September 20, 2017

By Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has never been an ensemble to sneak into the new concert season, but especially this year, when the orchestra is riding a wave of high attendance, Music Director Rossen Milanov chose to open the year with a musical tour de force. Joined by the Westminster Symphonic Choir (of Westminster Choir College) and four up-and-coming vocal soloists, Princeton Symphony filled both the stage and seats  this past weekend with a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s towering Symphony No. 9, a work not often heard in Princeton for the understandable reasons of expense and musical demands. The expense portion of Saturday night’s performance (the concert was repeated Sunday afternoon) received a helping hand from the Edward T. Cone Foundation, and the musical difficulties of this work were well met by all involved. more

Carol Wojciechowicz officially cuts the ribbon to the Wojciechowicz Barn as Historical Society of Princeton Executive Director, Izzy Kasdin; Board Chair, Scott Sipprelle; and New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher stand in support. Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road in Princeton. 

FORM AND FUNCTION: “Plastic surgery is the most creative aspect of medicine,” explains Arthur W. Perry, MD, FACS. “It is the only discipline that is creative, looks at the entire body, and can improve function and appearance.”

“She was not unattractive, but she was not quite pretty, either. The subtle arrangement of bones and flesh that comprise the human face had conspired to make her ordinary.” —Daniel Silva, The Heist

By Jean Stratton

Plastic surgeon Arthur W. Perry, MD, FACS has the skills to help such a person described above to improve her appearance if she wishes. He can help her to look her best, to achieve the most appropriate image that is uniquely hers. more

STRONG START: Princeton University football player Stephen Carlson heads upfield last Saturday as Princeton hosted the University of San Diego in its season opener. Making his first career start, junior receiver Carlson came up big, making six catches for 94 yards and three touchdowns to help the Tigers prevail 27-17. Princeton plays at Lafayette on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Fireworks exploded over one side of Powers Field as the Princeton University football team ran on the field for its season opener last Saturday against visiting University of San Diego.

Minutes later, Princeton junior receiver Stephen Carlson helped ignite fireworks on the field for the Tigers. more

BREAKING THROUGH: Princeton High football player Evan Angelucci eludes a tackler in recent action. Junior running back Angelucci has emerged as a bright spot for PHS this fall. The Little Tigers, who moved to 0-3 with a 53-18 loss to Hightstown last Saturday, are next in action when they play at Lawrence High on September 28. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Having been outscored 75-0 in losing its first two games, the Princeton High football team reached into its bag of tricks as it hosted Hightstown last Saturday.

Looking to catch the Rams by surprise, PHS started the game with an onside kick. The gamble paid off as the Little Tigers recovered the ball and proceeded to march to the Hightstown five-yard-line. more

CLAWING BACK: Hun School field hockey player Claudine Chiminski goes after the ball in recent action. Senior captain Chiminski is bringing experience to the Hun midfield. The Raiders, who fell to 0-1-1 with a 3-2 loss to Pennington last Thursday, host Montgomery on September 22 before playing at Stuart County Day School on September 26. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

While Kathy Quirk acknowledges that her Hun School field hockey team lacks experience, she believes it possesses a lot of grit.

“We lost 12 seniors last year and the year before that we lost 13,” said Hun head coach Quirk. more

September 19, 2017
The community was invited to participate in a collaborative community mural in front of the Arts Council's building.
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Photo Credit: Arts Council of Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton celebrated 50 years of serving and enriching the Princeton community on Saturday, September 16. Festivities included cake, games, a treasure hunt, and more. In addition, instructors demonstrated their artists’ talents and what was to come for classes in the future.

September 13, 2017

Classic cars and planes, helicopter rides, children’s activities, live music, a vendor fair, local food, and more were enjoyed by festival-goers at this Sunday’s Montgomery FunFest. The annual community event was held at Princeton Airport. (Photos by Charles R. Plohn)

By Donald Gilpin

Widespread criticism, along with a barrage of political, legal, and proposed legislative action, has arisen in response to last week’s Trump administration announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, that protected some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, also known as DREAMers, from deportation. more

COACHES’ CORNER: Princeton University football head coach Bob Surace talks with his coaches during the program’s recently held Media Day. Princeton is coming off an 8-2 campaign last fall that saw it share the Ivy League title with Penn. The Tigers get their 2017 season underway when they host the University of San Diego on September 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although the Princeton University football team is coming off an 8-2 campaign in 2016 that saw it tie Penn for the Ivy League title and has been picked to finish first along with Harvard for the upcoming season by the media poll, Bob Surace doesn’t view his squad as a powerhouse just yet. more

By Anne Levin

With President Trump’s recent announcement ordering the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Princeton’s second annual Welcoming Week could hardly be celebrated at a more appropriate time. Starting this Friday, the town’s Human Services Department is collaborating with Princeton Public Library, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, The Historical Society of Princeton, and other community partners on this series of events designed to promote contributions made by those who come from other places. more

By Donald Gilpin

With Florida still reeling from Hurricane Irma, and the effects of climate change dramatically apparent across the globe, Sustainable Princeton (SP) could not have chosen a more appropriate time to announce its $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Princeton.

Sustainable Princeton, a nonprofit environmental organization, will partner with the town of Princeton to develop specific strategies, actions, and goals to lower the town’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and prepare its infrastructure to withstand the increasing impacts of climate change. more

“SUPER-HIGH EXPECTATIONS:” Five new officers, chosen from an original pool of 800 candidates, joined the Princeton Police Department last month. They are (from left) Michael Miceli, James Eufemia, Ashley Gaylord, Ryan McDermott, and Adam Santos.

By Donald Gilpin

Five new officers, selected from an original pool of 800 candidates, were sworn in to the Princeton Police Department (PPD) last month by Mayor Liz Lempert and PPD Chief Nick Sutter. more

D&R Greenway Land Trust is honoring Glenmede Trust, which has been a D&R Greenway Business Partner in Preservation since 2000.

“We salute Glenmede’s commitment to a green community,” said D&R Greenway President and CEO Linda Mead. “This kind of commitment from the business community fuels our work to create publicly accessible trails with natural preserves that everyone can enjoy. Glenmede has actively supported our educational programs at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center in Princeton.” more

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service of Mercer County, Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), in collaboration with the Hunterdon and Mercer Regional Chronic Disease Coalition is offering a six-week free workshop. “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving,” from October 25-November 29.

Sessions will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Healthy Living Center at the Hamilton Area YMCA, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton. more

All Saints’ Church in Princeton will celebrate the Sacred Arts on Saturday, September 23 beginning at noon with reflections of the recently created artwork in the Sanctuary with the artist Makoto Fujimura, script readings of two plays from local writers, a book launch of Philosophy, Art, and Religion by Gordon Graham, and a service of music and movement. The price of registration also includes lunch. All are welcome. Guests can register online at All Saints’ Church is located at 16 All Saints’ Road in Princeton. For more information, call (609) 921-2420.

By Anne Levin

If all goes according to plan, Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad (PFARS) could be installed in roomy, new headquarters by September, 2019. Mark Freda, president of the 77-year-old nonprofit, gave an update on the long-awaited project at a meeting of Princeton Council on Monday evening. more

The Sourland Conservancy is organizing a Rally and Social Gathering Against PennEast Pipeline that will take place at Bulls Island Recreation Area, 2185 Daniel Bray Highway in Stockton, N.J. on Sunday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will link hands across the pedestrian bridge to show unity in the fight against PennEast. There will also be speakers and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. This event is sponsored by the New Jersey Sierra Club, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Sourland Conservancy. 

D&R Greenway Land Trust and Princeton Public Library Environmental Film Festival will present award-winning authors James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti discussing their investigations of the intersection of data technology and animal migration on Friday, September 22, 7 p.m. at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. RSVP at (609) 924-4646 or Mr. Cheshire and Mr. Uberti’s book, “Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics” (W. W. Norton & Company; September 2017), has been described as a comprehensive portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the modern world. (Photo Credit: Sophia Kruz)

St. Paul School of Princeton recently appointed five new members to its school board: Lisa Candella-Hulbert of Princeton, Jaysen LeSage of Ewing, Kathryn “Kate” Miller of Lawrenceville, Jay Pelikan of Lawrenceville, and Liz Truslow of Hightstown. more

CAPTAIN KURT: Princeton University football star Kurt Holuba smiles as he fields questions at the program’s recently held annual media day. Senior defensive lineman Holuba, who earned third-team All-America honors last fall, is serving as a captain of the 2017 Tigers along with classmates Chad Kanoff and John Lovett. Princeton kicks off its season when it hosts the University of San Diego on September 16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Kurt Holuba didn’t get the chance to finish his sophomore season with the Princeton University football team in 2015 due to a knee injury.

“I went down in the third game with a torn MCL, it was really difficult,” recalled Holuba, speaking at the program’s recently held annual media day. more

By Stuart Mitchner

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins explained the difference between novelists and poets this way: “I think of the novelist as a houseguest. The poet is more someone who just appears. You know, a door opens and there’s the poet! He says something about life and death, closes the door and is gone. Who was that masked man?” more

Authors E. Lockhart and Julie Buxbaum will be visiting B&N Princeton Marketfair together at 7 p.m. on September 18 for a moderated discussion about their books, literature, writing, female characters, and more. It will be an evening for teens, adults, parents, and educators. The authors will be signing copies of their books. more

The Historical Fiction Book Group, where scholars participate in discussions of the fictional elements and the nonfictional local and regional context of selected books, will be meeting in the historic barn at the Historical Society of Princeton’s Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road.

The first meeting will be at 7 p.m. September 20 when the subject will be Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, with Mekala Audain, professor of 19th century U.S. history and African-American history at The College of New Jersey. more

Princeton is helping to preserve Monarch butterflies. The town is registered as a Monarch Waystation as part of a project sponsored by Monarch Watch, a non-profit founded by the University of Kansas Department of Entomology. Friends of Princeton Open Space has pledged to maintain areas in Tusculum Meadow and Mountain Lakes Preserve with milkweed and nectar sources to meet the Monarchs’ needs. Trailside signs alert hikers to be on the lookout for these creatures.  Information on how to report sightings and contribute to the program’s expansion can be found at