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A Community Bulletin

Princeton and Lawrence Township police departments are looking for information on a missing person, Elizabeth Allen, 46, after her vehicle was found on Rosedale Road, near Greenway Meadows Park. Ms. Allen is described as 5'8" tall, 135 lbs, red/brown hair, and gray eyes. Anyone with information should call (609) 921-2100, ext. 0, or (609) 896-1111.

The Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees met last Tuesday to discuss, among other agenda items, a decline in the number of patrons visiting the library. While the number for January was 69,323 as compared to 66,711 in 2006, an increase of 4 percent, the door count for February was down 7 percent, with 58,522 in 2007 as opposed to nearly 63,000 in 2006. In March, the number continued to decline, with a count of some 72,000, down 8 percent from 2006. February 1 marked the termination of the two free hours of subsidized parking for library patrons in the Spring Street Garage. Library Director Leslie Burger will present a report on the relationship between the decline and the discontinued parking subsidy at the next public meeting of the board on Tuesday, May 22. (LA)

The Princeton Running Company announced last week that it will open "Princeton Sports" and expand its current 106-108 Nassau Street location to 110 Nassau, the site of the used book side of Micawber Books, which closed in March following the November 2006 announcement that Princeton University would purchase 112-114 Nassau Street, the building that housed the new books side of Micawber, to open a University apparel shop, and a new University bookstore, Labyrinth Books, at the former sites of the Children's Place and Foot Locker. The U-Store, the school's longtime books and apparel store, will cease its books operations, but will maintain a satellite store at 36 University Place. Labyrinth and the Nassau Street U-Store location are expected to open in November 2007. (MH)

Today, Princeton Borough was scheduled to begin began a culvert crossing replacement project on Mercer Street between Springdale and Hibben roads. The project, which is estimated to take approximately two weeks, will close Mercer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the project's duration. During that time, in-bound traffic will be detoured at the traffic light at Lovers Lane (to Stockton Street), and out-bound traffic will be detoured at Library Place (also to Stockton Street). There are currently electronic message boards in place detailing the planned road closure.

Following up on a February forum examining in-town youth and race issues, the Coalition for Peace Action announced that it would hold a similar panel discussion on May 6, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church on 124 Witherspoon Street. Those who have confirmed to attend are Princeton Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman, Princeton Township Committeeman Lance Liverman, Princeton Regional Schools Superintendent Judith Wilson, Patricia Fernandez-Kelly of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, as well as representatives of the Princeton Township and Princeton Borough police departments. The discussion is free to the public, but those wishing to attend should contact Liz Peck at lizpeck198@comcast.net, at (609) 452-2670.

On May 3, the Princeton Junction Neighborhoods' Coalition will host a community forum to discuss the West Windsor-based Hillier Architecture's proposed redevelopment plan for the 350-acre area surrounding the Princeton Junction rail station. The group will field concerns, interests, and questions regarding the plan, which has undergone a series of public presentations. The forum will take place at 7 p.m. at the West Windsor Municipal Complex at 271 Clarkesville Road in West Windsor.

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