January 27, 2016


MR. BIG SHOT: Hun School boys’ basketball player Austin -Harriott puts up a shot over a Lawrenceville player last week. Senior forward Harriott hit a three-pointer at the end of first overtime in the January 19 contest to help spark Hun to a thrilling 68-66 win over the Big Red in double overtime. The Raiders, who improved to 7-7 with the triumph, play at Peddie on January 27 and at the Solebury School (Pa.) on January 30 before facing St. Anthony High on January 31 at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River for the Mater Dei/Valerie Fund Basketball Challenge Showcase. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The fate of the Hun School boys’ basketball team was in the hands of Austin Harriott as it trailed visiting Lawrenceville by three points in the waning seconds of overtime last week. more

January 25, 2016


NEXT STOP MANHATTAN: Retiring Princeton Public Library Director Leslie Burger with husband Alan in the library’s Community Room Sunday, where 150 people paid their respects to “a visionary and an image breaker” who “always had our back.” The couple will be moving from West Windsor to Manhattan. (Photo by Vic Garber)

Friends, colleagues, local politicians and longtime associates of departing Princeton Public Library director Leslie Burger gathered at the library Sunday to say bon voyage and recognize her contributions to the institution and the community. Retiring after 16 years, Ms. Burger is credited with shepherding the renovation and expansion of the library and turning it into “the community’s living room,” as she liked to say. more

January 22, 2016

Palmer Sq Snow

With a significant snowstorm predicted for this weekend, residents are urged to take precautions for the snow, freezing rain and high winds that are possible. PSE&G has announced it has extra personnel and equipment at the ready, but there are certain measures homeowners can take to be ready in case of power outages and other problems. more

January 20, 2016

About 90 people attended a session sponsored by Princeton Human Services, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), and Unidad Latina en Accion NJ (ULA) at St. Paul Catholic Church on Nassau Street last Thursday night. Seeking information and advice in the wake of recent immigration raids throughout the country, the mix of families and single men attending the meeting were primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants from Latin America.

Through questions and answers and an interactive presentation, mostly in Spanish, participants acquired information about their rights, dos and don’ts, what to do during an ICE (US Immigration Customs Enforcement) raid, the importance of competent legal counseling, and what organizations can help.  more


For this month’s Princeton Insider, we are celebrating the act of getting outside and being physical in spite of the winter weather. There are so many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in Princeton, be it at the D&R Canal or the grounds of Battlefield State Park. Here, we have hand selected our top picks for looking stylish (and feeling great) all winter long. Simply click on each product image to purchase! more

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week notified the Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) that, after additional inspections, they still found no wetlands on the site where the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) intends to build faculty housing and no need for IAS to acquire further permits.

At a December 21 State Senate Hearing, which resulted in a letter from three members of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee requesting that the DEP issue a stay on the Institute’s construction project, and a follow-up meeting on January 4 with DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, the Battlefield Society questioned the accuracy of the DEP’s Letter of Interpretation (LOI), which stated that there were no wetlands on the site, and claimed that the Institute was dumping debris and preparing to build in freshwater wetlands. more

145 lb. bout Miers picking up near-fall points on his Nottingham opponent.

LIONHEARTED: Star wrestler Thomas Miers controls a foe in a bout last winter during his senior season with Princeton High. Miers is currently competing at the college level for Columbia. He has posted a 1-2 record so far in his freshman campaign for the Lions. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

When Tom Brady was a rookie backup quarterback for New England in 2000, he viewed each practice like a game, competing as hard as he could every day, even in walk-through drills. more


IN WITH THE NEW: What was once a gas station in Princeton Shopping Center is about to become Nomad Pizza, one of several casual eateries opening in and around town this spring.

Hungry? Depending on what you are craving, the new crop of casual restaurants set to open in Princeton in the coming months might just hit the spot. Styles and flavors run the gamut from middle eastern cuisine with belly dancing to Asian food with bubble tea.

“We’re very excited,” said Tracey Branson, who owns Marhaba, a middle eastern style eatery that will go into the former Cheeburger Cheeburger spot at 182 Nassau Street. A fixture in Lambertville for nearly seven years, Marhaba, which means “hello” and “welcome” in Arabic, is targeting late February or March for an opening date. more


MARSHALLING HIS RESOURCES: Lior Levy dribbles the ball in recent action during his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team. Levy, a former Princeton High standout, is averaging 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds a game off the bench for the 17th-ranked Diplomats, who are off to a 13-2 start. (Photo Courtesy of F&M Athletic Communications)

Heading into his junior season with the Franklin & Marshall men’s basketball team, Lior Levy decided to put his nose to the grindstone. more

Tickets are going on sale for the YWCA’s 2016 Tribute to Women Awards. Ten women will be inducted into the YWCA’s list of honorees who embody its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Over 300 women have been honored by YWCA Princeton through this award program over the last four decades. The 33rd annual award ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

This year’s honorees come from a mix of backgrounds and experiences. The Fannie E. Floyd Racial Justice Award goes to Cecelia B. Hodges, while the Waxwood Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Doodie Meyer. more

all in a days work

PARKING ENFORCEMENT FROM A TO Z: Greg Glassen is one of three Princeton meter officers, but he does a lot more than just give out parking tickets in his multiple roles with the Princeton Police Department.

Ever have trouble parking in downtown Princeton? You might have seen Greg Glassen around town in his role as parking enforcement officer or perhaps keeping the traffic moving and the kids crossing safely at the morning school crossings. Or maybe at Communiversity, or a parade, or a storm emergency, or any one of many other events and special occasions where he helps out his Princeton Police Department colleagues. Greg, age 55, retired from the West Windsor Police Department in 2009 after 21 years, joined Princeton Parking Enforcement temporarily in 2010, then in 2012 took on his current full-time position as one of three meter officers in town. He loves the job, enjoys the camaraderie with his PD colleagues and enjoys meeting all kinds of people in the course of a day’s work. “He’s outgoing,” says his boss, Sgt. Steven Riccitello. “He’s high-energy. He’s got a great personality, gets along with everybody. He’s an asset to the Police Department with his experience. He wears a lot of hats.” Recently married, Greg lives with his wife and seven-month-old daughter. Here, in his own words, Greg talks about the life of a parking enforcement officer. more

Cherry Grove Farm on Route 206, Lawrenceville, is offering three courses this spring on making cheese.

First is Ricotta Lunch, an introduction to cheese-making. Ricotta is the easiest cheese to make at home. Participants will create a lasagna lunch with a sweet ricotta dessert using the cheese made in class, and will take home materials and recipes to use at home. The classes are February 13, March 12, and April 10 at 11 a.m. The cost is $70. more

Art Topic 1

This photograph by princeton photography club member Jay Brandinger will be displayed in the gallery exhibition titled “Americana: A Photographic Journey of the Country, Its People, and Its Culture” that will run from January 29 — February 21, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Center for Photography in Doylestown, Pa. There will be an opening reception January 29, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

record revIf someone in the strange sad days since January 10 were to ask what David Bowie means to me, I’d say two words, Hunky Dory. From all that I’ve read online since the ongoing event of his death, I’m not alone in thinking Bowie’s fourth LP is his best, not an album so much as the creation of a mood, a state of mind my wife and I associate with the best, brightest moments of the 1970s. We lived in the music much as we lived in our consciousness of England and our two years in Bristol, the city we came to know and love. The songs from that haunting, stirring, and most companionable of records evoke the country of Shakespeare and Chaplin, of Hampstead Heath and Kate Bush’s “old river poet” the Thames. Much more than a none-too-sturdy piece of black vinyl, Hunky Dory was a very special, pleasant place to be for a father, mother, and the child who was born five years after its 1971 release and who, on hearing the news of the death of his “biggest hero” four decades later, said “It’s like losing a member of the family.”

While the tracks we found most fascinating and challenging were “Life on Mars,” “Oh You Pretty Things,” “Quicksand,” and “The Bewley Brothers,” the song that we felt closest to as a family (we and no doubt thousands if not millions of other families) was “Kooks,” which may be the most charming thing Bowie ever wrote.  more

Photograph © T. Charles Erickson

HUMOR AND HUMANITY: (L to R) Lymon (David Pegram), Wining Boy (Cleavant Derricks), Doaker (John Earl Jelks), and Boy Willie (Stephen Tyrone Williams) share stories and memories of the past in McCarter Theatre’s production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Piano Lesson” at McCarter’s Berlind Theatre through February 7. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Twenty-eight years after its original creation, 90 years distant from its Depression-era setting in the Pittsburgh Hill District, August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson (1987) speaks powerfully, lyrically, and eloquently of an African-American family in conflict and of their past, which they must confront, embrace, and overcome in order to move forward. more



ANNUAL HOMECOMING CONCERT: The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will present its annual homecoming concert titled “Angel Band” on Monday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To reserve tickets in advance, call (609) 258-9220 or visit www.princeton.edu/utickets.

The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will conclude its 2016 tour of the Eastern United States with its annual homecoming concert on Monday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To order tickets call (609) 258-9220 or visit www.princeton.edu/utickets. more

boy's 100 fly

ON THE FLY: Princeton High boys’ swimmer Stephen Kratzer heads to victory in the 100 butterfly in a win over Hamilton earlier this month. Senior star and co-captain Kratzer has starred in the sprinting events this winter for PHS as it has posted a 6-4 record. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Although the Princeton High boys’ swimming team got off to a rough start this season, losing three of its first five meets, Stephen Kratzer believed that experiencing those setbacks toughened up the squad.  more

January 13, 2016


A mid-point perspective on the evolution of Princeton University’s Arts and Transit Project. The buildings are designed by architect Steven Holl. The full project is expected to open in the fall of 2017. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

As the Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) set forth its latest plan to halt the Institute for Advanced Study’s (IAS) faculty housing project last week, the Institute, claiming that “our right to build is not in doubt,” announced that it has received all necessary permits and addressed all reasonable concerns and that the project “is essential if [the Institute] is to be able to sustain its mission for future generations of scholars.”

PBS last Thursday filed notice to sue IAS and its partnering construction and engineering firms in federal court under the Clean Water Act, unless, within 60 days, federal (Environmental Protection Agency) or state (Department of Environmental Protection) authorities stop the 15-unit housing project.  more

In response to recent U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids across the nation, an information session will take place in the Community Room at St. Paul’s Church at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Sponsored by Princeton Human Services, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), and Unidad Latina en Accion NJ (ULA), the workshop will cover the following topics: who is at risk of being deported? what to do during a raid? your rights in this country, and organizations that can assist you in the event of a raid.

An immigration lawyer will be present to answer general questions, and Human Services will provide additional helpful information and resources to residents who may be fearful about how to respond if ICE agents come to their home. For example, ICE agents must show a court order signed by a judge to enter someone’s home. Otherwise the resident is not obligated to open the door.  more

See below for the January 13, 2016 Princeton Council Meeting.

Town Topics Newspaper will be posting videos of all future municipal meetings.

Aurora, Newtown, Fort Hood, Charleston, San Bernardino, and so many other place names resonate with the shock waves of gun violence in America.

“We are the only advanced country on earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency,” President Barack Obama stated last week from his podium in the East Room of the White House. “It doesn’t happen in other countries. It’s not even close.”

As Mr. Obama pressed new executive actions to reduce gun violence, and presidential candidates debated gun control issues, Princeton Council member Heather Howard, director of the State Health Assistance Network and lecturer in public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, saw the epidemic of gun violence as a public health issue, with the “need for a multifaceted response.” more


A COMMUNITY RESOURCE: The late-18th-century house at the Updike Farmstead, now the permanent home of the Historical Society of Princeton, is a scenic location for weddings as well as a repository for the area’s history. The HSP has reopened after consolidating its operations at the six-acre site.

Twelve years ago, the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) purchased the six-acre Updike Farmstead, a bucolic spread that extends behind a late-18th-century white farmhouse on Quaker Road. The HSP’s main headquarters had been at Bainbridge House, on Nassau Street, since 1967. But once the purchase of the Updike Farmstead was completed, a plan was developed to make the more rural setting the HSP’s permanent location. more


COMEBACK KIDS: Princeton University men’s basketball player Spencer Weisz guards a foe in a game earlier this season. Last Saturday at Penn, junior forward Weisz scored 10 points and had three rebounds to help Princeton rally from a late 11-point deficit to pull out a 73-71 overtime win against the Quakers at the Palestra in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Tigers, now 10-4 overall and 1-0 Ivy, are on exam break and will next be in action when they host Division III foe Bryn Athyn on January 24. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

The photo of Mitch Henderson leaping for joy after he helped the Princeton University men’s basketball team stun defending national champion UCLA in the first round of the 1996 NCAA tournament is one of the iconic images in program history. more

Princeton Council voted at its Monday, January 11 meeting to introduce a bond ordinance that would allow the acquisition of a 20.4-acre parcel of vacant land between Mt. Lucas Road and Route 206. The purchase, which Mayor Liz Lempert called “a very important environmental piece,” would be financed by a $4.4 million deal that would be mostly paid for by Mercer County, the Friends of Princeton Open Space, and the Williams/Transco company.

The parcel, which is owned by Princeton Land Development, would add to the size of the Princeton Ridge Preserve. Mercer County would provide a $2.2 million grant for the purchase. Friends of Princeton Open Space would give $100,000, Williams/Transco would pay $153,000, and New Jersey’s Green Acres grant program would cover the rest. “We’re hoping to purchase it with little or no municipal funding,” the town’s administrator Marc Dashield said. more