Statement from U.S. Rep. Rush Holt on His Opposition to Debt Deal Passed by the House

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011 that was passed by the House today, criticizing the Tea Party for “holding America hostage” and saying the cuts included in the deal would hurt ordinary Americans. Holt characterized the debate about credit default as a debate between two visions for America….

DOT: Route 1 Jughandle Test to Take Place in 2012

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has confirmed that the Route 1 jughandles at Harrison Street and Washington Road will not be removed until some time next year. Removing the jughandles is the DOT’s low-cost solution to making those intersections safer and easing congestion on Route 1. DOT Spokesman Joe Dee said that under the…

Driver Survives Plaza Crash

The elderly driver who crashed into the Spring Street Parking Garage yesterday afternoon is recovering, but more information about what caused the crash and whether it was health related probably will not be available until tomorrow, police said. The man came barreling down Hulfish Street in his white Cadillac just after 5 p.m. yesterday, hopped…

You’ve Still Got Mail

We’ve received several calls and e-mails recently from residents who are worried about the future of the U.S. Post Office at Palmer Square. The post office had made some changes, including having the supervisor spend more time at the main post office in West Windsor and dispatching carriers from there. Residents were worried that the…

Council Votes to Oppose Dinky Station Move

The borough council passed a resolution this Tuesday opposing the removal of the Dinky Station from the borough. Council members unanimously voted to approve a brief resolution stating that they do not support Princeton University’s plan to move the Dinky station, citing the following reasons: -The proposed move is contrary to smart growth norms -The…

Princeton University’s Annual Giving Campaign Raises Second Highest Amount in School History

Despite the tough economy, Princeton University’s 2010-11 annual giving campaign raised just over $50 million, the second highest total ever. More than 61 percent of undergraduate alumni participated in the campaign that also included donations from parents and graduate school alumni, school officials said in a release about the fundraising effort. “This year’s Annual Giving…

Bus Will Temporarily Replace Dinky For Off-Peak Service in Mid-July

New Jersey Transit passengers who want to travel between downtown Princeton and Princeton Junction will have to take a bus if they are making the trip during off-peak hours from July 11 through July 22. Buses will replace all Dinky trains on those days from 9:25 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. The shuttle buses will depart…

U.S. Cancels Deportation of Gay Princeton Resident’s Husband

The U.S. government has decided to stop deportation proceedings against Henry Velandia, a native Venezuelan who is legally married to Princeton resident Josh Vandiver, who is a graduate student at Princeton University. A U.S. judge recently ruled should be allowed to stay together, despite the immigration department use of the Defense of Marriage Act as…

Alexander Road to Open Early: Will Be Open to Traffic Both Ways Starting Thursday

Yes Virginia, there is such a thing as Christmas in July, or late June in this case, at least if you are a Princeton commuter. Beginning tomorrow (Thursday, June 30), Alexander Road will officially be reopened to two lanes of traffic. Note: As of 6:30 Wednesday night, commuters coming in to Princeton report that the…

Five Township Police Officers Promoted

Five Princeton Township police officers received promotions Monday night as Police Chief Robert Buchanan swore in two new sergeants and three new corporals. The new sergeants are JoAnne Malta and Frederick Williams. The new corporals are  Marla Montague, Anthony Paccillo and Matthew Solovay. The ceremony marks the second set of department promotions since April, when…

Author Toni Morrison Selling Her Princeton Home

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Toni Morrison has put her Nassau Street home up for sale for $1.795 million. Her five-bedroom house, built in 1880 for the Rev. William Harris and known as “The House of Seven Gables”, has recently been renovated. It boasts white-washed beamed ceilings, totally modernized kitchen and baths, and a…

Last Performance of The Rake’s Progress This Weekend

The Princeton Festival will present the last performance of the opera The Rake’s Progress this Sunday at 3 p.m. at McCarter Theatre. Written by Igor Stravinsky,  the libretto is by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. The performance in Princeton has receive rave reviews from several critics, including Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times. The…