October 27, 2016

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

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October 26, 2016

To the Editor:

We, the undersigned members of the board of Princeton’s antiracism, interfaith organization Not in Our Town (NIOT), write to comment on the proposed ordinance that would once again establish a separate Civil Rights Commission in Princeton. The proposal is good, and NIOT’s members support it. At the same time, we have one strong suggestion for a change in the current draft.

As you know, the principal reason for a Civil Rights Commission is to increase awareness about continuing discrimination, ongoing stereotyping, and subtle forms of racism. The ordinance calls for the commission, among other tasks, to “develop mutual understanding and respect among all racial, religious, cultural, and ethnic groups in Princeton and work to prevent discrimination practices against such groups.” That’s all good.

The proposed ordinance also calls for the commission to “aid in seeing that no person is deprived of equal services in this municipality,” and it gives the commission a role — in appropriate cases — in informally resolving the complaints of persons claiming to be aggrieved. This provision is also good, but it leads to our strong suggestion.

Currently, and the proposed ordinance makes no change in this practice, any complaint about discrimination is filed with the Human Services Department of the town. Certainly that route to make a complaint is fine, and we ourselves have confidence in the Human Services Department. But we cannot assume, and Council should not assume, that each and every potential complainant will have confidence in any particular office of municipal government, nor should we further burden the Human Services Department by making it the sole repository for citizens’ complaints. Moreover, it’s conceivable that a complaint may even be against the Human Services Department, or there may be a perception that the staff would be hard pressed to make a finding against the very entity responsible for its livelihood.

Because of this potential, we believe that the ordinance should include an alternative route for complaints, a second way to file, so that any person who feels aggrieved may be confident and comfortable in making their complaint. Filing the complaint directly with the new civil rights commission seems to be the obvious alternative route, and there should be a paragraph added to the ordinance that authorizes the commission to accept complaints directly.

We applaud the Council for re-establishing this commission, and we look forward to its success as Princeton continues its effort to overcome any and all instances of discrimination. Providing an alternate route for complaints is yet another way to help assure that the aims of this ordinance will be met.

Ziad A. Ahmed, Barbara F. Fox, Ted Fetter, Fern Spruill, Wilma Solomon, Joyce Turner

To the Editor:

I moved to Princeton in 2007 with my family after living abroad in Europe for six years; my wife, Maria Sophocles, wanted to open up a medical practice in a community where we could be in striking distance of our parents, and we both needed to have access to top quality public education. Princeton was the obvious choice for us since we are from the suburbs of New York and Philadelphia respectively, and upon arrival in Princeton we enrolled our four children in Johnson Park. Today we have a sophomore in college, a senior and a sophomore at Princeton High School, and an 8th grader at the Princeton Charter School. Our children have benefited from the school system, and for nearly 10 years we have been collecting facts and opinions from friends, parents, and people in the community about what they believe are the strengths and areas for improvement in the Princeton Public Schools. While there are many great ideas, one of the greatest challenges is funding. I have decided to run for the Board of Education because I believe I can help find alternative sources of funding for the district without leaning on the existing tax base. Any community with a strong school system wrestles with how to maintain the quality without taxing its residents to death. And since Princeton has a large number of residents who send their children to private schools, and still others who are here primarily for the University, the tax question is even more difficult because not everyone is benefitting directly from the public school system. And yet, even with the current 2 percent property tax cap, taxes will double for residents in the next 35 years.

My proposal is simple: let’s raise an endowment. I have served on multiple boards in my professional life, and have raised money for the last 25 years. An endowment can tap into different donors than the Princeton Education Foundation and help provide a reliable income stream to complement other fundraising initiatives. There are many examples of great public schools that have created endowments, and there is no reason we could not do the same for Princeton Public Schools. If elected to the School Board, I will make this a priority. Since three of my children will still be graduating from PHS, I have a vested interest in improving the school system; as someone who hopes to retire here someday, I also have a strong desire to make Princeton an affordable option. An endowment is not the only answer, but most certainly could be part of the solution.

I hope on November 8 you will give me the opportunity to give back to the community and elect me to Board of Education.

Alex Martin

Hun Road

To the Editor:

We strongly endorse Greg Stankiewicz’s candidacy for the Princeton Board of Education. Over the past 30 years that we have known him, Greg has impressed us as a thoughtful and analytical thinker who is also a consensus builder. From his previous experience with the New York City Board of Education where he focused on issues of equity in funding, to his more recent work with non-profit community development financial institutions that served low income communities in New Jersey, Greg formulates opinions and makes decisions that are in the best interest of the whole community. Greg believes in the right of every child to receive an equal educational opportunity, regardless of race, socio-economic background, or intellectual ability. His previous experience will be very helpful in solving the growing student population issue that the district is currently facing. If class sizes continue to grow, it will become more difficult for teachers to teach effectively and for children to learn to the best of their abilities, especially those with learning differences. Greg would be a staunch advocate for his trusted constituency, the very children who represent our future. Princeton would be lucky to have an intelligent and hardworking individual like Greg Stankiewicz making sound decisions as a member of the Princeton Board of Education.

Betsy and Darma Ie

Carriage Way

To the Editor:

I am writing to support Debbie Bronfeld for the Board of Education (BOE) elections this November. I have known Debbie for over 10 years; as a volunteer at school and as a friend. She is a true supporter of the Princeton Public Schools and a true believer in our town.

During our children’s elementary years, Debbie volunteered as room parent, library volunteer, garden club, field day, and has been an integral part of the Board on PTO. During her years as vice-president of Community Service, she worked on service learning projects for each of the six grades at Littlebrook, food drives with themes that operated all year long, clothing drives and UNICEF. The communication between her and the teachers and the parents was vital in order to be so successful. During our children’s time at John Witherspoon and PHS, she was integral to the annual Book Fair, engaged in Super Saturday, and volunteered to help with Prom and PHS Band Events. Being a part of her children’s school lives, both as a parent and volunteer, she discovered that she really wanted to make a difference in school. She attended BOE meetings during the teacher contract negotiations as she wanted to voice her support for the teachers and for the programs for our younger children and those children coming up behind ours. She attended town meetings during the AvalonBay planning as the population entering would affect the population of our schools.

Her main platform is to preserve the quality of education for our students despite the growth in enrollment and the challenges of the school budget. She wants our school system to continue its success. And most importantly, she wants to ensure that each child is valued and each child is safe in our schools.

Beverly Kuo-Hamilton

Franklin Avenue

To the Editor:

Having lived in the Princeton area for the past 12 years, I’ve always been impressed with the passion at which my fellow residents take up certain issues. I may not always agree with their opinions, but no one can deny the passion.

I’d like to highlight a safety-related issue that will be virtually impossible for anyone to take the other side.

It’s the epidemic that exists in our town with texting while driving. As an avid runner, it’s very likely you’ve seen me running through the neighborhood on a weekend morning. What I see, unfortunately, is an unbelievable amount of people who are texting while driving. This behavior needs to stop. There’s absolutely no excuse for anyone to ever text while driving. If you’re looking down at your phone, then you’re not looking at the road. I see people blatantly holding up their phones directly in front of their faces, believing they have a better chance of reading their phones in addition to seeing the road. I can assure you both cannot be seen at the same time.

My children will soon be getting old enough to ride their bikes around the neighborhood on their own. The fear I have of them being run over by a distracted driver will very likely prolong my letting them ride on their own. I see our police “hiding” out looking for speeding cars, giving out tickets. While I applaud those efforts, what steps are being taken to reduce distracted driving? Stand anywhere along a busy Princeton street and watch 100 cars go by. Tell me how many are texting. Something needs to be done. Mayor Lempert and town council, what are you doing to keep my family safe?

Bret Jacknow

Farrand Road

To the Editor:

It took a few hours to figure out why they would take our shoelaces and belts. Another day to comprehend why trash cans held paper bags, not plastic, why towel hooks behind bathroom doors swiveled to prevent their staying upright, why towel racks and shower curtain hooks were absent, why they confiscated bags with straps and disallowed hand sanitizers and Q-tips, why they observed us as we shaved, and why they inspected our rooms every 15 minutes, during the first 24 hours, sometimes longer.

Yet it took no time at all to see how a community of patients struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction or more could develop a bonding affinity and love for one another at the Princeton House In-Patient facility. Regardless of who we were, our professions, socio-economic background, gender, religious or sexual identity, or our propensity for self-harm, we were each like anyone else, and we are each like you as well. If you disagree, look into yourself deeply, we are none of us much different from one another. Two weeks ago I was terrified to walk into a ‘psychiatric hospital’ — yet it was no ‘cuckoo’s nest’ — rather a safe sharing space — and walking out with increased awareness and self-recognition is an affirmation of the importance of caring for our most crucial asset — our minds.

I lost two friends to suicide last year, both in Princeton, and last month mourned the loss of Owen Bardzilowski — one of two students lost to suicide within five years at Princeton High School. Whether or not you know someone with a mental illness, and regardless of your perception of your own mental health, I’m certain there’s a good reason why you should partake in a conversation on mental health and suicide prevention. Over 40 of your neighbors attended a community forum on suicide prevention this past Sunday in Princeton. Please get involved by sharing your own story creatively on November 12 at the IYCC Poetry Slam (www.iyiprinceton.com) and by supporting SPEAK OUT, Princeton Teens at their first community meeting on December 3 (www.speakoutprincetonteens.com). There is #NOSTIGMA in walking through vulnerability — isn’t THAT how we get to the door of courage?

Adnan Shamsi

Nassau Street

To the Editor:

Peter Marks, who is running for mayor of Princeton, is a lifelong resident and a problem-solver who understands Princeton’s current challenges — challenges that will determine our town’s future for years to come. Marks believes that current local policies are incoherent. Although support of “sustainability,” “diversity,” and “affordability” are voiced, there is no concern for the unsustainable burden of population growth which will result when the many huge housing developments are completed. Marks realizes that if this continued development is permitted, the character of our cherished Princeton neighborhoods and the small town feel of the community will be forever lost. To begin to solve the threat of over development, Marks, as mayor, will ensure that differing Borough and Township zoning regulations will be combined and rationalized after over four years of delay under the current administration. (Can you imagine that consolidation is still nor complete?)
I love Princeton and for this reason I’m supporting Peter Marks for mayor and I urge you to do so as well.

John Irving

Longview Drive

To the Editor:

Any leader up for our vote to continue in office should be asked two questions: What did you accomplish on our behalf in the past? What do you want to help us achieve in the years ahead? In my opinion, the answers that Liz Lempert can provide to each question more than justify both our thanks — and our votes — on November 8th.

During her first term, Mayor Lempert steered us on a steady course through the legal and administrative intricacies of the first municipal consolidation in New Jersey in over a century. Almost as important: the president of Princeton University now meets regularly with the governing body to cooperate in planning for the future.

In matters of traffic and transportation alone, the pay-off is already measurable. The municipality and the university are hard at work to create an integrated, convenient local transit service to help people get around town and reduce vehicular traffic on our streets. Next spring a municipal bike share program will complement the university’s already popular service and help lessen traffic still further. The town has launched a “Complete Streets” planning process (in which the university participates) to provide for balanced convenience and safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike. Further, Princeton was the first community to initiate the state’s “Safe Routes to Schools” program and the first in New Jersey to take up the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Safer People, Safer Streets” challenge. Result: a “Street Smart” local campaign is already in its early stages.

The list of current and future initiatives goes on:

• At the municipality’s urging, 20 percent of the university’s Merwick-Stanworth apartments are affordable housing open to non-university residents.

• Zoning and building regulations of the former borough and township are now under examination to determine how they might be modified and harmonized to protect neighborhood character.

• An analysis of ways to improve our downtown streetscape is underway.

•A comprehensive bicycle route plan is nearing completion.

Specific plans (the first in the state endorsed by the World Health Organization) are in place to help ensure that the community remains “age-friendly” as the numbers of seniors in our population increase.

In my view, even this partial inventory of actions taken and actions planned fully warrants a vote for Liz Lempert to keep us on track toward a still better future in an already wonderful town.

Ralph Widner

Elm Road

To the Editor:

All Princeton residents know our town is special! It’s safe, welcoming and walkable. Our schools, the Princeton Public Library, Princeton University and the Art Museum, McCarter Theater, and Labyrinth Books, among other entities, provide residents with standout educational, cultural, and intellectual opportunities. Peter Marks cherishes and wants to preserve these entities and can be counted on to do so. He was born and raised in Princeton, attended its public schools and understands and appreciates what makes our town the outstanding place it is and how to keep it that way.

As mayor, Peter Marks will halt over-development, preserve the neighborly character of neighborhoods, and enhance the green belt encircling the town. He will reduce onerous permit application fees and trim municipal spending by focusing on essential services.

Peter Marks is a problem solver with the vision, leadership, and dynamism that will ensure that Princeton stays the special town that it is today. Please join me in keeping Princeton special by voting for Peter Marks on November 8.

Doug Miles

Poe Road

To the Editor:

Over 2,100 homeless or formerly homeless kids went back to school with new clothes, new shoes, and new back packs filled with necessary school supplies because of the wonderful caring community we live in.

I am once again deeply gratified to report that HomeFront’s Back to School campaign was met with overwhelming support from Mercer County residents. Many individuals, corporations, congregations, and organizations contributed generously so that HomeFront kids were able to start the new school year with confidence and a feeling of fitting in.

HomeFront bears witness daily to families who are unable to house, feed, or clothe their children. While the back to school donations may seem like a small step, they contribute greatly to the children’s self-esteem, which is a critical foundation for their success. The donations also fit into a much bigger picture of getting these children to school and helping them to stay there to finish their educations — and ultimately for them to become productive, self-sufficient adults.

Thank you for all you do for these children. It is a delight to see their excitement as they begin their day with a full backpack and a new outfit. With your caring support, we are fighting poverty and have hope that we can end it one day.

Connie Mercer

Executive Director, HomeFront

To the Editor:

The Friends of Princeton Public Library held their Annual Book Sale on October 14-16 and enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend with booklovers from near and far. The Book Sale is the culmination of months of work by dedicated volunteers, and depends on the generous donations of Library supporters throughout the year.

We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Princeton Public Library, whose knowledge and commitment was crucial to the success of this event. We are especially thankful to the Development Department and Buildings Department for their guidance and wholehearted assistance, and to the Teen Advisory Board for their enthusiastic involvement. We would also like to acknowledge the generous support of our friends at Princeton Public Schools, the Arts Council of Princeton, Corner House, Princeton University, McCaffreys, and Witherspoon Grill.

The large team of book-loving volunteers who worked so hard and with such spirit made this event an absolute pleasure for all involved, from the youngest child picking out a book for the first time, to the knowledgeable collector searching for a special find. Thanks to our generous Princeton community whose support once again increased the amount raised for the Library. Even more heartwarming was the sight of the many Princeton residents heading home with bags full of treasures, and smiles.

Seva Kramer and Claire Bertrand

Co-Chairs of the Friends of the Princeton 

Public Library Annual Book Sale

Photo Credit: @stancesocks

Stay cozy this autumn with these colorful socks. 


obit-proctor-10-26-16Lucile Stafford Proctor

Lucile “Lockie” Stafford Proctor, 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 21, 2016, after a short battle with lung cancer. A viewing will take place Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by a service to be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton at 1 p.m. Burial and reception will follow.

Lockie is survived by her four children, Perry (Debbie) Crisfield, Holly (Rick) Callanan, Lucy Proctor, and Toby (Darcy) Proctor; six grandchildren, Jay, Ryan, Cori, Allie, Ella, and Jack; and her three brothers, Paul, Tim, and Mark Stafford and their families. She was predeceased by her brother, Todd Stafford.

Lockie was born in Philadelphia, to Lucile Fenn and Paul Tutt Stafford, and was raised in Princeton, where she lived her entire childhood and most of her adult life. Her father was a professor at the university, and her mother was an artist and active in the community. Lockie followed in her parents’ footsteps through her pursuit and support of education and her devotion to the Princeton community.

She attended Miss Fine’s School (now Princeton Day School) and then Wellesley College from which she graduated in 1960 with a BA in English. She remained active in alumni activities of both schools, attended all of her reunions, and held numerous leadership positions in the Wellesley College Club of Central New Jersey. She had a passion for learning, and endeavored to further her education by taking courses at Princeton University and the University of Nevada. Most importantly she traveled the world with her mother and retained a love for travel by sharing it with her family.

Her passions were many, and numerous community organizations were the beneficiaries of her boundless energy and commitment. She served on the Montgomery Township Board of Education for nine years and held the position of president. She was a singer, board member, and passionate supporter of Princeton Pro Musica. She was an active member of Trinity Church, where she served on the Altar Guild, and the Present Day Club, where she regularly played bridge, loved the book group, and enjoyed their many activities.

One would think there would be barely any time left for anything else, but her involvement with the Stony Brook Garden Club (SBGC) and the Garden Club of America (GCA) eclipsed all her other activities. She became a member of the SBGC 26 years ago, was president in 1999-2000, and won the Adra Fairman Daffodil Award 13 times. She became certified as a national judge for the Garden Club of America and was presented with the GCA’s 2014 Horticultural Award.

A summary of her life would not be complete without mentioning so many other things that shaped her life: her many pets, especially those misbehaving dogs; her summers in Cotuit, Massachusetts and at the Basin Harbor Club in Vermont; her love of books, bridge, everything Christmas, opera, theater, the Yankees and cooking; her membership in the Huguenot Society and interest in family history; her many “collections” of stamps, marble clocks, shoes, reading glasses, and catalogs (to name a few); and her tremendous pride in the achievements of her children and grandchildren.

Her “calling card” summed it up perfectly. She was a “singer, student, politico, dog lover, gardener, cook, leader, mom, grandmom, and friend,” who was loved dearly and will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lockie’s name to any of the organizations mentioned above where you may have shared a connection with Lockie.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


John R. Knapsack

John R. Knapsack passed away on October 23, 2016. He was born on October 31, 1934 in Paterson, New Jersey to William and Anna Deblock Knapsack.

John is survived by his wife, Patricia, of over 50 years; his daughters Tricia Grover and Shawn Culver; his son Brant Knapsack and five grandchildren: Lee, Kaylin, Brendan, Makenna, and Duncan.

John grew up in Fairlawn, New Jersey where he graduated from Fairlawn High School in 1952. After high school, John attended Upsala College where he was a member of the Theta Epsilon fraternity and graduated with a BA in business in 1956. Shortly after college, John served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany for four years. After completing his enlistment, John was an officer for First Petroleum Marketers in Wayne, New Jersey until he moved to Princeton. At this point in his life, John and his partners started Trenton Oil Company where he remained until his retirement in 2010.

A private service of remembrance will be held by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the following: pulmonary

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton, New Jersey.


Dr. Robert J Fischer

Robert J. Fischer (Bob), 88, of Skillman, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 16th, at The Skilled Nursing facility in Stonebridge at Montgomery Retirement Community.

Born in Trenton, he was a long time resident of Trenton and Princeton, as well as Cutler, Maine. He was the son of the late Ferdearle and Emily (Elinger) Fischer; and brother of the late Bill, Emily, and Ferd Fischer.

Bob graduated from Trenton High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colgate University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine with a specialty in oral surgery. He served in the Marine Corps for 3 years as a radio technician and was honorably discharged as a corporal in the 8th Marine Regiment.

Bob completed his residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City where he served as chief resident of the oral surgery service. He practiced oral surgery in Trenton for 35 years and was very active in the dental community. He served as president of the Mercer Dental Society and was a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was on the staff of Mercer Medical Center, the former Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Princeton Hospital (University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro), Hamilton Hospital, Hunterdon Medical Center, Saint Frances Hospital, and Saint Mary Hospital in Langhorne Pa. From 1987 to 1993, Robert served on the board of Mercer hospital (Capitol Health Systems). In 1959, he joined the State of New Jersey as Director of Dentistry and in 1973 he earned his license to practice dentistry in the State of Maine. While in Maine he practiced dentistry near his summer residence in Cutler, Maine and was instrumental in establishing Lubec’s Regional Medical Center.

He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Patricia Ann Fischer (Vesey); is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery Fischer and Veronica Fischer, of Windsor, Conn.; her daughter and son-in-law, Carol Fischer Lowenstein and Duane Lowenstein of Andover, Mass.; and her son, Kenneth Fischer of Plantsville, Conn. He was the loving grandfather to Cheryl, Gregory, and Suzanne Fischer; David, Emily, and Peter Lowenstein; Jacqueline and Thomas Fischer; and great-granddaughter Addison Meyers.

He loved to travel, play tennis, and spend time with family and friends in Cutler Harbor on the Bold Coast of Maine.

Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Bob’s life to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, NJ 08558, (609) 759-3606. Donations can be sent in lieu of flowers to the Cutler United Methodist Church, in Cutler, Maine.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home,


Guy Diviaio, Jr.

Guy Diviaio, Jr, 91, of Skillman passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong Princeton area resident. He was a United States World War II veteran who served during the D-Day Invasion. Guy was a self-employed builder and mason contractor and owner of Hillside Builders of Skillman. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman.

Son of the late Guy and Benedetta Diviaio, husband of the late Evelyn Diviaio, and father of the late Gregory A. Diviaio. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Guy T. and Sue Diviaio, and Gary and Linda Diviaio; four grandchildren and their spouses Michael and Danielle Diviaio, Christopher and Katherine Diviaio; Alison Diviaio and Bradley O’Mara; and Brandon Diviaio; and two great-grandchildren, Dominick Diviaio and Finn O’Mara.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 29 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 29 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery.


Finding the Great Pumpkin was the theme Saturday at the Princeton Shopping Center, which featured pumpkin painting and carving, cookie decorating, and live music. The Halloween event was hosted by the Shopping Center and the Arts Council of Princeton. Favorite costumes are discussed in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation will host its 11th annual food and wine fundraising event at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, on Saturday, November 5, from 7 to 10 p.m.

This year, the evening will feature a menu highlighting cuisine richly inspired by Italy, and thoughtfully paired with Italian wines. Live music by Acoustic Road, Jeff Friedman and Matt Robinson, a silent auction, and a wine pull. Sponsorships are still available and include two tickets to the event. more

“Road to Roma” will be the topic of a lecture by architect and automobile enthusiast Lawrence Tarantino at Dorothea’s House on Sunday, November 6, at 5 p.m.

Those attending can follow the Mille Miglia, an Italian vintage road rally, as Mr. Tarantino takes the audience on an illustrated tour of Italy’s beautiful cities, villages, and countryside along the route. Having attended the event multiple times as spectator, journalist, photographer, and participant, Mr. Tarantino will explain the history of the race and display memorabilia. more


COMING TO SEMINARY: Called “America’s favorite poet” by The Wall Street Journal, Billy Collins will be reading from his work and conversing with Princeton Seminary President M. Craig Barnes at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, in the Iain R Torrance Atrium, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will appear at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, in the Iain R Torrance Atrium, Princeton Theological Seminary Library, 25 Library Place in Princeton. He will read from his new book of poems and engage in a conversation with Princeton Seminary President M. Craig Barnes about the nature of poetry, the task of writing, and connections between poetry and faith.  more


PRINCETON FESTIVAL WINE TASTING: The Princeton Festival held its annual wine tasting event on Saturday, October 15 where Richard Tang Yuk told the assembled guests of the plans for the Festival’s 2017 season beginning in June. A good time was had by all, including a surprise visit by Ludwig von Beethoven (Lance Channing). Beethoven posed for a picture with Marie Miller, costume designer for the Festival. The 2017 season’s opera is Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” (Photo Courtesy of The Princeton Festival)

The word “October” is evocative of various images. For children it means Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat candy. For many adults it means harvest time and Oktoberfest beers. For Princeton Festival aficionados it means the Festival Guild’s annual wine tasting and the announcement of the upcoming 2017 season’s performance offerings. more


“MAKAH I”: Michael Madigan will be exhibiting his paintings, like the one pictured here, at Morpeth Contermporary Gallery in Hopewell alongside sculptor, Donna McCullough. Their works are on display until November 13.

Painter, Michael Madigan and sculptor, Donna McCullough are exhibiting at Morpeth Contemporary Gallery and Frame Studio, located at 43 West Broad Street in Hopewell, until November 13. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and noon–5 p.m. on Sunday. more


“MY NASSAU STREET”: Over 100 completed pages like Anne Brener’s “My Nassau Street” will be on display at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Taplin Gallery as part of “Interwoven Stories,” a community-based stitching project, from October 29 through November 30.

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) presents Interwoven Stories, a culminating exhibition of the community-based stitching project created by ACP Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence Diana Weymar. Visitors can expect to view more than 100 fabric “pages” — designed to look like traditional 3-holed line paper — hand-stitched with places, people, and memories. more


“OCTOBER”: D&R Greenway Land Trust will benefit from the artworks sold in their exhibit, “Our Countryside: Paintings, Photographs, and Prints by Mary Waltham,” at Chambers Walk Café on Main Street in Lawrenceville. Pictured here is one of Waltham’s oil paintings, which like most of her work, is inspired by nature.

D&R Greenway Land Trust both inspired and will benefit from the sales from Our Countryside: Paintings, Photographs and Prints by Mary Waltham, at Chambers Walk Café, 2667 Main Street, Lawrenceville, November 1 through December 30. Much of the artwork was made on D&R Greenway’s preserved lands in central New Jersey. Fifty percent of sales will support D&R Greenway’s preservation and stewardship mission. The exhibit is on view during café hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily, and 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. more


SHIRLEY: The Lewis Center for the Arts and Princeton Garden Theatre present a special screening of Gustav Deutsch’s “Shirley: Visions of Reality,” based on painter Edward Hopper’s work. The event will take place at Princeton Garden Theatre on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the Princeton Garden Theatre will present a special screening of Gustav Deutsch’s Shirley: Visions of Reality, based on painter Edward Hopper’s work, as a part of the new collaborative film series Cinema Today. Followed by an in-person discussion with director Deutsch and the film’s scenic artist Hanna Schimek, the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 at the Garden Theatre. Tickets are available to the public at princetongardentheatre.org. Princeton students, faculty and staff may reserve a free ticket at http://arts.princeton.edu/cinematodaymore


SAVE will host their 11th Annual Holiday Boutique at The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman on Saturday, November 5. Guests will have the opportunity to jump-start their holiday shopping, mingle with friends, and enjoy tasty food and refreshments. Vendors include A Bit of This, Hopewell Pottery, Macjac, J. McLaughlin, Maverick Pet Partners, and Orvis. Author Jacki Skole will be selling and signing copies of her award-winning book, Dogland: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Dog Program. Proceeds will support the shelter’s adoption and spay/neuter programs. To purchase tickets, call (609) 309-5214 ext. 204.

October 24, 2016

See below for the October 6, 2016 Princeton Planning Board Meeting.

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