August 28, 2015

HL TTThe 10th annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival takes place Saturday, September 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine on Hinds Plaza and in the library’s Community Room.

More than 100 of the most acclaimed authors and illustrators in children’s literature will participate in the festival, one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. During the festival, young readers can interact with the people behind their favorite books who will talk about and sign copies of their works.

Author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, who has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers including the highly acclaimed Lunch Lady graphic novel series and the Platypus Police Squad series, created the poster for this year’s festival and will attend the event. Krosoczka’s inspiration for the poster was found in “It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon,” his latest picture book.

Also participating in this year’s festival will be 2015 Sibert Award-winner and 2015 Caldecott Honor-winner Jen Bryant (“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus”), 2015 Caldecott Honor-winner Lauren Castillo (“Nana in the City”), 2014 Caldecott Medal-winner Brian Floca (“Locomotive”), 2010 Caldecott Medal-winner Jerry Pinkney (“Lion and the Mouse”), 2015 Pura Belpre Honor-winner for illustration John Parra (“Green is a Chili Pepper”), 2013 Pura Belpre Honor winner for illustration Angela Dominguez, Tad Hills (Rocket the Dog series, Duck and Goose series), Rosemary Wells (Max and Ruby series), Bruce Coville (“Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher”), Wendy Mass (Space Taxi series), Michael Buckley (Sister Grimm series, “Undertow”) and many others. more

August 27, 2015

Donald E. Capps, an emeritus professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, has died as a result of injuries sustained Wednesday morning in an auto accident on Library Place. Mr. Capps, 76, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at 8:54 PM at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Mr Capps was driving a silver Volkswagen Beetle north on Library Place at 8:53 a.m. Wednesday. According to an investigation by the Princeton Police Department, the Volkswagen crossed the intersection of Stockton Street and continued to travel in a northerly direction on Library Place. After crossing the intersection of Library Place and Stockton Street, the Volkswagen veered in an easterly direction and struck the right rear bumper of a green Volvo that was being operated by Princeton resident Sharon Worthington. more

August 26, 2015

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A view from the dry land portion of Sunday’s Kids “Splash ‘n’ Dash” Aquathon sponsored by the Princeton Recreation Department. The run/swim/run event began and ended with a run at Community Park South and a swim at Community Park Pool in between. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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Some 300 Princeton homeowners are receiving proposed sewer inspection and repair bills for work that, in some cases, was done a decade ago. Acknowledging the delay as “a major screw-up,” in the words of Princeton Council member Jenny Crumiller, the governing body heard from staff members at its Monday meeting that the problem is being tackled. more

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough boots the ball upfield in a game last fall. Junior captain McDonough, a native of Monmouth Beach, N.J, figures to help the Tigers in the midfield and on the back line this season. The Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting Howard on August 28 in the first game under new head coach Sean Driscoll.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

GETTING IT DONE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Jesse McDonough boots the ball upfield in a game last fall. Junior captain McDonough, a native of Monmouth Beach, N.J, figures to help the Tigers in the midfield and on the back line this season. The Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting Howard on August 28 in the first game under new head coach Sean Driscoll. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

New Princeton University women’s soccer head coach Sean Driscoll and his staff put out the welcome mat for their players as they arrived on campus last week. more

Leaf Pick Up

Responding to requests from residents for additional pickups, Princeton’s Public Works department has added an extra week of municipal-wide brush collection for the week of November 16. In addition, the town will add two extra weeks in July 2016 and another brush collection in October 2016. more

Cigarette SalesSince approving an ordinance last April that bans selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in Princeton to anyone under age 21, the town’s Board of Health has been making an effort to enforce the law. The department recently went undercover, with the aid of a teenaged intern, to make sure none of the 16 area vendors that carry these products is violating the new ordinance.

In just two days, the high school student visited each of the retailers, including McCaffrey’s, Molisana, and Wawa markets, Rite Aid, the Exxon station, and several others, and attempted to purchase cigarettes. Health officials were pleasantly surprised to learn that none of the retailers agreed to sell tobacco products to the underage teen.

“I thought we’d be right around the state average, which is 88 percent. But being at 100 percent shows that our inspectors were doing their job educating everybody about the new ordinance,” said Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser, who reported the good news to Princeton Council on August 10. “We want to reduce tobacco sales to minors and that is what this ordinance does.” more

SCORING MACHINE: Tom Schreiber races upfield in 2014 during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team. Schreiber, who holds Princeton records for career goals, assists, and points in a career by a midfielder, finished his second campaign with the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Building on his success at Princeton, Schreiber scored 60 points this summer on 30 goals and 30 assists to help the Machine make the MLL semifinals. He was tied for the league lead in assists and was named as a first-team All-MLL performer at midfield.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

SCORING MACHINE: Tom Schreiber races upfield in 2014 during his senior season for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team. Schreiber, who holds Princeton records for career goals, assists, and points in a career by a midfielder, finished his second campaign with the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Building on his success at Princeton, Schreiber scored 60 points this summer on 30 goals and 30 assists to help the Machine make the MLL semifinals. He was tied for the league lead in assists and was named as a first-team All-MLL performer at midfield. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tom Schreiber was thrown into the fire when he joined the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) in the spring of 2014 shortly after wrapping up his record-breaking career with the Princeton University men’s program.  more

Pest Alert

Princeton is known for its many tree-lined streets. The municipality earned Tree City USA status almost 20 years ago from the Arbor Day Foundation. Today, some of those trees are being threatened by a small invasive beetle, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). more

Mapleton Work Day

Join Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for an afternoon of stewardship in the Mapleton Preserve (former site of Princeton Nurseries) on Saturday, September 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Attendees will help to clear brush, vines, invasive saplings, litter, and shrubs. Mapleton Preserve is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Rakes, shovels, saws, and loppers are welcome. For more information, call (609) 683-0483 or visit http://fpnl.org.

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Area resident Hester Young will be launching The Gates of Evangeline (G.P. Putnam’s $29.95), her debut novel, Wednesday, September 2, at 7 p.m., at the Princeton Public Library. The first in a planned trilogy, the book is about a grieving mother whose dark visions bring to light secrets that affect those around her.  more

Art Rev

Lucy Graves McVicker is one of Princeton’s most well-loved artists. A founding member of the Princeton Artists’ Alliance, she is also a prime mover in the Garden State Watercolor Society (GSWS), which is having its 46th Annual Juried Show, “Nature’s Beauty,” at the D&R Greenway now through September 25. more

GOLDEN MOMENT: Katie Reinprecht looks for an opening in action for the U.S. women’s national field hockey team. Last month, former Princeton field hockey standout Reinprecht ’13 helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Midfielder Reinprecht scored a goal in the team’s 2-1 win over Argentina in the final. The goal came on an assist from Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, a star defender for the U.S. and a former Tiger standout herself.(Photo Courtesy of USA Field Hockey/Yuchen Nie)

GOLDEN MOMENT: Katie Reinprecht looks for an opening in action for the U.S. women’s national field hockey team. Last month, former Princeton field hockey standout Reinprecht ’13 helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Midfielder Reinprecht scored a goal in the team’s 2-1 win over Argentina in the final. The goal came on an assist from Reinprecht’s younger sister, Julia, a star defender for the U.S. and a former Tiger standout herself. (Photo Courtesy of USA Field Hockey/Yuchen Nie)

After the U.S. women’s national field hockey team took fourth at the World Cup last fall, Katie Reinprecht and her teammates on the squad viewed themselves in a new light. more

Music Trio

The West Windsor Arts Center welcomes the Minas Trio as part of the 2015 “And the Beat Goes On” concert series on Saturday, August 29 at 7 p.m. at the Nassau Park Pavilion, located between Panera and Target in Lawrenceville. The Minas Trio uses Brazilian and American roots music to create a sound that is entirely their own. more

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Quiet skyscapes that capture the essence of time and place by current Princeton Day School art teacher Karen Stolper will be on view in “YOU are HERE,” a joint exhibition with former PDS art teacher Mic Boekelmann in the School’s Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery from September 15 through October 8. A reception for the artists will take place September 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. more

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Ten years ago this week, August 29, Katrina savaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Just under two thousand people died, with damages estimated at over a hundred billion dollars. Spike Lee in When The Levees Broke, David Simon in HBO’s Treme, and Dave Eggers in his book Zeitoun are among the artists who have done justice to the magnitude of the event and its troubled aftermath. You could say Walker Percy did justice to it before it happened. more

August 25, 2015

Sourland Pipeline

Hundreds of opponents of the proposed PennEast pipeline gathered at Veteran’s Park in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania, Saturday morning for “March Across The River: Stop PennEast” –  a peaceful protest of the proposed PennEast pipeline.

The March began with a Lenni Lenape “Prayer to the River,”  then proceeded over the bridge across the Delaware river to a rally in the Municipal Park in Milford, New Jersey.  The one mile March and Rally featured several speakers including  Hopewell Township resident and Rider University Professor, Michael J. Brogan; Holland Township resident, Susan Dodd Meacham;  Bucks County representative, Kaia Elinich of Concerned Citizens Against the Pipeline; Berks Gas Truth founder, Karen Feridun; Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum; and NJ Sierra Club Director and Lambertville resident, Jeff Tittel. more

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Beginning on September 5, Terhune’s Van Kirk Road Orchard will be open for picking (weather permitting) every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The orchards will remain open through the month of October. Apple varieties include Early Fuji, Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonomac, Jonathan, Liberty, McIntosh, Macoun, Red Delicious, and Stayman Winesap. To find out which varieties are ready for picking on any given day, call the Farm Store at (609) 924-2310. more

August 19, 2015

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You don’t have to be a grandparent to join the eight-year-old program known as Grandpals, which pairs people aged 50 and up with young children. This coming school year, the program has expanded to all four of Princeton’s elementary schools. Some 90 Grandpals like Jan Johnson, shown here with Madison Charles and Ira Stone, now read weekly to more than 300 children from kindergarten through second grade, sharing a love of books and building relationships. On September 16 at 10:30 a.m., participants and those interested in joining can attend a session at the Suzanne Patterson building, 45 Stockton Street.  more

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The introduction of an ordinance that would convey easements on the property of the post office building in Palmer Square to its prospective new owners led to a spirited discussion at a recent meeting of Princeton Council. Members of the governing body said they want more information about what the California-based buyer, LCOR Ventures, is planning to put into the building that has been a fixture on the square since 1937. more

CHASING GREATNESS: Donn Cabral heads to victory in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the 2012 NCAA outdoor championships during his senior season with the Princeton University men’s track team. In late June, Cabral set a personal record of 8:13.37 in the steeplechase as he took second at the U.S. outdoor nationals. As a result of that finish, he will be competing for the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships which are taking place in Beijing from August 22-30. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

 

Donn Cabral emerged as a rising star on the international track scene in 2012.

Cabral culminated his legendary Princeton University career by winning the NCAA outdoor championships title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase that June and then two months later he placed eighth in the event at the London Summer Olympics. more

Stop HungerAt the hundreds of Hunger Banquets held by the global organization Oxfam each year, participants might be served rice and water at one table and a gourmet meal at the next. It’s all the luck of the tickets they draw С a concept designed to demonstrate the gap between food choices for the rich, the middle, and the poor.

While the offerings at the Princeton Hunger Banquet on Sunday, September 20 won’t be as extreme, the idea is the same. The fundraiser is being held at Hinds Plaza by Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP), the two-year-old charity that provides aid to food-insecure families in town. Upon entering, participants will be given tickets directing them to a table serving a meal typical of a low, middle, or high-income family. more

Breaking McCarter

McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate the start of its 2015-2016 season with its 5th annual community-wide Block Party, taking place on Wednesday, August 26 from 5-8 p.m. on the front lawn of McCarter’s Matthews Stage. College Road between Alexander Road and University Place will be closed off to allow an expanded area for families to play, eat, and enjoy the day. This event is free and open to the public. more

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At the American Youth Circus Festival In Portland, Maine this week, some 200 children from all over the nation are displaying their prowess at clowning, wire-walking, juggling, and other circus-related skills. Among them are 13 youngsters from Trenton Circus Squad, which debuted only a few months ago in a light-filled space at the old Trenton Wireworks Factory. more

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