October 28, 2015

True Style Book

G. Bruce Boyer, the author of True Style: The History & Principles of Classic Menswear (Basic Books) will be visiting Nick Hilton, 221 Witherspoon Street, on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mr. Boyer has been called the “Robert Caro of the cufflink, the Boswell of the bow tie” and “the Raymond Chandler of menswear journalism.”

Mr. Boyer will be meeting and greeting customers, speaking casually about his life and work, and signing free copies of True Style. The event is in conjunction with an appearance by Nick Hilton’s premier fabric supplier, Gladson, Ltd. more

Book Rev

Like everyone else, I’ve never gotten over The Recognitions. — Harold Bloom

When I told a friend who likes big, difficult novels that I was about to begin William Gaddis’s 956-page tour de force The Recognitions, which was published by Harcourt Brace 60 years ago, he wished me luck: “I’ve tried at least 4 or 5 times to crack that book, but without success.” In a later message, after hearing that I’d embarked on so daunting a journey, he said, “I’ll pray for you.”

Over the decades, for every person who told me I had to read The Recognitions, someone else told me it was unreadable. Yet people who had “been there” carried on as if they’d returned from the journey of a lifetime. Having arrived safely, if dazed and word-weary, I’ll tell you some of what I experienced on my four-month sojurn in Gaddis’s mid-century wasteland. more

HOLY MOSES: Princeton High running back Moses Mahiri heads upfield against WW/P-S last Friday. Sophomore Mahiri had a breakout game against the Pirates, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown on three carries to help PHS to a 34-7 win. The Little Tigers, now 3-4, host Robbinsville on October 31. (Photo by John Dowers)

Moses Mahiri was pumped up as the Princeton High football team got ready to play at WW/P-S last Friday evening.

“I was hyped before the game,” said PHS sophomore running back Mahiri.

“The whole team together was trying to get up our energy because coach (Charlie Gallagher) has always been talking about getting your energy up before the game, during games and after games and keep it going.”

Mahiri ended up providing plenty of energy at tailback, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown on three carries as PHS posted a convincing 34-7 win over the Pirates in moving to 3-4 and snapping a two-game losing streak.

With PHS clinging to a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter, Mahiri got things going, taking off on a 44-yard run to the WW/P-S 9-yard line. On the next play, senior star Rory Helstrom bolted nine yards for a touchdown as PHS increased its lead to 14-0.
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SHOWING HEART: Princeton High girls’ soccer goalie Rachel Eberhart goes after the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Wednesday, senior Eberhart made six saves to help sixth-seeded PHS edge No. 11 WW/P-N 1-0 in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. Two days later, Eberhart made seven saves but it wasn’t enough as the Little Tigers fell 2-1 to third-seeded Allentown in the MCT quarterfinals. PHS, now 9-4-1, will start play in the state tournament next week. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Rachel Eberhart sensed that it was going to be a pressure cooker when the Princeton High girls’ soccer team hosted WW/P-N last Wednesday in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament.

With the rivals having played to a scoreless draw through two overtimes on October 8 in a regular season meeting, sixth-seeded PHS expected a tough battle from the 11th-seeded Northern Knights.

“We remembered the last game, we knew it was going to be a tough one,” said Eberhart.

“We knew they were going to put the pressure on us. We had to keep the ball on our feet and play our possession game and not get frantic and let them disrupt it and push us into doing long balls because that is not our game.”

In the rematch, the teams were still scoreless nearly 70 minutes into the contest and Eberhart had several big stops.

“I would say the game was very even and I definitely had a couple of shots to handle,” said Eberhart. “We had a couple of shots. It was a back and forth game.”
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Katie Heins

To lead, one must be able to motivate others, to summon their best efforts in order to attain a successful result. Pinceton resident Katie Heins is such a leader.

Former president of the Garden Club of America (GCA) and Stony Brook Garden Club of Princeton, she has held numerous positions of responsibility in these organizations. Through her effort, energy, and expertise, she has helped them to become more productive, responsive, and influential.

As her friend of 30 years, Princeton resident Susan Levy, points out, “The productivity of any organization, it is often said, reflects its leadership. The Garden Club of America is better for having had Katie as its president. It is more productive, more cohesive, and more directed. Katie inspires by her own remarkable example, adhering to the highest standards, eager to take on challenges.” more

Rider Art

“ABRAHAM AND ISAAC”: This 62” x 62” oil on canvas by orthopedic surgeon, drawer, and painter Marc Malberg will be among the artworks displayed in the Rider University Art Gallery’s newest exhibit, “Biblical Inspiration in a Secular Age” running from November 5 to December 6. Malberg is one of five exhibiting artists whose work is based on a 21st century revisionist perspective on the Bible. Malberg’s images of Abraham and Isaac, Abraham and Aaron, Moses and the Burning Bush, and Absalom, King David’s son, will be on view in the exhibition.

Rider University’s Art Gallery opens an exhibition on Thursday, November 5 titled Biblical Inspiration in a Secular Age. Organized by guest curator Judith Brodsky, the exhibition will run from November 5 through Sunday, December 6. A reception in honor of the artists will take place on Thursday, November 5, and is free and open to the public. The artists will speak about their work in a free program open to the public on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. more

Bringing an undefeated record into its game at Lawrenceville last Saturday, the Hun School football team didn’t look like a juggernaut in the early stages of the contest.

The rivals were tied at 0-0 after the first quarter with the Raiders squandering some opportunities through some sloppy play.

Hun post-graduate running back/linebacker Imamu Mayfield acknowledged that the Raiders got off to a sluggish start.

“We started off flat, we can attribute that to having a pretty bad week of practice leading into this game,” said Mayfield.

“Our coaches have been telling us play like you practice and that is why we started out pretty slow.”

Early in the second quarter, a 68-yard touchdown pass from Simon Vadas to Josh Henderson got the Raiders up to speed.
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Music Rev

The Princeton University Orchestra launched its 2015-16 season this past weekend with both old and new, challenging this year’s roster of musicians to draw on their highest level of playing. Conductor Michael Pratt paired the newest in performance imagination with a masterwork rooted in orchestral tradition, at the same time showing off one of the orchestra’s more talented members.

This year the University Department of Music has established a collaboration with the innovative So Percussion group as Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence. In its residency, So Percussion has been deeply entrenched in bringing their unique approach to the percussion around us to the students at the University, and Friday night’s concert at Richardson Auditorium was one more example of this creative and inventive combination of ensembles. Composer David Lang’s concerto man made, for percussion quartet and orchestra, made full use of the unique performance techniques and instruments of the So ensemble, complemented by the backdrop of a full orchestra. Lang’s man made began with the members of So Percussion supplying a rhythmic base with twigs snapped in various timings. No part of the twig was wasted — even dropping the pieces on the floor became part of the rhythmic pattern. The four percussionists were gradually joined by the orchestra in varying degrees of instrumentation.  more

October 27, 2015

IAS

Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a pillar of modern physics formulated 100 years ago, will be celebrated by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University in a two-day conference, General Relativity at 100. The conference, which will feature ten colloquium-style talks by international experts on diverse aspects of general relativity and its fascinating history—from cosmology to quantum gravity, from black holes to neutron stars—will take place in Wolfensohn Hall on the Institute’s campus on November 5–6. The conference will also celebrate the seminal role of Princeton physicists, particularly John Wheeler and Bob Dicke and their students, in advancing an examination of general relativity.  more

See below for the October 26, 2015 Princeton Council Meeting.

Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings.

October 23, 2015

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BROWN OUT: Princeton University receiver Trevor Osborne heads up the field in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, junior Osborne made three receptions for 74 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 38-31 at Brown. The Tigers, now 4-1 overall and 1-1 Ivy League, play at No. 15 Harvard (5-0 overall, 2-0 Ivy) on October 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It didn’t take long for the Princeton University football team to find itself in an uphill battle as it played at Brown last Saturday. more

Odors reported by residents near the construction site of the AvalonBay rental complex have been addressed by the municipalitys Health and Engineering departments. In an update on the towns website, it is reported that the odors are originating from the parking garage on Henry Avenue, which is being resurfaced with a polyurethane waterproofing material.

The Mercer County Division of Public Health who has the authority to enforce New Jersey odor and air pollution regulations has been contacted and is working alongside Municipal Officials during this investigation,the update reads.The application of the material on the parking garage surface is expected to be completed by Friday, October 23rd. more

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October 22, 2015

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GETTING DEFENSIVE: Princeton High field hockey player Julia Snyder heads up the field on a penalty corner in recent action. Senior defender and co-captain Snyder has helped solidify things on the back line for PHS as it has enjoyed another winning season. The Little Tigers improved to 11-4-2 and posted their fifth straight shutout with a 5-0 win over Ewing last Saturday in the first round of the Mercer County Tournament. Fifth-seeded PHS was slated to play at No. 4 Pennington in the MCT quarterfinals on October 20 with winner advancing to the semifinals on October 22. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Julia Snyder, the Senior Day ceremony for the Princeton High field hockey team last Wednesday helped put in perspective how far she has come during her career. more

At 9:49 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, Princeton’s police and fire departments and Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad responded to a reported gas main leak on Hardy Drive. PSE&G also responded to the scene.

A two-inch gas main had been struck by a backhoe operator with Hillis Group of Easton, Pa., while digging to plant trees in a cul de sac area at the end of Hardy Road. The backhoe operator was not injured and there were no additional injuries at the scene. There was no property damage to any surrounding residences and no one was home at those houses. more

October 21, 2015

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Siblings Linden (left) and Rowan O’Byrne of Princeton doing what comes naturally Saturday at the Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale. In this week’s Town Talk, their father Sean talks about the books he found, including one about ballerinas for his daughter. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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In the change of a longstanding policy, Princeton University Department of Public Safety (PUDPS) Executive Director Paul Ominsky last week announced that sworn department officers will have access to rifles in the event of “two specific situations С an active shooter or someone brandishing a firearm on campus.”

Mr. Ominsky emphasized the importance of rapid response time in cases of threats of a violent nature and the current thinking that getting an armed officer to the scene as quickly as possible is the safest, most effective response to the presence of an active shooter. Under the current policy, the PUDPS would have to call on the Princeton Police Department (PPD) to provide an armed response to an active shooter on campus.  more

The ongoing construction of a residential community for Princeton University faculty and staff at the corner of Bayard and Cleveland lanes is not quite in the home stretch. But the complex, on the former site of the Merwick rehabilitation center and the Stanworth apartments, is well along the way toward its projected goal of fall 2016 completion.

The newly constructed, multi-story apartments that make up the Merwick side are finished and occupied. The second phase is focused on the neighboring Stanworth units, which have housed University families for more than 60 years. The compact houses are currently in the process of being taken down and rebuilt, where possible, on their original foundations. The buildings are being stripped of their bricks before being demolished, and they look a bit forlorn in their naked state. more

On Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m., the Princeton Police Department and the Princeton Public Schools will hold a community forum at John Witherspoon Middle School about the phone threats known as swattingthat continue to plague local schools.

Four threats have been called in since the start of the school year, with the latest occurring Tuesday at Johnson Park Elementary School. In each case, no bomb was found. Last year, schools received several calls.

A similar forum was held last spring. The idea is to provide information and answer questions, for all members of the community. Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane and Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter will be on hand to talk about actions being taken and to answer questions from the public.

The forum will take place in the school auditorium. John Witherspoon Middle School is located at 217 Walnut Lane.

HIP Page 1When Jane Okoth was promoted 14 years ago from her job at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Lewisburg, Pa. to a position with the regional office in Philadelphia, she knew her children were not going to be happy about leaving their schools. So she told them they could select the school system they wanted to attend and the community in which they wanted to live, within reasonable distance of Philadelphia.

“They went online and picked Princeton, which reminded them of the schools they were in because Lewisburg is home to Bucknell University, another university town. I told them they’d have to do without a lot if we moved to Princeton, but they were willing,” Ms. Okoth said.

The family made the move and the children enrolled in Princeton’s public schools. But Ms. Okoth’s husband had trouble finding work. “It was a shock, because the cost of living was much higher than what we were used to,” she said. “It got to a point where things were really difficult.” more

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MARS, HERE I COME!: James Wray, Princeton Junction native, now Georgia Tech Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, led a research team that confirmed the presence of water and the possibility of life on Mars. He’s eager to follow up on that discovery. (Photo Courtesy of James Wray)

When James Wray was a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, he had ambitious dreams. According to a May 2002 Star Ledger article, “James hopes some day to become an astronaut. ‘I’ve always dreamed of walking on Mars,’ he says.”

Well, not yet, but it looks like he’s on his way.

Flash back to a TV news conference on Monday three weeks ago, where NASA scientists were preparing to announce that liquid water is flowing on the surface of Mars, providing a crucial clue that life might exist on the red planet.  more

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates will be reading from The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age (Ecco $27.99) on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at Labyrinth Books of Princeton.

“Oates perfectly captures the unique confusion of childhood, brought on by the unsatisfying explanations of adults,” according to Elle magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle calls The Lost Landscape an “intriguing new memoir … Oates mines literary gold.” Says The Philadelphia Inquirer: “This captivating account of the growth of a writer’s mind puts the new collection of essays firmly in the tradition of similar autobiographical works by writers such as Goethe, Wordsworth, and Joyce.”  more

Marie HoweAward-winning poet Marie Howe will present a lecture entitled “No Not Nothing Never: Interruption, Contradiction, and Negation as a Way To Push Open the Door You Didn’t Know Was There” on Tuesday, October 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. This 2015-16 Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes Lecture presented by Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing, is free and open to the public.

Marie Howe is the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of New York State. Her most recent book, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2009) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her other collections of poetry include What the Living Do (1998), which was praised by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the five best poetry collections of the year, and The Good Thief (Persea, 1988), which was selected by Margaret Atwood for the 1987 National Poetry Series. She was also awarded the 2015 Academy of American Poets Fellowship. Her other awards include grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Bunting Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at Tufts University and Dartmouth College and is currently teaching at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Columbia University. more

Art TCNJ

Back in the late 1970s when video games were still a novelty, visual art was prominent in packaging and marketing but had yet to transfer to the screen. Fast forward a decade or so. Video game designers, some of whom are traditional painters and artists, are now able to experiment and express themselves in ways they may have imagined but didn’t think were possible.

It is this progression, and beyond, that an ambitious exhibit at The College of New Jersey Art Gallery is exploring through December 13. “A Palette of Pixels: The Evolving Art of Video Games” looks at the last three decades of the medium with concept art, sketches, and sculptures from video games, as well as interactive game stations. Curator Chris Ault, associate professor of interactive multimedia and the former chair of the department at TCNJ, said the question of whether video games are art has been a hot topic in recent years. more

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KICKING INTO GEAR: Princeton University women’s soccer player Mikaela Symanovich kicks the ball in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, sophomore defender Symanovich contributed two assists to help Princeton defeat Columbia 3-1 and win its ninth straight game. The Tigers, now 11-3 overall and 4-0 Ivy League, head to New England this Saturday for a pivotal clash at defending league champion Harvard (7-6-1 overall, 4-0 Ivy). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Despite moving to defense from midfield this fall in her sophomore season on the Princeton University women’s soccer team, Mikaela Symanovich has emerged as an offensive catalyst for the Tigers. more