November 18, 2015


FRESH FACE: Princeton University basketball player Devin -Cannady is all smiles at the program’s recent media day. Last Friday, freshman guard Cannady had a lot to smile about as he scored a game-high 17 points in his college debut to help Princeton defeat Rider 64-56 in its season opener. Princeton hosts Saint Peter’s at Dillon Gym this Saturday evening, its first game at the venerable venue since 1969. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Devin Cannady was rushing things as he made his debut for the Princeton University men’s basketball team when it played at Rider last Friday in its season opener. more

CP School

Community Park kindergarteners in Sheila Aguilar’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) class went outdoors last week to discover signs of fall. This is the first year for the DLI program in grades K-1 at Community Park, with a planned expansion of the program to include second grade next year.

At a meeting of Princeton Council on November 9, a proposal to extend sick leave pay to all municipal workers, including part-time and seasonal employees, was outlined by administrator Marc Dashield. Providing extra sick pay would not have a significant financial impact on the budget, Mr. Dashield estimated.

Currently, all full time and part time municipal employees who work more than 20 hours a week are entitled to sick pay. Under an ordinance proposed earlier this year that would affect not only municipal workers but also those who are employed by local businesses, seasonal workers like lifeguards and part-timers such as garage workers and crossing guards would also be covered. Mr. Dashield went through each department to show how much estimated additional sick leave would be taken if the ordinance passed. A part time worker would be able to get one hour of sick leave for 30 hours worked, but would not be eligible to use the sick leave until they had worked 90 days. more

book rev

In Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Paris is a “cradle” in which “each one slips back into his soil: one dreams back to Berlin, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Minsk. Vienna is never more Vienna than in Paris” — which could also be said of cities everywhere, including Cairo and Damascus, Istanbul, Aleppo, and Baghdad. In Paris, Miller adds, “Everything is raised to apotheosis. The cradle gives up its babes and new ones take their places … where Zola lived and Balzac and Dante and Strindberg and everybody who ever was anything. Everyone has lived here some time or other. Nobody dies here.” more

Input, input, and more input is the mantra of the Bike Master Planners as they gather information from all varieties of bicycle riders, non-riders, homeowners, merchants, and other community members in the ongoing creation of a Bike Master Plan to serve all stakeholders and advance Princeton’s Complete Streets Policy.

At stake, they claim, is nothing less than the quality of life in the community С its environment and its health, as well as a solution for traffic congestion and parking problems.

Hundreds of citizens have responded so far to an online survey, a wiki mapping tool and comment forms, and about 80 concerned residents gathered last Thursday in the Community Room at 400 Witherspoon Street to find out what’s going on and to make sure their voices were heard by engineers, local officials, and other members of the planning group. more

(Photo by MS AKR)

(Photo by MS AKR)

Thanks to a $175,000 gift from the Synod of the Northeast, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church now owns outright the Robeson House, the birthplace of actor and civil rights leader Paul Robeson and the parsonage occupied by Mr. Robeson’s father, the Rev. William Drew Robeson, when he was pastor of the historic church.

The announcement of the gift at a banquet last Sunday celebrating the church’s 175th anniversary wasn’t the only good news for the more than 200 people attending the event at The Nassau Inn. The congregation also received a formal apology from the Presbytery of New Brunswick for asking blacks to leave Nassau Presbyterian Church in 1836.

The monetary gift means the church can cover the two mortgages on the Robeson House. “This gift is just wonderful for us,” said Denyce Leslie, a ruling elder who chairs the church’s buildings and grounds committee. “Now we clearly outright own four properties within town — the church, the Paul Robeson House on Witherspoon Street, the church office next door, and the manse on Walnut Street.”

The apology from the Presbytery of New Brunswick for removal of Rev. Robeson from his post in 1900, after 21 years of service, is equally significant, Ms. Leslie said. “We had worked on this for several years starting with David Prince many years ago,” she said, referring to an interim pastor of the church, who died last year. The Rev. Prince and his wife Nancy, who was present at the anniversary celebration, researched the history of the church and learned that Rev. Robeson was forced out when some white people thought he was too outspoken about the rights of black people. more

As of January 5, according to Frontier Airlines, commercial planes from Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) will fly to just four destinations, all in Florida. Frontier, the only commercial carrier serving TTN, plans to resume service to six other destinations in the spring.

“The changes are being made based on supply and demand,” stated Frontier Corporate Communications Representative Jim Faulkner. “There’s a greater demand to travel to warm destinations in the winter so that’s where Frontier’s focus is.” more


On October 25, the Princeton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, members of which are shown here, dedicated a plaque on the grave of Josephine Ward Thomson Swann at Princeton Cemetery. Mrs. Swann founded the chapter in 1893, and was essential in preserving the deteriorating Rockingham, the last wartime headquarters of George Washington, which is in Kingston. By bequeathing her home to the town of Princeton, she enabled it to acquire the property that became its borough hall and senior center. And by leaving Princeton University $325,000 to help found its Graduate School, she helped it to expand as an institution.


DRIVEN: Princeton University women’s basketball player -Michelle Miller drives past a foe in action last year. Last Sunday, senior star Miller scored a game-high 24 points to help No. 25 Princeton defeat Duquesne 94-66. Miller is showing drive off the court as the chemistry major is applying to medical schools and has been named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. Miller and the Tigers, now 2-0, play at Seton Hall on November 19 and at Rider on November 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Michelle Miller is taking multi-tasking to a higher level this fall during her senior year at Princeton University.

In addition to starring for the 25th-ranked Princeton women’s basketball team and working on her senior thesis, chemistry major Miller is applying to medical school and is a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, having reached the interview stage of the process. more

Fall Farmers

Lawrenceville Presbyterian Preschool will hold their second annual Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, November 24 from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Main Street in downtown Lawrenceville.

Shop for local produce from Cherry Grove Organic Farm, Hlubik Family Farm, Pineland Farms, Z Food Farm, Big Red Farm, and North Slope Farm. Customers can also pre-order pies, cake pops, and other desserts from Happy Wanderer Bakery and The Farmer’s Daughter, which will be made available for pick-up on the day of the event.  more

The Princeton Amateur Wrestling Society (PAWS) invites all local youth (boys and girls in grades 3 through 8) to join the recreation based club for the new season. All practices are conducted in Jadwin Gymnasium on the Princeton University campus. Beginners and advanced wrestlers are welcome. Practice, training, and competition is based on age, weight, and skill level.

PAWS boasts a tradition of outstanding graduates who have found success at major universities and beyond. The program also includes a highly experienced coaching staff. Practices begin on November 17 and occur weekly on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A PAWS Cubs parent-child program is open to children in grades K-2 (practices occur on Saturdays).  more

Music Trenton

Trenton children beginning music study will have their own instruments to take home for practicing, and neglected instruments will find a whole new life, as Princeton University’s Office of Public Affairs and WWFM The Classical Network host “Instruments of Change,” benefitting the Trenton Community Music School. From November 30 through December 4, the Office of Public Affairs will open its doors for members of the community whose musical instruments are in need of a good home. Families whose children have outgrown their small instruments, shifted their interests away from playing, or developed into the need for a finer instrument, will find grateful recipients for their ½-size violins, novice-level flutes, or instruments that are no longer played. The Office of Public Affairs is located at 22 Chambers Street in Princeton, and will be open for donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

D&R Greenway Land Trust has announced that its Princeton campus will become a Conservation Campus. The YWCA Princeton Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) will be its first campus partner by moving into 2 Preservation Place.

“The new strategic alliance between the two nonprofit groups celebrates the healing value that nature brings to our lives,” says D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead. “D&R Greenway Land Trust has been working for more than 25 years to preserve open space and has recognized the important connection between the outdoors and health. The YWCA Princeton BCRC will be able to offer a welcoming and nurturing home setting for women and families, establishing a direct connection between nature and well-being.” more

Book Scott Berg

A. Scott Berg will deliver a lecture on his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, “Lindbergh,” at McCarter Theatre Center on Saturday, November 21 at 4 p.m. The lecture is in support of Morven’s year-long exhibition, “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age.” Tickets for the lecture are available at, or by calling (609) 258-2787. A 1971 graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Berg is the author of five best-selling books, including “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius,” “Goldwyn: A Biography,” and “Wilson.”

First place finisher for PHS

LEAD GROUP: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Alex Roth, left, races with the frontrunners in a recent meet. Last Saturday, junior star Roth took sixth individually at the Group 4 state championship meet at Holmdel, covering the 5-kilometer course in a time of 16:11. Roth’s heroics helped PHS finish fifth in the team standings and earn a wild card spot in the Meet of Champions (MOC), slated for November 21 at Holmdel. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton High boys’ cross country team hit the track to sharpen up for the Group 4 state championship meet with its final speed session, it was met with a drenching rain. more

C Carol

McCarter Theatre has produced “A Christmas Carol” every year since 1980, when then Artistic Director Nagle Jackson brought his adaptation to the theater. The current adaptation by David Thompson remains faithful to much of the language and spirit of Dickens’s original story, capturing both the struggles of Victorian life, and the joy and redemption of the holiday season. 2015 performance dates run from December 4 through 27. Seen here (l-r) are Graeme Malcolm, Michele Tauber, Sari Weinerman, Madeline Fox, and Bradley Mott. (Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson)

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“HARVEST TIME”: This watercolor by Amy Amico is one of the plein air paintings on display at the Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury from December 6-23. Each painting is inspired by a private property or park in and around the town of Cranbury.

A group show of paintings by artists who participated in the Art in the Park plein air series sponsored by the Cranbury Arts Council will run from December 6 to 23 at the Gourgaud Gallery in Cranbury.

There will be an artist reception on Sunday, December 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gallery located in Cranbury Town Hall (Old School Building), 23-A North Main Street. Each month from May to October, a different Cranbury property hosts local artists to capture the scenes offered at their beautiful gardens and historic homes.  more

Theater rev 11-18-15 Bengal

GO, TIGER!: The Tiger (Victoria Davidjohn, center), who serves as narrator, aggressor, victim, and philosopher; is guarded by two U.S. Marines, Kev (Max Feldman, left) and Tom (Matt Chuckran) in war-torn Baghdad in Theatre Intime’s production of Rajiv Joseph’s dark surrealistic comedy “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” (2009), playing at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through November 21.

The legacy of Saddam Hussein and the repercussions of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq continue to haunt us. Playwright Rajiv Joseph, who understands the power of ghosts and the inexorable reverberations of violence and corruption, would not be surprised.

Mr. Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2009) is a war story, a dark comedy, with much more darkness than humor. Set in Baghdad in 2003, the first days of the Iraq War, the play is strikingly, shockingly realistic in its depictions of the brutalities of war and its effects on all parties involved. But it is also disturbingly surrealistic, with ghosts gradually taking over the stage from live characters, and an eloquent, acerbic, philosophical tiger presiding over the proceedings.  more

Hamilton Jewelers has been a showcase — not only for quality — but for a family-owned and operated business since its founding in 1912.

It is a true success story. Guided by former owner the late Irving Siegel, his son Martin Siegel, and now Irving’s grandson Hank Siegel, president and CEO, it continues to thrive. In an age when many establishments no longer stand the test of time, this is a special achievement.

As Martin Siegel has noted, “I started to help my dad in the business when I was 12 years old. I never thought of doing anything else. I came into the business formally in 1955, and now my son Hank is president and CEO. It has meant more than I ever expected to have the family business continue. It’s the dream of a father, passed on to a son and grandson.” more

November 12, 2015


Bruce Springsteen’s album was suggested by this night view of the Princeton University rowing team’s boathouse, its lights shining on the surface of Lake Carnegie. It’s also worth noting that it was from the “Darkness” recording session that Patti Smith, the subject of this week’s book review, got a tape of Bruce’s “Because the Night” and made the song her own. The photo was taken from the Washington Road bridge. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

November 11, 2015

An accident involving five vehicles early Thursday morning resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to two people and extensive damage to two of the vehicles. A 17-year-old male was driving a 2003 Honda Accord south on Bayard Lane, just south of Boudinot Street, at 7:33 a.m., when it crossed over the center lines and struck two cars traveling north.

One of the cars was a 2005 Nissan Ultima operated by Michael Kovacs of Mercerville, and the other a 2005 Audi A6 driven by Daphine Corbin of Belle Mead. A 2008 Honda Accord driven by Ann Monaghan of Princeton traveling behind the Audi braked to avoid the accident and was struck in the rear by a Ford pickup truck operated by Felipe Lopez of Lawrenceville. more

Fuld Hall, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

David M. Rubenstein, a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, has donated $20 million to support the creation of a new building on the campus to be known as the Rubenstein Commons, it was announced Monday.

Mr. Rubenstein is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation based in Washington, D.C. more

On the night of the general election November 3, Democratic State Assembly candidate Andrew Zwicker made a speech in which he conceded to incumbent Republican Donna Simon in the 16th District race. But a week makes a difference. At press time Tuesday, Mr. Zwicker’s lead over Ms. Simon had risen to 78 votes after the provisional ballots in Mercer County were counted.

While the election has yet to be certified and Ms. Simon has neither conceded nor challenged the results, Mr. Zwicker, a physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, appears to be the winner in the race. The Republican party has until next Wednesday to file for a recount. more


HOLDING COURT: Princeton University women’s basketball head coach Courtney Banghart answers a question at the program’s annual media day last Thursday. Banghart will be looking for an encore to last year’s season for the ages which saw the Tigers go 31-1 and win an opening round game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. Princeton starts its 2015-16 season this weekend when it hosts American on November 13 and Duquesne on November 15. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In its landmark campaign last winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team posted a 30-0 regular season mark, won an opening round game in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, and captivated fans across the nation. more

A New Jersey Tax Court judge last week rejected a claim made by Princeton University that the burden of proof in a case regarding its tax-exempt status should be with the four residents challenging the exemption.

Judge Vito Bianco ruled that the burden of proof for granting a tax exemption rests on the organization seeking the exemption, and would only be the responsibility of the residents if they were taking issue with the assessments for properties owned by the University. Challenging the University’s tax exemptions is a different issue, meaning the same burden of proof would not apply. more