Joint Effort Witherspoon-Jackson Community Princeton Safe Streets, in conjunction with many Princeton businesses, community leaders, organizations and citizens, will return to in-person activities this summer.
The theme of this year’s activities is “Not Bouncing Back, But Bouncing Forward in Princeton.”
This week-long summer program will continue to focus on the historic role of the Witherspoon-Jackson community as the 20th Historic District of Princeton, as well as a recognition of the many stories of family, faith, leadership, history, community service and the future of the town, according to a prepared statement.
The 2021 Joint Effort Witherspoon-Jackson Community Princeton Safe Streets Summer Program will begin July 31 and end Aug. 8, a series of events and activities held at different locations throughout the Witherspoon-Jackson community, Princeton and the surrounding area.
There will be a special salute to Joint Effort Founder John Young, recognition of Princeton Town Councilman Dwaine Williamson, community introduction of the new Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Kelley and new Princeton High School Principal Frank Chmiel, and discussions on new visions for Princeton.
In addition, there will be a Candidate’s Forum for those seeking to represent Princeton on the council, county commission, NJ Assembly and the NJ Senate.
Also, join a Community Block Festival featuring Grace Little, an art and photography exhibit, a Gospel Music Fest, fish fry, Pete Young Memorial basketball clinic and games, book scholarships for graduating seniors, music, awards, entertainment and more.
For more information, call John Bailey at 720-629-0964.
The schedule is:
- Fish Fry and reunion, 3 p.m. July 31 at the Elks lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman
- Gospel Festival, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 1, First Baptist Church, 30 Green St., Princeton
- Kickoff reception with discussion on new visions for Princeton, 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Witherspoon Street corridor at Studio Hillier, 190 Witherspoon St., Princeton
- Community discussion on new visions for Princeton based on municipal government and youth services, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton
- Cultural program, including Jim Floyd memorial lecture, Chip Fisher and Romus Broadway memorial art shows, meet-and-greet with new superintendent and principal, 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 4, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton
- Second reunion, 6 p.m. Aug. 5, Elks lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman
- Third reunion, 6 p.m. Aug. 6, Elks lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman
- Youth basketball clinic, 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7, Community Park basketball courts, 380 Witherspoon St., Princeton
- Community discussion on new visions for Princeton, based on economic development, cannabis in Princeton and a candidates forum, 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 7, First Baptist Church, 30 Green St., Princeton
- Community Block Festival, 1-7 p.m. Aug. 7, Princeton YMCA field, 59 Paul Robeson Pl., Princeton
- Fourth reunion, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Elks lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman
- Pete Young Memorial Basketball Games and community awards, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Community Park basketball courts, 380 Witherspoon St., Princeton
- Final reunion gathering, 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Elks lodge, 354 Route 518, Skillman