The staff at Hopewell Public Library was thrilled to see the extensive article on Hopewell’s “Castle” in the May 16 issue. Fortuitously, the Castle’s current owners have generously included the property’s gardens in our upcoming 2019 Garden Tour, on Saturday, June 1.
We would like to clarify two potential misunderstandings of the article, though. First, the Castle is a private residence and notwithstanding the map to the castle shown in US 1, members of the public should not trespass on the property unless they have purchased a ticket to the Garden Tour. The inside of the house is not part of the tour. Second, the gardens are no longer “in ruins,” as stated in the article. While they may not be restored to their 1890 splendor, the current owners have devoted a great deal of effort to make them beautiful and tour-worthy. We hope we’ll see lots of US 1 readers at the Castle on June 1! (Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour and can be purchased at www.redlibrary.org/events or at the library, 13 East Broad Street, Hopewell.)
Staff Librarian, Hopewell Public Library
Home Springs Eternal for Princeton Community Housing
On May 11 Princeton Community Housing (PCH) hosted our 2019 Home Springs Eternal Gala at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in celebration of the work of our honorees who help make Princeton a diverse and vibrant community and in support of our mission to provide additional affordable rental homes in Princeton. I am writing on behalf of the trustees and staff of PCH to extend our sincere thanks to the Princeton community for supporting the gala and our mission.
More than 200 guests enjoyed listening to musical entertainment from Princeton’s own Sustainable Jazz and Chris Harford and the Band of Changes. Valerie Haynes, Alvin McGowen and I proudly introduced Carol Golden, Lance Liverman, and the Borden Perlman Insurance Agency, respectively, all who received service awards for their steadfast support of affordable housing to ensure that Princeton is a welcoming and inclusive community.
PCH Board chair Van Davis, and PCH gala co-chairs, Margaret Griffin and Daniela Bonafede-Chhabra, spoke passionately about the need for additional affordable rental homes (there are approximately 1,800 households currently on our waiting lists), the challenges in funding new affordable housing (the funds historically provided by federal and state sources are much more limited), and PCH’s plans to build 100 new affordable homes over the next five years — some of these in partnership with the Princeton Housing Authority and the municipality.
Hope Springs Eternal, a direct quote from Alexander Pope’s work “An Essay on Man,” refers to the faith that one holds onto during trying times. The gala reinforced the principle that affordable rental homes in Princeton, a community with abundant resources, must continue to thrive. From the stable base that our homes provide, where a household pays no than 30 percent of its income for rent, people have hope and a greater chance to succeed.
Please visit our website (www.pchhomes.org) to learn about a few of the individuals and families whose lives have improved because of the homes and opportunities provided by PCH.
We would like to thank the many and generous sponsors, raffle prize donors, contributors of goods and services, and attendees for their support of the gala and PCH.
Executive Director, Princeton Community Housing