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Kickin’ Off a Great Year…the Princeton Way!

ISSUE #11 – January 15, 2021

Editor’s Note

Good riddance 2020, hello 2021! Happy New Year, everyone!

Though the rollout is going slower than hoped, the COVID-19 vaccine is being administered, leading to some light at the end of a very long tunnel. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can add your name to the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System and the Princeton Vaccine Waitlist to be notified when the vaccine is available to you.

Politically, 84% of Princetonians voted for and were looking forward to the inauguration of President Biden as the political entry-point for 2021. While that is still to come, the attack on the U.S. Capital has brought up difficult feelings and proceedings. An unprecedented 2nd Presidential impeachment trial was not what anyone anticipated. Read more…

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  • Expanding Your Potential by Lisa Jacknow - What if you repurposed the time you had used to commute to work and instead of working more hours from home, took a class that might teach you a new hobby? Read more...
  • How to Inspire Your Children for 2021 by Lucia Wallis Smith - Happy 2021 to Princeton parents and their children. We will probably soon see changes in confinement to our homes but in the meantime, we are still mostly stuck inside. So, when cabin… Read more...
  • Wintery Wonderings in the New Year by Lisa Jacknow - There’s no question, COVID has taken away or altered many of the outings and recreational activities we’ve previously enjoyed. Add the colder weather, and some of the outdoor options we’d turned to… Read more...
  • New Year, New You: Home Makeovers by Linda Madani - Welcome fresh energy into your home this new year, 2021! Spending time in your home can be a place of refuge and renewal. Your home is your chance to create a space… Read more...

Perspectives Revisited

In the first issue of Princeton Perspectives, School 101 – Education in Princeton Today, we detailed the plans to complete the Princeton Public Schools referendum in PPS Referendum – How’s our Money Being Spent? Now complete: security vestibules at all elementary schools and Princeton Unified Middle School (PUMS); PUMS Innovation Center and enhanced nurses’ area; updated HVAC units at Riverside, Littlebrook, Community Park and PUMS (aside from a replacement part needed for its cafeteria HVAC unit). On track for summer completion, Johnson Park HVAC upgrades and Littlebrook Library renovation. At Princeton High School, second-floor collaborative and athletic space construction began as well as that of the guidance area and grab-n-go remote dining. Additionally, utilities excavation for the PHS athletic field restroom is underway.

In Issue #4, Get Outdoors – Experiencing and Appreciating Princeton’s Natural Wonderswe shared some important safety reminders about backyard fire pits in the article Rules of the Outdoors. As the weather turned colder, the concern has shifted to propane and electric heaters, which have become an essential way to stay warm outside, particularly at Princeton’s restaurants. Princeton’s Fire Safety, Zoning and Health Departments have been working tirelessly to ensure safety regulations are met, ensuring Propane open flame heaters are not placed under tents, fire extinguishers are present and safe exit ways are maintained. Though a permit and inspection are required for commercial settings and not for personal use at home, it’s important to heed these safety provisions there as well.