April 27, 2017

See below for the April 26, 2017 Princeton Zoning Board Meeting.

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

Investigations continue into the case of anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-immigrant flyers found on the Princeton University campus last Thursday, April 20. Taped to a door at Stanhope Hall, to the main entrance of the Center for Jewish Life, to a Murray Dodge door, and in East Pyne Hall, the flyers were similar to those recently reported at other universities.  more

April 26, 2017

Marlene A. Raboteau

Marlene A. Raboteau, 85, of Princeton, died at the Princeton Care Center on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1932, Marlene was raised there until 1945, when the racially motivated murder of her father, Albert Raboteau, prompted her mother, Mabel Ishem Raboteau to move north, settling in Kokomo, Indiana with Marlene, her sister Alise, and her brother, Albert, Jr. In 1947, the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she completed high school and attended junior college. Afterwards, she worked as a police dispatcher until 1958, when she joined the rest of her family in relocating to Pasadena, California. There she occupied a clerical position at St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 1982, she moved to Princeton where her brother, Albert, had joined the faculty of the Religion Department at the University. She did clerical work at the University Housing and Facilities Department. After retirement, she moved to Elm Court and then to Princeton Care Center. Debilitated by Alzheimer’s disease, her health began to fail over the past year and worsened significantly in the past month.

A parishioner of St. Paul Catholic Church, she received the last rites two days before her death.

She is survived by her brother Albert Raboteau; her nephews, Albert Raboteau III, Charles Raboteau and Martin Raboteau; her niece Emily Raboteau; her sisters-in-law Kathy Murtaugh and Joanne Shima Raboteau; her grandnieces, Lucia, Delilah, and Paz; and her grandnephews, Albert Jordy Raboteau IV, Geronimo Jacob, Ollie, and Gus.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April, 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. in St. Paul’s Church-Mercy Chapel, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Committal services will follow at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton.

Extend condolences and remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Julia H. Rhodes

Julia H. Rhodes, 77, of Princeton Junction, passed away on Tuesday, April 18th, after an 18-month battle against cancer.

Mrs. Rhodes attended the Plumfield and Thomas schools in Connecticut, graduated as a Wellesley scholar in 1961, and earned her Masters in Teaching from Radcliffe in 1963. She wed Dr. Rodman Dunbar Rhodes that same year, and moved with him to Madison, Wisconsin and then to Champagne, Illinois, serving as a high school English teacher in both districts. The couple moved to Princeton in 1972.

Julia lost no time in making Princeton her home. In 1973, she began teaching English in West Windsor. In 1976, she joyfully became the supervisor of English and language arts instruction for the Spotswood Public Schools, a position that subsequently expanded to include supervising foreign language instruction. In 2001, she was named principal of Spotswood’s Austin G. Schoenly Elementary School, a post she held until her retirement in 2005. Julia then continued teaching, tutoring local students in English and completing educational consultancies in Haiti and Nigeria. She also co-authored, with her long-time friend Dr. Alice Deakins, an upcoming book entitled The Writer’s Sentence, and could be found reviewing drafts of this publication until a week before her death.

Julia was a devoted member of Nassau Presbyterian Church and of her community. She served as a Sunday school teacher for over 10 years, and particularly enjoyed helping her students organize the church’s annual fundraiser to fight river blindness in Africa. An enthusiastic community advocate, she was president of her neighborhood association. As a patron of the arts, she subscribed to McCarter Theater and the American Repertory Ballet, and volunteered regularly at both institutions.

Teacher, mentor, faithful disciple, community leader, and arts enthusiast; these all describe Julia, and yet do not do her justice. For it was as a friend, sister, and mother that she was the most exemplary. Brimming with compassion, humor, generosity, and intelligence, she cultivated friendships with many around the world, including the Kagitcibasi family of Turkey and the Camara and Sow families of Guinea. Many of the family’s closest friends simply referred to her as “mom.” The hundreds who have brought a problem to her kitchen table, and who have listened to her calmly suggest, “Let’s figure this out,” will forever miss her guidance, laughter, empathy, and wisdom.

Julia was predeceased by her mother and father, Albert Spaulding Howe, Jr. and Dorothy Waller Hutchinson Howe of Norwalk, Connecticut; her brothers Bert and Tom; and her husband, Rodman. She is survived by sister, Doria Howe; daughters Rebecca and Sarah, their husbands Fode Camara and Nicholas Stewart; and by grandchildren Julia Fanta Camara and Autumn Dunbar Stewart.

A service in her honor will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6th. Funeral arrangements have been made by Varcoe-Thomas of Doylestown, Pa., www.varcoethomasfuneralhome.com.

In celebration of her life and that of her husband, the family is designing a custom gravestone. In lieu of offering flowers, you are invited to contribute to this more lasting gift by sending donations to her executor, Mr. Kirk Bonamici, CPA, P.O. Box 6231, Monroe Township, NJ 08831.

May Julia rest in peace, and may her example inspire many for generations to come.


Samuel C. Tattersall

Samuel Cook “Sandy” Tattersall, 64, of Raymond, Maine died peacefully on March 3, 2017 surrounded by family and friends.

Born August 16, 1952 in Princeton to Martha Holding and Samuel Leslie Tattersall Jr., Sandy attended Princeton Country Day School and graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, R.I. and Babson College. Sandy spent his career in education, first at the Eaglebrook School and then for three decades at The Peddie School where he retired as dean of students in 2012. For 53 years he spent his summers at Camp Timanous in Raymond, Me, first as a camper and then as a counselor and program director.

Sandy’s love of the beach, Springsteen, Twinkies, and Pepsi was obvious to all who had the great fortune to know him.

Sandy is survived by his sister, Martha T. Giancola (Paul); his brother, Stowe H Tattersall (Peg); his nephew, David Giancola; his niece, Edie Tattersall; and by the best friends anyone could ask for.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29 at noon at the Ayer Memorial Chapel at The Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey. Contributions in Sandy’s memory may be made to The Peddie School (memo line Tattersall) 201 S. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 or The Timanous Foundation, 23 Pawson Road, Branford, CT 06405.

Saturday’s marchers for science, some 2,400 strong, gathered at the Battlefield Monument, led in spirit by Princeton’s most renowned scientist. Participants talk about what brought them there in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)


Sunday, June 11 at 10 a.m.

Educational Testing Center

660 Rosedale Road, Princeton

Children in grades pre-K through 8 are invited to sign up for the 9th annual Kids Marathon, a fun way to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

This program is hosted by Community Education & Outreach of Princeton HealthCare and Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center.

Marathoners will begin activities on their own, striving to walk, run or roll a total 25 miles, or 2.5 miles per week, during the 10-week period from April through early June. Any physical activity—from organized sports to household chores—can count toward the total. (Click here to download a log sheet to track your progress.)

Then they will gather on June 11 to finish the last 1.2 miles together and receive their medals! Parents may run with their children or cheer them on from the sidelines.

After the race, enjoy music, face painting, kids crafts, vendors, healthy refreshments and more!

More Ways to Earn Miles:

Click here to learn about more ways to earn miles. Check out our classes such as Grow Your Own Veggie Garden or Kids Zumba and earn 1 mile for each class attended!

Cost and Proceeds:

The cost is $25 per child and proceeds support Princeton HealthCare System’s programs to promote wellness and prevent obesity and chronic disease in children.

Scholarship Opportunities:

All children are encouraged to participate. If cost is a factor, see if your child is eligible for a free scholarship. Contact: Debbie Millar at dmillar@princetonhcs.org or 609.897.8982.

Sign Up Here:


Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County offers two college scholarship opportunities available to Jewish students who reside in the Princeton-Mercer-Bucks-County community.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer is offering book awards to college bound Jewish students. Facilitated by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County, the scholarships are awarded based on financial need and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester. The application deadline is June 1. more

From left, Edward Cohen, board member of Princeton School Gardens Cooperative and science curriculum coordinator for the Princeton Public Schools, and Billy Demko, Whole Earth Center employee, balance a bounty of The Bent Spoon’s School Garden pints, which are available for sale only at the Whole Earth Center and benefit the nonprofit. All proceeds from the sale of each pint (minus the price of the reusable containers) are donated to the Cooperative. In its decade of existence, the program has raised tens of thousands of dollars for food- and garden-based education in the public schools. In 2016 alone, the campaign raised almost $5,000.

The Arts Council of Princeton is gearing up for the annual Communiversity ArtsFest, set for April 30, 2017 in downtown Princeton from 1-6 p.m. Central New Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event will have more than 200 booths showing original art and contemporary crafts, merchandise, and food from around the globe, plus six stages of continuous live entertainment. The event draws more than 40,000 to the streets of downtown Princeton. (Photo Credit: Emily Reeves, Town Topics Newspaper) 

Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Metamorphosis concert on Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. features the U.S. premiere of Zhou Tian’s “Broken Ink,” Claude Debussy’s “La Mer,” and Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.” Rossen Milanov conducts. A 3 p.m. pre-concert talk is free to ticket-holders. Both events will be held at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the campus of Princeton University. For more information, visit princetonsymphony.org or call (609) 497-0020. (Photo Credit: Zhou Tian)

Sophie Glovier’s Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton (spiral-bound paperback Princeton Univ. Press 19.95) has been revised to include the newest trails. The guide includes 16 of the best trails through preserved open space in Princeton and its neighboring towns. This revised edition includes eight new walks, several of which have been created on land that has been preserved since the guide was originally published in 2009. The walks range from two to four miles, but many include suggestions for trail connections that allow people to extend the hike if they choose. The guide includes detailed color maps of the trails, directions on how to get to them and where to park, and recommendations for the most scenic routes. Each walk has been designed with a “reason to walk” in mind: a special boulder or waterfall to find, a bit of local history or a beautiful vista to enjoy. The guide is illustrated with specially commissioned color photographs, 16 of which are featured on detachable postcards. Among the new walks: the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail, the Stony Brook Trail, and the trails at St. Michaels Farm Preserve. more

Wild River Review co-founder Joy E. Stocke and West Coast Editor Angie Brenner will celebrate the publication of their cultural and culinary cookbook, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking (Burgess Lea Press $30) at Labyrinth Books on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. They will be joined by Cocktail Whisperer Warren Bobrow who will make and serve Bosporus Fizzes, which he created for Tree of Life. Poet and translator Edmund Keeley will be reading his poem “Moussaka,” which asks the question: “To use Béchamel sauce or no?” The cookbook’s Spice Route Moussaka recipe has one answer. more

MERCER DANCE ENSEMBLE AT MCCC: From left, dancers Brittany Dintinger of Hamilton, Caitlin Kazanski of Robbinsville, Victoria Smalls of Hamilton, Kimberly King of Hamilton and Kayla Johnson of Wrightstown will perform “On the Nature of Flying,” choreographed by Rebecca Brodowski. Mercer Dance Ensemble’s “Roots to Wings” concert features 15 original dance numbers and is coming to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 6 and 7. Tickets are available at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling (609) 570-3333.

Creative exploration and joyful energy have been the hallmarks of the Dance Program at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) this year. With new artistic direction and three new instructors, MCCC’s current students, Dance alumni and faculty are eager to bring their work to the stage. The Mercer Dance Ensemble (MDE) presents “Roots to Wings: MDE in Concert” on Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. more

“PRETTY IN PINK”: Wondrous on Witherspoon Pop Up Art Gallery at 14½ Witherspoon Street is presenting “WoW, Spring into Art! An Artist Invitational.” It will feature the works and demonstrations by accomplished and emerging artists from April 28–June 8. There will also be a reception and art walk on May 19 from 6–9 p.m. Pictured here is a watercolor by artist Sandy O’Connor.

Beginning April 28 and just two days before Communiversity ArtFest, Wondrous on Witherspoon (WoW) will once again be “popping up” to offer works of art for sale by some of New Jersey’s most accomplished artists. Thanks to owner, Jeffrey Siegel, this show will mark WoW’s fourth pop-up gallery event in the former Army and Navy Store, located just steps away from Nassau Street and the gates to Princeton University. more

“ST. MICHAELS FARM PATH”: This piece by Lucy Kalian is among the works on display at the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center as part of the “Eternal Beauty, Perpetual Green” exhibit.

D&R Greenway Land Trust presents Eternal Beauty, Perpetual Green: Preserves through the Seasons at the Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place in Princeton until June 16, with a reception on Friday, April 28 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. RSVP by (609) 924-4646 or rsvp@drgreenway.org. The artists in this exhibit celebrate the beauty of preservation with many works depicting D&R Greenway preserves throughout the year. Also on view in the Olivia Rainbow Gallery is Eden/Habitat: Celebrating April as Autism Awareness Month. In this exhibit, Eden Autism Services students share creative views of their campus, through May 12. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.drgreenway.org.  more

April 25, 2017

See below for the April 24, 2017 Princeton Council Meeting.

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

April 24, 2017

Note: Due to an operator’s error, the first 10 minutes of audio are missing. 

See below for the April 20, 2017 Princeton Planning Board Meeting.

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

There are many places to enjoy Princeton in the spring, including Cannon Green behind Nassau Hall at Princeton University. A variety of responses to favorite things about spring in Princeton can be found in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

April 21, 2017

Photo Credit: @piervillagelongbranch

Get ready for a sun-fueled summer at the Jersey Shore with these fun and stylish products. 


April 19, 2017

To the Editor:

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, it seems fitting to express our appreciation to the Princeton Public Library and to Susan Conlon and Kim Dorman for their exceptional efforts and heartfelt dedication to organizing the Princeton Environmental Film Festival earlier this month. The event spanned one week of films, speakers, panel discussions, and Skype interviews on topics ranging from whales and solar power to “inconvenient truths” about plastic-filled oceans and dying coral reefs. At a time when environmental progress in this country may be more threatened than ever, we greatly appreciate this 11th annual festival that brings us together as a community of citizens who are concerned about the environment.

Alice Hay-Tolo


To the Editor:

This Wednesday evening at PHS we will hear the results of the Challenge Success Survey conducted earlier this year. PHS parents already know all too well what they are likely to show: our kids have too much homework. Academic pressure is endangering their mental health and putting them at risk for behavioral health problems. As we address this problem, it is important to keep in mind that our “race to nowhere” culture is more than a wellness issue — it is also a civil rights issue. By making course grades so dependent on work done outside of school, we are creating a tremendous bias against low-income and language-minority students. Many of these students have jobs; others do not have the necessary technology to complete assignments at home. Some may just be normal teenagers, who have taken on family responsibilities appropriate to their age and development unlike the typical upper middle class child, whose parents, or paid help, act as a pit crew providing all services necessary so that they can spend countless hours on homework. The talent and potential excluded by this homework regime is disproportionately that of poor and minority students.

It is no secret that public school is a powerful instrument of social reproduction, but shouldn’t we be working to mitigate this effect rather than contributing to it? Less homework is a step toward more equitable educational opportunity, in addition to being a much-needed mental health initiative. Parents may be concerned that the current system is needed to propel their students toward acceptance at elite colleges, but academically-motivated students now have myriad resources available to prepare themselves for high-stakes tests. An oppressive homework load is neither an appropriate nor an effective way to do it.

Bold leadership is needed to put the brakes on our academic arms race. We need school administrators to act quickly to make long overdue changes to the school schedule and the school culture. In Princeton, we don’t need to keep up with the Joneses — we are the Joneses — and we have a responsibility to make it possible for all of our kids to reach their full potential.

Carol Tate

Spruce Street

To the Editor:

Our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends are at risk. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year — more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

The American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement, nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health, inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives. United, we are working to improve the health of all women.

Through the outreach and efforts of Go Red For Women, about 293 fewer women in the U.S. die from heart disease and stroke each day. We Go Red to help create a culture of health for women and their families. Why? Life is why.

As chairwoman of the 15th Annual Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon, I want women across the state to be more aware of their heart health. The luncheon, set for Friday, May 19 at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, will help raise critical funds for the nation’s top killers. Let’s unite for a day of awareness, education, and inspiration.

Together, we can prevent heart disease and stroke. It’s time to put our hearts into it and Go Red For Women. For more information on the Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon, visit GardenStateGoRedLuncheon.Heart.org.

Stephern Allison, DHSc, PA, MBA 

Chair, Garden State Go Red For Women Luncheon

Vice President of Cardiovascular Services

and Care Management at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Bob Dougherty

Robert Ely Dougherty, Bob to all who knew him, died peacefully on April 9th, 2017. He was raised in Princeton, New Jersey and Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Bob’s parents, Grace Ely Bassett Dougherty and Gregg Dougherty, were longtime residents of Princeton. Gregg was professor of organic chemistry at Princeton University. Grace was raised by Ernest Cushing Richardson, who was the librarian at Princeton University from 1890 to 1925.

Bob’s education started with Miss Fine’s School and Princeton Country Day School. He then attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. There he served as a president of his class and a class correspondent for many years.

Following his cherished years at Exeter, Bob returned to Princeton University and was a highly congenial member of the Class of 1950. He re-settled in Princeton for the duration of his life.

After Princeton University, Bob started as a real estate agent in the offices of Edmund Cook and Associates and served in the National Guard. Bob then co-founded his own real estate firm, Stewardson and Dougherty Realtors. Sadly, his partner Bill Stewardson passed away soon after the firm’s start-up.

Bob persevered with a loyal team of real estate associates who opened and closed many doors in the greater Princeton area. His firm’s slogan was Stewardson and Dougherty Associates — Your Key to Excellence. One of several premier real estate agencies in Princeton, Stewardson and Dougherty closed its doors in 1995. He then consulted and helped establish the Coldwell Banker Schlott offices on Nassau Street.

In addition to his professional life, Bob served as a trustee of the American Boy Choir and Princeton Day School. Bob was also a member of the Pretty Brook Club, Nassau Club, and the Mayflower Society.

Beyond the role of a trustee, Bob supported many civic events, often in quiet and unheralded ways. Some of his greater Princeton family may remember that he was particularly steadfast in his support of the Princeton Hospital Fete. And that had its rewards — Bob won its famous car lottery, not once but twice. He drove home two new Ford Thunderbird convertibles in less than ten years. This was a story that he loved to tell. “What good luck,” he would say with his perpetually optimistic voice.

Bob was also a very dedicated servant to his religious home of the Nassau Presbyterian Church. An elder of the church, he was also a generous supporter of its renowned music program and renovation projects.

In his private affairs, Bob’s life settled beautifully when he married Patricia Paine in 1987. Her previous marriage had ended in divorce. For 30 years, he relished his role as a loving husband to Pat, and stepfather to three sons, Thos Paine (wife Lisa) and brothers John (wife Patty), and Rod (partner Li); and grandfather to five grandchildren, Sarah, Laura (husband David), Jack (wife Jessi), Emily and Evan. Also, surviving Bob are his cherished nephews, Gregg Dougherty (wife Robin), Marsh Dougherty (wife Mary Ann), and grandnephews Michael, Miles, Ryan and grandniece Kat. He was predeceased by his wife Patricia Paine Dougherty in May 2016, his older brother Jim Dougherty in 2005, and by his sister-in-law Jeanne Dougherty in 2013.

A memorial service will be held in the Niles Chapel at Nassau Presbyterian Church on May 13 at 2 p.m., followed by a private family interment at the Dougherty family gravesite in the Princeton Cemetery. Contact stepson Thomas Paine (609) 865-1984 or ThomasHPaine@gmail.com for additional information. Memorial donations may be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church.


Martha L. Karraker

Martha L. Karraker, 99, of Princeton died at Acorn Glen on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Born in Butte, Montana she has been a resident of Princeton since 1960. Martha was the past vice-president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of AAUW and longtime member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church as well as a board member of both the Mercer County Planning Council and the Delaware-Raritan Girl Scout Council.

Daughter of the late Thomas Lloyd and Frances (Carter) Jones and wife of the late I. Oliver Karraker, Jr., she is survived by two daughters Ruth K. Kreider and Joyce M. Edwards; two sons-in-law Harry Kreider and Art Edwards; four grandchildren Marc Kreider, Wayne Kreider, Suzanne Edwards, and Amy Sherrod; and five beloved great-grandchildren.

There was a private graveside service in the Rocky Hill Cemetery on April 17, 2017.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to AAUW 1310 L Street NW Suite 1000, Washington, DC 2005 or the American Cancer Society.

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


Julia Willis Philip

Julia Willis Philip, a longtime resident of Claverack, N.Y., passed away peacefully in Hudson, N.Y. surrounded by her loving family. She was 92. Mrs. Philip grew up in Princeton.

Mrs. Philip was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1924 and moved to Princeton with her family when she was a young child. Her father, Professor Clodius Willis, was on the faculty at Princeton University. Mrs. Philip attended Princeton High School, Vassar College then Westhampton College at the University of Richmond. After college graduation, she worked as a reporter for the Princeton Herald, under the editorship of a Princeton graduate and decorated World War II Marine Corps veteran, John Van Ness Philip, whom she would marry in 1952.

Mrs. Philip, was one of the first women fruit growers in Columbia County, and for over 30 years, managed “Philip Orchards,” in Claverack, first with her husband, John Van Ness Philip, then as sole proprietor for 24 years following his death. The farm, which has been in the family for more than 280 years, is one of the oldest continually operating family farms in New York State, and is part of the Dutch legacy of the Hudson Valley.

A pioneer working woman and civil rights stalwart, she raised five children while holding jobs in New York City, for many years at Fund For the City of New York and at the English Speaking Union. During the 1960s she was part of the Harlem Initiative, a group of Manhattan PTA mothers who helped bus children down from Harlem after bus drivers refused to comply with new laws that mandated integration of the public schools.

In 1967 she helped her husband found Modern Distribution Management, a newsletter, that became a leading publication on business innovations. In 1975, she and her husband moved their publication from Manhattan to Claverack and devoted themselves to the management of his family’s historic ancestral home and farm. Over the years, Mrs. Philip opened the family’s 1802 colonnaded house “Talavera” for Columbia County Historical Society house tours and events.

In 1992 she was part of the founding group that worked to save the Hudson Opera House from demolition. She went on to serve on the newly formed Opera House Board for many years, working to initiate the restoration efforts, which have led to its eventual flourishing as the Arts Center it is today. She also sat on the boards of two important New State Historic Sites: Wilderstein in Rhinebeck and Clermont in Germantown. She was a longstanding trustee of the Columbia County Historical Society and in 2014 was honored for her contributions by being designated A First Columbian.

She is survived by her siblings: Sallie Jesser (Princeton); Lee Willis (Charlottesville, Va.); and Clodius Willis (Pittsburgh, Pa.); her children: John Van Ness Philip III (Andrew Loren Resto); William Churchill Houston Philip (Mana Kobuchi Philip); Thomas Willis Philip (Emily Beth Cohen); Katherine Philip Chansky (James Chansky); Leila Stott Philip Evans (Garth Evans); nephews, nieces, and grandchildren.

A service will be held at Christ Church, Hudson, New York at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her name be sent to the Columbia County Historical Society, 5 Albany Ave Kinderhook, NY 12106, or to the Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad 3 Newman Road Hudson, NY 12534.

ARTJAM 2017: ArtSpace, the art therapy program at HomeFront, is welcoming sponsors for this year’s ArtJam. Opening in May, the art show and sale brings together established artists and HomeFront client-artists to celebrate community, creativity, and the love of art. Pictured here is a piece by one of the HomeFront artists titled, “Mountains.”

HomeFront’s ArtJam, a fun and funky pop-up art gallery, will open Friday, May 19 at 19 Hulfish Street, Princeton and run for three weeks. The 7th annual event brings together professional artists and HomeFront client-artists in a celebration of creativity. It will feature a rotating collection of art for sale and meet-and-greets with the artists.  more

The Lewis Center for the Arts is presenting Into the Woods in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter. In this musical, fairy tale characters undertake individual quests, encountering temptations — and each other — along the way. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, and the book is by James Lapine. An imaginative directorial concept and strong performances reward audiences for joining these characters on their journey.

This production, which celebrates the launch of Princeton University’s Program in Music Theater, is part of a spring semester course that provides students with rigorous experience in creating theater under near-professional circumstances. The students have worked with a professional director (Ethan Heard), design team, and stage manager either performing an onstage role or serving on the production team. more

THE FIRST COUPLE OF THE BANJO: Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck played material from their Grammy-winning 2014 album at Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium. (Photo by Jim McGuire)

Finishing their second or third piece of the evening, Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck rose from their seats to acknowledge an appreciative full house in Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium on Thursday. “Clapping sounds really good in here!” Ms. Washburn exclaimed, eliciting laughter and a further wave of applause. But if, superficially, her remark sounded like preening, it was also true. Every sound reverberated warmly in the intimate, wood-lined hall. Clapping did indeed sound good there. But more to the point, the space wonderfully supported each note of the banjo duo’s engrossing performance that evening. more