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PRINCETON:
Holt warns of surveillance


Democrat Rep. Rush Holt spoke out Tuesday against the surveillance methods and information gathering that federal authorities have used since Sept. 11, 2001, concerns that the retiring lawmaker has raised often in the past decade. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Talks to begin on Witherspoon's future zoning


Princeton officials said Wednesday that they intend to start a ''discussion'' next week with the community about the future of Witherspoon Street, a major artery in town that is a hodgepodge of businesses, homes and churches. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Alleged bank robber nabbed in Old Bridge


The man who allegedly robbed the TD Bank around 11:30 a.m. Monday has been caught, according to police. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Freshmen embrace meningitis vaccine


Nearly the entire freshman class of 1,313 students at Princeton University was vaccinated against the meningitis type B strain that had caused an outbreak at the school last year. Read more...

PRINCETON:
AccessPrinceton helping managers resolve issues


Princeton's new customer service department received more than 200 issues from the public in the first month that it started, said Mayor Liz Lempert Thursday at the kickoff launch of Access Princeton. Read more...

POLICE BLOTTER:
Sept. 19


Princeton Anastasia Vereen-Jones, 22, of Trenton, was charged with theft at 2:46 p.m. on Sept. 11. She allegedly took approximately $2,300 worth of merchandise from her employer, Urban Outfitters on Nassau Street, between May and the start of September. She was also wanted on a West Windsor Municipal Court warrant for $2,500. She posted bail and was released. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Belle Mead fire company celebrates 75 years


MONTGOMERY - The Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 rose out of the ashes of two fires 75 years ago. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Wells Fargo opens new bank office in township


MONTGOMERY - Wells Fargo wants to help tie the township's past into its future. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Garden available to the public


MONTGOMERY - A new meditation garden is available for public use as a place of reflection at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in Montgomery. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Township setting new yard waste regulations


WEST WINDSOR - The township is ready to move forward with new regulations for the disposal of yard debris. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Robber hits local TD Bank


A man who claimed he had a weapon robbed the TD Bank branch at Route 206 and Cherry Valley Road around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Former teacher charged with sex assault of student


A children's entertainer was arrested Monday and charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female student during his day job as a now fired theater teacher at the Hun School of Princeton. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Hitting the right note


The last thing that Dan Zaksas and Elisa Wagman had planned to do on Sunday was to sit at a table on Palmer Square West, listening to jazz music at Palmer Square's 23rd annual JazzFeast. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Hospital demolition scheduled for Friday


Demolition of the old Princeton Hospital is scheduled to begin Friday when crews begin to raze a one-story building next to the parking garage, the town said Monday. Read more...

PLAINSBORO:
Princeton Forrestal proposes 394 units


PLAINSBORO - Princeton Forrestal Village has been around 28 years and although it has a nice pedigree it has never really succeeded. Now, a new developer believes it has the solution - a residential component.Designed by Sasaki Associates, of Watertown, Massachusetts, and Bower Lewis Thrower/Architects, of Philadelphia, the initial goal of the center was to create a retail mix that would make patrons want to come back every day. The village broke ground in 1986 on land leased from Princeton University, at Route 1 and College Farm Road. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Three finalists remain to replace administrator


Three candidates still are in the running to become the next Princeton municipal administrator starting in November, a high-ranking government official said Monday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
First Aid Squad relocation moving into next phase


The site of the future Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad headquarters will be demolished starting the week of Sept.22, the next phase of a project that eventually will see the squad relocate across town. Read more...

PRINCETON:
CVS gets bomb threat


PRINCETON - The CVS pharmacy on Nassau Street was evacuated just before 8 p.m. Friday night after someone called in a bomb threat, according to Princeton police. Read more...

POLICE BLOTTER:
Sept. 16


Montgomery Mateo Aparicio, 49, of Lawrenceville, was charged with drunken driving, failing to maintain a lane and improper maintenance of lamps after police stopped his Ford pickup truck for a moving violation at 1:44 a.m. on Sept. 14. He is scheduled to appear in Montgomery Township Municipal Court. Read more...

LAWRENCE:
Families and fans stream into Apple Day


Cars turned off Cold Soil Road into the entrance of Terhune Orchards on Saturday morning to bring visitors to the family farm of Pam and Gary Mount. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Memorial a tribute to growth of the community


WEST WINDSOR - This year, Sept. 11 proved to be about how the community stands together and grows, like the strong trees around the township's memorial to that fateful day. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Township celebrates arts center anniversary


WEST WINDSOR - The community has had a home for the arts for four years now. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Firefighters recall those who served and perished


MONTGOMERY - Some of the first responders to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, are still making the ultimate sacrifice today. Read more...

PRINCETON:
9/11 Interfaith service held at university


Princeton University senior Arjun Dhillon was in the third grade the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, a boy from Wisconsin seeing the images of the flaming Twin Towers appear on a television. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Dalai Lama to visit Princeton


A public appearance next month by the Dalai Lama at Princeton University was moved to a larger campus venue to accommodate more people for his first visit to the school. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Restaurateurs, YMCA team up on cooking


Restaurateur Raoul Momo laments the death of cooking, a byproduct of what he calls the consumer economy. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Man in sex assault case entered into program


A man accused of getting a teenage girl drunk and then sexually assaulting her in Princeton will avoid further criminal prosecution if he successfully completes the same probation program that ex-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice entered. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton Someone stole an Iron Horse Maverick man's mountain bike worth $250 from a bike rack in front of 40 Prospect Ave. between Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Twin W' squad could close down on Dec. 31


WEST WINDSOR - The president of the Twin ''W'' First Aid Squad has asked whether the community wants the squad to continue to exist past Dec. 31. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
New yard debris rules coming before council


WEST WINDSOR - The township is ready to move forward with new regulations for the disposal of yard debris. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Campaign continues to bring Lucy home


WEST WINDSOR - Most people who live in or commute through town likely know Lucy is missing. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Mayor breaks tie in favor of raises


Mayor Liz Lempert cast the tie-breaking vote Monday to give herself and the six council members a pay raise that brings their compensation closer to what politicians in surrounding towns make. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Festival celebrates the Emerald Isle


WEST WINDSOR - Claddagh rings glistened in the sun and the music of the pipe and drum band ''Lia Fail'' carried on the summer breeze. The smell of fresh corn beef hash taunted taste buds and men and women alike rummaged through clothing racks thinking it just might be hot enough to swap their long pants for kilts.A tantalizing experience for all the five senses, the Trenton Irish Heritage Association hosted the fourth annual Mercer Irish Festival at Mercer County Park this past weekend. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Bikers' descend on West Windsor


WEST WINDSOR - A whir of wheels could be heard throughout town on Saturday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Business hours item pulled from agenda


An ordinance restricting the hours of operation for businesses in Princeton was quietly pulled from the agenda for Monday's council meeting after Mayor Liz Lempert met last week with representatives of the Princeton Merchants Association. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton Steven Starr, 35, of Stratford, was arrested on a Washington Township Municipal Court warrant after police stopped him on Washington Road near Faculty Road at 11:02 p.m. on Sept 2. He was released after posting $600 bail. Read more...

PRINCETON:
No new judge in university case


Princeton University will not get a new judge to hear a citizens' lawsuit challenging its tax-exempt status, a legal victory the plaintiffs said thwarted the school's attempt at so-called judge shopping. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton A resident of Alexander Street reported that his Trek 3500 mountain bike, valued at $350, was stolen from his back porch sometime between Aug. 24 and Aug. 25. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Town ready to hire new administrator


Princeton officials remain ''on track'' to chose the next municipal administrator this month, Mayor Liz Lempert said Tuesday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Step right up to the podium and ... read


People in Princeton love the written word, evident Thursday during a daylong celebration of reading at the Princeton Public Library meant to spotlight the need for adult literacy. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Students return to schools


One of the great joys and privileges of school professionals is that they get to start each year anew, according to Princeton Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cochrane. Read more...

PRINCETON:
AvalonBay holds community meeting


Princeton and AvalonBay officials told the community Wednesday that safety measures would be in place when the demolition of the old Princeton hospital begins the week of Sept.15. Read more...

PRINCETON:
University worker off job due to medical marijuana


Don DeZarn now thinks he made a mistake when he told his employer about his medical marijuana prescription. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Council to discuss raises for themselves again


Princeton Council members on Monday will consider raising their pay, a move re-igniting a debate about whether officials should stick to the salaries they agreed to take as part of consolidation. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Hospital demolition now set to start Sept. 15


Demolition of the old Princeton hospital site is scheduled to begin in two weeks, the municipal engineering department said Tuesday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Police take the plunge


Seventeen officers in the Princeton Police Department took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Aug. 29 after being called out to participate in the social media campaign by the West Windsor Police Department. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Plans OK for new NRG headquarters


WEST WINDSOR - Plans for NRG Energy's new, Gold LEED targeted national headquarters have been approved by the township's Planning Board, the mayor said on Friday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Freshmen move in and move out


The orange and black welcome banners, U-Haul vans and an influx of students hauling luggage across Princeton University's campus have signaled the start of the school year. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Bollywood come to Indo-American Fair


WEST WINDSOR - Thousands of people traveled abroad over the weekend without ever having to present a passport or even leave the country. Instead, they headed to Mercer County Park where Bollywood music boomed, samosas were abundant and women strolled around in vibrant silk sarees with each one appearing to be brighter than the next. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
New business uses warehouse for ping pong club


WEST WINDSOR - The Township Council approved an ordinance last week allowing the use of vacant warehouses for sports and recreation businesses, based on the experiences of the owners of Princeton Pong, which opened this month. Read more...

PLAINSBORO:
Phase one of Plainsboro Plaza work nearing completion


PLAINSBORO - Work on phase one of the Plainsboro Plaza renovation project, which began in mid-August, should be completed within the next five weeks or so, according to Jared Minatelli, senior vice president of asset management of Onyx Equities. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Township to look at switching phone plan


WEST WINDSOR - Council President Bryan Maher brought attention to the township's approximately $670 phone bill this month. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Three more bats found with rabies


Three more bats testing positive for rabies were removed from people's homes within the last week, said Princeton animal control officer Mark Johnson on Wednesday afternoon. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Hospital site demolition could start on Thursday


The demolition of some buildings closest to the parking garage at the former hospital site on Witherspoon Street is planned to begin as early as Thursday, Sept. 4. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Summer in Princeton and the livin' is easy


It was a late Friday afternoon and Hinds Plaza was comfortably full with people lounging about, soaking up the last bit of the August day's sunshine. Whether they realized it or not, they were collectively pulling off what most would consider a miracle:
not one was staring into a cell phone.
Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton A person reported on Aug. 26 at 9:22 p.m. that someone had taken a Diamondback mountain bicycle secured to a bike rack on North Harrison Street between 11:30 a.m. and 9:22 p.m. The bicycle is worth $600. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Council approves contract and police hires


The consolidated Princeton made several strides on Monday night after the Princeton Council approved some of the first new union contracts and police hires since the merge. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Affordable housing discussed for two town sites


Affordable housing discussed for two town sites Charley FalkenburgSpecial to the Packet The Princeton Council turned its attention to two available township properties on Monday night when Princeton Community Housing suggested they be used for affordable housing units. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO:
Naming of baseball field delayed


WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO -The Board of Education will put the issue of naming the High School North baseball field after deceased alumnus David Bachner on a future meeting agenda, board President Tony Fleres said in a phone interview on Wednesday evening. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Mediator to enter teacher talks


With negotiations still at a deadlock, a state-appointed mediator has been assigned to help the Princeton Board of Education and teacher's union agree on a new three-year contract. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Michael Brown supporters march, rally


''No justice! No peace!'' chanted around 150 people as they walked along Nassau Street from Tiger Park to Hinds Plaza in front of the Princeton Public Library for a rally Saturday supporting slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Farmers grow happy with summer crops


Fifty-degree nights, swapping tanks for hoodies, barely touching the air conditioners - it hardly feels like the dog days of summer. In fact, the consistently cool temperatures have some wondering whether nature might have simply skipped to fall and called it a day. Read more...

PRINCETON:
First two hires in consolidated police force


The Princeton Council was scheduled to vote on Monday evening to approve the appointment of two new officers to the Princeton Police Department. Read more...

PLAINSBORO:
Hospital reports a cut of 19 jobs


PLAINSBORO - Princeton HealthCare System said this week it had eliminated 19 full-time positions from the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro due to increasing costs to provide care and decreasing reimbursement rates. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:They're all wet:
Police take ALS Challenge


WEST WINDSOR - Officers in uniforms and flip-flops is an odd sight, even in the middle of August. But as the Police Department prepared to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday afternoon, some decided to proudly sport this look. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Flood house is torn down


The neighbors on Meadowbrook Drive knew it as the ''flood house,'' a ranch design that flooded anytime there was a major rainfall. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Sign theft case headed to municipal court


A Princeton University professor accused of stealing business lawn signs had his criminal case downgraded to municipal court, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office determined. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Michael Brown rally set


A parade and rally to insist on justice for Missouri shooting victim Mike Brown is planned for Saturday, Aug. 23, in Princeton. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton Kareem Boswell, 30, of Trenton, arrested on a Princeton warrant for $114 after she was stopped on Mercer Street on Aug. 20 at 8:38 a.m. Read more...

HOPEWELL VALLEY:
Vandals damage oxen on display


Three separate incidents of vandalism and/or theft of oxen sculptures on display throughout Hopewell Valley were reported to the Hopewell Township Police Department between Aug. 7 and 18, according to Chief Lance Maloney. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Administrator says no pesticide risk to schools


MONTGOMERY - A publication naming Orchard Hill Elementary School students at potential risk to pesticide exposure is incorrect, Business Administrator Tom Venanzi said on Thursday morning. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Planning Board gives OK to township development


MONTGOMERY - The Planning Board concluded on Monday that an ordinance regarding the Belle Mead Planned Unit Development was consistent with the township's master plan. The master plan accounts for all of the property within the township. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Commission supports RGGI


WEST WINDSOR - The Environmental Commission approved a resolution last Thursday demonstrating its support of the regional greenhouse gas initiative, RGGI, and its opposition to New Jersey pulling out of the program. Read more...


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