August 31, 2016

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has announced that the low-fare airline Allegiant will offer new nonstop service to three Florida destinations from Trenton-Mercer Airport beginning in early November.

Allegiant will offer nonstop service to Orlando/Sanford, with flights three times a week beginning Nov. 3; Punta Gorda, with twice-weekly flights beginning Nov. 3; and Tampa/St. Pete, with twice-weekly flights beginning Nov. 4. more

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Responses to Stranger Things, the Netflix summer sensation from Matt and Ross Duffer, have placed the eight-part series in the context of 1980s pop culture, sci-fi/horror flicks, and the novels of Stephen King. There’s more of the same in Monday’s New York Times under a head that refers to how Stranger Things and another show “feed nostalgia with a historical remix.” If that’s so, then the remix goes centuries beyond the 1980s, which means that anyone patronizing the show should heed the message from Hamlet obliquely echoed in its title: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,”

In addition to Shakespeare circa 1603, Stranger Things evokes the 1970s by way of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the early 1990s through David Lynch’s network television landmark Twin Peaksmore

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Saturday, September 10 is the day for the 14th annual Insect Festival sponsored by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County. From 1-4 p.m. at Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road in Hopewell Township, check out all manner of bugs with games and activities highlighting their importance in our lives. There’s even a Big Bug Band with a sing-along accompanied by “kid-made” instruments. All of this is free and held rain or shine. Visit mgofmc.org for more information.

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BOOT CAMP: Princeton University men’s soccer player Greg Seifert boots the ball in action last fall. Senior defender Seifert provides experience and athleticism to the Tiger back line. Princeton opens it 2016 campaign on September 3 when it plays at West Virginia (1-1). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s soccer team has posted double-digit win seasons in the last two years, it has been left with an empty feeling. more

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Middlesex County Regional Chamber and European American Chamber will hold the inaugural 2016 Global Business Summit, “Engaging Connections and Meaningful Opportunities on a Global Scale.” This tri-Chamber regional Global Business Summit will take place on September 29 at the DoubleTree Princeton from 8-11:30 a.m. more

Pick-your-own apple season at Terhune Orchards has arrived along with the beginning of the school year. The official kickoff takes place at the Van Kirk Road orchard on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Saturday on, the orchard will be open every day for apple picking from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting, through October.  more

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Cyclists are getting ready for the fifth annual Sourland Spectacular, which benefits the Sourland Conservancy, on Saturday, September 10. There are challenging routes for serious cyclists as well as shorter alternatives for more casual bikers. Routes begin at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road. SAG services and designated rest stops are part of the rides, which start between 7 and 10 a.m. and finish in time for lunch at the community center. Registration is $50 ($25 for children 12-16). Visit www.sourlandspectacular.com.

Featured poets Maxine Susman and Keith O’Shaughnessy will read from their works followed by an open-microphone session when Princeton Public Library hosts Poets at the Library on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  more

Lawrenceville junior Nikhil Gopal earned the grand prize in this year’s annual Mercer Science and Engineering Fair held at Rider University. The award for the project, Point of Care Testing for Malaria Using a Smartphone and a Microfluidic ELISA Chip, allowed him to enter the Intel International Fair along with over 1600 finalist where his project took second place in his category.  more

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“GIRL WITH THE BLUE VEIL”: This photograph by Princeton Day School alumna Dede Pickering will be on display at the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery from September 6 through October 6, 2016. The exhibit “Bridge Between Cultures,” features photos from Pickering’s travels to over 100 countries.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School will have the photographs of alumna Dede Pickering ’71 on display in “Bridge Between Cultures.” This exhibit will be on view from September 6 through October 6, 2016, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. more

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“BLUE MONSTER”: Blue Monsters and so much more will be featured in Heather Ujiie’s solo exhibit at the Hunterdon Art Museum titled “Fairytales, Monsters, and Hybrid Creatures.” Pictured here is a 72 x 260” digital inkjet print on poly canvas. (Photo Courtesy of the Artist)

Ujiie’s large-scale digital prints present a unique blending of the classical and contemporary. Her solo exhibition, titled Heather Ujiie: Fairytales, Monsters, and Hybrid Creatures, runs from September 25 until January 8, 2017. The show’s opening reception will be on Sunday, September 25 from 2 to 4 p.m., and will feature an artist’s talk. more

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The Peter and Will Anderson Quintet will be amongst the talented performers at this year’s JazzFeast celebration in downtown Princeton on Sunday, September 18 from noon to 6 p.m. The “feast” side of the event features flavors from around the world and the chance to enjoy paella, Korean tacos, crepes, and much more. Musical performances are free to attend and food vendors will charge accordingly. This is a rain or shine event. Learn more at www.palmersquare.com.

The New Jersey-based classical music ensemble Trio Cordialis will open the 27th season of the Greater Princeton Steinway Society on Sunday, September 11. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike (U.S. Route 1), Lawrenceville. A social hour with refreshments and conversation with the musicians will follow their performance. more

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Dubbed “The Voice of Broadway,” actress and singer Betty Buckley will perform at NJPAC in Newark on Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Buckley won the 1983 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a musical for her role as Grizabella in “Cats.” She also starred as Martha Washington in “1776” and Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. Buckley will perform new material and favorites from her solo album “Ghostlight.” To purchase tickets, call (888) GO-NJPAC or visit www.njpac.org

The Princeton Senior Resource Center will host a performance by The Capitol Steps on Friday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium. The fundraiser will also feature a VIP reception with cast members following the performance. General seating reserved tickets can be purchased through the University ticket office at https://tickets.princeton.edumore

August 24, 2016

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While people are anxious to make use of the “reimagined second floor” at the Princeton Public Library, they are finding plenty of back-up resources, including the wide selection at the Friends of the Library Book Store. See this week’s Town Talk for how some library users are dealing with the situation. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

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GETTING OUT THE VOTE: Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) volunteers will be staffing tables in Hinds Plaza and outside the Garden Theatre on Saturdays and Sundays to register voters. Their Hillary Clinton for President campaign will be holding its grand opening in two weeks. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The Princeton Community Democratic Organization’s (PCDO) Hillary Clinton for President Campaign is underway, with headquarters on the second floor at 138 Nassau Street, between Triumph Brewery and the MacLean Agency, and voter registration tables outside the Garden Theatre and on Hinds Plaza on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. more

Work on the Carter Road bridge in Lawrence Township is still suspended as a result of Governor Chris Christie’s shut down order, and nobody is happy about it.

Local business owners are suffering financial losses. Motorists are facing increasing delays and hazards as detoured traffic clogs area roads. Roadways not intended for heavy traffic, let alone large truck traffic, are rapidly deteriorating. And necessary repairs and reconstruction of two historic bridges on 206 can’t start until the Carter Road bridge is reopened, because Carter Road is part of the designated detour route for the 206 bridge work.  more

It would be an understatement to say that Dwaine Williamson, the recently announced chairman of the joint campaign for Princeton Council candidates Jenny Crumiller, Tim Quinn, and Mayor Liz Lempert, has been around. The Princeton resident, who serves on the town’s Planning Board, was born in Jamaica, raised in Trenton, worked on Wall Street, and made music videos for rap groups before becoming a lawyer and opening his own office back in Trenton. more

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A PASSION FOR GEMOLOGY: Hope Mouko, service coordinator at Hamilton Jewelers, has won a scholarship to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She is pictured with, at left, Hank Siegel, Hamilton president; and his father Martin Siegel, right, the company’s chairman. Ms. Mouko will study at the GIA while continuing her work at the Nassau Street store.

After living in New York, modeling for Donna Karan and other high-end designers, Princeton native Hope Mouko was ready to move back home and try something new. She had always been interested in jewelry and design. So when she noticed an ad last year for an opening at Hamilton Jewelers on Nassau Street, she decided to apply for the position. more

The Trent House Museum, New Jersey’s oldest national landmark, will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service with Camp Trent on Saturday, August 27 from 1-3 p.m. The museum is at 15 Market Street in Trenton. more

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“FORWARD MARCH”: Police Sergeant Fred Williams, former U.S. Marines drill instructor, welcomes the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participating in Princeton’s week-long Youth Police Academy, which will include classroom activities, hands-on techniques, and police demonstrations. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

Recent news reports on police departments throughout the country may have been full of tension, violence, and controversy, but for 20 young area residents this week’s Princeton Youth Police Academy is providing a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about police work from the inside.  more

In recognition of National Wilderness Month, Princeton Public Library is providing two opportunities in September to spend time walking through local green spaces while discussing two engaging readings about nature, wildness, and wilderness.  more

On Sunday, September 25, Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) will hold its annual fundraiser at Hinds Plaza to raise awareness and money to help feed children in the Princeton School System.

Celebrity chef Brian Duffy, who shared cooking tips and skills to students at Community Park School two years ago, will host the “Fill the Bowls” event. Local restaurants will provide meals to participants. The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. more

The Princeton Regional Chamber’s Sixth Annual Healthcare Symposium will focus on giving guests a glimpse at “The Business of Health,” on Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bart Luedeke Center at Rider University in Lawrenceville. more