March 20, 2019

Members of the Princeton University women’s basketball team celebrate after they defeated Penn 65-54 in the Ivy League championship game last Sunday in New Haven, Conn., thereby punching their ticket to the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 22-9, were selected as a No. 11 seed in the Greensboro Region and will face 6th-seeded Kentucky in a first-round contest on March 23 in Raleigh, N.C. For more details on the Ivy title run and NCAA matchup, see page 28. (Photo by Noel Valero)

DEMOCRATS WEIGH IN: Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker moderated and Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) members listened as Council candidates, seated from left, Michelle Pirone Lambros, Tim Quinn, and Mia Sacks, answered questions at the PCDO local candidate forum and endorsement meeting on Sunday night. (Photo by Bill Schofield) 

By Donald Gilpin

In a candidate forum and endorsement meeting Sunday night, the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) voted to support, but not endorse, three candidates for two open positions on Princeton Council.

With 165 ballots cast and voters’ first and second choices ranked equally, Mia Sacks received 97 first and second rank votes (59 percent), incumbent Tim Quinn 95 votes (58 percent), and Michelle Pirone Lambros 66 votes (40 percent). Sixty percent was required to win PCDO endorsement, 40 percent for support.  more

“THIS IS OUR WORLD”: About 70 students from Princeton schools and Princeton University participated in Friday’s Youth Climate Action Strike, starting in Hinds Plaza and proceeding up Witherspoon Street to Nassau Hall. As part of an international day of demonstrations, the students demanded attention to youth voices and opinions on climate action and a more vigorous response to climate change. (Photo by Blessing Jegede)

By Donald Gilpin

Urging action to combat climate change, more than 40 Princeton High School students, joined by about a dozen middle school and elementary school students and about 15 more from Princeton University, gathered in Hinds Plaza then marched to Nassau Hall last Friday.

The demonstrators, seeking to draw attention to youth voices and opinions on climate change and participate in the international strike, carried signs urging such messages as “This Is Our World,” “Stop Global Warming,” “You Are Stealing Our Future,” and “Make Earth Cool Again.” more

COLLEGE-BOUND: Students in the Princeton High School cohort of LALDEF’s FUTURO program visited The College of New Jersey as part of their preparation for the college application and admission process. The FUTURO mentoring program recently received a $75,000 multi-year grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation.  (Photo courtesy of LALDEF)

By Donald Gilpin

The Princeton Area Community Foundation’s (PACF) Fund for Women and Girls will provide the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) with $75,000 to sustain and expand its FUTURO Mentoring Program over the next three years.

“With the help of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, the women and girls of our FUTURO program will receive the empowerment necessary to graduate high school, matriculate into a four-year institution, and become leaders in society,” said LALDEF Executive Director Adriana Abizadeh. more

STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE: Rosanda Wong, executive director of Princeton Nursery School, and some members of the student body accepted lunch bags Tuesday from Will Caton of Chopt, which is among several restaurants that is serving lunch to the kids during a two-week renovation of the school’s kitchen. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

By Anne Levin

With 37,000 meals to feed to 46 hungry children each year, the kitchen at Princeton Nursery School is a busy place. But making sure those 3- and 4-year-olds get breakfast, a hot lunch, and a snack each day has become a challenge as the kitchen, in a building that is over 90 years old, has deteriorated.

Thanks to a recent fundraising drive, the school is installing a brand new, $50,000 kitchen with a commercial grade oven, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, and stainless steel shelving. The two-week project got underway last week, and should be finished by the end of this week. Meanwhile, who is feeding the kids? Local restaurants, that’s who.

On the first day, PJ’s Pancake House provided pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit. LiLLiPies, on schedule for this week, is making turkey sandwiches, ham sandwiches, and of course, peanut butter and jelly, packed with an apple from Terhune Orchards and a freshly baked cookie. Others that have stepped up are McCaffrey’s Catering, Pizza Star, Surf Taco, Nomad Pizza, and Chopt. more

By Anne Levin

Public sessions on Princeton Theological Seminary’s plan to redevelop portions of its campus continued last week at Witherspoon Hall. A series of charrettes, or interdisciplinary planning meetings, were held March 13-15, allowing consultants and members of the public to provide more input to the Planning Board subcommittee that has been studying the proposal.

The committee will meet this Friday, at 10 a.m., again at Witherspoon Hall, to have an in-depth conversation about last week’s events. While the meeting is open to the public, additional comments will not be taken at that time.

“During the charrettes we were mostly quiet, listening to what people had to say,” said David Cohen, who is on the committee and is also a member of Princeton Council. “This will be our chance to hear from each other what reactions are to the plan.” more

Pennington School To Host Maker Faire

Bringing together tech enthusiasts, inventors, engineers, students, and commercial exhibitors, The Pennington School will be hosting the second annual Mercer Bucks Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With a focus on creativity and innovation, there will be more than 40 different activities and exhibits for kids and adults, including robot programming, painting, playing in a virtual world, and much more.

In attendance will be Craig Trader’s Chaos Machine, STEAM Works Studio, Hyperspace Gaming, Amazing Escape Room, and many other “makers.”

“Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do,” states the Maker Faire website. “We call it the Greatest Show (&Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  Glimpse the future and get inspired!”

Tickets, at, are free but required to attend. more

By Anne Levin

Alan B. Krueger, the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University and an economic aide to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, was found dead on Saturday, March 16, at his home in Princeton. The cause was suicide, according to his family, in a statement released by the University.

The University community, politicians, and educators from across the nation expressed shock and sadness at the news. “Alan was recognized as a true leader in his field, known and admired for both his research and writing,” reads a statement from the University. Krueger was best known for his work in the early 1990s on the effects of minimum wage. A Livingston native, he was a labor economist by training who favored an emphasis on data rather than theory.

“Having known Alan for many years, this is a personal loss for me, as I know it is for so many others,” said Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education and professor of economics and public affairs. “Alan changed the field of economics with his innovative empirical approach to studying a wide range of topics from the minimum wage and education, to terrorism and ticket prices at rock concerts. He also was a diligent and dedicated public servant, a true embodiment of our School’s mission. This is an extremely sad loss for our community.” more

By Stuart Mitchner

Ten years ago, my column about the Bryn Mawr Wellesley book sale featured poet and Princeton graduate W.S. Merwin’s memoir, Summer Doorways (2005), with its recollection of student life in the 1940s. Those were the days when poets Merwin and Galway Kinnell were waiting tables (“the only two waiters who had been on the job for so long without being promoted”) and frequenting the Parnassus Bookshop “in a house along Nassau Street.” The shop was run by Keene and Anne Fleck, who told Merwin about the proposed Creative Writing Program just getting started under R.P. Blackmur. At her urging, he wrote to Blackmur and asked to be admitted to the course. Blackmur’s assistant was a poet named John Berryman. The rest, as they say, is history.

Climbing Mt. Princeton

Curious to learn more about that bookshop on Nassau Street, I did some cyberspace browsing and found, as if on a table at a virtual Bryn Mawr, a volume called Breaking Through Clouds by Richard F. Fleck, who grew up in Princeton. In his account of climbing Mount Princeton (14,204 feet) in the Sawatch Range of the Rockies, Fleck recalls sitting in “the warmth and comfort” of his parents’ bookshop listening to “young poets” like Merwin, Kinnell, and William Meredith.

After coming away empty-handed on my mainly reportorial visit to the preview morning of this year’s book sale, I returned Saturday with the news of Merwin’s death fresh in mind and found a copy of his 1999 collection The River Sound abandoned on the discard table. Opening the volume at random to “Testimony,” which takes up 58 of the collection’s 133 pages, I found myself once again in Princeton with Merwin and Kinnell in those days “when we were too young/for the war.” The line that jumped out at me, however, referred to Mike Keeley (“we have been friends since both of us/were beginning to shave”), a clear signal that it was time to contact poet, translator, novelist and Professor Emeritus of English Edmund Keeley for his thoughts about Merwin. more

“THE GODS OF COMEDY”: Performances are underway for “The Gods of Comedy.” Directed by Amanda Dehnert, the play runs through March 31 at McCarter’s Matthews Theatre. Classics professor Daphne Rain (Shay Vawn, right) is visited by Dionysus (Brad Oscar, left) and Thalia (Jessie Cannizzaro). (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

McCarter Theatre is presenting the world premiere of The Gods of Comedy. In this delightful farce by Ken Ludwig, a classics professor makes a mistake that threatens her career, as well as her romantic interest in a colleague. She is visited by Dionysus, the God of Wine and Revelry; and Thalia, the Muse of Comedy and Idyllic Poetry. They are magical, have a passing familiarity with American pop culture, and come when they are needed. They also are impulsive and disaster-prone.

The young, independent, and ambitious professor Daphne Rain, who is planning to direct a production of Medea as part of her tenure folio, is visiting the island of Naxos. She is closely observed by Aristide, an eager merchant, who serves as a narrator at the beginning of the play. more

A new website highlighting the untold history of women film editors is celebrated with a multimedia talk at Princeton Garden Theatre on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Filmmaker and Princeton University Professor of Visual Arts Su Friedrich will lead the program on “Edited by,” which surveys 139 women film editors who invented, developed, fine-tuned, and revolutionized the art of film editing. The program is presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts. more

The noontime series Westminster Conservatory at Nassau will continue on Thursday, March 21 at 12:15 p.m. with a program of music for oboe, English horn, viola, and piano.

The performers are Melissa Bohl, oboe and English horn; Marjorie Selden, viola; and Christopher McWilliams, piano. The program will feature music by Robert Kahn, Christopher McWilliams, Frank Bridge, and Paul Hindemith. The recital will take place in the Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, and is open to the public free of charge. more

“MERMAID”: This painting by Elena Chestnykh is featured in “Distance and Happiness, Dreams and Time,” at Artworks Trenton through April 13. The exhibit showcases four artists working in two-dimensional figurative art that considers images of women.

Artworks Trenton presents “Distance and Happiness, Dreams and Time,” curated by Jeff Evans, on view through April 13. more

“VOICES OF THE MARSH”: This photo by Maria Reim is featured in an exhibit showcasing photography of the Abbott Marshlands, on view now through September 15 at the Tulpehaking Nature Center in Hamilton.

“Voices of the Marsh,” a public art exhibit showcasing photography of the Abbott Marshlands, is on display through September 15 at the Tulpehaking Nature Center in Hamilton. more

TROUBLE IN KINGSTON: Ami Ameen stars as Dennis “D” Campbell, who is out to avenge the murder of the older brother who raised him, in “Yardie,” the directorial debut of actor Idris Elba. (Photo courtesy of Rialto Pictures)

By Kam Williams

Dennis “D” Campbell (Aml Ameen) grew up in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica, in the seventies in a neighborhood infested with drugs. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by an older brother he admired, Jerry (Everaldo Creary).

Besides serving as a surrogate father, Jerry was a peacemaker who risked his life pressuring the gangs ruining the community to end their bloody turf war. But Dennis was left traumatized at 13 when his sibling was shot and killed by Clancy (Raheem Edwards), a young member of the Tappa crew. more

ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Members of the Princeton University women’s basketball team celebrate during their 68-47 win over Cornell last Saturday in the semifinals of the Ivy League postseason tournament. A day later, the Tigers topped Penn 65-54 in the championship game to win their second straight Ivy tourney. The Tigers, now 22-9, will now compete in the NCAA tournament where they were selected as a No. 11 seed in the Greensboro Region, facing 6th-seeded Kentucky on March 23 in Raleigh, N.C. in a first-round contest. (Photo by Noel Valero)

By Bill Alden

Gabrielle Rush couldn’t find a shooting rhythm in her final regular season weekend for the Princeton University women’s basketball team.

The sharpshooting senior guard went a combined 4-of-25 from the floor, including 1-of-15 from the three-point line, as Princeton topped Brown 88-68 and Yale 80-68 on March 8-9 to clinch a share of the Ivy League title and the top seed for the league’s postseason tournament.

Last weekend, though, Rush was on target as Princeton rolled to the title at the Ivy tournament at Yale. Rush went 4-of-5 for the floor and scored 12 points as the Tigers topped Cornell 68-47 in the semis on Saturday and then made 6-of-11 shots and totaled 18 points as Princeton defeated Penn 65-54 a day later in the final, earning its second straight Ivy tourney title. more

ROAD TO GLORY: Princeton University wrestler Patrick Glory, left, battles a foe earlier this season in a bout at 125 pounds. Freshman Glory, who won the EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) title at 125 earlier this month, will be going after a national title this weekend as he takes part in the NCAA Championships this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa. He will be joined at the competition by Tiger teammates Patrick Brucki (197), Matthew Kolodzik (149), Quincy Monday (157), Travis Stefanik (174), and Kevin Parker (184). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Justin Feil

Patrick Glory takes pride in standing atop the podium at the EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) Championships on March 9 in Binghamton, N.Y.

But what the Princeton University freshman really wants is to be standing at the top of another one when the NCAA Championships conclude this Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“It’s something I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” said Glory, a native of Randolph, N.J.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming of. When you’re in third or fourth grade, you think, ‘Imagine how cool it would be to wrestle at the NCAA championships, imagine how cool it would be to win a national title.’ I’ve dreamed about me standing on the podium and winning the national title and jumping into my coach’s arms and talking to my family afterward. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since I was 8-9 years old. And now it’s here.” more

GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton University women’s hockey player Sarah Fillier chases down the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman star forward Filler scored both goals for Princeton as it fell 5-2 to second-seeded Minnesota in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Tigers ended the winter with a record of 20-8-5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

When the Princeton University women’s hockey team played at Minnesota in the 2016 NCAA quarterfinals, the Tigers got on the scoreboard first but then yielded six unanswered goals on the way to a 6-2 loss.

Last Saturday, when Princeton headed to Minnesota for a rematch in the 2019 NCAA quarters, it took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman star Sarah Fillier.

This time, the game turned into a nail-biter rather than a rout. After Minnesota forged ahead 2-1 in the second period, Princeton knotted the game at 2-2 on another tally by Fillion. more

PRO QUALITY: Princeton University men’s hockey player Ryan Kuffner heads up the ice in recent action. Senior star Kuffner ended his college career by tallying two goals and two assists in Princeton’s 6-5 triple overtime loss to Brown on March 9 as the Tigers were swept in best-of-three ECAC Hockey first round playoff series. Last week, Kuffner, Princeton’s all-time leading goal scorer with 75, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. Classmate and star forward Max Veronneau entered into a two-year entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators and made his NHL debut on March 14 in Ottawa’s 2-0 win over St. Louis. Last Saturday, Veronneau tallied his first NHL point, picking up an assist as the Senators defeated Toronto 6-2. A third senior, defenseman Josh Teves, inked a one-year entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having played a key role in the resurgence of the Princeton University men’s hockey program which saw the Tigers win the ECAC Hockey tournament last winter, the team’s seniors weren’t about to go down without a fight as they faced playoff elimination earlier this month.

Playing at Brown in the best-of-three ECACH first round series, Princeton lost the first game 3-0 on March 8 and trailed 5-2 with 4:37 left in regulation a day later.

But with senior stars Max Veronneau, Ryan Kuffner, Josh Teves and Alex Riche hitting the ice together, the Tigers produced a dramatic comeback, scoring three goals in 3:48 to knot the game at 5-5 and force overtime. more

MAKING IT HAPPEN: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Victoria Zammit goes after the puck in a game this winter. Junior star defenseman and assistant captain Zammit produced a superb campaign, spearheading the Tiger defense and leading the team in scoring with 33 points on 26 goals and seven assists. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Christian Herzog emphasized development this winter as he guided his Princeton High girls’ hockey team.

“I knew in terms of talent, I was going to deal with a difficult year in terms of the wins,” said PHS head coach Herzog.

“I was looking for individual players to shine when given their moment.”

While the Tigers went 3-13, with all three wins coming against the Lawrenceville ‘B’ team, Herzog saw progress. more

DOWN PAT: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie Patterson controls the puck in a game this season. Senior star forward and team captain Patterson led PDS in scoring with 37 points on 25 goals and 12 assists, helping the Panthers post a 12-12 final record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Things didn’t look very promising for the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team is it headed into winter break in December.

PDS brought a 2-6 record into the holidays, hampered by a string of injuries to key players.

With the goal of a winning season appearing out of reach, the Panthers went back to basics.

“We just tried each week to work on little things that we wanted get better at and using the games as guides to how did we do with those things,” said PDS head coach Lorna Cook. more

ABBIE ROAD: Hun School swimmer Abbie Danko heads to victory in the 200 individual medley at the Mercer County Championships in late January. Junior star Danko helped the Hun girls’ squad enjoy a breakthrough season as it took first at the county meet for the program’s first-ever team title at the competition and then excelled at state Prep meet, the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Invitational and the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Boasting a core of six standouts, the Hun School girls’ swimming team put the program on the map this year.

Showing their talent and versatility, Hun’s hardy crew of junior Marie-Eve Hebert, sophomore Becca Della Rocca,  junior Abbie Danko, senior Izzy Peel, junior Grace Davis, and freshman Hannah Davis cruised to the team title at the Mercer County Championships, earning the school’s first-ever county swimming crown.

Building on that effort, the Raiders went on to excel at the state Prep meet, the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) Invitational, and the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships.

Noting that the program didn’t have enough swimmers in the past to field separate boys’ and girls’ teams, Hun head coach Joan Nuse was proud of what her female crew accomplished.  more

March 13, 2019

Area youths took their places for Saturday’s Pie Throwing competition, which began at 3:14 p.m. in Palmer Square. It was part of the 10th annual Pi Day Princeton celebration, which continues on March 14, Albert Einstein’s birthday. Participants share their favorite Pi Day activities in this week’s Town Talk on page 6.
(Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

By Anne Levin

Six members of the New Jersey Assembly have introduced a resolution that opposes Rider University’s sale of Westminster Choir College to a for-profit company partially owned by the Chinese government, saying it could jeopardize national security.

Assemblyman Harold “Hal” Wirths, a Republican who represents Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties, introduced the bill on March 5. It is co-sponsored by fellow Republican Assemblymen Parker Space, Robert Auth, John Di Maio, Erik Peterson, and Kevin J. Rooney. The bill is also expected to be submitted to the New Jersey Senate.

“Given that Kaiwen Education, formerly a steel company, does not have a history in higher education, particularly professional music training, and with the multitude of world-class scientists, researchers, and institutions located in Princeton, it appears that the Chinese government may be using the guise of academia to infiltrate the choir college for nefarious purposes, including the collection of United States intelligence and intellectual property theft,” their statement reads. more

“NO U.S. WAR ON VENEZUELA!”: About 30 demonstrators gathered on Nassau Street in Palmer Square Monday afternoon, calling for a prohibition on unauthorized military action in Venezuela. Earlier in the day Princeton physicists Zia Mian and Frank von Hippel and Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) Executive Director the Rev. Robert Moore testified in Trenton in support of an anti-nuclear Assembly resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker. (Photo by Anna Savoia)

By Donald Gilpin

Calling for the option of U.S. military intervention to be taken off the table completely in Venezuela, about 30 demonstrators gathered on Nassau Street in Palmer Square on Monday, carrying signs reading “No U.S. War in Venezuela!”

The event, sponsored by the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) in collaboration with Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), started at 5 p.m. and lasted about an hour.

Demonstrators urged passers-by to write to members of Congress asking them to sponsor the Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act. They also distributed fliers, which stated: “The U.S. is trying to overthrow the Maduro government with military threats, economic warfare, and diplomatic isolation. But the solutions for the problems in Venezuela are for the Venezuelans to decide. The peace movement must oppose U.S. intervention and support a resolution through peaceful dialogue!”

CFPA Executive Director the Rev. Robert Moore applauded the collaboration with the DSA, which he called “an important force for  progressive causes.” He added, “It’s important to seek synergy and do activities collaboratively. We all need each other.” more