August 12, 2015

FAMILY BUSINESS: “Customer service is the reason we are one of the few independent stores still in operation. Customers know they can count on us, and on the quality and value of our product line — including our focus on office and school supplies, and so much more.” John Roberto (left) and Andrew Mangone, co-owners of Hinkson’s, The Office Store, are proud of their long-time family business.

FAMILY BUSINESS: “Customer service is the reason we are one of the few independent stores still in operation. Customers know they can count on us, and on the quality and value of our product line — including our focus on office and school supplies, and so much more.” John Roberto (left) and Andrew Mangone, co-owners of Hinkson’s, The Office Store, are proud of their long-time family business.

There aren’t many left anymore. Those familiar family-owned, independently-operated businesses that used to line Princeton’s downtown and streetscape are now largely part of its past, not its present.

Fortunately, Hinkson’s, The Office Store, continues to thrive. Quality products, personal service, a helpful, knowledgeable staff, and loyal customers are all part of the Hinkson success story. Its tradition and reputation have truly stood the test of time. more

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It’s said that an encounter with a butterfly inspired William Blake’s poem “Eternity,” in which “he who kisses joy as it flies/Lives in eternity’s sunrise.” The joy-kissing balloon-chasing children Blake would say were “born to sweet delight” are having the time of their lives at Saturday’s Watershed Butterfly Festival. The poet, who died on this day in 1827, is remembered in this week’s book review. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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Elevator Shaft

A worker at the construction site of the AvalonBay development at 253 Witherspoon Street fell into an elevator shaft Tuesday morning. Manuel Otero, 51, of Newark, reportedly slipped from a scaffold and fell approximately 12 feet into the shaft, according to the Princeton Police Department. He was alert and conscious but sustained serious lacerations to his head and face. more

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Princeton residents who relied on NJ Transit’s 655 bus for travel to and from Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) in Plainsboro will have another resource when the NJ Transit service ceases operations on September 1. Starting August 24, an on-demand taxi service will be available, for free, to patients who live within a half-mile of the former hospital on Witherspoon Street and have no other means of getting to the complex. more

Roebling Trenton

The Roebling Lofts project targeted for a cluster of former industrial buildings along Route 129 in Trenton has been through years of planning and the administrations of three mayors. Those attending a breakfast gathering of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce last week learned that government funding for the mixed-use development is now in place. The complex predicted by current mayor Eric Jackson to be “a potential game-changer” for the capital city is finally about to break ground.  more

ON POINT: Sean Driscoll makes a point to his players on the Fairfield University women’s soccer team during his tenure as associate head coach of the program. Next week, Driscoll will be starting preseason training in his first season as head coach of the Princeton University women’s soccer squad. Driscoll is the successor to Julie Shackford, who stepped down last fall after 20 seasons at the helm of the program.(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

ON POINT: Sean Driscoll makes a point to his players on the Fairfield University women’s soccer team during his tenure as associate head coach of the program. Next week, Driscoll will be starting preseason training in his first season as head coach of the Princeton University women’s soccer squad. Driscoll is the successor to Julie Shackford, who stepped down last fall after 20 seasons at the helm of the program. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Sean Driscoll first laid eyes on the Princeton University campus in 2004 when he was in town coaching a premier soccer team and the visit made quite an impression on him.

“I stood at the steps of Blair Arch and said this would be the dream job,” recalled Driscoll. “We walked around the top of the campus, we didn’t even go down to the soccer field. I was dumbfounded by it all.” more

Princeton PolicePolitical consultant John Bailey has lived in Denver, Colorado, for several years. But come each August, the New Jersey native heads back to Princeton to take charge of a special weekend that is close to his heart.

“I come home every summer to do this,” said Mr. Bailey, talking about The Joint Effort-Princeton Pete Young Sr. Memorial Safe Streets Weekend, which starts Thursday. The four-day series of events and activities is designed to encourage good decision-making skills and recognize residents who have made significant contributions to the community.

This year’s program runs through Sunday, August 16, beginning at The Arts Council of Princeton and continuing at the first Baptist Church, Community Park, the Elks Lodge, and the Hank Pannell Center. more

BIKING TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS: Mark Petrovic, right, with his friend and colleague Alex Ju, set out on a bicycle ride to raise funds to help those with Pompe’s Disease. The boys raised nearly $4,000 on their recent expedition up the east coast.

BIKING TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS: Mark Petrovic, right, with his friend and colleague Alex Ju, set out on a bicycle ride to raise funds to help those with Pompe’s Disease. The boys raised nearly $4,000 on their recent expedition up the east coast.

Growing up healthy and secure with demanding schedules of school, sports, and other activities, Princeton teenagers can easily forget that there are those in less fortunate circumstances. But thanks, in part, to community service requirements by their schools, more young people are making the needs of others a priority. Among them are two local high school students, both of whom say their lives have been altered through recent efforts to help others. more

ALZHThe Alzheimer’s Association is inviting the Mercer, Somerset, and Middlesex County area (and beyond) residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Sunday, October 4 in Princeton at ETS.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for over 2,500 participants in Princeton who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical studies enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with the Promise Garden ceremony. more

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BEARING DOWN: Emma Quigley goes after the ball in action last fall during her freshman season for the Brown University field hockey team. Former Princeton Day School star Quigley made 12 appearances and scored a goal in her debut campaign for the Bears. Next week, she starts preseason practice for her sophomore season.(Photo Courtesy of Brown’s Office of Athletic Communications)

BEARING DOWN: Emma Quigley goes after the ball in action last fall during her freshman season for the Brown University field hockey team. Former Princeton Day School star Quigley made 12 appearances and scored a goal in her debut campaign for the Bears. Next week, she starts preseason practice for her sophomore season. (Photo Courtesy of Brown’s Office of Athletic Communications)

When Emma Quigley began the recruiting process for college field hockey, one school jumped to the top of her list.

“I started sophomore year, looking at and researching schools,” said Quigley, a former Princeton Day School standout who recorded 44 goals and 20 assists in her career with the Panthers, earning All-Prep and All-County honors.

“I loved Brown from the start. I thought it was a bit of a reach academically because it is such a great school. I e-mailed the coach as a sophomore. My dad went to grad school there. I loved the campus.”

With some support from PDS head coach Tracey Arndt, Quigley ended up finding a spot at Brown.

“Jill (Brown head coach Jill Reeve) knew Tracey from Penn State and the U.S. national team,” said Quigley. “She was amazing helping me, sending Jill e-mails.”

Last fall, Quigley enjoyed a solid freshman campaign for the Bears, appearing in 12 games at forward and scoring a goal.

Next week, Quigley will start her second preseason camp, steeled by what she learned last summer.

“It was hard, any college freshman is nervous going in and playing a sport is even more pressure,” said Quigley. more

REFLECTIONS ON SURVIVAL: Barbara Warren’s thought provoking image will be part of an exhibition by members of the Princeton Photography Club at Gallery 14 in Hopewell from August 14 through September 6. Titled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” the exhibition includes work that is a personal response to the emotional experiences of each photographer. There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show can be viewed Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sheila or Carl Geisler at (732) 422-3676 or visit: www.princetonphotoclub.org. For more on Gallery 14, visit: http://photogallery14.com.(Image Courtesy of the Artist).

REFLECTIONS ON SURVIVAL: Barbara Warren’s thought provoking image will be part of an exhibition by members of the Princeton Photography Club at Gallery 14 in Hopewell from August 14 through September 6. Titled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” the exhibition includes work that is a personal response to the emotional experiences of each photographer. There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show can be viewed Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sheila or Carl Geisler at (732) 422-3676 or visit: www.princetonphotoclub.org. (Image Courtesy of the Artist).

The Princeton Photography Club (PPC) presents an original photographic exhibit entitled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” from August 14 through September 6. at Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street in Hopewell.

There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. This opportunity to meet and talk with the photographers is a way to understand more about each person’s individual path to healing. For all of the exhibitors, “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” is a very personal show as is evidenced by the images on display.  more

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On the last day of his life, August 12, 1827, at 3 Fountain Court, off the Strand in London, William Blake, who was born in Soho in November 1757, stopped working and turned to Catherine, his wife of 45 years. “Stay, Kate!” he said, “keep just as you are — I’ll draw your portrait — for you’ve ever been an angel to me.” What followed that last drawing “has been told more than once in print,” and “can never be told without a sense of some strange and sweet meaning,” Swinburne writes, picturing “how, as Blake lay, with all the tides of his life setting towards the deep final sleep, he made and sang new fragments of verse,” which his wife heard as “songs of joy and triumph.” After telling her that they would never be parted, that he would be with her always, he died, says one witness, “in a most glorious manner.”

With the help of Peter Ackroyd’s definitive biography, Blake (Knopf 1995), it’s possible to visualize the scene that took place in the “plain, red-brick house of three stories” adjacent to the future site of opera impresario D’Oyly-Carte’s luxury hotel, the Savoy. The Blakes had moved into two rooms on the first floor in the spring of 1820.  more

DON’T LOOK BACK!: Orpheus (Brad Wilson) defies Hades’ warning not to look back, as his bride Eurydice (Caroline Hertz) follows him out of the Underworld, in Princeton Summer Theater’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” (2003), playing at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through August 16.

DON’T LOOK BACK!: Orpheus (Brad Wilson) defies Hades’ warning not to look back, as his bride Eurydice (Caroline Hertz) follows him out of the Underworld, in Princeton Summer Theater’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” (2003), playing at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through August 16.

In Eurydice (2003), currently playing at Princeton Summer Theater, Sarah Ruhl takes an original slant on this familiar myth of the brilliant musician Orpheus, his bride Eurydice, who dies on their wedding day, and his journey to the Underworld to try to bring her back to life. Ms. Ruhl’s version presents quirky, contemporary characters, relates the story from Eurydice’s perspective and brings the relationship between Eurydice and her father, who does not appear in the original myth, to center stage. more

Congo Concert

Four-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will appear in concert at The College of New Jersey on September 20 to benefit charities that are performing humanitarian work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The concert “Chanson pour le Congo III” will be held at the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing at 3 p.m. with doors opening at 2:15 p.m. The event is presented by TCNJ’s Women and Gender Studies Program, Women in Learning and Leadership, and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.  more

HEADING WEST: Julia DiTosto patrols the midfield in a game last fall during her senior season with the Princeton High field hockey team. Star midfielder DiTosto, an All-State and All-County standout for PHS, is currently hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

HEADING WEST: Julia DiTosto patrols the midfield in a game last fall during her senior season with the Princeton High field hockey team. Star midfielder DiTosto, an All-State and All-County standout for PHS, is currently hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having played field hockey, ice hockey, and softball through middle school, Julia DiTosto narrowed her athletic focus when she entered Princeton High in 2011.

“I didn’t really take field hockey seriously until my freshman year of high school,” said DiTosto.

“I joined a club team and it really became a part of my life. I ended up spending every weekend playing. I joined the Impact club out of Drew University and was there as a freshman and a sophomore. In the fall of my junior year, I switched to the Princeton club.

DiTosto, a skilled 5’5 midfielder who impacts the game at both ends of the field, ended up becoming one of the top players in the area, earning All-County and All-State honors. She was named as the 2014 CVC Player of the Year and was also selected as the Midfielder of the Year.

This week, DiTosto is hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign with the Cardinals.

Although DiTosto was initially leaning toward staying home, going to Princeton University and joining its field hockey program, she ultimately decided to head west for college. more

WILLPOWER: Nassau Swim Club Lemmings standout Will Kinney displays his breaststroke form. Kinney, who also stars for the Princeton High boys’ swim team, came up big for the Lemmings at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. He won the boys’ 18-and-under division 50 freestyle and finished second in both the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke as Nassau placed second of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the meet.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

WILLPOWER: Nassau Swim Club Lemmings standout Will Kinney displays his breaststroke form. Kinney, who also stars for the Princeton High boys’ swim team, came up big for the Lemmings at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. He won the boys’ 18-and-under division 50 freestyle and finished second in both the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke as Nassau placed second of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Nassau Swim Club, a blend of quantity and quality helped it enjoy a big performance at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet.

“We did really well,” said Nassau head coach Morgan Sawin, whose team took second out of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the PASDA meet. more

August 5, 2015

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It was peach heaven at Terhune Orchards over the weekend as families showed up for wagon rides, pedal tractors, live music, lots of children’s games, and tasting adventures provided by, among others, Princeton’s Agricola Eatery, Mediterra, and Jammin Crepes. A cross section of responses can be found in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

School Lunch

Food service workers in Princeton’s public schools have a new contract with the food management service hired by Princeton Public Schools to run its cafeterias. The cost of school lunches in Princeton’s public schools will be increased as a result. more

WORLD VIEW: Princeton University men’s basketball star Hans Brase poses in the uniform of the German second national team, for whom he has played the last two summers. Last month, rising senior forward Brase helped Germany earn a silver medal at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea. It was Germany’s highest-ever finish at the competition. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

WORLD VIEW: Princeton University men’s basketball star Hans Brase poses in the uniform of the German second national team, for whom he has played the last two summers. Last month, rising senior forward Brase helped Germany earn a silver medal at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea. It was Germany’s highest-ever finish at the competition.
(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although Hans Brase was back for a second summer with the German second national team, he didn’t encounter a lot of familiar faces as the squad began training this June for the World University Games.

Arriving in Heidelberg for the training camp, Brase, a rising senior forward on the Princeton University men’s basketball team, quickly realized he was one of the few holdovers. more

PREX Customers: According to new owner Jon Lambert, the Princeton Record Exchange draws 600-700 customers a day, and twice that number on weekends. Here are two from a recent visit, Hun School graduate Ethan Hawke and his daughter. (Photo by Jeffrey Rushnak, Courtesy of Princeton Record Exchange)

PREX Customers: According to new owner Jon Lambert, the Princeton Record Exchange draws 600-700 customers a day, and twice that number on weekends. Here are two from a recent visit, Hun School graduate Ethan Hawke and his daughter. (Photo by Jeffrey Rushnak, Courtesy of Princeton Record Exchange)

The legend known as the Princeton Record Exchange (Prex) originated in April 1977 in the U-Store parking lot on University Place on the same block as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first residence. “I used to find students and offer them an album or two to help unload a van full of heavy orange crates ofКrecords,” Barry Weisfeld told Town Topics Monday, regarding his sale of the Princeton landmark to store manager Jon Lambert for an undisclosed amount. In 1980, Mr. Weisfeld’s traveling record fair found a home on Nassau Street, across from Holder Hall, before moving five years later to the Tulane Street building it occupies today.  more

Oak TreesThe leafy look of Princeton’s main thoroughfare is about to change. Thanks to a disease known as bacterial leaf scorch (BLS), at least seven of the oak trees that tower over the campus side of Nassau Street will be taken down during the next several weeks.

A few of the trees have already had their limbs and leaves removed and a big orange “X” painted onto their trunks. “They look like totem poles,” said Lorraine Konopka, Princeton’s municipal arborist. “They will need a crane to bring down what’s left.”

“They” are workers from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), under whose jurisdiction the trees fall because Nassau Street (Route 27) is a state road. Ms. Konopka contacted the DOT several weeks ago after a large branch from an oak tree across from the Panera restaurant fell down.  more

TUDER ERA: Community Park Bluefish swimmer Susannah Tuder displays her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Last week, Tuder took first in the girls’ 12-and-under 50 breast and third in the 100 individual medley at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. The Bluefish finished first among Division I teams at the competition, which was held at West Windsor Community Park .(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

TUDER ERA: Community Park Bluefish swimmer Susannah Tuder displays her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Last week, Tuder took first in the girls’ 12-and-under 50 breast and third in the 100 individual medley at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. The Bluefish finished first among Division I teams at the competition, which was held at West Windsor Community Park . (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While Mike Uchrin was excited to to take the helm of the Community Park Bluefish swim team this summer after serving as an assistant coach in the program for the last four years, he felt some pressure in making the move.

“It was daunting at first, I know how deep the Bluefish roots are in the community and how many talented swimmers have been in the program over the years,” said Uchrin, reflecting on becoming the program’s head coach. “It was a big responsibility.” more

SUMMER FUN AND LEARNING: Trying out hula hoops is just one aspect of Hop the Gap, a YMCA program — part of a national initiative — that helps prepare children for kindergarten. The kids get a nutritious lunch, go on field trips, play games, and catch up on skills they might have missed by not attending pre-school.(Photo Courtesy of the Princeton YMCA)

SUMMER FUN AND LEARNING: Trying out hula hoops is just one aspect of Hop the Gap, a YMCA program — part of a national initiative — that helps prepare children for kindergarten. The kids get a nutritious lunch, go on field trips, play games, and catch up on skills they might have missed by not attending pre-school. (Photo Courtesy of the Princeton YMCA)

 

Most Princeton children start kindergarten with a year of pre-school behind them. But an increasing number of the town’s low income residents do not have the resources to give their offspring that early start. It is this segment of the population that the local YMCA is targeting with Hop the Gap — a new program at the Community Park Elementary School — serving 23 youngsters this summer from low to moderate income households. The program is part of a national YMCA initiative. more