July 27, 2016

The Princeton Area Community Foundation has announced that Nelida Valentin of Trenton will join its staff as vice-president of grants and programs.

“We welcome Nelida to our team with great enthusiasm,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We believe her expertise will help inform our own grantmaking and initiatives, especially as we embark upon a new strategic plan that includes addressing the issue of children living in poverty.” more

Princeton Council passed a resolution Monday night that will enable residents of the 60 affordable housing units at the Washington Oaks community to obtain low-interest loans that would help pay for replacement of emergency fire sprinkler heads. Washington Oaks is located on Route 206, opposite the Jasna Polana golf club. more

On Sunday, August 7 from 1-5 p.m., the town of Kingston will celebrate summer during a festival held at Laurel Avenue and Union Street, home of the Ying Hua International School. Adults, children, and neighbors of all ages are encouraged to attend. more

book revMy earliest memory of political excitement was rooting for Eisenhower during the suspenseful first roll call at what the New York Times called the “bitterly divided” 1952 Republican convention in Chicago. My childhood party loyalty was due to love of Lincoln, who the history books said was a Republican, which was good enough for me—until Kennedy came along. Even so, my first vote almost went to Richard Nixon. I have Norman Mailer’s Esquire essay “Superman Comes to the Super Market” to thank for helping save me from so ignominious a fate.

I only wish Mailer, who died in 2007, had been covering events in Cleveland last week. Is there a writer in the summer of 2016 brash or brilliant or courageous enough to make something novelistically engaging out of that festival of hate and its nightmare nominee? Trump would have been rich dessert for Mailer’s hungry, equally huge and infinitely more stylish and self-aware ego. In a photo online of the two tuxedo-clad men with their wives taken at a 1987 Trump Plaza party for Trump’s The Art of the Deal, Mailer is looking boisterously genial at 64, a barrel-chested battler ever ready for a brawl, while Trump looks hale and handsome at 41, an age at which he had “the attention span of a 9-year-old,” according to a Fox News interview with Tony Schwartz, who ghostwrote the book being so lavishly celebrated.  more

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“SATURN’S RINGS”: Elyn Zimmerman will have a solo exhibition titled “Wind, Water, Stone” at the Grounds for Sculpture starting August 27.  

Grounds For Sculpture has announced its Fall/Winter 2016-17 season featuring major solo exhibitions by two distinguished American sculptors, Elyn Zimmerman and Ned Smyth. Both artists are pioneers of public art and long-time participants in the New York art world, exhibiting at some of the most prominent galleries and museums. Their works are represented in museum, private, and public collections throughout the United States and beyond. more

Art Mujeres 7-27-16

“MUJERES”:  Artworks Trenton’s September exhibit titled “Mujeres” will showcase the range of Latina women’s creativity and culture.  Artist Guadalupe Reyes’ untitled work, pictured above, will be including in the showcases, which runs from September 10 to October 1. 

Exploding stereotypes and showing there’s a world of Latina art beyond Frida, Artworks will present “Mujeres,” a group show in September featuring the work of five women artists: Esperanza Cortes, Guadalupe Reyes, Jennifer Rivera, Tamara Torres and Mary Valverde.  more

Recycling company TerraCycle is hosting the 11th annual Jersey Fresh Jam, New Jersey’s biggest showcase of hip hop art and culture on Saturday, August 6. In partnership with Trenton based graffiti artists, Leon Rainbow and Vicious Styles Crew, TerraCycle is providing their headquarters as a canvas for talent around the country to express their artistic freedom. more

Open call auditions for The Pennington Players’ October show, In the Heights, will take place at Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, August 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. All roles are open and will remain so until the end of auditions. This is a non-equity and non-paying production.  more

July 24, 2016

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NATIONAL DEFENSE: Ashleigh Johnson makes a save in action for the Princeton University women’s water polo team. Johnson, the program’s career leader in saves who took the 2015-16 school year off to train with the national team, will be competing for the U.S. squad next month at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Ashleigh Johnson has firmly established herself as the greatest goalie in the history of the Princeton University women’s water polo team. more

July 22, 2016

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Princeton’s cooling station will be open Friday, July 22 through Monday, July 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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

July 21, 2016

Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in Princeton to replace approximately 1 mile of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future.

Linden Lane, Guyot Avenue, Franklin Street, Murray Place, Nassau Street, Prospect Avenue, Russel Road, Winant Road End, Tee-Ar Place, Clearview Avenue, and Franklin Avenue will be affected. more

July 20, 2016

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Where else but in Princeton can you beat the heat in the spray from James Fitzgerald’s Fountain of Freedom with Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads looking on, and Minoru Yamasaki’s Robertson Hall in the background? (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Three police officers were killed and three others wounded last Sunday morning in an ambush in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ten days earlier, five officers had been shot dead and 12 injured during an otherwise peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas. more

Mercer County’s project to replace a bridge on Carter Road in Lawrence Township, stalled last week as a result of an order by Governor Chris Christie halting roadwork across the state, has not resumed despite appeals from lawmakers. more

No tenant has been named yet for the empty building on Witherspoon Street that housed the Princeton Army & Navy Store from the 1960s until the store closed early this year. But developer Jeffrey M. Siegel, whose company ML7 Construction & Design owns the building along with the those on either side occupied by Small World Coffee and the accessory store Lisa Jones, has definite plans to reimagine and redesign the long, skinny space. more

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MAJESTIC MUSICAL MACHINERY: Ornate, elaborate organs like this are among the ten or so restored instruments scheduled to be on display at Palmer Square and other Princeton locations the weekend of August 6 and 7. It’s all part of an annual event known as a band organ rally, and it follows a week-long convention of organ enthusiasts at the Nassau Inn. more

“Some of the ideas may boggle the mind,” warns Evergreen Forum instructor Stuart Kurtz as he describes his upcoming course, “What is Time? An Overview.”

“Time” is among the 24 courses being offered this fall by Evergreen Forum, a peer-led continuing education program of daytime courses for interested adults. Most courses, which begin at the end of September, meet once a week for two hours for six to eight weeks. more

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ADVICE FOR EDUCATORS: Sandy Bing, educational leader for over five decades at Hun, PDS, Stuart, and elsewhere, shares his thoughts on students, teachers, administrators and the world of education. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

Sandy Bing started his career in education in 1960 as a chemistry and biology teacher at the Hun School, later becoming dean of students, then director of admissions. In 1969 he took over as head of the Upper School at Princeton Day School.  more

Princeton resident Paul Josephson, a partner in the Cherry Hill office of Duane Morris LLP, has been appointed New Jersey Committee co-chair and to the board of directors of the Regional Plan Association (RPA). more

Harry Potter

A release party is being held Saturday, July 30, starting at 9 p.m., at Princeton Public Library to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday and the midnight release of the official script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play based on an original story by J.K. Rowling. The play is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first to be presented on stage. more

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The time’s right for a column about baseball. The All-Star game’s behind us, the World Series of American politics has begun, and I’ve been reading The Baseball Whisperer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $26), a book by Michael Tackett subtitled “A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams.” The town is Clarinda, Iowa, named for Clarinda Buck, who, legend has it, carried water to workmen when the area was being surveyed 150 years ago.  more

Art HAM Terrace 7-20-16

THE TOSHIKO TAKAEZU TERRACE: The Hunterdon Art Museum’s (HAM) terrace was named in honor of artist Toshiko Takaezu, one of the 20th century’s most influential ceramists. Ms. Takaezu moved to Clinton because she loved the waterfall that separates HAM from the Red Mill. She donated much of her time to the museum, and taught at Princeton University for many years.

When renowned ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu first gazed upon the charming waterfall beside the Hunterdon Art Museum (HAM) in the summer of 1964, she knew she had found just what she was looking for: a home and a peaceful place where she could focus on her work. more

Art Homefront 7-20-16

“ICY TAIWAN MOUNTAINS”: This painting by Lynn Varga will be included in the “Celebration” exhibit hosted by the Creative Collective and HomeFront’s Artspace. The work on display brings awareness to homelessness and the transformative power of art.

The Gourgaud Gallery will host an art exhibition titled, “Celebration” that features members of the Creative Collective and showcasing the artists of HomeFront’s ArtSpace. The exhibit celebrates the work of local artists and highlights the artists of ArtSpace, and aims to build self-confidence through therapeutic art.  more

Art Birds of a Feather 7-20-16

“BLUE JAY” BY MICHAEL YANG: Johnson Park Elementary School artists created scratch-art images of local birds for the “Birds of a Feather” exhibit that are on display at the D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery until July 29.

Through July 29, D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery exhibits Birds of a Feather, scratch-art images of local birds by Johnson Park Elementary School fourth graders. Art teacher Linda Gates inspired this celebration of predominantly New Jersey natives.  more

For the past three years, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has teamed up with Princeton University to present a week-long Composition Institute sponsored by the Edward T. Cone Foundation. Last week, four emerging composers, selected from an international applicant pool of university composition students and composers in the early stages of their careers, worked on the details and refinements of their pieces, aided by the players of the NJSO, Institute conductor David Robertson, and Institute Director and composer Steven Mackey. The week culminated in a performance by the NJSO Saturday night in Richardson Auditorium.  more