September 3, 2015

US Military

On September 1, 2015, three marines and three service dogs began a 100-mile journey from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the Freedom Tower in New York City. Dubbed “The Long Walk,” Sergeant Devon Richio, Sergeant Steven Walls, Sergeant Andrew Einstein, and their three working dogs, will arrive at the Kingston Fire Company in Kingston, NJ on Friday, September 4 at approximately 5 p.m. The Kingston Fire Company will welcome the hard working Marines with open arms and invites the Princeton and Kingston communities to do the same. more

WC Park

Travel back in time and experience the life of the Founding Fathers during “Market & Muster Day” at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Witness Revolutionary War era townspeople gather at their colonial marketplace and soldiers assemble to drill 18th-century military tactics. While the soldiers march and fire their muskets, historic crafters will demonstrate and sell their wares. more

PU Irish Studies

Clair Wills, Princeton University’s new Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Chair of Irish Letters at Princeton, has announced the Fund for Irish Studies’ 2015-16 series, featuring talks by leading Irish writers, filmmakers and scholars, presented in collaboration with Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

The Fund for Irish Studies, previously chaired by Princeton’s Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities Paul Muldoon and now led by Wills, affords all Princeton students and the community at large a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics, and economics, not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” more

September 2, 2015


HEAD FIRST: Princeton University men’s soccer player Thomas Sanner, left, goes up high to head a ball in action last fall. Senior star Sanner should be a go-to finisher for the Tigers this fall. Princeton kicks off its 2015 campaign by playing at St. John’s on September 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Riding a late surge last fall, the Princeton University men’s soccer team went 8-0-1 in its final nine games and tied Dartmouth for the Ivy League title. more


FLYING START: Princeton University women’s soccer player Vanessa Gregoire, right, soars over a Howard player last Friday night in the 2015 season opener for the Tigers. Sophomore midfielder Gregoire contributed a goal and an assist in the contest as Princeton rolled to a 6-0 win over the Bison in the debut of new Tiger head coach Sean Driscoll. Two days later, Gregoire contributed two assists as Princeton topped Fordham 2-1. Gregoire was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her productive weekend. The Tigers will look to keep on the winning track as they host Rutgers on September 3 and Duquesne on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Vanessa Gregoire, the season opener for the Princeton University women’s soccer team last Friday night against visiting Howard had been on her mind for a while. more


HARD CHALLENGE: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Chris Harla thwarts a foe in a recent preseason scrimmage. Senior defender and tri-captain Harla figures to be a key performer this fall for the Little Tigers who are coming off a 2014 season that saw the squad win the county title and advance to the state Group 3 title game. The Little Tigers open their regular season play by hosting Westfield on September 5. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton High boys’ soccer team is stocked with seniors and is coming off a season that saw the squad win the county title and advance to the state Group 3 championship game, Wayne Sutcliffe knows those factors don’t guarantee success this fall. more


NEW YORK JET: Olivia Braender-Carr chases down a ball in action last fall during her freshman campaign with the New York University women’s soccer team. Former Hun school star Braender-Carr tallied a goal on the season and helped the Violets advance to the NCAA Division III tournament. She was slated to get her sophomore season underway on September 1 as NYU hosted Johnson and Wales in its season opener. (Photo Courtesy of NYU Sports Information)

After playing defense for most of her career with the Hun School girls’ soccer team, Olivia Braender-Carr was sent up the field as she made her debut last fall for the NYU women’s squad. more

To the Editor:

Many people in Princeton do not realize that their representatives in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly are all Republicans. Yes! It’s true.

If you don’t believe me go to:

How did this happen? As a result of the 2010 national census, New Jersey State Legislative Districts were redrawn. Princeton was transferred from State Legislative District 15 — represented by three Democrats — to State Legislative District 16, represented by three Republicans, one of them endorsed by the Tea Party. All of them have voted to back Gov. Chris Christie’s initiatives to roll back environmental advances, decimate funding for women’s health care, and divert money intended for transportation infrastructure (including turning down $3 billion from the federal government to build a second train tunnel from New Jersey to New York), while blaming teachers for everything that is wrong with the state.

We have two excellent Democratic candidates running this year for the New Jersey State Assembly: Andrew Zwicker, a scientist and educator, and Maureen Vella, an attorney who gave up a judgeship in order to run. Check them out at:

Your vote will be crucial on November 3, 2015. It is an off-year for elections to national office, which usually means that turnout will be low. If you don’t vote, State Legislative District 16 will continue to be represented by Republicans. If you do, there’s a good chance it won’t. Better yet, don’t wait until November 3 to vote. You can get an application for a mail-in ballot that you can fill out ahead of time so you don’t need to worry about getting to the polls. You can request a vote-by-mail application from the Mercer County Clerk, or better yet, pick one up at the Zwicker/Vella headquarters in Princeton in the McCaffrey’s building, on the second floor down the hall from the ballet studio and the dentist.

Make your vote count!

Scotia W. MacRae

Evelyn Place

movie rev

IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS: As they stretch out on the hood of their car, Mike (Jesse Eisenberg, left) and his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart) enjoy an evening under the stars. The pair are content to get together and get high after work each day. However, their easy-going life is about to be turned upside down when assassins try to kill Mike. (Photo © 2015 – Lionsgate)

When you meet him, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) appears to be a prototypical slacker with not much of a future. The small town stoner is content to fritter away his life behind the counter of the local convenience store as long as he can go home every day and get high with his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart).

It’s hard to figure out why she puts up with this loser who has no ambition and has a crippling fear of flying that prevents him from travelling very far from Lymon, West Virginia. After all, Phoebe is attractive and has a decent career as a bail bondsman. Nevertheless, she sticks with him, even after he has a panic attack in the airport and aborts their plans for a perfect Hawaiian getaway. Mike was as upset as Phoebe when he failed to board the plane, because he had purchased a diamond ring and was going to pop the question during their vacation.

Phoebe has no idea that her beau is a sleeper agent who has been trained to be a deadly assassin by a U.S. government spy agency. Mike is also unaware of it too, since a part of his brain was turned off when the program was put in mothballs.

However, the couple is in for the shock of their lives soon after Adrian Yates (Topher Grace) decides to have Mike put to death. The callous bureaucrat dispatches killers to Lymon to prevent the remote chance that the dormant asset might somehow be activated and go rogue.

Mike surprises himself when the hit men arrive to kill him. He unexpectedly displays an array of prodigious fighting and survival skills that have been implanted deep in his subconscious and almost effortlessly slays his attackers. Yates nevertheless remains determined to complete the mission, gradually upping the ante as Mike manages to vanquish each escalating wave of adversaries.

Thus unfolds American Ultra, an entertaining action comedy directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X). This novel adventure alternates effortlessly between lighthearted and graphic scenes.

The movie also generates a palpable chemistry between Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, which ensures that we care about their fate when the plot thickens. Alternately sophisticated and silly, but ever unpredictable thanks to a few cleverly concealed twists, American Ultra is a delightful summer sleeper that is not to be missed.

Excellent (****). Rated R for graphic violence, pervasive profanity, ethnic slurs, drug use, and some sexuality. Running time: 96 minutes. Distributor: Lionsgate Films.

Accident WEBThe Princeton Police Department has not yet completed its investigation into the August 26 automobile accident at Stockton Street and Library Place that took the life of Princeton Theological Seminary Professor Emeritus Donald Capps, 76. According to the latest report, his wife Karen, 73, remains in stable condition at Capitol Health Regional Medical Center, where Mr. Capps died at 8:54 p.m. the night of the accident.

According to Seminary President Dr. Craig Barnes, in a statement on the Seminary’s website, “Don Capps represented the very best in our profession. He was an accomplished scholar whose works shaped the field of pastoral theology. He was a beloved teacher who taught generations of future pastors to care not only for others but for themselves. He made a lasting impact on the church and our campus community, and we will miss him dearly.”

Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Seminary Robert Dykstra referred to his colleague’s kindness. “He always erred on the side of unfailing kindness on behalf of the individual. Don would shower attention on individual students and others who found themselves somehow off the beaten path, whose ideas about and experiences of God were spoken only hesitantly. It’s fair to say that Princeton Seminary, the discipline of pastoral theology, and the lives of many who have found themselves on the far edges of a Christian community in which they don’t quite fit, but cannot quit, will not see the judicious likes of Don Capps again.” more

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Fire Truck

Thanks to a $1.4 million purchase funded by the municipality of Princeton and Princeton University, the town’s all-volunteer fire department will soon have a new ladder truck and a new engine truck to replace older vehicles that date to the 1980s and are being used “beyond safe and useful life,” according to a recent report made to Princeton Council by Princeton Fire Chief Dan Tomalin.

While Council has already approved the purchase of new equipment, to which the University is contributing $500,000, Mr. Tomalin’s August 24 power point presentation detailed specifics about the new trucks and the state of some of the old apparatus that is still in use.  more


CAT EYES: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro tracks down a ball in a game last fall. Junior star Caro figures to be a key player for the Tigers this fall as they go after their 11th straight Ivy League title. The 15th-ranked Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting No. 2 North Carolina (2-0) on September 4 and No. 9 Virginia (2-0) on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After stumbling to a 3-9 start in 2014 the Princeton University field hockey team is determined to hit the ground running this fall. more

Leaf Blower“It’s a great program,” says Mayor Liz Lempert of “Meet the Mayor,” the once-a-month “open office hours” opportunity she created soon after assuming office.

Originally based at Witherspoon Hall, “Meet the Mayor” is now held on the last Friday of every month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Hinds Plaza. However, the next meeting will not be until Friday, September 25. “Walk and talk outside, weather permitting,” says an announcement for the event. If the weather is bad, “office hours” are held in the lobby of the adjacent Princeton Public Library.

“The topics are all over the place,” Ms. Lempert reported, and there’s been a decided uptick in traffic since she relocated to Hinds Plaza. Rather than setting up formal appointments for “small” issues, she says, the informality of the setting encourages passers-by to come over and chat. A repeat complaint in recent months has been about noise from leaf blowers and lawn mowers, and as a result the agenda for addressing noise issues will probably be “pushed up,” as the Environmental Commission and Sustainable Princeton offices begin to do some preliminary research. more


2015, A BANNER SEASON: With 104,000 individuals and counting as of last week, the Community Park Swimming Pool has had a record-breaking summer. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The Community Park Swimming Pool enjoyed a banner season and was still going strong recently when Recreation Department Executive Director Ben Stentz and Councilwoman Jo Butler, the Council’s liaison to the Recreation Commission, spoke to Town Topics.

“We already eclipsed the total number of visits for any year,” Mr. Stentz reported. At the time of the interview, a record number of 104,000 individuals had already passed through the Community Park pool gate, and the final total may be as much as 110,000. Regular pool memberships increased for the fourth consecutive season as well, with 5,000 total members. more

PU women's HEPS

PAN AM FLIGHT: Ashley Higginson races through a curve during her illustrious Princeton University track career. Higginson, a 2011 Princeton alum, recently took gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Higginson, who also graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark this summer, is turning her focus to making the U.S. Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

On one hand, Ashley Higginson was disappointed to finish fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. outdoor nationals earlier this summer, missing a spot in the World Championships by two places.

But Higginson, a 2011 Princeton University alum who earned All-American honors in the steeplechase and the indoor 3,000 during her Tiger career, gained some important lessons from the experience. more

shutterstock_206557912It has been five years in the making, but Princeton University is installing an eruv, or virtual boundary, around most of the campus and parts of the town so that observant Jews can carry essential items outdoors without desecrating the Sabbath. Under construction during the coming few weeks, the eruv will stretch from Harrison Street to Elm Road and Terhune Road to the tow path.

With the addition of the eruv, Princeton joins other Ivy League institutions as well as such communities as East Windsor and Lawrence in creating a kind of enclosure that allows observant Jews to be more mobile while still respecting the Sabbath, which is a designated day of rest. There are eruvs all over the world. more

Dance 1

LEAPING INTO A NEW SEASON: American Repertory Ballet dancer Mattia Pallozzi is among those to be introduced to the public at the company’s first “On Pointe” event of the fall at Rider University on September 23. The series is designed to familiarize the community with the company, it’s dancers, and repertory. (Photo by Richard Termine)

When Douglas Martin took over as artistic director of the American Repertory Ballet five years ago, he knew he wanted to forge relationships inside and outside the studio. Having a continuing dialogue with the public was as important as training his dancers. So Mr. Martin, who was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and later with ARB before becoming its director, began to focus on a monthly series called “On Pointe.” more

Ira Dance

THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST: “This American Life” host Ira Glass joins forces with choreographer/dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass to combine two art forms — radio storytelling and dance. The performance includes radio interviews re-staged as dance pieces. Glass delivers his trademark narratives and the two dancers evoke characters through movement. This unique performance takes place on Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. at McCarter Theatre. more

Art Modigliani

“JEAN COCTEAU”: Modigliani’s well-known 1916 image of the French writer is among the works in the exhibit, “Cézanne and the Modern” at the Princeton University Art Museum from September 19 through January 3, 2016.

“Cézanne and the Modern,” a new exhibit at the Princeton Art Museum running from September 19 through January 3, 2016, includes works by Paul Cézanne — and a great deal more. Drawn from the Pearlman Collection, it will feature the artists PaulGauguin, Oskar Kokoschka, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Jacques Lipchitz, Édouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Chaïm Soutine, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh. more

rwjuhRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) has announced the arrival of the Laurie Proton Therapy Center, the first proton beam radiation treatment center of its kind in the New Jersey and New York region. The arrival of proton beam radiation therapy on RWJ’s academic medical campus in New Brunswick represents an advance in the range of cancer treatment options that are currently available to New Jersey and New York residents.

Proton Therapy is now part of a comprehensive range of advanced cancer treatment options offered by RWJ in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and private physicians in the community. RWJ New Brunswick is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers CINJ. more

Art Delaware

ART ALONG THE DELAWARE: The annual Artsbridge Clothesline Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 13th annual Artsbridge Clothesline Art Sale will take place on Sunday, September 13th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton, N.J.

Paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and crafts by well-known and emerging artists will be for sale. The show, which is described as “art-for-the cash-strapped,” includes nothing priced above $300. more


FINAL RUN: Rui Pinheiro races up the field in action last fall during his junior season with the Tufts University men’s soccer team. Pinheiro, a former Princeton Day School standout, helped the Jumbos win the NCAA Division III title in 2014. The midfielder will get his senior campaign underway on September 8 when Tufts plays at Endicott in its season opener. (Photo by Alonso Nichols /Tufts)

Coming into the 2014 season, Rui Pinheiro and his teammates on the Tufts University men’s soccer team were just hoping to have a chance to play in the postseason. more

DVD rev 1You guys have a way of making a way out of no way. You know the sun comes after every storm—President Obama to New Orleans

Ten years after Katrina, the president comes to New Orleans, looks the city in the eye and says,” You inspire me.” At the same time he’s shining a light on his administration’s high points, he’s making sure the audience in a community center in the lower 9th Ward knows there’s a grease stain on his pants from some fried chicken he ate at Willie May’s Scotch House on St. Ann Street in Tremé; he’s just glad it didn’t get on his tie; he’s got his mojo working; after all, he’s in “the gateway to America’s soul, where the jazz makes you cry, the funerals make you dance, and the bayous make you believe all kinds of things.”

It’s the human touch, mix the politics with some sloppy downhome reality you can rub between your fingers, and make your exit while Bruce Springsteen’s singing “Land of Hope and Dreams.”  more

Book Rev 1Wild River Books has announced an October 1 publication date for Surprise Encounters with Artists and Scientists, Whales and Other Living Things by Scott McVay, who was named “the Money Man for Inspirations” by the New York Times and whose career reflects grant-making as founding executive director of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He was president of the Chautauqua Institution from 2001 to 2003.

Prize-winning Poet Jane Hirshfield, author of Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, says, “Entering into Scott McVay’s memories, and life, is a bit like entering one of those collections that used to be called a Cabinet of Curiosities, in which art married science, beauty married oddity, and factual married fantastic — except that everything in these pages’ stories, photographs, and poems is grounded in the real.” more