December 6, 2017

GOAL ORIENTED: Princeton Day School girls’ hockey player Julie Patterson goes after the puck in a game last season. Junior forward Patterson scored two goals as PDS topped Pingry 7-2 in its season opener on November 28. The Panthers, who moved to 1-1 with a 6-1 loss to Morristown-Beard last Friday, host Hill School (Pa.) on December 6 and Rye Country Day (N.Y.) on December 8 before playing at the Portledge School (N.Y.) on December 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

With just two seniors on its roster this winter, the Princeton Day School girls’ hockey team is going to be a work in progress.

“We have a really good group, they are really good to each other and they are really supportive already so it is a good start,” said PDS head coach Lorna Cook, who guided the Panthers to a 15-11-1 record last season. more

DIGGING IN: Princeton Day School boys’ basketball player David “Diggy” Coit dribbles up the court in a game last season. Junior captain and star guard Coit started the 2017-18 season with a bang last weekend at the Solebury School (Pa.) tournament. He scored 34 points in a 90-71 loss to Pennington last Friday in the opening round of the tourney and then tallied 18 points in a 76-59 win over the George School (Pa) on Saturday in a consolation contest. The Panthers, now 1-1, host the George School on December 8 in a rematch of the consolation game. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Kerry Foderingham has been preaching a positive message in taking the helm of the Princeton Day School boys’ basketball team.

“The things I have been emphasizing a lot with them is confidence and not being afraid to make mistakes,” said Foderingham, the successor to Tim Williams, the PDS athletics director who guided the Panthers to one Prep B title in his four seasons at the helm. more

ON GUARD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jose Morales shows focus on the defensive end in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore guard Morales, a former Hun School standout, contributed eight points, two rebounds, and an assist in 25 minutes off the bench to give the Tigers a spark as they lost 85-76 to Lehigh. Princeton, which dropped to 2-5 with an 80-52 loss at No. 10 Miami last Saturday, plays at George Washington on December 6 before hosting Monmouth on December 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton University men’s basketball team, its performance against visiting Lehigh in the first half Wednesday was out of character for the proud program.

The Tigers found themselves trailing the Mountain Hawks 47-25 at intermission, getting outplayed and outworked at both ends of the court. more

SEEING AHEAD: Princeton University men’s hockey David Hallisey, right, goes after the puck in recent action. Last Saturday, senior forward Hallisey tallied a goal and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-2 to Harvard. The Tigers, now 5-6-1 overall and 3-5-1 ECAC Hockey, are heading west for a two-game set at Arizona State on December 8 and 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was a roller coaster week for the Princeton University men’s hockey team as it hosted the final three contests of a seven-game homestand.

Princeton started the week by falling 6-2 to Quinnipiac on November 28. more

Lawrence J. Ivan, Jr.

Lawrence J. Ivan, Jr., 85, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

He was born on November 15, 1932 in California, raised in Rahway, N.J., and resided in Princeton for 53 years. Lawrence graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1958 where he played varsity basketball and ran track for the Sooners. From 1958-1966 he played basketball for the Eastern Basketball League and State League for Trenton Colonials. He was a veteran of the Korean War of the Airborne Division. Lawrence was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He was a role model and mentor for many people.

He was a teacher and coach at Princeton Regional Schools from 1958-1999. He received a proclamation from the Mayor of Princeton, Liz Lempert, in June 2016, the Jim Floyd Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the Princeton Community, Princeton High School Hall of Fame Award, and Princeton Recreation Department Hall of Fame Award. He was a Deacon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church for 25 years.

Lawrence was the Princeton Community Park Pool Manager for 50 years and was with the Princeton Recreation summer basketball league for 40 years. For 25 years he was a CYO basketball official with more than 1,000 games and was in the CYO Basketball Hall of Fame — Referee Division. He was a Basketball Official for IAABO #193 for 51 years, served as both President and Vice President of IAABO #193, and received a service award for 50 years with IAABO Central Jersey Basketball. For 45 years he was a track & field official, and was awarded the NJ Track & Field Association Jay Dakelman Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NJSIAA Outstanding Cross Country Official Award.

He is predeceased by his parents Lawrence J. and Helen (Mahoney) Ivan, Sr., wife Elizabeth M. Ivan, brother and sister-in-law William J. and Betty Ivan. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Laine M. (Ivan) & Michael Santoro Sr.; daughter Kristy Ivan & fiancé J.P. Watters; grandchildren Michael Santoro Jr., Olivia (Santoro) and Cory Onorati, Nora, Mark, and Trey Carnevale, and Gavin Nuttall.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Edward C. Taylor, Jr.

Scholar, inventor, and teacher Edward (Ted) Curtis Taylor, Jr. died at home in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 22, 2017 at the age of 94. Prof. Edward C. Taylor was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on August 3, 1923. He attended Hamilton College and graduated from Cornell University, where he earned both his B.A. (1946) and his Ph.D. (1949). He was a Merck Postdoctoral Fellow (1949-50) of the National Academy of Sciences in Zürich, Switzerland, and then the du Pont Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois (1950-51). He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1951, and moved to Princeton University in 1954, where he worked as a senior research chemist and professor.

Ted was one of the foremost heterocyclic and medicinal chemists in the world. Through his achievements in chemical research at The University of Illinois and Princeton University, he demonstrated the power of imaginative planning in heterocyclic synthesis. Ted’s seminal contributions to the field of heterocyclic chemistry opened new avenues of investigation for chemical synthesis and studies of the therapeutic potential of hundreds of new classes of organic compounds. His investigations of anti-folate compounds led to the development of the first drug ever approved for the treatment of mesothelioma. Alimta, developed with Eli Lilly Corporation, has prolonged the lives of countless cancer patients. Ted has been honored with Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Alexander Von Humboldt awards, the Thomas Alva Edison Award for Invention, the National Academy of Sciences Award for Chemistry in Service to Society, the Heroes of Chemistry award, and many others. Ted was awarded honorary degrees from Princeton University, Hamilton College, and the University of Illinois. To further honor Ted’s achievements, Hamilton College named its new science building The Edward and Virginia Taylor Science Center, and Princeton’s new Frick Chemistry Laboratory includes the Edward C. Taylor Auditorium and Taylor Commons.

Ted lived in Princeton, New Jersey for the majority of his life and loved spending summers in Vermont on the family farm with his wife Virginia (Ginnie). After Ginnie’s death in 2014, Ted moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ted was an avid golfer and vegetable gardener, and stayed active by going to the gym three times a week. He also studied German at the Germanic American Institute in St. Paul and attended German immersion camp at the Concordia Language Village during his summers in Minnesota. Most of all, he loved being with his family and being part of his great-grandchildren’s lives.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Margaret Taylor, his sister Jean Anderson, and his wife of 68 years, Virginia Crouse Taylor. He is survived by his son Ned Taylor (Connie) and daughter Susan Spielman (Rick); grandchildren Anna, Ranger, Thane, Kate, Emilie, Maren, Lindsay, Molly, and Marc; great-grandchildren Oscar, Paloma, Penelope, Ajax, Anja, Lucy, Elizabeth, Charles, Kristina, Grant, Sofia, Faith, Elsa, Grace, Micah, James, Clara, Willa, Lachlan, and Kelly; nephews Curt, Jon, and Chris; and nieces Elizabeth and Martha.

Ted was the best friend of everyone who met him and will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Central Presbyterian Church of St. Paul (500 Cedar St. N., St. Paul, MN 55101) at 3 p.m. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock VT 05091.


Dr. Kern K.N. Chang

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, Dr. Kern K.N. Chang departed peacefully to join our loving God in Heaven. He was 99 years old, and is now reunited with his beloved wife of 70 years, Emily.

Kern epitomized the courageous pioneer who came to this country with only the desire and drive to provide a new life for his family. He was a prolific inventor with a successful career at RCA, culminating in being honored with the David Sarnoff Outstanding Achievement Award in 1967. But above all, he will be remembered as the loving, humble, and kind husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will forever be the constant light that guides his surviving family. His hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance have
created the strong roots that will allow the generations to come to grow and prosper. We miss you, but your spirit is part of us. We will always love and cherish our memories of you.

Kern is survived by his children Joseph W. Chang; Eugene B. Chang and his wife, Susan M. Chang; and Ellen G. Chang. He will be greatly missed by his six grandchildren: Kristin Chang, Ryan Chang, Laura Chang and her husband Kevin Uttich, Jonathan Chang and his wife Catherine Tan, Brandon Schneider, and Kira Schneider; and his great- grandchildren, Elizabeth Uttich and Kyran Uttich.

Kern’s family is very grateful for the tremendous group of caregivers that provided love, humor, and the highest quality of life for Kern in his later years. Heartfelt thanks to Debbie, Jennifer, Nancy, Joyce, Cyndee, and Alida.

Kern’s funeral services were previously held.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kern’s name, to Guthy Jackson Research Foundation, Inc. PO Box 15185, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Margaret Williams Migliore

Margaret Williams Migliore, 83, died in Princeton Hospital on November 29, 2017 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family and friends. She had been a resident of Princeton for 59 years.

Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, she graduated with a B.A. from Westminster College (Pa.) and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Her long career in public school teaching included two years at Robinson Township High School, Pa., followed by four years at Hightstown High School, and over 20 years at the John Witherspoon Middle School and Princeton High School, where she taught classes in typing, business subjects, and English. She is fondly remembered by many of her former students at Princeton High who often told her of the value of the skills she taught them.

Margaret was active in the life of Nassau Presbyterian Church, where she served at various times as Deacon, Elder, Junior High Sunday School teacher, and choir member. She also served as a member of the New Brunswick Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry and for years was part of a national team of examiners responsible for evaluating the test performance of seminary graduates hoping to qualify for ordination. As spouse of a Seminary professor, on numerous occasions she warmly welcomed to her home Princeton Seminary students and visiting scholars from around the world.

Margaret was also active in community organizations, including the Trenton Children’s Chorus and the recently formed Stitchers for Peace, a regular gathering of women from the Princeton Jewish Center, the Mosque of the Islamic Society of Central N.J., and Nassau Presbyterian Church, whose goal is to deliver a message of hope and healing by providing hand-stitched items to people throughout the world whose lives are upended by violent conflict in their homelands. A favorite of Margaret was the project of providing children of migrants or children in war-torn countries with warm and colorful quilted mats on which the children might sleep. The work of the group also serves the cause of peace and reconciliation among people of different religious traditions. In what spare time Margaret had, she loved to quilt and garden.

She is survived by her husband Daniel L. Migliore, Professor emeritus of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary; her daughter Rebecca Migliore, Pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange, N.J.; her son Mark Migliore, Principal of Eastside Christian School in Bellevue, Wash.; her brother, John Williams of Columbus, Ind.; and her two grandsons, Luca and Matteo.

The funeral service will be held in Nassau Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 9, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Arm in Arm (former Trenton Crisis Ministry Program) at


Dorothy Epstein Tobolsky

December 17, 1918  — November 15, 2017

Comfortable and well taken care of in the long-term care facility in Newton, Massachusetts where she had lived for a number of years, Dorothy Tobolsky passed peacefully in her sleep on November 15, 2017. Born to Morris Epstein and Mary Okun Epstein in New York City during the height of the worldwide Influenza Pandemic in 1918, Dorothy was educated in the NYC public schools and later studied nursing at Hunter College. In 1943 she married Arthur Victor Tobolsky, a then-graduate student at Princeton University. When Arthur received a faculty appointment upon his graduation a year later, he and Dorothy remained in Princeton, unwittingly joining the ranks of many fellow first-generation American Jews who were migrating to the suburbs to raise their baby-boomer children. Dorothy felt great pride in the fact that all three of her children would grow up as bona fide Princetonians with connections to all of the following organizations: Princeton Hospital, Princeton Public Schools, Princeton Jewish Center, Nassau Swim Club, Princeton YMCA, Princeton Ballet School, Princeton Little League, Princeton Community Tennis Program, etc.

Arthur Tobolsky served as the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry until his death in 1972, at which time Dorothy began a decades-long tenure of her own as a staff member at the university. Over the years this included positions in the Phonograph Record Library (doesn’t exist anymore) in Woolworth Hall, the Engineering School, and the English Department. Dorothy and her husband did not raise their children in a religious fashion, but they did become charter members of the Princeton Jewish Center in the early years of their marriage. As longtime Princeton residents they took as much advantage as possible of the many cultural and intellectual offerings of a vibrant college community. During Dorothy’s 67 years as a town resident she served as a staff member of many area organizations: these included Littlebrook School, Princeton Junior School, Opinion Research Corporation, and the Princeton Public Library. The capstone of these many fulfilling experiences, one that did not come until after her retirement, may have been her role as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum. She greatly enjoyed conducted gallery tours and auditing lectures in McCormick Hall.

Dorothy is predeceased by her parents Morris and Mary Okun Epstein, her sister Ida Epstein Goldberg, and her niece Marguerite Goldberg Rosenthal. She is survived by three children (Margo Irwin of Ambler, Pa., William Tobolsky of Atlantic City, and Steven Tobolsky of Stowe, Vt.); five grandchildren (Andrew Irwin, Alexandra Tobolsky, Victoria Tobolsky, Stephanie Presenza, and Amanda Gilbert); one nephew (Benjamin Rosenthal); and four great-grandchildren. Due to the migration of Jewish families from Eastern Europe both before and during the second World War, Dorothy and her family also have cousins in North America, Argentina, Russia, and Israel. In addition to her husband’s status as a graduate school alumnus *44, two of her children (Bill, ’74 and Steve, ’76) and two of her grandchildren (Andrew Irwin, ’93 and Victoria Tobolsky, ’12) are undergraduate alumni of Princeton University. Donations may be made either to the Princeton Jewish Center or the Anti-Defamation League, and a memorial service will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on May 30.


George P. K. Ching

George P. K. Ching, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 14, 2017 in Princeton.

Born in Beijing in 1926, George served in the Chinese National Army during the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War (World War II). In 1947 George left China to study in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as an engineer, then held a variety of corporate management positions, settling in Litchfield, Conn. while serving as Chief Financial Officer at the Timex Corporation. George and Jeannette, his wife, then founded their own business that focused first on petroleum processing, operating between West Africa and the Texas Gulf Coast and southern Europe, and later on the development of power plants and steel rolling facilities in China.

In the early 1970s, George was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise established by the U.S. Department of Commerce. George served on the vestry as warden at St. Michael’s in Litchfield and on the board of trustees for the Episcopal Church Foundation, the General Theological Seminary, and the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield. George was made a Commander in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He will also be remembered for the example he set for living a generous, compassionate life, full of joy and humility.

George is survived by his wife, Jeannette; his son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Margaret; his daughter and son-in-law Dora Ching and Richard Wong; his daughter Valerie; and grandchildren Michael Ching, Kimberley Ching, and Isabel Wong. He is also survived by his elder sisters Minnie Dai, Julia Liu, and Lydia Siu, and his younger brother Hardy Ching.

Memorial services will be held on April 7, 2018 at Trinity Church in Princeton, N.J. at 11 a.m. and on May 5, 2018 at St. Michael’s Parish in Litchfield, Conn. at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

1) Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. Please designate your donation to the Hunger Fund in memory of George Ching. You may also make a donation online at:

2) St. Michael’s Parish, 25 South Street, P.O. Box 248, Litchfield, CT 06759. Please designate your donation to the St. Michael’s Food Pantry in memory of George Ching.


Barbara Hurlock Barnett

After a long struggle with chronic illness, Barbara Hurlock Barnett died peacefully in hospice care at home in Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, on November 17, 2017.

Barbara was born in London, England, in 1928. She attended Girton College, Cambridge University, where she received a B.A. in 1950, and an M.A. in Biochemistry in 1951. She completed her M.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of London in 1954, conducting postgraduate research on adrenocorticosteroids at the University Medical School.

Barbara was invited to the United States in 1955 to work in the Ben May Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago, where she pursued research with Dr. Paul Talalay on the biochemical properties of steroid hormones, supported by the American Cancer Society. This research yielded 10 publications co-authored by Barbara. In 1958 she moved to Boston, to investigate the metabolic function of Vitamin B-12 at Harvard Medical School.

In Boston, Barbara was an active member of the English Speaking Union, an international educational charity, where she met her husband-to-be of 51 years, Michael. After marrying in 1961, and briefly returning to England, Barbara and family settled in Princeton in 1964, where she lived for 38 years before retiring with Michael to Hightstown.

Although Barbara gave up her career in biomedical research in 1962 to raise a family, she considered herself a life-long scientist in partnership with her husband, who remained an active scholar until his death in 2012. She co-authored several papers with Michael in the 1970s, developing instructional materials for computer programs developed for the IBM 360 computer.

A member of the Trinity Church faith community, Barbara began volunteering with The Crisis Ministry (currently Arm in Arm) shortly after it was founded in the 1980s. A strong believer in expanded educational opportunity, she tutored math and science to adults seeking a GED. She also supported the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and was active with the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition.

She is survived by her sister, Iris Hurlock Braithwaite; her daughter, Gabrielle; her son, Simon; and her daughter in-law, Melissa Roper-Barnett; predeceased by her husband; her son, Graham; and her brother, Ronald Hurlock. She leaves six grandchildren.

Barbara was an enthusiastic gardener and avid reader, with an enduring love of the performing arts and her English homeland. She enjoyed long walks with her husband, especially in the English countryside, as long as her health allowed. Later in life, she read for the blind, volunteered in the Meadow Lakes library, and cherished visits with her grandchildren. A caring friend, dedicated mother, and devoted wife, she is remembered for her intelligence, thoughtfulness, committed service, great capacity for listening, and willingness to speak her mind freely.

Interment will be private: a public memorial service at Trinity Church, Princeton, will be held on January, 13, 2018.


Anthony M. Carnevale

Anthony “Tony” M. Carnevale, 88, of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home.

Born and raised in Princeton, he attended St. Paul’s School, and graduated from Princeton High School class of 1948. After several short term jobs, his main stay was with AT&T for 35 years. He also was a member of the N.J. Army National Guard for 35 years, retiring as Sergeant Major.

Son of the late Michael and Lucia Carnevale. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lucille (McCracken) Carnevale; son Gary Carnevale; daughter April and son-in-law Rich Dombey; grandchildren Courtney, Anthony (A.J.), and Catherine Carnevale, Jessica and husband Josh Barkauskie; brother Michael Carnevale; sister Margaret (Peg) DeBiase of Denver; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers send contributions in Anthony Carnevale’s memory to St. Paul’s School, 218 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758516 Topeka, KS 66675.

To the Editor:

I am writing in reaction to the front page article titled, “School and Community Call On All Parties to Help Combat Hate” (Town Topics, Nov. 22). Clearly racism and hatred have no place in our schools, or frankly anywhere. I applaud the efforts of our community leaders to combat it. While I abhor the thought of racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic language being written into an assignment visible to all eigth grade students, what also struck me about this episode is the absence of reflection on the circumstances that enabled it to occur. Behavior is most often attributable to a combination of personal traits and situational factors. Likely the person who wrote the racist and sexist language does not behave as a racist and sexist in every situation, and obviously not every student wrote hate speech on the assignment. We do not know the motivations of the student or students who wrote this. While the most salient motivator may be that he or she is a racist and sexist teenager, I can also easily imagine that this student is a mischievous kid who saw an opportunity to create some havoc and chose to do so. To me, discussion of this issue ought to be as much about the circumstances that enabled this to occur as it is concern for finding the perpetrator of the vile language.

From what I have read locally, the assignment was sent home in the interest of speeding up data entry. Expediency should not be the driving force when determining whether or not to use technology to facilitate learning. Raising children in this digital age requires a heightened understanding of the capabilities of the technology we allow our children to use and appropriate safeguards to positively direct their use of it. It strikes me that in this instance, a casual use of technology to support a lesson provided the opportunity for abuse of the technology, and someone took advantage of that opportunity. This suggests a need for a conversation about how technology is used inside and outside the classroom so we can minimize the opportunity for abuse. Two salient recommendations I would offer are appropriate training for those involved with technology-assisted assignments, and rigorous standards for the use of technology to support learning. Either proper protocols were in place and not followed, or lax protocols created an easy opportunity for misuse. Neither scenario should be tolerated.

Greg Robinson

Clearview Avenue

To the Editor:

Is employment so high in Princeton and are wages so inflated that no one wants a job that pays $45 for just 90 minutes of unskilled work? The job is crossing guard at the intersection of Rosedale Road and the road that leads to Johnson Park School. It involves two shifts, one from 7:45-8:30 a.m. and the other from 2:45-3:30 p.m. You can apply on line at But Liz Lempert, our mayor, says the town cannot find anyone to fill the job. And without a crossing guard, children who live across the road from the school, less than a mile away, are forced to take a school bus when it is easier and faster to simply walk or ride a bike.

I just find it hard to believe that no one — no retired person, no student or student’s spouse, no one who just wants a little extra income — wants this job.

Gina Kolata

Hun Road

The Garden Çlub of Stony Brook decorated the dining room in the official governor’s mansion as part of the New Jersey Garden Clubs’ annual “Holidays at Drumthwacket” open house. Clubs from across the state have bedecked nine locations around the house with festive holiday decor. Visitors can take self-guided tours on December 6, 10, 13, and 20, between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are necessary. The house, at 354 Stockton Street, is wheelchair accessible. Reserve at

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton University yesterday announced plans С or at least “a planning framework” С for several anticipated campus development projects in the coming years, including a new residential college or colleges to permit the University to expand its undergraduate student body by 10 percent, new and improved facilities for engineering and environmental studies, and a new Lake Campus on lands south of Lake Carnegie. more

By Anne Levin

Rider University president Gregory Dell’Omo sent a letter this week to faculty, staff, and students of Westminster Choir College updating them on the state of the school’s proposed transition to its new, as-yet-unnamed operator. There wasn’t much to report.

“In response to questions, we said at the time that we felt it was important for a number of reasons to have a term sheet in place with the partner before introducing them to our community, and we hoped to have that term sheet in place in approximately 30 days from that time,” reads the letter, referring to meetings that were held a month ago with the college community. “While we are making good progress, we do not yet have agreement on a term sheet. Consequently, we are not yet in a position to introduce the partner to you.” more

By Anne Levin

Concerns about the continuing problem of parking in Princeton brought residents to a forum held by Princeton Future last Saturday, at Princeton Public Library. The gathering was the latest in a series of discussions on the issue, specifically related to a municipal parking study Princeton Council will consider adopting at a coming meeting. more

JOIN THE CLUB: Charter Club, designed in 1913 by Philadelphia architect Arthur Meigs, is among the palatial Princeton University eating clubs profiled in a new book by local author and historian Clifford Zink. Meigs was a member of Charter Club and the Class of 1903.

By Anne Levin

Back in the mid-19th century when Princeton University was still called The College of New Jersey, undergraduates had a hard time finding a decent meal. This gastronomic inadequacy regularly sent students to local taverns and inns, much to the disapproval of faculty at Nassau Hall. more

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Architecture and Design Professor Keisuke Kitagawa (right) and John Witherspoon Middle School (JWMS) Social Studies and Global Education Supervisor Tim Charleston show off the inflatable Instant House erected at JWMS on Friday as a prototype for a seventh-grade collaborative project on Puerto Rico and disaster relief. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

By Donald Gilpin

Seventh-graders at John Witherspoon Middle School (JWMS) witnessed the power of collaboration last Friday morning as they gathered on the front lawn to participate in the creation of an Instant House, a 60-square-foot inflatable structure with the potential to be used for disaster and humanitarian relief all over the world. more

ON THE BORDER: Hun School students and their teachers experienced the complexities of immigration first-hand in the border town of Nogales, Arizona-Mexico, for four days in October. They visited an immigration court, a shelter for deported immigrants, and a Border Patrol station, and met with officials, immigrants, ranchers, and others as part of their Global Immersion experience. (Photo Courtesy of The Hun School)

By Donald Gilpin

Seven Hun School students and three teachers recently went to a United States-Mexico border town to examine first-hand the thorny issues of immigration.

As part of the school’s Global Immersion program, focused on experiential learning and designed “to humanize the immigration issue, recognize its complexities, and encourage critical thinking,” the group visited the town of Nogales on the Arizona-Mexico border. more

Raven Wright, 16, a student at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, has won the National All-American Miss Pageant that was held over Thanksgiving in Anaheim, Calif. Shown here at her crowning moment, Wright competed against 75 girls from across the nation to capture the honor. The NAM organization is based on the principle of fostering positive self-image by enhancing natural beauty within.

TOP RESTAURATEURS: Brothers Raoul, left, and Carlo Momo were recently named the 2017 “Restaurateurs of the Year” by the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association at its 37th Annual Awards Gala. They were honored for their outstanding service to the restaurant industry, as well as to the greater Princeton community. (Photo courtesy of NJRHA)

The New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association (NJRHA) honored the state’s best and brightest on November 27 at its 37th Annual Awards Gala held at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City. Raoul and Carlo Momo received this year’s “Restaurateurs of the Year” award for their outstanding service to the restaurant industry, as well as to their own community. more

The Princeton University Library Numismatic Collection has received a bequest from the Benjamin R. Bell Collection of Ducats. Bell, who worked as a coin dealer and died at a young age earlier this year, was a collector and scholar of the medieval ducats of Venice and their manifold imitations.

The collection of 190 gold coins is particularly rich in the ducats attributed to Italian, Greek, and Turkish minters and later examples struck on the Indian sub-continent. It also includes many examples of significantly lower weight and fineness than Venetian ducats, which Bell argued were minted to fit into the Byzantine monetary system. more

HOLIDAY MAGIC: Kale’s Nursery & Landscape Service offers moments of magic at its annual Christmas Shop. “We look forward to inviting everyone to come and see our holiday specialties,” says owner and president Douglas W. Kale. He is shown by a display of handmade, decorated single-face balsam wreaths. Kale’s offers an array of handmade bows and other holiday decorations.

By Jean Stratton

Once upon a time, family businesses dotted the Princeton shopping scene, but now, with the changes in shopping habits, including the arrival of chain stores in town  and online shopping, these independently-owned businesses are slipping away. more

An instructor is shown helping children make holiday cards at last year’s Winter Warm Up event hosted by the West Windsor Arts Council and MarketFair Mall. The fourth annual Winter Warm Up is this Sunday, December 10 from 1-4 p.m., and will feature music, arts and crafts, and original artwork for sale.

“GRANITE STREET”: This oil painting by Debbie Pisacreta is featured in “Memories,” an exhibit featuring the work of four artists at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville running December 7 to 31. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Fine artists Alla Podolsky, Joseph Zogorski, Gail Bracegirdle, and Debbie Pisacreta invite the public to view images that capture each artist’s memory of a location, scene, or life moment in “Memories” the 4×4 Winter Group exhibit series at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville running December 7 to 31. more

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces its Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Pop-Up studio (next to Metropolis Spa and Salon), located at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton.

Now in its 24th year, the Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market has long been established as a high-quality resource for ceramics, glassware, ornaments, and other forms of fine art and crafts for holiday gift-giving. more

“AN ACT OF GOD”: Performances are underway for George Street Playhouse’s production of “An Act of God.” Directed by David Saint, the comedy runs through December 23. God (Kathleen Turner, center) takes a phone call — and a selfie — with archangels Michael (Stephen DeRosa, left) and Gabriel (Jim Walton, right). (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

By Donald H. Sanborn III

Film and stage luminary Kathleen Turner is starring in An Act of God at the George Street Playhouse. David Javerbaum, the former executive producer of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and a writer whose theatrical credits include the musicals Cry-Baby and Suburb, adapted the show from his 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God. more

By Stuart Mitchner 

Imagine a literary theme park, a Disneyland for readers and their kids where you can ride a raft with Huck and Jim, or climb aboard the Pequod with Ishmael, or fish the Big Two-Hearted River with Hemingway. Since the former Soviet Union is ever more massively imminent as we approach the moment of truth about Russian involvement in last year’s election, let’s say you could also visit a Chekhov pavilion complete with cherry orchard or tour Tolstoy’s estate where little Natashas can enjoy horseback rides and make-believe balls, or better yet you could take your chances in a fun house of existential chills dedicated to the work of Dostoevsky. Given the American public’s undying fascination with the dark side, the Dostoevsky House would draw the biggest crowds.  more

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is considered the preeminent novelist of the Victorian Era because of his touching and timeless tales that described the plight of the poor in that time. He experienced poverty  at an early age when he had to drop out of school to work in a factory in order to support the family, after his bankrupt father (Jonathan Pryce) was sent to debtors’ prison.

Dickens’s challenging childhood may have served as the inspiration for such classics as The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and David Copperfield.

However, his book which may have had the biggest effect on Western culture is A Christmas Carol, since it arguably altered how we now celebrate the holiday.

That is the premise of The Man Who Invented Christmas, Les Standiford’s historical narrative that describes the events in December of 1843 that led Dickens to write A Christmas Carol. The novella has now been adapted into a movie by Bharat Nalluri (MI-5) as a sentimental tale of redemption. more

IRON MIKE: Princeton University wrestler Mike D’Angelo, right, controls Lehigh’s Ian Brown last Friday at 157 pounds. Junior D’Angelo overcame a 6-0 deficit to prevail 17-7 in the match. D’Angelo’s heroics weren’t enough as Princeton fell 25-13 to fifth-ranked Lehigh. Princeton faces No. 10 Virginia Tech on December 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Princeton University wrestling team fell 25-13 to fifth-ranked Lehigh last Friday in its first dual match of the season, Chris Ayres won’t soon forget what he saw on the mat from his athletes.

“I told the guys that there were two matches in that dual that were some of the most inspired I have seen in the wrestlers I have coached,” said Ayres. more