August 24, 2016

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GETTING OUT THE VOTE: Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) volunteers will be staffing tables in Hinds Plaza and outside the Garden Theatre on Saturdays and Sundays to register voters. Their Hillary Clinton for President campaign will be holding its grand opening in two weeks. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The Princeton Community Democratic Organization’s (PCDO) Hillary Clinton for President Campaign is underway, with headquarters on the second floor at 138 Nassau Street, between Triumph Brewery and the MacLean Agency, and voter registration tables outside the Garden Theatre and on Hinds Plaza on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. more

Work on the Carter Road bridge in Lawrence Township is still suspended as a result of Governor Chris Christie’s shut down order, and nobody is happy about it.

Local business owners are suffering financial losses. Motorists are facing increasing delays and hazards as detoured traffic clogs area roads. Roadways not intended for heavy traffic, let alone large truck traffic, are rapidly deteriorating. And necessary repairs and reconstruction of two historic bridges on 206 can’t start until the Carter Road bridge is reopened, because Carter Road is part of the designated detour route for the 206 bridge work.  more

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“FORWARD MARCH”: Police Sergeant Fred Williams, former U.S. Marines drill instructor, welcomes the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participating in Princeton’s week-long Youth Police Academy, which will include classroom activities, hands-on techniques, and police demonstrations. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

Recent news reports on police departments throughout the country may have been full of tension, violence, and controversy, but for 20 young area residents this week’s Princeton Youth Police Academy is providing a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about police work from the inside.  more

August 17, 2016

No neighborhood in historic, tradition-steeped Princeton is changing more rapidly than Witherspoon-Jackson (W-J), and amidst last week’s Joint Effort Safe Streets Summer Program celebrating W-J, the black community and its history, a group of local leaders and developers worked toward a “vision of and for the Witherspoon-Jackson Community,” in a Saturday morning panel discussion at the Hank Pannell Center on Clay Street.  more

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) look forward to starting the 2016-17 school year in just three weeks with more than 40 new staff members, including three new positions, and a number of new programs and approaches.

Nearly all the new staff members are filling positions of retirees or staff taking temporary leaves. The new positions will include an additional kindergarten teacher at Community Park, where enrollment is rising, an additional guidance counselor at Princeton High School, and С still to be hired С “an innovation and instructional technology specialist to support our teachers district-wide in the use of new technologies and learning approaches,” according to Superintendent Steve Cochrane.  more

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A PROUD COMMUNITY: Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert and Dr. Bruce Johnson (center), administrator of the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association and National Affordable Housing Management Association Scholarship Foundation, pose with student award winners (L to R) Cindy Guzman, Alana Chmiel, Mary Ebong, and Joshua Hsieh, at last Wednesday’s scholarship awards ceremony at Princeton Community Village. Scholarship recipients not pictured include Jonas Daniecki, Vanessa Guzman, Daniel Hanna, and Christian Nazario. (Photo courtesy of planetprinceton.com)

Eight students from Princeton Community Village (PCV) have won scholarships from the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA) and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). more

August 10, 2016

Police officers throughout the country are under unusual pressures on the job these days. Recent police shootings of black men and sniper attacks on police have dominated the news and have created heightened levels of criticism, scrutiny, concern, and fear. more

As levels of anger rise, political conflicts become more and more hostile, respect for government wanes, and support for publicly elected officials declines, who could blame young people for feeling disaffected? One local student, however, is dedicated to making his voice, and the voices of millions of other young people, heard in Washington. more

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NICARAGUA-BOUND: Patrolman Jorge Narvaez and former Princeton Fire Chief Ray Wadsworth prepare to take Mercer Engine No. 3’s 1982 Mack 1250 GPM pumper truck to McGuire Air Force Base on the first leg of its journey to Nicaragua, a donation to the Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos volunteer firefighters of Managua.

A 1982 Mack 1250 GPM pumper truck set out early this morning from Princeton Fire Department’s Mercer Engine No. 3 on Witherspoon Street on a journey to Nicaragua.  more

2016 PST Fool For Love

BATTLEGROUND OF PASSION: Eddie (Matthew Seely) and May (Olivia Nice) can’t live without each other, but they know they can never live together in Sam Shepard’s conflict-fraught drama, “Fool for Love,” Princeton Summer Theater’s final show of the season at the Hamilton Murray Theater and plays for one more weekend. (Photo by Noel Valero)

Eddie: “It’s no fantasy.”

May: “It’s all a fantasy.”

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August 3, 2016

About two hundred Princeton community members gathered last Wednesday night for a forum sponsored by the town, the school district, and the religious community in response to recent police shootings of black men and sniper attacks on police.  more

Five Princeton residents will be competing for three open seats in Princeton School Board elections on November 8.

Ravi Bala of Valley Road, Deborah “Debbie” Bronfeld of Dodds Lane, William D. Hare of Jefferson Road, John Alexander Martin of Hun Road, and Gregory M. Stankiewicz of Jefferson Road filed necessary papers last week and will be seeking to replace outgoing board members Molly Chrein, Tom Hagedorn, and Andrea Spalla, whose terms expire at the end of the year. Ms. Spalla is currently serving as Board president.  more

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CONVENTION CELEBRATIONS: This was the view for Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week, as Hillary Clinton was officially nominated for president and much of the dissension from earlier in the week subsided. (Photo Courtesy of Brian Hughes)

This election year, America and the world have had ample opportunity to observe democracy in action, like it or not — most recently at the Republican and Democratic Conventions. more

July 27, 2016

Though financial and logistical obstacles remain, the Princeton Police Department (PPD) is on track to adopt the use of body cameras for its officers, according to police spokesman Lieutenant Jon Bucchere.

Thirty thousand dollars in grant money has been promised by the state, and the PPD is looking for additional sources of funding, possibly from Princeton and Rider Universities. Costs for different body cam models range widely, with additional significant budgeting required for video storage.  more

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“THEY ALL HAVE A TOP:” Robert Whiteside and daughter Phoebe Whiteside last Wednesday stood atop Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest mountain and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, four months and 18 days after starting their journey in Georgia at the southern end of the Trail.  (Photo courtesy of Rob and Phoebe Whiteside)

Along the way on their 2185-mile, four-and-a-half-month hike from Georgia to Maine, the full length of the Appalachian Trail, Robert Whiteside and his 18-year-old daughter Phoebe met hundreds of other hikers, but only 20-25 percent make it to Maine to become “thru-hikers.” more

PSE&G will begin work later this week to upgrade approximately one mile of aging cast iron gas lines with new durable pipes—making them more reliable and less likely to release methane gas.

The gas main replacements, to be completed in the next two months, will take place on Linden Lane, between Guyot and Franklin; on Murray Place, between Nassau and Prospect; on Russel Road, from Winant to the end; and on Tee-Ar Place between Clearview and Franklin.  more

July 20, 2016

Three police officers were killed and three others wounded last Sunday morning in an ambush in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ten days earlier, five officers had been shot dead and 12 injured during an otherwise peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas. more

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ADVICE FOR EDUCATORS: Sandy Bing, educational leader for over five decades at Hun, PDS, Stuart, and elsewhere, shares his thoughts on students, teachers, administrators and the world of education. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

Sandy Bing started his career in education in 1960 as a chemistry and biology teacher at the Hun School, later becoming dean of students, then director of admissions. In 1969 he took over as head of the Upper School at Princeton Day School.  more

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In pursuing its theme of “the Other,” Princeton Summer Theater (PST), last weekend opened its third production of the season, a funny, philosophical, verbally dazzling production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard’s 1966 masterpiece spin-off from Shakespeare’s Hamletmore

Oscar October (his stage name) introduced Spacetime Riffs, a local improvisational theater group of about ten performers, to the assembled audience at a recent performance.

“It’s not stand-up comedy,” he said. “It’s not set piece comedy. It’s unique. It’s improv.” And just to make sure the spectators were fully prepared, “I’m pretty sure we’ll offend everybody before the evening is over.” more

July 13, 2016

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Construction continues along Witherspoon Street, on the former Princeton hospital site, as Avalon Princeton prepares to welcome its first residents next month. The rental community, offering studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and townhouses, has generated “lots of interest” and will be completed over the next 8-9 months. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

Avalon Princeton, on the former site of Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street, is looking forward to welcoming its first residents next month, with construction to complete the 280-unit rental community scheduled through next spring.

The new development will include studio apartments starting at $2258 per month, one-bedroom apartments at $2735, two-bedroom apartments from $3135, as well as three-bedroom apartments and two- and three-bedroom townhouses. (There are additional fees for application, amenities, security, parking, pet rent, and storage.)  more

A week-long program of “community, faith, hope and history” will celebrate the Witherspoon-Jackson community, black history, and black families of Princeton from August 6-14.

In recognition of the recent designation of the Witherspoon-Jackson community as Princeton’s 20th historic district, the annual Joint Effort Safe Streets Summer Program will include recognition of Paul Robeson and Jim Floyd, a salute to educators (“We Must Not Be Forgotten”), a concert with Grace Little and a local church choir, a salute to seniors and black families (“The Shoulders We Stand On”), discussion forums, workout and conditioning sessions, a block party/music festival, walking tours, and a clean-up project.  more

Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) is stepping up its efforts to halt Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) faculty housing construction, with appeals planned to overturn recent decisions approving the project.

Claiming that the Institute has been “handing out misinformation to the public,” Kip Cherry, vice president of the PBS, stated, “PBS intends to continue its appeals and plans to file a new lawsuit over the coming weeks.” On June 22, the U.S. District Court in Trenton denied the PBS request for a preliminary injunction to halt Institute construction on a seven-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Battlefield, stating that the PBS had not established its case under the Clean Water Act.  more

July 6, 2016

Governor Chris Christie’s proposal to overhaul New Jersey’s school funding system has set off a firestorm of controversy among lawmakers, educators, and others, both locally and across the state. In a speech at Hillsborough High School two weeks ago, Mr. Christie presented his “Fairness Formula” education plan, which would give every school district the same amount of state aid per student.

That plan would see some districts, including Princeton, receiving significantly more state funding and a lowering of property taxes, while aid to many urban districts with the highest percentage of low-income residents would be significantly reduced.
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