November 25, 2015

To the Editor:

I applaud President Christopher Eisgruber of Princeton for taking seriously the recent demands of the Black Justice League. A resolution has been reached that will provide the institution and the town with an excellent opportunity for discussion and action.

Princeton University is a beacon of learning, but it also has a dark history of discriminating — against African Americans, Italian Americans, Jews, and women, among other groups.

The idea that Woodrow Wilson’s name should be taken off buildings because of his poor record on civil liberties and civil rights will be explored, as it should be. Investigation and discussion of our American heroes and their feet of clay is well worthwhile. What are the criteria we should use to judge historical figures and how do we tally up the balance sheet of good deeds and bad in deciding to honor them? Is there a justification for negative actions that were “a product of their time”? How should we proceed in creating a democratic and civil society that gives everyone an equal voice and helps assuage the crimes and misdemeanors of our shared past?

These are questions begging for open discussion. All of us could benefit from cultural competency sessions. Many people would be interested in participating in a student-led discussion of freedom of speech. Socratic dialogue is what a university community is all about. If we do not listen, we cannot learn.

Scotia W. MacRae

Evelyn Place

To the Editor:

Having won election on November 3, it is an honor to continue serving the citizens of New Jersey’s 16th Legislative District as State Assemblyman.

Campaigning throughout the district is always a wonderful opportunity to share a vision — a positive vision keenly focused on reforms that will make New Jersey a better place to live, work, and retire. With this vision in mind, I remain, as before, wholly committed to providing leadership that is honest, independent, principled, and determined.

Congratulations to Assemblyman-elect Andrew Zwicker. I look forward to working in partnership with Mr. Zwicker to ensure that the citizens of the 16th Legislative District are duly represented and served.

We should all take a moment to express gratitude to Assemblywoman Donna Simon for her legislative efforts over the past four years. As a full-time legislator, Donna demonstrated steadfast commitment to public service by always finding time for constituents, working tirelessly, and fighting especially hard for many worthy causes.

Nothing serves the public good better than an involved citizenry. Let us constructively engage to meaningfully address our state crises and, in so doing, restore people’s faith in government.

Jack M. Ciattarelli

Assemblyman, District 16, Somerville 

To the Editor:

Every vote matters.

This past Election Day, all 80 seats in the New Jersey General Assembly were up for election. In the 16th Legislative District, more than 34,000 votes were cast and less than 600 votes separated all four candidates. By the time all of the provisional ballots were counted, one incumbent won. I defeated the second incumbent by 78 votes, and my running mate Maureen Vella came very close.

People are asking how we did it, how I am poised to become the first Democrat to ever represent the people of the 16th Legislative District. It wasn’t gerrymandering or big money from special interests. And it wasn’t “rocket science.” (Sorry, bad science pun.) It was, quite simply, a democratic (little “d”) grassroots campaign. There was no “secret weapon;” the difference was you.

We created the largest grassroots campaign organization in the state. That meant we had volunteers from every town in the 16th District and from all around the state. Teachers, students, carpenters, lawyers, doctors, electricians, retirees — people from all walks of life turned out to support us. We knocked on 21,000 doors and made 78,000 phone calls. We received more than 700 contributions from individuals and we fought for every vote. Our team was tremendous, they poured everything they had (and more) into this race and I just don’t know the words to express how profoundly grateful I am to them and you.

Last Thursday, I was talking to a group of supporters and a woman I had never met came up to me and told me that my victory gave her hope, made her feel that her voice was heard, that her vote truly did matter. I’ve thought about that a lot since then. That’s what I’m going to do, be your voice, your representative in Trenton. There’s a lot to be done, from growing New Jersey’s economy, to protecting our beautiful environment, or making sure that every New Jersey student has access to the finest education system in the country. In each of these and in everything I do, I will bring an evidence-based approach to public policy.

It will be a tremendous honor to be your Assemblyman. I will work hard to make you proud.

Andrew Zwicker

To the Editor:

Princeton recently witnessed a powerful example of truth and reconciliation [also see “Formal Apology and a $175,000 Gift Mark Witherspoon Church Milestone,” Town Topics, Nov.18, page 7]. In connection with the 175th anniversary of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Synod of the Northeast announced that it is retiring the mortgage of $175,000 on the Paul Robeson house, righting a wrong committed over 100 years ago. In 1900, after serving for 21 years, the Rev. William Robeson, father of famous Princetonian Paul Robeson, was forced out of his pastorship at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church by white members of the presbytery, causing him and his family financial and emotional hardship. Just as his son suffered for his leadership in the civil rights movement of the 20th century, the Rev. Robeson endured harsh consequences for speaking out against the discrimination experienced by Princeton’s African American community, many of whom were members of his congregation. His ouster also resulted in a significant loss in funding for Witherspoon Street Church.

The members of Not in Our Town, Princeton’s racial justice organization, whose mission is to speak truth about “everyday racism” and other forms of prejudice and discrimination and promote reconciliation with open, honest engagement and mutual respect, applaud the Synod, the Presbytery of New Brunswick, and Nassau Presbyterian Church for this bold move. We implore other institutions in Princeton to follow this example, face their histories relating to African Americans, publicly admit and apologize for wrongdoings, and take whatever steps necessary to rectify past mistakes and reach racial reconciliation.

Not in Our Town Princeton ( is a 501(c)(3) interracial, interfaith social action group committed to speaking truth about racism, prejudice, discrimination, to raising awareness of white privilege, and to seeking reconciliation, mutual respect, and open communication among diverse groups in the greater Princeton area.

Linda Oppenheim and Larry Spruill 

Co-chairs, Not in Our Town Princeton

To the Editor:

We have received several reports of door to door solicitation in Princeton neighborhoods for donations to the Crisis Ministry. We do not solicit door to door. Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends. If you would like to support us, please visit our website for our mailing address or to make a secure online donation. We thank the Princeton community for its generous support of our work!

Carolyn Biondi

Executive Director 

Obit Fulmer 11-25-15Eleanor Margaret Hughes Fulmer

Eleanor Margaret Hughes Fulmer (Peggy), of Princeton, died on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton from complications related to a stroke.

Born on March 15, 1933 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Peggy grew up in Ardmore, Pa. Her parents Eleanor McGinley Murdoch and John Patrick Murdoch predeceased her. Peggy attended elementary and high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Overbrook, Pa. She was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass. and also attended Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa.

Peggy lived in Princeton for most of her adult life, and was an active member of the community. In particular Peggy and her first husband Jim were proud of their work with Stuart
Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. They were long-time supporters of Stuart and instrumental members of the Stuart community from the very beginning — and Stuart had been an important part of Peggy’s life for over 50 years. She was actively involved for most of this time in many different ways, including the Stuart Parent Association (which she co-founded), the Stuart First Friday Prayer Group, and as a grandparent, chair of the Stuart Fund, to name a few. In 2005 she wrote, “I am thrilled that my daughters and grandchildren have been so enriched by Stuart’s academic curriculum, which is rooted in faith and strong values.”

Peggy worked in real estate sales for over 40 years. She began her career with John T. Henderson Inc. and most recently was with Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty. She was a consistent top producer earning a reputation for professionalism and integrity. Among her many designations and awards, Peggy received the Realtor Emeritus status from the New Jersey Association of Realtors and was a recipient of the Distinguished Sales Award. Peggy was also an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of McCarter Theatre, member of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, former chairman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Hun School of Princeton, and recipient of the prestigious Community Service Award.

All who knew Peggy will remember her for her kindness and graciousness. She had an amazing ability to make everyone feel welcome and part of her life. Peggy loved to travel and was able to realize that dream, having been to almost every corner of the world. More than anything though, Peggy loved her five children and 14 grandchildren. Their favorite memories include summers at the shore, new pajamas every Christmas and large family gatherings over the holidays. Her special name for her children and grandchildren was love bugs. She enjoyed walks, dancing, music, theater, and serving her community through volunteer work.

Peggy was preceded in death by her first husband James J. Hughes Jr, and her second husband Thomas S. Fulmer, her parents, and her sister Mary Kathryn Murdoch (Molly). Survivors include her five children Margaret (Gary) Bender, James Hughes III, Susan Hughes, Mary Beth Tevebaugh (Peter) and Katie Redmond (Aiden), and 14 beloved grandchildren. Survivors also include her sister Alice Murdoch Dagit (Charlie), two nephews (Chet and Murdoch), their wives, and four grand-nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stuart Memorial Fund and given online at or mailed to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton NJ 08540

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


Mary Jane Fleming

Mary Jane Dunsmoor Fleming died peacefully November 21, 2015 at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center. She is survived by children Ann Fleming (Michael) Brown of Niskayuna, N.Y.; Jeff (Deb Kraft) Fleming of Milwaukee, Wis.; Tom (Terry Helms) Fleming of Brooklyn, N.Y.; step-daughter Susan Moran of New York, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, James Fleming; her parents, Mildred and Frank Dunsmoor; and her brother Frank.

Born in Pittsburgh on May 9, 1927, Mary Jane excelled academically, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1948. She met her future husband while teaching kindergarten in post-war Paris. They married in 1957 and settled in Princeton. Mary Jane was a dedicated volunteer at the Princeton Hospital and a past-president of the Women’s College Club of Princeton and Princeton Adult School. She worked in a number of positions, including leading resident activities at Meadow Lakes senior community in Hightstown. In retirement, she relocated to Niskayuna, N.Y. where she was active in Sunnyview Hospital’s Studio Arts Program and Post-Stroke Group.

Mary Jane had an enthusiasm for life, a confidence and drive that earned admiration from her many friends. She loved her family and took pride in their accomplishments.

A funeral service was held at the First Reformed Church, 8 North Church St., Schenectady, NY 12305 on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at 2 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the team at Kingsway Community who provided wonderful care for Mary Jane in her final years. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sunnyview Studio Arts Program, 1270 Belmont Ave., Schenectady, NY 12308.

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Look down the table at Saturday’s Princeton Future Meeting and you’ll see the embodiment of the future, recalling Loudon Wainwright III’s song, “Be Careful, There’s a Baby in the House,” which tells us “a baby will not be fooled … will play it for real … and is better than smart.” (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Theater PBS

NEW ORIGINAL PBS SERIES: The Lewis Center for the Arts presents a screening of the new PBS Civil War drama, “Mercy Street” on Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion moderated by Christina Lazaridi. Both events are free and open to the public, but advance reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets can be reserved at (Photo Courtesy of Antony Platt/PBS)

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present a special preview screening of the new PBS Civil War era drama series Mercy Street on Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The screening, preceded by a reception beginning at 6:15 p.m., is free and open to the public, however advance reservations are encouraged.

Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict; Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators, and spies. more

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a national “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

Saint Peter’s was the only hospital in its geographic portion of central New Jersey — defined as Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, and Mercer counties — to be cited on Tuesday for excellence in all six of the categories measured by The Joint Commission: heart failure, heart attack, surgical care, pneumonia, childhood asthma, and perinatal care.

Among those categories, Saint Peter’s was one of only two hospitals in New Jersey cited for excellence in the care of childhood asthma. In addition, Saint Peter’s was one of only 17 of the 71 hospitals in New Jersey that submitted data to receive the Top Performer award for 2014. On a broader scale, Saint Peter’s is among only six percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in the United States to earn Top Performer status for clinical quality for four consecutive years.  more

Cherry Hill

Pre-schoolers from Cherry Hill Nursery School in Princeton gathered items for the Crisis Ministry food pantry of Mercer County in preparation for Thanksgiving distributions.


Princeton Day School junior Ruchita Zaparde has been named a 2015 Nickelodeon HALO (Help and Lead Others) Honoree for her work with the non-profit organization Sew a Future, which provides sewing machines to widows with young children in rural India.  The HALO awards show will air on Nickelodeon on Sunday, November 29 at 7 p.m.  Ruchita’s fundraising efforts have helped more than 213 widows acquire sewing machines.

SlaughterAnn-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America and former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton, will discuss her new book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family (Random House, 2015), at 4:30 p.m., Monday, November 30, 2015, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion. This is a ticketed event.

Ms. Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and former dean of the University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is sponsoring the discussion.

After leaving her position at the U.S. State Department for family reasons, Ms. Slaughter wrote an article for The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which generated much media attention and sparked a national debate.

For information, contact

Chess Champs

Princeton Day School fifth grade chess champions — (left to right) Winston Ni (Princeton), Arjun Kumar (Moorestown), Jai Kasera (Princeton) — hold their team’s trophy.  The PDS teams were first in the first, fifth, and seventh grade New Jersey Grade Championship last Sunday in Lincroft, New Jersey.  

SchiffPulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff discusses and signs copies of her new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at Princeton Public Library.

Stacy Schiff is known for her biographies, many of them about notable women throughout history. In her latest project, she looks to one of the few historic events to center around women, the Salem Witch Trials. The book is set during the mysterious year of hysteria and injustice that resulted in the execution of 19 alleged witches and wizards and reveals the religious, social, and political context in which it took place.

According to Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller, “Stacy Schiff’s The Witches is an indelibly etched morality fable, the best recounting of the Salem hysteria in modern times. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Schiff makes the complex seem simple, crafting a taut narrative that takes in religion, politics, folklore, and the intricate texture of daily life in Massachusetts Bay, with particular attention to those ‘wonder-working’ women and girls who chose this moment to blow apart the Puritan utopia they’d helped to found. It’s all here in one devilish, oracular book.”

Stacy Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and Autobiography for Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov): Portrait of a Marriage. She is also the author of Cleopatra: A Life and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker.


The Parkinson Alliance has announced that the 2015 Carnegie Center 5K and Fun Run, held last September 26 in Princeton, raised over $95,000 and net proceeds will go to Parkinson’s disease research. In addition to raising money for much needed research, the race brought together runners and supporters to help find a cure for the disease.

The 2015 race was supported by 51 sponsors, including Boston Properties who served as the host. On the day of the race, The Parkinson Alliance presented the Bucks County Roadrunners Club (BCRR) with the King Award for their longstanding support of the event. In addition to their passion for running, BCRR participates in this race as a way of supporting several members of their club who are living with Parkinson’s disease and yet, continue to run.  more

Art Fire

This painting by Heather Barros is among the works in the “Earth/Fire” juried art exhibit hosted by D&R Greenway Land Trust. The show celebrates the themes of earth and/or fire. These inspirational elements are essential to land conservation and our spiritual passion and grounding. The artists in this juried exhibition celebrate the playfulness of flame and the steadiness of soil in a wide variety of interpretations and mediums. “Earth/Fire” runs through January 22, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, December 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at One Preservation Place. (Photo Courtesy of

Theater Cabaret

A longtime fixture of the New York cabaret scene, two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole will perform her new show, Big Noise from Winnetka, at McCarter Theatre on December 12 at 8 p.m. Ebersole created the production with her longtime music director Bette Sussman. Song selections in Big Noise from Winnetka include “Alfie,” “Woodstock,” “Landslide,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” To purchase tickets, visit or call (609) 258-2787. 

November 24, 2015

See below for the November 23, 2015 Princeton Council Meeting.

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

November 20, 2015


Following an investigation by the Princeton University Department of Public Safety, it was determined that a non-specific bomb and gun threat delivered via email on Thursday night, was not credible.

Campus patrols were increased and security was tightened around the campus after the email was received around 9 p.m. The email arrived just as a 32-hour sit-in at President Christopher L. Eisbgruber’s office in Nassau Hall was ending. The protesters and the University had reached an agreement addressing demands of the Black Justice League. more

November 18, 2015

Obit Rojer 11-18-15Charles Rojer

Dr. Charles L. Rojer, Chairman of the Board of Health of Princeton, passed away peacefully at his home early Thursday morning, November 12, 2015, from recently diagnosed gastric cancer. Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1934, Dr. Rojer survived World War II as a hidden child. His two sisters survived the war hidden in a convent; his parents, grandparents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins were killed in Auschwitz.

Arriving in the United States at the age of 13 in 1948, Dr. Rojer moved to Philadelphia where he was taken into the home of his uncle who served in the French Resistance. There he went to school to learn English, quickly proved himself academically and graduated from the 199th class of Central High School, followed by Temple University, and Hahnemann Medical School. After a residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, followed by two years service in the Air Force, Dr. Rojer opened a practice in Philadelphia, with affiliations at both Chestnut Hill and Abington Hospitals. Dr. Rojer had a successful career of 40 years during which he was beloved by his patients and esteemed by his colleagues. He served as president of staff for both Chestnut Hill and Abington Hospital; he also served as an officer of several otolaryngological societies.

Dr. Rojer met his first wife Goldie on a blind date at the end of his senior year in high school and it was love at first sight. They were married in 1957, had three wonderful children, and continued happily for 37 years until Goldie succumbed to leukemia in 1994. Two years later, Dr. Rojer met his second wife, Marsha Levin-Rojer, on another blind date. They were married in 1997 and recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Ms. Levin-Rojer’s two children were beautifully absorbed into the Rojer family.

Dr. Rojer moved to Princeton in 2001 where he was quickly recognized for his generous spirit, boundless energy, and wise counsel. In addition to his role on the Board of Health, Dr. Rojer served as vice president of the Old Guard of Princeton and on the Board of the American Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Mercer County, where he delivered kosher Meals on Wheels and volunteered on a committee in support of Holocaust Survivors. He was also an enthusiastic volunteer Grand-Pal, reading to children at Community Park School.

Dr. Rojer was a frequent speaker telling his story of survival to numerous school and community groups. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education recorded his story as well. He also accompanied students at the Princeton Theological Seminary on an annual trip sponsored by the AJC to the Holocaust Museum.

Dr. Rojer is survived by his wife Marsha Levin-Rojer, children Dr. Alan Rojer and wife, Ellen Relkin; Rachel Harad and husband, Dr. Todd Harad; Dr. David Rojer and wife, Dr. Jennifer Lublin; step children: Debra Levin and Daniel Levin; and nine grandchildren: Rebecca, Lauren, Isaac, Emily, Aurora, Gabrielle, Zahavah, Ellie, and Sasha and his sister Cecile Jeruchim.

Donations in Dr. Rojer’s memory may be made to the Charles L. Rojer Fund of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Mercer County or to a charity of one’s choice. A memorial in celebration of his life is being planned for April 2016.


Obit Burrell 11-18-15Doris Burrell

Doris Barbara Reynolds Burrell died peacefully at her home in Princeton on November 8, 2015 after a long, but valiant struggle of living with dementia. Doris was born in Perth Amboy on January 18, 1920 to the late Howard and Eva Perkins Reynolds. Later the family moved to New Brunswick, where she was raised. She graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1938. Doris graduated in 1940 from Apex Cosmetology School in Newark, New Jersey. She married Frederick Elias Burrell of Princeton on October 14, 1940.

They were married for 62 years. Two children were born of that union, the late Sondra Beverly Burrell Bell and Fredricka “Bunny” Burrell, aka, Khadija Abdul-Karim. A few years after marrying, the couple moved to Princeton. Doris worked as a beautician in Christine Moore’s salon, Spring Street, Princeton before she opened her own salon at 21 Leigh Avenue also in Princeton. Her legendary salon served women and men in the tri-state area for 62 wonderful years.

Doris is predeceased by her parents, Howard and Eva Perkins Reynolds; her husband, Frederick E. Burrell; and 3 siblings, Howard Reynolds, Jr.; Calvert Reynolds; and Edith Reynolds Cook. She is survived by her daughter, Khadija Abdul-Karim; sister, Theresa Morand; brother-in-law, Lester Morand; 8 grandchildren, Brandy Bell-Greer, Shaney Rudolph, Earl Bell, Jr., Khalil Abdul-Karim, Ibrahim Abdul-Karim, Najwa Comeau, Shahid Abdul-Karim, Muntaqima Abdul-Karim; 6 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; many, many dear friends; and her beloved community of Princeton.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton with Rev. Muriel Burrows, officiating. A repast followed the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hughes Funeral Home of Trenton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Paul Robeson House, c/o Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.


Obit Beeners 11-18-15Dorothy Beeners

Dorothy May Presnell Beeners, 93, passed away peacefully at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman on Saturday, November 14, 2015. A loyal Princeton resident since 1945, Dorothy was born in Asheboro, North Carolina on October 8, 1922, to parents Ollie and Corinne Presnell.

Dorothy pursued a career in journalism. She graduated from High Point University in 1943 and worked as a journalist at the Greensboro Daily News. During World War II, she was a civilian cryptographer, Army Signal Corps, decoding for the war effort in Washington D.C.

She moved to Princeton in 1945 and received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1948, focusing on religious journalism. In Princeton, she met her former husband, Dr. W.J. Beeners and raised 3 children.

With her talents and her deep faith, she wrote or worked on audio/visual productions for the Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, the Nassau Broadcasting Company, the Presbyterian Homes of New Jersey, and the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dorothy unselfishly loved her family and friends, and always believed in the goodness of her fellow man. She was a pure, gracious, Southern belle with a wonderful sense of humor and a true love for her church. Nassau Presbyterian Church was her second home. She had many adoring, lifelong friends and would spend many hours working in the “soup kitchens”.

She leaves behind daughters Susan Beeners (Rick Bogusch) of Ithaca, N.Y.; Sally B. Tanis (Chip Tanis) of Boca Raton, Fla.; son, Brian Beeners (Denise Corbit Beeners) of Ithaca, N.Y.; and precious grandchildren, William Buckley, Corinne, and William Beeners.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Nassau Presbyterian Church and Princeton Theological Seminary.

A Celebration of Life will be planned in the future.


Obit Healy 11-18-15John Belz Healy

John Belz Healy died peacefully at his home on November 15, 2015 after a long illness. John was born on March 1, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Eleanor Belz Healy, and Edward John Healy. John graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia and received a post high school degree from Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and received a Doctor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania. He reached the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army. He had a career in marketing and advertising in New York City for Colgate Palmolive and Doyle Dane Bernbach. He then worked for 28 years in Annual Giving at Princeton University before he retired.

He was predeceased by his younger twin brothers, Robert, and Edward Jr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gertrude; and his two  children Ann, and John. Ann has two daughters: Alissa, and Mariah. John and his wife, Katherine, have three daughters: Caitlin, Susanna, and Margaret. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth, her husband, Frederick Muller, and their son, Frederick, and his wife, Adele, and their three children: Anna, Thomas, and Andrew. He is also survived by the children of his brother, Edward Jr.: Edward III, Christopher, and Elizabeth. Edward III is married to his wife, Elizabeth, and they have a son, Ryan. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Ann Reath, and her husband George Reath. Ann Reath has two children: William Platt, and Benjamin Platt. William and his wife, Heather, have two children: William and Sarah. Benjamin and his wife, Huntley, have three sons: Augustus, Luke, and George.

On Wednesday, November 25, at 9 a.m., there will be a gathering at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Skillman followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 27, at Westminster Cemetery, 701 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Food for the Poor, Inc., 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073,, or Catholic Charities (Diocese of Metuchen), 319 Maple Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861-4101,


This was the scene with the PU band playing and the tailgaters feasting behind the Cap and Gown eating club before the Yale-Princeton game Saturday. There’s a cross-section of tailgate gastronomy in this week’s Town Talk. The only inedible thing on the menu for the Tigers was the outcome of the game. (Photo by Emily Reeves) 

CP School

Community Park kindergarteners in Sheila Aguilar’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) class went outdoors last week to discover signs of fall. This is the first year for the DLI program in grades K-1 at Community Park, with a planned expansion of the program to include second grade next year.


On October 25, the Princeton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, members of which are shown here, dedicated a plaque on the grave of Josephine Ward Thomson Swann at Princeton Cemetery. Mrs. Swann founded the chapter in 1893, and was essential in preserving the deteriorating Rockingham, the last wartime headquarters of George Washington, which is in Kingston. By bequeathing her home to the town of Princeton, she enabled it to acquire the property that became its borough hall and senior center. And by leaving Princeton University $325,000 to help found its Graduate School, she helped it to expand as an institution.

Fall Farmers

Lawrenceville Presbyterian Preschool will hold their second annual Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, November 24 from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street in downtown Lawrenceville.

Shop for local produce from Cherry Grove Organic Farm, Hlubik Family Farm, Pineland Farms, Z Food Farm, Big Red Farm, and North Slope Farm. Customers can also pre-order pies, cake pops, and other desserts from Happy Wanderer Bakery and The Farmer’s Daughter, which will be made available for pick-up on the day of the event.  more

The Princeton Amateur Wrestling Society (PAWS) invites all local youth (boys and girls in grades 3 through 8) to join the recreation based club for the new season. All practices are conducted in Jadwin Gymnasium on the Princeton University campus. Beginners and advanced wrestlers are welcome. Practice, training, and competition is based on age, weight, and skill level.

PAWS boasts a tradition of outstanding graduates who have found success at major universities and beyond. The program also includes a highly experienced coaching staff. Practices begin on November 17 and occur weekly on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A PAWS Cubs parent-child program is open to children in grades K-2 (practices occur on Saturdays).  more