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DEP Hears Citizens’ Concerns About Pipeline

At a public meeting held by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Monday night, several residents of the Princeton Ridge and experts hired by the citizens’…

AvalonBay Volunteers To Improve Standards For Fire Safety

AvalonBay, the developer of 280 units planned for the former Princeton Hospital site, announced last week that it has voluntarily upgraded its fire protection systems for the Princeton…

D&R Canal Commission Votes Again, This Time Approves IAS Housing Plan

The Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission (DRCC) has effectively reversed the decision it made last month on the Institute for Advanced Study’s plan for faculty housing. The Commission…

Scheide Donation Is Largest in University’s History

William Hurd Scheide, the Princeton philanthropist, bibliophile, and musicologist who died at age 100 last November, has left his collection of some 2,500 rare books and manuscripts to…

PennEast Pipeline To Have Lasting Impact, Study Claims

The proposed PennEast pipeline that will cross the Sourlands region into Mercer County will have lasting economic impact during and after its construction, according to a study released…

Teachers and Parents Invite Community To “Take the PARCC” Event Monday

To share their concerns about the structure and format of the new state-mandated PARCC tests Princeton Public Schools students will take next month, members of the teachers’s union,…

State Agency to Review Construction Code

Because of icy weather conditions Monday, the meeting of the Mayor and Council that was scheduled that night was postponed until Tuesday night, after Town Topics’ press deadline.…

Neighborhood Meeting Will Air Views On Bike Lane Ordinance

Although the late-January storm that never happened postponed the public hearing on the bike lane ordinance from January 26 to February 18, another sort of storm has been…

District Approves Dual Language Program, Community Park Pilot to Begin September

The Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) approved a Spanish/English Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program last week. The pilot program will be open only to students entering…

Edgewater Fire Prompts Calls for Construction, Safety Review

At a press conference held in the parking lot on Franklin Avenue Tuesday, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco and Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland joined Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert,…

Other News

Council Reviews Comments to DCA About Fire Safety

At its meeting Tuesday night, Princeton Council went over a list of suggestions to be…

Princeton Council Tables Vote on Bike Lanes

After nearly three hours of public testimony from people in favor of a proposal to…

Wolves Released to Control Deer in Princeton? A Coyote Looking for Food Seems More Likely

April 1 is still some weeks away, but it looked as though it had come…

Public Hearing on Bike Lane Ordinance May Not Result in a Vote Just Yet

A public hearing regarding an ordinance that would ban parking on Hamilton Avenue to make…

PARCC Practice Run

Princeton High School 10th grader Karina Lieb (left) and her mother Mary Sym braved the…

Google Chairman and Wife Donate $5 Million to Institute

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, Inc. and trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study,…

Pickle Car, Anyone?

On Saturday, March 7 at Cotsen Children’s Library in Princeton University’s Firestone Library, children ages…

Library Launches Conversations that Matter

The Princeton Public Library will host its first “Currents: Conversations that Matter” panel discussion, a…

Habitat for Humanity Hosts Savory Spices Fundraiser

Habitat Young Leaders and Professionals of Trenton (HYLP) will be hosting a Savory Spices fundraiser…

Muldoon Reading From New Collection at Labyrinth March 4

Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will be at Labyrinth Books reading from his new collection One Thousand…

PDS Magazine Scholastic Award Winner

Princeton Day School’s Upper School arts magazine, CYMBALS, was named first place in top-scoring school…

Oscar Worthy

The Oscar for Snow Scenes goes to Town Topics photographer Emily Reeves for the film,…

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Calendar Highlights

Wednesday, February 25

4:30 p.m.: Public lecture delivered by Wendy Davis, attorney and former Texas state senator, at Dodds Robertson Hall at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

4:30 p.m.: Free screening of "Stories of Our Lives," a film that explores the LGBT community in Kenya. Followed by a talk with the filmmakers; James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street.

7 p.m.: Elisa Neira of Princeton Human Services moderates a public discussion on immigration issues that pertain to Princeton. The panel includes representatives from the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Princeton University DREAM Team. Free to attend; Princeton Public Library.

Thursday, February 26

6:30 to 8 p.m.: Dr. Judy Auer Shaw delivers a free presentation on “The Raritan River – Our Landscape and Legacy” at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center in Princeton. RSVP by calling (609) 924-4646.

7 p.m.: Annual Women in Church and Ministry Lecture at Princeton Seminary with Dr. Amy Laura Hall, associate professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School. Free to attend; Princeton Theological Seminary Library, 25 Library Place.

Friday, February 27

12:30 p.m.: Free, Gallery Talk on “Emily Carr: In the Great North Woods” at Princeton University Art Museum.

7:30 p.m.: Cabernet Cabaret at the Arts Council of Princeton. Live musical entertainment by Sarah Donner, Jason Beckett, Elizabeth Bennett, and Rebecca Mullaney. Also, tapas reception and wine tasting provided by Mediterra. Purchase tickets at www.artscouncilofprince
ton.org.

7:30 p.m.: Princeton University Glee Club, Princeton University Chamber Choir, William Trego Singers, and the Nassau Sinfonia present “Music for Royal Occasions” at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton.

Saturday, February 28

Noon to 9 p.m.: Westminster Choir College hosts “Children Helping Children” Performathon, an opportunity for students of all ages to share their involvement in music (also on March 1 from 12:30 to 9 p.m.); Westminster Choir College, Princeton.

7 to 11 p.m.: Carnaval Magic fundraiser at the West Windsor Arts Council in Princeton Junction. Samba and swing music, South American fare, and Brazil’s signature cocktail, the Caipirinha. Tickets are $75. To order, call (609) 716-1931.

8 p.m.: From Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, musicians Natalie MacMaster and her husband Donnell Leahy perform Celtic jigs, singing, and step dancing with their five children; McCarter Theatre.

Sunday, March 1

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Slow Food Central New Jersey’s Winter Farmers Market at Tre Piani Restaurant at Princeton Forrestal Village. Locally produced meat, eggs, bread, vegetables, cheese, wine, sauces, and jams. $3 donation is suggested.

5 p.m.: Dorothea’s House presents “From Grove to Table,” a program on the art of olive oil production. The talk will be followed by an olive oil tasting and sale. This event is free to attend; Dorothea’s House, 120 John Street, Princeton.

Monday, March 2

7 p.m.: Free, information session on Langhorne Preparatory Charter School at One Monument Drive, Princeton. Langhorne Preparatory leaders will be on hand to answer questions and to moderate an open-floor discussion.

Tuesday, March 3

6 p.m.: The City Lost and Found Film Series at the Princeton University Art Museum presents "Living Los Angeles." The screening will be followed by a faculty-led discussion. Free to attend.

6:30 p.m.: Free, Trenton Area NOW meeting at Lawrence Public Library, located at 2751 Brunswick Pike (Route 1) in Lawrenceville. The group is the newly re-organized Mercer County chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which seeks to ensure that women have equal rights, reproductive choice, and violence-free lives. All are welcome.

Sports

With MacDonald Gutting Out Big Game in Snowstorm, No. 18 PU Men’s Lax Tops Hofstra, Girds for Hopkins

After what Mike MacDonald has been through over the last year, he wasn’t going to let a stomach illness keep him from playing for the Princeton University men’s…

With Dietrick Shaking Off Injury to Trigger Offense, No. 14 Princeton Women’s Hoops Improves to 25-0

The seemingly inexorable march to a perfect regular season for the No. 14  Princeton University women’s basketball hit a road bump early in the first half last Saturday…

Falling Just Short of Ivy Crown by 2-1 Loss to Yale, PU Women’s Hockey Turns Focus to ECACH Playoffs

While the Princeton University women’s hockey team has consistently made the ECAC Hockey playoffs, it hasn’t been in the chase for the Ivy League title in years. Coming…

Sparked by 5-Goal Outburst From Slifer, PU Women’s Lax Edges Loyola in Opener

Erin Slifer didn’t find an offensive rhythm right away when the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team opened its season by hosting Loyola last Saturday. “I think it took…

PU Men’s Hockey Goes 0-2 in Final Home Weekend, But Senior Kroshus Has Relished College Experience

Coming into the final regular season home weekend of his career with the Princeton University men’s hockey team, Tom Kroshus was hoping for a quick start. Instead, the…

With Senior Defenseman Seelagy Growing Into a Star, Hun Boys’ Hockey Wins 2nd Straight County Crown

When Danny Seelagy joined the Hun School boys’ hockey program as a freshman in 2011, there were only enough players to fill out a varsity team. With coach…

PHS Girls’ Swimming Falls in State Final But Loss Can’t Dim Magnificent Campaign

Tears weren’t being shed by the members of the Princeton High girls’ swimming team last Sunday afternoon on the deck of The College of New Jersey pool even…

PHS Boys’ Hockey Loses in MCT Semifinal, Hoping to End Winter on High Note in States

Having lost twice to Notre Dame in the regular season, getting outscored by a combined 13-1 margin, the Princeton High boys’ hockey team was looking to fine-tune things…

After Winning Ivy Title, Making NCAA Run Last Year, PU Women’s Lax Raising the Bar Coming Into 2015

The temperatures dipped into the teens last Friday but the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team wasn’t fazed by the prospect of another frigid training session. “We have been…

With Currier Emerging as Potent Midfield Force, Tiger Men’s Lax Tops Manhattan 14-4 in Opener

Hailing from Canada, Zach Currier felt at home as snow fell throughout the second half when the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team opened its season by hosting Manhattan…

Overcoming Big Deficit to Take 2nd Half Lead, Tiger Men’s Hoops Falters Late in Loss to Yale

Hosting Ivy League co-leader Yale last Saturday, the Princeton University men’s basketball team knew it needed a win to make it a three-horse race for the league title…

PU Men’s Hockey Posts Undefeated Weekend; Showing Toughness Heading Into Stretch Run

Although the Princeton University men’s hockey team started February by losing 2-0 at Colgate and 4-2 at Cornell, Colton Phinney saw the weekend as a step in the…

Topics in Brief: A Community Bulletin

Princeton University Measles Case Confirmed: After additional review of laboratory tests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Department of Health have confirmed the suspected case of measles at Princeton University. The student has recovered and is no longer infectious. Last week, Princeton’s health department required that any faculty or staff member who may have been exposed remain off campus until they submit proof of vaccination or immunity for measles. The move resulted in temporarily reduced staffing levels in some departments and offices on campus, officials said. More than 99.5 percent of the graduate and undergraduate students have been vaccinated. Princeton University staff members have contacted undergraduate and graduate students who have not been fully immunized. It is the state’s second confirmed measles case after a 1-year-old baby in Jersey City contracted the disease earlier this month.

Meet the Mayor: Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert will hold a regular monthly “Meet the Mayor” session in the lobby of the Princeton Public Library Friday, February 27, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

March 2 Deadline for Communiversity: applications are available online for the annual town/gown festival to take place Sunday, April 26. All those accepted will be notified on or about March 22. Artists, crafters, merchandise and food vendors, non-profits, and performers interested in participating should visit: www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.

Princeton Public Library: Seniors and people of low and moderate income can get free help preparing and electronically filing their federal and New Jersey state tax returns at Princeton Public Library. Part of AARP’s Tax–Aide program, the help is available by appointment on Monday mornings, through April 13. Appointments will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and noon and typically last an hour. To schedule, call (609) 924-9529, ext 220.

The Princeton Senior Resource Center sponsors free tax assistance for those with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 plus in the wider Princeton area, by appointment, Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street. IRS-trained volunteers from AARP will be available to prepare individual New Jersey State and Federal returns which may be filed electronically. Participants must bring copies of their 2013 Federal and New Jersey tax returns, as well as all necessary 2014 tax information, including W-2 and 1099 income forms, unemployment statements, SSA-1099 Social Security forms, forms indicating federal tax paid, property tax bill, dependent care provider information, and receipts for itemized deductions such as medical bills and charitable contributions. For more information and appointment, call (609) 924-7108.

Hospital Site Update: The Princeton Department of Engineering reports that repairs to the parking garage have stopped due to the cold weather. The majority of the jackhammering work is completed and new concrete floor slabs will be poured after the weather warms. The removal of the basements and foundations along with the sorting of demolition materials for recycling will continue through March. During the crushing operation of concrete, a fifth air monitor will be used and the crushing operation will be wet down to minimize dust. The Witherspoon Street sidewalk abutting the hospital site will remain closed as work continues. The Franklin Avenue sidewalk has been reopened. Avalon Bay’s acoustical consultant, Cerami & Associates, continues to monitor noise levels. In addition, the Princeton Health Department is working alongside the Mercer County Division of Public Health to provide additional noise monitoring. Any noise-related complaints should be directed to the Engineering Department and on days that the Municipality is closed, to the Princeton Police Department at (609) 921-2100. If anyone experiences abnormal health symptoms after being in close proximity to the hospital site, they are urged to contact Princeton Engineering Department as soon as possible.

Arts

In the Month of Jazz and Black History — Clark Terry and Malcolm X

Clark Terry (1920-2015), whose horn could charm the birds off the trees, was adept at translating the lyric of a song…

Hollywood-Style Comedy of Manners Bristles With Social Satire; Show Biz Clashes With True Love In “The Little Dog Laughed” 

The Little Dog Laughed, Douglas Carter Beane’s 2006 Tony-nominated hit comedy, is a play about Hollywood, about truths and illusions, unbridled…

TCNJ’s New Institute for Social Justice Views Hurricane Katrina From Many Angles

Next week The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) will focus on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a variety of…

Focus: Con Man Matches Wits With Protégé in Crime Movie

Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie) is an aspiring con artist who picked the worst guy to steal a wallet from when she…