Blog for Highland Park

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I am a freelance writer and community activist who has worked on many progressive and Democratic political campaigns over the last 25 plus years and a lifelong resident of Highland Park, NJ. I have a BA in Journalism from Rutgers University, an MA in Middle East Studies from Harvard University, and an MEd in English Education from Rutgers Graduate School of Education. An enthusiastic amateur astronomer, I have just completed Swinburne University Astronomy Online's Graduate Certificate of Science in astronomy and am pursuing a Masters of Science in astronomy at Swinburne. I am also an actress with experience in theatre and film and have written a full length play. I am currently working full time on a book "The Little Planet That Would Not Die: Pluto's Story."

Friday, February 17, 2006

Take Action on Open Government and Eminent Domain Abuse

Open Government:

State Senator Robert Martin (R-Morris, Passaic) has introduced legislation intended to make public meetings and records more accessible to the public throughout the entire state. The bill is S1219 and it would lead to a broad reform of the Open Public Meetings Act. The entire text of S1219 can be found at The website also has other information about the bill, and there also is a petition that people interested in transparency in government might consider signing. Go to: and please pass this message along to others.

Eminent Domain Abuse:

The Princeton Justice Project has agreed to co sponsor a STATEWIDE COALITION meeting this Saturday, February 18, from 9 AM-2 PM to work on creating a coalition to oppose eminent domain abuse in New Jersey. Suggested schedule is as follows:

Some issues to to be considered include the name of our coalition, creation of a formal organization, coalition goals, publicity, and direct action. Goals under consideration include support of a statewide moratorium on ED, at least as it pertains to private property (e.g., homes and businesses) for economic development; a petition to Gov. Corzine for an executive order declaring the moratorium; legislating a moratorium; obtaining strong bipartisan sponsorship; reforming the 1992 Local Redevelopment and Housing Law which has ushered in this "post-Kelo" frenzy; targeting key legislators and districts; and forming coalitions with other groups and interests.

Princeton University is providing Bowl 1 in the Woodrow Wilson School building (Robertson Hall) on campus. This facility is made possible only because the Princeton Justice Project students are the official sponsors and hosts. PJP strongly supports numerous justice-related projects.

1. If you are taking NJ Transit: Detrain at Princeton Junction; then take the "PJ&B" also known as the "Dinky" which is a very short connector or shuttle train that takes you to the university campus. Walk to your right, heading north/east through campus; ask students for exact directions to Robertson Hall (too hard to explain here but a very nice walk in good weather).

2. If you drive from the South:Take Route 295 or 95 (either one) until you hit Route One, heading east (sign may say "north," same direction), until you come to Washington Road - Princeton Central Business Distinct.Go left (jug handle turn from right) onto Washington Road and proceed in a straight line due north -- across two bodies of water (D&R canal and Lake Carnegie), past the light at Faculty Road, past another light at Western Way, until you come to the light at PROSPECT (which is a "T" intersection coming into Washington Rd. from your right).Robertson Hall is on the Northeast corner of Prospect and Washington Road; it looks like (some say) a giant white radiator or bike rack. The "bowls" are in the basement. Enter through any door.

3. Parking: Either park on Prospect Avenue, OR proceed to the next street past the intersection with Prospect (only a 100 yards further north), which is William Street. Turn right at William and then left into the large surface parking lot; park on the right side.4. If you drive from the North: Take the turnpike to Exit 9 (New Brunswick, Rutgers, Route 18); take Route 18 north (right lane), then switch quickly to the "left fork" in the road, and look for the next exit which is to Route One South; take it! Proceed on Route One south (or west) for about 10 miles until you reach Washington Road, then do as above. We will have the Bowl 1 (downstairs) from 9 to 4:00 but a 10:00 start time is planned to allow for travel.


Remember, we have the power! Let's take it back!