It’s that time to mind the clocks, treats, planets – and votes

HPP Reminders:

  • CLOCKS: Turn your clocks back Nov. 1, 2 a.m. (or before you go to bed on Oct. 31). You and your family will get an extra hour of sleep or an extra hour to continue eating those treats. The sugar should keep you going till 2 a.m. on Nov. 1.
  • TREATS: Before you turn the clocks back, enjoy a wonderful Halloween celebration in downtown Highland Park. Main Street Highland Park has orchestrated a fabulously non-frightening Halloween party with free Trick-or-Treat tote bags, live music, downtown businesses participating in providing treats for the costumed cherubs – and a Peanuts Great Pumpkin outdoor movie. The fun begins at 2 p.m., the movie is at 5:30 p.m.
  • PLANETS: The Highland Park Planet recommends a non-sugar treat early in the morning on October 31. Venus, Jupiter, and Mars can be seen together in the sky in a rare grouping of the three planets. The planetary conjunction – in which planets “line up” thanks to the timing of their orbits around the Sun – has been visible for days and should continue for another day or two. The next time this will occur will be in January 2021.
  • VOTES: November 3, 2015. We know that there is no contest for Highland Park Borough Council. There IS a contest for local school board – five citizens running for three openings on the board. All the candidates are caring, thoughtful community residents who do the stressful, demanding jobs for no pay (school board) or very little pay (council members). They deserve your consideration and appreciation as expressed by the action of casting a vote. Voting shows you care about the principle of being engaged in the local governing process (a story on the candidates will be posted on Nov. 1). We hope the Highland Park residents are an exception to what was described by this Rutgers Eagleton poll, released on Tuesday, October 27, 2015: The turnout for next Tuesday’s general election could set a new record low. According to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, three-quarters of New Jerseyans did not even know there is an election in the offing.

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