By Pam Pollan
You might already know Jaime Greenland from her work as a fitness instructor at her mother’s fitness studio, Kate’s PowerHouse, where she has worked for 10 years or from her past work, running the Thomas Prince Elementary or Middle School kids’ programs.
Greenland grew up in Princeton and went to Worcester State University, where she majored in Psychology. She has lived in town her whole life. Three years ago, she and with her husband purchased a home in town, where they live with their two young children, now 3 and 5 years old.
“My passion for Princeton is what really drove me to this position. I’m excited to be engaged with the town and will do everything I do to keep it great,” Greenland said.
Greenland says she meets monthly with the Parks and Recreation Committee. “I have an amazing committee. They are pretty much the heart of Parks and Recreation,” Greenland said.
The Parks and Rec Department sponsored a Princeton Night at the WooSox at Polar Park on August 31st.
Redemption Fund Run
Parks and Recreation recently hosted the “Redemption Fund Run,” a 5k family-friendly event on Sept. 17. Parents and grandparents could even push a stroller in the run. Post-run festivities were open to the public and included face painting, food trucks and live music. All money raised from the event will go towards the Krashes Complex and Sawyer’s Park in East Princeton, Greenland said. Krashes Field, the town’s big field complex with three fields, basketball court and a playground, is in need of maintenance and updating, Greenland said. Sawyer’s Park also has a playground and field area that also needs updating.
“We are hoping to have a movie night in early October,” she said.
They are hoping to get “The Legend of Lucy Keyes,” the Mount Wachusett Ghost, she said. “I think it’s PG-13. It’s about a girl who lived in Princeton.
“It’s a little bit scary. We are trying to do it as Krashes Field, as a kickoff to spooky season,” she said.
After School Programs
Greenland is excited to announce the return of after school programs.
“We haven’t had those in a couple of years. Hopefully we will start them in October. Registration will be open in Sept. on the town website: www.town.princeton.ma.us
“We are going to coordinate with the Senior Center to organize some adult programming for this winter and (next) spring,” she said.
Greenland says she loves the community feel of Princeton.
“I love how different it is from the surrounding towns and that we have been able to keep it that way. Everyone here has a sense of pride and really tries to do their part in keeping it special,” Greenland said.” It’s also a great town for small businesses,” which she knows because her mom owns a small business in town.
For more information about Princeton Parks and Recreation programs visit: www.town.princeton.ma.us or call 978-660-0281. You can also visit Princeton Parks and Recreation on facebook and Instagram.