March 23, 2016

At a gathering of the Princeton Community Democratic Club on Sunday evening, members voted on which candidates to endorse for two open seats on Princeton Council. But none of the four hopefuls С Anne Neumann, Leticia Fraga, Tim Quinn, or incumbent Jenny Crumiller С were able to win the 60 percent of the votes needed for an official endorsement, even after a runoff vote.

Ms. Crumiller, Mr. Quinn, and Ms. Neumann were able to secure the support of the PCDO, but not a full endorsement. Ms. Fraga did not win the 40 percent needed for that designation. The local Democratic municipal committee was scheduled to vote on the candidates at a meeting Tuesday night, March 22. more

Brett Harner 184 lb bout

GARDEN PARTY: Princeton University wrestler Brett Harner, top, controls a foe. Last weekend at the NCAA Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York City, junior star Harner came up big, placing in the top 8 at 197 pounds to earn All-American status. He became the first Tiger to achieve that honor since Greg Parker did so in 2003. Earlier this month, he won the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) title at 197, becoming the first Tiger to win an an Eastern crown since Parker in 2003. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

In the Princeton University wrestling room in Jadwin Gym at the E level four floors below the ground, there is a wall containing the names of program standouts who have won the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIAW) title or achieved All-American status.

There hasn’t been an entry on the board since Greg Parker achieved both feats in 2003 but in the last few weeks, junior star Brett Harner has risen up to add two new lines. more

Pure Barre

The ribbon was cut March 18 to mark the opening of Pure Barre, at 31 Hulfish Street above Mediterra restaurant. The fitness technique uses small isometric movements in a 55-minute full body workout, and is offering a new member special of $100 for four weeks. Jeff Quinton, co-owner; David Newton, vice president of Palmer Square Management; Jacqui Arce-Quinton, co-owner; Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert; John Marshall, president of Princeton Merchants Association; and Megan Arce, instructor were on hand to cut the ribbon. Visit for class schedule and to register.

On Saturday, April 2 at 10:15 a.m., a march to benefit Syrian refugees will take place starting and ending in Palmer Square. The event is a collaboration of The Princeton University Clay Project, Princeton Refugee Project, Center for Jewish Life, Pace Center for Civic Engagement, and Nassau Presbyterian Church. more

Registration is open for the annual Princeton Lecture Series sponsored by Eden Autism, scheduled for April 15 and 16 at two locations.

On April 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a pre-conference symposium will be held at Munich RE Conference Center, 665 College Road East. Aubyn Stahmer, of UC Davis MIND Institute, will present “Methods for Implementing Naturalistic Behavioral Interventions in the Classroom.”  more


U.S. Senator Cory Booker will be at Labyrinth Books in conversation with Princeton University Professor of Religion and African American Studies Eddie Glaude on Monday, March 28 at 6 p.m. The program will be introduced by Alan Krueger, who served as chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and as a member of his Cabinet from November 2011 to August 2013. more


Novelist, story writer, and essayist A.M. Homes, a lecturer in creative writing in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, has received Guild Hall’s 31st Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Arts. The awards ceremony was held at The Rainbow Room in New York City on March 8; the award was presented by singer, songwriter, and author Rosanne Cash. (Photo by Marion Ettinger)

Art Bird

“TWIST AND SHOUT”: This watercolor of a black and white warbler by Beatrice Bork exemplifies her award-winning bird art. Bork and fellow nature artist Michael Schweigart will be displaying their work at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville as part of the “Wild in Detail” exhibit from April 7 through May 1.

Beatrice Bork and Michael Schweigart celebrate nature in their joint exhibit at Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville entitled “Wild in Detail.” Their artwork will be on display from April 7 to May 1 with an opening reception Saturday, April 9 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. more

Art Tawa

This painting by Bill Hogan is part of “The TAWA Invitational Art Exhibition” that will be held at RWJ Hamilton’s Lakefront Gallery from April 6 through June 24. The exhibition features the work of local artists like Hogan, a resident of Bucks County, Pa., who is known for his large canvases that explore color, shape, lines, and textures.

NTU Estir

PEACE OF MIND: “My job is to interpret your situation, assist you in getting proper coverage, and find the best company to serve you. We offer you peace of mind.” Esther Tanez, CPIA is founder and owner of ESTIR Inc.

Esther Tanez, CPIA (Certified Professional Insurance Agent) is a high achiever, a person who has succeeded in her chosen profession and also continues to look for new ways to help people. Whether guiding them in their search for appropriate insurance for their needs, helping with taxes and bookkeeping, or encouraging them in establishing new businesses, she is ready to assist customers to find the best outcome for their specific situation. more

March 21, 2016


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March 16, 2016

The news, of course, is the foundation of any newspaper. Right alongside, however, are the advertisers, who support and contribute to the success of the publication.

As Town Topics marks its 70th anniversary, it has been fortunate to count upon many loyal advertisers over the years. They differ widely in merchandise and type of services; what they share is a commitment to quality products, customer consideration, and support of this newspaper over many years.

Many are family businesses, which have been passed down through the generations. All have remained competitive in changing times and tastes, while retaining the individual qualities that make them unique. And, above all, they have stood the test of time. more


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Pi Day

The 2016 Pi Day Einstein Lookalike Contest was, as always, a highlight of Princeton’s annual celebration of all things Einstein. At the Nassau Inn this past Saturday, 3-14, a standing-room-only crowd cheered on impersonators of all ages as they marked the famous scientist’s birthday by dressing up as his likeness. The winner, nine-year-old Andrew Marucci, decided to shop local, taking his winnings (a check for $314, of course) across the street to Jazam’s where he quickly spent every penny. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

The Princeton Packet, in a transaction expected to close on April 1, will become part of Pennsylvania-based Broad Street Media, which will own and operate the newspapers and digital websites of the Packet Media Group.

James B. Kilgore, who has lived in Princeton for most of his life, will remain publisher of the new company’s titles and will retain a seat on the board. Mr. Kilgore joined Packet Media Group in 1976 and has served as president and publisher since 1980. Packet Media’s general manager and marketing director Michele Nesbihal will also keep her current position. more


TIRELESS ADVOCATE: Television anchor/reporter Tamron Hall, who has been working to end domestic violence, is being honored by Womanspace in May for her efforts both on and off camera. She will accept the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award at the organization’s annual gala at the Westin Princeton.

The devastation of domestic violence is all too familiar to Tamron Hall. It has haunted the TODAY show co-host and MSNBC anchor since 2004, when Hall’s sister, Renate, was murdered by her partner. He was never charged with the crime. more

Seeking again to stop construction on an Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) faculty housing project, the Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) took its long fight to federal court last Thursday, filing a complaint under the Clean Water Act against IAS, its contractor, and its engineers.

The Battlefield Society claims that the proposed IAS construction infringes on unprotected wetlands, though the state Department of Environmental Protection stated in late January that they have found no evidence of that.  more

Residents of the neighborhood near the 33-acre Butler Tract want Princeton Council to reconsider rezoning the nearly demolished site from educational to residential. A group of homeowners spoke at the meeting of the governing body on Monday to express their concerns about the future of the property, which for several decades served as housing for Princeton University graduate students and their families.

Demolition of the barracks-like buildings on the tract has been underway since December. Because the property is currently zoned E-1, for educational purposes, it could conceivably be used for new school buildings. While the University has indicated that the site will most likely be used for housing, neighborhood residents want to make that official by having the zoning changed. more


MARCH GLADNESS: Princeton University women’s basketball player Alex Wheatley goes up for a hook shot last week against Penn. Senior star Wheatley scored 20 points but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 62-60 to the Quakers in a winner-take-all showdown for the Ivy League title on March 8. The Tigers, who moved to 23-5 overall and 12-2 Ivy with the loss, were able to put that setback behind them last Monday evening when they received a bid to the NCAA tournament. Becoming the first Ivy team to ever be an at-large selection to March Madness, the Tigers were seeded 11th in the Sioux Falls, S.D. region and will face sixth-seeded West Virginia (24-9 overall, 12-6 Big 12) on March 18 at Columbus, Ohio in an opening round contest. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Last March, a 30-0 Princeton University women’s basketball team seemed to get a raw deal when it was seeded eighth in the NCAA tournament and put on a collision course for a second round clash with top-seeded Maryland in its home arena. more

book revHere’s a trivia question from left field: what do Allen Ginsberg, Philip Roth, C.K. Williams, Stephen Crane, Paul Simon, Sarah Vaughan, Chris Christie, Jerry Lewis, and Percy Shelley’s grandfather have in common? 

Answer: they were all born in Newark.

So was Leslie Fiedler, author of the landmark study Love and Death in the American Novel. In his essay, “Whatever Happened to Jerry Lewis?” from Murray Pomerance’s anthology Enfant Terrible! Jerry Lewis in American Film (NYU Press), Fielder recalls once working in a shoe store side by side with “a crew of losers,” one of whom was Danny Levitch, who happened to be Jerry (Levitch) Lewis’s father. Fiedler recalls that although Levitch was constantly boasting about his “rosy prospects in the theater,” he always seemed to end up working as an extra salesman. Fiedler thinks that the father’s habitual failure “must have haunted Jerry and fueled in him a relentless desire to succeed.”

In 1945, Jerry Lewis, who turns 90 today, was 19, living in Newark with “a very pregnant wife” and earning $135 on “a good week” in various Manhattan night clubs; his act was to make funny faces while lip-synching along with photograph records.  more

978-0-8223-6035-3_prEben Kirksey, Joao Biehl, and Bill Gleason will be discussing Mr. Kirksey’s book Emergent Ecologies(Duke $25.95) at Labyrinth Books on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. Emergent Ecologies uses artwork and contemporary philosophy to illustrate opportunities and reframe problems in conservation biology such as invasive species, extinction, environmental management, and reforestation. Following the flight of capital and nomadic forms of life — through fragmented landscapes of Panama, Costa Rica, and the United States — Mr. Kirksey explores how chance encounters, historical accidents, and parasitic invasions have shaped present and future multispecies communities. New generations of thinkers and tinkerers are learning how to care for emergent ecological assemblages — involving frogs, fungal pathogens, ants, monkeys, people, and plants — by seeding them, nurturing them, protecting them, and ultimately letting go.

According to Sarah Franklin, author of Biological Relatives: IVF, Stem Cells, and the Future of Kinship, “Emergent Ecologies is a great read. It is movingly written, methodologically innovative, and provides an intellectually rich account of an important and timely subject that will inspire, entertain, and challenge.” more


WOODROW WILSON EXHIBIT: On April 4 Princeton University will open an exhibit that examines the contested legacy of Woodrow Wilson. The exhibit will be held in the Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall. In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be a panel discussion on April 8 discussing Wilson’s life and career held in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The contested legacy of Woodrow Wilson forms the focus of a new exhibition and panel discussion at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  more

On March 28 at 6:30 p.m., more than 200 singers will gather on the Mayo Concert Hall stage at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) campus in Ewing. TCNJ students will perform alongside five high school choirs from Japan who all come from the region affected by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear disaster. The performance is part of Project Hand-in-hand, which aims to support the recovery of the Japan disaster by using music to support cultural exchange and communication. This will be the fourth time in five years that TCNJ has partnered with Project Hand-in-Hand.  more

girls 200 fly Madeleine Deardorff

HAPPY ENDING: Princeton High girls’ swimming star Madeleine Deardorff displays her butterfly form in a race last season. Senior star Deardorff ended her PHS career on a high note earlier this month, combining with classmate Brianna Romaine, junior Melinda Tang, and sophomore Abbey Berloco to win the 400 freestyle relay at the Meet of Champions. The quartet clocked a time of 3:28.60 in winning the event, just .28 seconds short of the meet record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though it was the last swim of her Princeton High career, Madeleine Deardorff didn’t let emotions get the best of her as she stood in the blocks for the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay final last month at the Meet of Champions. more

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 8.12.16 AMPrinceton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Executive Director Marc Uys returns to his musician roots when he performs live at the PSO’s Spring Chamber Concert Sunday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Uys, harpist Bridget Kibbey, and soprano Mary Mackenzie will perform works by composer and former Princeton University professor Edward T. Cone, IAS’s Artist-in-Residence Sebastian Currier, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Written nearly 50 years apart, Cone’s Duo for Violin and Harp and Currier’s Night Time are significant contributions to the repertoire, reflecting the influence of Béla Bartók’s compositional symmetry and rhythmic manipulation upon their individual styles. Also on the program is Saint-Saëns’ Violons dans le soir, based on the eponymous poem by Anna Elizabeth Mathieu.

Prior to joining the PSO, Uys was concertmaster of New York City-based Arcos Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. He collaborated with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod in the duo Clockwise, touring South Africa performing premieres of newly commissioned works by 10 South African composers. In 2007 he led performances of Philip Miller’s RewindA Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony, including its world premiere in Cape Town and U.S. premiere in New York.  more