April 27, 2017

See below for the April 26, 2017 Princeton Zoning Board Meeting.

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

Investigations continue into the case of anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-immigrant flyers found on the Princeton University campus last Thursday, April 20. Taped to a door at Stanhope Hall, to the main entrance of the Center for Jewish Life, to a Murray Dodge door, and in East Pyne Hall, the flyers were similar to those recently reported at other universities.  more

April 26, 2017

In Eastern Turkey in 1914, druggist Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) is working and living in his half-Armenian/half-Turkish village where Christians and Muslims are living together in peace. However, the ambitious apothecary would rather be a doctor, so he courts and marries a neighbor (Angela Sarafyan), whose family is relatively wealthy, in order to get the dowry.

With the money, he is able to afford medical school. However, while studying in Constantinople, he falls in love with Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), a fellow Armenian who has recently returned from France. Mikael is taken with her beauty and urbane sophistication that she acquired while rowing up in Paris. Unfortunately, Ana has returned accompanied by her lover, Chris Meyers (Christian Bale), an American photojournalist who was assigned by the Associated Press to find evidence of ethnic cleansing.

When World War I erupts, Mikael is forced to flee the Turkish army’s roundup of Armenian civilians and he returns to his hometown to help rescue his relatives and friends. Ana is in a similar struggle to survive and her lover Chris Meyers does his best to take photos that document the slaughter of Armenians that is rumored to be occurring.

The Promise is a riveting documentary drama directed and co-written by Oscar winner Terry George (The Short). The movie bears a strong resemblance to Hotel Rwanda, which George also directed and co-wrote.

Both of his films depict extraordinary heroism in the face of a complete collapse of civilization. If this picture has a flaw, it’s that it appears to trivialize the ethnic cleansing of one and a half million Armenians by making that genocide a backdrop to the love story that is at the center of the movie.

Excellent (***½). Rated PG-13 for mature themes, sexuality, violence, disturbing images, and war atrocities. Running time: 134 minutes. Production Studio: Survival Pictures. Distributor: Open Road Films.

REYNOLDS RAP: Princeton University softball star Marissa Reynolds takes a cut in recent action. Last weekend, senior star Reynolds helped Princeton go 3-1 against Columbia as the Tigers clinched the Ivy League South Division title. The Tigers, now 21-16 overall and 13-3 Ivy, end regular season play by facing Cornell in doubleheaders on April 29 and April 30, with the first twinbill taking place in Princeton and the second in Ithaca, N.Y. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Coming into her senior season on the Princeton University softball team, Marissa Reynolds was determined to be less fidgety when she was at bat. more

Bear Goldstein hails from the heart of Texas but he has deep ties to Princeton University.

Goldstein’s mother went to Princeton in the 1980s and competed for the track team and his grandfather played football for the Tigers and was a member of the Class of 1951.

So when the Dallas native was considering where to attend college and continue his lacrosse career, coming north to Princeton was a no-brainer.

“I never had a choice of where to go, not that I would have wanted one,” said the 6’0, 180-pound Goldstein, who starred at lacrosse and football at the St. Mark’s School of Texas. more

FANTASTIC FINISH: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Colby Chanenchuk heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Cornell, Chanenchuk had three goals and an assist, including the game-winning tally in overtime, as the Tigers rallied from a late two-goal deficit to prevail 12-11. No. 9 Princeton, now 11-3 overall and 5-1 Ivy League, wraps up regular season play by hosting Columbia (7-7 overall, 2-4 Ivy) on April 29. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last Wednesday evening, the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team dug a 9-2 hole at Penn on the way to a 17-12 loss as a late rally fell short. more

MAC ATTACK: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse player Eamonn McDonald heads to goal in a game earlier this season. Last Friday, senior star attackman McDonald scored four goals in a losing cause as PHS fell 11-10 to Robbinsville in triple overtime. The Little Tigers, who moved to 4-5 with a 16-7 defeat at Lawrenceville last Saturday, play at North Hunterdon on April 26 and host WW/P-North on April 27. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last May, the Princeton High boys’ lacrosse team lost an 11-9 heartbreaker to Robbinsville in the Mercer County Tournament semifinals. more

Marlene A. Raboteau

Marlene A. Raboteau, 85, of Princeton, died at the Princeton Care Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1932, Marlene was raised there until 1945, when the racially motivated murder of her father, Albert Raboteau, prompted her mother, Mabel Ishem Raboteau to move north, settling in Kokomo, Indiana with Marlene, her sister Alise, and her brother, Albert, Jr. In 1947, the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she completed high school and attended junior college. Afterwards, she worked as a police dispatcher until 1958, when she joined the rest of her family in relocating to Pasadena, California. There she occupied a clerical position at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1982, she moved to Princeton where her brother, Albert, had joined the faculty of the Religion Department at the University. She did clerical work at the University Housing and Facilities Department. After retirement, she moved to Elm Court and then to Princeton Care Center. Debilitated by Alzheimer’s disease, her health began to fail over the past year and worsened significantly in the past month.

A parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church, she received the last rites two days before her death.

She is survived by her brother Albert Raboteau; her nephews, Albert Raboteau III, Charles Raboteau and Martin Raboteau; her niece Emily Raboteau; her sisters-in-law Kathy Murtaugh and Joanne Shima Raboteau; her grandnieces, Lucia, Delilah, and Paz; and her grandnephews, Albert Jordy Raboteau IV, Geronimo Jacob, Ollie, and Gus.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April, 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. in St. Paul’s Church-Mercy Chapel, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Committal services will follow at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton.

Extend condolences and remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Julia H. Rhodes

Julia H. Rhodes, 77, of Princeton Junction, passed away on Tuesday, April 18th, after an 18-month battle against cancer.

Mrs. Rhodes attended the Plumfield and Thomas schools in Connecticut, graduated as a Wellesley scholar in 1961, and earned her Masters in Teaching from Radcliffe in 1963. She wed Dr. Rodman Dunbar Rhodes that same year, and moved with him to Madison, Wisconsin and then to Champagne, Illinois, serving as a high school English teacher in both districts. The couple moved to Princeton in 1972.

Julia lost no time in making Princeton her home. In 1973, she began teaching English in West Windsor. In 1976, she joyfully became the supervisor of English and language arts instruction for the Spotswood Public Schools, a position that subsequently expanded to include supervising foreign language instruction. In 2001, she was named principal of Spotswood’s Austin G. Schoenly Elementary School, a post she held until her retirement in 2005. Julia then continued teaching, tutoring local students in English and completing educational consultancies in Haiti and Nigeria. She also co-authored, with her long-time friend Dr. Alice Deakins, an upcoming book entitled The Writer’s Sentence, and could be found reviewing drafts of this publication until a week before her death.

Julia was a devoted member of Nassau Presbyterian Church and of her community. She served as a Sunday school teacher for over 10 years, and particularly enjoyed helping her students organize the church’s annual fundraiser to fight river blindness in Africa. An enthusiastic community advocate, she was president of her neighborhood association. As a patron of the arts, she subscribed to McCarter Theater and the American Repertory Ballet, and volunteered regularly at both institutions.

Teacher, mentor, faithful disciple, community leader, and arts enthusiast; these all describe Julia, and yet do not do her justice. For it was as a friend, sister, and mother that she was the most exemplary. Brimming with compassion, humor, generosity, and intelligence, she cultivated friendships with many around the world, including the Kagitcibasi family of Turkey and the Camara and Sow families of Guinea. Many of the family’s closest friends simply referred to her as “mom.” The hundreds who have brought a problem to her kitchen table, and who have listened to her calmly suggest, “Let’s figure this out,” will forever miss her guidance, laughter, empathy, and wisdom.

Julia was predeceased by her mother and father, Albert Spaulding Howe, Jr. and Dorothy Waller Hutchinson Howe of Norwalk, Connecticut; her brothers Bert and Tom; and her husband, Rodman. She is survived by sister, Doria Howe; daughters Rebecca and Sarah, their husbands Fode Camara and Nicholas Stewart; and by grandchildren Julia Fanta Camara and Autumn Dunbar Stewart.

A service in her honor will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6th. Funeral arrangements have been made by Varcoe-Thomas of Doylestown, Pa., www.varcoethomasfuneralhome.com.

In celebration of her life and that of her husband, the family is designing a custom gravestone. In lieu of offering flowers, you are invited to contribute to this more lasting gift by sending donations to her executor, Mr. Kirk Bonamici, CPA, P.O. Box 6231, Monroe Township, NJ 08831.

May Julia rest in peace, and may her example inspire many for generations to come.


Samuel C. Tattersall

Samuel Cook “Sandy” Tattersall, 64, of Raymond, Maine died peacefully on March 3, 2017 surrounded by family and friends.

Born August 16, 1952 in Princeton to Martha Holding and Samuel Leslie Tattersall Jr., Sandy attended Princeton Country Day School and graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. and Babson College. Sandy spent his career in education, first at the Eaglebrook School and then for three decades at The Peddie School where he retired as dean of students in 2012. For 53 years he spent his summers at Camp Timanous in Raymond, Me, first as a camper and then as a counselor and program director.

Sandy’s love of the beach, Springsteen, Twinkies, and Pepsi was obvious to all who had the great fortune to know him.

Sandy is survived by his sister, Martha T. Giancola (Paul); his brother, Stowe H Tattersall (Peg); his nephew, David Giancola; his niece, Edie Tattersall; and by the best friends anyone could ask for.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29 at noon at the Ayer Memorial Chapel at The Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey. Contributions in Sandy’s memory may be made to The Peddie School (memo line Tattersall) 201 S. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 or The Timanous Foundation, 23 Pawson Road, Branford, CT 06405.

FIRING AWAY: Princeton High pitcher Kayla Volante fires a pitch in a game earlier this season. Senior star Volante has been a stalwart for PHS, handling the pitching duties and batting in the middle of the order. After starting 0-4, the Little Tigers have gotten on the right track, going 5-3 in their next eight games. PHS, now 5-8 after falling 2-0 at Hightstown last Monday, hosts Hightstown on April 26, plays at Robbinsville on April 28, and hosts Hopewell Valley on May 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the first nine days of the season, the Princeton High softball team went 0-4, getting outscored 45-2 in the process. more

SPECIAL K: Hun School boys’ lacrosse player Andrew Kaye unloads the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Thursday, senior attackman Kaye contributed three assists as Hun rolled to a 19-4 win over Peddie. The Raiders, now 4-3, play at the Brunswick School (Conn.) on April 26 and face Haverford School (Pa.) in the KSF Tournament on April 29 at Radnor High (Pa.). In addition, Hun will be competing in the state Prep A tourney where it is seeded second and will host third-seeded Peddie in a semifinal contest on May 1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Andrew Kaye didn’t score a goal as the Hun School boys’ lacrosse team rolled to a 19-4 win over Peddie School last Thursday. more

Members of the Princeton University women’s golf team celebrate after winning the Ivy League championship tournament last weekend at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The Tigers produced a dominant performance in earning their first Ivy crown since 2005, firing a cumulative total of 891 (+27) in the three-round event, 31 strokes in front of second-place Harvard. Sophomore Amber Wang led four Tigers in the top seven to win medalist honors at +2, carding a 1-under 71 Sunday to finish three strokes in front of freshman teammate Allison Chang Wang who is the first Tiger to win the individual title since Kelly Shon ’14 in 2013. With the win, Princeton gains the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, which will be held May 8-10 at four locations. (Photo Courtesy of the Ivy League)

Saturday’s marchers for science, some 2,400 strong, gathered at the Battlefield Monument, led in spirit by Princeton’s most renowned scientist. Participants talk about what brought them there in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Princeton High School (PHS) students are experiencing high levels of stress, low levels of joyful engagement with learning, and serious sleep deprivation, according to a recent survey conducted by Stanford University researchers. Parents, teachers, and administrators gathered last Wednesday to review the results of the survey and to discuss the way forward in pursuit of the District’s quest for “wellness and balance.”  more

Following a no-confidence vote against Rider University President Gregory Dell’Omo and his financial team, the University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has sent a letter to the Board of Trustees stating its opposition to Rider’s March 28 decision to sell Westminster Choir College.

“We urge the Board of Trustees to rescind this decision and to begin the long, hard task of rebuilding trust with all of Rider’s stakeholders,” said Professor Jeffrey Halpern, Rider AAUP’s chief negotiator, in the letter. “Its de-acquisition will not alter Rider’s financial position or improve its long term viability. Instead, it will surely lead to a loss of both reputation and endowment.” more


Sunday, June 11 at 10 a.m.

Educational Testing Center

660 Rosedale Road, Princeton

Children in grades pre-K through 8 are invited to sign up for the 9th annual Kids Marathon, a fun way to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

This program is hosted by Community Education & Outreach of Princeton HealthCare and Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center.

Marathoners will begin activities on their own, striving to walk, run or roll a total 25 miles, or 2.5 miles per week, during the 10-week period from April through early June. Any physical activity—from organized sports to household chores—can count toward the total. (Click here to download a log sheet to track your progress.)

Then they will gather on June 11 to finish the last 1.2 miles together and receive their medals! Parents may run with their children or cheer them on from the sidelines.

After the race, enjoy music, face painting, kids crafts, vendors, healthy refreshments and more!

More Ways to Earn Miles:

Click here to learn about more ways to earn miles. Check out our classes such as Grow Your Own Veggie Garden or Kids Zumba and earn 1 mile for each class attended!

Cost and Proceeds:

The cost is $25 per child and proceeds support Princeton HealthCare System’s programs to promote wellness and prevent obesity and chronic disease in children.

Scholarship Opportunities:

All children are encouraged to participate. If cost is a factor, see if your child is eligible for a free scholarship. Contact: Debbie Millar at dmillar@princetonhcs.org or 609.897.8982.

Sign Up Here:


Following repeated protests voiced by residents of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday night, the governing body agreed to hold off on an ordinance concerning overnight parking and permits.

The ordinance is part of an effort to harmonize regulations of the former Borough and Township. Residents of areas in the old Township section С on Birch Avenue, Leigh Avenue, Race, and John Streets С would be required to begin paying $120 a year for overnight on-street parking permits (a concession would be made for low income residents who qualify for certain programs). They would also follow the former Borough’s regulations regarding the number of permits available to households. more

STORY TIME: It is often the simple things that mean the most. As the Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) has found, its popular GrandPals reading program with children in the Princeton elementary schools, while simple on the surface, has lasting benefits. Intergenerational bonds are formed, imaginations soar, and a door to the future is opened. Shown in the photo are GrandPal Lorna Kaluzny with Riverside School students Polly North (left) and Nolen Copen-Bailey.

“Their voices would change; they became the

characters, and suddenly, the story came alive.

They were pirates or wolves or princes and

princesses; the world had slipped away. And so,

you might remember that special time when 

someone read aloud to you.”

—Anonymous more

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County offers two college scholarship opportunities available to Jewish students who reside in the Princeton-Mercer-Bucks-County community.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer is offering book awards to college bound Jewish students. Facilitated by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County, the scholarships are awarded based on financial need and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester. The application deadline is June 1. more

From left, Edward Cohen, board member of Princeton School Gardens Cooperative and science curriculum coordinator for the Princeton Public Schools, and Billy Demko, Whole Earth Center employee, balance a bounty of The Bent Spoon’s School Garden pints, which are available for sale only at the Whole Earth Center and benefit the nonprofit. All proceeds from the sale of each pint (minus the price of the reusable containers) are donated to the Cooperative. In its decade of existence, the program has raised tens of thousands of dollars for food- and garden-based education in the public schools. In 2016 alone, the campaign raised almost $5,000.

Eight Princeton University faculty members who have demonstrated “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts” will be pursuing a range of projects under the auspices of the Guggenheim Foundation during the coming year.

Among the 173 artists, scientists, and scholars chosen from a group of almost 3000 applicants, five members of the Princeton contingent are Lewis Center for the Arts Faculty members, and the others teach in the politics, history, and physics departments.  more

Toni Morrison at Princeton University. (Photo by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy)

West College, a prominent central campus building at Princeton University, will be named for emeritus faculty member and Nobel Prize-wining novelist Toni Morrison, and the major auditorium in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will be named for Arthur Lewis, Nobel laureate in economics and a member of the school’s faculty from 1963 to 1983.  more

Princeton has reached a “settlement in principle” with Fair Share House Center regarding the town’s fair share affordable housing obligation. The municipality has been involved in a court case with Fair Share over just how many units of affordable housing will be zoned through 2025.

“It means we’re in broad agreement on a settlement, but the details need to be worked out. We’re not ready to release them yet,” Mayor Liz Lempert said Monday. more

The Arts Council of Princeton is gearing up for the annual Communiversity ArtsFest, set for April 30, 2017 in downtown Princeton from 1-6 p.m. Central New Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event will have more than 200 booths showing original art and contemporary crafts, merchandise, and food from around the globe, plus six stages of continuous live entertainment. The event draws more than 40,000 to the streets of downtown Princeton. (Photo Credit: Emily Reeves, Town Topics Newspaper) 

Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Metamorphosis concert on Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. features the U.S. premiere of Zhou Tian’s “Broken Ink,” Claude Debussy’s “La Mer,” and Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.” Rossen Milanov conducts. A 3 p.m. pre-concert talk is free to ticket-holders. Both events will be held at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the campus of Princeton University. For more information, visit princetonsymphony.org or call (609) 497-0020. (Photo Credit: Zhou Tian)

Sophie Glovier’s Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton (spiral-bound paperback Princeton Univ. Press 19.95) has been revised to include the newest trails. The guide includes 16 of the best trails through preserved open space in Princeton and its neighboring towns. This revised edition includes eight new walks, several of which have been created on land that has been preserved since the guide was originally published in 2009. The walks range from two to four miles, but many include suggestions for trail connections that allow people to extend the hike if they choose. The guide includes detailed color maps of the trails, directions on how to get to them and where to park, and recommendations for the most scenic routes. Each walk has been designed with a “reason to walk” in mind: a special boulder or waterfall to find, a bit of local history or a beautiful vista to enjoy. The guide is illustrated with specially commissioned color photographs, 16 of which are featured on detachable postcards. Among the new walks: the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail, the Stony Brook Trail, and the trails at St. Michaels Farm Preserve. more