BURSTING ON THE SCENE: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom, left, goes after a ball in 2015 action. Asom made quite a debut last fall, scoring 12 goals and four assists to help Princeton win the Ivy League title as it went 14-4-1 overall and 6-0-1 in conference play. Asom was named the Ivy Rookie of the Year and a second-team All Ivy selection. The Tigers open their 2016 campaign this weekend by hosting Fordham on August 26 and Villanova on August 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
As Sean Driscoll took the helm of the Princeton University women’s soccer team last fall, he could not have scripted a much better debut season. more
SOLID GOLD: Star goalie Ashleigh Johnson handles the ball in action for the Princeton University women’s water polo team. Last Friday, rising Princeton senior Johnson helped the U.S. top Italy 12-5 in the gold medal match at the 2016 summer Olympics. Johnson, who made nine saves in the win, was named the outstanding goalie of the tournament. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
Nelson Diebel ’96 was the last Princeton University athlete to prevail in the pool at the Olympics when he earned two golds in swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games. more
TOUR OF ITALY: Princeton University men’s basketball player Hans Brase, right, works on his inside moves in a practice session. This week rising senior Brase and his teammates are currently on an 11-day journey through Italy starting in Rome and traveling through Florence, Bologna, Venice, and Como before heading home on August 31. Along the way, the Tigers will face three Italian professional teams, including two from Serie A2 and one from Serie B. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
Hans Brase has extensive experience playing in Europe due to his time with Germany’s national basketball program. more
WATTS UP: Sydney Watts sends the ball up the field in action for the Amherst College field hockey last fall during her junior campaign. Watts, a former Princeton High standout, has been a starter on defense for Amherst the last two seasons and will serve as a co-captain of the team this fall. (Photo Courtesy of Amherst Athletic Communications)
A rash of injuries paved the way for Sydney Watts to get some playing time during the latter stages of her freshman season with the Amherst College field hockey team in the fall of 2013. more
BEARING DOWN: Marco Pinheiro, left, chases down the ball in action last fall during his freshman season for the Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team. Pinheiro, a former Princeton Day School boys’ soccer star, made the WashU varsity squad as a walk-on as a freshman. He ended up getting into 15 games and making four starts. He is currently in preseason training at WashU as the squad prepares for its season opener at Webster on September 1.
When Marco Pinheiro started looking at colleges, he was initially focusing on schools that would further his soccer career. more
A NEW SPIN: Former Hun School and Princeton University basketball star Douglas Davis, right, works with a camper on his shooting form last week at the inaugural TopSpin Hoops Academy. The program was an overnight basketball camp that took place from August 12-16 on the Hun campus. (Photo Courtesy of Pete Farnsworth)
In common parlance, “top spin” usually refers to a stroke in racquet sports where the ball is hit with a rising action and then dips over the net, making it hard to return. more
To the Editor:
Evergreen Forum (EF), a program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC), is thriving. Course offerings just get more interesting (and numerous), and participant numbers keep rising. Well into its second decade, the Forum provides stimulating daytime study and discussion programs for adults living in the greater Princeton area. It encourages active participation for those who enjoy learning for its own sake. Course leaders are drawn from teachers and other professionals devoted to their subject and wishing to share their enthusiasm.
“Some of the ideas in this class 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 EF. Most courses, which begin at the end of September, meet once a week for two hours for six to eight weeks. Many classes are held at EF’s home base, the Princeton Senior Resource Center at the Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton; others will take place at convenient nearby locations.
Course descriptions and registration details may be found online at www.theevergreenforum.org, as well as in print brochures available at PSRC and area libraries and churches.
Stuart Road East
To the Editor:
I’d like to offer some corrections to an August 10 front page article about proposed revisions to Princeton’s tree ordinance [“More Discussion Due On Tree Ordinance at Next Council Meeting”]. I write as a botanist and former member of the Shade Tree Commission (STC) that generated the proposal. At the council meeting, ash trees were not characterized as invasive, and the arborist referred to one that might be attacked by the notorious Emerald Ash Borer in 10 years, not 30.
The proposed changes would make it much more expensive for homeowners to remove healthy, mature trees. The primary aim is to discourage, or at least compensate for, the clearcutting associated with Princeton’s epidemic of teardowns. Replacing a house on a small lot typically means removing all trees, since even trees beyond the new building’s (larger) footprint will be damaged by construction activity. The increased fees — $400 for roughly every 9” of girth, up to $1600 per tree — would provide funds for new plantings to compensate for the lost trees.
There’s clear public benefit here, but the new fees or replacement obligations will also fall on homeowners who may have valid reasons to remove a tree. The proposed changes penalize removal of our two most common invasive trees: Norway Maples, which compete with native species, and the Ailanthus (Tree of Heaven) whose allelopathic root exudates interfere with gardening. The ordinance also penalizes homeowners who wish to install solar panels, grow a vegetable garden or plant wildflowers to feed pollinators. Shade is a wonderful thing, but creating an opening for beneficial plants not blessed with xylem should not be penalized.
Inflexibility is further evident in the decision to levy the fees on homeowners wishing to proactively remove ash trees. Trying to defend the STC’s proposal, the arborist claimed that a healthy ash tree “might” succumb to Emerald Ash Borer in 10 years. There’s no “might” about it. Barring a miracle, every untreated mature ash will succumb. In fact, penalizing proactive removal ignores the warnings of STC’s own Community Forestry Management Plan, which states: “An underlying concern is that municipal employees and private contractors may not be able to keep up with the demand for removal of dead and dying hazardous ash trees.”
Council was scared away from suggested improvements to the proposal by imaginary worst-case scenarios, misleading “slippery slope” arguments, and unnecessary appeals to emotion, as when native plant advocates were characterized as fanatics ready to “wipe out” people’s perennial beds.
The rigidity of the proposed changes, their focus on penalties rather than incentives, and their dependence on expensive nursery trees rather than selectively nurturing the “free forest” of volunteer trees that sprout in people’s yards, deprives the arborist of adequate enforcement flexibility. Large trees provide shade, cooling, habitat, but they also interfere with other social and ecological goods: solar panels, orchards, gardens. Surprisingly, Princeton’s Historic Preservation and Environmental commissions were not asked to comment on the proposed changes. The STC’s important defense of trees needs to be tempered by awareness of other sustainability goals.
(Public comment continues at council’s September 12 meeting.)
North Harrison Street
To the Editor:
As parents, few things are scarier than finding out something is wrong with your baby, but that’s the news we received six years ago before our daughter, Evalyn, was born. It was then that we found out Evalyn had a congenital heart defect.
Many people believe heart disease only affects the elderly. Yet by age two, Evalyn had undergone two open heart surgeries, three cardiac catheterizations, a stent placement and countless other tests and procedures. While the journey is sometimes difficult, Evalyn is doing well thanks to breakthrough research funded by organizations, such as the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
But the need for more research is unquestionable. In the U.S., nearly 40,000 children are born with a heart defect each year. Many congenital heart defects are diagnosed in infancy and some, like Evalyn’s, can be detected prenatally. After diagnosis, there are medical treatments available to help the heart perform its best.
This year, Evalyn and our family will share our journey at the Central New Jersey Heart Walk. For the past four years, we have walked with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to raise funds and awareness for the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke. It is our hope that one day no family will need to learn their child has a heart condition.
Join us on Friday, September 30 at the 2016 Central New Jersey Heart Walk at Arm & Hammer Park, home of the Trenton Thunder. For more information, visit www.CentralNJHeartWalk.org.
Fred and Mia Carella
Volunteers, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Yardley, Pa.
To the Editor:
Today someone removed the “Bernie for President” sign from my lawn. I would like to think it was an impoverished Bernie supporter who couldn’t resist a souvenir. I prefer that to the idea that it was a supporter of one of the other candidates. I believe in tolerance of others’ political choices, although I enjoy discussions of why those choices were made.
Let’s have some respect for differing opinions.
It takes a lot of self confidence to remake the Hollywood epic that won the most Academy Awards in history. But that’s just what we have in Ben Hur, a fairly faithful version of the 1959 classic that starred Charlton Heston.
The films are based on Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a novel published in 1880, that quickly surpassed Uncle Tom’s Cabin as the best-selling American novel at the time. The book’s author, Lew Wallace, was a Civil War general who had led Union soldiers at the battle of Shiloh.
His inspirational tale of redemption’s timely themes of family, freedom, and patriotism helped unify a country torn asunder by years of war and the Reconstruction. Its compassionate tone particularly appealed to Southerners because of its sympathetic treatment of slave owners that encouraged resolution by reconciliation instead of revenge.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Ben Hur stars Jack Huston as the title character, although he is overshadowed by the film’s narrator, Morgan Freeman, who portrays Ilderiim, a wealthy Nubian sheik.
The story is set in Jerusalem in the time of Christ (Rodrigo Santoro). As the the film opens, we find Prince Judah Ben Hur living with his mother (Ayelet Zurer), sister Tirzah (Sofia Black D’Elia), and adopted brother Messala Severus (Toby Kebbell), an orphan taken in as a child by the family. Judah also has a love interest, Esther (Nazanin Boniadi), although her lowly slave status makes their marriage unlikely.
The plot thickens when the fully grown Messala, by then a Roman soldier, unfairly accuses the Ben Hur family of an act of treason that was perpetrated by Gestas (Moises Arias), one of the thieves crucified on Calvary alongside Jesus. As a result, the family is separated and sold into slavery, and Judah ends up in chains, rowing in the galley of a warship.
He eventually gains his freedom, and starts searching for his mother and his sister Esther. Concurrently, he finds religion and is afforded an opportunity to even the score with Massala in a chariot race at the Circus Maximus. Fortunately, Ben Hur has wily Ilderim in his corner, who is the best horse whisperer
In spite of the distracting mob scenes and religious sermonizing, Ben Hur 2016 is nevertheless an entertaining variation on the original that’s well worth seeing.
Excellent (****). Rated PG-13 for violence and disturbing images. Running time: 124 minutes. Distributor: Paramount Pictures.
Curtis Andrew Caine
Curtis Andrew Kaine, devoted husband of Karen Kaine and loving father of Trevor Kaine and Kendra Kaine Saechao, passed on Thursday morning, August 4, 2016. Having worked at Tenacre Foundation in several capacities for almost 30 years, Curtis’s friendly smile and exuberant greeting could be seen and heard at many Princeton establishments. His well-known “Helloooo” will continue to echo in the hearts of his family, friends and acquaintances.
Curtis’s love of theater, both on and off the stage, characterized his love of life. As a thespian, he played roles off Broadway in New York and in both regional and local community theater. He could often be seen at Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell which became his theatrical family and home. For several years, he was also a professional Santa. With his jolly personality and incredible sense of humor, he was a natural.
Spirituality played a key role in Curtis’s life and his membership in and service to 1st Church of Christ, Scientist, Princeton was very important to him. Curtis was also an avid supporter of local politics and civic activities. His infectious smile and his understanding of God have been a blessing to many.
In addition to his wife and two children, Curtis is survived by two brothers, Stephen and Peter Kaine, and two stepdaughters Megan Aubrey and Jackie Rogers.
In lieu of flowers, Curtis’s legacy of caring about others may be honored by donations to any of the following organizations: First Church of Christ, Scientist, Princeton; Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Hopewell, NJ; Tenacre Foundation.
A private family Celebration of Life will be held in California.
James Dawson Moyer
James Dawson (JD) Moyer, 39, died August 3, 2016. JD was born in Princeton on May 31, 1977. He was the son of Nina Moyer and Lee Moyer, who predeceased his son.
JD graduated from Hopewell Valley High School and the University of Vermont where he played lacrosse. After his graduation in 2000 he moved to San Diego, Calif. and joined a group of college lacrosse players who helped develop youth lacrosse on the west coast. As a coach, JD had an ability to inspire, motivate, and bring out the best in each player. He was more than a coach, he was a teacher, mentor, and friend to all.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Lauren Moyer, his children Will and Molly, his mother Nina Moyer and brothers Andy (Anne) and Mike (Shaina), his nephews Eli and Charlie, and many very special cousins, aunts, and uncles.
JD was First Vice President at Alliant Insurance Services. An education fund for the children is being set up by his employer. Donations in JD’s memory will be collected for two months and may be made out to Alliant, Alliant Insurance Services, c/o Mariane Holmes, 1301 Dove Street, Suite 200, Newport Beach CA 92660. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 10 a.m. at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church in San Diego, CA.
Sara Davies Gillespie
Sara Davies Gillespie, 89, a resident of Princeton for 60 years, died at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Hamilton on August 5, 2016, nine days after a fall at her home. She was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1927, where her grandfather had been mayor three times, and her father was an alderman, but moved with her family to Detroit soon after her birth as her father helped launch the Universal Credit Corp., the new financing arm of the Ford Motor Company.
Her mother was so unhappy with the proposed move north that she secured a promise that they would spend most vacation time home, so they rented, bought, and eventually built a home at the new Sea Island resort, on the Georgia coast. She graduated from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia in 1945 and then followed her aunt Inez, two sisters and various cousins to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, graduating in 1949.
After college, she married the affable and popular, newly-minted Yale PhD John Davies ’41 and he accepted teaching positions at the University of Minnesota and Smith. In 1955, the family moved to Princeton and her husband would edit the Princeton Alumni Weekly for the next 15 years. They built one of the first houses way out on Heather Lane, well before the construction of PDS or the straightening of the Great Road, where they raised the world’s worst behaved boxers and threw pretty good dinner parties. As a young married woman, she volunteered at Princeton hospital, the N.J. Neuro-Psychiatric Institute in Skillman, and tirelessly at Planned Parenthood in Princeton and Trenton, where she eventually became president and a national board member.
After her divorce in 1971, she used her major in art history to become a curator and framing specialist at Gallery 100 on Nassau Street. Later, she became a managing director for William Sword’s Foundation Managers on Chambers Street. In 1988, she married Gene Gillespie and they enjoyed winters in Delray Beach, Florida and at her family house at Mill Reef, Antigua.
She is survived by her two delightful children, Carsten, known as Tena, and Horace Andrew, known as “The Atomic Gasser”, both of Manhattan; a granddog Roxy; her older sister Mary T. Hoagland of Denver; 3 stepchildren; and ten nieces and nephews.
She followed the example set by her first husband and beloved aunt Dua Helmer by prerranging a “Whole Body Donation” with the RWJ/ Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway, saving her family a lot of costly and difficult decisions. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a contribution to Pastor Luc Deratus’s Haiti Mission or a charity of your choice, and enjoy a Dove mini ice cream bar and/or a Lindt dark chocolate truffle. She was a pistol.
Colin P. Simonelli
Colin P. Simonelli, 24, of Princeton died Saturday, August 20, 2016. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident, except for 3 years when he lived in Pittsburgh. Colin was a student at UMass, Boston. Colin was a lovable and loving son, grandson, brother, cousin, and friend; whose heart, laughter, compassion, and courage will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Grandson of the late James R. Beale, he is survived by his parents Tony and Susan (Beale) Simonelli; two brothers, Mario Simonelli and Xavier Simonelli; maternal grandmother Ellen Beale; paternal grandparents Chris and Linda Simonelli; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.
Friends were invited to call on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Mercer County Community College Foundation to help establish a memorial scholarship in Colin’s memory. Please make your donation online at www.mccc.edu/give (please be sure to indicate in comments: In memory of Colin Simonelli; or mail it to MCCC Foundation, PO Box 17202, Trenton NJ 08690).
At UMASS Boston, gifts in memory of Colin can be made in the following ways:
By check: Checks should be made out to “UMass Boston” and write “In memory of Colin Simonelli” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to: University Advancement, Attention: Anne Kelly-Contini, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA 02125.
Online: Gifts can be made online at www.umb.edu/giving by clicking on the “Give” button. Fill in the form as instructed, including the section that says “My Gift is in Honor or Memory.”
Robert Moment Cortelyou
Robert Moment Cortelyou, 80, of Hopewell Borough, died Thursday morning August 11, 2016, at the home of his youngest son, Jack and daughter-in-law Diane after a brief battle with cancer.
Robert (Bob) was born in Princeton on September 15, 1935, and grew up living on “The Farm” on Old Georgetown Road. He graduated from Princeton High School and went on to earn an associates degree from the State University of New York at Delhi in 1955 and a Bachelor of Science from Rider University in 1967. He served as a court martial reporter in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. Robert retired in 1999 from Delaval Co, in Trenton, where he helped manage manufacturing facilities in Canada and China.
Robert was the son of the late Clifford Stryker Cortelyou and Ruth Louise Moment Cortelyou. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy Powers Cortelyou, a son David who died soon after birth, and a brother Garrie Cortelyou. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law Garrie and Debbie of Ringoes, NJ; Larry and Toni of Skillman; and Jack and Diane of Hopewell; four grandchildren, John, Bob, Jacob and Lily; three siblings, Peter of Herndon, Pa.; Kip of McLean, Va.; and Jane Casey of Princeton, and many close friends.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman, farmer, and an iconic family man. He was known around town by many as “Pop”. He had a larger than life personality, always had a funny story, a kind word, and helping hand for all.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Six Mile Run Reformed Church in Franklin Park. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hopewell Memorial Home and Cremation, 71 E. Prospect Street, Hopewell, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the 4H Association of Somerset County, 310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08007 or to the Future Farmers of America, P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960.
While people are anxious to make use of the “reimagined second floor” at the Princeton Public Library, they are finding plenty of back-up resources, including the wide selection at the Friends of the Library Book Store. See this week’s Town Talk for how some library users are dealing with the situation. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)
GETTING OUT THE VOTE: Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) volunteers will be staffing tables in Hinds Plaza and outside the Garden Theatre on Saturdays and Sundays to register voters. Their Hillary Clinton for President campaign will be holding its grand opening in two weeks. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)
The Princeton Community Democratic Organization’s (PCDO) Hillary Clinton for President Campaign is underway, with headquarters on the second floor at 138 Nassau Street, between Triumph Brewery and the MacLean Agency, and voter registration tables outside the Garden Theatre and on Hinds Plaza on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. more
Work on the Carter Road bridge in Lawrence Township is still suspended as a result of Governor Chris Christie’s shut down order, and nobody is happy about it.
Local business owners are suffering financial losses. Motorists are facing increasing delays and hazards as detoured traffic clogs area roads. Roadways not intended for heavy traffic, let alone large truck traffic, are rapidly deteriorating. And necessary repairs and reconstruction of two historic bridges on 206 can’t start until the Carter Road bridge is reopened, because Carter Road is part of the designated detour route for the 206 bridge work. more
It would be an understatement to say that Dwaine Williamson, the recently announced chairman of the joint campaign for Princeton Council candidates Jenny Crumiller, Tim Quinn, and Mayor Liz Lempert, has been around. The Princeton resident, who serves on the town’s Planning Board, was born in Jamaica, raised in Trenton, worked on Wall Street, and made music videos for rap groups before becoming a lawyer and opening his own office back in Trenton. more
A PASSION FOR GEMOLOGY: Hope Mouko, service coordinator at Hamilton Jewelers, has won a scholarship to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She is pictured with, at left, Hank Siegel, Hamilton president; and his father Martin Siegel, right, the company’s chairman. Ms. Mouko will study at the GIA while continuing her work at the Nassau Street store.
After living in New York, modeling for Donna Karan and other high-end designers, Princeton native Hope Mouko was ready to move back home and try something new. She had always been interested in jewelry and design. So when she noticed an ad last year for an opening at Hamilton Jewelers on Nassau Street, she decided to apply for the position. more
“FORWARD MARCH”: Police Sergeant Fred Williams, former U.S. Marines drill instructor, welcomes the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participating in Princeton’s week-long Youth Police Academy, which will include classroom activities, hands-on techniques, and police demonstrations. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)
Recent news reports on police departments throughout the country may have been full of tension, violence, and controversy, but for 20 young area residents this week’s Princeton Youth Police Academy is providing a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about police work from the inside. more
In recognition of National Wilderness Month, Princeton Public Library is providing two opportunities in September to spend time walking through local green spaces while discussing two engaging readings about nature, wildness, and wilderness. more
On Sunday, September 25, Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) will hold its annual fundraiser at Hinds Plaza to raise awareness and money to help feed children in the Princeton School System.
Celebrity chef Brian Duffy, who shared cooking tips and skills to students at Community Park School two years ago, will host the “Fill the Bowls” event. Local restaurants will provide meals to participants. The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. more
ADAMS TO WESTON EXHIBIT: Ansel Adams, American, 1902–1984, “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico,” 1941, printed 1943. Gelatin silver print. Gift of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
When David McAlpin, Princeton Class of 1920, donated more than 500 fine-art photographs to the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) in 1971 — in an age when photography was still considered a reproductive medium — it became one of the earliest museums to commit to photography as an art form. In addition to these gifts of art, McAlpin endowed an acquisitions fund at the museum as well as a professorship in the history of photography at Princeton — the first in the nation. more