March 22, 2017

The Bulgarian State Women’s Chorus will perform at Princeton University Chapel on Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $15 ($5 for students) and are available at or at the Frist Center Box Office at (609) 258-9220. 

Taking Princeton’s mind off the recent spring snowstorm, the Takács String Quartet returned to Richardson Auditorium this past week to close its Complete Beethoven string quartet cycle.  Last Wednesday night’s concert (the closing performance of the series was Thursday night) featured violinists Edward Dusinberre and Károly Schranz, violist Geraldine Walther and cellist András Fejér in three string quartets showing both the classical structure and style of the genre and how Beethoven stretched the boundaries of the string quartet form. more

March 15, 2017

Here sit some contestants in the Einstein look-a-like contest, a ritual part of Princeton’s Pi Day celebration of the town’s most renowned citizen, born March 14, 1879. In this week’s Town Talk, people ponder what he might think of Princeton in March 2017. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

With some weather websites predicting a foot or more of snow and strong winds for Monday night into Wednesday thanks to the nor’easter named Stella, Princeton’s public works and police departments were taking no chances and preparing for the worst.

“We’re ready to go,” said Dan Van Mater, superintendent in the Department of Public Works, on Monday afternoon. “We’re just getting the trucks ready, and the salt dome is full. We’re replenishing what we used last Friday and we have more salt coming in today.” more

The way forward for Princeton Charter School and the Princeton Public Schools remains cloudy two weeks after Acting State Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington approved the PCS request to expand by 76 students over the next two years.

PPS has filed an appeal of the decision and will request a stay, while PPS and PCS have also sued each other for violation of the Sunshine Law [Open Meeting Act]. more

As President Trump and Republicans in Congress re-affirm their determination to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), growing voices of dissent and mounting complications threaten to prolong the debate.

“It’s a tumultuous time in health care as we approach the seventh anniversary of the ACA,” said Heather Howard, director of the state health reform assistance network, Woodrow Wilson School lecturer, and Princeton Council member. more

RECONSIDERING CONSOLIDATION: Former Princeton Township Mayor Chad Goerner, whose book on Princeton’s historic consolidation has been recently released, is shown here delivering the keynote speech at the New York State Local Government Innovation Conference last November.

By the time consolidation of Princeton Township and Princeton Borough was officially put into effect four years ago, Chad Goerner was no longer in public office. But Mr. Goerner, who served as mayor of the former Township from 2006 until opting not to run for re-election in 2012, remained actively involved in making the historic merger a reality. more

The Center for Eating Disorders Care (CEDC) at University Medical Center of Princeton has enhanced its Adult Partial Hospital Program with additional therapeutic activities and separation from its inpatient program.

The Partial Hospital Program now has a separate treatment space with dining room, group room and lounge. This program will operate independently from the inpatient program. CEDC Partial Hospital patients also have additional experiential activities and the option of full day (8 a.m. to 6 p.m., including three meals) or shorter day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m., including two meals). Both schedules are available three to five days per week, depending on each patient’s needs.  more

Curtain Up Productions and The Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville, N.J. have announced auditions for the 2017 summer season at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre.  Auditions will be held on Sunday, March 26 at the Downtown Performing Arts Center studios located at 54 Mt. Airy Village Road in Lambertville. The 2017 season will consist of 6 mainstage musicals and 6 children’s theatre musicals running for 13 weeks from June through August. Upon closing, the company will move into its permanent home, Music Mountain Theatre, the new performing arts venue set to open in Lambertville in Fall 2017. Those auditioning should bring a headshot/picture and resume and prepare 16 bars of a song – no pop songs please.  Please bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Anyone age 15 and above should be prepared to dance. For complete audition information, audition fees, directions and to view the 2017 Summer Schedule for the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre, visit (Photo Credit: Kasey Ivan Photography)

National TV personality and best-selling author the Rev. Dr. Robin L. Smith, will speak on Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Smith will give a talk titled, “Moving Forward with Restorative Justice: Strategies in Engaging Racial Fatigue.” It is free and open to the public.  more

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold “Disrupt or be Disrupted,” a technology summit, at The Conference Center of Mercer on Thursday, March 30 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Keynote speakers will be Simon Nynes of Wayside Technology Group, who will speak on Cloud Computing; and Roy Mehta of CoolR Group, whose talk is titled “The Internet of Things.” more

Wear green and bring your dancing shoes! D&R Greenway Land Trust, in partnership with VOICES will “celebrate green” with a St. Patrick’s Day Party and Fundraiser at Music Together on March 17 at 7 p.m., located at 225 Hopewell-Pennington Road in Hopewell. Enjoy performances by VOICES, Rince O’Chroi School of Irish Dance, Amy Zakar and Teamwork Dance, green silent auction, beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Money raised will benefit D&R Greenway and VOICES. Tickets cost $65. To purchase, visit or call (609) 924-4646. 

The Plainsboro Public Library will observe NJ Makers’ Day on March 25 from noon to 3 p.m. A statewide event, the observance will promote individual creative pursuits (or “maker” activity) in the science and the arts.

Participants in “Makers’ Day” will focus on projects at the library, which they might not be able to pursue in their own homes. Mentors will be on hand to help with activities like weaving; hands-on quilting for adults, in the first-floor Community Room; scientific projects; and simple inventions using small LED bulbs, magnets, and batteries. more

The cover image of Fitzgerald’s Thoughtbook shown here is from the recent University of Minnesota reprint, subtitled A Secret Boyhood Diary, which is available in Kindle and paperback; the copy in Collector’s Corner is the much rarer 1965 Princeton University Library edition of the facsimile of Fitzgerald’s handwritten journal. For more information on the book sale, visit

It’s so quiet a moment you can hear the earth turning. “Here’s the book I sought,” Brutus says. “I put it in the pocket of my gown.” He’s talking to his servant Lucius in a scene near the end of Act IV of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. “Let me see, let me see, is not the leaf turn’d down where I left reading? Here it is, I think.” more

University orchestras frequently sponsor student concerto competitions, with resulting performances of single movements of a winning concerto or a standard work from the Baroque or Classical periods. Not the Princeton University Orchestra — the 2017 Concerto Competition winners presented this past weekend played some of the most difficult music in the concerto repertory. Hornist Nivanthi Karunaratne and pianists Kevin Chien and Seho Young chose complete and substantial works from the 19th and 20th centuries for their performance with the University orchestra. Led by conductor Michael Pratt in a performance last Friday night at Richardson Auditorium (the performance was repeated Saturday night), these remarkable soloists demonstrated performance abilities and composure way beyond their years.  more

“Library Live at Labyrinth” will feature Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord in a conversation about their book At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present (Princeton Univ. Press ($29.95). The event will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. more

At age 32, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will perform on McCarter’s Berlind stage on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. His McCarter program will include a mixture of old and new, including works by Cowell, Kalabis, Bach and  Scarlatti. Single tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. For further information, visit Credit: Bernhard Musil/Deutsche Grammophon)

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“Land is the only thing in the world that amounts to anything, Scarlet, for it’s the only thing in the world that lasts.”

Gerald O’Hara’s statement to his daughter Scarlet about their plantation Tara in Gone With the Wind still resonates today. more

BANJO DUO: On Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30pm at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, 16-time Grammy award-winner Béla Fleck will collaborate with singer, fellow banjoist and wife, Abigail Washburn, to present vernacular music of Appalachia. This special event hosted by Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) spans the genres of bluegrass, jazz, African and Asian styles. The duo will bring highlights from the their recent album, which won Best Folk Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Tickets are only $40 ($15 for students), available at, and by calling (609) 258-9220. (Photo Credit: Jim McGuire)

16-time Grammy award-winner Béla Fleck will collaborate with singer, fellow banjoist and wife, Abigail Washburn, to present vernacular music of Appalachia at Richardson Auditorium on Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. more

UP FOR THE IRISH: Members of the Princeton University men’s basketball team, from left, Hans Brase, Pete Miller, Steve Cook, and Spencer Weisz, let out a yelp at a gathering at Triumph Brewing Company last Sunday evening after learning that they will be facing Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeated Yale 71-59 earlier in the day in the finals of the inaugural Ivy League tournament in improving to 23-6 and posting their 19th straight victory. Princeton earned a No. 12 seed in the West Regional of the NCAA tourney and will head to Buffalo, N.Y. to face the fifth-seeded Fighting Irish (25-8) on March 16 at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It was a nightmare scenario coming to life for the Princeton University men’s basketball team.

After producing a dream season that saw the Tigers go 14-0 in Ivy League regular season play, Princeton found itself trailing host Penn last Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the league’s inaugural postseason tournament. more

CRUNCH TIME: Princeton University men’s hockey player David Hallisey, right, takes a hit in recent action. Last Saturday, junior forward Hallisey had a goal and an assist in a losing cause as seventh-seeded Princeton lost 4-3 in overtime to second-seeded and No. 6 Union 4-3 to fall 2-0 in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series. The Tigers ended the season at 15-16-3, a marked turnaround for a program that went a combined 15-72-6 in the past three seasons, including 5-23-3 in 2015-16. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

It ended up being a microcosm of a turnaround season for the Princeton University men’s hockey team as it played at Union last weekend in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals.

With seventh-seeded Princeton having lost 4-1 in the first game of the best-of-three series against second-seeded and No. 6 Union on Friday, the Tigers found themselves trailing 2-0 to the powerful Dutchmen entering the second period a night later. more

Tristan Gooley will be at Labyrinth Books on Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. to talk about his book, How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea (The Experiment $19.95).

According to The Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Gooley misses little in his paean to Earth’s most abundant resource … He starts small, at a mud puddle watching ripples fan out from a pebble drop, and ends big, in the frigid reaches of the Arctic Sea. Along the way he asks and answers many questions. If you like water, as I do, you will learn a lot.”

In his books The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs and The Natural Navigator, Tristan Gooley helped readers reconnect with nature by finding direction from the trees, stars, clouds, and more. Now, he shares hundreds of techniques in How to Read Water. Readers will: find north using puddles; forecast the weather from waves; decode the colors of ponds; spot dangerous water in the dark; and decipher wave patterns on beaches. more

March 8, 2017

Members of the Princeton University men’s basketball team enjoy the moment after cutting down the net at Jadwin Gym last Saturday in celebration of beating Dartmouth 85-48 to finish the regular season at 21-6 overall and 14-0 Ivy League. It marked the program’s first perfect Ivy campaign since the 1997-98 season. The Tigers are next in action when they compete in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament this weekend at the Palestra in Philadelphia. See page 27 for more details on the team’s victory. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The N.J. Acting Commissioner of Education on March 1 approved Princeton Charter School’s (PCS) proposal to expand its enrollment by 76 additional students, but the conflict that has raged in Princeton over the past three months since PCS submitted its application is not over.

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) announced yesterday that it will be filing an appeal of the decision with the Appellate Division of the Superior Court, and the Board will also file a request with the Acting Commissioner Kimberley Harrington to stay her decision. more

A decision has yet to be announced on whether Rider University will sell the Princeton campus of Westminster Choir College, which Rider has owned since 1992. As negotiations continue, efforts to save the 85-year-old musical academy on Walnut Lane have intensified. more