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October 15, 2021

“I want people to know the man, who was far more than a mayor,” said Ingrid Reed, prior to the private tribute service honoring her husband, former Princeton Borough Mayor Marvin Reed. The service, attended by relatives and close friends, took place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of ...

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When it comes to the arts, Princeton offers a lot, especially when you consider its size. But Princeton is not a particularly good town for casual music. There is no jazz club or folk music café or – heaven forbid – rock ‘n’ roll venue. On Fridays and Saturdays, when you would expect a bar or ...

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It was quiet out there last week. The Princeton Police reported just four items of interest for the news media. At around 1:30 in the morning of October 7, a Ewing resident was stopped on Nassau Street for speeding. The driver, Jacquelin Duffey, 27, was charged with driving while ...

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If you are trying to keep abreast of people and events in your hometown, it’s never easy. If your hometown is Princeton, it might well be impossible. Here are some recent stories that shed light on some otherwise under-reported stories pertaining to people or institutions in our small corner of the ...

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Many architects, we are told, love to work with a blank canvas – and urban planners may well feel the same way. When urbanist Jeff Speck showed up in Princeton at the end of last month to walk the town and look closely at the town’s plan to redesign Witherspoon Street, he exercised the kind of ...

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Princeton’s affordable housing overlays, designed to encourage in-town residential developments that include affordable units, appear to be having an impact. On Wednesday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. the Site Plan Review Advisory Board (SPRAB) will review a major site plan presented for 21 Wiggins ...

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Add two more names to the remarkable list of 2021 Nobel Prize-winners with Princeton connections. Princeton graduate alumni David Card and Joshua Angrist have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences for providing “new insights about the labor market” and showing “what ...

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This is a week that demands a news story beginning not with a statement but with a question. The question is: Do you know what day Monday, October 11, is? The easy answer is recycling day, always good to know. But some people will also answer Columbus Day. Correct, October 11 is indeed a ...

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For the pop-culture aficionados, Carol Golden’s claim to fame may be her connection to Jon Stewart. Her mom, Selma Litowitz, taught Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz (a.k.a Jon Stewart) at Lawrence High School. As a result, Carol was able to recruit Jon (who loved Mrs. Litowitz) to speak at a 2001 ...

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Masks are still in order, and proof of vaccination should be on hand, but other than that Princeton is snapping back to something close to pre-pandemic normal. Another turning point comes this weekend when the Princeton University Orchestra offers its first live performances since the pandemic ...

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If it’s Wednesday it must be chemistry. On Tuesday, October 5, we should all recall, we awoke to news of the Nobel Prize in physics going to Syukuro “Suki” Manabe of Princeton University’s Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. And then on Wednesday, October 6, we awoke to another ...

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Two major pending projects, both of which have already been subject of much discussion, will come under more scrutiny on Thursday and Friday, October 7 and 8.   On Thursday at 7 p.m. the Planning Board will discuss the proposed designation of the Franklin Avenue site between Witherspoon Street ...

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You know it’s a slow week on the police beat when there are more drunk driving arrests than there are residents complaining that they got scammed by some grifter. And on top of that there Is not a single report of a check being stolen from a postal collection box and forged to another ...

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The Princeton scientific community has been buzzing recently and the excitement has not all come from the Royal Academy in Stockholm. As Princeton University senior meteorologist Syukuro “Suki” Manabe was earning headlines with a 2021 Nobel Prize in physics (see separate story), several Princeton ...

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If you have been wondering what goes on out at institutions like the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) at the Princeton Forrestal Campus (as opposed to the Princeton Forrestal Center office park), you got your answer on Tuesday, October 5. That was the day of the announcement of the ...

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Given the recent noteworthy personnel changes in the Princeton Public Schools (PPS), some community members may want to take advantage of any opportunity (in these lingering days of the Covid pandemic) to meet the administrators in person. PPS families are invited to meet Superintendent Carol ...

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Sometimes in the course of municipal events there are times when a plan of action seems almost complete and shovels are ready to hit the ground, only to find some new element introduced that throws the plan off track. These are the times that try the souls of mayors, council people, and municipal ...

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Once upon a time in the not so far away land of Princeton, a Lambertville-based massage therapist, who actually wanted to be a teacher and who had a passion for children’s books, met her prince charming -- a farmer from Hopewell. He had a passion for growing a variety of New Jersey fruits and ...

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Sometimes it takes a total stranger to notice immediately something that’s been in front of your eyes – unnoticed -- for years. As a recreational pedestrian, I have walked hundreds of times down Nassau Street past Jay’s Cycles, past the new kiosk in front of the Carnevale building, and then past ...

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Oh no, they haven’t just canceled Halloween; they’ve canceled the entire month of October! Well that’s what we first thought when we looked at the Princeton Community News weekend update below and saw a screening of The Hunchback of Notre Dame as one of the first items up. If it’s Halloween ...

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Plans for a 200-unit apartment building at the southern end of the Princeton Shopping Center – plans that are critical for the town in order to meet its affordable housing settlement agreement, continued to move through the planning process this week. Meeting on Wednesday, September 29, instead of ...

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We are all creatures of habit and almost always, whether we admit it or not, resistant to change. The reconfiguration of Witherspoon Street from two-way to one-way traffic has already triggered a fusillade of complaints. Familiar driving paths have been altered. One customer of Small World Coffee, ...

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If we were back in the late 1990s or early 2000s, we could imagine the first block of Witherspoon Street, from Nassau to Spring Street, as a design challenge worthy of playing in SimCity, the video game popular back then. Which version do you think will work best? 1.) Witherspoon Street, as it ...

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Recycling Monday, September 27, kicks off another busy week for boards and committees serving the municipality and school board. As is sometimes the case, one issue that seems like a ho-hum matter – stormwater management is this week’s example – is on the agenda for two meetings and likely will ...

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Here's what’s happening around town this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26 Saturday, September 25 If you wake up Saturday morning and something feels unusual, that’s because it is. Princeton, a college town, is doing what college towns do – enjoying a college football ...

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The Pineys, as the residents of Pine Street call themselves, every year for the past 44 years in mid-September get together and celebrate proxemics - the study of the human use of space. Pineys have studied the way they use space, and they take pride, comfort, and joy in declaring that their use of ...

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More than 100 members of the public, in addition to nearly 50 panelists, showed up Thursday, September 23, for the showdown -- the continuation of the Planning Board hearing on Princeton University’s proposed 666,000 square feet Environmental Studies and School of Engineering and Applied Science ...

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On Monday we called the Thursday, September 23, Planning Board meeting a “showdown” in our daily newsletter headline. Two days later the Town Topics referred on its cover to “battle lines drawn” between the opposing parties on the September 23 Planning Board agenda. After two previous meetings, ...

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At the elementary school level, the numerals of the “graduating” class are rarely memorable and the class is “special” only if your kid happens to be a member of it. The case could be made, however, that the fifth graders who constituted the Class of 2020 at Community Park School were something ...

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If you believe that Princeton will follow the lead of voters, who -- both locally and statewide -- overwhelmingly voted last November to legalize the sale of cannabis (aka marijuana), then you can assume that the town will soon enact an ordinance to allow the sale of the product at local ...

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