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New Dinky Station Operating Since Monday

In spite of having no heat in the waiting room, commuters were happy to be able to find shelter from Monday’s inclement weather and enjoy the free hot…

William H. Scheide Dies at 100

The death of prominent philanthropist William H. Scheide last Friday morning, November 14, has inspired numerous tributes from members of the many organizations in Princeton with which he…

Civil Rights Activist Robert Moses Launches Freedom Summer Events

Parking around the John Witherspoon Middle School (JWMS) was hard to find Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t just because there was a swim meet and a football game…

Princeton Battlefield Focus of National Campaign

The preservation of the historic Princeton Battlefield is the first project of a national initiative launched Tuesday by the Civil War Trust. At a Veterans Day ceremony held…

After Shamsi and Witter Election Tie, Witter Wins Final Count By Two Votes

The School Board election lived up to the old adage about not counting your chickens before they hatch. Last week’s coverage of the election for the Princeton Public…

Council Introduces Ordinance Regulating Hours of Business

Princeton Council Monday night voted to introduce an ordinance that would limit the early morning opening hours for some Princeton businesses that border residential neighborhoods. The approval, which…

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Hoagie-Making Heroes

Members of Princeton’s fire and police departments faced off Friday morning in a fundraising contest…

Rush Holt To Lead Scientific Organization

United States Congressman Rush Holt will take the helm of the American Association for the…

Expert on Treating ADHD Speaks at JW School Event

On Tuesday, December 9 from 7-9 p.m., author and psychologist Ari Tuckman will speak on…

Suppers Program Shares Healthy Recipes As the Holiday Eating Season Begins

Like most Thanksgiving feasts, this one included generous portions, multiple side dishes, and lots of…

Meeting the Mayor

When Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert toured the Community Options Inc. group home on North Harrison…

No Information On Suspects In University Vandalism Incidents

Two incidents involving the defacing of property on the Princeton University campus last week are…

Blue Ridge Donation

Ray Smalley of Blue Ridge Mountain Sports presents a donation of $2,173 to Linda Mead,…

News Editor Turns Novelist With “The Kennedy Connection”

Having been a college student when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, R.G. Belsky knew most…


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10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Holiday Wreathmaking Workshop at Morven Museum & Garden. Decorated wreaths will be sold through the museum shop during Morven’s Festival of Trees celebration. The workshop is free (ages 13 and older). Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 609.924.8144 ext. 106 or emailing The workshop will run through Friday, November 21.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Reading, reception, and book signing with Rebecca Upjohn, author of the children’s book, "The Secrets of the Village Fool." This event is presented by The Holocaust and Genocide Center at Mercer County Community College, located at Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.

7 to 8:30 p.m.: Free, Citizenship Prep Class at the Princeton Public Library presented by The Latin American Task Force. The class is designed to assist those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test with overviews of American history and civics. Citizenship interviews are also covered.


10 a.m.: Start of the Friends Holiday Shopping Event at the Princeton University Art Museum Gift Shop (also on November 21).

10 a.m.: Meeting of the 55-Plus Club with guest speaker John Burkhalter at the Jewish Center of Princeton. The subject of the presentation will be “Music from the Land of the Jaguar,” exploring the instruments depicted in Mayan and Aztec artwork. A $3 donation is suggested.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Last day of the outdoor Princeton Farmers Market in Hinds Plaza. Buy local vegetables, cider, baked goods, milk, cheeses, and more. The winter market season will begin on December 18 inside of the Princeton Public Library.

7:30 p.m.: Screening of "The Lady Vanishes," an early Hitchcock film in which an English tourist discovers that her elderly travel companion has disappeared; Princeton Garden Theatre.


9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Free, Job Seeker Session at the Princeton Public Library.

5 to 9 p.m.: Handweavers of Bucks County annual show and sale at the Jericho Valley Community Center, located at 200 Lurgan Road in New Hope (also on November 22 and November 23).

8:15 p.m.: Princeton Folk Music Society welcomes singer-songwriter Joel Mabus whose repertoire include ancient ballads and original works about modern life. The cost to attend is $20 at the door ($15 for members, $10 for students, and $5 for children); Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton.


9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Last day of the 2014 West Windsor Community Farmers Market, located in the Vaughn Drive lot at the Princeton Junction Train Station. Features vendors from Central N.J. and Bucks County.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Last day of the 2014 Pennington Farmer’s Market on the lawn at Rosedale Mills (101 Route 31 North in Hopewell
Township) features vegetables, artisan breads, sauces, and grassfed meats.

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20 Blackwell Road in Hopewell. Includes craft items, baked goods, holiday decorations, and unique gift items.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The YWCA Princeton Crafters Marketplace featuring over 130 vendors (also on November 23); John Witherspoon Middle School, 17 Walnut Lane, Princeton.


1 to 3 p.m.: Free screening of "Freedom Summer" at The Garden Theatre. The film captures the volatile months of the summer of 1964 when enthusiastic young supporters travelled to Mississippi to encourage African-American voter registration. Limited seating is available. Free tickets can be found at the Princeton Garden Theatre Box Office (required for admission).

2 p.m.: Author and historian John Nagy presents a free lecture on “Spies in the Continental Capital” at Washington Crossing Park’s Visitor Center.

4 to 6:30 p.m.: Free, Gun Violence Prevention presentation with keynote speaker Hon. Reed Gusciora, Deputy Majority Leader of the N.J. State Assembly. Gusciora will be accompanied by a panel of speakers from a variety of fields. All are welcome; The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street.


1:30 p.m.: Origami Workshop with Laura Kruskal. The workshop will have a Thanksgiving theme. The cost is $5 to attend. Pre-registration is required by calling 609.924.7108; Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton.


5 to 7 p.m.: “The Write Space: A Workshop for Writers” at the Princeton Public Library. This free workshop is led by author and middle school teacher K. Edwin Fritz (repeats on the fourth Tuesday of every month).


Sophomore Star Weisz Shows Benefit of Experience As PU Men’s Hoops Rallies to Beat Rider in Opener

Spencer Weisz gained some valuable lessons last winter in his freshman campaign with the Princeton University men’s basketball team. Helping Princeton win eight of its last 10 Ivy…

PU Football Loses at Yale to Fall Out of Ivy Race, Aims to End on a High as It Hosts Dartmouth in Finale

Playing at the Yale Bowl last Saturday as the 100th anniversary of the venerable stadium was celebrated, the Princeton University football rolled up 29 first downs, 386 yards…

Junior Shanahan Comes Through in the Clutch As PU Women’s Hockey Posts Another OT Win

Cristin Shanahan saw no need for finesse when she got the chance to give the Princeton University women’s hockey team an overtime win against visiting Rensselaer last Saturday.…

PHS Girls’ Cross Country 2nd at Group Meet, Displaying Competitive Savvy in Making MOC

For the Princeton High girls’ cross country team, its second-place finish at the Group 3 state championship meet last Saturday was a microcosm of the program’s rise up…

Goldsmith Breaks Through With Critical Goal As PHS Boys’ Soccer Wins Sectional Crown

While Andrew Goldsmith has been a key playmaker for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team as it has won the county crown and advanced to Central Jersey Group…

After Producing Solid Effort at State Group Meet, Future Looks Bright for PHS Boys’ Cross Country

While the Princeton High boys’ cross country team didn’t finish as high at the Group 3 state championship meet last Saturday as it did last fall, Mark Shelley…

PHS Football Falls to Brick in State Playoffs But Defeat Can’t Dim Program’s Renaissance

Despite the daunting prospect of facing defending sectional champion and second-seeded Brick Township in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group 4 state playoffs last Friday evening,…

Using Speed, Grit to Emerge as Football, Track Star Boccanfuso Entering PHS Athletics Hall of Fame

Starting his Princeton High sports career as a sixth-string, 120-pound receiver for the freshman football team in 1962, Vince Boccanfuso didn’t seem destined for stardom. But using his…

Topics in Brief: A Community Bulletin

Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) will host a Lunch and Learn on Osteoporosis, Friday, November 21, at noon. Board Certified Internist from Capital Health, Dr. Leigh Seigel, a specialist in women’s healthcare and geriatric medicine, will take questions from the audience following the program which will include risk factors, ways to improve bone health and prevent falls, and treatment and management of the disease for those already afflicted. The free event takes place in the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street. Participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Registration is encouraged; call (609) 924-7108.

Annual YWCA Crafters Marketplace will take place at the John Witherspoon Middle School on Walnut Lane Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, November 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are: Two Day Adult Pass: $12 (adults) $10 (under 16 and 62 and over); Per Day: $8 (adults); $6 (under 16 and 62 and over); free for children under six. For more information, visit:

The Whole Earth Center and Princeton Chiropractic Wellness Center, 33 State Road. Suite B, are collecting food for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen in November. Every Whole Earth patron who donates $5 worth or more of food will be given a free gift package for wellness services worth $500. For more information, visit:

The Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad seeks vendors for a sponsored Holiday Flea Market and Bake Sale at the squad house, 237 North Harrison Street, Saturday December 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; set up from 7:30 until 9 a.m. Rain or shine. The Auxiliary will be selling cookies and brownies and refreshments will be available; 50/50 raffle and raffle for Italian gift basket ($50 value). Vendors are sought for Christmas decorations, bric-a-brac, household goods, art, toys, books, etc. Table rental: $15 each, 8 foot table included. For more information, call (609) 921-8972.

The Dogwood Garden Club of Princeton’s annual holiday luncheon and fundraiser will take place Monday, December 8, at Mercer Oaks Golf Course, Princeton Junction. The program includes noted rosarian and author, Stephen Scanniello, curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Gardens, the ever popular flea market boutique, holiday greens sale, raffle, and silent auction. Funds raised by the raffle support scholarships for Mercer County Community College horticulture students and local nonprofit organizations. Tickets are $50; to rsvp call (609) 921-3165 by December 1.

Meet the Mayor: Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert will meet with members of the public at the Terra Libri café in the Princeton Public Library on Friday, December 12, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Residents are encouraged to stop by with questions, concerns, and ideas; no appointment necessary.

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area’s monthly meeting are as follows: 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 in Rocky Hill at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact:

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