A Special Message from Blue Bears Special Meals

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During this ever-so chaotic year, belonging to a community has been essential in holding on to meaningful relationships and a purpose. As we all look forward to reunion, Blue Bears is planning a special celebration for our second anniversary of enabling young adults facing intellectual and development disorders to work and learn in a meaningful environment.

For our celebration ending on May 22, we will display a gallery of blue bears created by you, the exceptional talent in our community. How do you express your creativity? Will you sculpt a blue bear? Will you paint a blue bear? Will you knit or write a story or author a play or sew a blue bear costume? Let us finish out our isolation with creation!

Submissions are being accepted until Monday, May 10. Your blue bear can be quarantined on the shelving in our lobby if you are coming to visit us. You may also virtually submit your blue bear to info@bluebears.org. Our esteemed judges (our young adult team) will meet in time to announce the prize winners at our grand celebration on Saturday, May 22. Prizes will be gift certificates for our special meals of international food. You may also see your creation on our social media channels under the hashtag #bluebearscelebration. We look forward to our reunion, your entry, and our grand celebration.

Blue Bears Special Meals is located in the Princeton Shopping Center and is open Mondays through Saturdays for dine-in eating and curbside pickup. Visit www.bluebears.org.

Updates on Voting from Mercer County

Some voters expressed a desire to be able to vote in a voting machine last year when the coronavirus and the state of New Jersey required an exclusively vote-by-mail election. This year, voting will return to normal. For the upcoming Primary Election on June 8, New Jersey will be returning to a traditional election where voters can choose to vote at the polls or by mail. This means that voters will not receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail unless they apply for one, or if they have requested to always receive a vote by mail ballot “for all future elections.”

Voters who remain concerned about contracting Covid-19, or who cannot otherwise get to the polls, are encouraged to apply to vote by mail for the upcoming June 8 Primary election. In New Jersey, any registered voter can vote by mail for any reason. Voters do not have to be sick, working, or out of town to request a ballot, so this remains a viable option for those who prefer to vote from home.

On the ballot this June are races for offices ranging from governor, to the entire state legislature, to Mercer County, and local municipal races as well as for partisan state committee seats.

The voter registration deadline for this election is May 18. A registered voter may apply for a ballot by completing and mailing an easy Vote-By-Mail application by June 1. The deadline for walk-ins is June 7 at 3 p.m.

We will also offer extended hours to walk-in and vote-by-mail in person. Those hours are Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also new this year, the Mercer County Clerk’s Office is offering vote by mail instructions in many languages including: English, Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, Chinese, Polish, Urdu, and Haitian Creole. Just call the office at 609-989-6494 or email us with your address, MercerVotes@MercerCounty.org, and we will send them to you.

To request a Vote-by-Mail application, voters can call 609-989-6494 or the email above. Vote-by-Mail applications also are available on the web in both English and Spanish. The State Division of Elections website also offers vote-by-mail ballots in Indian, Korean, and Chinese languages. The ballots will be mailed out to you once they are printed.