September 3, 2015

US Military

On September 1, 2015, three marines and three service dogs began a 100-mile journey from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the Freedom Tower in New York City. Dubbed “The Long Walk,” Sergeant Devon Richio, Sergeant Steven Walls, Sergeant Andrew Einstein, and their three working dogs, will arrive at the Kingston Fire Company in Kingston, NJ on Friday, September 4 at approximately 5 p.m. The Kingston Fire Company will welcome the hard working Marines with open arms and invites the Princeton and Kingston communities to do the same. more

August 27, 2015

Donald E. Capps, an emeritus professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, has died as a result of injuries sustained Wednesday morning in an auto accident on Library Place. Mr. Capps, 76, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at 8:54 PM at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Mr Capps was driving a silver Volkswagen Beetle north on Library Place at 8:53 a.m. Wednesday. According to an investigation by the Princeton Police Department, the Volkswagen crossed the intersection of Stockton Street and continued to travel in a northerly direction on Library Place. After crossing the intersection of Library Place and Stockton Street, the Volkswagen veered in an easterly direction and struck the right rear bumper of a green Volvo that was being operated by Princeton resident Sharon Worthington. more

August 12, 2015

Elevator Shaft

A worker at the construction site of the AvalonBay development at 253 Witherspoon Street fell into an elevator shaft Tuesday morning. Manuel Otero, 51, of Newark, reportedly slipped from a scaffold and fell approximately 12 feet into the shaft, according to the Princeton Police Department. He was alert and conscious but sustained serious lacerations to his head and face. more

August 4, 2015

shutterstock_199019246Princeton police are making an effort to enforce new regulations regarding buses that bring tourists to town.

In a statement issued Monday, the department said that “Many in our community have observed an increased presence of passenger motor coaches visiting our downtown area in recent months.  While Princeton welcomes all visitors to enjoy our scenic community, the manner of loading and unloading of passengers by a number of these motor coaches has created a serious concern for public safety.  In order to address this issue, Princeton has designated loading, unloading, and parking locations for these vehicles.” more

"Vinalhaven" by Charles McVicker

“Vinalhaven” by Charles McVicker

Garden State Watercolor Society presents its 46th annual juried show, “Nature’s Beauty,” at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, August 11 through September 25, with an awards and closing reception September 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m. more

shutterstock_111103529Princeton Public Library is accepting applications from authors interested in participating in an Author Fair as part of the library’s seventh annual Local Author Day on October 24, 2015.

Open to authors from Central New Jersey and Bucks County, Pa., with preference given to those who reside within 20 miles of Princeton Public Library, the Author Fair takes place from 1-4 p.m. as the highlight of Local Author Day.

The event is an opportunity for authors to gain exposure while showcasing their work in the highly regarded setting of Princeton Public Library. While the day’s emphasis is on marketing and networking, authors are also given space to display, sign and sell their books during the Author Fair. more

August 3, 2015
Hun School students in Anne Soos’s environmental studies class built two We Care Solar ® suitcases, in the final weeks of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Hun School students in Anne Soos’s environmental studies class built two We Care Solar ® suitcases, in the final weeks of the 2014-2015 academic year.

This spring, environmental science students at The Hun School of Princeton built two We Care Solar® Suitcases – traveling energy sources. Twelve of their peers then hand-delivered one of the suitcases to a research facility in the Amazon of Ecuador, during a School-led Global and Immersion Programs trip. A second suitcase was sent to a rural community in the Haitian village of Kwakok. more

July 28, 2015

Cooling Stations

During the current heat wave this week, Princeton’s cooling stations will be open to ensure Princeton residents have a safe place to stay cool during the expected high temperatures. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed. Cooling stations are air conditioned facilities where Princeton residents can find relief from the heat. Free water is accessible at all stations. more

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Yoga at Sourland Cycles is offered every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at their Hopewell location, 53 E Broad Street. Michelle and Greta will lead the class in alignment focused vinyasa style yoga (perfect for athletes getting ready for racing season). Weekly information can be found online at HopewellYoga. The cost to attend is $15. Guests should bring their own mats and water bottles.  more

Am GrafittiPrinceton University Art Museum will hold a free outdoor screening of the George Lucas film American Graffiti (1973) on Thursday, August 6 at 8:30 p.m. The film served as the launching pad for many well-known actors including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Harrison Ford. Set in 1962, American Graffiti is based on Lucas’ own teenage years in early 1960s Modesto, California. In case of rain, the film will be shown inside of the Art Museum. American Graffiti is part of the Art Museum’s Summer 2015 film series celebrating the American experience. more

P TriangleWhen you think of college comedy revues, what comes to mind? Probably Harvard’s Hasty Pudding or the Princeton Triangle Show or Penn’s Masque & Wig. But in England, the “gold standard” for over 100 years has been The Cambridge Footlights Revue. Long established as a finishing school for the best of Britain’s comic entertainers, Footlights members have come to dominate British comedy, forging such groups as Monty Python and one half of the original Beyond the Fringe. Its alumni includes Hugh Laurie, Peter Cook, Eric Idle, Stephen Fry, and John Oliver, whom we now claim as our own. They will be joined on stage by two “improv” groups—Oxford’s Imps and Princeton’s own Quipfire, which is hosting this gathering of comedic talent from across the seas on Monday, September 21 at 7: 30 p.m. at McCarter Theatre. more

July 27, 2015

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Peaches are having a splendid season at Terhune Orchards. This year, their annual Just Peachy Festival includes a peachy paradise for local food lovers at the “Summer Harvest Farm-to-Fork Tasting” each day from noon to 4 p.m. Talented area chefs will use the juicy peaches and just harvested vegetables and herbs to prepare creative dishes celebrating summer’s bounty. This special tasting is $12 per person. Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery will also offer tastings for an additional charge. Admission to the Just Peachy Festival is $5 for ages 3 and up. Wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors, and children’s games included.

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shutterstock_196336097According to an Arts and Transit Project Update from Princeton University, bike parking and bike rental at the station will be unavailable in the bike shelter on the east side of the tracks from Monday, July 27 though Friday, August 10. Alternative temporary bike racks have been installed near the station for use during this time period and signage at the bike shelter has been in place notifying users of the change. Any bikes remaining on the racks in the bike shelter on the east side of the tracks as of midnight on Monday, July 27 will be removed. For more information, contact:  bike@princeton.edu.

July 24, 2015
Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Farmhouse Store located at 34 Hulfish Street were (left to right): Paula Stephens, Farmhouse Customer Service Manager, Mayor Liz Lempert, Stephen Suto, Farmhouse Sales Manager, Co-Owners Kristin & Ron Menapace and John Marshall, President Princeton Merchants Association.

Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Farmhouse Store located at 34 Hulfish Street were (left to right): Paula Stephens, Farmhouse Customer Service Manager, Mayor Liz Lempert, Stephen Suto, Farmhouse Sales Manager, Co-Owners Kristin & Ron Menapace and John Marshall, President Princeton Merchants Association.

On Thursday, July 23, the Farmhouse Store Princeton opened its doors to its new expanded location in Palmer Square on Hulfish Street next to Mediterra restaurant. Noted for its unique selection of handcrafted artisan gifts, pottery, glass, wood, textiles, metal, paper, home decor, and jewelry, the Farmhouse Store had outgrown its home for the last three years at 43 Hulfish Street. Having developed a loyal customer base and following, owners Kristin and Ron Menapace are very excited to expand. more

BN 1A collaboration of the aid organization Outreach Northeast and the Brooklyn-based So Percussion Summer Institute will bring the two organizations together on Sunday, July 26 to assemble 20,000 servings of nutritionally balanced meals for clients of The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.

More than one and a half tons of the donated macaroni and cheese meals will be packaged Sunday at Princeton University’s Woolworth Hall, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meals will then go Monday to The Crisis Ministry’s three food pantries for customers who are food-insecure.

So Percussion Summer Institute’s four members are performing in and around Princeton and leading percussion and composition workshops and master classes through August 2. The nonprofit Outreach Program, based in Iowa and with its Northeast branch in Massachusetts, is on track to package and distribute a total of three million meals to hungry people worldwide by the end of 2015.

That organization provides the ingredients for the meals and the materials and expertise for packaging. So Percussion participants raised the funds for the food, and will have 40 participants packaging and boxing on Sunday.  more

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The Princeton Merchants Association (PMA), in collaboration with local merchants, nonprofits and the Municipality of Princeton, has launched a single use plastic bag reduction campaign for the community.

“Learning our ABC’s” will encourage the reduction, reuse and recycling of single use plastic bags.  The effort will encourage merchants to “Ask First” if customers need a bag, encourage residents to “Bring Your Own Bag” (BYOB) and encourage the use of bins throughout town and homes for our residents and businesses to “Collect and Recycle” plastic bags. more

July 22, 2015

shutterstock_283153916The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund is accepting grant applications from local not-for-profit organizations. Established in 2013 with a gift of $500,000 from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund is an endowed fund dedicated to supporting not-for-profit organizations located in the Chamber’s Central New Jersey five-county footprint.

For the second year, the grant pool will be increased through a contribution from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  The Foundation will provide an additional $5,000 to support the 2015 grant process. more

July 21, 2015

shutterstock_57954124Today, July 21 until 5 p.m., Princeton’s cooling station at Witherspoon Hall’s Community Room will be open for those seeking a safe place to stay cool during the heat wave. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed. Free water is accessible at the station, which is at 400 Witherspoon Street.

To stay safe and cool during heat advisories and warnings, follow these tips:

Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. more

October 15, 2014
BOOK NIRVANA: The Library’s Community Room will once again be the place to go for book lovers when the Friends of the Princeton Public Library’s annual event opens with a $10 Preview Sale Friday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Starting at noon, admission to the event is free for the remainder of the sale. Hours are noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

BOOK NIRVANA: The Library’s Community Room will once again be the place to go for book lovers when the Friends of the Princeton Public Library’s annual event opens with a $10 Preview Sale Friday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Starting at noon, admission to the event is free for the remainder of the sale. Hours are noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 2014 Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale, which will take place October 17-19 in the library’s Community Room and in a tent on Hinds Plaza, features a substantial donation from the collection of John Wilmerding, former senior curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and professor emeritus of American Art at Princeton University. Included in this collection are books inscribed to Mr. Wilmerding by photographer Walker Evans as well as other renowned artists and art scholars.

The event features nearly 10,000 books for all ages on a wide variety of topics. Most books are priced between $1 and $3, with art books and special selections priced higher. The sale opens with a preview on Friday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. A ticket for the preview sale is $10, but is free for Friends of the Library. Numbered tickets will be available at the door starting at 8 a.m. Customers enter the sale in numerical order. This year, barcode scanners will be permitted at the tables, but collecting books to scan will not be allowed.

Starting at noon, admission to the book sale is free for the remainder of the sale. Hours are noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

On Sunday, books will be sold at half price in the Community Room and in the tent on Hinds Plaza. From 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, a Bag Sale will be held in the tent where a standard grocery bag can be filled with books for $5. Bags will be supplied at the sale.

In addition to the Wilmerding donation, the sale includes a large number of art, history, and political science books, and good selections in classics and literature, fiction, children’s and numerous other categories. Buyers will also find many old and unusual books, books in a variety of foreign languages for both adults and children, sheet music, CDs, DVDs (including many popular series), and audiobooks.

Other special items at this year’s sale include: a trove of gardening books donated by a local garden designer; a small collection of inscribed books by Ashley Montagu related to his work, The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity, which inspired the movie and the Tony Award-winning play; books signed or inscribed by Eugene O’Neill, John Dos Passos, Edith Sitwell, Ted Hughes, Leonard Baskin, and Abbie Hoffman; a rare early volume by Patti Smith; the 3rd edition of Thomas Chatterton’s Rowley poems from 1778 in the original boards; fine volumes by collectible illustrators include Kay Nielsen’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses. J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey is one of a number of modern first editions being offered.

For more information, contact Abby McCall, Friends Administrator, (609) 924-9529 ext. 280, or friends@princetonlibrary.org.

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September 10, 2014

A public talk by the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, will take place October 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Jadwin Gymnasium on the Princeton University campus. Tickets will be available to students starting September 16, to staff September 18, and to the general public September 23. Members of the public can obtain two tickets per person.

The Dalai Lama’s talk, “Develop the Heart,” is sponsored by The Office of Religious Life at Princeton University and The Kalmyk Three Jewels Foundation. “As a scholar and a monk, the Dalai Lama will highlight the importance of developing compassion and kindness, alongside the intellect, in an academic environment,” according to information from the University’s Office of Communications.

At 1:30 p.m., the spiritual leader will engage “a select group of students and faculty in conversation around Princeton’s informal motto, ‘In the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations,’” according to the University’s website. For further information, email hhdl@princeton.edu.

September 8, 2014
With demolition of the former Princeton Hospital buildings scheduled to start around September 15, residents of the neighborhood surrounding the property gathered  at Witherspoon Hall Wednesday night to ask questions about noise, dust, and possible health hazards. AvalonBay, the developer of the site, held a public meeting at which John Mucha of Yannuzzi Wrecking and Recycling Corporation answered most of the questions.
Mr. Mucha told residents that precautions were being taken against possible health and environmental hazards. The process could take up to six months, he told the crowd of approximately 50 people. Once the buildings are demolished, AvalonBay plans to build a rental complex of 280 housing units, 56 of which have been designated as affordable.
Residents were told that water will be sprayed and misted during demolition, and dust monitors will be in place. “There may be windy days when we need to stop operations because we can’t control the dust,” Mr. Mucha said. “We’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Noise monitors will also be installed. The developer has hired a noise monitoring company to keep noise levels down, but Mr. Mucha said residents should expect to hear  some sounds of breaking concrete slabs and twisting steel during the process. Several residents aired concerns about contamination from particulates. “With the levels they’re talking about, particulates are not going to make it to your property,” the town’s health officer Jeffrey Grosser told a resident who lives across the street from the site. “But for added protection you can keep your windows closed if you live close by.”
AvalonBay has hired a company to photograph residents’ foundations for documentation in case of damage from construction activity. The developer has also created a website, www.avalonprinceton.com, which is now live. The site will include updates and frequently asked questions, according to Jon Vogel, AvalonBay’s vice president of development.
September 3, 2014
Princeton’s Send Hunger Packing program has challenged celebrity chef Brian Duffy, from the television show “Bar Rescue,”  to use ingredients generally available to low-income families to come up an affordable, easy to prepare, nutritious and tasty meal. Mr. Duffy will take on the challenge Sunday, September 14 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Community Park School. Admission is free to this event, where Mr. Duffy will also help local children cook a meal of their own as a way of demonstrating the personal connection between cooking and nutrition.
Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) is hosting this family-friendly event to focust on the issue of child hunger in Princeton, and the efforts underway to ensure that school-aged kids have the nutritional resources they need to succeed in school and life. All of the costs have been donated. The event is sponsored by Princeton Human Services, the Princeton Public Schools, and Mercer Street Friends.  Visit shupprinceton.org for more information.
 
August 29, 2014

University Place, which has been closed from College Road to Alexander Street, will reopen to vehicular traffic this morning, Thursday, August 28. The temporary traffic signal at the intersection of College Road and Alexander Street will be in “flash” mode today, August 28 and tomorrow, August 29; it will then be removed. The TigerPaWW bus stop will remain at College Road, across from the entrance to McCarter Theatre Center. Bus schedules will not change. Please follow posted signs when walking, biking and/or driving through the area. Updated maps showing vehicular, pedestrian, and bike detours are available on the Arts and Transit Project website. For more information, call 609-258-8023.

August 27, 2014

The Princeton Pedestrian and Bike Advisory Committee is looking for original art to be on the cover of a new “Biking in Princeton” map that is being developed. Artists or photographers interested in submitting an image that might be appropriate for the map can do so by Wednesday, September 10. The committee would like submissions in a digital file rather than hard copy, sent to pjpbac@gmail.com. Entries will be accepted until midnight. Artists will be donating their images to be shared with the public, but will be credited.

August 26, 2014

HiTops is looking for volunteer traffic cyclists as well as volunteers for other positions in anticipation of the Princeton Half Marathon that is scheduled to take place on November 2 from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For more information, or to register, go to http://princetonhalfmarathon.com/volunteer/.