January 18, 2017

UPPING HIS GAME: Princeton University men’s basketball player Myles Stephens goes up for a bucket in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore guard Stephens scored a career-high 19 points to help Princeton defeat Yale 66-58. He was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week. The Tigers, now 10-6 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, are currently on exam hiatus and will be back in action when they play at Dartmouth on February 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Myles Stephens established himself as a defensive stopper from the minute he stepped on the court for the Princeton University men’s basketball team last winter in his freshman campaign. more

FOR THE RECORD: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Colton Phinney prepares to ward off a shot last Friday as Princeton fell 5-1 to visiting Cornell. Senior goalie Phinney recorded 21 saves in the contest, making history in the process as his fifth stop gave him 2,952 in his career, passing the previous program record of 2,951 set by Ronald Dennis in 1983. A night later, Phinney added to his record total, making 37 saves as Princeton tied Colgate 2-2 as it moved to 7-11-2 overall and 3-9-2 ECAC Hockey. The Tigers are currently on a hiatus for exams and return to action when they face top-ranked Penn State on January 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Colton Phinney has endured a lot of disappointment in his time with the Princeton University men’s hockey team. more

DOUBLE PLAY: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson drives to the basket in recent action. Last Saturday against visiting Yale, junior Robinson contributed a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Princeton rally to 74-62 win over the Bulldogs. A night earlier, Robinson produced another double-double in a 98-88 loss to Brown, scoring a career-high 21 points with 11 rebounds. The Tigers, now 7-9 overall and 1-2 Ivy League, are on exam hiatus and return to action when they host Dartmouth on February 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was only mid-January but the Princeton University women’s basketball team was badly in need of a win when it hosted Yale last Saturday evening. more

TRUE BLUE: Princeton High boys’ basketball player Zahrion Blue drives around a foe in recent action. Last Friday, senior star Blue poured in 24 points in a losing cause as PHS fell 63-50 at Robbinsville to move to 6-4. The Little Tigers will look to get back on the winning track as they play at Allentown on January 20 before hosting Trenton on January 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at West Windsor/Plainsboro-North last week, the Princeton High boys’ basketball team looked like it might get run out of the gym in the early stages of the contest. more

HEARTFELT: Princeton High girls’ hockey player Maggie Herring controls the puck in recent action. Last Thursday, senior forward and captain Herring tallied two goals and two assists as PHS defeated visiting Immaculate Heart Academy 12-5. The Little Tigers, who moved to 2-4 with the win, host Pingry on January 27 at Baker Rink for the program’s annual Senior Night Celebration. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite having defeated Immaculate Heart Academy by 10 goals earlier this month, the Princeton High girls’ hockey team wasn’t about to go through the motions when the foes met for a rematch last Thursday at Baker Rink. more

STEPPING UP: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David Coit races up the court in recent action. Last Saturday, sophomore guard Coit scored 13 points in a losing cause as PDS fell 58-54 at Montgomery in dropping to 9-5. The Panthers play at Pingry on January 20 before hosting Hamilton on January 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After getting off to a sizzling 9-1 start, the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team has hit a rough patch, losing four of its last five games. more

SPIN CONTROL: Hun School boys’ basketball player Lorenzo Spinazzi handles the ball in a game last winter. On Sunday, Spinazzi scored nine points to help Hun defeat Mercersburg Academy 68-37 and improve to 4-9. In upcoming action, Hun hosts Trenton Catholic on January 19 and then faces The Master’s School (Conn.) on January 21 in the Mel Henderson Memorial Showcase at Hackensack High. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Lorenzo Spinazzi may not be in the starting lineup for the Hun School boys’ basketball team but he is emerging as one of the squad’s key players. more

To the Editor:

The stubborn fact of primary education is that the greatest predictor of student achievement is having parents of high educational attainment. Princeton schools are so successful primarily due to a virtuous cycle of attracting to the community and retaining highly educated parents. Our schools are human institutions and the large amounts of money we spend on them does not guarantee them to transcend human imperfections, no matter how wonderful any individual teacher may be. For example, our experience over three years in Princeton Public Schools was that our very high property taxes were not offset by a reduction in parental workload (or an increase in academic or social achievement at school) required to keep our older disabled son from falling through the cracks as a “discipline” problem.

We were ready to leave Princeton, confident that we could achieve comparable results elsewhere with half the tax burden. As it happened, our children were lucky enough to be drawn into Princeton Charter School. Our older son, in particular, has thrived academically, emotionally, and socially over the year and half he has attended. He now spends no time in the principal’s office, and we communicate constructively with the school to navigate challenges that arise from his ADHD and ASD diagnoses. Our experiences with PCS have cemented our commitment to remain in Princeton and work to strengthen PCS and improve its service to the whole community.

We recognize that PCS is not serving enough of Princeton’s economically disadvantaged families. We therefore support the proposed changes to the lottery system because they are fundamentally about increasing access and achievement for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The lottery will be weighted in favor of those students. Kindergarten will become the main entry point to smooth the integration of students (and parents) into the PCS culture and curriculum. This will benefit all students, but especially disadvantaged ones who may need sustained intensive educator focus. Increasing the school size will further broaden access of the community to the school.

We view the Charter school as an important element of the Princeton educational ecosystem, providing an additional high quality educational option to help perpetuate Princeton’s virtuous cycle. It bears reiteration that PCS students are Princeton students: nearly all matriculate to PHS where they positively contribute to the school’s dynamism and success.

Dr. Ethan Schartman

Dodds Lane


To the Editor:

It costs less to educate a child at the public Princeton Charter School than at the other Princeton public schools.

Moreover, many parents judge this education to be more desirable, since there are more applications than available slots.

Some critics say that the proposed Charter School expansion will financially hurt the district. According to them, expanding a less expensive and more desirable option results in a net loss for the district!

Please, keep such sophistry away from our children’s education.

Juan Maldacena

Newlin Road

To the Editor:

The high quality of our public schools, including the Princeton Charter School, is something that all Princeton residents can rightfully take great pride in. However, rising fixed costs (especially healthcare) and expanding enrollment will pose serious challenges to our ability to maintain this level of excellence. Only by coming together around creative ways to contain costs that we can all embrace will we be able to secure the strength and well-being of our schools. The recent decision by the Trustees of the Charter School to submit an application to the State of New Jersey to expand is the wrong move, at the wrong time, and conducted in the wrong way (without any forewarning or input from the broader community and to be decided not by Princeton residents at all, but rather by the New Jersey Commissioner of Education).

The assertions of the Charter School leadership that this move will save the public schools money are dubious and, by all the information I have seen, simply inaccurate and self-serving. By taking $1.2 million out of the public school coffers and allocating it solely to the Charter School for the 76 additional slots sought there, the existing fiscal challenges to the school system are only compounded. I urge the Board of Trustees of the Charter School to retract their application. If they truly believe (as they claim) that their move is in the broader interests of the community, they should have the courage of their convictions and delay this move until there is a consensus in the Princeton community as to its wisdom.

Both the Charter School and the Princeton Public Schools are funded out of the same limited pool of resources — working together they have the best chance of ensuring the continued success of both. A house divided, however, cannot stand. If this application moves forward and is approved by the Commissioner of Education, it will only backfire on the Charter School to the extent that it both galvanizes vocal and sustained opposition from those, such as myself, who have not previously considered themselves opponents of the Charter School and undermines the quality of the very high school that the Charter School itself feeds into.

So I repeat my fervent request that the Charter School leadership drop their application to expand …. And I urge all residents of Princeton to voice strenuous opposition before it is too late and a chasm opens up between the Charter School and the Princeton Public Schools, to the detriment of both.

Cliff Birge

Hunt Drive

To the Community:

I would like to thank the Princeton community for giving me the opportunity to serve on the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education for the past three years. It has been a very rewarding experience and I hope my contributions have benefitted our students. I especially thank Superintendent Steve Cochrane and my colleagues on the Board for their help and advice. I heartily recommend others in the community to consider serving on the school board. Election petitions are due in five months, so this is a great time to start planning to run!

Tom Hagedorn

Cherry Hill Road

To the Editor:

I write in the spirit of love and respect for my community regarding the proposed Princeton Charter School (PCS) expansion. My family and I joined this community ten years ago, when both Princeton Charter School and Princeton Public Schools (PPS) were already established and high performing. We’ve enjoyed friendship, laughter, and community building with so many families from both PCS and PPS. Though my children attend PPS, we did look at PCS as an option. I count among my closest friends PCS parents. My children enjoy deep friendships with PCS students. As Superintendent Cochrane has said, they are all our children. This sentiment resonates with me.

There is goodness in our community, and when there isn’t, I’m convinced that it is the result of unintended consequences. While I think the proposed Charter School expansion comes from a place of goodness by the PCS trustees, I believe the unintended consequences will be detrimental to all our children. This, because the resulting budgetary constraints on PPS will be crippling. Any loss of budgetary strength will be detrimental to PPS. Since so many PCS children matriculate through the upper levels of PPS, it makes sense for the two entities to engage in regular communication and cooperation.

I’d like to voice support for the idea that the good people of PCS and PPS come together to reevaluate the proposed expansion of the Charter School. I support striking a more conciliatory tone and truly stepping into the shoes of the other side. Assuming bad intentions helps no one. None of us try to teach our children to assume the worst, so why should we engage with vitriol?

It is my sincere hope that the trustees of PCS and leadership of PPS will come together to discuss how best to educate all our children without unintended harmful consequences. A withdrawal of the petition to expand, a withdrawal of the Sunshine Act lawsuit, a reminder that we are all one community and can accomplish great things together. A commitment to work together for the greater good of our community and all our children.


Mt. Lucas Road

To the Editor:

The decision whether to expand Princeton Charter School (PCS) should be a community choice of how we dedicate public funds to best educate all of our children and achieve social equity, rather than a contest of personal anecdotes.

It necessitates a careful look at the impacts on fund:

Fact 1: PCS expansion will immediately take $1.16 million out of the existing school budget. (In addition to the $4.9 million it already takes.) Those redirected funds will no longer serve 91 percent of Princeton children in order to accommodate 76 new students at PCS (less than 0.2 percent of students). As explained by our superintendent, this will eliminate funds without significant cost savings. If enacted, Princeton Public Schools (PPS) will have to eliminate programs to make up the lost revenue.

Fact 2: State legislation caps annual school funding increases at 2 percent of funds. School funds from a tax increase can only increase $1.4 million under recent state law.

Therefore, taxes for everyone in town would increase just to cover the increased funding drain by PCS on our schools’ budget. To repeat: If enacted, EVERYONE in Princeton will pay higher taxes next year and in years to come to accommodate the Charter School, but our public schools would only get a very small fraction of that tax increase. PPS would then have to manage next year’s budget with anticipated increased enrollment and unavoidable annual expense increases with no significant change in funding despite increased local property taxes. The end result would be higher taxes combined with a lower quality education for the vast majority of students across the town.

These are facts, not feelings and anecdotes. No number of heartwarming stories about “my child’s experience” in either setting changes the social impacts of this unnecessary and ill-considered move. This matter is a public choice that should be made by the community at large. An unelected and independently governed board with no electoral oversight should not be making financial policy choices for the community at large. This proposal, detrimental to the community at large, should be stopped. It is a divisive and undemocratic proposal solely for the benefit of a few at the expense of the majority.


Prospect Avenue

To the Editor:

I just used the last of my Chanukah candles and noticed that the label on the box showed that I had purchased them at Jordan’s in the Princeton Shopping Center.

Sadly, Jordan’s is gone.

I do not know why the new owners of the shopping center chose to terminate the lease on one of Princeton’s most useful stores.

If I needed an unusual card or eclectic gift item, I could almost always find it there. In addition there was always the owner Mr. Wildman’s smiling face.


Conifer Court

To the Editor:

I was never a student or teacher at Westminster Choir College, but over the years I have attended many a concert there and, as a playwright, I have had the pleasure of working with some of its amazingly talented students. The Westminster student body is relatively small, but every student I have ever met has been seriously, passionately devoted to singing or musical composition or the playing of one or more instruments. These fine young people know why they are there and seem to grow and thrive on Westminster’s beautiful Princeton campus. It is rare that a small American college can fit so harmoniously, as it were, into a quiet residential section of a bustling university town.

There is no doubt that Rider University has the right to pull the students and teachers out of Westminster, ship them down to Lawrenceville, and sell the Choir College campus. Some of the students will go, some will not, but the Choir College, even if it keeps that name, will never be the same school. The quiet and beauty of the campus, not to mention the charming relationship between the College and its neighbors, have had a lot to do with why the College has attracted so many outstanding students. All such benefits will be lost if Rider abandons the Westminster’s campus.

Perhaps the folks at Rider should think about why they wanted to own Westminster in the first place. Surely it was not to make big bucks; rather, it was to acquire a small but enormously prestigious institution that could be a true asset to the Rider family. I gather that there were other schools like Yale and Juilliard that wanted to acquire Westminster, but Rider won out, in part by suggesting that it would keep the Choir College in Princeton rather than move it away. I hope that the management at Rider will remember what was said to the Westminster people at the time of the merger and will honor the spirit in which the merger between the two schools took place.


Meadowbrook Drive

To the Editor:

In my recently published booklet called the Story of Maxwell Lane, I showed that the name “Maxwell’s Field,” applied to a portion of the Institute for Advanced Study’s (IAS) land contested by the Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS), was historically impossible. Mr. Robert Maxwell bought and moved into the property in 1925. His purchase included the whole area housing the Battlefield and the Institute campus, from the southwest side of Princeton Pike down to the Delaware and Raritan Canal. This vast property was known as Mercer Manor, defined and named by Job Olden when he bought it from his father in the 1830s. As far as I know the term “Maxwell’s Field” was first used (invented, I believe) by the PBS in its polemics against the IAS. Happily the dispute between the IAS and the PBS is now resolved. However, the incorrect nomenclature lives on. In his statement announcing the territorial resolution, the Institute’s director used the discredited title “Maxwell’s Field,” and now the Town Topics article, “Surprise Accord Ended Battlefield Strife,” published on January 11, used it more than once. It is a small point, but then scholarship is comprised of small points brought together to make up historical truth.

Marilyn Aronberg Lavin

Maxwell Lane

Priscilla Alexandra Waring

Priscilla Alexandra Waring, 72, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at her home in Newtown, Pa. following a brief illness.

Ms. Waring was a long-time resident of Princeton and Pennington, Washington Crossing, Pa., and has resided in Bucks County since 2001.

She received her early education at Saint Paul School in Princeton and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Formerly senior vice president and director of Gallup and Robinson, Inc., an advertising and marketing research firm serving Fortune 500 clients, she was a frequent speaker at international and national conferences. Ms. Waring was owner of Gryphon Group LLC, a market research firm, and for the past 12 years was a realtor associate with Weidel Realtors and licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Ms. Waring had been a member of Princeton Rotary for many years.

Priscilla is the granddaughter of the late Alston and Beulah Waring, prominent citizens of Solebury Township, Pa. The farm they purchased in the late 1920’s became part of the Honey Hollow Watershed, a designated historic landmark. In 2014 Priscilla donated the family archive, which includes family memorabilia and publications by and about the Warings to the Solebury Township Historical Society. She carried on their legacy with a lifelong passion for history, conservation, and love of nature, gardening, and service to her community.

She is predeceased by her parents, Theodore R. and Barbara G. Waring of Princeton; and her sister, Winifred B. Waring.

Interment will be at Princeton Cemetery on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

Donations accepted via www.GoFundMe.com/Priscilla-Waring-Memorial-Fund.

Extend condolences and remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


John C. Sapoch, Jr.

John C. Sapoch, Jr. passed away peacefully on January 13, 2017. Beloved husband, cherished grandfather, devoted father, step-father, brother, and uncle, Jack’s impact on those around him was deep and lasting and he will be profoundly missed. He was a member of Princeton University’s Great Class of 1958. A legend in the annals of Princeton University football, he captained the 1957 team perfecting the single wing offense during his seasons as starting quarterback. A protégé of Princeton Coach Charlie Caldwell, Jack was awarded the venerable John Prentice Poe Award and was named to the 1957 Associated Press All-Ivy and All-East first team. Just prior to graduation, he turned down an offer by Vince Lombardi to play with the Green Bay Packers. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, returning to Princeton to serve as Secretary for the Committee for Alumni Associations, Director of the Princeton University Conference, and finally as a Corporate Officer in the position of Assistant Secretary of the University. Jack went on to a successful career in management consulting, first with the J.P. Cleaver Company and then as CEO of SINC and Princeton-Pacific, Inc., where he became a distinguished authority on transportation management.

Born and raised in Allentown, Pa., Jack spent his happiest years in southern California married to Ava Anttila. During their time on The Strand in Manhattan Beach, their annual Fourth of July celebration was legendary. Together they built a home rooted in generous devotion to family and friends. Their door was always open to an ever-growing community of friends and colleagues. This included a strong connection to the Finnish community and the Finnish Consulate where Ava has maintained an active leadership role through the years. Jack was a mentor to many. A good listener, strategic in his advice, he gave you the confidence to believe in yourself. From that, all things were possible.

Predeceased by his parents, John C. Sapoch, Sr., and Dorothy Rems Sapoch; his sister, Sally Mengels; and his parents-in-law Ari and Raija Anttila; Jack is survived by his beloved wife Ava; sister Dotty and her husband Bill Clayton (Falls Church, Va.); sons John and his wife Jamie (Hopewell); Bill (Montclair) from his first marriage to Betty W. Sapoch (Princeton); step-sons Wyatt Bloomfield and his wife Johanna (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and William Bloomfield and his wife Maria (Minneapolis, Minn.); loving grandchildren, Emily and Jack Sapoch; and Charlotte, Beckett, Alec, and Helena Bloomfield, among many other relatives.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jack’s memory can be made to the charitable organization of your choice or to the Princeton Football Association either online at makeagift.princeton.edu/athletics or via check to Princeton Football Association, Princeton University, PO Box 5357, Princeton, 08543.


Helge Leeuwenburgh

Helge Willem Leeuwenburgh, 85, passed away peacefully in his Princeton, New Jersey home on January 10, 2017, after a long, brave fight against cancer. Helge is survived by his wife Carolyn; his three children Mark and his wife Joanne, Erika and her husband Steve, and Todd; and four grandchildren Zachary, Alexandra, Sophia, and Emma. He is also survived by his brother Wim, residing in the Netherlands, with his niece Astrid and nephews Geert and Tony.

Helge was born June 27, 1931 in Nykobing, Denmark to Ragnhild Hostrup and Antonie Leeuwenburgh. He grew up with his two brothers, Willem and Jens, in Amsterdam. He graduated from the Het Amsterdams Lyceum in 1949 and studied at the University of Amsterdam before entering the Royal Netherlands Navy where he served as a signal officer stationed in Suriname.

He and his wife, Carolyn, met in the Netherlands in 1955. They moved to the United States and then married in 1957. They settled in Brooklyn Heights, New York, where they started a family, and he became a United States citizen. In 1970, the family relocated to Princeton, New Jersey.

In the early 1970s, he began his career in travel for the Netherlands National Tourist Office and concurrently managed the import-export of Dutch cheese into the country. Afterwards, he pioneered low-fare group travel in the United States with his business partner Sir Freddie Laker. Subsequently, he founded Overseas-Charter-A-Flight and, as president and chief executive officer, led the company for over a decade. In the 1980s, he was a sought-after independent tour operator organizing and leading groups in China, throughout the United States, and Europe for Rider University and Westminster Choir College, amongst other educational institutions.

He enjoyed bicycling, hiking, the outdoors, and time with family. He was a global citizen, respected and admired by family, friends, and colleagues for his intelligence and compassion. He will be remembered fondly as a patient husband, loving father, and friend.

A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

In remembrance of Helge, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

Saroo (Dev Patel) was born into poverty in India’s Khandwa district. He lived there with his single mother, Kamla (Priyanka Bose), his older brother, Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), and his younger sister, Shekila (Khushi Solanki).

His illiterate mother eked out a living by carrying rocks from a local quarry, and she could barely afford to keep a roof over their heads. So, when Guddu found a night job hauling bales of hay, Saroo begged to go with him to help, even though he was really too small for the job.

Saroo fell asleep after the long ride sitting on his brother’s bike’s handlebars to the worksite. “It’s my fault, for bringing him here,” Guddu lamented, before leaving Saroo alone for the night on a train station bench.

Unfortunately, when Guddu was nowhere to be seen when he woke up, the five-year-old forgot his brother’s instruction to stay put and went looking for him. While searching for food on a decommissioned train, the train’s doors locked and it started moving. After several days, Saroo ended up in Bengal, a city 1,600 miles away. When he got off the train, Saroo couldn’t get any help from the busy passers-by, because he did not speak the language spoken there, and he mispronounced the name of his hometown, “Ganestalay.”

He ended up struggling to survive on the streets, until he was taken in by a local orphanage. After some time Saroo, who didn’t know his last name, his mother’s name, or where he was from, was sent to Australia where Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John Brierley (David Wenham), were eager to adopt him.

For the next 25 years, he grew up going to school, playing cricket, swimming in a cove off the ocean, and then falling in love with Lucy (Rooney Mara), an Australian. Then one fateful evening a childhood memory was triggered during a dinner of Indian food.

Compulsively curious about his roots, Saroo used his computer to search for his birthplace in India. Finally he realized that he had been mispronouncing the name of the area where he was born and found it on the computer. When he flew to India, he had a joyous reunion with his mother and younger sister, but sadly his brother Guddu had died.

Adapted from Saroo Brierley’s autobiography, A Long Way Home, Lion is a heartbreaking biopic with an emotional punch, thanks to powerful performances by Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel as the young and adult Saroo, respectively. The supporting cast, led by Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman, portrayed the women who had played pivotal roles in Saroo’s life.

Excellent (****). Rated PG-13 for mature themes and some sensuality. In English, Hindi, and Bengali with subtitles. Running time: 118 minutes.

Distributor: The Weinstein Company.

Reading over the artist’s shoulder, you know who the hero of the occasion is at Monday’s Martin Luther King Day Community Event at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center. It was a day of live performances, interactive improv, listening, learning, sharing, and making art. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Despite impassioned appeals on both sides, along with expressed commitments to work together, Princeton Charter School (PCS) and Princeton Public Schools (PPS) remain entrenched in their opposition over the question of a PCS expansion.

Princeton Charter School’s board voted unanimously last Wednesday to support their application to the State Department of Education for expansion, and Princeton Public Schools continued their efforts to block that move.  more

IT’S ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY: Princeton Councilman Lance Liverman delivered a positive message at a prayer breakfast held in memory of Martin Luther King, at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center. Bob Durkee, the University’s vice president and secretary, looks on at far left. (Photo by Denise Applewhite, Courtesy of Princeton University)

This year for the first time, Princeton University designated Martin Luther King Day a school holiday. That gave students and faculty the day off on Monday, January 16, and many of them joined members of the local community to remember the late civil rights activist at a special prayer breakfast in the University’s Carl A. Fields Center. more

Advocating the benefits of recycling to residents of Princeton can be like preaching to the choir. But there is more to creating a truly sustainable community than even the most dedicated recyclers may be aware. more

MOVING ON: Potter John Shedd, a fixture in Rocky Hill for decades, is relocating his shop and studio to Hopewell. The stalled bridge repair work on Route 518 has kept customers away for too long, making a major dent in his important holiday sales season. Look for John Shedd Designs this spring in Hopewell’s Tomato Factory. 

For John Shedd, the idea of moving his pottery studio from Rocky Hill to Hopewell is nothing new. He has mulled it over for years. more

Leticia Fraga has announced she will make another run for Princeton Council in the next election this year. The terms of Bernie Miller and Jo Butler will become available. Mr. Miller has said he will not run for another term, while Ms. Butler has yet to make a decision. more

Rutgers Master Gardeners, who recently received Awards for Excellence at a conference of the Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey.  Pictured with Barbara J. Bromley, Mercer County Horticulturist (far right) are front, Greenie Neuburg, Princeton; and standing rear from left to right Louise Senior, Princeton; Kay Danbury, Lawrenceville; and Pat Lagunas, Princeton.

Annie Isaacson, 47, yoga teacher and founder in 2014 of Rise Power Yoga on the second floor at 80 Nassau Street, believes in balance. She realizes that Rise Power Yoga is a successful business, but more important to her is leading a balanced life and providing a service to the community. As she explains it, “It becomes a space for a lot of people to show up and discover their radiance and deal with whatever they’re going through, whether it’s physical or emotional.” Annie lives in Princeton off Mount Lucas Road with her 13-year-old son. Here, in her own words, she talks about her journey to Rise Power Yoga. more