March 1, 2017

YOUTH ART: This drawing by Shannon Boyle is among the works selected for the upcoming art show at the Gourgaud Gallery. The exhibit showcases artwork from Cranbury School students of various ages in celebration of National Youth Art Month.

In celebration of National Youth Art Month, Cranbury School student artists will be featured at the Gourgaud Gallery at Town Hall in Cranbury. The show will run from March 7 — March 30.  more

“A LENS ON THE SEASONS”: The upcoming exhibition of Frank Sauer’s photographs of The Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve show our town’s beauty in all four seasons. Pictured here is a photo by Sauer entitled “Dogwood.”

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) is sponsoring an exhibit of photos taken in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve by long-time Princeton resident Frank Sauer. The exhibition, titled “Mountain Lakes: A Lens on the Seasons,” includes both color and black-and-white photographs and will be shown at the Arts Council of Princeton. more

For a number of years, Princeton Singers has enjoyed a successful collaborative relationship with the Princeton University Art Museum, performing a cappella sacred choral music surrounded by the iconic paintings and statues of the Museum’s Medieval chapel. This past Saturday night, the 16 voice professional vocal ensemble presented a double-header — a concert of unaccompanied works centered on the theme “As the Lily Among the Thorns,” performed twice during the evening to two different audiences. Artistic Director and Conductor Steven Sametz well researched the eight pieces from five centuries to find the “Lily” in the music, composers, or circumstances in which the work was written. more

MATTHEW SCHULER SET TO PERFORM FIRST HOMETOWN SHOW IN 3 YEARS: Bucks County native Matthew Schuler will be holding his first full-length concert since competing on NBC’s “The Voice” on March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. at Acting Naturally Theatre in Langhorne, Pa. Ticket prices range from $12-$15. To purchase tickets, call (267) 798-9165 or visit www.actingnaturally.com.

Bucks County native Matthew Schuler will be holding his first full-length concert since competing on NBC’s The Voice on March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. He will appear at Acting Naturally Theatre in Langhorne, Pa. The show is thoughtfully named, “The Neighborhood Show.”  more

A CLASSIC FAIRY TALE: Roxey Ballet performs “Cinderella” on May 6 and 7 at The College of New Jersey’s Kendall Main Stage Theater. The cast includes Roxey Ballet’s professional performers, along with 60 young artists from local communities. Tickets are available at www.roxeyballet.org/Cinderella.

Roxey Ballet performs Cinderella on May 6 and 7 at The College of New Jersey’s Kendall Main Stage Theater. Cinderella is directed and choreographed by Mark Roxey, co-founder of Roxey Ballet. Also featured are costumes designed by Alicia Worden and Nilda Roxey-Jones, and lighting designed by Jeffrey Goldstein. The cast includes Roxey Ballet’s professional performers, along with 60 young artists from local communities. more

On Thursday, March 2, and Friday, March 3, Rider University will host film scholars and student presenters at its annual film symposium, this year devoted to the gangster genre.

The subject of the symposium, “‘Sure Deals’ and ‘Offers You Can’t Refuse’: American and Global Gangster/Crime Films,” was chosen by Rider students last April.  more

LAST STAND: Princeton University women’s basketball player Vanessa Smith looks to pass the ball in a game earlier this season. Senior star Smith played well last weekend in her final games at Jadwin Gym, scoring 15 points as Princeton defeated Columbia 78-45 on Friday to clinch a spot in the upcoming Ivy League tournament and then chipping in 10 a night later as the Tigers fell 55-44 to Cornell. Princeton, now 14-10 overall and 8-3 Ivy, plays at Harvard on March 3, at Dartmouth on March 4, and at Penn on March 7. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After losing its first two Ivy League games this winter, the Princeton University women’s basketball team did some soul searching. more

February 22, 2017

Members of the Hun School boys’ hockey team celebrate with their student cheering section after Hun edged Princeton High 4-3 in the Mercer County Tournament championship game last Friday evening at the Mercer County Park rink. It marked the fourth straight county crown for the Raiders. See page 34 for more details on Hun’s win. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Acting State Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington is scheduled to render a decision by early March on the Princeton Charter School (PCS) request to add 76 students.

Both PCS and Princeton Public Schools (PPS) face related law suits in the state courts over violations of the open public meeting act (OPMA, the sunshine law); both PCS and PPS have filed opposition statements, responses, and additional statements with the commissioner in making their cases, some before and some after the January 31 deadline for public comment; the conflict has raged in the media, with many letters to the editor and paid ads on both sides of the argument; and the commissioner has received petitions and thousands of letters from both sides, as well as a resolution from Princeton Town Council opposing expansion.  more

The beleaguered PARCC test suffered another blow last week when the State Assembly Education Committee voted С 10 yes, one abstention С to support a resolution that would strike down regulations adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2016 that made PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) a graduation requirement.

The standardized assessment has been the target of much criticism from local educators, teachers’ unions, and community members, with many parents in Princeton choosing for their children, particularly at the high school level, to opt out of taking the tests. more

The Peddie community held a special Founders Day presentation in the Ayer Memorial Chapel Friday in honor of the 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Peddie in February 1957. Guest speakers Morton Goldfein ’59, Dr. Arthur E. Brown ’63 and the Honorable David B. Mitchell ’63 each addressed the significance of that day and spoke about their own journeys since Peddie. Goldfein and Mitchell were in the Chapel on February 20, 1957, the day that Dr. King addressed the Peddie community on the topic of race relations in the United States. Mitchell was 11-years-old, and had only arrived at Peddie two weeks earlier. He was one of two African-American students on campus.

Shock waves continue to reverberate through academic, scholarly, and scientific communities, even though the White House executive order of January 27, 2017, banning entrance to the U.S. for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely, has been temporarily suspended by federal court order. more

FIVE DECADES OF DANCE: Twyla Tharp Dance visits McCarter Theatre as part of the choreographer’s 50th year of creating eclectic work. John Selya, offering his hand to the woman in blue, appears here with the company in “Preludes and Fugues.”

Since forming her own dance troupe after graduating from Barnard College more than five decades ago, Twyla Tharp has continued to challenge the way we think about dance. Starkly modern at first, her style has expanded over the decades to encompass classical ballet while weaving in elements of jazz, slapstick, even boxing. more

Princeton Animal Control Officer Saul Nathan Barson was arrested on February 20 by the Solebury (Pennsylvania) Police Department on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and criminal use of a communication facility.

Mr. Barson has been suspended from his job without pay pending further investigation, according to Princeton Municipal Administrator Marc Dashield. more

Cherry Valley Cooperative (CVC), a group of young community-oriented farmers, will hold two Meet Your Farmer Tour & Talks on February 25 and March 25 from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by a community potluck. The farm is located at 619 Cherry Valley Road on 97 acres of land in Skillman. Formerly Sans Suocis Farm, the property contains preserved farmland, woodlands, classified wetlands, a freshwater pond, and residential space. For more information, visit www.cherryvalleycoop.org.

Performances of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be held at Stuart Country Day School’s Cor Unum Theatre on Friday, February 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.stuartschool.org/beauty.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJS) became the first hospital in New Jersey to offer specialized primary care services for the LGBTQIA community when the hospital opened PROUD Family Health at the RWJ Somerset Family Practice on January 30.

PROUD Family Health will provide services tailored to meet the unique health care needs of the LGBTQIA community in a safe, supportive environment. Services will include primary medical care for children and adults, hormone therapy and monitoring, HIV care, health education, counseling, support groups, and referrals for specialty services such as behavioral health services. more

On Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, the Princeton University Glee Club and Princeton University Orchestra come together to present one of the most renowned masterpieces in classical music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K.626. This performance of the legendary work — the last penned by the great composer — will be conducted by Renata Berlin, and will feature soloists from the University’s Department of Music’s Vocal Performance Faculty: soprano Rochelle Ellis, mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick, tenor David Kellett, and bass Kevin Deas. more

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL JR: Travis Gawason as the Cat in the Hat and Jason Weiland as Jojo in the Downtown Performing Arts Center production of Seussical the Musical Jr.

Celebrate the 113th birthday of America’s favorite children’s author and see his fantastical world come to life in Seussical the Musical Jr. Presented by the Downtown Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Curtain Up Productions, Seussical the Musical Jr. will be performed at the Little Theatre at Hunterdon Central Regional High School located at 84 Route 31 in Flemington, N.J. Performances are Friday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 25 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. more

The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) is teaming up with the Row for the Cure and the Peddie School to host the nation’s only indoor Row for the Cure.  Athletes race each other on Concept 2 indoor rowing machines with all of the proceeds from the event benefiting breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central and South New Jersey.  Racing begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 26, at Peddie’s Ian H. Graham ’50 Fieldhouse. more

Artist Maria G. Pisano will give a lecture presentation on L’Infiorata, a Show of Flowers at Dorothea’s House on Sunday, March 5 at 5 p.m.

The word “infiorata” literally means “decorated with flowers.” For the Infiorata, carpets of flowers are created for the feast of Corpus Domini throughout Italy. These ephemeral creations are experienced for only one day of the year. In her presentation, Pisano will showcase the participants’ preparation of the design and flowers, and talk about the devotion of the participating communities. more

England is known for things green — spacious meadows, rolling hills — all part of “England’s green and pleasant land.” On a February Sunday afternoon, warm enough to make any gardener’s heart race with anticipation, the Richardson Chamber Players presented an instrumental and vocal concert devoted to England’s lush and opulent early 20th-century musical tradition. With an expanded ensemble including talented students, the Chamber Players musically reminded the audience at Richardson Auditorium that spring may not be that far off. more

As Black History Month winds down, Sam Cooke’s singing “Don’t know much about history” while the video for “Wonderful World” shows a checkerboard montage of familiar faces, Einstein, Churchill, Castro, Krushchev, the Kennedy brothers, and Martin Luther King. But you can’t dance to history, and right now Sam Cooke’s voice matters more to me than the issues and events suggested by the theme of the month. It was black music, not black history, that energized landlocked high school seniors like myself as we drove through the night listening to WLAC in Nashville, Tennessee. Our texts were by Bo Diddley (“I’m a Man”), Chuck Berry (“Sexy Ways”), the Cadets (“Stranded in the Jungle” of southern Indiana), and Little Walter teaching us how to “mellow down easy.” The other day, a friend who shared those night rides Shazamed me Little Walter’s “I Hate to See You Go,” from a coffee house in Oaxaca.  more

GOING THE DISTANCE: Princeton High boys’ track distance stars, from left, junior Alex Ackerman, junior Will Hare, and senior Alex Roth celebrate after helping PHS place first at the Central Group 4 indoor sectional meet earlier this month. Last Friday in the state Group 4 indoor championship meet at the Bennett Center in Toms River, Roth and Hare scored all 26 points as the Little Tigers finished in a tie for third with Egg Harbor behind champion East Orange (41 points) and runner-up Trenton (36 points). Roth and Hare will be competing in the Meet of Champions on February 25.

It turned into a two-man show for the Princeton High boys’ track team as it found itself in title contention at the state Group 4 indoor championship meet last Friday. more

February 15, 2017

All ages are off and running in Saturday’s Cupid’s Chase 5K Run in support of people with disabilities. Based at the Princeton Shopping Center, the event was sponsored by Community Options. (Photo by Emily Reeves)