Jewish Center Fights Hunger with Donations
The fight against hunger in Mercer County has just received a leg-up from the Jewish Center of Princeton. Through its Motel and Goldie Bass Social Concerns Fund, the center will fund a quintet of anti-hunger programs in 2011. Exact amounts have not been disclosed, but the agencies benefiting from the grants are:
The Motel and Goldie Bass Social Concerns Fund, established in 2004 by Jewish Center congregant Marian Bass, in memory of her parents — Holocaust survivors who immigrated to the U.S. in 1947 and settled in Atlanta where they ran a supermarket.
“For as long as I can remember, my parents impressed on my brother and me how important it was to make sure that nobody went hungry,” says Bass, who is retired from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and now consults on philanthropic matters. “They survived the war because they were taken in and hidden by a family of righteous gentiles. They saw it as their duty to help the needy in our community, and sent us to school loaded down with canned goods for every food drive.”
Crisis Ministry, which will buy three freezers to store donated high-protein foods. Crisis Ministry also will purchase food to help restock its pantry, and use part of the grant to build its garden on a vacant lot next to the agency’s Trenton office on East Hanover Street.
Crisis Ministry, which provides food, shelter, and employment help for the poor, distributed more than 250 tons of food to more than 4,000 households in 2010.
HomeFront, which will upgrade the equipment and utensils in the kitchen of its Family Preservation Center, an emergency shelter for 40 homeless families. The kitchen served more than 83,000 meals in 2010, and, according to the Jewish Center, desperately needs new appliances and other supplies to replace what now exists. HomeFront also will buy two upright freezers and replenish depleted supplies of bulk food items.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service, which will buy a new freezer, restock its pantry, and purchase insulated tote bags and a two-month supply of food for 90 families in need. JFCS operates the county’s only all-kosher pantry.
Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, which will buy a variety of material handling and storage equipment to help move and distribute packaged food items in its warehouse. Also, the Food Bank’s member agencies will use some of the grant to pay for training in state-mandated ServSafe food-handling procedures, restock its inventory, and build healthy eating starter kits, which include spices, lower-fat cooking oils, and recipes to encourage clients to reduce their use of salt and less-healthy oils.
Mercer Street Friends distributed close to three million pounds of food and groceries in 2010 that reached nearly 25,000 residents of Mercer County.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, which will buy an energy-efficient convection oven to replace an existing one. This oven cooks more than 3,300 meals a week.
The Bass Fund also is donating to two anti-hunger organizations outside Mercer County — MAZON, which funds food banks and soup kitchens around the country, and Hazon Yeshaya, a major soup kitchen and social services agency in Israel.
Horizon Grants Fund Education and Wellness
In a round of donations to several arts, education, and wellness organizations around the state, the Horizon Foundation has given $265,000 to seven agencies from Trenton to New Brunswick.
The Arts Council of Princeton received $5,000 to support its Youth ArtReach Program which provides weekly arts instruction to children. The program offers educational experiences from professional artists to children who do not have access to the same extracurricular programs as their peers.
Young Audiences of New Jersey received $15,000 to support the Family Arts and Creativity Program, which promotes child learning and family-centered arts education activities
American Conference on Diversity in New Brunswick received a $20,000 to support its Delivering Quality Care for Diverse Patient Populations program. The program helps physicians, hospital administrators, and healthcare professionals provide culturally appropriate health care.
American Heart Association in Robbinsville received $150,000 to support its Heart Failure Transitioning Care Project, a two-year program designed to improve the performance of hospital and outpatient services.
Children’s Futures in Trenton received $50,000 to support its Obesity and Medical Homes program, which addresses childhood obesity and in-home pediatric care. The grant supports approximately 2,500 children.
State Theater Regional Arts Center in New Brunswick, received $15,000 to support its artist-in-residence program.
Trenton Community Music School received $10,000 for general operating support and to subsidize music lessons and financial aid based on family size and income.
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Real Estate News
The Times of Trenton, 500 Perry Street, Box 847, Trenton 08605; 609-989-5454; fax, 609-394-2819. Brian Malone, editor and publisher. www.nj.com/times
The Times of Trenton building at 500 Perry Street in Trenton has come off the market. According to Anne LaBate of the Segal LaBate commercial real estate firm in Trenton, the Times had been looking to sell the building for $3.5 million, but never found a buyer. LaBate says she had hoped to sell the building to a charter school, but no deal was ever worked out.
LaBate says that the building is a tough sell because of its construction. Being such a solid building means that it would be expensive to demolish — probably around $1.5 million, an expense that has to be factored in.
One possibile future for the building is that it will be demolished and sold for scrap once the Times moves what remains of its operations from Perry Street. Michael Pratico Sr., the real estate agent for the Times building said that he could not comment on what the Times has planned as a company. Times publisher Brian Malone did not return a call for comment.
The Times has seen its scale downsize rapidly since late 2008, when it and its sister publication, the Star-Ledger, cut several positions on word that the company would go up for sale by owners, the Newhouse Group.
A memorial service for Elizabeth Boyd, who ran the photography department at the Princeton U-Store for almost 30 years, will be held on Saturday, January 8 at 10a.m. at Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown Langhorne Road in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Boyd died on November 13 at age 91.
Ronald McKinley, 74, on January 1. He was a systems analyst at ETS for more than 40 years.
Al Bridges on January 1. Bridges, in his early sixties, was a longtime Ewing Township Council member who also served as mayor in the 1990s.
Harry Gosselin, 80, on December 31. He and his son, William, owned Venture Mold & Tool Co. Inc. in Robbinsville.
Herman Michels, 83, on December 31. He was a longtime state Superior Court judge who, after stepping down from the bench in 1997, returned to private law at the Gibbons law firm in Newark and Trenton.
Betty Fecak, 82, on December 30. She was a public information staff member at the State House for more than 40 years. She also worked in the office of Governor Richard Hughes and on staffs of Democratic legislators.
John Ricciani, 65, on December 29. President of the Mercer Dental Society, he also was a faculty member at UMD-NJ Dental School. He was appointed to the state Board of Dentistry by Governor Christine Whitman.
David Lanigan, 55,on December 29. He was a real estate sales associate at Gloria Nilson for 20 years.
Kenneth Schipske, 63, on December 29. He was a maintenance supervisor at Mercer County Community College.
Norma Finn, 78, on December 28. She, with her husband, Gerald, was a driving force behind several business ventures, including Amron Homes, New America Development Corp., and NAI Global.
Linda Fischer, 72, on December 27. She worked for many years in medical records at Princeton Medical Center
Lawrence Beaber, 70, on December 22. He recently retired after a 40-year career in educational assessment at ETS, where he was instrumental in the development of world history tests.