April 6, 2016

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Some things come back every year, like spring flowers and David Sedaris, who will be at McCarter Theatre on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Sedaris is a commentator on PRI’s This American Life and best-selling author of “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” and “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.” To purchase tickets, visit www.mccarter.org or call (609) 258-2787. 

The Richardson Chamber Players closed its 2015-16 season with a concert of French musical bonbons at Richardson Auditorium, featuring a number of Princeton University music department faculty and students. Continuing a mission of presenting music one rarely hears live, Director Michael Pratt programmed a performance of chamber music from the early part of the 20th century which might have been heard in Parisian salons and concert halls. more

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FRIENDLY FITNESS: “We are set apart by our size, standards, and personal service. We have a very friendly atmosphere and accessible space. The members enjoy knowing the owner and the trainers and our interaction. We know your name when you come in!” Alex Obe, owner of P.T.S. (Personal Training Studio) Health & Fitness, is shown in the center’s new Wall Street location.

Fitness is for you … and you … and you!

Alex Obe, owner of P.T.S. (Personal Training Studio) Health & Fitness Center at 390 Wall Street, just off State Road, is determined to bring fitness to everyone. Size, shape, age, previous experience are all part of one’s individual package, but none of these should be an obstacle to a positive session at the gym. more

April 1, 2016

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CONSISTENT THREAT: Princeton University men’s lacrosse player Gavin McBride heads to goal in a game this season. Last Saturday, junior McBride had two goals and an assist in a losing cause as Princeton fell 11-10 to undefeated Yale, now the top-ranked team in the nation. McBride currently has at least one point in 22 straight games. The Tigers, now 2-5 overall and 0-2 Ivy League, play at No. 3 Brown (6-0 overall, 1-0 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

On paper, it looked like a mismatch as a struggling Princeton University men’s lacrosse team played at sizzling Yale last Saturday. more

Andrew WilesAndrew Wiles, Oxford University mathematics professor and professor emeritus at Princeton, has received the 2016 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for “opening a new era in number theory” in 1994 with his “stunning proof” of Fermat’s Last Theorem.

The most famous long-running unsolved problem in mathematics, Fermat’s Last Theorem was a problem that had stumped the brightest mathematicians in the world since it was first conjectured by French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1637. The theorem states that there cannot be any whole number solutions to the equation xn+yn=zn if n is greater than 2.

The 62-year-old Mr. Wiles was a professor in Princeton’s mathematics department from 1982 until 2011, before  moving to Oxford, U.K. He is the third Princeton-affiliated Abel Prize recipient in a row, following 2014 winner Yakov Sinai and last year’s winner the late John Nash, who shared the prize with Louis Nirenberg of New York University. Considered the Nobel of mathematics, the Abel Prize includes an award of six million kroner ($700,000).

Mr. Wiles had been intrigued by the problem since the age of ten, and, in 1986, he began working on the theorem in secret. From the moment he first encountered Fermat’s Last Theorem, he knew, he claimed, “that I would never let it go. I had to solve it.”  more

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IN THE BEGINNING: Town Topics’ founders Dan Coyle (left) and Don Stuart wrote all the copy and sold all the ads for their timetable sized publication. 

Seventy years ago, on Friday, March 15, 1946, the Princeton Post Office delivered approximately 3,400 copies of the first issue of Town Topics to homes and businesses in town. Printed on both sides of a piece of paper 10” by 3.2,” the small paper was folded together like an oversized train timetable.

As Jeb (Donald C. III) Stuart (1941-2008), editor from 1981 until 2001, wrote in 1996 in a 50-year history of the paper, “Town Topics began in a couple of briefcases carried around Princeton early in 1946 by brothers-in-law Dan Coyle and Don Stuart [Jeb’s father]”. The plan was to cover the entire Borough and Township with a single free circulation newspaper, an idea which the editors felt would appeal to potential advertisers and set Town Topics apart from the competition, the Princeton Packet and the Princeton Herald. more

March 30, 2016

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BATMAN: Princeton High baseball player Colin Taylor waits for a pitch in a game last spring. PHS is looking for senior third baseman Taylor to provide some pop in the middle of the batting order. The Little Tigers open 2016 action by playing at Steinert on April 1 and at Allentown on April 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After hitting the 10-win mark last spring for the first time in years, the Princeton High baseball team is bringing some swagger into 2016. more

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According to a Princeton University senior at this year’s Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale, “The act of finding a book is an experience.” See this week’s Town Talk for comments from other players in the great game of book-quest. Today, Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is Box Day. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Howell Farm

On Saturday, April 2, visitors to the 130-acre working Howell Farm (located just off Route 29 in Hopewell) will be able to see newborn lambs, chicks, and baby pigs up close. Visitors to the main barn will also be able to meet the farm’s workhorses and oxen. Animal visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit www.howellfarm.org. (Photo Credit: Jeff Kelley)

At Princeton Council’s meeting on Monday, March 28, members got a first look at the proposed budget for 2016. For the average household assessed at around $810,191, taxes will go up about $110, according to the town’s administrator Marc Dashield.  more

Local businessman Peter Marks has announced he will run for mayor in the Republican primary this June. Mr. Marks is the only candidate so far to challenge the incumbent, Democratic Mayor Liz Lempert, who will run for a second term in the November general election. more

Tess Kowalski was only six years old when she was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS), a neurological condition that causes involuntary movements or sounds known as tics. Just entering kindergarten, she was understandably shy about revealing her disorder to her classmates. more

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) will administer the 2016 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Tests April 11-29 for all students in grades 3 through 11 — but how many students will show up?

In its first year last year nearly 800 of 1164 students in grades nine through 11 declined to take the PARCC, with only 30 of 370 juniors taking the test, though participation numbers were higher in the elementary and middle school grades. more

Princeton University’s bike-share program is growing. Zagster, Inc. has deployed 70 new cruiser bikes at eight new locations in and around the campus for on-demand, local trips. The system now features 60 bikes at nine stations. Riders can join the program for a one-time $20 membership fee. Rides for members are free for the first two hours, and then two dollars for each additional hour after that. more

A second rally to protest the Princeton 7-Eleven store’s alleged failure to treat employees fairly in terms of wages will be held Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in front of the store on East Nassau Street. Turnout at the first rally, which was held the morning of March 24, was lower than expected because of the early hour. more

In the wake of anti-Semitic messages sent to several network printers on the Princeton campus and at other universities throughout the country last week, the University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) have teamed up to prevent any further hate messages, sent from external sources, from infiltrating the University’s internet-accessible printers. more

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“KU BI”: This artwork by John Witherspoon Middle School student Yihong (Nina) Li is part of The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s “PSO BRAVO! Listen Up! Exhibit.” The exhibition is made up of students’ response in visual art and writing to composer Jing Jing Luo’s “Tsao Shu.” The exhibit is on display until April 17 at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon Street.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s PSO BRAVO! Listen Up! Exhibition featuring student artwork and writing created in response to Tsao Shu, an orchestral work by Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence Jing Jing Luo, is on display at the Arts Council of Princeton’s (ACP) Paul Robeson Center. The students’ visual and literary works will be on display until Sunday, April 17 at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon Street, during regular gallery hours. The exhibit is free and open to the public.  more

The annual Princeton Theological Seminary community book sale will take place Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, April 16 in the Seminary’s Whiteley Gymnasium, 36 Hibben Road (corner of Hibben and Stockton Street/Route 206), in Princeton. The schedule is as follows: more

Amos Music

Amos Lee will perform at McCarter Theatre with special guest Mutlu Onaral on Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. For more than a decade, Lee has been at the forefront of a new generation of singer-songwriters, drawing inspiration from James Taylor and John Prine. His hit single “Arms of a Woman,” put him on the map. His 2010 album “Mission Bell,” also reached the top of the charts. Ticket prices start at $25. To order, call (609) 258-2787 or visit www.mccarter.org. 

SPOOKS

Head of MI-5 Sir Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) with his most trusted asset Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker) 

“Hold the right thought,” my father used to tell me. That dated variation of “Look on the bright side” didn’t count for much on the morning of September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, we’re better off turning to Shakespeare.  more

Westminster Conservatory will observe the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare by presenting three faculty recitals in April.

On Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. “Shakespeare Revisited” will offer new compositions based on texts and themes of Shakespeare by Westminster composers. On Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. “Shakespeare in Song” will feature members of the Westminster Conservatory voice faculty performing settings of Shakespearian texts from the 18th to 21st centuries. These two recitals are part of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Series and will take place in Gill Chapel on the Rider University campus in Lawrenceville. Admission is free. more

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Dance and Theater present there.remaining… a dance-theater fusion of text, movement, music, and projections, created and directed by senior Ogemdi Ude and featuring original music by Lewis Center Resident Musical Director and Composer Vince di Mura. Performances will take place on April 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The production is free and open to the public, however, advance tickets are recommended and are available through arts.princeton.edu.  more

March 29, 2016

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RACE AND DEMOCRACY: Eddie Glaude Jr. signed copies of his new book “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul” and responded to students’ questions after his forum at Labyrinth Books with fellow professor Keeanga-Yamhatta Taylor on the need for radical change in race relations in the United States.

In 2008 America elected its first black president. A Forbes Magazine headline that year proclaimed “The End of Racism.” And seven years later the nation is trying to understand the recent tragedies of Ferguson, Flint, Baltimore, the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others.  more

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Now that spring has arrived, there is no excuse not to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Whether you’re running, walking, biking or surfing, exercising outdoors is a great stress reliever. These products will help to track your workouts and progress, allowing you to keep a helpful record and to stay accountable of your daily fitness. Simply click on each product image to purchase.  more

March 27, 2016

Battlefield Cleanup

Meredith Kane Sokol, left, and her sister Lisa Sabo participated in the Princeton Battlefield Society’s Spring Clean-up Day March 19. Besides leaf raking, stick and trash pick up, rut fixing and land clearing, a major focus of the clean-up was nipping off new bamboo growth.  Bamboo is an invasive species that has invaded the Park and the Battlefield Society has been making progress in pushing it back and letting native species return. (Photo by John Lien)