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PRINCETON:
Hospital site demolition expected soon


Developer AvalonBay said Monday that it expects to begin demolishing the old Princeton Hospital site sometime after Labor Day, the next big step in the company's planned 280-unit residential development there. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators march in town


Hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators protested in Princeton on Sunday against the Israeli government over the military actions in the Gaza Strip. Read more...

PRINCETON:
University says no mistreatment of monkey


A Princeton University investigation has cleared laboratory staff of mistreating a lab monkey, the school said Monday in response to allegations by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Read more...

PRINCETON:
State agency investigating Princeton High School


Princeton High School is again the target of an investigation by the state Department of Education, although the state is not saying Monday how or when the probe started. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Hsueh talks sustainability at town hall meeting


WEST WINDSOR - The mayor talked at a town hall meeting on Saturday afternoon about the administration's work to create and continue a ''sustainable West Windsor.'' Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Study outlines Cranbury Road bike-pedestrian options


WEST WINDSOR - Louis Berger Group Inc. presented to and talked with approximately 50 residents last Wednesday about the Cranbury Road bicycle and pedestrian mobility alternatives study. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Loop trail work expected to begin this month


MONTGOMERY - Construction for a loop trail at Skillman Park is expected to start later this month, according to Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Mark Caliguire. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Dalai Lama to visit university


The Dalai Lama will visit Princeton University on Oct.28, the school announced Friday. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO:
Baseball field could be named after David Bachner


WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO - The committee charged with gathering information about naming the High School North baseball field held a public forum on Tuesday to hear suggestions. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Police investigate blood


MONTGOMERY - A large amount of blood found in the Princeton Hill Apartments laundry room on Tuesday at approximately 11 a.m. spurred a resident to call police. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
EMS blood drive to be dedicated to Kathy Martin


MONTGOMERY - The EMS squad will dedicate its Aug. 16 blood drive to Kathleen ''Kathy'' Martin of Skillman who passed away last August. Read more...

PLAINSBORO:
2 men admit to hospitals fraud


PLAINSBORO - Two former employees of Integra LifeSciences Corp., headquartered in Plainsboro, admitted their involvement in defrauding hospitals of more than $800,000, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton A man reported on Aug. 13 at 1:32 p.m. that his Trek Mountain Bike was stolen from Hodge Road sometime between Aug 1 at 9 a.m. and Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. The bicycle is worth $550. Read more...

PRINCETON:
AvalonBay vote set for Monday


For AvalonBay, years of acrimony, lawsuits and public meetings about its residential development at the old Princeton hospital site could end with a routine vote Monday by the Princeton Council. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Teachers to return without contract


Public school teachers in Princeton will return to work in September without a new contract, as schools reopen in about three weeks with the teachers union and the school board still at an impasse. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Two bats test positive for rabies


Two bats found in houses on Linden Lane have tested positive for rabies, the municipal health department said Tuesday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
University issues travel advisory due to Ebola


Princeton University students and staff should contact university medical personnel if they recently have been in parts of West Africa and developed a fever, one of the symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, the school said this week. Read more...

PRINCETON:
University wants tax-exempt case moved to Trenton


Princeton University wants to have a lawsuit challenging its tax-exempt status moved from Morristown to Trenton, a step the opposition lawyer dismissed as ''judge shopping.'' Read more...

PRINCETON:
Proposed pipeline project gets favorable federal agency review


Pipeline company Williams on Monday received a favorable federal environmental report about its proposed new natural gas pipeline that would go through parts of Princeton and Montgomery. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Legal bills mount for town to defend lawsuit


Princeton taxpayers have spent nearly $150,000 and counting since 2012 to defend a lawsuit former mayoral candidate Anne Neumann and two others filed to stop Princeton University's arts and transit redevelopment project. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton Police investigated a burglary on Gallup Road on Aug. 9 at 11:40 p.m. Sometime between Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 an unknown person entered a residence by breaking a windowpane and stole an undetermined amount of jewelry. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Changes proposed to yard waste rules


WEST WINDSOR - The township administration and council have proposed changes to the yard waste collection ordinance and discussed the changes last Monday. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Committee backs no-left-turn at school


MONTGOMERY - The Township Committee unanimously approved an ordinance on Thursday that prevents drivers turning left onto Burnt Hill Road out of the Upper Middle School Southern Driveway between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Read more...

PLAINSBORO:
Piano (young) man:

13-year-old to play benefit for rescue squad


PLAINSBORO - When William Liu came down with high fever, the entire family was scared, said William's father, Mingyi. They called an ambulance to come help, Mr. Liu said, and Plainsboro Rescue Squad arrived to take William to the emergency room. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Possible deal with AvalonBay


Representatives for the Princeton Council and developer AvalonBay reached terms last week on an agreement that, if the council approves on Monday, will enable the company to construct a 280-unit residential project at the old Princeton hospital site. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Squad revives two victims


MONTGOMERY - Montgomery EMS revived two people involved in two separate accidents this week, something one team member described as a ''success story.'' Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
P.F. Chang's has credit card breach


WEST WINDSOR - After an investigation by the United States Secret Service, P.F. Chang's China Bistro's determined its card processing systems, including the West Windsor branch's system, were compromised, according to a press release Tuesday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Township creates new one-call center


PRINCETON - The town has created a municipal customer service department to enable the public to better navigate its way through local government, get information and even report potholes and broken parking meters. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Council to meet again with AvalonBay to broker deal


The Princeton Council scheduled a meeting for later this month to possibly vote on a deal with developer AvalonBay that would enable the company to finally develop the old Princeton hospital. Read more...

PRINCETON:
School district to have 55 new faces this year


PRINCETON - When Assistant Superintendent of Schools Lewis Goldstein does new employee orientation later this month, he will see a lot of new faces. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
EMS Cadets to have car wash


MONTGOMERY - Cadets from Montgomery Emergency Medical Services will host their ''Lifesavers and Suds'' car wash Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the squad's building, 8 Harlingen Road, Belle Mead. Read more...

POLICE BLOTTER

Princeton Andrew Gettelfinger, 27, of Princeton Junction, was charged with criminal trespass after officers saw him on a Chestnut Street property he was not allowed on at 12:14 a.m. Aug. 8 Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Council rejects re-appointing township attorney


WEST WINDSOR - The council voted, 3-2, Monday against appointing Michael W. Herbert and his firm, Herbert, Van Ness, Cayci and Goodell, to represent the township. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Township could buy 'blighted' Pereira property


WEST WINDSOR - The Township Council on Monday night unanimously approved an ordinance amending the Princeton Junction Redevelopment Plan. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Council opposes bill requiring release of bidders names


WEST WINDSOR - The Township Council approved a resolution opposing a bill that would require releasing the names of those who received bid documents once more than two of those packets have been requested and distributed. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Judge to peruse Facebook data of sex assault victim


A Mercer County judge will review the Facebook page of a teenage girl to see if it contains any information that potentially could absolve or even further implicate the man charged with sexually assaulting her in Princeton last year. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Trimmer revived after fall from tree


MONTGOMERY - A landscaper was revived by first responders after he fell an estimated 25 feet from a tree that he was pruning Tuesday morning at a home on Sunset Road, police said. Read more...

PRINCETON:
AvalonBay mediation continues


Representatives for the town of Princeton and developer AvalonBay are due to meet today, Tuesday, for a second session of court-mandated mediation in an attempt to resolve the lawsuit the developer had filed to build a residential development at the old Princeton Hospital. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Judge backs town in challenge to zoning


A Mercer County judge on Thursday upheld the legality of two zoning ordinances that Princeton municipal officials had adopted in 2011 to allow Princeton University to construct a massive redevelopment project in the area of Alexander Street and University Place. Read more...

PRINCETON:
College students tending organic garden


In a quiet spot off Alexander Street, college students are learning the fine points of growing vegetables, picking weeds and keeping critters out of their organic garden. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Cyclist recreates great-grandfather's 1939 route


James Spratt White V stood out from the other people eating their ice cream outside The Bent Spoon on Thursday afternoon, dressed as if he stepped out of the 1930s. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Business association recruiting new members


MONTGOMERY - The Montgomery Business Association welcomed two new members, True Value and Halter's Cycles, in July. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
On a roll


When Al Porter came to his first Princeton Freewheelers Bicycle Event 13 years ago, an old man gave him a piece of advice that would change his life. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Mayor retains Herbert firm as township attorney


WEST WINDSOR - The firm of Herbert, Van Ness, Cayci and Goodell has been appointed by the mayor to represent the township, according to a press release on Friday morning. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Human relations council fosters diversity, community


They work together to help build community as well as alliances with local organizations for the benefit of township residents. They are the members of West Windsor's Human Relations Council. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO:
Students do well in national history competition


WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO - Five students from the West Windsor-Plainsboro school district placed as finalists in the National History Day competition and four received special honors, said a district press release. Read more...

POLICE BLOTTER:
Aug. 5


Princeton John O'Connor, 23, of Lawrenceville, was charged with criminal mischief after officers saw him allegedly throw a rock through a window on Chestnut Street on Aug. 3 at 3:24 a.m. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR-PLAINSBORO:
Towns hosting Night Out events


Plainsboro and West Windsor Townships will participate in the 31st National Night Out tonight, Tuesday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Section of University Place to close for month


University Place between College Road and Alexander Street will be closed for the month of August, starting Saturday morning, to replace a new pedestrian crossing at Berlind Theatre. Read more...

PRICETON:
Some like it hot:

Third annual Salsa Slam at library


The rhythmic beat of Latin music provided the soundtrack for all the contours and shapes people made with their mouths while eating some of the best salsa in town at the Princeton Public Library on Wednesday. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Council OKs funds to demolish flood house


When Mayor Liz Lempert looks out the window of her home on Meadowbrook Road, she will not have to look at a flood-prone house for much longer. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton Ernst Delma, 31, of Princeton, was charged with attempted burglary and criminal mischief on July 31 at 1:44 a.m. after the police received a call about someone trying to pry open a business's rear door and smashing a rear window on the 200th block of Nassau Street. Bail was set at $10,000 with a 10 percent option. Mr. Delma was taken to the Mercer County Correctional Center after he was unable to post bail. Earlier, Mr. Delma had been issued a summons for defiant trespass at 12:29 p.m. when an officer saw him causing a disturbance and entering a business on the 200th block of Nassau Street after the store owners had asked him to leave. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Speak the speech class being held at library


WEST WINDSOR - During the final month of summer, students typically stay as far away as possible from anything school-related. They make trips to the local beach instead of to the local library and cringe at the thought of putting on anything other than a bathing suit and flip-flops. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Open space might be possible for Thompson land


WEST WINDSOR - The mayor is still looking for a way for the Thompson property to be made into open space for the township. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Everything is just cricket in township


MONTGOMERY - Sunday mornings are lazy, unless you are a member of the Montgomery Knights Cricket Club. Come rain or shine, the group is consistently out on their field at Broadway Park each Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to noon, according to club president Kalyan Athota. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Businesses balk at hours restrictions


Staff photo by Philip Sean CurranRestaurateur Jack Morrison and John Marshall, president of the Princeton Merchants Association, at the meeting. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Contract awarded to raze Meadowbrook Road house


When Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert looks out the window of her home on Meadowbrook Road, she will not have to see a flood-prone house for much longer. Read more...

Princeton:
Town moves to ban fracking


Princeton was scheduled to introduce an ordinance at last night's council meeting prohibiting hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in the town. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Federal board opts out of Dinky issue


Save the Dinky and two other groups last week lost the latest attempt to block the relocation of NJ Transit's Dinky line 460 feet south of where the old station used to be. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Candidates seeking school board seats


Monday was the filing deadline for board of education candidates around the state, with Princeton area school districts going to see contested races and the departure of some incumbents who declined to run for re-election. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Good, clean fun at wetdown


MONTGOMERY - Firefighters from Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Company 2 celebrated the arrival of their new fire truck on Saturday at a wetdown event. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Accountant pleads not guilty to stealing $180K


The former paid accountant of a student performing arts group at Princeton University pleaded not guilty Monday to embezzling more than $180,000 from the club over five years. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Former soccer coach pleads guilty to child porn


A former college and youth soccer coach of the year from Princeton pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to possessing child pornography. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Local man arrested in child pornography operation


MONTGOMERY - Raymond Purkis III, 48, of Montgomery, was one of 14 men charged with using file-sharing networks to download and distribute child pornography, according to a press release from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Police blotter


Princeton Mary Derwin, 57, of Monmouth Junction, was charged with driving while intoxicated when she was stopped on Riverside Drive on July 27 at 12:07 a.m. Read more...

PLAINSBORO:
Booker visits veterans' program scheduled to end


PLAINSBORO - Three veterans and their families met with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday afternoon and told him of their progress since participating in Veteran Affair's Assisted Living for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury at Bancroft Brain Injury and Rehabilitation. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Judge throws out lawsuit against Dudeck, town


A state judge has thrown out a lawsuit that seven current and former Princeton police officers brought against former police Chief David J. Dudeck and the town of Princeton. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Still no agreement on teachers contract


The Princeton school board and the teachers union still have not reached agreement on a new contract, with the growing possibility that a deal will not be in place when schools reopen. Read more...

PRINCETON:
School enrollment seen as stable for 5 years


Enrollment in the six Princeton public schools is forecast to remain stable in the next five years, even with AvalonBay and other housing developments due to open, a district-hired demographer has projected. Read more...

PRINCETON:
PETA alleges monkey mistreatment at university


A national animal rights organization said Monday that a whistle-blower at Princeton University revealed that lab staff have mistreated marmoset monkeys used in experiments, including one instance of a monkey being rolled through a hallway in a ferret exercise ball for the staff's ''amusement.'' Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton Joseph Green Evans, 23, of Jackson, was charged with being a wanted person out of Alabama for drug related offenses when he was stopped on South Harrison Street on July 23 at 4:25 p.m. He was taken to the Mercer County Correction Center where he will stay until he is extradited to Alabama. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Suspended special education teacher resigns


MONTGOMERY - The Board of Education voted to approve special education teacher Anne Palmisano's resignation on Tuesday evening. Read more...

WEST WINDSOR:
Township will not buy land near a gun club


WEST WINDSOR - The township will not purchase the Thompson property on Princeton-Hightstown Road for open space use due to concerns about public safety, Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh said in a press release last Friday. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Township opposes coalition's pipeline suggestion


MONTGOMERY - Mayor Rich Smith sent a letter to Williams Transco on Wednesday regarding a Princeton Ridge Coalition suggestion to change the course of a planned natural gas pipeline, routing it through Montgomery and Hopewell, but not Princeton. Read more...

PRINCETON:
A summer boot camp for opera at college


Laura Brooks Rice turned her voice into a career as an opera singer who has performed around the country, including with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Judge orders AvalonBay, town to seek mediator


A Mercer County judge suggested Tuesday that the Princeton Council had overstepped its legal boundaries by mandating that developer AvalonBay do extra environmental tests at the former hospital site in Princeton where a 280-unit residential development is proposed. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Tree-cutting ordinance likely


Princeton residents likely will need to pay $25 for a permit from the town before being allowed to cut down trees on their property. Read more...

PRINCETON:
Landlord to pay fine, close up vacant house


A Princeton landlord agreed Monday to pay a $2,000 fine rather than go through a contempt of court hearing for failing to repair one of his rental properties on Lytle Street. Read more...

PRINCETON AREA:
Police blotter


Princeton Two men reported they were assaulted by three Hispanic men and one black man while they were walking on Nassau Street on July 19 at 2:47 a.m. They were taken to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Read more...

LAWRENCE:
Colonial Lake crash kills Trenton man


LAWRENCE - The driver of a Nissan Altima was killed when his car was struck by a dump truck and both vehicles landed in Colonial Lake Thursday afternoon. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Status of special ed teacher not revealed


MONTGOMERY -- Village Elementary School special education teacher Anne Palmisano has yet to be reinstated by the Board of Education, despite multiple parents' requests that she be allowed to return to her classroom. Read more...

MONTGOMERY:
Route 206 project before planners


MONTGOMERY - The Planning Board was scheduled to hold a public hearing last night to discuss a Land Use Plan amendment to the township Master Plan. The amendment is related to the Country Club Meadows development along Route 206 at the northern end of the township. Read more...

AvalonBay, town due in court

AvalonBay will ask a Mercer County judge on Tuesday to order the town of Princeton to issue the company building permits and sign off on a demolition plan at the old Princeton hospital site, where the company wants to build a 280-unit residential development. Read more...


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