November 9, 2018

ON THE MOVE: “I wanted to leave a legacy for Dad and my family, and this was the right time to make the move. We have the construction project going on at our Spring Street building, and we found this great Alexander Road location.” Robbie Nelson (center), owner of Nelson Glass & Aluminum and daughter of its founder, the late Bob Nelson, is shown with officer manager Joanne McGettigan (left) and longtime former office manager Alice Kent (right).

Your son just threw a baseball through the window; the wind blew the patio table over, and broke the glass top; the king-size mirror fell off the wall — who to call?

Nelson Glass, of course! Since 1949, this has been the place to go, whether for an emergency, a quick fix, or a long-range project.

Nelson Glass & Aluminum is unique in Princeton today. An independent, family-owned and operated business that continues to provide Princeton and the area with knowledgeable, friendly service and quality products. It has a proud history.

In 1949, Bob Nelson returned to his Princeton hometown with an engineering degree from Cornell and a goal of establishing his own business. It didn’t take long to discover that Princeton lacked a glass company, and he set out to fill that need.

After learning the ropes of the glass industry, he set up shop at a Nassau Street location. And, the rest, as they say, is history!

“In those days, the bulk of the business was cutting flat automobile glass,” explains Robbie Nelson, Bob Nelson’s daughter, and the firm’s current owner. “The store evolved into repair — especially broken windows. Dad saw a need, and he was always concerned with being a full-service glass company.”

After 10 years on Nassau Street, the firm moved to 45 Spring Street, where it has remained ever since. It continued to grow and evolve, beginning to provide aluminum storm doors and windows, then mirror work, shower doors, insulated glass, sliding patio doors, and table tops. Work began to be divided between commercial and residential projects.

Nelson Glass has always been known for its attention to detail and painstaking care for each project. As always, the company still does things by hand. The expert staff will custom-cut all mirrors, and make perfectly-fitting glass table tops. They also replace defective (foggy) double-paned insulated glass.

“The big thing now is doubled-paned insulated glass,” says Robbie Nelson. “It can get moisture between the panes though, and then needs to be replaced. Probably our most common job is replacing defective insulated glass.”

That is just one of the many services the company provides. Glass for picture frames, Plexiglas and safety glass, repair of leaded windows, application of solar film to windows to help prevent fading of interior items — the list goes on and on. Fixing rotted wood window frames is another service.

Showroom Display
“People often come in and bring a broken storm window,” points out Nelson, “and then they’ll see the showroom display and find something else they want. Maybe they need a new storm door, for example, or a new glass table top.

“When they come in, they can meet the staff. And we do the work here. We create the new storm door for you or make the repairs right here. Then, if there is ever a problem later, the customer can come back and see us. We will be here. We always stand by our work. Our reputation means everything. We always take pride in doing a good job.”

Now, Nelson Glass is embarking on a new adventure. After nearly 60 years on Spring Street, the firm has moved to a new location at 741 Alexander Road, Suite 7/8.

Changing times bring changing needs, and Nelson Glass has always adapted to new markets and directions.

“We started when Princeton was a village,” remarks Nelson, “Spring Street was a good location in the heart of town. But as times have changed, and Princeton has grown, we need more space and more parking.

“The Alexander Road location is just right. We needed a level loading dock, and it offers more space. We’ll go from 3,500 square to 5,000 square feet. It’s still a Princeton address, and there is lots of free parking.

Excellent Staff
“We’re looking forward to having more room in the shop and in the showroom. I’m also happy to have a bigger office. We will also be adding more staff. Finding the right staff has always been very important to us, and we have always been fortunate to have an excellent staff at Nelson.

“We have a new office manager, Joanne McGettigan, who has 15 years’ experience in the glass industry. She has the same talent for customer service that our longtime office manager Alice Kent has. Customers will be pleased to know that although Alice is semi-retired, she will be on hand at least three days a week in our new location.”

The timing of the move coincides with a building project at the Spring Street location. In the works for two years, the plan includes the addition of six stacked terraced apartments atop the original building. These rental units will include one single-bedroom, three two-bedroom, and two three-bedroom apartments. One affordable unit will be available.

Designed by Princeton architect Joshua Zinder of JZA+D, the project allows for 2,000 square feet of commercial space on the existing first level. The apartments will feature outdoor glass balcony railings, and after completion, the structure will be known as the Nelson Glass House.
“We need more housing in downtown Princeton,” says Nelson, who also owns the house next door at 47 Spring Street, currently divided into two apartments. “With the new addition and the house next door, we feel we are keeping the area as a neighborhood.

“I wanted to do something my dad would be proud of,” she continues. “I wanted to leave a legacy for him and the family. It’s all about family.”

Loyal Customers
Nelson Glass has had many loyal customers over the past decades, and continues to add new clients from all over the area.

“We want them all to come and see us at the new location, where we will continue to service all their glass needs,” says Nelson. “They can count on us for the cutting and installation. We are a true service operation. We do it all, and we will also help to guide those who want to do it themselves. But for the things that are too big, such as long mirrors or big pieces of glass, they can rely on us.

“Every day is different, with different challenges. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience. We can handle any project — from little jobs to big jobs, whatever the customer needs.”

While looking forward to this new adventure in the annals of Nelson Glass history, Robbie Nelson admits to mixed feelings about leaving Spring Street.

“The move is bittersweet. I will certainly miss coming here. It’s been a big part of my life. I love Princeton, and I’ll miss the downtown very much. But we will not be far away at all. It’s still a Princeton address, and we can’t wait to welcome all our customers to our new home.”
Nelson Glass & Aluminum hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (609) 924-2880. Website:

November 7, 2018

The weather was just about perfect and the foliage was at its peak on Sunday for the HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon, which features a course located entirely in the heart of historic Princeton. All proceeds support the nonprofit organization’s programs and services for adolescents. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

Princeton voters overwhelmingly supported the Democratic team of Eve Niedergang with 6,828 votes and Dwaine Williamson with 6,565 votes in the race for two seats with three-year terms on Princeton Council, according to unofficial results at press time. Current Council members Heather Howard and Lance Liverman will be stepping down on January 1.

Though her Council bid fell short, Republican Lishian “Lisa” Wu won 2,074 votes, bolstered by her strong campaign to fight property tax increases. Democrats will continue to hold all six seats on Council in the coming year.

In the hotly contested election for three seats on the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE), Brian J. McDonald, Daniel J. Dart, and incumbent Betsy Kalber Baglio prevailed against strong opposition from incumbent Dafna Kendal and Mary Clurman.  McDonald won 3,895 votes, Dart 3,611, Baglio 3,303, Kendal 3,207, and Clurman 3,157.

McDonald, Dart, and Baglio will begin new three-year terms on January 1, as BOE President Patrick Sullivan vacates his seat. The ten-member BOE will elect a new president for the coming year.

A $27M school facilities bond referendum, scheduled to go before voters on December 11, was the source of much debate throughout the BOE campaign.The referendum price tag was reduced from an original proposal of $129.7M after significant resistance from Clurman, Dart, and others. The BOE will be seeking further public funding for renovations, upgrades, and new construction in the coming year.

In the race to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate, Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez with about 54 percent of the votes held on to defeat Republican challenger Bob Hugin with about 43 percent.

In the 12th District election for U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman coasted to victory with about 71 percent to about 29 percent for her Republican opponent Daryl Kipnis.

Elected to the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders were Democrats Ann M. Cannon, 69,688 votes, Pasquale “Pat” Colavita, 69,070 votes, and Samuel T. Frisby Sr., 66,701 votes.  Also-rans included Republicans Michael Silvestri, 32,341 votes, Mary R. Walker, 32,052, and Cynthia Larsen, 32,393.  Elected to a one-year term, running unopposed, was Democrat Nina D. Melker.

By Anne Levin

In the continuing saga surrounding the future of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, those opposed to Rider’s sale of Westminster to a Chinese for-profit company remain committed to pursuing legal action that would prevent the transaction from going through. Others who support the sale have suggested that the two lawsuits, which challenge Rider’s right to sell, are endangering the prestigious music school’s ability to flourish in the future. more

BATTLEFIELD ARCHAEOLOGY: An aspiring young archaeological explorer searches for meaningful artifacts at the Princeton Battlefield.Sponsored by the Princeton Battlefield Society, in collaboration with Princeton University and the Historical Society of Princeton, Public Archeology Day on November 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. promises fun for the whole family, along with the opportunity to engage in hands-on work in archaeology, history, and preservation on the battlefield. (Photo courtesy of Princeton Battlefield Society)

By Donald Gilpin

The Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS), in collaboration with Princeton University and the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP), will be hosting Public Archaeology Day this Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an array of educational and recreational activities to engage participants.  more

DOWN TO THE FRONT DOOR: The stately, nine-bedroom home that stood for 96 years on Hodge Road was torn down recently due to damage from a fire, still under investigation, that broke out last July. A local shop was able to salvage some of the interior features. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The fire that burned through the roof of a home at 140 Hodge Road last July has resulted, finally, in its demolition. Over the past few weeks, the elegant, 5,802-square-foot house was reduced to splinters of wood and brick, leaving only the gracious portico to stand forlornly amid the wreckage until it was removed. more

By Donald Gilpin

Princeton University, Princeton High School (PHS), and Princeton Day School (PDS) are working together in an engineering-aeronautics-space program that will culminate in a November 2019 ThinSat satellite launch. The launch will take place at the Northeast Regional Spaceport at the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s eastern shore aboard the Northrop Grumman Antares Orbital ATK rocket as part of the NG-12 Mission. more

“ROOFTOP VIEW LBI”: This painting is part of Rider University’s exhibit of watercolors by Professor Harry I. Naar. “Watercolors: Observed and Imagined” is on display in the Rider University Art Gallery in the Bart Luedeke Center through November 30. An artist’s talk is Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m.

The Rider University Art Gallery features an exhibit of watercolors by Rider Professor and Gallery Founder and Director Harry I. Naar, running through November 30. An artist’s talk is Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m.

Judith K. Brodsky, distinguished professor emerita with Rutgers University’s Department of Visual Arts, has written that Naar’s watercolors “…blend the broken strokes of Cézanne, the rhythmic qualities of Van Gogh and the linear marks of Derain into works infused throughout with a charged sensuality.” more

Morven Museum & Garden has partnered with the John F. Peto Studio Museum in Island Heights to present “Masters of Illusion: The Legacy of John F. Peto,” a new look at trompe l’oeil art in New Jersey. Trompe l’oeil, pronounced “tromp loi,” is a French phrase meaning “to deceive the eye,” which is used to describe paintings that create the illusion of a three-dimensional scene.  The exhibit runs November 15 through May 12, 2019, with an opening reception on Wednesday, November 14 at 6 p.m.

Born in Philadelphia in 1854, John Frederick Peto has been recognized as one of America’s most accomplished trompe l’oeil artists. After studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Peto moved to Island Heights, New Jersey, where he played cornet in the Methodist Camp and worked quietly out of the public eye. In addition to Peto’s paintings, the exhibition will feature Peto’s photography done in and around Island Heights. more

DINNER IS SERVED: “I want people to come and experience classic/modern French cuisine; the French way of cooking.” Assi Li Ponte, chef/owner of Bonne Assiette in Pennington, is shown with a sampling of his culinary creations: Filet Mignon, served with potato dauphinois, sauteed asparagus, and béarnaise sauce; Salmon with orange glaze, baby carrots, Nicoise olives, heirloom tomatoes, saba wine reduction, and pistou oil; Diver Scallops, served on a faro and corn confit, topped with orange beurre blanc and micro greens; and Mustard Chicken served with new potato fondant, baby carrots, and haricot verts with brandy mustard sauce.

By Jean Stratton

Dining out at Bonne Assiette in Pennington is not only a pleasure for the palate, it is a splendid experience on many levels. The welcoming atmosphere, attractive decor with French motif, and attentive service all combine to create a lunch or dinner to remember.

As chef/owner Assi Li Ponte says, “I want the people who come here to have a really good time. A great gastronomic experience! This is the hospitality business. You have to be hospitable. And everyone who comes here is treated like a guest.” more

By Stuart Mitchner

After three seasons of Amazon Prime’s The Man In the High Castle, I have parallel worlds on the brain. Walking in the city last week, I was acutely aware of the dual realities of the Manhattan of memory and Manhattan 2018. While most people in the midtown crowds were seeing what was there, I was seeing what was no longer there.  more

TRENCH WARFARE: Princeton University offensive lineman Brent Holder, right, battles Rocco Di Leo of Dartmouth last Saturday in a clash of Ivy League frontrunners. Princeton rallied to pull out a 14-9 win over the previously undefeated Big Green to improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 Ivy League. The Tigers play at Yale (5-3 overall, 3-2 Ivy) on November 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

It was a clash of unbeatens that took on the aura of a heavyweight title fight when the Princeton University football team hosted Dartmouth last Saturday.

After the rivals, who both entered the day with 7-0 records, traded touchdowns on their first possessions to  make it a 7-7 game, the two teams slugged it out in between the 20s with a second quarter safety by Dartmouth being the only additional points scored heading into the final period. more

MOMENT OF GLORY: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mimi Asom, right, celebrates after she scored the lone goal in Princeton’s 1-0 win over visiting Penn last Saturday. As a result of the victory, Princeton clinched a tie for the Ivy league title with the Quakers and earned the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 11-3-2 overall, will be playing at Texas Tech (13-5-2 overall) in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on November 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As Mimi Asom soaked in the emotion of her Senior Day ceremony with Princeton University women’s soccer team last Saturday, she was determined to extend her career beyond the evening.

Princeton needed a win over visiting Penn in the season finale to clinch a share of the Ivy League title with the Quakers and earn the league’s automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA tournament. more

MOVING FORWARD: Princeton University men’s basketball player Jerome Desrosiers, right, drives to the basket in a practice last week. The Tigers will be relying on sophomore forward Desrosiers to build on the progress he made last winter. The Tigers open their 2018-19 campaign by hosting DeSales University on November 9. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

There will be a new look around Princeton’s Jadwin Gym as the college basketball season tips off this week with a new four-sided video board hanging over the court and a revamped seating configuration.

Coming off a disappointing 2017-18 season that saw the Princeton University men’s basketball team go 13-16 overall and 5-9 Ivy League, the Tigers are vowing to be new and improved.  more

COURT IN SESSION: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart, right, makes a point at the program’s annual media day last Thursday in Jadwin Gym as senior star Sydney Jordan listens attentively. Princeton is slated to get its 2018-19 campaign underway by playing at Rider on November 6 and at George Washington in November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

As the Princeton University women’s basketball team prepares for the 2018-19 campaign, it has adopted the theme of “Rise as One.”

But rising to the heights achieved last winter when Princeton went 24-6 overall, 12-2 Ivy League and winning the league’s postseason tournament may be harder as the team’s No. 1 player, junior forward Bella Alarie (13.3 points and 9.4 rebounds a game last winter on the way to being named Ivy Player of the Year), is currently sidelined with a broken arm. more

DRIVE FOR FIVE: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer Brooke Smukler, left, goes after a ball in a game earlier this fall. Last Wednesday, senior forward Smukler, who had been sidelined earlier this fall with mono, ended her career with a bang, scoring two goals as top-seeded PDS defeated second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy 4-2 in the state Prep B title game. It was the fifth straight Prep B title for the Panthers, who ended the fall at 14-4-1. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In mid-October, Brooke Smukler was diagnosed with mononucleosis and feared that she might be sidelined for the rest of her senior season on the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team.

At the time, doctors advised Smukler that she was likely to be out for around four weeks. But getting cleared after two weeks, Smukler got a chance to return to action for the postseason. more

KICKSTARTER: Princeton Day School girls’ soccer player Jules Romano controls the ball in recent action. Last Wednesday, sophomore midfielder Romano scored a goal and had an assist in the first half to give top-seeded PDS a 2-0 halftime lead over second-seeded Montclair Kimberley Academy in the state Prep B final. The Panthers went on to prevail 4-2, winning their fifth straight Prep B crown. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Goals have been hard to come by when the Princeton Day School girls’ soccer team battled Montclair Kimberley Academy in the last three state Prep B finals.

In 2015, the two rivals played to a 0-0 tie through regulation before Hannah Bunce blasted in a goal to give PDS a 1-0 overtime victory. more

PINNING IT DOWN: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Acasio Pinheiro shows his form in a 2016 race. Last Saturday, senior star Pinheiro placed first individually at the Central Jersey Group 4 cross country sectional at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. Pinheiro’s heroics helped PHS finish second in the team standing behind champion WW/P-South. PHS will be competing in the state Group 4 meet on November 10 at Holmdel Park. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

A soggy course and howling winds greeted runners as they competed last Saturday in the Central Jersey Group 4 cross country sectional at Thompson Park in Jamesburg.

Proving that he is a tough mudder, Princeton High senior star Acasio Pinheiro flew over the 5,000-meter course in 16:07.4 to place first individually, five seconds ahead of runner-up Nick Lundberg of Freehold Township. more

IN THE CLEAR: Princeton High girls’ soccer player Lauren Rougas clears the ball up the field in recent action. Junior defender Rougas starred as PHS advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals where the eighth-seeded Little Tigers lost 4-0 at top-seeded Hunterdon Central last Friday. PHS finished the fall with a 9-7-2 record.  (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Lauren Rougas and her fellow defenders on the Princeton High girls’ soccer team knew they faced a challenge when they played at high-powered Hunterdon Central in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional quarterfinals last Friday.

“Our defensive game plan was to just play as a unit and pass the ball around and keep possession on the offense,” said Rougas.”We wanted to keep our defensive stance and play as hard as we could.” more

By Bill Alden

After the Princeton High girls’ volleyball team dropped the first set of its Group 4 state tournament opening round match against visiting Cherokee, Natalia Drobnjak knew the season was on the line.

“In the second set we just tried to come out with a bit more fire, energy, and a sense of urgency,” said senior libero Drobnjak

The 16th-seeded Little Tigers fought hard but came up short, falling 2-0 (25-17, 25-16) to 17th-seeded Cherokee to end the fall with a 20-6 record. more

FINAL DRIVE: Hun School football player Josh Henderson heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Sunday, senior running back Henderson finished his Hun career in style, scoring two touchdowns as the Raiders defeated the Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) 48-20 in their season finale. Hun improved to 8-1 with the victory and clinched the outright Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Josh Henderson’s final appearance for the Hun School football team proved to be a fitting culmination to his stellar career.

With Hun hosting the Mercersburg Academy (Pa.) last Sunday to end the 2018 campaign, senior running back and co-captain Henderson scored two touchdowns to help the Raiders roll to a 48-20 triumph as they improved to 8-1 and cliched the outright Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) title in the process. more

October 31, 2018

The weather was crisp on Sunday afternoon for the last day of Terhune Orchards’ annual Apple Days Harvest Festivals, which featured fun for the whole family with live music, country food, cider, apple picking, pumpkin picking and painting, an adventure barn, wagon rides, a corn stalk maze, wine tasting room, farm market, and more. (Photos by Charles R. Plohn)

By Donald Gilpin

With just six days to go until the November 6 election, three candidates for two spots on Princeton Council and five candidates for three positions on the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) are looking to the culmination of a vigorous campaign.

For Council, Eve Niedergang and Dwaine Williamson are running a joint campaign on the Democratic ticket against Republican candidate Lisa Wu. The candidates for BOE include Betsy Kalber Baglio, Mary Clurman, Daniel J. Dart, Dafna Kendal, and Brian McDonald.  more

By Donald Gilpin

More than 700 filled the Nassau Presbyterian Church sanctuary Sunday evening to pray, sing, and mourn the victims of last weekend’s massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh.

“The service reflected the desire of our community to be together, to be in solidarity with Jews across the world, to be mourning together the death of 11 Jews in Pittsburgh,” said the Rev. Dave Davis, senior pastor of Nassau Presbyterian and one of the organizers of the interfaith vigil, along with Rabbi Adam Feldman and the Princeton Clergy Association. more

By Anne Levin

For those who have been enjoying the free parking on local streets in recent weeks, the party is almost over. On November 5, Princeton’s new “smart” parking meters will be up and running, so it will be back to paying to park at the 1,100 metered spaces throughout town.

There has been some confusion about why the old meters were removed before the new ones were ready to go. According to Princeton Municipal Engineer Deanna Stockton, it was an issue of height. more