September 30, 2015

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Work on the apartment complex being built by AvalonBay Communities could resume as early as next week, according to information provided at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday evening. The Witherspoon Street construction site, formerly home to University Medical Center at Princeton, has been quiet since the presence of harmful chemicals was detected earlier this month. It was originally shut down in August after a worker was injured in a fall from an elevator shaft. more

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Princeton Council voted Monday evening to introduce an ordinance approving the conveying of easements for land adjacent to the post office on Palmer Square. The action was among the topics taken up during the meeting of the governing body in Witherspoon Hall.

The approval, which will be given a public hearing and final vote at the Council’s next meeting October 12, allows the United States Post Office to go through with sale of the property. LCOR Ventures of California is the company contracted to buy the building, to be possibly turned into a retail establishment or restaurant. more

September 23, 2015


By about November 1, Princeton’s branch of the United States Post Office (USPS) should be relocated to the rear of the former West Coast Video store at 259 Nassau Street. But the fate of its longtime home on Palmer Square has yet to be finalized, according to information provided at a public hearing during a meeting of Princeton Council on September 15. more


Princeton Council has tabled an ordinance that would have set new rates for the Spring Street Garage behind Princeton Public Library. At a meeting on September 15, the governing body decided further investigation is needed before a vote is taken on the measure, which proposes eliminating the library’s policy of two hours free parking for cardholders and replacing it with one hour free parking for all. more

AvalonBay-300x156Officials in Princeton are still waiting to learn the results of testing regarding contamination at the construction site of the AvalonBay rental community on Witherspoon Street. Piles of dirt have been covered up and are being wet down daily, and activity has ceased while testing is done regarding the presence of PCBs and PAHs, revealed earlier this month.

“We have not received an update today,” municipal administrator Marc Dashield said on Monday afternoon. “However, we anticipate that we will receive some information sometime this week.КWe continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.” more

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PRESERVING A PIECE OF HISTORY: The acquisition of the 4.6-acre D’Ambrisi property and its annexation to Princeton Battlefield State Park was marked September 16 with an official
ceremony presided over by, from left: Battlefield Society president Jerald Hurwitz, Senator Kip Bateman, New Jersey Park Service Director Mark Texel, Mayor Liz Lempert, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. (Photo by John Lien)

The addition of a privately owned property next to Princeton Battlefield State Park opens up new possibilities for investigating its history. The annexation of the former D’Ambrisi property, which was celebrated with an official ceremony and ribbon-cutting last week, makes land that played a vital role in the Battle of Princeton more accessible to researchers and the public.  more

September 16, 2015

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Despite a financial crisis which has landed the American Boychoir School (ABS)  in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, classes at the choral academy began this week at the school’s new location in Hopewell. Some 32 boys are enrolled, including eight new students, at the Rambling Pines camp, according to a September 10 report to supporters of the organization by Rob D’Avanzo, the Chairman of ABS’ Board of Trustees. That figure is down from 50 students, as reported on the ABS website last spring. more

Affordable housing webThe future of affordable housing in Princeton was the topic of a standing-room-only public meeting of Princeton Council and the town’s Planning Board in Monument Hall last week. The lengthy discussion included numerous comments from members of the public as well as questions and suggestions from the governing bodies themselves.

The town wants to hear the public’s opinions on the issues covered in a document on housing goals written by a Princeton Community Master Plan subcommittee of the Planning Board, planning director Lee Solow said during his presentation. Mr. Solow stressed that the document is not final. more


COMMUNITY ACTION: Princeton University freshmen taking part in the annual community service program preceding their orientation week visited a variety of locations in town and across New Jersey. One group even got to do some drumming with some residents at the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

Attending Princeton University and living on its leafy campus could leave students with an insular view of life. But the University’s Community Action program wants them to know that there is another world outside the “orange bubble.” During the week before freshmen orientation, the 11-year-old program offers new students a chance to learn community service skills and put them to work. more

September 11, 2015

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HONORING THOSE WHO ARE GONE: At Rider University in Lawrenceville today, September 11, military students conducted a flag-lowering ceremony while the Student Government Association presidents joined Rider president Gregory G. Dell’Omo to place a memorial wreath in honor of lives lost. Westminster Choir College student Thomas Lynch performed the national anthem as part of the remembrance event.

View additional images from the event, below. more

September 9, 2015

Page 1 ConstructionConstruction of the AvalonBay rental community at the former site of Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street has been temporarily halted due to the presence of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on the site.

“In response, AvalonBay took additional samples and has sent them out for further testing,” reads a press release from Princeton’s municipal administrator Marc D. Dashield. “The results are expected within two weeks.”

Work on the 280-unit apartment and townhouse complex stopped a few weeks ago, and stockpiles of dirt and materials have been covered with plastic sheeting. The site is being wet down each day. more



When Erika Knudson left Bloomington, Indiana two years ago to join her husband after he landed a job as an art historian at Princeton University, she began scouring local real estate listings to see where they might be able to buy a home. Scrolling on line, she found herself returning to the same neighborhood, again and again. more

TT SustainableThanks to a program sponsored by the non-profit organization Sustainable Princeton, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church will soon find out how much energy is escaping its 175-year-old walls, roof, and windows. Along with Labyrinth Books at 122 Nassau Street, and One Monument Hall, the church is taking part in Sustainable Princeton’s EnergySmart Buildings Campaign, which is made possible by a $35,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey.

The idea is to track electricity, light and water usage, and analyze real time energy data via energy monitors from the Princeton start-up WattVision. According to Sustainable Princeton’s executive director Diane Landis, the data will help commercial properties, religious institutions, and other organizations be more conscious of how they are using energy and help them learn how to improve their practices.

“We wanted to get a cross-section of properties, and we were very thoughtful in choosing these buildings — a church, a local government building, a commercial property — all of which are very different and use energy differently,” Ms. Landis said.  more

September 2, 2015

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Thanks to a $1.4 million purchase funded by the municipality of Princeton and Princeton University, the town’s all-volunteer fire department will soon have a new ladder truck and a new engine truck to replace older vehicles that date to the 1980s and are being used “beyond safe and useful life,” according to a recent report made to Princeton Council by Princeton Fire Chief Dan Tomalin.

While Council has already approved the purchase of new equipment, to which the University is contributing $500,000, Mr. Tomalin’s August 24 power point presentation detailed specifics about the new trucks and the state of some of the old apparatus that is still in use.  more

shutterstock_206557912It has been five years in the making, but Princeton University is installing an eruv, or virtual boundary, around most of the campus and parts of the town so that observant Jews can carry essential items outdoors without desecrating the Sabbath. Under construction during the coming few weeks, the eruv will stretch from Harrison Street to Elm Road and Terhune Road to the tow path.

With the addition of the eruv, Princeton joins other Ivy League institutions as well as such communities as East Windsor and Lawrence in creating a kind of enclosure that allows observant Jews to be more mobile while still respecting the Sabbath, which is a designated day of rest. There are eruvs all over the world. more

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LEAPING INTO A NEW SEASON: American Repertory Ballet dancer Mattia Pallozzi is among those to be introduced to the public at the company’s first “On Pointe” event of the fall at Rider University on September 23. The series is designed to familiarize the community with the company, it’s dancers, and repertory. (Photo by Richard Termine)

When Douglas Martin took over as artistic director of the American Repertory Ballet five years ago, he knew he wanted to forge relationships inside and outside the studio. Having a continuing dialogue with the public was as important as training his dancers. So Mr. Martin, who was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and later with ARB before becoming its director, began to focus on a monthly series called “On Pointe.” more

September 1, 2015

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Responding to requests from residents for additional pickups, Princeton’s Public Works department has added an extra week of municipal-wide brush collection for the week of November 16. In addition, the town will add two extra weeks in July 2016 and another brush collection in October 2016. more

August 26, 2015

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Some 300 Princeton homeowners are receiving proposed sewer inspection and repair bills for work that, in some cases, was done a decade ago. Acknowledging the delay as “a major screw-up,” in the words of Princeton Council member Jenny Crumiller, the governing body heard from staff members at its Monday meeting that the problem is being tackled. more

Cigarette SalesSince approving an ordinance last April that bans selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in Princeton to anyone under age 21, the town’s Board of Health has been making an effort to enforce the law. The department recently went undercover, with the aid of a teenaged intern, to make sure none of the 16 area vendors that carry these products is violating the new ordinance.

In just two days, the high school student visited each of the retailers, including McCaffrey’s, Molisana, and Wawa markets, Rite Aid, the Exxon station, and several others, and attempted to purchase cigarettes. Health officials were pleasantly surprised to learn that none of the retailers agreed to sell tobacco products to the underage teen.

“I thought we’d be right around the state average, which is 88 percent. But being at 100 percent shows that our inspectors were doing their job educating everybody about the new ordinance,” said Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser, who reported the good news to Princeton Council on August 10. “We want to reduce tobacco sales to minors and that is what this ordinance does.” more

August 19, 2015

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The introduction of an ordinance that would convey easements on the property of the post office building in Palmer Square to its prospective new owners led to a spirited discussion at a recent meeting of Princeton Council. Members of the governing body said they want more information about what the California-based buyer, LCOR Ventures, is planning to put into the building that has been a fixture on the square since 1937. more

Stop HungerAt the hundreds of Hunger Banquets held by the global organization Oxfam each year, participants might be served rice and water at one table and a gourmet meal at the next. It’s all the luck of the tickets they draw С a concept designed to demonstrate the gap between food choices for the rich, the middle, and the poor.

While the offerings at the Princeton Hunger Banquet on Sunday, September 20 won’t be as extreme, the idea is the same. The fundraiser is being held at Hinds Plaza by Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP), the two-year-old charity that provides aid to food-insecure families in town. Upon entering, participants will be given tickets directing them to a table serving a meal typical of a low, middle, or high-income family. more


At the American Youth Circus Festival In Portland, Maine this week, some 200 children from all over the nation are displaying their prowess at clowning, wire-walking, juggling, and other circus-related skills. Among them are 13 youngsters from Trenton Circus Squad, which debuted only a few months ago in a light-filled space at the old Trenton Wireworks Factory. more

August 12, 2015

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Princeton residents who relied on NJ Transit’s 655 bus for travel to and from Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) in Plainsboro will have another resource when the NJ Transit service ceases operations on September 1. Starting August 24, an on-demand taxi service will be available, for free, to patients who live within a half-mile of the former hospital on Witherspoon Street and have no other means of getting to the complex. more

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The Roebling Lofts project targeted for a cluster of former industrial buildings along Route 129 in Trenton has been through years of planning and the administrations of three mayors. Those attending a breakfast gathering of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce last week learned that government funding for the mixed-use development is now in place. The complex predicted by current mayor Eric Jackson to be “a potential game-changer” for the capital city is finally about to break ground.  more

Princeton PolicePolitical consultant John Bailey has lived in Denver, Colorado, for several years. But come each August, the New Jersey native heads back to Princeton to take charge of a special weekend that is close to his heart.

“I come home every summer to do this,” said Mr. Bailey, talking about The Joint Effort-Princeton Pete Young Sr. Memorial Safe Streets Weekend, which starts Thursday. The four-day series of events and activities is designed to encourage good decision-making skills and recognize residents who have made significant contributions to the community.

This year’s program runs through Sunday, August 16, beginning at The Arts Council of Princeton and continuing at the first Baptist Church, Community Park, the Elks Lodge, and the Hank Pannell Center. more