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Letter to the Editor: Mayor Gayle’s Passion and 24/7 Commitment to the Town has Left an Indelible Impression on her Son

Mom served as a PTO member, Temple President, Volunteer Member of the HP Educational Foundation, Town councilwoman and most recently Mayor. Meeting after meeting, emergency after emergency, event after event – she is there. This town is her passion. The betterment of Highland Park has been her goal, her vision and her only mission for the last decade. READ MORE

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Letter to the Editor: Special Needs Educator Supports Transparency of Coleman/Morreale Candidates for Mayor/Council

As a devoted special needs educator, parent advocate, and resident determined to see fairness in her town, Monique will bring much needed energy to borough hall. Having known Austin for several years, I can say his tireless work with marginalized communities is matched only by his generous character. He’s proud to speak up for low-income families and LGBTQ residents by naming these groups, not staying with safe, electable doublespeak. READ MORE

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Letter to the Editor: Buck’s Woods Petition Reflects Significant Community Concerns

To the Editor of the Highland Park Planet:

I respectfully disagree with Matt Hersh, my neighbor just a few blocks down at Felton Ave, and a fellow trustee at the Highland Park Educational Foundation. So before we duke it out over this Buck’s Woods issue, a plug for HPEF Casino Night on May 11, 6:30-10:30 PM. (http://www.hpefnj.org/2019-spring-fundraiser.html) It will be a fun evening for a good cause! No argument on that! As the primary author of the “Buck Woods” petition, I disagree
with Matt’s contention that it “distorts Highland Park’s Bucks Woods
situation.” Far from being a “distortion,” it’s an accurate reflection of the
concerns and sentiments of my many neighbors affected by this drastic zoning
change. If you walk the streets of 5th, 6th, and 7th Ave’s, you would be hard
pressed to find anyone jumping with joy over the proposed zoning plan. READ MORE

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PSE&G and Highland Park Announce Landfill Solar Storage System

The Highland Park Solar Storage System is part of a 3 megawatt-dc carve-out in the Solar 4 All program dedicated to developing projects that integrate solar with other technologies to reduce the impact solar has on the grid or increase reliability and grid resiliency for critical facilities during prolonged power outages. READ MORE

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Emma C. DeVilla, son of HP resident Ronald DeVilla, died on June 22

Emma C. DeVilla, 73, of Dayton died Friday, June 22, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro. Born in Pateros, Rizal, Philippines, she has been a resident of South Brunswick since 1976. Emma retired in 2015 with over 30 years of service as a Nursing Instructor with Capital Health Systems at Fuld. Emma was a member of St. Cecilia’s Church, Monmouth Junction and volunteered for various Roman Catholic Organizations. READ MORE

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“Hamilton” cast member thrills HP students thanks to Fresh Theatre Arts

Broadway performer, Thayne Jasperson, a cast member of Hamilton, visited Highland Park on Monday, May 14, when he led a theater (acting, singing, and dancing) workshop, geared towards students in the 5th through 12th grades. The workshop was facilitated by Fresh Theatre Arts, LLC., founded by Highland Park resident Tova Halpern. “Thank you, Thayne Jasperson and Fresh Theatre Arts for bringing some Hamilton: An American Musical to Highland Park, New Jersey. My kid (Lily Solomon, 5th grader) had so much fun,” said Rebecca Hersh in a Facebook post. Thayne is one of Hamilton’s original cast members. READ MORE

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