November 1, 2017

By Donald Gilpin

About 750 Princeton homeowners will receive checks this week, almost $2,500 per eligible home, in accordance with a settlement reached a year ago in a lawsuit over Princeton University’s property tax exemptions.

The checks will be mailed from a property tax relief fund administered by the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) to which the University contributed $2 million this year and agreed to contribute $1.6 million a year for the following five years. more

CREATIVELY GREEN: Young Audiences teamed up with Littlebrook School for their Creatively Green Family Arts Festival, bringing together children, parents, educators, and artists to link art making with protecting the environment. (Photo Courtesy of Young Audiences)

By Donald Gilpin

In school environments characterized by emphasis on testing and sports, tight budgets, increasing competition for college admissions, and diminishing job opportunities, the arts might seem a low priority.

Not so, says Ann Betterton, development director of Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), which worked with more than 350,000 children through more than 4,000 programs in 573 schools in every county in New Jersey last year. more

By Jean Stratton

Texting, tweeting, posting, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype, GPS, Siri, Uber, Lyft, and so much more!

Sound familiar? Of course! This is the language of today. It’s quick, convenient, and ubiquitous.

It offers opportunities unimagined even a decade ago. And the speed at which all this can change is not only amazing, but disconcerting for some. more

Pie Sampling Weekend and “More Than Just Wine” Wine Trail Weekend coincide November 11 and 12 at Terhune Orchards on Cold Soil Road in Lawrenceville. Visitors can sample crafted wines while ordering pies for the holiday season, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visit

Homestead Princeton, formerly known as The Farmhouse Store Princeton, celebrated its fifth anniversary in Palmer Square in October. Opening just days before Super Storm Sandy, Homestead Princeton has since doubled in size.

The store sells handcrafted artisan gifts, pottery, glass, wood, textiles, metal, paper, home décor, jewelry, and more. New Jersey Monthly and Town Topics’ readers recently voted Homestead Princeton “Best Of” as Best Gift Store and Best Home Furnishings Store.  more

By Anne Levin

When Khizr Khan spoke at an October 26 appearance by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy at the Arts Council of Princeton, it marked the 162nd time the Gold Star father has taken to the podium to promote social and economic justice.

The Muslim native of Pakistan, whose son Humayun Khan was killed in the Iraq War, gained attention after he and his wife spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year. With Republican candidate Kim Guadagno’s recent promise to ban sanctuary cities in New Jersey if she is elected November 7, Khan’s message of inclusion was especially well received by the standing-room-only crowd gathered in the Solley Theater. more

Lianna Geratacker of Hopewell was a standout recently when Unicorn Therapeutic Riding, a horseback riding program for children and adults with special needs in Pennington, took place at the New Jersey Horse Park. Many ribbons, trophies, and awards were won at this event sponsored by HRH of NJ and Special Olympics. Unicorn needs volunteers to assist with therapeutic horseback riding. Call (609) 354-2014 or email for more information.

Princeton Police are searching for a man who walked into the Santander Bank at 188 Nassau Street on October 26 at 4:23 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash. The man then received an as yet undetermined amount of cash and walked out of the bank toward Park Place. The subject, pictured here, is described as a black male, approximately 6’ tall, wearing a green baseball cap and a green hoodie with faded jeans. If you know this man or have seen him, call DSgt. Ben Gering or Det. Adam Basatemur of the Princeton Police at (609) 921-2100.

“The Challenges of Peace in the Trump Era” is the title of the 38th Annual Conference and Multifaith Service for Peace sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action and co-sponsored by 30 religious and civic groups in the region, on Sunday, November 12 at different locations in Princeton.

Professor and author Reza Aslan will preach at the multifaith service at 11 a.m. at Princeton University Chapel. Faith leaders from a range of world religions will co-lead the liturgy. The service is free and open to the public. Aslan is a tenured professor at the University of California, Riverside and serves on the board of Chicago Theological Seminar. His new book, God, will be available for sale at the conference. more

By Stuart Mitchner

The New York bus stops outside the building I work in. Several times a day I see it idling in front, waiting for the light to change. In the car last week listening to a CD of live jazz from May 1953, I hear the announcer say “We’re coming to you from Birdland, Broadway at 52nd Street, the heart of Manhattan” and I know it’s time to get on that bus. I’m thinking of the lost city of automats and movie palaces when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn and I was allowed into jazz clubs in my mid-teens. more

Author Linda B. Forgosh will present a talk and book signing of her biography, Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at The Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, Princeton, highlighting rare documentation of the friendship between Albert Einstein and Louis Bamberger. The event is presented by Morven Museum and Garden in conjunction with its current exhibition Newark and the Culture of Art: 1900-1960. Linda B. Forgosh is an independent scholar and executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey.  more

BACK IN THE GAME: Painter Ken Alexander is opening his Trenton studio on Saturday, November 4, as part of the sixth annual Art All Day. Glaucoma has left Alexander legally blind, but he still has much to say with his art.

By Anne Levin

After almost two decades working as a chef, painter Ken Alexander was finally feeling secure enough to devote himself, fulltime, to his art. He gave up his job at a restaurant in Spring Lake. He moved from Asbury Park to Trenton, where he bought a light-filled loft in the city’s Mill Hill section. more

James Delbourgo and Michael Gordin will be discussing Delbourgo’s book, Collecting the World — Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Humanities Council. more

DAY OF THE DEAD: The Arts Council of Princeton’s Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday, November 4 at the Princeton Shopping Center will include folk arts and crafts as well as sugar skull decorating, traditional dance performances, live music, and more.

The Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center present the annual Day of the Dead Celebration on Saturday, November 4 from 3-5 p.m. Celebrate Mexico’s El Día de los Muertos with strolling mariachis, sugar skull decorating, face painting, folk arts and crafts, and live dance performances. Learn about the traditions of this rich cultural holiday at this free, family-friendly event. Food will be available for purchase from Surf Taco. more

By Nancy Plum

Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s concert this past Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium was both one of collaboration and also paying tribute to the music of the past. The keynote work on the program was Felix Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony, an appropriate musical commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s presentation of his world-shattering 95 Theses, but all three works presented by the orchestra looked back to previous eras.  more

FACE OFF: Two 11- and 12-year-old PeeWee ice hockey players face off against each other during a practice at the Lisa McGraw Ice Rink at Princeton Day School. They are now part of the newly merged Lawrence Nassau Hockey Association.

By Jean Stratton

Team play, skill instruction, sportsmanship, and competition are all part of the newly formed Lawrence Nassau Hockey Association.

Established in the spring of 2017, the association is a merger of the former Lawrence Hockey Association and Nassau Hockey Association, both youth ice hockey programs with a long history in the area. more

SEEING RED: Princeton University junior running back Charlie Volker (No. 20) takes a hard hit in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday, Volker rushed for 41 yards in a losing cause as Princeton fell 29-28 to visiting Cornell. The loss to the Big Red dropped Princeton to 5-2 overall and 2-2 Ivy League, dealing a blow to the Tigers’ chances for a league title repeat. Princeton will look to get back on the winning track when it plays at Penn (3-4 overall, 1-3 Ivy) on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In its final outing this September, the Princeton University football team squandered a late 24-21 advantage on the way to a 28-24 loss to Columbia.

Last Saturday as the Tigers hosted Cornell for their last game in October, they saw another lead slip away as they started the fourth quarter up 28-16 only to lose 29-28 to the Big Red on a career-best 43-yard field goal by Nickolas Null with 48 seconds left in regulation. more

COMING OUT PARTY: Princeton University men’s hockey player Reid Yochim controls the puck last Sunday as Princeton hosted Holy Cross in its season opener. Freshman defenseman Yochim made quite a debut, tallying an assist and a goal to help the Tigers defeat the Crusaders 4-2. Princeton opens ECAC Hockey play this weekend when it hosts Colgate on November 3 and Cornell on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Reid Yochim couldn’t wait to hit the ice last Sunday for his debut with the Princeton University men’s hockey team as it hosted Holy Cross in its season opener.

“There is a lot of built up emotion and a lot of energy that has been inside of me and that is just what I try to bring out there,” said defenseman Yochim. “It was an unbelievable atmosphere and an unbelievable feeling.” more

SENIOR MOMENT: Princeton University field hockey senior defender Sarah Brennan heads upfield in action during her career for the Princeton University field hockey team. Last Saturday, former Princeton Day School standout Brennan was honored along with her classmates as Princeton hosted Cornell in its home finale and held its annual Senior Day celebration. The Tigers rolled to a 5-1 victory over Cornell, clinching a share of the Ivy League title and the league’s automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Tigers, now 10-6 overall and 6-0 Ivy, wrap up regular season play with a game at Penn on November 4. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Although Sarah Brennan has been part of the supporting cast for the Princeton University field hockey team over the last four years, she has thrived in that role.

“I knew coming into a good program, it was going to be competitive for playing time,” said defender Brennan, a former Princeton Day School standout whose parents, Sean and Susan, are both Princeton alums. more

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Howell Living History Farm makes up 130 acres of farmland in and around Lambertville, New Jersey. Farming began on this site in the 1730s and has evolved from a grain producing farm to a dairy farm over the years. Many animals make up the farm including ox, sheep, pigs, horses, chickens, cats, birds, and Maggie – the overprotective Australian Cattle Dog. This past weekend special programs included a demonstration of the age-old art of herding sheep on an open range by celebrity sheepdog “Sweet” and dog trainer Gene Sheninger. Howell Living History Farm has the longest-running corn maze in New Jersey. The maze includes 4 acres and 2 miles of paths. 

By Donald Gilpin

The six candidates for three open seats on the Board of Education of the Princeton Public Schools were asked to tell us again, in only about 100 words, “why we should vote for you.” The election will take place on November 7. Here are their responses: more

Princeton High boys’ cross country runners, Acasio Pinheiro (far right, No. 858) and Will Hare (No. 856), take off at the start of the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships at Thompson Park in Jamesburg last Friday. Senior star Hare placed first individually and junior Pinheiro took second to help PHS win its second straight team title at the event. For more details on the race, see page 31. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Donald Gilpin

“Redistricting: It’s Not Just for Political Junkies Anymore!” read the words on the screen at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Princeton Monday night, as Princeton University Neurobiology Professor Sam Wang and Queens College City University of New York Political Science Professor Keena Lipsitz explained how gerrymandering is undermining our democratic system. more

By Anne Levin

Proposed changes to the schedule of the FreeB, which takes commuters to and from the Dinky train station and other locations in town, are being reconsidered following comments offered by members of the public at a meeting of Princeton Council Monday night, October 23. more

WHO KNEW?: Filmmaker Roger Sherman, seen shooting a scene for “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” was stunned to discover the country’s food scene, “the hottest, most dynamic in the world.” The documentary, preceded by a food tasting, screens Sunday at The Jewish Center of Princeton.

By Anne Levin

Roger Sherman had never been to Israel when a friend invited him, last minute, to join a food-focused trip to that country. Always looking for a new project, the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker decided to accept the offer. more