July 22, 2016

Clara Martha Burton CP Pool Opening 2012

Princeton’s cooling station will be open Friday, July 22 through Monday, July 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to ensure Princeton residents have a safe place to stay cool during the expected high temperatures. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed. Cooling stations are air conditioned facilities where Princeton residents can find relief from the heat. Free water is accessible at all stations. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

From Barkboxes to Broboxes, there seems to be a subscription box for just about anything or anyone. While we appreciate the thrill of receiving any package with our name on it, the staff at Urban Agenda Magazine has a proclivity for our Birchboxes. Not only do they give us the chance to try new products, but they also make it feel like it’s our birthday every. single. month. Whether or not you’re ready to gift yourself with this monthly indulgence, Birchbox offers full-sized versions of all their samples online. Here, we outline some of our favorite products from Birchbox. more

July 21, 2016

Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in Princeton to replace approximately 1 mile of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future.

Linden Lane, Guyot Avenue, Franklin Street, Murray Place, Nassau Street, Prospect Avenue, Russel Road, Winant Road End, Tee-Ar Place, Clearview Avenue, and Franklin Avenue will be affected. more

July 20, 2016

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NATIONAL DEFENSE: Ashleigh Johnson makes a save in action for the Princeton University women’s water polo team. Johnson, the program’s career leader in saves who took the 2015-16 school year off to train with the national team, will be competing for the U.S. squad next month at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ashleigh Johnson has firmly established herself as the greatest goalie in the history of the Princeton University women’s water polo team. more

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NEW INSPIRATION: Carla Tagliente exhorts her players while serving as the head coach of the University of Massachusetts field hockey team. Tagliente recently took the helm of Princeton University’s field hockey program, succeeding Kristen Holmes-Winn, who stepped down this June after a brilliant 13-year tenure which included the program’s and Ivy League’s first-ever National Championship in 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

After producing a stellar career for the University of Maryland field hockey team where she was a three-time All-American forward and earned Academic All-American honors and was a summa cum laude grad as a finance and marketing major, Carla Tagliente set her sights on joining the CIA. more

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TOUGH DRAW: Emilia Lopez-Ona handles the ball this spring in her sophomore season with the Penn women’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton High star Lopez-Ona battled through injury to become a top draw specialist for the Quakers, coming up with 39 draws and adding a goal and three assists. Penn ended up going 15-5 in 2016 and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. (Photo by Don Felice/Penn Athletics)

Emerging as a standout from the start of her career with the Princeton High girls’ lacrosse team as a freshman in 2011, it didn’t take long for Emilia Lopez-Ona to draw the attention of some of the top college programs in the sport. more

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BALL HAWK: Cody Triolo heads to goal in action this spring during his junior season for the Lehigh University men’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton Day School standout Triolo had two goals and two assists this spring for the Mountain Hawks in a two-way midfield role. (Photo courtesy of Lehigh’s Office of Athletic Communications)

For Cody Triolo, playing tough defense for the Lehigh University men’s lacrosse team helped give him the chance to display his scoring skills. more

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INSIDE STUFF: Jordan Glover goes up for a stuff in recent action in the Princeton Recreation Department Summer Men’s Basketball League. Last Monday, Glover scored 10 points to help first-seeded Majeski defeat eighth-seeded Pediatric Therapy Solutions 74-60 in the league quarterfinals. Majeski will face fourth-seeded Rogue’s Gallery, a winner over fifth-seeded Clarke Insurance in the other quarterfinal Monday, in the semis on July 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
In 1989, Jimmy Glover starred as Trenton State College men’s basketball team enjoyed the best season in program history, going 30-2 on the way to the NCAA Division III championship game. more

Obit Miller 7-20-16Julia Miller

Julia “Judy” Kugelman Miller, a resident of Princeton, New Jersey since 1963, passed away in her home on Friday, July 15 at the age of 91. Born on May 20, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, Judy was the daughter of the late John Emerson Kugelman and Helen Voit.

Judy was raised in Chicago, Illinois and went on to graduate from the University of Chicago. She was predeceased by her husband, William Miller, whom she married on May 20, 1950.

Judy was a longtime employee of Princeton University. She worked for many years at the Woodrow Wilson School and concluded her career at the Princeton University Art Museum. At 91 years of age, Judy was an avid reader and was always intellectually engaged. Over the years she enjoyed continuing her education, as well as playing the recorder, playing bridge, sewing, and quilting. Most recently, she was a member of a local Princeton writers’ group and was taking painting classes.

Judy is survived by her two sons, Steven Roderick Miller and Daniel Emerson Miller; their wives, Susie Levin-Miller, and Karen Lust; and three grandchildren, William Miller, Owen Miller, and James Miller.

Judy will be remembered with great fondness for her kind heart, her sharp wit, her wisdom, and intelligence.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1 p.m.

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David G. Christie

David G. Christie, 86, of Yardley, Pa. passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Sunrise of Lower Makefield. Born on June 25, 1930 in Glen Ridge, N.J., David resided most of his life in New Jersey, primarily Mountain Lakes and Princeton.

David graduated from College High in Montclair, N.J. and attended Rutgers University. At College High, he met his sweetheart, Diane Grace Wettyen and they were married in 1950. Dave and Diane were happily married for 53 years before her passing in 2003.

A dignified and classy gentleman of the old school generation, David was a perfect example of a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a loyal and dedicated employee to the reinsurance industry when a handshake and your word carried the weight over any written contract. His career as a reinsurance executive extended over 50 years, and included employment at American Re-insurance Company and Towers, Perrin, Foster & Crosby, Inc., among others. Most recently, Dave was founder and President of Reinsurance Consultants of Princeton, Inc.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, David was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War and served in the Army reserves for many years. He was an active member of the Nassau Club and served on the Board of the Visiting Nurse Association.

David enjoyed gardening, puttering in his yard, playing Scrabble, and travel with his wife. The beaches of Long Beach Island, Stone Harbor and, in later years, St. Kitts, were his favorite destination points to work on his tan, read a book and frolic with family. A gracious man to the very end, while battling the effects of Alzheimer’s and a stroke, he will be fondly remembered as one who exemplified “gentle” in the word gentleman.

David was predeceased by his parents, Francis and Catherine (Somes) Christie; his wife, Diane G. Christie; and his brother, Malcom Christie. He is survived by his son, Mark Christie; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Lindsey Fraser (B. Grant) and Meredith Koplinka (Raymond, Jr.); five grandchildren, Gordon Fraser (Sauman Choy), Sarah Fraser, Emily Kaster (Paul), Raymond (Trey) Koplinka, III, and Christina Koplinka; and one great-grandchild, Liam Fraser.

Services are private and under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton. The family respectfully requests contributions be made in David’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N Michigan Ave, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at www.alz.org.

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Arthur J. Manuel

Arthur J. Manuel, 94, a resident of West Windsor, passed away May 30, 2016 at Atrium Senior Living in Plainsboro. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Julie B. Manuel. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Beatrice and Stephen Francis of West Windsor; son and daughter-in-law, John and Janice Manuel of Tennessee; son William of West Windsor; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Julia and Matthew Thomas of West Windsor; grandson and partner, John Francis and Timothy Stackhouse of Cherry Hill; and great grandsons Benjamin and Zachary Thomas.

Arthur began his career as a research and development chemist with Hayden Chemical in Brooklyn, N.Y., then moving to the Princeton plant in Penns Neck where he worked on antibiotics among other projects. It was here that he met and married Julia Morris. Hayden became part of American Cyanamid and Arthur remained with them for 40 years until his retirement in 1986.

Besides work, Arthur was an active member of Princeton Friends Meeting where he served as clerk and treasurer for many years. His time of service in the Army during World War II led him to the Friends who spoke to his condition. In 1972, he helped found the Twin “W” Rescue Squad and was saddened by their recent closure. After his retirement, his garden, classical music, grandchildren, and daily five mile walks kept him entertained.

A memorial service will be held July 23, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Princeton Friends Meeting House, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercer Street Friends Center, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, NJ 08611 or to Princeton Friends Meeting, 470 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Elaine Joel Schuman

Elaine Joel Schuman died July 12, 2016 at the Stonebridge Montgomery skilled nursing facility in Skillman, New Jersey after a long illness. A few days earlier she had celebrated her 90th birthday with close friends.

Mrs. Schuman was born on July 9, 1926 to Adeline and Ralph Joel in Rutherford, New Jersey. She received a bachelors degree in sociology from Rutgers Union College and attended the New School for Social Research and Spencer Business College. She served as director of consumer affairs for Mercer County (1974-1980) and later as executive legislative assistant to the Secretary of Transportation State of New Jersey. She married Dr. Seymour “Cy” Schuman in 1950 and the couple settled in Princeton where they raised an adopted daughter. Mrs. Schuman remained in Princeton after her husband’s death in 1971.

Mrs. Schuman was heavily involved in community affairs and in local and national politics. She served as chair of the Princeton Township Democratic Party and was New Jersey State Coordinator for Edmund Muskie’s presidential campaign in 1972. She was also a founding member of the Princeton based Community Without Walls. Elaine will be remembered for her ardent social conscience, warm outgoing manner and zest for art, literature, writing, and cuisine. In later years she was a devoted grandmother to Cy’s two granddaughters, Lauren and Alison.

Mrs. Schuman is survived by her daughter Elizabeth of Stockton, California and by many good friends at Stonebridge and in Princeton. A memorial service will be held at a later time. Donations in her memory should be directed to the Democratic National Committee or the Alzheimers Foundation of America.

movie rev 7-20-16First released in 1984, Ghostbusters grossed almost a quarter-billion dollars at the box office, making it the most successful comedy of the 80s. In the 2016 remake, director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) has tweaked the story by changing the gender of the leads from male to female.

Wisely, Feig chose four excellent comediennes: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The director developed a script that plays to each of their respective strengths. The result is a hilarious remake that pays homage to the first film while remaining refreshingly unique in its own right. Plus, the movie features amusing appearances by original cast members Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts.

The point of departure is stately Aldridge mansion in Manhattan, where a tour guide (Zach Woods) inadvertently releases the disembodied spirit of Gertrude Aldridge (Bess Rous), a serial killer who had been locked in a dungeon and fed through a slot in the door after killing all of her family servants in 1894. The attack by the evil apparition causes the slimed victim to enlist the assistance of Abby Yates (McCarthy) and Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon), professors of the paranormal at the mythical Higgins Institute of Science to exorcise the evil spirit.

The two academics are anxious to explore the haunted house. On their way to the mansion they are joined by Abby’s friend Columbia Professor Erin Gilbert (Wiig), and Patty Tolan (Jones), a token booth clerk who was scared by a spook she saw in a subway tunnel. Unfortunately for the foursome, they are unable to find any evidence of a ghost in the building.

As a result, all three professors lose their jobs. Undeterred, they turn a loft above a Chinese restaurant into a research lab, hire a secretary (Chris Hemsworth), and convert a hearse, borrowed from Patty’s mortician uncle (Ernie Hudson), into a Ghostbuster-mobile.

The self-proclaimed “Conductors of the Metaphysical” develop an arsenal of high-tech weapons including ray guns, a ghost shredder, and a motion-activated proton glove. And just in time, because New York City is being invaded by an army of menacing apparitions.

Excellent (****). Rated PG-13 for action and crude humor. Running time: 116 minutes. Distributor: Sony Pictures.

To the Editor:

On behalf of our 1.3 million members in New Jersey, AARP supports proposals to increase the personal income tax pension and retirement income exclusion fivefold over three years. An income tax cut for retirees will help those who have lived and raised their families in New Jersey stay in New Jersey in their retirement years by allowing our middle class retirees to keep more of their hard-earned and hard-saved money to spend on goods and services throughout our state, supporting economic growth. Those 50 years and older play a critical role in New Jersey’s economy, according to a recent Longevity Economy report prepared for AARP. New Jerseyans over 50 create an economic impact much greater than their proportion of the population, outspending the average consumer across most categories and affecting all sectors of the economy.

AARP New Jersey believes it is important to have policies in place that support this important economic engine in our state. We urge lawmakers to ensure that any middle class tax relief include modest, targeted tax relief for New Jersey’s middle class retirees.

 Jeff Abramo

Interim Manager of Communications and Community Outreach, AARP New Jersey, Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village

To the Editor:

Streets are the great connectors of any community. They don’t just take us from one place to another in our cars, they bring us together on bike rides, jogs, and walks. At least, that’s what they’re supposed to do. But the opposite is true in many New Jersey neighborhoods: streets are unsafe for people who walk, bike, or run because there are so few bike lanes, sidewalks, or crosswalks. This not only limits our choices for how to travel, but also discourages exercise.

According to the American Heart Association, physical inactivity is a leading risk factor for developing cardiovascular diseases. And in today’s world, it can be difficult to lead an active lifestyle. Sedentary jobs have increased 83 percent since 1950 while physically active jobs now make up less than 20 percent of our workforce. Nearly 70 percent of American adults and one in three children are considered overweight or obese. That’s why we must work together to make it easy and safe to go out and get active.

Complete Streets policies ensure that future road construction build an environment meant to be shared by all travelers — whether it’s bikers, walkers, or drivers. Unfortunately for the Garden State, only seven out of 21 counties and 130 out of more than 500 municipalities have Complete Streets policies.

The American Heart Association is seeking individuals, community groups, and organizations who are interested in serving on a volunteer committee to raise awareness and urge action around this issue.

Please contact courtney.nelson@heart.org or at (609) 223-3734 if you are interested in making New Jersey a healthier and safer place to live.

Courtney Nelson

Senior Director of Community Health, 

American Heart Association 

American Stroke Association, Robbinsville

To the Editor:

Both presidential candidates will take the stage in the next two weeks to try to sell us on the idea they can lead our nation. One way to demonstrate they have what it takes to be president is to tell voters how they’ll keep Social Security strong for our kids and grandkids.

Millions of Garden State residents are paying into Social Security, but the program is out of date. If our nation’s leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year in benefits.

With a volatile stock market and fewer jobs offering pensions, today’s workers and future generations will likely have an even greater need for Social Security.

Before we decide who to vote for, we deserve to know if the presidential candidates will commit to taking action to update Social Security for us, our kids and grandkids.

Douglas Johnston

Manager of Governmental Affairs & Advocacy, 

AARP State Office, New Jersey

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Where else but in Princeton can you beat the heat in the spray from James Fitzgerald’s Fountain of Freedom with Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads looking on, and Minoru Yamasaki’s Robertson Hall in the background? (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Three police officers were killed and three others wounded last Sunday morning in an ambush in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ten days earlier, five officers had been shot dead and 12 injured during an otherwise peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas. more

Mercer County’s project to replace a bridge on Carter Road in Lawrence Township, stalled last week as a result of an order by Governor Chris Christie halting roadwork across the state, has not resumed despite appeals from lawmakers. more

No tenant has been named yet for the empty building on Witherspoon Street that housed the Princeton Army & Navy Store from the 1960s until the store closed early this year. But developer Jeffrey M. Siegel, whose company ML7 Construction & Design owns the building along with the those on either side occupied by Small World Coffee and the accessory store Lisa Jones, has definite plans to reimagine and redesign the long, skinny space. more

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MAJESTIC MUSICAL MACHINERY: Ornate, elaborate organs like this are among the ten or so restored instruments scheduled to be on display at Palmer Square and other Princeton locations the weekend of August 6 and 7. It’s all part of an annual event known as a band organ rally, and it follows a week-long convention of organ enthusiasts at the Nassau Inn. more

“Some of the ideas may boggle the mind,” warns Evergreen Forum instructor Stuart Kurtz as he describes his upcoming course, “What is Time? An Overview.”

“Time” is among the 24 courses being offered this fall by Evergreen Forum, a peer-led continuing education program of daytime courses for interested adults. Most courses, which begin at the end of September, meet once a week for two hours for six to eight weeks. more

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ADVICE FOR EDUCATORS: Sandy Bing, educational leader for over five decades at Hun, PDS, Stuart, and elsewhere, shares his thoughts on students, teachers, administrators and the world of education. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

Sandy Bing started his career in education in 1960 as a chemistry and biology teacher at the Hun School, later becoming dean of students, then director of admissions. In 1969 he took over as head of the Upper School at Princeton Day School.  more

Princeton resident Paul Josephson, a partner in the Cherry Hill office of Duane Morris LLP, has been appointed New Jersey Committee co-chair and to the board of directors of the Regional Plan Association (RPA). more

Harry Potter

A release party is being held Saturday, July 30, starting at 9 p.m., at Princeton Public Library to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday and the midnight release of the official script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play based on an original story by J.K. Rowling. The play is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first to be presented on stage. more

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The time’s right for a column about baseball. The All-Star game’s behind us, the World Series of American politics has begun, and I’ve been reading The Baseball Whisperer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $26), a book by Michael Tackett subtitled “A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams.” The town is Clarinda, Iowa, named for Clarinda Buck, who, legend has it, carried water to workmen when the area was being surveyed 150 years ago.  more

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THE TOSHIKO TAKAEZU TERRACE: The Hunterdon Art Museum’s (HAM) terrace was named in honor of artist Toshiko Takaezu, one of the 20th century’s most influential ceramists. Ms. Takaezu moved to Clinton because she loved the waterfall that separates HAM from the Red Mill. She donated much of her time to the museum, and taught at Princeton University for many years.

When renowned ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu first gazed upon the charming waterfall beside the Hunterdon Art Museum (HAM) in the summer of 1964, she knew she had found just what she was looking for: a home and a peaceful place where she could focus on her work. more

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“ICY TAIWAN MOUNTAINS”: This painting by Lynn Varga will be included in the “Celebration” exhibit hosted by the Creative Collective and HomeFront’s Artspace. The work on display brings awareness to homelessness and the transformative power of art.

The Gourgaud Gallery will host an art exhibition titled, “Celebration” that features members of the Creative Collective and showcasing the artists of HomeFront’s ArtSpace. The exhibit celebrates the work of local artists and highlights the artists of ArtSpace, and aims to build self-confidence through therapeutic art. ArtSpace is a HomeFront program housed in Homefront’s Family Campus, a center for homeless families in Ewing. HomeFront provides a holistic array of services for families who are homeless or at high risk of becoming so. The exhibition creates awareness for this organization and the transformative power of art. A variety of media including oil painting, acrylic paintings, photography, watercolor, stone carving, digital art, and mixed media will be on display.

The exhibit runs from August 1 — August 26, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. There will be an opening reception Sunday, August 7 from 1-3 p.m. The Gourgaud Gallery is located in the Cranbury Town Hall, at 23-A North Main Street in Cranbury. To learn more about ArtSpace, visit www.artspacenj.org/. Email inquiries to: artspace@homefrontnj.org or call (609) 883-7500 ext: 316.

To learn more about HomeFront visit www.homefrontnj.org/.

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