July 29, 2015

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Since neither Seurat nor Manet were on hand to paint the scene at Saturday’s Music Fest on Palmer Square, Town Topics’ Emily Reeves stopped by to capture this summer moment. Comments from some listeners are in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

STICKING WITH IT: Carly O’Brien heads up the field in action this spring during her senior season with the Dickinson College women’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton Day School standout O’Brien enjoyed a superb career for Dickinson, tallying 166 points in her career, fifth best in program history.  (Photo by by James Rasp, provided courtesy of Dickinson’s Office of Athletic Communications)

STICKING WITH IT: Carly O’Brien heads up the field in action this spring during her senior season with the Dickinson College women’s lacrosse team. Former Princeton Day School standout O’Brien enjoyed a superb career for Dickinson, tallying 166 points in her career, fifth best in program history.
(Photo by by James Rasp, provided courtesy of Dickinson’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Sadly, Carly O’Brien ended her senior season with the Dickinson College women’s lacrosse team this spring the same way she finished her freshman campaign – with a serious knee injury.

While injuries may have hampered O’Brien during her college career, the former Princeton Day School standout accomplished a lot when she was on the field for the Red Devils.

The high-scoring 5’8 forward tallied 166 points in her career, fifth best in program history, on 114 goals and 52 assists. She ranks seventh all-time for the team in goals and fifth in assists.

“Every time I stepped on the field, it was my job to score,” said O’Brien, a three-sport performer at PDS, who played soccer and ice hockey in addition to lacrosse.

“The defense worked so hard to get the ball and I wanted to come through. Because of the injuries, I wanted to make the most of the time I was on the field.”

Coming into this spring, O’Brien was looking to make the most of her senior season.

“My first three years, we came so close to the Centennial Conference  playoffs so my main goal was to make playoffs,” said O’Brien reflecting on her mindset coming into 2015. “It was a young team with a lot of talent and potential.”

O’Brien and the Red Devils got off to a good start, going 3-0, but couldn’t get over the hump, losing some tough games to ned the season at 8-7 overall and 4-5 Centennial. more

GaragePatrons of the Spring Street Garage will have some changes to adjust to in coming months. Parking fees at the municipal lot will be raised to prices yet to be determined and go into effect at the beginning of next year. In addition, the two hours of free parking traditionally given to users of Princeton Public Library will be done away with.

There is a silver lining: The half-hour of free parking in the lot will be upgraded to a full hour, for everyone. And during the week of September 14, when new equipment is to be installed at the two entrances to the garage, parking will be free, it was announced at Monday night’s meeting of Princeton Council. more

Amimal Control

Princeton’s new Animal Control Officer (ACO), Nate Barson, made a brief appearance at a meeting of the Board of Health last week.

Unlike his predecessor Mark Johnson, who came under the umbrella of the Princeton Police Department for most of his time with the municipality, Mr. Barson will be attached to the health department and have an office in Monument Hall. more

Now that construction of the Lakeside Apartments is completed and graduate students and their families are moving into the new complex on Faculty Road, Princeton University is preparing to demolish the Butler Tract apartments on Harrison Street. The barracks-like development, which was built as temporary housing after World War II but served for almost 70 years as a home for graduate students, will finally meet the wrecking ball in early fall. more

ON TOUR: Kelly Shon displays her form as she follows through on a shot during her career with the Princeton University women’s golf team. Shon, a 2014 Princeton alum who was a four-time All Ivy league honoree and the 2013 Ivy individual champion, is currently competing as a rookie on the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tour.  (Photo provided courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

ON TOUR: Kelly Shon displays her form as she follows through on a shot during her career with the Princeton University women’s golf team. Shon, a 2014 Princeton alum who was a four-time All Ivy league honoree and the 2013 Ivy individual champion, is currently competing as a rookie on the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tour.
(Photo provided courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Kelly Shon graduated from Princeton University in June 2014 with a degree in sociology but her education was just beginning on another front as she went from college to the Symetra Tour, the development circuit for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

For Shon, a four-time All Ivy league honoree and the 2013 Ivy individual champion during her stellar career with the Tiger women’s golf program, competing as a pro was an eye-opening experience, on and off the course. more

FISHING THE FLATS: Adventurous traveler Melanie Tucker, shown here fishing the flats in Key West, will share her knowledge of off-the-beaten track destinations in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library, this Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The travel designer will present a slide illustrated talk, “Short Sojourns: Rejuvenating Travel in Just Three Days,” as part of the Library’s summer series, “Escape the Ordinary,” which hosts writers, book groups, artists, and guest speakers. Ms. Tucker is the owner of Rare Finds Travel (www.rarefindstravel.com) and specializes in custom travel itineraries. For more information, call (609) 923.0304, or visit: http://rarefindstravel.com(Photo Courtesy of Rare Finds Travel)

FISHING THE FLATS: Adventurous traveler Melanie Tucker, shown here fishing the flats in Key West, will share her knowledge of off-the-beaten track destinations in the Community Room at the Princeton Public Library, this Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The travel designer will present a slide illustrated talk, “Short Sojourns: Rejuvenating Travel in Just Three Days,” as part of the Library’s summer series, “Escape the Ordinary,” which hosts writers, book groups, artists, and guest speakers. Ms. Tucker is the owner of Rare Finds Travel (www.rarefindstravel.com) and specializes in custom travel itineraries. For more information, call (609) 923.0304, or visit: http://rarefindstravel.com (Photo Courtesy of Rare Finds Travel)

According to a recent study from the U.S. Travel Association, America is becoming a nation of workaholics, with workers taking less and less vacation time than ever before.

Travel designer Melanie Tucker has the antidote for the time-pressed traveler. With a lifetime of adventurous, off-the-beaten track trips behind her, the former Princeton resident has a wealth of knowledge of three-day breaks that can deliver the feel of a much longer vacation.  more

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After welcoming Princeton’s new Animal Control Officer Nate Barson to the municipality (see page one story), Health Officer Jeffrey C. Grosser and the rest of the Board got down to business at the Princeton Board of Health’s regular monthly meeting last week. more

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After a four-year ban that prevented him from all international travel and kept him from visiting Princeton in 2012, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has had his passport returned to him.

Last week, Mr. Ai posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding the document, which had been confiscated by Chinese authorities following the artist’s outspoken remarks on number of national scandals, including collapse of badly-constructed schools during a 2008 earthquake.  more

book revI recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for. — George Orwell, from Homage to Catalonia

A friend who went to Antioch College tells of arriving as a freshman to find himself confronted on a dormitory stairway by a stunningly lovely girl holding a pail of water, shouting, “Would you have fought in Spain?” Taking into account the water, the stairway, and the girl, he answered in the affirmative and was allowed to pass.

George Orwell, who fought in Spain and wrote about it in Homage to Catalonia (1938), found something more rewarding than the chance to fight fascism: “Up here in Aragon one was among tens of thousands of people…all living at the same level and mingling on terms of equality.  more

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Princeton Summer Theater’s double bill of one-acts, The Actor’s Nightmare (1981) by Christopher Durang and The Real Inspector Hound (1968) by Tom Stoppard, is an insider’s delight with both plays set in a theater, both plays about plays, performances and actors (and, in the latter case, critics too). The highly skilled young performers of these brilliantly clever works at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through August 2, enjoy themselves immensely in their madcap endeavors, and the enjoyment inexorably spreads through the loudly laughing audience.  more

Hofer Museum

Princeton resident Margaret “Margi” Hofer has been appointed as Vice President and Director of the Museum Division at the New-York Historical Society.

With more than two decades of service, Ms. Hofer has contributed to or overseen New-York Historical’s decorative arts collections and exhibitions. She spearheaded the groundbreaking 2007 exhibition and publication “A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls,” which revealed previously unrecognized achievements of Tiffany Studios’ women designers. more

Art Topic

That’s the title of the newest exhibition at Gallery 353, 353 Nassau Street, Princeton, which opens with a reception Saturday, August 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show features local artist Nancy Dawn Merrill whose 36 x 48 inch rendering of “Maeve, Warrior Queen” is shown above. Ms. Merrill’s evocative figures and lush compositions are descried as “bold and colorful, and gush from a spring of ‘pure imagination.’” more

Poppins Theater

Bella Lundquist as Mary Poppins, and the cast of Mary Poppins perform an impromptu flash performance during their fundraiser outside of Cream King on Monday night. Just one of the many high energy dance and song numbers from the show which will take place at The Hopewell Valley Central High School Performing Arts Center on July 30 at 7 p.m. and August 2 at 7 p.m.  more

Stories

People & Stories/Gente 7 Cuentos of Trenton is one of five organizations in New Jersey to be included in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarding of $36.6 million in grants for 212 humanities projects. The grant, announced Wednesday, July 29, is for $408, 378. more

July 28, 2015

Cooling Stations

During the current heat wave this week, Princeton’s cooling stations will be open to ensure Princeton residents have a safe place to stay cool during the expected high temperatures. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed. Cooling stations are air conditioned facilities where Princeton residents can find relief from the heat. Free water is accessible at all stations. more

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Yoga at Sourland Cycles is offered every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at their Hopewell location, 53 E Broad Street. Michelle and Greta will lead the class in alignment focused vinyasa style yoga (perfect for athletes getting ready for racing season). Weekly information can be found online at HopewellYoga. The cost to attend is $15. Guests should bring their own mats and water bottles.  more

Am GrafittiPrinceton University Art Museum will hold a free outdoor screening of the George Lucas film American Graffiti (1973) on Thursday, August 6 at 8:30 p.m. The film served as the launching pad for many well-known actors including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Harrison Ford. Set in 1962, American Graffiti is based on Lucas’ own teenage years in early 1960s Modesto, California. In case of rain, the film will be shown inside of the Art Museum. American Graffiti is part of the Art Museum’s Summer 2015 film series celebrating the American experience. more

P TriangleWhen you think of college comedy revues, what comes to mind? Probably Harvard’s Hasty Pudding or the Princeton Triangle Show or Penn’s Masque & Wig. But in England, the “gold standard” for over 100 years has been The Cambridge Footlights Revue. Long established as a finishing school for the best of Britain’s comic entertainers, Footlights members have come to dominate British comedy, forging such groups as Monty Python and one half of the original Beyond the Fringe. Its alumni includes Hugh Laurie, Peter Cook, Eric Idle, Stephen Fry, and John Oliver, whom we now claim as our own. They will be joined on stage by two “improv” groups—Oxford’s Imps and Princeton’s own Quipfire, which is hosting this gathering of comedic talent from across the seas on Monday, September 21 at 7: 30 p.m. at McCarter Theatre. more

July 27, 2015

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Peaches are having a splendid season at Terhune Orchards. This year, their annual Just Peachy Festival includes a peachy paradise for local food lovers at the “Summer Harvest Farm-to-Fork Tasting” each day from noon to 4 p.m. Talented area chefs will use the juicy peaches and just harvested vegetables and herbs to prepare creative dishes celebrating summer’s bounty. This special tasting is $12 per person. Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery will also offer tastings for an additional charge. Admission to the Just Peachy Festival is $5 for ages 3 and up. Wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors, and children’s games included.

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Princeton Garden Theatre presents a screening of Vincent van Gogh (2015), part of their Exhibition on Screen series on Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. Made in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this film marks a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection on the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. Experience Van Gogh’s masterpieces on the big screen, in high definition, while world-renowned curators and art historians offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. more

shutterstock_196336097According to an Arts and Transit Project Update from Princeton University, bike parking and bike rental at the station will be unavailable in the bike shelter on the east side of the tracks from Monday, July 27 though Friday, August 10. Alternative temporary bike racks have been installed near the station for use during this time period and signage at the bike shelter has been in place notifying users of the change. Any bikes remaining on the racks in the bike shelter on the east side of the tracks as of midnight on Monday, July 27 will be removed. For more information, contact:  bike@princeton.edu.

July 24, 2015
Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Farmhouse Store located at 34 Hulfish Street were (left to right): Paula Stephens, Farmhouse Customer Service Manager, Mayor Liz Lempert, Stephen Suto, Farmhouse Sales Manager, Co-Owners Kristin & Ron Menapace and John Marshall, President Princeton Merchants Association.

Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Farmhouse Store located at 34 Hulfish Street were (left to right): Paula Stephens, Farmhouse Customer Service Manager, Mayor Liz Lempert, Stephen Suto, Farmhouse Sales Manager, Co-Owners Kristin & Ron Menapace and John Marshall, President Princeton Merchants Association.

On Thursday, July 23, the Farmhouse Store Princeton opened its doors to its new expanded location in Palmer Square on Hulfish Street next to Mediterra restaurant. Noted for its unique selection of handcrafted artisan gifts, pottery, glass, wood, textiles, metal, paper, home decor, and jewelry, the Farmhouse Store had outgrown its home for the last three years at 43 Hulfish Street. Having developed a loyal customer base and following, owners Kristin and Ron Menapace are very excited to expand. more

BN 1A collaboration of the aid organization Outreach Northeast and the Brooklyn-based So Percussion Summer Institute will bring the two organizations together on Sunday, July 26 to assemble 20,000 servings of nutritionally balanced meals for clients of The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.

More than one and a half tons of the donated macaroni and cheese meals will be packaged Sunday at Princeton University’s Woolworth Hall, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meals will then go Monday to The Crisis Ministry’s three food pantries for customers who are food-insecure.

So Percussion Summer Institute’s four members are performing in and around Princeton and leading percussion and composition workshops and master classes through August 2. The nonprofit Outreach Program, based in Iowa and with its Northeast branch in Massachusetts, is on track to package and distribute a total of three million meals to hungry people worldwide by the end of 2015.

That organization provides the ingredients for the meals and the materials and expertise for packaging. So Percussion participants raised the funds for the food, and will have 40 participants packaging and boxing on Sunday.  more