January 27, 2016


KING OF THE MOUNTAIN: Winter Storm Jonas dumped about 22 inches of snow on Princeton over the weekend, but while the rest of the town continued to dig out and clean up, some young residents took advantage of a mountain of snow piled alongside Witherspoon Street. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

With record high temperatures and plentiful festivities around town, retail business was moderately brisk during the holiday season. “The Square performed well,” reported Palmer Square Management representative Anita Fresolone, “showing a slight increase compared both to December 2014 and 2014 overall.”  more


VITAL COG: Hun School boys’ hockey player Frank Vitucci, right, tangles with a foe in a game last season. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Vitucci tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun defeat Gloucester Catholic 5-2. The win, which was Hun’s fifth straight and 10th in the last 11 games, improved the Raiders to 11-5-2. Hun is slated to play at St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) on January 27 before starting play in the state Prep tournament where the third-seeded Raiders will play at No. 2 Princeton Day School in the semifinals on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Frank Vitucci was primed to make a bigger impact this winter in his sophomore season with the Hun School boys’ hockey team. more

Subsequent to an investigation into a January 22 assault, Arnoldo Agreda-Rodriguez was arrested at his residence on January 25. He was charged with one count of terroristic threats and one count of simple assault. Bail was set at $15,000 with a 10 percent posting option. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 48-year-old female Princeton resident, had been previously acquainted with the accused and was not randomly targeted. Mr. Agreda-Rodriguez was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Center as he was unable to post bail. more

Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing Township will get a new passenger terminal to accommodate the dramatic increase in the number of travelers since Frontier Airlines began flying out of the facility in 2012. Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes described the nearly $50-million project during his annual State of the County address January 21 at a luncheon sponsored by the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

“The growth at the airport has been incredible,” Mr. Hughes said. “Close to a million passengers move through the airport each year.” more

On Saturday, January 30 at 1 p.m. at the Trent House Museum in Trenton, Richard Veit will deliver an illustrated lecture titled “A Monument to Fallen Royalty: Rediscovering Joseph Bonaparte’s Point Breeze Estate in Bordentown, New Jersey.”

Recent archaeological excavations in Bordentown have unearthed the remains of Joseph Bonaparte’s palatial estate, Point Breeze. Joseph, the elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and former King of Spain and Naples, fled to the United States in 1815 and lived in New Jersey until 1839, where he acted as an unofficial cultural attaché. Bonaparte held the largest library and art collection in the country at the time, and entertained many of the leading intellectuals, politicians, artists, and military figures.  more

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Stirred from sleep by the sound of something large and loud moving in the night, I thought at first that someone was moaning. Really. It was like the sound of a giant enduring a massively bad dream. We were three hours into the Sunday morning after Saturday’s snowfall but our block-long cul de sac was not under attack; we were being rescued, liberated. Seen from the bedroom window, the larger of the two machines had an unreal immensity that made our little street resemble a road in the Caucasus. No wonder, I’d been reading Chekhov at bedtime after a long afternoon watching Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s mesmerizing Chekhovian epic, Once Upon a Time in Anatoliamore

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“HAKUNETSU”: This 1982 acrylic on canvas by Hiroshi Murata is among the works loaned to The Art Gallery at The College of New Jersey by the New Jersey State Museum Collection. The exhibition titled “Abstract Expressions: Selected Works from the New Jersey State Museum” opens today and runs until February 28, 2016. 34 works created since 1950 will be on view. The Art Gallery is located in the AIMM Building on the campus at 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing.

The Art Gallery at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is pleased to present a special loan exhibition Abstract Expressions: Selected Works from the New Jersey State Museum. On view from January 27 through February 28, 2016, the exhibition features 34 works created since 1950 by American artists.  more


MR. BIG SHOT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Austin -Harriott puts up a shot over a Lawrenceville player last week. Senior forward Harriott hit a three-pointer at the end of first overtime in the January 19 contest to help spark Hun to a thrilling 68-66 win over the Big Red in double overtime. The Raiders, who improved to 7-7 with the triumph, play at Peddie on January 27 and at the Solebury School (Pa.) on January 30 before facing St. Anthony High on January 31 at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River for the Mater Dei/Valerie Fund Basketball Challenge Showcase. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The fate of the Hun School boys’ basketball team was in the hands of Austin Harriott as it trailed visiting Lawrenceville by three points in the waning seconds of overtime last week. more

January 25, 2016


NEXT STOP MANHATTAN: Retiring Princeton Public Library Director Leslie Burger with husband Alan in the library’s Community Room Sunday, where 150 people paid their respects to “a visionary and an image breaker” who “always had our back.” The couple will be moving from West Windsor to Manhattan. (Photo by Vic Garber)

Friends, colleagues, local politicians and longtime associates of departing Princeton Public Library director Leslie Burger gathered at the library Sunday to say bon voyage and recognize her contributions to the institution and the community. Retiring after 16 years, Ms. Burger is credited with shepherding the renovation and expansion of the library and turning it into “the community’s living room,” as she liked to say. more

January 22, 2016

Palmer Sq Snow

With a significant snowstorm predicted for this weekend, residents are urged to take precautions for the snow, freezing rain and high winds that are possible. PSE&G has announced it has extra personnel and equipment at the ready, but there are certain measures homeowners can take to be ready in case of power outages and other problems. more

January 20, 2016

About 90 people attended a session sponsored by Princeton Human Services, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), and Unidad Latina en Accion NJ (ULA) at St. Paul Catholic Church on Nassau Street last Thursday night. Seeking information and advice in the wake of recent immigration raids throughout the country, the mix of families and single men attending the meeting were primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants from Latin America.

Through questions and answers and an interactive presentation, mostly in Spanish, participants acquired information about their rights, dos and don’ts, what to do during an ICE (US Immigration Customs Enforcement) raid, the importance of competent legal counseling, and what organizations can help.  more


For this month’s Princeton Insider, we are celebrating the act of getting outside and being physical in spite of the winter weather. There are so many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in Princeton, be it at the D&R Canal or the grounds of Battlefield State Park. Here, we have hand selected our top picks for looking stylish (and feeling great) all winter long. Simply click on each product image to purchase! more

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week notified the Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) that, after additional inspections, they still found no wetlands on the site where the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) intends to build faculty housing and no need for IAS to acquire further permits.

At a December 21 State Senate Hearing, which resulted in a letter from three members of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee requesting that the DEP issue a stay on the Institute’s construction project, and a follow-up meeting on January 4 with DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, the Battlefield Society questioned the accuracy of the DEP’s Letter of Interpretation (LOI), which stated that there were no wetlands on the site, and claimed that the Institute was dumping debris and preparing to build in freshwater wetlands. more

145 lb. bout Miers picking up near-fall points on his Nottingham opponent.

LIONHEARTED: Star wrestler Thomas Miers controls a foe in a bout last winter during his senior season with Princeton High. Miers is currently competing at the college level for Columbia. He has posted a 1-2 record so far in his freshman campaign for the Lions. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Tom Brady was a rookie backup quarterback for New England in 2000, he viewed each practice like a game, competing as hard as he could every day, even in walk-through drills. more


IN WITH THE NEW: What was once a gas station in Princeton Shopping Center is about to become Nomad Pizza, one of several casual eateries opening in and around town this spring.

Hungry? Depending on what you are craving, the new crop of casual restaurants set to open in Princeton in the coming months might just hit the spot. Styles and flavors run the gamut from middle eastern cuisine with belly dancing to Asian food with bubble tea.

“We’re very excited,” said Tracey Branson, who owns Marhaba, a middle eastern style eatery that will go into the former Cheeburger Cheeburger spot at 182 Nassau Street. A fixture in Lambertville for nearly seven years, Marhaba, which means “hello” and “welcome” in Arabic, is targeting late February or March for an opening date. more


MARSHALLING HIS RESOURCES: Lior Levy dribbles the ball in recent action during his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team. Levy, a former Princeton High standout, is averaging 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds a game off the bench for the 17th-ranked Diplomats, who are off to a 13-2 start. (Photo Courtesy of F&M Athletic Communications)

Heading into his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team, Lior Levy decided to put his nose to the grindstone. more

Tickets are going on sale for the YWCA’s 2016 Tribute to Women Awards. Ten women will be inducted into the YWCA’s list of honorees who embody its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Over 300 women have been honored by YWCA Princeton through this award program over the last four decades. The 33rd annual award ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

This year’s honorees come from a mix of backgrounds and experiences. The Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award goes to Cecelia B. Hodges, while the Waxwood Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Doodie Meyer. more

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PARKING ENFORCEMENT FROM A TO Z: Greg Glassen is one of three Princeton meter officers, but he does a lot more than just give out parking tickets in his multiple roles with the Princeton Police Department.

Ever have trouble parking in downtown Princeton? You might have seen Greg Glassen around town in his role as parking enforcement officer or perhaps keeping the traffic moving and the kids crossing safely at the morning school crossings. Or maybe at Communiversity, or a parade, or a storm emergency, or any one of many other events and special occasions where he helps out his Princeton Police Department colleagues. Greg, age 55, retired from the West Windsor Police Department in 2009 after 21 years, joined Princeton Parking Enforcement temporarily in 2010, then in 2012 took on his current full-time position as one of three meter officers in town. He loves the job, enjoys the camaraderie with his PD colleagues and enjoys meeting all kinds of people in the course of a day’s work. “He’s outgoing,” says his boss, Sgt. Steven Riccitello. “He’s high-energy. He’s got a great personality, gets along with everybody. He’s an asset to the Police Department with his experience. He wears a lot of hats.” Recently married, Greg lives with his wife and seven-month-old daughter. Here, in his own words, Greg talks about the life of a parking enforcement officer. more

Cherry Grove Farm on Route 206, Lawrenceville, is offering three courses this spring on making cheese.

First is Ricotta Lunch, an introduction to cheese-making. Ricotta is the easiest cheese to make at home. Participants will create a lasagna lunch with a sweet ricotta dessert using the cheese made in class, and will take home materials and recipes to use at home. The classes are February 13, March 12, and April 10 at 11 a.m. The cost is $70. more

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This photograph by princeton photography club member Jay Brandinger will be displayed in the gallery exhibition titled “Americana: A Photographic Journey of the Country, Its People, and Its Culture” that will run from January 29 — February 21, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Center for Photography in Doylestown, Pa. There will be an opening reception January 29, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

record revIf someone in the strange sad days since January 10 were to ask what David Bowie means to me, I’d say two words, Hunky Dory. From all that I’ve read online since the ongoing event of his death, I’m not alone in thinking Bowie’s fourth LP is his best, not an album so much as the creation of a mood, a state of mind my wife and I associate with the best, brightest moments of the 1970s. We lived in the music much as we lived in our consciousness of England and our two years in Bristol, the city we came to know and love. The songs from that haunting, stirring, and most companionable of records evoke the country of Shakespeare and Chaplin, of Hampstead Heath and Kate Bush’s “old river poet” the Thames. Much more than a none-too-sturdy piece of black vinyl, Hunky Dory was a very special, pleasant place to be for a father, mother, and the child who was born five years after its 1971 release and who, on hearing the news of the death of his “biggest hero” four decades later, said “It’s like losing a member of the family.”

While the tracks we found most fascinating and challenging were “Life on Mars,” “Oh You Pretty Things,” “Quicksand,” and “The Bewley Brothers,” the song that we felt closest to as a family (we and no doubt thousands if not millions of other families) was “Kooks,” which may be the most charming thing Bowie ever wrote.  more

Photograph © T. Charles Erickson

HUMOR AND HUMANITY: (L to R) Lymon (David Pegram), Wining Boy (Cleavant Derricks), Doaker (John Earl Jelks), and Boy Willie (Stephen Tyrone Williams) share stories and memories of the past in McCarter Theatre’s production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Piano Lesson” at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through February 7. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Twenty-eight years after its original creation, 90 years distant from its Depression-era setting in the Pittsburgh Hill District, August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson (1987) speaks powerfully, lyrically, and eloquently of an African-American family in conflict and of their past, which they must confront, embrace, and overcome in order to move forward. more



ANNUAL HOMECOMING CONCERT: The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will present its annual homecoming concert titled “Angel Band” on Monday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To reserve tickets in advance, call (609) 258-9220 or visit www.princeton.edu/utickets.

The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will conclude its 2016 tour of the Eastern United States with its annual homecoming concert on Monday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To order tickets call (609) 258-9220 or visit www.princeton.edu/utickets. more

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ON THE FLY: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Stephen Kratzer heads to victory in the 100 butterfly in a win over Hamilton earlier this month. Senior star and co-captain Kratzer has starred in the sprinting events this winter for PHS as it has posted a 6-4 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High boys’ swimming team got off to a rough start this season, losing three of its first five meets, Stephen Kratzer believed that experiencing those setbacks toughened up the squad.  more

January 13, 2016


A mid-point perspective on the evolution of Princeton University’s Arts and Transit Project. The buildings are designed by architect Steven Holl. The full project is expected to open in the fall of 2017. (Photo by Emily Reeves)