December 7, 2016

Your Honor:

Thanks for allowing our mean-spirited university to increase my suffering. I am 72 years old with congestive heart failure. Before the heartless decision to move the station, I could walk there. That is no longer possible. Because of a recent procedure, I am forbidden to drive for the next two weeks. My surgeon is in New Brunswick, and I am happy to take New Jersey Transit there for my follow-up appointment on December 8. But getting to the train will be a major inconvenience.


David Zinkin

Humbert Lane 

Dear David,

The decision to move the station was made between New Jersey Transit and the University. There are options to help you get to the new station. For example, you may want to avail yourself of the Crosstown service, which is run through the Senior Resource Center. Here is a link for more information:

In addition, the free Tiger Transit shuttle runs from Palmer Square to the Dinky station.

Here is a link to the schedule:

There is another Tiger Transit line that runs from the Friend Center on Olden and Williams to the Dinky Station:

I hope your recovery goes well.

Liz Lempert

Mayor of Princeton, Witherspoon Street

To the Editor:

As members of the board of Not in Our Town, Princeton’s racial justice organization, we applaud the mayor and Council for re-establishing a Civil Rights Commission for Princeton. We also recognize the dedicated work of the members of the Civil Rights Subcommittee of the Human Services Commission, Leticia Fraga, Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, John Heilner, Thomas Parker, and Larry Spruill, who spent years researching and creating a plan for the new Commission.

We hope that members of the Commission will have sufficient access to reports and information about any civil rights complaints that are received — whether from private residents, visitors, or employees of businesses, the municipality or the University — so that they can do a good job advising the mayor and Council members. More than ever, town officers and elected officials need to give a high priority to the safeguarding of civil rights, the personal liberties that belong to an individual owing to his or her status as a citizen or resident of a particular country or community.

Linda Oppenheim

South Harrison Street

Barbara Fox

Cedar Lane

Shelley Krause

Western Way

Wilma Solomon

Tee-Ar Place

To the Editor:

As chair of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee (PDMC) and as president of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO), respectively, we are writing to encourage all Princeton Democrats to consider serving their community by getting more involved in the local Democratic Party or the local government.

We invite you to join us at an open house meeting on Sunday, December 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Center (behind Monument Hall), just before the PCDO meeting, to learn more about the different ways that you can get involved.

This is an informal opportunity for Democrats to learn about the local political process and municipal elections. Topics to be covered include how candidates get on the ballot, the local Democratic Party endorsement process, and the different Democratic organizations in Princeton.

Membership in the PCDO is open to all registered Democrats, and members who reside in Princeton may vote on candidates and resolutions. There is an associate category for Democrats who do not reside in Princeton. The PCDO works to elect progressive candidates and has free monthly public programs to discuss issues affecting all of us on local, state, and national levels.

Elections for the PCDO executive board will be held in January and we welcome interest from those who wish to learn more about the organization and to serve, either now or in the future. If you are not able to attend the open house, information on becoming a member of the PCDO is available at

The members of the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee are elected in each voting district. You may email if you would like more information about the municipal committee or running for local office. For further information, please email or text (609) 468-1720.

While Democrats are disappointed at the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, New Jersey remained blue and worked tirelessly to elect national, state, and local candidates. We said goodbye in 2016 to Rich McClellan, Mercer County Democratic chair, who left a legacy of activism, warmth, and humor. And we were pleased to welcome the dynamic Trenton Councilwoman, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, as chair. We want to thank the members of the Democratic Municipal Committee and the PCDO for their support of a transparent and vibrant political culture in Princeton that helps keep our government responsive to its citizens.

Scotia W. MacRae

Chair, Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee

Owen O’Donnell

President, Princeton Community 

Democratic Organization

Andrew Hicks

Andrew Crozer Reeves Hicks, longtime Princeton resident, lawyer, and community leader, passed away on November, 30, 2016, at his home at Stonebridge in Rocky Hill, with his family by his side. He was 92 with eyes of blue.

Reeves, “Reevo,” was born in Trenton, on October 12, 1924, son of Thomas Edward and Mary Lucille Reeves Hicks, and grandson of Sarah Conrad Reeves and New Jersey State Senator, Andrew Crozer Reeves of Lawrenceville. He lived in Princeton from 1932 until his move to Skillman in 2002.

Reeves attended Princeton Public schools as a child. In 1938 he attended Phillips Exeter Academy and in 1942 was admitted to the class of 1946 at Princeton. While at Princeton, Reeves enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to the V-12 Officers Training Program. Reeves resumed his studies at Princeton where he has served as the class president of the great class of 1946. Reeves attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, receiving his law degree in 1949. He married Joan Stewart of Huntington Valley, Pa., the love of his life, in 1947, while in law school.

After law school Reeves worked with the Warner Lambert Company and Gallup and Robinson until returning to the law in 1950. He was a partner in the law firms of McCarthy and Hicks and later Smith, Lambert, Hicks, and Miller. Reeves served as a partner in the law firm of Drinker, Biddle, and Reath until his retirement in 1995. Reeves also served as magistrate for West Windsor Township from 1958 to 1966 where he was known for his kindness and fairness. His most memorable case was the West Windsor School Board vs. Trifan, in which the Trifan family was sued for schooling their musical children at home. Reeves found the family ‘not guilty’ because evidence showed the children were receiving an ‘equivalent education’ at home.

During his years in Princeton, Reeves was a member and/or officer and trustee of the New Jersey Bar Association, Princeton Chamber of Commerce, Princeton YMCA, Princeton Arts Council, the Nassau Club, the Princeton Investor’s Group, the Nassau Gun Club, and other organizations including the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, Md. He received many citations and awards for his community service, including the National Conference for Community and Justice award for his interest in the subject of community diversity and the Bud Vivian Award for dedication and commitment to the Princeton Community. In 2002 Reeves and his wife, Joan, moved across the county line to a new retirement community, Stonebridge at Montgomery. Reeves was the first president of the Residents’ Association, a position he held for five years.

Reeves referred to himself as a ‘townie’ and was a proud Princeton graduate, Marine, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Throughout his life Reeves worked for the common good of the Princeton community. He has been described by community leaders and friends as a gentle, sure-handed navigator who steered diverse interests of the town, borough, and university to common ground, and as a gentle listener and troubleshooter who brought diverse interests together to move Princeton forward. Reeves was involved in the expansion of the Princeton Public Library and formed the coalition that worked to bring the town and borough to an agreement on its expansion.

As a lawyer, Reeves was active in the purchase of the 102 Witherspoon Street building for the Arts Council, again bringing diverse groups together to move the project forward. He was the first president of the Arts Council under its new governing structure. Reeves served twice as president of the Chamber of Commerce and worked tirelessly to preserve and improve the quality of living of the community as well as to create a better business climate. He served on the Chamber Advisory Council and the Princeton Business Association, which strove to enable town and university to develop ideas and solve their common problems in the Central Business District. Reeves was an active Rotarian. At the university, Reeves has served as secretary and president of the class of 1946 and was a member of the Chapel Advisory Committee.

Reeves was an avid sailor. As a boy he sailed his dinghies on Lake Carnegie and in Mantoloking on the Jersey shore. He sailed and raced star boats, including his favorite Osopeachee, on the Chesapeake Bay. He later enjoyed traveling and sailing throughout European and Aegean waters with his family and friends. At home, Reeves enjoyed gardening, especially tending his roses. A quiet Quaker, Reeves was also a lover of music, in particular the music of the 40s, Dixieland, and New Orleans jazz. He was well-known for his dapper dress and his wonderful dancing. Reeves had a wonderful sense of humor and was known to enjoy many a martini with good friends and family. A longtime member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club, he also enjoyed a rowdy game of tennis.

Reeves and Joan were married for 69 years. They have four daughters and a son. Reeves is predeceased by his parents, his son, Ted, in 2012, and his sister, Patricia McNitt. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his sister, Joan Mitchell; daughters, Andrea, Lindsey, Daren, and Libby; his sons-in-law; his nine grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews; and his first great granddaughter.

A joyful Gathering of Remembrance for Reeves will be held on December 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Stonebridge.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Princeton YMCA or a local charity in his name.


Louise Jefferys Morse

Louise Jefferys Morse, a longtime Princeton resident, died peacefully November 29, 2016. She was 105.

Mrs. Morse was the wife of the late Professor Marston Morse, a mathematician who was among the first generation of faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Born in 1911 in Hanging Rock, Ohio, Mrs. Morse attended both the Academy and the College of the Sacred Heart in Cincinnati, Ohio, before enrolling at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned her R.N. After graduation she was a head nurse on a medical research unit at Johns Hopkins’ Osler Clinic for three years. She also worked at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, for two years.

From January 1940, when Louise and Marston Morse were married, until his death in 1977, the Morses opened their home on Battle Road to Institute visitors from all over the world. They gave welcome parties in the fall and spring for new members particularly of the school of mathematics, and Mrs. Morse was deeply involved in helping the new members get settled in Princeton. Many became lifelong friends.

Mrs. Morse and her husband were among a group of parents who shared a dream of founding an independent Catholic school in Princeton, serving on the Stuart Country Day School Founders Committee in 1962. They were also instrumental in establishing the Friends of the Raissa Maritain Library shortly after Stuart opened. For almost 50 years, Mrs. Morse continued to be active in organizing the ongoing funding of the library.

In addition to her interest in Sacred Heart education, Mrs. Morse volunteered for many community organizations. Early in her years in Princeton she supported the Princeton Nursery School on Leigh Avenue. Later she helped found the Crossroads Nursery School at the Institute for Advanced Study. She served as a board member of the Princeton Family Services Society and the Diocesan Catholic Welfare Board. She also helped the Princeton YWCA raise funds to purchase the Bramwell House.

Mrs. Morse had a strong interest in peace and justice issues throughout her life. She was active in the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Freedom Writers for Amnesty International, Pax Christi, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Coalition for Peace Action, and the Mercer Alliance for the Mentally Ill. In 1997 she was honored as one of a group of senior citizens selected for their history of volunteer service and their continuing involvement in the Princeton community. In 2010 the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund gave her its annual service award, honoring her for her tireless work over three decades within that organization.

Mrs. Morse was an avid gardener who shared her expertise and perennials with many friends throughout the Princeton community and beyond. When a severe storm in 2000 destroyed the 300-year–old Mercer Oak in Princeton’s historic Battlefield State Park, Mrs. Morse donated an offspring of the ancient tree, an 8-foot sapling she had nurtured in her front yard.

Beloved wife, mother, stepmother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mrs. Morse is predeceased by her husband Marston Morse and her children Meröe Marston Morse, Dryden Phelps Morse, and Peter Farnsworth Morse. She is survived by her daughter, Louise A. Morse, who lived with her for the last several decades of her life; and her granddaughter, Maria Fortiz-Morse, whom she co-parented; as well as her children Julie, William, Elizabeth; her sons-in-law Thomas Cone and Daniel Reardon; her daughters-in-law Teri Beck Morse, Cece Saunders and Melissa Gabel Morse; 16 other grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass and celebration of her life will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Raissa Maritain Library Endowment Fund of Stuart Country Day School, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, or to the Marston Morse Lecture Fund of the Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Irene M. Perna

Irene M. Perna, 78, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Skilled Nursing Center, Lawrenceville.

Born on May 17, 1938 in Lawrenceville, she remained a lifelong resident of the area. Irene graduated from Princeton High School in 1956 and graduated from Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, which became the Ambler Campus of Temple University in 1958. She married Alfred R. Perna on October 29, 1960. Throughout the 1960s she worked at various flower shops in the Princeton area including Applegate’s and the Flower Basket. In 1974, she became a partner in Mazur Nursery, plant nursery started by her father, George E. Mazur in 1933 and became the owner of Mazur Nursery with her husband Alfred in 1975. In 1976, Irene and Alfred opened Perna’s Plant and Flower Shop in West Windsor. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mazur Nursery was one of the leading wholesale and retail bedding plant nursery establishments. In 1991, Irene decided to focus on her local retail customers, offering the broadest and largest and most unique selection of annuals, perennials, and vegetables in the area. Irene continued to actively lead the nursery through this year, taking great enjoyment and pride in growing the types and varieties of plants her customers came to appreciate. When not working at her business, Irene enjoyed reading, traveling with her husband, visiting Atlantic City, dining out, and watching and attending NASCAR races.

She was predeceased by her parents, George E Mazur and Stephanie (née Zepka) Mazur; her sister Dorothy Guzikowski; she is survived by her husband of 56 years, Alfred R. Perna; her daughter Sarah Conte and husband Scott; her son Steven Perna, and wife Maria (née Wood); grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, and Christina Conte; and her devoted cousin Christine Braun.

The funeral will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church, 872 Brunswick Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08638.

Interment will follow at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Ewing, NJ.

Relatives and friends can call on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Patrick J. Dolan

Patrick J. Dolan, 89, of Lawrenceville died Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the University Medical Center of Princeton surrounded by his loving family. Born in West Orange to the late Matthew J. and Rose M. Dolan (née Keenan) of Co. Roscommon and Co. Monaghan, Ireland, respectively, he was predeceased by his sisters, Mary and Kae, and brothers, Matthew, John, and James and his infant son Mark. For most of his life Mr. Dolan resided in West Orange and Princeton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Janice (née Gallagher); his two daughters, Nadine Podd and Colleen Hayles, and their respective husbands, Bill and Kent; his five grandsons, Brad and his wife Courtney, Sean, Kevin and his wife Chelsie, Ryan, and Derron and his wife Megan; and his three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Ian, and Shelby.

After graduating from Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1943 he volunteered for the Army, entering into the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) where he concurrently undertook college studies and military training. During the Second World War he served in the Philippines and received an honorable discharge.

In his professional life he was a management information systems executive. His career spanned more than five decades at IBM, CSC, Itel, and SBU. Mr. Dolan was an alumnus of St. Bonaventure University and the Stern School of Business at NYU. He was a Pre-Cana facilitator at his Church, served on numerous municipal boards, and for decades worked as an election-day poll volunteer.

A couple for 75 years, Mr. and Mrs. Dolan won their high school’s dance competition in 1942. In 2009 at the wedding reception of Kevin and Chelsie Hayles they delighted the guests with their dancing ability. With his wife always by his side, he enjoyed going to parties, eating out, and having coffee with his family and friends, especially his three sisters-in-law. He attended every recital, school play, soccer match, birthday party, and graduation that he could. He always woke up early, often to attend weekday Mass and to go to the gym. A model husband, father, and grandfather, his unwavering friendship, generosity, loyalty, kindness, and warmth will be missed by his friends and large extended family, including his many nieces and nephews and their children.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016, at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Dolan requested that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

SIDE BY SIDE: Mayor Liz Lempert and Santa Claus are beaming with the Christmas spirit during Saturday’s holiday celebration at the Princeton Shopping Center. Santa arrived in style on a Princeton Hook & Ladder Fire truck and the mayor led the countdown to the lighting of the courtyard Christmas tree as the Princeton High School Girls Choir performed songs of the season. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) brings the beloved classic “Nutracker” to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, new sets, thrilling choreography, and more than 100 performers. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, ARB’s is one of the longest continuously running “Nutcracker” productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by select students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. For tickets, visit or call (732) 246-7469. (Photo Credit: Leighton Chen)

Award-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri and book designer Amanda Weiss will discuss Ms. Lahiri’s The Clothing of Books (Penguin $7.95) at Labyrinth on Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m.

The conversation will consider the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. The Clothing of Books probes the relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce. Ms. Lahiri discusses the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, “the covers become a part of me.” more

“SNOW ON THE CANAL AT LUMBERVILLE”: This wintery painting by Bucks County artist Glenn Harrington is a perfect addition to the Home for the Holidays Open House at the Silverman Gallery in Pa. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. The gallery is located five miles south of New Hope and just north of Pa. 413 in the Buckingham Green Shopping Center, located at 4920 York Road (Route 202) in Holicong, Pa. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours, shipping, delivery and in-home consultation are available by appointment at

“WEDDING GUESTS”: Photographer Katie Orlinsky took this photo in Timbuktu, Mali on October 13, 2013, when an international coalition pushed out the jihadist militants who overtook the city. More of Orlinksky’s photographs of women’s lives in central Mali and their resistance to jihadist efforts will be on display at the Princeton University’s Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall from December 16, 2016 to January 26, 2017.

December 6, 2016

See below for the December 5, 2016 Princeton Council Meeting.

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

December 2, 2016


Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel, one of the most celebrated voices in American music, will perform at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium on Tuesday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Garfunkel, along with his former partner Paul Simon, has received numerous awards and critical acclaim for his music, including 5 Grammy awards, the prestigious Britannia Award, Rolling Stone’s Best Album of the Year notation, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. more

See below for the December 1, 2016 Princeton Planning Board Meeting.

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

November 30, 2016

To the Editor:

I applied to the Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) to replace an existing fence surrounding my property in the Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District. As a result I received numerous recommendations/directives as to altering the height, location, material, and finish of the proposed fence that was contrary to my architect’s well thought out design. The HPC not only dictated style, but felt empowered to overstep existing zoning laws and demand changes that are already defined in current zoning regulations. Their feedback to me was random, and without any historic basis. It appears that this 20th district was enacted without any consideration of a master plan from an architectural historical perspective as to what the district should NOW look like. We, the property owners, received absolutely no “informed consent” as to what we would be permitted to do with our properties, even down to what design period we were to comply with.

I request that the HPC call an emergency meeting and while adhering to all of their bureaucratic rules, quorum restrictions, legal restrictions, and political correctness, advise the owners in this district as to what type of fence we are allowed to build since it is obvious the HPC feels we are unable and unqualified to do it ourselves.

The following is a list of fence designs based on time periods that could be implemented. HPC, please tell me which historic time period we must adhere to.

 1. Neanderthals: boundaries marked by human excrement.

 2. Vikings: spiked pylons.

 3. 1700s: piled field stone.

 4. 1850s: split rail.

 5. 1890s: wrought iron.

 6. 1900s: cast iron.

 7. 1930s: rusted bed springs, chicken wire, and milk crates.

 8. 1940s: barbed wire as in the American/Japanese internment camps.

 9. 1950s: veneered stone/brick.

 10. 1970s: Untreated natural wood (what the HPC is demanding that I use).

 11. 1980s: pressure treated lumber.

 12. 2000s: PVC plastic fences (currently very popular in our historic Princeton).

It amazes me that the 20th Historic District in Princeton was created without a single definition as to which historic period was to be emulated. We the property owners are forced to spend our money on architectural design, only to be required to modify it at our own expense based on totally subjective demands by the HPC that embarrassingly have no basis in any historic context. The very sad result of this new set of bureaucratic regulations in this district is that it preserves in perpetuity the blighted properties in the district, drives out existing property owners that have lived in the neighborhood for many generations, and devalues their single most valuable asset, their home. Let the committee get together and clearly define the design features that comprise this historic district. It will be a difficult decision. Every fence described above already exists in the neighborhood!

Anthony Vasselli

Lytle Street

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff team of HiTOPS Adolescent Health, I want to thank you, all of you, the entirety of greater Princeton for an amazing day on Sunday, November 6. The fourth running of the HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon is now in the books, and the incredible outpouring of support from the community was central to making this record-setting year particularly special.

The HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon (PHM) has become a marquee event in the region, the proceeds of which go toward helping HiTOPS reach over 13,000 youth with age-appropriate information about how to make positive choices and decisions about their health and relationships.

This was a record year, with 1,750 registered runners! More than 5,000 spectators and friends were on hand to support and encourage each runner as they made their way around the 13.1 mile course. Area businesses were bustling with peak activity during the typically slow early hours of a Sunday. The weather and fall foliage both cooperated to present historic Princeton in spectacular form.

Race sponsorships fuel the engine enabling HiTOPS to reach adolescents where they are, and with the information they need. This year’s major sponsors are: Orange Theory Fitness of Princeton, Trojan Brands, WPST, Coloplast, Specialized Physical Therapy, NRG, Novo Nordisk, and Fairleigh Dickenson University — School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. THANK YOU!!

The HiTOPS PHM is a private, charitable event, conducted in the public domain. HiTOPS takes very seriously the responsibility of well-representing the municipality of Princeton. We are grateful to the Princeton Council and Mayor Lempert for their continued support. It is a sincere pleasure to work with them and many others, such as the Department of Public Works, and the Princeton Police Department.

With further regard to the police, they deserve special thanks. Our main points of contact, Lt. Geoff Maurer, and Sgt. Tom Murray, who have been with the race from the start, employed incredible skill and experience creating a public safety “ballet” of sorts, keeping the roads open, the runners running, and everyone safe.

We are also grateful to the Princeton Clergy Association for working closely with us in planning, and helping us communicate with their respective congregations. We realize this event has the potential to impact the normal routines of a Sunday morning, and we made it a priority to make sure residents could get to and from their places of worship with as little inconvenience as possible.

While this is a serious, USATF Certified race, it’s first and foremost a charitable event with the goal of increasing awareness of HiTOPS and the importance of adolescent health education. The race also raises much-needed funds that makes a big difference in young people’s lives. We couldn’t possibly do it effectively without the help of over 250 volunteers. They pack and unpack boxes, they haul water and food, they set up, break down and clean up. They are the ones offering water and nutrition with a smile and encouraging word. They are the fabric of the race and we are eternally grateful.

Tracey Post

HiTOPS Board President

Bill Schofield

Interim Executive Director

Courtney Newman

Princeton Half Marathon Race Director

To the Editor:

Two recent projects in town deserve commendation. The shopping center parking lot was wonderfully remade and the lighting at night is superb. Thanks goes to the new owners who were willing to fund the make-over. Let’s hope the rents do not go through the roof to pay for it.

Secondly, the University did exactly what they said they would do in demolishing the old barracks on the Butler site on Harrison Street and turning it into a wonderful open space. While the long-term plans for the site are not settled, what they have done initially is wonderful. I am sure all the neighbors are thrilled with it.

Stephen Schreiber

Prospect Ave

obit-goldstein-11-30-16Bernard Goldstein

Bernard Goldstein, longtime Princeton resident, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 of pneumonia at Retreat Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, age 89.

He was born on September 22, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York to Eli and Esther Goldstein. Eli was in the Russian army where there was a saying, “sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you.”

Growing up, Bernard Goldstein was called Bobby or Bobbenyu, and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Polytechnic with a PhD in physics.

In the Navy, which he loved because he got away from home and got five meals a day, he climbed the tower on an aircraft carrier to repair the radar when it malfunctioned, had lunch leaning against the Rock of Gibraltar, and dated the actress Honor Blackman from The Avengers on television and the James Bond film, Goldfinger.

He moved to Princeton in the early 1950s and began to work for RCA Labs at the corner of Harrison Street and U.S. Route 1. One night he went to a party at his friend Sonya Loafner’s house and met his future wife, Sonya Bendett, a recent Smith College graduate who was teaching French at Valley Road Middle School. The two of them had a strong, immediate mutual attraction and soon moved in with each other on Dorann Avenue. They were married April 21, 1955.

At RCA, Bernard Goldstein, called “Bernie,” by his colleagues, who included Paul Rappaport, Werner Torch, Charlotte Dobin, and Greg Olson, received several outstanding achievement awards, obtained a patent and wrote an article about Lead Auger and Gallium Arsenide that received many reprint requests from all over the world, including Novosibirsk, Siberia.

Bernie’s specialties at RCA were solar cells, crystals, and a vacuum chamber. From September of 1968 to June of 1969, at a time when it was fashionable for East Coast scientists to go abroad to spread the knowledge, he did physics in Paris at the Faculté des Sciences under Pierre Baruche, then went back to RCA. During this sabbatical, he and his family traveled all over France, and his children attended the Parc Monceau branch of the new Ecole Active Bilingue School run by Madame Cohen. There, his son Peter befriended classmates Timothy and Maria Shriver, and their mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of JFK who founded the Special Olympics organization in honor of her lobotomized sister.

After retiring and living for a year in London and five years in Redwood City, California, Bernie and his wife Sonya moved to Glen Allen, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond around the turn of the century to be near their grandchildren.

His wife, Sonya, of 57 years, passed away on December 7, 2012. Bernard Goldstein is survived by his children Peter and Laurie, and his grandchildren Zachary and Matthew. His son Peter lived with him for the last 3 years of his life.

Bernie enjoyed exercise, tennis, football, bridge, reading, gardening, and had 3 mystery novels published under the name Bernard Peterson (The Peripheral Spy, The Marseilles Connection, and The Caravaggio Books, about murder in the basement of the main library at a prestigious East Coast university).

A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3 p.m. at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. All are welcome.


Julia T. Marcoline

Julia T. Marcoline, 93, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Princeton in Plainsboro after a brief illness. She was born on Humbert Street in Princeton on February 12, 1923 and was a lifelong resident.

A 1940 graduate of Princeton High School, she continued her education at St. Francis School of Nursing in Trenton, and became a Registered Nurse (RN). For 50 years she worked as an RN in both a dental practice and in healthcare at area hospitals. Prior to retiring, she was working both as a private duty nurse and home visiting nurse.

Julia was a member of the Princeton Women’s Business and Professional Group, a lifelong communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church, an avid New York sports fan; and an athlete excelling in softball, basketball, bowling and golf, which she played while a member of the Hopewell Valley Golf Club.

She will be remembered as a loving, caring, and selfless person who always thought of others before herself.

She is predeceased by her parents, Andrew and Angelina (Rossi) Marcoline, a sister Emma Marcoline Embley (Richard), and uncles John Rossi and Louis Rossi (Frances). Surviving are a nephew Richard Embley and his children Julie and John (Gina); niece Barbara Embley Brooks and children Jennifer Brooks; Jacquelyn Brooks Katzenback (Mark) and Christopher Brooks; cousins Louis Rossi, John Rossi (Anne) and Mari Daetwyler, three special great great nieces, Allison, Emily and Olivia and many special friends and wonderful Humbert Street neighbors.

Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016 in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton followed by a 10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will be in the Princeton Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions to St. Paul Catholic Church or SAVE, 1010 County Road 601, Skillman, NJ 08558 are appreciated.

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obit-popenoe-11-30-16Katharine Sassé Popenoe

Katharine Sassé Popenoe died at home, surrounded by her family, on Thanksgiving Day. She was 83.

Kate was born into the family of an Episcopal minister in Newtown, Pa. on March 15, 1933. After the outbreak of World War II her father became an army chaplain and she began an itinerant life, living first with her beloved grandmother in Atlantic City, and later with her family in, among other places; Enterprise, Alabama and Paso Robles, California, before settling in Tucson, Arizona where she attended high school. Kate followed her mother and brother to Swarthmore College where she majored in psychology, graduating in 1955.

While working in Philadelphia after college Kate met David Popenoe, a Californian, whose love and partnership enriched her life until the end. Her father officiated at their marriage in 1959 at Trinity Church in Princeton. Their daughters, Becky and Julie, were born while they lived on Glenview Drive, West Windsor; they later moved to Loomis Court near the Princeton schools; and then to Moore Street where she lived until the time of her death.

Kate was a devoted mother and accomplished home-maker. She bestowed her nurturing touch not only on her own children and husband but on all who came within her orbit. With careful planning and curiosity about the world, she turned two of her husband’s sabbatical stays abroad, one in Sweden and one in England, into magical, enlightening experiences for the whole family. She was a loving and generous host mother to two Swedish exchange students, Kari and Lisa Hellermark, and throughout her life and career befriended and supported students from far-flung lands.

After receiving her masters degree in social work at Bryn Mawr College in 1958, Kate worked as a psychiatric social worker at the Child Guidance Center in Trenton before she had children. She served in many volunteer capacities including as president of the Board of the Princeton Family Service Agency in the 1970’s, and on the boards of Chapin School, Family Service Association of America, and the Princeton Area League of Women Voters. After her children were grown she returned to full-time work first as a Senior Admission Officer at Princeton University and later at The Lawrenceville School, where she spent many fulfilling years as an associate director of college counseling and, finally, as assistant headmaster, before her retirement in 1998.

Kate had an insightful intelligence; a renaissance knowledge of art, language, and literature; and was a beautiful writer. She was also a talented drawer, especially of people, and played the piano with feeling and verve up until a few months before her death. A self-taught tennis player with graceful strokes, she enjoyed the local tennis community into her late 60’s.

Even as the dementia that marked the last decade of her life advanced, she continued to be engaged with life and to show love and kindness to all she encountered.

Kate is survived by her husband of 57 years, David Popenoe, a Rutgers professor emeritus; her daughters Rebecca Popenoe, PhD of Stockholm, Sweden; and Julia Popenoe, MD of East Lansing, Michigan; her grandchildren Clara and Niklas Popenoe Thor, and Sarah and Silas Brainard; and her sons-in-law Johan Thor and Daniel Brainard. She is predeceased by her mother and father, Katharine J. Snyder Sassé and the Rev. Lewis Sassé II and her brother Lewis Sassé.

A burial service took place at her childhood church, St. Luke’s, Newtown Pa. A memorial service will be held on March 4, 2017 in Princeton.

Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton.


Friday’s lighting of the Christmas tree on Palmer Square Green featured the Princeton High School Choir, Bob Denson’s Blues, and a visit from Santa. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)


Each December, thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s daring Christmas Day 1776 river crossing. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress will listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats. The public has two opportunities to view the reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park. The first is on Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (actual crossing at 1 p.m.) and the second is on Sunday, December 25 from noon to 3 p.m. (actual crossing at 1 p.m.).

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund (PRCC-CDF) recently awarded $30,000 in grants to four local nonprofit groups.

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation working together established the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund in partnership with the Princeton Area Community Foundation in July of 2013. Starting with a $500,000 gift from the Chamber Foundation, the goal was to provide support to nonprofit organizations located throughout the Chamber’s central New Jersey footprint.  more


Mimi Omiecinski of Princeton Tour Company has written a children’s book that celebrates growing up in “the world’s most perfect Ivy League town.” The book sells for $25 and features art by Courtney La Forest. For further information contact


James D. Zirin, a 1961 Princeton University graduate and author of the recently published “Supremely Partisan: How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court” will discuss this issue during a free public lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 5 in Robertson Hall, Bowl 016, on the Princeton University campus. The event, which will be livestreamed on the Wilson School’s YouTube channel, is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the Department of Politics. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.


“INFINITE INSPIRATION”: This digital print by Pamela Turczyn will be included in the upcoming art show, “MANDALA, locating self” at the Art Times Two gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine.

MANDALA, locating self will be on display from December 2016 through March 2017 at Art Times Two, the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine. The gallery is within the offices at 731 Alexander Road, Suite 200. There will be a reception on Sunday, December 4 from 2-4 p.m. open to the public. After the opening, visits to the gallery are made by appointment, evenings and weekend days. For more information, call (609) 203-4622. more


Master potter Caryn Newman will open her studio to the public on December 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the annual sale of her new work. Newman makes functional pottery in stoneware and porcelain in vibrant colors. Ms. Newman’s work was featured in the juried Ellarslie Open Show this year. Her studio is at 7 Willowood Drive, Ewing. Call (609) 203-7141 for more information.