June 27, 2016


Sport and style come together at this classic British event.


June 23, 2016


It’s summertime and the living is easy. 


See below for the June 22, 2016 Princeton Zoning Board Meeting.

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

June 22, 2016

To the Editor:

It was very nice to see Larry Ivan on the front page of Town Topics [“A Force, Always.” June 15]. He was a great teacher and coach who loved his job. Those of us who love Princeton do not seek recognition nor fame nor wealth. Mysterious forces compel us to act.

I taught briefly at the high school, 1958-1988, and for 15 years conducted two-hour walking tours of town and gown for visitors. From 1990 to 1993 I taught and mentored staff at the Princeton Charter School. Then I became a lecturer at Rutgers’ RU-All Institute, where one of my two classes is the History of Princeton.

Call it a habit, a custom, an edge; I am 90 years old and awaiting September classes.

William Roufberg

Campbell Road, Kendall Park

Editor’s Note: This was submitted as an open letter to Bob Kiser and Deanna Stockton.

Dear Bob and Dear Deanna:

We learned with great regret that you, Bob, will be leaving us at the end of this month. Deanna being nominated as your successor was some consolation.

I personally learned in the course of some projects what an excellent municipal engineer you were. Your professional knowledge, your intelligence, your innovative mind, and, most importantly, your dedication to service to our community made you a sample public servant!

Thank you!

Specifically, from my memory of working with you, you were helpful in quickly connecting the two newly built Habitat for Humanity houses on Leigh to the public infrastructure, without which they could have remained uninhabitable. That was not bureaucratic at all, just practical, swift, and helpful to all of us, mainly the new occupants of those houses.

Later, when establishing a circular trail around Princeton with Friends of Princeton Open Space, you (and Deanna) assisted in obtaining permits and funding for closing the remaining gap — with a bridge over the Stony Brook behind the Hun School. Then, suddenly a bigger problem occurred, when a contribution of federal funding required handicapped access. We had overlooked the short steep slope leading down to the bridge when approaching it from Washington Oaks. Handicapped access demanded only 5 percent maximum slope (or short 8 percent stretches with level stops in between). The two of you miraculously solved this by obtaining an additional piece of land from a most generous private donor and you designed a most beautifully wide and swinging trail with a view down to not one, but to two bridges.

But bad luck is part of life. A big storm with enormous flooding knocked the bridge off its foundation due to a single spot of poor workmanship in anchoring the bridge. You guided us in holding the builders responsible and in supervising new anchoring — hopefully good enough for all future storms (beware global warming, though!).

There must be innumerably more projects to thank you for not known to me.

We now wish you all the best for your next phase of life! As I found myself, this can bring you new opportunities, a widening of the horizon, and, possibly, new friends. May it become a happy period of life for you.

And Deanna, welcome to your new position!

We count on you, Deanna, to continue the good service from our engineering department with your professional excellence and friendly cooperation with us, the citizens of Princeton!

Helmut Schwab,

Westcott Road

To the Editor:

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people are being inconvenienced by the rebuilding of the Carter Road bridge in Lawrence. You should publish a picture weekly to show how slowly the work is going. I think most of us who are having to detour around this mess would appreciate knowing what is … or is not … happening. And maybe the publicity would give the county some incentive to move faster.

John Wood 

Foxcroft Drive

To the Editor:

Wouldn’t it solve a lot of the litter problem if smoking was banned in Princeton? Smokers do not seem to realize butts are not biodegradable and are not acceptably disposed of in tree wells, sidewalks, etc.

A friend of mine in front of CVS on Nassau Street got a very expensive ticket for tossing a gum wrapper. I only wish someone was at the library to ticket the smokers in the “breathe free non-smoking” areas. I think they have misinterpreted the sign as a better place to smoke.

Elaine Staats 

Moore Street

Editor’s Note: Photos were enclosed showing cigarette butts on sidewalk on top of Moore Street across from St Paul’s Church.

To the Editor:

How interesting it would be to have Peter Marks as mayor of Princeton, since he was born here and knows the issues well. Peter graduated from Hamilton College as a Latin major and then received his MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He has worked for several New York banks and is trained in public and real estate finance. He is also a developer and has served as a consultant to many businesses where he solves complicated problems.

Peter is not a politician but a student of government and his knowledge and approach would greatly enhance the work of the Princeton Council as it coordinates projects with Princeton University.

I urge all Princeton residents to carefully consider a new approach to governing this unique town and elect an individual who is not interested in power but rather exemplifies excellence in civic affairs.

Louise Russell Irving

Longview Drive

To the Editor:

Many of us have been, are, or will be a family caregiver, or are likely to need the help of one some day. Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in this country, the first line of assistance for people with chronic or other health conditions, disabilities, or functional limitations. Family caregivers make it possible for loved ones to live independently in their homes and communities. If not for them, the economic cost to the U.S. healthcare and long-term care systems would increase astronomically. In 2013, about 40 million family caregivers provided unpaid care at about $470 billion.

Our country relies on the contributions family caregivers make and should support them. Supporting caregivers also helps those they care for, as well as the economy and workplaces that benefit from the contributions. AARP urges Congress to enact the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S.1719/H.R. 3099). This bill would implement the bipartisan recommendation of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care that Congress require the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers.

AARP thanks Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Tom MacArthur, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Donald Payne, Jr. and Chris Smith for co-sponsoring this important legislation, and urges other members of NJ’s congressional delegation to do the same.

Stephanie Hunsinger

AARP New Jersey State Director, Princeton

OBIT WHITEMorton White

Morton White (1917-2016), one of America’s most distinguished philosophers and historians of ideas, died at the age of 99 on May 27 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey. He was Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he served as professor from 1970 until he retired in 1987.

White is credited with broadening the scope of topics traditionally studied by philosophers, with incisive analysis in the realms of epistemology and social and political philosophy. In his philosophy of holistic pragmatism, he bridged the positivistic gulf between analytic and synthetic truth as well as that between moral and scientific belief. He maintained that philosophy of science is not philosophy enough, thereby encouraging the examination of other aspects of civilized life — especially art, history, law, politics, and religion — and their relations with science.

“A most formidable intellect, White was a philosopher who was able to reach out from his specialisms in epistemology and from the narrow language analysis preoccupations of much post–World War II American philosophy, in a way few others could, to write usefully about and contribute with force and insight on a vast range of historical, legal, social, and cultural issues,” said Jonatha Israel, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute. “This made him a unique asset in the large and small discussions regularly held in the Institute’s School of Historical Studies.”

Director of the Institute and Leon Levy Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf added, “Morty left a deep and meaningful imprint as a philosopher and intellectual historian, driven by his keen curiosity and intrepid spirit. He will be greatly missed here at the Institute.”

Born in New York City on April 29, 1917, White was influenced early on by his upbringing on the Lower East Side, where his father, Robert Weisberger, owned a shoe store frequented by neighborhood politicians. The daily exposure to lively exchanges of ideas and commentary inspired him to enroll at the age of 15 at the City College of New York to study philosophy. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he was accepted as a graduate student at Columbia University in 1936, where he obtained his AM in 1938 and then his PhD in philosophy in 1942.

White taught at both City College and Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. His first appointment as a Member in 1953 was encouraged by the Institute’s then Director J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was seeking a scholar in American intellectual history. Oppenheimer and White had known each other from Harvard and had mutual admiration for each other’s work, despite their divergent views on analytic philosophy and related topics. White, in contrast to his philosopher colleagues at Harvard, publicly supported Oppenheimer as an “intellectual force for good” and appreciated the environment that he created for historians at the Institute. In his memoir, A Philosopher’s Story, he remarked, “From the moment I first came to the Institute in 1953, I longed to be there forever. The idyllic surroundings, the conveniently close residential quarters, the company of distinguished colleagues, and ideal working conditions made it seem like an academic heaven.” White’s three visits as a Member enabled work on three books: Toward Reunion in Philosophy, which is considered a milestone in analytic philosophy; Foundations of Historical Knowledge; and Science and Sentiment in America: Philosophical Thought from Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey. His influence on the field has been broad and deep through his numerous books, articles, and critical reviews. One of his earliest books, Social Thought in America: The Revolt Against Formalism, spurred a powerful response and dialogue across the field and has since become a classic text in American intellectual history. White’s later books include From a Philosophical Point of View: Selected Studies and The Question of Free Will: A Holistic View.

He was predeceased by Lucia Perry White in 1996, and by his second wife, Helen Starobin White, in 2012. He is survived by his sons, Nicholas of Cologne, Germany, and Stephen of Somerville, Massachusetts, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Written by Christine Ferrara, Director of Communications, Institute for Advanced Study.

Editor’s Note:

A complete version of the obituary is available at www.ias.edu/news/morton-white-obituary


Gillett Griffin

Gillett Griffin, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native American art, emeritus, at the Princeton University Art Museum, died of natural causes at his home in Princeton on June 9. He was 87.

Griffin’s passion for collecting began more than 60 years ago while he was a student at Yale University School of Art, where he studied painting and graphic design and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1951. He wandered into a New Haven junk shop and purchased a tiny ceramic head for 25 cents. Showing it to George Kubler, a renowned professor of art history at Yale, he learned that the head came from the Valley of Mexico and dated to before 400 B.C.

So began a lifetime of collecting that would later inform his scholarship and teaching.

Griffin came to Princeton in 1952 as curator of graphic arts in the Princeton University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections division, a position he held until 1966. In 1957 he took a leave of absence to design books for Princeton University Press and write articles on the history of printmaking and related graphic themes.

After spending a year in Mexico — where he was the co-discoverer of cave paintings by the Olmec people, identified as the oldest paintings ever seen in the New World, dating between 800 and 400 B.C. — he returned to Princeton in 1967 to join the museum at the invitation of then Director Patrick Kelleher. Griffin steadily added to his own and the museum’s collections, and gave much of his own collection to the museum. These gifts number in the thousands, according to James Steward, the Nancy A. Nasher-David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director of the museum. Griffin retired in 2005, after 38 years with the museum.

“Gillett is principally responsible for having shaped for Princeton what is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest collections of the art of the ancient Americas — in an age in which it was still possible to do so,” Steward said. “He is an essential figure in our history. But he has also been a great friend — a warm, generous, kind man with a sly wit and a ready story. Gillett leaves an indelible mark on Princeton, and on all of us.”

“Gillett’s art collection was exceptional both due to his keen aesthetic eye and his constant consideration of objects’ potential role for teaching,” said Bryan Just, the Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, curator and lecturer in the art of the Ancient Americas at the museum. “Since my arrival at Princeton about a decade ago, Gillett has been an enthusiastic supporter of my work to continue his legacy of promoting ancient American art and Princeton’s place in the field.”

Griffin worked with successive museum directors to develop one of the world’s most important collections of ancient Olmec and Maya art. The result of two conferences on Maya pottery and iconography at Princeton he organized in the 1980s is the book Maya Iconography, which he co-edited with Elizabeth Benson, published by Princeton University Press. Griffin wrote widely for publications ranging from printing and graphic arts to National Geographic.

His trips to Mexico helped connect Princeton to several important endeavors. For example, in 1973, while serving as a guide and adviser to Princeton filmmakers Hugh and Suzanne Johnston on an expedition to film a WNET (PBS) special on the Maya, he and his team rediscovered Temple B — an archetypal Maya palace structure in a dense area of the Yucatan jungle called Río Bec — which had eluded searchers since it has been lost after its discovery in 1912.

Alfred Bush, curator of Western Americana and historic maps, emeritus, at the Princeton University Library, and a lifelong friend of Griffin’s, commended not only Griffin’s expert eye but also his warm personality. “His friendships with scholars, collectors, and dealers in ancient American art, and his ability to bring all these together in a congenial social setting became legendary. His [former] house on Stockton Street was the meeting place of all kinds of people with interests in the indigenous art of the Americas,” Bush said.

At Princeton, Griffin also taught courses on pre-Columbian art. When Mary Miller, a 1975 alumna, approached him to be her adviser for her senior thesis, he suggested that together they mount an exhibition of ceramic figures from Jaina, the burial island off the coast of the Yucatan. It was one of the first major exhibitions of Pre-Columbian art at the museum and Miller’s thesis was the published catalogue.

Miller, the Sterling Professor of History of Art at Yale and a leading scholar of ancient American art, said: “How fortunate I am to have known [Gillett], and to have had my passion sparked by his. Ever fond of of puns and word play, were Gillett here, he would be making good sport of us all and hoping that we would visit the Princeton University Art Museum, to see the playful world of ancient art that he assembled and generously gave to the museum so that others would share his joy.”

Even before arriving as a freshman at Princeton, David Stuart, a 1989 alumnus and the Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas-Austin, already knew Griffin. At age 17, Stuart — the son of George Stuart, staff archaeologist, editor and Maya scholar at National Geographic magazine for 40 years — had already made a name for himself in the field and gave a talk at Princeton’s conference on early Maya iconography. Calling Griffin “a wonderful mentor,” Stuart said that when he was a sophomore, Griffin arranged for Stuart to teach a course in Maya hieroglyphs in the Department of Art and Archaeology; Griffin audited the course.

Stuart also remembered gatherings for students at Griffin’s house. “My first time over he asked me what I’d like to drink. I sheepishly asked for a Coke, and three minutes later Gillett hands me a soft drink in a painted kylix — an ancient Greek drinking cup from the sixth century B.C.! This is a great example of how Gillett saw how art could ‘live’ in the present,” said Stuart.

Matthew Robb, a 1994 alumnus who joined the Fowler Museum at the University of California-Los Angeles as chief curator on June 13, took Griffin’s survey classes on the Andes and Mesoamerica. “Wow, did he pack the slides in — I’d say it was in the hundreds. Image after image after image — and he knew them all. It was dazzling. Gillett taught me how to see art,” said Robb, who previously served as curator of the arts of the Americas at the de Young, one of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 22, 1928, Griffin grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut.

While attending Deerfield Academy, he developed an interest in and began to collect New England children’s books printed before 1846. In 1951, the same year he graduated from Yale, he wrote, illustrated, and printed A Mouse’s Tale, which was nominated one of the Fifty Books of the Year for its design by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Griffin also maintained close ties to the greater Princeton community during the more than 60 years he lived in town and was an accomplished painter and portraitist. A retrospective exhibition, “Heads and Tales: Portraits with Legends by Gillett Good Griffin,” was mounted earlier this year (January 3-March 31) at the Princeton Public Library, co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton. In 2014, the arts council mounted a solo exhibition, “The Eyes Have It,” a collection of paintings, drawings, and sketches from Griffin’s field notes and diaries.

But what many of Griffin’s close friends remember as most remarkable was Griffin’s friendship with Albert Einstein. According to Bush, while working at the Princeton University Library, Gillett befriended a Czech refugee and fellow librarian, Johanna Fantova, who had known Einstein in Berlin and Prague in his younger days. When she fled to America at the end of the World War II, Einstein suggested she consider library work. It was 1953. Fantova introduced Griffin into the Einstein household at 112 Mercer St., where Einstein lived with his stepdaughter Margot, a sculptor. Griffin was 25 years old; Einstein was 74.

“His unpretentious social ease, willingness to play at children’s puzzles with Einstein himself, his sense of humor (especially puns), his interest in baroque music, all endeared him to Einstein,” Bush said. “As an artist he had much in common with Margot. He was soon given open access to the Einstein house by Dukas, Einstein’s secretary, and the true keeper of the door.”

Over the years, Griffin accrued many personal belongings of Einstein’s — including the famous snapshot of Einstein sitting on his porch wearing fuzzy slippers, his compass, a pipe, and several puzzles — which he eventually donated to the Historical Society of Princeton. In 2006, after the movie “I.Q.”, starring Walter Matthau as Einstein, was filmed in and around Princeton, Griffin asked Robert and Henry Landau, co-owners of Landau’s store on Nassau Street, if they would dedicate a small section of their store to exhibit some of Griffin’s Einstein memorabilia. They readily agreed.

Griffin is survived by Betsy Cole Roe, his first cousin, once removed; her children, Gillett Cole II (named after Gillett Griffin), and Trip Noll III; and several other cousins, and their children.

Contributions in memory of Griffin may be made to the Princeton University Art Museum.

Written by Jamie Saxon


Obit Moseley 6-22-16Caroline Rosenblum Moseley

Caroline died unexpectedly but peacefully at the University Medical Center Princeton-Plainsboro on June 18, 2016. Caroline was the daughter of the late Dr. Charles Rosenblum and Fanny Rosenblum. She was also predeceased by her infant brother, Hugh. Caroline attended Princeton public schools and Miss Fine’s School (now Princeton Day School) and received her BA with high honors in English Literature from Radcliffe College (now Harvard University). She later earned a Masters Degree in American Folklore and Folk Life from the University of Pennsylvania. Caroline was a writer and editor at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Studies for many years and served as editor of The Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Caroline was well known in Princeton for her musical contributions, teaching guitar to fellow folk singers at the Princeton Adult School for over 40 years, singing with the University Chapel Choir for over 15 years, performing at gatherings at the Princeton Public Library and events such as Communiversity and First Night, to say nothing of many lively gatherings of the Princeton Folk Music Society at the Moseley home. She shared her academic and musical talents outside of Princeton as well, inspiring many with her unique expertise on the music of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars through lectures and performances at various universities and historic sites.

Caroline was married to Roger V. Moseley, MD, her husband of 60 years and best friend for 63. Caroline and Roger enjoyed traveling far and wide, with family whenever possible. In 1999, their shared sense of purposeful adventure led to a three month stint at the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post, at 12,000 feet in Manang, Nepal, providing much needed health care to villagers as well as trekkers.

For all her academic and musical talents, Caroline’s greatest joy and reason for being was her family. In addition to her husband, Caroline/Nana leaves her son Richard (Joanne Gusweiler); daughter Catherine Clark (Bruce); son Stephen (Whitney Ross); son Christopher (Michelle Tarsney); and ten grandchildren: Eric, Michael, Carley, Will, Sarah, Alex, Ross, Parker, Aileen, and Caroline V.

Caroline was renowned for her ready humor and witty repartee. Her love of the natural world, music, books, and language, and her generosity and playful spirit, will be carried forward by her very lucky family. The family thanks the many medical professionals at UMCPP who provided good old fashioned Tender Loving Care not only to Caroline but to the family.

A memorial service will be scheduled in the fall. Memorial contributions may be made in Caroline’s name to the Princeton Public Library.


Deirdre O’Hara

Deirdre O’Hara, 54, of Warren, N.J., passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 at her residence.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y. on September 26, 1961, Deirdre was a graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School. She worked for the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, for more than 30 years. She was an avid traveler and had been to over 80 countries and all seven continents. She was also an avid bicycle rider and a fan of old movies.

Beloved daughter of Ann O’Hara and the late John Patrick O’Hara, she is
survived by her loving brother, John O’Hara and her niece, Erin O’Hara.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 at St. David the King RC Church, 1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Deirdre’s memory to Cathedral High School, 350 E. 56th Street, New York, NY 10022.

Arrangements are under the direction of the A.S. Cole Son & Co. Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ.


Obit Kemp 6-22-16Gordon Kemp 

Intelligent, modest, and kind, Dr. Gordon Kemp was known as a true gentleman. He was quietly passionate about classical music, exceptional wine, afternoon naps, and above all, his family. Our world lost a wonderful man on June 14, 2016 at age 83.

Gordon was born December 12, 1932 and was raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in bacteriology from Lehigh University. He later earned his doctorate in microbiology at Rutgers University. Gordon Married Jo’Anne Butler in 1958 and settled in Princeton. In 1984 they moved to Mason’s Island, Mystic, Conn.

Gordon was a Colonel in the U.S. Army reserves, trained in artillery at Fort Sill Oklahoma in 1955, led troops in firefighting in the Uinta Mountains in Utah and is a veteran of the Korean war. Gordon graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1979. On June 5, 2016, an Army representative presented Gordon with an honor pinning to thank him for his service to our country.

During his career, Gordon worked at American Cyanamid and then Pfizer. During his later years, he formed and led an international committee that established standards for safety in animal antibiotics.

A lifelong learner, Gordon was constantly reading new works of literature and biographies, listening to audio books, and watching the latest documentaries on PBS. He enjoyed playing bridge and traveling with his brother Bruce and his wife Ellen. Their adventures took them each year to Washington, D.C. during “cherry
blossom time” to visit with his younger brother Tom, and to places around the globe. Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Italy were among his many destinations. Gordon’s favorite place to visit was Barbados. “Pop-pop and Grannie” (Jo’Anne) organized many family trips to the beautiful island, which remain among the very special memories shared by his children, grandchildren, and his brothers.

Gordon is survived by daughter, Kerri Kemp of Mystic, Conn.; son, Duncan Kemp of Fairport, N.Y.; and son Peter Kemp of Groton, Conn.; grandchildren, Ryan Mooney, Megan Mooney, Jeffrey Kemp and Matthew Kemp; brothers, Bruce (Ellen) Kemp and Thomas Kemp; sister-in-law Nancy Bower; along with many nieces, a nephew, and friends. He is predeceased by his wife, Jo’Anne Butler Kemp.

Friends are invited to a memorial service and a celebration of Gordon’s life on Sunday, June 26 at 1 p.m. at Mason’s Island Yacht Club, Yacht Club Rd, Mystic, Conn. 06355.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions could be made to WGBH (Boston Public Radio).


Participants confer on-site during Saturday’s interactive open house on re-thinking the aesthetics of Nassau Street. Hosted by The Garden Theatre, the event was sponsored by the Municipality of Princeton in partnership with the Princeton Merchants Association and Princeton University. Some of the ideas generated are discussed in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Why is Old York Road located where it is? Why are the streets of Clinton laid out as they are? Why did North Hunterdon County see so little activity during the American Revolution? These questions and more will be answered by geologist John Allen at Hunterdon Land Trust’s Farmers’ Market on Sunday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. more


The 2016 Isles Youth Institute Commencement Ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 21 at the Mercer County Park Marina and Boathouse in West Windsor. The ceremony is the culmination of a year’s worth of academic and job training for students at Isles Youth Institute (IYI), an alternative school that emphasizes leadership development and civic engagement for students who have dropped out of traditional high school. Students participate in afterschool activities and volunteer extensively in the community. The staff works with students to help them apply to college and pursue employment. Trenton resident, author, entrepreneur, and Isles Trustee Tracey Syphax was the keynote speaker. 

Mercer Lake

The Mercer County Park Commission will host several kayak tours of Mercer Lake in West Windsor this summer.

These tours will explore the nooks and crannies of the 365-acre Mercer Lake that are accessible only via kayak. Led by County Naturalist Jenn Rogers, participants will have the opportunity to paddle along the lake’s edge for views of the native wildflowers in bloom, float alongside a beaver lodge, and maybe even see a bald eagle swoop down to grab a snack from the water.  more

Art McCurry

“AFGHAN GIRL”: This iconic photograph by Steve McCurry will be on display at the Michener Art Museum starting July 16 as part of the exhibit, “Unguarded, Untold, Iconic: Afghanistan through the Lens of Steve McCurry.”

In an exhibition that opens on July 16, 2016, the James A. Michener Art Museum will present a collection of photographs by Steve McCurry, the photographer whose iconic image “Afghan Girl” captivated the world in 1985.  more

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Now is the chance to visit the Ellarslie Open 33 Juried Exhibit that will close on June 26. This painting by Sheila Grabarsky titled “Orange Segment” won the Douglas H. Palmer Award for Best in Show Overall and is part of the exhibition. Along with this piece are more than 180 artworks from area artists that are currently on view at the Trenton City Museum. 

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State Theatre of NJ in New Brunswick will host a free screening of Disney’s “Frozen” on Tuesday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The event is part of a Free Summer Movie Series at the State Theatre. Upcoming films include “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Babe,” and “Monsters University.” For more information, visit www.statetheatrenj.org

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SUMMER COURTYARD CONCERT SERIES: Soul R&B artist Lindsey Webster will perform at the Princeton Shopping Center on Thursday, July 7 at 6 p.m. as part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series.

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP), in partnership with the Princeton Shopping Center and Edens, presents the Summer Courtyard Concert Series every Thursday from June 23 to August 25 at 6 p.m. in the Princeton Shopping Center Courtyard, 301 North Harrison Street.  more

Dark Star Orchestra - Publicity Images - 2016

Dark Star Orchestra – Publicity Images – 2016 – Suzy Perler

The Mercer County Park Commission announces that “Dark Star Orchestra: Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert” is coming to Mercer County Park Festival Grounds on Friday, August 12. The concert will start at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are $27 for general admission and are available now for purchase through the Sun National Bank Center box office. To purchase, call (800)-298-4200 or visit www.sunnationalbankcenter.com

Piano Winners

Over 120 young pianists competed in this year’s Princeton Festival Piano Competition. The 2016 Young Artist Winners are (l to r): Mia Huang, Petrina Steimel, Stephen Joven-Lee, Isabella Florendo, Kyle Huang, Angeline Ma and Linsy Wang. Jacobs Music was again the sponsor for the Young Pianists Competition, which has been a highly anticipated feature of The Princeton Festival since 2008. Lois Laverty and Glenn Smith were Masters of Ceremonies and Randy Brown from Jacobs Music Company presented the awards. (Photo Credit: Pia Ruggles) 

June 19, 2016


These were the words used by one of this week’s Town Talkers to describe Larry Ivan’s presence in the community, which he made “a more fun place to be for so many people.” The unveiling of the bronze bas relief portrait of Mr. Ivan created by Princeton sculptor Stephanie Magdziak took place at Community Park Pool, where he served as manager for more than 40 years. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

June 17, 2016

See below for the June 16, 2016 Planning Board Meeting.

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

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The idiosyncratic designs of Paul Smith bring sartorial flair to even the simplest of looks.


June 15, 2016


These nourishing fragrances will help you to fall even deeper in love with the summer months.


To the Editor:

Having reviewed the recently released draft plan of the bicycle network, the members of the Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee urge the Master Plan Subcommittee of the Planning Board to support the proposed Bicycle Master Plan. We endorse the intention of the plan, which is to “create a bicycle network that is continuous, connected, convenient, complete, and comfortable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.”

The proposed plan is measured, comprehensive, and respectful of the needs and concerns of all Princeton residents. It is designed to be implemented incrementally over time. When this plan is implemented, Princeton streets will be safer and less congested for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. In keeping with our community values of equity and social justice, the plan takes into account the needs of residents who rely on bicycling as a primary form of transportation.

As members of the Planning Board deliberate, we ask that they keep in mind the fact that making biking safer and easier, as this plan outlines, would be a tremendous benefit for our community, especially our children and grandchildren. The plan they have been given is a solid start and would be a huge step forward for Princeton. We trust that our decision-makers will embrace this opportunity.

Janet Heroux


Laurie Harmon

Vice Chairwoman 

Martin Kahn

The Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee