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A New Solar Farm in Highland Park Highlights the Potential of Energy Storage Batteries

From www.NJSpotlight.com 19 February 2020

A new solar farm on a former garbage dump went into service this week in Highland Park, but this project also featured energy storage batteries, a key component of the Murphy administration’s ambitious plans to transition New Jersey to 100% clean energy. The Highland Park Solar Storage System is the
35th overall solar project and the fifth solar storage system that the Public
Service Electric & Gas utility has built. Is it a trend for the future? “Unquestionably,’’ answered Lyle Rawlings, the
president and CEO of Advanced Solar Products, the solar and storage system firm
PSE&G hired to design, procure and build the system for Highland Park. “Inevitably, it’s the wave of the future. We don’t get to 50 percent (clean
energy) by 2030, let alone the governor’s goal of 100 percent by 2050 without
energy storage.”

Energy storage is a top priority in the
administration’s clean-energy plan. READ MORE

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Cheers to 100 Years: Join Pino’s Celebration of a Century in Highland Park on Feb. 14

Appropriate for Valentine’s Day, Highland Park is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its love affair with Pino’s. Everyone is invited to celebrate Highland Park’s entertainment “heart,” watering hole, living room, live music venue, and gift basket shop and wine cellar on Friday February 14, 2020, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., 13 North Fourth Avenue. The event will be a tribute to the history of Highland Park and the 100-year journey of Pino’s. At the event, Pino’s will debut their 100-Year-Anniversary
cocktail menu, featuring a Highland Park Scotch tasting and Birnn Chocolate
pairing for just $10, plus Highland Park chocolate whiskey cupcakes, live music
with Rouvan and imagery/artifacts provided by the Highland Park Historical
Society. Aside from its great selection of beers, wines, and gifts,
Pino’s is Highland Park’s de facto gathering spot in all weather, indoors and
outdoors; it is part of the fabric of the community. READ MORE

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Rutgers Names Jonathan Holloway the 21st President of the University and its first Black President in its History

Jonathan Holloway has been named the 21st President of Rutgers University – the institution’s first Black president in the school’s 253-year history. Dr. Holloway,  an eminent historian, author and academic administrator, will begin his presidency on July 1, 2020, following successful tenures at Northwestern and Yale. The move to replace the university’s current president, Robert Barchi, came after Dr. Barchi announced his retirement to start in July. 

Most recently serving as Northwestern
University’s provost, Dr. Holloway was also the first Black dean for Yale College. 

Before completing his full five-year term in 2017, he had an untimely resignation in 2016, a year after Yale experienced heightened racial tensions, when a school committee had warned students against wearing offensive Halloween costumes (blackface, turbans, Native American headgear).  

Black Yale students were displeased with
Holloway’s many days of silence over the racial incidents, including a protest. He later went on
to apologize to students. 

The newly appointed president received his
bachelor’s degree in American studies from Stanford and a postgraduate degree
in history from Yale. 

He gave an emotional and touching speech, reflecting on a call he had with his late mother years ago while attending graduate school. 

Holding
back tears while still making the audience laugh, Dr. Holloway recalled telling
his mother about what he eagerly thought was a potential job offer from
Rutgers. 

While he didn’t get offered a position with the
prestigious university as a graduate student, that moment would pave the way
for his future. “Wouldn’t you know it, this time my hope paid off,” he said,
“Mom, I got the job.”

The newly voted president said he was most
interested in the job because of the excellence and motivation the university
has to conduct “life-changing research.” 

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted his excitement – ” Dr. Holloway clearly showed he had the vision & experience to put the needs of students first & lead Rutgers to the next level.” READ MORE

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Safe Routes to School Project Will Be Implemented Sooner than Anticipated at Irving and Bartle Schools

Highland Park is on a fast track to get federal funding for improved walking and biking sidewalk access to Irving and Bartle schools. On Tuesday, October 23, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, along with Senator Patrick Diegnan, Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, announced the advancement of a Safe Routes To School (SRTS) project that will improve the safety and access of sidewalks near the Irving School and the Bartle School. READ MORE

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