October 21, 2015

Art Review 2

Cézanne…was the greatest. The greatest for always. — Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s love of Cézanne is expressed more guardedly in his posthumous Paris memoir, A Moveable Feast (1964). Even there, after saying he was learning “very much” from Cézanne, he admits he was “not articulate enough to explain it to anyone. Besides it was a secret.” Here’s a world-famous writer entering his 60s and he’s still celebrating his enthusiasm as if he were a boy with a secret. Writing as his youthful alter ego in The Nick Adams Stories (1972) he lets his feelings show (Cezanne “was the greatest”) in a short hitherto unpublished piece titled “On Writing.”  more

Art Leon

“HEAR, SEE, SPEAK”: Leon Rainbow’s “Hear, See, Speak” is among 32 works by 22 artists in “Art Served Up Trenton Style,” at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College until October 29. More information is available at www.mccc.edu/gallery.

The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) presents “Art Served Up Trenton Style,” an exhibition of works from the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA) and the SAGE Coalition. The show runs now until Thursday, October 29 with an opening reception today, Wednesday, October 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the College’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Directions and a campus map can be found at www.mccc.edu. more

Photo By Roger Mastroianni

At dinner Saturday night before the show, with some old friends I hadn’t seen for a few months, the conversation was not unexpected. With a pleasant balance of seriousness and humor, we caught up on the latest news in our middle age (late middle age?) lives: our children and their challenges in school and in starting out in the world after college; other friends and family, and how difficult it can be for adults to get along with each other; politics and our worries about the dysfunctions in our government; the state of our environment, and what sort of world we’re leaving for our children; mortality, aging, and and how fast the decades have sped by. more


Petter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary will perform at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville on Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m. All proceeds from the concert will benefit programs at Every Child Valued (ECV) and the Susan Bachus Scholarship Fund at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian School (LPP). Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for children.

To purchase, call LPP at (609) 844-0022 or visit www.lppreschool.com.

Peter Yarrow is best known for his renditions of the classic songs, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” and “This Land is Your Land.” He also performed at the March on Washington in 1963 and the Selma-Montgomery March in 1965.  more

Music RevA great deal of music came out of World War II, including patriotic songs and battle-inspired orchestral works from leading composers of the time, but none was more poignant than the music composed in Theresienstadt, the ghetto established in the city of Terezin, outside of Prague, in which 140,000 individuals were imprisoned by the Nazis between June 1940 and the end of the war. This European wartime center of music-making was one of its most productive but also one of its most horrific locales — a walled “Main Fortress” used both as a transport center and artistic “model settlement” for German propaganda.

Theresienstadt was a city unto itself, with a cultural life rivaling any European major city. The collective art and music of Terezin has been the subject of books and films, and pieces by imprisoned composers are heard on concert programs, sandwiched among secure and comforting war horses. It is a brave ensemble that presents an entire program on the works originating from such a devastating creative environment. The Richardson Chamber Players became one such ensemble this past Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium, with “Voices out of the Storm,” a program of five rarely-heard chamber pieces composed by composers of Theresienstadt. More poignant than the music itself was the fact that four of the composers died in 1944, with the fifth in early 1945, characterizing the program as a concert of talent unrealized. more

October 19, 2015

See below for the October 16, 2015 Planning Board Meeting. 

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

October 14, 2015

Nobel PrizePrinceton University economics professor Angus Deaton has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, it was announced on Monday. Mr. Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs at the University’s Woodrow Wilson School, was informed of the honor with a 6:10 a.m. telephone call from Stockholm, home to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

“People keep congratulating me today, and I keep thinking, for what?,” Mr. Deaton joked at a press conference Monday afternoon. “I’m slowly getting used to it.”

The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences goes to Mr. Deaton for his work in “consumption, poverty, and welfare,” according to the Royal Swedish Academy. Well known for his contributions to understanding consumption at the individual level and in aggregate, he is the author of several books on economics including The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality (Princeton University Press 2013), which was recommended by Bill Gates, “if you want to learn about why human welfare overall has gone up so much over time.”

“The consumption of goods and services is a fundamental part of people’s welfare. The Laureate, Angus Deaton, has deepened our understanding of different aspects of consumption,” the Nobel committee said. “His research concerns issues of immense importance for human welfare, not least in poor countries. Deaton’s research has greatly influenced both practical policymaking and the scientific community. By emphasizing the links between individual consumption decisions and outcomes for the whole economy, his work has helped transform modern microeconomics, macroeconomics and development economics.” more


At a press conference Monday at Hinds Plaza, government officials and members of the clergy were joined by citizens concerned about the rise of gun violence in this country. The group is pressuring New Jersey senators to override Governor Chris Christie’s recent veto of a bill that would have required anyone seeking a gun permit to notify local law enforcement if they are attempting to have their mental health records expunged. Mayor Liz Lempert, shown here at the microphone, introduced State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, who is pictured between Senator Linda Greenstein and the Reverend Bob Moore of the Coalition for Peace Action. more

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GOING FOURTH: Princeton University star safety Dorian Williams, center, gets ready for a play in a game earlier this fall. Last Saturday against Colgate, junior Williams made a critical pass breakup in the fourth quarter to help shut the door on the Raiders as the Tigers pulled away to a 44-20 win and improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2006. Princeton, who is 1-0 in Ivy League action, will look to keep on the winning track as it plays at Brown, 2-2 overall and 0-1 Ivy, on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Twenty years ago, a deep and hard-hitting Princeton University football team won the Ivy League title. more

FrontierWith Frontier Airlines promoting low fares and less stress than a trip to airports in Philadelphia or Newark, Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) is becoming a busy spot.

A report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) covering the 12-month period ending March 31, 2015, shows Trenton-Mercer serving 394,815 passengers, a 105 percent increase over the previous year. The FAA also reports that Frontier made over $33 million at TTN last year, a 98 percent increase over the previous year.

TNN ranks fourth in New Jersey and 19th among the Eastern Region’s 59 commercial service airports in terms of the number of passengers using the facility.  more

Avalon Bay

On Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., trucks began hauling away crushed concrete from the AvalonBay construction site on Witherspoon Street, where rental units are being built at the former site of the University Medical Center at Princeton. The town’s engineering director Bob Kiser reported at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday night that he had met with the developer that morning and plans for site remediation were put into place. more


NICK OF TIME: Princeton University field hockey player Nicole Catalino controls the ball in recent action. Last Friday against visiting Columbia, freshman Catalino scored the game-tying goal and game-winning tally in overtime as the 19th-ranked Tigers rallied from a 3-2 deficit to pull out a 4-3 victory. Princeton, now 6-4 overall and 3-0 Ivy League, plays at Brown on October 17. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After a powerful thunderstorm delayed the start of the last Friday evening’s showdown between the Princeton University field hockey team and visiting Columbia for 90 minutes, Nicole Catalino was hit with a jolt. more


Barney Frank, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-MA) and author of Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, will present a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015, in McCosh Hall, room 50, on the Princeton University campus. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion. Frank is visiting the Wilson School as this year’s Conor D. Reilly Distinguished Visitor.

This is a ticketed event. For information, visit www.princeton.edu.

Mr. Frank served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013 and was chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007–11. He is widely known for his co-sponsorship, with then Senator Chris Dodd, of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 9, commonly known as the Dodd-Frank Act.  more

pg 3 pic flamencoThe Festival Cultural Latino was getting off to a slow start two weekends ago on Hinds Plaza. A handful of patrons browsed through tempting foods and crafts from a variety of Latino cultures, provided by local artisans and restaurants.

Suddenly, everyone’s attention turned toward the north end of the plaza, where a crowd had gathered. What had looked like only a smattering of participants moments before soon became a crowd of 100 or more clapping to the rhythms, punctuated by castanets and rapid-fire clacking of shoes on the pavement. All were enjoying the lively, colorful performance — proud dancers in swirling bright dresses, with sweeping scarves and capes — of Lisa Botalico and her Spanish dance students.

Grabbing the spectators’ attention and exciting her students and audiences, in Princeton, throughout the area and beyond, has been a passionate priority for Ms. Botalico for most of her life.

The busy choreographer-dancer-teacher described some of the sources of her inspiration and success, all based on her “unwavering belief that Spanish Dance, especially flamenco, is a celebration of life, and everyone is welcome to celebrate their lives with me! Since flamenco is traditionally a familial and communal dance, my classes are open. Students get used to being watched and are therefore ready to perform for the public. Flamenco can be performed just about anywhere, so we are able to reach out to the public in many forums such as senior centers, outdoor festivals, and private functions. Flamenco simply delights the public!”

The 20 minute demonstration at Festival Cultural Latino epitomized Ms. Botalico’s dynamic dual roles as performer and teacher. A contingent of five young dancers performed the Tanguillo and a dramatic Paso Doble with capes and fans. Dressed in bright red and black with a red rose atop her head, Ms. Botalico, accompanied by adults and children, performed Sevillanas and then a Rumba Flamenca, with Ms. Botalico providing a dramatic climactic solo. more

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ON PACE: Mary Sutton competes in a race this fall in her freshman season with the Loyola University women’s cross country team. Former Princeton High star Sutton is making an immediate impact for Loyola, emerging as a top runner for the squad. This Saturday, Sutton will enjoy a homecoming as she competes in the Princeton Invitational. (Photo Courtesy of Loyola’s Office of Athletic Communications)

During her Princeton High running career, Mary Sutton honed her speed at the West Windsor Fields course. more

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Princeton Junior School has been named an IB World School, receiving its authorization and making it the only private elementary school in New Jersey to offer this Primary Years Program.

The International Baccalaureate is a not-for-profit educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The IB’s Primary Years Program is a framework that links traditional academic subjects with conceptual and inquiry-based learning. It emphasizes hands-on activities with international relevance that also develops critical thinking. This program is part of a continuum for middle school, high school and beyond. However, Ms. Clark asserts that the IB PYP prepares PJS graduates for success as they continue their education. “Our students have an edge because we are now an integral part of a global community providing them with multicultural perspectives.” more

police-patchAmid nationwide controversy over relationships between police and the communities they serve, many police departments are beginning to adopt officer-worn cameras, as a means of improving those relationships. The Princeton Police Department is currently applying for a state grant and meeting with vendors to evaluate cameras on the market, but many questions and concerns remain about their use.

Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter is moving ahead on this initiative. “I am completely in favor of body cameras as is the PBA [Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association],” he said. “The cameras will increase confidence in the Police Department and clear officers of false complaints, while documenting police-civilian encounters.” more

book rev

Book love is your pass to the greatest, the purest, the most perfect pleasure….The habit of reading is the only joy in which there us no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.

—Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)

The quotes about “book love” and “the habit of reading” spearheading this introduction to the upcoming Friends of the Library Book Sale surfaced while I was gazing into the sprawling immensity of Anthony Trollope’s beard. Of all the views of Trollopian facial hair shown in an online gallery of images, this prodigious display most fittingly suggests the depth and range of the event that begins Friday morning at ten in the Community Room. Seen here in full flower compared to the more crafted and contained incarnations, the author’s beard spreads hugely east and west, a veritable landscape, offering in its sheer breadth not only an evocation of the scope of the sale but a definitive image of its owner’s productivity, at rough count 40-plus novels, 15 story collections, and 15 works of non-fiction. more

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Internationally renowned South African artist William Kentridge has been selected as a 2015–16 Belknap Visitor in the Humanities by the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. As part of his visit, Kentridge will deliver a public lecture today, October 14 at 5 p.m. in McCosh 10 on the PU campus. The talk’s title, “O Sentimental Machine,” stems from the artist’s new multimedia installation currently on view at the Istanbul Biennial. The work, installed on Büyükada Island, was conceived in part as a response to the history of Leon Trotsky’s exile in Istanbul from 1929 to 1933, when he resided in a mansion on the island. To celebrate his visit, the PU Art Museum will feature two works by the artist in a special installation: the print “Atlas Procession I” (2000), an ironic recasting of triumphal procession friezes in classical architecture, which was purchased by the museum in 2002; and the collage “Typewriter IV” (2011), a deeply saturated ink drawing of a typewriter on found paper, on loan from the Marian Goodman Gallery. (Photograph by Adine Sagalyn) 

Theater review

Fifth grade teacher Heather Clark (Hope Kean) is about to get a visit from a parent she doesn’t expect. Eleven-year-old Gidion has committed suicide after bringing home notice of his suspension from school, but his mother Corryn Fell (Ugonna Nwabueze) is determined to keep her scheduled appointment with his teacher.

Filled with feelings of anger, confusion, guilt, sadness, and frustration, Corryn arrives at Heather’s classroom. She wants to know why Gidion was suspended. She wants to understand why he killed himself. She wants an outlet for her anger and emotions. She wants a target for her revenge. The play takes place in real time as the two women square off over the next 75 minutes. more


ON THE BALL: Princeton Day School boys’ soccer player Kevin Hagan goes after the ball in a recent game. Last Friday, senior forward Hagan contributed two goals and an assist as PDS topped Morrisville High (Pa.) 6-0. The Panthers improved to 8-4 with the win as they posted their fifth straight victory. PDS was slated to host Hun on October 13 before starting play in the Mercer County Tournament and the state Prep B tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For Kevin Hagan and his teammates on the Princeton Day School boys’ soccer team, defeating Lawrenceville 1-0 earlier this month was a watershed moment. more

Music Teeth 10-14-15

The musical ensemble Chamber of Teeth will perform at McCarter Theatre on Sunday, October 25 at 3 p.m. The group has blazed their own trail in the world of contemporary music, winning a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance with the group’s debut album. Its eight singers compose their “repertoire without borders,” and one of their commissions, Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Ms. Shaw, currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton University, will join her colleagues for a very special evening of vocal performance. To purchase tickets, call (609) 258-2787 or visit www.mccarter.org.


Performing arts organizations have long been exploring ways to better connect with audiences, and listeners often wonder what is really going on with performers onstage during a concert. Princeton University Concerts has taken a step toward answering all these questions with a newly-created “Performances Up Close” series bringing musicians and audiences together in an intimate space. This past Sunday afternoon saw the renowned vocal ensemble Gallicantus performing within a circle of 150 of their closest friends in Richardson Auditorium. In this unique concert arena, the audience could hear every nuance from both singers and music, and the members of Gallicantus could easily gauge the impact of their performance. The only thing wrong with this concept was that despite two performances on Sunday afternoon, only 300 or so people could fit onstage and hear the finely-polished vocal precision of these five singers.  more

October 13, 2015

See below for the October 12, 2015 Planning Board Meeting. 

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

October 12, 2015


Volunteers are needed to join in a community art project building an airplane on the Great Lawn at Morven, which will open an exhibit, “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age,” on November 13. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street.

From Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25, volunteers will work in shifts to build an interpretation of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. more