#b#Sandy’s Reminder: Cut Global Warming#/b#

With the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy right around the corner, it’s time for New Jersey to have a serious conversation about tackling global warming. Environment New Jersey found that power plants remain the single largest source of global warming pollution. The five dirtiest power plants in New Jersey create nearly 65 percent of the state’s pollution, but only 35 percent of our energy.

New Jersey has traditionally been an environmental leader, but Governor Christie’s removal of the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative — our best tool to combat carbon pollution from power plants — has moved New Jersey to the sidelines.

While in Washington, DC, the majority of Congress also sits on the sidelines, I want to thank Congressman Rush Holt for speaking out forcefully for federal action on tackling climate change. Thankfully, President Obama and his EPA have proposed a major new rule to curb carbon pollution spewing from new power plants. Because of the inaction here in New Jersey and in Congress, it is critical the EPA moves forward to cut global warming pollution as quickly as possible.

Eric Bouchey

Environment New Jersey Campaign Coordinator, Trenton

#b#Double the Thanks#/b#

The Parkinson Alliance is grateful for two local back-to-back fundraisers on behalf of our organization. We extend our thanks to the Princeton community for supporting our efforts to raise funds for Parkinson’s research, by participating in the 14th Annual Carnegie Center 5K on September 28, and Palmer Square’s “Stylin’ on the Square” featuring the Salon Pure Cut-a-Thon on October 6. Together these two events raised close to $85,000 and went a long way to raise awareness of this disease. These events would not be possible without the generous support of our local sponsors and supporters.

This was a record breaking year for the Carnegie Center 5K in terms of participants and funds raised. We thank Boston Properties for hosting and helping to organize the Carnegie Center 5K; our Platinum sponsor, First Choice Bank and our Gold Sponsors — Boston Properties and Residence Inn @ Carnegie Center; and an additional 40 local sponsors who made donations and provided in-kind support. A full listing of sponsors is available on our website. And a shout out to our runners — 825 in number — who participated in our race and raised funds for our cause.

Palmer Square hosted a new event — “Stylin’ on the Square” featuring the Salon Pure Cut-a-Thon. We are grateful to Heather Rizzo and Amy Kaczowski, owners of Salon Pure for creating the vision for this fundraiser and to Palmer Square for executing their vision flawlessly. Due to the generosity of the vendors and Palmer Square, 100 percent of proceeds from the event were donated to the Parkinson Alliance. Additional thanks go to Jazams, Cranbury Station Gallery, Chez Alice Gourmet Cafe & Bakery, Winberie’s, Princeton Soup & Sandwich Shop, lululemon athletica, Origins, and the Palmer Square retailers who were featured in the Fashion Showcase. Please see our website for a full listing of participating retailers. Our thanks to all who participated and supported the fundraiser.

While the Parkinson Alliance funds research nationally, we are also a local resource for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their families, and are grateful for the Princeton community’s support.

Carol Walton

CEO, The Parkinson Alliance

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