Op-Ed: Princeton Consolidation Commission’s Recommendation is Wrong

By Phyllis Teitelbaum The Princeton Consolidation Commission is composed of intelligent, well-meaning, hard-working people. So why did the commission reach the wrong conclusion about the benefits of consolidation? Why did it recommend consolidation, even though consolidation will greatly disadvantage Princeton Borough residents and will provide little or no benefit to Princeton Township residents? Here are…

Labor Day Gallup Poll: More U.S. Workers Unhappy with Health Benefits, Promotions

More U.S. workers say they are dissatisfied with their health insurance benefits and their chances for promotion today than they were before the global economic collapse in 2008, according to the annual Gallup work and education poll. The findings, from workers surveyed between Aug. 11-14, indicate that the majority of workers are at least “somewhat…

Holt Praises Obama for Quick Action on NJ FEMA Funds

U.S. Rep. Rush Hold issued a statement this morning applauding the fact that all 21 New Jersey counties, including his home turf Mercer County, have now been deemed eligible for federal disaster assistance through FEMA. “I am grateful for President Obama’s quick action to allow disaster relief funds to begin flowing to New Jersey,” Holt…

Op-Ed: Princeton Consolidation Referendum Outcome Should Be Different This Time Around

By Marvin Reed It’s easy to ask:  If past referenda for municipal consolidation in Princeton have been defeated why should this year’s ballot turn out any different? A good question . . . but also a good answer:  We’ve learned.  We’ve grown.  We’ve changed. From past experience like ours and like others, the State has…

Mercer County Approved for Federal Disaster Assistance

Governor Chris Christie announced today that the federal government has approved the state’s  request for disaster assistance for New Jersey residents and business owners affected by Hurricane Irene in all 21 counties. Individual and public assistance were approved for Burlington, Hudson, Ocean and Union counties, and individual assistance was approved for Mercer County, following the…

Governor Chris Christie Announces Federal Disaster Aid Approved for Additional New Jersey Counties 

Governor Chris Christie says the federal government has approved disaster assistance for New Jerseyans impacted by Hurricane Irene in additional counties. Residents and business owners in 16 of the 21 counties in New Jersey are now eligible for disaster relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mercer County still has not made the list….

Princeton Electrical Engineering Pioneer Dies

Borough resident Stuart Schwartz, a pioneer of mathematical methods for efficiently transmitting information and an instrumental force in building the electrical engineering department at Princeton University, died Saturday, Aug. 27. He was 72. Schwartz, who joined the Princeton faculty in 1966 and retired in 2009, died from complications from pneumonia while vacationing with family in…

Friends and Family Mourn Loss of Hun Graduate Cesar Ortiz

Cesar Oritz designed beautiful gardens and yards, but friends say he was also a builder of relationships. The landscape architect and business owner was known for his big smile and his ability to not only find out someone’s name quickly, but also remember it the next time he saw the person. At his business, Lawrence…

NJDOT: Major Roads to Jersey Shore Ready for Holiday Weekend Traffic

In case you were worried, Hurricane Irene won’t be standing in the way of that holiday weekend you had planned at the Jersey Shore. Officials from the New Jersey Department of Transportation say the agency is making good progress repairing roads and bridges damaged by the wind, rain and floods brought by Hurricane Irene over…

President Obama Issues Presidential Disaster Declaration

President Obama has issued a Presidential Disaster Declaration for New Jersey due to damage caused by Hurricane Irene. The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties. Federal funding will also be available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a…

Go to Our Facebook and Twitter Pages During the Storm

We will be doing all our storm updates via Facebook and Twitter. You do not need to have a Facebook account to read our page. Visit https://Facebook.com/planetprinceton. For Twitter visit https://twitter.com/planetprinceton. Of course we welcome you to join our orbit by “liking” out Facebook page and following us on Twitter. If the power goes out…

Earthquake Rattles New Jersey

An earthquake centered in Virginia rattled parts of New Jersey today, including the Princeton area, and could be felt all the way to Massachusetts. The earthquake hit Virginia at 1:51 Eastern Standard Time. The epicenter was about eight miles south of Mineral, Va., and 87 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Geological…

Cancer Benefit Concert at Princeton Arts Council Tonight to Help Local Chef and Musician

If you want to hear some great music and help a local chef in need, head over to the Arts Council of Princeton tonight for a fundraiser that has been dubbed “Larrypalooza.” Larrypalooza will raise money to cover some of the medical bills for local chef and musician Larry Frazer, who was diagnosed with a…