July 5, 2017

The Pennington School Alumni Theater will hold its second annual production, titled Overnight, an original play written by Henry Sheeran (’14), production designed by Tim Secrest (’14), and directed by Henry Sheeran. Four shows will be held from July 12 to 15 at 8 p.m. and a matinee on July 15 at 3 p.m. in Pennington’s McLarty Blackbox Theater.

Overnight follows the story of newly married Paul and Susan as they find out what the strange noise is that comes from their neighbor’s backyard in the night. Written and developed during Mr. Sheeran’s time abroad in Berlin, Overnight is a play that deals with what separates people — walls, borders, fences — and what breaks these down. Taking place in Princeton, New Jersey in November 1989, the heart of the play is not any particular division between people, but rather the ghosts of division that seep from the public to the private world and back again. more

The 2017 Princeton Student Film Festival will be held Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20, at Princeton Public Library. Screenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. both nights in the library’s Community Room. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance to answer questions about their films.

The 14th annual festival features 22 short works by high school and college students from the Princeton area and throughout the United States. Some films by international entrants are also featured. Final selections were made from nearly 150 submitted works in a broad range of styles and themes. Genres include animation, comedy, dramatic feature, documentary, experimental, personal narrative, and thrillers. more

BRINGING THE HAMMER: Julia Ratcliffe displays her hammer throw form. Recently graduated Ratcliffe wrapped up her storied career with the Princeton University women’s track team by placing sixth in the hammer at the NCAA Championships last month. New Zealand native Ratcliffe, who just missed making the 2016 Summer Olympics, will be continuing her international career this summer as she competes in the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships in London and the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Julia Ratcliffe took a hiatus from her Princeton University track career, heading to her native New Zealand for a year to train for a shot at the 2016 Summer Olympics. more

June 28, 2017

Princeton resident Jacob Lilienthal, 8, takes some pre-game batting practice with the Flemington Neshanock at the Historical Society of Princeton’s annual 19th century baseball event held last Saturday in Greenway Meadows Park. In the background is Jeff “Duke” Schneider of the Neshanock. See page 28 for more details on the event. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Rider University announced in March that it was selling the Princeton campus of Westminster Choir College, it was emphasized that the aim was to find an academic institution that would keep Westminster, which Rider has owned since 1991, in operation on its longtime Princeton campus.

But a lawsuit filed in federal court last week by members of The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Inc., lists names like Toll Brothers, Weichert Development Company, and Garden Homes of Princeton on the list of parties interested in the site. With growing concern that the 83-year-old campus will be turned into a housing development rather than operated by another academic institution and kept intact, the Coalition decided to take legal action. more

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Hitting a golf ball with distance and accuracy is hard enough when you’re in good health, let alone when you’re in pain or recovering from an injury or surgery.

To help golfers reclaim their best game, University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) Outpatient Rehabilitation Network is now offering golf rehabilitation. The program helps golfers regain their strength, range of motion and correct swing mechanics to improve their game and prevent further injury, says Barbara Kutch, PT, DPT, CSCS, a Physical Therapist with the Outpatient Rehabilitation Network. more

Last week’s announcement of a two-year extension of the contract between the Princeton School Board and the teachers’ union marks “a real game changer,” according to Board President Patrick Sullivan, in the relationship between the board and teachers that has in the past seen significant conflict over contract negotiations.

The original contract was scheduled to conclude in June of 2018. The new agreement, ratified by teachers on June 19 and approved by the board at a special meeting on June 20, extends the contract through 2020.  more

NASH PARK: A sculpture of Nobel Laureate John Nash and his wife Alicia Nash will be created by Gyuri Hollosy of Grounds For Sculpture and erected in West Windsor’s Nash Park on Alexander Road.

“A beautiful place for a beautiful mind and a loving heart” reads the plaque in West Windsor’s Nash Park, dedicated in honor of Nobel Laureate John Nash and his wife Alicia Nash. And soon a sculpture of the mathematician and his wife will be added as an enhancement to the Alexander Road park.

West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh announced last week that either busts or full figures of John and Alicia Nash,
created by the artist Gyuri Hollosy of Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, assisted by Joseph W. Acquah, will become a permanent part of the park, which was named after the two West Windsor residents after they died in an automobile accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2015. more

Traffic in and around Princeton is about to get trickier than usual. Starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 5 and continuing every day until November 3, the Route 206 bridge over the Stony Brook will be closed in both directions.

A second project, involving PSE&G’s replacement of a gas main on Route 206, will begin July 10 and continue through July 31. Already underway on East Nassau Street is New Jersey American Water’s replacement of a water main, scheduled to conclude in early September.

For details on suggested detours during the Route 206 bridge repair project, visit the town’s website, princetonnj.gov.

TALK SHOW TALENT: From left, Jenny Yaros, Misha Meyer, and Rachel Bierman, three local teenagers who have developed a successful talk show on Princeton Community Television, look forward to continuing “Cue the Lights” for at least two more years as they polish their interviewing and performance skills.

If you want to find out what’s on the minds of some of the most interesting people and what goes on in some of the most interesting places in the Princeton area, you might want to tune in to Cue the Lights, a Princeton Community Television (PCT) show on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.  more

The Lawrenceville School announced June 21 that it has received the largest single gift in the School’s 207-year history. Joseph C. Tsai, Class of 1982 and executive vice chairman of the global e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, and his wife Clara, through the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, have made a major gift as an endorsement of the School’s Strategic Plan: A Vision for the Future: Lawrenceville 20/20. more

Princeton resident Geoffrey Cook, CEO and co-founder of The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET), started telling Veronica and the Volcano stories to his daughter Madeline on the drive to school every morning. She enjoyed his stories, and so he wrote them down. The book recently went as high as number one on Amazon’s New Release of Children’s Chapter Books. Geared for girls ages 9 to 12, “Veronica and the Volcano” complements STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum and includes a glossary of volcanic and scientific terms.

Emanuel and Hazel Rhodes celebrated their 70th anniversary on Saturday, June 24, with a cookout at their home on John Street. Family has always been important to the couple, who count four children, six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren among their blessings. 

“BEATRICE AT A MARRIAGE FEAST DENYING HER SALUTATION TO DANTE”: The Princeton Museum exhibit also includes this work in watercolor and pen by 19th century artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The Princeton University Art Museum has a special “peer” relationship with the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at Britain’s University of Oxford, England. So it makes sense that Princeton would serve as the only international venue for “Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum,” an exhibit of more than 100 rarely-seen drawings and watercolors by artists ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries. The show opens Saturday, July 1 and runs through September 17. more

“SUNDAY IN THE PARK”: This painting by Graham Holmes is one of the works of art specific to Cadwalader Park that will be featured in “Cadwalader Park — An Olmsted Vision.” The exhibition runs from July 8 to September 17 at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion.

The Trenton Museum Society (TMS), along with the Cadwalader Park Alliance, presents “Cadwalader Park — An Olmsted Vision,” highlighting Cadwalader Park and its world-famous designer, Frederick Law Olmsted. Exhibitions on both floors of the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion will run from July 8 through September 17 with various complementary events, lectures, and tours. Frederick Law Olmsted is widely regarded as the father of landscape architecture in America. more

“CHOP ON THE ROCKS”: This painting by Kimberlee Nentwig is among those featured in “Our World Through Artists’ Eyes,” the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 48th annual exhibition, running through August 21 at the Johnson Education Center in Princeton.

D&R Greenway Land Trust is hosting the Garden State Watercolor Society’s 48th annual exhibition, “Our World through Artists’ Eyes,” at the Johnson Education Center through August 21.

Artworks by 67 artists, from Cape May to Sussex County, were selected for the exhibition by juror Susan Weintraub. Many of the artists are nationally known, such as Lucy and Charles McVicker, Sandy O’Connor, and Donna Read. more

The best time of all was Monterey. It was one of the highest points of my life.

—Janis Joplin (1943-1970)

“Everyone thought the Beatles were at Monterey in disguise,” said Derek Taylor, the group’s close friend and onetime press officer. “Three of the four, no one knew which three. But they were there. Well, they were and they weren’t.”

It didn’t matter that the Beatles were in England that mid-June weekend 50 years ago. People wanted to believe they were at the festival, so they were, and if any entity on the planet could be two places at once in the summer of 1967 it was the creators of Sgt. Pepper, which had come out on the first day of June, like a preface to the glory of Monterey Pop. Plus, Paul McCartney was on the festival’s Board of Governors and George Harrison’s “Within You, Without You” was spreading the life-flows-on mantra through speakers all over the fairgrounds.  more

WINNERS IN THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL’S YOUNG PIANISTS COMPETITION: Randy Brown of Jacobs Music Company presents the Richard Tang Yuk Award for Outstanding Performance to LiYuan Byrne of Verona, N.J. Byrne’s Grand Prize includes a trip to Tanglewood. Six young pianists were declared winners in the annual event held at the Clark Music Center on the campus of The Lawrenceville School. Jacobs Music of Lawrenceville sponsored the competition.

On Sunday, June 11, six young pianists were declared winners in The Princeton Festival’s annual Competition for Young Pianists. The annual event was held at the Clark Music Center on the campus of The Lawrenceville School. more

Blue Curtain, in cooperation with the Princeton Recreation Department, presents two evenings of free concerts on Saturday, July 15 and 22 at 7 p.m.  Both events, that will present musical traditions from around the globe, promise to thrill audiences. Pettoranello Gardens Amphitheater is located at Community Park North, Route 206 and Mountain Avenue.

With the Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday this year, Princeton and neighboring towns have four full days to celebrate. Numerous area activities commemorate America’s independence. From traditional fireworks and barbecues to visits by George Washington and readings of the Declaration of Independence, there are events for history buffs and party-goers of all ages.


Morven July 4th Jubilee: From noon to 3 p.m., this free event offers live bluegrass music, a barbecue, an appearance by George Washington, a chance for kids to “sign” the Declaration of Independence, a dramatic presentation about women who “belonged to the army” during the American Revolution, ice cream making, paper making, and several other activities. It will be cancelled in the event of prolonged rain. Morven is at 55 Stockton Street. morven.orgmore

DRIVE TO SUCCEED: Princeton University women’s golfer Maya Walton displays her driving form. This past spring, Walton wrapped a superb freshman campaign by qualifying for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, where she tied for 113th. In so doing, she become the third Tiger and the first Princeton freshman to play in the NCAA finals, joining Mary Moan ’97 in 1997 and Kelly Shon ’14 in 2013. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Maya Walton wasn’t thrilled with how she played last fall as she started her freshman campaign with the Princeton University women’s golf team. more

The 1719 William Trent House Museum is hosting free Camp Trent events for children ages 5-12 on select Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. Advance registration is preferred but not required.

For reservations, contact sluft@williamtrenthouse.org.

Saturday, July 8: Find and identify herbs and plants from Mr. Trent’s garden, plant seeds to take home and grow your own vegetables and flowers, hear a story from George Washington, and enjoy free ice cream.

Saturday, July 22: Write a letter to Billy Trent using a colonial style quill pen and ink, design and make your own wind chimes, hear a story from George Washington, and enjoy free ice cream. more

UNDER PRESSURE: Eric Murdock, Jr., dribbles the ball into the paint for Majeski Foundation in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League action last week. Last Monday, Murdock helped Majeski, which is comprised of current players on the The College of New Jersey men’s hoops team, edge LoyalTees 58-53. Murdock scored 19 points for Majeski as it improved to 2-0. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Eric Murdock, Jr., happily dribbled out the last 15 seconds of regulation as Majeski Foundation closed out a 58-53 win over LoyalTees last Monday in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. more

June 27, 2017

Reverend Johan Johnson

The parishioners at Trinity Episcopal Church on Crescent Avenue in Rocky Hill have just welcomed a new vicar. The Reverend Johan Johnson divides his time between Rocky Hill and Hightstown where he serves as chaplain at the Peddie School. He lives in Hightstown with his wife and their two children, ages 5 and 7 years old.

Father Johnson’s hope is that his ministry at Trinity will include outreach that improves the life of the community. For 16 years, he served a parish with a large, aging church building in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. “In that neighborhood at the 125th Street subway station there is a long staircase and an escalator. But the escalator had been out of service for years. We got together as a group of churches to lobby the MTA to get that escalator fixed. That’s the faith community getting together and using our spirituality to make the community where we live a better place.”  more

SHAKESPEARE ’70 TAKES ON BIG MORAL QUESTIONS IN DARK COMEDY: Shakespeare ’70’s “Measure for Measure” will run at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre, June 23 to July 2. In rehearsal for “Measure for Measure” are, from left, Timothy Kirk of Delran as Pompey, Russ Walsh of Morrisville, Pa., as Elbow/Abhorson, and Ernie Albanesius of Chesterfield as Froth/Barnardine. Tickets are available at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling (609) 570-3333.

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall,” proclaims Shakespeare in “Measure for Measure,” coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this dark comedy are: Friday, June 23 and 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 24 and July 1 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 25 and July 2 at 2 p.m.  more