Letter to the Editor: Highland Park Equity Commission Urges Mayor and Council to Address Anti-Semitism, Not Geopolitics, in Our Community

Highland Park prides itself for its activism and intellectual thought on practical local and international matters. It is the position of the Highland Park Equity Commission that our local government should not be engaged in legislative retaliation against geopolitical movements and potentially any residents who support them. READ MORE

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

Highland Park School District is Among the Winners of the 2019 NJ School and District Sustainability Awards

Sustainable Jersey on Tuesday Oct. 22 announced
the recipients of the 2019 Sustainable Jersey for Schools awards – and the
Highland Park School District was among the winners by earning the GREEN TEAM
COLLABORATION AWARD. “The district institutionalized a culture of
sustainability since it was last recognized by Sustainable Jersey three years
ago. The natural next step was to work with borough partners to scale up our
efforts by implementing exciting projects like the $30,000 grant-funded
planting of trees all over our campuses,” said Dr. Scott Taylor, Superintendent, Highland Park Schools. The announcement was made at a reception during
the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2019 in Atlantic
City. READ MORE

Crossroads Theatre to Host Denzel Washington And Honor Him With The ‘Legends Award’on Saturday, Oct. 19

Acclaimed actor Denzel Washington is coming to New Brunswick, NJ to receive the first Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award from Crossroads Theatre Company at its inaugural A Night With Crossroads fundraising and friend-raising gala and show being held at several venues within New Brunswick’s arts and cultural district on Saturday, October 19. READ MORE

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