June 8, 2016

1NathansonJeff Nathanson will be stepping down as executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) at the end of 2016, the ACP announced yesterday.

The Arts Council on Witherspoon Street has experienced a significant transformation in the 11 years since Mr. Nathanson took the helm in 2005.

“Jeff successfully led the Arts Council through an exciting time of tremendous growth for the organization,” stated Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert. “He’s been an effective and effusive champion for the role of the arts in building community. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him, and am very sad to see him move on.”

ACP Board of Trustees President Ted Deutsch echoed the mayor’s praise, describing Mr. Nathanson as “an outstanding leader not just for the arts community, but for the Greater Princeton community as a whole. His in-depth experience in arts program development and management helped the organization dramatically expand and improve its arts-related offerings over the past decade. At the same time he has kept the ACP focused on its historic mission to serve the local community through free, accessible and inclusive events and scholarship programs for children and families.” more

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LOUISIANA LIGHTNING: Princeton University baseball player Billy Arendt takes a swing in recent action. Last weekend, senior third baseman Arendt starred in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-3 to host Louisiana-Lafayette and 7-2 to Sam Houston State in the NCAA’s Lafayette Regional. Arendt went 4-for-9 on the weekend with three runs scored and a triple.The Ivy League champion Tigers ended the spring with a 24-21 overall record, a remarkable improvement on the 7-32 mark posted in 2015. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University baseball team started play in the NCAA tournament at the Louisiana-Lafayette Regional last Friday evening, the Tigers found themselves in a lion’s den. more

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REPAIRS NEEDED: Bank Street needs street repairs and underground power lines, a subject of controversy between residents and town officials. Undergrounding electrical, telephone and cable lines could cost each property owner about $70,000, but the mayor and city engineers are seeking less expensive alternatives. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

Tucked away off Nassau Street, between Bayard Lane and Chambers Street, Bank Street could be mistaken for an alley. The narrow, single-block street of modest Victorian homes, all close to the street and close to one another, has always seemed out of place in the midst of the bustle of Nassau Street and the grandeur of much of the rest of the town С and now Bank Street finds itself a subject of controversy. more

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“MUSIC FOR THE EYES”: The building designed by Farewell Architects for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has brought in more visitors and expanded programs while promoting sustainability.

When administrators and trustees of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association started thinking about the need for a new facility back in 2007, space was the primary motivation.  more

When word spread last week that Whit Stillman, director of the film Love and Friendship, would be making an appearance at Princeton’s Garden Theatre following a 6:30 p.m. screening last Sunday, the showing quickly sold out.

That didn’t surprise Chris Collier, co-director of Renew Theaters, the Doylestown, Pa.-based company that took over the Nassau Street movie house two years ago. The same thing happened when actor Ethan Hawke and writer/director Michael Showalter, both raised in Princeton, visited the Garden when their latest films were screened this past April.  more

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Not in Our Town Princeton honored eight local high school students at the annual Unity Award ceremony and reception on June 5 at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center. All the students received certificates and cash awards for being role models in their efforts to promote respect for diversity and advance the cause of race relations. They also received certificates from U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, presented by Calvin C. Reed. PHS junior Jamaica Ponder, was honored as an “Upstander” for sounding an alarm about students playing an anti-Semitic drinking game.

Taking notes at lectures, participating in preceptorial discussions, writing papers and exams — several Princeton University courses recently awarded grants for innovation will be branching out far beyond these traditional activities in coming semesters. more

Four British authors will discuss their novels June 25 in the intimate setting of an 18th-century literary salon at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, and the Center of Theological Inquiry’s Luce Hall, 50 Stockton Street, with their friend across the Atlantic, Gladstone’s Library in North Wales.

The authors are Stella Duffy, James Robertson, Sarah Perry, and Andrew Nichol. The moderator is the well-known BBC broadcaster Sally Magnusson.  more

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Executive Director of New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the author of “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America,” will be appearing at Friend Center 101, Olden and William Streets, in Princeton at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. The program will be moderated by Rhinold Lamar Ponder. Admission is free, though registration is suggested.

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FOREST IN THE MOUNTAINS (Forêt dans la montagne): Edgar Degas, ca. 1890, monotype in oil on paper, 11¾ x 15¾ inches. (Museum of Modern Art, New York, Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest)

Degas was another wonder painter. I’ve never seen a bad Degas. — Ernest Hemingway

Thanks to a press pass that permitted me into “A Strange New Beauty: Edgar Degas” ahead of the paying public, I had the exhibit galleries more or less to myself for one precious, quietly hallucinatory hour. What follows should be about what I saw during a Sunday morning early opening at the Museum of Modern Art. But when the task of commenting on monotypes by Degas (1834-1917) coincides with the death of Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), all bets are off.  more

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“DADDY’S ARMS”: This artwork by Nategna L. is part of an upcoming exhibition at the Hunterdom Art Museum featuring work done by clients of HomeFront, an organization that aids the homeless in central New Jersey. The show runs until September 4.

The Hunterdon Art Museum (HAM) and HomeFront have partnered to create an exhibition that aims to empower the homeless. The opening reception for the exhibit called “The Many Meanings of Home” is Saturday, June 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the museum, 7 Lower Center Street in Clinton. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and suggested admission is $5.  more

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This collage painting is one of 50 artworks by Meredith Remz on display at Triumph Brewing Company until August 7. Among Remz’s art inspirations are industrial design and nature.

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The Music Room at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, site of the Opera Then and Now project that Westminster Choir College of Rider University and its CoOPERAtive program will present this fall. The project will celebrate the Thomas Edison National Historic Park and its rich connection to opera.

Theater Director 6-8-16Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named award-winning lighting designer Jane Cox as the new director of the University’s Program in Theater. Cox has been a member of the Program in Theater faculty since 2007 and was recently promoted to senior lecturer in the program. Her appointment will begin on July 1.

Cox has received numerous awards for her work as a lighting designer and recently received the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women and is nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for the current Broadway revival of The Color Purple, directed by fellow Princeton faculty member John Doyle.

Cox was nominated for the Tony and Drama Desk awards in 2014 for her work on Machinal at the Roundabout Theater. She was the most nominated designer in any discipline for the 2014 Henry Hewes Design Awards, being nominated for her designs for Machinal, All the Way, and Dinner with Friends. In 2013, Cox won the Henry Hewes award for her work on The Flick, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. more

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The 25th annual garden tour in this Trenton neighborhood of brick brownstones and tidy townhouses is offering up 26 spaces this year, in a range of shapes, sizes, and styles. The event will be held Saturday June 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance; $15 the day of the tour and includes a pre-hour talk at Artworks, on Everett Alley, with Jim Simon, Isles Deputy Director of Urban Agriculture. “Tiny, Tasty and Attractive: Ornamental and Edible Gardening for Small Spaces” is from 11 a.m. to noon. Plenty of free parking is available.

Visit trentonmillhill.org for full information.

June 7, 2016

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HOMESTAND: Members of Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club Men’s Youth 8 plus Coxswain are all smiles after taking second at the Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships at Mercer Lake to secure a spot in the upcoming 2016 USRowing Youth National Championships. Pictured, from left to right, are senior Kevin Borup (South Brunswick High), freshman Jack Gallagher (Council Rock High School North), junior Daniel Stoddard (WW/P-S), junior Grant Barthelmes (Ranney School), junior coxswain Sarah Brune (Lanoka Harbor), junior Carter Levine (Princeton High), senior John Tanguay (Hopewell Valley High), senior Jason Fleurial (Princeton High), and junior Andrew Hickey (Notre Dame High). PNRA/Mercer’s Women’s Youth 8 plus Coxswain, Women’s Youth Lightweight 8 plus Coxswain, and Women’s Lightweight 4 plus Coxswain also qualified for the national championship regatta, which will be held on Mercer Lake from June 10-12.

As the Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) hosts the USRowing Youth National Championships for the first time ever, it is hoping that some home cooking will help the four PNRA Mercer Rowing Club crews that qualified for the competition. more

June 6, 2016




Photography by Erica Cardenas

The Historical Society of Princeton’s Concert Under the Stars took place on Saturday, June 4 at Updike Farmstead in Princeton. Guests enjoyed wine and dined outdoors while exploring the property’s six acre estate. This year’s fundraiser featured a 90-minute live performance by The Samples, an indie rock band formed in 1985. The event proved to be one of the most memorable nights of the summer.

June 2, 2016

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Sandra Berman, chief marshal for University Convocations and the Cotsen Professor in the Humanities, leads the procession at Princeton University’s 269th Commencement. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton University Office of Communications, Noel Valero)

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BREAKING AWAY: Princeton High distance running star Alex Roth breaks the tape in winning the Princeton 5k last month. Last weekend, junior star Roth helped PHS take fifth in the Central Jersey Group 4 boys’ sectional meet. He placed second in the 3,200, third in the 1,600 and helped the 4×800 relay take second and set a school record of 7:54.53, breaking a mark set in 1981.

As the Princeton High track teams prepared for the sectional meet last weekend, they knew they were moving up in class.

Having typically competed in Group 3, PHS was elevated to Group 4 this year, facing larger schools and tougher competition. more

June 1, 2016

 

 

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Having just stepped through FitzRandolph Gate, these members of the Class of 2016 celebrate receiving their degrees from Princeton. (Photo by John Jameson, Princeton University Office of Communications)

Princeton University held its 269th commencement ceremony on the green in front of historic Nassau Hall yesterday morning, with a total of 1291 seniors receiving undergraduate degrees, five students from former classes, and 906 graduate students awarded advanced degrees. more

In the upcoming primary election on June 7, four Democrats are running for two open seats on Princeton Council. Mayor Liz Lempert, also a Democrat, is running for re-election in the primary, challenged by Republican Peter Marks.

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The one incumbent who is hoping to be re-elected for another term on Council, Ms. Crumiller previously served on Princeton Borough Council prior to consolidation in 2013. She has spoken often of her concerns about maintaining the town’s character and making it more affordable. The epidemic of “teardowns” in several areas of Princeton is another focus of her attention, and she has suggested addressing the problem through stronger zoning regulations. more

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On Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m., the Hunterdon County Historical Society will lead a two-hour tour of the Delaware River exploring the history of Lambertville and the D&R Canal System. Guests will board a steamboat in Lambertville and learn about the river’s role in the settlement of the area and the Revolutionary-era including the 1776 crossing by George Washington that marks its 240th anniversary year. The cost to attend is $30 general admission ($25 for Hunterdon County Historical Society Members). The tour is recommended for ages 12 and older. Guests may bring their own lunch for the boat trip or dine in-town afterward. Register online at www.hunterdonhistory.org. For more information, call (908) 782-1091.

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On Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m., Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart will host a seminar titled, “How Boys Learn Best in Kindergarten through Grade 4,” on their Princeton campus located at 1128 Great Road. The focus of the presentations and ensuing discussion will center on how boys learn best when they are encouraged to actively inquire, problem solve, innovate and collaborate. Headmaster Rik Dugan, Head of Lower School Paris McLean, and expert educators Suzanne Kazi and Caroline Walradt will share the latest research – and what schools can do to lay the foundation for boys’ success in middle school, high school, college and life.  more

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CONSEQUENCES: Funeral home workers prepare to take the accident victim’s body to the hearse, as more than 800 high school students watch the drunk driving simulation on Walnut Street last Thursday, presented by rescue squad, police, student actors, and others. (Photo Courtesy of Wendy Jolley)

The message is simple and familiar: “Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive. Don’t get high and drive,” stated Princeton High School (PHS) senior Katie Vasquez, co-president of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and member of the student board at Corner House.  more