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Volunteer for Spring Beach Sweeps

PA3 and PWN Princeton Area - Volunteer for Spring Beach Sweeps - CANCELED

Clean Ocean Action hosts two Beach Sweeps a year to rid beaches of debris and record data used to advance programs to reduce letter.  Join us for the spring sweep on April 1, 2023!

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Long Branch – Madison Avenue, 2 Ocean Ave N, Long Branch, NJ 07740


  • Each individual must register to participate in Beach Sweeps here; select the above location and for the Group, indicate Princeton Area Alumni Association.  Beach Sweeps will send a site-specific email a few days before the event.
  • Please also register with PA3 here so we know to look for you!


On Saturday morning, April 1, we will join thousands of volunteers on the Jersey shore to collect trash from beaches, bays, and waterways, helping Clean Ocean Action clean beaches and catalog the type of debris removed.

We will gather at Madison Avenue in Long Branch (2 Ocean Ave N on Google Maps); on street parking should be free, there’s a rest room just down the boardwalk.  After receiving directions and supplies from the Beach Captain, we’ll walk along the beach and help make it garbage-free! 

Afterward, those who wish will head to the Boardwalk for lunch.

We expect most will drive themselves, but if you need a ride or could provide a ride, please note that on the PA3 Registration form we’ll try to match people up.  There should be parking near the beach entrance.


There is no cost for the beach cleanup; lunch is on your own dime.


  • Children are welcome, but those under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • PLEASE bring and wear your own gloves (preferably reusable work/garden gloves)! A trash bucket is encouraged to reduce the number of plastic bags used. All other materials will be provided.
  • You may wish to bring a small drawstring bag or backpack along with items such as a reusable water bottle, snacks, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. to make the experience more enjoyable.
  • Attend rain or shine.
  • Dress for the weather (It's usually chillier at the beach).
  • Wear close-toed, hard-soled shoes such as sneakers (NO open-toed sandals, please).
  • Wear Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are also helpful for sun protection.
  • Stay off the dunes.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • If you’d like verification of volunteer hours, please bring your form or print their form (see FAQ on the Beach Sweeps site).  Have the form signed by the beach captain before you leave your site.

Additional Information about Beach Sweeps

Questions: Contact Diane

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Volunteer for Spring Beach Sweeps - CANCELED ( Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM )
Location: Long Branch – Madison Avenue, 2 Ocean Ave N, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Cost: Lunch optional

Posted by dhasling over 1 year ago.


PA3 Elections 2022

Biographies of Candidates for Officers/Director of the Princeton Area Alumni Association 2021

(A copy of the Constitution and of the by-laws of the Association describing the functions of officers and directors, terms of office and other matters may be found under the Governance tab)

Nominee for Reelection as Treasurer:  Dan Hayes-Paterson '09  

Dan has served as the treasurer of PA3 since 2019. He also has served as the technology chair for PA3 since 2010, as well as for the Class of 2009 since '09's fifth reunion -- writing websites for both organizations. He is a former chair of the Technology Advisory Committee of the Alumni Council's Executive Committee (which has since been merged into Communications and Technology). Dan graduated in 2009 with a BSE in computer science and a certificate in finance, and is currently a staff software engineer at Google, where he has worked since 2012. He is married to Sara Hastings ’09.

Nominee for Secretary:  Richard Ober '65

Rick Ober graduated in Public and International Affairs from Princeton in 1965 and Yale Law School in 1968. After a judicial clerkship and 5½ years with a large Philadelphia law firm, he joined United Jersey Banks as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, which subsequently became UJB Financial and Summit Bancorp, before selling in 2001. Thereafter he served as General Counsel of TerraCycle and Isles, Inc., before his present position as a Legal Analyst for the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. Rick has served as a Director and Chair of the Careers and Networking Committee of PA3, a P-Rade Marshall, Class of 1965 Treasurer and Reunions Treasurer, Alumni Schools Committee interviewer since 2004, PICS mentor, Office of Career Services volunteer and member of the Varsity Club, 1746 Society and Order of the Claw. Rick has served as an officer or trustee of several nonprofits and published articles on not-for-profit governance, risk management and gerrymandering. Rick and Carol, his wife of 49 years, have two daughters and four grandchildren. They moved into Stonebridge at Montgomery in September of 2019, where Carol serves as Secretary of the Residents Association and Rick serves on the Finance Advisory Committee. Rick enjoys tennis and skiing.

Nominee for Director:  Frank Derby '84

Frank has been an attorney in New York and New Jersey for over 30 years, serving in several law firms before joining a local financial firm as its vice-president and general counsel effective January 1. Frank has served as a trustee of The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation in Rocky Hill, NJ and as a member of the Board of Directors of Carolyn Stokes Preschool, an Ewing-based preschool serving disadvantaged young children in the greater Trenton area. Of interest to this audience, Frank has served Princeton University as an alumni interviewer, as secretary of the regional Princeton Area Alumni Association, and as a member and past chair of the Princetoniana Committee, sometimes known as the Freddy Fox ’39 committee and always known as devoted keepers of the Orange & the Black. Frank is a proud father of two grown children and served as coach of baseball and basketball little league teams when they were young. Neither plays either sport today, undoubtedly as a result of his coaching.







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Woodcutters Volunteer Day

Woodcutters Volunteer Day

Saturday, November 12, 2022

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Princeton-Blairstown Center



This annual tradition of setting up the PBC Campus for winter continues!  PBC is in a beautiful environment. Spectacular 268-acre outdoor Campus, surrounding 16-acre Bass Lake, nestled between the Appalachian Trail and the Delaware Water Gap.  Map link

This one-day volunteer event asks participants to pitch in to complete winter prep tasks and restore the property. Raking leaves, splitting or stacking wood [see yours truly above at previous Woodcutters], mulching, waterfront restoration, garden work, library cleanup, window washing, etc.

Princeton-Blairstown Center serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming.

In 1908, a group of Princeton University undergraduates and alumni founded the Princeton Summer Camp. They were determined to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged inner-city children by offering healthy and character-building camping experiences. In 1930, the Blairstown Campus, which eventually grew to 268 acres, was purchased. In 1973, professional staff began providing experiential education to urban youth. Princeton undergraduates continue to help staff the Center during the summer months. 

Volunteer spots are limited, and pre-registration will be required. Link to registration is  Lunch and dinner provided.  Approximately 1 ½ hours from Princeton, Exit 12 off I-80 west. Carpooling planned.  Looking for PA3 families [8-10 volunteers including children 10 and up] to join us; we’ll be there again. 

Rick Ober ’65 & Carol Ober ‘h65 

Contact info & Driving directions

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April 2022 Propeller







Please Join Us with Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres




“Electrochemical Energy Storage:  Towards Planetary Decarbonization & Profitable Sustainability"


Speaker:  Donald R Sadoway, Professor of Materials Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Shifting away from fossil fuels to carbon-free electricity has never been more urgent. The clock is ticking on climate change mitigation; massive materials shortages loom on the horizon; and despite an abundance of clean power from solar and wind, we currently lack the means to manage their fluctuations. To surmount these challenges, efficient, safe, flexible, cost-effective, grid-level energy storage will need to be developed. Our speaker, who invented the liquid metal battery, will describe electrochemical innovations that will be needed to make this energy transition. He’ll then explore deeper issues that pervade the invention process; what to do and not to do; and how he goes about “inventing the inventors.”


Registration Required via

NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, May 10th 2022 (7 P)


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2021 Princeton Prize in Race Relations

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations will hold its 2021 award ceremony for New Jersey's Central/South region on Wednesday May 19th, starting at 7pm.  The keynote speaker will be former national poet laureate and Princeton professor Tracy Smith.  All are welcome to join; further information including instructions for registration is forthcoming.

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Posted by tmswift about 3 years ago.