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Council Tackles Crowded Agenda

A packed agenda of controversial issues drew a large crowd to Princeton Council’s meeting on Monday night. Many showed up to comment on four topics explored in work…

Princeton is First To Push Legislation On Political Corruption

When Princeton Council approved a resolution July 14 in support of tough, new anti-corruption laws transforming how elections in this country are financed and how lobbyists influence the…

New Shade Tree Ordinance Approved by Mayor and Council

Since consolidation of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township, members of Princeton Council have been working to consolidate the ordinances of both. The painstaking task is yielding sets of…

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From Ghana to Griggs Farm: Immigrant Family Finds Dream of Affordable Housing in Princeton

It’s Monday morning and Elizabeth Bonnah is getting ready to drive her two children into…

State, Princeton Health Advise Caution As West Nile Virus Season Approaches

As the height of West Nile Virus season approaches, the N.J. Department of Health and…

Womanspace Seeks Volunteer Advocates 

Twice a year, Womanspace holds 80-hour trainings for Domestic Violence Victim Response team (DVVRT) members…

Butterfly Festival at Watershed: Protecting Clean Water

A celebration of the colorful native pollinator, the butterfly, will take place Saturday, August 9…

Author Illuminates Lighthouse History at Plainsboro Library

Author and photographer Kevin Woyce will present an illustrated lecture on lighthouse history at the…


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Calendar Highlights


1 p.m.: Free screening of "The Red Violin" at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: The public is invited to choose the 2014 Salsa Champ of Princeton from among local entrants at this annual celebration of salsa. This event is free to attend; Princeton Public Library’s Community Room.

7:30 p.m.: Parent-Only Information Session for The Early Childhood (EC) Music Program at Westminster Conservatory. This is an opportunity to learn more about the program and to meet the faculty. The EC program at Westminster specializes in bringing music education to children from birth to 8 years of age. Classes are facilitated by faculty trained in music and early childhood education. For more information, call (609) 921-7104.

8 p.m.: Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela perform at the State Theatre in New Brunswick.


9 a.m.: Baby Bootcamp workout class at the MarketFair Mall in Princeton.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The Princeton Farmers Market returns to Hinds Plaza adjacent to the Princeton Public Library. Features seasonal summer produce, meats, dairy, flowers, crafts, and baked goods (repeats every Thursday through Thanksgiving).

8 p.m.: Free, So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI) performance at Small World Coffee (Witherspoon Street location) in downtown


2 p.m.: Men in Retirement meeting, a social group for men who have made the transition to retirement; 45 Stockton Street, Princeton.

4 to 6 p.m.: Free screening of The Lego Movie at the Princeton Public Library.


9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The West Windsor Community Farmers Market, located in the Vaughn Drive lot at the Princeton Junction Train Station. Occurs weekly through Thanksgiving and features vendors from Central N.J. and Bucks County.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Celebrate “everything peach” with Terhune Orchards (also, Sunday, August 3). Enjoy farm fresh peaches and pies from the farm market, summer sangrias in the winery, and even peach ice cream; 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrenceville.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Animal shows, exhibits, homemade food and ice cream will be available at the Mercer County 4-H Fair at Howell Living History Farm; 70 Wooden’s Lane, Lambertville.

7 p.m.: Malian singer Awa Sangho performs a free concert in Princeton’s Pettoranello Gardens as part of the Blue Curtain Concert Series.


4 to 5 p.m: The Darla Rich Quartet presents a free music program on “It’s All Jazz: From Bop to Pop”; Princeton Public Library.

4 p.m.: Free, “Composer’s Showcase” featuring the works of composer John Cavallaro of Princeton and his 20-voice chorus. The chorus will perform nine original selections, three of which will be world premieres; Hopewell Rail Station, 2 Railroad Place, Hopewell.


Ending PU Track Career on a High Note, Bendtsen Determined to Stay on the Run

While Princeton University men’s track star Chris Bendtsen was thrilled to make the 10,000 meter run at the 2013 NCAA championships as a junior, he was bitterly disappointed…

Making a Rapid Ascent in Distance Running World, PU’s Curham Primed to Build on Superb Debut Season   

When it comes to running, Meghan Curham has come a long way in a short time. Curham, a native of Warren, N.J, only joined the track team during…

Winberie’s Edges King’s in Game 1 of Title Series, As Krasna Makes Late Run after Retrieving Sneakers

Jesse Krasna’s mom unwittingly gave Winberie’s a big assist in its win over King’s Pizzarama last Monday in the opener of the best-of-three championship series in the Princeton…

Putting Strength in Numbers to Use, CP Bluefish Enjoy Big PASDA Meet

Utilizing its strength in numbers, the Community Park Bluefish swim team proved to be a force last week at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship…

Nassau Swimmers Save Their Best for Last, Coming Through at PASDA Championships

For Morgan Sawin, the PASDA (Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association) championship meet was a key litmus test for her Nassau Swim Club Lemmings team. “I sent an…

After Solid Rookie Campaign for K.C. Chiefs, PU Alum Catapano Aiming to Be Dominant Force

It reads like something out of a Hollywood script — a late-blooming player from a smaller school gets picked near the end of the NFL draft and goes…

Learning From Rocky Start to Delaware Golf Career, PHS Alum Graham Produces Stellar Junior Campaign

Fraser Graham enjoyed a smooth ride during his career with the Princeton High golf team. As a junior for the Little Tigers, the 2011 PHS grad won the…

Post 218 Baseball Fights Hard to the End But Comes Up Just Short of Playoff Spot

As the American Legion baseball state district playoffs started last weekend, Princeton Post 218 manager Tommy Parker rued what might have been. “It was literally the way the…

Topics in Brief: A Community Bulletin

Princeton Public Schools Board of Education will have four candidates, one incumbent and three newcomers, vying for three seats in the November election. School Board President Tim Quinn is not seeking another term and two incumbents have decided not to run again. Afsheen Shamsi is seeking a second term. The deadline for filing candidate petitions was Monday afternoon. Challengers are residents Fern Spruill, Justin Doran and Connie Witter.

Mayor’s Wellness Walk/Talk: Mayor Liz Lempert will join Gail Everett and Olivia’s Wellness Connection on Saturday, August 2, for a morning walk and discussion of community issues and ideas. Participants should meet at 8 a.m. at the tennis courts in Community Park.

Princeton Council has cancelled its meeting on August 11. The next meeting will be held at Witherspoon Hall on Monday, August 25, at 7 p.m.

Property Tax Reimbursement Program: The N.J. Division of Taxation has extended the deadline for applications until September 15 for homeowners or mobile homeowners with low to moderate incomes and 65 or older or receiving federal Social Security Disability benefits. For more information, call (800) 882-6597 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays; (800) 323-4400 for around the clock automated tax Information; or visit:

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area has announced its monthly meetings calendar as follows: September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9. All meetings take place in the Suzanne Patterson Building at 7 p.m. except for those in February and March, which take place in the Mary Jacobs Library at 10:30 a.m. Voter Registration will take place at the Princeton Farmers’ Market in September and October and on Statewide Voter Registration Weekend in Princeton and Montgomery. For more information, contact:

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The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County holds a food pantry in the lower level of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Tuesday, 1:30 to 7 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1:30 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (609) 396-5327, or visit:

Cornerstone Community Kitchen in partnership with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen serves free hot meals Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Princeton United Methodist Church, Nassau at Vandeventer. For more information, call (609) 924-2613, or visit:


Of Mice and Men and Player Poets — Alec Guinness at 100 

An actor is an interpreter of other men’s words, often a soul which wishes to reveal itself to the world but…

Princeton History in Black and White in Historical Society’s New Exhibit

Most towns the size of Princeton have collections of historical photographs that offer clear clues to the past. But few can…

Buffalo Philharmonic Makes Debut Visit to Princeton

Princeton does not get to hear visiting orchestras very often, but thanks to William and Judith Scheide, there have been more…

The Purge: Anarchy: Grisly Sequel Chronicles Another Struggle to Survive Annual War of Attrition

Dateline: America, 2023. It’s now nine years since the country voted the New Founders of America into power. High on that…

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