strong
suits.
The Sun: Why should Princetonians vote for you? What distinguishes you from other candidates?
Marks: I don't presume to tell
people whom they should support.
My skills and perspectives are
not currently represented on the
council. I was trained in commercial lending and investment banking, but have spent most of my career in commercial real estate.
My interests are land use and design. My particular strengths are
synthesis, a willingness to spend
my time examining raw data and
a talent for solving problems.
I have no political ambitions
and no interest in toeing anyone's
party line. Nor do I have any conflicts that would prevent me from
being an honest broker in negotiations with the university. If
people think that I can help, I am
happy to try.
The Sun: If you could bring one
politician back from the dead,
who would it be and why?
Marks: Abraham Lincoln for
his eloquence, his courage, his determination and the strength of
his convictions.
The Sun: Coffee or tea? How do
you take it?
Marks: I don't drink coffee, and
I drink tea only rarely usually
iced, usually sweetened and usually with lemon.

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made thus far.
Subsequent to a motor vehicle
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for $89. The warrant was issued
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under arrest and transported to
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State Road where he was placed
under arrest. The warrant was
issued by the Mansfield Township Municipal Court in the
amount of $270. The accused was
transported to police headquarters where he was processed and
released by the Mansfield Township Court.

Subsequent to a motor vehicle


stop for maintenance of lamps violation, a 47-year-old Harrison
male was found to have an active
warrant for his arrest issued by
the Eatontown Borough Municipal Court for $35. He was placed
under arrest and transported to
police headquarters where he
was processed and released after
posting bail.
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the front-seat passenger in the vehicle, a 40-year-old Hamilton
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Mayor: Budget in much


better position now
cent; local revenues, 3 percent; PILOTS, municipal court, utility
surplus and receipt from delinquent taxes, 2 percent; and
grants, 1 percent.
Dashield explained the initial
budget estimate was roughly
$700,000 higher than the introduced budget.
Theres been quite a bit of
work prior to this presentation of
the budget, Dashield said at the
council meeting.
This budget reflects a significant decrease in police salary and
wages. We had a number of retirements. The savings you see in
salary and wages for the police
would not be as significant if not
for the policy decision made by
council earlier to provide incentives to have officers retire early
in February instead of July of
this year.

As a result, youll see a $99,000


reduction in police salary and
wages for this year.
Dashield also stated the town
has introduced three new staff
members in recreation and open
space maintenance. This increased total salaries and wages
by 0.2 percent in the current fund
budget.
This year, the town had a finance committee, which consisted of Councilwoman Jo Butler
and Councilmen Patrick Simon
and Bernie Miller, that worked
alongside the municipal administration to create the budget.
Its certainly at a much better
spot than when we were initially
hearing the reports, Mayor Liz
Lempert said of the budget. I
want to thank you for your work.
We are moving in the right direction, Dashield said, noting
this years budget, while higher
than the 2015 budget, is $743,526,
or 1.2 percent, less than the budget five years ago. We are in good
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