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Council Authorizes Funds for Lytle Street Property

At its meeting Monday night, Princeton Council voted 4-2 to set aside $600,000 to acquire two lots at 31-33 Lytle Street, next to the Mary Moss Park, in…

Planning Board Passes Proposal For 7-Eleven Store, Post Office

Princeton’s Planning Board voted unanimously last week in favor of a plan to allow a 7-Eleven to move into the former West Coast Video location at 259 East…

Little Advance On School Food Workers Nutri-Serve Dispute

While contract negotiations between the teachers’s union and the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) have taken center stage at recent public Board meetings, those between the…

Michael Graves Remembered as Innovator, Teacher

Michael Graves spent the last 12 years of his life in a wheelchair. But the spinal cord infection that left him paralyzed from the waist down did not…

Budget Waivers Would Allow District To Exceed 2 Percent Property Tax Cap

If the average Princeton home owner could guarantee that all students at Princeton High School could have all the teaching they needed for a few dollars more on…

Battlefield Society Will Appeal “Illegal Do-Over”

The Princeton Battlefield Area Preservation Society (PBS) is preparing to file an appeal of the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission’s approval of the Institute for Advanced Study’s plans…

Thursday’s Budget Workshop Pertinent To Contract Talks

Princeton Board of Education (BOE) will hold its annual budget workshop in the Valley Road Administration Building Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. The public meeting, which is…

Vote on Purchase of Lytle Street House Is Postponed by Council After Protests

A vote to approve an ordinance that would allow Princeton to purchase a property in the Witherspoon/Jackson neighborhood and expand the adjacent Mary Moss Park was tabled by…

Animal Control Officer Suspended

Princeton’s Animal Control Officer Mark Johnson has been suspended as of Monday, February 23, the same day on which charges brought by Mr. Johnson against Littlebrook Road resident…

Advocates of Cycling Weigh Council’s Decision To Table Bike Ordinance

Princeton Council’s vote last week to table an ordinance that would replace street parking on Hamilton Avenue with bike lanes on both sides was met with relief by…

Other News

John Nash Awarded $800,000 Abel Award

John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician, has been awarded the 2015 Abel Prize by the…

Unmaking the Bomb Authors to Speak at Peace Coalition Event

Co-authors of the recently published book Unmaking the Bomb, Zia Mian and Frank von Hippel, will…

Princeton Resident David Gray Is Ballet Company’s New Director

Ballet was not on David Gray’s radar when he was growing up in Princeton and…

Johnson Park Kindergarten Class Welcomes Navy Veteran Ryan Mann

When kindergartners in Susan Frenchu’s class at Johnson Park Elementary School wrote to a member…

New Coach on Track

Olympic hopeful Rebeka Stowe has joined the faculty of The Wilberforce School as a coach…

On Board

VolunteerConnect, which partners with area corporations and business to support Central New Jersey non-profit groups,…

District Approves Tentative Budget, Tax Hike, Pending County Approval

The Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) voted last week to approve a tentative…

They Speak the Language

Seven Princeton High School students have been awarded scholarships by the Foreign Language Educators of…

Arts Council Project Recognizes Witherspoon/Jackson Neighborhood

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will hold a Story Slam, the second in a…

Inspired by Beethoven

John Witherspoon Middle School (JWMS) eighth grader Marcelino Guevara, who moved to Princeton from Puebla,…


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Calendar Highlights

Wednesday, March 25

6 p.m.: Free screening of "Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night." The film will be followed by a talk-back with filmmakers Emily V. Driscoll and Karl J. Fischer. Part of the Princeton Public Library’s Environmental Film Festival. For a complete schedule, visit

6 p.m.: Community yoga class at Sourland Cycles, located at 53 East Broadstreet in Hopewell (also on Saturday at 8 a.m.). The cost to attend is $15 ($60 for a 5-class package). Classes repeat weekly.

7:30 to 9 p.m.: Gotham Princeton networking group meeting at Mediterra of Princeton. Guest speaker Peter Kasabach, Executive Director of New Jersey Future, will discuss the existing downtown centers in New Jersey – what makes them strong or weak markets? Pre-registration and payment is required by visiting

Thursday, March 26

3 to 5 p.m.: Free lecture on “Ancient Religions, Modern Politics” with speaker Michael Cook at the Carl A. Fields Center, 58 Prospect Avenue in Princeton.

7 p.m.: A Concert for the Preservation of Carter Road with singer-songwriter Kate Taylor. Donations will help to save 320 acres on the east and west sides of Carter Road and prevent an additional 4,500 vehicles from commuting through central New Jersey; Off-Broadstreet Theatre, 5 S. Greenwood in Hopewell.

8 p.m.: Princeton University Concerts present Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili and English pianist Paul Lewis at Richardson Auditorium. A pre-concert talk by Ruth Ochs will take place at 7 p.m.

Friday, March 27

Noon to 1 p.m.: Free screening of "School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten." The film will be followed by a talk-back with filmmaker Rona Richter. Part of the Princeton Public Library’s Environmental Film Festival. For a complete schedule, visit www.prince

2 p.m.: Free, colloquium with John Elderfield on “The Artist’s Studio,” a discussion of the evolving role of the artist’s studio during the 19th and 20th centuries; Princeton University Art Museum.

4:30 to 6 p.m.: Novelist Glenn Patterson discusses and reads from his latest work at Princeton University’s James M. Stewart Theatre, located at 185 Nassau Street. In addition to novels, Patterson has made documentaries for the BBC and has written plays and stories for Radio 3 and Radio 4. This event is presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies.

8 p.m.: The Westminster Schola Cantorum conducted by James Jordan present “I Will Lift Mine Eyes” at Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College in Princeton.

Saturday, March 28

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Lambing Day at Howell Living History Farm. Throughout the day, visitors are welcome to visit the sheep barn, henhouse, and pigpen to meet the spring newborns. Farmers will be on-hand to answer any questions. This event is free to attend; 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville.

1 to 4 p.m.: Clean-Up Day at Princeton’s Battlefield State Park. Cut down invasive bamboo, pick-up litter, and repair the ruins of an old barn. Guests should bring their own gloves, work boots, and gardening tools (i.e. clippers, shovels and pruning shears). All are welcome.

3 p.m.: Story Slam at the Arts Council of Princeton in celebration of the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Project. Free to attend.

7 p.m.: The Trenton Children’s Chorus performs alongside the Seminary Singers at Miller Chapel on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street in Princeton. The concert will be followed by a dessert and champagne reception. Advance reservations are required by calling (609) 466-4882.

Sunday, March 29

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market at the Historic Roebling Machine Shop, 675 South Clinton Avenue in Trenton. Shop an assortment of nearly 200 vendors selling records, original artwork, silkscreen tee-shirts, vintage toys and more.

1 to 2:30 p.m.: The Mercer County Park Commission presents “Scales, Feathers, and Fur,” a live animal presentation for children and families at the Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Avenue in Hamilton.

2 p.m.: Free lecture titled, “From Hearth to Battlefield: A Look at 18th Century Arms in the Early Years of the American Revolution” presented by amateur historian Jim Stinson at the Washington Crossing Park Visitor Center Auditorium in Bucks County, Pa. For questions, call (215) 493-4076.

Monday, March 30

3 to 4 p.m.: The Princeton Public Library’s Spring Break Discovery Week: Creatures presents “Dinosaurs Rock,” an interactive and educational exhibit featuring museum-quality dinosaur fossils. Registration is limited to 70 children ages 5 and older. Pre-register by visiting

Tuesday, March 31

9:30 a.m.: Community Garden Plowing with Isles, Inc. A team of oxen from Howell Living History Farm will plow the community garden at 81 Chestnut Avenue (between Walnut and Greenwood) in Trenton. This event is free to attend and open to the public.


Historic Run Comes to End for PU Women’s Hoops, But 31-1 Team’s Legacy Unaffected by NCAA Loss

If there was any doubt that the Princeton University women’s basketball team had captured the imagination of those far and near with its 30-0 regular season, the scene…

Miller Shrugs Off Lingering Effects of Virus, Sparking PU Women’s Hoops to 1st NCAA Win

As the Princeton University women’s basketball team prepared for its NCAA first round contest against Wisconsin-Green Bay last Saturday, Michelle Miller wasn’t up to par. “I had a…

Displaying Grit in Pulling Out Another 1-Goal Win, No. 10 PU Men’s Lacrosse Edges No. 11 Yale 11-10

When Princeton University men’s lacrosse head coach Chris Bates reviewed the tape of his team’s game against Yale last Saturday, he saw plenty of room for improvement. “When…

Learning Lessons From Setback at Virginia, No. 13 PU Women’s Lax Defeats Harvard

After winning its first four games of the season, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team hit a roadblock on a trip to Virginia earlier this month. Playing a…

Hun Boys’ Hockey Star Brown, PHS Swimmer Berloco Earn the Nod as Town Topics’ Top Winter Performers

Standing at 5’8 and weighing 140 pounds, Blake Brown doesn’t immediately catch the eye as the Hun School boys’ hockey team takes the ice. But when the puck…

Working Through Challenges of Wintry Preseason, PHS Boys’ Lax Plans to Warm Up as Spring Unfolds

The seemingly interminable winter hitting the area has had a chilling effect on the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team as it prepares for the upcoming season. “It has…

Schlesinger Taking Helm of PHS Girls’ Lax; Sees Discipline as Key to Maintaining Success

In taking the helm of the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse program, David Schlesinger knows that he walked into a good situation. “The preseason has been great, the girls…

Hun Boys’ Lax Focusing on Building Trust, Sees Team Unity as Key to Taking Next Step

The watchword around the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team this spring is trust. “We need to focus on team building more than ever and developing trust,” said Hun…

Cook Excited to Guide Hun Girls’ Lacrosse, Taking Positive Approach in Rebuilding Effort

By the end of last spring, Liz Cook was ready to take a hiatus from coaching high school lacrosse. “I was a Princeton Day School varsity coach, I…

While Perplexed by Only Being Seeded 8th With 30-0 Mark, Princeton Women’s Hoops Focused on NCAA Breakthrough

In late November, the Princeton University women’s basketball team practiced at the University of Maryland’s XFINITY Center as it prepared for a game at American University. Now after…

Making 2nd Trip to NCAA Wrestling Meet, PU’s Ayala Primed for Championship Run

Coming into his freshman year at Princeton University in 2012, Abram Ayala had enjoyed a swift rise in the wrestling world. First competing in the sport as a…

No. 13 PU Men’s Lax Posts 17-11 Win at Penn, As Sharpshooting Orban Triggers the Offense

Kip Orban had scored a goal in 29 straight games for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team until he was held scoreless two weeks ago in an 11-4…

Topics in Brief: A Community Bulletin

Communiversity: Volunteers are needed to help with the town/gown event to be held Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 6 p.m. To volunteer, visit:

A Memorial Service for the late Michael Graves will be held at Richardson Auditorium Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m. Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D) has announced that memorial contributions may be made to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Omaha, Neb. ( In honor of the world-renowned architect, Grounds For Sculpture is extending a large portion of its current exhibition, “Michael Graves: Past as Prologue,” through April 12. To RSVP for the memorial service, visit

The Princeton Board of Health with Health Officer Jeffrey C. Grosser will meet Thursday, March 26 (rescheduled from March 17) at 7:30 p.m. in the main meeting room at Monument Hall. The agenda includes public comment, an update on demolition at the hospital site, and first readings of ordinances on tobacco and fracking waste. Formal action will be taken.

Mayor Liz Lempert will hold a regular monthly “Meet the Mayor” session in the lobby of the Princeton Public Library Friday, March 27, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. As a personal initiative, Ms. Lempert has circulated the third issue of a monthly newsletter aimed at keeping residents informed about “all of the great things happening in Princeton.” To sign up for the newsletter, visit:

Princeton Recreation Department is taking registration online for its Spring and Summer programs. An early-bird special discount on select Pool Memberships, Day Camp, and Teen Travel Camp registration is available until April 15. For more information, visit:

Hospital Site Update: The Princeton Department of Engineering reports that work on the parking garage is continuing and new concrete floor slabs will be poured after the weather warms. The removal of the basements, foundations and walls along with the sorting of demolition materials for recycling will continue for the next three to four weeks. The onsite crushing of the concrete has started, and a fifth air monitor is being utilized. The crushing operation will be wet down as needed to minimize dust. Avalon Bay’s acoustical consultant, Cerami & Associates, continues to be onsite monitoring noise levels and parking garage repair work. 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. Air quality monitors continue to be checked and have been found not to have exceeded 50 percent of the regulated standard. Site contractor Mountain View Construction is working on the new entrance drive on Witherspoon Street and for the next few weeks will continue with preliminary earthwork. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Engineering Department at (609) 921-7077 or

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 between 9 a.m. and noon, 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. For more information and appointment, call (609) 924-7108.


Looking for Flannery O’Connor on Her 90th Birthday — “The Dreary Chair She Sat in Glowed.”

I have a large tumor and if they don’t make haste and get rid of it, they will have to remove…

Historic Photography Shines in Show Marking Pennington’s 125th Anniversary

An exhibition of historic photographs from the Hopewell Valley Historical Society’s George H. Frisbie Collection goes on show at The Pennington…

Insurgent: Shailene Woodley Excels as Heroine of Satisfying Sequel

Insurgent is the second in the series of screen adaptations that are based on Veronica Roth’s blockbuster Divergent trilogy. This movie…

A Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale Discovery Illuminates the Literary Year

All in all the most useful volume I ever found at the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale, which begins with a $25…