August 22, 2017

See below for the August 21, 2017 Princeton Council Meeting.

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Citizens of Princeton gathered in Palmer Square to view and celebrate the first total solar eclipse visible on mainland US soil since 1979. The event was co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library and Princeton University’s Astrophysical Science department. While the library was offering cookies, watermelon, and solar glasses, the Astrophysical Science department provided eclipse education, answered questions, and brought a telescope for the general public to look through.

August 21, 2017

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Orange is the color of the season!

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UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE: Claire Klausner gets carried off the field by her U.S. teammates after they won the gold medal in softball at the Maccabiah Games in Israel earlier this summer. The triumph capped off a superb year for the recently graduated Princeton University star who was named the 2017 Ivy Pitcher of the Year in her senior season after she helped the Tigers win their second straight league title. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Over the course of her senior season this spring with the Princeton University softball team, pitching ace Claire Klausner rose to the occasion under playoff pressure.

In the best-of-three Ivy League Championship Series against Harvard, Klausner pitched a six-hit shutout as the Tigers prevailed 1-0 in the opener on the way to a series sweep. more

August 18, 2017

See below for the August 16, 2017 Princeton Council Meeting.

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

August 16, 2017

MAX EFFORT: Max Veronneau battles in front of the goal in action last winter during his sophomore season for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. This summer, rising junior Veronneau took part in two National Hockey League Development Camps, skating with the Vegas Golden Knights and the Calgary Flames. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Max Veronneau got the chance to enjoy himself in Las Vegas for a few days this summer, but it had nothing to do with hitting the casinos or sampling the city’s glittering nightlife.

Instead, Princeton University men’s hockey star forward Veronneau spent his time in Sin City on the ice, taking part in the inaugural Development Camp for the Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team in the National Hockey League that is making its debut in the 2017-18 season. more

OFF THE KUFF: Princeton University men’s hockey player Ryan Kuffner glides up the ice in action for the Princeton University men’s hockey team. After a big sophomore season this past winter for the Tigers, Kuffner honed his skills this summer by skating for the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets at its Development Camp. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ryan Kuffner isn’t about to take a day off when it comes to pursuing his goals in hockey.

“I work hard every day in the offseason and then in practice as well to try to give myself the best chance to play at the next level when I get the chance,” said Kuffner, a rising junior forward on the Princeton University men’s hockey team.  more

Karla (Halle Berry) is a stressed single-mom who is working as a waitress in a diner. Of course she’d rather be spending her time with her young son, Frankie (Sage Correa). Fortunately, he’s patiently waiting right there in the restaurant for her overtime shift to end.

After she finally gets off work, the two drive to an amusement park for what they expect will be a fun-filled afternoon. We also learn that Karla’s in the midst of bitter custody battle for Frankie with her vindictive ex-husband (Jason George).

That explains why she moves a few feet away from Frankie for a little privacy when she gets a call from her divorce attorney.

Unfortunately, her attention from her son is distracted enough to afford a lurking kidnapper (Chris McGinn) an opportunity to pounce. Next thing you know, Frankie is being dragged to a waiting getaway car.

Karla frantically rushes after them into the parking lot, and in her distress, she drops her cell phone before she spots a suspicious Mustang GT with tinted windows and no license plates rushing out of the parking lot. Karla frantically decides to chase the car.

What ensues is an extended chase scene that lasts the rest of the movie. So unfolds Kidnap, a low-budget movie directed by Luis Prieto (Pusher). Although the plot has comical holes big enough for Karla to drive her car through, the picture nevertheless is compelling thanks to a combination of heart-pounding action scenes and the protagonists’ convincing portrayal of their desperation to be reunited.

Very Good (***). Rated R for violence, profanity, and scenes of peril. Running time: 95 minutes. Production Studio: Well Go USA Entertainment / Gold Star / 606 Films / Lotus Entertainment. Distributor: Aviron Pictures.

Peter Gruen

Peter Gruen of Lawrenceville, formerly of Princeton, died peacefully last Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Compassionate Care, the Robert Wood Johnson In-Patient Hospice in Hamilton. He was 74. He had contended with prostate cancer for many years. His family was at his side.

Mr. Gruen was an Adjunct Professor of Classics at The College of New Jersey for 14 years. He graduated cum laude from Rutgers University where he was also a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He received his master’s in Greek literature and his doctorate in philology from Columbia University. In 1971-72 he was a fellow of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In 1973 he joined the faculty of Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. There he became a tenured professor and chair of the Classics Department. He taught Latin and Greek and classical literature in translation. He was the author of several published academic papers.

In 1983 he gave up his tenured position to write. He studied playwriting at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh. While there he wrote the book and the lyrics for the musical, Just Desserts, in 1989. He wrote many other short and full-length plays. His play, For Anne, won the Off-Off Broadway Play Festival in 1991 and was included in an anthology of plays published by Samuel French that year. In 2008, The End of My Tour, was produced at The Passage Theater in Trenton and performed by his son, Swann.

Even while writing, he continued to teach part–time because he loved working with students. His course in Classical Mythology at The College of New Jersey was so popular that it needed two sections every semester. He retired due to his health in 2015.

Peter John Gruen was born in Newark, the son of the late Fred and Helen Gruen. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Anne Elliott of Lawrenceville and New York; a daughter, Skye Elliott Gruen of New York; a son, Swann Elliott Gruen of Brooklyn; a brother, John F. Gruen of New York; and five nieces and nephews. And the many relatives, friends, and students whose lives he profoundly touched.

There will be a memorial service at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, in Princeton on Friday, September 29th at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation in Newark, Delaware.

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Ariel Eden Malberg

Ariel Eden Malberg died at age 27 on August 12, 2017.

Ariel was born in Libertyville, Illinois and was a lifelong resident of Princeton. She attended the Hart School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut. Ariel enjoyed music, gardening, the culinary arts, and especially cooking and baking for her family and friends. She took pride in volunteering many hours for homeless people. Ariel was a great all- around athlete, excelling in swimming, a talented artist, and loved taking care of her cat “Littlefoot.” She will be sadly missed by all.

Surviving are her parents Alta and Dr. Marc Malberg, seven aunts and uncles, and 16 cousins.

Funeral services were held at noon on Monday at Temple Beth El, 67 Route 206 North, Hillsborough. Arrangements were by Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 Gaston Ave, Somerville. Interment followed at Temple Sholom Cemetery, Chimney Rock Road, Bridgewater.

Donations can be made to the IHN Fund at Temple Beth El (Caring for the Homeless).

To send condolences to the family, visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Princeton Recreation Commission, I would like to thank everyone that came out to be part of Princeton’s 11th annual Community Night Out on August 1, 2017. Community Night Out is the result of many months of planning by the Recreation and Police Departments, and this year’s event drew roughly 2,000 visitors to Community Park Pool.

One of the highlights of this free community event is the participation by many municipal agencies and community organizations, including: Corner House, Princeton Fire & Rescue Squad, Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, Sustainable Princeton, Princeton University Public Safety, Princeton Tennis Program, Princeton Health Department, Princeton Human Services Department, Mercer County Prosecutors Office, Princeton Girl Scouts, Access Princeton, Not In Our Town, Princeton Public Library, Princeton Fitness and Wellness, Womanspace, and Greater Mercer TMA.

The generosity of many sponsors is critical to the success of the Community Night Out. These sponsors include Princeton PBA, McCaffrey’s, Cross Culture, Princeton Pi, Ace Hardware, Let’s Be Heroes, Dacole Photo Booth, and Lily Yu (Zumba).

Community Night Out will be back in 2018 and will remain free, fun, and family-oriented for all to enjoy.

Ben Stentz

Executive Director of Recreation

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A diverse crowd of about 250 gathered in Palmer Square Sunday afternoon to show support for the victims of Charlottesville, Va., and to stand up against white supremacy, domestic terrorists, and hate groups in our country.

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AN OVERFLOW CROWD: Excitement about the upcoming solar eclipse made for a packed house at the first of two lectures, held at Princeton Public Library. Next on the eclipse agenda is a special viewing party on Palmer Square on Monday, August 21.

It was standing room only last week in the Community Room at Princeton Public Library, where Princeton University professor Amitava Bhattacharjee was giving a talk on the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse that will unfold over several hours on Monday, August 21.  more

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) last week were once again recognized by Niche, a national school-ranking website “highlighting the best places to live and go to school,” as the No. 1 public school district in New Jersey.

You might think that Superintendent Steve Cochrane and his staff would be satisfied with that honor, maybe even willing to revel in the acclaim. But no, Mr. Cochrane said, proud as they are to be recognized “for the excellence that we see daily in our schools Й and our staff who are dedicated to making our schools places of innovation and care,” PPS has a larger goal. more

KEEPING IT CLEAN: At Saint Peter’s University Hospital, environmental services staffer Hilda Guzman of Old Bridge prepares the Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot in order to disinfect a patient’s room. (Photo Credit: John O’’Boyle)

Hospitals around the world are looking for new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill multidrug resistant organisms that can cause hospital-acquired infections, or HAIs. Saint Peter’s University Hospital has taken a leap into the future with the implementation of a LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robot that emits ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy hard-to-kill infectious organisms in hard-to-clean places. more

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUCCESS: Princeton Community Village celebrated winners of New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA) and National Affordable Housing Association (NAHMA) scholarships. From left are Mary Ebong, Daniel Hanna, JAHMA and NAHMA Scholarship Foundation administrator Bruce Johnson, Princeton Community Housing Executive Director Ed Truscelli, Noah Daniecki, Thundar Tun, and Katherine Thompson. Not pictured are Alana Chmiel and Harsh Raythattha. (Photo Courtesy of PCV)

Seven talented Princeton Community Village (PCV) students have won scholarships from the New Jersey Affordable Housing Management Association (JAHMA) and the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).  more

There is something visually satisfying about an avenue, or allee, of trees leading into a neighborhood. But planting trees of the same species in such close proximity can be asking for trouble. In Princeton, that trouble is in the form of the emerald ash borer, the metallic green beetle that has the potential to destroy nearly all of the town’s ash trees.

Residents of the Fieldwood Manors development off Cherry Valley Road are fortunate, because the ash trees that line the road into the neighborhood have been targeted for treatment. Princeton Council approved a resolution on August 7 to hire Robert Wells Tree and Landscape, Inc. for the job. more

United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC), a nonprofit organization that improves the financial stability, self-sufficiency, and health of Mercer County residents, announced recently that Jennifer Woods of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has become the new chair of the board of directors.

Ms. Woods joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014 as the staff development officer. In this role, she is tasked with improving organizational effectiveness by working with leadership to understand business challenges/skills gaps, and to determine and then implement strategies to address the learning needs of the organization.  more

Princeton Summer Theater is presenting Appropriate at the Hamilton Murray Theater. Written by Princeton University alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (who graduated in 2006), this contemporary drama is an apt conclusion to a season that has examined “whether it is better to look to the past for inspiration or to move in the direction of future progress,” as Princeton Summer Theater’s website states.

In Pippin, the title character comes of age and anticipates his future. The affluent heroine of Spider’s Web is a fantasist whose comfortable, orderly world permits her to live for the present. By contrast, The Crucible presents conflict as ever-present, using a brutal historical event as an allegory for more recent injustice.

Set in the present day, Appropriate develops themes explored by all three of these shows, epitomizing the exploration of tension between generations and eras. Princeton Summer Theater has given audiences a season that can be interpreted as a variation on A Christmas Carol in its interplay between past, present, and future.  more

I watched Carnie as she sang. I was looking at my daughter and thinking about when she was little; about her sister when she was little; about how I was young then, too; about the cover of Sunflower; about feeling my mom’s hands as she lowered me into the crib. People are beautiful. Life can be, too. —Brian Wilson

A week after the 72nd anniversary of Hiroshima, with people talking about fall-out shelters again thanks to the blustering president and his North Korean counterpart, i’ve been thinking about what makes life worth living, things like family, pets, comfort food, art and literature, baseball and rock and roll.  more

HV YOUTH CHORALE WELCOMES NEW DIRECTORS: Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale welcomes (from left) Managing Director Jennifer Ghannam, Preparatory Choir Director Ingrid Ladendorf, with founding director, Michele Alford.

The Board of Directors of Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale (HVYC) is pleased to announce the appointments of Ingrid Ladendorf as director of the preparatory choir and Jennifer Ghannam as managing director in charge of operations. more

Richard Tang Yuk, Voices Chorale’s new artistic director, is looking for altos, basses, baritones, and tenors for the 2017-18 Season. Auditions will be held in early September. Voices Chorale rehearses Monday evenings at Music Together, 225 Pennington-Hopewell Road in Hopewell. To schedule an audition, email Dr. Susan Evans at drsevans@comcast.net.  more

The Trenton Children’s Chorus, a 28-year-old nonprofit organization that empowers the academic, social, and spiritual lives of children through artistry in music, announced recently that Dr. D.A. Graham (pictured here) has been named president of the board of directors and Dr. Rochelle Ellis has been named music director. 

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, one of New Jersey’s premier private charitable foundations, has awarded a $52,500 grant to Trenton Community Music School, to support the Trenton Music Makers preschool and orchestra programs.

The Trenton Music Makers preschool program was launched in 2000 to ensure that Trenton’s pre-K students received the academic and social benefits implicit in high-quality early-childhood music and movement instruction. Developed in partnership with the Office of Early Childhood Programs of the Trenton Public Schools and The Center for Music and Young Children, then in Princeton, the program has to date engaged over 3,000 children and their families, and trained 250 classroom teachers to integrate high-quality music activities into their daily routines.  more

HIGH INTENSITY: Trish Reilly looks for the ball in action last fall during her freshman season for the Lehigh University field hockey team. Former Princeton High standout Reilly saw time at midfield and defense during the 2016 campaign, receiving the program’s Coaches Award. Reilly, who has been voted as a team captain, is looking to earn a starting role on defense this fall for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh begins its 2017 campaign when it hosts LIU-Brooklyn on August 25. (Photo Courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)

For Trish Reilly, playing college sports was a matter of following family tradition.

Her father, George, played football and competed at track at Brown University, while her mother, Ann, was a field hockey player for the Bears. Reilly’s oldest sister, Meg, played for the Muhlenberg College lacrosse program while older sister Katie was a lacrosse player at Amherst College. more

August 14, 2017

STRETCHING THE LIMITS: Matthew Michibata of the Princeton Tennis Program has been named to the second USTA Junior Leadership Team. (Photo Credit: Erica M. Cardenas)

Written by Erica M. Cardenas

Matthew Michibata, who trains with Princeton Tennis Program, has been named to the second USTA Junior Leadership Team, which recognizes the finest U.S. junior tennis players who exhibit leadership, sportsmanship, and character on and off the court. more