September 23, 2016


These gorgeous books are full of style and substance.



September 21, 2016


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The retro bomber jacket has been revamped for Fall 2016 with luxurious fabrics and rich autumn tones. 


To the Editor:

We strongly support the candidacy of Liz Lempert as mayor of Princeton. We have a general interest in the fiscal health of the town and the quality of its services. Our specific interests are parks and open spaces, and special education; particularly autism education and treatments. Pamela has served on the Town’s Environmental Commission and on its Shade Tree Commission. In addition, she has served as president of the Marquand Park Foundation. Roland has served as investment director of the State for over 20 years and finally as State Treasurer, retiring in 2001. From time to time, we have brought our concerns to Liz, in her capacity as mayor, and she has always been open and attentive, and has always made positive recommendations. She has been directly involved with the care of Marquand Park, and she attended special occasions at The Princeton Child Development Institute, a school for autistic children that our family founded in 1970. She provides intelligence and commitment at the highest level to the citizens of Princeton.

Roland and Pamela Machold

Prospect Avenue

To the Editor:

Princeton’s Democrats might reasonably ask why they should consider voting for an aging, white, often grumpy, Protestant male — i.e. a stereotypical Republican.

Perhaps the beginning of an answer can be found in what I think it means to be Republican.

I am the son of a historian who met his future wife at Princeton Theological Seminary. Both cared deeply about people, language, and religion, both became teachers, and both were lifelong Democrats.

I cast my first presidential vote for George McGovern, a man whose faith in human decency caused him to trust that public sector employees would tend to act in the public interest — with the result that government would tend to be a force for good.

Forty years in banking, finance, and real estate have broadened my perspective, making me much less trusting. I have watched in stunned disbelief as fortunes are
accumulated by people whom my principled banking employers would not have permitted to come through the door; as large organizations thrive despite wasting appallingly large sums of money; and as adventurers earn obscene profits by acquiring and gutting old line businesses — cheapening product lines, discharging legions of employees, and shipping production facilities offshore.

And I have watched with increasing dismay as government divides our nation, impairs our economy, obfuscates causes and effects, flouts our laws, and enriches the officials who claw their way to national prominence. In a pattern that is as old as time, federal, state, and municipal officials extract more and more tribute from the populations they govern. Grand sounding laws are enacted. Regulations are imposed. With each new law and regulation we become a little less free. Problems fester; hiring becomes increasingly impractical and/or unaffordable; favored entities are enriched; out of favor entities are savaged; curtailed access to private sector credit throttles our economy; and our elected officials respond by promising more of the same.

I agree that big business is often predatory, but so is big government. The premise of big government is that people are pirates at heart and that, if left to themselves, the strong and the wily will prey upon the weak and the gullible. That may be so. But why would anyone believe that the solution is to submit to government by the pirates? In the private sector I at least have the freedom to choose which products, if any, I wish to buy. Government decrees, by contrast, are compulsory. They usually benefit few but their sponsors. And, more often than not, despite grand sounding titles, they compound existing problems.

I would greatly prefer to lead my own life, make my own choices, bear the costs of my many mistakes, impose as little as possible on my neighbors, and grant my fellow citizens the freedom to do the same. That, to me, is the essence of what it means to be a Republican.

Peter Marks

Moore Street

To the Editor:

This summer we celebrated The Fresh Air Fund’s 140th summer of serving children from New York City’s low-income communities. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to our extraordinary Fresh Air volunteers, hosts, and supporters in Central and Southern New Jersey for their dedication and commitment.

Fresh Air host families open their hearts and homes, and share the everyday joys of summertime with their Fresh Air friends. I am inspired by the commitment of our local volunteer leaders, many of whom are also hosts. They
volunteer to interview prospective host families, help recruit new families, and plan special activities. I would also like to thank the individuals and local businesses who so generously give their time and resources to make The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program throughout Central and Southern New Jersey a great success each year.

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities. Each year, nearly 7,000 children enjoy outdoor summer adventures through visits with volunteer host families along the East Coast and Southern Canada and at The Fund’s five overnight camps in Fishkill, N.Y. Fresh Air children also participate in year-round leadership and educational programs.

Contact Colin Reinstedt at (212) 897-8970 or visit to learn more about hosting a child through The Fresh Air Fund.

Fatima Shama

Executive Director, The Fresh Air Fund

To the Editor:

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is to be commended for advocating the stockpiling of food and other necessities against the day when these might become unavailable. [“Hughes Urges Residents To Prepare for Emergencies,” Town Topics, Aug. 31, page 6]. I hope all who can will respond to his message and set up emergency supplies of their own.

The goal of stockpiling a three-day supply can be attained by nearly everyone. But it is only a token amount of preparation. There are many threats that would cause greater shortages for longer durations.

The British people have been told that they are only nine meals away from chaos. The German government has recently advised its citizens to have a ten-day supply of food and water(!) on hand for emergencies. Our Mormons require each family to stockpile a year’s food, in preparation for the next year that the crops fail. When they formulated this rule, no Federal or State government was able to provide emergency supplies. On a large scale, there still isn’t any government that can (remember Katrina?).

Now a local government official has implicitly admitted as much, and by doing so now has also implied that the likelihood of an emergency has increased, and the time for action has arrived. We need to fully understand that we are individually responsible for our own survival in a large-scale emergency and that we should be personally prepared for it.

Ronald Nielsen

Humbert Street

obit-bardzilowski-9-21-16Owen Gerrard Bardzilowski

It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Owen G. Bardzilowski, at home on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at age 14.

A lifelong resident of Princeton, he began his freshman year at Princeton High School. Over the years, he loved to play golf with his Dad and Grandpa, was an expert in solving various kinds of Rubik’s cubes, an enthusiastic skateboarder, and active in various youth sports programs.

Owen is survived by his parents Joe and Marie Evelyn Bardzilowski; his siblings Miles, Ella, and Maria; maternal grandmother Marie Thomas of Plainsboro; paternal grandparents Joseph and Julia Bardzilowski of Clark; and Carole Vill’Neuve of Las Vegas; aunt Lisa (Ron) Rapolas; uncles Charles “Eddie” (Carolyn) Thomas, Michael Thomas (Northern Ireland), Mike and Jon Bardzilowski; great uncle Leon Bardzilowski; Dawn and Arturo Pacheco; and special cousin Evelyn Torres (Pensacola, Fla.); and loved in life by a host of cousins, extended family, and friends.

Owen faithfully attended Princeton Police Department Youth Academy over the past few years and this past summer was a counselor in the program.

Visiting hours were held on Monday, September 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Funeral services will be private.

Since it was Owen’s dream to be a Princeton police officer, in lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be sent to Princeton PD Youth Academy Fund, c/o PBA Local 130, 1 Valley Road Princeton, New Jersey 08540.


obit-ruiz-9-21-16David F. Ruiz

David F. Ruiz passed away suddenly, unexpectedly but peacefully, on August 15, 2016 from cardiac arrhythmia while at his beloved work place, The International Student House (ISH) of Washington D.C. He was 49 years old.

Born in New York City, David grew up in Princeton, attending Princeton Regional Schools from Kindergarten until his High School graduation in 1984. David was an honors student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst majoring in history. David later went on to receive a Master Degree in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington D.C. During his time as a graduate student David lived at the International Student House. After a short stint working as a researcher, David returned to the International Student House in 1996 taking a position as their business manager. However, in time, David’s role grew far beyond that.

The inception for ISH of Washington, D.C. began in 1934 when a small group of Quakers explored how they might make a contribution to peace and a better understanding among people of diverse national backgrounds. They believed that contributions to real peace could result from contacts between ordinary people, particularly young adults. This was a mission that was dear to David and, in his role at ISH, David became a powerful global ambassador and friend to people from every corner of the world. His kindness, and gentle soul touched the lives of countless individuals. Through the friendships he made David also had the opportunity to travel around the world extensively including through Europe, Asia, and the Americas; over the years every page of his passports became full of stamps from different lands.

David was known for his gentle and humble demeanor as well as his quiet but dry and sarcastic wit. He was also well known for his epic walking abilities and would regularly walk many miles at a stretch. He even ran the New York City Marathon in 2003. In his spare time David was an avid movie-goer attending nearly every opening night showing. He was also a staunch supporter of the arts, attending nearly every large production and independent theater performance throughout the D.C. area. David was also a supporter of several causes including the Human Rights Campaign and the Democratic Party.

David leaves behind his mother, Rosalia Ruiz of Princeton; his father Teofilo Ruiz (and spouse Scarlett Freund) of Los Angeles, California; his brother Daniel Ruiz (and spouse Maria Bruno Ruiz) as well as a niece, Sofia and nephew, Mateo who adored him. David also leaves behind his grandmother, aunt, his five cousins, and their families as well as many, many good friends.

A well-attended memorial service was held for David on September 10, 2016 at The International Student House. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up in David’s honor to support the mission of The International Student House. Contributions in his name can be made to the International Student House, 1825 R Street NW, Washington DC 20009.


obit-maxwell-9-21-16David Clark Maxwell

David Clark Maxwell, age 78, died Monday September 12, 2016 in Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, Pa. He was born in Trenton, to Robert Chester and Marie Ringkamp Maxwell.

David was raised in Princeton, New Jersey and attended Princeton Country Day School, graduating in 1957 from Malvern Prep School in Malvern, Pa. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University in 1961. He served in the National Guard 50th Armored Division, and was honorably discharged.

David served as president of the R.C. Maxwell Company for 38 years. The R.C. Maxwell Company was established in 1894 by David’s father R.C. Maxwell, who was a pioneer in the outdoor advertising industry.

David also served as assistant treasurer of Martin House in Trenton, and tutored children for Big Brothers and Sisters in Vero Beach, Fla. He was president of the Outdoor Advertising Association of New Jersey, and the Legal Committee of the National Outdoor Advertising Association of America. He was a member of Kiwanis Club, president of The Trenton YMCA, president of the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, a member of The Mercer/Bucks Running Club, a volunteer for The American Cancer Society, past member of Trenton Country Club, Bedens Brook Club, The Nassau Club, The Moorings Club (Vero Beach, Fla.), Springdale Golf Club, and the Barnegat Light Yacht Club. His interests included running, tennis, golf, windsurfing, sailing, flying, extensive travel, avid reading, aspiring inventor.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Anne; daughter Jocelyn (Bill Froehlich) and son David (Sherri); as well as three grandchildren, Kyle, Emma, and Jack.

He and his wife resided in Edgehill Gardens in Morrisville Pa., Yardley Pa., Elm Ridge Park in Hopewell, Long Beach Island, N.J., Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, Wellington Manor in Pennington, as well as Vero Beach, Fla. His final home was in Twining Village, Holland Pa.

He donated his body to The University of Pennsylvania Hospital Medical School. A private service will be held. Donations may be sent to Better Community Housing of Trenton, 802 East State Street, Trenton NJ 08602 c/o Pearleen Waters.

David was beloved by friends, family and colleagues alike. He was intelligent, unpretentious, hilarious (sometimes unintentionally), genuinely kind, honest, and selfless. His family and his business were his whole world. He will be missed by all who knew him.

“Long Live Life” — David C. Maxwell


Sheila P. Zalvino

Sheila P. Zalvino, 75, of Mercerville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Compassionate Care Hospice at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.

Born in Princeton, Sheila has been a resident of Hamilton Township since 1965. Sheila was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, great aunt and true friend and she will be missed deeply by everyone whose life she touched.

Sheila was an extremely energetic person who started working at a young age answering phones for her father’s taxi business. While raising her children, she worked for ETS and then Koenig Plastics and then became an executive administrative assistant at Universal Process Equipment (UPE/IPPE) and retired in 2004 after 20 years of service.

Growing up in Princeton, she attended Princeton Public Schools where she created and forever maintained special friendships to this day. She always looked forward to the luncheons with her childhood friends JoAnne, Barbara, and her sister Sandy. Throughout her life she loved being a part of her children’s and later her grandchildren’s sports activities. She rarely missed a game and was the biggest fan to each of her grandchildren. She just simply adored and lived for them. She loved vacationing in LBI where she and Frank would bring the whole family and host extended family and friends, making a lifetime of joyful memories for all. Christmas Eve parties at the Zalvinos were just as memorable because of Sheila and she would put on incredible spreads for everyone to enjoy. She had a big heart and a way of making everyone around her feel loved and at home.

Predeceased by her parents, Frank and Alice (Rousseau) Petrone; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Luigi and Rose (Tamasi) Zalvino; and her husband’s grandparents, Rosario and Almerinda Tamasi; she is survived by her loving husband of 54 years (-1 day) Frank Zalvino; her two children, Susan Groninger (Kenneth Giovanelli) and Mark Zalvino; her 5 grandchildren, Chase and Cody Groninger (Cheyenne) and Julia, James and Parker Zalvino; her great-grandchild, Raelyn Groninger; her 4 siblings, John “Jack” Petrone (Jean), Thomas Petrone (Ellen), Dolores Vandegrift (James), and Sandra Towne (Ronald); and many cherished nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church, 3816 East State Street Extension, Hamilton, NJ.

Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton.

Visitation for friends and family will be held on Monday September 19, 2016, from 6 until 9:00 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Zalvino’s memory to the American Diabetes Association by visiting In Memory Of at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.


Jean Louise Friedmann

Jean Louise (Mulvey) Friedmann died on July 25, 2016, in Princeton after a brief illness.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1927, Jean was the daughter of the late Joseph and Leona (Buckley) Mulvey. She grew up in Andover, Mass., attending local schools and then Abbot Academy, now Phillips Academy, in Andover. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and worked for several years as an editor for The MacMillan Company Publishers in New York City. In later years, using the pen name of Emily Vincent, she became a free-lance book reviewer for The Houston Chronicle, Best Sellers, and other publications as well as serving as a long-time editor of The Wellesley Magazine book review section.

In 1956, she married John Friedmann in New York City. They raised their three children in New York City, Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., and Houston, Tex., retiring to Princeton in 1984. Jean continued her editing and free-lance writing, volunteered for Literacy Volunteers of America and the Princeton Public Library, and served as an officer of the local Wellesley College clubs in Houston and Princeton. Jean was a familiar figure around town, attending many town and university events, and riding her bicycle and swimming. She and John also traveled extensively until his death in 2009.

Jean is survived by her children, Pamela Lowe, and her husband Russell; Andrew Friedmann, and his wife Darcy (Davis) Friedmann; and Thomas Friedmann. and his wife, Amy Anderson; grandchildren Brian (Hillary Anderson) Lowe, Peter Lowe, and David (Heather Pratt) Lowe, Michael and Christopher Friedmann, Charlotte and John Friedmann; great-grandson, Sawyer Anderson Lowe; her sister, Susan Mulvey Rattray, and her husband Bret; sister-in-law, Nancy Mumford Mulvey; cousin, Joanne Marlatt Otto; nephews and nieces Steven Mulvey, Kathryn (Patricia Lambert) Mulvey, Will (Heather Malin) Swarts, Hilary Swarts; and great-nephew Noah Malin Swarts. She was predeceased by her loving brother, Donald Mulvey. She deeply loved and respected, and was loved and respected by, her entire extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton on October 8th in the afternoon to which friends and family are cordially invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Princeton Public Library, Wellesley College, Phillips Academy (Abbott) Andover, or the donor’s choice of charity.


obit-murphy-9-21-16Jean C. Murphy 

Jean C. Murphy, 90, the former Jean Elizabeth Campbell, was born in Philadelphia, May 18, 1926. She grew up and lived in Wynnewood, Pa. before moving to Princeton in 1961. In 1950 she married John S. Murphy of Philadelphia and they were happily married for 60 years.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in 1948. She received a graduate degree in elementary education from The College of New Jersey.

She taught in the Princeton Regional Schools for several years in the field of special education and as a substitute teacher in the elementary grades.

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian Campbell and was predeceased by her husband, John Slaughter Murphy. She is survived by her sister Catherine Richie; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Ted Strempack; son Robert Murphy; grandchildren Kymberly Clark and Guy Strempack; great granddaughters Taylor and Camy Clark, Mia Strempack; and nieces and nephews.

She was a volunteer at the University Medical Center of Princeton for many years and a member of the Women’s College Club of Princeton.

She was an avid reader and gardener and loved to travel with her husband.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, 16 All Saints Road, Princeton, NJ. Donations in her memory may be made to All Saints’ Church at the above address.

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


Memorial Service

Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen

Elizabeth S. Ettinghausen, passed away on June 12, 2016. Her friends are invited to a service in her remembrance on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Princeton University Chapel. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to her favorite environmental charities — the Audubon Society, the Wilderness Society, or the Environmental Defense Fund.


Princeton’s 25th Jazz Feast drew a standing-room-only crowd to Palmer Square Sunday. Performers included Alan Dale and the New Legacy Jazz Band, Chuck Redd, Spanglish Fly, the Pete and Will Anderson Quintet, and Professor Cunningham and his Old School. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Responding to the explosions in New York City and Seaside Park last weekend, the Coalition for Peace Action and Muslims for Peace are collaborating on a rally and candlelight vigil to take place Friday evening, September 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Square. more


Sarah Churgin and Katherine Van Dell, appraisers at Rago Auctions and “Antiques Roadshow,” will be at Morven Museum and Garden on September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to appraise jewelry. “Unused heirlooms are a source of financing for vacations, tuition or even more jewelry,” says Sarah, who directs Rago’s jewelry department. Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of that sale to Morven Museum and Garden. Sarah and Katherine are scheduling appointments from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no appointment is necessary from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).  more


Keynote Address Speaker Kevin Hines

NAMI Mercer will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week with its eighth annual Harvest of Hope wellness conference on Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, this education event is open to consumers, their families, and the general public.  more


Author David O. Stewart

The Pennington School history department will host author David O. Stewart on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Forum, Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building. The event is free and open to all members of the community and general public. more


Due to its sensitive environmental characteristics, a 62-acre tract on Spring Hill Road in the Sourlands is targeted for preservation in Montgomery Township’s open space master plan and now under contract for acquisition. Two headwater streams, wetlands, and steeply sloping hills make up the tract, which is also home to mature upland beech, oak, and tulip poplars. New Jersey Conservation Foundation approached the township to assist in brokering a deal with the landowner, Thompson Land. The price for the property is approximately $1.05 million, half of which will be funded by grants from the state Green Acres program and the other half by the township’s Open Space Tax.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Princeton University number one in the Best National Universities category for the second year in a row. The 2017 Best Colleges rankings reviews more than 1,800 schools and considers academic excellence, graduation, and retention rates. more


“INEVITABLE NO. 3”: This 12”x11” oil on wood by Laura Rutherford Renner will be on display at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville starting in October.

The spaces and people that enable us to grow and thrive, the settings that are beset by transformation or neglect, are the focus of the work by Alla Podolsky and Laura Rutherford Renner at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville from October 6 to November 6, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. The closing will take place on Sunday, November 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. more

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) has hired Stephanie Schwartz as Curator of Collections and Research. Ms. Schwartz joined the staff of the Historical Society in June 2012, previously serving as research assistant and admissions associate. more


These miniature medical personnel are among those likely to attend the Millhill Child & Family Development’s “Harvest Your Health” fair on Friday, September 30 from 2-6 p.m. at 101 Oakland Street in Trenton. The interactive event is designed to increase health awareness by providing health screening, activities, educational material, and resources for the community and is free to county residents. Among the 25 vendors are Greenwood Farmers Market, Isles, Henry J. Austin Health, Mercer Street Friends. Face painting and activities for children will be available. Millhill is collecting donations of hygienic items to be distributed during the fair. New donations of everyday essentials can be dropped off through September 26. For information contact

September 19, 2016


Photography by Erica Cardenas

Beyond Words, the annual fall gala hosted by the Friends of the Princeton Public Library took place on Saturday, September 17. This year’s special guests were Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz who spoke at Nassau Presbyterian Church. After the talk, guests gathered at Hinds Plaza for a book signing and cocktails followed by a silent auction and dinner.  more

See below for the September 15, 2016 Planning Board Meeting.

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

September 16, 2016


Your morning coffee will taste even sweeter in one of these fun mugs. 


September 14, 2016


Photo Credit: @thefryecompany

Think: falling leaves, football games, and an arsenal of ankle boots to wear every single day.


To the Editor:

Princeton has quite a diverse community, those with high incomes and those with low, those with high net worth and those with low, those with advanced degrees and those with none, those who are literate and those who are not, those advancing in age and those very young, those born in America and those born throughout the world. It is these differences and the fact the town embraces them that makes Princeton the special place that it is.

Liz understands these differences and makes every effort to support and celebrate them. By recognizing diversity, she recognizes that there are needs for all. While it is impossible to provide for all needs, she recognizes that regardless of the size of the town budget, it is constrained and that compromises need to be made and made fairly.

Liz, together with the Council, continues to make Princeton the place we all like to call home. While the Council does not agree on all issues and all solutions, it is Liz’s demeanor that sets the tone. With her leadership, all Council members have a voice and are free to express their opinions. The result is a consensus that leads to a resolution.

With Liz’s leadership, the Town encounters and resolves issues as they arise. In a diverse community, there are many opinions. Not all residents will be satisfied with every solution. But one just needs to look around and observe the Town and its people and its community and its activities to bask in its positive atmosphere.

Every day, Princeton is a community most desirable to live in and it’s in large part due to the leadership in our government. That’s why NJ Monthly ranked Princeton in the top 10 percent most desirable communities in New Jersey. It all flows from our Council members and the leadership they and the mayor provides.

Four more years is a good thing. Please join me in supporting Liz’s candidacy for reelection.

Ross Wishnick

Edgerstoune Road

To the Editor:

More than 22,000 people in New Jersey die each year from heart disease and stroke. But we have the power to dramatically reduce that number. Each of us can do that through more exercise and a better diet, and by supporting the work of the American Heart Association.

I’m asking members of the community to join me and NRG Energy in supporting the American Heart Association’s 2016 Central New Jersey Heart Walk, which will be held at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton on Friday, September 30. This will be the first nighttime Heart Walk and the first to be held at Arm & Hammer Park. Heart Walks are held throughout the country to raise awareness for the Association’s important work to educate the public on ways they can reduce their own risk of heart disease and stroke, and to raise funds that will support groundbreaking research.

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans. The American Heart Association is committed to helping individuals and businesses foster a culture of health, and to providing science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public.

For more information on the September 30, 2016 Heart Walk at Arm & Hammer Park, please visit

David R. Hill

Chair, Central N.J. Heart Walk

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Princeton Family YMCA Board of Directors, we want to thank Town Topics for sharing the story in its last issue about the exciting projects we are undertaking to update the facility for our community. We have just one minor correction to note. As co-chairs of the 2016 Centennial Awards, the Y’s one major fundraiser, we want to clarify that the event will be Thursday, October 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Y in the Dodge gymnasium.

This year, our focus is Youth Development and we are recognizing individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to nurturing the potential of youth, and lead by example through community service, scholarship, philanthropy, and by putting others first. This year’s honorees are: Robert O. Carr, creator and founder of the Give Something Back Foundation; Thomas J. Espenshade, Princeton University sociologist, educator and researcher; Tonie Forbes, Esq., community advocate and youth; Lenora Keel, social worker with Princeton High School for 23 years; Joanne Parker, youth leader with the First Baptist Church of Princeton; and for our institutional recognition, Princeton Special Sports, a volunteer-driven organization providing children with opportunities to play youth sports in an environment tailored to their special needs and abilities. Our event is like no other: young people interview the honorees in advance and conduct the entire presentation. We also feature catering by Mediterra and a silent auction.

To receive an invitation or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit the YMCA’s website If you have any questions, please contact Denise Soto at (609) 497-9622 ext. 209. We look forward to another wonderful celebration of our community’s best!

Prashanth Jayachandran, 

Cameron Manning


obit-brinster-9-14-16John Francis Brinster

John Francis Brinster, 95, died peacefully at home at Stonebridge on Friday September 9, 2016. He was born and raised in Butler, New Jersey, the son of Lorenz and Margaret Brinster. John was president of his class when he graduated from Butler High School in 1939. He was awarded a full scholarship to Drew University to study chemistry. After a summer job in the Princeton University physics lab, the University made him a similar offer. He went on to graduate magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton with the class of 1943, an honor that he was most proud of.

John grew up in rural New Jersey. As a youngster he built amateur chemistry and electronic labs in his basement and was an active ham radio operator with “friends” all over the world. While in high school he was editor of the school newspaper and played both basketball and football.

After college graduation, John stayed on at Princeton doing research and teaching at the graduate level. The War Manpower Commission required him to remain at Princeton to participate in war developments where he created the first multichannel radio telemetry devices for obtaining data from distant moving vehicles. When the American army captured the German V-2 missile, he was appointed a member of the National V-2 Panel to develop similar technology. He was in charge of five missiles to be fired at White Sands Proving Grounds working with Wernher von Braun. John worked with physicists such as Wheeler, Pauli, Feynman, and Wigner, and also enjoyed associations with Einstein and Oppenheimer at the Institute for Advanced Study. His 1946 analytical report that was requested by the government was the first to recommend data transmission and manipulation in the form of binary code well before the availability of solid-state devices. Later, John became an entrepreneur and with the help of local investors, he started Applied Science Corporation, known as ASCOP and then General Devices. They were small high tech companies in data acquisition, telemetry, and thermo-electricity. General Devices developed and built the telemetry system used in John Glenn’s capsule to communicate from space to earth.

John’s passion for business led him to take over Allied Boats in the late 60’s, the marine division of a small company owned by his brother Larry. From this, he created Marine Drive Systems where John designed and created stern drives (marine propulsion) for various motor boating applications ranging from pleasure boats to large commercial ferries. This enabled John and Doris, his wife of nearly 71 years, to travel world wide marketing the Marine Drive products. Marine Drive Systems successfully competed with industry giants such as Volvo-Penta, MerCruiser, and Chris Craft. John sold the company in the early 90’s and retired.

During his professional years, John, a scientist and creator at heart, received patents for more than 16 inventions. Once retired, John became extremely interested in, and somewhat of an authority on neuroscience and the human mind. As a Princeton alumnus, John worked to emphasize the study of neuroscience at the University by participating in the national “Decade of the Brain” so designated by George H. W. Bush to enhance public awareness of the benefits of brain research. John donated a prize in perpetuity for the best senior thesis in neuroscience. Work with his class led to the realization of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. He made similar scholarship contributions to Rutgers and Drew Universities.

In his later years, John was passionate about writing and published nine books both fiction and non-fiction. He recently finished his tenth book that is yet to be edited and published.

Because of John’s love for boating, he and his family enjoyed summers at the New Jersey shore. He ultimately built a family home in Mantoloking on Barnegat Bay that could easily accommodate his growing four-generation family.

John was a longtime active member of The Nassau Club and so enjoyed his weekly “Saturday Lunch Bunch” meetings. He was also a member of The Old Guard and an invited speaker on several occasions.

John leaves behind his wife, Doris Lacy Ayres, whom he met on a bet with his co-workers in the summer of 1942; his daughters Jaye White and Meg; his son John and his son-in-law, Allen White. John had nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial will be private and handled by Mather Hodge Funeral Home. A memorial service is being planned for October. For information regarding the memorial service, please contact Meg at


John Robert Waltman

John Robert (Bob) Waltman, 94, died on September 8, 2016 surrounded by his loving family at the Stonebridge residence in Skillman.

Bob was born in Steubenville, Ohio to Edwin Guy and Martha Beard Waltman. He attended the Mercersburg Academy before entering Princeton University with the great class of 1945. In the spring of 1943, Bob left Princeton to enlist in the Army. From 1943 to 1946 he served with the Army Corps of Engineers, 1289th Engineer Combat Battalion. Bob served in France, Germany, and the Philippines and attained the rank of First Lieutenant. He returned to Princeton in 1946 to complete his Bachelor of Science in engineering degree. In 1948 he began a long and successful career with the United States Gypsum Company. Retiring from his position as national accounts executive in 1987, Bob was known for his exemplary dedication, integrity, humility, and for his personal touch and wry good humor.

An avid golfer and sailor and a proud member of the Old Guard, Bob enjoyed big band music, jazz and cleverly plotted espionage novels. He traveled frequently, first in the service, then for work, and finally enjoying many trips abroad after his retirement. More than anything, he enjoyed time spent with his family. An exemplary man in every regard, Bob was a gentle soul with a sweetly mischievous twinkle in his eye. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years Diana (Didi) Fredericks Waltman; his daughters Susan Waltman Simpson, Sally (Bay) Waltman (and spouse Elizabeth Ries) and Martha O’Connor (and spouse Michael); and by his son James Robert (Jim) Waltman (and spouse Alicia); as well as by his eight adoring grandchildren; Jack, Diana (Annie) and Matthew Simpson; Kelly, Duncan and John Patrick O’Connor; and Emma and James Torrey (Jimmy) Waltman.

Interment will be held privately. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association or Habitat for Humanity of Trenton.


obit-oconnor-9-14-16Robert Arthur O’Connor

Robert Arthur O’Connor, long-time Princeton resident, died Thursday, September 8, 2016 at age 96 after a long illness.

Mr. O’Connor was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and graduated from the City College of New York in 1942, then served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps 1943-45 in the China-Burma-India theater of operations. He spent most of his career at Columbia Broadcasting System, retiring in 1987 as vice-president, transmission and staff engineering. He was a member of many industry and government committees, including the International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR), IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB.)

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marion (nee Azzoni), his three children: Christine, Arthur and wife Linda, and Andrew and wife Kathryn; and his seven grandchildren Matthew, Brett, Madeline, Julia, Emma, Genevieve, and Rhys as well as many nieces and nephews. His father, Arthur; mother, Justina (nee Zeig); brother, William and wife Ellen (nee Boylan) have predeceased him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman, with burial following at Princeton Cemetery.

Inspired by his love of classical music, the family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Princeton Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 250, Princeton, NJ 08542.