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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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HP’s Human Relations Commission Responds to the Recent Spate of Anti-Semetic Events

The following is an open letter to the community from the members of the Highland Park Human Relations Commission

The Human Relations Commission is outraged, angry and saddened by the spate of anti-Semitic events that have happened in New York City and in New Jersey, including right here in Highland Park. It is essential for us to identify t he origins of this rising hatred and to address it deliberately. The Human Relations Commission welcomes the opportunity to work with the members of our community and with our elected officials on the local, county, and state level in order to make sure that hate truly has no home here. As a community, we have a moral obligation to learn fro one another and to understand one another through policy programming, education, and compassion

We all must act from a position of hope to empower and engage our neighbor so we never live in fear. We refuse to live in fear. READ MORE

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Two Juveniles Charged with Acts of Criminal Mischief in HP

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet and Chief Richard Abrams of the Highland Park Police Department announced that two juveniles have been charged with criminal mischief regarding acts of graffiti in Highland Park. The juveniles, whose names will not be released due to their age, have been charged with acts of criminal mischief for the incidents that were reported on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at approximately 11:30pm when multiple areas near South First Avenue, Johnson Street and Cedar Ave were spray painted. Due to the close proximity to the Congregation Ahavas Achim and recent tragic events throughout the country, a joint investigation was conducted by Detectives from the Highland Park Police Department, Middlesex County Prosecutors Office and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Upon further investigation it was determined that these acts were not perpetrated with bias intent. On Monday, December 30, 2019, Detectives from Highland Park Police Department took a female juvenile into custody and charged her with four counts of criminal mischief. READ MORE

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Greg Schiano Returns as RU Head Football Coach – NJ native led Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances

Greg Schiano, who led Rutgers to new heights from 2001-11, returns as the head football coach “On the Banks.” Schiano’s appointment as head coach comes following the Rutgers Board of Governors’ approval today of contract terms.

The Wyckoff, New Jersey, native directed the Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances, coached 83 RU players who signed NFL contracts and guided the program to the top APR score in the nation during his previous 11 seasons in Piscataway. He was named the 2006 National Coach of the Year. Schiano, who has three nine-win campaigns and coached 16 Rutgers All-America selections, holds a 68-67 record as the Rutgers head coach, including a 56-33 mark in his last seven seasons. The 68 wins are fourth in school history, behind Frank Burns (78), Harvey Harman (74) and John Bateman (73). “Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” said Schiano.”I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. READ MORE

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State Climatologist Sheds Some Light on the Record Cold Temperatures in NJ

Today’s low temperature in New Brunswick was 20 degrees, a record for Nov. 13 dating back to 1896, according to Dr. David A. Robinson, the New Jersey State Climatologist and a distinguished professor in the Department of Geography in the School of Arts and Sciences. The previous record was 23 degrees in 1920. Today’s low was also the fifth coldest temperature on record in New Brunswick for so early in the season, according to Dr. Robinson, who oversees the Rutgers NJ Weather Network and helps coordinate the New Jersey Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. Last Saturday’s low fell to 19 degrees and was the coldest for Nov. READ MORE

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To Celebrate Columbus Day or Not To Celebrate – that is the Question Answered by RU Scholar

Rutgers scholar Camilla Townsend offered her opinion on the nationwide debate over whether Columbus Day should be abolished and statues of Christopher Columbus removed. “Abolishing Columbus Day will not change what happened. But we should add an Indigenous Peoples’ Day and encourage schools to take it seriously, as Canada has done. Many students graduate high school thinking that perhaps they shouldn’t celebrate Columbus without knowing exactly why, and still knowing next to nothing about indigenous peoples’ history. Helping them learn that history might yield better results than abolishing a holiday,” Dr. Townsend said. READ MORE

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