July 29, 2015
TRIAL RUN: Will Stange displays his freestyle form in a race this season for the Cornell University men’s swimming team. Former Princeton High standout Stange enjoyed a solid freshman campaign this winter for the Big Red, focusing on the 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke races. Last Thursday, Stange achieved a big breakthrough, posting a time of 2:03.56 in the 200-meter at the New Jersey Long Course Junior Olympics hosted by Scarlet Aquatics at Rutgers back to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the event.

TRIAL RUN: Will Stange displays his freestyle form in a race this season for the Cornell University men’s swimming team. Former Princeton High standout Stange enjoyed a solid freshman campaign this winter for the Big Red, focusing on the 200 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke races. Last Thursday, Stange achieved a big breakthrough, posting a time of 2:03.56 in the 200-meter at the New Jersey Long Course Junior Olympics hosted by Scarlet Aquatics at Rutgers back to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the event.

Even though Will Stange was sidelined by illness for over a week in the tapering phase as the Cornell University men’s swimming team prepared for the Ivy League championship meet this past February, he still produced a personal best in the 200-yard backstroke at the competition.

Former Princeton High standout Stange posted a time of 1:45.1 to place 13th, achieving the third-fastest time for the event in Cornell program history. more

BRINGING IT ON: DeQuan Holman heads to the hoop last Monday in the Princeton High gym for Bring Me Food as it faced Ivy Inn in game one of the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League best-of-three championship series. Former PHS standout Holman scored a team-high 18 points to help second-seeded Bring Me Food defeat Ivy Inn 54-39 in the opener. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for July 29 at the Community Park courts with Game 3, if necessary, slated for July 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

BRINGING IT ON: DeQuan Holman heads to the hoop last Monday in the Princeton High gym for Bring Me Food as it faced Ivy Inn in game one of the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League best-of-three championship series. Former PHS standout Holman scored a team-high 18 points to help second-seeded Bring Me Food defeat Ivy Inn 54-39 in the opener. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for July 29 at the Community Park courts with Game 3, if necessary, slated for July 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

DeQuan Holman had been a fixture in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League over the years.

During his career with the Princeton High boys’ basketball team, which saw him help the Little Tigers to the Central Jersey Group 3 sectional finals in 2009 as a senior, Holman played for the Princeton Youth Sports entry in the summer league.

After graduating from PHS, he continued to spend his summers on the Community Park courts, helping University Radiology to the league title in 2011 and then starring for Dr. Palmer.

This summer, Holman has assumed the wily veteran role for Bring Me Food as it has played its debut season in the league.

“I have actually never played with these guys before, it is actually pretty different for me,” said Holman. “I am the oldest by far, that is a new feeling for me. I am used to being the youngest.”

Last Monday evening in the Princeton High gym, Holman displayed his savvy and skill, scoring a team-high 18 points to help second-seeded Bring Me Food defeat Ivy Inn 54-39 in Game 1 of the league’s best-of-three championship series. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for July 29 at the Community Park courts with Game 3, if necessary, slated for July 31.

Having lost 57-48 to Ivy Inn in a regular season game on July 15, Holman and his teammates were determined to turn the tables in the rematch. more

To the Editor:

The shooting earlier this month of Kathryn Steinle in broad daylight on a popular pedestrian pier in San Francisco has become a matter of national debate.  Kathryn’s murderer was an illegal immigrant and seven-time felon who had previously been deported from the United States five times. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was on his way to a sixth deportation earlier this year, but was instead sent from prison to San Francisco at the request of the Sheriff’s Department to face prosecution in a 1995 drug case.  Local prosecutors, however, dropped the drug charge without notice to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and released Lopez-Sanchez onto the streets of San Francisco where he would murder Kathryn Steinle.

In a TV jailhouse interview after his arrest for the murder, Lopez-Sanchez admitted killing Steinle and said he knew San Francisco was a “sanctuary city” where he would not be pursued by immigration officials.

   Sound familiar?  It should, because less than two years ago, Democrats on Princeton Council proposed a “sanctuary” plan, barring police from enforcing immigration laws and from cooperating with ICE officials. Councilwoman Heather Howard summed up the Council’s reasoning by saying that local police cooperation with ICE would be “detrimental to both public safety and the peace of mind of Princeton’s growing immigrant community.”  Cities such as San Francisco were held up as models of immigration reform.  Yet today, we witness the outcome of misguided “progressive” policies and the potential deadly consequences of such a sanctuary scheme to law-abiding Americans.

In the aftermath of the San Francisco tragedy, from the politically correct bubble in which Princeton politicians operate, Mayor Liz Lempert doubled down on Princeton’s status as a “sanctuary city.”  Rather than an apologia, the public would have been better served by a straightforward statement by the mayor that Princeton will not be a safe haven for alien criminals who constitute a threat to public safety and should be deported.  As it now stands, the message is muddled.

I keenly appreciate the value and talents immigrants bring to our country.  I also agree that our federal immigration policies need to be reformed, but this must be done at the national level, not by municipalities which can wind up sending the wrong message to individuals who would endanger the safety of our communities. “Feel-good” public policy at the local level can have unintended consequences, in the San Francisco instance, the loss of an innocent life and a national backlash which can in the end impact negatively on immigrant communities.

 DUDLEY SIPPRELLE

Chairman, Princeton Republican Committee

Nassau Street

To The Editor:

I was as gladdened by the July 22 response of Stewart and Mary Ann Solomon as I was disturbed by the quotes of Kevin Wilkes and Neal Snyder in the front page article, “Tear-downs Indicate Healthy Home Sales Market” (Town Topics, July 15). Princeton may be missing an opportunity to address both sustainability and affordability in facing the spike in tear-downs. The first principle should be to reduce such activity because the reuse of existing stock aids sustainability. A recent statement from a group of architects in Santa Monica, California stated that “Adaptive re-use is one of the most interesting approaches to sustainability and growth. Is it not preferable to see new life breathed into an older building instead of simply throwing it away? Sustainability has many facets, and as is often said, ‘the greenest building is the one not torn down.’ Updating older buildings can contribute significantly to our town’s goals of sustainability. Our codes need to be improved to insure that demolition is not the only viable option.”

Princeton’s situation is similar. (We also have lost many beautiful and sustaining trees through teardowns.)

What are Princeton’s goals of sustainability? Perhaps this exchange will illuminate what the goals are regarding housing. I acknowledge that such new construction will continue, but when it does the community should benefit. Why not increase the water hookup or other fees paid to Princeton to $50,000? Our local government could earmark that money for affordable housing. Such a strategy is in place in other communities that care about both affordable housing and retaining a mix of income groups in their towns.

I agree with the Solomons that the sentiments expressed in the article by current and former local government officials are worrisome, but I think their appearance may provide an opportunity to open a conversation about a trend toward destruction of existing stock that at least some residents deplore.

T.J. ELLIOTT

Gulick Road

To the Editor:

I would like to offer an additional point of view regarding Princeton’s new, typically large housing stock.  Many of these new houses are built in middle-class neighborhoods having smaller, comfortably sized houses. The very expensive new houses add to tax revenues and exclude people with middle-class incomes. The two new houses under construction on Valley Road, call to mind dairy barns and stand far above their neighbors.  I know many people prefer the appearance of a capacious new house, but I wish that neighborhood context were considered more.  Why should building smaller houses be a problem?

STEPHANIE MAGDZIAK

Jefferson Road

To the Editor:

The Princeton Council has been discussing legislation that would allow nearly everyone who works in the town to earn sick time they can use for themselves or a loved one in the event of an illness. The Princeton Board of Health urges the municipality to pass the ordinance and join nine New Jersey municipalities that already guarantee earned sick time.

Any responsible doctor will tell someone with the flu to stay home, get well, and avoid spreading germs. But for over 40 percent of private-sector workers who don’t have any paid sick time, every illness presents an impossible choice. Do they stay home and take care of themselves? Or do they go to work to be able to pay their bills? Where employees aren’t even allowed an unpaid day off, staying home to recover from the flu can cost them their job.

When workers are forced to come to work sick it puts us all at risk. 1 in 5 food service workers have reported coming in with a stomach bug, and fear of job loss played a big role in their decision. Infected food workers cause 70 percent of reported norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food, which is why the CDC recommends restaurants provide paid sick days to their workers.

The Princeton Health Department has investigated two foodborne illness outbreaks stemming from suspected ill workers in as many years. Both outbreaks resulted in over 50 individuals succumbing to symptoms associated with foodborne disease. The Health Department has investigated an average of 27 reportable foodborne illnesses per year over the previous five years (2010-2014). Each year on average, seven cases had a connection to a food handler.

Childcare providers and home health care workers also often lack access to paid sick time, and when they come to work sick they can transmit illnesses to some of our town’s most vulnerable residents.

Parents who can’t earn paid sick time are more than twice as likely to send a sick child to school or daycare, endangering students, teachers, and staff. In 2013 over 40 percent of the students at Eagleswood Elementary School in Ocean County contracted norovirus, forcing the school to shut down for days. A growing body of evidence suggests that allowing workers to earn sick days can also provide real savings for businesses and our local economy. Workers forced to come to work sick stay sick longer, are less productive and can infect their co-workers. Nationally our economy loses $160 billion a year to this kind of ‘presenteeism’ — more than the cost of absenteeism.

Workers without earned sick days are 40 percent more likely to delay medical care, turning treatable conditions into more serious and costly ones. Unsurprisingly they are also more likely to use the emergency room – contributing to New Jersey’s more than 1 million annual emergency room visits that would be entirely avoidable with timely primary care.

Finally, jurisdictions that have passed similar laws around the country are doing well. Jersey City, Seattle and San Francisco are gaining jobs faster than neighbors that lack similar policies. Connecticut enacted the first statewide earned sick time law, and the Department of Labor reports measurable gains in the sectors most impacted by the new law. Passing the earned sick time ordinance would help keep Princeton’s families, businesses and local economy healthy. We urge the Council to pass this critical legislation as soon as possible.

CHARLES ROJER, MD

Princeton Board of Health, Chair

Monument Hall
One Monument Drive

To the Editor:

I would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who helped me this past week. Larry Jordan and the fleet of nurses: Kathy, Loretta, Sandy, Judith, Kate, Lauren.

Our beautiful new facility is spacious and graceful. Not knowing what to expect as a patient, I was impressed and pleased by the wonderful level of competence and compassion.

LYNN SANFORD

Cherry Valley Road

To the Editor:

We congratulate Mayor Liz Lempert for standing firm on Princeton’s intent to remain a sanctuary city for immigrants navigating the path to citizenship, despite fear and reaction following the recent tragedy in San Francisco where a woman was killed allegedly by an undocumented immigrant. Mayor Lempert and the Police Department are working hard to build trust throughout the community, including with the immigrant population, by providing “impartial policing” to all members of the community so people can feel safe to report crimes to the police.

 Our YWCA applauds that response as we remind our elected officials that the lack of comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) has taken a devastating toll on countless immigrant families. In New Jersey, women make up 51.4% of the immigrant population.  Without CIR, these women and their families are needlessly marginalized. This will also serve as a time to focus on the “End Racial Profiling Act” (S. 1056/H.R. 1933), which has been re-introduced in Congress and would nationally define and outlaw the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement. YWCA believes all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin or gender – have the right to justice. This includes policies that eradicate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, strengthen affirmative action and reduce hate crimes.

We strive to eliminate racism through awareness and educational programs. To that end, our YWCA provides our community with a well-respected English as a Second Language Program, high school equivalency preparation, and HiSET® testing in both English and Spanish, and a bilingual nursery school and child care program. We have also partnered with Latin American Legal Defense and Education (LALDEF) and Dress for Success Mercer to offer a free immigration workshop to our community members. The workshop, scheduled for Saturday, August 22 from 1-5pm, will focus on topics such as applying for citizenship/interview preparation, request/renew deferred action for youth, help with completion and review of application, translation of birth and marriage certificates, career planning, ESL classes, and more. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling (609) 688-0881. Workshop will be held at YWCA Princeton on 59 Paul Robeson Place.

 JUDY HUTTON

CEO, YWCA Princeton

Obit Anderson 7-29-15Albert Wayne Anderson

Albert Wayne Anderson, 74, died peacefully in his sleep the morning of July 23, 2015. Wayne was born and spent his early years in Ettrick, Virginia. His parents, Albert Cornelius Anderson and Estelle M. (Floyd) Anderson predeceased him. Wayne is survived by his wife Susan and their sons Brian, his wife Krissa and their daughters Emma and Kelsea of Pawcatuck, CT, and Todd, his wife Carrie and their children Nathan and Natalie of Middlebury, VT, his son Michael and his wife Elena and their daughters Alexis and Zoe, and his daughter Carrie and her husband Jim and their children Samantha, Brittany, James, and Joshua, and 6 great grandchildren, all of Canada. A kind, gentle, and generous man, Wayne loved and was loved in return and will be greatly missed.

Wayne graduated with a BA from Nyack College in 1966 where he majored in philosophy and minored in science, and earned an MA from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1968 where he majored in education with a minor in religion. He loved the publishing world and worked for John Wiley & Sons from 1968 to 1988, working his way from textbook sales rep (back when sales reps visited campuses in person) to Promotions Manager and then to Acquisitions Editor. He was Vice President/General Manager of the Publishing Group at Peterson’s Guides from 1988 to 1991. Wayne returned to Wiley to complete his career as Publisher for Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistics from 1991 to 1996. He loved publishing and technology and enjoyed nurturing staff and authors.

Wayne was an assistant coach in the minor leagues of Hightstown-East Windsor Youth Baseball League for eight years and enjoyed watching baseball all his life. He particularly enjoyed his time with his companions at the Princeton Senior Resource Center discussion groups on Great Decisions and Currents. Wayne loved the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which he started visiting as a child in 1950, and will serve as the final resting place for his ashes.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. at A.S. Cole Son & Co., 22 N. Main St., Cranbury, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Wayne Anderson to the Scholarship Fund at Peddie School, 201 South Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349. www.saulfuneralhomes.com.

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Frances Crandall

Frances Freer (Lown) Crandall, 87, of Princeton, NJ, died on July 14, 2015.

“Frankie” to college friends and “Mère-Mère” to her grandchildren.

Fran was born on November 26, 1927 to Dr. Morton Lown (Cornell class of 1910) and Hazel Freer Lown in Kingston, NY. Her older brother once recounted that she was a total surprise to her two older siblings. One day they were told to go their neighbor’s house, and when they returned, there she was!

She met her future husband, Max, on his birthday (what a present!) in 1950 and they were later married in 1952 in Kingston, NY.

She is survived by her husband Maxson Crandall Jr., and children/spouses:  Maxson Crandall III (Anita), Brooks Crandall (Jill), Christopher Crandall (Ellen) and grandchildren: Cabe, Grant, Anya, Paige, Dane, and Beck Crandall.

Developing an interest in the arts from a young age, she always felt a connection to her great uncle and art collector, Charles Lang Freer (Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC). Fran’s aspirations to expand her horizons beyond her small town and develop her artistic talents led her to Cornell University after graduating from Kingston High School in ’45. While at Cornell, “Frankie” was involved in a number of activities including the Riding Club (a passion that she maintained throughout her life), Sorority (Pi Beta Phi), The Sage Chapel Choir (she truly loved singing Hymns), and the design of the 1949 yearbook cover (which was proudly printed on t-shirts at their class reunions).  She graduated in ’49 with a BS in Human Ecology/Design and Environmental Analysis (Interior Design).Her first job was in the Big Apple working as a secretary at the leading manufacturer of fine woolen in America, Forstmann Woolen Company.  She later began her official interior design career as a junior designer at Jo Nesbitt Interior Design in Darien, CT. She moved onto advertising sales for “Shopping With Jane” in New Canaan, CT (notable for bringing her beagle Punch to sales calls). Not only a talented interior designer, Fran was also an accomplished watercolor painter and began to paint professionally in Holden, MA.  A true renaissance woman, she also applied her creative skills as a copywriter for Paoli and Sweeney, Cherry Hill, NJ.  In the late ‘80s, Fran began her own interior design business (FLC Interiors) in Brookfield Center, CT, and after moving to Princeton, NJ in the mid ‘90s, she continued working with clients up until her recent passing.

To say that Fran was active in her community would be a huge understatement. While living in Cherry Hill, NJ, she was co-chairperson for the “Friends of Barclay Farmstead” (colonial era historic site) and helped bring history back to life in the site’s restoration and preservation.  She also founded and functioned as chairperson for the Center for the Arts of Southern NJ and was a member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society. After moving to Princeton, she became a member of the Junior League of Greater Princeton and had the privilege of designing several rooms at various show houses over a five-year period.

Fran was an Award-winning watercolor painter and member of “Watercolorists Unlimited.” She studied under Lucille Geiser. She was also a Francophile and equestrian. Loving horses since her youth, Fran participated in the Riding Club at Cornell and cherised her horse “Beau Cheval,” a gift from her husband Max. Fran was also active in various churches throughout her lifetime.

A memorial service will be held for Frances Lown Crandall on August 1, 2015 at Princeton Meadow Church at 12:30 p.m.  Reception to follow at the church.

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Since neither Seurat nor Manet were on hand to paint the scene at Saturday’s Music Fest on Palmer Square, Town Topics’ Emily Reeves stopped by to capture this summer moment. Comments from some listeners are in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

STICKING WITH IT: Carly O’Brien heads up the field in action this spring during her senior season with the Dickinson College women’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton Day School standout O’Brien enjoyed a superb career for Dickinson, tallying 166 points in her career, fifth best in program history.  (Photo by by James Rasp, provided courtesy of Dickinson’s Office of Athletic Communications)

STICKING WITH IT: Carly O’Brien heads up the field in action this spring during her senior season with the Dickinson College women’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton Day School standout O’Brien enjoyed a superb career for Dickinson, tallying 166 points in her career, fifth best in program history.
(Photo by by James Rasp, provided courtesy of Dickinson’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Sadly, Carly O’Brien ended her senior season with the Dickinson College women’s lacrosse team this spring the same way she finished her freshman campaign – with a serious knee injury.

While injuries may have hampered O’Brien during her college career, the former Princeton Day School standout accomplished a lot when she was on the field for the Red Devils.

The high-scoring 5’8 forward tallied 166 points in her career, fifth best in program history, on 114 goals and 52 assists. She ranks seventh all-time for the team in goals and fifth in assists.

“Every time I stepped on the field, it was my job to score,” said O’Brien, a three-sport performer at PDS, who played soccer and ice hockey in addition to lacrosse.

“The defense worked so hard to get the ball and I wanted to come through. Because of the injuries, I wanted to make the most of the time I was on the field.”

Coming into this spring, O’Brien was looking to make the most of her senior season.

“My first three years, we came so close to the Centennial Conference  playoffs so my main goal was to make playoffs,” said O’Brien reflecting on her mindset coming into 2015. “It was a young team with a lot of talent and potential.”

O’Brien and the Red Devils got off to a good start, going 3-0, but couldn’t get over the hump, losing some tough games to ned the season at 8-7 overall and 4-5 Centennial. more

GaragePatrons of the Spring Street Garage will have some changes to adjust to in coming months. Parking fees at the municipal lot will be raised to prices yet to be determined and go into effect at the beginning of next year. In addition, the two hours of free parking traditionally given to users of Princeton Public Library will be done away with.

There is a silver lining: The half-hour of free parking in the lot will be upgraded to a full hour, for everyone. And during the week of September 14, when new equipment is to be installed at the two entrances to the garage, parking will be free, it was announced at Monday night’s meeting of Princeton Council. more

Amimal Control

Princeton’s new Animal Control Officer (ACO), Nate Barson, made a brief appearance at a meeting of the Board of Health last week.

Unlike his predecessor Mark Johnson, who came under the umbrella of the Princeton Police Department for most of his time with the municipality, Mr. Barson will be attached to the health department and have an office in Monument Hall. more

Now that construction of the Lakeside Apartments is completed and graduate students and their families are moving into the new complex on Faculty Road, Princeton University is preparing to demolish the Butler Tract apartments on Harrison Street. The barracks-like development, which was built as temporary housing after World War II but served for almost 70 years as a home for graduate students, will finally meet the wrecking ball in early fall. more

ON TOUR: Kelly Shon displays her form as she follows through on a shot during her career with the Princeton University women’s golf team. Shon, a 2014 Princeton alum who was a four-time All Ivy league honoree and the 2013 Ivy individual champion, is currently competing as a rookie on the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tour.  (Photo provided courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

ON TOUR: Kelly Shon displays her form as she follows through on a shot during her career with the Princeton University women’s golf team. Shon, a 2014 Princeton alum who was a four-time All Ivy league honoree and the 2013 Ivy individual champion, is currently competing as a rookie on the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tour.
(Photo provided courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Kelly Shon graduated from Princeton University in June 2014 with a degree in sociology but her education was just beginning on another front as she went from college to the Symetra Tour, the development circuit for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

For Shon, a four-time All Ivy league honoree and the 2013 Ivy individual champion during her stellar career with the Tiger women’s golf program, competing as a pro was an eye-opening experience, on and off the course. more

FISHING THE FLATS: Adventurous traveler Melanie Tucker, shown here fishing the flats in Key West, will share her knowledge of off-the-beaten track destinations in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library, this Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The travel designer will present a slide illustrated talk, “Short Sojourns: Rejuvenating Travel in Just Three Days,” as part of the Library’s summer series, “Escape the Ordinary,” which hosts writers, book groups, artists, and guest speakers. Ms. Tucker is the owner of Rare Finds Travel (www.rarefindstravel.com) and specializes in custom travel itineraries. For more information, call (609) 923.0304, or visit: http://rarefindstravel.com(Photo Courtesy of Rare Finds Travel)

FISHING THE FLATS: Adventurous traveler Melanie Tucker, shown here fishing the flats in Key West, will share her knowledge of off-the-beaten track destinations in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library, this Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The travel designer will present a slide illustrated talk, “Short Sojourns: Rejuvenating Travel in Just Three Days,” as part of the Library’s summer series, “Escape the Ordinary,” which hosts writers, book groups, artists, and guest speakers. Ms. Tucker is the owner of Rare Finds Travel (www.rarefindstravel.com) and specializes in custom travel itineraries. For more information, call (609) 923.0304, or visit: http://rarefindstravel.com (Photo Courtesy of Rare Finds Travel)

According to a recent study from the U.S. Travel Association, America is becoming a nation of workaholics, with workers taking less and less vacation time than ever before.

Travel designer Melanie Tucker has the antidote for the time-pressed traveler. With a lifetime of adventurous, off-the-beaten track trips behind her, the former Princeton resident has a wealth of knowledge of three-day breaks that can deliver the feel of a much longer vacation.  more

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After welcoming Princeton’s new Animal Control Officer Nate Barson to the municipality (see page one story), Health Officer Jeffrey C. Grosser and the rest of the Board got down to business at the Princeton Board of Health’s regular monthly meeting last week. more

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After a four-year ban that prevented him from all international travel and kept him from visiting Princeton in 2012, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has had his passport returned to him.

Last week, Mr. Ai posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding the document, which had been confiscated by Chinese authorities following the artist’s outspoken remarks on number of national scandals, including collapse of badly-constructed schools during a 2008 earthquake.  more

book revI recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for. — George Orwell, from Homage to Catalonia

A friend who went to Antioch College tells of arriving as a freshman to find himself confronted on a dormitory stairway by a stunningly lovely girl holding a pail of water, shouting, “Would you have fought in Spain?” Taking into account the water, the stairway, and the girl, he answered in the affirmative and was allowed to pass.

George Orwell, who fought in Spain and wrote about it in Homage to Catalonia (1938), found something more rewarding than the chance to fight fascism: “Up here in Aragon one was among tens of thousands of people…all living at the same level and mingling on terms of equality.  more

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Princeton Summer Theater’s double bill of one-acts, The Actor’s Nightmare (1981) by Christopher Durang and The Real Inspector Hound (1968) by Tom Stoppard, is an insider’s delight with both plays set in a theater, both plays about plays, performances and actors (and, in the latter case, critics too). The highly skilled young performers of these brilliantly clever works at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through August 2, enjoy themselves immensely in their madcap endeavors, and the enjoyment inexorably spreads through the loudly laughing audience.  more

Hofer Museum

Princeton resident Margaret “Margi” Hofer has been appointed as Vice President and Director of the Museum Division at the New-York Historical Society.

With more than two decades of service, Ms. Hofer has contributed to or overseen New-York Historical’s decorative arts collections and exhibitions. She spearheaded the groundbreaking 2007 exhibition and publication “A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls,” which revealed previously unrecognized achievements of Tiffany Studios’ women designers. more

Art Topic

That’s the title of the newest exhibition at Gallery 353, 353 Nassau Street, Princeton, which opens with a reception Saturday, August 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show features local artist Nancy Dawn Merrill whose 36 x 48 inch rendering of “Maeve, Warrior Queen” is shown above. Ms. Merrill’s evocative figures and lush compositions are descried as “bold and colorful, and gush from a spring of ‘pure imagination.’” more

Poppins Theater

Bella Lundquist as Mary Poppins, and the cast of Mary Poppins perform an impromptu flash performance during their fundraiser outside of Cream King on Monday night. Just one of the many high energy dance and song numbers from the show which will take place at The Hopewell Valley Central High School Performing Arts Center on July 30 at 7 p.m. and August 2 at 7 p.m.  more

Stories

People & Stories/Gente 7 Cuentos of Trenton is one of five organizations in New Jersey to be included in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarding of $36.6 million in grants for 212 humanities projects. The grant, announced Wednesday, July 29, is for $408, 378. more

July 28, 2015

Cooling Stations

During the current heat wave this week, Princeton’s cooling stations will be open to ensure Princeton residents have a safe place to stay cool during the expected high temperatures. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed. Cooling stations are air conditioned facilities where Princeton residents can find relief from the heat. Free water is accessible at all stations. more