#b#Penns Neck Tour#/b#

So I took a walk in my neighborhood of Penns Neck on a warm autumnal Saturday from Manor Avenue to Route 1 along Washington Road (0.8 miles), along with meanders one block down each on Fairview Avenue and Wilder Avenue.

Here is what I found: 49 orange and white barrels, 10 “No U-Turn” signs; 7 “Local Traffic Only” signs; 1 “No U-turns” spray painted upon Wilder Avenue; 8 traffic cones in driveways; 2 official NJDOT traffic cones; 2 sawhorse barricades at driveways; 6 homemade signs saying “no U-Turns”, “no driveway turns” and the like; 7 six-foot high plastic barricades, 1 “Road Closed” sign, 2 right arrow signs; 1 changeable information sign, 1 big orange directional sign, 9 signs to join in on the local petition, 1 crushed barrel on the side of the road, 1 “No U-turn” sign on a mailbox, and, lastly, a piece of old plywood against a metal garbage can blocking a driveway. Quantity: 110 items.

My guess is that there is no other neighborhood right now cluttered with such road and highway items like Penns Neck.

And yet errant and confused drivers of cars, trucks, and buses continue to ignore the signage, to ignore the attempts of NJDOT to direct their path, and so they enter and explore the pleasant side streets of Penns Neck in the hopes of getting to the elusive town known as Princeton. These side streets of Penns Neck were not made to handle such wayward travels. The safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and schoolchildren is imperiled by the actions of these drivers following the recalculated routes of their GPS devices.

Over at Alexander Road, there is a new solution suggested by NJDOT this past week for a southbound Route 1 motorist attempting to get to Washington Road east towards Hightstown. It is to take the ramp towards Princeton, to go beyond the first traffic light to make the cloverleaf turn at Canal Pointe Boulevard, to make a left turn at the aforementioned traffic light, to go over Route 1 on Alexander Road, and to make a left turn at another traffic light in order to take Route north to Washington Road. (Distance: 0.9 miles). The Alexander Road overpass and ramps were never designed to accommodate the traffic solution imposed on it by NJDOT.

Meanwhile, directional signage has sprouted like mushrooms upon the roadside in an attempt to convince the northbound Route 1 driver trying to get to Washington Road to go to Princeton to travel the additional 1.9 miles into Middlesex County to Scudders Mill Road and back. (No, I didn’t count them.)

These new traffic patterns: Is this really the best way to have better and smoother travel upon Route 1? Is this the best we can do?

This bandage that NJDOT has applied to the wound has been on long enough. Even bandages need to changed in order to promote proper healing. We need a real traffic solution, not a bandage. The bandage needs to be changed now.

Curtis Hoberman

Washington Road, Penns Neck

Hoberman, an architect who likes to count and measure things, is a 34-year resident of Penns Neck and a member of Zoning Board of Adjustment of West Windsor.

#b#Artful 45th#/b#

In celebration of our 45th Anniversary, the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) sends heartfelt thanks to the community for its continued support and participation. The ACP was founded in September, 1967, and so we aimed to fill this past month with vibrant anniversary festivities.

Thank you to the hundreds of artists, families, and friends who joined us for our early-September annual members show, which featured 165 artworks by member artists. We are delighted to share that our free fall open house on September 9 garnered both record attendance and class registrations. Our mid-month 1960s dance party was festive and fun. We grooved to music alongside a giant screen featuring vintage rock-n-roll footage and videos. Finally, we produced an Age of Aquarius benefit concert with renowned singer-songwriter Francis Dunnery. It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces during this exciting month.

Thanks to everyone who helped make our events successful including: McCaffrey’s Markets, Lucy’s Ravioli Kitchen, Lindt Chocolate Shop, Halo Pub, Bai Brands, the bent spoon, small world coffee, Princeton Record Exchange, Emily’s Cafe & Catering, and CoolVines. We send special thanks to our performers at the Fall Open House, who set the tone and created lots of excitement on our terrace and front steps, Lisa Botalico and the La Feria dancers, Uma Kapoor and her Bollywood dancers, and Zoe Brookes and the Stone Soup Circus troupe. Our gracious and informative artist-instructors rounded out a superb open house. Finally, we thank our extraordinary volunteers, who on a daily basis work in so many ways to build community through the arts.

The ACP Staff and Board

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