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Judge Rejects AvalonBay’s Injunction Request

AvalonBay’s attempt to have a Mercer County Superior Court judge order the town of Princeton to sign off on a demolition plan and issue building permits for its…

Arrested Princeton Professor to Fight Theft Allegations in Superior Court

Princeton resident and Princeton University Professor John Mulvey, 67, was arrested last week at Princeton Police Department headquarters after an investigation by Detective Sergeant Christopher Quaste and Detective…

Holt, Booker, Others Urge Federal Agency To Protect the Ridge

Four state lawmakers have written to a federal agency requesting increased attention to safety issues regarding the Williams Transco company’s plan for a pipeline on the Princeton Ridge.…

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From Mayfair to Palmer Square: Self-Described “Corporate Vagabonds” at Home in Princeton

As President of ME Global, a global chemical company headquartered in London, England, Dan Scheid…

Salut! Several Area Restaurants Receive 2014 Wine Spectator Magazine Awards

Five local establishments have been included in Wine Spectator magazine’s 2014 Restaurant Awards. The annual…

Tribute to Farmers

The world’s first example of a quilted tractor will be on view at this year’s…

Stuart Country Day School Alumna Sarah Schulte Awarded Fulbright Award

A former student of Stuart Country Day School has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student…

Woody, Wall Street, and More: Evergreen Forum’s Courses 

Registration is about to begin for Evergreen Forum’s fall 2014 semester. In addition to “Woody…


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Calendar Highlights


7:30 p.m.: Westminster Choir College faculty members Elem Eley, baritone, and J.J. Penna, piano, present a free concert titled “Nine Americans and a Brit” in Bristol Chapel.

8 p.m.: Judith and William Scheide present the 7th Annual Midsummer Concert Series featuring the Grammy Award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium. To purchase tickets, call University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220 or visit www.scheidecon


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).

12:30 p.m.: Book Talk on “Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal” at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction. A kosher lunch will be served and pre-registration is required by calling (609) 987-8100 ext. 126. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

1:30 p.m.: Free Nutrition Program at McCaffrey’s Supermarket at the Princeton Shopping Center. Executive Chef Eric Blackshire and Dietician Jill Kwasny will discuss, “The Real Scoop on the Proposed Food Label Changes.” RSVP by calling (215) 750-7713.

4 p.m.: Free, So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI) performance at Princeton Record Exchange.


7 p.m.: The Next Stage Ensemble of the Shakespeare Theatre (a troupe of young actors just beginning their careers) will perform the Greek classic, "The Libation Bearers" by Aeschylus. Seating is limited and the performance is free to attend; Plainsboro Public Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro.


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.

7 to 8:30 p.m.: Free performance by the Dukes of Destiny at the Nassau Park Pavilion. Part of the West Windsor Arts Council’s “And the Beat Goes On…” summer music series.


3 p.m: Summer Opera Shakespeare Program at Beth El Synagogue, located at 50 Maple Stream Road in East Windsor. Admission is $5 per person. To RSVP, call (609) 443-4454.


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…

Despite Superb Effort From Former PHS Star Black, Northeast Falls to King’s in Summer Hoops Playoffs

Davon Black put in extra preparation as his seventh-seeded Northeast Realty squad got ready to face No. 2 King’s Pizzarama last Monday in the quarterfinals of the Princeton…

Using Competition to Build Family Feeling, Princeton Tigers Aquatics Club Flourishing

Miles Cava has been a fixture on the local swimming scene for years. The Princeton native joined the Eastern Express swimming club as a kid and competed for…

With PU Alum Reinprecht Showing Progress, U. S. Field Hockey Finishes 4th at World Cup

Katie Reinprecht was a little rusty when she played for the U.S. national field hockey team in the Pan American Cup last fall. Having taken a hiatus from…

PHS Alum Bryant Wraps Up Michigan Lax Career, Displaying Persistence Through Ups and Downs

When the University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team played its first-ever varsity game at the Division I level in 2012, Doug Bryant got things started with a bang.…

Helping Stanford Water Polo Win NCAA Crown, Princeton Native Monaghan Rises to the Occasion

Sophia Monaghan feared that she might be in over her head when she joined the Stanford University women’s polo team last fall. With Stanford boasting a roster containing…

Topics in Brief: A Community Bulletin

AvalonBay Update: Princeton Engineering Department reports that Yannuzzi Corporation’s removal of carpeting, non-asbestos ceiling tiles, lighting fixtures, non asbestos pipe coverings, copper water piping, electrical wiring and office partitions from the inside of hospital buildings on Witherspoon Street is proceeding slower than anticipated and will continue for the next couple of weeks. To date, 29 dumpsters of 100-cubic-yard capacity containing recyclables have been removed from the site. The removal of the emergency generator was completed on July 19. The removal of the additional soil from the location of the 6,000 gallon tank and the installation of the new monitoring well is anticipated to be completed by the end of July. Asbestos removal from the interior is anticipated to continue until the second week of August. The contractor continues to identify additional areas for asbestos removal. To date, 26 40-cubic-yard dumpsters of asbestos have been removed from the site, which continues to be monitored on a regular basis by representatives of Whitman Environmental, and the Municipal Building, Engineering and Health Departments. Department of Labor representatives visit the site to determine whether workers are qualified and properly certified for the work and are following proper safety protocols. No demolition work has been authorized to proceed. For more information, call the Engineering Department at (609) 921-7077 or email

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:

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.

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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:


“My Stars Shine Darkly Over Me” — Shakespeare Says It, Charlie Parker Plays It

A soft summer’s day in New York. When the rain falls, you can count the drops. I’m sitting on a bench…

Seward Johnson Retrospective A Big Hit at Grounds for Sculpture

A retrospective of the work of sculptor J. Seward Johnson is currrently on view at Grounds for Sculpture (GFS), the sculpture…

Absurdity and Melancholy Merge in “Vanya and Sonya and Masha …,” As Durang Performs in His Own Play at Bucks County Playhouse 

The Bucks County Playhouse summoned all the appropriate muses last Friday night for the opening of its current production of Christopher…

An Evening of Piano Concertos Featured Four Artists From The Golandsky Institute

For eleven years, a musical treasure has been taking place in Princeton in the summer. The Golandsky Institute has been presenting…

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