May 3, 2017

This painting by Meredith Remz is included in her solo exhibition and art sale at Small World Coffee titled, “Brave.” The artist draws inspiration from her experiences with contemporary and industrial design, as well as nature.

PJ’s Pancake House & Bakery is now open in Kingston, NJ on Route 27. The restaurant will serve baked goods in addition to pancakes and classic mealtime offerings. Outdoor bistro-style seating is available. Also, imported Italian gelato! (Photo Credit: Charles R. Plohn)

Joyce Carol Oates will read from and discuss her latest work, A Book of American Martyrs, at Labyrinth Books of Princeton on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Described by the Washington Post as “The most relevant book of Oates’s half-century-long career, a powerful reminder that fiction can be as timely as this morning’s tweets but infinitely more illuminating.”  more

HIGHER LEAVELL: Princeton University women’s lacrosse player Amanda Leavell heads upfield in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, senior defender Leavell chipped in an assist, two caused turnovers, and three ground balls to help Princeton defeat Columbia 18-11. The win improved Princeton to 12-3 overall and 6-1 Ivy League. The ninth-ranked Tigers earned their fourth straight Ivy regular season crown as they tied for first with Penn and Cornell. Princeton will now compete in the Ivy postseason tournament where they will face No. 7 Penn in a semifinal contest on May 5 with the winner advancing to the title game on May 7 to play for the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tourney. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Amanda Leavell is a defensive stalwart for the Princeton University women’s lacrosse team but she went on the attack against Columbia last Saturday in her last regular season home appearance. more

May 1, 2017

Pops of Color and Whirls of Music

Photography by Erica Cardenas

Communiversity 2017 took place on Sunday, April 30. The streets of downtown Princeton swelled with visitors who enjoyed non-stop entertainment, food, and vendors from 1 to 6 p.m. Various stages were erected around town and performances ranged from alternative rock concerts to flamenco. Witherspoon Media Group was there, handing out the latest editions of Town Topics Newspaper, Princeton Magazine, and Urban Agenda Magazine. Witherspoon Media Group photographer Erica Cardenas made sure to capture all of the action.  more

April 28, 2017

RETURN TO FORM: Ben Gross delivers a pitch this spring for the Princeton University baseball team. Former Princeton High standout Gross has overcome shoulder problems to emerge as a front line starter in his junior campaign with the Tigers. (Photo by Beverly Schaefer, Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

In the spring of 2013, Ben Gross enjoyed a dominant season on the mound for the Princeton High baseball team, with 53 strikeouts in 51 innings and a sparkling 2.47 ERA. more

April 27, 2017

Investigations continue into the case of anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-immigrant flyers found on the Princeton University campus last Thursday, April 20. Taped to a door at Stanhope Hall, to the main entrance of the Center for Jewish Life, to a Murray Dodge door, and in East Pyne Hall, the flyers were similar to those recently reported at other universities.  more

April 26, 2017

Members of the Princeton University women’s golf team celebrate after winning the Ivy League championship tournament last weekend at the Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The Tigers produced a dominant performance in earning their first Ivy crown since 2005, firing a cumulative total of 891 (+27) in the three-round event, 31 strokes in front of second-place Harvard. Sophomore Amber Wang led four Tigers in the top seven to win medalist honors at +2, carding a 1-under 71 Sunday to finish three strokes in front of freshman teammate Allison Chang Wang who is the first Tiger to win the individual title since Kelly Shon ’14 in 2013. With the win, Princeton gains the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, which will be held May 8-10 at four locations. (Photo Courtesy of the Ivy League)

Saturday’s marchers for science, some 2,400 strong, gathered at the Battlefield Monument, led in spirit by Princeton’s most renowned scientist. Participants talk about what brought them there in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Princeton High School (PHS) students are experiencing high levels of stress, low levels of joyful engagement with learning, and serious sleep deprivation, according to a recent survey conducted by Stanford University researchers. Parents, teachers, and administrators gathered last Wednesday to review the results of the survey and to discuss the way forward in pursuit of the District’s quest for “wellness and balance.”  more

Following a no-confidence vote against Rider University President Gregory Dell’Omo and his financial team, the University’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has sent a letter to the Board of Trustees stating its opposition to Rider’s March 28 decision to sell Westminster Choir College.

“We urge the Board of Trustees to rescind this decision and to begin the long, hard task of rebuilding trust with all of Rider’s stakeholders,” said Professor Jeffrey Halpern, Rider AAUP’s chief negotiator, in the letter. “Its de-acquisition will not alter Rider’s financial position or improve its long term viability. Instead, it will surely lead to a loss of both reputation and endowment.” more

Following repeated protests voiced by residents of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday night, the governing body agreed to hold off on an ordinance concerning overnight parking and permits.

The ordinance is part of an effort to harmonize regulations of the former Borough and Township. Residents of areas in the old Township section С on Birch Avenue, Leigh Avenue, Race, and John Streets С would be required to begin paying $120 a year for overnight on-street parking permits (a concession would be made for low income residents who qualify for certain programs). They would also follow the former Borough’s regulations regarding the number of permits available to households. more

STORY TIME: It is often the simple things that mean the most. As the Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) has found, its popular GrandPals reading program with children in the Princeton elementary schools, while simple on the surface, has lasting benefits. Intergenerational bonds are formed, imaginations soar, and a door to the future is opened. Shown in the photo are GrandPal Lorna Kaluzny with Riverside School students Polly North (left) and Nolen Copen-Bailey.

“Their voices would change; they became the

characters, and suddenly, the story came alive.

They were pirates or wolves or princes and

princesses; the world had slipped away. And so,

you might remember that special time when 

someone read aloud to you.”

—Anonymous more

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County offers two college scholarship opportunities available to Jewish students who reside in the Princeton-Mercer-Bucks-County community.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer is offering book awards to college bound Jewish students. Facilitated by Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County, the scholarships are awarded based on financial need and students must be accepted and enrolled in a college or university for the fall semester. The application deadline is June 1. more

From left, Edward Cohen, board member of Princeton School Gardens Cooperative and science curriculum coordinator for the Princeton Public Schools, and Billy Demko, Whole Earth Center employee, balance a bounty of The Bent Spoon’s School Garden pints, which are available for sale only at the Whole Earth Center and benefit the nonprofit. All proceeds from the sale of each pint (minus the price of the reusable containers) are donated to the Cooperative. In its decade of existence, the program has raised tens of thousands of dollars for food- and garden-based education in the public schools. In 2016 alone, the campaign raised almost $5,000.

Eight Princeton University faculty members who have demonstrated “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts” will be pursuing a range of projects under the auspices of the Guggenheim Foundation during the coming year.

Among the 173 artists, scientists, and scholars chosen from a group of almost 3000 applicants, five members of the Princeton contingent are Lewis Center for the Arts Faculty members, and the others teach in the politics, history, and physics departments.  more

Toni Morrison at Princeton University. (Photo by Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy)

West College, a prominent central campus building at Princeton University, will be named for emeritus faculty member and Nobel Prize-wining novelist Toni Morrison, and the major auditorium in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will be named for Arthur Lewis, Nobel laureate in economics and a member of the school’s faculty from 1963 to 1983.  more

Princeton has reached a “settlement in principle” with Fair Share House Center regarding the town’s fair share affordable housing obligation. The municipality has been involved in a court case with Fair Share over just how many units of affordable housing will be zoned through 2025.

“It means we’re in broad agreement on a settlement, but the details need to be worked out. We’re not ready to release them yet,” Mayor Liz Lempert said Monday. more

The Arts Council of Princeton is gearing up for the annual Communiversity ArtsFest, set for April 30, 2017 in downtown Princeton from 1-6 p.m. Central New Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event will have more than 200 booths showing original art and contemporary crafts, merchandise, and food from around the globe, plus six stages of continuous live entertainment. The event draws more than 40,000 to the streets of downtown Princeton. (Photo Credit: Emily Reeves, Town Topics Newspaper) 

Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Metamorphosis concert on Sunday, May 7 at 4 p.m. features the U.S. premiere of Zhou Tian’s “Broken Ink,” Claude Debussy’s “La Mer,” and Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.” Rossen Milanov conducts. A 3 p.m. pre-concert talk is free to ticket-holders. Both events will be held at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the campus of Princeton University. For more information, visit or call (609) 497-0020. (Photo Credit: Zhou Tian)

Sophie Glovier’s Walk the Trails In and Around Princeton (spiral-bound paperback Princeton Univ. Press 19.95) has been revised to include the newest trails. The guide includes 16 of the best trails through preserved open space in Princeton and its neighboring towns. This revised edition includes eight new walks, several of which have been created on land that has been preserved since the guide was originally published in 2009. The walks range from two to four miles, but many include suggestions for trail connections that allow people to extend the hike if they choose. The guide includes detailed color maps of the trails, directions on how to get to them and where to park, and recommendations for the most scenic routes. Each walk has been designed with a “reason to walk” in mind: a special boulder or waterfall to find, a bit of local history or a beautiful vista to enjoy. The guide is illustrated with specially commissioned color photographs, 16 of which are featured on detachable postcards. Among the new walks: the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail, the Stony Brook Trail, and the trails at St. Michaels Farm Preserve. more

Wild River Review co-founder Joy E. Stocke and West Coast Editor Angie Brenner will celebrate the publication of their cultural and culinary cookbook, Tree of Life: Turkish Home Cooking (Burgess Lea Press $30) at Labyrinth Books on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. They will be joined by Cocktail Whisperer Warren Bobrow who will make and serve Bosporus Fizzes, which he created for Tree of Life. Poet and translator Edmund Keeley will be reading his poem “Moussaka,” which asks the question: “To use Béchamel sauce or no?” The cookbook’s Spice Route Moussaka recipe has one answer. more

Beginning a column about Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday (April 25, 2017) on my mother’s 105th birthday (April 20, 2017), feels sentimentally right if only because she lived in the songs Ella sang, notably “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Whenever my father played either of those classics on the piano, my mother would be, as she liked to say, “reduced to rubble.”

In Visions of Jazz (1998), Gary Giddins makes the point that Ella “taught us something vital about joy, as Billie Holiday taught us something vital about pain.” He also observes that she was one of those jazz performers “who have become public monuments,” her “enduring authority” having “more than a little to do with an image of youthless (which is to say ageless) maternalism, sturdy and implacable.” Terms like “enduring authority” help explain why I never owned a single Ella album, never was a fan, even though she’d been magnificent the few times I’d seen her in person. Another problem was that, as Henry Pleasants notes in The Great American Popular Singers (1974), she’d “never been one for exposing her own heart in public,” preferring to share “her pleasures, not her troubles,” so that listening to her was “a joyous, exhilarating, memorable, but hardly an emotional experience.” more

MERCER DANCE ENSEMBLE AT MCCC: From left, dancers Brittany Dintinger of Hamilton, Caitlin Kazanski of Robbinsville, Victoria Smalls of Hamilton, Kimberly King of Hamilton and Kayla Johnson of Wrightstown will perform “On the Nature of Flying,” choreographed by Rebecca Brodowski. Mercer Dance Ensemble’s “Roots to Wings” concert features 15 original dance numbers and is coming to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 6 and 7. Tickets are available at or by calling (609) 570-3333.

Creative exploration and joyful energy have been the hallmarks of the Dance Program at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) this year. With new artistic direction and three new instructors, MCCC’s current students, Dance alumni and faculty are eager to bring their work to the stage. The Mercer Dance Ensemble (MDE) presents “Roots to Wings: MDE in Concert” on Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. more

“PRETTY IN PINK”: Wondrous on Witherspoon Pop Up Art Gallery at 14½ Witherspoon Street is presenting “WoW, Spring into Art! An Artist Invitational.” It will feature the works and demonstrations by accomplished and emerging artists from April 28–June 8. There will also be a reception and art walk on May 19 from 6–9 p.m. Pictured here is a watercolor by artist Sandy O’Connor.

Beginning April 28 and just two days before Communiversity ArtFest, Wondrous on Witherspoon (WoW) will once again be “popping up” to offer works of art for sale by some of New Jersey’s most accomplished artists. Thanks to owner, Jeffrey Siegel, this show will mark WoW’s fourth pop-up gallery event in the former Army and Navy Store, located just steps away from Nassau Street and the gates to Princeton University. more