Given that many of our readers may look twice when they notice the sea of Halloween colors on Nassau Street this weekend, U.S. 1 devotes not one but two articles in this issue to Princeton University, celebrating its annual Alumni Reunions May 27 through May 30.

Our cover story on page 31, by former Admission Director John Osander, hearkens back to the Princeton of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time, and traces how the university’s social system — and admission policy — has changed over the years. Another story, on page 22, focuses on today’s Princeton. Photographer Dale Cotton writes about his new book, “Princeton Modern: Highlights of Campus Architecture from the 1960s to the Present.”

With its national reputation and 264-year tradition, Princeton University may seem like old news to some readers. But the articles in this issue suggest there is more to know.

#b#To the Editor: 22 Miles of Land#/b#

All of us at D&R Greenway Land Trust send gratitude to our many supporters in the community for coming out to our recent events and helping to further our preservation mission. Robin and Jon McConaughy hosted a fun and lively Down-to-Earth Ball attended by close to 300 guests in their Amish barn in Hopewell. This fund-raising dance was created to celebrate Earth Day. This past weekend a steady flow of visitors patronized our Native Plant Nursery sale, acquiring the beauty and hardiness of local, indigenous plants for home gardens.

This opening reception for the juried photography of “Ebb & Flow, 10,000 Years at the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh” attracted 200 visitors to the Johnson Education Center.

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect natural lands, farm lands, and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. In our 21st year, we rejoice in having preserved 22 square miles of open space — an area about the size of Manhattan. Through the contiguous preservation and stewardship of land, we nurture a healthier and more diverse environment.

Trails on our preserves provide public access to the natural world. Our home, the Johnson Education Center, is a focal point for conservation activity, where educational programs, art and science exhibits and regular use by allied organizations in our region inspire greater public commitment to safeguarding our most precious natural resource — our land.

Our gratitude to the community for supporting our mission runs deep. We invite all to visit during the Marsh art exhibition to learn more natural and cultural history of this very special place, while experiencing the energy of the Johnson Education Center first-hand.

Linda J. Mead, Executive Director, D&R Greenway Land Trust One

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