October 14, 2015

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

UMBC Cross Country at Mt. St. Mary's U.

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


Still have those old vinyl records and the turntable you used until CDs took over in the late 1980s? You may be well positioned to take advantage of a wave of “vinyl frenzy,” as reported in a recent New York Times, article about a new vinyl factory in New Jersey.

Using equipment from the 1970s, Independent Record Pressing in Bordentown is struggling to keep up with the booming demand, which has led to a six-month delay in processing orders for new vinyl, according to Princeton Record Exchange owner Jon Lambert. more

October 7, 2015


ALMOST THERE: Sunday’s Half-Marathon began and ended at Paul Robeson Place, not far from where Princeton’s most famous native son was born. Sponsored by HiTOPS, this year’s race drew more than 1200 runners. Winner Zach Rivers, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who set a new course record, reveals what his favorite part of the course was in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)


RAIN MAN: Princeton University running back Joe Rhattigan heads upfield in recent action. Last Friday night, junior star Rhattigan sloshed through the rain for 85 yards rushing to help Princeton top Columbia 10-5 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 3-0 overall and 1-0 Ivy, host Colgate on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The conditions were miserable as the Princeton University football team hosted Columbia last Friday evening in the Ivy League opener for both squads, with a driving rain, winds gusting over 20 miles an hour, and the temperature hovering in the high 40s. more

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Princeton University’s endowment earned a 12.7 percent investment gain for the most recent fiscal year, it was announced this week. The University has a $22.7 billion endowment, an increase of about $1.7 billion from the previous year.

Major schools began reporting their annual return figures during the past few weeks. Harvard said it had earned 5.8 percent, while Yale reported an 11.5 percent return. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s figure was 13.2 percent, and Bowdoin College reported 14.2 percent earned for the year. more

PSRC Page 1Princeton Senior Resource Center is about to embark on a capital campaign to raise $1.5 million for a much-needed expansion of its facility in the Suzanne Paterson Center on Stockton Street. That figure would augment $250,000 already in Princeton’s capital budget and another $250,000 that would come from Mercer County for the project.

When PSRC’s director Susan Hoskins presented Princeton Council with the organization’s expansion plan at a meeting late last month, Council members had some questions not only about the scope of the project, but about just who it will serve. Heather Howard asked how many users of the senior center are actual residents of Princeton. Ms. Hoskins put that figure at about half, though all social service programs are restricted to town residents.

Councilwoman Jenny Crumiller commented, “So in a way, we’re building a bigger building for residents in other towns.”  more

Princeton Po Page 1“How do we stop this?” asked Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Steve Cochrane.

That is the big question for the schools and the Police Department after a series of bomb threats over the past two weeks that have disrupted classes at Littlebrook Elementary, Princeton High School, and, most recently, John Witherspoon Middle School.

Students, teachers, parents, administrators, and police officials share feelings of frustration and anxiety in the face of what Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter calls “acts of terrorism.” “The motivation is to disrupt,” Mr. Sutter explained, “to cause fear and anxiety, to scare people and disrupt our lives. These incidents are random and widespread across the entire country.”

PHS drama teacher Pat Wray voiced the consternation felt by many, inside and outside the schools. “The swatting actually started last spring and was scary for the students and staff,” she recalled. “Now that it’s happening again and regularly, it is a huge disruption to educational instruction and there is the danger that lockdown and evacuation procedures may become mundane.” more


GREEN DAY: Princeton University men’s soccer player Patrick Barba heads the ball in a 2014 game. Last Saturday, junior defender Barba and Princeton came up just short as the Tigers fell 1-0 at Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Princeton, which dropped to 3-3-1 overall and 0-1 Ivy with the loss to the Big Green, play at Brown (5-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy) on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having started 1-2, the Princeton University men’s soccer team appeared to be on the right track, winning two straight games by a combined margin of 5-2 as it edged Boston University 2-1 before topping Binghamton 3-1. more


DANCING FOR DOLLARS: Staffers and breast cancer survivors from the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro celebrated their second place win in the Pink Glove Dance competition last week. A total of $12,000 resulted from the competition, and all of it will go to the Breast Cancer Resource Center at YWCA Princeton.

When Barbara Christiano was asked last May if she had heard of The Pink Glove Dance, she had to plead ignorance. But since then, this five-year-old national dance video competition has become a priority — not only for Ms. Christiano, who is vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro — but for hospital staff members, physicians, service workers, volunteers, and their family members as well. more

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Princeton public school students are looking forward to a recently announced homework-free schedule during winter and spring breaks and other designated weekends throughout the year.

At its September 29 meeting, the School Board passed a resolution designating no-homework days for the long weekend of the NJEA Convention in November, Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, and Mother’s Day weekend. Additionally, no projects will be due or tests given immediately upon return from these holidays.

Since the days of Socrates and Plato, the question of homework has been a controversial one. What to assign? How much to assign? How to make it worthwhile?  more


STORMING THROUGH: Princeton High running back Rory Helstrom runs to daylight in recent action. Last Saturday, senior star Helstrom rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown to help PHS top Lawrence 20-6. The Little Tigers, now 2-2, play at Steinert (2-1) on October 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Rory Helstrom sensed that the ground game would be critical as the Princeton High football team played at Lawrence High last Saturday. more