February 10, 2016

To the Editor:

I want to thank the eight inspiring presenters from our community who provided their diverse visions of a Sustainable Community at our Great Ideas Breakfast on January 28 at the Princeton Public Library. The visions included statements about courage, creativity, product stewardship, fruit and nut trees, faith, open space, legacies, buying local, and bold vision.

My bold vision is that Princeton will become Net Zero and Waste Free by 2023. But we need coordination and collaboration to even begin to get us there.

In the past six years in Princeton there have been many important sustainable steps taken, partnerships formed, policies considered and award winning sustainable programs established in this town.

All these actions have led us to this moment. The moment where action and vision meet in 2016.

Our municipality has installed LED traffic lights, conducted energy audits in all their buildings, purchased four hybrid vehicles, launched the first curbside compost program in the state, installed water bottle refill stations in our parks, and will soon put a solar array on the landfill on River Road to power the Sewer Operating Commission. Our town has Share-rows and bike racks, parks and walking trails, open space, and farmers markets.

There is more — at least 150 residents have conducted energy audits on their homes. 1,000 residents have diverted almost 500 tons of food waste from the landfill. Residents and businesses together have recycled more than 1 million plastic bags since September, 2015. These plastic bags weighing about 1,000 pounds would have ended up in the landfill.

What is missing is a boldly stated and constantly repeated vision that connects all these actions. We need to consider creating a Princeton Climate Action plan with goals to measure the town’s progress toward Greenhouse Gas Reduction. We need to follow in the footsteps of Boulder, Chicago, Oakland, and many more communities that are refining and connecting their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We can draw on the considerable passion, intellect, and social capacity of this community to do it. It will take a sense of humor and a sense of urgency, countless hours of planning, patience, and persistence, but I believe Princeton is up to the challenge.

Our community cares deeply about the environment. We love our trees, our lawns, our parks and our Priuses [according to Toyota Prii is plural for Prius]. We now need to organize that passion. We need to involve and challenge every corridor from housing and retail, to schools and homes to reduce our negative impact on the environment. We need to connect the dots between our commissions, committees, nonprofit groups and institutions. We need our mayor and Council to adopt this bold vision and embrace and imbed a sustainable mind set in every decision they make.

Sustainable Princeton is ready to lead this charge but we cannot do it alone. Please join us.

Diane M. Landis 

Executive Director, Sustainable Princeton 

To the Editor:

Across New Jersey, residents have been receiving phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury for a while now. This isn’t necessarily a new scam. But over the last few days, the number and frequency of these calls to New Jersey residents has increased, and it is likely to continue to escalate as we enter the tax season. When they answer the phone, residents are told that they will be arrested and prosecuted if they do not pay them immediately. The name Dennis Grey is sometimes (but not always) given. And for a new wrinkle, in some cases, callers have been spoofing their caller ID to display “AARP,” further highlighting their desire to encourage seniors, whom they often target in these scams, to answer the phone. The fact is, these calls are not legitimate and are in no way connected to AARP or any government agency. The IRS will NOT communicate with you by phone. If you receive a call from someone purporting to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury, regardless of what appears on your caller ID, give them NO identifying information and insist that they send everything to you in writing.

Jeff Abramo

Interim Manager of Communications and Community Outreach, AARP New Jersey

Rockingham Row, Forrestal Village

To the Editor:

I often attend a duplicate bridge game held at The Senior Resource Center on Thursday afternoons. This game is very well attended by over 80 players. The Senior Center does not have adequate parking for this many people. Morven has formerly allowed the Senior Center to use some of their parking lot. This has been discontinued for this year because of Morven’s present exhibit.

The bridge players now have to park on Stockton Street. I found this to be extremely dangerous. It is difficult to open the driver’s side door or to get across the street because of heavy traffic. This is further complicated when large amounts of snow force the cars further into the roadway, creating a hazardous condition.

I checked the Morven parking lot on a recent afternoon and there were only a handful of cars. I was hoping that Morven would again graciously allow the bridge players to use some of their parking lot.

Audrey Egger

Coniston Court

To the Editor:

Recently, Mrs. Susan Ashmore, instructor of knitting at the Princeton Adult School, alerted her circle of knitters to my plan to visit Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon as one of a delegation from the board of an international relief and development agency. I wanted to thank Susan publicly, and the many folks who knitted the warm hats and blankets that I was able to bring with me.

The situation is terribly difficult and the need is overwhelming. Plastic sheet tents provide little protection from winter weather, and the alleys between them are basically mud when it rains, as it had just before our visit. It is impossible for these families, many with small children, to keep warm and dry. Folks depend upon local generosity and international aid.

The gesture was so appreciated, and in particular, the thought that other mothers from the United States had taken time to hand knit and send these gifts for the children. Many thanks to Susan for assembling these kind offerings that meant so much.

Anne Mackoul

Gallup Road

Obit Stackhouse 2-10-16Rev. Max L. Stackhouse

Reverend Dr. Max L. Stackhouse, former professor at Princeton Seminary died on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was 80 years old.

After graduating from DePauw University and Harvard Divinity School, Dr. Stackhouse was ordained by the United Church of Christ and went on to be internationally recognized as a theologian in the field of Christian social ethics. After early involvement in the civil rights movement, he pioneered work in public theology, economics, globalization, and ecclesiastical concerns.

Dr. Stackhouse held the Herbert Gezork Professorship at Andover Newton Theological School, where he was on the faculty for nearly 30 years before becoming the Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics, later the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1993 to 2006. Dr. Stackhouse held numerous international visiting professorships, with long-term relationships at United Theological College in Bangalore, India, China, and South Korea, and within the former Eastern Block, with additional lecturing, conferences, and teaching in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Fiji, Thailand, South Africa, Taiwan, Australia, Brazil, Europe, and the United States.

His writings and teachings spanned more than half a century and include approximately 500 articles, book reviews, and book chapters. He authored or edited 25 books, among them On Moral Business; Creeds, Societies & Human Rights; and his last major work, God & Globalization, a four-part series sponsored by the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. A Festschrift, Public Theology for a Global Society: Essays in Honor of Max Stackhouse, was published in 2010, followed by a book of essays, Shaping Public Theology: Selections from the Writings of Max L. Stackhouse in 2014, both by the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Dr. Stackhouse served as president of the American Theological Society, The Society for Christian Ethics, and the James Luther Adams Foundation. He was instrumental in the founding and served as the director of the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and was a founding member of numerous other groups, including The Niebuhr Society, the Covenant Interest Group at the Society of Christian Ethics, and the China Academic Consortium, as well as the Berkshire Institute of Theology and the Arts, which he established with his wife, Jean Stackhouse, and led for 15 years. He was on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Christian Century, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of Political Theology, Religion in Eastern Europe, and Faith & International Affairs. He received a Leadership Award from The Center for Public Justice in 2007 and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, DePauw University, in 1994.

Locally, Dr. Stackhouse was an active member of The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, an avid tennis player, music lover, and beloved spouse, father, brother, and grandfather. He was known for his sense of humor and generosity of spirit. He is survived by his wife, Jean Stackhouse; son Dale Stackhouse and daughter-in-law Robin Olds Stackhouse of Indianapolis, Indiana; son David and daughter-in-law Amy Stackhouse of Edgecomb, Maine; daughter Sara Stackhouse and son-in-law Johan de Besche of Arlington, Massachusetts; grandchildren Molly, Zachary, and Violet; and sister Judy Harris of St. Louis, Missouri.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 3 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Max Stackhouse to Covenant House New York, Attn: Sandra Latchman, 461 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001-1810, or online at covenanthouse.org; or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or at michaeljfox.org.

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William Crouse Becker

William C. Becker, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on February 6, 2016 from natural causes at the age of 89. He has resided in the Princeton area since 1957.

He graduated from Reading High School Class of 1944, served in the U.S. Army during 1945-46, and is a 1951 honors graduate of Rider College. For six years, he was associated with the New York offices of Arthur Andersen & Co. He joined Princeton University Press in 1957, a scholarly book publisher closely affiliated with Princeton University. In 1966, he was promoted to the new position of associate director and controller, retiring in 1990 after 33 years of distinguished service.

Over the years, he was active on a number of Boards and Committees, serving on the statistics committees of the American Book Publishers Council and the Association of American University Presses in the early 60s; as treasurer of the Association of American University Presses in 1968-1970; on the Board of Directors of Centro Interamericos Libros Academios from 1969 to 1975, an organization based in Mexico City, jointly sponsored by the Association of American University Presses and the University of Mexico; on the Board of Directors of the newly formed Princeton chapter of the National Association of Accountants during the late 60s and early 70s; as treasurer of the Princeton Nursery School in the late 70s and early 80s; and as treasurer of the Master Gardeners of Mercer County during the 90s.

He was a member of the first graduating class (1994) of the Master Gardener of Mercer County Program, a volunteer organization sponsored by Rutgers University through the Extension Service; and for 15 years sang with the Hopewell Valley Chorus, starting in 1995.

He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 48 years, a son Christopher and his wife Chia-lin, residing in Oakland, California; a daughter Pamela of Pennington, and her husband Robert E. Haberle; two grandchildren, Taylor Haberle and Alexandra Becker. His brother E. Martin Becker of Reading, Pennsylvania predeceased him in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at a future date.

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Martha Lou Stohlman

Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman, her daughters at her side, passed away in October 2015, shortly before her 102nd birthday, leaving a life rich in experience and accomplishment. A native of Springfield, Missouri, she graduated from Sweet Briar College and received her PhD in psychology from Cornell University. From 1937–1944 she taught at Colorado College before joining the Foreign Service. In Rome, she met W. Frederick Stohlman, on leave from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. They married a year later, in 1946. He died in 1966.

A woman of great talent and curiosity, she was always active. In Princeton, she was one of the founders of the Princeton Study Center. An elder and, for two years, director of Christian Education, she was always involved in the life of Nassau Presbyterian Church. Serving on the Environmental Commission of the Borough, she was involved with studies on noise, traffic congestion, and excess mail.

Martha Lou was an avid participant as an alumna of Sweet Briar College, serving in many areas including the Board of Overseers as well as receiving many awards for her efforts. She wrote The Story of Sweet Briar College.

The Presbyterian Church commissioned her to write John Witherspoon: Parson, Politician, Patriot on the occasion of the nation’s bicentennial. The Lemmon Tree is her unpublished memoir of growing up in the Ozarks. She also wrote many articles for various publications.

An avid reader, she was never without two or three books, covering a variety of subjects. Beginning with a trip to South America in 1937, her great sense of adventure took her to many places in the world. Always active, she loved the outdoors and visiting her many friends. With a keen eye for art, she made beautiful photographs and was an accomplished pianist. Her final two decades she lived at Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Martha Lou will be remembered as a remarkable woman in all that she did, with a keen intellect, a generous spirit, and a quick wit.

She is survived by two daughters, Julie Stohlman of Seattle, Washington and Suzanne Stohlman of Kennebunkport, Maine.

Donations in her honor may be made to the Crisis Ministry, 123 East Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, in memory of Martha Lou Stohlman. This program was dear to Martha Lou’s heart. www.fluehr.com.

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Obit Thompson 2-10-16Roger D. Thompson

Roger D. Thompson, of Lancaster, Pa, and formerly of Princeton, died January 3, 2016. He was 90.

He was born March 1, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised there and in Louisville, Ky. Roger was the son of the late Harold Higgins Thompson and Mildred Liwrey (Rogers) Thompson.

Roger worked at Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and at DuMont Laboratories in Clifton, New Jersey. He then worked for many years for RCA, both in Princeton and in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work included advances in transmission and recording of television signals, coordination of transmission standards, and development of a single beam electron gun and the use of it in a color television cathode ray picture tube. He earned many patents for his work.

Roger built a short-wave radio at the age of 14, became a first class radio operator at the age of 16, and worked at several radio stations. He graduated from Male High School in Louisville, Ky. and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was accepted into the V-12 officer training program. As a part of that program, he graduated from the University of Louisville as an officer with a degree in electrical engineering. He then served aboard the U.S.S. Denver until the end of the war. After the war, Roger married, started a family, and earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

Roger was a private pilot, owning his own small plane. He enjoyed traveling, and flew his family to every continental state, Canada, and the Bahamas. He also enjoyed contra and square dancing with several local groups as well as national groups. He often attended dancing workshops at various colleges and universities. He always was appreciative of all that he was able to have and to do with his life, and quietly gave back of his time and resources as the need would arise. He was a wonderful example to his family of the virtues in life of honesty, perseverance, good humor, loyalty, and many more.

In addition to his parents, Roger is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Mary Alice (McDermott) Thompson in 2011 and his brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Yantz in 2013. Surviving is a sister Laura Jane (Jen) Yantz of Kingsport, Tenn. Also surviving is a daughter Ann (Thompson) Caton and her husband Mark, of Uniontown, Pa.; a son Bruce Thompson of East Petersburg, Pa.; and a nephew who was raised as a son, Ted Adams, of Philadelphia, Pa. He has three grandchildren, Seth and his wife Amy, Matthew, and Marilyn, all of Uniontown, Pa. And he has three great-grandchildren, Seth II, Casey, and Jacob, also of Uniontown, Pa. Also surviving are many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services will be private.

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Obit Griffin 2-10-16Gordon Dix Griffin

Gordon Dix Griffin, age 96, died on January 29, 2016 in Skillman. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was a long time resident of the Trenton and Princeton areas.

After graduating from Trenton High School and Princeton University, class of 1940, Gordon served as a forward observer in the U.S. Army’s 119th Field Artillery during World War II. He participated in five campaigns in the European Theatre of Operations, including Normandy, The Rhineland, and The Ardennes. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Bronze Star.

Following the war, Gordon attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania on the GI bill. A practicing attorney, he co-founded along with the late Ralph Mason, the Princeton law firm of Mason, Griffin & Pierson. Gordon’s long association with Ralph Mason began when they met at a YMCA camp on the Delaware River where Mason was a counselor and Gordon a camper. Years later, in 1948, they began their lasting professional relationship when Gordon became an associate of Montgomery & Mason. In 1955, the partnership of Mason & Griffin was formed and from then on the firm developed and grew, taking on partners and changing its name, to become the leading firm in the region it is today.

Gordon served for many years as the municipal attorney for the Township of Princeton and the Borough of Princeton. He was past president of the Mercer County Legal Aid Society, the Princeton Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. He was a trustee of the Mercer County Bar Foundation.

Inspired by and sometimes in concert with his wife of 57 years, the late Sallie Fell Griffin who died in 1999, Gordon volunteered in many community organizations and institutions. He was president of the Social Service Bureau of Princeton, the Princeton Lions Club, the New Jersey Unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and the Rockingham Association. He was a past trustee of the Nassau Club, the Westminster Choir College, and the Princeton Senior Resource Center. One of the original residents of Stonebridge at Montgomery, where he lived for the last 12 years, Gordon was active at its opening, serving as the first president of its residents’ association.

Gordon was an avid reader of history, and also shared a love of travel with his wife. Together they wrote and produced dozens of travel journals of their many trips, full of history, wit, and insight, which his children treasure today. Throughout his life Gordon delighted family and friends with his masterful skill on the harmonica, and without these performances no family party was complete. He had a beautiful singing voice and loved to entertain with the old standards. He remained an enthusiastic and highly competitive crossword puzzler until the end of his life.

Gordon is survived by a daughter, Sallie van Merkensteijn of Philadelphia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Jenifer Griffin of Princeton and Henry Griffin and Pamela Wintle of Washington D.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Griffin and Scott Sillars of Princeton; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Interment will be with his wife at All Saints’ Cemetery in Princeton. The family is planning a memorial celebration to take place in June around the time of his birthday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Steet, Princeton NJ 08540 or The D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.

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

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Obit May 2-10-16Eleanor May

Eleanor May, age 91, died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 2, 2016. Eleanor was born on March 27, 1924. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alois May and Blanche (Miller) May of Portland, Oregon and two sisters, Diane Kragrud and Pauline “Polly” Burke.

Eleanor was a graduate of Reed College in 1945. During the years when her children were young, she edited a local newspaper in the New Brunswick area and was a member of the school board. She was an elementary school teacher and later taught math at Dunellen High School. Eleanor was a passionate political activist supporting the causes she believed in and campaigning tirelessly for her candidates of choice. After receiving her Masters degree in 1967, she was an instructor in mathematics at Douglass College, Rutgers University.

In 1973 Eleanor began a 30-year career as managing and technical editor for the Annals of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. She devoted herself wholeheartedly to this work and found it genuinely satisfying. She enjoyed collegial relationships with some of the most brilliant minds at Princeton and continued working part time well into her retirement years, cherishing the fulfillment of her work and the association with respected colleagues.

Eleanor was a lifelong competitive tennis and bridge player and loved to travel. She made many dear friends throughout the years with whom she shared her love of life and intellectual pursuits including a deep appreciation for the classics and opera.

For the past several years, Eleanor struggled with a multitude of illnesses, always maintaining her interests, independence, dignity and joie de vivre, as she did her best to live her life to the fullest.

Eleanor is survived by her four children whom she adored: Alan Weisenborn (and his wife Dulce) of Miami, Florida; Lynn Appleby (and her husband Michael) of Charlottesville, Virginia; Eric Weisenborn of Beaverton, Oregon; Robert Weisenborn (and his wife Leigh Anne) of Lambertville, New Jersey; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A celebration-of-life gathering will be announced at a later date.

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Obit Terry 2-10-16Richard Wayne Terry

Richard Wayne Terry, 59, of Whispering Pines, N.C. passed away at his home on Saturday, January 16, 2016 after a long illness. Rick was born and raised in Princeton, and had many happy memories of growing up there.

Rick was a man of many talents. He was a master craftsman, woodworker, and carpenter. From a very early age he was fascinated by how things worked. He could fix anything and throughout his life he derived great pleasure from designing and building furniture and ‘gadgets’ to meet a specific function.

Rick loved the outdoors and was a gifted athlete who enjoyed hiking, biking, rock-climbing, canoeing, kite-flying, and tennis. However, basketball was Rick’s favorite sport, and although he was only 5’9’’, he once famously took a certain ex-pro ‘to school’ in a pickup game.

He also had a passion for music and was a talented piano-player, who possessed a natural improvisational ability. While he appreciated a wide variety of musical genres, he had a special love of jazz, classical and funk.

His love of animals, especially dogs, was a deep thread that ran through his life, and his exceptional ability to relate to them brought him much joy over the years.

Rick was a kind, warm, humble, and generous man, with a perceptive mind and an easy way about him. He possessed a great sense of humor and lived his life with a deep sense of personal integrity. Rick was a wonderful friend, and an exceptional husband, brother, son, and uncle, as well as father to his beloved dogs.

Rick lived with cancer for the last eight years of his life and was especially appreciative of the skilled and compassionate care he received at the FirstHealth Cancer Center in Pinehurst, N.C. His many walks at the Southern Pines Reservoir were a source of peace and serenity for him during this time.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Lynch, his beloved dog Roscoe; his brother, Gregory Maynard Terry; his sister, Joyce Lynn Darling; his brother-in-law, Glen Earl Darling; his nephews, Matthew Maynard Darling and Andrew Lynn Darling; and many extended family members. He was predeceased by his parents Charles Maynard Terry and Bernis Arlene Terry, and his beloved dogs Oscar and Jesse. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The International Myeloma Foundation (myeloma.org) or New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue (ns4ar.org).

Powell Funeral Home and Crematory in Southern Pines, N.C. is assisting the family.

Condolences: PinesFunerals.com.

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The road is the one between the Mountain Lakes House and Mountain Avenue in the Bill Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, part of the 400-acre Open Space area sometimes called Princeton’s Central Park. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Stuart Triplets

Triplets Juliet, Natalie, and Pamela McGowen (L to R) of Skillman will graduate from Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in June and enter Princeton University in the fall. All three National Honor Society and AP scholars are on Stuart’s varsity track, volleyball, and tennis teams. After a campus college tour in August they all decided Princeton was their first choice.

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Pure Barre, the popular workout franchise, has signed a lease to open a studio at 31 Hulfish Street on Palmer Square. The studio, which will open in late February, is located above Mediterra restaurant.

Owner Jacqui Arce-Quinton was already a Pure Barre fan when she and her husband decided to move to Princeton and open the studio. “Not only did we choose Palmer Square because it’s in the heart of town, but we decided to live here, too,” she said. “Princeton has been very welcoming and I’m so excited to share my passion for Pure Barre with the local area.” more

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“CANDYLAND”: Hun School student artist Carmel Monkton ’16 received a Gold Key Award from The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her painting “Candyland.

Hun School artists Carmel Monckton ’16, Baiyi ‘Rebecca’ Ning ’17, and Siyeh ‘Sophia’ Chung ’17 received prestigious awards for their artwork submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards [SAWA]. SAWA is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens.  more

See below for the February 9, 2016 Princeton Council Meeting.

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

Rider ProfA new documentary on race; written, directed, and produced by Dr. Sheena C. Howard, assistant professor of communication studies at Rider University; will have its premiere screening on February 25 at The Landmark Theatre, Ritz, and the Bourse, in Philadelphia.

Remixing Colorblind examines how the current educational system shapes national understanding of race, and by extension, race relations. These areas of racial misunderstanding are explored through in-depth conversations with faculty, administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, and young people from a variety of Historic Black Colleges/Universities, predominantly white institutions, and inner city high schools.

Remixing Colorblind is Howard’s first film. She is also scheduled to appear on NPR and WBUR Boston’s Here and Now on February 21.

To learn more, visit www.rider.edu.

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February 8, 2016

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Princeton High girls’ swimmer Abbey Berloco, right, enjoys the moment with Maria Nitti of Notre Dame after winning the 50-meter freestyle final last Saturday in the Mercer County Swimming Championships at WW/P-N. Sophomore Berloco also prevailed in the 400 free and helped PHS win the team title at the meet, its fourth straight county crown. See page 26 for more details on the competition. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

February 3, 2016

To the Editor:

Has anyone else noticed the closure of several excellent stores in downtown Princeton this January? It is an absolute shame that Kate Spade, Lily Pulitzer, Aerosole, and The Army and Navy Store have closed down. Our town benefited enormously from having beautiful and cheerful stores like these and I think it is enormously short-sighted to keep jacking up rents.

If we don’t have these stores then what else could be as good to fill their place? What better place than a smart University town to have this type of store? We surely do not need yet another coffee shop or restaurant.

Having made it through the recession of 2008, the town in fact looks worse today with it’s papered over shops. We will certainly all miss these traders for the products and jobs they supplied.

It is a pity the current landlords could not look at the bigger picture and decide to keep tradesmen like these instead of allowing yet another one to fail once the rents came up for renewal.

Louise Wellemeyer

Rosedale Road

To the Editor:

Your readers should know that Senator Cory Booker is one of a handful in Congress who is fighting tirelessly to protect Americans and their retirement savings. Over the last several months, he has helped to save a proposed rule that would make it illegal for financial advisers to give you retirement advice that is not in your best interest.

Do you have a 401k, an IRA or have you ever gone to a financial expert for advice? Then this applies to you. Most financial advisers are professionals who work hard and ethically on your behalf. However, according to one estimate, bad advice from not-so-honest financial advisers is costing Americans up to 25 percent of their hard-earned retirement savings. They line their pockets with fees that should be going toward your retirement savings.

New Jersey voters should call Senator Booker’s office, and thank him for protecting Americans’ hard-earned retirement savings.

Doug Johnston

Interim State Director, AARP New Jersey

To the Editor:

Designation of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood (WJ) as a Historic District needs to happen. Time is of the essence, as we know there are many steps in this process, and properties are being purchased and houses torn down as we speak. There are 19 other historic districts in Princeton. With the WJ community’s unique and significant history there should be no question.

We all understand the importance of the structures that define the living/lived history of the WJ community. But it’s not individual structures alone. It’s their interlinkage with people and culture. The Wise Report states that their survey “found the neighborhood to be a cohesive and intact expression of Princeton’s largest African American community, whose appearance and setting is a result of years of social, economic, and educational disparity brought about by discrimination and segregation. The buildings and streetscape here, opposed to elsewhere in Princeton, tell this story; the district designation should help preserve it” (Wise, page 1). Everyone should note: still “cohesive and intact.”

The Wise report notes one of the chief reasons for that cohesion: “One prevalent feature found throughout the community were front porches, most of which are not enclosed. The massing of houses, though close to most sidewalks, is by default scaled to the community streetscapes” (Wise, page 24). The linkage between architecture and people is evident: the many porches the architectural connection, outdoors, between the buildings and the people on the street. The closeness of the porches to the street has helped all of us survive and maintain our community throughout the decades.

The Report indicates that systemic patterns of segregation created an area based on race, ethnicity, and economics. The WJ neighborhood was not just their neighborhood of choice; it was set apart for them — their only choice. African-American settlers in this community have always been here to serve wealthy Princetonians and the University. To dismiss the neighborhood’s character and relationship to the history of Princeton would also be inaccurate.

Over time as opportunity grew some Italian and Irish families arrived — and then were able and allowed to move on to other neighborhoods in Princeton (Wise, page 54). Some Italian families still remain (census graphs in the Wise Report show this evolution). WJ has always been a neighborhood of inclusion, a community of many languages where all have been welcomed. Its early historic make-up was African American — then Irish and Italian.

The African American community was not afforded similar opportunities. But there was no bitterness. Instead and largely due to discriminatory practices and common necessity, the neighborhood established many successful businesses, schools, and churches, and always with a spirit of neighborliness.

Princeton Council must continue to highlight Princeton as a town of inclusion. It should designate the WJ neighborhood a historic district, and acknowledge that this community’s past represents a significant part of the town’s history. Princeton Council must recognize Princeton’s significance in the state, national, and international mind.

Thomas Parker 

Leigh Avenue

To the Editor:

I am more than disappointed by the direction of the discussion at the Princeton Council meeting of January 25, which I viewed electronically. First, I want to applaud Council President Lance Liverman and Council members Jenny Crumiller and Heather Howard for their far-sighted support of a rare financial opportunity to gain open space in Princeton. Although Mayor Lempert also supports this measure, she is prevented from breaking a tie vote on this type of ordinance which requires a 2/3 vote of Council to pass.

My disappointment is focused on the three Council members who I and others feel are being short sighted in their reasons for either denying or delaying, and potentially not proceeding with the ordinance to approve the purchase of 20.4 acres of heavily wooded land from a developer who would otherwise build a large development on the environmentally sensitive Princeton Ridge. The 20.4 acres would add to the Princeton Ridge Preserve.

The funds for this $4.4 million purchase would come almost exclusively from other sources including the State, County, and Friends of Princeton Open Space. To close the gap, the town is expecting a Green Acres state grant from funds approved by voter referendum last November which constitutionally dedicated a portion of the Corporate Business Tax to Green Acres funding. Of this, $66 million has yet to be allocated from the state’s current fiscal year ending July 1, with another $80 million expected to be available in the next fiscal budget.

Governor Christie, on one of his visits to New Jersey, has pocket vetoed the legislature’s bill which would move forward with open space funding. Meanwhile, the deadline for the option to purchase the land is February 14 and the offer could be withdrawn by the developer if not approved by the Council before then. The Council will take this up again on February 8.

My concern is primarily regarding the three Council members in their lack of focus on the land preservation thesis that “they aren’t making any more” in this, the most densely populated state in the U.S. expected to be the first state at full “buildout”. Two of the Council members’ concerns are related to the possibility that the $397,000 (9 percent of the $4.4 million total cost) would be delayed by the governor’s actions, though Mayor Lempert has received word that the state funding will be available.

Also puzzling are one Council member’s reasons, that the property does not have good access and trails for public use and that we have sufficient open space. Those amenities can be developed later but the land won’t be available to preserve if action is not taken now. This heavily wooded acreage has ecological value even if it is not immediately available for use. Such preservation is made also for future generations, not only for those of us here now.

In addition, the avoidance of more large development, including the removal of many trees, would stem water runoff and flooding as well as increased traffic and other burdens on myriad municipal services. Those factors are also worth quite a lot financially and otherwise.

I urge that the Council on February 8 take the long view on this land preservation, also a unique financial opportunity, and that people who care about open space preservation make themselves heard at that 7 p.m. meeting. Agendas are online at www.princetonnj.gov.

Grace Sinden

Ridgeview Circle

Memorial Service

David Orson Tolman, 72, of Princeton died Monday, November 23, 2015. A Memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

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Obit Muser 2-3-16Jeanette K. Muser

Jeanette Marie Krueger Muser of Rocky Hill, New Jersey passed away on January 25, 2016. She was born on November 16, 1940 in Vienna, Austria of American parents. Her father, Dr. Frederick James Krueger, served in the U.S. Public Health Service and was assigned to Europe between 1939 and 1941. Her mother, Dora Jeanette Martin Krueger, was born in Richland County, Wisconsin. After several assignments the family settled in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1951.

Jeanette graduated form Wauwatosa High School in 1958 and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. She earned a BA degree in Secondary Education in 1962 and an MA degree in history in 1965. Jeanette married Franz Josef Moehn in 1962 and their first child, Frederick Josef, was born in Madison in 1964. A year later, Jeanette and her family moved to Princeton. In 1967, Jeanette received a Fulbright fellowship for a year in Germany. Her second child, Juliette Marie, was born in Princeton in 1968, after the family returned to the United States.

Shortly after the birth of her second child, Jeanette and her family moved to Pennington. Jeanette earned an MA degree from Rutgers University in Library Science in 1971. She was hired in 1972 to develop a library in the new West Windsor — Plainsboro High School. During her 23-year career as the high school librarian she wrote several journal articles, presented workshops at conferences, and influenced countless high school students as they learned how to do research and successfully navigate all types of media for learning.

Jeanette and Franz were divorced in 1982, and after both of her children had finished high school, Jeanette married Rainer Karl Martin Muser in 1987. The newlyweds moved to Rocky Hill the same year.

After 23 years at West Windsor — Plainsboro High School, Jeanette retired in 1995. She then pursued volunteer work offering her library and history skills to several projects including the Rocky Hill Heritage Project, the newsletter Rocky Hill Remembers, and the Images of America series book Rocky Hill, Kingston, and Griggstown (Arcadia, 1998). Her years of dedication to local history earned her an award in 2002 from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Jeanette’s passion for local history led her to serve on the Rocky Hill Planning Board, volunteer for the committee that secured the Millstone River Valley National Scenic Byway, and to publish a booklet entitled 1783: General George Washington’s Departure from Military Service.

Jeanette was also considered the family historian, taking that duty over from an elderly maternal aunt. She self-published a newsletter called Big Bluestem in a nod to her beloved home state of Wisconsin and as a tribute to the family’s ancestors. Jeanette joined the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Daughters of the American Revolution. As her last personal project, she wrote the story of her family’s ancestry.

Surviving her are her husband Rainer Muser and her two children, Frederick Josef Moehn of New York and Juliette Moehn Brown of Seattle. She was “Nana” to her beloved four grandchildren Martin Arturo Josef Moehn-Aguayo, Madeline Shea Brown, Josefina Marie Moehn-Aguayo, and Naomi Cristina Moehn-Aguayo.

A community gathering to honor Jeanette’s memory was  held on January 28, 2016 at the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill from 4 to 6 p.m. A private family memorial service will be held in the spring. Jeanette will be buried with her parents in Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation or to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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2008 and a parting smile from PrincetonWilliam Brower

William Brower, 89, a retired professor of speech communications at Princeton Theological Seminary, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was born in 1926. Brower lived in the Princeton area for 55 years, and in 2009 moved to Piqua, Ohio, and shared residence with Blount Springs, Alabama.

His mother, an opera singer, and his father, a trial lawyer and Alabama state senator, both encouraged him to become an actor. When William was eight, the family moved to New York, where his father served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. In his school years, Brower continued to aim for a career in acting. During World War II, he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he received both his undergraduate degree and his U.S. Navy commission in the fall of 1945. He was stationed until late 1946 in the Philippines, serving as a commander of amphibious vessels operating out of bases in Batangas, Manila, and Subic Bay.

In 1946, Brower began a career as a professional actor and worked in several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. In the 1950s, his career extended to television, and he appeared on such major programs as Studio One, The Ford Theatre Hour, Kraft Theatre, Nash Airflyte Theatre, and The Big Story. William earned his graduate degree at Teachers College of Columbia University in 1952 and two years later accepted an offer to teach at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he taught courses in speech and oral interpretation and directed numerous plays, retiring in 1993. Brower was called back as a visiting lecturer and taught until 2008, an active span of 54 years, one of the longest in the history of the institution.

One of Brower’s tasks at the Seminary was to hear and give critiques of students’ sermons. A colleague, knowing of Brower’s unorthodox religious views, once remarked, “Brower, in the history of the church, many times has one preacher preached to thousands of heretics, but your career is the first example of thousands of preachers preaching to the same heretic!” Brower gave many concert readings of short stories and was known for his interpretations of poetry, especially the works of Robert Frost.

William was predeceased by his parents, Walter Scott and Elizabeth (Jordan) Brower; his wife of 59 years, Elaine (Yuenger) Brower; and one brother. Survivors include his wife Noralie McCoy Brower; three sons, Walter (Elizabeth Nicholls) of Birmingham; Dana of Boulder, Colorado; and Raymond (Julia Farrall) of Denver; two stepdaughters, Shawna (James) Hite of Brentwood, Tennessee; and Raena (John Scott) Sherrill of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Lucy and Charles.

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Princeton University’s Board of Trustees has adopted a strategic planning framework that includes expanding the student body, building a new residential college, reinstating a transfer admissions program, and attracting more students from low-income families, among other initiatives.

The framework was adopted after two years of deliberations. “We believe the framework provides a clear reaffirmation of Princeton’s mission and its defining characteristics, and a compelling blueprint for building on and enhancing Princeton’s capacity to achieve the highest possible standards of teaching and research,” said Kathryn A. Hall, the chair of the board. “We look forward to working with President Eisgruber and other members of the University community to achieve the goals and priorities that we have articulated.” more

IllustratorPatrick McDonnell, creator of the “Mutts” comic strip talks about his work Saturday, February 6, at 2 p.m., at Princeton Public Library.

Mr. McDonnell, who recently moved to Princeton, is also the author of children’s books including the 2005 New York Times bestseller The Gift of Nothing and the 2012 Caldecott Honor winner Me … Jane, a biography of the young Jane Goodall.

Mutts appears in hundreds of newspapers in 20 countries and was once described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “one of the best comic strips of all time.”

Mr. McDonnell has received numerous awards for Mutts including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year. Mutts has also been recognized for its environmental and animal advocacy with a Sierra Club award and the PETA Humanitarian Award, among others.