Union County College And Amateur Astronomers Inc. Come To An Agreement

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CRANFORD – At the Joint Meeting of Union County College’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, held on Tuesday, May 25, it was announced that Union County College (UCC) and Amateur Astronomers Inc. (AAI) have come to an agreement upon the usage of the William Sperry Observatory on the College’s Cranford campus.

AAI and UCC have entered into a Permitted Use Agreement in which AAI will be granted exclusive use of the Observatory during certain periods to engage in its study of Astronomy and related sciences and therefore will resume the responsibility of the care, maintenance, and repair of the telescopes and equipment in the Observatory. This agreement is for two years, commencing on July 22, 2010 and ending July 21, 2012.

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Both representatives from AAI and UCC are pleased that the organizations were able to come to an agreement on the use of the Sperry Observatory for educational purposes. Members of AAI and the local community will continue to attend programs hosted by AAI in the Observatory and UCC will gain the educational space needed to accommodate their demand for additional course offerings. The organizations agree that it is a “win-win” for both.


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