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June 29, 2016


SEALING THE DEAL: Princeton University track star Cecilia Barowski and retiring Tiger head coach Peter Farrell enjoy the moment earlier this month after she took fifth in the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. to earn All-America status. Recent Princeton grad Barowski ended her career with 11 school records and won the 2016 C. Otto von Kiensbusch Award as the school’s outstanding senior female athlete. This week, she is back in Eugene to compete in the 800 at the U.S. Olympic Trials. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

On paper, it looks like Cecilia Barowski had a banner season in 2014-15 during her junior campaign for the Princeton University women’s track team. more

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TRIAL PERIOD: Will Stange heads to victory in a backstroke race during his career with the Princeton High boys’ swimming team. This week, Stange, a rising junior at Cornell who took third in the 200 backstroke in the 2016 Ivy League Championships for the Big Red, is competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Will Stange was taking it easy last week, chilling at home after wrapping up his sophomore year at Cornell. more


LAST FLING: Princeton High quarterback David Beamer flings a pass in a game last fall. This week, Beamer will wrap up his high school football career as he plays for the West squad in the 20th annual Sunshine Football Classic at The College of New Jersey on June 30. He will be joined on the team by PHS teammates Matt Toplin and Rory Helstrom along with Hun’s Luke Apuzzi. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

David Beamer started his football career by battling in the trenches as a center for his Pop Warner team. more


POSITIVE IMPACT: Bill McQuade smiles as he surveys the action this spring in his 46th and final season coaching the Hun School baseball program. McQuade announced his retirement from the school early this year after having served as the math department chairman, the Head of the Upper School, and an assistant headmaster for administrative projects in addition to guiding the baseball program. The ebullient and upbeat McQuade is leaving a special legacy on and off the field. He ended his baseball career on a high note, guiding the Raiders to the state Prep A title this May in his final weekend on the job.

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about the small office tucked away in a hallway on the first floor of Russell Hall at the Hun School. more


BACK AT IT: Bobby Brackett, right, looks to get around a defender in recent action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Last Monday, -Brackett scored a game-high 16 points as Majeski Foundation, The College of New Jersey entry in the league, topped Dr. Palmer 65-47 and improved to 4-0.  Brackett, a star forward at TCNJ, is back in action after having been sidelined since last summer due to a torn achilles tendon. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last year, Bobby Brackett was on the sidelines when The College of New Jersey entry in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League advanced to the semis. more

When the Princeton Little League (PLL) squad fell 6-3 to Millstone-Roosevelt last Saturday in the opening game of the double elimination competition between the teams for the District 12 Intermediate 50/70 title, Ed Kuczynski sensed that his players needed to loosen up.

“They were very nervous, they were very tight,” said PLL head coach Kuczynski, reflecting on the defeat. “They were afraid to hit the ball, they didn’t want to swing.”

To get the squad back in the groove, Kuczynski had his players get into the swing with some extra reps. more


Robert Frost says that though fireflies never equal stars in size, they achieve at times “a very star-like start.” These three star-like visitors to Sunday’s Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards made their own wings. Some firefly fans discuss their plans for the Fourth of July in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)


TRAIN TRANSFORMATION: The Dinky Bar & Kitchen, formerly the Dinky train station on Alexander Street, is scheduled to open at the end of July, with 54 seats indoors and 26 outdoors, fully renovated kitchen area where the ticket office used to be, and drinking and eating area in the old waiting room. (Photo by Henry Gilpin)

The Dinky Bar and Kitchen, the next addition to the Arts and Transit neighborhood taking shape on Alexander Street, will open at the end of July in the renovated building that formerly housed the old train station.

“Cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, snacks, small plates, neat eats” reads the sign in front of the building under construction. According to Jim Nawn, owner of Fenwick Hospitality Group, which is developing the project in partnership with building owner Princeton University, patrons can look forward to “a comfortable bar environment in an interesting old building.”

The stone station house was constructed in 1918 in the collegiate gothic style, and includes the ticket office, which will be the kitchen area of the new establishment, and the domed-ceilinged passenger hall, which will include 54 seats and a bar with some counter-height tables, and 26 additional seats outside. The original train station was closed permanently in August 2013, with the new station and ticket office opening one block southeast on Alexander Street in November 2014.

“It’s a beautiful building in a lot of ways,” said Mr. Nawn, whose Fenwick Group also owns Agricola, Main Street Restaurant Group, and the Great Road Farm. “We are aware that good food needs to be part of the service” he continued, and also mentioned that the fare would offer “ingredient-inspired” food from the Great Road Farm, “including fresh produce, pickled and preserved items, charcuterie items made by our butcher, and cheese and meats in a local, farm-inspired context — sharable food, served on smaller-sized plates.”

The bar and grill, interior designed by Celano Design Studio of New York, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

Also in the works as part of the station complex designed by Rick Joy Architects of Tucson, Arizona, is a full-scale restaurant, to be housed in the larger, southern station building, formerly used for freight storage. It is scheduled to open by the middle of next year and will seat about 150, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

July might be a quiet time on Alexander Street, with both McCarter Theatre and the University on summer schedules, but Mr. Nawn is optimistic about the prospect of the Dinky Bar and Kitchen “starting slow to get the operation going,” then “coming up to speed in the fall.”

”When something new comes along,” he said, “it may attract attention and be busy even in summer.” Mr. Nawn looked forward to the completion of the Arts and Transit project next year, “The station complex will be a great amenity for the community,” he stated, “a quality bar, grill, and restaurant for commuters, students, theater-goers, and others.”

In the meantime, Mr. Nawn mentioned “a number of projects underway” at Main Street (comprised of the Main Street Bistro in Princeton Shopping Center, Main Street Eatery and Gourmet in Kingston, and Main Street Catering in Rocky Hill), which Fenwick acquired four months ago.

He noted a “need for some refreshing and renovation” and mentioned adjustments this summer in the menu and cosmetic changes to the bistro, but emphasized “this is a process. We hope people are patient.”


Last year, Princeton passed an ordinance to limit the size and regulate the placement of sandwich board signs outside businesses in town. This didn’t sit well with some proprietors, many of whom are members of the Princeton Merchants Association (PMA).

In an effort to provide recommendations for improvements to that ordinance and others that may be developed as the municipality continues to harmonize documents from the former Borough and Township, the PMA held a workshop last week at the Arts Council of Princeton. The June 21 event was led by architect Joshua Zinder of the firm JZA + D, and attended by some representatives of local businesses and members of the town’s administrative staff as well as Mayor Liz Lempert and Councilwoman Jo Butler.

“We’ve worked on a number of shops in town, and it always seems to come up that people feel the signage [regulation] is very restrictive, without a clear understanding of why,” Mr. Zinder said a few days before the workshop. “It has come up a number of times at PMA, and several people have asked me about it.”

After the sandwich board ordinance went into effect, “Many of the merchants in town were very upset about how it was being approved,” Mr. Zinder continued. “They didn’t feel there was a good dialogue where they were included in the discussion. They felt it was the municipality, and a couple of isolated people in the community, without consulting the merchants in general.”

The PMA had some talks with members of Council, and the ordinance was put on hold. Last week’s workshop was focused not only on the sandwich board signs, but on all of the different types and styles utilized by local businesses. Mr. Zinder gave a presentation that was followed by a discussion. The possibility of installing wayfinding signs, with information about how far and approximately how long a walk it would be to a destination, was proposed.

One issue that concerns merchants is the amount of time it can take to get signage approved, especially if the process involves coordination with the Historic Preservation Commission. Lighting was another focus of the discussion. Newer technology makes it easier to control light bleed from signage, which presents new and different opportunities, Mr. Zinder said.

The challenge is to attract local residents to the downtown businesses while also bringing in people from the outside. “There are a lot of empty stores in town,” said Mr. Zinder. “Unique merchants who would be attracted to Princeton are going to Route 1 and the malls, where there is free parking, and you can have any kind of sign you want. Here, there are controls. We don’t make it easy for merchants to come to Princeton.”

The PMA will take information from the workshop and elsewhere, and come back to Council with ideas for improving the ordinances. “My sense is that Council wants to make this work,” Ms. Lempert said this week. “I’m sure there is a solution in there somewhere.”


To the Editor:

An Ode to Bob Kiser, Princeton

Engineer And Person Par Excellence

Bob, Princeton will miss you so much,

For you have that special touch,

Help and graciousness to all,

Beyond the professional call.

All best in your retirement mañanas and

Thank you for leaving us Deanna.

Grace Sinden

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Two months after hiring a consultant to take a hard look at residential zoning in Princeton, the town has launched a website to keep citizens abreast of efforts to stem the speed of teardowns in local neighborhoods and the buildings that replace them. The site, princetonneighborhoods.org, also invites residents to provide comments on zoning issues.

The website is part of a community planning effort created in response to citizens’ concerns about residential development and the changing character of the town. All of the four candidates in this month’s Democratic primary election stressed these issues as priorities in their campaigns. Republican mayoral candidate Peter Marks has also focused on zoning and preserving neighborhood character.

Princeton Council voted April 25 to hire the RBA Group, which recently headed a similar project in Haddonfield, for the project. It comes at a time when efforts are being made to harmonize the zoning ordinances of the previous Borough and Township. “We see on the ground, in almost every neighborhood, the motivation for why we need to take a step back and review what the laws are on the books,” Mayor Liz Lempert said last month. “We need to know whether they are in line with the vision we have for our community.”

A subcommittee from the town’s Planning Board including Mayor Lempert, Jenny Crumiller, Wanda Gunning, Tim Quinn, and Gail Ullman is leading the initiative with a goal of creating strategies, policies, guidelines, and regulations to shape future development so that it better complements the character of Princeton’s neighborhoods and streets. The fact that each of the town’s neighborhoods has its own character adds to the challenge for those involved. Residents are encouraged to participate by adding their comments on the website.

The site includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that links to research on studies carried out in other communities. Questions range from how long the study will take to whether a moratorium on residential development will be considered in New Jersey.

The website indicates that one of the first and most important steps in the project is to collect data in order to understand the geography and scale of residential expansions, demolitions, and development in Princeton. Short-term changes expected to be adopted within the next four months could include “quick fix” revisions to site plan review and zoning standards “that will lead to improved outcomes from the demolition of older houses and the siting, design, and construction of new houses and yards,” the website reads.

Mid-term changes are identified as possible master plan amendments or additional zoning adjustments that set the stage for more significant changes that could be adopted in the long-term, and could be implemented in six to eight months. Long-term, substantive changes, which could go into practice within a year, might include substantive changes to the structure of residential zoning.

The RBA Group, formerly Brown & Keener Urban Design, was previously involved in developing the concept for Princeton’s Hinds Plaza and Spring Street Garage. Architects, planners, and landscape architects from the firm will participate in the project, partnering with Urban Partners. Both firms are based in Philadelphia.

To provide comments, write to the email address contact@princetonneighborhoods.org or mail comments in a sealed envelope to Neighborhood Character and Zoning Initiative, care of Princeton Planning Department, 400 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.


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HOW DID I LET MYSELF GET INTO THIS MESS?: Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) clings to a buoy as she tries to figure out how to get to shore, that is only 200 yards away, without becoming a tasty meal for a hungry shark that is circling around her.

Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) was so shaken by her mother’s (Janelle Bailey) untimely death that she dropped out of med school. In an attempt to feel closer to her late mother, she decided to go to the same Mexican retreat where her mother told her she had been conceived. An avid surfer, Nancy plans to search for her mother’s favorite stretch of beach.

When she arrives, Nancy is so impatient to find that idyllic spot that she impulsively heads for the ocean with her surfboard, handbag, and smartphone, leaving her tired companion at the hotel. She gets a ride to the shore from Carlos (Oscar Jaenada), who is happy to serve as Nancy’s chauffeur and navigator. After depositing her at the secluded cove, he drives away. Nancy is not worried about being left alone, since she does have cell phone service. So she blissfully paddles out to deep water on her surfboard where she’s surrounded by a pod of playful dolphins as she starts riding the waves.

Things change when she spots the carcass of a humpback whale. What Nancy doesn’t realize, until it’s too late, is that she’s in the feeding ground of a shark.

She receives a nasty gash from the initial attack of the shark but is able to swim to a tiny nearby island. Her medical training comes in handy as she quickly fashions a tourniquet from part of her outfit.

However, with high tide coming in a matter of hours, she knows that she’s got to get to the beach before her temporary sanctuary is overrun by the rising sea level. The shore is 200 yards away, which is too far to swim with a determined predator steadily circling as her blood drips into the water.

Two potential rescuers (Jose Manuel Trujillo Salas and Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo) show up, but hope fades when they start swimming without noticing that Nancy is in trouble. The next beach goer (Diego Espejel) does see that Nancy needs help, and takes advantage of her predicament to steal her phone and other personal effects that were left on the sand.

So Nancy must survive by her wits, a daunting challenge given her situation. Thus unfolds The Shallows, an engaging thriller expertly directed by Jaume Collett-Serra (Non-Stop).

The movie borrows elements from Jaws, Castaway, Blue Crush, and MacGyver. The good news is that it all has been sewn together quite seamlessly into a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Excellent (****). Rated PG-13 for bloody images, intense scenes of peril, and brief profanity. Running time: 87 minutes. Distributor: Columbia Pictures.


Obit e_ettinghausenElizabeth S. Ettinghausen

Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen, a scholar of early Christian and Byzantine art as well as an authority on Islamic Art, died peacefully in Princeton on June 12 after a brief illness, weeks short of her 98th birthday.

Even in her later years and as little as one-and-a-half years ago, she traveled extensively for art historical pursuits on four continents including Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. She led museum tours as a lecturer and guide in the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa for the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, Mass.), Asia Society (N.Y.) and Princeton University Art Museum. Two of her trips were Mediterranean cruises under the auspices of the Harvard Alumni Association to study Moorish Spain and Western and Northern African historical sites.

She was a speaker at numerous international conferences presenting on the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa on subjects related to the characteristic features of Islamic Art and architecture as well as on the region’s history and archaeology. Her presentations were delivered as independent lectures or as a member of panels of speakers at conferences in Switzerland, Turkey, Iran (at the First International Conference and Exhibition on Iranian Carpets by invitation of the Iranian government), and Germany as well as at various meetings in the U.S. including the Metropolitan Museum (N.Y.), Kevorkian Center of Middle Eastern Studies at NYU, Art Department at Harvard University (Mass.), Near Eastern Center and the School of Architecture of the University of Washington, Cincinnati Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Frye Museum of Seattle, Program in Near Eastern Studies and the Art Museum at Princeton University, Spokane Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, American Friends of Aphrodisias (Turkey) and at various university alumni associations and rug and textile societies throughout the U.S.

She held many honorary positions including Fellow for Life and member of the Islamic Art Department Visiting Committee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, member of the Collections Committee of the Harvard University Art Museum, Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute, Honorary Trustee of the Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.), Member of the Directorate and Program Committee of the American Turkish Society (N.Y.) and board member of several organizations including the Princeton Research Forum, Princeton Middle East Society, Hajji Baba Club (N.Y.) and Near Eastern Art Research Center (Washington, D.C.). She was also a past president of the Princeton Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the American Friends of Aphrodisias, and the Princeton Rug Society. She had a lifelong interest in music and served as a founding member of the Princeton chapter of the American Recorder Society and sang for many years in the Trinity Church (Princeton) adult choir. For many years, she was an active docent at the Princeton University Art Museum.

She was an active researcher in many locations beginning in the 1950s at the Middle East Institute (Washington, D.C.) where she arranged a traveling exhibition for the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) on “The Influence of the Near East on American Design” which was viewed in many Near Eastern and North African countries. She was later a visiting fellow of the German Archaeological Institute (Berlin, Germany). In the 1980s she was a member of the staff at the NYU-sponsored excavations at Aphrodisias in Western Turkey where she organized and catalogued various pottery lamps from the Classical and Byzantine periods. Many of these objects were then exhibited with her oversight and guidance at the Aphrodisias Museum in Turkey. She served as a research fellow at the Program in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University during which time she organized and curated an exhibition on “The Near Eastern City since 1800” presented at the Princeton University Art Museum in 1970.

In earlier years, she was an analyst at the U.S. Department of State in the 1940s and, in 1943-1945, a junior fellow at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. There, she examined the Byzantine architecture of Constantinople/Istanbul focusing on Byzantine glazed tiles. It was at Dumbarton Oaks that she met and later married in 1945 Dr. Richard Ettinghausen, then Curator of Near Eastern Art at the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institution and later the Consultative Chairman of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Islamic Art at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. Having predeceased her in 1979, German-born Richard Ettinghausen was a path-breaking scholar of Islamic Art whose many articles and important books charted new directions for the study of his chosen field which were to foster the universal acclaim in which the art of the Islamic world is held today.

Throughout her adult life and even in her last weeks, she enjoyed contact with her family and numerous friends and colleagues in art and music from around the U.S. and many foreign countries. She had an especially engaging manner as she would interact, if possible, in the native tongue of her acquaintances, whether by her fluency in German, French, Turkish, Persian (or English) or by her knowledge of a few phrases in many other languages. Whereas her conversations centered on serious subjects such as recently opened museum exhibitions, the latest musical concerts or current events, she graced the discussions with her sense of humor while at the same time adding her special critique or offering her spontaneous advice on the topic at hand.

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1918, Elizabeth Ettinghausen grew up in a medical family including her physician father, brother, and sister. She studied at the University of Vienna (Austria), but with the rising Nazi movement, she and her family fled to Turkey. There, at the University of Istanbul, her father became director of the Institute of Radiology and Biophysics and she completed her PhD in Early Christian and Byzantine Art in 1943. In the same year, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. by convoy across the Atlantic arriving through Ellis Island, N.Y.

In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her brother Brigadier General George Sgalitzer, MD, US Army Medical Corps, Ret. and her sister, Gerda Sgalitzer, MD.

She is survived by her two sons, Stephen (Beth) Ettinghausen, MD, a surgical oncologist in Rochester, N.Y.; and Thomas (Burul) Ettinghausen, Senior Advisor, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; as well as four grandchildren (Zachary and Maxfield Ettinghausen of Rochester, N.Y.; Layla and Kai Ettinghausen of London, U.K.) and five nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service is being planned for the Fall of 2016 in Princeton. At Elizabeth’s request, donations may be made in her memory to her other passion — the environment — including the Audubon Society, The Wilderness Society, and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Obit Wung 6-29-16Jane Feng-Chen Wung

Jane Feng-Chen Wung of Princeton died on May 22, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, New York. She is survived by daughter Selene Wung Kaye, son-in-law Andrew John Sherman Paton, and grandson Beckett Shengqi Paton-Kaye of Spencertown, New York; and sisters Mu-Lan Wung, Jing-Fang Wung, Echo Shuang-Chi Wung, and Chia-Mei Wung.

Jane was born in Fengjie, Szechuan Province, China in 1946 after her parents (Wung Shengqi of Zhejiang Province and Mao Wenying of Hangzhou) and three older sisters narrowly survived the Japanese bombing of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. When the Communists took over China in 1949, her father took the family to Taiwan, leaving behind their relatives and most of what they owned. The Nationalist navy provided thousands who fled with temporary dwellings, where the refugees expected to remain for several months until the Communists could be defeated and they could return home. That day never came.

Growing up in Taiwan with very little, and losing both of her parents by the age of 19, Jane had to work several jobs in order to pay her own way through school. Breaking away from the usual expectation for girls at the time to complete high school and become teachers, nurses, or secretaries, Jane decided to go to college, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature from Soochow University in Taipei. She came to the United States in 1973 to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she earned a Master’s Degree in international relations. She married Kim Kaye of Los Angeles, California in 1973. In 1975 they moved to Princeton where their daughter Selene was born in 1979. They were divorced in 1985.

Jane built an impressive, decades-long career at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton. Beginning as an administrative assistant in 1978, she worked her way up through the ranks, becoming a staff associate, manager, director, and eventually Chair of the Board of Review in the Legal Division. Over the course of her 33-year career, she became an expert in test security issues and shared her expertise with educational professionals from countries around the world, including both Taiwan and China.

Jane had broad interests and many passions, chief among them travel and food. She had an endless curiosity about other places and cultures, and over the years she traveled to countries all over Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. She was known by many for her wonderful home-style Chinese cooking, which she learned in childhood by watching her mother, and through which she expressed her deep love and care for her family.

In the last decade of her life, Jane suffered from a number of serious health issues, mostly stemming from a genetic kidney disease. Refusing to be defined or confined by her condition, she lived life to the fullest until the very end. Even as her health declined, she set out on new adventures, traveling the Silk Road in China in 2006 and to the French Riviera in 2014.

Jane will be remembered for her fierce independence, discerning tastes, and tender heart, and will be celebrated by her family for years to come through the cooking of her favorite dishes and the passion for travel that she instilled in all of us.

A memorial service to remember Jane will be held in Princeton on Saturday, August 20. Contact selene44@gmail.com for details. Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com

Lawrence A. Pervin

Lawrence A. Pervin died of esophageal cancer on June 23, 2016 at the age of 79. Dr. Pervin grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and was a lifelong Brooklyn Dodgers fan. He attended Brooklyn College from 1953 until 1957, when he transferred to Queens College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1957 and was the recipient of the Robert S. Woodworth Medal in Psychology. He met Barbara (Bobbie) there and they married in 1958. He received a PhD in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 1962 after interning at the Boston VA Hospital.

In 1962 Larry and Bobbie came to Princeton, joined by their son David. Larry was a psychologist at the Princeton University Health Services and a lecturer in the department of psychology. While there he conducted the initial program in student evaluation of courses, departments, and the entire undergraduate program. During this time Levi was born. In 1968 Dr. Pervin became associate dean at Livingston College, a new unit of Rutgers University, responsible for all aspects of undergraduate life. Upon the graduation of the initial class of students in 1973, Dr. Pervin became a professor of psychology at Livingston, from which he retired as professor emeritus in 2004.

Dr. Pervin was the author or editor of eight books, one or another was subsequently translated into eight foreign languages. He was the founding editor of Psychological Inquiry, one of the leading journals in the field. His textbook on personality psychology has been in use for over 30 years and is now in its 13th edition. Throughout his professional career he also conducted a private practice in psychotherapy.

Following his retirement, Larry did volunteer work with the Red Cross and Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, served as a consultant to Princeton House, part of the Princeton Health Care System, and reflecting his fervent fandom, wrote and published A History of New York’s Football Giants. He was a member of the Old Guard and attended many stimulating lectures at Princeton University.

As proud as he was of his many professional accomplishments, it was family that was especially important to him. He and his dearly loved wife of 58 years and their two dearly loved sons loved to travel. As a family they took many trips, including a cross-country trip that took them to many national parks and an excursion to Scandinavia and the Soviet Union. He and Bobbie took great pleasure in fulfilling her dream of visiting all seven continents.

Dr. Pervin is survived by Bobbie and their sons David and Levi, and their dog Riley. He is predeceased by his parents, Mary and Murray Pervin, his sister Anita Pervin, and his dear friends Van Becker, Ken Gould, Jerome Rose, and Irving Sigel. Donations can be made in his honor to Doctors Without Borders.

Arrangements are under the direction of Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton.


Jean Lareuse

Jean Lareuse (aka Jean LLAREUS), 91, of Princeton and Prats-de-Mollo, France, passed away peacefully at the University Medical Center of Princeton on Friday, June 17, 2016. Jean was an accomplished and world-renowned artist from the South of France who moved to the United States to marry his beloved wife, Caroline.

Jean was born of Catalan parents in French Guinea, West Africa on February 24, 1925. He was educated at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He had over 50 one-man shows including ones in London, Caracas, Montreal, New York, Princeton, Washington (D.C.), Palm Beach (Fla.), Birmingham (Ala.), and Lexington (Ky.). His work was exhibited most notably at the Biennale of Menton and the Salon D’Automne. He had his first show in 1948 at Galerie Ariel in Paris, at the age of 23, and his last, a tribute to sacred religious art, at the Château Royal in Collioure, France, March 2016. He received the coveted Prix du Président de la République Francaise for his work in 1955 and his paintings have been acquired by several museums. In 1968, he began a life-long devotion to decorating the Chapel Saintes Juste et Ruffine in Prats-de-Mollo, France, with large religious murals and beautiful stained glass windows. Jean is also famous for painting thoroughbred race-horses, still lifes, sailboats, and fanciful nuns. Inspired by the Impressionists, his work is filled with light and “joie de vivre”. He was the author of one children’s book, Devils in the Castle, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1979. He also authored L’Amérique La Magnifique, an autobiographical social commentary on living in the United States, which was self-published in 2002.

Jean will be remembered for his kind and generous heart, his sense of humor and infectious laughter, his indomitable spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity, and his unfailing “joie de vivre.”

Jean is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Caroline, his three children, Jean-Francois, Jean-Michel, and Laurence, and his eight beloved grand-children: Alexandra, Jean-David Jessica, Marie Claire, Sean, Mason, Caroline, and Christopher. He is also survived by his sister, Anne-Marie, and her husband, Daniel Mitton, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Andrée, and her husband, Tony Marco; and his brother-in-law, David Look, and his wife, Charlotte Cleveland.

A Memorial Service honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in the Marquand Chapel at Princeton University Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton, NJ 08542.


Photo by Pryde Brown

Photo by Pryde Brown

Ann Montgomery Brower

Ann Montgomery Brower, model, writer, artist, gourmet cook, mother of five, and grandmother of five, died at age 83 in her home in Goleta, California, on June 4, 2016.

Ann was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on June 17, 1932. When she was 8 years old her father took a job as classics professor at Miami University of Ohio. Ann, who longed to go away to college, instead stayed at home in Oxford, Ohio and attended Miami.

After graduation, her wanderlust took her directly to Paris, France, where her life’s adventure began. While looking for work as a writer, the 5-foot-11 Ann was introduced through a friend to a photographer. The results of that first photo shoot, in which she modeled a mink coat, graced the cover of L’Art et La Mode. She then worked for two years, modeling the first post-war collection of Coco Chanel and appearing in a Balmain gown for a Bob Hope USO television special filmed in London.

During her time in Paris, she met her future husband, writer, and then Rhodes Scholar, Brock Brower. After a year-long courtship across the English Channel, Brock and Ann were married at Oxford University’s Merton Chapel in the U.K. in 1956. After brief residences in New York City and Chapel Hill, N.C., where their first child, a son, was born, they moved in 1960 to Princeton,  where their next three daughters were born.

From 1961 to 1962, Ann wrote profiles of local artists, writers, and educators for the Princeton Packet. After the births of her third and fourth children, she put her own writing aside to meet the demands of child-rearing and to support her husband’s journalism career. The ensuing years were devoted to raising her children, mastering the art of French cooking a la Julia Child and hosting elaborate dinner parties for other writers and artists living in Princeton.

In 1969, Ann and Brock moved their brood to London for a year when Brock was assigned to the Time-Life London bureau. Soon after arriving in London, Ann discovered she was pregnant with her last child, who was born at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, one of the oldest maternity hospitals in Europe, in May 1970.

Ann was also an avid tennis player and fierce competitor. After returning to the United States in the fall of 1970, she began playing tennis almost daily, a practice she continued into her 70s, finding tennis partners no matter where Brock’s work took them.

In 1975, Ann and Brock moved once more to Washington, D.C. where Ann began a career selling real estate. After three years, they returned to Princeton, where Ann continued to sell real estate, play tennis, and shepherd her children through college and early adulthood.

When their youngest child graduated from high school and started college, Brock took a job as a speechwriter for Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and they moved again to Washington, D.C. Looking for an outlet for her creative energies, Ann took up watercolor painting, producing beautiful, detailed still lifes of bearded iris, roses, lilies, hydrangeas, and more. She always painted groups of flowers, depicting them as belonging to and amongst one another, a reflection of her social nature. She occasionally sold her pieces at art fairs and also created a line of greeting cards with them.

In 2008 Ann self-published a memoir, Another Me, about her years in Paris. She kept at her art into her 80s, finishing a poignant, nuanced oil portrait of Brock about two years before he died in 2014. After about a decade in Norwich, Vermont, Ann and Brock spent their last years together in the Santa Barbara, California area. There, Ann was able to watch her adored grandchildren surf, play baseball, play piano recitals, dance in the Nutcracker and more.

Ann is survived by her brother, Henry C. Montgomery III, sister, Virginia Melin, as well as her five children — Montgomery Clayton Brower, Emily Brower Auchard, Elizabeth Brower White, Margaret Brower Elkins, and Alison Nelson Brower — and five grandchildren, Gabe Brower, Brock and Melissa Auchard, and Colin and Caitlin White.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints-by-the-Sea in Santa Barbara, California, on Saturday, July 2, at 11 a.m.

—Written by Emily Brower Auchard

Obit Ercolano PhotoPolina A. Ercolano

Polina A. Ercolano, 71, of Princeton Junction, died Friday, June 24, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, she immigrated to the United States in 1958 and resided in Princeton for over 22 years before moving to Princeton Junction in 1980. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church. Polina had an amazing sense of humor with extreme passion for her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was a loving caregiver for many years. Most of all she enjoyed gardening and her family.

Daughter of the late Albino and Marianna (Antenucci) Nini, she is survived by her loving husband Joseph Ercolano; a son and daughter-in-law Davide and Jill Ercolano; daughter Elisa Ercolano; two brothers and two sisters-in-law Dante and Judy Nini, Tony and Donna Nini; two sisters and two brothers-in-law Cesina and Joseph Mangone, Mickey and Sam Procaccini; two grandchildren Jolie and Luca Ercolano and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held on Tuesday morning June 28, 2016 at St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements were under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Filomena Ciallella

Filomena Ciallella, age 91, died on Thursday June 23rd at the Elms of Cranbury.

Born in Roccamondolfi Italy, she resided in Princeton for 60 years. She was a talented seamstress for Verbeyst Cleaners and Langrock’s Clothier for over 25 years. She loved spending time with her family, cooking, and tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. She cherished special moments with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Filomena was a member of St. Pauls Catholic Church of Princeton and a member of The Society of the Friends of Saint Anthony.

Daughter of the late Luigi and Maria Teresa (Lombardi) D’Angelo; wife of the late Michael Ciallella; she is survived by her son Anthony Ciallella and his wife Pam, of East Windsor, N.J.; her grandchildren Cara and Charlie Klose, of Yardley, Pa.; Matthew Ciallella and his fiancé Christina Carilli of Doylestown, Pa.; beloved great grandchildren Mason and Harper Klose; sister Pierina Scasserra and her husband Costantino of Melbourne Australia; and numerous nieces and nephews here and in Italy, Canada, and Australia.

The funeral will be held 8:30 on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandevender Ave., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Filomena’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Princeton or a charity of choice and keep Filomena’s memory in your heart.


Joseph Peter Zawadsky

Dr. Zawadsky (January 16, 1930 – June 25, 2016) passed away the morning of June 25, 2016, in his cherished home in Princeton. He was surrounded by his beloved wife of 63 years — who was his high school sweetheart — and his devoted family.

Dr. Zawadsky was born on January 16, 1930 in South River, New Jersey. His father, who immigrated from Russia at the age of 16, and mother, a dressmaker, impressed upon each of their children the importance of education — a lesson well-learned by the Zawadsky children. Dr. Zawadsky graduated from Princeton University in 1951 and from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1955. His older brother, John, graduated from Rutgers University, and went on to earn his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. Dr. Zawadsky’s younger sister, Marley, attended Smith College.

Dr. Zawadsky’s roots in Princeton began when he, a stand-out South River High School football player, caught the eye of a Princeton University scout during the annual South River versus New Brunswick game. It was also in high school that Dr. Zawadsky’s attention was caught by a stunning cheerleader, Lynn, who quickly became the love of his life and his devoted wife in 1952.

While at Princeton University, Dr. Zawadsky excelled academically and athletically. He was a proud member of the Princeton University football team and fondly remembered his days playing beside his Heisman trophy winning teammate, Dick Kazmaier, on the undefeated 1950 team. After graduating from Princeton University, Dr. Zawadsky attended medical school at Columbia University and residency at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital. From there, he joined the Air Force in 1956, where he served as a Captain and physician.

After his discharge from the Air Force, Dr. Zawadsky returned home to South River and opened a general medical practice. Although he enjoyed treating patients and delivering babies, Dr. Zawadsky’s true calling was orthopaedic surgery. He pursued this dream by completing his orthopaedic residency at Columbia University. On July 1, 1964, he founded his orthopaedic practice, called University Orthopaedic Associates, in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Dr. Zawadsky was an exceptional orthopaedic surgeon. He performed the first hip replacement surgery in New Jersey, and was known by his colleagues and staff as the “Godfather of Orthopaedic Surgery” in New Jersey. He served as the orthopaedic consultant to Princeton University during the tenure of three University presidents, four athletic directors and five football coaches. He was the team doctor for Rutgers University and treated many professional athletes. He received countless prestigious awards, including the Distinguished American Award of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 1974, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Thomas A. Brady Community Service Award, and the Doctor of Sports Medicine- Doctor of the Year Award. He was the academic chair of the orthopaedic department at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, an orthopaedic consultant to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a vice president of the American Orthopaedic Association, a National Orthopaedic Board Examiner, and the chief of orthopaedic surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick until his retirement in 1998.

Dr. Zawadsky founded the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in 1979. Among Dr. Zawadsky’s most cherished professional accomplishments is that he trained 74 orthopaedic residents. Dr. Zawadsky was renowned for both his surgical prowess and his bedside manner, as he treated each patient with equal doses of medical attention and comic relief.

Dr. Zawadsky’s greatest accomplishment, however, was his family. He and his beloved wife had six children and 15 grandchildren. His family spent summers together at his home in Mantoloking, New Jersey, enjoying the sun and surf. He was an avid fisherman and golfer, passions also shared by his children. The family routinely travelled for fishing and golfing trips to Dr. Zawadsky’s home in Ocean Reef, Key Largo, Florida. He instilled in each of his children and grandchildren a commitment to education, hard-work, integrity, and family. He was cherished by the family he left behind, including his wife Lynn Zawadsky, his sister Marley and John O’Neill, and his six children: Carol and Gregorio Martinez; Joseph Zawadsky and Connie Clark; Mary Lynn Scotti; Mark Zawadsky and Sarah Slusser; Janet Mark and Jim Margitan; Jeffrey Zawadsky and Jessica Segal; and his 15 adoring grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Princeton University Chapel, located on the Princeton University campus. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Zawadsky requested that donations be made to the Princeton University Isabella McCosh Infirmary Athletic Medicine service or a charity of your choosing.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home,

U.S. District Court Judge Freda L. Wolfson has denied the Princeton Battlefield Society’s (PBS) motion for a preliminary injunction to halt faculty housing construction by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) on a seven-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Battlefield.


Last Thursday’s 4-4 Supreme Court ruling concerning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration has blocked the president’s programs from going into effect and disappointed hundreds of hopeful Princeton residents.

In his will, architect Michael Graves left three of his Princeton properties, including his Patton Avenue residence and studio, to Princeton University. But the University, where Mr. Graves taught for 39 years and was the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, has rejected the gift due to the expenses involved in its preservation and maintenance.

After approving my 2000 Honda CRV for another two years last month at the Inspection Station, the DMV technician wants to know about my MOBY license plate — is it about the musician or the whale?

Since its inception 49 years ago, Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts has presented many fine string quartets. All-female quartets have been few and far between, and ensembles which can mesmerize an audience as well as the Aizuri Quartet are even rarer. The Summer Chamber Concerts opening event last Thursday night featuring the Aizuri Quartet brought a nearly full house to Richardson Auditorium to hear excellence in chamber music performance.

June 27, 2016


Sport and style come together at this classic British event.


June 23, 2016


It’s summertime and the living is easy. 


See below for the June 22, 2016 Princeton Zoning Board Meeting.

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

June 22, 2016


WILD ROSE: Stuart Country Day School lacrosse player Rose Tetnowski heads up the field in a game this spring. Senior Tetnowski provided senior leadership to the Stuart back line as the Tartans won two of their last three games to go 5-12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having posted just three wins all spring as of May 10, the Stuart Country Day School lacrosse team nearly doubled that total in the last week of the season. more


STANDING TALL: Stuart Country Day School track athletes, from front to back, Priscilla Francois, Juliet McGowen, Lindsay Craig, and Madeleine Michaels, were all smiles as they came together to compete in a relay this spring. Stuart enjoyed a stellar season in 2016, going 9-1 in dual meet competition and standing second at the state Prep B championship meet through eight events before it was called off due to inclement weather. The Tartans set or tied 11 school records this spring and earned medals in their division at the Penn Relays in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Although the Stuart Country Day School track team didn’t look dominant in a season-opening win in a quad-meet against George School (Pa.), Solebury School (Pa,) and Pennington School, Len Klepack was very encouraged by what he saw. more


COACH ON THE COURT: Skye Ettin brings the ball up the court for Ivy Inn last Wednesday evening at the Community Park courts during opening night action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Ettin, a former standout for Princeton High and The College of New Jersey and current assistant coach for the Princeton University men’s hoops program, scored a game-high 13 points to help Ivy Inn to a 41-37 win over Pediatric Therapy Solutions. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As Skye Ettin took the court at Community Park for the Ivy Inn last Wednesday for opening night action in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League, he was primed to apply lessons from his day job. more