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Letters: West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance Thanks NJDOT Commissioner

Dear Editor, The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance thanks New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner James Simpson for re-opening the Route 1 jughandles last week. We applaud NJDOT’s leadership in recognizing the need to maintain a balance between local and long-distance congestion. Transportation policy favoring long-distance traffic creates sprawl, which is not desirable…

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Letters: Penns Neck Residents Thank West Windsor Police for Efforts During Jughandle Closures

To the Editor: We would like to thank the West Windsor Police for their tireless efforts on behalf of Penns Neck residents during the closure of the jug handle at Route 1 and Washington Road.  The police consistently re-directed confused motorists and ticketed those who, blatantly disregarding the No U-Turn signs, placed themselves and other…

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Letters: Lempert Understands How We Arrived at One Princeton

To the Editor: On November 6th, Princetonians will go to the polls in an historic election consummating more than two years of hard work by many members of our community. During the first year the effort was directed first at putting Consolidation on the ballot and then getting the measure passed. The second year saw…

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Letters: Speak Out Against Proposed Avalon Bay Project at Princeton Hospital Site

Planning Board hearings on the AvalonBay application begin October 25, 2012 and continue into December. Please attend these momentous sessions. Speak out. The Planning Board’s decision will affect the Princeton community for generations. AvalonBay’s site plan violates Borough Code on multiple counts. It is absolutely non-compliant with the 2006 Master Plan, upon which upon which…

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Letters: Planning Board Should Review Princeton U. Arts and Transit Projects Separately

Letter to the Editor: As a long time Princeton resident and former member of the Regional Planning Board, I urge the Planning Board to bifurcate its deliberations on the University’s “arts & transit” site plan into one focused on the “arts” portion of the Plan and the other focused on the “transit” portion.  The plan…

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Letters: Dick Woodbridge has the Experience and Diplomatic Skills to Lead the New Princeton

To the Editor: Though I am a registered Democrat who has lived in Princeton Borough for more than 30 years, I had never publicly supported a political candidate or issue, because I was a reporter. Journalists, in this country, generally try to maintain at least the appearance of impartiality. (In France, it is considered a…

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Letters: Resident Raises Issues About Possible Contamination at Downtown Princeton Hospital Site

To the Editor: Princeton citizens should know that the AvalonBay Environmental Impact Statement, prepared by Maser Consulting, fundamentally misrepresents the Phase I environmental investigation on the old hospital site, performed by EcolSciences in September of 2011. The conclusions and recommendations portion of the EcolSciences report states that “a soil boring investigation should be performed to…

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Letters: Arts Council of Princeton Thanks Artists and Supporters

To the Editor: In celebration of our 45th Anniversary, the Arts Council of Princeton sends its heartfelt thanks to the community for their continued support and participation. The Arts Council was founded in September 1967, and so we aimed to fill this past month with vibrant anniversary festivities. Thank you to the hundreds of artists,…

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Letters: Ten Reasons the Dinky Station Shouldn’t Be Moved

Dear Editor: After sitting through the Site Plan Review Advisory Board meeting last night, I have the same question that I had six years ago: why is the Dinky station being moved? 1.     All of the Arts buildings can be built and be even more beautiful,  if the Dinky is not moved. 2.     All of…

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Letters: Developer AvalonBay Not Sensitive to Princeton Community’s Interests at Hospital Site

To the Editor: Responding to one of the “Frequently Asked Questions” posted on the Princeton Healthcare System website “What will happen to the site of the original hospital?”,  Barry Rabner, President and CEO  responds: “After a careful process, during which approximately 125 potential purchasers expressed interest in the Witherspoon Street property, we have reached an…

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Letters: Lempert’s Commitment to Environment Unsurpassed

To the Editor: As deputy mayor of the Township, Liz Lempert has been closely involved in our town’s road to consolidation. But that’s not the best reason for her to become mayor of a united Princeton. The best reason is her record. As Liz’s fellow member on the Princeton Environmental Commission, I can say that…

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Letters: Citizen Group Wants Report to Be Made Public on Environmental Issues at Downtown Hospital Site

To the Editor: I’ve read the letter recently written by attorney Kleinbaum for Princeton Citizens for Sustainable Neighborhoods, and I find it concerning that, although the hospital site is listed as a contaminated site in the environmental resource inventory for the Township and Borough of Princeton (DVRPC 2010), the undated report that Avalon cites claiming…

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Letters: Make the Valley Road School Building a Community Center Without Costing the Taxpayers a Dime

The Valley Road School Building can be so much more in the future. Just picture a community center with an auditorium, a gym, rooms for meetings and parties, with very affordable rents,plenty of parking for nonprofits and visitors, and conveniently located just a mile away from downtown Princeton. But this possibility is being blocked by…

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Letters: Princeton Should Not Be Stonewalled by AvalonBay

To the Editor: Why does AvalonBay oppose LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Princeton? LEED is a far more thorough certification program than Energy Star.  It differentiates between better and poorer degrees of sustainability achieved by any project; Energy Star does not distinguish degrees. Further, the Energy Star program has been found deficient…

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Letters: Hospital Leadership and AvalonBay Should Do Better in Princeton

To the Editor: The Princeton Medical Center and developer AvalonBay can still salvage a deal that will damage the Princeton community. It is doubtful that hospital leadership (or its president and CEO, Barry Rabner), directed AvalonBay’s attention to the 2006 Master Plan, which lays out an exciting vision for the civic rejuvenation of the site….

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Letters: Princeton Shouldn’t Settle for Less Than a Desirable, Sustainable Development at Former Hospital Site

To the Editor: Other communities have rejected AvalonBay developments including Highland Park, NJ and Huntington, Long Island.  Princeton should do the same unless it can be assured that AvalonBay will be an asset to the community and not just an opportunistic developer which muscles its way in using affordable housing as its battering ram to build…