September 22, 2016

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REVOLUTION AT PRINCETON: Artillery demonstrations will start the day’s celebrations this Saturday at Princeton Battlefield, as the Battlefield Society hosts a series of educational and entertaining events in approaching the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Princeton, a pivotal clash in the American Revolution. (Photo by John Lien)

On January 3, 1777 General George Washington’s revolutionary forces fought and defeated British troops in the Battle of Princeton, a pivotal event in the American Revolution. more

September 21, 2016

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RALLYING THE FAITHFUL: A crowd of more than 1000 filled Democratic headquarters, the Triumph Brewery overflow area below and the sidewalks of Nassau Street to hear U.S. Senator Cory Booker (shown here) and to support Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Sunday. (Photo by Timothy K. Quinn)

More than a thousand Hillary Clinton supporters filled the Democratic Campaign headquarters, filled an overflow area in The Triumph Brewery below, and lined up on Nassau Street Sunday to celebrate their candidate and greet U.S. Senator Cory Booker. more

Owen Bardzilowski, 14-year-old ninth grader at Princeton High School who took his own life at his family’s home on Henry Street last Thursday, has been remembered and mourned by many different people in many different ways during the past week. more

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FORBIDDEN PASSION: Father Monroe (Raul Mendez) visits Marcela (Hannia Guillen) and her struggling Cuban-American family, but his pastoral kindness turns into much more, in McCarter Theatre’s production of Nilo Cruz’s world premiere of “Bathing in Moonlight” at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through October 9. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Father Monroe (Raul Mendez) welcomes the audience into his church in the opening moments of Bathing in Moonlight, Nilo Cruz’s new play, currently at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre. The smiling priest in his 40s, attractive, warm, addressing his “parishioners” individually as friends, makes his way down the aisle to the stage, where Edward Pierce’s striking set and lighting — with a red cross in the middle of a large stained glass window and latticed wooden screen backdrop — emphasizes the church setting. more

September 14, 2016

Calling for a “revolution in values,” in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Princeton Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. told a standing-room-only audience on Monday that white supremacy, in the form of a belief that white lives are worth more than others, prevails in this country.  more

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Mark Eastburn at Riverside and Martha Friend at Littlebrook are two of five New Jersey finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. They are also the kind of elementary school science teachers who would make anyone want to start kindergarten all over again. They love the adventure of science, and they love working with young children.  more

September 7, 2016

The Princeton Family YMCA on Paul Robeson Place is just six weeks away from completing the first step in a three-part “refresh” project designed to brighten up several key facets of their facility, to use their space to the greatest advantage, and to bring the building into the 21st century.  more

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NOT RIO, BUT HONG KONG: Junyao (Peter) Peng (right), with his PRISMS math teacher Joseph Li, shows off his gold medal, won as a member of the U.S. team at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong this past summer. (Photo Courtesy of PRISMS)

Rio was not the only spot on the globe for Olympian accomplishments and impressive displays of gold medals this past summer.  more

August 31, 2016

Has there ever been a more challenging time to prepare young people to enter and engage with the world they will be living in? That’s the job of the Princeton Public Schools, and Superintendent Steve Cochrane has some ideas about how to do it. more

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

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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