April 29, 2016

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Thank your Mom for all she’s done with one of these thoughtful gifts. 

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April 28, 2016

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The Arts Council of Princeton’s signature art and wine spring fundraiser, Pinot to Picasso, will take place at the Technology Center of Princeton on Friday, April 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests will peruse the Tombola Gallery with 90 works of art and participate in art-making throughout the event. There will also be gourmet tastings provided by local restaurants, along with world-class wines and brews. Tickets are available at www.artscouncilofprinceton.org. For more information, call (609) 924-8777. 

April 27, 2016

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SHINING LIGHTS: The Princeton University men’s lightweight -varsity 8 crew displays its form in a race earlier this spring. Last weekend, the second-ranked Tigers defeated Penn and Georgetown to win the Wood-Hammond Cup, improving to 7-1. On April 30, Princeton will host No. 1 Yale and fifth-ranked Harvard on Lake Carnegie in the annual HYP regatta. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Crew)

Starting April with its first clash against a top-five boat, the Princeton University men’s lightweight varsity eight came up short, falling to third-ranked Columbia. more

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ABOVE WATER: Princeton University women’s water polo player Haley Wan, right, pressures a foe in a game earlier this season. Sophomore Wan has starred this season for the No. 15 Tigers, scoring a team-high 50 goals. Princeton, now 17-6, plays in the CWPA Collegiate Water Polo Association) Championships this weekend at Cambridge, Mass. where it will face host Harvard in the quarterfinals on April 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It has been a youth movement by necessity this season for the Princeton University women’s water polo team. more

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LETTING IT FLY: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Kathryn Hallett sends the ball up the field in a game earlier this spring. Last Saturday, freshman midfielder Hallett chipped in two goals and an assist as Princeton defeated Columbia 14-9 to bounce back from a 12-7 loss to Penn three days earlier. The No. 12 Tigers, now 10-4 overall and 5-1 Ivy League, are locked in a three-way tie atop the league with No. 10 Penn (11-3 overall, 5-1 Ivy) and No. 16 Cornell (11-3 overall, 5-1 Ivy). The Tigers end regular season play with a game at Brown (6-8 overall, 1-5 Ivy) on April 30. Princeton has already clinched a spot in the upcoming Ivy postseason tournament and will host the competition if it beats the Bears and Cornell defeats Penn in their clash this Saturday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting No. 15 Penn in a critical Ivy League clash last Wednesday evening, the 11th-ranked Princeton University women’s lacrosse team dug an early hole. more

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FINISHING KICK: Princeton High girls’ lacrosse player Taylor Lis races upfield in recent action. Last Thursday, senior midfielder and Cornell-bound Lis scored four goals to help PHS defeat Allentown 11-8 on the program’s annual Senior Day. On Monday, Lis had a goal and two assists in a losing cause as the Little Tigers fell 13-8 to undefeated Lawrenceville. PHS, who moved to 5-5 with the loss to the Big Red, will start play in the Mercer County Tournament this week where the Little Tigers are seeded fourth and will host No. 13 WW/P-S in a first round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Taylor Lis and her classmates on the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team viewed their Senior Day last Thursday as an opportunity to display their growth on the field. more

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SWINGING AWAY: Princeton High softball player Kelli Swedish takes a cut in a game this season. Last Saturday, senior third baseman Swedish had two hits and a run on the day to help PHS win the John Czeterko Highwaywomen Softball Classic in Teaneck as it topped Bogota 8-3 in the semis and then outlasted Teaneck 4-0 in nine innings in the title game. The Little Tigers, now 5-5, will look to keep on the winning track as they play at WW/P-S on April 27 and at Trenton on April 29 before hosting Hopewell Valley on May 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having lost 4-0 to WW/P-N a week earlier, the Princeton High softball team was primed for the rematch with the Northern Knights last Friday. more

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SPLIT DECISION: Hun School baseball player Alex Mumme follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Saturday, senior outfielder Mumme went 1-for-4 with a run to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 6-2 as the Raiders salvaged a split in a doubleheader with the Blue Storm after falling 4-1 in the opener. Hun, now 8-4, plays at Hill School (Pa.) on April 27 before hosting Blair Academy on April 30 and Peddie on May 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Displaying the nose for the ball that has made him a star receiver on the football field, Luke Apuzzi has turned heads this spring, coming up with a number of circus catches in center field for the Hun School baseball team. more

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READY TO STRIKE: Hun School girls’ lacrosse player Kate Davis gets ready to go after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior midfielder/attacker Davis scored four goals to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 16-5. Hun, who defeated Monroe 16-11 on Monday and improving to 5-6, plays at Pennington School on April 27 and hosts Hights-town on April 28. In addition, the Raiders will be starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where they are seeded 10th and slated to play at No. 7 Pennington on April 30 in a first round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Kate Davis hit the field for the Hun School girls’ lacrosse team last Saturday against visiting Mercersburg Academy (Pa.), she had the word “focus” scrawled in black ink on her left arm. more

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COMING AROUND: Princeton Day School softball player Julie Patterson rounds second base in recent action. Last week, freshman catcher Patterson had a triple, a single, a run and two RBIs in a 19-8 loss to Hopewell Valley. PDS, now 1-4, plays at Pennington School on April 28 before hosting Morrisville High (Pa.) on April 30 and Willingboro High on May 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Julie Patterson had a level of comfort as the Princeton Day School softball team faced the Hopewell Valley junior varsity squad last week. more

To the Editor:

Princeton’s Council needs the skilled, experienced, and fiscally responsible leadership of Tim Quinn. As former members of the Princeton Board of Education, we saw first-hand his consensus building, and genuine respect for our town. His leadership on the Board helped save Princeton’s pre-K program and improved its focus on vulnerable and under-represented students. He helped Princeton buck the state trend of charging for sports participation or reducing arts and music in schools. Instead of taking the easy way out, he steered the Board toward thoughtful and fiscally responsible solutions to budget pressures.

Tim is a civic-minded and collaborative leader. We urge Princeton residents to support Tim Quinn for Princeton Council.

Anne Burns

Baldwin Lane

To the Editor:

It was a heartening moment on Wednesday night when a majority of the Princeton Planning Board refused to be coerced into supporting an ill-conceived subdivision of a narrow lot fronting onto Jefferson Road. Despite badgering from the applicant’s attorney, Planning Board members led by Jenny Crumiller, Liz Lempert, and Timothy Quinn courageously argued that “as of right” was never meant to sanction the drawing of zig-zag lot lines that violate very clearly stated guidelines. Instead of setting a dangerous precedent for the carving up of neighborhoods to maximize developers’ profits, the Planning Board fulfilled its mission of being a true steward for the community it serves.

Martin Kahn

Jefferson Road

To the Editor:

We are supporting Jenny Crumiller in the upcoming Democratic primary election. Jenny has a strong record of promoting progressive values, from her decades-long support and involvement with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Princeton Committee, her anti-war activities, her opposition to the use of torture, and her support for progressive Democratic candidates, to her current work on the Council.

Jenny brought forth Princeton’s resolution supporting the Anti-Corruption Act, which is federal campaign finance reform legislation. Princeton became the first town in New Jersey to pass this resolution, which now has growing support across the country. She also introduced an anti-fracking ordinance and a resolution opposing the pipeline on the Ridge and calling for additional safety measures. She has supported anti-wage theft measures as well as policies limiting local police involvement in immigration enforcement. She is pro-environment and supported the composting program as well as preserving open space on the Ridge.

As the newly consolidated town was forming its new police department, she brought the ACLU-NJ in to consult with the council and promote recommended police practices for the department. She compelled the police to include race and gender statistics for police stops in their monthly police reports. She promoted a police ride-along program so that Council members as well as members of the public could ride along on a police shift to promote transparency in policing.

Jenny is currently a strong supporter of the earned sick leave ordinance, brought to Princeton by the Working Families Alliance, which would require Princeton employers to provide paid time off when employees are sick or need to care for a sick family member, a fair and humane measure that in our view is required by human decency.

We agree with these positions and that’s why Jenny has earned our enduring respect and our strongest support in this election. We encourage fellow Democrats to vote for Jenny on June 7.

Beth and Jim Healey

Moore Street

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STICKING WITH IT: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse star -Julia Maser looks to get by a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday, senior star and Colby College bound Maser scored four goals in a losing cause as Stuart fell 17-5 to South Brunswick. Stuart, who moved to 1-6 with the loss to South Brunswick, hosts Lawrence High on April 27 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament where the 14th-seeded Tartans are slated to play at No. 3 Lawrenceville in a first round contest on April 30. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team misfired in a 17-5 loss to South Brunswick last Wednesday, Julia Maser was on target. more

To the Editor:

When I hear that someone is running for Princeton Council, the skeptic in me naturally wonders: Why? It’s an often-thankless job that probably pays about $3 an hour.

I didn’t have any questions when I heard Leticia Fraga was running. I’ve known Leticia for more than 10 years, and her life’s work has been about helping others — bringing together people to make her community a better place. Her reward is simply the inherent satisfaction that comes from solving problems.

If that all sounds a little too sentimental for your political tastes, please understand that Leticia also has the experience and is willing to do the hard work to get things done. Her career includes serving as a professional civil rights enforcement investigator and facilitator, resolving cases that saved taxpayers hundred of thousands of dollars. As a volunteer in Princeton, she has helped launch programs that have provided meals to underprivileged children and ID cards to underrepresented adults.

In short, Leticia combines a “can do” attitude with a natural knack for relating to people from all backgrounds. If you want a Council member who is interested in accountability, affordability, and social justice, vote for Leticia Fraga in the Democratic Primary on June 7.

Chris Johnson

Benjamin Rush Lane

To the Editor:

I will choose Anne Waldron Neumann for Council in the Princeton Democratic primaries on June 7. A long time Princeton resident, Anne has produced tangible results in affordable housing, zoning, lowering taxes, and so forth.

I have great respect for her generosity, her fierce intelligence, her indefatigable determination to attain success in progressive causes that are dear to her heart. Anne does her homework. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of all sorts of topics relatable to the important issues of this town. Like all of us, she welcomes changes that benefit the town and its people.

Anne understands how important town-gown relations are; however, she will fight for what is only fair, no strings attached. And this is why Anne Waldron Neumann has my vote, hands down.

I encourage you to check her impressive resume and progressive goals at her website anneneumannforcouncil.weebly.com

Sandra Jordan Bierman

Grover Avenue

To the Editor:

We read avidly Stephen Hiltner’s letter in the April 13 issue of Town Topics [“By Taking Our Local Nature’s Problems Seriously, We Also Build Community”]. Our garden yard and woods are filled with the “little yellow flower,” definitely an invasion.

However, the solutions suggested by Mr. Hiltner are not good ideas. Checking further with You Bet Your Garden, I learned: Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate, is not toxic, but the surfactants and other so-called ‘inert’ ingredients can wipe out frogs, toads, and other amphibians. So while attempting to eliminate one invasive plant we could be inadvertently killing fragile species that are being threatened already. In addition, Roundup may not even be effective against lesser celandine: a few years ago I tried it on a small patch and the plants barely blinked and then continued to thrive.

I agree that it would be helpful for everyone who sees first signs of lesser celandine to dig them up and throw them in the trash, not the compost pile. That seems to be the only effective approach not harmful to wetland species.

Rev. Carol S. Haag

Ridgeview Circle

See below for the April 25, 2016 Princeton Council Meeting.

 Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings.

movie rev 4-27-16Don Cheadle has wanted to make a movie about Miles Davis (1926-1991) for over a decade. The result is a warts-and-all biopic chronicling some of the highs and lows of the legendary trumpeter’s career.

Cheadle not only produces, directs, and co-writes the movie, but he also plays the title character in a haunting performance that convincingly portrays the spirit of Miles — from his gravelly voice to his mercurial temperament.

Even though the impersonation is spot on, the surreal screenplay leaves a lot to be desired. The script eschews a conventional chronological approach to storytelling in favor of a free form structure that shows a series of vignettes that focus on his messy private life more than the man’s music.

The picture’s point of departure is 1975, when we find Miles in the midst of a self-imposed five year break from the music business. He spends his days barricaded in his New York apartment consuming drugs in order to mask the pain from a chronic hip condition.

Things change when Dave Braden, a pushy Rolling Stone reporter (Ewan McGregor), forces his way into Davis’s solitude in search of a scoop about a rumored comeback. Braden circumvents Davis’s dislike of journalists by serving as his chauffeur and procuring cocaine on his behalf. Of course, Braden has a hidden agenda, namely, gaining possession of the master tape of Miles’ next album — if it exists.

As this is going on, Davis reminisces about his past, which leads to intermittent flashbacks — mostly about his tempestuous relationship with his first wife, Frances (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Unfortunately, Miles’s impressive body of work is given short shrift. except for the handful of classics on the soundtrack.

Very Good (***). Rated R for drug use, nudity, sexuality, brief violence, and profanity. Running time: 100 minutes. Studio: Crescendo Productions. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics.

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L. Joan Goodman (nee Mehltretter) of Lawrenceville, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, three weeks shy of her 80th birthday.

Born in New York City, she was raised on Staten Island by her foster parents, Vincent and Minnie Ernst and their daughter Anna. She graduated first in her class from both St. Sylvester’s school (in 1950) and New Dorp High School (in 1954). She received a scholarship to the College of New Rochelle and graduated cum magna in 1958. After two years as an Ursuline novitiate, she decided to return to secular life and earned her master’s of arts from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Joan first taught high school English at Northwestern Senior High School in Prince George’s County, Md., but spent the last 26 years of her career at Princeton High School in Princeton. She became a well-loved and respected institution known as “JG” there. Students did not take her courses to get an easy “A”, but to learn how to write well. She also advised the award-winning student newspaper, The Tower, for ten years, staunchly defending its freedom of press when necessary.

After retiring in 1999, Joan, always a social activist, kept incredibly busy with extensive volunteer, church, and charity work. She also began to travel, ultimately visiting more than 70 countries. When her grandchildren arrived she made regular trips to see them in between their visits to her. She was an avid reader, and never drove anywhere without a “Books On Tape” playing. She loved to be outdoors, walking and bicycling year-round, and cross-country skiing whenever possible.

Joan is survived by her two beloved sons, John V. Goodman and his wife Dorota Bulik of Malden, Mass.; and Christopher J. Goodman and his wife Kim of Round Rock, Tex.; her three grandchildren, Nicolas, Maya, and Theo; her brother Albert Holtje and his wife Anita of Staten Island, N.Y.; her sisters Irene Lamprecht of San Antonio, Tex. and Jennie Coins of Harlingen, Tex.; her ex-husband James A. Goodman of Princeton; many nieces and nephews; other family, dear friends, and former students; and her cherished cats Kami and Zeke.

Joan’s funeral mass was at the Church of St. Ann in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, April 26, and she was interred at Lawrenceville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders or the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

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Timothy C. Hull

Timothy C. Hull, 64 years young, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Tim lived the last 40 years in Princeton. Once a master carpenter, Tim moved to Princeton to be with his wife, Martha and daughter, Valerie in 1979. He retired in 2012 from the Township of Montgomery where he was employed for almost 30 years.

Tim loved to travel the U.S.A., loved history, was an avid fisherman, a wonderful carpenter, had an excellent sense of humor, and enjoyed a clever crossword puzzle.

Tim is survived by his wife, Martha F. Stockton; daughter Valerie Stockton Petredis; 2 grandchildren, Dorian Nikzad (5) and Lillie Nikzad (3); his brother Michael Hull and wife Mary, brother Tod Hull, and a step-mother Linda Hull.

A quiet family service will be held over the summer. In lieu of flowers please think about Tim when you make a contribution to your favorite charity. He loved Trout Unlimited or Ducks Unlimited but any nature-oriented charity would please him.

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GETTING READY: This year’s co-chairs of “Morven in May: A Celebration of Art, Craft and Garden,” from left: Austin and Ann Starkey, and Lisa and Peter Ham, are busy putting the finishing touches on this annual Princeton rite of spring. The festivities kick off Friday evening, May 6, with a preview party which includes a first look at the fine craft work of this year’s 36 visiting artists and heirloom plant sale. Morven in May then opens to the public Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8. For more information call (609) 924-8144 x 113 or visit www.morven.org

Edens, the company that has owned Princeton Shopping Center since 2012, is committed to “catering to the community,” the company’s vice president of development David Germakian told Princeton Council at a meeting of the governing body Monday night. Mr. Germakian said that Edens, which owns 120 retail centers along the east coast and in Texas, sees the shopping center as “Princeton’s second downtown.” more

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Princeton High School’s Odyssey of the Mind Team #1 successfully met the challenge of designing a vehicle powered by a human propulsion system other than pedaling to place first at the State Finals in Ewing, winning a bid to the World Final Championship at Iowa State University May 25-28. (L to R) Diane Li, Ines Aitsahal, Amy Wang, Margaret Evered, Thomas Brinckman, Elliot Wailoo, Sarah Golobish.

Deanna L. Stockton, Princeton’s assistant municipal engineer, will succeed Robert V. Kiser as municipal engineer when Mr. Kiser retires at the end of June. Mayor Liz Lempert announced the appointment to a round of applause at the beginning of the Council meeting Monday evening. more

At its meeting Monday night, April 25, Princeton Council decided more investigation is needed before voting to adopt the proposed 2016 municipal budget of $61.9 million. The governing body also tabled the introduction of an ordinance to establish a new Civil Rights Commission. more