November 29, 2017

By Anne Levin

Just what signing a resolution to support the North America Climate Summit Charter would mean to the town was the subject of a debate at a meeting of Princeton Council on Monday, November 27. After much discussion, the governing body voted four to one in favor of the measure.

In reaction to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, cities and
communities across the country have committed themselves to supporting the accord on a local basis. Princeton Council passed a resolution in support of the agreement and that committed to development of a Climate Action Plan as part of its 2017 goals and priorities. A summit of mayors from across the country will be held December 4-5 in Chicago. more

POWER OF TECHNOLOGY: Princeton Academy eighth-grader Chase Quijano, holding two prosthetic limbs he built, took the lead in organizing a Build-A-Thon that will take place at Princeton Academy on Sunday, December 3 from noon to 3 p.m. to use 3D printers to help create prosthetic limbs.

By Donald Gilpin

Chase Quijano, Princeton Academy eighth-grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 43, has organized a student-led project in partnership with the e-NABLE Community to use 3D printers to help create hands and arms for those in need all over the world.  more

Princeton native Brad Borkan will return to Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) on December 4 at 11 a.m. to share newly selected historic photographs from the early Antarctic explorers. Author of the book, When Your Life Depends On It: Extreme Decision-Making Lessons from the Antarctic, Borkan’s immersion in the lives and exploits of the early explorers began in his youth at the Princeton Public Library.

In the years since, Borkan has participated in numerous Antarctic conferences, garnering an abiding appreciation for the brave early explorers of the unknown territory — Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott, Roald Amundsen, and Douglas Mawson — and the extraordinary challenges they encountered on their journeys. more

Princeton residents Alison Horsburgh (left) and Pegi Stengel are prepared for the 9 a.m. opening of the 26th Annual St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday, December 2  at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street. Topiary centerpieces, wreaths, cookies, baked goods, handmade gifts, and a black English tea specially blended for Trinity are among the available items, and The Trinity Strings will perform. Lunch will be served. Visit or call (609) 924-2277 for more information.

Harold T. Shapiro

By Anne Levin

When considering speakers for the fourth annual Kenneth and Audrey Gould Lecture at Princeton Public Library, Audrey Gould had a feeling that Harold T. Shapiro, former president of Princeton University, would be a perfect fit.

The lecture series is given in honor of Kenneth Gould, who died three years ago. A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Gould knew Shapiro, who was president of the University from 1988 to 2001. Currently, Shapiro is a member of the executive committee and associated faculty of the Princeton Environmental Institute Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach. “Dr. Gould would have been very much interested and affected by what is going on with the environment, especially in regard to children. So I know he would have approved,” said Audrey Gould.  more

The Salvation Army’s New Jersey’s Third Annual Kettle Kick-Off began on Tuesday, November 28. It is known as Giving Tuesday, with Red Kettle stands at New Jersey train stations including the Trenton Transit Center and Hamilton.

Trenton City Mayor Eric E. Jackson and Trenton Thunder mascot Boomer were on hand at the Trenton station. Morning commuters at Newark Penn Station and Secaucus Junction also saw the Red Kettle stands. The goal is to raise $1.9 million. Funds collected during the campaign will provide for families and individuals across the state during the holiday season and year-round, sustaining the programs and services from The Salvation Army that help people in need manage their daily lives. more

Womanspace recently announced the appointment of new board of directors members Charles Walker, Joanne Barlow, Salim Manzar, and Michelle Bajwa.

Walker has over 30 years of leadership and business experience, having served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer, a marketer at Johnson & Johnson, and an executive at several software companies and advertising agencies. He is currently co-president and chief operating officer of Cadient Group, a global advertising agency acquired by Cognizant.  more

By Stuart Mitchner

I was still in my teens when I read Dostoevsky for the first time. Going from Holden Caulfield in New York to a Russian student plotting an act of murder in St. Petersburg seemed like growing up. Crime and Punishment was electric, fascinating, a new world.

I was 20 when I read The Possessed, older but not much wiser. I was out of my depth, unprepared for the upgrade from a philosophical axe murderer named Raskolnikov to a charismatic child molestor named Stavrogin. It would have helped if I’d been able to read the chapter in which Stavrogin describes his crime, but it was considered too shocking to print in 1872 no matter how often Dostoevsky tried to tone it down.  more

Rhodri Lewis and Leonard Barkan will be talking about Lewis’s book Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness (Princeton Univ. Press) at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, December 6 at 6 p.m.

Rhodri Lewis and Leonard Barkan will discuss Lewis’s radical new interpretation of the most famous play in the English language. By exploring Shakespeare’s engagements with the humanist traditions of early modern England and Europe, Lewis reveals a Hamlet unseen for centuries: an innovative, coherent, and exhilaratingly bleak tragedy in which the governing ideologies of Shakespeare’s age are scrupulously upended. more

Alvin Felzenberg and Charles Stile will be discussing Felzenberg’s new book, The Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William Buckley Jr. (Yale University Press) at Labyrinth Books on Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m.

William F. Buckley Jr. is widely regarded as the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the postwar era.  more

“RUNTIME”: Part of a *graphic design exhibition* highlighting the work of current and former students in Princeton University’s Program in Visual Arts, this piece by Neeta Patel, Class of 2017, is an interface for Apple Watch that tracks the times when the user looks at the device and encourages behavior to look less frequently. Produced in VIS 415, Advanced Graphic Design. (Screenshot Courtesy the artist)

The Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts presents *a graphic design exhibition* curated by award-winning faculty member, artist, and writer David Reinfurt, highlighting the work of 184 current and former students since the Lewis Center launched courses in graphic design in 2010. more

“BRIDGE AT SAYEN GARDENS”: This watercolor painting by Susan Troost is featured in the Gourgaud Gallery’s “Cranbury Art in the Park” plein air series. The art will be on display from December 3 through December 29, with an artist’s reception on Sunday, December 3 from 1-3 p.m.

All are invited to an artists’ reception on Sunday, December 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Gourgaud Gallery, Cranbury Town Hall (Old School Building), 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, to celebrate the art created from the Art in the Park plein air series sponsored by the Cranbury Arts Council.

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COME TO THE CABARET: Soprano Karyn Levitt brings the music of 20th century Austrian composer Hanns Eisler to the forefront in “Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret,” at Princeton University this Friday.

By Anne Levin

It was her fondness for the music of Kurt Weill that introduced soprano and actress Karyn Levitt to the works of another composer of Weill’s era, Hanns Eisler. It wasn’t love at first hearing. But Levitt, who will perform a program of Eisler’s works at Princeton University on Friday, December 1, soon began to fall under the spell of his 12 tone, modernist style. more

Vox Blue and Vox Blue Too will present a concert titled “What is Old is New Again” on Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m. in the Bart Luedeke Center Theater on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville. Led by the ensemble’s conductor, Tim Brent, the program will feature timeless works from the Great American Songbook by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart, as well as popular music by artists Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and others. more

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University presents the annual Princeton Dance Festival, in which 51 Princeton dance students will perform repertory works by Bill T. Jones and Ohad Naharin and premiere new works by Alexandra Beller, Rebecca Lazier, Brian Reeder, Olivier Tarpaga, and Raphael Xavier. Four performances will take place: December 1 at 8 p.m., December 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and December 3 at 1 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. Reserved seating tickets for the Princeton Dance Festival are $12 in advance of show dates, $8 for students, $12 for seniors, and $17 purchased the day of performances at the box office.

Tickets are available online through, by calling the McCarter box office at (609) 258-2787, at the Frist Campus Center or Lewis Arts complex ticket offices, and at the door on the night of performances.

MUCH NEEDED: Princeton University men’s basketball player Sebastian Much dribbles into the paint in recent action. Last Sunday, freshman forward Much scored nine points off the bench to help Princeton defeat Fairleigh Dickinson 83-76 as the Tigers posted their second straight win. Princeton, now 2-3, hosts Lehigh on November 29 before playing at Miami on December 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Sebastian Much spent most of the first half on the bench as the Princeton University men’s basketball team hosted Lafayette last Wednesday, he still had his head in the game.

“I was feeding off of Richmond [Aririguzoh] because he brought such an intensity to the game,” said freshman forward Much of his sophomore teammate. more

KUFF LINK: Princeton University men’s hockey player Ryan Kuffner races up ice in a 2016-17 game. Last Saturday, junior forward Kuffner tallied a goal and an assist to help Princeton defeat Bemidji State 4-1 and improve to 4-4-1 overall. In upcoming action, the Tigers host Dartmouth on December 1 and Harvard on December 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Even though the Princeton University men’s hockey team fell behind Bemidji State 1-0 after just 17 seconds last Friday evening, Ryan Kuffner and his teammates weren’t concerned.

“We have a lot of guys coming back who can skate and move the puck,” said junior forward Kuffner, a 6’1, 195-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario. more

SHERMAN’S MARCH: Princeton Day School boys’ hockey player Eric Sherman controls the puck in a game last winter. Senior star defenseman and captain Sherman is primed to produce a big final campaign. PDS starts its 2017-18 season this week by hosting Seton Hall Prep on November 28, St. Joe’s Metuchen on November 30, and North Yarmouth Academy (Maine) on December 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Scott Bertoli isn’t sure whether his Princeton Day School boys’ hockey team is going to be dominant this winter, he is certain that it will provide plenty of entertainment.

“Our speed is a tremendous asset and that has been really evident through the first three scrimmages and even just watching them practice,” said PDS head coach Scott Bertoli, who guided the Panthers to a 13-11-2 record last winter as they won the state Prep title. more

ACTION JACKSON: Hun School boys’ hockey goalie Jackson Cole dives to make a save in a game last winter. Sophomore Cole will be looking to build on a solid debut season for the Raiders. Hun gets its 2017-18 campaign underway this week by playing at Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.) on November 29 before hosting Princeton High on December 1 and LaSalle College High (Pa.) on December 6 at the Ice Land Skating Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Quality over quantity is going to be the theme for the Hun School boys’ hockey team this winter.

“We have got a barebones team, we will have a core of 13 varsity skaters, three lines of forwards, four defensemen, and a goalie,” said head coach Ian McNally, who guided Hun to an 8-16 record last season and its fourth straight Mercer County Tournament title. more

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On Saturday, November 19, restaurant Local Greek celebrated its grand opening with free tastings for over 100 invitees. Located in the Witherspoon-Jackson historic district, the offerings included moussaka (oven-baked lamb and potatoes); yemista (stuffed tomato and peppers); marinated octopus; soutzoukakia (Cretan style meatballs with tomato sauce); Greek-style dips including tzatziki, eggplant, and spicy feta; loukaniko sausage; and fava puree topped with octopus and caramelized onions.

By Donald Gilpin

Former Borough Mayor Yina Moore and president of Save the Dinky Anita Garoniak are seeking to promote public awareness of the history of the old Dinky Station through more prominent and accessible displays, but they have so far made little headway in their appeals to the Princeton Council and New Jersey Transit.

Claiming that New Jersey Transit has not complied with “the interpretative display condition” related to the moving of the Princeton Railroad Station, Moore and Garoniak’s November 12 letter to the mayor and Council contends that “Council should act to see that the story of a beloved station and the history of the Princeton Branch are told in displays that are meaningful and accessible to the public.” more

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, delivered the keynote address last week at Princeton University’s Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium investigating the University’s historical engagement with the institution of slavery. Morrison, left, was introduced by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor of the Humanities Director and Professor of Creative Writing. Following the speech, the University renamed West College Morrison Hall, in Morrison’s honor. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton University, Office of Communications, Denise Applewhite)

By Donald Gilpin

“We are issuing a joint call to all community leaders, institutions, and organizations to speak up and speak out against hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and all acts of hate in our community,” read the statement from local municipal and religious leaders. “We all must be very clear that hate has no home here in Princeton С in our conversations, in our offices and schools, and in our social media.”

Mayor Liz Lempert, Police Chief Nick Sutter, the Rev. David Davis of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, and Rabbi Adam Feldman of The Jewish Center were writing in support of an earlier statement from the Princeton Public Schools in response to an incident of vandalism С with racist, anti-Semitic, and sexual messages С of a Google spreadsheet from a John Witherspoon Middle School (JWMS) science lab.  more

Photo Courtesy of Princeton University

By Donald Gilpin

Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University economics professor for almost 50 years and one of the most influential health policy experts in the country, died Monday, November 13 in Princeton. He was 80.

As Congress, the states, and the White House carry on their disputes over health care, Reinhardt’s ideas and arguments continue to help shape the national health policy debate, as they have for decades. more