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www.theprincetonsun.com
APRIL 11-17, 2012
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Pasta dinner
Youth group hosts fundraiseron April 15.
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At the Arts Council of Princeton’s Arts Exchange program, kids involved with Trenton’s HomeFront program come to the Paul Robeson ArtsCenter in Princeton for an art class and a hot meal.
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BY JULIE STIPE
The Princeton Sun
A work session by thePrinceton Borough mayor andcouncil held April 3, focusedon details of a zoning ordi-nance for the Service BusinessZone on Nassau betweenOlden Street and just pastMarry Place.Much of the discussion cen-tered on whether banks shouldbe permitted within the zone,and, if so, what limitationsshould be placed on their size.Because the average size of banks in the borough is 4,500square-feet (and a similar 4,600square-feet in the township),planning director Lee Solowsaid he felt comfortable recom-mending a 5,000 square-footlimit on banks in the zone.The ordinance already pro-hibits bank drive-thrus.Some council members,however, felt the square-footlimit was too high, and othersfelt banks should not be per-mitted in the zone at all.Councilwoman BarbaraTrelstad argued banks tend tobe dead areas that don’t en-courage public interaction.“Five-thousand square feetis a lot of space,” Trelstadsaid. “If we’re trying to create
Outreach program shares art, meals
By JULIE STIPE
The Princeton Sun
In the “Children’s Studio” atthe Paul Robeson Center for theArts, Eva Mantell and Bob Jenk-ins are busy setting out scissors,construction paper, glue sticksand markers for the outreach pro-gram “Arts Exchange.” On a tablebehind them is a large tray of pasta, a pile of bread, and cartonsof organic milk and orange juice.“The most unusual thing aboutthis program is that it’s an artclass and a hot meal,” said Man-tell. “The second most unusualthing about the program is thatthe kids are age 5 to 20.”The Arts Exchange programrepresents a partnership betweenthe Arts Council of Princetonand HomeFront, an organizationbased in Trenton, which works toend homelessness and create sta-ble home situations for families.Kids whose families are in-volved with HomeFront come tothe Robeson Center every Thurs-day night for dinner and a cre-ative activity.Mantell, who has been involvedwith the program for the past 10years, stressed the great varietyof creative outlets that the pro-gram provides for the kids.“We just finished having aWest African theme to many of the classes,” she said. “Childrennot only worked on art usingAfrican symbols, they also hadAfrican dance lessons, drumming
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The Princeton Elks Youth Or-ganization, The Antlers, is excit-ed to announce that they will beorganizing and hosting the third-annual pasta dinner in memoryof Michael R. Damato on Sunday,April 15, from 5:30 8 p.m.The dinner will be held at thePrinceton Elks Lodge located at354 Route 518 in Blawenburg. Thedinner is $12 for adults and $6 forchildren younger than 6.A portion of the proceeds willbe given to the Michael RobertDamato Foundation.Over the past two years, thefoundation has granted scholar-ships to four graduates fromMontgomery High School andwill continue to do so this yearand in the future. In addition, thefoundation will be funding aprom this May at Robert WoodJohnson University Hospital forteenage cancer patients who areunable to attend their high schoolprom due to their illness.The Michael Robert DamatoFoundation is both a lasting cele-bration of Michael, and a tributeto all the amazing character traitsthat he embodied. He was asource of inspiration and motiva-tion, heightening everyone’s ap-preciation of life.Michael was a gift from God, hewas an adored son and brother,loyal friend, straight-A student,committed Christian and somuch more.His family, friends and thosethat hear his story are inspired bythe love of life he had and the joyhe found in all he did. AlthoughMichael was given just 12 yearson this earth, his passion for lifehas touched, changed and in-spired many.
Elks youth organizationhosts pasta dinner on April 15
The India Foundation of Met-ropolitan Princeton (IFMP) pres-ents a spring festival at WestWindsor Community Park at 176Princeton Hightstown Road(Route 571) in West Windsor onSunday, April 14 from 1 to 4:30p.m., rain or shine.Admission is free for IFMPmembers, $3 for students and $5for non-members. Childrenyounger than 6 are free.Holi, or Phagwah, is the mostcolorful festival celebrated inIndia. It is the Hindu festival thatwelcomes the spring and cele-brates the new life and energy of the season. Holi is the most ener-getic Indian festival, filled withfun and good humor, spraying col-ors, dancing on traditional Holisongs, musical drum beats andwild processions are the commonscenes during this festival. It isalso the messiest festival becausepeople throw powder paint (calledgulal) at each other – and even atcomplete strangers.But no one seems to mind.IFMP cordially invites you,your family, your relatives andyour friends to the first event of this year.We will be playing with colors;therefore, you should wearclothes that you don’t mind get-ting color on. The tradition is towear all white so you can see allof the fun Holi colors. Please feelfree to bring your own gulal (holicolor).Play holi, fly kites, water bal-loons, Henna competition, greatlive music and refreshments.For more information aboutthis event, please contact us viaemail at ifmp@ifmpnj.org or byphone at (609) 297-7116.
Spring festival at West Windsor Community Park

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