#b#To the Editor: Display in Cranbury a Glowing Success#/b#

Editor’s note: U.S. 1 profiled Keith Shaw’s display of 75,000 Christmas lights at 128 North Main Street in Cranbury in its December 5, 2012, issue.

Thank you, we could not have done it without you! Because of your coverage so many people were helped this year! For the month of December the Christmas Spectacular on Main Street collected $6,870.56 in cash! 100 percent of this went to the He Cares We Care Food bank; I cannot imagine how many people will benefit from this.

We are truly blessed to be able to do this display, but if it weren’t for your help in getting the word out we would not have had this much success.

As you know for 2012 we added more than 20,000 lights. 2013 brings a much bigger addition. We will be adding more than 30,000 lights, putting us over 100,000! I don’t want to say what the new addition will be, but the design has been submitted to be built, and I have already started the programming. I will give you this tease: what I am doing “outshines” the Rockefeller Christmas Tree!

We truly hope you will be a part of 2013 Christmas Spectacular on Main street and help us to get the word out. Thank you!

Keith A. Shaw

www.cranburychristmaslights.com

#b#Rep. Holt Reacts to End of Saturday Mail#/b#

Representative Rush Holt issued the following statement after the U.S. Postal Service announced February 6 that it would end Saturday mail delivery later this year. Holt is a cosponsor of H. Res. 30, which advocates for keeping a six-day delivery schedule.

For more than 200 years, the U.S. Postal Service has done far more than sell stamps and deliver letters. It has built communities, united citizens, and bound together our vast and diverse country.

I am deeply concerned that, if the Postal Service were to follow through on this plan to slash services in the pursuit of short-term financial gain, it would sacrifice its most crucial long-term competitive edge: its renowned and respected status as a core American institution.

The USPS is not just another delivery service. Only the USPS goes, in effect, every day to every address, rich or poor, rural or urban, commercial or residential.

#b#Thanks All Around#/b#

On behalf of Special Olympics New Jersey, I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the support of Governor Chris Christie and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno with the signing of Bill s1855. This bill designates our organization as one of the NJ Charitable Funds residents may choose to endorse with a donation on their 2012 and 2013 New Jersey state income tax form. A special thank you also is extended to Special Olympics parent and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester; Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester; and Assemblyman Dan Benson, D-Mercer, who championed the passing of this bill.

Special Olympics New Jersey will field a “Home Team” of 265 athletes with intellectual disabilities to the 2014 USA Special Olympics Games, which will be June 14 to 21, 2014. Under the new law, taxpayers will be able to include a contribution on their tax returns to the “2014 Special Olympics New Jersey Home Team Fund.” This bill will provide every New Jersey citizen an opportunity to allocate funds to Special Olympic athletes, who represent communities from across the state, so that they may compete at the highest level.

With the signing of this bill, Governor Christie, Lieutenant Governor Guadagno, State Senate President Sweeney, and many others who helped to pass this legislation have paid the highest tribute to the Special Olympic athletes of New Jersey in their quest to compete at the highest level and represent the “Home Team.”

Special Olympics New Jersey is proud to host the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and invites New Jersey citizens to visit www.specialolympics2014.org to learn more about the Games and www.sonj.org to get involved with Special Olympics New Jersey.

We welcome everyone to join in the celebration of genuine Jersey pride and contribute to the “Home Team” as they train for the 2014 USA Games.

Thank you for your continued support of Special Olympics New Jersey.

Marc S. Edenzon

President, Special Olympics NJ

On Saturday, February 2, at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, a group of more than 120 young choristers lifted up their voices in song at the Sing with Us! concert that benefited Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Mercer County. The concert epitomized the idea of children helping children.

This amazing group of young singers, in middle and high school, came from area community music organizations and houses of worship including Princeton United Methodist Church, Princeton Area Homeschool Choir, Nassau Presbyterian Church, American Boychoir, and the Trenton Children’s Chorus. Also lending their considerable talents and passion to the evening were a group of five young music education students from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, as well six students of the Westminster Conservatory.

The singers were led by nationally recognized composer and song leader Nick Page, who has put his unique creative stamp on the model of the sing-along, bringing the chorus and the audience together this night to sing powerful songs from around the world in celebration of many styles and cultures. Accompanying Nick and the chorus were pianist Philip Orr and bassist Sam Ward.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to so many who made this exceptional night happen. Led by co-chairs Sue Ellen Page of Nassau Presbyterian Church and Janet Perkins of Princeton Girl Choir, the Sing with Us! planning team of Lauren Yeh, Lori Woods, Yvonne Macdonald, Maureen Llort and Denise Hayes made possible a very successful concert, the second in Nassau Presbyterian Church’s acclaimed Nassau Arts series. Also due special thanks are Nassau Presbyterian’s sound engineer, John Baker, and Debbi Roldan, a congregant, and tireless member of the CASA board.

The freewill offering taken at the concert raised $2,475 to benefit CASA of Mercer County. CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. The mission of our program is that through trained community volunteers, these children will be assigned an advocate in court to ensure they receive needed services while in out-of-home placement and ultimately, a permanent home as quickly as possible.

With our spring training for child advocates just around the corner, we welcome those interested in making a difference in the life of a child. Visit www.casamercer.org or call 609.434.0050 for information on upcoming one-hour information sessions.

Randall Kirkpatrick

Director of Community Development, CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties,

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