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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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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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HP Police Department Went on a Special Assignment – Bringing Joy to Children

Highland Park Police Officers last week played the role of Santa for
children at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. They made a toy
delivery and also offered hugs to the children – and got hugs and big smiles in
return. These toys were purchased by the Officers, Dispatchers, and
Administrative Staff. Highland Park Police Department officers and staff were so pleased that they
could deliver Christmas cheer early – and receive such joy in return. READ MORE

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Rutgers Professor Sheds New Light on Some of the Oldest Holiday Traditions

Did you know yuletide caroling began 1,000 years before Christmas existed? Or how about the fact that mistletoe was used to represent immortality long before the holiday reached Europe? And before there was eggnog, the medieval English drank wassail made from mulled ale. Maria Kennedy, an instructor of folklore at Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Department of American Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, has researched the European holiday traditions that predate – and became an inseparable part of – Christmas. —What is the origin of Christmas caroling? READ MORE

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Celebrate and Support the Highland Park Retail Community – and Bring Joy to Everyone

Don’t Miss the Fun! Small Business Weekend in Highland Park
Saturday Nov 30 & Sunday Dec 1

SMALL BUSINESS DEALS & DISCOUNTS
Follow our Small Business page — Highland Park’s business deals, discounts, and events will be posted on our page! HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET
Saturday 11/30, 12 pm – 7 pm & Sunday 12/1, 12 pm – 4 pm
212 Raritan Ave
Vendors, live music, photos with Santa, caroling, food trucks, and a gingerbread house contest

TREE LIGHTING
Saturday 11/30, 6 pm – 7 pm
212 Raritan Ave
Live music, caroling, hot chocolate…and Santa on the Highland Park fire truck! FREE MOVIE: STAR WARS
Saturday 11/30, 8 pm
Inside Pino’s, 4 North 4th Ave
The Highland Park Outdoor Movie Theater is delighted to present the original theatrical release of STAR WARS! CENTRAL JERSEY POP-UP FLEA MARKET
Saturday 11/30, 10 am – 7 pm & Sunday 12/1, 10 am – 4 pm
431 Raritan Ave
Vendors, food trucks, and live music

MUSIC AROUND TOWN
Roving caroling courtesy of the Highland Park Community Chorus on Saturday & roving troubadour Dennis MC DoNoUgh! READ MORE

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Give a Gift of Love in Motion – Gift Certificate for Princeton Ballet School Classes

Princeton
Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, now has gift
certificates available to make it easy to give the gift of dance to a
friend or loved one for the holidays…or anytime. The school offers a variety of
ballet programs and other dance classes for both beginner-level and experienced
dancers ages three through adult.

As a former
principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, and
currently the executive director of Princeton Ballet School and American
Repertory Ballet, Julie Diana Hench knows how well dancing can position
individuals for success throughout their lives. “Dance has many proven benefits
beyond the studio,” says Ms. Hench. “It teaches you how to be resilient, how to
work hard, problem solve, and express yourself creatively. Giving the gift of
dance can have a lasting positive impact on an individual’s life.”

Princeton
Ballet School gift certificates can be applied to Hand-in-Hand classes, Open
Enrollment classes, New Student registration, Current Student tuition and
Summer classes. READ MORE

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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

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