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Teachers, District Sign Memo of Agreement

After well over a year of negotiations, the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) and the teachers’s union, Princeton Regional Education Association (PREA) issued a statement Thursday…

Fireworks, Flintlocks, Benjamin Franklin as Princeton Celebrates

Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year and there will be enough history-inspired events to fill the entire day, not to mention a few that take place…

655 Bus Will Likely End But Alternative Exists, More Being Explored

For those who rely on NJ Transit’s 655 bus for transportation between Princeton and the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, prospects are dim for the future…

Council Considers Tour Buses, Affordable Housing

For the past 10 weeks, members of an ad hoc committee have been trying to come up with a solution to the problem of tour buses on Nassau…

FBI In On Effort To Solve Swatting, Police Tell Parents

Describing a series of phone threats to Princeton schools and other local institutions as “terrorism,” Police Chief Nick Sutter told concerned parents and members of the public last…

IAS Housing Plans On Hold Pending Court Ruling

With the end of an archeological survey on the site where it plans to build housing for its faculty, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), looked ready to…

Residents Voice Concerns Over Valley Road Plans

Some 45 local residents and interested users of Valley Road turned out Monday, June 15, for a neighborhood meeting designed to elicit their ideas and concerns with respect…

Coalition Wants State To Kill NJ Transit’s Cuts and Fare Hikes

Efforts to get the state to nix plans for a NJ Transit fare hike and a cut in some bus routes, including one that ferries passengers between Princeton…

Library Director Leslie Burger Stepping Down

Leslie Burger, the woman credited with turning the Princeton Public Library into “the community’s living room” while bringing it national recognition for services and innovation, is retiring after…

Council Moves On Overnight Parking, Lytle Street Property

Rules for overnight parking and the purchase of a controversial property on Lytle Street dominated a lengthy meeting of Princeton Council Monday night. The governing body was evenly…

Other News

Princeton Merchant Association’s Waiters’ Race

On Thursday, July 9, local wait staff will put their tray-balancing skills to the test at…

Art and Architecture Share the Spotlight In 16th Annual “Art of the Barn” Tour

With their stone walls and timber frames, Bucks County barns are prized for their architecture…

Princeton’s New CERT Program Gets Ready for Hurricane Season

According to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) the Atlantic hurricane season lasts…

Area African American Collectors Exhibit Their Art at Ellarslie

An exhibition titled “On Their Walls: Area African American Collectors and Their African American Art”…

AIA-NJ Merit Award To Princeton Architects

  The Princeton-based architectural firm ikon.5 Architects has been awarded a Merit Award in the…

The Art of Fashion

Charles Sheeler’s 1928 photographic portrait “Madame Lassen Seated in an Armchair,” won’t be on display…

Lambertville’s PAC Presents Acting and Dance Workshops

Lambertville’s Downtown Performing Arts Center (PAC) has announced a six-week summer class schedule focusing on…

Eighth Grade Bucket Brigade

John Witherspoon Middle School’s 240 eighth graders finished the school year with a service project…

Desert Mission

This watercolor by Sheila Norton, a member of the Ewing Art Group, will be featured…

Standing Together

Speaking at the Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Peace and Racial Justice held in response to…

Calendar Highlights

Wednesday, July 1

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Bright Beginnings, a free informational group for parents and caregivers of infants. Each week focuses on a new topic. The cost is $5 to attend; Princeton Fitness and Wellness Center, 1225 State Road, Princeton.

7:30 p.m.: Free, operatic aria concert presented by the Westminster CoOPERAtive Program, an intensive training program for aspiring young opera singers (also on July 3 at 8:30 p.m.); Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College, Princeton.

Thursday, July 2

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).

6 to 8 p.m.: Stone Soup Circus and The Blawenburg Band stage a free outdoor performance at the Princeton Shopping Center.

7 p.m.: Screening of Casablanca (1942) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

9 p.m.: Firework celebration at the fields adjacent to Princeton University Stadium. Fields open for picnicking at 7 p.m.

Friday, July 3

8 p.m.: Opening of Princeton Summer Theater’s production of Pygmalion (through July 19); Princeton University’s Murray-Dodge Hall.

8:30 p.m.: Free, operatic aria concert presented by the Westminster CoOPERAtive Program, an intensive training program for aspiring young opera singers (also on July 8 at 7:30 p.m.); Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College, Princeton.

Saturday, July 4

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: West Windsor Community Farmers market, located in the Vaughn Drive Parking Lot at Princeton Junction Train Station.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Pennington Farmers Market at the lawn at Rosedale Mills, 101 Route 31 North in Hopewell Township.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Independence Day at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Highlights of the day will include a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the christening of a recently refurbished Durham boat. The cost to attend is $8 ($4 for children ages 5 to 11).

11 a.m. to 3p.m.: Independence Day Celebration at Princeton’s Battlefield State Park. Includes educational activities and historical reenactments. Free to attend.

Noon to 3 p.m.: July 4th Jubilee at Morven Museum & Garden. Dine on BBQ, meet Benjamin Franklin, and “sign” the Declaration of Independence. This event is free to attend.

2 to 4 p.m.: Free, Outdoor Summer Music Concert at Palmer Square Green in downtown Princeton (every Saturday in July and August).

Sunday, July 5

12:30 p.m.: Screening of Hermitage Revealed (2014) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

2 p.m.: Free, Sunday Stories at the Princeton Public Library.

Monday, July 6

11 a.m.: “Why Sharks Are Not Scary” for children ages 5 and older. Presented by Dean Fessler of the Princeton Shark Research Institute. Free to attend; Princeton Public Library.

Tuesday, July 7

10:30 a.m.: Free Guided Tour of Princeton Airport, located at 41 Airpark Road in Montgomery. See the daily operations of the airfield, visit the maintenance shop, and watch the daily arrival of planes.

7:30 p.m.: Princeton University Summer Concerts presents the Ariel String Quartet at Richardson Auditorium.

Wednesday, July 8

5:30 p.m.: Explore the Stony Brook at Greenway Meadows Park at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center. The cost is $5 to attend.

7 p.m.: Screening of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

Sports

Senior Cox Pesce Ending PU Crew Career at Henley, Coming Full Circle in Return Trip to Storied Regatta

For Jameson Pesce, competing at the Henley Royal Regatta in England was the holy grail for his crew team at St. Andrew’s School (Del.). “We had gone to…

PHS’ Cleary Sees Dedication to Rowing Pay Dividends As PNRA/Mercer Women’s 8 Earns Silver at Nationals

Caitlin Cleary’s approach to rowing changed when she joined the Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PNRA/Mercer) women’s top open 8 last spring. “I stroked for the…

Paying His Dues over St. Lawrence Men’s Lax Career, PHS Alum Dowers Emerges as Star Defender, Co-Captain

Robby Dowers only got into five games in his sophomore season with the St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team but he saw plenty of progress. “I adjusted to…

Hard Work Paid Dividends for PHS Lineman Moustafa, Leading to Superb Senior Season, Spot in Sunshine Game

Taking up wrestling helped Omar Moustafa reach new heights as a football player in his senior season at Princeton High. “I joined the wrestling team as a junior…

After Helping to Spark PHS Football Turnaround, Buckley Culminating Career with Sunshine Classic

Even though the Princeton High football team was coming off a 0-10 season in 2013, Colin Buckley sensed that things would be a lot different last fall for…

Enjoying Spectacular Debut for PHS Football, Hawes Heading to Sunshine Classic, Howard

Taking up football for the first time last fall, Joe Hawes wasn’t sure what his role would be on the Princeton High team. “The toughest thing was finding…

With Kioko Starring on the Mound and at the Plate, Princeton Repeats as District 12 Intermediate Champs

After the Princeton Little League (PLL) team defeated Millstone-Roosevelt 15-3 last Thursday to win its second straight District 12 Intermediate 50/70 title, Ben Kioko saw the repeat performance…

With Former PHS Star Black Triggering Offense, Bring Me Food Hungry to Excel in Summer Hoops

Davon Black acknowledges that the newly-formed “Bring Me Food” team wasn’t on the same page as it made its debut this June in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer…

Former PHS Star Ettin Coming Home to Start Career, Taking Job as Director of Operations for PU Men’s Hoops

Skye Ettin has been around the Princeton University men’s basketball program much of his life. Growing up just miles from campus, Ettin was a regular participant at the Princeton…

PDS Cross Country Mourns Passing of Coach Noden, Inspired by His Unwavering Devotion to Running

In coaching the Princeton Day School cross country program over the last four seasons, Merrell Noden was thrilled whenever his runners were at the front of the pack.…

Starting District 12 Intermediate Title Defense in Style, Princeton Routs Millstone-Roosevelt 13-1 in Opener

Things started quietly for the Princeton Little League (PLL) squad as it started the defense of its District 12 Intermediate 50/70 tournament title against Millstone-Roosevelt last Sunday afternoon.…

Post 218 Baseball Battles Hard in Loss to Hamilton, But Shows Uneven Play That Has Led to 2-12 Record

Over the final four and a half innings last Monday evening, the Princeton Post 218 American Legion baseball team battled powerful Hamilton Post 31 to a 5-5 standstill.…

Topics in Brief: A Community Bulletin

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

Princeton Municipal Offices will be closed Friday, in observance of Independence Day; there will be regular trash pickup.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service is offering a new support group for women in their sixties and seventies. The Women in Transition group, funded by the Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women and facilitated by Susan Flaster, RN, BSN, MPA, CMCN and Cindy Kramer, MEd, MSW, will focus on changes in health, financial needs, relationships, employment status, family dynamics, expectations of grown children and setting goals. For more information, visit: www.
jfcsonline.org.

The Princeton Health Department reminds residents that rabies in wildlife continues to pose a risk to pets and people. The vast majority of rabies cases reported each year from New Jersey occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, and bats. For more information, contact the Princeton Health Department at (609) 497-7608, or visit: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/rabies_faq.pdf.

Princeton University is seeking input from Princeton-area residents via an interactive mapping tool called Campus Compass that will inform Princeton University’s 2026 Campus Planning effort. Community members are invited to describe where and how they spend time on campus and offer their ideas for improvement. The mapping tool is available online (http://princetoncampusplanblog.com). It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete a questionnaire. For more information, contact blog administrator at princetonblog@urbanstrategies.com.

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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: the
crisisministry.org.

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: www.princetonumc.org.

Arts

Of Flags and Faith and James Baldwin in His 90th Birthday Year

After the outbreak of war in April of 1861, students at Princeton (then the College of New Jersey) raised the Union…

Princeton Festival Presents Crisp Evening of Baroque Music

The Princeton Festival has been exploring some new performance genres this year, including Indian music and dance, and country music. The…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Boys Befriend Ailing Classmate in Bittersweet Bildungsroman

  High school seniors Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) and Earl Johnson (RJ Cyler) are not only best friends, they’re each other’s…

Rocked by “Game of Thrones” — The Fine Art of Going to Extremes

Take a walk with me down by Avalon… — Sir Van Morrison, from “Summertime in England” According to the June 17 New…