STAR PROGRESS

The STAR Neighborhood program was only recently launched and we already have 3 neighborhoods registered in the program, with several others beginning to form.

Congratulations to the Walnut-Dempsey-Cuyler neighborhood, Grover Gang neighborhood, Caldwell Park neighborhood, and Constitution Hill neighborhood for beginning their STAR Neighborhood journey!

Please scroll down to check out their actions below.

Who’s next? Register your neighborhood today, or just learn more about the STAR Neighborhood program.

Walnut - Dempsey - Cuyler Neighborhood

So far, this active neighborhood has earned points towards achieving STAR Neighborhood status by completing the following actions:

  • Develop a Neighborhood Communications Network: This neighborhood maintains an email list.

  • Establish Leadership and Goals: Eliane and Tineke have been named as leaders of this active neighborhood. So far, they’ve established goals of tackling water issues, building an anti-idling campaign, and developing a tool library.

  • Host a Neighborhood Gathering: On 6/26, a summer potluck was planned for the community. Approximately 30 neighbors enjoyed conversation, delicious foods, and learned more about the STAR Neighborhood program.

  • Demonstrate a Low-Waste Celebration: Hosts of the 6/26 potluck graciously provided washable plates and cups for this low-waste gathering.

  • Adopt Neighborhood Storm Drains: Five neighbors — Eliane, Marci, Alan, John and Lucy — have begun clearing drains in order to keep their water drainage system working well. This great start will be shared with the neighborhood to encourage additional participation and long-term commitment to this important task.

  • Host a Leave-the-Leaves Workshop: On 10/19, neighbors invited Steve Hiltner of Friends of Herrontown Woods to demonstrate building a leaf corral.

Well done Walnut-Dempsey-Cuyler! We look forward to seeing what’s next!

Grover Gang Neighborhood

Congratulations to the Grover Gang for becoming the first neighborhood to register in the STAR Neighborhood program! So far, they’ve completed the following actions:

  • Develop a Neighborhood Communications Network: An email list currently exists, but the neighborhood hopes to expand it and include phone numbers.

  • Establish Leadership and Goals: Adam, Gitanjali, and Mia have been named as leaders of the Grover Gang neighborhood. Goals established thus far include establishing the Neighborhood Buddy Program, hosting a neighborhood block party, and educating on home energy audits.

  • Host a Neighborhood Gathering: On 7/20, an informal summer fling was held for the neighborhood .

  • Host a Home Energy Audit Seminar: On 5/9, Scott Fischer of Ciel Power was invited to share information about home energy audits with this neighborhood.

  • Host a Neighborhood Buddy Discussion: On 9/27, Councilman David Cohen was invited to share ideas and discussion behind the Neighborhood Buddy program.

Great job Grover Gang! You are on a roll!

Caldwell Park Neighborhood

The active Caldwell Park neighborhood is thrilled to have registered for the STAR Neighborhood program.

So far, they’ve completed the following actions:

  • Develop a Neighborhood Communications Network: An email and phone list is actively maintained.

  • Establish Leadership and Goals: Jaime, Archana, and Jenny have been named as leaders of the Caldwell Park neighborhood. Goals established thus far include developing a local green infrastructure example, initiating a home energy use and/or audit competition, establishing the Neighborhood Buddy Program, making the neighborhood more emergency responsive, and organizing a hard-to-recycle collection.

  • Host a Neighborhood Gathering: On 5/19, a neighborhood meeting was convened to learn more about the STAR Neighborhood program.

  • Demonstrate a Low-Waste Celebration: Hosts of the 9/15 neighborhood picnic provided washable plates, cups, and silverware, and collected food waste for one family’s chickens.

  • Neighborhood Tree Planting: At the neighbor’s request, the Watershed Institute provided a planting plan for Caldwell Park to alleviate downstream flooding. The neighborhood then voted to accept the recommendation to plant trees around the border of Caldwell Park and submitted this request to the municipality. In October 2019, four trees were planted, with the plan to plant more in the Spring.

Way to go Caldwell Park! Keep it coming!

Constitution Hill Neighborhood

Congratulations to Constitution Hill for becoming our only registered Nebula Neighborhood! They achieved this status by submitting documentation for the following actions, all completed in 2018 and earlier:

  • Develop a Neighborhood Communications Network: Constitution Hill maintains a robust phone and email list.

  • Host a Neighborhood Gathering: This well-established neighborhood hosts regular holiday and summer social gatherings.

  • Create Wildlife Friendly Yards: A monarch butterfly habitat was developed on a previously mowed field.

  • Compile a Neighborhood Tree Inventory: A private contractor catalogs, trims, feeds, treats (esp. our ashes) all of our gorgeous trees as well as removes and replaces old ones each year.

  • Lead a Curbside Organic Sign Up Drive: In the past, the neighborhood led a campaign to encourage participation in Princeton’s Curbside Organics collection. (Note: This action is now retired pending further notification regarding the municipal compost program.)

Nice work Constitution Hill! We are excited to see you become a registered STAR Neighborhood in 2019!