#b#Scheides’ Gifts#/b#

Not many people know of a very significant gift that Bill and Judy Scheide made to protect the environment of Princeton. In 2001 the Scheides made a leadership gift that made a real difference in permanent preservation of an important gateway to Princeton. With their support, D&R Greenway Land Trust preserved what is now known as Farm View Fields (off the Great Road), added an extension and trail connection to Mountain Lakes (off of Route 206), and ensured the magnificent open view of the historic Coventry Farm land with a conservation easement.

A proposal would have placed 75 townhouses on the 165-acre site, generating up to 750 more car trips every day. Instead, children today play soccer in the fields, walkers benefit from regional trail connections, and all of us enjoy the beauty of the historic landscape, in part because of Bill and Judy’s gift. Our gratitude goes to them for this gift that keeps on giving, keeping our community green.

Linda J. Mead

President & CEO, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Editor’s note: Princeton resident Bill Scheide died Friday, November 14, at the age of 100.

#b#Freedom Summer: 50 Years Later#/b#

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project, the nonviolent effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi’s segregated political system. Princeton was fortunate to have Robert Moses, one of the key leaders of the Project, speak at the John Witherspoon School on Sunday, November 16, at the opening of the exhibit about the project, “Risking Everything: a Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students.”

Curated by the Wisconsin Historical Society, the exhibit and the events surrounding it were presented with help from the Princeton Public Library, Not in Our Town, Princeton Public Schools, Princeton Garden Theater, Princeton University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. We thank the panel — Ted Fetter, with Benjamin Colbert, Michael Lipsky, Joseph Moore, and Shirley Satterfield — who spoke to nearly 70 people on November 20.

Not in Our Town is an interracial, interfaith social action group united to advance the cause of racial justice. Princeton is the last stop for the exhibit’s national tour and the only stop in New Jersey. It can be viewed at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, 58 Prospect Avenue, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, December 5.

Linda Oppenheim, Shirley Satterfield, Wilma Solomon, Don Stryker

Not in Our Town

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