FINAL MOMENTS FOR THE “FLOOD HOUSE”: This rental property at 59 Meadowbrook Drive was demolished Wednesday morning, to the relief of many neighbors who have watched over the years as the low-lying property was repeatedly inundated with stormwater. It wasn’t uncommon to see occupants’ belongings being dried out on the lawn after a heavy rain. Princeton Council approved an ordinance recently to tear down the house, which was built in 1960. The site is to be turned into a pocket park, which must be completed by September 12 under the terms of the FEMA grant that paid for the demolition.
Members of the Princeton community will host a parade and rally to support justice for Mike Brown on Saturday, August 23 from 2-4 p.m., starting at Tiger Park on Nassau Street. “Please join us in solidarity and determination to fight for equality and justice for all — the words we say when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance,” a notice announcing the rally reads.
Those joining the gathering will march peaceably along Nassau Street to Witherspoon Street and to Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library, where participants can deliver speeches, songs, poems, and demonstrations of solidarity, with remarks kept to approximately three minutes. Signs should be cardboard or the like, not on poles or sticks. Language should preferably be for justice, healing, and (radical) reform, not against the police.
Volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and help keep the walk in line. Contact Daniel Harris at www.danielharrispoet.net or (609) 683-0198 to volunteer, or to let organizers know you will be attending.
Princeton University students and staff are being advised to contact university medical personnel if they recently have been in parts of West Africa and have developed a fever, one of the symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone should be avoided. The University said it would not provide financial aid or other support to undergraduate and graduate students traveling to these countries as per its policy regarding countries that are on a government travel advisory or places the school feels are unsafe. Along with Nigeria, the three countries listed are currently dealing with an outbreak of Ebola that has claimed over 1,000 lives so far. The disease is transmitted through contact with an infected person’s blood or other bodily fluid; and spread through contact with infected animals and meat from an infected animal. Symptoms include fever, headache and joint and muscle pain, according to the federal government. The New Jersey Department of Health’s “interim guidance” for colleges and universities that have students coming back from the impacted areas in West Africa states that there is no need to quarantine students who had visited those countries and show no symptoms. Students should monitor themselves for 21 days from the time they were in one of those nations. Ebola-like symptoms should be treated in an emergency department, not a campus health center, according to the state.
Manjul Bhargava, the Brandon Fradd Class of 1983 Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, has been awarded the Fields Medal for influential mathematicians under 40. The honor is in recognition of his work in the geometry of numbers.
The International Mathematical Union gives the medal every four years based on the influence of existing work and the promise of future achievement. It is frequently referred to as “the Nobel Prize of mathematics” and is awarded at the IMU International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, South Korea. Bhargava is the eighth Fields Medal recipient from Princeton since 1954. He joined the faculty in 2003 after earning his Ph.D. from the University in 2001.
As residents of the Princeton Ridge deal with the planned addition to the Williams/Transco company pipeline, another natural gas pipeline project is being proposed for an area of Hopewell Township. PennEast Pipeline Company LLC has announced plans to run a 30-inch wide line through portions of Mercer and Hunterdon counties if its $1 billion proposal is approved by the federal government.
Natural gas would be carried from a distribution center north of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania through four counties in that state before crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey. It would run parallel to the Williams/Transco pipeline.
The New Jersey branch of the Sierra Club has voiced opposition to the proposal, which they say would promote fracking.