June 20, 2018

To the Editor:

Thank you to all who voted in the June 5 primary election for Princeton Council, and congratulations to Dwaine Williamson, my fellow Democratic nominee, and to Lisa Wu, the Republican nominee. I also want to thank the Executive Board of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO), and in particular President Jean Durbin, for providing information about the campaign process to the candidates, and for hosting a debate so that we could present ourselves and our platforms to PCDO members. Scotia MacRae, chair of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee (PDMC), also helpfully provided information on the election process to the candidates, and offered an opportunity for all of us to address PDMC members.

The participation of Adam Bierman, Michelle Pirone Lambros, Surinder Sharma, Alvin McGowen, and Myrtha Jasmin in this highly competitive primary election showed the openness of the Democratic party in Princeton to candidates with a wide range of ideas for the betterment of Princeton. I urge them to remain involved in the life of our town by bringing their energy, experience, and skills to serve as a volunteer on one of the many municipal boards, committees, or commissions.

I owe so much to the members of my fabulous campaign team, who brought great ideas to the table and then worked many, many hours to bring those ideas to fruition. I absolutely could not have done this without you! Thank you also to all who helped by making phone calls or going door-to-door, hosting a coffee or fundraiser, placing a yard sign on their lawn, talking to or emailing friends and neighbors on my behalf, contributing to the campaign, helping with mailings, or signing my endorsement ad. Many, many people played a role in this campaign, which I believe attests to the passion that Princetonians have about our community and our desire to make it better.

Finally, thank you to all who took the time to share with me the issues and concerns that are important to you and to our town, whether during scheduled meetings or in an impromptu fashion as I went door to door. I have learned so much from so many of you and really appreciate your commitment to our community. I hope that you will continue to provide your input and your wisdom as we move forward.

To those who voted for me on June 5, I am honored by your trust and your faith in me and I promise that I will work hard to live up to it — as well as to earn your vote in November!

Eve Niedergang

Forester Drive

To the Editor:

As our municipality embarks on the process of implementing the recommendations of last year’s parking study, we on Princeton Council would like to bring to the community’s attention one particular opportunity which will soon be available to property owners in neighborhoods close to the center of town. On Monday, June 11, Council voted to approve a contract with Passport Services, a company which provides pay-by-phone capabilities for parking in town. One of the exciting features offered under this contract is the ability of private property owners with surplus parking on their lots to make that parking available to the public at certain times of day, tailored to the specific parking needs of the property owner. This can become a source of additional income to the property owner, as fees paid by those parking in the lot can be channeled to the owner.

Churches with spaces underutilized on weekdays and overnight, or business owners with spaces underutilized in the evening might equally benefit from such an arrangement. At the same time, it could help the entire community by alleviating parking supply bottlenecks, making trips into town more attractive and convenient for residents, and stimulating patronization of local businesses. If you are a property owner with 10 or more surplus spaces who might be interested in considering such an arrangement, please contact Deanna Stockton, municipal engineer, at dstockton@princetonnj.gov for more information. If you are a member of a church or other organization which might qualify, please raise the possibility with your leadership and encourage them to consider participating. This is a chance for us to come together as a community to help address a pressing need with a real win-win solution. 

David E. Cohen

Councilman

Jenny Crumiller,

Council President

To the Editor:

We applaud the recent efforts to make our streets safe for travel by cars, bikes, and pedestrians. In our opinion most of our streets are too narrow to safely accommodate four lanes — two for bikes and two for cars. There is little wiggle room to address the sudden stray garbage can, pile of leaves, or hole in the pavement. Often, in order to pass the cyclist, a car must swerve into the opposite lane or slow down to the bike’s pace as cars back up behind it.

Our other concern is the attitude of many cyclists who act as “vehicles” when it is opportune and as “pedestrians” when it is more convenient. The other morning we watched a cyclist ride across the Hamilton Avenue crosswalk, as a car — who at that moment had the right of way — stopped, as it must, for the “pedestrian.” The police car sitting in the Choir College driveway did not intervene. In New Jersey the law states a bicyclist must obey all state and local automotive driving laws. Maybe cyclists should be licensed as drivers so that we are all following the same rules as we learn to share the road.

Hopefully we will avoid the fatalities that have caused 82 cities in 34 states to add protected bike lanes in order to help alleviate cyclists’ injuries and drivers’ stress.

Katherine and David Miller

Hawthorne Avenue

To the Editor:

After a Princeton resident voiced concern at several Council meetings during the past year about the cancellation of the lunch program for senior citizens, Town Topics reported that “Nutritionally Balanced Free Meals” are being offered again at the Princeton Senior Center [page 10, June 13].

I would like to thank Mayor Liz Lempert and town Council for reinstating this important program for the elderly in our community who are in nutritional need. According to the article, Mayor Lempert noted that she was thankful to the lady who had brought the fact to her attention that Princeton was no longer offering meals for seniors which “raised concerns and we listened.”

Speaking on behalf of senior residents living in affordable housing, I would also like to thank the lady who approached the mayor and Council on this topic. She is my friend Lisa Wu, a senior living in affordable housing and who will be on the November ballot as a candidate for Princeton Council.

Linda Sipprelle

Victoria Mews

To the Editor: 

I would like to first of all congratulate Dwaine Williamson and Eve Neidergang for winning the primary election for Princeton Council on June 5. It was an important election, as we are facing some critical issues in our town, and we were fortunate to have so many qualified candidates running. All of us, including the other candidates Surinder Sharma and Adam Bierman, worked hard and ran great campaigns, and most importantly, we were all collegial and respectful of one another. Our town Council race was a stellar example of what our democracy is and should always be. I believe it is a sign of the times that so many of us were willing to step out and run for public office, where we feel we can make a contribution on the local level. While things on the national level are moving in the wrong direction, many of us here felt that we can make a difference and were willing to get involved and run for office. 

I would like to acknowledge and thank the many supporters who also worked hard to help me during the campaign. Although I did not prevail, I feel it was a win that our message of inclusion was so well received and supported. Gaining 892 votes for me was a strong showing of support and I want to thank each and every voter who believed in our message. I plan to stay engaged in the community and continue to work on our platform goals. There are many ways to be involved, and I will do my best to help wherever I can.

Another way to be involved and make a difference is to be involved in the upcoming mid-term elections throughout our state. There are five potential districts that could flip from red to blue, and this is an opportunity to make a huge impact here locally on our national political landscape. I will be helping where I can to raise money and canvass voters in several races. I am sure many in Princeton will help our neighboring candidates prevail in their election bids.

I want to send out a big thank you to all of my supporters. There is much work to do and I look forward to serving our community in many ways in the coming months and years.

Michelle Pirone Lambros

Grover Avenue

To the Editor:

On several occasions, candidates for Municipal Council have been asked their position on Princeton’s obligation to provide its fair share of affordable housing in our region. The candidates have unanimously endorsed going forward and locating affordable housing in several different neighborhoods. These ideas sound like a strong start toward providing much needed additional affordable homes in Princeton, but only hint at the breadth of decisions that all Council, Planning Board, and Zoning Board members will need to make.

The current Council submitted a proposed housing element and fair share plan to the Planning Board and the public on May 17 which the Planning Board must adopt or modify for Council endorsement sometime in June. (For upcoming Council and Planning Board meetings, please see the municipal meeting calendar at www.princetonnj.gov/calendar.) With a broad brush, the plan proposes three developments in the northeast, southeast, and southwestern corners of the municipality; two similar developments at or near the shopping center on Harrison Street; and one development on Franklin Avenue across from AvalonBay.

Five of the six developments would be inclusionary, to be built by private developers typically with an 80 percent/20 percent mix of market-rate and affordable homes respectively. In all, the plan includes 1,259 proposed new homes, of which 308 would accommodate households eligible for affordable housing. Below are some questions we are asking the candidates so that they can share their thinking on the proposed housing element and fair share plan and on Princeton’s obligation: 

• What is your view of the proposed housing element and fair share plan to comply with the court’s order?

• What do you think about the plan’s inclusionary housing strategy to address part of the obligation?

• What do you think about the plan’s distribution of the affordable units within the municipality?

• What other creative strategies can you suggest to incentivize private development of inclusionary housing or 100 percent affordable housing?

We will be interested to learn what answers the candidates offer to these questions.

These questions can also serve as a springboard for the public’s participation in the upcoming Council and Planning Board meetings regarding the housing element and fair share plan. We encourage the public to attend the meetings and offer opinions and feedback. 

Thank you in advance to the candidates for their responses and to the public for its participation.

Carol Golden

Chair, Housing Initiatives of Princeton

Edward Truscelli

Executive Director, Princeton Community Housing

James Arthur Floyd, Sr.

James Arthur Floyd, Sr. was born in Trenton on March 9, 1922 to John and Adeline Floyd. He died on May 14, 2018 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton at the age of 96. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Daisy Banks, and his beloved wife of 62 years, Fannie Floyd. A private funeral service was held on May 25th.

James attended the Trenton Public School System. He attended Trenton Central High School, graduating in 1939, cum laude. He also attended the Trenton School of Industrial Design. He went on to West Virginia State College and graduated in 1944, magna cum laude. He was president of his class. He was also president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity during his college years.

After graduation, James returned to Trenton and was hired by Stokes Molded Products. In 1946, he married Princeton native Fannie Reeves and moved to Princeton. In Princeton, Jim immediately involved himself in civic affairs and local politics. During those early years he, and others, founded the Trenton Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was elected to the Princeton Township Committee in 1968 and was named Mayor in 1971.

In 1972, a promotion required Jim and his wife to move to Cleveland, Ohio. The move was part of his long career with the Electric Storage Battery (ESB) Company, during which he rose from a Jr. Draftsman to Vice President of Personnel, covering domestic and international factories. In 1977, Jim returned to Princeton. In 1982, he retired from ESB and became Vice President of Personnel at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). After implementing needed changes, Jim retired from ETS in 1987.

During his life, Jim was a civic activist, serving on many charitable boards and organizing and supporting many causes for the betterment of the community. He advocated tirelessly for education, civil rights, and open housing. He was also a long-serving lay leader of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

James Floyd, Sr. is survived by his two sons, James and Michael; his granddaughter, Isobel Allen-Floyd; his brother, Samuel; and extended family.

A memorial service honoring the life of James Floyd, Sr. will be held on Saturday June 23rd at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, at 11 a.m. Floral arrangements are welcomed.

Charitable donations in the memory of James Floyd, Sr. may be made to the Mercer County Community College Foundation — Floyd Scholarship, Princeton Community Housing, The Paul Robeson House of Princeton, and the Corner House Foundation.

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Yefeng Pang

Yefeng Pang, 84, passed away peacefully at Rutgers University Hospital in Newark on June 15, 2018, after a courageous 13-month battle with esophageal-stomach cancer.

Born in Dalian, China, Yefeng graduated with a B.S. in history from ShanDong University, China and became a history professor of DeZhou University. He came to the U.S. to visit his daughter and granddaughters in 2008 and lived as a resident in the U.S. ever since. He was a bookworm and enjoyed painting, singing, playing piano and violin, and swimming.

He is survived by his wife Xuelan Xu of 52 years; daughter Jingjing of Princeton, New Jersey; son Didi of NanNing China; and three granddaughters, RanYiXiu, Megan, and Emma.

Private family services were held at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Robert Lathrop Bennett

Robert Lathrop Bennett, born April 21, 1945 in Princeton, died April 9, 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, following a short sudden illness. He is survived by daughter, Jennifer (Edward); son, Joshua (Jerica); sisters Susan (Robert) and Katherine; and five grandchildren. His family was by his side during his illness. A burial and funeral service will be held June 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Rocky Hill Cemetery and Trinity Episcopal Church in Rocky Hill, N.J. 

Robert was the son of Ralph and Jane (Clayton) Bennett. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1963. Upon graduation he attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (B.S.) and Tufts University in Boston (Ph.D. in Molecular Biology). He completed his post-doctoral work at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, which led to a faculty appointment and a subsequent faculty appointment at the Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. He took a hiatus from academia in the early 1980s to pursue an interest in dairy farming. He returned to the scientific community working for NutraSweet, enjoying many roles in a fermentation plant. After Monsanto purchased NutraSweet, he was transferred to a new plant in Decatur, Alabama. A few years later he made another bold career move, transferring to a Virginia company programming computerized control systems. Following the completion of that job, Bob started contract work on projects all over the country, creating or improving various computer systems which run the process industries (chemical, pharmaceutical, and water purification, among others). He had recently returned to Alabama and continued to consult on projects from home.

An accomplished scientist, mathematician, and computer programmer, Bob’s greatest pride and joy were his children, and even more so, his grandchildren who called him “GrandBob” —  a name coined by the oldest grandchild. He passed his love of trains, tractors, and music down to his three grandchildren from Jennifer and Ed, all of whom he loved to spoil. Josh shared his passion for Michigan football, and they generally went to at least one game every year. He was thrilled to watch his grandsons play sports and to be GrandBob the Builder. He would have been over the moon with Josh and Jerica’s recent pregnancy announcement.

Bob has been a devoted member of the Episcopal Church throughout his lifetime and enjoyed serving as a deacon and lay-reader as well as participating in many of the churches outreach programs.

Bob’s travels around the country allowed him to pursue (and combine) his two favorite hobbies — trains and photography. An accomplished amateur photographer, he loved to hang out at train junctions and watch the trains and photograph them. He loved model railroads and was an avid collector — sadly he never achieved his goal of a whole house model train track! Given his interest in trains and layouts and his computer programming knowledge, it surely would have been amazing!

Bob’s cremated remains are to be interred in the Rocky Hill Cemetery, an area he loved and played in as a child. The service will follow in his childhood church. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, 521 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203.

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LouEtta Carroll Santucci

LouEtta Carroll Santucci, age 102, of Princeton passed away peacefully on Monday, June 11, 2018. She was born and lived in Hopewell, until her marriage to Royal James Carroll. She and he resided in Princeton for more than 32 years until Royal’s passing in 1973.

Prior to her marriage, LouEtta was a conscientious employee of N.J. Bell Telephone. During her time with the company she performed her operator’s duties during the infamous night of October 30, 1938. Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater production performed a radio adaption of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Some listeners mistook the program to be real, (convinced that Martians were invading Grovers Mill, N.J.). They made numerous calls to police, newspaper offices, and radio stations. The show caused nationwide hysteria. During that evening LouEtta worked through the entire night tirelessly reassuring callers that the show was not real.

In 1996, when LouEtta was 80 years old, her son and daughter-in-law arranged for her to appear in the PBS American Experience production, the Battle of Citizen Kane, (a documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles’ Citizen Kane and the Mercury Theater production of the radio show). LouEtta was fascinated by the filming process and enjoyed her role in the production.

Dedication to work and caring for others continued during LouEtta’s lifetime. She worked at the Princeton Medical Group for many years, managing the Records Department. She was a devoted wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend sharing her cooking knowledge, gardening, crafting, and sewing talents with all who asked for assistance and she regularly made original creations which she gifted to many friends and relatives.

LouEtta remarried after her husband, Royal passed. She resided in Palm Beach County, Florida for several years with her second husband, John Santucci. She returned to New Jersey after his death to be near her family.

LouEtta is survived by her son, Royal James Carroll II, his wife Bonnie Lee Carroll and a daughter, Hope Sudlow; her husband, Richard B. Sudlow, and grandsons, Royal James Carroll III and his wife, Janice Carroll; Brooke T. Sudlow; granddaughter Jean Simpson and her husband Bob Simpson; sister, Adele Larason; and great-grandchildren, Royal James Carroll IV, Johanna Lee Carroll, Caroline Simpson, Willard Simpson, and Emma Simpson.

At LouEtta’s request there will be a private memorial. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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John Stanley Brown Jr.

John Stanley Brown Jr. died in Coral Gables, Fla. on June 6, 2018 at the age of 88. Born in Jersey City, John graduated from Rutgers University in 1953, and subsequently enjoyed a 41-year career at Johnson & Johnson. At the time of his retirement, John was Vice President, Employee Relations Worldwide.

John married Aljean Del Rosso in 1956. Together, they lived a devoted family and community life in North Brunswick and Princeton with their three daughters. John was well-known for his many volunteer efforts; he served on the boards of Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, the Crawford House in Skillman, and the Parker Home in Highland Park. In New Jersey and beyond, John and Aljean were involved in multiple cultural organizations including the Nassau Club, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Among his many other activities, John was an enthusiastic fisherman, a determined golf and tennis player at the Bedens Brook Country Club, and an avid ham radio hobbyist. John and Aljean were prolific travelers, frequenting both family trips to Puerto Rico and parts unknown. Their latest adventure was a relocation to Coral Gables, Fla.

John is survived by his wife Aljean; daughters, Deborah Murdock of Vero Beach, Fla. and husband Brian, Kathryn Wyrough of Miami, Fla. and husband Penn, and Elizabeth Brown of New York, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother Arthur; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of John’s life will be held in Coral Gables in August. For those who wish to make a donation in honor of John S. Brown Jr., the family requests that you direct your gift to RWJ University Hospital Foundation, 10 Plum Street, Suite 910, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

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Laura K. Hill

Please join us for a celebration of Laura K. Hill on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Butterfly House Watershed Center, 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington, NJ 08534.

Children are very much welcome and encouraged as this would have been my Mom’s wish. Let’s all share a delicious lunch, filled with Mom’s Favorite foods, while enjoying the Butterfly House, flower gardens, and discovery room after the ceremony.

If you would like to share any memories, please let us know prior to the celebration, as it will be included in the ceremony.

Please RSVP by June 24, 2018 to jmhill221@gmail.com or call (609) 613-6224.

All was calm at 8 p.m. Saturday, as viewers strolled through the historic Roebling Wire Works building in Trenton to view some 1,500 works by professional and amateur artists. But gun violence disrupted the festival seven hours later. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

A partnership this summer between the Princeton Children’s Fund, the Princeton Recreation Department, and Send Hunger Packing Princeton is making it possible for as many as 175 public school students to attend the Recreation Department’s summer camps.

“Because of the generosity of our donors and our partnership with the Princeton Recreation Department, we are able to provide an opportunity for our students to attend camp and engage in active and creative programs, while giving their parents full-day childcare,” said Felicia Spitz of the Princeton Children’s Fund.  more

Micah Rasmussen has been named the new director of The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University. Rasmussen has more than 26 years of experience in political, governmental, and public communication and has spent more than 15 years as an adjunct professor of political science. 

“Micah’s breadth of experience and extensive network inside the State House and out is poised to help expand the awareness and mission of The Rebovich Institute,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs DonnaJean A. Fredeen.  more

The Sourland Conservancy has published a new hiking atlas created by former trustee, Kevin Burkman. Burkman is a resident of the Sourland region who specializes in digital mapping for natural resources, urban/environmental planning, and historic land preservation and volunteers as SC’s geographic information systems (GIS) analyst.

Burkman created the Sourland Region Hiking Atlas as a follow-up to Sourland Conservancy’s online hiking maps, which he also developed and continues to update. This new book highlights 24 parks and preserves with hiking trails in the 90-square-mile Sourland region. In addition to shaded relief maps, the atlas also features descriptions for each site, including history, geology, flora and fauna, and information on access and parking. His other work with the Conservancy includes open space analysis, tour maps, and pipeline corridor analysis.  more

Ten Young People Combatting Prejudice

Ten Princeton students who are working to combat prejudice and promote racial unity were recognized by Not in Our Town at its 2018 Unity Awards 20th Anniversary Event on June 10 at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center.

The students were celebrated for being leaders at their schools in activities that range from starting student groups on racial awareness, to organizing a conference, to being active in a group that helped put together a textbook on racial awareness.

Award winners included PHS students Hamza Nishtar, Valeria Torres-Olivares, Fedlyne Cleophat, Brianna Silva, Leah Williamson, Nina Tillmann, Zainab Qureshi, and Shane Spring; Princeton Charter School eighth-grader Yayla Tur; and John Witherspoon eighth-grader Mojisola Ayodele.

PHS AP Exam Survey

Student Board of Education representatives Amy Wang and Brian Lu have reported to the Board on the Advanced Placement exam survey completed by 423 students. Seventy-seven percent of the students surveyed took at least one exam this year. Of those who did take an AP exam 36 percent took one exam, 19 percent took two exams, 21 percent took three exams, 11 percent took four exams, 7 percent took five exams, and 6 percent took six or more AP exams.

According to Wang and Lu’s report to the Board, the survey indicated that juniors tended to take the most AP courses, and that there is a correlation between students’ stress levels and the numbers of AP exams they took.

Community Options has recently named Phyllis L. Marchand to the board of trustees for Community Options Enterprises, which operates several programs as well as entrepreneurial businesses that successfully integrate people with disabilities into the workforce.

Marchand served 23 years as an elected official in Princeton Township, and for 12 years as mayor before retiring in 2009. She recently joined the Community Options board to augment production of their new Princeton VASEFUL flower store, scheduled to open on Witherspoon Street in the fall. more

PATTI’S PELOTON: Patti Maslanka will be joined this year on her fifth Anchor House Ride for Runaways by five of her children. From left, Mark, Patti, Jeff, Rebecca, Christopher, and Carolyn Maslanka. (Their dog Oliver will be staying home.) (Photo Courtesy of Christopher Maslanka)

By Donald Gilpin

Patti Maslanka is preparing to ride in her fifth consecutive annual Anchor House Ride for Runaways, setting out from Virginia on July 7 and riding 500 miles back to Trenton by July 14.

Maslanka won’t be alone at this 40th annual ride to raise money for Anchor House, which provides shelter, school, and outreach to youth ages 12 to 21 from Mercer County and throughout the state. She will be joined by five of her children, one as support and four as riders. It is the fourth year for one son, the third for another, the second for one daughter, and the first for another. more

The Chinese American Music Ensemble, an adult chorus, will present a program at the Plainsboro Public Library on Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. It is one of four concerts by New Jersey-based musicians that will be presented on four separate Sundays at 2 p.m. as part of the library’s Community Fusion program. The ensemble will perform songs of love and passion from China and the West, dating from ancient times to the present.

On July 8, the influence of African American music on western music will be the focus of a concert by the three-person musical group The Drinking Gourd.  more

On Tuesday, July 31, from 7-9 p.m., the Nassau Presbyterian Church is hosting The World is My Home, which depicts the life of African American artist, activist, and Princeton native Paul Robeson as he fights globally for social justice on behalf of minority workers.  more

June 13, 2018

To the Editor:

As residents of Hamilton Avenue, we would like to express our gratitude to our elected officials and volunteers who worked on the implementation of the Beta Bike Lane study. The Wiggins-Hamilton corridor is the preferred approach to downtown and Princeton University for many commuters and residents of Princeton, as well as the main artery between downtown and PHS, JWMS, and Westminster.

For years, cyclists of all ages have chosen to ride on the Wiggins-Hamilton corridor; however, because of the traffic volume and lack of space for them to ride, cyclists frequently ride on the sidewalk. The sidewalks are not designed to accommodate traffic for both cyclists and pedestrians, creating an unsafe condition for the near-constant flow of pedestrian traffic which includes people walking with dogs and young children walking to and from school.

Cyclists that choose to ride in the street slow down traffic and are forced to deal with hostile drivers and unsafe conditions as a result of parked cars.

Cycling and walking are increasingly popular forms of transport. As such, we are encouraged to see that Princeton is studying ways to embrace and support them to confront traffic, pollution, and obesity-related health issues. Creating bike lanes on the Wiggins-Hamilton corridor is a logical step toward the goal of having “complete streets” in town, and acknowledges and supports already-existing laws that give cyclists equal rights and access to the road.

We realize that some residents are concerned about losing the (free) parking spaces in the Wiggins-Hamilton corridor (the loss of parking spaces in front of our home would inconvenience us personally as well). However, it is clear to us that, after having lived with the Beta Bike Lane, the benefits of having bike lanes far outweigh the negatives. One big improvement that we immediately noticed was the improved visibility which resulted from the elimination of on-street parking, making both biking and driving significantly safer.

We strongly support the creation of a permanent bike lane in the Wiggins-Hamilton corridor and ask our elected officials to take action to make the bike lanes permanent.

Lauren and Nick Valvanis

Hamilton Avenue

To the Editor:

I am a bike rider. When we lived in New York City, I rode my bike to work in midtown and pedaled my two-year-old to playgroups on the back of my bike. There were no bike lanes then; bicyclists had to be careful. I am also a homeowner on Wiggins Street. I have created parking for four cars behind the building for the renters. I was unpleasantly surprised when I drove to the house to meet a workman on May 23 to find that all the parking places had been removed and replaced by a temporary bike lane. Where did the town expect the workman and me to park? Where are my tenants’ visitors supposed to park? Why are residents of the street not to be treated in the same way as residents on all other town streets? Obviously, Wiggins was chosen for the experiment as it is a through street and parallel to Nassau Street. However, it is certainly unfair to the residents of Wiggins and Hamilton Avenue to be penalized so that others may bicycle in “relative” safety. While I was at Wiggins between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., I saw exactly one bicyclist, and she was in the road. When I tried to fill out the survey posted on the municipal website, I found that it is geared completely to the bicyclist, with no questions to elicit any answer but those pertaining to biking. Please consider this my strong objection to the bike lane on Wiggins and Hamilton.

Cecilia Mathews

Wiggins Street

To the Editor:

For the past five weeks, I’ve participated in the NJ Poor People’s Campaign. Every Monday afternoon, I’ve marched through downtown Trenton with a group of fellow citizens demanding government policies that will ensure a decent life for all Americans. By necessity, our list of demands is broad, including a living wage, clean air and water, and adequate healthcare for everyone. Our march takes us to the Statehouse Annex at 2 p.m., where we listen to the stories of people personally affected by the problems we’re targeting, such as a Newark mother whose family suffers medical problems resulting from polluted air and water. After the speeches, volunteer protesters engage in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience (such as lining up in the street, blocking traffic), resulting in arrest.

That’s only what’s happening in New Jersey. Simultaneously, at statehouses in about 35 states across the country, protesters are being arrested at parallel demonstrations.

But when I mention the Poor People’s Campaign to friends in Princeton, most have not heard about it.

When Martin Luther King was assassinated, he was
organizing the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. This movement is often remembered through images of Resurrection City, a temporary tent community of the poor, erected on the Washington Mall for about six weeks in May and June of that year. Sadly, the movement lost momentum after King’s assassination.

Now it is being revived as the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The co-chair, Rev. Dr. William Barber, became prominent when, as head of the North Carolina NAACP, he organized “Moral Mondays,” a series of weekly protests and acts of nonviolent civil disobedience aimed at opposing voter suppression and gerrymandering. After leaving the NAACP, Rev. Barber founded a social justice organization called Repairers of the Breach. Now, in collaboration with Rev. Liz Theoharis, founder of the Kairos Center for Religion, Rights, and Social Justice (at Union Theological Seminary), Dr. Barber is reviving the Poor People’s Campaign. The first phase of the new Poor People’s Campaign is almost complete. The final Monday rally will take place at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 18, on the plaza of the State House Annex, 131 W. State Street in Trenton. I urge those who can do so to show your support for poor people by joining us on the plaza. At this time, especially, it’s vital to demonstrate, by your presence that the status quo is not acceptable.

For more about the NJ Poor People’s Campaign,

see the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyPPC/.

Kathy O’Leary Wilcox

Old Georgetown Road

To the Editor:

A colleague called me last night, jolted, after seeing the media coverage about Kate Spade’s suicide. She babysat years ago for people who lived in the building where Kate Spade lived, and she used to pass Kate and her husband in the lobby on occasion. “She always seemed so happy and vibrant,” she said to me. She probably was.

This latest tragic suicide, leaving another adolescent without a mother, and scores of people reeling, is a reminder that no one is immune to tragedy and that the results can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences.

At a time of year when many of us are posting festive pictures of weddings, graduations, sports events, etc. showcasing happy moments in our lives and those of the lives of our children and families, it’s important to remember that those moments should be enjoyed and cherished. But it’s also important to recognize that there are moments (many of them) in our lives that are less happy and not Facebook or Instagram-worthy.

We all have moments when we feel discouraged, embarrassed, lonely, and overwhelmed. We don’t share these moments with people on social media, but I wonder what it would look like if we did talk about them more openly. I wonder what it would take for that to happen.

I don’t know that we’ll ever know much about Kate Spade’s tragic circumstances, but my hope is that her death will encourage others to seek help. For someone who has been in and out of therapy my entire life, it seems like a no-brainer to seek counseling whenever you’re feeling particularly stuck or overwhelmed. I believe in therapy and I love therapy. Making sure there is a support system in place and that there is someone to whom you can turn when you need help works. After all, Freud did call therapy the “talking cure.”

Whitney B. Ross, PhD

Executive Director, Trinity Counseling Service

To the Editor:

We are encouraged by the good news that Princeton Public Schools (PPS) is pursuing an ESIP, an Energy Savings Improvement Plan. The ESIP will allow the district to take advantage of state funding available through New Jersey’s Clean Energy programs such as Direct Install, SmartStart, and Pay for Performance. ESIPs can also include solar PV and geothermal installations.

The district’s architect estimates that an ESIP for PPS could include $19 million in energy efficiency upgrades. This is $19 million that the community would not otherwise need to borrow, and these upgrades will reduce future operating costs.

New Jersey’s Clean Energy programs are among the most effective ways for public and private institutions to save on annual operating costs. For schools, such programs save taxpayer funds, reduce their carbon footprint, and demonstrate responsible facilities stewardship.

Utilization of these programs along with facilities personnel proficient in project and building systems management, and the current maintenance technology, is crucial for ensuring healthy and safe learning environments for our children.

Sustainable Princeton strongly encourages other Princeton schools, nonprofits, and businesses to take advantage of these programs. We serve as a resource in helping organizations to embark on this process.

Buildings account for 45 percent of our community’s greenhouse gas emissions. Making them energy efficient is a critical step toward reducing our emissions and combating climate change. We commend the Princeton Public Library for recently conducting an energy audit. The audit identified the New Jersey Clean Energy program that will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating expenses while reducing the Library’s environmental impact.

Again, we applaud Princeton Public Schools’ decision to take the first step in a process that is both fiscally prudent and environmentally responsible.

Mia Sacks

Board Secretary, Sustainable Princeton

Molly Jones

Executive Director, Sustainable Princeton

Christine Symington

Program Director, Sustainable Princeton

To the Editor:

Princeton prides itself on a fair and open process during the primary election so that it is the voters who choose.

In the months leading up to the June 5 primary election, all Democratic candidates for Princeton Municipal Council received identical support for their campaigns from the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee and the PCDO. All candidates who declared their intention to run for the two open seats were given the same detailed information about how to run, and received the same reminders and updates throughout the process. All were given the same instructions for filing petitions with the municipal clerk, and all received the same lists of registered voters in Princeton and address labels of PCDO members. All were instructed about the PCDO endorsement process and the Municipal Committee ballot-placement process. All were given the same opportunity to present their platforms to the Municipal Committee and to participate in the PCDO debate. 

The community should know that neither Jean Durbin, the president of the PCDO, nor Scotia MacRae, the chair of the Municipal Committee (PDMC), publically endorsed any primary candidate and no primary candidate received funds from either of the two Democratic organizations in Princeton. 

The two candidates who received the first and second places on the primary ballot, along with the official Democratic slogan, have been active in both the PCDO and the Municipal Committee, but so were two of the other candidates. Ballot placement was determined by a vote of the elected members of the Municipal Committee who represent every one of the 22 voting districts in Princeton.

It is true that the candidates listed at the top of the Democratic column on the ballot have an advantage, but it is also true, both in Princeton and in Mercer County, that winners of past primary elections have included candidates who did not receive the top slots in the Democratic column.

In short, the two Democratic organizations in Princeton worked assiduously at every stage of the campaign to make sure that all the candidates had the same access to all the information needed to compete for Democratic Party support for the two open seats on Council. The final decision was made by the voters of Princeton. Only now will the two winning candidates receive “the support of the party apparatus” as we head toward the general election on November 6.

We thank all of those passionate Democrats who had the courage to run for office, and we congratulate Dwaine Williamson and Eve Niedergang on becoming the Democratic Party nominees for Princeton Council.

Scotia W. MacRae

Chair, Princeton Municipal Democratic Committee,
Evelyn Place

Judith Peck Erdman

Judith Peck Erdman of Princeton and Edgartown, Mass., passed away peacefully on June 8th with her four children by her side. She was 92 years old.

Judy was born on May 11th, 1926, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to her parents Edna H. Peck and Frederic C. Peck. Her father was chairman of Peck & Peck, a prominent women’s clothing concern based in NYC. and founded by her grandfather in 1890. When she was seven years old her family moved to Rye, N.Y., where she attended Rye Country Day School and learned to play tennis at the Manursing Island Club, a sport that she would enjoy into her 80s. In 1940 she enrolled as a boarder at the Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., from which she graduated in 1944. While at Farmington she was captain of the “Squirrels,” one of three intercampus sports teams, and established several lifelong friendships. Throughout her childhood she enjoyed summer trips with her family to the Adirondack League Club, situated on Little Moose Lake in Old Forge, N.Y.

Upon graduating from Miss Porter’s, Judy joined her parents in their NYC. apartment at 485 Park Avenue. After attending the Barmore Secretarial School she first worked at Vogue Magazine and then at Junior Bazaar Magazine, where she was secretary to the editor. She was on a blind date when she met the love of her life, Harold B. Erdman, whom she married on September 25, 1948. Judy and Hal lived in NYC, Greenwich, Conn., and Phoenix, Ariz. before settling in Hal’s hometown of Princeton. While bringing up four children in Princeton and summering with her family in Martha’s Vineyard, Judy brought joy to everyone she knew. She was warm and friendly, bright and shiny, graceful and poised, and had a wonderful ability to see the positive in everyone.

Judy had joyous times in Princeton with her family and many close friends. Between school, ice hockey, ballet, and playdates, she found time to take her four young children to see the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965, an experience none of them would ever forget. In Princeton, she was a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, the Springdale Golf Club, the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton, the Present Day Club, and the Nassau Club. In Martha’s Vineyard, she was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, the Chappaquiddick Beach Club, and Crackatuxet, where she swam in the surf with her grandchildren.

Judy was pre-deceased by her twin older sisters, Anne Cumpston and Jane Halsell, and her loving husband of 65 years, Harold B. Erdman. She is survived by her four children, Guy Erdman, Fred (and Cindy) Erdman, Jody Erdman, and Carl (and Debra) Erdman; nine grandchildren; two great-grandsons; four brothers-in-law; and 18 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miss Porter’s School, 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 and the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. A celebration of her life will be held on September 22nd at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

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Brenda Mary Davies

On Saturday, December 2nd 2017, former Princeton resident Brenda Mary Davies celebrated her 100th birthday on November 26, 2017, with 20 friends and family at Pennswood Village retirement community in Newtown, Pa. Brenda, née Deakin, born in Birmingham, England, in 1917, received a centenarian congratulation letter from Buckingham Palace with a photograph and the signature of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. Brenda’s three children — Christine, Hugh, and Philip — accompanied by three of her grandchildren and two nieces who flew over from England for the occasion, led the toasts and birthday salutations.

Brenda Mary Davies passed away peacefully on May 10th. Her former husband, Horton Marlais Davies, had passed on May 11, 2005. The couple had emigrated from Oxford, England in January 1956, when Horton had accepted a professorship in the Department of Religion at Princeton University where he taught until his retirement in 1984. The couple divorced in 1972.

Brenda, a graduate of Froebel training in England, taught kindergarten for several years at the former Miss Mason’s School on Bayard Lane, Princeton. According to her wishes, her body was donated to Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The family asked that any memorial gifts be sent to Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorn Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

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Richard Lee Landauer

September 30, 1962  —June 10, 2018

Richard Lee Landauer, age 55, passed away in Allentown on June 10, 2018.

Richard grew up in Prince-ton, and was the son of the late Harry Lee Landauer and Sallie Warren Landauer. He was also predeceased by brothers, Keith Landauer and Mark Landauer.

Richard graduated from Princeton High School, and was a talented carpenter. Richard had a very kind and generous heart, would help anyone in need, and was always a faithful friend.

Richard loved the beach, salt and fresh water fishing, and rock and roll. He especially loved his family, and relished family get-togethers and holiday dinners. He was most proud of his two sons, Evan Landauer, of West Virginia, and Keith Landauer, currently serving in the Air Force. Aside from his sons, Richard is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Joseph Cimerola, of Allentown; his brother, Allen Lee Smith, of Cherokee, N.C.; and several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown, Pa. Memories and condolences may be shared at (www.stephensfuneral.com). A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Allentown Rescue Mission (www.allentownrescuemission.org).

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Ann Puffer McGoldrick

Ann Puffer McGoldrick, a resident of Princeton for 51 years, died suddenly on May 23rd at the age of 75.

Ann was born in Boston to Charlotte Chapman Puffer and Robert W. Puffer, Jr. She grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts where she attended the Dana Hall School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Vassar College in 1965, writing her senior thesis on the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

In 1966, at age 23, she married her beloved John L. McGoldrick. Together, they were a formidable team. They moved to Princeton, where they lived for the remainder of her life. Early on, she worked for the Educational Testing Service, where, among other things, she was instrumental in developing the GRE exam. Ann’s contributions to the Princeton community were deep and broad, and demonstrated her passion for social and political issues, and especially later in her life, to the arts.

Ann was elected to the Board of Education for the Princeton Public Schools for 12 years, and served as President for a number of years. She was deeply committed to the students of Princeton and cared particularly about issues of equity. She served on the Princeton Borough Zoning Board for 17 years, and was involved with The Crisis Ministry (now Arm In Arm), which helps secure basic needs of food and housing to residents of Mercer County. A Friend of the Institute for Advanced Study since 1999, she served on its Executive Committee from 2001 to 2006. More recently, she was a valued member of the Institutional Review Board of Princeton University. Her sharp mind, no-nonsense manner, and willingness to speak up on issues she cared about made her an invaluable asset to these organizations. Ann was, in all things, a “do-er”, a practical person who got things done, and who valued that quality in others.

Ann was a strong advocate for the arts, and had a special passion for choral music. She provided volunteer support to the choirs at Trinity Church, and served on the board of Young Audiences of New Jersey. One of the great joys of her life was The Princeton Singers, the extraordinary singing group, with whom she was involved for 35 years. As Chair of The Princeton Singers Board, she worked tirelessly to support and foster the group, whose music brought her tremendous happiness.

Above all else, Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was steady, kind, and generous, and was humble beyond measure, always thinking about what she could do for others and wishing to keep herself out of the spotlight. Those who loved her always had a staunch and loving ally. She was an expert chef, a whiz at the New York Times crossword puzzle, a voracious consumer of political news, and a strong advocate who possessed a rare gentleness and grace. She was a supporter of Democratic causes, except when she saw special talent and wisdom on the other side. She was genuinely and fiercely egalitarian, with no exceptions.

She deeply loved the summers she spent with family and friends on Cape Cod since 1966, and was rejuvenated each year by the natural beauty and solace she found there. Her absence will be acutely felt on the beaches of Wellfleet this summer, and every summer to come.

Ann is survived by John, her husband of 51 years; son Scott McGoldrick and his wife Linda Noel, of Princeton; daughter Jennifer Solomon and her husband Josh Solomon, of Needham, Massachusetts; grandchildren Olivia and Julia McGoldrick, and Sam and Nathaniel Solomon, all the apples of her eye; brother Robert W. Puffer, III and his wife Jane Puffer of Acton, Massachusetts; and countless friends.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, June 16 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Arm In Arm (www.arminarm.org, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton) or The Princeton Singers (www.princetonsingers.org, P.O. Box 344, Princeton).

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Ann Hochschild Poole

Ann “Rooney” Hochschild Poole, 93, died peacefully on June 5, 2018 in her home at Stonebridge, in Skillman, N.J.

She was born August 29, 1924 in New York City the eldest child of Walter Hochschild and Kathrin Samstag. She attended The Brearley School, New York, N.Y., was graduated cum laude from Vassar College in 1946, and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Rider University in 1983.

In 1947 she married Richard G. Poole Sr. of Lake Forest, Ill., with whom she raised four children in Clinton, N.Y. before moving abroad to France in 1964. They returned in 1966 to Princeton, N.J. After receiving her master’s degree she worked at several agencies in the Princeton area, including the Counseling Center at Rider University. Together with her daughter she created and led workshops on mother-daughter relationships, which she conducted at the Princeton YMCA/YWCA. She served on the board of Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey, volunteered at the Lewis School and the Princeton Hospital, and was active in the Home Friends Program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

A lover of music and the performing arts, she acted in a number of amateur musical theater performances in upstate New York and performed with PJ&B Productions in Princeton, N.J. She was a lifelong patron of New York’s theaters and regularly attended McCarter Theatre in Princeton until the time of her death.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Poole Sr.; and her two sisters, Patricia Hochschild Labalme (George Labalme Jr.) and Lynn Hochschild Boillot (Claude E. Boillot). She is survived by her three sons and one daughter, Richard G. Poole Jr. (Kathryn Gately) of DeKalb, Ill., Peter W. Poole (Kathleen Eickman) of Rochester, N.H., Kathrin W. Poole (Howard Tomlinson) of Princeton, N.J., and Walter H. Poole (Suvarnala Yeluri) of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her cremated remains will be buried in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., in the Adirondack Park, where a private service will be held. A memorial service will be held in Princeton, N.J. at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (PO Box 205, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812; www.adirondackarts.org/product/8DDF932/donation); and the Indian Lake Theater (PO Box 517, Indian Lake, NY 12842; www.indianlaketheater.org/support-us/).

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Otto Marcolini

Otto Marcolini, Princeton native, passed silently into history on Friday, March 30, 2018. Otto was the only son of Lucia and Luigi of Princeton and had four sisters: Laura, Anna, Monica.

Otto Marcolini was a self-made man, interested in just about everything under the sun; a high school graduate who self-educated after entering the workforce. He worked in the trades and construction for 45 years and belonged to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 5. He was a lifelong member in the AFL/CIO Bricklayers National Union, and worked on most of the major public and private buildings in Mercer County. They included many buildings at Princeton University, ETS, and BMS, Trenton State College, and the Princeton School projects.

He was a regular around all of the local golf courses and enjoyed challenging people to match wits with his fantastic memory! Otto loved golf, as a former caddie and student of the game toting bags around golf clubs in the Princeton area.  (For more informaton Google — L.A. Parker: Nobody knows Mercer County golf like Otto Marcolini.)

He was a friend at Lawrenceville’s local farms and shops and was loved and will be missed by all. The Saturday morning Maidenhead Bagel Breakfast Club is not the same without him!

His philosophies as he lived his life included bear no malice, be nice to his fellow man, do his share of the work, just give kindness, and forgiveness is less of a burden. The greatest advice he offered to those in other generations was to respect their elders’ advice and do not feel sorry for yourself and your situation, life can be cruel and any feeling of illness will pass, make the best effort you can every day. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and Otto chased it ‘til the end! 

Survived by his great nephew and his wife James and Kristen Steinmetz, Otto raised Jim as his own son and was instrumental in getting him through college. Otto was also stepfather to his former wife Angela’s son, Alfred.

It is the wish of his family that a memorial graveside burial and service be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery (216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542), on June 29, his 94th birthday, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to St Paul’s school athletics via mheucke@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. (609) 924-0018.

The Arts Council of Princeton’s (ACP) third parklet officially opened on Saturday at its debut location in front of Small World Coffee on Witherspoon Street. Sponsors and supporters each said a few words about their part of the parklet and their support for public art in Princeton. Pictured, from left, are Jessica Durrie, owner of Small World Coffee; Jim Levin, ACP board president; Jim Waltman, executive director, The Watershed Institute; Councilman Tim Quinn; Maria Evan, ACP artist director; Kristin Appelget, director, community and regional affairs, Princeton University; Sherry MacLean, MacLean Agency; Councilwoman Leticia Fraga;​ Jim Davidge, Davidge Design Studio; and architect Joseph Hobart Weiss. (Photo Courtesy of ACP)

The Spirit of Princeton Flag Day ceremony will take place this year, rain or shine, on Thursday, June 14 at noon at the Princeton Municipal Complex Plaza, 369 Witherspoon Street.

This year’s ceremony will be dedicated to the life and community spirit of Ray Wadsworth, one of the founders of The Spirit of Princeton. Wadsworth died May 31. more