Princeton Heritage Day to celebrate diversity

Event to be held June 26 at Community Park South.

By: Jennifer Potash
   The Princeton Human Services Department, with plans to celebrate the community’s oft-cited diversity, will host a Heritage Day celebration in June.
   The event, slated for June 26 at Community Park South, will offer all residents the chance to learn about the many nationalities and ethnic backgrounds found in Princeton, said Cynthia Mendez, the department’s executive director.
   "It’s all about bringing people together," said Ms. Mendez, adding the full title of the event is "Heritage Day: Princeton is My Block Party."
   The Human Services Commission, the advisory board that oversees the department that serves Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, discussed the event at its monthly meeting Wednesday.
   While still in the early planning stage, Ms. Mendez said Heritage Day will have performance groups including musicians and vendors selling ethnic goods.
   With the goal of offering participants free food at Heritage Day, the Human Services Commission is in talks with a local supermarket about donating items for the event, Ms. Mendez said.
   The department is also working with other joint agencies, such as Corner House, the Princeton Recreation Department and other social-services organizations, to develop activities or information booths for Heritage Day, Ms. Mendez said.
   In other Human Services Commission news, the members recognized the service of founding member Elaine Schuman on Wednesday. Ms. Schuman left the commission because she is moving from Princeton Township to Montgomery, Ms. Mendez said.