1 WEST WINDSOR & PLAINSBORO NEWS WW-P S FREE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER WWPINFO.COM In Defense of School Team Sports 2 WW-P Administrators Salaries 20 PIACS Fails To Meet Zoning Deadline 22 Talking About Communication 32 GROWW Garden Tour 34 FOLLOW WWPINFO ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER FOR TIMELY UPDATES ISSUE DATE: JUNE 24, 2011 NEXT ISSUE: JULY 8 The Class of 2011: North & South Congrats, grads: Above, from left, Molly Johnson, Dharan Kadiyala, and Lekha Kanchinadam smile after graduating from High School South. At right, district employee Linda Dowling presents her daughter, Jennifer, with her diploma as Principal Michael Zapicchi looks on at High School North s graduation. For more graduation coverage, see page 17. IIS Mosque Wins Zoning Ok On Old Trenton Road by Cara Latham After a hearing that spanned several meeting dates, the West Windsor Zoning Board has unanimously approved a use variance for a mosque to be constructed by the Institute of Islamic Studies (IIS) on Old Trenton Road. The vote came around 8:45 on June 16, during the fourth hearing on what has perhaps become the most controversial matter to be reviewed by the Zoning Board. The hearing lacked the public presence and intensity that had been brought by opposing residents at prior meetings. The residents who hired attorney Anne Studholme to fight the mosque have no longer retained her services, so there will be no presentation, announced Zoning Board Chairman John Roeder at the beginning of the meeting. She had been expected to make a presentation about the reasons the board should not grant the zoning variance. Prior to voting, Zoning Board members said they believed the mosque would serve as an inherently beneficial use a point Compared with the fitness center previously approved for the site, the IIS mosque is less intrusive in every single way, said Board member Susan Abbey. Studholme argued was not true and that its presence would enhance the West Windsor community. Further, they said, the mosque would be a less intensive use than a health and fitness center for which they had previously granted a use variance for the site. Zoning Board member Susan Abbey pointed out that even if the mosque did not meet the criteria as an inherently beneficial use which she thought it had it is still beneficial to West Windsor. A house of worship is still a positive use of property in West Windsor, she said, especially when you compare a mosque with a three-story building or health club that was already approved for the site. This is less intrusive in every single way, Abbey added. There will be fewer people going in and out. The building also has less maximum impervious coverage and a lower floor-area ratio than the fitness center. No matter how you look at it, I think this should be approved. Other Zoning Board members pointed out that there would be Continued on page 11 DAY-BY-DAY IN WW-P For more event listings visit For timely updates, follow wwpinfo at Twitter and on Facebook. Friday June 24 On Stage Die, Mommie Die, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, Musical by Charles Busch is a benefit for the James Tolin Memorial Fund, an organization that has raised more than $50,000 for AIDS and arts education charities. Silent auction. $25. 7 Little Shop of Horrors, Off- Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, Musical comedy about a blood-thirsty exotic plant in a skid row flower shop. Jim Petro of Hamilton as Seymour and Vicky Czarnik of Hopewell as Audrey. Dessert included. $27.50 to $ Into the Woods, Princeton Summer Theater, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, Stephen Sondheim musical based on fairy tales features Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of the Beanstalk fame), Cinderella, Rapunzel, a very wicked witch, and others. Directed by Jed Q. Peterson, Princeton University, Class of $20 to $25. 7:30 Swing!, Washington Crossing Open Air Theater, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, dpacatoat.com. Family musical. $15. Blankets, seat cushions, and insect repellent are recommended. Picnics welcome before show. Food available. 7:30 Kitchen Talk, Lawrence Library, Darrah Lane and Route 1, Lawrence Township, Original play by Elizabeth Avery. Register. Free. 8 The Boy Friend, Princeton Festival, Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton, Musical directed by Diana Basmajian with choreography by Graham Lustig. $45. 8 Family Theater Beauty and the Beast, Washington Crossing Open Air Theater, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, $5. 11 a.m. Dancing Community Dance, West Windsor Arts Council, 952 Alexander Road, West Windsor, Dance instruction followed by dance. Register. $12. 7 to 9 Classical Music Music Under the Stars, Opera New Jersey, Palmer Square, Princeton, operanj.org. Emerging artists program presents musical theater classics alongside newer works. Free. 7 Simply Streisand: An Intimate Evening of Song, Unitarian Universalist Church, 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, Carla DelVillagio on vocals and Wendy Feaver on piano. A portion of proceeds benefits HiTOPS. Register. $20. 7 Continued on page 23 Happy July 4th: Patriot Eagle, a statue by Boehm Porcelain, will be on view at the Independence Day celebration at the gallery on Wednesday, June 29, 25 Princess Diana Drive, Hamilton. Photo: David Behl
2 2 THE NEWS JUNE 24, 2011 Views & Opinions Plainsboro Values 6 BR, 5 Full BA, 2 HB. Custom Built Brick Fronted SMART Home. Elegant touches from the custom front door, two story foyer to the gourmet Kitchen. The Kitchen features Double thick granite ctrs, granite back splash, custom Neff cabinetry, Prof. dual fuel 6 burner stove & dual oven, Sub Zero Refrig, Sub Zero 2 Drawer Freezer, Meile Dishwasher. Large Office, Dramatic Family Room, Elegant Dining Room, Formal Living Room. Three season Porch. Master suite features two sided fireplace & sitting room. Bonus Room w/full bath. Burl Wood Butlers Pantry, Brazilian cherry Hdwd flrs, crown moldings, chair rails, French Doors, Fin. Bsmt. Trex Deck... SO much to see!!!!! $950,000 So Much to See in This Lovely Home!!! Joan Eisenberg 2003 Mercer County Realtor Professional of the ar Year #1 Remax Agent in New Jersey 1999 & 1997 GR GREATER PRINCETON Princeton Forrestal Village , ext To the Editor: Don t Short Change Benefits of Sports Arnold Sirota, you didn t get it [a letter to the editor, Cut Administrators, Not Athletics, in the May 27 WW-P News]. I didn t say that school sports are more important than academics. Academics always come first, but school sports are very important in a well-rounded education and do Schools have long recognized the importance of athletics in education, going back to the times of Plato and Aristotle. The Rhodes Scholarship recognizes excellence in academics and athletics. engender good health and longevity along the way, not to mention contribute to building character t h r o u g h perserverance, teamwork and sportsmanship, all of which lead to good citzenship and success in the workplace. Schools have long recognized the importance of athletics in education, going back to the times of Plato and Aristotle. In fact, the most prestigious academic scholarship, the Rhodes Scholarship, recognizes excellence in academics and athletics. You said yourself that you didn t play team sports, so how can you profess to know if they re beneficial or not? Booksmarts don t always equal common sense, and yes, there are a lot of out-of-shape intellectuals too. I don t have the disdain for computer geeks or bookworms that you have for athletes. I played team sports in high school but not college. I was no Jim Thorpe or Albert Einstein but I made a good showing on the playing field and in the classroom. Speaking from the experience I had in team sports, I can attest to the longterm benefits to be derived from particpation. If you don t want your tax dollars going toward school sports, that s fine. Maybe we should put ALL special programs on the a la carte menu and only make people whose kids are in those programs pay, why stop at team sports? Brian Reilly Benford Drive, Princeton Junction Continued on following page The News welcomes letters. Mail them to 12 Roszel Road, Princeton Fax them to Or them: Richard K. Rein Editor and Publisher Cara Latham News Editor Lynn Miller Community News Editor Brian McCarthy Craig Terry Photography Vaughan Burton Production Martha Moore Jennifer Schwesinger Account Executives Bill Sanservino Production Manager Lawrence L. DuPraz Founding Production Adviser Euna Kwon Brossman Michele Alperin, Bart Jackson Pritha Dasgupta Jennifer Bender Phyllis Spiegel Caroline Calogero Contributing Writers For inquiries, call Fax: Home Page: Mail: 12 Roszel Road, Suite C-205, Princeton, NJ Newsletter: Subscribe by sending to 2011 by Richard K. Rein. Plainsboro - Exceptional landscaping! 2 BR, 2 ½ BA TH in Princeton Landing. Wood floors. Newer appliances, heat pump, glass in all windows, and upstairs carpet. Gorgeous atrium with bluestone patio/fountain. Deck, West Windsor/Plainsboro schools, pool, tennis, clubhouse. BEST VALUE IN PRINCETON LANDING! $324,900. Plainsboro - Two master suites in this McCarter in Princeton Landing. New floors throughout! Pella windows, Vaulted ceiling in kit., Palladian window, recessed lights, 2 car gar, full basement. 2 pools, tennis, clubhouse, playground, West Windsor/Plainsboro schools. Purchase a Lifestyle! $374,900. Plainsboro - Gorgeous woods behind this 3 BR Harrison in Princeton Landing! Pella windows, RENOVATED KITCHEN, whirlpool tub, 2 car gar.,full basement, some handicap modifications, Stairlift. Pool, tennis, clubhouse, playground. Purchase a Lifestyle! $389,900. Claire McNew, GRI Office: 39 North Main Street Cranbury, NJ Office: Cell:
3 JUNE 24, 2011 THE NEWS 3 Have a comment? To post a comment or add your opinion to the discussion, read the articles in this week s edition of the WW-P News at Or feel free to our editor: wwpinfo.com. Hsueh v. Morgan Arecent newspaper editorial urged Councilman Charles Morgan to end his constant litigation against me at the expense of West Windsor taxpayers. I have read his response to the newspaper, and I am compelled to respond. Mr. Morgan initially brought criminal charges against Councilwoman Linda Geevers and me alleging numerous violations of the Criminal Code. He did so during the election campaign in the spring of 2009 in which he unsuccessfully sought to replace me as mayor. On October 5, 2009, the Mercer County Prosecutor s office issued a letter to Mr. Morgan finding no wrongdoing on my part or that of Councilwoman Geevers. I had hoped that this decision by the prosecutor s office would put an end to Mr. Morgan s reckless claims. Instead, he actually filed a criminal complaint against Councilwoman Geevers and me charging corruption of public resources and official misconduct. On April 14, 2010, Presiding Municipal Court Judge Paul Catanese rejected this second legal attempt to attack Councilwoman Geevers and me. That judge found that there was not sufficient probable cause for the new charges to even be pursued. At the same time that he was pursuing this second frivolous criminal complaint, Mr. Morgan filed a civil lawsuit in the Superior Court in January of 2010, demanding that the mayor himself provide a written response to any questions that he has made. We pointed out in court that the business administrator, Robert Hary, had responded to Mr. Morgan s questions in writing and verbally at various Council meetings. Since I was sued personally, it was necessary to retain separate counsel, Steven Secare. On February 22, 2011, Superior Court Judge Douglas Hurd granted summary judgment dismissing this third attempt to abuse judicial process. Again, instead of accepting the result of these decisions, Mr. Morgan filed both an appeal to the appellate court and a fourth lawsuit against me. My administration has advised the Council that it will respond to any questions that any member of Council may have. However, it is an abuse of the legal process for a member of Council to constantly attempt to attack either me or another member of the governing body. Mr. Morgan has been told by the prosecutor s office and two judges that his legal claims have no merit. He alone is responsible for any legal costs that have been incurred and he alone has the ability to withdraw his latest lawsuit and end this costly nonsense. Shing-Fu Hsueh Mayor, West Windsor Morgan v. Hsueh Your June 10 article Another Law Suit, More Attorney Fees quotes Mayor Hsueh as saying I just don t think it makes any OPEN SUN 6/ PM WEST WINDSOR ~ Princeton Junction 3 Millstone Road 2/1 $279,888 John Terebey, Jr. CRP, CRS, GRI, e-pro, SFR We will sell your house or ERA will buy it! * *Conditions apply, consult your ERA Properties certified broker for details. 61 Princeton-Hightstown Rd Princeton Junction, NJ , EXT. 105 We re Expanding and Looking for New Agents. Call John for More Information! WHEN EXPERIENCE COUNTS NEW PRICE!! We Can Design and Build Your Dream Home in Sienna Court, Robbinsville, NJ or in our other properties in: PRINCETON JUNCTION 11 Rider Place Charter Club 4/2.5 $589,888 West Windsor Plainsboro Millstone Manalapan Custom Builders of Exceptional Homes Our architects will design your home exactly the way you want it with all the upgrades. We will build it at a reasonable, fixed price. Shannon Construction Brokers Protected. To see our model house, please at or call ERA PROPERTIES CLASSIFIEDS Princeton ~ Campbell Woods New Price! 7 Campbell Woods Way 3/2.5 $499,888 Princeton Township 381 Mercer Street 4/2.5 $899,888 Princeton Junction Berrien Village 408 N Post Road 3/1 $349,500 Princeton Junction ~ Charter Club 11 Rider Place 4/2.5 $589,888 Princeton Junction 3 Millstone Road 2/1 $279,888 Princeton Junction ~ Princeton Oaks 5 Huntington Drive 4/3 $734,888 Robbinsville Township ~ Foxmoor 435 Walden Circle 3/1 $195,900 Franklin Twp. ~ Princeton Highlands 22 Princeton Highland Blvd 4/2.5 $549,888 NEW PRICE!! PRINCETON ~ 381 Mercer Street 4/2.5 $899,888 South Brunswick Princeton Walk ~ 1 Pennyroyal Court 4/2.5 $529,900 Summerfield ~ 603 Yarrow Circle 3/2.5 $430,000 Wynwood Estates ~ 9 Sweetgum Lane 2/2 $194,888 Brunswick Acres ~ 7 Matthew Drive 5/3 $419,900 RENTALS Hamilton ~ 835 Independence 3/1 $1700/mo. Hamilton ~ 57 Throop 5/3 $2300/mo. SHORE PROPERTIES Surf City ~ 1406 N. Barnegat Ave. 3/2 $519,888 Point Pleasant ~ 1521 Treeneedle 4/2.5 $409,888 Continued on following page
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5 JUNE 24, 2011 THE NEWS 5 Suburban Mom One of the nicest things about traveling is being able to come home again. I have recently returned from three of the most gorgeous places on earth: California, Hawaii, and Vermont. But at the risk of sounding like a brochure for the local Chamber of Commerce, I have come back with a renewed appreciation for the Garden State and especially for our own little slice of beautiful earth right here in Plainsboro and West Windsor. While all states are suffering to balance their budgets in these tough economic times, the Golden State s budget woes run longer and deeper than most. Schools, infrastructure, government, parks, police all have taken a major hit. I would still love to live in California again some day, but not unless I had a huge pile of money to smooth out the edges. Hawaii is a truly lovely place but so far away from everything but itself. The weather is unparalleled, and the scenery, both natural and of the human kind, are breathtaking. But talk about expensive. I kept thinking I was in a foreign country with an exchange rate and surcharge every time I made a purchase. Both Kauai and Oahu are small enough that I think I would get island fever after a while. And I m not enough of a surfer to make it worthwhile. Vermont is also lovely in a completely different way, but for this Garden State girl, also too remote. The summer weather is very friendly, as Katie is happily discovering while there on her internship, and the people equally so. But the thought of winter there scares me, and I am not enough of a skier to make it worthwhile. Which brings me back to the place we have called home for the last 14 years come August. Enough time to arrive in town with a threeyear-old and fret about which nursery school she should attend and then watch her and her friends graduate from high school this year. Enough time to run into one of those friends last night and blink in non-recognition. As the words from Fiddler on the Roof s Sunrise, Sunset go, when did she get to be a beauty? When did she grow to be so tall? It s also amazing to realize that Appalled by Mayor by Euna Kwon Brossman also come August, it will be eight years since I started writing this column in the WW-P News. Eight years of living out loud, as columnist Anna Quindlen would say, eight years of chronicling the After living in the West Windsor and Plainsboro area for the past eight years, what hasn t changed is my love for our towns. lives of my children and our community and growing with both. My first column was titled Loving it Here, and it carried my observations about why I was falling in love with where we had chosen to live even though it was not my beloved San Francisco. Eight years later, not very much has changed and at the same time, of course, everything has changed. What hasn t changed, though, is my love for our towns. Why? Here s a list of my top reasons for Loving it Here. Still. 1.) It s hard to beat San Francisco and Honolulu for proximity to airports, with 20 minutes in each town, but 45 minutes to Newark and just a little bit more than that for Philadelphia is pretty darned good. And what other places have a choice of two more airports - La- Guardia and Kennedy-four in all, for flights to all parts of the globe. 2.) Easy access to New York, Philadelphia, and the entire Northeast Corridor. The more I travel, the more I appreciate our proximity to these bastions of culture, good food and good times. I recently researched what it would require to take a train from Burlington, Vermont, to Princeton Junction. Though the price was right 58 dollars one way the 11 hours was completely unappealing. 3.) The new Plainsboro Public Library. As a book aficionado, I love the open air design, the spacious feel, and the community spirit. It s a gathering place for people As new residents to West Windsor this year, my wife and I are appalled at the disregard that Mayor Hseuh and all but one of the Town Council members have for the taxpayers. After I was informed by the tax assessor last week that my property taxes would increase by 4.8 percent despite the putative 2.5 percent cap being in effect, I was upset enough to call all Council members to voice my pique over this (the Board of Education in true supercilious fashion does not provide a method of contact to citizens via or phone). To his credit the Mayor did call back, but when I asked why the teachers in West Windsor still do not have to contribute any of their salary towards their health care insurance coverage, he incredibly stated that they did despite the fact that I have read in several reputable sources (including your newspaper) that they did not, thanks to the Board of Education incredibly agreeing to continue this unbelievably taxpayer unfriendly policy. I, along with virtually everyone else in private industry, contribute exponentially more than the 1.5% mandated going forward by the state, but this largesse was slipped in prior to the new law going in to effect. Either the mayor was woefully uninformed in this matter or was deliberately trying to mislead me. In either case this is not the type of stewardship that serves the taxpayers of this town well. The only one I spoke to on the Council who actually understood how bizarre it is to have nearly a 5 percent increase in property taxes given the astronomically high levels already is Councilman Charles Morgan. Instead of berating this hard-working public servant, he should be commended as the lone voice of fiscal sanity in township government, who has alone tried to represent the taxpayers interests. From my focused analysis the other ones are all out to lunch as far as taxpayers interests are concerned. Paul Milazzo Monroe Drive, Princeton Junction who love to read and to see and be seen by local literati. 4.) The Plainsboro town center. Granted there are still too many vacancies in the area to be completely happy, but we seem to be on the right track. And that whole Market Street area is a food lover s dream. I am a regular at A & G Fine Italian Foods, East Asian Fusion Restaurant, Positano, Sugar & Sunshine Bakery, and It s a Grind. The question is not how lucky can we get, it s how fat and happy we can be. 5.) The West Windsor Farmers Market is a Saturday habit and getting stronger every year. The fresh produce is delectable, the baked goods out of this world, the meats and cheese enticing, and the people you meet are outgoing and interesting. It s like a taste of Europe and a very neighborly experience. 6.) Al s Sunoco on Princeton- Hightstown Road. Do I have to tell you how many times over the last 14 years these folks have bailed me out on one car issue or another? Whether it s their truck coming out to rescue me through a call to AAA or one of their friendly and knowledgeable mechanics fixing a tire, light, or engine on one of our cars, it s service with a smile. Al himself has owned the business for years and years, and it has that family feel; it s the Mom and Pop of service stations and you know you can rely on him and his people. 7.) Cranbury Plainsboro Little League, West Windsor Plainsboro Soccer Association, Pop Warner Football, Lightning Lacrosse, and all the dedicated coaches who have given all three of my children their expertise and time and taken the burden off me to do the training for which I am eminently unqualified. 8.) The West Windsor-Plainsboro News. Most newspapers seem to be getting thinner and thinner, but our hometown goody feels more substantial every year, and I am proud to be a part of it. Of course I may have a personal bias as a regular contributor, but to me, it is the best source of local news we have. The website, is updated constantly and is a timely and spot-on place to go for the news that affects your family and community. Four Questions For Board of Education The following letter was directed to the WW-P Board of Education. PURSUANT TO MY PUBLIC comments during the Tuesday, June 14, WW-P Board of Education meeting, I seek to reiterate my interest in, and your written response to, four recurring matters. Since there is no formal or informal protocol for responding to public comments, s, or snail mail sent to the WWP Board, I am asking the media to solicit responses to these public questions. (1). Modeled after WW-P s new ad hoc committee for district facilities in the Board s interest and quest in boosting user fees, I ask you to convene a similar ad hoc committee for the WW-P wages and benefits negotiations. 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The kitchen with vaulted ceilings, Gourmet Pantry, Greenhouse Window overlooking the back yard, 3 decks to offer incredible views of lush woods and foliage. 4 spacious bedrooms, Master Bedroom with Palladium window, Master bath Whirlpool Tub, Walk-in closet + 2 extra closets. $829,000 Wendy Merkovitz cell - (609) Fax - (609) Nassau St. Princeton, NJ Wills & Estate Planning Mary Ann Pidgeon Pidgeon & Pidgeon, PC Attorney, LLM in Taxation 600 Alexander Road Princeton Continued from preceding page Online Report Aletter in the June 10 issue from Anthony Fleres, a member to the WW-P Board of Education, generated 14 comments online at In the letter Fleres defended the school board budgeting process from attacks made by resident Quentin Walsh. Walsh was one of the first to respond online: Dear Mr. Fleres. Thank you for addressing my comments. I stand by my financial techniques. Every budget that I have ever been involved with compares both budget to actual as well as budget to budget. I note that in your letter to the April 15th WW-P News, you claimed that the actual expenses ran 3 to 5 percent below budget. I am glad that you are now using more accurate numbers. It appears that it is the practice of the school board to overstate their budget needs by 4 to 6 percent each and every year, just in case something unexpected happens. I also note that the $503,000 in cuts that were made to the rejected budget only represent a small portion of the contingencies that were already provided in the budget. The school board, which has spire during the upcoming school fiscal year beginning in July. Taxpayers have seen the results of the Board s secret contract negotiations with special labor counsel covering the previous three-year period: 4.9 percent, 4.8 percent, 4.7 percent, and upcoming 3.38 percent commencing July 1, 2011, through June 20, (2). I have previously requested the executive summaries of duties performed by all senior administrative staff to wit: the WW-P superintendent and district assistant superintendents. Since it is the taxpayers who are the ultimate revenue source for this staff, it is appropriate for the WW-P Board to ensure our district s senior executives share what has been accomplished during the previous school year(s) and the roadmap for goals and objectives for the upcoming year(s). The Board will recall that I requested this information PRIOR to the approval of contracts for our district superintendent and the numerous assistant superintendents. The information has neither been forthcoming nor is there an explanation why this public information... is not in the public domain. (3). The WW-P Administration and Board of Education sought to transfer $1.75 million into a reserve account as a rainy day fund last night, yet following the defeated school budget vote in April, it could find only $503,000 in budget reductions. It is unclear the status of the Board s additional funds set aside for PIACS. Please explain. (4). The Board continues to reject: (A). testing of grade 9-12 student community service and (B). testing the videotaping or live broadcast of monthly Board of Education meetings via community access channels. In fact, the administration has steadfastly refused to put the discussion on the agenda to taken plenty of hits from the online crowd, this time got some support. Several posts attacked Walsh s analysis and questioned his motives. Mr. Walsh, you obviously have lot of time on your hands to monitor these boards. Can you please take some time and explain to parents why you have to resort to made up numbers to make your point? Since your kids are out of school, you owe an explanation to parents why you lied about increase in per student expense in your last letter. What do you have against the school district that you are out to destroy our excellent school district? Meanwhile, a story about West Windsor s community swimming pool complex, WaterWorks, drew online fire from residents concerned that the pool is another burden on the taxpayers. And one post managed to equate the pool to another summer tradition: Referring to the presumed cost of the pool, the online viewer wrote: Probably should ve thought about that a few years ago when West Windsor was literally burning tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars so West Windsor could have its very own fireworks show. How many of you saw that? publicly address their objections. Why are these requests so unreasonable when so few of our young residents and students understand how our schools and townships operate? 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7 JUNE 24, 2011 THE NEWS 7 North Senior Cited For Darfur Support Aly (Alycia) Gideon, a senior at High School North, received the inaugural Holocaust Genocide Awareness Award from Kidsbridge and Mercer County Holocaust Genocide Commission. Actively involved in STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur) since she was a freshman, Gideon served as the club s secretary as a sophomore and president for both her junior and senior years. The group has raised more than $10,000 for Darfur Peace and Development. The most notable event that she organized to raise awareness was Dine for Darfur with invited guests Jerry Ehrlich, a doctor from Doctors Without Borders, and Paul Winkler, executive director of the State Commission on Holocaust Education. Gideon has received recognition for her efforts since eighth grade, when she set up stands in front of area businesses to distribute flyers and collect donations. She raised close to $2,000 the first summer. She has held 45-minute presentations on the genocide in Darfur at both the West Windsor and Plainsboro libraries, as well as in classrooms in the district. Gideon has partnered with Eileen Chubik-Kiws, a teacher at Community Middle School, so that STAND could hand out informational materials at school dances. She has also paraded the streets of People In The News Alycia Gideon, North Class of 2011, won the inaugural Holocaust Genocide Awareness Award for her involvement in STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur). Princeton with flyers to collect donations. Also a member of North s Kidsfor-Kids organization, Gideon tutors underprivileged children in Trenton. She also teaches English to immigrants at an area church. Editor-in-chief for the school s newspaper and president of Model Congress, she is also a peer leader for the school and mentors younger students and mediates student disputes. Alycia has managed to skillfully balance her participation in a multitude of extracurricular activities while keeping her academics a priority and holding a parttime job, says Melissa DeMurth, her guidance counselor. She is a wonderful young lady who is very deserving of the accolade. Gideon, who actually has two part-time jobs, works at the Bent Spoon in Princeton and in child care at Can Do Fitness Center in Forrestal Village. Gideon and her family have lived in West Windsor for 15 years. Her parents are Diane, a housewife, and Richard, a consultant with his own business. They have always been completely encouraging and supportive of my various involvements in volunteering and the community, says Alycia. While I always wanted to travel and go abroad to volunteer, my mom always told me that you don t have to leave your home to do good in the world and make a difference, and I have really valued that lesson. That encouraged me to get involved where I could, in my school and in WW-P, to bring even just a small change to the student body. That is all changing now. Gideon has deferred enrollment at Barnard College to take a gap year and travel to India, where she will be doing an internship with American Field Service, a non-profit, high school exchange program. I will be living with a family there and be commuting to AFS s office Continued on following page Recognized Respected Recommended 66 Cartwright Dr. Lovely 4 bed. with study. Inground granite pool (20x40) and a newer deck for summer enjoyment. Large kit. with sylestone countertops. New carpeting throughout. Newer roof, AC, water heater, garage doors. Great location! Offered at $615,000. My Priorities Are Simple. They re Yours! NJ License # Eva Petruzziello, CRS, ALHS, SRES is a name you can TRUST. tt A Proven Track Record of More than 25 Years Solid Reputation of Service and Dedication A Professional Who Cares and Listens Home Stager Results you can count on! Her goal is your satisfaction! 253 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ (Dir) (Eve) (Cell) NEW PRICE 7 Abbington Ln.: Lovely Exeter III model in Brookshyre. Center hall colonial with sunroom, fin. bsmt and 3 car gar. Mint condition, newer carpets and hdwd flrs. Fam. Rm. w/two story ceilings and lge bright sunroom w/tiled floors. Very private lot with pond and mature trees. Close to shops and train. $700, Tuscany. Only a few months young, this Kensington home shows like a "model". Many upgrades including hdwd flrs throughout first floor, upgraded carpeting, tiles and appliances. Granite countertops and elegant custom draperies in Liv.Rm and Din. Rm.Open floor plan with sunroom and spacious loft. Incredible pricing! $449,000. Family Owned by a Teacher with 25 Years Experience in Driver Education West Windsor Plainsboro School District Written Test Services / Road Test Services & Vehicle Rental Female & Male Licensed Instructors Day - Evening - Weekend Appointments
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Much of that movement comes from families with children, who are anxious to buy, sell and get settled before the start of the new school year. For families with children in school, often, the goal is to be able to finish off the school year in the old neighborhood, and start the next grade in their new school at the same time as all the other kids, helping to ease some of that "new kid on the block" anxiety that comes from making a mid-year move. Neighborhood sports and other local activities, in addition to extracurricular school groups, often start in the fall, so kids can join programs and assimilate into new social circles in their new neighborhoods easier by moving in the summer. Even if your household doesn't include school-aged Let the Moves Begin! children, you'll find this is a great time to both buy and sell, because of the higher number of buyers out in the good weather market, and the higher number of properties to choose from. In fact, because, according to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), the average homebuyer in 2010 viewed 15 properties over the course of 12 weeks in their search for a new home, you'll want to start your home hunt now, while the selection of homes for sale is most abundant. According to Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, existing home sales are "expected to rise 5 to 10 percent this year with the economic recovery, job creation and excellent affordability conditions providing confidence to buyers who've been on the sidelines." Planning to buy or sell? Wondering what your property is worth, or even what the house across the street sold for? For up to the minute West Windsor real estate information, please visit Windsor-Homes-NJ.com or dsor.homes.nj. 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I spent last summer in India living with the same family and taking classes at Amity International School on an National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship, and I loved it so much that I just had to go back! Scholarships Comcast Foundation has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Shayla Reid, a senior at High School North. Alexandra Waters of West Windsor received a scholarship from New Jersey Association of Realtors Education Foundation. The award was presented at the Pines Manor in Edison. Alexander Chan of West Windsor received an employee scholarship from Wegmans Food Markets. A graduate of High School North, he has worked at Wegmans in Nassau Park for three years. South Ninth Grader Aids Crisis Group Four students from High School South collected $800 as well as shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, and toothpastes from their neighbors and fellow students to help with the Crisis Ministry s Trenton store. Alexis Etheridge, a ninth grade student, founded the outreach group, Just Think. Members include Anais D Ottavio, Tahliah D Ottavio, and Aarcha Sager. I always wanted to help those who aren t as fortunate as me, said Etheridge. My parents have always told me that we are truly blessed and with all that we have, we should give back to others. Most people do not know that basic hygiene items, as essential as they are, are not eligible for purchase through the food stamp program, says Mark Smith, the director of the organization s food Anais D Ottavio, left, Tahliah D Ottavio, and Alexis Etheridge present $800 and receive recognition certificates from Alicia Morrison of the Crisis Ministry. services program. We appreciate donated personal care products because it is difficult for our clients, many of whom work for very low wages, to afford to pay for them. The group members received Crisis Ministry s Cream of the Crop certificates for their efforts. For information about the Crisis Ministry visit thecrisisministry.org or call New Eagle Scout Dan States, a graduating senior at High School North, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during Troop 759 s court of honor on June 3 at Queenship of Mary Church in Plainsboro. His project focused on creating a new garden and outdoor classroom at Wicoff School in Plainsboro. Since joining Troop 759 in 2004 States has served as the troop s senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, chaplain s aide, and scribe. He completed his Order of the Arrow and has represented the troop at National Youth Leadership Training. After graduation, he will be attending Firefighter I training, before heading off to Ithaca College in August to study cinema and photography. He is the son of Mary Alden, and the late Edward States, who was captain of American Airlines Flight 587, a plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport on November 12, His older brother, Brad, received his Eagle Award in My Dad was very involved in my early scouting career, he said, and that is what kept me going for this long, says Dan. Scouting has taught me all about leadership. Troop 759, chartered through Queenship of Mary Church in Plainsboro, meets most Fridays at 7:30 Visit org for information on membership. Military Academies Congressman Rush Holt announced the names of the students from the 12th Congressional District who will attend U.S. military service academies. These students have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, intelligence, commitment to public service, and strength of character, says Holt in a press release. It is an honor to recognize these accomplished young New Jerseyans and I know they will serve America with distinction as academy students and military officers. Merchant Marine Academy:
9 JUNE 24, 2011 THE NEWS 9 Summer Special $99/Month New Students Only Theodore C. Snieckus of Plainsboro is entering the Class of He was home schooled. U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis: David E. Calves of West Windsor and Timothy J. Howarth II of Plainsboro enter the Class of Calves is a graduate of High School South and the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School. Howarth is a graduate of High School North and the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School. Graduates of the military academies are commissioned as officers in the U.S. military. Grover Students Earn Research Awards ROGATE (Resources Offered in Gifted And Talented Education) is a national program that teaches basic research and critical thinking skills to students in grades 6 to 12. In the West Windsor- Plainsboro Regional School District, participation in the ROGATE program is through the PRISM (Performance Revealing Individual Students Magic) Program. At a recent ROGATE Exposition, Grover Middle School students were honored for their yearlong research projects: Silver Awards: Marco Kaisth was recognized for his project focusing on how China is on the fast track to surpass America in educational and economic status but cannot beat America s standard for social welfare. Eric Mischell was recognized for his project focusing on the thermodynamic properties of white holes that render them incompatible with our universe. Bronze Awards:Vijay Krishnan was recognized for his project about how the portrayal of people with Asperger s Syndrome both negatively and positively influences public opinion about these individuals. Rahul Arora s project centered on the statements of the military personnel of Roswell Air Force Base, when an alien craft was thought to have crashed in the Roswell desert in early July, Rishab Tanga s project focuses on precautions following any head injury including that athletes should go through in-depth testing before they can return to a game or to a sport. Gold Satori awards were received by Gio DiRusso for The Shroud of Turin is an authentic relic ; and Shrivathsav Seshan for American military aircraft, be- Continued on following page Rahul Arora, left, Marco Kaisth, Vijay Kraishnan, Eric Mischell, and Rishab Tanga of Grover Middle School won awards for their year-long research projects at a recent exposition as part of the national ROGATE program for gifted and talented students. LAWRENCEVILLE Altamamawr Ave. 3BR 2.5 Bath, 1 car garage, formal dining room, large deck. Move in Condition. ID 314 $300,000 Bhatla-Usab Real Estate Group Why Choose a Single Agent When You Can Have A Whole Team Working For You? $700,000 $640,000 $604,900 $550,000 $550,000 PRINCETON JUNCTION South Ln. 4 Br 2.5 bath custom built colonial on.80 acre lot. ID # 344 REAL ESTATE Harveen Bhatla Dr. William Usab, Jr HR INFO CALL , Enter ID $945,000 PRINCETON JUNCTION. 7 Newport Drive. 4BR 3.5 Bath. Bonus Room, Remodeled Kitchen, FR with Fireplace. ID #374 $575,000 HOPEWELL TWP Pleasant Valley Rd. 5BR/2Ba Colonial. 7.2 ac. Full Fin Bsmt w/brick fireplace. ID #424 $460,000 ROBBINSVILLE - 32 Eldridge Dr. 3 BR 2.5Ba colonial in Carriage Walk. Upgrades throughout home and full finished basement. 2 car garage. ID #64 WEST WINDSOR - 4 Horace Court. 4BR 2.5Ba Center hall Colonial on.82 Acre in Kings Point. ID 264 WEST WINDSOR - 40 Dunbar Drive. 4 BR 2.5 Colonial. Fin basement, 2 car garage. ID #354 $450,000 HOPEWELL BORO E Prospect St. 4BR 2 Ba expanded cape in the Boro. Full finished basement, deck, porch ID#294 $270,000 HAMILTON TWP. 1 Frank Richardson Rd. Charming 3BR Farmhouse on.65 acre. Spacious Rooms, upgraded electric. ID #394 PRINCETON JUNCTION - 4 Bradford Ct. 5 BR 2.5ba Colonial in West Windsor Estates. Remodeled kitchen, 1st flr BR/office, large deck, 3 car garage. ID #334 OPEN HOUSE SUN 6/ PM EAST WINDSOR - 28 Moorsgate Circle. 4BR 2.5Ba Colonial in Wendover Commons. Sunroom w/skylights, Gourmet Eat In Kit, Office. ID #304 EAST WINDSOR - 4 Washington Ct. 2 BR End unit in Georgetown. Living Room with Fireplace, EIK, Deck. ID 24 $525,000 HOPEWELL TWP Old Washington Crossing Rd. 4BR/3Ba Center Hall Colonial. Basement. Updated Kitchen and baths. 2 car garage. ID #364 $449,000 $360,000 $185,000 CRANBURY N Main St. Charming Center hall colonial in historic Cranbury. 3 BR, New Kitchen, updated baths, fireplace and 2 car garage. ID #384 PRINCETON JCT Tunicflower Ln. 3BR/3Ba Coventry Model in Active Adult Village Grande. Private yard, deck and 2 car garage. ID #114 BORDENTOWN Prince Street. Historic Bordentown. Beautifully Updated. Formal LR and DR. Fenced backyard with patio. Walk to river Line Rail. ID# Canal Pointe Blvd. Princeton, NJ $175,000
10 10 THE NEWS JUNE 24, 2011 Continued from preceding page tween 1940 and the present, have been built using other countries ideas. Debbie Cohen is the PRISM teacher at Grover. In College University of Connecticut: Alexi Manfred Wiemer of West Windsor is on the dean s list. College of William and Mary: Students on the dean s list include West Windsor residents Connor Farrell, Andrew Ojeda, and Kelsey Rothera. Faith Jeffrey Gillette of West Windsor was confirmed as a member of Princeton United Methodist Church on June 5. Births The University Medical Center at Princeton has announced the following births: A son was born to West Windsor resident Neelam and Sumit Khanna, June 10. A daughter was born to Nancy Chen and Yao Zhu, June 10. Deaths Romualda Dubaniewicz, 91, of Plainsboro died June 7 at the Pavilions at Forrestal, Plainsboro. Born in Wilno, Poland, she came to the U.S. in 1955, and was a longtime Trenton resident. She retired in 1981 after 20 years of service from Circle F. Industries of Trenton. Harry T. Schaeffer Jr., 59, of West Windsor died June 7. For information contact Hartmann Memorial Home, 2830 Nottingham Way, Trenton. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Vincent A. Sr. and Toni Dubaniewicz of Bordentown Township; her daughter, Anna S. Dubaniewicz of Short Hills; two grandchildren, Vincent A. Dubaniewicz Jr. of Bordentown Township, and Karli A. Dubaniewicz of Melbourne, Australia; and her sister, Jadwiga Stachowicz of Dohilov, Belarus. The family requests Mass cards in her memory. Cornelia B. Coopwood, 88, of Plainsboro died at University Medical Center at Princeton on June 12. Born in Philadelphia, she moved to Plainsboro in 2003 to be closer to her family. She was a Sunday School teacher at Princeton United Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Francis Wolf; and her three grandchildren, Andrew, Stephen, and Emily Wolf. Donations may be made to Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton 08542, or Fox Chase Cancer Center, Office of Institutional Advancement, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Robert Bob J. Michalski, 85, of Erie, died June 9. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy A. and Mark Ferra of Plainsboro. Donations may be made to the Barber National Institute, 1126 Lake Street, Erie, PA Betty Diehl Wellnitz, 77, of Plainsboro died June 15 in Cranbury. Born in Morristown, she was raised in Hackettstown, where she was valedictorian of her high school class of She received a bachelor of science in education from Trenton State Teachers College in A longtime resident, she was a member of Plainsboro Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. She also sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was an elder. Survivors include her husband Rudolph B. Wellnitz; her daughters and son-in-law, Constance Jean Wellnitz, and Emily Ann and David Petrillo; her son and daughter-in-law, Rudolph Charles and Kathryn Wellnitz; and their children, Marilyn, Katelyn, and Daniel. Cornelia B. Coopwood A memorial service will be held at a future date and time to be announced. Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro, 500 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro June Lowman Arons, 90, died June 16 at Monroe Village Care Center in Monroe. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Richard M. Arons and Elizabeth Dickerman of West Windsor; and grandchildren Dana Arons Lewisohn and Whitney Arons. Donations may be made to any charity. Roman Charydczak, 85, a longtime resident of West Windsor died June 16 at the Linwood Care Facility in Linwood. Born in Jersey City, he was in the Navy during World War II, and received the American Area Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Area Campaign Medal (1 star), and Navy Occupation Service Medal. He enlisted again in 1946 and served as a fire controlman aboard a destroyer for six years. Charydczak retired after 30 years of service working in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carol Buckler; four sons and daughters-in-law, Glen, Mark and Holly, Gary and Marge, Neal and Jennifer; and seven grandchildren, Bryce, Jenna, Tanner, Delaney, Cole, Paige, and Sydney. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m. to 12:30, at the Church of St. Katharine Drexel, Egg Harbor Township. Donations may be made to a favorite charity. Addison Gressey Driver Jr. died June 17 at University Medical Center at Princeton. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Frances Evans of Plainsboro. Kenneth E. Hoffman, 51, of Plainsboro died June 19 at his home. Born in New Brunswick, he moved to Plainsboro five years ago. He graduated from Middlesex County Police Academy in 1979 and served 25 years as a police officer with the North Brunswick Police Department before retiring in He was also a life member of the North Brunswick Fire Company #3. He was employed with the Middlesex County Transportation Department. Survivors include his daughters, Danielle and Maria Hoffman of Toms River; his brother and sisterin-law, Brian and Debra of Princeton; and nephews, Eric and Matthew Hoffman. Funeral services will be Friday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. from Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Road, North Brunswick. A graveside service will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge at 10 a.m.
11 JUNE 24, 2011 THE NEWS 11 Mosque Approved Continued from page 1 traffic impacts, but the more intense traffic would only come a few times a year on high holidays, and most of it would occur at off-peak hours. There is a small window of time that might be somewhat difficult, but when you think about a health club that was already approved, the conditions would have been much worse at more hours and days of the week, said board member Ed Steele. In my opinion, we should approve this. Gary Guleria, another Zoning Board member, echoed the sentiment, saying that traffic would increase, but it s only for specific times, and we can live with it. Zoning Board members did suggest, however, that the IIS review its plans to include a basketball court on the site when it comes back for site plan approval before the mosque can be constructed. The court was added to IIS s plans during an earlier meeting in June, and surrounding residents remained concerned that the basketball court would create excessive noise and decrease their quality of life. IIS plans to develop 7.17 acres of currently vacant land at 2030 Old Trenton Road into a house of worship. The plans required a use variance because the property is currently located in the RO-1 zone, which permits research and office uses. According to the plans, IIS would construct a facility that includes a house of worship, multipurpose hall, offices, kitchen, adult social area including a kitchen and housing for its spiritual leader, and a health care facility at the site. The use variance was approved with a list of conditions, including a cap on the maximum occupancy at any time to 483 people a condition IIS officials presented themselves during an earlier meeting. Responding to some residents comments that placing a mosque on the property takes away from the money that could have been generated in taxes if a commercial building were to be developed on the site, Steele pointed out that the board s attorney has stated that the board cannot consider tax impacts when deciding whether to approve a use variance. At the same time, we have lots of property in this town that does To the skeptics, we will try our best to be worthy neighbors, said Zak Maniya, an IIS board member and 15-year West Windsor resident. not produce tax income, said Steele, pointing to other houses of worship as well as Mercer County Park. I don t think this particular piece of property will bankrupt this town. Prior to board deliberations on the application, supporters and opponents pleaded their case with the board. Leigh Isleib, an East Windsor resident, told the board he and his wife co-chair social justice events with St. Anthony s Church in Hightstown and invited the IIS members to be a part of the dialogue. The group has continued to meet to continue building bridges of understanding. Muslims are a good asset to the communities and should be able to worship in a mosque, he said. The people we have met have been most cordial. Zak Maniya, of West Windsor, said he has been living in West Windsor for 15 years and is a board member of IIS. He said he was confident that the members of this board will do what s best for the community. To the skeptics, we will try our best to be worthy neighbors, he said, adding that the definition of a neighbor is one who smiles at you over the back fence but does not climb over. Added Maniya: We will let our neighbors climb over that fence and join us every once in a while. Hina Ahmed, another West Windsor resident, and a 1999 graduate of High School South, said she remained in West Windsor because of the community s tolerance, which are in line with the ideals at IIS. Since its inception 15 years ago, she has learned at IIS, taught there, and now she sends her children there. But we ve made very little progress for ourselves and for our center, she said. Fifteen years ago, I sat on the floor and learned from my teachers. Now my kids sit on the floor and learn from their teachers. Constructing their own mosque is something we ve been thinking about for a long time, and we just want it to materialize, Ahmed added. Sabbir Rangwala, a West Windsor resident, said the site for the mosque on Old Trenton Road was zoned for light industrial use. When residents moved in, they had to be ready for those uses, he said. I fail to see how a mosque could be a heavier use. Referencing comments residents made about activities that would create noise in the area, Rangwala said that churches have bells and hold weddings. And they do cause parking problems during high holidays, he said. But somehow the bar for this mosque has been raised much higher. Opponents argued, however, that their concerns were not based on a religious argument. I wouldn t want a synagogue or church next to me either, said resident Norman Shapiro. I think there are other spots this place can be built. He said his biggest problem with the application was the traffic it would generate. He said he lived in South Brunswick for 38 years before moving to West Windsor and that many times, the traffic on Route 1 would be heavy during high holidays. Old Trenton Road is not Route 1, he said. Eugene Sersen said he regrets that it is a mosque that is being discussed but said he would be concerned about any house of worship adding a basketball court at the last minute, which could generate noise above township regulations. The whistle of the referee and the excitement of the audience can have different levels of annoyance, he said. Zoning Board Attorney Ed Schmierer said Sersen s comment certainly is a comment that should be raised again if the applicant receives use variance and moves to the site plan approval process. We will hear activity from a crowded mosque, especially in the winter, from cars warming up, said resident Roslyn Friedman, who lives in Village Grande. She said that there are many accidents just up the road from the site on Old Trenton Road, with the intersection of Route 571. Old Trenton Road is the most direct route to Mercer County Community College, she added. Don t make our lovely area into a Manhattan 42nd Street because that s what it s going to turn into, she said. Other residents said IIS could find another location and that the township could generate valuable tax revenue if it leaves the site zoned for commercial use. Schmierer explained to the board the process for determining whether a use meets the criteria for being inherently beneficial. In that explanation, he also noted that the board approved similar use variances for Congregation Beth Chaim and the Princeton Presbyterian Church located within the township. In every instance, the church was an inherently beneficial use. While the Municipal Land Use Law does not specify houses of worship as inherently beneficial uses, houses of worship under the case law have and are going to be deemed an inherently beneficial use, said Schmierer. In approving the application, the board imposed a number of conditions to which IIS had previously agreed, including that there be a maximum of 483 people at any time in the building; that they adhere to Department of Health regulations when running the medical clinics; that there be no day care on site other than allowing someone to watch children during religious services and education; and that IIS officials self-police the traffic during high holidays. Schmierer said there had been Continued on following page OPEN HOUSE SUN 6/ PM Cranbury Twp $499,900 Beautiful bldg currently an interior decorating business Can be converted to residence. Some features include high ceilings, pillars HW floors. LS# Marketed by Rocco D'Armiento (609) Cranbury Twp $785,000 The pride of Main Street updated & upgraded, fabulous 4 BR home in move-in condition! Great location near Cranbury's wonderful downtown! LS# Marketed by Carole Tosches (609) East Windsor Twp $119,900 Winning 2-bedroom condo. 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Zoning Board member Curtis Hoberman asked whether the board could include a condition that limits the basement to storage use only, but Schmierer said that issue is part of the site plan process. Shawki Salem, who was the subject of a letter by residents accusing him of being biased, said he has lived in West Windsor for 21 years since coming from Egypt. I care about West Windsor, he said. He said he did not feel the mosque would have a negative impact on the community, and he urged IIS members to reach out to its neighbors. In approving the use variance, Zoning Board member Meg Chicco said the board is conservative in that we are not going to do anything that is going to harm West Windsor. Council Approves $7,500 To Defend Mayor In Lawsuit Let our medically trained staff help to not only treat current skin conditions, but educate you on how to prevent future breakouts. 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Crews began the work on June 14, and officials are anticipating the work will take 12 weeks, weather permitting. As the litigation filed by Councilman Charles Morgan against Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh continues, the West Windsor Township Council has approved $7,500 more in legal fees to defend the mayor. Council members did so after agreeing on June 20 to send a copy of two separately proposed revisions to the township code by Councilwoman Linda Geevers and Morgan in hopes that these revisions will settle the lawsuit and prevent accumulation of future fees. The issue came to a head after the June 13 meeting erupted into a shouting match when Township Attorney Michael Herbert attempted to prevent Councilman Charles Morgan from talking about his lawsuit during the portion of the meeting where council members are allowed to comment. Morgan, who has filed his second lawsuit against Hsueh, insisted that it was within his right to defend himself after members of the public criticized him during public comment earlier in the meeting. During the shouting match, Morgan said his lawsuit was not politically motivated he revealed that he is planning to move to Florida in December at the end of his term and will not seek reelection. Morgan has filed an appeal and a second lawsuit alleging the mayor failed to provide a report as requested by him during budget deliberations in Morgan claimed that the mayor failed to provide the information the councilman was entitled to under the township s Faulkner Act form of government. Mercer County Judge Douglas H. Hurd dismissed the lawsuit on February 18 in a less-than-twopage ruling. Morgan subsequently filed two new motions with the court one to reconsider and another to amend his original complaint, as well as a 14-page brief. His motion was denied on April 1. Morgan submitted an appeal to the Appellate Division at the end of April seeking reversal. He has also filed another lawsuit with respect to a different request he says has been ignored by the administration. Morgan had offered in the past to come to a settlement agreement if language to clarify the section of the township code about council reports that is the subject of the lawsuit, but it was not accepted by the mayor and his attorney. At the subsequent council meeting on June 20, Geevers proposed her own changes to the ordinance. I feel that whether members of the public support Mr. Morgan s position, or whether they support the mayor s position, we are at a log jam to move forward, said Geevers. Her changes would require the The resurfacing, from Village Road West to Stony Brook Way, is being performed by Arawak Paving Group. Crews will first work on concrete repair and installation work for the curbing and sidewalk and then shift to pavement repair and resurfacing work. The project will provide two 6-foot wide bike lanes and two 12-foot wide travel lanes, as well as a public sidewalk along the east side of the road in this area, officials said. While the work is being done, partial lane closures are expected to occur from 9 a.m. to 3 It is expected that motorists will experience delays during this time, as well as experience an uneven road surface while the work is in progress, stated a township notice. Residents with questions can call the township s engineering division at administration to provide a written report, either in hard copy or E- mail, within 10 days (or longer, if both parties mutually agree on a date), and it would be acceptable for the mayor or business administrator to ask another department head to submit the information requested. The township clerk s office would receive a copy of the report so that it is part of the public record. If the language was acceptable to Morgan, and council was willing to go along with it, she would ask Morgan to put a stay on the litigation, so we re not spending more money on attorney s fees. Morgan said coming up with the appropriate wording is a tough task because under township code, the council can only deal with the township s employees through the mayor or administration. He said he would want the report to come from the mayor or administrator so that council members can recall exactly what those reports stated. If we are going to get into a dispute about anything, it ought to be about the actions we re going to take as a result of the reports, not what it says, Morgan said. He said it was also difficult to determine a period of time for response from the mayor or administration. I think the administration has a legitimate concern about resources that would need to be allocated to come up with the reports, including time used by employees to find the information. At one point, he said he contemplated including a 30-day time period, but questioned whether the time frame was appropriate. Let s be reasonable about timing. Councilwoman Diane Ciccone asked whether the request had to be submitted through or in writing, or whether it could apply to information requested during a public meeting, but the council determined that was already expected. Ciccone recommended that the draft changes be forwarded to the League of Municipalities, where its attorneys can review it and issue an opinion. Council President Kamal Khanna said he did not think the ordinance required any change. I have always gotten what I wanted, said Khanna about information requests from the administration. Ultimately, however, the council voted 4-0, with George Borek absent, to send drafts from both Geevers and Morgan to the League of Municipalities for review.
13 JUNE 24, 2011 THE NEWS 13 The council then struggled about what to do in the meantime when it came to the mayor s attorney fees. Under township ordinance, the mayor is entitled to be represented by an attorney, said Geevers. Business Administrator Robert Hary reported at the June 13 meeting, when the additional money was originally up for approval, that to date, council has authorized $15,628 in attorneys fees, but the township is now about $3,100 in the hole with that budget, and the money spent is already about $19,000. The additional $10,000 proposed ($7,500 was approved) includes that $3,100 already spent but not authorized. Ciccone questioned the amount spent to defend the first lawsuit, which was ultimately determined to be the first $15,000. She said that given it is a similar lawsuit to the first one, it should be reasonable to expect that it will cost nearly the same amount. However, Hary pointed out that the costs for discovery and other background information will probably not be needed this time around, so it may cost less. In addition, he said, Hsueh s lawyer, Steven Secare of the Secare, Ryan, & Hensel law firm in Toms River, has estimated it will cost about $4,000 to continue defending this round of lawsuits, in addition to the $3,100 already spent. Hary also clarified that while Secare asked for permission to file a counter lawsuit against Morgan for filing frivolous lawsuits, the administration asked him not to pursue that so as not to incur further legal fees. Geevers asked Morgan whether he would ask for a stay on the current lawsuit while the League of Municipalities reviews the drafted changes to the ordinance, but Morgan said he had already contacted Hsueh s lawyer to ask whether they could jointly submit an application to the judge for a stay while the matter is pending, but has not heard a response. However, Ciccone said that a judge is the only person who can issue a stay, although both parties can ask for one. To limit costs, the council ultimately approved spending $7,500 of the $10,000 proposed to be spent. Residents were much more vocal and divided on the issue during the June 13 meeting, when Morgan and Herbert engaged in a shouting match. The shouting match was prompted by the crowd s comments, where residents either urged Morgan to drop the lawsuit or supported him. Resident Lindsay Diehl presented another version of her petition, which she started in March, to the council, this time with 135 signatures calling for Morgan to drop the lawsuit. She said she stood outside of the library to collect signatures, and it was easy to find support. They were eager to sign it, she said. They practically grabbed it out of my hands. She also said that if the petition were circulated around the township, there would be an even stronger response. Resident Andy Bromberg criticized Morgan for costing the taxpayers money in difficult financial times. I strongly urge the council tonight to start taking sanctions against this action, he said. You re not gaining any support, Bromberg added. Please, can you stop this? Resident Janet Lerner also said she supported sanctions against Morgan because Morgan s lawsuits had already been dismissed Liquor Licenses The Township Council has renewed liquor licenses for a number of retail establishments in town, as required every year. During the June 13 meeting, the council renewed licenses for McCaffrey s Wine & Spirits, Wegmans, Trader Joe s, the Bog, Chili s, TGI Fridays, the Palmer Inn Restaurant, the Hyatt Regency, Big Fish, P.F. Chang s, and Amerisuites Properties. In addition, the council also authorized the clerk s office to accept bids so that the township can sell a new liquor license at a minimum bid of $1 million. This means that the township twice and had no merit. Why do we need to go through this a third time? Resident Ina Marx echoed this sentiment, saying, Once is enough; twice maybe, but three to four times? It seems to be a little obsessive. Jim Moeller, another resident, said that Morgan was at an advantage because he is a lawyer by trade and does not need to hire an attorney. Therefore, he said, it does not cost him any money. The best way Hsueh s attorney asked permission to file a counter lawsuit against Morgan, but he was told not to pursue it to avoid further legal fees. to prevent him from continuing to file lawsuits is to file a counter lawsuit, when it will start costing him money, he said. Morgan later disputed this claim, saying it costs him money out of pocket, including costs associated with copying and filing paperwork and other expenses. Not everyone at the meeting was critical of Morgan. Resident Marshall Lerner (no relation to Janet) questioned why the mayor could not simply respond to information requests. Why wouldn t he want to be forthcoming? He questioned why of all the other priorities occupying the town s energies, there is so much time being devoted to this issue. Lerner also criticized the mayor, saying that he may not understand American culture, but in America, we believe the little guy has a right to fight City Hall, and when someone does that, it is something to be respected, not criticized. He suggested that there could be three solutions first, that the mayor provide the information that was requested. After all, he works for us, he said. Second, the mayor could choose not to provide the information, but hire a less expensive attorney. If the mayor chooses to move forward without providing the information, let it also be his expense to continue defending himself. Virginia Manzari also supported Morgan. She criticized Council President Kamal Khanna for his comments to a newspaper in which he said the council had no choice but to continue spending money to defend the mayor. She said the council can vote against spending more money and ask the mayor to turn over the information. The mayor can actually provide the information without being asked twice, she said. Commenting about the chance that the mayor will be soliciting bids from interested establishments that will have to pay the township a minimum of $1 million. Township Attorney Michael Herbert reported at the meeting that there were sales in other communities in the area that were in the $1 million range. He said he has been contacted by lawyers for at least two establishments interested in competitively bidding for a new license. Establishments have the ability to submit bids that are higher than $1 million. Members of the Township Council and other officials have not yet decided what the township would do with the $1 million in revenue if bids were received. will file a counter lawsuit against Morgan, she said Khanna should instead launch an investigation into why the mayor would not provide the information. She said she suspected it was because he was hiding something or was playing games and was trying to keep Mr. Morgan from doing his job. Rebecca Esmi said the Faulkner Act was created under the belief that accountability and transparency were valued. She said the council serves as the legislative branch, while the mayor serves as the executive branch to encourage that transparency. Therefore, information should be shared, she said. What do you do when it s not? she said. You don t sanction the tools that the legislature has given to fight the problem, she said. Resident Rita Shaha said she was very disturbed by the lawsuits, but said she felt both Morgan and Hsueh should address the issue between themselves. Please don t use taxpayer money, she said. It doesn t matter who is wrong or right. Taxpayers lose out. She said West Windsor taxpayers have to ask, Is this the best way of resolving any issues we have? I don t think it is. Continued on following page Bermuda Celebrity Cruise Line s THE SUMMIT 7 night Cruise to Bermuda Bermuda This Is the Year for Leaves every Sunday from Cape Liberty, New Jersey 3 days in Bermuda to swim, golf and enjoy the beautiful British island Sail to Bermuda, an island full of colorful charm and rich in history Pink Sand Beaches, and green golf courses From the historic architecture of the capital city of Hamilton, to the postcard-come-to-life appeal of St. George s, you ll delight in the natural wonder, culture and history of this remarkable island paradise. 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14 14 THE NEWS JUNE 24, 2011 We are pleased to announce that we have rejoined Horizon Blue Cross of New Jersey Most other plans accepted, including: Aetna, Cigna, Medicare, Oxford and United. Please visit our website for a complete list. HIGHTSTOWN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Julius S. Richter, MD, FACP James A. Robin, MD Hank R. Lubin, MD Virginia A. Azarchi, MSN, FNP-BC Valerie A. Layne, DNP, FNP-BC M. Elizabeth Teixeira, DrNP, ANP-BC, CDE HightstownMedical.com One Mile Road Extension East Windsor, N.J th Graders Tackle World s Big Problems by Cara Latham When Community Middle School eighth grader Kathryn Khaw was conducting research for her group s Grade 8 Exist Assessment project, she was stunned to find a key statistic about Peru s drinking water it contained dangerously high levels of lead in some places. Khaw s group worked tirelessly for a week to research solutions to the problem. The solution they recommended was to run a system similar to the NEWater system that is used in Singapore. The system, administered by Singapore s Public Utilities Board, treats purified wastewater through a microfiltration and reverse osmosis process using ultraviolet light to transform it into drinking water. I didn t expect that Peru s water would be so bad, Khaw, a Plainsboro resident, said. It s really interesting to see how far we ve come. The group s work paid off, as it was deemed one of the winners of the project after presenting its findings, research, and solutions to a panel of judges consisting of residents, school board members, and other community members. Not only did the group members have to understand the United Nation s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and apply what they have learned in school to researching and solving the problem, but they had to present their case effectively to the judges. It allowed us to really apply the knowledge we gained as eighth graders, and we showed that we have matured, Khaw said of the experience, as she and a small group of other winners gathered in Community Middle School s foyer during their last day as middle school students. It allowed us to really apply the knowledge we gained as eighth graders, and we showed that we have matured, said Kathryn Khaw. The projects the students completed are used to measure whether students are able to solve realworld problems using what they have learned at WW-P. Prior to moving on to high school, all 860 eighth graders in the district put themselves in the shoes of officials from around the world to find solutions within various countries that would meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015 (see the WW-P News, June 10). The goals, established by the UN, include: End Poverty and Hunger, Universal Education, Gender Equality, Child Health, Maternal Health, Combat HIV/AIDS, Environmental Sustainability, and more. The program required students to research the MDGs and then apply their knowledge as country delegations charged with defining the country s root problems, identifying challenges and barriers to growth, and then designing an action plan with criteria-based solutions to enable their nation to meet the time-sensitive development targets. The country teams then presented to a group of community volunteers who acted as United Nations officials to evaluate the students based on a set of standards for effective communication and practical problem solving. The top teams were awarded a fictitious $50 million development package. In addition to winning the development aid, the top-scoring teams will make their presentation to an authentic audience relating to their cause through Skype. The coordinator of the program, Mark Wise, the district s K-12 curriculum supervisor, hopes that the students will head off to high school with a sense that they can manage their time effectively and build upon their experiences. One concept about the program that students especially liked was the freedom they had to take the lessons they learned and transform it into solving a real-world problem all on their own. Community Middle student Julian Chan, also of Plainsboro, who worked on the Peru project with Khaw, explained that the students studied the MDGs but then were given one full week before the presentations on June 10 to work on solving a real problem. They spent four hours a day from first through seventh periods conducting their own research, putting their presentations together, and putting the finishing touches on their work. Chan said the goal of the assessment project that students will become self-directed learners and communicators really came through in the end. What he liked the most, though, was the opportunity to do this and make a change and help others. We had to make sure we knew what the project was, he said about the process. We had to create a brief action plan and be aware of what the challenges were in implementing the solution. For Community Middle School students Shweta Chopra, Jake Fine, Andrew Hitselberger, and Alisha Daley, all of West Windsor, another group of winners, the solution to tackling poverty and hunger in Indonesia also involved re- Individualized Obstetrical & Gynecological Care aa Jeffrey Hofman, M.D., LLC Obstetrics, Gynecology, Infertility 601 Ewing Street, Suite C-13 Princeton, New Jersey Phone (609) Fax (609) Accepting most insurance plans One Patient, One Doctor Continued from preceding page In response to all of the comments, the mayor told residents he is always available. Any one of you living in this community, if you try to set up an appointment, you never get rejected, he said. If you want to talk to me, I m available. In response to Lerner s remarks, Hsueh said he views himself as an American. Don t make that kind of racial remark, he said. Morgan said that none of the people who have criticized him have bothered to call him about the issue. My term on council ends in December, he said. I am not running for council again. I will be changing my residence to Florida after my term is up. He said he is spending his own time to protect residents interests and has spent his own money pursuing the litigation. A member of council should not have to file a lawsuit to get what the law already clearly says he s got a right to receive. Morgan also referred to a resolution passed last year by the council authorizing a transit village designation after the resolution was added at the last minute and approved quickly so that the township could obtain grant money. Morgan has since criticized the mayor and administration, alleging there was no urgent deadline for the grant. The mayor knew that there would be a big uproar about a transit village designation if word got out ahead of time, he said. Council To Review Sign Ordinance West Windsor is taking another look at an issue that has been generating controversy for years its policy on signs. Changes are being proposed for two types of signs: business signs and political signs. First, the council is looking to make it easier for business owners to place temporary signs directly adjacent to their businesses located in strip malls, for example to attract more visitors to their storefronts. Currently, those signs are not permitted. A draft of revisions to the sign ordinance is expected to be reviewed on Monday, June 27. Under the proposed changes, the business owners would be able to place one sign outside of their businesses during operating hours and would be required to take the sign inside at all other times. Some council members argued that allowing the signs would not be a detriment to the appearance of the township because the signs would not be allowed to remain outside overnight or during other hours when the businesses are closed. Some businesses around town already use those signs without permission from the township. The second area of revisions will be to the regulations governing political signs. The council already came to a consensus on those regulations last year, when they agreed they would only permit political signs 30 days before and 7 days after an election and that they would be limited to 16 square feet in size. Council also decided to permit only one political sign per candidate at the entrance of a public park or property as well as on medians in the public right-of-way, so long as the signs never obstruct public view. However, council never voted to officially amend the sign ordinance to reflect these changes to political sign regulations. So along with the new changes for business owners, the political sign changes will also be reviewed on June 27. The issue about hardships facing business owners in town has resurfaced periodically, despite council s adoption of changes to the sign ordinance in March, 2009, to cut down on the appearance of the commercial real estate lease signs seen up and down Alexander Road s commercial sector. Following the changes, the council formed an ad-hoc committee in 2010 to work with those business owners to help address their concerns with a lack of visibility within the township. Councilwoman Linda Geevers disagreed with the proposed changes, saying that she thought even the open house realty signs around town that are temporary are unacceptable and that allowing more temporary signs would lead to more problems. But Ciccone argued that there s got to be a balance somewhere. Geevers urged the council to
15 send a draft of the changes to the Planning Board for review, but she was outnumbered by her council colleagues, who said they wanted to ensure the changes to the ordinance including to political signs were made before the campaign season for the November elections. Cleanup Progress At Compost Station Winners: In the back, from left to right, are Lindsay Patla, of Plainsboro (who worked on the Kenya project); Andrew Hitselberger, Jake Fine, Alisha Daley, and Shweta Chopra, all of West Windsor (who worked on the Indonesia project). In front are Kathryn Khaw and Julian Chan, both of Plainsboro (who worked on the Peru project). searching solutions that had worked elsewhere. The group found a solution for their problem in the NERICA initiative (an acronym for New Rice for Africa), which cultivates a new blend of African and Asian rices as a food source in disadvantaged areas of the world. Daley explained that the students found that providing the opportunity for growing the rice locally in Indonesia would create jobs and help increase food supply. We realized that what we were doing was actually real, said Daley about the project. It will help us in the future. Community Middle School student Lindsay Patla of Plainsboro worked on a winning group project that examined reversing the spread of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria in Kenya. She said her group determined that the UNICEF (United Nations Children s Funds) program already in place in the country would be helpful, but a lot of people can t get to it, and a more widespread effort is needed. Additionally, supplying more mosquito nets could also help in curtailing the spread of the diseases. It s only $5 a day for a mosquito net, said Patla. That s lunch money to us. To them, it can save lives. Coming to these realizations was another benefit of the Grade 8 Exit Assessment Project. But students recalled time management as one of the most valuable lessons. The West Windsor Parking Authority has contracted with ACT Engineering to conduct the third phase of remediation study on the former compost site on Alexander Road, where both the township and the parking authority hope to create more train station parking. According to West Windsor Business Administrator Robert Hary, the Parking Authority is paying the costs for the study, in compliance with an agreement the township and Parking Authority approved in January. Under the terms of the agreement, the Parking Authority was to provide the up-front costs of around $200,000 to move along with the process, which is expected to ultimately provide up to 500 parking spaces for West Windsor residents on the Alexander Road site, which borders the Princeton Junction train station. The township would reimburse the Parking Authority through money it receives from the state. We re hopeful we will get up to 100 percent of that money back to the Parking Authority, Hary reported to the Township Council at the June 13 meeting. Hary said the Parking Authority is also studying costs associated with operating a parking lot at the site. He said the township would consider proposing a joint venture with the Parking Authority for operation of the lot. In addition to providing more parking, Hary said the venture could provide a revenue source for the township. The township had previously been awarded two brownfield grants under the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) from the DEP to fund the first two phases of investigation into the remediation of the township compost site. The money for the third phase would cover more detailed testing of the site to develop a remedial action work plan. When the agreement was approved in January, Hary said that if the third phase went well, the council would be asked to formalize the shared service agreement to have the Parking Authority lease and manage the facility. West Windsor officials began remediation investigations in 2008, when Windsor Compost, which had operated the facility until December, 2008, moved operations to Cranbury and Hamilton. Site remediation comes in four phases preliminary assessment, site investigation, remediation investigation, and remediation action, the last of which involves the actual cleanup of the contamination. State funding covers 100 percent of the first three phases. The need to stay on task is the biggest thing, said Patla. When it came to crunch time, students also needed to make adjustments for last-minute problems. There was always something that didn t go as planned, said Patla. We all really wanted to perform well. Students were grouped by their teachers, who matched students who had studied varying millennium goals. This meant students were placed with others with whom they ve never worked in the past. We got to make new friends, said Khaw. Another Rabies Case Found in WW Asecond rabies case has been reported in West Windsor in as many months. Officials reported that a fox found in the Braemer Drive area of the township on June 10 has tested positive for the rabies virus. According to an advisory notice from the township, the ill fox was found in the rear yard of a residence in an immobile condition. Recent rabies incident reports include an additional fox and skunk in nearby areas, the notice stated. The public is strongly encouraged to ensure pet vaccinations are up to date and children are reminded about the importance of avoiding contact with wild animals. In May officials found a fox in the Wellington Estates development that also tested positive for rabies. 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16 16 THE NEWS JUNE 24, 2011 Little League Post- Season Begins: WW Baseball 12s Coming off a District 12 championship last season that saw West Windsor fall one game short of reaching the sectional tournament final, the team boasts its pitching ability this post-season, which opens at noon on Sunday, June 26, at home, against Chambersburg. Behind Manager Ted Phelan, the team feature power hitter Josh Miller, who will also contribute as a pitcher and first baseman. The team will also feature Ben O Brien at short stop and pitcher; Matt Phelan at first base, outfield, and pitcher; Christopher St. Amour and Danny Demouth, both in the outfield and at pitcher; Simon Brooks at first base and pitcher; Ben Perrine, the team s catcher and outfielder; Fred Maresca, in the outfield and at pitcher; Alex Mitchell, at third base and pitcher; David Philbin, who can be an infielder, outfielder, or pitcher; and Blake Brown in the outfield and at catcher. WW Softball 12s The West Windsor Softball 12s bring depth to the post-season, which opened on June 22 against New Egypt. Managed by Nick Schiera, the team will feature Alyssa Schiera, the starting pitcher, Catherine Raeter, another pitcher, Samantha Schattin, the starting short stop, Natalie Everett at third base, and Gillian Adair at first base. Catcher Courtney Skolka and outfielders Nicole Dunne, Sophia Dileo, Jackie Markisz, Kaley Bohling, and Emily Bloom complete the roster. The format for the post-season is different from last year s pool play says Schiera. This year, it s double-elimination, he said. Once you lose two games, you re done. The team was rained out in its opener open against New Egypt on June 22, but the game was resecheduled for Thursday, June 23, after the News deadline I m hoping to get to the championship game, said Schiera. That s my expectation. We ve been practicing hard. C-P Little League 12 All-Stars Last year, C-P went 2-3 in pool play, but the team is looking to leadership from pitcher Steven Schilder and center fielder Will Brossman to help the team improve this year. Under manager Tim Lockwood, the team will feature Jordan Blassingame, in right field; Jeremy Lockwood at first base; Nate Epstein in the outfield and at first base; Eric Weis at third base and pitcher; Isaihah Miranda at short stop; Michael Tom at second base and pitcher; Scott Doherty as pitcher and catcher; William Kinney in the outfield; Nathan Santa Maria at third base; and Michael Marciano in the infield and as catcher. C-P will open on Sunday, June 26, at noon against Bordentown at Sunnybrae. American Legion WW-P (9-2): A win against Trenton, 6-5, on June 21. Aurora: ; Litwack: ; Demouth: ; Weisbecker: ; O Leary: ; Campbell: ; Peters: B: Demouth: 2; Litwack. 3B: Aurora. SB: Weisbecker, Aurora, Demouth. A win against Ewing, 4-3, on June 20. Tom Peters drove in two runs. Pay Boyle had an RBI. Chris Campbell had a double. A win against Robbinsville, 8-7, on June 19. Aurora: ; Litwack: ; Demouth: ; Weisbecker: ; Jensen: ; Dontas: ; Boyle: B: Aurora, Jensen, Dontas. SF: Weisbecker. SB: Boyle: 2. Litwack had two runs and three RBIs. A win against Lawrence, 11-8, on June 16. 2B: Ralph Aurora, Chris Campbell, Scott Feryus. 3B: Brendan O Leary. RBI: Aurora, Casey The Nieschmidt Law Office Cardinals defeated the Princeton Corridor Rotary Yankees, 12-3, to win the 2011 West Windsor Little League Majors Championship on June 13 at the RJ Ward Complex in West Windsor. The Cardinals were managed by Ron Forrest. Assistant coaches were TJ Esposito, Dave Philbin, Mike Strype, and Larry Forrest. Pictured from left to right are Neal Singal, David Feinberg, Juan Flores, Ryan Strype, Joshua Forrest, Nick Esposito, Mack Palmer, James Morrissey, Sahil Thube, Chris Munch, David Philbin, and Simon Brooks. Litwack, Ryan Demouth, Greg Weisbecker, Joe Jensen, O Leary, Campbell, Feryus. A win against Bordentown, 3-2, on June 14. Weisbecker: ; Jensen: ; Liang: ; Boyle: SF: O Leary, Liang. SB: Demouth, O Leary, Dontas: 2. CS: Boyle. A loss to Hopewell, 9-8, on June 13. Litwack: ; Demouth: ; Weisbecker: ; O Leary: ; Liang: ; Boyle: ; Dontas: B: O Leary, Demouth. 3B: Litwack. SF: Demouth, Weisbecker, Boyle. SB: Demouth, Weisbecker, Boyle. A win against Hamilton, 5-3, on June 9. Litwack: ; Demouth: ; Weisbecker: ; O Leary: ; Campbell: B: Litwack: 2; Weisbecker. SF: Weisbecker. SB: O Leary. Boys Track North: Joe Rosa anchored North s boys distance medley relay team Jim Rosa, Chris Banks, Pat O Connell, and Joe Rosa to a school-record finish on June 18, with a time of 9:54.78, in North Carolina at the outdoor national track and field championships. North placed second in the race. At the event, Greg Caldwell won the boys 110-meter hurdles with a time of Veeh Bhalla placed 17th in the boys mile in 4:36.44 and 22nd in the 800 meters, with a time of 1: Joe Rosa finished second in the two-mile championship race at the New Balance Nationals on June 17 with a time of 8:54.46, while his brother, Jim, finished in third, with a time of 8: Joe Rosa finished 8th in the Boys Dream Mile at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island in the Adidas Grand Prix Meet on June 11, with a time of 4: Jim Rosa finished 13th, in a time of 4: Jim and Joe Rosa were in the lead in the 3,200 during the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on June 9, but a thunderstorm forced the cancellation of the event about three quarters into the race. The Rosas went 2:10 for the first 800, 4:23.9 for the first 1,600; and were at 7:32 in the eighth lap, when the event was called. They chose not to re-run the race on June 13. Greg Caldwell placed third in the 110 high hurdles, with a time of South: Dan Riff finished 11th, with a time of 9:41.46, in the 3,200 at the Meet of Champions on June 13. Girls Track North: Patrycja Dziekonska placed third in the girls hurdles in seconds at the in North Carolina at the outdoor national track and field championships. North s 4x100 shuttle hurdles team Marilyn Allen, Christina LiPuma, Lauren Schwartzman and Dziekonska placed 7th in the girls 4x100 shuttle hurdles. South: Caroline Kellner placed second in the 3,200, with a time of 10:41.78, at the Meet of Champions on June 13, the date the meet resumed after thunderstorms stopped the meet on June 9. Sports Briefs Princeton Junction resident Margo Lee will be representing New Jersey in aquatics on Team USA in Greece for the 2011 World Summer Games. Special Olympics Team USA, comprising 315 athletes as well as 125 coaches, will unite from June 25 through July 4 with 7,000 athletes from nearly 180 nations to compete in these World Games. The eight delegates from across New Jersey will join 315 athletes from every state and the District of Columbia and 125 coaches and managers uniting to comprise Special Olympics Team USA. West Windsor resident Michael Zhao, 12, played in the final week of the French Open, where he won his first tennis match against an opponent from Mexico. He fell in the second round. He earned the trip after winning the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament in April.
17 The Graduating Class of 2011 High School North High School North, Class of 2011, held comencement ceremonies at Sun Bank Center on Saturday, June 18. Among those graduating were: A Shreya Agarwal; Isha Aggarwal; Sneha Ahuja; Mukunda V. Alladi; Katherine Ruth Amigo; Rachel Anseaume; Caitlin Antaya; Madelin Antaya; Raj Ardeshna; Varnika Atmakuri; Dylan T. Averack. B Katelyn Baker; Neelesh Balaji; Jake Barz; Antonio Basukoski; Nicole Baumohl; Rachel Baumohl; Neil Bedi; Diana Marie Befi; RocheŠ Bell; Taras Bengizu; Sachin R. Bhide; Joanna A. Bi; Heather L. Bilardo; David S Bizenov; Jillian Victoria Bonafede; Julie Ann Bradley; Conor Brown; Whitney A. Brown; Nicole Buchwald; Arielle Courtney Budoff; Stephanie Linda Burns; Kylia Byrd. C Kevin T. Callahan; Elias Can; Jenna Breanne Carlen; Kristen Carpio; Sandra Cevallos; Judy Chai; Frances Chan; Sophia K. Chan; Sonali Chanchani; Renzo Changanaqu ; Connor B. Chapman; Philip F. Charles III; Peter Chen; Paul Christian A. Chenet; Sowmya Chepur; Will Joseph Chetrick; Thribhuvan Chevva; Simran K. Chhabra; Peter D. Chi; Wynn Chin; Megan Chismar; Kwansik Choo; Kaylyn Christian; Rebeka M. Cirkus; Nicholas Edward Clements; Nikole W. Cook; Mark Cooley; James E. Cortell; Nicole M. Costa; Keia Coulthard; James Courtney Jr.; Britt James Curry. D Avanti Dabholkar; Casey Robert Dalrymple; Philip Davidar; Ryan Demouth; Kishan Desai; Alexander Anil DeSimine; Sarah Jessica Devery; Neal DeVincenzo; Siddharth Dhulipalla; Vincent J. DiCindio II; Nicholas Ryan DiOrio; Douglas Doherty; Michael K. Doney; Grace R. Dong; Krishna Doppalapudi; Christie Allyson Dougherty; Jennifer Dowling; Ryan Michael Drury; Walter Dunston; Kevin Patrick Dwyer. E Nuha Eazazuddin; Irene Ekladous; Ashley Lynn Evers. F Fola Fadairo; Jonathan Falzon; Christopher Fania; Emily Caitlin Fink; Mark Fleres. G Nithin V. Gadiraju; Lavanya Ganesh; Rachana Hari P. Gangavarapu; Vikram Ganti; Mark Gedrich; Alycia M. Gideon; Kelly Anne Girandola; Katherine Lynn Girgenti; Martin Gitomer; Becca Goldberg; Pamela Lauren Goldberg; LaBria Golden. H Samuel Henry Goldfinger; Robert M. Goldhirsch; Aaina Gopalkrishnan; Haripriya Gopireddy; Sujitha Gorle; Sailusha Gosala; Giancarlo Grijalva; Allison Haase; Olivia M. Haase; Jessica Haba; Matthew S. Hackett; Ethan P. Harel; Cecile Haynes; Marcus J. Henderson; Thomas R. Hoge; Jung-Mao Hsieh; Olivia Yu He Hu; Brian Andrew Hui; Michael Joseph Hui; Timothy Ho- Nung Hui; Lauren Elizabeth Hurlburt. I Joanne Im; Susan Im; Christina M. Isnardi; Rosetta N. Isnardi. J Taylor Nicole Jaeger; Vivek Jaishankar; Sayeli Jayade; Joseph Charles Jensen II; Shreya Jha; Brandon Russell Johnson; Sabrina Helena Jugo. Continued on following page JUNE 24, 2011 THE NEWS 17 Above: Kevin Callahan, left, Kylia Byrd, Steph Burns, Arielle Bundoff, and Nicole Buchwald of High School North. Below: Julianne Lee, left, Andrew Lee, Meena Lee, and Jessica Lee of High School South. Painless, Quick, Non-Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Dr. Dhar is a highly trained Interventional Gastroenterologist Practicing in East Windsor, NJ Assistant Professor of Medicine at Nationally Recognized Columbia University All procedures performed in East Windsor, NJ in a luxurious office setting Painless, Quick, Non-Surgical Remarkably free of complications Reimbursed by most Medical Insurance Plans * Call me Today to learn how Infrared Coagulation Treatment can relieve you of hemorrhoids in minutes! *excludes co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles Dr. Vasudha Dhar, M.D. 300B Princeton Hightstown Road Suite 206 East Windsor, NJ 08520
18 18 THE NEWS JUNE 24, 2011 Continued from previous page K Mihaly Imre Kadar; Shiphrah S. Kamble; Lee Karavelis; Alexis M. Keresztes; Osman Khan; Saniyah Khan; Saniya Khullar; Mariae Kim; Karys Chandler Kirby; Thomas E. Klimek; Samuel J. Korsen; Laura C. Kosar; Devika Krishnamoorthy; Sitara Pradeep Kumar; Anna Lise Kunkel-Jure; Zachary Max Kurfirst; Wilson T. Kwok; Wen-Ling Kyon. L Juwan J. Lee; Bryan G. Lentine; Michael Edward Lewis; Hei Jun Li; Jessica Spero Li; Larry J. Li; Aaron Blaine Lickliter; Andrew Boyd Lin; Mark Lin; Katherine LiPuma; Benjamin K. Liu; Yun Liu; Lauren Nicole Louie; Albert Lu; Lillian Lu. M Ingrid Ma; Diane Elizabeth Maa; Raman Quinn Maingi; Sanjana Manikandan; Kevin Mann; Kevin Mansfield; Jason Marcus; Andrew R. Matelwich; Kelvin Mateo; Anthony J. Matturro; Diana Cristina Mayorga; Christine Jude McCarthy; Matthew Joseph McCormick; Saumya K. Mehta; Jonathan Meiner; Jeffrey Melzer; Penninah Menezes; Meghna Menon; Bharath Methuku; Jessie Miller; Gabrielle S. Minott; Molly Mitlak; Saurabh Mitra; Nicole Anne Monteiro; Sovann Nicholas Mouth; Robin Mukherjee; James B. Mulhall; Stephanie Marie Murkli; Khulan Myagmardorj. N Lauren Elizabeth Nacht; Ashok- Babu Nallanukala; Samyuktha Natarajan; Kaitlyn Elizabeth Nelson; Andrew Newman; Adam D. Niemann; Katherine Nixon; Kevin Alex Nowak. O Patrick L. O Connell; Sean O Connell; Mamdouh Omar; Helen M. Orita; Isai Orozco; Andrew F. Orsini; Christian Brandon Ortiz; Camila Andrea Osorio. P Holden Palacios; Spencer Ryne Palombit; Victoria Nicole Parisi; Selena U. Park; Stefanie Parrott; Aneesha Patel; Molly Patel; Rishi J. Patel; Shivang Patel; Nihal Pathuri; Lisa N. Patti; Patricia M. Pehnke; Leah Heather Pepper; Matthew A. Persico; John Winston Anthony Peters; Preeti V. Phanse; Sean Pitcherello; Anelyse Louise Porreca; Anushka Prabhu; Hope M. Preville; Khushbu Purohit. Q Hasees Qazi. R Neha Rachumallu; Madhuri Raghunath; Aneesha Raghunathan; Arjun Rai; Vani Ramanathan; Divyasri Ramireddygari; Michael Ramos; Jason Alexander Rand; James Francis Reda; Renuka K. Reddy; Namratha Reganti; Shayla Nicole Reid; Alexandra Reis; Claude E. Richardson; Hannah Richman; Brian Rivas; James Rosa; Joseph Rosa; Matthew Robert Rossano; Sarah Rupani. S Wendy Kate Sachs; Utkarsh Saddi; Ajay Kumar Sajja; Radhika Saksena; Adriana Salerno; Evan Samet; Prashanth Sankaran; Ankita Sankla; Miguel A. Santiago III; Joseph Schilling; Amanda Paige Schnurr; Brian Schon; Robert D. Schultz II; Daniel Evan Schwartz; Deepak Sela; Nitin Sethi; Shivani Sethi; Anum R. Shah; Harshal K. Shah; Mariam Syeda Shah; Meera Shah; Shehryar Irshad Ali Shah; Sonia Shah; Yasmine Shah; Ryan L. Shanaberger; Arman Shanjani; Kevin She; Parth Shorey; Claire Hannah Shriver; Caroline Sievers; Daria Silas; Jenna Simanovsky; Nitya Sivakumar; Joel Slayton; James Charles Slonaker; Rachel E. Snyder; Arpan Somani; Ralph Aaron Spetalnick; Aparaajit Sriram; Andrew David Stark; Daniel States; Zachary Stein; Daniel Evan Steinberg; Emily Robin Straley; Dylan S. Strober; Daniel Su; Runali Sukhadia; Rachel Sun; Siddhi Sundar; Aravind Sundararajan; Anthony Szewczyk. T Eiichi Takeuchi; Shaili H. Tanna; Michael Tantillo; Mehul Tanwar; Nishant Thelakkat; Justin Thieke; Codi Thompson; Giselle Gopilan Torralba; Melissa Beth Traub; Kristin Troianello; Joanna Tsuo; Sydney D. Turchin; Daniel S. Tvizer. U Nomin Ujiyediin; Saima S. Usmani. V Mark VanZevenbergen; Rohan Varty; Cassandra Andrea Vasiliu; Tamy Vasquez; Neethi Vasudevan; Rithwik Vedati; Joseph Zachary Victor. W Arisa Wada; Connie Wang; Hengjia Wang; Jianhan Wang; Joyce Victoria Wang; Katherine Wang; Katherine S. Warshauer; Gregory P. Weisbecker; Brielle D. Weiss; Joshua Weitz; Evan L. Weston; Isaac Whelan; William D. Whipple; Marc R. Wiener; Richard Wong; Charlotte Wonnell; Brittany Lee Wright. X Melissa Xu. Y Ananya Yalamanchi; Christine T. Yan; Krishna Yarabarla; Daphne Ye; Xiaotong (Joe) Yi; William Wan Ying; Sho Yoshitake. Z Mary Josephine Zeoli; Zilin Zhou; Lilly (Yutong) Zhu; Yiren Zhu; Michael Tian Chang Zhuang; Christopher Zupancic High School South High School South, Class of 2011, held comencement ceremonies at Sun Bank Center on Saturday, June 18. Among those graduating were: A Mezmour Admassu Abebe; Etienne Ngandu Aduya; Sameer Aggarwal; Renz Julian Aguilar; Courtney Joyce Agyeman; Syed Mohammed Ahmed; Jun Sung Ahn; Teresa George Akkara; Julia Akselrud; Laith Al-Najjar; Omar Al-Turk; Omeed Alerasool; Dahlia Amad ; Armaan Reddy Ambati; Ashwin Amurthur; Panduranga Prahlad Annamraju. B Adam Bacall; Kenneth Bae; Famya Baig; Christian Balevski; Anne Carenina Balicusto; Avik Banerjee; Shanice D. Barnes; Christian F. Baron; Billy Baugher; Corey William Baumann; Kory Beach; Andrew Michael Benerofe; Kelly Benfer; Chelsea Rebecca Berg; Mrinalini Bhutoria; Eric R. Bierck; Taylor Birnbaum; Anne Margaret Bonazzi; Kendal Borup; Andrew Braverman; Juliet Florence Brooks; Matthew Ross Buchbinder; Ashley Rose Burch. C Daniel M. Callahan; Joseph Michael Cangelosi III; Xizhi Cao; Kevin Caparino; Jennifer Cardinale; Nicole Caricato; Margaret Carleen; Jesse Decker Carnegie; Stephanie Cartwright; Michael C. Casarona; Peter Cerrito II; May Y. Chang; Johnny Chau; Lucy Chen; Xingren Chen; Kimberly Chiu; Joseph Dominick Cirafici; Sama Nina Conteh; James Patrick Cornick; Ashley Cruz; Jennifer Grace Curatolo; Shannon Elizabeth Curry. D Shawn Daniel; Kelly Mariko Davidson; Erika Murex Deetjen; Rachael Degnan; Michael DeJesus; Katelyn Delaney; Ashleigh Nicole DeLemos; Raashi Desai; Jiouanna Despeignes; Om Dhavalikar; Amanjot Dhillon; Jacob A. Donohue; Connor Doyle; Daniel Robert Druckman. E Carolina Echeverri; Ariana Efstathios; Louise C cile Eltvedt; Kevin Stephen Enriquez; David Christopher Escalante Hernandez; Daniel Edward Espinosa. F Fernando V. Faria Jr.; Joshua Fecko; Emily Ferguson; Joseph M. Ferguson; Sean M. Ferguson; Adrian Alexander Fernandez; Emma Georgiana Ford; Stephen Francisco; Sari Frankel; Dmitriy Fridkin; Melissa Kelly Girandola, left Jenna Carlen, Olivia Haase, Megan Chismar, Sydney Turchin, Dan States, Vincent DiCindio, Alex DeSimine, Tom Hoge, and Kevin Nowak Shirang Patel, left, Zilin Zhou, and Tim Hui Christine McCarthy, left, Leah Pepper, and Whitney Brown Valedictorian Renuka Reddy The Northern Knights High School North held its graduation for 374 members of the Class of 2011 on Saturday, June 18, at Sun National Bank Center. Pictured above are Selena Park, left, Isai Orozco, Holden Palacios, Mr. Carl Romero, Andrew Orsini, Victoria Pansi, Spencer Palombit, Meg Orita, Stef Parrott, and Aneesha Patel. Pictured at left are Joanne Im and Shirang Patel. Photos by Mark Czajkowski Simran Chhabra, left, Ananya Yalamanchi, and Shreya Agarwal Raj Ardeshna, left, and Caitlin Antaya Ingrid Ma, left, Joyce Wang, Meghna Manon, and Kaitlyn Nelson
19 The South Pirates High School South held its graduation for 415 members of the Class of 2011 on Saturday, June 18, at Sun National Bank Center. Pictured above are Dahlia Amade, left, Juliet Brooks, Nicole Caricato, Courtney Agyeman, and Shanice Barnes. At right are Nicole Joseph, near right, and Sergio Ingato. Corey Baumann, left, Daniel Callahan, Andrew Benerofe, Eric Bierck, Matthew Buchbinder, and Andrew Braverman Anne Bonazzi, left, James Cornick, Erika Deetjen, Chelsea Berg, and Jennifer Curatolo Omotayo Kuku, left, and Beverly Jimenez Sama Nina Conteh, left, and class valedictorian Satyajeet Pal Cheryl Peng, left, Roger Lin, Harrison Liew, and Benjamin Hong Anne Bonazzi, left, and Chelsea Berg Friedlander; Jaime Friscia; Emma Winslow Funaki. G Jaedi R. Gambatese; Sharon Gao; Janhavi Gawde; Alex S. Gerber; Samuel Jacob Gertzog; Johnathan D. Glover; Henry Marks Gochuico; Sanjiv J. Godse; Vishnu Gogineni; Lauren Goldfinger; Karina Gonzalez-Salazar; Ankita K. Gore; Linda Gosselin; Alana Marielle Gottesman; Lawrence Samuel Goun; Amanda Grant; Amy Greenberger; Thomas Grinberg; Lara Grossmith; Bradley Groves; Anthony D. Guan; Jia Jun Guo; Alisha Gupta; Vaibhav Gupta. H Mehrnaz Habibian; Rayne Han; Alanna Hanafee; Thomas Hanington; Kristen Hanley; Khushboo Harjani; Katherine Lee Harshaw; Sean C. Hazen; ShaoYin He; Mariane Elizabeth Herte; Benjamin Hong; Julian S. Hsu; Eric Hu; Jordan Hu; Angela Huang; Ryan Huie; Tajah nae Humes; Eunice J. Hwang. I Ned Pryce Ianacone; Oyinade Ifaturoti; Adam Samuel Ignotofsky; Sergio Joseph Pappa Ingato; Sara B. Itak. J Kareema Jean-Baptiste; Beverly Jimenez; Hannah Ruihan Jin; Molly Virginia Johnson; Nicole Sara Joseph. K Dharan Kadiyala; Milan Kalaria; Lekha Kanchinadam; Andrew Kai Kang; Huai-Yueh Kang; Robin Karmakar; Deepa Karmakar; Hannah Rebecca Katz; Steven Strich Katz; Zachary Kaufman; Abdul Waris Kazi; Lisa Kelleher; Lindsay Kelman; Drew Kempf; Natalie Khoury; Liam Kiernan; Hyewon Kim; Sara Suzanne Kline; Vyshakh Kodoth; Mark Kogan; Sota Koike; Samuel Jacob Korolev; Dhvani Pareshkumar Kothari; Tatiana Kozina; Michael Steven Krakower; Ian Andrew Kramer; Omotayo O. Kuku; John Y. Kwag. L Philip Thomas LaBella; Samantha Lam; Andrew Lee; Daniel Deshawn Lee; Jessica Nicole Lee; Joshua C. Lee; Julianne Lee; Matthew Lee; Meena Lee; Larissa Michelle Lee Lum; Eric Michael Leiggi; Franklin Fan Li; Tianqi Li; Melissa Erin Lichtman; Harrison Liew; Drazen A. Lightburn; Roger Lin; Spencer Lin; Jaime H. Lisbona; Jessica Liu; Sean Loughran; Sharell Lowe; Raymond Luo. M Ruthvik Malladi; Eva Mandel; Seva Mangat; Avantika Mankar; Piyush Mathew; Bijan Sean Matthews; Victoria Matthews; Emily Marie Mauro; Alessandra Vera Mayol; William John McAuliffe; Caitlin McCann; Laura Ruth McCormick; Naiquan Mc- Coy; Connor Patrick McElwee; Christiana Chandler McGuigan; Vivian Lizette Medina; Kimberly Ruth Meersma; Ashish Mehta; Jared Meltzer; Benjamin Walter Menahem; Phillip Louis Menard; Nichelle G. Mendes; Joseph-Antonio Ortiguera Mendoza; David Raphael Meni; Abhinav Mereddy; Shelby Nicole Miller; Sherene Zara Minhas; Jaime Beth Mishkin; Avikam Mittal; Jenna S. Modi; Esvin Monrroy; Michelle Morris; Julia Moss; Faizan Mumtaz; Timothy Murphy; Rebecca Musumeci. N Rishi Narang; Vijay Narayan; Arun Nayar; Mircea Stefan Neagu; Harshita Chaitanya Nedunuri; Satya Nedunuri; Daniel Kevin Ng; Devon Ngai. O Daniel O Connell; Andrew J. Ochoa; Mihir V. Odak; Rachel Oertel; Jeffrey J. Oey; Brian Oglesby; Matthew Isaac Oh; Steven Oh; Danielle Olgin; Robert M. Olsen; Gabrielle C. Opie; Ashima Oza. JUNE 24, 2011 THE NEWS 19 P Satyajeet Pal; Gavin Palowitch; Jonathan C. Pang; John Park; Jun- Yeong Park; Yeonjoo Park; Pooja K. Patel; Rishita Reddy Patlolla; Sarah Elizabeth Peck; Chien Jung Peng; Thomas Peters; Kathryn Philbin; Anthony C. Piccirello; Anthony G. Pisano; Alexa J. Pogrob; Sonia Priyanka Pothraj; Amy N. Procaccini; Rinku Punjabi. Q Alice Can Ran Qin; Ante Qu. R Harry A. Rackmil; Sal Rahin; Raphael Ramboyong; Joshua D. Ramjit; Sacha N. Ramjit; Alexander Yeager James Rasmussen; Kirill Ravikovitch; Niharika Ray; Divya J. Reddy; Mahesh Reddy; Jordan William Reece; Brian A. Reil; Donna Rhymer; Carly Riemann; Karla Rios; Melissa Rachel Rivers; Joel Roberts; Andrea Robinson; Clemente A. Rodriguez; Gilbert L. Rodriguez; Gina Nicole Rodriguez; Alexander S. Rohrbach; Kathryn G. Rose; Zachary Connor Rosenberg; Adam D. Rothman; Sharon S. Ryoo. S Rahul Sabbineni; Gautham Sajith; Subhasree Samanta; Derek A. Sanchez; Kelsey Sandgren; Sonia Sandhu; Erik G. Sandvig; Bryan Sapon; Brian Saravia; Katerina Savelieva; Xavier Amir Saxon; Kelly Scanlan; Austin James Scharfstein; Michael Elias Schenk; Anna Schnitter; Brian Schoepfer; Jacob Schwartz; Melissa T. Schwartz; Cassandra Grace Sciortino; Surina Seetha; Meena Selvanathan; Steven Senko; H. Alex Senopoulos;Selena Kay Seto; Aditi Shah; Ashish Shah; Jamie J. Shah; Vareel Shah; Vrushabh Shah; Apoorv Sharma; Nikhil Sharma; Prachi Sharma; Lisa Sher; Rebecca Shi; Aniruddh Shivram; Vera Shulgina; Anton Shvets; Katherine Noelle Sibley; Ingrid Gylla Simon; Anushka Sindkar; Divita Singh; Nikita Singh; Harshita Sinha; Andrew Slepman; Gordon Smith; Kevin Smith; Christopher S. So; Adrienne Solomon; Sarah Ann Solomon; Rose Anna Soskind; Megan Elizabeth Spencer; Sahaana Sridhar; Sudershan Srinivasan; Kenneth Edward Stankiewicz; William Steacy; Jacob Stein; Andrew Steinberg; Mark Stone; Tyler Stone; David I. Suh; Kritika Sukumar. T Neisa A. Taffur; Eric C. Tang; Victor Tang; Zamira Denise Tennie; Anatoliy Terentiev; Vinaya K. Thotakura; Malavika Thottappillil; Michael Tillson; Ming-Ming Tran; Colleen Barbara Trombetta; Abhinay Tumati; Gagan Tunuguntla. V Liza Margarita Vargas Bautista; Manoj Velagaleti; Nikila Venkat; Deepti Venkatraman. W Douglas Keane Wallack; Alex Wan; Mallory Wang; Shen Wang; Stephanie Shinray Wang; Winnie Wang; Clifford Weekes; Kevin Robert Welsh; Elizabeth Williams; Caroline A. Wong; Catharine Wong; Nicholas Wong; Michael Wu; Sean C. Wulf; Rebecca Ann Wymer; William Wymer. X Junwen (Jennifer) Xiao; Jasmine Yining Xie; Jonathan Xu. Y Charul A. Yadav; Steven C. Yang; Bocong Yin; Jonathan Yoo; Jennifer Yoon; Nicholas Joseph Young; Alexander Yu; Chun Man Yu; Elizabeth Yu; Hanson Yu; Jennifer Yu; Nahhyun Sarah Yu; Siyao Yu; Diana Yuan. Z Marni Shayna Zahorsky; Felicia Zhang; Junyi Zhou; Eric Zhuang; Caroline Ziedonis; Jared R. Ziment; Jillian Rose Zummo. Larissa Lee Lum, left, Matthew Lee, and Samantha Lam. Mrinalini Bhutoria, left, May Chang, and Taylor Birnbaum Need Photos? Photographs from the graduation ceremonies are available to family and friends by contacting the photographer, Mark Czajkowski, by at
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