September 13, 2017

You don’t have to be a grandparent to participate in GrandPals, the rewarding program that matches adult volunteers aged 50 and up with children in Princeton Public Schools to promote a love of learning. Shown here at Community Park School (from left), Somtu Onuetta, GrandPal Denise Houghton, and Natalie Connell get ready to spend a half hour reading together. To recruit volunteers for the coming school year, an event will be held at Princeton Senior Resource Center’s Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Wednesday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. Most volunteers read once a week with kindergarten to second grade children during the day. Call Olivian Boon at (609) 924-7108 to register.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, a Facility of RWJBarnabas Health, and Garden State Equality will host New Jersey’s first Healthcare Conference for the LGBT Community on Friday, October 6 at Raritan Valley Country Club, 747 State Route 28, Bridgewater. The free conference is supported through a grant from Sanofi. more

Princeton Adult School’s language programs, both English as a Second Language and Ten World Languages, will open its classes on Thursday, October 5 and continue throughout a ten-week semester. An additional 200 courses in a variety of subjects will also be offered.  more

By Anne Levin

Artist Maya Lin has been commissioned by Princeton University to create an installation for a section of the landscape at the new Lewis Center for the Arts. Details have yet to emerge about the substance, size, and scale of the work, which will “provide a landmark for visitors to campus and an invigorated outdoor setting for students to stage ad hoc performances and enjoy plein air classes,” according to a release from the University. more

There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Elephant in the Room Design at the Princeton North Shopping Center with Montgomery Township Mayor Ed Trzaska on Tuesday, September 26 at 5 p.m. Elephant in the Room Design is a fine consignment and retail store carrying furniture, home décor, and more. Just look for the green door!

Louise Feder

Morven Museum and Garden presents Louise Feder, assistant curator of the James A. Michener Art Museum (and a 2006 graduate of Princeton High School), in a discussion about the 1913 Armory Show and its impact on select New Jersey and Pennsylvania artists, on Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. more

The annual Artsbridge Annual Clothesline Art Sale will take place this Sunday, September 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton. Originally conceived as an opportunity for area artists to clean their closets of art that has been gathering dust, this event has evolved into a showcase of fine art at reasonable prices. The works for sale include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and crafts. All art will be priced at $300 or less, with most at a much lower cost. (Photo by Rodney Miller)

“FOCAL LENGTH”: This hand embroidery on linen piece by Daniel Kornrumpf is featured in “Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread,” which runs from September 17 to January 7 at the Hunterdon Art Museum. An opening reception is on Sunday, September 24, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In “Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread,” 16 artists wield a needle like a pen to compose intensely personal stories and record intimate histories. more

Tanya Gabrielian

NAMI Mercer presents a benefit concert at The Pennington School featuring Tanya Gabrielian performing works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Gershwin on Sunday, October 8 at 3 p.m. Goodwill offerings will be solicited, with all proceeds going to support NAMI Mercer programs and services. The Pro Musicis Foundation and The Pennington School are partnering with NAMI Mercer to make all this possible. For more information, visit  more

The landmark Hopewell Theater has re-opened after undergoing an extensive eight-month renovation, that includes a new lobby, box office, and concession stand, as well as a state-of-the-art cinema system with surround sound, prep kitchen, and expanded theater seating area and balcony. Now fully refitted as a deluxe showcase for music, cinema and the performing arts, the Hopewell Theater will serve as an intimate arts venue and gathering place for the greater Hopewell Valley area. more

RISING STAR: Princeton University women’s soccer player Courtney O’Brien, center, rises up to head a ball in recent action. Last Thursday against visiting Rider, sophomore forward O’Brien enjoyed a breakout game, scoring her first two college goals as the Tigers prevailed 2-0. On Sunday, O’Brien added two more goals to help Princeton defeat New Hampshire 3-1. O’Brien was later named the Ivy League Player of the Week for her heroics. The Tigers, now 6-0, host No. 3 West Virginia (5-2) on September 15 and Delaware (2-2-2) on September 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Courtney O’Brien picked a very good time to score the first goal in her career with the Princeton University women’s soccer team. more

September 6, 2017
Photo by Erica Cardenas


Young players in the Princeton Tennis Program were invited by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to participate in a live demonstration this past Friday at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. They are pictured at Louis Armstrong Stadium where they promoted awareness of Net Generation, the USTA’s new youth program.

By Donald Gilpin

The Princeton immigrant community, in town and on campus, met with dismay U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s announcement yesterday that President Trump plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The announcement called for Congress to replace the policy before it fully expires in March 2018. more

By William Uhl

Princeton University has published historical admissions statistics for the past several years, reaching as far back as 1970 for some categories. Since then, Princeton has made progress over the past few decades in both its demographics and departments. However, digging into the data reveals that not every group is much closer to equitable representation.

By Donald Gilpin

It’s back to school this week for almost 4,000 Princeton Public Schools students and staff, and with the Westminster Choir College property no longer available, school leaders are considering options for handling increasing enrollments at all levels.   more

OLMSTED’S VISION: This Tudor Revival home with Craftsman influences is in Trenton’s Cadwalader Heights, the only residential neighborhood in New Jersey to have been designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The famed landscape architect is the focus of a lecture on September 10 and a tour of neighborhood homes on September 16.

By Anne Levin

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s biggest claim to fame was New York’s Central Park. But the Olmsted legacy reaches beyond the masterfully-designed oasis in the middle of Manhattan.   more

Building Community through the Arts: Student-artist Victoria Wayland of Princeton, with the poster she designed for the Arts Council of Princeton’s 50th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of the Arts Council of Princeton)

By Doug Wallack

On Saturday, September 16, the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) will host a community-wide 50th birthday party, featuring food from local vendors, live music, games, a community birthday cake, and more. The event is intended to be a celebration of the organization’s mission: Building Community Through the Arts. more

The David Library of the American Revolution has announced its schedule of admission-free lectures that will be offered in the Library’s lecture hall over the autumn months.  The library, located at 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of American history between 1750 and 1800.  more

Registration is open for the NJ Conference Women, taking place October 27 at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The networking and educational event is presented by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. more

By Anne Levin

When Linda Caldwell Epps lectures about the Underground Railroad in New Jersey, she often encounters a certain level of incredulity.

“The actual institution of the Underground Railroad and how active it was in this state is always surprising to people,” said Ms. Epps, who will deliver a talk on just that subject this Saturday, September 9 at the Trent House in Trenton. “But it wasn’t a happenstance,” she continued. “It was a fairly well coordinated and regulated system.” more

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Give Something Back, a nonprofit organization that has provided more than $35 million in college scholarships to low-income students, has named youth advocate and entrepreneur Melissa Helmbrecht as its new executive director.

“Melissa is an astonishingly capable and accomplished person, and Give Something Back is very proud to have her on board,” said Robert Carr, Give Back founder and CEO. “She combines a wide-ranging philanthropic vision with an enviable ability to get things done. With her leadership, Give Back will be able to help even more deserving students go to college and pursue career goals that would otherwise be out of their reach.” more

The Princeton Farmers’ Market has announced the success of Sinjin’s lemonade stand to benefit Christine’s Hope for Kids. Every summer, Sinjin Scozzaro, front left, travels from Texas to Princeton to visit his grandmother. Three years ago, he came across a poster for Christine’s Hope For Kids at the Princeton Farmers’ Market. He asked about Operation Backpack, learning its goal of supplying backpacks and school supplies to children in need. Since then he has operated a lemonade stand for a single day of each summer market season to benefit this mission, this year raising $642. This was matched by Christine’s Hope and JM Group bringing the total to $1,926, and later matched by the Scozzaro family bringing the total to $2,500. The JM Group, consisting of the Princeton Farmers’ Market, Blue Point Grill, Witherspoon Grill, and Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Co., thanks everyone who’s continued to support this worthy organization.

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes recently handed out fresh produce checks to older adults at the Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, where there is still time to get in on the program. The checks allow seniors an opportunity to buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farm stands. They will be offered Friday, September 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, 930 Spruce Street, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holding their certificates and standing with YMCA Senior Director Paul Zeger, far right, are Margaret Schrayer of Princeton and Justin Wisniewski of Lawrenceville, who were selected as recipients of the YMCA’s 2017 Buck Leadership Award. The award was established in memory of the late Alexander “Whip” K. Buck, a longtime Princeton resident and community supporter. It is presented annually to two camp counselors who embody and demonstrate his leadership qualities and values.