Positive Parts of the Pandemic
ISSUE #16 – June 15, 2021
One year ago, I wrote in my Editor’s Note about the great outdoors and how stepping outside can help us get clarity of our current situation. Last June, deep in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we were at a very different place than we are today. Yet, I think the same advice holds true – if we can step outside (ourselves, rather than just outdoors) and take a look back at our pandemic year, through the hardships came some rays of light.
The health scare was real and meant a great deal of suffering and loss for many. The fear also caused most people to slow down your lives, spend more time with family, learn who you really are and who you can count on, which was very therapeutic. So today, as life is opening up and we are resuming some of our “normal” life activities and adventures, it’s a great opportunity to focus on the optimistic aspects of the year and help ourselves move forward. Read more…
In This Issue
- Pulse of Princeton: Positive Parts of the Pandemic
- Pandemic Pets Helped Some Find Happiness Amongst the Hardships
- “Getting the Bands Back Together…” – the Resurgence of Live Music in Princeton
- Young Rock Star Volunteers Helping Out All Around Us
- Adaptation, Thriving and Scientific Innovation During the Pandemic
Pulse of Princeton: Positive Parts of the Pandemic
Our hearts go out to those that suffered from sickness and loss due to COVID-19. Through the hardships, silver linings emerged that have helped us move forward. Today we focus on those positive parts.
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- Pandemic Pets Helped Some Find Happiness Amongst the Hardships - At a time when we were forced to stay home more, forced to spend more time with our nuclear families and forced to figure out how we could make ourselves happy without… Read more...
- “Getting the Bands Back Together…” – the Resurgence of Live Music in Princeton - In August of 2011, we moved our family from Montreal, Quebec to Princeton, New Jersey so that my husband could take up a new position with his company here in the US.… Read more...
- Young Rock Star Volunteers Helping Out All Around Us - Volunteers are always an essential part of our society, providing their time, money or abilities to help others. When COVID-19 hit our area in March 2020 and life essentially shut down, existing… Read more...
- Adaptation, Thriving and Scientific Innovation During the Pandemic - If there is one thing the pandemic has taught us all, it is the importance of adaptation. Regardless of the line of work, people around the world have had to adapt to… Read more...
In Issue #12, Politics: From the White House to Princeton, our guest writer explained in the article Biden’s Plan and its Impact Here In Princeton that Biden’s stimulus proposal was to provide aid for our schools to operate and safely reopen fully in the wake of the pandemic. On May 11, 2021 the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund was signed into law and aid in the amount of $1,805,008 was awarded to the Princeton Public Schools on May 18, 2021. Princeton Charter School was awarded $174,442.
Last month, in Issue #15, Biases in our Hometown, we shared details in the article Bias Incidents are on the Rise. What’s it Like Here? about the acts of anti-Semitic vandalism and harassment that had occurred in Princeton in 2020. When the article posted, the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict had just erupted. Though more than 5,700 miles away, it escalated anti-Semitic attacks with a 300% increase seen across the U.S. The Princeton Police Department has received no official reports of anti-Semitic incidents, but there have been strong anti-Jewish sentiments seen and heard around town including on social media posts spreading through school communities and at Princeton University, where Jewish students have been heckled by people driving by. This rise has prompted a rally against anti-Semitism to be held on Thursday, June 17th at Hinds Plaza, aiming to clarify misinformation that has led to the uptick in anti-Semitism and to show solidarity against hatred for all people.