May 27, 2016


Photo Credit: John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

In honor of John F. Kennedy’s 99th birthday anniversary, Urban Agenda Magazine remembers the former President and New Englander’s classic summer style. From white oxford shirts to trainers and aviators, JFK’s impact on men’s fashion continues to endure.


See below for the May 26, 2016 Princeton Zoning Board Meeting.

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

May 25, 2016


Shop outside the box, with unique items for tea lovers including a selection of premium teas, gourmet tea gift sets, teaware, and more.

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Chai Tea Concentrate | MOUTH 

Unlike the usual sugary blend of flat ground spices and weak tea, a cup of Dona Chai is comforting as all get-out, thanks to freshly ground cardamom, cinnamon bark, black pepper and clove. What really keeps us coming back for more, though, is the balancing brightness of just a little lemon juice and, rare in the bottled chai world, fresh-pressed ginger.


Raw Wildflower Honey Sticks | MOUTH 

We were instantly obsessed with these bright, light, portable honey sticks as soon as we saw them. Who wouldn’t want to slurp golden, sticky honey through a straw?!


Flavors of India Collection | Teabox

Ranging the spectrum of sweet and spicy, warm and fragrant, nothing quite catches your attention the way spices and herbs do. Featuring an eclectic selection of tea blends made from exotic Indian spices, herbs, flowers and fruits, this exquisite collection pack will dazzle your senses with lovely aromas and textures every time you steep a cupful.

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Guranse Exotic Summer Nepal White | Teabox

Made with silvery-tipped buds and first leaf of the tea plant, there exists an impressive floral complexity in this summer white tea from Nepal.

Fragrant flavors of geranium and citrus can savored throughout the length of the cup profile of this tea. A hint of guava adds a fruity touch to the aroma of the brew while a delicious rose-like flavor comes through with every sip. We love this tea for its sweet complexity, gradient floral-citrus flavors and its smooth, well-rounded quality.


LOV is Beautiful Organic Herbal Tea | Dean & Deluca

LØV is beautiful is delicious blend with a sweet, sun-kissed fragrance that will brighten the face of any tea lover. Made from white tea, green tea and green rooibos, it is embellished with apricots and natural peach flavors which give it a fruity and slightly sweet taste.


Color-Weave Placemat | Anthropologie

A gorgeous traditional weave, these table napkins are perfect for adding that finishing touch to your dining table with a striped effect.


Kennerton Tea Pot | Anthropologie


Poisson Tea Pot | Anthropologie

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Portmeirion x Ted Baker ‘Rosie Lee’ China Teacup & Saucer

Ted Baker’s lovely Rosie Lee floral pattern lends exquisite elegance to a delicate Portmeirion teacup and saucer cast in fine bone china and hand-gilded with shining 22-karat gold accents.


Fruit Tea Infusing Sports Water Bottle

The fruit basket holder can also be used to hold other items such as fruit flavoured teas and green tea bags to make an iced tea.


Wheel of Wellness Tea Collection | Dean & Deluca

Kusmi’s health-giving wellness teas come beautifully packaged in a round gift box. Included in this collection of French tea are seven each of Detox, Boost, Euphoria, BB Detox, Be Cool, and Sweet Love teas.

happy camper

Happy Camper Carabiner Mug | TILLYS

Insulated Metal Mug. Carabiner handle. Imported.

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Town & Country Pitcher | Waterford

Whether it’s high heels, martinis and a night on the town, or sandals, sandwiches and an afternoon on the deck, the Town & Country collection – with its mix and match versatility – is an everyday solution to dining and entertaining with Waterford panache.


Mixology Assorted Colored All Purpose, Set of 4 | Waterford

Waterford Mixology takes an innovative approach on fine entertaining with this collection of colored and clear crystal stemware, barware and bar accessories.


Orange Sorbet Iced Tea | Teabox

A decadent blend of Nilgiri frost black tea, orange peel and lemongrass, this ones makes a superbly refreshing iced tea. Smooth and silky-bodied, relish the sprightly flavor of orange complemented by notes of lemongrass in every sip. Underscored by a long, fruity finish, this medium caffeine tea graciously qualifies for an any time brew this summer.


Jungpana Special Summer Black | Teabox

Exploring the outer edges of a muscatel cup, but not quite sweet.

Lifefactory glasses

Lifefactory Beverage Glass 4-Pack – 10oz |


KEY HIT: Princeton University softball player Keeley Walsh follows through on a swing in recent action. Last Saturday, freshman Walsh slugged a homer to account for Princeton’s only run in a 2-1 loss to Longwood in an elimination game at Harrisonburg (Va.) regional in the NCAA tournament. The loss left the Tigers with a final record of 23-28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

ESPN has made a commitment to the NCAA softball tournament, providing wall-to-wall coverage of the event, starting by broadcasting hours of regional action in the first weekend of the event. more


ON THE SHORTLIST: Princeton University baseball player Danny Hoy takes a swing in recent action. Senior infielder Hoy, who helped Princeton go from last to first in the Ivy League this spring, was one of five seniors named as a finalist for the William Winston Roper Trophy, given to Princeton’s top senior male athlete. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With commencement fast approaching, it is awards season for the Princeton University athletes and the finalists for the two top senior sports honors were revealed last week. more

When Hayden Reyes got called up to the Princeton High varsity baseball team as a freshman in 2013, it didn’t take long for him to make an impact.

“They put me in one game and I wasn’t doing well,” said Reyes.

“Then they moved me up to second in the lineup and I went 2-for-5 that game and ever since then I have never looked back.”

Over the last four seasons, Reyes has been a fixture in the PHS lineup, playing shortstop and batting leadoff.

Earlier this month, Reyes achieved something he never imagined was possible when he made his varsity debut, collecting the 100th hit of his high school career. more


STILL ROARING: Princeton High boys’ lacrosse star Rory -Helstrom heads to goal last Saturday against Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the North Group 3 state tournament quarterfinals. Helstrom chipped in a goal and three assists as PHS rallied for a 10-9 victory over the fourth-seeded Raiders. The Little Tigers, now 12-4, play at top-seeded Northern Highlands on May 25 in the semis. (Photo by John Dowers)

Rory Helstrom has enjoyed some great moments on the Princeton High turf field, starring as an all-county running back in football and a hard-charging midfielder in lacrosse. more


GALE FORCE: Princeton Day School senior defender James Fragale pressures a foe in recent action. Last Wednesday, he made some big plays down the stretch to help top-seeded PDS edge second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 6-5 in the state Prep B title game. The triumph gave the Panthers a final record of 15-1 and marked its second championship of the spring as the program had won its first-ever Mercer County Tournament title earlier this month. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

James Fragale realized that the Princeton Day School boys’ lacrosse team faced a challenge in containing Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep B title game last Wednesday. more


HITTING THE GAS: Princeton Day School baseball player Dom Gasparro takes a big swing in a game this season. Last Friday, senior third baseman Gasparro had a double, three runs, and an RBI in a losing cause as PDS fell 9-6 to visiting Hopewell Valley on its annual Senior Day celebration. On Monday, Gasparro and his classmates ended things on a high note as the Panthers defeated New Hope-Solebury (Pa.) 8-1 in its season finale. The win gave PDS a final record of 12-8. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Dom Gasparro found himself in the middle of the action as he played in his Senior Day for the Princeton Day School baseball team against visiting Hopewell Valley last Friday. more

Hun player #17, 3rd from right gets congrats from players after his home run.

FITTING FINALE: Members of the Hun School baseball team celebrate a homer in a game earlier this spring. The Raiders had a lot to celebrate last weekend as they won the state Prep A title, giving a retirement gift to legendary head coach Bill McQuade in his 46th and final season at the helm of the program. After losing earlier in the week in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament, the Raiders went up to Blair and posted four straight wins to earn the title. Hun defeated Peddie 3-1 and 4-1 in the finals on Sunday to end the spring with a 16-7 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the state Prep A baseball tournament got underway last week, a major story line centered on whether the top-seeded Hun School team could deliver a retirement gift to legendary head coach Bill McQuade in his 46th and final season at the helm of the program. more


MIGHTY KACEY: Hun School softball player Kacey Abitz takes a cut in the state Prep A semifinals against Peddie last Wednesday. Senior third baseman/pitcher Abitz and the Raiders went down to a 7-0 defeat to the Falcons in the contest. Hun finished the spring with a 13-3 record, winning the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title along the way. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Hun School softball team, starting the spring with an 11-10 victory over nemesis Peddie gave it a heavy dose of self belief. more

To the Editor:

The question of whether or not Communiversity ArtsFest should be a ticketed event has recently been in the spotlight. Given that the Arts Council of Princeton has been the prime organizer of the annual event for more than 40 years — with the support of the town, the University, merchants, and houses of worship — we would like to weigh in.

Communiversity is a very special day in Princeton each year, both for local residents and the greater Princeton community. In addition to providing a rich array of food and entertainment, it provides an important platform for local arts, nonprofit groups and merchants to promote their offerings to an audience of tens of thousands. The fact that exhibitors come back each year, and pay for space, underscores the value of the event. Meanwhile, it is true the event has gotten so popular that the crowds have created some challenges.

To clear up any misconceptions, Communiversity ArtsFest is not a major fundraiser for the Arts Council. We raise about $70,000 per year from exhibitors and sponsors, which exceeds our hard costs. But when considering the hundreds of staff and volunteers hours involved with orchestrating the event, Communiversity is much more a service we love to provide to the community than a fundraiser for the Arts Council. We presume the University and town have similar motivations in dedicating significant resources. Their in-kind and hard costs are critical to the success of this community day.

There is a strong argument to keep the event free. So many of the cultural activities in Princeton and throughout the nation these days are expensive and out of reach for many members of the community. Communiversity, by definition, is an inclusive event and welcomes everyone, making it one of largest and most diverse events every year. Whether a nominal fee would keep people away, or reduce the number of attendees or cars, is hard to say. Common sense suggests that the people who would choose not to attend based on price are those who have the lowest incomes, so adding a mandatory fee might make it a less inclusive cultural festival.

Is it possible to raise more funds to offset both town and Arts Council costs? Logistically it wouldn’t be easy. Communiversity is not a “gated” event. It would be impossible, or very costly, to control and ticket every one who enters the event area, which can be accessed via several streets. But certain options — such as selling wristbands, which entitle the bearer to discounts or extra benefits — are worth exploring.

We also recommend that a fiscal impact study be conducted so that we can understand the true value, and expense, of the event. Is the town’s $30,000 expenditure a solid investment? Let’s more closely assess its full value to our community to help the town determine if it wishes to support and invest in this annual cultural festival.

Armed with such information, we are ready and willing to explore ideas that help both the town and the Arts Council recoup more of our costs. We encourage gathering this information and discussing all options — but are committed to keeping this community treasure as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Ted Deutsch 

President, Board of Trustees 

Jeff Nathanson

Executive Director

To the Editor:

To those interested in the future of Communiversity and whether to impose a fee on those attending, here’s some advice: go back to the event’s original purpose, keep it simple, and keep it free.

Communiversity was conceived as a celebration of University/community relations, fueled in particular by an appreciation of the arts and the spirit of non-profit community enterprises.

Today, it’s increasingly becoming a marketing tool for car dealers, banks, and realtors, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Princeton, threatening to turn a special local day into merely another regional commercial platform.

While Council candidates might consider charging an attendance fee to offset Communiversity’s cost to local taxpayers, such a fee will lead to more government regulation and expense and continue to drive away local participation and eclipse of the underlying purpose of the event.

Charging visitors to Communiversity is not only impractical; it would speed the unfortunate commercial tilt that the event has taken.

It would be wiser to simply pare down the effort to something closer to its earlier conception — a celebration of the arts and non-profits — and keep it free.

Roger Martindell

Patton Avenue

To the Editor:

We support Tim Quinn for Princeton Council because of his exceptional public service to Princeton in several critical areas. In addition to his service with distinction on the Board of Education for nearly seven years, Tim has been serving on the Planning Board for the last three years. Because of his work ethic and consensus building leadership abilities, he has become chair of the Planning Board’s Zoning Amendment Review Committee as well as being appointed to the newly formed Neighborhood Study Zoning Group. As a member of the Planning Board’s Subdivision Committee, Tim pushed for greater public transparency and better notification to neighbors of changes that will affect them.

One of Tim’s issues of concern is housing “teardowns” and the type of replacement housing which can substantially change the character of neighborhoods and could ultimately price out current and future residents of moderate income. In these roles, Tim has demonstrated a firm commitment to manage change while preserving neighborhood character to keep middle class residents at the forefront of his decisions. His work will help to determine the future of Princeton’s housing, demographics, and character for decades.

Tim was selected for these positions for his good judgment, community values, good listening skills, and the ability to work well with a variety of people and organizations with different viewpoints to build consensus, which is no small thing in our current world.

Tim got his early political experience working for George McGovern as a 14-year-old canvassing in the mill towns outside Philadelphia. He has shown through his public service to this community that he is an outstanding candidate to represent and work hard for all in Princeton.

We support Tim Quinn for Princeton Council and urge others to do likewise when they vote on June 7, or earlier by absentee ballot.

Grace, Frank Sinden

Ridgeview Circle

To the Editor:

I am excited to support Leticia Fraga in the Democratic primary for Princeton Council. I have known Leticia for years, since our two sets of twins went to pre-school together. For over 15 years, Leticia has immersed herself in bettering our Princeton community, in all neighborhoods, on all levels. She has dedicated her time to tackling critical issues facing us today — affordable housing, child hunger and educational opportunity, and public safety, to name a few.

Leticia has gained a deep knowledge of the needs of all Princetonians through her service to both municipal and non-profit organizations, including Send Hunger Packing, the YWCA, Princeton Community Housing, and the Princeton Human Services Commission. Her ability to build bridges across communities, and her practical approach to problem solving, would be an invaluable, and unique, asset to the Princeton Council. I admire and respect Leticia and her contributions to our town, and I urge you to vote for her on June 7.

Kathy Taylor

Jefferson Road

To the Editor:

Water supply and safety issues are in the news more and more frequently. As members of the Princeton Environmental Commission, we are concerned about the quality and quantity of safe water available to the citizens of Princeton.

The Water Supply Management Act was passed in 1981 to ensure that New Jersey could cope with all foreseeable water needs and droughts. It requires that a Statewide Water Supply Plan be released every five years. The last such plan to be released was in 1996 and it included data that gave cause for concern about the state’s long-term ability to meet the growing water demand due to population growth. We are now 20 years overdue for a plan that would give us information about New Jersey’s levels of surface and ground water supplies.

The Princeton Environmental Commission passed a resolution calling for the release of a new Statewide Water Supply Plan at our April meeting and Princeton Council will be considering a similar resolution later this month. Citizens can support our efforts by contacting the office of Governor Christie at

Heidi Fichtenbaum

Chair, Princeton Environmental Commission, 

Carnahan Place

Sophie Glovier

Vice Chair, Princeton Environmental Commission, Drakes Corner Road

To the Editor:

I’m surprised by all the commotion over the municipal budget this year. Sure, I don’t like a tax increase any more than anyone else. However, I have to give our Town Councilors and staff a lot of credit for keeping 2016 expenses to a 1.2 percent increase. Meanwhile school taxes will be up 2.8 percent for the 2016-17 school year, according to the district’s website.

My 2015 tax bill indicates that municipal taxes including library and sewer charges were only 22.2 percent of the total. School taxes were 47.4 percent, and Mercer County 28.3 percent. Open space accounted for the other 2.0 percent.

Looking back at older bills, I see that the municipal tax rate for 2015, including the library, was up just 0.2 percent from 2010/2011, the first tax year after property revaluations. The school tax rate was up 11.2 percent, and the County was up 11.8 percent. I live in the former Borough so these percent changes may not be the same as for former Township residents — who since consolidation have received free garbage pickup that they did not have before.

Both jurisdictions held municipal tax rates flat for the last few years before consolidation. In 2013 and 2014, consolidation resulted in lower municipal taxes versus 2012.

The point is — since at least 2010, apples to apples, municipal taxes have increased much less than school and County taxes.

As in Lake Woebegone, our “children are all above average.” We love them and want them to get a great education. But let’s focus on the drivers that have the most impact on our tax bills — school and County budgets.

Rather than a process which uses percentage increases from last year, I would like to see a “zero based budget” similar to that used by the most successful corporations and non-profit groups. What services are truly necessary? Which positions result from this analysis, and which positions may no longer be necessary? Are we purchasing goods and services as efficiently as possible? When was the last time large budget items like insurance, maintenance, technology, supplies, and major outsourced services were put out for bid?

Let’s give credit to our Town administration and Council who have done the best job keeping our taxes in check.

John Heilner

Library Place

To the Editor:

As a candidate for Princeton Council, let me answer T. J. Elliott [“Asking Candidates How They Would Change System of Variances Favoring Developers,” Mailbox, May 18]. Stopping Princeton’s current pattern of teardowns and disproportionate McMansions is a plank in my platform.

But can we stop this pattern thoughtfully? And can we stop it quickly? Residents of Princeton’s affected neighborhoods want something done now before those neighborhoods are irrevocably changed.

Thanks to Governor Christie, applications for development in New Jersey are governed by ordinances in effect when they’re filed, not when they’re decided on. It might take Council and the consultant they’ve hired several years to develop a neighborhood-specific McMansion ordinance using form-based zoning, which codifies a new home’s appearance — or form — to reflect nearby homes. Meanwhile, builders will build.

A moratorium sounds tempting. But moratoriums on new construction are illegal in New Jersey except in emergencies. Two weeks after the fire at AvalonBay’s Edgewater apartments, a bill was introduced to stop light frame construction for multiple dwellings until its safety was studied. The bill died in committee.

A quick solution — which both T. J. Elliott and, in a May 11 letter, Jon Drezner call for — would be sliding fees for construction permits: the more builders exceed the house they tore down, the more they must pay. Council should consider what fee would be a sufficient disincentive.

I myself favor a quick-to-pass mathematical zoning ordinance based on bulk requirements rather than form. For example, Austin, Texas, limits new homes in central neighborhoods to the greater of either 2,300 square feet or a 0.4 Floor-to-Area-Ratio (FAR). That is, no new Austin home may have usable floor space on all floors larger than 40 percent of lot size.

The option I prefer would vary the new FAR from neighborhood to neighborhood. The limit could be a block’s average FAR plus one standard deviation plus a small percentage. This would allow new homes at the upper end of average for each neighborhood but prevent any existing McMansions from influencing the average unduly.

I trust my support for such solutions will win Mr. Elliott’s vote in the June 7 Democratic primary.


Alexander Street

To the Editor:

In response to residents’ urging and the near universal dismay at teardowns, the Planning Board has formed a task force to determine and protect the defining characteristics of Princeton’s various neighborhoods. Urban planner Mark Keener has been hired to work with the task force and “existing neighborhood groups” to establish criteria for post-consolidation rewriting of zoning ordinances. We can be glad that the governing body is finally addressing these issues.

We note two points: the task force itself includes the mayor and standing members of the Planning Board and Council, but no other residents. And the stakeholders listed at the first meeting by staff Planner Lee Solow and Administrator Marc Dashield included only realtors, builders, and developers, no residents.

Roman Barsky, the builder of so many big new houses, once told me that Mt. Lucas Road between Jefferson and Ewing is “underdeveloped.”

Lee Solow himself has called Princeton’s smaller homes “obsolete,” adding that families now want bigger houses. Yet realtors report that young families cannot buy in Princeton because the stock of smaller houses is disappearing. What kind of housing will be “affordable” here?

Wanda Gunning, chair of the Planning Board and a member of the task force, stated at a public meeting I attended that ever since consolidation, the board has been “too busy” to review architectural drawings from builders who appear before them requesting permits. The result is that no town official, including those responsible for granting variances, or exceptions to existing zoning ordinances, knows quite what a new house will look like, how it will compare with existing houses or affect the streetscape. Will it block the light to its neighbors? Will windows look into a neighbor’s bath or bedroom? Will two garage doors face the street? Will there be no windows on the street side?

No ordinance can prevent all problems, but previously a neighbor could see the drawings, assess details, and get the builder to address them. Without this kind of detail, such questions are not asked.

I live here because I want to live in a town with a sense of community, varied architecture, lots of trees, and an enlightened citizenry. How about you? Keener, the consultant, suggested that his first step might be to interview residents. Let’s hope that will happen before the town slips out from under us.

Mary Clurman

Harris Road

To the Editor:

I am writing to endorse Jenny Crumiller for re-election to the Princeton Town Council. In the past few years there has been significant development in my neighborhood that concerns me. Being new to an understanding of Princeton politics, I asked my neighbors for advice. They all told me that I should contact Jenny Crumiller as she would be able to offer me practical advice on how to respond. When I reached out to Jenny, I found her responsive and helpful in addressing my concerns. Going forward, I believe Princeton has serious issues we need to address. One of these that we see all around us is the ubiquitous teardowns of small houses with replacement mansions that are changing the charming small town feel of Princeton. Others that concern me are the increasing traffic with its impact on walkability, and the ever increasing property taxes and reduced affordability of houses. I know there aren’t easy solutions to these problems, but with Jenny’s record on the Town Council I am confident that we have a candidate with the experience to address them. If you believe in maintaining the quality of life in Princeton that makes this a great place to live, vote for Jenny Crumiller in the upcoming Democratic Primary on June 7.

Bill Hare

Jefferson Road

To the Editor:

In spite of New Jersey’s late, June 7, primary, voters may still influence the selection of the Democratic nominee for president. Locally, Princeton Democrats and unaffiliated voters who declare themselves Democrat at the polls will be choosing the next two members of Princeton Council. A video of the League’s forum among the four candidates for Council is available at and at A Voters’ Guide for the contested Democratic primary for Mercer County Freeholder is also posted on the League’s website.

Voters are reminded that they are entitled to vote provisionally for a number of reasons: the poll book indicates they vote-by-mail; they moved within the county; their name is not in the poll book; or they did not show ID if required. During the November, 2015 election, League members who were poll watchers noticed that some boardworkers did not offer provisional ballots as required. The League sent a letter to Paula Sollami-Covello, Mercer County Clerk, and to the four members of the Mercer County Board of Elections alerting them to the problem. Ms. Sollami-Covello replied that she was disappointed but was not responsible for training and that she had forwarded our letter and her response to the Mercer County Board of Elections. The League has not heard from them. Since it is known that board workers who were trained before the November 2015 election have not been re-trained, the League is concerned that voters’ rights be honored. Voters who vote provisionally should expect to be given information about how to ascertain whether their vote was counted.

Chrystal Schivell

Voter Service Chair, 

League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area,

 Monroe Lane

movie rev 5-25-16Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) was a working class guy from Queens who never had enough money to play the stock market until his mother died and left him $60,000. The truck driver put every penny of that inheritance into IBIS Clear Capital, a stock that was promoted by TV money guru Lee Gates (George Clooney) as being “safer than a savings account.”

Gates is the glib host of Money Monster, an investment advice show on the mythical FNN Network. The clownish character played by George Clooney was obviously inspired by Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money.

Unfortunately, in less than a month, Gates’s “stock pick of the millennium” goes bust, leaving Kyle frustrated, broke, and at the end of his rope. So, he crashes the set of Money Monster while it is being broadcast, and forces Lee Gates to put on a vest filled with explosives, while Kyle holds the detonator switch for the vest in one hand, and a gun in the other. Producer and director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) has no choice but to give in to Kyle’s demand that the show continue to broadcast.

With his finger on the trigger, he demands answers from Lee about why the stock collapsed while ranting and raving about how “The system is rigged!” Kyle is sure that Gates knew that the stock was going to tank, and demands that all of the IBIS shareholders be reimbursed for their $800 million in losses.

Meanwhile, the police descend on the set, led by Captain Powell (Giancarlo Esposito) who summons a hostage negotiator. During the ensuing standoff, the truth about IBIS emerges in front of millions of viewers, and the company’s CEO, Walt Camby (Dominic West) is shown to be involved in a shady manipulation of his company’s stock.

So unfolds Money Monster, a thriller directed by Jodie Foster. The movie is also a modern morality play that levels some serious accusations at Wall Street. Credit goes to George Clooney and Julia Roberts for committing fully to a production that rests on a farfetched premise that could’ve very easily proved unconvincing in less talented hands.

Excellent (****). Rated R for profanity, brief violence, and some sexuality. Running time: 98 minutes. Studio: Smokehouse Pictures. Distributor: Sony Pictures.

Obit Davidson 5-25-16Ronald C. Davidson 

Dr. Ronald C. Davidson, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Emeritus at Princeton University, passed away Thursday, May 19th at his home in Cranbury. Ron was a devoted family man and an esteemed member of the international plasma physics scientific community and will be greatly missed.

Ron was born on July 3rd, 1941 in Norwich, Ontario, Canada where he grew up on his family’s dairy farm. He was the son of Annie and Crosby Davidson and younger brother to Walter Davidson. On the farm, Ron learned his uncompromising work ethic, which propelled him throughout his life. His academic life started in a one-room schoolhouse on the corner of his family farm that served grades 1-8. Despite these humble beginnings, Ron excelled academically while also contributing greatly to sustaining the family farm. In 1961, Ron met the love of his life, Jean (Farncombe) Davidson, the guiding force that kept him both inspired and grounded throughout his richly productive and joyous life. After graduating from McMaster University in 1963, Ron and Jean married and moved to Princeton, where he received his PhD in Astrophysical Sciences in 1966 from Princeton University.

From his studies at Princeton, Ron was catapulted into a 50 year long career dedicated to the evolution of plasma physics and fusion research that took him across the country and globe. During this time, he made numerous fundamental theoretical contributions to several areas of plasma physics. He also educated and inspired generations of students, both through direct supervision and through the four graduate-level textbooks that he authored.

During Ron’s distinguished career, he served as director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) from 1991-1996 and as director of the MIT Plasma Fusion Center from 1978-1988, and is author or co-author of more than 500 journal articles. Additionally he chaired the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics and Division of Particle Beams, and has participated in numerous national and international advisory and review committees on plasma physics and fusion research. Among his many recognitions and honors, Ron was awarded the James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics, the highest honor in plasma physics awarded by the American Physical Society.

Despite these accolades and his towering influence within the scientific community, Ron was consistently a humble and unassuming man who placed respect, family, and friends above all else. He was a natural leader, generous mentor, and kind soul.

Ron is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean Davidson; daughter, Cynthia Premru and her husband, Greg Premru, of Groton, Mass.; son, Ronald Crosby Davidson, Jr. and his wife, Soo Mee Kwon, of Princeton Junction; four grandchildren, Will and Maddy Premru and Crosby and Cayley Davidson; nieces, Arlene Steele of Cambridge and Nyla Jayne Kooman of Virginiatown, Ontario; and nephews, Robert Davidson of Petersberg and Bill Davidson of Toronto, Ontario.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Wednesday, May 25th 2016, from 4 — 6:30 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 26th 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to the “Prof. Ronald Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund” at Princeton University. Contributions can be made on-line at Please note the fund’s name in the comments box.


Jane Ann Schade

Jane Ann Schade, known to her friends as Ann, and to her grandchildren as Nanny, died on May 14, 2016 at age 90. Ann was pre-deceased by her husband, Dr. Harold R. Schade. She is survived by five children: Nancy S. Hearne, Jane Ann Butehorn, Harold R. Schade, II, Mary Alexis McCormack, Christian S. Schade; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

After raising her children, Ann returned to school and attained a BA degree with highest honors from CW Post College.

A memorial service at Trinity Church in Princeton will be held on May 27th at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts to Trinity Church-Pastoral Ministries would be appreciated.


Obit Bolster 5-25-16Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster

Sarah Martha Murdock Bolster, known as Tink for most of her life, died on May 19, 2016, at her home in Princeton, surrounded by her large and caring family. Tink lived a full, active, vigorous life.

She was born in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 1928, to the late John Edgar Murdock and Sarah Lynch Murdock, who were both from Greensburg, Pa.

She was educated in Washington, D.C., at the Convent of the Sacred Heart from grades 1 through 8 and at Georgetown Visitation Convent for her four high school years, where she graduated first in class.

In 1950, Tink graduated from Smith College, where she was awarded an All-Smith blazer, the college’s highest athletic honor, for making three All-Smith teams during her undergraduate years, including the All-Smith crew team in both her junior and senior years. Tink also studied “The Arts in Britain Today” at the University of London the summer after she graduated from Smith.

After returning from London, she worked in the outpatient department of the Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. For several years, Tink taught fourth grade at the Potomac School in McLean, Va. and at Miss Fine’s School in Princeton as well tutoring elementary students in her home.

Tink married Joseph L. Bolster, Jr., on July 12, 1952, in Washington, D.C. They settled in Princeton, and became the parents of six daughters and eight sons — their pride and joy.

An interested and energetic volunteer, Tink served on the Princeton Recreation Board as well as the steering committee for the Renovation of Community Park Pool. She also served on YWCA and YMCA committees, the PTAs/PTOs of Princeton Regional Schools, and was involved in many fund-raising activities for Smith College and the Nassau Swim Club.

In 1972, Tink founded Princeton Area Masters, a year-round, competitive and fitness swim program for adults. She directed this program from 1972 to 2008.

Tink enjoyed athletics all her life, participating in figure skating, field hockey, basketball, tennis, and soccer in high school and college. She rode and showed horses, usually riding her pony “Cherry”, during most of her young life, and took up crew and equestrian events in college. As a 12- and 13-year-old, she twice won the 13 and under Bay Head Yacht Club Sailing Championships in the 12-foot class of sailboat, skippering her own little boat “Scud”.

Later in life, Tink won numerous medals in Masters swim competitions and triathlons. She appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd” section on February 4, 1975, for her swimming successes. In 1997, Tink was awarded the Friends of Princeton Swimming and Diving 250th Anniversary Award. She, along with Joe, was inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame, appropriately, as a contributor in 2010. And in 2012, Tink won the Lou Abel Distinguished Service Award recognizing her commitment and dedication to Masters Swimming in New Jersey.

The academic life appealed to Tink and when her children were all in school, she took courses in Princeton University’s Continuing Education program in French, Latin, and Greek.

Predeceased by her brother J.E. Murdock, Jr., Tink is survived by her devoted husband, her eight sons Joseph Leo III, James Brennan, Andrew Machesney, Michael McKenna, Thomas Lynch, Charles McKenna, John Edgar Murdock, and Richard Clay; her six daughters Sarah Carroll, Jane Elizabeth, Mary Kathryn, Martha Murdock, Elizabeth Murdock, and Margaret Machesney; seven daughters-in-law, Hillary Kun, Sharon Kelly-Bolster, Heidi Paul, Susannah Ryan, Misuk Choe, Margaret Dawson, and Linda Monastra; five sons-in-law Robert Houghton, Stephen Wertimer, Kevin O’Flaherty, Thomas Arnold, and Thomas Hokinson McKinley; one “significant other” Richard Fenimore; 20 grandchildren; and her sister Elizabeth Murdock Matsch of Longmont, Colo. as well as four nieces and two nephews.

Tink always knew that the “greatest gift I ever received was the privilege of being the mother of our 14 interesting, accomplished, and fun children. Deo Gratias.”

A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Tink’s name to The Smith Fund, P.O. Box 340029, Boston, MA 02241-0429; Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 2007-2785; The Friends of Princeton Swimming and Diving, 330 Alexander Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; The Nassau Swim Club, 2 Lower Springdale Road, Princeton, NJ 08540; The Princeton Recreation Department, 380 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Swim, bike, run, Tink! And when you rest, may it be in peace.

Ave atque vale!


The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) will host its fifth annual Concert Under the Stars fundraiser on Saturday, June 4 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. This year’s event will feature a 90-minute live performance by “reggae-influenced rock/pop” band, The Samples. Concert Committee Co-Chairs Tracy Sipprelle and Debora Haines describe the event as “a unique kick-off-to-summer party, with a casual blue jeans and boots flair.” Tickets are available online at, or by phone: (609) 921-6748 x 105.


As Princeton University alumni return for Reunions this weekend, many will remember an institution very different from the Princeton of 2016. It was 1909 when Princeton President Woodrow Wilson wrote to an African American applicant that it would be “altogether inadvisable for a colored man to enter,” but more recently, alumni from 70 years ago will recall a college that would not graduate an African American student until 1948.  more