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Executive director of Arts Council of Princeton resigns

Taneshia Nash Laird, the executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton for less than two years, has resigned. She will leave the organization at the end of August. Jim Levine, the president of the Arts Council of Princeton board of trustees, will step down from the board and become the interim director. A search…

Belle Mead synagogue appoints new rabbi
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Belle Mead synagogue appoints new rabbi

Rabbi Jacob Best Adler is the co-author of the popular”‘Hamilton Haggadah” Congregation Kehilat Shalom, a reconstructionist congregation in Belle Mead, has appointed Rabbi Jacob Best Adler to replace Rabbi Susan Falk, who stepped down after eleven years to pursue a new chapter of her career in New York. Adler, known to many as “Rabbi Jake”,…

With help of Centurion, David Bryant freed again after 42 years in prison
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With help of Centurion, David Bryant freed again after 42 years in prison

David Bryant was released from a New York prison Wednesday after a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with a senior United States District Court judge’s analysis that “credible and compelling” evidence showed that he was innocent. Bryant spent a total of 42 years in prison for a crime he…

Photo: Laura ‘Lauragami’ Kruskal turns 95
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Photo: Laura ‘Lauragami’ Kruskal turns 95

Princeton resident Laura Kruskal, who is also known to many as “Lauragami”, celebrated her 95th birthday this week. An internationally known lecturer and writer about origami, the ancient art of paper-folding, she is the originator of many new origami models and travels to conferences to share her knowledge. Kruskal has been teaching origami classes at the the…

Retired Dinky train conductor named honorary member of the Princeton University Class of 2018
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Retired Dinky train conductor named honorary member of the Princeton University Class of 2018

Tom Sparich, the Dinky train conductor who was a friendly and familiar face to the thousands of passengers who rode the shuttle between Princeton Junction and Princeton for many years, was honored for his service to Princeton University students, area residents and visitors this week at the school’s annual Class Day ceremony. Sparich, who lives…

Raymond Wadsworth, Spirit of Princeton founder, dies at 80
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Raymond Wadsworth, Spirit of Princeton founder, dies at 80

Raymond Wadsworth, a former fire chief, Princeton Borough councilman and founder of the Spirit of Princeton organization, died Thursday, May 31 at Capital Health System at Hopewell. He was 80. Born in Johnstown, Pa. he was a resident of Princeton for 60 years. He also owned a shore home in South Seaside Park, where he…

George Councell, 11th Episcopal bishop of New Jersey, dies at 68
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George Councell, 11th Episcopal bishop of New Jersey, dies at 68

George Edward Councell, the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, died Monday evening. He was 68. He was transferred to hospice care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton in the afternoon and died at about 6 p.m., surrounded by family and friends, New Jersey Bishop William Stokes wrote in an…

New director of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory chosen
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New director of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory chosen

Steven Cowley, a theoretical physicist at Oxford University, has been named the new director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Cowley will become the seventh director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, which is one of 10 national science laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Princeton University has managed the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory…

Photo: Princeton Community Housing names new officers
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Photo: Princeton Community Housing names new officers

New officers were elected to serve the boards for Princeton Community Housing at the organization’s May 10 meeting. Van Davis will lead the nonprofit’s two boards, the Princeton Community Housing board and the Princeton Community Housing Development Corporation board. A Princeton Community Housing trustee for nine years, Davis represents Trinity Episcopal Church and has led the Princeton…

James Floyd, first African-American mayor of Princeton Township, dies at 96
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James Floyd, first African-American mayor of Princeton Township, dies at 96

James Floyd, the first African-American mayor of Princeton Township and a community activist for several decades, died Monday morning. He was 96. Born in Trenton in 1922, he was the oldest son of John and Adeline Floyd. A 1939 graduate of Trenton Central High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia State…

TED talk by Princeton High School graduates about racial literacy now available online

TED talk by Princeton High School graduates about racial literacy now available online

Princeton High School graduates Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi have been spending their gap year traveling across the United States, learning and listening to stories about race for a new book they are working on that will be released next year. In the 10th grade, the pair co-founded an organization called CHOOSE to help people find…

Skillman resident creates app to help people find African American historic sites
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Skillman resident creates app to help people find African American historic sites

Kevin Burkman has created a new app to help people find out information about African American historic sites, museums, and more. Burkman, a geographic information analyst who lives in Skillman and serves as a trustee for the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, developed the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum’s mapping application to increase public awareness of…

Joia Mukherjee shares global perspective on health care with Rider students
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Joia Mukherjee shares global perspective on health care with Rider students

The idea of health care as a human right is widely debated, but Joia Mukherjee, who has been at the forefront of the fight against the HIV and AIDS epidemic as chief medical officer of Partners in Health, said that it is a basic necessity. Mukherjee discussed her work with Partners in Health, an international…

Two sisters from Princeton appear on Tonight Show to talk about local coding club for girls
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Two sisters from Princeton appear on Tonight Show to talk about local coding club for girls

Sisters Valeria Torres-Olivares and Kyara Torres-Olivares appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week to talk about their summer camp experience coding, and their own coding workshops for girls. The Torres-Olivares sisters, who live in downtown Princeton, attended supermodel Karlie Kloss’s summer camp “Kode with Klossy” last year. The camp program is being…

Robert Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study wins Abel Mathematics Prize
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Robert Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study wins Abel Mathematics Prize

Robert Langlands, a professor emeritus in the school of mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, has been awarded the 2018 Abel Prize. The Abel Prize is an international award that acknowledges outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics and comes with a monetary award of nearly $800,000. The prize will be presented to Langlands…

Princeton Recreation Department employee Anthony Simone receives state award
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Princeton Recreation Department employee Anthony Simone receives state award

Anthony Simone, a lifelong Princeton resident who works for the municipality’s recreation department, has been honored with a state award. Simone, a graduate of St. Paul’s School, has been named the 2017 New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association employee of the year. Members of the recreation department went to Atlantic City with Simone last week…

Q& A with writer Patrice Nganang of Hopewell

Q& A with writer Patrice Nganang of Hopewell

Last December, writer Patrice Nganang was detained for 21 days in Cameroon on allegations that he threatened Cameroonian President Paul Biya. Nganang, a Hopewell resident who is currently a visiting professor with the Princeton University Humanities Council, had penned an article and a Facebook post criticizing the Cameroonian government’s treatment of the country’s English-speaking minority….