June 22, 2016

Come July, you might find Princeton’s municipal engineer Bob Kiser driving a tractor across the fields of a farm he owns in Hunterdon County. Mr. Kiser is retiring next week after 33 years on the job, and he is looking forward to spending time with his family С especially his six-and-a-half-month-old granddaughter С and cutting the grass with that tractor. more

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TACKLING THE TANGO: Princeton’s many tango enthusiasts gather regularly at the Suzanne Patterson Center to learn from the pros and hear music by prominent groups from around the world.

When fans of tango travel to foreign countries, it doesn’t take them long to locate kindred spirits. There are tango communities all over the world. Princeton boasts its own active group, Viva Tango Inc., which meets regularly at the Suzanne Patterson Center to learn new dance steps, hear music, and socialize. more

June 17, 2016

On Tuesday, June 21, a series of events will pay tribute to those killed in the Orlando shootings.

“A Multi-Faith Gathering for Orlando and Beyond” begins with a multi-faith service from 7-8 p.m. in the sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street. The Gathering is presented by the Princeton Clergy Association and the Coalition for Peace Action. more

June 15, 2016

At first glance, the restaurants, storefronts, and wooden benches that line Nassau Street present a pleasing picture. But a closer look reveals problems С heaving sidewalks, unsightly tree wells, and areas where space is not sensibly allocated. more

Princeton Council voted unanimously Monday night for a plan to renovate the Mary Moss Park and Playground in the Witherspoon/Jackson neighborhood. Identified as a priority in 2008 and in development by a subcommittee for the past two-and-a-half years, the plan calls for removal of the existing wading pool, adding a “spray ground,” new landscaping, and possibly some game tables and a performance area. more

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A CALMING INFLUENCE: The beneficial effect of horseback riding is the focus of summer activities at Mane Stream in Oldwick. The organization is looking for volunteers for its summer camp, which starts Monday.

There is something relaxing about horseback riding. For individuals with disabilities, sitting astride a majestic animal and being led, gently, down a path or around a ring can have calming effects.  more

June 8, 2016

Incumbent Jenny Crumiller and newcomer Tim Quinn won the most votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for two Princeton Council seats, beating out fellow contenders Leticia Fraga and Anne Neumann. These are unofficial results.

According to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, Ms. Crumiller earned 2,587 votes, or 31.42 percent of the vote, while Mr. Quinn received 2,168, or 26.33 percent. Following closely behind, Ms. Fraga got 2,124 votes, which is 25.80 percent, and Ms. Neumann earned 1,348, or 16.37 percent. more

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“MUSIC FOR THE EYES”: The building designed by Farewell Architects for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has brought in more visitors and expanded programs while promoting sustainability.

When administrators and trustees of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association started thinking about the need for a new facility back in 2007, space was the primary motivation.  more

When word spread last week that Whit Stillman, director of the film Love and Friendship, would be making an appearance at Princeton’s Garden Theatre following a 6:30 p.m. screening last Sunday, the showing quickly sold out.

That didn’t surprise Chris Collier, co-director of Renew Theaters, the Doylestown, Pa.-based company that took over the Nassau Street movie house two years ago. The same thing happened when actor Ethan Hawke and writer/director Michael Showalter, both raised in Princeton, visited the Garden when their latest films were screened this past April.  more

May 25, 2016

Princeton Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a bond ordinance improving the sewer main along portions of Snowden Lane and Van Dyke Road. The measure appropriates $775,000 but requires residents to contribute $34,000 each over a period of years. more

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“AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE”: That’s how one of her children described Sarah “Tink” Bolster, who died last week at the age of 88. A mother of 14 who found time to play a major role in Princeton’s athletic community, she is shown here with her husband, Joe, and seven of her sons. On the top row, from left, are Richard, Jim, Joe, Thomas, and Andy Bolster. Seated next to their parents are John and Michael.

Her small stature earned Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster the name “Tink,” as in Tinkerbell, and it stuck throughout her life. But Mrs. Bolster, who died Thursday just two days after turning 88, leaves a huge legacy of children (14), grandchildren (20), and a long list of devoted friends and colleagues, many from Princeton’s close-knit community of swimming enthusiasts. more

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A PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE: Max Azaro and his mother, Kathy Azaro, attended the opening of American Ballet Theatre at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. As part of the festivities, Max was presented with the coveted Northern Trust Scholarship. (Photo Courtesy of ABT Jackie Kennedy Onassis School)

Max Azaro was already studying gymnastics when he first took his place at the ballet barre at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio in Forrestal Village. For the energetic 10-year-old, there was something about this different way of movement that grabbed his attention. He has never looked back.

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May 18, 2016

Should there be an admission price for Communiversity?

The question has been raised repeatedly in recent weeks about this annual festival of local culture, food, and shopping. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton with support from Princeton University and the town, it brings approximately 40,000 to downtown and surrounding streets. more

After two decades at the helm of Palmer Square Management, vice president David Newton is stepping down. Taking over the job is Lori Rabon, who has been general manager of The Nassau Inn for the same time period. Ms. Rabon will continue to lead the hotel while assuming the new position, and Mr. Newton will move on to other projects within the company, according to Ms. Rabon. more

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During the summer of Kristina Lindbergh’s 14th year, she spent a week with her famous grandparents, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, at their home in Switzerland. While she has pleasant recollections of the visit, the eldest of the famous couple’s grandchildren distinctly remembers being captive for at least one of her grandfather’s lectures. more

May 12, 2016

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It all started with American Girl dolls.

Izzy Kasdin, the new executive director of the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP), credits the awakening of her passion for history to the popular dolls that came with detailed, historically accurate background stories. While American Girl has since shifted its focus to a more contemporary model, Ms. Kasdin, whose appointment was announced this month, remains devoted to history — specifically of Princeton, the town in which she was raised.  more

May 11, 2016

Following a special May 2 workshop on the 2016 municipal budget, Princeton Council voted Monday to adopt the proposed figure of $61.9 million.

The proposal had originally called for an amendment raising taxes in order to increase the town’s surplus by $150,000, but that amendment was tabled in favor of changes recommended by the Citizens Finance Advisory Committee and municipal staff. Those changes include some cuts, as well as putting off the purchase of a police car and delaying a hire for the Sewer Operating Committee, among other measures. more

In a deal announced last week, The Bank of Princeton is being merged into the Short Hills-based Investors Bancorp. The agreement provides a combination of stock and cash with a value of $154 million for Bank of Princeton stockholders. more

May 4, 2016

At a meeting on April 25, Princeton Council voted unanimously to hire a consultant to take a hard look at residential zoning in the town. The priority of The RBA Group’s Neighborhood Character and Zoning Study will be the issue of teardowns, which are taking place in just about every area of the town. more

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CHANGING THE STREETSCAPE: The Avalon Princeton rental community is taking shape along Witherspoon Street, where Princeton’s hospital once stood. The 280-unit complex of apartments and townhouses, the subject of considerable pushback from area residents over the past few years, is planning to welcome its first tenants by late August, with full completion projected for a few months later.

The first units in the AvalonBay rental complex being built on the former site of Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street are scheduled to be available in late August. more

In the six months since Sustainable Princeton, the Princeton Merchants Association and McCaffrey’s Market began a plastic bag recycling program, seven tons of plastic has been diverted from being dumped in landfills. This statistic was among several delivered to Princeton Council at its April 25 meeting during a report on the “Learn Your ABC’s” bring-your-own bag campaign that was launched to reduce the number of single-use disposable bags distributed in Princeton. more

May 1, 2016

Edens, the company that has owned Princeton Shopping Center since 2012, is committed to “catering to the community,” the company’s vice president of development David Germakian told Princeton Council at a meeting of the governing body Monday night. Mr. Germakian said that Edens, which owns 120 retail centers along the east coast and in Texas, sees the shopping center as “Princeton’s second downtown.” more

April 27, 2016

Deanna L. Stockton, Princeton’s assistant municipal engineer, will succeed Robert V. Kiser as municipal engineer when Mr. Kiser retires at the end of June. Mayor Liz Lempert announced the appointment to a round of applause at the beginning of the Council meeting Monday evening. more

At its meeting Monday night, April 25, Princeton Council decided more investigation is needed before voting to adopt the proposed 2016 municipal budget of $61.9 million. The governing body also tabled the introduction of an ordinance to establish a new Civil Rights Commission. more

April 20, 2016

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INSPIRATION FOR A RUN AND SOME FAMILY FUN: Alexander Michael Dodson’s parents choose to honor his memory by holding the annual Alexander’s Run, a race and family festival taking place in Trenton on Saturday. The 5K run and walk raises funds to support research into Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) and programs for Trenton children at Stuart Country Day School.

Alexander Michael Dodson was only 19-months-old when he died in his sleep on December 20, 2008. The curly-haired toddler who loved to dance, eat waffles, and play with his friends was a victim of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), which claims the lives of healthy children over the age of 12 months. more