Princeton People: Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi created “The Classroom Index,” a teachers’ guide to talking about race, while they were still students at Princeton High School. While still in school they also started Princeton CHOOSE, an organization dedicated to promoting racial literacy. Guo and Vulchi have received awards for their work, as well as the national…

Four Belle Mead teens achieve Eagle Scout status
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Four Belle Mead teens achieve Eagle Scout status

Steven McCormick, Kevin O’Brien, Patrick O’Brien, and James Smith, all residents of Belle Mead, were recently honored for achieving Eagle Scout status, the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts of America. The four Scouts were recognized for their achievements and inducted into the ranks of Eagle Scouts in a special ceremony at Montgomery United Methodist…

Princeton University Press names new director
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Princeton University Press names new director

Christie Henry, the editorial director for sciences, social sciences and reference at the University of Chicago Press, will become director of the Princeton University Press in September, school officials announced today. She will be the first woman to hold the top position at the Press. Henry will succeed Peter Dougherty, who has been director of…

Princeton People: Charles Evered works to create a writing retreat for veterans

Princeton People: Charles Evered works to create a writing retreat for veterans

Princeton resident and Hollywood writer and director Charles Evered knows what it’s like to be a struggling artist. Now that he is in a position to help others, he is founding a retreat in Joshua Tree, California for artists who served in the military, as well as combat photographers and journalists. “The idea was to found…

Princeton resident hopes to transform the international travel experience with portable language flashcard kits

Princeton resident hopes to transform the international travel experience with portable language flashcard kits

Michael Medvedev always tries to speak with the locals when he travels abroad. Such connections are what he remembers most about a trip. But often, travelers are unable to form these connections because they can’t speak the language of the country they are visiting. Medvedev experienced this firsthand when he visited Shanghai, China. He wanted to learn…

Suspect arrested in Route 1 hotel robbery and assault in South Brunswick

Suspect arrested in Route 1 hotel robbery and assault in South Brunswick

A man allegedly robbed the front desk manager and assaulted people in the lobby at the Hotel Vincenza on Route 1 Saturday, and then attacked two police officers. Just after noon Saturday two officers arrived at the hotel after police received a 911 call. The hotel manager told police that a person staying at the hotel,…

Princeton Record Exchange owner Jon Lambert to be honored by Princeton Learning Cooperative
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Princeton Record Exchange owner Jon Lambert to be honored by Princeton Learning Cooperative

  Jon Lambert, the owner of the Princeton Record Exchange, will be recognized at the Princeton Learning Cooperative’s celebration of self-directed learning on April 29. Lambert will receive the self-directed learning award, which is given to community members who took an independent educational path and have gone on to be successful. “Jon’s life reflects the…

HiTOPS Seeks Feedback From Community
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HiTOPS Seeks Feedback From Community

HiTOPS, the adolescent health education organization based in Princeton, wants community feedback as part of an intensive planning effort to build the future of the local non-profit. A small but mighty group, led by founder Bonnie Parker, brought to life a vision some 29 years ago to make sure adolescents had the resources that would enable them to make…

Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund Names New Executive Director
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Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund Names New Executive Director

Adriana Abizadeh found her calling in graduate school in Philadelphia while working on public policy issues. “I became passionate about serving low-income people who are treated as second-class citizens, who are under-served, under-heard, and not given a voice,” she said. A graduate of Rutgers University and Drexel University, Abizadeh spent the past five years working…

Sussman Brothers’ Spouses Give Birth Less Than an Hour Apart

Sussman Brothers’ Spouses Give Birth Less Than an Hour Apart

Nikol (Reisman) Sussman and Kimberly (Brudner) Sussman were close friends growing up and all throughout high school in Manalapan. The best friends later met and married two brothers from the Princeton area, Jeffrey Sussman and Scott Sussman, the hotel and marketing director for the Peacock Inn. Now the two best friends are sharing another major…

Wakefield Receives Princeton Area Community Foundation’s Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award
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Wakefield Receives Princeton Area Community Foundation’s Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award

The Princeton Area Community Foundation has honored Bill Wakefield with the 2016 Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service. The award is presented annually in honor of the late Leslie “Bud” Vivian, the longtime director of community and regional affairs at Princeton University. Established in 1995 by members of the Princeton University Class of 1942…

For Princeton Theological Seminary Employee, Half Marathon Already a Win
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For Princeton Theological Seminary Employee, Half Marathon Already a Win

Four years ago, David Gorman stepped on a scale and discovered that he weighed 306 pounds. He decided then that it was time for a personal transformation. “Once and for all,” he said. “When I first jumped on a treadmill, I could barely go at a speed of 1.0, and to get where I am…

Princeton People: Barbara Kaminska Wants Princeton Teens to Speak Out about Important Issues

Princeton People: Barbara Kaminska Wants Princeton Teens to Speak Out about Important Issues

When Barbara Kaminska first told people she wanted to be a police officer back in the third grade, she was met with mixed reactions. Many of her friends and teachers thought she was only going through a phase, and some told her that being a police officer was “a man’s job.” But after working as…

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Princeton United Methodist Church Hires Two New Staff Members

The Princeton United Methodist Church, which is located in downtown Princeton, has announced the appointment of two new staff members. Erik “Skitch” Matson will work with young people at the church and Princeton University. He currently works for the Kingston United Methodist Church and has served in camp, college, and youth ministry for over five…

Princeton People: John Heilner Instrumental in Shaping Young Lives in Trenton

Princeton People: John Heilner Instrumental in Shaping Young Lives in Trenton

For Trenton youths, a mentor and a league provide hope The Mooch Soccer program in Trenton offers kids ages 5 to 18 a safe haven, directing them away from the streets and onto the soccer field. Back in 2007, the program’s first year, Princeton resident John Heilner was coaching a team in the Mooch Soccer…

Diana Leighton Named Vice President of Development Programs at Princeton Area Community Foundation
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Diana Leighton Named Vice President of Development Programs at Princeton Area Community Foundation

Princeton resident Diana Leighton has been hired as the new vice president of development programs at the Princeton Area Community Foundation. In the newly created position that is part of the development and donor services team led by Elizabeth Wagner, Leighton will support the organization’s Fund for Women and Girls, oversee the annual fund and…

YMCA Presents 2016 Alexander K. Buck Leadership Awards
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YMCA Presents 2016 Alexander K. Buck Leadership Awards

Tiann Chen Pae of Morrisville, Pa. and Reginald Best of Somerset are the 2016 recipients of the Princeton YMCA’s Alexander K. Buck Leadership Award.. The award is presented to two YMCA camp counselors who exemplify the leadership qualities, character and passion of the late Alexander “Whip” K. Buck, a longtime Princeton resident and former trustee…