November 8, 2017

“AUGUST”: This painting is among others by Hopewell native Deb Strong Napple that will be exhibited at the University Medical Center of Princeton from November 13 through February 2018. A reception to mark the opening of “From New Jersey to Arizona and Back” is on Friday, November 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) will host a wine and cheese reception on Friday, November 17 to mark the opening of “From New Jersey to Arizona and Back,” an exhibit of paintings by Hopewell native Deb Strong Napple. more

“THE BLUE MOSQUE”: This photograph, taken in Istanbul, Turkey, is included in “A World of Light: Photographs 2007-2017 by Richard Trenner,” a one-man retrospective show running through the end of the year at the Present Day Club in Princeton.

“A World of Light: Photographs 2007-2017 by Richard Trenner” is a one-man retrospective show running through the end of the year at the Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, at the corner of Library Place and Stockton Street (Route 206) in Princeton. more

By Nancy Plum

Princeton Pro Musica began its Princeton area concert series on the later side this year, with the first performance of the ensemble’s 39th season on Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium. However, the concert date and piece performed went together perfectly. The 100-voice chorus presented Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem on All Saints’ Day, combining liturgical remembrance with Brahms’s German texts of comfort and ultimate joy. As further acknowledgment of the day, Pro Musica included an “In Remembrance” page from members of the chorus in the written program to Sunday afternoon’s concert, commemorating friends and family. more

The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will present a concert titled “Listen” on Sunday, November 12 at 3 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. The Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus.

STARTING POINT: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson makes a point at the program’s media day last Thursday as Tiger stars, from left, Myles Stephens, Amir Bell, and Devin Cannady listen intently. Princeton, which ran the table last winter in Ivy League play, going 14-0 in regular season action and then winning the league’s inaugural postseason tournament, starts its 2017-18 season by playing at Butler in November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sparked by a pair of senior stars, Steven Cook and Spencer Weisz, the Princeton University men’s basketball team ran the table last winter in Ivy League play, going 14-0 in regular season action and then winning the league’s inaugural postseason tournament. more

McCarter Theatre will host The Paco de Lucía Project on Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. Paco de Lucía was a virtuoso flamenco guitarist who passed away in 2014. His revolutionary influence on flamenco guitar was often compared with that of Andres Segovia on classical guitar. His talent lives on in Javier Limón, his longtime collaborator and producer, who honors the legacy of his master while paving a new path for the future of the genre. A 10-time Grammy nominee, Limón has reassembled the original band that toured with de Lucía for the last decade of his career, including the dancer Farruco.

DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson drives to the hoop in a game last season. Senior star and co-captain Robinson will be looking to provide production and leadership in her final campaign for the Tigers. Princeton tips off its 2017-18 season by hosting George Washington on November 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last winter marked the first season that Princeton University women’s basketball team had suffered five Ivy League losses under Courtney Banghart since 2008-09, her second campaign at the helm of the program.

For Princeton head coach Banghart, who guided the Tigers to five Ivy titles in six seasons starting with the 2009-10 season, last year’s ups-and-downs were the product of a squad that didn’t quite mesh. more

NET GAIN: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Ryan Ferland makes a save in recent action. Last Friday, freshman Ferland earned his first career shutout, making 36 saves as Princeton skated to a 0-0 tie against visiting Colgate. The Tigers, now 1-1-1 overall and 1-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Union on November 10 and at Rensselaer on November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ryan Ferland didn’t feel sharp as he took the ice for the Princeton University men’s hockey team last Friday against visiting Colgate but it didn’t take long for the freshman goalie to get into a rhythm.

“I actually didn’t have a great warm up but I felt good after the first few shots,” said Ferland.  more

November 1, 2017

The Princeton University men’s cross country team celebrates after it took first in the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City last Friday. It was the 19th Heps title for the Princeton program, which had five runners finish in the top 10. Its score of 28 was the best at the Ivy Heps since 1987. Senior Noah Kauppila led the way for the Tigers, taking second as he covered the 5-mile course in a time of 24:58.7. He was followed by sophomore Conor Lundy in third and senior Garrett O’Toole in fourth. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

The Arts Council of Princeton celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday with a gala fundraiser, Dining by Design, at Princeton University’s Frick Chemistry Laboratory. Founding Director Anne Reeves, third from left, shown above with her family, was honored at the event, including a proclamation from Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert proclaiming October 28 “Anne Reeves Day.” Attendees share what they love about the Arts Council of Princeton in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

Photos by Charles R. Plohn
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The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 28, with a gala, Dining by Design, at Princeton University’s Frick Chemistry Laboratory. The annual fall fundraiser supports the ACP’s community education programs for at-risk populations. The evening featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and small plates, party boards, a live auction, and dance performance by The Pennington Studio. Founding Director Anne Reeves was honored at the event, including a proclamation from Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert proclaiming October 28 “Anne Reeves Day.” Funds raised from Dining by Design support Reeves’ original vision for the organization in 1967 — accessibility to the arts for everyone, regardless of their economic circumstances.


By Donald Gilpin

Princeton voters will head to the polls next Tuesday to vote for candidates for governor, State Assembly, State Senate, Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, County Sheriff, Princeton Town Council, and the Princeton Board of Education. They will also weigh in on two public questions.

Council candidates David Cohen and Leticia Fraga, though unopposed in their bid for two seats to be vacated when Bernie Miller and Jo Butler step down on January 1, have been busy. more

FROM THE ARCHIVES: This 1949 photo from the Ottawa, Canada Evening Journal shows Albert Einstein being visited at his Princeton home by recently displaced European children. The photo is among the findings of the Institute for Advanced Study’s History Working Group, which will be the subject of a public lecture on Friday, November 3.

By Anne Levin

After President Trump issued executive orders last January to enforce travel bans and curb immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, a group of scholars affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) was moved to take action. The History Working Group produced a series of articles and an exhibition focused on the Institute’s response to similar challenges in the 1930s. more

By Donald Gilpin

About 750 Princeton homeowners will receive checks this week, almost $2,500 per eligible home, in accordance with a settlement reached a year ago in a lawsuit over Princeton University’s property tax exemptions.

The checks will be mailed from a property tax relief fund administered by the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) to which the University contributed $2 million this year and agreed to contribute $1.6 million a year for the following five years. more

CREATIVELY GREEN: Young Audiences teamed up with Littlebrook School for their Creatively Green Family Arts Festival, bringing together children, parents, educators, and artists to link art making with protecting the environment. (Photo Courtesy of Young Audiences)

By Donald Gilpin

In school environments characterized by emphasis on testing and sports, tight budgets, increasing competition for college admissions, and diminishing job opportunities, the arts might seem a low priority.

Not so, says Ann Betterton, development director of Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), which worked with more than 350,000 children through more than 4,000 programs in 573 schools in every county in New Jersey last year. more

By Jean Stratton

Texting, tweeting, posting, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype, GPS, Siri, Uber, Lyft, and so much more!

Sound familiar? Of course! This is the language of today. It’s quick, convenient, and ubiquitous.

It offers opportunities unimagined even a decade ago. And the speed at which all this can change is not only amazing, but disconcerting for some. more

Pie Sampling Weekend and “More Than Just Wine” Wine Trail Weekend coincide November 11 and 12 at Terhune Orchards on Cold Soil Road in Lawrenceville. Visitors can sample crafted wines while ordering pies for the holiday season, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visit

Homestead Princeton, formerly known as The Farmhouse Store Princeton, celebrated its fifth anniversary in Palmer Square in October. Opening just days before Super Storm Sandy, Homestead Princeton has since doubled in size.

The store sells handcrafted artisan gifts, pottery, glass, wood, textiles, metal, paper, home décor, jewelry, and more. New Jersey Monthly and Town Topics’ readers recently voted Homestead Princeton “Best Of” as Best Gift Store and Best Home Furnishings Store.  more

By Anne Levin

When Khizr Khan spoke at an October 26 appearance by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy at the Arts Council of Princeton, it marked the 162nd time the Gold Star father has taken to the podium to promote social and economic justice.

The Muslim native of Pakistan, whose son Humayun Khan was killed in the Iraq War, gained attention after he and his wife spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year. With Republican candidate Kim Guadagno’s recent promise to ban sanctuary cities in New Jersey if she is elected November 7, Khan’s message of inclusion was especially well received by the standing-room-only crowd gathered in the Solley Theater. more

Lianna Geratacker of Hopewell was a standout recently when Unicorn Therapeutic Riding, a horseback riding program for children and adults with special needs in Pennington, took place at the New Jersey Horse Park. Many ribbons, trophies, and awards were won at this event sponsored by HRH of NJ and Special Olympics. Unicorn needs volunteers to assist with therapeutic horseback riding. Call (609) 354-2014 or email for more information.

Princeton Police are searching for a man who walked into the Santander Bank at 188 Nassau Street on October 26 at 4:23 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash. The man then received an as yet undetermined amount of cash and walked out of the bank toward Park Place. The subject, pictured here, is described as a black male, approximately 6’ tall, wearing a green baseball cap and a green hoodie with faded jeans. If you know this man or have seen him, call DSgt. Ben Gering or Det. Adam Basatemur of the Princeton Police at (609) 921-2100.

“The Challenges of Peace in the Trump Era” is the title of the 38th Annual Conference and Multifaith Service for Peace sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action and co-sponsored by 30 religious and civic groups in the region, on Sunday, November 12 at different locations in Princeton.

Professor and author Reza Aslan will preach at the multifaith service at 11 a.m. at Princeton University Chapel. Faith leaders from a range of world religions will co-lead the liturgy. The service is free and open to the public. Aslan is a tenured professor at the University of California, Riverside and serves on the board of Chicago Theological Seminar. His new book, God, will be available for sale at the conference. more

By Stuart Mitchner

The New York bus stops outside the building I work in. Several times a day I see it idling in front, waiting for the light to change. In the car last week listening to a CD of live jazz from May 1953, I hear the announcer say “We’re coming to you from Birdland, Broadway at 52nd Street, the heart of Manhattan” and I know it’s time to get on that bus. I’m thinking of the lost city of automats and movie palaces when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn and I was allowed into jazz clubs in my mid-teens. more

Author Linda B. Forgosh will present a talk and book signing of her biography, Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at The Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton, highlighting rare documentation of the friendship between Albert Einstein and Louis Bamberger. The event is presented by Morven Museum and Garden in conjunction with its current exhibition Newark and the Culture of Art: 1900-1960. Linda B. Forgosh is an independent scholar and executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey.  more

BACK IN THE GAME: Painter Ken Alexander is opening his Trenton studio on Saturday, November 4, as part of the sixth annual Art All Day. Glaucoma has left Alexander legally blind, but he still has much to say with his art.

By Anne Levin

After almost two decades working as a chef, painter Ken Alexander was finally feeling secure enough to devote himself, fulltime, to his art. He gave up his job at a restaurant in Spring Lake. He moved from Asbury Park to Trenton, where he bought a light-filled loft in the city’s Mill Hill section. more