#b#Bill Scheide’s 100th An Exuberant Event#/b#

Snow and freezing temperatures could not suppress the contagious and exuberant spirits of Judy and Bill Scheide the evening of January 25, when they invited the Princeton community to share in the celebration of Bill’s 100th birthday. The event was held in Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus with proceeds benefiting Westminster Choir College.

The participation of the Westminster Symphonic Choir in the program added to the richness of the event and demonstrated the wide-ranging talent of the group. On behalf of myself, and I’m certain the other members of the capacity audience, I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to Judy and Bill for an inspiring and memorable evening. Their continued generosity and commitment to the community through a love and appreciation of music is a precious gift.

Led by energetic and dynamic conductor Mark Laycock, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra demonstrated its ability to blend orchestral colors in Brahms “Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80,” which utilized a large number of ensembles. The outstanding “four hand” rendition by Mariam Nazarian and Andrew Sun of the artfully constructed and touchingly melodic “Prelude,” composed by Bill when he was a senior at Princeton University, left me wishing that these two talented pianists had played more.

The closing composition featured the combined orchestra and choir rendition of Beethoven’s magnum opus “Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125.” It prompted audience applause, even between movements, and at the conclusion brought attendees to their feet in a standing ovation. Soloists Ah Young Hon, Leah Woll, William Burden, and Mark S. Doss are to be commended for their interpretations.

Hopefully, we’ll have the opportunity to hear their individual, talented voices at a future event.

Linda Sipprelle

375 Nassau Street, Princeton

#b#JCC Partners With Windsor Athletic Club/b#

Dear Members of the Jewish Community:

On behalf of the Jewish Community Center’s Board of Directors and staff, I am excited to announce that the JCC entered into a lease agreement with the brand new Windsor Athletic Club (WAC). A cornerstone of this new agreement is the relocation of JCC Abrams Day Camp and Teen Travel to the beautiful property located at 99 Clarksville Road in West Windsor, and includes use of the WAC’s facilities for both our summer camp and year-round family programs. In addition, the JCC will relocate its offices to 99 Clarksville Road.

We want it to be clear to the community that the four-agency “Campus” project, unfortunately, did not raise enough capital and is not going forward. However, through this exciting new lease with the WAC, both the JCC and Abrams camps are still able to reap many of the benefits of the property at 99 Clarksville Road.

The great news is that the JCC is alive and well. We wanted you to be the first to hear about the Abrams Camp’s new location. As you know, the Abrams Day Camp and Teen Travel have been successfully located on the Rider University campus for seven years, but we have outgrown our space. We are most grateful to Rider University for seven great summers for our campers.

Last December the JCC Board decided that a lease with the Windsor Athletic Club would enable the Jewish Community Center to dust itself off, look to the future, and create a springboard — not only for the Abrams Camp but for the JCC as a whole.

In addition to this amazing new camp location, we anticipate that new JCC programming and indoor activities will be held on-site at the brand new Windsor Athletic Club located at 99 Clarksville Road. We will be partnering with the Board of Rabbis on programs as well.

Here are some of the new “wow” factors for the JCC Camps and programs:

Exclusive campground on 20+ acres, providing improved safety and security

State-of-the-art air conditioned full court gymnasium

Increased athletic fields and gaga courts

Exceptional heated indoor six-lane, 25 meter saltwater pool with natural sunlight

Banquet facilities for increased opportunities for Jewish programming, camp recruiting, movies, concerts, banquets, fundraisers and events

State-of-the-art workout facilities with special pricing for JCC and camp families

Centrally located within the Princeton Mercer Bucks Area

The JCC of Princeton Mercer Bucks is 103 years old. We honor all those that came before us by carrying on the tradition of serving our Jewish community. This new business relationship with the WAC will allow us to grow the number of Jewish children and families that we provide programs to and empower us to proudly build upon the century-long tradition that is ours in the Delaware Valley.

Our JCC offices will be relocating to 99 Clarksville Road soon and we look forward to giving tours and showing off our new camp site. Please pass along this fabulous news to all of your friends and colleagues. Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding new JCC year-round programs and events as well. Visit www.JCCAbramsCamps.org.

Lynne Azarchi

JCC Board President

#b#More on Bully Pulpit#/b#

I commend Dan Aubrey for his courageous article, “Defending The Arts Amid A Culture Of Fear” (U.S. 1, January 15).

It’s frightening how callous, immoral, and vicious the Christie administration is toward any who dare to stand in opposition to them. My mother experienced an unpleasant exchange with Christie before he was governor. Mom was a volunteer with a senior advocacy group and served on a panel, where she was seated near him.

Prior to the start, Mom said Christie disrespected, belittled, and dismissed her intentions to address the importance of fraud perpetrated on seniors. Ultimately, Christie is the fraud for continual misrepresentation and abuse of the public trust.

I pray he is impeached. (He won’t resign).

My hope is that the impending investigations will unearth the truth. We deserve it.

Greg Dowling

Princeton

As a former Princeton resident who worked with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts on public art projects for the public library 10 years ago, I was astonished to read Dan Aubrey’s January 15 article.

The State Council on the Arts is an exemplary organization and a model for other states. New Jersey is lucky to have such a group of professionals, but it seems that the council has been severely weakened if you look at other stories in U.S. 1. Kim Guadagno seems to have used the now-familiar tactics of smear and bullying to destroy excellent state services and people’s lives.

Thank you for writing this article (found via Paul Krugman’s link). Thank you, U.S. 1, for supporting this reporting. I hope Dan Aubrey can get a refund of his legal fees, though he will not get back the time lost to anxiety, time spent to defend his reputation, and time away from his family.

Nancy Russell

Berkeley, California

#b#Helping Miss H.#/b#

I want to thank U.S. 1 Newspaper and the West Windsor-Plainsboro News for allowing me to publicize the need for funds to assist Caroline H., the previously homeless woman who often lived in the walkway between Marshall’s and Staples at Windsor Green Shopping Center on Route 1.

I can trace at least $1,000 of donations back to the newspapers — a significant amount of support.

There are a few women providing direct assistance to Ms. H and I have taken on the task of raising funds, but our efforts would be far more challenging if we did not have support from someone like you (not to mention many good-hearted individuals).

Edward Megargee

Financial Advisor/Vice President

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, 7 Roszel Road

Checks may be made payable to Edward Megargee, 21 Towpath Court, Princeton 08540. Inquiries may be made at 609-712-0004 or edmegargee@gmail.com. All donations will be recorded and available for review.

#b#Eden Farewell#/b#

I am once again struck by the tremendous generosity of our community. On January 18 Eden celebrated its 26th Eden Dreams gala at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Considerable thanks to the Dreams committee, led by Peter Franco and Mary Ann Guarrieri for all their hard work to bring this magnificent event to fruition. Also, heartfelt thanks to the many individuals, corporate sponsors, and in-kind donors who contributed.

I commend the greater Princeton community for its continued support in helping Eden to improve the lives of children and adults with autism. The funds raised at Eden events help us to continue to provide the highest quality of services for our students and adults so that they can continue to be contributing members of our community. Fundraising is especially critical to Eden’s adult programs, where government funding falls short of the true cost of operations.

I will be retiring from Eden at the end January. It has been an honor to serve as president and CEO of this remarkable organization.

Thomas P. McCool

President & CEO,

Eden Autism Services

Editor’s note: McCool will be replaced as Eden CEO by Peter H. Bell, an executive at Autism Speaks.

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