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John, Alicia Nash Remembered After Fatal Crash

The tragic taxi accident that claimed the lives of John Forbes Nash and Alicia Nash late last Saturday afternoon has inspired shock and sadness in the Princeton community…

Politicians Turn Out To Protest Changes Proposed by NJ Transit

Discontinuing the 655 bus line that ferries passengers between Princeton and the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on Route 1 would be a disservice to local…

No Teacher Contract as District Approves Terms With Administrators, Support Staff

The Princeton Public School’s Board of Education approved new three-year contracts with two of the district’s three employee associations at a special meeting in the Valley Road administration…

School Expansion Worries Neighbors

At a meeting next Wednesday, May 27 at the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS), residents of Lambert Drive will get a chance to air their…

Transit Task Force Sees Light Rail In Princeton’s Future

It may be more than a decade away, but commuters could one day have a direct link from Princeton Junction train station in West Windsor up to Nassau…

Body Cameras on Wish List For Department, Says Chief Sutter

With all of the discussions regarding policing now going on in the world-at-large, Town Topics called upon Police Chief Nick Sutter to share his thoughts on such issues…

Council Weighs In On Overnight Parking

Last July, Princeton Council created a task force to review and help harmonize existing parking ordinances from the former Borough and Township. Prominent on the task force’s list…

American Boychoir School Raises Enough Money To Close Out School Year

After mounting an emergency fundraising campaign, the American Boychoir School (ABS) has exceeded its goal of $350,000 to keep the financially ailing institution open until the end of…

Womanspace Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award To Honor Sex Slavery Survivor Minh Dang

Human rights activist, Minh Dang, will receive the 21st annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award from Womanspace at a ceremony and reception Thursday, May 14, from 6 to 9…

District / Teacher Talks Break Down

After months of contract negotiations between the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) and the teachers’s union, Princeton Regional Education Association (PREA), both sides failed to reach…

Other News

Public Invited to Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Meeting Saturday

Members of the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood are asking members of the public to join them on…

Ralph Nader To Be Honored With First Princeton AlumniCorps Award

Reunions Weekend gets off to a spirited start Thursday evening when activist Ralph Nader is…

Code for Princeton Civic Hackathon Hopefully Will Be the First of Many

You don’t have to be a technology expert to take part in the Code for…

Rabies Poses Risks For Pets and People

The Princeton Health Department wants to remind residents that rabies infected wildlife continues to pose…

Police Statement On Recent Series Of Recorded Threats

Following the May 19 incident in which Princeton Police responded to a residence on Jefferson…

UMCP Hosts Cancer Survivors Day

On June 7, the University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) will host a special celebration…

Princeton Architecture Firm Wins AIA Merit Award

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has recognized ikon.5 Architects…

Oldest Collegiate Musical Comedy Troupe

  It was the best of times, it was the worst of crimes. The Princeton…

Establishment of the Melanie Clarke Fund

PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov (second from left) and Board President David Tierno presented Melanie…

In the Spirit of Harry Potter

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s concert for children and families, “The Composer is Dead,” featured familiar…

Calendar Highlights

Wednesday, May 27

6 p.m.: Weekly yoga class at Sourland Cycles (the cost is $15 to drop-in); 53 East Broad Street, Hopewell.

7 p.m.: Free, Artists Round Table presented by The Princeton Festival at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Scheide Hall. Opera artists and production staff from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro will be accompanied by Marian Burleigh-Motley, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thursday, May 28

11 a.m.: Start of Princeton University Reunions 2015. For a full lineup of events, visit http://alumni.princeton.edu.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Princeton Farmers Market in Hinds Plaza in downtown Princeton. Local fruits, vegetables, meat, flowers, juice, bread and more (repeats every Thursday).

2:30 p.m.: Children’s Yoga at the West Windsor Arts center.

5:30 p.m.: Free information session for CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties; 1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing.

Friday, May 29

9 a.m.: Intercollegiate Rowing Association championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor (also on May 30 and May 31).

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Watch Fair at Hamilton Jewelers in downtown Princeton (also on May 30).

6:30 p.m.: First free meeting of Napoleons of Crime, a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast group; 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.

8 p.m.: The Triangle Show’s “An Inconvenient Sleuth” at McCarter Theatre (also on May 30).

Saturday, May 30

9 a.m.: 7th Annual Home Front 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at ETS, 660 Rosedale Road in Princeton.

Noon to 5 p.m.: “A Glimpse of Plainsboro” presented by Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, located at 100 Plainsboro Road in Plainsboro. Moon bounce, face painting, petting zoo, and more.

2 p.m.: Start of the historic P-Rade in which Princeton University alumni and new graduates march through campus.

7 p.m.: Block Party Under the Stars, located at 2 East Broad Street in Hopewell. Includes live music, outdoor beer garden, and pizza by Nomad Pizza. Cost of admission is $25 (proceeds benefit Christine’s Hope for Kids).

Sunday, May 31

1 p.m.: Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at the William Trent House, located at 15 Market Street in Trenton.

1 p.m.: Princeton Festival Preview at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. Includes excerpts from “La Nozze di Figaro” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

2 p.m.: Mercer Maestros, A Concert of Jewish Composers in Mercer County at Adath Israel Congregation, located at 1958 Lawrenceville Road in Lawrenceville. Sharim v’Sharot will also perform. Tickets are $20. To purchase, call (609) 222-4647.

Monday, June 1

Recycling

7 p.m.: Randy Cohen interviews McCarter Theatre’s Artistic Director Emily Mann for his public radio show, "Person, Place, Thing"; Princeton Public Library.

Tuesday, June 2

7:30 p.m.: Princeton Photography Club meeting on “The Physics of Photography” presented by David Ackerman at The D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place in Princeton.

7:30 p.m.: The Kingston Historical Society presents a free program on “Carnegie Lake and its Dam.” All are welcome to attend; Kingston Firehouse, 6 Heathcote Road, Kingston.

Sports

Bringing Work Ethic, Toughness on a Daily Basis, Richardson Leading PU Open Rowing into NCAAs

Faith Richardson started her high school sports career as a cross country star for Wellesley High near Boston. But after suffering a series of injuries, she took up…

Tiger Men’s Golfer Prchal Earns Ivy Crown, Continuing His Growth Into a Star Performer

Playing in the Ivy League Championship in 2013 as a freshman, Quinn Prchal got off to an inauspicious start. “I was six-over for the first six holes,” said…

Hun Boys’ Lax Earns 1st Prep A Crown Since 1998 As Donovan Triggers 14-6 Win over Lawrenceville

It was lights, camera, action for the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team as it started last week by facing Haverford School (Pa.) in the championship game of the…

Buoyed by Meekins’ Doubles Play, Leadership, PDS Boys’ Tennis Wins 3rd Straight Prep B Crown

While most tennis players aspire to be singles stars, Josiah Meekins relished playing doubles throughout his career with the Princeton Day School boys’ squad. “I was coming off…

With Frosh Singles Star Lilienthal Leading the Way, PHS Boys’ Tennis Advances to Group 3 State Final

Noah Lilienthal was nervous as he took the court for the Princeton High boys’ tennis team at first singles in the Group 3 state semifinals against undefeated Tenafly…

With Senior Goalie Shane Battling Hard to the End, PHS Girls’ Lax Falls to HoVal in Sectional Semis

Bringing an 8-12 record and a two-game losing streak into the state tournament, the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team seemed destined for an early exit. But PHS senior…

Showing Strength From Sprints to Distance Events, PHS Girls’ Track Finishes 4th at Sectional Meet

Featuring strength from the sprints to the distance events, the Princeton High girls’ track team used that balance to excel last weekend at the Central Jersey Group 3…

Tiger Men’s Heavyweight Rowing Shows Depth, Winning Team Title at Sprints as It Girds for IRAs

In posting wins over Harvard and Brown down the stretch of the regular season, the Princeton University men’s heavyweight varsity 8 crew showed speed and a flair for…

PU Women’s Lax Falls to Duke in NCAA Quarters, But Loss Doesn’t Dim What Tigers Achieved in 2015

In stifling sixth-seeded Stony Brook 8-4 in the second round of the NCAA tournament earlier this month, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team produced a superior defensive effort.…

Tiger Women’s Open Crew 3rd at Ivy Regatta, Making Case for Shot at NCAA Championships

Lori Dauphiny knew that her Princeton University women’s open varsity 8 crew was in for a dogfight at the Ivy League championship regatta last weekend at Cooper River…

Hack Saving His Best for Last in Final Season, Helping PHS Boys’ Tennis to Sectional Crown

Tyler Hack didn’t waste any time taking care of business as the top-seeded Princeton High boys’ tennis team hosted fifth-seeded Hightstown in the Group 3 Central Jersey sectional…

Senior Andres Stars at Both Ends of the Field As PHS Boys’ Lacrosse Rolls in State Opener

Coming off a 15-2 defeat by Princeton Day School in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament on May 9, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team went back…

Topics in Brief: A Community Bulletin

The entire digital issue of Town Topics is now available online at www.towntopics.com.

Princeton Public Library will host a Community Outreach Forum Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. Mayor Liz Lempert, community members, technologists and others, will brainstorm on technology and how it can best be used to improve the municipality in preparation for the upcoming “Code for Princeton Civic Hackathon” at the library on June 6 and 7. Part of National Day of Civic Hacking, the upcoming event will bring together civic hackers, local government, developers, designers, community organizers, and others to build solutions for the community, using publicly-released data and new technology. For more information, and to register for the Code for Princeton Civic Hackathon, visit http://codeforprinceton.org.

Princeton Hook & Ladder Firehouse will host a Guatemalan breakfast, open to the community, Sunday, June 7, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Princeton Center for International Health, a New Jersey non-profit corporation at 27 North Harrison Street, the event will raise money to fund diabetic, maternal health, and infant mortality programs in Panajachel, Guatemala. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10, adults, $7, children.

Princeton University is seeking input from Princeton-area residents via an interactive mapping tool, Campus Compass, to inform its 2026 Campus Planning effort. The planning team, led by University consultant Urban Strategies, invites community members to describe where and how they spend time on campus and offer their ideas for improvement. Urban Strategies plans to share aggregated responses on its blog site this summer. The mapping tool is available online (http://princetoncampusplanblog.com). For more information, contact princetonblog@urbanstrategies.com.

Mayor Liz Lempert will hold a regular monthly “Meet the Mayor” session in the lobby of the Princeton Public Library Friday, May 29, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. When weather permits, from April through September, “walk and talk” sessions will be held outside. As a personal initiative, Ms. Lempert has circulated the fourth issue of a monthly newsletter with information to keep people informed about “all of the great things happening in Princeton.” To sign up to receive the newsletter, visit: http://conta.cc/18CpBqZ.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Mercer County is currently seeking new volunteers. The non-profit organization recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who speak in Family Court in the best interests of children who have been removed from their families due to abuse and/or neglect. Upcoming one-hour information sessions will take place Thursday, May 28, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 10 a.m., at 1450 Parkside Avenue, Suite 22, Ewing, N.J. 08638. For more information, call (609) 434-0050, email Jill Duffy, jduffy@casamercer.org, or visit: www.casamercer.org.

The Princeton Cornerstone Community Kitchen (PCCK), a not for profit organization which provides a free meal to over 100 people each Wednesday evening, will celebrate its three-year anniversary on June 3. PCCK has served more than 12,000 meals since it began with the help of volunteers from The Jewish Center, Princeton University, local churches, high schools, others in the community, as well as the support of the Princeton United Methodist Church located at Nassau and Vandeventer Avenue, the site of the meal served every Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, visit: www.princetonumc.org/cornerstonekitchen.

Arts

Don Draper’s California Dream: Is It a Smile, a Half-Smile, or a Smirk? 

Mad Man begins and ends with Don Draper, formerly Dick Whitman, alone, and yet not alone. In the opening scene of…

Works by Van Nesse Greene At Doylestown’s Gratz Gallery

The Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio, at its new location, 5230 Silo Hill Road in Doylestown, is pleased to announce “Albert…

Hot Pursuit: Cop and Mob Widow Are Unlikely Bedfellows in Road Comedy

As the notorious kingpin of a drug cartel that is terrorizing Texas, Vincente Cortez (Joaquin Cosio) has orchestrated over a hundred…

“Strange Days Indeed” — John Lennon, Kathmandu, and Loud Mouth Lime

The other night I found John Lennon alive and well online singing “There’s a little yellow idol to the north of…