Princeton Today: Columbus Day

Posts offices, banks, and other federal and state offices are closed for Columbus Day. The Princeton Council is still holding its regular public meeting tonight at 7 p.m. though. The meeting will be held in the main meeting room at the municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street.

The council will discuss the 2013 town audit and corrective action plan. The council will also vote on agreements with White Buffalo, Inc. and the United Bow Hunters of New Jersey to kill deer in the town. The proposed contract with White Buffalo is $93,800.

A resolution to approve the hiring of a consultant to develop a strategic plan for the police department for $19,500 is also on the agenda.

Another resolution is on the agenda to approve a contract with Environmental Management Associates for the remediation of Valley Road Department of Public Works Property for $24,800. The public works building has been torn down and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad will build a new facility there.

The full agenda can be viewed online.


Isolated showers, high of 66 degrees.


Columbus Day Fall Harvest Festival at Terhune Orchards – Corn stalk maze, adventure barn, pumpkin painting, pick your own apples and pumpkins, food tents, live music, wine tasting and more. Rain or shine. Admission $5. Children under 3 free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Grand Opening of Eastern Mountain Sports – Meet paddleboard experts, backpack fitters, and more. New bike shop and paddle sports department at the expanded store at MarketFair on Route 1 south in West Windsor. Opens at 10 a.m.

Forum Exploring Postwar New York – The Princeton-Mellon Forum for Research on the Urban Environment, “Postwar New York: How Did We Get Here,” will take place at noon in the School of Architecture, Room 107. Princeton Mellon Fellow Mariana Mogilevich and Aaron Shkuda, Princeton Mellon project manager, with discussant Zahid Chaudhary, associate professor of English, will discuss the story of postwar New York and its multiple transitions, from center of the world to the nadir of urban crisis, from the Naked City to gentrification and the global city.


Cory Doctorow and Edward Felten in Conversation – Cory Doctorow, a journalist, science fiction writer and co-editor of the popular blog Boing Boing, will discuss his new book with Edward Felten, professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University and founder of the Freedom to Tinker blog, at 1 p.m. at Labyrinth Books. Doctorow’s “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Digital Age” is about the pitfalls and opportunities those working in the creative sector are confronting today, including how old models have failed or found new footing and what might soon replace them. The book will be a jumping off point for a discussion. 122 Nassau Street, Princeton. Free.  Co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library and Labyrinth Books.

China in the Age of Ambition – New Yorker writer Evan Osnos will discuss his new book “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China” at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Book sale and signing after the discussion.

Poets at the Library -Featured poets Daisy Fried and Jake Crist read from their works for 20 minutes each followed by an open-mic session. Fried is the author of “Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice,” named by Library Journal as one of the five best books of 2013, “My Brother is Getting Arrested Again,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “He Didn’t Mean to Do It,” which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She has been awarded Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, the Editors’ Prize from Poetry and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares.  Crist’s poems have appeared in several journals including Shenandoah, Rattle, Pebble Lake Review, Green Mountains Review, and Anglican Theological Review.  7:30 p.m. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Free.


Equality in Princeton University Eating Clubs – Class of 1980 graduate Sally Frank will give the talk “A Frank Talk About the Eating Clubs” at 8 p.m. in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber. Frank will speak about the lawsuit she initiated while a Princeton undergraduate to make the independent eating clubs on Prospect Avenue equally accessible to men and women. The talk is sponsored by the Women’s Center.


Road construction on Paul Robeson Place resumes today. The road will be closed until 4 p.m. for paving. On Tuesday there will be lane shifts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow for road striping. Expect delays.

Random Road will be closed Oct. 14,15 and 16 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. to allow for milling and paving. Detours will be in place.

Linden Lane will be close on Oct. 15th and 16th between Hamilton Ave. and Spruce St. from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for sewer work. Detours will be in place.


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