August 10, 2016

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EPIC TALES FROM INDIA: In this artwork from the Princeton University Art Museum’s new exhibit, the demon Dhumraksha leads his army to attack Hanuman, ca. 1705, Kulu, India. (San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. Princeton University Art Museum.)

One of the most significant collections of South Asian painting outside of India will be on view in an exhibition of narrative art at the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM). Encompassing more than 90 paintings representing the major narratives, regions and styles of South Asian art from the 16th through the 19th century, Epic Tales from India: Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art will be on view from November 19, 2016 through February 5, 2017.  more

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INSECT FRIENDS: Princeton Academy first grade boys studied insects in their class, and then created their own inventive critters out of snippets of paper. Pictured here is a colorful Stag Beetle by Jack Dowling.

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Olivia Rainbow Gallery presents Our Insect Friends, a paper-collage artwork by Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart first-graders, through September 8.  more

August 7, 2016

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HEADING BACK: Former Princeton University field hockey star Julia Reinprecht chases down a ball in action for the U.S. national team. Standout defender Reinprecht, a 2014 Princeton grad, has overcome a serious head injury suffered in her final college game to make the U.S. squad for the upcoming 2016 Rio Summer Games. It is Reinprecht’s second trip to the Olympics as she played in the 2012 London Summer Games. Reinprecht’s older sister, Katie, a star midfielder and fellow Princeton standout, will be joining her on the U.S. squad along with another former Tiger, Kat Sharkey. (Photo by Mark Palczewski, Courtesy of USA Field Hockey)

Julia Reinprecht’s heady play and stick skills have made her one of the top defenders in U.S. field hockey. more

August 3, 2016

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Saturday’s flood created the illusion of an upside-down world in the lobby of the library. (Photo Courtesy of the Princeton Public Library) 

The afternoon rain storm that soaked the Princeton area last Saturday paralyzed traffic and closed roads in several areas of town. But by Tuesday, most everything was back to normal.

More than seven inches of hard-driving rain flooded Hinds Plaza and sent water rushing into the Community Room of Princeton Public Library, raised water to unprecedented levels at Princeton Junction train station in West Windsor, and flooded Princeton High School’s boiler room and the orchestra pit in its performing arts center.  more

About two hundred Princeton community members gathered last Wednesday night for a forum sponsored by the town, the school district, and the religious community in response to recent police shootings of black men and sniper attacks on police.  more

Concerned about trees being removed when houses are torn down to make way for new construction, Princeton Council introduced an ordinance July 29 that would change the rules about cutting down trees that are under municipal protection. more

Hank Siegel, president and CEO of Hamilton Jewelers, was among three people in the jewelry industry to be honored by the American Gem Society (AGS) on July 26. Mr. Siegel received The AGS Triple Zero® Award. more

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FROM URBAN BLIGHT TO FARM: Planting is ongoing at Trenton’s Capital City Farm, a joint effort of several non-profit groups that has turned a trash-strewn lot into a verdant space designed to provide fresh produce and more to the local community and beyond.

For years, the two-acre lot next to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) was an eyesore filled with weeds, trash, and debris. But thanks to the efforts of several non-profit groups including Princeton’s D&R Greenway, the sprawling lot is now home to wildflowers, berry bushes, beekeeping, raised vegetable beds, and a farm stand. more

Five Princeton residents will be competing for three open seats in Princeton School Board elections on November 8.

Ravi Bala of Valley Road, Deborah “Debbie” Bronfeld of Dodds Lane, William D. Hare of Jefferson Road, John Alexander Martin of Hun Road, and Gregory M. Stankiewicz of Jefferson Road filed necessary papers last week and will be seeking to replace outgoing board members Molly Chrein, Tom Hagedorn, and Andrea Spalla, whose terms expire at the end of the year. Ms. Spalla is currently serving as Board president.  more

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes on July 8 announced that his administration will open up a new round of matching grants for the Mercer at Play program, which encourages municipalities to provide active recreation areas for kids. more

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: “Being part of the community will always be the driving force of what we do at Terhune’s, welcoming people to the farm and being engaged with them and the community.” Pam Mount, owner with her husband Gary, of Terhune Orchards, has always been active in the community, serving on Lawrence Township Council and as Mayor, and she continues to be engaged in the important issues of the day. She is shown next to one of her own paintings.

“I have worked at the White House and met leaders around the world, and Pam is the real thing! She is at the top of my list as a genuine world class hero.” more

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CONVENTION CELEBRATIONS: This was the view for Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week, as Hillary Clinton was officially nominated for president and much of the dissension from earlier in the week subsided. (Photo Courtesy of Brian Hughes)

This election year, America and the world have had ample opportunity to observe democracy in action, like it or not — most recently at the Republican and Democratic Conventions. more

book rev

Just as hate knows love’s the cure

—Stevie Wonder

For psychiatrists treating patients fearful that Donald Trump might win, the most potent remedy for Trump Anxiety Disorder is absolutely natural, over the counter, no synthetics, no suspect chemicals, just stature and beauty, strength and charm, sweetness and light in the form of Michelle Obama. When she walked onstage in that bold blue dress smiling and waving, it was possible to believe that whichever side this woman was on had nothing to fear from T.A.D. more

Adults and youngsters aged 12 and up are invited to join hundreds of bicyclists expected to participate in a six-mile, late-night ride through the open meadows and dark woods lit by a full moon on Sunday, August 21. The third annual Full Moon Bike Ride will be held at Mercer Meadows. more

D&R Greenway Land Trust will hold its Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Party on Thursday, August 11 at 11:30 p.m. at St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell Township. The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs every year in mid-July and early August when the Earth passes through the stream of debris called the “Perseid Cloud,” which consists of particles ejected by the comet Swift-Tuttle. more

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Deborah Smith, the founder of JerseyBites.com, will be talking about the recipes and restaurants featured in “The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond” (Penguin Random House $22.95) on Thursday, August 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Princeton Public Library, the event will be held on Hinds Plaza, weather permitting, or in the Community Room. Illustrated with photographs by Thomas Robert Clarke, the book features 50 recipes contributed by shore town restaurants, bakeries, and markets. Waypoint 622’s Watermelon Salad will be prepared and sampled.

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“AUTUMN GLORY AT PHILLIPS’ MILL”: The Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition, a juried art show in the Delaware Valley since 1929, has announced that Princeton artist Charles McVicker has been chosen as this year’s featured artist for the show. This painting by fellow artist John C. Mertz is among the impressive artworks in the exhibition that runs from September 24 to October 29 in New Hope, Pa. more

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“YOUNG HARE”: This photograph of a Krishna Devotee taken by Joseph DeFay will be on display at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville beginning September 8.

Artists’ Gallery presents “Enchantment,” an exhibition featuring the oil paintings of Maxine Shore and the photographs of Joseph DeFay. The show runs from Thursday, September 8 through Sunday, October 2, 2016. A reception with the artists will be held at the gallery at 8 Bridge Street in Lambertville from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016. more

The Princeton University Summer Concerts series has thrived on presenting instrumental chamber ensembles and, to close this summer’s season, added to its offerings by bringing a refined and polished vocal ensemble to Princeton. The German vocal quintet Calmus performed a program based on the works of William Shakespeare last Wednesday night at Richardson Auditorium to one of the best houses the series has seen this summer.  more

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The Board of Trustees of McCarter Theatre Center recently welcomed Leslie Vought Kuenne as its new president. Ms. Kuenne, who lives in Princeton, has been a McCarter trustee since the 2012-13 season. She has served on the boards of the Arts Council of Princeton and Stony Brook Garden Club. Brian McDonald, right, was board president since 2012 and will remain as the immediate past president.

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Princeton Summer Theater closes its 47th season with Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” which opens on Thursday, August 4 and runs through Sunday, August 14. Winner of multiple Obie Awards, the play unfolds in a motel room in the Mojave Desert where two lovers (pictured: Olivia Nice and Matthew Seely) unravel their tangled relationship. A dark exploration into love and family, “Fool for Love” shows us how our pasts surely come back to haunt us. Performances are at the Hamilton Murray Theater located on Princeton University’s campus. To order tickets, call the PST Box Office at (732) 997-0205. (Photo by: Ogemdi Ude) 

Theater Adams 8-3-16

On Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m., the actor Peyton Dixon will portray the Honorable James Adams as he reminisces on his life in Congress, role in the Treaty of Paris, time as vice president, and relationship with George Washington. The program will take place at Rockingham’s historic Dutch Barn, located at 84 Laurel Avenue/Kingston-Rocky Hill Road in Franklin Township, one mile north of Route 27 in Kingston. Dixon is an actor-historian with over 15 years of experience portraying John Adams. The performance is free, but advance reservations are required by calling (609) 683-7132. To learn more, visit www.rockingham.net

July 27, 2016

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Two pool pals enjoying the place to be during the recent heat wave. Community Night Out will be held at the Community Park Pool on Tuesday, August 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Princeton HealthCare System’s newly announced partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Health System could lead, eventually, to an expansion of the four-year-old campus on Route 1 in Plainsboro. But for now, the focus of the shared future is on things like ambulatory care and expanded clinical capabilities. more