October 5, 2015

See below for the October 1, 2015 Planning Board Meeting. 

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


Volunteers are needed to join in a community art project building an airplane on the Great Lawn at Morven, which will open an exhibit, “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age,” on November 13. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street.

From Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25, volunteers will work in shifts to build an interpretation of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. more

October 4, 2015

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The public service papers of Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, are now part of the permanent collection of Princeton University, where the economist earned his undergraduate degree in 1949.

These documents, which include correspondence, speeches, reports and memos, are housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of the Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. more


HIGH INTENSITY: Princeton University receiver Seth DeValve leaps up for a pass last Saturday against Lehigh. Senior star and co-captain DeValve made four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown to help Princeton rout Lehigh 52-26. The Tigers, now 2-0, start Ivy League play when they host Columbia (0-2) on October 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite falling behind Lehigh 13-10 in the second quarter last Saturday evening to trail for the first time in 2015, the Princeton University football team was unfazed. more

Ivan Web“May I have your attention, please? May I have your attention, please?” Anyone at the Community Park Pool Complex between 1967 and 2014 remembers that voice booming out over the public address system.

Larry Ivan, owner of that voice, has had the community’s attention for almost 60 years — as phys ed and social studies teacher for 42 years at Princeton High, John Witherspoon, and Community Park Schools, as renowned coach and referee of basketball and track, as an official for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), and as “the man at the pool” since its inception in 1967 and manager there for 41 years.

A bronze bas-relief portrait, to be created by Princeton sculptor Stephanie Magdziak, and permanently installed at the Community Park Pool, ensures that Mr. Ivan will have our attention far into the future. ”I’m glad to know that Mr. Ivan will be as much of a fixture for future generations as he was for mine,” reflected CP Pool member Lauren Bender.

The project is being funded by donations from community members and CP Pool supporters — about 140 so far, many of whom were also Mr. Ivan’s students or parents of students. An unveiling ceremony will take place next spring. more

October 2, 2015

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After Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in New Jersey as a precaution, PSE&G is making preparations for a possible landfall of Hurricane Joaquin in its service area. The utility also is closely monitoring the heavy rains and high winds forecasted for the region tomorrow.

“Right now, we are focused on shoring up critical equipment against possible storm surges and river flooding – installing concrete barriers, sandbags and portable pumps,” said John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations for PSE&G. “While the track of Joaquin remains uncertain, we are preparing for the worst case scenario – a direct hit from the storm.” more

October 1, 2015


SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, has cancelled its “Stroll for Strays” dog walk and pet fair, which was scheduled for Saturday in Mercer County Park. The event will be rescheduled as soon as a new date can be set.

“We have been faced with a very difficult decision regarding this Saturday’s Stroll for Strays event,” reads the organization’s website. “Because of the predicted hurricane/storm affecting our area, for the safety of everyone involved, vendors and attendees, four-legged and two-legged, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to reschedule the dog walk. A little rain wouldn’t keep us down, but windy conditions combined with rain and flooding will simply be unsafe.” more

September 30, 2015


TOP OF THE PODIUM: Princeton University fencer Katharine Holmes celebrates after winning the gold medal in the individual epee this summer at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Holmes, who has taken a leave of absence from Princeton to maximize her chances of making the U.S. squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, also helped the U.S. to the team epee gold at the Pan Am Games. (Photo Courtesy of the Holmes Family)

Having entered Princeton University in the fall of 2011, Katharine Holmes was scheduled to graduate this past June. more

Heading west earlier this month for its annual swing to California, the Princeton University men’s water polo team hit some turbulence.

The Tigers went 3-2, suffering a 14-6 loss to No. 8 University of California, Irvine and a 10-7 defeat to 10th-ranked University of California, Davis while posting a 12-7 win over Santa Clara, a 14-6 victory over Redlands, and 12-9 triumph over University of California, San Diego.

In assessing the trip, Princeton head coach Luis Nicolao saw plenty of positives as his team tested itself against some of the top programs in the country.

“Overall, I thought it was pretty good for us,” said Nicolao. “I still consider it part of our preseason even though we had some big games. It is a chance to see where we are and play some games that don’t really factor in our league standings but at the same time could factor in the end of the year, depending on what happens if we do well. We ran out of gas at the end against Davis.”

Starting Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern play last Friday at Johns Hopkins, Princeton came through at the end as it pulled out a 17-15 overtime victory against the Blue Jays after trailing 12-10 entering the fourth quarter.

“It is just one of those games you always know is going to be crazy; it was Saturday night at 8 p.m. and they had a great crowd for it,” said Nicolao, noting that the Johns Hopkins pool has a shallow end.

“It was a typical game at that facility; it was just back and forth, we are very fortunate to get out with a win and that is what I told the guys, we found a way to win,  let’s get out of here.”

The Tigers are fortunate to have senior star Thomas Nelson, who matched a career-best with six goals in the victory over Hopkins and now has a team-high 33 goals on the season.

“Tommy is a great player; he  has always been a tough competitor,” asserted Nicolao.

“He is one of those guys that you know game in, game out, he is going to compete. He may not have the best game of the day but you can expect Tommy to compete every time he is in the water.”

A day later, Princeton competed well at George Washington, jumping out to a 4-2 lead on the way to a 14-9 victory as Nelson and freshman Ryan Wilson scored four goals apiece with freshman Michael Swart and junior Jovan Jeremic each chipping in two goals.

“I think it helps to get that first shallow game; you come back the next game and you know what to expect a little more,” said Nicolao, whose team improved to 9-3 overall and 2-0 CWPA with the victory.

“We were able to get an early lead and that helped not worry about mistakes and just go out and play.”

The play of newcomers Wilson (21 goals in 2015) and Swart (21 goals) has been a big help to the Tigers.

“We have three freshmen who can really help us,” said Nicolao. “Matt Payne (6 goals) is out with illness, he will be back soon. Swart and Wilson have been really good. That freshman class is going to help us all year. They are really great players, they are intense. They love to play and love to compete. It has made us a little deeper than last year. I think it will help us a lot that we have more guys who can score.”

Sophomore Jordan Colina has emerged as another key scoring threat for 11th-ranked Princeton, having tallied 24 goals and eight assists so far.

“Jordan is a solid, smart player who always finds himself in the right place at the right time for goals,” said Nicolao.

“He moves very well. You throw him in with the three freshmen, we can really swim teams. We have a lot of speed. I think Jordan can have a great year.”

With Princeton falling just short of the CWPA title and a bid to the NCAA tournament last year with a 7-6 loss to Brown in the championship game, Nicolao believes the Tigers can take the next step this season.

“We have a great team, the guys get along very well,” said Nicolao, whose squad is next in action when it plays at Bucknell on October 10.

“It is a long ride. I think we are going to be there at the end. It is just a matter of who gets those breaks in the last weekend. I think last year is going to help us keep motivated and hungry. We have to play well to win this thing.”


LOCKING HORNS: Princeton High star lineman Noah Ziegler, left, battles a Hightstown blocker last Friday night. Senior tri-captain Ziegler starred at defensive end and offensive tackle in a losing cause as PHS fell 35-21 to the visiting Rams under the lights at Harris Field. The Little Tigers, now 1-2, play at Lawrence on October 3. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As a three-year starter for the Princeton High football team, senior lineman Noah Ziegler strives to set a daily tone for the squad. more

Avery Peterson is only a junior but she sees herself filling the big sister role for the Princeton High field hockey team.

“Last year, two captains, Lucy Herring and Campbell McDonald, were on my line and I was the underclassman,” said Peterson.

“Now as an upperclassman, I take it as my role to help the other forwards. I hope to improve Maggie Lynch, who is a senior, and Mariana Lopez-Ona. I look at them as little sisters this year. I feel that I really need to step up and be the one the team can rely on.”

Last Saturday morning against visiting Ewing, Peterson stepped up early tallying a goal four minutes into the contest, setting the tone as PHS cruised to a 6-0 win over the Blue Devils.

“This was our homecoming game so we wanted to come out with a strong mentality,” said Peterson. “That goal was more of a scrum on the goal line and I pushed it in. I had a lot of help from Mariana Lopez-Ona and Jordyn Cane.”

In Peterson’s view, PHS is coming on strong, having learned lessons from early-season defeats to Lawrenceville, Allentown, and Peddie.

“We started with some really tough games; it helped our mentality and fired us up,” said Peterson, who added two more goals last Monday as PHS edged Hopewell Valley 3-2 to win its third straight game and improve to 5-3-1.

“We took those losses as learning opportunities and we continued to expand on things that we learned from each game. It has really helped us that we had strong challenges in the beginning.”

PHS head coach Heather Serverson is pleased with the way Peterson has expanded her role on the team.

“I think that being the only returning forward, she has a lot of weight on her shoulders and she is starting to relax a bit,” said Serverson.

“She has been on lately, she is getting a lot of tips. Basically the other forwards are all brand new and she is trying to help them all along while trying to  perform well herself. It is a lot of work that she has to do. She is doing very well.”

In reflecting on the win over Ewing, Serverson saw it as a positive step for her squad.

“In general, they did improve on some things we have been working on from the losses we have already had,” said Serverson.

“It is the passing game and not dribbling so much and really making sure you look up and are aware of the next pass before you have the ball. Those things were good today and I think we executed some corners well.”

Senior midfielder and Lehigh-bound Trish Reilly has been executing particularly well for PHS.

“Trish is our anchor in the middle, she is kind of like the quarterback who plays halfway up in the group,” explained Serverson of Reilly, who tallied two goals and an assist in the win over Ewing and then contributed a goal in the victory over HoVal.

“She is able to keep everyone calm, she is a great communicator. She has a good mind-set for someone who needs to make others look good, she understands that and she isn’t always trying to score the goals.”

Another player who has been looking good for the Little Tigers is versatile junior Jordyn Cane, who had two goals against Ewing and an assist against HoVal.

“We have been moving Jordyn around a little bit; she is the kind of player who can do that so she has been a good person to have on the team,” added Serverson.

“She is willing to do whatever I need her to do and she always steps up to the plate. I am happy with the way she is playing.”

Overall, Serverson is happy with her team’s progress. “I think we are starting to find our new normal, which is what we have been working on this season,” said Serverson, whose team hosts WW/P-N on September 30 before playing at WW/P-S on October 2, and at Hun on October 5.

“We lost key players and that is hard. I think they relied on them a lot more than I thought they did. I think the key piece of that is that they played together so long. It is more than losing the players, we lost their tightness on the field.”

Peterson, for her part, feels that PHS is developing into a tight unit. “It is a newer team, almost half the team is new girls,” said Peterson. “I think we are really coming together now especially with those hard losses in the beginning.”


GIFT OF GAB: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Gabrielle Deitch, right, chases after a ball in a 2014 game. Last Saturday against visiting Ewing, senior midfielder and tri-captain Deitch scored a goal but it wasn’t enough as PHS fell 3-2 to the Blue Devils. PHS, which dropped to 3-1 with the setback, was slated to play at Lawrence on October 1 before hosting Steinert on October 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Hosting Ewing last Saturday, the Princeton High girls’ soccer team got an early wake-up call as it yielded two unanswered goals in the first five minutes of the contest. more

For John Woodside, taking the helm of the Princeton Day School cross country program this fall was a matter of coming through for a good friend.

When previous PDS head coach Merrell Noden realized last year that he might be losing his valiant battle with cancer, he reached out to Woodside, a running buddy and former Princeton High boys’ cross country and track coach.

“Last winter I would officiate at some of the Lawrenceville meets and Merrell came to watch (his son) Sam run,” recalled Woodside, who first met Noden, a former Lawrenceville and Princeton University running star, in the 1970s, striking up a friendship through racing against him and running together through the years.

“He said to me, ‘John, look the truth is, I don’t really know if I am going to be able to coach next year because physically I am not able to so if I can’t coach, I really want you to take over.’”

While Woodside didn’t want things to come to that, by late April, Noden formally stepped down from his coaching duties. PDS contacted Woodside and he was quickly hired to guide the Panther boys’ and girls’ cross country programs.

Initially, Woodside believed that Noden would be available to assist him.

“I had expected him to be around and I was really looking forward to it because the kids would really like it and it would have been great for him,” said Woodside, who stopped coaching at PHS after the 2012 cross country season.

“We planned on having the team meeting the last week of school. Merrell had said it would be nice if we all could meet and he could introduce me as the new coach but that didn’t happen.”

Noden died in late May, leaving a huge void in the PDS and local running community.

Woodside acknowledges that the transition was a bit rocky as he succeeded the beloved Noden.

“I am a very different coach; Merrell and I were good friends but we coach differently,” said Woodside.

“I have to coach them the way I coach them. I have a way of coaching that is different so there is an adjustment but I think that is coming along now. They are getting used to what I expect of them. We are working with a good group of kids, the kids that really want to run and to compete are there.”

In Woodside’s view, that work is starting to pay dividends. “You understand the situation and you just work with what you have and we did,” said Woodside, noting that he had runners joining the team at different times, starting with the first day of preseason in late August through the first week of school.

“We have some kids who can run and they are learning my system. They are taking to it. I feel like it is finally kicking into gear.”

As for the PDS boys’ squad, junior Kevin Sun is hitting a higher gear at the head of the pack, followed by junior Russell Kirczow and sophomore Nicholas McLean.

“Kevin is our top runner; he is a true distance runner,” said Woodside. “He truly loves running long distances. We are trying to work on getting his 5k faster. He is adjusting to that. He is very, very dedicated to cross country. He is running well and I think he is going to run even better. Russell was one who came out when school started. He is a good runner. He is a good baseball player so this is his second sport. He is getting in shape. He really wants to get in there and compete. He has been making strides. Nick McLean has been running very well, he is going to be even better.”

On the girls’ side, junior Morgan Mills has been running very well for the Panthers, along with sophomore Bridget Kane and senior Emma Sharer.

“Morgan is solidly our top girl,” asserted Woodside. “She is very competitive, she plays lacrosse as well. She has really taken to the new style and the more competitive focus. She loves it, she really wants to do well. She really wants to improve herself and she is making strides. I am hoping that as we get into October here, her times will come down further. Emma Sharer and Bridget Kane are running similar times, they have been improving. They plateaued a little and now they are getting better.”

With PDS hosting Lawrenceville for a dual meet on October 3, Woodside believes his runners will be primed to compete.

“We are going to run hard and be ready to run what I consider our first real race,” said Woodside, whose team has previously taken part in the George School (Pa.) Invitational and the Newark Academy Invitational along with a dual meet against Rutgers Prep.

“The races we did already were just training. We had so much work to do we couldn’t stop training just to do races. We trained through the races; they weren’t really race ready.”

Woodside is confident that PDS will be ready to peak when it ends the fall with the Prep B championship meet on October 28 at Blair Academy.

“There is no question that the Prep B is the focus of our season,” said Woodside, who is also looking for a good effort in the county meet which takes place five days before. “That meet is the culmination; that is the holy grail.”

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On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) was being escorted from jail to the Fulton county courthouse where he was scheduled to go on trial for assault, kidnapping, and rape. At the courthouse, however, he overpowered a sheriff’s deputy (Diva Tyler), took her gun, and embarked on a bloody killing spree in which he killed the judge, a court reporter, a police sergeant, and a federal agent.

Nichols then hijacked several vehicles and went from Atlanta, Georgia to its suburb Duluth. There, he accosted Ashley Smith (Kate Mara) on the street and, at gunpoint, forced her to take him home with her.

Once in the apartment, Ashley smashed her head against the wall in frustration even though she was doing her best to comply with Brian’s demands. She was well aware that he was armed, extremely dangerous, and was the subject of the biggest manhunt in Georgia history. Ashley, who was a single mother, didn’t want to do anything stupid that might jeopardize her chances of ever seeing her daughter Paige (Elle Graham) again, especially since, as a recovering meth addict, she had already been forced to surrender custody of her daughter to an Aunt (Mimi Rogers).

Meanwhile, the police were closing in. Since Brian had left his cell phone on, they were able to narrow his location to within a three-mile radius of the cell tower that was sending out his signal. They even spoke to him and suggested that he give himself up, which he refused to do.

A seven hour ordeal ensued during which Ashley and Brian not only bonded, but also experienced a life transforming catharsis. Thanks to Ashley’s Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, she had a copy at home of The Purpose-Driven Life, the inspirational bestseller by Pastor Rick Warren.

In response to Brian’s admission that “I’ve got a demon in me,” Ashley asked him if she could share some of the insights that were in the popular self-help guide such as: “The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose,” and, “When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything.”

Warren’s inspirational messages resonated with Brian and he surrendered soon afterwards. Thus unfolds Captive, a tale of redemption directed by Jerry Jameson.

The movie is a riveting psychological thriller about a nationally publicized standoff that is told from the perspective of two troubled souls who were barricaded in a home surrounded by a SWAT team.

Very Good (***). Rated PG-13 for mature themes involving violence and substance abuse. Running time: 97 minutes. Distributor: Paramount Pictures.

To the Editor:

The following is a letter we wrote to our Assemblywoman Donna Simon last year. She and our Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli have never voted to override Governor Christie’s many vetoes even on overwhelming bi-partisan-supported legislation they both voted for. We do not need “rubber stamp” representation in the state legislature and that is why we are supporting and voting for Andrew Zwicker and Maureen Vella as highly qualified and independent thinkers not beholden to the whims and ambitions of our governor.

However, Princeton and other voters had a shamefully low voting record in last year’s election. Less than 35 percent of registered voters voted in that non-presidential year, which we have coming up again this November 3. That is one of the key factors that changed the makeup of the U.S. Senate. Those who are not registered or who need an absentee ballot can call the Office of the Clerk of Mercer County at (609) 989-6465. Here is the letter sent to Assemblywoman Simon:

“We, and many others we know, are very disturbed by your anti-environmental voting record on key issues such as open space funding and voting against banning importation of fracking waste to New Jersey from out of state.

On the latter issue, you apparently go along with the governor in again vetoing this measure, which has overwhelming bi-partisan support. His argument on the constitutionality of the proposed ban has not been an issue in other states which have banned fracking waste importation. Why would a legislator vote to import more toxins to New Jersey, which already has more than its share of toxic waste from its days as a heavily industrial state (most superfund sites in the U.S.) as well as from current practices? A better model would be to follow the more enlightened example of your colleague, Senator “Kip” Bateman, especially on environmental and public health protection.

The first responsibility of those who represent the public is to protect from harmful practices. As a relatively new legislator we hope you will think more deeply and independently on far reaching issues, especially protection of our environment, usually related to public health. This is a critical issue for many in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the U.S.”

Grace and Frank Sinden

Ridgeview Circle

To the Editor,

Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, is less than six weeks away. This year, the race at the top of the ticket here in Princeton is for state assembly, a race that many people – even regular voters – don’t pay much attention to. But there are real reasons to care about the assembly races and urgent reasons to vote. Gun control would be one relevant example. Yesterday and today, there were threats at Riverside Elementary School (the school my children attended) and Princeton High School (again, where my children attended). Although, thankfully, those threats and similar ones last year have turned out to be hoaxes, they are frightening nonetheless. In the wake of Sandy Hook and so many other shootings, I want stricter, sensible controls on firearms in place. Yet our Republican representatives in the State Assembly, Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon, don’t share this goal; both of them voted twice (Assembly bill #2006, 5/2014 and A1329 2/2013) against reducing the maximum size of ammunition magazines, and in February 2013 they both voted against background checks prior to a firearms purchase. It’s no wonder that the NRA awarded Simon an A+ rating and Ciattarelli a B+ rating. These proposed restrictions are not radical, but are commonsense solutions to a real problem. Simon and Ciattarelli have also failed to support minimum wage increases, spending on women’s health, investigating possible corruption due to Bridgegate, and to prohibit fracking waste from being released into the environment.

But Princeton voters do have an excellent alternative this November in Democrats Andrew Zwicker and Maureen Vella. Zwicker, a physicist at Princeton University, is committed to making decisions based on evidence and science rather than on ideology. Maureen Vella, a former judge and a practicing mediator, is aware of the real impact that laws have on people and works hard to see all sides of an issue. They will bring a progressive perspective to representing our district in Trenton and help to fight against Chris Christie and the Republicans’ misguided priorities. This election is likely to have record low turnout. Your vote matters! Please join me in voting for Zwicker and Vella for State Assembly.

Vote by mail by filling out this simple form to request an absentee ballot – (http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/officials/clerk/pdf/clerk_votbymailappeng.pdf) and you won’t have to worry about getting to the polls on November 3.

Eve Niedergang

Forester Drive

To the Editor:

We can all agree that New Jersey’s state of affairs is dysfunctional — to put it mildly — owing, in large part, to hyper-partisanship. (See Beth Healey’s letter, “Our District Representatives Get High Marks From the NRA, Vote Against Faily Planning,” Mailbox, Sept. 23.) Given our challenges, the last thing we need is a shortfall in leadership. Thankfully, Princeton’s state representatives, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, have stepped in to fill that void.

I genuinely doubt that any other representatives throughout the state are as responsive, considerate, compassionate, and knowledgeable about such a wide array of issues. These two legislators make it a point of operating on a plane outside the petty opportunism and political posturing that too often characterize Princeton.

If anyone cares to look closely enough, they’ll find that Assembly members Ciattarelli and Simon put their talents to good use to address complex policy matters in a rational and productive way, all the while doing their very best to serve Princeton. New Jersey would do well to elect more reasonable and less duplicitous representatives like Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon.

Mary Robbins

Overbrook Drive

To the Editor:

Now that the kids are back in school or vacations are finishing, it would be perfect to get new laces for your sneakers and sign up for the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate Race for the Cure, Sunday, October 4, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson call (844) 668-7338 or email: race@komencsnj.org.

Why participate? Here are three great reasons. 1) Become an “awareness” messenger. Join the 8,000 expected and “voice” a vital message that early detection saves lives. Women’s lives are important! When breast cancer is diagnosed early, before it spreads beyond the breast, the five year survival rate is 99 percent. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. 2) Help your neighbor. Seventy-five percent of funds raised stay in local communities for education and screening for medically underserved and uninsured women and 25 percent support innovative breast cancer research. 3) Celebrate survivors and remember loved ones.

There are separate women and men’s 5K runs, 4K and 1 mile walks or Sleep in for the Cure. All athletic abilities are welcome. It is not necessary to be a serious running aficionado. This race is much more than competing to the finish line; it is a run or walk for life.

What to do for breast and overall health? Be proactive. Know your risk. Speak with your physician and family members about your health history. Get screened. Begin at age 20, and then have a clinical breast exam at least every three years. Women age 40-plus should have a mammogram every year. Know what is normal for you. If you notice any changes in your breasts including lumps, see your doctor. Do a healthy lifestyle makeover including diet, exercise, and sufficient rest.

If a woman cannot afford a mammogram or needs to know where to obtain one, please call the Komen office at (609) 896-1201.

Rochelle F. Hammer

Volunteer, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Central and South Jersey Affiliate, Plainsboro

To the Editor:

A recent letter writer invoked Donald Trump in an attempt to criticize our excellent, solutions-oriented state legislators, Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon. (See letter from Beth Healey, Mailbox, September 23.) Any honest assessment of the facts would reveal that Ciattarelli and Simon are nothing like Trump. Rather, Jack and Donna have earned endorsements from both small business and organized labor; are routinely voices of reason and calm in a sea of partisan rancor in Trenton. They cross party lines with an open hand and constructive and reasonable suggestions. Both have worked hard to represent ALL of Princeton with dignity and distinction.

I am disappointed that the letter writer undeservedly tries to taint Ciattarelli’s and Simon’s excellent record by linking their candidacy with Trump’s presidential ego trip run. It’s frankly a shame to see people in our town so blinded by partisan ideology that they can’t see that good ideas exist in both parties, and good candidates do, as well.

I urge all registered voters to examine the records of Assemblyman Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Simon and to get to know them personally. They are dedicated, level headed, and conscientious. They pride themselves in representing everyone in their district. Check the facts, not the suppositions and vitriol. I am proud to have them as my representatives in the Assembly. Once you learn who they really are, I believe you will too. They deserve re-election on their own merits.

James Hockenberry

Randall Road

To the Editor:

We would like to thank our Princeton community for showing their support for Princeton High School at our Homecoming Weekend Celebration. Homecoming would not have been possible without the following support: The Princeton High School Student Council, the PHS administration and personnel, the PHS Football Boosters, the Town administrators, the superintendent and facilities crew, as well as, countless students, volunteers, teachers, and custodians that all came together to pull off this amazing event. Special thanks go to our Homecoming Chairs, Roxanne List and Tamera Matteo, for their continued support and infectious spirit, and to Ann Marciano, who illuminated our efforts with her expertise. With over 2000 people in attendance at our Friday Night under the Lights Football game, it was a sight to behold. The celebration continued into Saturday with more games and festivities including JWMS annual Super Saturday Celebration.

Thanks to everyone, including PHS neighbors and the greater community, for all their support! This truly has been a community event that the students will remember for years to come…a great tradition at PHS that the community can enjoy.


Obit Dunham 9-30-15E. Alden Dunham III

E. Alden Dunham III, 84, of Ewing, New Jersey passed away on September 26, 2015 at Capitol Health Medical Center from complications resulting from a broken hip and Parkinson’s disease. He fell while doing what he loved best: playing tennis and being with family. Nationally ranked at 16 in tennis and later as a senior, he was perpetually, in his own words and in all things, “on the verge of greatness.”

After graduating from Princeton (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1953, Dunham served as an officer in the Navy before receiving his Masters of Arts in teaching and doctorate of education degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities.

He became a leader in the transformation of American education during and
following the civil rights era. In turn reviled and revered, as director of admissions at Princeton from 1962-66 he upended prep school pipelines, advanced use of the SATs, and expanded admission of the best minority and public school students in pursuit of “the well-rounded class” instead of just the “well-rounded individual.”

Dunham continued to support educational reform and public policy through strategic grant making over a 25-year career with Carnegie Corporation of New York. He played a major role in conceiving and establishing the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and wrote the second book in its groundbreaking series of studies. Colleges of the Forgotten Americans: A Profile of State Colleges and Regional Universities won the 1970 American Council on Education Borden Book of the Year award. The book was pioneering in its focus on the growing impact of state and community colleges on American higher education. Dunham supported innovative programs to address this issue and others throughout his career, including establishment of the prestigious National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In 1976, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the California State University and College system.

Like his mentor, James Bryant Conant, former president of Harvard, for whom he worked from 1957-1961, Dunham believed strongly in the equal value to the nation of intellectual and vocational labor and the importance of equal opportunity. In 1992 he wrote a prescient paper on broadening access entitled “Educational Reform: The Critical Role of Information Technology.” Upon Dunham’s retirement in 1992, David Riesman, sociologist at Harvard, wrote to him, “Alden: you have been someone who has made the invisible become visible.”

He was a longtime resident of Princeton and returned to his native state in 2013 after 25 years away in order to be closer to family.

Alden is survived by his wife, Laura Dunham of Ewing; his brother, David H. Dunham of Lincoln, Mass.; his children: Edgar Alden Dunham IV (spouse Wendy) of Ewing; Ellen Dunham-Jones (spouse Philip) of Atlanta, Ga.; V. Carroll Dunham (spouse Thomas) of Katmandu, Nepal; Robert G. Dunham (spouse Catherine) of Medford; and stepson Thomas C. Adams of Los Angeles, Calif.; six grandchildren: Katherine Dunham Eskowitz, Elizabeth Dunham, Liam Kelly, Galen Kelly, Kacie Dunham, and Alden Dunham; one great-grandchild; Maxwell Eskowitz; and his first wife, Louise Dunham.

Dunham’s memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on October 3 at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: The Laura and Alden Dunham fund at the New Mexico Community Foundation, 502 W Cordova Road #1, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 2220 Pennington Roadd, Ewing Township, NJ 08638.


Mary Lisbeth D’Amico

Mary Lisbeth (Marybeth) D’Amico, 53, daughter of John and Marge D’Amico died peacefully on September 27, 2015 in her home in Jersey City.

Marybeth was born in Williamstown, Mass. and spent her young years in Montgomery and Princeton. She graduated from Bucknell University in 1983. She began her career as a business writer in New York City and continued as a free-lance journalist in Munich, Germany for 22 years. She began a second career as a singer-songwriter. She toured in the U.K. and the Netherlands and recorded two albums in Austin, Texas. Three years ago she moved back to the United States and continued her journalism and her music with remarkable success.

She is survived by her two daughters, Francesca Pick who lives and works in Paris, and Bianca Pick, working in Amsterdam; her sister, Suzanne D’Amico-Sharp of Plainsboro; her brother Mark D’Amico of Hopewell; and a wonderful network of friends from her school days and her professional life.

Her final wish was to have a small garden to brighten the view from the bay window of her living room. A remembrance gathering will be held in the spring when the garden is in bloom. The family requests no flowers.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


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The Quad at the Princeton Theological Seminary was the setting for Saturday’s Community Festival of families, food trucks, games, and live bluegrass music. Some participants offer their thoughts about the Pope’s visit in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn) 

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The Princeton Police Department continues to investigate bomb threats that occurred at Riverside School last Thursday and Princeton High School last Friday. Riverside was placed on “shelter-in-place” watch and PHS was evacuated for approximately two and one-half hours, on successive days last week, as K-9 explosive-sniffing dogs and their handlers searched the schools.  more

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Work on the apartment complex being built by AvalonBay Communities could resume as early as next week, according to information provided at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday evening. The Witherspoon Street construction site, formerly home to University Medical Center at Princeton, has been quiet since the presence of harmful chemicals was detected earlier this month. It was originally shut down in August after a worker was injured in a fall from an elevator shaft. more