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Coach USA Bus Crashes on Route 27

At 7:12 a.m. on Tuesday, a Coach USA Suburban bus traveling north on Route 27 crashed into a tree just north of Carnegie Drive. According to the Princeton…

Ordinance Adopted By Princeton Council Restricting Business Hours

Princeton Council has unanimously adopted an ordinance mandating that businesses near residential neighborhoods close their doors between 2 and 5 a.m. The vote at Monday night’s special meeting…

Food Service Workers Strike, To Negotiate With Nutri-Serve

Twenty food service workers at Princeton Pubic Schools (PPS) went on strike last Thursday to highlight their dispute with Nutri-Serve Food Management, the company hired by the school…

Princeton Groups Protest Police Brutality

Recent events across the nation involving racial discrimination and police brutality, particularly a New York grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of…

Council Delays Vote On Ordinance Limiting Business Hours

A vote on whether to approve an ordinance restricting business hours for establishments located near residential neighborhoods was postponed at Monday night’s Princeton Council meeting due to the…

Response to Concerns On Hospital Demolition Frustrates Residents

As the demolition of the former Princeton Hospital progresses, so do complaints by residents of the neighborhood about noise, air quality, contaminants, and debris. While members of the…

Other News

PHS Students Learn About Making Choices Where Harmful Chemicals Are Concerned

Monroe Township rheumatologist Aly Cohen has spent a lot of time researching the effects of…

Nominations Sought for Sustainable Leadership Awards

Sustainable Princeton and the Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC) are seeking nominations of local leaders who…

School Board and Teachers Negotiate With Help of State-Appointed Mediator

Representatives of the teachers’ union, Princeton Regional Education Association (PREA) and the Princeton Public Schools…

Dressed for the Holidays

The 2014 holiday season at Drumthwacket will showcase New Jersey’s vibrant cultural arts community with…

Director Robbert Dijkgraaf Invites Rush Holt to IAS

U.S. Representative Rush Holt has been appointed a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced…

Shining Light on Womanspace

Lawrenceville School junior Jake Zabaleta lights a Womanspace luminary in front of Chambers Walk on…

Get Your Greenery

Members of Princeton’s Boy Scout Troop 43, shown here with Santa, are holding their annual…

Princeton Education Forum

Littlebrook teacher Martha Friend is all smiles as a recipient of a PEF Mini Grant…

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Calendar Highlights

Wednesday, December 17

6 p.m.: Screening of the new film "Whiplash" at Princeton Garden Theatre with a reception to follow (as part of a fundraising event) to benefit Princeton High School’s Music Program. The reception will include a live video Q&A with the film’s director and a performance by the PHS Studio Band; Princeton High School Performing Arts Center.

6 to 8 p.m.: Jarrett Payton, son of the NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton, will speak at the Johnson Education Center of D&R Greenway. Payton will share his life stories and inspirations. Children are welcome. The cost is $25 to attend. For tickets, call 609.695.6274 ext. 161.

8 p.m.: Westminster Community Orchestra presents a free "Holiday Sing-A-Long" concert featuring both Hanukah and Christmas classics. Free will donations for area food pantries will be accepted at the door. The concert will be conducted by Ruth Ochs; Westminster’s Bristol Chapel, Princeton.

8 p.m.: The Mercer County Symphonic Band presents their 2014 Winter Concert at the Kelsey Theater on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. Admission is free.

8 to 10:30 p.m.: Join the Princeton Country Dancers for an evening of dance; Suzanne Patterson Center, Princeton.

Thursday, December 18

10 a.m.: Free, “Movin’ and Groovin’ with Miss Amy” at the Marketfair Mall in Princeton. Miss Amy performs original songs that encourage children’s fitness.

10 a.m.: 55 Plus Club meeting at the Jewish Center of Princeton. The event will include a presentation by Jeremy Adelman on Albert Hirschman. Adelman is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Princeton University. A $3 donation is suggested.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Princeton Winter Farmers Market inside of the Princeton Public Library. Seasonal vegetables, baked goods, and crafts (repeats on January 15).

5 p.m.: Menorah Lighting in Princeton’s Palmer Square. Rain or shine. A reception will follow at the Nassau Inn.

Friday, December 19

7:30 p.m.: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah at Richardson Auditorium. Also, featuring singers Nathalie Paulin, Mireille Lebel, Isaiah Bell, and Gordon Bintner.

7:30 p.m.: American Repertory Ballet’s "The Nutcracker" at the State Theatre of NJ accompanied by a live orchestra performance of Tchaikovsky’s score and the Princeton Girlchoir.

Saturday, December 20

10:30 a.m.: Screening of "Polar Express" at Princeton Garden Theatre.

7:30 p.m.: St. Paul Church presents a free Christmas concert featuring singer Chris Pinnella of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Free will offerings will be accepted. Performance of sacred and popular songs for the holiday season; 214 Nassau Street.

8 p.m.: Princeton Pro Musica chorus and orchestra perform “A Bach Christmas” at Richardson Auditorium. A pre-concert talk with Artistic Director Ryan Brandau will begin at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 21

3 to 5 p.m.: The Klez Dispensers perform a Chanukah-themed concert at the Arts Council of Princeton.

4 p.m.: Princeton Youth Ballet performs "The Snow Queen" at the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center. The cost to attend is $20.

5 p.m.: Candlelight Winter Solstice Yoga at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, 88 Orchard Road, Skillman. This is a donation class with proceeds going to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

Monday, December 22

7:30 p.m.: "A Christmas Carol" at McCarter Theater (through December 28).

7:30 p.m.: Longest Night Service at Princeton United Methodist Church.

Tuesday, December 23

11 a.m.: Holiday Laser Lights Show at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Laser lights set to seasonal music favorites (also at 1 p.m.); 205 West State Street, Trenton.

6:30 to 10 p.m.: The Keith Franklin Jazz Quartet performs at the Witherspoon Grill in Princeton.

Wednesday, December 24

11 a.m.: Santa arrives at the Princeton Airport, located in Montgomery Township on Route 206. Prior to Santa’s arrival, the Princeton Airport Flying Tigers will serve cocoa and cookies. Local folk singer Pat McKinley will also perform holiday classics. There is no charge to attend.

3 p.m.: Family Eucharist with Organ & Carols at Trinity Church of Princeton (also at 5 p.m.). The Festival Eucharist with Combined Choirs begins at 8 p.m.

4 p.m.: Christmas Eve Mass Celebration at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, located at 1200 Stuart Road in Princeton.

6 p.m.: Christmas Eve service for families at Princeton United Methodist Church. The traditional candlelight service begins at 8 p.m.

Sports

With Senior Smith Getting Back to Full Speed, PU Women’s Hoops Cruises Past Binghamton

After missing most of her junior season on the Princeton University women’s basketball team with a stress fracture in her right leg, Mariah Smith is just getting up…

Executing Better in Loss at No. 3 Minnesota State, PU Men’s Hockey Aiming to Improve Consistency

Playing at third-ranked Minnesota State last Friday night in Mankato, the Princeton University men’s hockey team came out flying. “The first period against Mankato was everything we have…

Ending College Soccer Career on a High Note, PDS Alum Hoppenot Helps Tufts to D-3 Crown

Joining the Tufts University men’s soccer team in the fall of 2011, Maxime Hoppenot didn’t get the feeling that he had signed on with a powerhouse. “When I…

Buoyed by Quintet of Battle-Tested Seniors, PHS Girls’ Hoops Aiming to Be Competitive

As Dan Van Hise enters his second year at the helm of the Princeton High girls’ basketball program, he and his players are on the same page. “It…

Featuring Nice Blend of Chemistry, Versatility PHS Boys’ Hoops Optimistic About Prospects

Even though the Princeton High boys’ basketball team is welcoming back only three returning players from last season, Mark Shelley believes the squad is already a cohesive unit.…

Andres Fired Up for Final Campaign on Ice, Sparking PHS Boys’ Hockey to 4-2 Record

Jackson Andres’s athletic future lies in college lacrosse. Princeton High senior Andres, a rugged and skilled defender, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Drexel University and…

With Wright Assuming Bigger Role Offensively, PDS Boys’ Hockey Makes Strides at Invitational

Will Wright wasn’t quite in synch in the early going this season for the Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team. “The first couple of games I started out…

Performing Well in a Weekend Full of Drama, PDS Girls’ Hockey Takes 2nd at Invitational

There was no shortage of drama as the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team hosted its annual Harry Rulon-Miller Invitational last weekend. In the opening round on Saturday,…

Topics in Brief: A Community Bulletin

Princeton Council will hold its annual reorganization meeting on Monday, January 5 at 5 p.m. and its goal-setting session on Tuesday, January 6 at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held in Witherspoon Hall.

Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler has issued a warning to local residents and businesses regarding telephone scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service agents and Mercer County sheriff’s officers. Over the past week, the Sheriff’s office has received numerous complaints about suspected phone scams asking for personal information and credit card numbers. The scammers identify themselves as the IRS, stating the need to pay thousands of dollars in back taxes, face fines, or a sheriff’s officer will be sent to arrest them. “I can state with confidence the Mercer County Sheriff’s office does not provide enforcement for the IRS or solicit monies from public citizens for any means, especially by telephone,” said Mr. Kemler. “Unfortunately, it is difficult to crack down on telephone solicitors because calls are often generated from phone banks located out of state. If a local resident or business suspects a particular telephone call may be a scam, simply hang up.” Anyone who receives such a call and is uncertain of its validity should report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484.

Princeton United Methodist Church at Nassau and Vandeventer Streets, presents “Masters of Good Cheer,” by the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus, Sunday, December 21, at 4 p.m. Advance tickets: $20, $15 student/senior, $25 at the door. For more information, call (732) 579-8449, or visit: www.njgmc.org. The chancel, youth, and handbell choirs will perform on Wednesday, December 24, at 6 p.m. during a Christmas Eve service especially for young children before a candlelight service for families at 8 p.m. For more information, call (609) 924-2613, or visit: www.princetonumc.org.

Hospital Site Update: Princeton Engineering Department, which announced earlier that an additional sampling from the monitoring well was scheduled for mid October, has been advised that the testing firm was not able to obtain a sample due to water no longer being present in the well. The Whitman firm has requested additional information from AvalonBay’s environmental consultant, who has advised that a report will be provided by the end of December. It is anticipated to take seven to eight additional months’ time to complete all repairs to the garage. Work is proceeding from east to west toward Witherspoon Street. The entire demolition project is anticipated to take an additional two to three months to complete, weather permitting. AvalonBay’s acoustical consultant, Cerami and Associates, continues to be on site monitoring noise levels of the demolition process 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. A temporary sound absorbing wall and sound absorbing blankets have been installed adjacent to where the upper concrete floor deck of the garage is being removed. Noise related complaints should be directed to the Engineering Department. Air quality monitors continue to be checked and have been found not to have exceeded 50 percent of the regulated standard. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Engineering Department at (609) 921-7077 or at cceballos@princetonnj.gov.

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area’s monthly meetings are as follows: 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: lwvprinceton@gmail.com.

Arts

Brave New World — Tatiana Maslany’s Performance Lifts “Orphan Black” to a Higher Level

Friday afternoon I’m sitting in a parked car in south Philadelphia reading about the Spanish Civil War. It’s easy to imagine…

Pullinger Prints and Woodblocks Opening at Michener Saturday

A small exhibition of works by one of America’s foremost engravers goes on display at the James A. Michener Museum of…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Tolkien Finale Features Bilbo and Allies in Epic Showdown

The Battle of the Five Armies is the third and final chapter in The Hobbit series and is based on the…

“The Soul of All of Us Together” — Scheide, Schubert, Bach, and the Dance of the Organist

Once you reach a certain age, your catalogue of associations is so extensive and so many-sided that it’s possible to discover…