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PRINCETON: Building self-worth
The Arc Mercer has a long history of helping those with special needs find work
Sean McMillon likes being a janitor, work that the 23-year-old man from Trenton finds relaxing.

He and three other co-workers can be found cleaning floors, emptying wastebaskets and doing all the other work necessary to tidy up Princeton municipal buildings when the employees go home.

Since last year, the town has hired The ARC Mercer, a nonprofit organization that serves clients with special needs, to provide after-hours janitorial service. Every day of the work week, ARC senior manager Debbie Lee meets Mr. McMillon, Kira Chester, Lamar Blassingame and Vincent Hedgepeth at The ARC office in Trenton and drives them to Princeton.


    The drama pitting the Institute for Advanced Study against the Friends of Princeton Battlefield reached a critical point two weeks ago when the D & R Canal Commission, which a few days before rendered a decision failing to approve the institute’s housing development in the Battlefield area, reversed course and approved the application based on a change of vote by one member, a state employee.
   The following letter was read as a petition to the Princeton Council at its Feb. 24 meeting:
Ron Lessard, Princeton
Philip Abram, Princeton



Intimate and Powerful
Maureen McGovern is bringing her tribute to female singer-songwriters to New Hope
MAUREEN McGovern was performing at an AIDS benefit in San Francisco several years ago, an event that also featured fellow singer Helen Reddy, a contemporary of Ms. McGovern’s during the 1970s.

   After 9/11, Ms. Reddy — the “Queen of ‘70s Pop” as she was known during that decade — quit performing for a time and returned to her native Australia, where she became a licensed hypnotherapist.

   The San Francisco benefit would be Ms. Reddy’s first time back performing on stage in a while.


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