March 16, 2016

The news, of course, is the foundation of any newspaper. Right alongside, however, are the advertisers, who support and contribute to the success of the publication.

As Town Topics marks its 70th anniversary, it has been fortunate to count upon many loyal advertisers over the years. They differ widely in merchandise and type of services; what they share is a commitment to quality products, customer consideration, and support of this newspaper over many years.

Many are family businesses, which have been passed down through the generations. All have remained competitive in changing times and tastes, while retaining the individual qualities that make them unique. And, above all, they have stood the test of time. more

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Get those baskets ready!

Make Easter fun for the whole family with these personalized Easter gifts. Simply click on each item to purchase. more

The Princeton Packet, in a transaction expected to close on April 1, will become part of Pennsylvania-based Broad Street Media, which will own and operate the newspapers and digital websites of the Packet Media Group.

James B. Kilgore, who has lived in Princeton for most of his life, will remain publisher of the new company’s titles and will retain a seat on the board. Mr. Kilgore joined Packet Media Group in 1976 and has served as president and publisher since 1980. Packet Media’s general manager and marketing director Michele Nesbihal will also keep her current position. more

March 10, 2016

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Chef Max Hansen has announced plans for a 25,000-square-foot new catering venue in an old farmhouse on Carter Road in Hopewell. The $7 million project geared to weddings, corporate events, and catered affairs is scheduled to open by the summer of 2017. The project will create some 100 full-time jobs.

The location will also become the headquarters for Mr. Hansen’s entire operation. For the past 25 years, Max & Me Catering, Max Hansen Caterer, and Max Hansen Carversville Grocery in Bucks County have served the area. more

March 9, 2016

The historic stone masonry arch bridge over Stony Brook south of town on Route 206 re-opened Sunday evening after almost two weeks of emergency repair work by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT).  The truck detour will remain in place until the bridge is fully restored.

DOT officials, engineers and Historic Preservation Commission members are already moving ahead with plans for permanent reconstruction of the 1792 bridge, with an emphasis on strength, safety, durability, and a sensitivity to history.   more

March 3, 2016

In light of the decision by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office to close their independent review of the traffic stop and arrest of Princeton University Professor Imani Perry, finding that the arresting officers were “to be commended, not criticized,” Mayor Liz Lempert and five members of Princeton Council have issued a statement praising the “professional, compassionate conduct” of the town’s police officers.

Ms. Perry was stopped February 6 for speeding on Princeton Pike. The police officer running her license discovered it was suspended in Pennsylvania. She could not provide her car registration, and she had an outstanding warrant for failure to pay two parking tickets in Princeton. Following policy, the officer arrested her. She was handcuffed and taken to headquarters. On social media, Ms. Perry accused the officers involved in her arrest of inappropriate and racially motivated behavior. more

See below for the March 3, 2016 Planning Board Meeting.

Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings.

February 17, 2016

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has determined that Princeton police acted properly in the arrest of Princeton University professor Imani Perry, who was stopped last week for speeding on Mercer Street and subsequently arrested on an outstanding warrant for unpaid parking tickets and a suspended driver’s license.

Ms. Perry, who is the University’s Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies, wrote on social media following the arrest that she was treated “inappropriately and disproportionately” by the officers involved in the arrest. The police department has since released a video from the officers’ dashboard camera showing much of the incident. more

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“LARGER THAN LIFE:” Bill Cirullo, who died Monday, was principal of Riverside Elementary School for thirty years. “He always brought out the best in the kids and the parents.” (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Public Schools)

Bill Cirullo, principal of Riverside Elementary School for 30 years, died Monday after complications from a stroke. A graduate of the Princeton school system and an elementary and middle school teacher for 19 years before being appointed principal, Mr. Cirullo was “at once both deeply humble and larger than life,” stated Princeton Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane. more

February 10, 2016

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This time of year calls for something different to change-up the routine. Why not dash off to a warm weather getaway to indulge in some yoga, fine dining, and relaxation? Below, Princeton Magazine offers up some suggestions. Simply click on each product image to purchase. Bon voyage!

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A Princeton University professor stopped by local police for speeding last Saturday and arrested due to an active warrant for three-year-old unpaid parking tickets took to social media this week to say she was treated “inappropriately and disproportionately. The fact of my blackness is not incidental to this matter,” she posted on Facebook.

Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter said Monday that he has opened an investigation into the incident involving Imani Perry, theКUniversity’s Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies, and has asked the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to assist. The incident has attracted national attention. more

Princeton Council voted 4-2 Monday to adopt a bond ordinance that paves the way for the purchase of 20.4 acres of open land, located on the Princeton Ridge between Route 206 and Mt. Lucas Road.

The heavily wooded property, to be maintained as open space, was acquired for $4.4 million, a deal that included $2.2 million in funding from the Mercer County Open Space Fund, $153,000 from the Williams Transco pipeline project, $100,000 from Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), and $1.7 million from the New Jersey Green Acres Program. more

February 3, 2016

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees has adopted a strategic planning framework that includes expanding the student body, building a new residential college, reinstating a transfer admissions program, and attracting more students from low-income families, among other initiatives.

The framework was adopted after two years of deliberations. “We believe the framework provides a clear reaffirmation of Princeton’s mission and its defining characteristics, and a compelling blueprint for building on and enhancing Princeton’s capacity to achieve the highest possible standards of teaching and research,” said Kathryn A. Hall, the chair of the board. “We look forward to working with President Eisgruber and other members of the University community to achieve the goals and priorities that we have articulated.” more

January 27, 2016

As the sun finally emerged following one of the worst snow storms in the history of the Eastern seaboard, Sunday was a day of transition in Princeton, where 22 inches of snow were reported according to the National Weather Service.

Early in the day the snow and wind, which had reached blizzard conditions Saturday evening, subsided, The state of emergency was lifted, flood waters at the shore subsided, power outages were restored, and Governor Chris Christie returned to New Hampshire after a two-day interruption in his presidential primary campaigning.  more

Subsequent to an investigation into a January 22 assault, Arnoldo Agreda-Rodriguez was arrested at his residence on January 25. He was charged with one count of terroristic threats and one count of simple assault. Bail was set at $15,000 with a 10 percent posting option. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 48-year-old female Princeton resident, had been previously acquainted with the accused and was not randomly targeted. Mr. Agreda-Rodriguez was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Center as he was unable to post bail. more

January 22, 2016

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With a significant snowstorm predicted for this weekend, residents are urged to take precautions for the snow, freezing rain and high winds that are possible. PSE&G has announced it has extra personnel and equipment at the ready, but there are certain measures homeowners can take to be ready in case of power outages and other problems. more

November 20, 2015

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Following an investigation by the Princeton University Department of Public Safety, it was determined that a non-specific bomb and gun threat delivered via email on Thursday night, was not credible.

Campus patrols were increased and security was tightened around the campus after the email was received around 9 p.m. The email arrived just as a 32-hour sit-in at President Christopher L. Eisbgruber’s office in Nassau Hall was ending. The protesters and the University had reached an agreement addressing demands of the Black Justice League. more

November 11, 2015

An accident involving five vehicles early Thursday morning resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to two people and extensive damage to two of the vehicles. A 17-year-old male was driving a 2003 Honda Accord south on Bayard Lane, just south of Boudinot Street, at 7:33 a.m., when it crossed over the center lines and struck two cars traveling north.

One of the cars was a 2005 Nissan Ultima operated by Michael Kovacs of Mercerville, and the other a 2005 Audi A6 driven by Daphine Corbin of Belle Mead. A 2008 Honda Accord driven by Ann Monaghan of Princeton traveling behind the Audi braked to avoid the accident and was struck in the rear by a Ford pickup truck operated by Felipe Lopez of Lawrenceville. more

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David M. Rubenstein, a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, has donated $20 million to support the creation of a new building on the campus to be known as the Rubenstein Commons, it was announced Monday.

Mr. Rubenstein is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation based in Washington, D.C. more

October 23, 2015

Odors reported by residents near the construction site of the AvalonBay rental complex have been addressed by the municipalitys Health and Engineering departments. In an update on the towns website, it is reported that the odors are originating from the parking garage on Henry Avenue, which is being resurfaced with a polyurethane waterproofing material.

The Mercer County Division of Public Health who has the authority to enforce New Jersey odor and air pollution regulations has been contacted and is working alongside Municipal Officials during this investigation,the update reads.The application of the material on the parking garage surface is expected to be completed by Friday, October 23rd. more

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October 22, 2015

At 9:49 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, Princeton’s police and fire departments and Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad responded to a reported gas main leak on Hardy Drive. PSE&G also responded to the scene.

A two-inch gas main had been struck by a backhoe operator with Hillis Group of Easton, Pa., while digging to plant trees in a cul de sac area at the end of Hardy Road. The backhoe operator was not injured and there were no additional injuries at the scene. There was no property damage to any surrounding residences and no one was home at those houses. more

October 21, 2015

On Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m., the Princeton Police Department and the Princeton Public Schools will hold a community forum at John Witherspoon Middle School about the phone threats known as swattingthat continue to plague local schools.

Four threats have been called in since the start of the school year, with the latest occurring Tuesday at Johnson Park Elementary School. In each case, no bomb was found. Last year, schools received several calls.

A similar forum was held last spring. The idea is to provide information and answer questions, for all members of the community. Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane and Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter will be on hand to talk about actions being taken and to answer questions from the public.

The forum will take place in the school auditorium. John Witherspoon Middle School is located at 217 Walnut Lane.

October 4, 2015

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The public service papers of Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, are now part of the permanent collection of Princeton University, where the economist earned his undergraduate degree in 1949.

These documents, which include correspondence, speeches, reports and memos, are housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of the Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. more