Connections – What’s Gotten us Through and What Keeps us Going!

ISSUE #3 – May 15, 2020

Editor’s Note

Amidst all you are enduring right now, we are thankful that you have chosen to take a moment to explore our third issue of Princeton Perspectives. Our goal is to always take a closer look at what matters to Princeton, and today we believe it is the connections that are guiding us through each day.

When we were discussing topic ideas for this May issue about six weeks ago, I was very optimistic. We were just weeks into isolation and I thought for sure that by mid-May we’d be in a different place. While Princeton, NJ now allows golfing and use of state parks, we unfortunately haven’t yet come out the other side and we’re not sure when we will. Though it remains a difficult time for many, we’re hoping this issue of Princeton Perspectives can provide some morsels of hope. Read more…

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The Pulse of Princeton: What Connections are Helping Our Community Survive the Pandemic?

Perspectives Revisited

In Issue #2 One Person, One Family, One Town – Our Roles in Sustainability we shared in the article To Go Reusable or Use Plastic Bags? That is Again the Question that the NJ State Senate had approved a state-wide ban on single-use plastic and paper bags last March. While the COVID pandemic questioned the safety of reusable bags by many, the environmental issue has now moved forward. Earlier this month, Governor Phil Murphy signed it into law. If you’re concerned with the pandemic or not already accustomed to carrying bags with you, there’s a little time to adjust. The ban on single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as disposable polystyrene foam food containers and cups begins May 2022.

In Issue #5 When the Dust Settles – How a Community Turns Awareness into Action, a lot of desires were discussed with regards to advancing racial literacy and social justice in the article Schools in Princeton: Their Roles in Combatting Racism. Since then, John Witherspoon Middle School was temporarily renamed Princeton Unified Middle School (with a new name expected by June 2021) and at that school, a new course in racial literacy has been offered for each of the three grades. Additionally, Princeton Public Schools have engaged staff in more equity and antiracist training and added a Racial Literacy Project for grades PreK-1 (with plans to extend it through 5th Grade).