#b#Zwicker’s Record#/b#

In 2015 then-candidate Andrew Zwicker (the subject of U.S. 1’s May 3 cover story) was the only one of four Democrats and Republicans running for election in Assembly District 16 to respond to our brief survey: “Do you support implementation of our model legislation, the American Anti-Corruption Act (www.anticorruptionact.org) in New Jersey?” His answer was a resounding “yes.”

We are Represent.Us/Central New Jersey, one of 40 chapters across the nation. Our mission is to end the corrupting effect of secret, dark money on our elections and ensure that elected officials are accountable to the voters, not special interests. Like the League of Women Voters, we do not endorse candidates but pledged to post responses to our survey on our Facebook page, website, and in media outlets to inform voters. In the 2015 election cycle, we believe our approach contributed to Zwicker’s razor-thin victory.

During his first term Zwicker has maintained a steadfast commitment to campaign finance reform and opposition to the corrupting effects of dark money. To supplement your story about “the assemblyman/physicist,” we thought your readers would appreciate having this additional information.

David Goodman

Represent.Us/Central NJ

#b#Power of Community#/b#

On behalf of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Board of Trustees, staff, and members, we would like to thank everyone – from the 250 participants consisting of artists, non-profits and merchants, to the hundreds of volunteers and the tens of thousands of visitors — who helped make the 47th annual Communiversity ArtsFest such an amazing event.

We appreciate the extremely talented visual artists who participated in many creative activities including the ACP Atelier in Palmer Square; the ceramics and painting demonstrations at the Paul Robeson Center; the artists who set up easels as part of Paint Out Princeton; the vibrant sidewalk chalk murals; and all the many forms of creative expression that make Communiversity such a unique event.

As a people-centered nonprofit with a mission of building community through the arts, we are grateful for the collaborations that allowed us to produce another hugely successful event.

And so we thank: the students of Princeton University, President Christopher Eisgruber, and the Office of Community and Regional Affairs; Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert; Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes; Jennifer Spillane of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce; the Princeton Police Department; Princeton Fire Department; Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad; Princeton Regional Health Department; Princeton Public Works Department; the Princeton Clergy Association; the Princeton Merchants Association; the Princeton Public Library; Mary Harris Events; our title sponsor Bai Brands; our major sponsors AT&T, Baker Auto Group, Palmer Square Management, Princeton Garden Theater; and the local media.

Taneshia Nash Laird

Executive Director, Arts Council

On April 29 the popular children’s music artist Laurie Berkner appeared at McCarter Theater to deliver a special acoustic “Relaxed Performance” concert to an audience of more than 400 people from our community. This marks the fifth season that McCarter has offered a Relaxed Performance for people on the autism spectrum or who have sensory sensitivities and their family members.

Relaxed Performances feature slight adjustments to the lighting, special effects, and music that allows for everyone to enjoy the magic of a live performance in a thoughtfully altered environment.

We are grateful to Laurie Berkner for creating a joyous, interactive morning performance for a family audience, many of whom have limited opportunities to enjoy a concert or performance together.

Last May McCarter—in collaboration with five other theaters in the area—was awarded a Theater Communications Group Cohort Grant, which will allow this “cohort” of theaters to program more Relaxed Performances, share best practices, and develop a public calendar of Relaxed Performance events in the region. These grants often have a seismic impact on the participating theaters, as well as the field at large, by building audiences through projects that lead to new, more frequent, and increased theater attendance and community participation.

We are also grateful for the contributions of Jazams, which provided fidgets — small toys for audience members to quietly fidget with while enjoying Laurie’s music. We also acknowledge our volunteer ushers who received special training for this performance.

Finally, we thank the Karma Foundation, which has funded this program since its inception. Hundreds of area families have enjoyed a performance together in the last five years through the foundation’s dedication to the community!

Timothy J. Shields

Managing Director

Tom Miller

Director of Public Relations

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