Residents Invited to Help Name Municipal Buildings

Winners will receive a certificate, a $250 McCaffrey's gift certificate, season tickets to Princeton University football or basketball, a family membership to the Princeton Community Pool and free CD/DVD library borrowing privileges.


Princeton and Princeton Public Library are holding a competition to rename Princeton's municipal buildings- the buildings known as Princeton Borough Hall (1 Monument Drive) and Princeton Township Hall (400 Witherspoon St.).

The contest is open to Princeton residents at least 18 years old, the contest runs through Feb. 15 at 5 p.m., the deadline for entries to be submitted to the library.

Contestants may submit one name for each building accompanied by a typewritten essay of not more than 250 words in support of the recommendation. If a contestant need access, the library has 100 computers and a typewriter available for public use.

“We are pleased that the Princeton Public Library is sponsoring this competition,” Mayor Liz Lempert said. "The library celebrates words, ideas and community every day. I can’t think of a better institution in town to work with our new government to select new and memorable names for these symbols of our community.”

Each municipal building accommodates different functions. The Municipal Court and the offices of the Mayor, Administrator and Clerk, as well as the Tax and Finance Departments, Police Department and the Engineering, Construction and Historic Preservation Departments are at 400 Witherspoon St. The Health Department, Human Services and Affordable Housing Departments and management offices for the Sewer Operating Committee and the Public Works Department are at 1 Monument Drive. 

Library employees, employees and elected officials of the municipality of Princeton, the competition judges and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

The entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will recommend up to three names for each building to the municipality. The municipality reserves the right not to select a winner or to disqualify entries that do not meet competition requirements.

In addition to a certificate commemorating their role in the naming of the buildings, each contestant whose name is chosen will receive a $250 gift certificate to McCaffrey’s, season tickets to Princeton University football or basketball for next season, a free family membership to the Princeton Community Pool and free borrowing privileges for CDs/DVDs at Princeton Public Library.

Winning entrants will be notified (in advance of the public announcement) and the building names will be announced during the week of March 1.

Entry forms are available at the library’s Welcome and Information desks and on the web site at princetonlibrary.org. They are also available at the Office of the Clerk at 400 Witherspoon St.

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Simon January 27, 2013 at 08:29 PM
SFB: Oppressed is with two p's. I sat down to write my essay but suddenly realized that I was at a total loss for words regarding the overwhelming political preferences of this community. I'll keep trying though.
SFB January 27, 2013 at 10:50 PM
That's great. I'm glad that you are keeping up the good fight, not just on behalf of political liberty, but also in defense of good spelling.
Simon January 28, 2013 at 12:46 AM
SFB: I may not be the best speller, but when it comes to "oppressed" I know what I am talking about, having been here for over two decades. In all honesty, I don't know how I have avoided a stroke during this time. Will this place ever get back to a healthy two-party system? Perhaps in my next life, I will find it. Nice night.
Joe R April 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Someone chooses of his own free volition to live in a very expensive prestigious community but complains that the taxes are high? You were not aware 20 years ago that Princeton was expensive? It has a very highly rated public school system, it's an incredibly beautiful place that's home to a world class university and all kinds of overachievers in the sciences, arts and humanities. People want to live in this town with great schools and a wondrous public library and it would appear that they are willing to pay the price of admission or property taxes. If you are so offended by all this, move.
SFB April 28, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Joe R - your comment is mystifying. "Pay the price of admission"?? You do realize this is a living town, not a movie theater? So what, you are content for only rich people to live in Princeton?


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