October 17, 2018

The Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center hosted Finding the Great Pumpkin on Saturday afternoon, where kids of all ages created artwork inspired by the season, enjoyed face painting, listened and danced to music by Alex and the Kaleidoscope, and learned why pumpkins are orange in a hands-on activity with students from Princeton University’s Graduate Molecular Biology Outreach Program. Participants share their all-time favorite Halloween costumes in this week’s Town Talk on Page 6. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

By Donald Gilpin

Democrats Eve Niedergang and Dwaine Williamson and Republican Lisa Wu are heading into the final three weeks of their campaign for two available positions on Princeton Council, as current members Heather Howard and Lance Liverman prepare to step down at the end of the year.

Currently all six Council members are Democrats, and there has been no Republican candidate for Council since 2015. In the Democratic primary election in June Niedergang and Williamson won the most votes in a field of five candidates, and Wu was unopposed in the Republican primary. more

A CHECK AND SWEAT EQUITY: Among those present for Princeton University’s presentation of $50,000 toward the construction of a Habitat for Humanity duplex in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood were Princeton Councilwoman Leticia Fraga, front row, left; Mayor Liz Lempert, third from left; University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, rear row center; and University Community and Regional Affairs Director Kristin Appelget, rear row, right. (Photo by Mark Czajkowski)

By Anne Levin

When Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber met with Princeton Council last February for what has become an annual gathering, members of the governing body took turns telling Eisgruber their most pressing concerns and priorities.

Councilwoman Leticia Fraga thanked Eisgruber for contributions by University students and staff on local projects such as Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) and the Latin American Defense and Education Fund’s (LALDEF) community ID program. She suggested that the University might want to continue that support by helping with Habitat for Humanity’s construction of a new home in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood. more

ADVICE AND DISSENT: Alan S. Blinder, Princeton University economics and public affairs professor, presented his “lamppost theory” to describe the dysfunctional relationship between politicians and economists at a lecture Saturday morning at the University’s McDonnell Hall.

By Donald Gilpin

Describing economics and politics as two widely disparate civilizations, Alan S. Blinder, Princeton University economics and public affairs professor and former vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, says that both fields have a lot to learn from the other. Speaking to an audience of about 200 on Saturday morning in Princeton University’s McDonnell Hall, he recommended combating economic illiteracy as a first step in closing the gap. more

SHOOTING THE MOONWALKS: A model of the color television camera first used on Apollo 15 on July 31, 1971 signed by the Apollo 15 astronauts, is one of the artifacts on display in a pop-up exhibit at The Sarnoff Collection at The College of New Jersey from October 24 to November 4.  Filmmaker Sam Russell, former RCA and NASA project engineer, will kick off the exhibit next Wednesday with a talk on “Shooting the Moonwalks.” (Photo courtesy of The Sarnoff Collection)

By Donald Gilpin

Filmmaker Sam Russell, former RCA and NASA project engineer who oversaw the design and operation of the remotely controlled TV camera for the last three Apollo lunar explorations, will kick off the ”RCA Astro: Space to Screen” exhibit next week with a talk on “Shooting the Apollo Moonwalks” at The Sarnoff Collection at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). more

By Anne Levin

When Susan Wolfson and other board members of the Keats-Shelley Association of America came up with the idea to mark the bicentennial of the 1818 novel Frankenstein with a worldwide reading, Wolfson knew that Princeton had to be one of the locations.

A professor of English at Princeton University, Wolfson has edited two editions of the classic novel and has taught it to numerous graduates and undergraduates. So it makes sense that the campus, specifically the 19th century Chancellor Green Rotunda, is one of the 500 sites in more than 40 countries where “Frankenreads” are about to take place. more

By Anne Levin

Efforts to persuade NJ Transit to curtail its plan to temporarily disable the Dinky train service between Princeton and Princeton Junction were the main focus of Princeton Council’s October 8 meeting. But the governing body also introduced several ordinances and heard reports on the ongoing parking study, the Neighborhood Character Study, recycling, and other issues (NJ Transit has gone ahead with the plan; buses are replacing the trains until January). more

“MOUNT ADAMS, WASHINGTON, 1875”: This oil on canvas painting by Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) is featured in “Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment,” an exhibition encompassing three centuries of American art. It is at the Princeton University Art Museum through January 6, 2019. Admission is free.

The story of our changing relationship with the natural world is comprehensively told through this exhibition encompassing three centuries of American art. “Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment” presents more than 120 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, videos,  and works of decorative art, from the colonial period to the present, exploring for the first time how American artists of different traditions and backgrounds have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding while contributing to the development of a modern ecological consciousness. more

“DETROIT ‘67”: Performances are underway for “Detroit ‘67.” Directed by Jade King Carroll, the play runs through October 28 at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre. Chelle (Myxolydia Tyler, left) is upset by a series of risky choices made by her younger brother Lank (Johnny Ramey). Photo by T. Charles Erickson

By Donald H. Sanborn III

The music of Motown underscores Detroit ’67, a drama whose action begins just before the Detroit Riot, or Great Rebellion. It focuses on an African American woman’s determination to provide security for her family; and her passionate younger brother’s wish to start a new life, and blur racial boundaries.  more

Annie Zheng

Princeton High School Orchestra performs Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Performing Arts Center, in a concert to benefit the fund for Unicef. Pianist Angie Zhang is guest soloist in Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto.  Also on the program is the premiere of PHS senior Easha Nandyala’s Waves. The finale of the concert will feature student musicians from throughout the community. more

HELPING HANDS: “I am very excited about bringing affordable home ownership to families in Princeton and helping the town meet its affordable housing requirements,” says Annie Fox, development director of the Habitat for Humanity Burlington County & Greater Trenton-Princeton affiliate. Pictured here is the affiliate’s senior management team. From left are Ashley Griffins, director of Family and Volunteer Services; Annie Fox; Lori Leonard, CEO; Tristan Keyser, ReStore director; David Cummings, construction director; and John Garton, chief financial officer.

By Jean Stratton

The first houses were built in Princeton during 1995 and 1996. There are now four houses in the community, with one on Lytle Street, one on Birch Avenue, and two on Leigh Avenue. Two more are scheduled for construction on Lytle after the first of the year.

What all of these residences have in common is that they are part of the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity program, which helps people of low and moderate income own their own home. more

ON THE MARK: Princeton University football player Mark Fossati heads upfield in recent action. Last Saturday, senior linebacker Fossati recorded a game-high 12 tackles to spearhead the defensive effort as Princeton defeated visiting Brown 48-10. Fossati was later named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his heroics. The Tigers, now 5-0 overall and 2-0 Ivy, play at Harvard (3-2 overall, 1-1 Ivy) on October 20. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University football team, it was no John Lovett, no problem as it hosted Brown last Saturday.

With senior star quarterback Lovett sidelined by injury for the contest, junior backup Kevin Davidson got the start for the Tigers. more

STICKING WITH IT: Princeton University women’s hockey player Stephanie Sucharda heads up the ice in a game last winter. Senior defenseman and co-captain Sucharda figures to lead the Tigers from the blue line again this season. Princeton opens its 2018-19 campaign with games at No. 2 Wisconsin (6-0-0) in October 19 and 21. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After getting off to a 4-9-3 start last winter, the Princeton University women’s hockey team caught fire down the stretch, going 10-5-1 in its last 16 games.

As Princeton gets ready to open its 2018-19 season with games at Wisconsin in October 19 and 21, the Tigers are poised to build on their strong finish, having lost only two seniors to graduation. more

PERFECT STORM: Princeton High field hockey player Isabel Kinney (No. 19) shoots the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior forward and co-captain Kinney scored a goal to help second-seeded PHS defeat 15th-seeded Hun 5-0 in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament. A day later, Kinney scored two goals to help the Little Tigers defeat Nottingham 8-1 in a regular season contest and improve to 13-0. PHS is slated to host seventh-seeded Allentown on October 16 in the MCT quarterfinals with the victor advancing to the semis on October 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Isabel Kinney was holding an ice bag to the left side of her face in the waning moments of the contest last Friday as the second-seeded Princeton High field hockey team hosted No. 15 Hun in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. more

GOAL ACHIEVED: Princeton High boys’ soccer players Nick Petruso, left, and Atticus Lynch celebrate after a goal in a game earlier this fall. Last Monday, sophomore striker Petruso scored the lone goal as PHS defeated Nottingham 1-0 to improve to 7-4-2. The Little Tigers start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week when seventh-seeded PHS hosts 10th-seeded Hightstown on October 18 in an opening round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Murphy’s Law has prevailed so far this fall for the Princeton High boys’ soccer team.

“It has been one of those seasons that we are not used to because we have had three major injuries to starters,” said PHS head coach Wayne Sutcliffe. more

MULTI-TASKING: Princeton High football player Stephen Hennessy carries the ball in a recent game. Last Friday, senior star and co-captain Hennessy starred as PHS rallied to edge West Windsor-Plainsboro 22-19. Hennessy returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and helped spark the Little Tiger ground attack from his running back spot. He also made two interceptions on the evening as the PHS defense held WW-P scoreless in the second half. The Little Tigers, now 2-4, play at Hopewell Valley on October 19. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

After the Princeton High football team rallied to beat visiting West Windsor-Plainsboro 22-19 last Friday evening, the PHS players gathered in the end zone, grabbed tennis balls and threw them into the ground in unison, hollering in celebration. more

ON THE BALL: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Sophia Lis, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Freshman forward Lis has helped spark the PHS offense this fall and scored a goal in a losing effort as the Little Tigers fell 5-1 to Nottingham last Monday. PHS, now 6-5-2, will start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where it is seeded eighth and slated to host ninth-seeded Lawrence in an opening round contest on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As a grade schooler, Sophia Lis helped out as a ball girl for the Princeton High girls’ soccer team, watching her older sisters Taylor and Devon star on the pitch for the Little Tigers.

Now as a freshman forward on PHS, Lis is following in her sisters’ footsteps.

“They teach me a lot, they are 100 percent my No. 1 role models and they are both so nice,” said Lis of Taylor, a junior midfielder for the Cornell women’s lacrosse program, and Devon, a freshman midfielder on the Georgetown women’s soccer team. “I played with them and tried to to get on their teams.” more

STEPPING IN: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Cailyn Jones sends the ball up the field in recent action. Freshman defender Jones played well in a losing cause as PDS fell 4-0 at Pennington last Saturday. The Panthers, who defeated Lenape 2-1 last Monday to improve to 10-3-1, start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where they are seeded sixth and host 11th-seeded Hightstown in an opening round contest on October 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Playing at powerhouse Pennington this past Saturday evening, the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team was at a disadvantage before the game even started as it was missing two key players.

With starters Brooke Smukler and Anna Ellwood sidelined for the rest of the fall due to illness and injury, PDS couldn’t afford any lapses if it wanted to upend the Red Raiders. more

By Bill Alden

On paper, it looked to be a total mismatch when the 15th-seeded Hun School field hockey team played at second-seeded Princeton High in the opening round of the Mercer County Tournament last Friday.

Hun entered the game with a 2-7 record, having lost 7-0 at Blair and 6-0 at Princeton Day School in the previous week while PHS brought an unblemished  11-0 mark into the matchup. more

October 10, 2018

Five candidates for the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education offered their ideas on the facilities referendum and other school issues at a forum last Thursday night sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Princeton area. From left, Betsy Kalber Baglio, Mary Clurman, Daniel J. Dart, Dafna Kendal, and Brian McDonald are vying for three seats up for grabs in the November 6 election. (Photo by Anna Savoia)

By Donald Gilpin

As press time approached yesterday afternoon, Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) Chair Patrick Sullivan prepared to present a new compromise proposal to his Board and the community at the special BOE meeting scheduled for last night.

At a BOE forum in September, PPS Superintendent Steve Cochrane had posted on the screen a quotation from Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Association President Leighton Newlin: “Let’s not have a good plan for our children become divisive for our community.” more

By Anne Levin

NJ Transit’s plan for a three-month halt of the Dinky train that connects Princeton with Princeton Junction on the Northeast Corridor line is not going over well with commuters and members of the town’s governing body.

At Princeton Council’s meeting Monday night, October 8, several residents and Council members spoke in opposition to the plan, which NJ Transit representatives attending the meeting said is necessary so that all NJ Transit equipment and personnel can be utilized during the installation of federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) in other parts of the system. The train’s two cars would be replaced by buses. more

By Donald Gilpin

With the election just a month away, five candidates, including two incumbents, for three available seats on the Princeton Public Schools (PPS) Board of Education (BOE) exchanged ideas at a public forum last Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Cherry Hill Road.

In a 90-minute session sponsored by The Princeton League of Women Voters (LWV), incumbents Betsy Kalber Baglio and Dafna Kendal and new candidates Mary Clurman, Daniel J. Dart, and Brian McDonald presented their qualifications and answered questions on a wide range of subjects, many related to recent concerns about school finances and the facilities referendum proposal planned for December 11. more

JUSTICES AT JADWIN: U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor (center) and Elena Kagan (right) were interviewed by Dean of Yale Law School Heather Gerken in Princeton University’s Jadwin Gym on Friday, October 5, during the “She Roars” conference. All three women are University alumnae. (Photo by Denise Applewhite, Princeton University Office of Communications)

By Anne Levin

When Princeton University planned the “She Roars: Celebrating Women at Princeton” alumnae event that took place last weekend, there was no inkling that one of the highlights — an interview with Supreme Court justices and alumnae Sonia Sotomayor and Elana Kagan — would coincide with one of the most divisive nominations in the court’s history.

But there they were at Jadwin Gym on Friday, October 5, just hours after nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s spot on the court was all but assured. Kavanaugh’s name was never mentioned during the discussion. The only reference made to the controversial appointment came when moderator Heather Gerken, a 1991 Princeton graduate and the dean of Yale Law School, asked Kagan and Sotomayor how they view their roles given the current political climate. more

By Donald Gilpin

“Growth will come to our town,” the flier noted. “The choice we have is whether to plan for that growth or just react to it.”

Launching a new visioning study for the central business district (CBD), Princeton Future (PF) attracted a group of about 45 on Saturday morning in the Princeton Public Library to work together to imagine how Princeton can develop significant new public spaces.  more