December 2, 2015
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When Bogart tells Bergman “We’ll always have Paris” as they say their farewells in Casablanca, he’s responding to her plaintive question “What about us?” For Rick and Ilsa, Paris is another word for love. “We lost it until you came to Casablanca,” he tells her. “We got it back last night.”

While the city of the title is a Moorish fantasy fabricated on a back lot at Warners with stock footage of an overview, Paris is the absolute that will always be the City of Light as Humphrey Bogart will always be the epitome of cool, Ingrid Bergman the epitome of beauty, and “As Time Goes By” the theme song of their romance.

When the two lovers were reunited in Rick’s night club, they talked of the last time they were together, in a Montmartre cafe called the Belle Aurore on the day the Germans marched into Paris. “Not an easy day to forget,” said Rick. “I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.” more

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ON THE DEFENSIVE: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Gianluca Travia guards the blue line in a game last season. Junior Travia is being counted on to spearhead the PDS defense this winter as it looks to bounce back from a 3-16-1 season last year. The Panthers were slated to start the 2015-16 campaign by hosting St. Joe’s Prep on December 1, Montclair Kimberly on December 2, and the Hun School on December 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Going with a youth movement by necessity last winter, the Princeton Day School boy’s hockey team took its lumps.

As the proud program endured a 3-16-1 campaign, its younger players were fighting a losing battle on a nightly basis. more

For its annual Thanksgiving weekend concert this year, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) looked back through music history. NJSO concertmaster Eric Wyrick served as both conductor and violin soloist for three works harking back to the days before conductors formally stood in front of orchestras. Friday night’s NJSO performance in Richardson Auditorium showed the nearly full house how an instrumental ensemble can work within itself to create music rooted in solid communication and musical trust.

In his career, Mr. Wyrick has had extensive experience as both a follower and a leader in an ensemble; in conjunction with his position as concertmaster of NJSO, he regularly appears as soloist with orchestras worldwide and has recorded an extensive repertory. Friday night’s concert was centered on Antonio Vivaldi’s early 18th-century concerto set The Four Seasons, for which Mr. Wyrick served as violin soloist. In the four concerti selected, a chamber-sized NJSO demonstrated the true orchestral intricacy of 18th-century music with themes passed among players and complex musical conversations. Mr. Wyrick brought The Four Seasons into the 21st century by playing off an iPad, and added a wealth of 19th and 20th-century interpretive style to music which is sometimes considered repetitive. In this performance, nothing was boring, and there was tremendous variety in dynamics, contrast, and melodic lines.  more

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AJ Cedeño and Graeme Malcolm as seen in a recent production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Tickets start at just $25 and are available by calling the box office at (609) 258-2787 or online at www.mccarter.org. Special discounts are available for groups of six or more. Purchase a McCarter Theatre membership and automatically receive one free ticket. (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)

The American Boychoir’s annual “Home for the Holidays” performance will take place at Richardson Auditorium on Sunday, December 20 at 4 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (609) 258-9220.

Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz states, “This year’s holiday program was created as an homage to our many supporters and fans. It stemmed from this fundamental question: if people could pick one song for the American Boychoir to sing for them during the holidays, what would it be? The answers to that question put together an ‘all-star’ collection of favorites, as well as what I hope to be a most enjoyable concert experience.”

Earlier this year, there was some doubt that the American Boychoir School would even be open for the holidays, because the school filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April and the fate of the school was unknown. However, the American Boychoir School leadership, students, parents, and community came together in an unprecedented effort to not only keep the doors open, but to position the school and its revered choir for the future. The holiday season offers the perfect opportunity for the American Boychoir to celebrate and thank its many friends and supporters who are working so hard to keep the school open. more

Join the Princeton Singers for their traditional holiday favorite, A Child’s Christmas in Wales on Saturday, December 12 at 6 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton.

Narrated by author Paul Watkins, holiday carols will be accompanied by a reading of Dylan Thomas’s classic story. This local favorite will be, as always, replete with snowballs, Christmas pranks, and a heart-warming ending.

The program is recommended for children ages 10 and older. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.princetonsingers.org.

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DINING ITALIANO: “We’re keeping the Camillo’s tradition with the same authentic Italian cuisine. At the same time, we are continuing to offer many of the Avanti specialties.” Camillo Tortola, chef/owner of the new Camillo’s Avanti in Pennington, is happy to offer his signature Italian cuisine to both former and new customers.

Good news! Camillo is back. After a hiatus of two years during which time he had closed Camillo’s Cafe in the Princeton Shopping Center, Camillo Tortola has opened Camillo’s Avanti.

He recently purchased Avanti Restaurant at 23 West Delaware Street in Pennington, and is now ready to offer customers his traditional classic Italian cuisine in Camillo’s signature relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” says Chef Tortola, quoting Virginia Woolf.

As a chef, he has been devoted to creating delicious authentic Italian dishes. It is what he has been doing his adult life, and what fascinated him when he was a boy. Born in Italy, and brought up by his grandmother in the small village of Miranda, Camillo was intrigued by his grandmother’s cooking. more

November 25, 2015

library-directorFollowing a vote by the Princeton Public Library’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday evening, Brett Bonfield was named to succeed Leslie Burger as the library’s executive director. Mr. Bonfield, who is currently the director of the Collingswood Public Library, will take over on January 19, 2016. Ms. Burger is retiring in January after 16 years at the library.

“Brett is a committed and experienced community builder,” said Kiki Jamieson, president of the Board. “He is an advocate for public libraries and all who use them, and I have been impressed with his deep commitment to nurturing libraries as the heart and hearth of diverse communities. I think he will build on the excellence to which we as a community have become accustomed.”

Mr. Bonfield was selected from a field of 25 candidates during a national search, which also included Canada. Assisting Library Strategies International LLC were search committee members John Anagbo, supervisor for language arts and social studies at Princeton High School; Jan Johnson, retired librarian and former head of the library’s Youth Service Department; and Jane Silverman, president of Jane Silverman and Associates and former chairperson of the Princeton Public Library Foundation. more

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Look down the table at Saturday’s Princeton Future Meeting and you’ll see the embodiment of the future, recalling Loudon Wainwright III’s song, “Be Careful, There’s a Baby in the House,” which tells us “a baby will not be fooled … will play it for real … and is better than smart.” (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

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GOING TO THE MATT: Princeton University football player Matt Arends surveys the action in a game earlier this fall. Last Saturday, senior linebacker and co-captain Arends fought hard in his last game for the Tigers, making nine tackles and forcing a fumble in a losing cause as Princeton fell 17-10 at Dartmouth. The defeat left the Tigers with a final record of 5-5 overall and 2-5 Ivy League. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In 2013, the Princeton University football team played at Dartmouth in the season finale needing a win to clinch an outright Ivy League title only to get upended 28-24 by the Big Green. more

The company that owns the Agricola restaurant has been chosen by Princeton University to run a bar and bistro in the former Dinky train station buildings across from McCarter Theatre. The buildings are part of the Arts and Transit project currently under construction on the campus.

Fenwick Hospitality Group, founded by local resident Jim Nawn, has proposed a bar for the smaller, north building, with 60 indoor seats and 30 seasonal seats outside. Drinks, including cocktails, wine, and beer, would be served, as well as small bites for lunch and dinner. In the south building, formerly where baggage was handled, there would be a bistro serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. The menu would be French-influenced. Seating for 125 inside and 50 outside, counter seating, and a private dining room are also part of the plan. more

In the aftermath of a 32-hour sit-in at Nassau Hall, culminating last Thursday in an agreement, a follow-up letter Sunday from University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, and much ensuing controversy, Princeton University will be examining its past, present, and future in order to “make Princeton a more welcoming and supportive community for all its members.”

At the center of the controversy are two Princeton University presidents: Woodrow Wilson, University president from 1902 to 1910 and U.S. president from 1913-21, whom Princeton has honored with the establishment of its prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and its Wilson residential college, but whose record on race is disturbing; and Mr. Eisgruber, currently in his third year as Princeton president, who, after acknowledging that Woodrow Wilson was racist, met last Wednesday and Thursday with the protesting members of the Black Justice League (BJL) student organization, and agreed to follow up on their concerns in a series of discussions with trustees and various groups of students, staff and alumni. more

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NEW ORIGINAL PBS SERIES: The Lewis Center for the Arts presents a screening of the new PBS Civil War drama, “Mercy Street” on Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion moderated by Christina Lazaridi. Both events are free and open to the public, but advance reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets can be reserved at arts.princeton.edu/mercystreet. (Photo Courtesy of Antony Platt/PBS)

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University will present a special preview screening of the new PBS Civil War era drama series Mercy Street on Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The screening, preceded by a reception beginning at 6:15 p.m., is free and open to the public, however advance reservations are encouraged.

Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the conflict; Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green (Hannah James), a naive young Confederate belle. The two collide at Mansion House, the Green family’s luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, a border town between North and South and the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. Ruled under martial law, Alexandria is now the melting pot of the region, filled with soldiers, civilians, female volunteers, doctors, wounded fighting men from both sides, runaway slaves, prostitutes, speculators, and spies. more

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A HOME FOR BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS: At a recent ribbon-cutting, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, left, and Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, right, officially opened the University’s Entrepreneurial Hub. Flanking them on the portico were Provost David Lee, left, and Mung Chiang, right, who directs the University’s Keller Center and chairs its Princeton Entrepreneurial Center. (Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)

Like most contemporary educational institutions, Princeton University considers entrepreneurship a priority — so much so that it has dedicated a 10,000-square-foot building in downtown Princeton for just that purpose. The Entrepreneurial Hub officially opened with a ribbon-cutting on November 11, confirming the school’s commitment to innovation among its students and partnerships with the local community.

The red brick building at 34 Chambers Street has served throughout its history as offices for the telephone company, the Gallup company, William Sword & Company, and Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty. The University is renting it from owner Kinsale Properties, of which Jud and Matt Henderson are principal partners. more

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MAKING A SPLASH: Princeton University men’s water polo goalie Vojislav Mitrovic guards the net in a game this season. Last Sunday, sophomore standout Mitrovic made 14 saves to help Princeton edge Johns Hopkins 7-6 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship game. Mitrovic was named the MVP of the CWPA tourney. The win earned the Tigers, now 22-4, a spot in the NCAA tournament where they will be facing UC-San Diego in a play-in game on December 2 at UCLA with the Final 4 taking place at the same site from December 5-6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s water polo team had already beaten Johns Hopkins three times this season, Luis Nicolao felt the pressure was on his squad when it faced the Blue Jays in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) championship game last Sunday. more

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a national “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States.

Saint Peter’s was the only hospital in its geographic portion of central New Jersey — defined as Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, and Mercer counties — to be cited on Tuesday for excellence in all six of the categories measured by The Joint Commission: heart failure, heart attack, surgical care, pneumonia, childhood asthma, and perinatal care.

Among those categories, Saint Peter’s was one of only two hospitals in New Jersey cited for excellence in the care of childhood asthma. In addition, Saint Peter’s was one of only 17 of the 71 hospitals in New Jersey that submitted data to receive the Top Performer award for 2014. On a broader scale, Saint Peter’s is among only six percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in the United States to earn Top Performer status for clinical quality for four consecutive years.  more

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Pre-schoolers from Cherry Hill Nursery School in Princeton gathered items for the Crisis Ministry food pantry of Mercer County in preparation for Thanksgiving distributions.

Six new police officers, sworn in two weeks ago, are preparing to take on the ever-increasing challenges of police work in Princeton 2016.

From a pool of more than 800 applicants, the officers passed a written exam, a physical exam, two panel reviews, an intensive background investigation, and two additional interviews.

Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter described the search for “a diverse pool of candidates who possess intelligence, integrity, empathy, strong communication skills, and physical fitness.”

The number of officers in the Princeton Police Department (PPD) will remain at 52, with the new recruits taking the place of retirees over the past few years.  more

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SENIOR LEADER: Stuart Country Day school cross country runner Lindsay Craig displays her form in a race this fall. Senior star Craig placed 20th individually in the state Prep B meet this fall even though she wasn’t at full strength for much of the season. She helped Stuart finish fifth in the team standings at the Prep B meet and post a 10-0 record in dual meets. Craig earned All-Prep B honors all four years of her career.

Len Klepack was cautiously optimistic as his Stuart Country Day cross country team prepared for the fall.

“We felt we had a better team than we have had in the past,” said Stuart head coach Klepack. more

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Princeton Day School junior Ruchita Zaparde has been named a 2015 Nickelodeon HALO (Help and Lead Others) Honoree for her work with the non-profit organization Sew a Future, which provides sewing machines to widows with young children in rural India.  The HALO awards show will air on Nickelodeon on Sunday, November 29 at 7 p.m.  Ruchita’s fundraising efforts have helped more than 213 widows acquire sewing machines.

SlaughterAnn-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America and former director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton, will discuss her new book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family (Random House, 2015), at 4:30 p.m., Monday, November 30, 2015, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion. This is a ticketed event.

Ms. Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and former dean of the University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which is sponsoring the discussion.

After leaving her position at the U.S. State Department for family reasons, Ms. Slaughter wrote an article for The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” which generated much media attention and sparked a national debate.

For information, contact brhuber@princeton.edu.

book revOnce upon a time a long time ago Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) came to Bloomington, Indiana, in the form of a Classic Comic of Gulliver’s Travels being read by an eight-year-old boy and an impish, bespectacled, congenitally effusive young man of 25-going-on-15 who will eventually be proclaimed Swift’s “best and fullest biographer” by Christopher Ricks in the London Review of Books.

The boy and the biographer are both seated on the living room floor, the Swiftian-to-be having politely refused the boy’s parents’ offer of a chair. “It’s exciting, but scary” the eight-year-old says when asked his thoughts on Gulliver’s Travels. To show what he means by “scary,” he points out the frames where the Lilliputians are swarming over Gulliver’s body, binding it with ropes, staking his long blond hair to the ground. After discussing the imagery, the biographer begins to make playful comments about the “Life of Swift” on the comic’s last page, which the boy has read and finds disturbing. At this point, the parents intervene and the biographer is coaxed into a chair.

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Because my parents had the first 20 issues of Classic Comics bound as a present for my ninth birthday, I still have the copy of Gulliver’s Travels Irvin Ehrenpreis and I were perusing together all those years ago. Looking over the “Life” at the end, I’m struck by the vehemence of the language describing Gulliver’s “savage commentary on the European world” as “the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.” Pretty heady stuff for an early reader; no wonder I found it disturbing, not to mention the concluding paragraph, in which “Swift’s satire became more and more violently bitter, possibly the result of a mental disease which, by 1736, caused him to become insane. He never recovered and died on October 19, 1745.” In the brief biographies at the end of every Classic Comic, each author dies in such and such a time and place, but Swift’s fate became one of the numerous shadowy elements of a childhood occasionally haunted by the sound of phantom footsteps and the sight of an abandoned playground where the empty swings were still in motion.  more

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Princeton Day School fifth grade chess champions — (left to right) Winston Ni (Princeton), Arjun Kumar (Moorestown), Jai Kasera (Princeton) — hold their team’s trophy.  The PDS teams were first in the first, fifth, and seventh grade New Jersey Grade Championship last Sunday in Lincroft, New Jersey.  

SchiffPulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff discusses and signs copies of her new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at Princeton Public Library.

Stacy Schiff is known for her biographies, many of them about notable women throughout history. In her latest project, she looks to one of the few historic events to center around women, the Salem Witch Trials. The book is set during the mysterious year of hysteria and injustice that resulted in the execution of 19 alleged witches and wizards and reveals the religious, social, and political context in which it took place.

According to Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller, “Stacy Schiff’s The Witches is an indelibly etched morality fable, the best recounting of the Salem hysteria in modern times. Clear-eyed and sympathetic, Schiff makes the complex seem simple, crafting a taut narrative that takes in religion, politics, folklore, and the intricate texture of daily life in Massachusetts Bay, with particular attention to those ‘wonder-working’ women and girls who chose this moment to blow apart the Puritan utopia they’d helped to found. It’s all here in one devilish, oracular book.”

Stacy Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and Autobiography for Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov): Portrait of a Marriage. She is also the author of Cleopatra: A Life and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

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The Parkinson Alliance has announced that the 2015 Carnegie Center 5K and Fun Run, held last September 26 in Princeton, raised over $95,000 and net proceeds will go to Parkinson’s disease research. In addition to raising money for much needed research, the race brought together runners and supporters to help find a cure for the disease.

The 2015 race was supported by 51 sponsors, including Boston Properties who served as the host. On the day of the race, The Parkinson Alliance presented the Bucks County Roadrunners Club (BCRR) with the King Award for their longstanding support of the event. In addition to their passion for running, BCRR participates in this race as a way of supporting several members of their club who are living with Parkinson’s disease and yet, continue to run.  more