Princeton, NJ Government

Princeton, NJ Government The Municipality of Princeton was formed Jan 2013 by consolidating the former Princeton Borough and former Princeton Township into one unified town.
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Princeton covers an area of 18.1 square miles in the heart of central New Jersey. It is composed of the former Township of Princeton and Borough of Princeton which consolidated effective January, 2013 and is now known as Princeton. The population of Princeton is approximately 30,000. A substantial portion of the property of Princeton University lies within the borders of Princeton as does the property of the Institute for Advanced Study. Other well-known educational institutions within Princeton are the Hun School, the Princeton Day School, and the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. While no major arteries directly touch Princeton, it is dissected by US Highway Route 206; and there is ready access to US Highway Route 1, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway and Amtrak and New Jersey Transit which provide direct rail services to New York and Philadelphia. In general, Princeton is an open semi-wooded community of diverse housing, including substantial and moderate homes and a highly recognized affordable housing program and is an example of sound suburban development. There is also one shopping center, several other shopping areas of smaller size, some office research and services areas and a large amount of preserved open space. Recreation facilities are numerous. Provide community recreation facilities including a large pool complex, tennis and paddle tennis courts, athletic playing fields and various parks and playgrounds. Numerous programs and activities are provided through the Recreation Department.

Operating as usual

Halloween in Princeton will not be the same this year. Typically, Princeton has been a fun destination for local area fa...
10/26/2020

Halloween in Princeton will not be the same this year. Typically, Princeton has been a fun destination for local area families and hordes of visitors to trick or treat and celebrate a safe and friendly Halloween.

However, the rising rate of covid-19 transmissions now makes the crowds we normally welcome, an usafe endeavor. State and local guidance designed to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, also currently restricts large indoor and outdoor gatherings. These restrictions would apply to hundreds or possibly thousands of visitors we see every Halloween in the Franklin, Moore, and Jefferson St. communities and the Ettl Farm area.

The Municipality of Princeton, the Princeton Board of Health, Princeton Health Department, Princeton Police Department and the Princeton Office of Emergency Management are all urging Halloween revelers and trick or treaters to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in lieu of traditional costume masks, and to respect the wishes of residents who turn off their porch lights and chose not to participate in this year’s activities. The Challenges of this pandemic are not pleasant, but they are easy to apply and adapt to and they are necessary to keep residents safe by limiting community spread of Covid-19. We encourage people to share their fun ideas, not the virus. You can download the covid checker tracking app from www.nj.gov to track covid cases. Also visit https://princetoncovid.org/the-latest/testing/ to see the latest information on covid testing.

Sustainable Princeton
10/24/2020

Sustainable Princeton

Princeton residents, it's time once again for the Municipality's S.H.R.E.D.fest -- our largest waste collection event of the year! TOMORROW from 10AM-2PM or until the trucks fill up! 🚮🚚💚

Learn about everything the Municipality is collecting at this event, including electronics, bikes, household goods, and medical equipment. 👉https://www.princetonnj.gov/news/shredfest-2020?mc_cid=b91f83c0b8&mc_eid=05b1dc7c03

But that's not all! In addition, we will be on hand to collect a few other items for upcycling👉
💚packaging styrofoam
💚 wine corks
💚 old cell phones and tablets
💚 printer cartridges
AND MORE.

Review the full list of our collections and their accompanying instructions to learn more. 👉 https://www.sustainableprinceton.org/event/sustainable-princeton-at-shredfest/?mc_cid=b91f83c0b8&mc_eid=05b1dc7c03

10/23/2020
Covid-19 Update. Winter & Holiday Safety

Here are some observations we hope can make the next few months safer, as we all look to maintain our lifestyles while mitigating the risk of contracting and spreading covid-19. Stay safe, Princeton.

Here are some great things to know about Flu shots. Courtesy of Princeton Board of Health Chairman. Dr. George DiFerdina...
10/21/2020

Here are some great things to know about Flu shots. Courtesy of Princeton Board of Health Chairman. Dr. George DiFerdinando and Princeton Health Officer Jeff Grosser.
Did you know:

1. Most flu vaccines are made of pieces of the virus
2. The nasal spray is a whole virus, but it is ‘attenuated’ and can’t give you the flu, either
3. Side effects often mimic the ‘real’ flu
4. Low grade fever for a couple of days, aches, and pains, swelling at the injection site – all are common side effects of the vaccines that mimic the ‘real’ flu

5. It takes 2-3 weeks for your immune system to respond fully to the vaccine and develop protection, so…
6. One can coincidentally come down with the flu in between the time of vaccination and the immune protection kicking in – especially if you wait to get vaccinated until the flu season is in full bloom.

Our next clinic will be held on Saturday October 24, from10am to 12 Noon at Stone Hill Church. 1025 Bunn Drive. The health department has vaccinated over 500 people since August and there are three clinics left. (Including this one). Give it your best shot to be there and we'll give you our best shot to keep you flu free!

10/21/2020
Covid-19 Update, Protect Ourselves During Winter Months.

Winter brings many reasons to remain vigilant against the spread of the covid-19 virus. Just think about it, the majority of our activities will soon begin to move indoors and as students begin to return home from college, families and businesses will soon be preparing for the holiday season. Not to mention it's also cold and flu season, which unfortunately, now includes covid-19.

All of this serves to remind us that we, the people, are still our best defense against contracting covid-19. Simply continuing our current efforts to safeguard ourselves can go a long way. The simple things we can do to protect ourselves like wearing a mask when appropriate, maintaining a safe distance, covering our mouth & nose whenever we cough or sneeze, maintaining a clean space and washing or sanitizing our hands frequently, all mitigate the risk we all face.

Keeping safe as we move about freely while living our lives and keeping our local businesses open and our economy thriving into the holiday season are the reward for adhering to these basic, simple and necessary mitigation measures.

Mayor Liz Lempert
10/20/2020

Mayor Liz Lempert

Today's Princeton COVID update: Case Numbers Up, Advice from Health Dept Nurse Kathy Korwin, Voting Info https://conta.cc/3m0CaTc

10/16/2020
Close Contacts, Household Contacts. Isolation, Quarantine, What are the differences?

As covid cases rise, so should our understanding of how to continue to protect ourselves. Many people continue to advocate for and participate in safe behaviors like wearing masks, washing hands often, using good respiratory etiquette and disinfecting the things we share and touch while in public. So as we move into winter and the holiday season we can all benefit from the safe behaviors any one of us adheres to. In fact, we should be better at it now because we have been dealing with it for 7 months and most of what we do to protect ourselves is beginning to be second nature.

So, as we continue to live our lives, go to school and work to feed our families, let’s remember to take care of ourselves and each other in the process. Hopefully, these definitions from Princeton Health Department Public Health Nurse, Kathy Korwin, can help clear up some commonly confused terms we’ve been hearing more often.

Residents regularly ask the Princeton Health Department, “can I go get a test to ‘test out’ of quarantine”  The recent i...
10/15/2020

Residents regularly ask the Princeton Health Department, “can I go get a test to ‘test out’ of quarantine” The recent infographic by the NJDOH shows us why that's not a good idea….

-Origin of quarantine?

The word "quarantine" originates from quarantine, the Venetian language form, meaning "forty days". This is due to the 40-day isolation of ships and people practiced as a measure of disease prevention related to the plague.

-Diagnostic tests are snapshots in time, so a negative test tells us you are negative at that specific moment in time

-So what does quarantine do then? Quarantining is essentially a counterattack against disease. It breaks the chain of transmission by deleting the link between transmission from person to person, because a ‘possibly’ sick individual is staying away from others.

-14 days is used because that is the incubation period of COVID-19. Meaning, it takes up to 14 days for a person to be exposed to someone with COVID-19 before symptoms may develop. After 14 days, a person is considered to be safe to exit their quarantine location and return to work, school, etc.

Removing yourself from quarantine prior to the complexation of the 14 day incubation period, means you may still become infected and spread the virus to someone else. Remember, being quarantined is a safeguard for those who have had an exposure and may become sick.

This is your last chance to be counted! Fill out your form now at 2020CENSUS.GOV. Online self-response will actually be ...
10/14/2020

This is your last chance to be counted!
Fill out your form now at 2020CENSUS.GOV. Online self-response will actually be available until 6:00 AM on Friday 10/16.

The #2020Census will end on Thursday, October 15, but online self-response in NJ will be available until 6 AM on 10/16. This will be your last chance to be counted for the next 10 years. There’s still time to make a difference for your community. Take 10 minutes and #FillitOutNow at 2020CENSUS.GOV or by phone at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).#NJCensus2020 #NJGOTC

Great news coming in from our Director of Human Service, Melissa Urias."The State of New Jersey Department of Human Serv...
10/14/2020

Great news coming in from our Director of Human Service, Melissa Urias.
"The State of New Jersey Department of Human Services has recently announced a new program, the Covid-19 Housing Assistant Program aimed at assisting tenants and homeowners affected by the pandemic with paying housing costs. To be eligible for the program, applicants must:

· Live in NJ;
· Have a valid lease or mortgage;
· Prove that they could not pay rent/mortgage due to the
pandemic; and
· Earn less than 450% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Applications will be processed by the state until funding is exhausted or no later than December 18, 2020, whichever happens sooner. An eligible household can receive housing assistance payments up to $25,000.

We are asking for your assistance in getting the word out to the community. We will be available in the office to assist residents with completing the initial application over the phone. Please share the attached flyer with your networks".

Our Oct. 13 Flu Shot Clinic conducted by Princeton Health Dept. vaccinated over 275 people at the Princeton Senior Resou...
10/14/2020

Our Oct. 13 Flu Shot Clinic conducted by Princeton Health Dept. vaccinated over 275 people at the Princeton Senior Resource Center - PSRC / Monument Hall clinic. Princeton Public Health Nurse Kathy Korwin is reporting that the turn out at our flu clinics continue to be outstanding! Here are the totals to date, with three more clinics to go. (Schedule is the photos below)
Aug 26, 400 Witherspoon Hall 46 vaccines
Sept 12 Princeton Methodist Church 48 vaccines
Sept 15 Elm Ct and Harriet Bryan House 47 vaccines
Sept 17 Holly House 26 vaccines
Sept 26 Princeton Public Library 57 vaccines
Sept 29 First Baptist Church 28 vaccines
Oct. 13 PSRC/Monument Hall 275 vaccines
That's 527 people vaccinated and counting, with 3 more clinics to come! The next flu clinic will be held at Stone Hill Church, Saturday, October 24, from 10am-12 noon.

10/13/2020
Princeton NJ Police Department

An important reminder from the Princeton Police about the rut! We may not have mule deer but Princeton and the rest of NJ have plenty of deer vs motor vehicle crashes that amount to millions of dollars in property damage and personal injury. Nationally, the number is almost 2 billion dollars. So, please drive safely Princeton is often a leader in deer vs motor vehicle collisions.

🦌PSA: Be cautious of deer in rutting season while driving. Their behavior is unpredictable and less cautious than usual😳

10/12/2020
Your Vote Counts

It's crunch time! The NJ voter registration deadline for this general election is Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Elections, like everything else this year since late February, have been impacted by the presence of Covid-19. You can learn more about registering, voting and many other details about the election process here in New Jersey by by clicking this link:
https://nj.gov/state/elections/index.shtml

Even in this day and age many eligible people do not excercise their right to vote. That can be changed by first, registering to vote. Then begin voting in local, state and national elections. See you at the polls!

Settling into a routine is often the best way we can adapt to the rigors of a necessary yet unwanted change. You know, l...
10/10/2020
8 coronavirus tips that doctors wish patients would follow

Settling into a routine is often the best way we can adapt to the rigors of a necessary yet unwanted change. You know, like living our lives during a pandemic.

There is no denying the difficulties of the the last seven months. But coping is a must, and the routines we have created to safely interact during this pandemic have a huge impact on our safety. Here are 8 things the American Medical Association says doctors wish people and patients would follow. Incorporate and keep these in your daily routine. Make them second nature and live your life, safely. Chances are you are already doing most or all of us are already doing them.

Each day brings tens of thousands more COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Physicians can share these important prevention measures to help save lives.

One cause fits all! The T-shirts look great on you!
10/09/2020

One cause fits all! The T-shirts look great on you!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and its early detection practices. Today, members of the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, Princeton Fire Department, and the Princeton Police Department came together to display our new Breast Cancer Awareness Month t-shirts.
For more information on this important campaign, please visit:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

10/08/2020
Princeton Councilman Dwaine Williamson "Voting is Power"

• All voters, regardless of party affiliation, will receive a mail-in ballot, on which they will be able to fill in their choices. Return postage on all ballots is paid.
• In addition to mailing ballots, voters will have the option of placing their ballots in secure drop boxes. The locations of the drop boxes are being announced by county clerks. There will be at least ten in each county.
• Voters who go to the polls will be able to vote by provisional (paper) ballot or in a voting machine (only if voter is disabled). Locations of polls will be announced by county clerks. There will be at least one in each municipality.
• All ballots sent by mail must be postmarked no later than November 3 and received by the Board of Elections no later than November 10, one week after the election. Alternatively, voters may return their ballots personally to the poll workers at their polling place.
The Governor and election officials are strongly encouraging voters to fill out their mail-in ballot as soon as possible and return it so it reaches the election officials by the deadline.
It is also recommended that your check your voter status now. You can click here to be sure you are registered at your current address: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/registration-check.

Congrats to Princeton's very own House of Cupcakes! They were chosen as one of NJ's 7 Hidden Gems by NJMOM! Hmm, how sho...
10/07/2020
7 Hidden Gems In NJ To Visit Now

Congrats to Princeton's very own House of Cupcakes! They were chosen as one of NJ's 7 Hidden Gems by NJMOM! Hmm, how should we all celebrate? With a stroll through downtown Princeton of course!

NJ is famous for many things—Lucy the Elephant and Liberty State Park among others—but there are a few hidden gems in NJ that even long-time residents

10/07/2020
Dr. George DiFerdinando; Flu vs Covid-19. Differences & Similarities and More.

Dr. George DiFerdinando is the Chairman of the Princeton Board of Health. His medical opinions and expertise have been sought after by many during this current pandemic. His past experience includes:
Deputy Commissioner and Acting Commissioner of the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services, directed the NJ Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ). He has also served as Deputy Commissioner at the NY State Board of Health Specializing in AIDS/HIV Control, Maternal and Child Health, Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, and Emergency Medical Services.

The good doctor will be discussing the similarities and differences between the Flu and Covid-19 in a webinar open to the public. The webinar is sponsored by the Princeton Senior Resource Center - PSRC. Please feel free to join in using this link. https://zoom.us/j/94104122274?pwd=aCtQYTRwbzdIZnJsNGRXZTRaYnBxQT09

Some ineresting information will be shared. Such as the "Eight Things Doctors Wish People Knew About Flu Shots" and many other myths, rumors, and facts about the Flu and Covid-19.

2020 census forms deadline is now October 31st! Go to 2020Census.gov and fill yours out right now!
10/06/2020

2020 census forms deadline is now October 31st! Go to 2020Census.gov and fill yours out right now!

We have all been dealing with covid for over half a year now. During that time many of us have adapted to the reality of...
10/06/2020

We have all been dealing with covid for over half a year now. During that time many of us have adapted to the reality of living life while safeguarding ourselves when we interact at work, in public places and even while at home. Safety pertaining to covid-19 has always been a relative term. That's because some safety practices are safer than others but when all are followed we really do mitigate our risk.

Physical distance, wearing cloth face coverings or masks, proper hand hygiene, proper coughing/sneezing etiquette and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. The NJ Dept. of Health has incorporated these measures in its guidance for Halloween activities. There are some good suggestions here. The key to safety is knowing that some practices are safer than others and mitigating your own risk means choosing the options that provide the safest options for you.

Princeton NJ Police Department
10/02/2020

Princeton NJ Police Department

Today, 10/01/2020, all Princeton Police officers will begin wearing body worn cameras on patrol. See the attached Press Release for additional information on our body worn cameras.

Address

400 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ
08540

You can get to Princeton via bus and train. NJ Transit train runs a dinky train from the Princeton Jct. train station to the Princeton Station. NJ Transit also has a few buses that travel through town. Once in town there is a FreeB shuttle service offered Mon-Sat and stops at a variety of places throughout town.

General information

The Municipality has two locations for Municipal offices: Witherspoon Hall @400 Witherspoon St & Monument Hall @1 Monument Dr. Corner House, Affordable Housing,Fire Safety/OEM, Health & Human Services, SOC/DPW, & Access Princeton are all located in Monument Hall. Clerks/Administration/Mayor, Tax/Finance, Tax Assessor, Municipal Court, Zoning/Engineering/Planning, Building/Construction,&Historical Preservation, are all located in Witherspoon Hall. The Police Department is at 1 Valley Rd in Witherspoon Hall. If you are looking for more information about the Municipality of Princeton, please visit www.Princetonnj.gov

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+6099244141

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