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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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Middlesex County Vote by Mail Opt-Out Deadline Is Extended

The decision to extend the deadline has been made in order to accommodate those voters added to the Vote by Mail list due to a recent change in the law, who have not had sufficient time to submit their opt out requests previously. READ MORE

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Metra Lundy’s Harriet Tubman Walk Moves Along in Pursuit of a Moving Mission

Four weeks ago, the HP Planet
ran the story of how Highland Park resident Metra Lundy, the owner and founder
of Kinetics, was inspired to lead a walk
that followed Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad route, all the way to
Canada. She invited Highland Park residents to accompany her on the portion of
the walk from Highland Park to New York City on July 19th. Ms. Lundy
provided updates for our readers by answering the Planet’s questions.  A final
update will come upon completion of the walk. (The initial story is reprinted
after the Q&A)

Q- What was the route the
walkers took to New York? READ MORE

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