August 12, 2015
REFLECTIONS ON SURVIVAL: Barbara Warren’s thought provoking image will be part of an exhibition by members of the Princeton Photography Club at Gallery 14 in Hopewell from August 14 through September 6. Titled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” the exhibition includes work that is a personal response to the emotional experiences of each photographer. There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show can be viewed Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sheila or Carl Geisler at (732) 422-3676 or visit: www.princetonphotoclub.org. For more on Gallery 14, visit: http://photogallery14.com.(Image Courtesy of the Artist).

REFLECTIONS ON SURVIVAL: Barbara Warren’s thought provoking image will be part of an exhibition by members of the Princeton Photography Club at Gallery 14 in Hopewell from August 14 through September 6. Titled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” the exhibition includes work that is a personal response to the emotional experiences of each photographer. There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show can be viewed Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sheila or Carl Geisler at (732) 422-3676 or visit: www.princetonphotoclub.org. (Image Courtesy of the Artist).

The Princeton Photography Club (PPC) presents an original photographic exhibit entitled “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” from August 14 through September 6. at Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street in Hopewell.

There will be an opening reception at the Gallery on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a “Meet the Photographers,” on Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. This opportunity to meet and talk with the photographers is a way to understand more about each person’s individual path to healing. For all of the exhibitors, “We Are More Than Our Diseases,” is a very personal show as is evidenced by the images on display.  more

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On the last day of his life, August 12, 1827, at 3 Fountain Court, off the Strand in London, William Blake, who was born in Soho in November 1757, stopped working and turned to Catherine, his wife of 45 years. “Stay, Kate!” he said, “keep just as you are — I’ll draw your portrait — for you’ve ever been an angel to me.” What followed that last drawing “has been told more than once in print,” and “can never be told without a sense of some strange and sweet meaning,” Swinburne writes, picturing “how, as Blake lay, with all the tides of his life setting towards the deep final sleep, he made and sang new fragments of verse,” which his wife heard as “songs of joy and triumph.” After telling her that they would never be parted, that he would be with her always, he died, says one witness, “in a most glorious manner.”

With the help of Peter Ackroyd’s definitive biography, Blake (Knopf 1995), it’s possible to visualize the scene that took place in the “plain, red-brick house of three stories” adjacent to the future site of opera impresario D’Oyly-Carte’s luxury hotel, the Savoy. The Blakes had moved into two rooms on the first floor in the spring of 1820.  more

DON’T LOOK BACK!: Orpheus (Brad Wilson) defies Hades’ warning not to look back, as his bride Eurydice (Caroline Hertz) follows him out of the Underworld, in Princeton Summer Theater’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” (2003), playing at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through August 16.

DON’T LOOK BACK!: Orpheus (Brad Wilson) defies Hades’ warning not to look back, as his bride Eurydice (Caroline Hertz) follows him out of the Underworld, in Princeton Summer Theater’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” (2003), playing at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus through August 16.

In Eurydice (2003), currently playing at Princeton Summer Theater, Sarah Ruhl takes an original slant on this familiar myth of the brilliant musician Orpheus, his bride Eurydice, who dies on their wedding day, and his journey to the Underworld to try to bring her back to life. Ms. Ruhl’s version presents quirky, contemporary characters, relates the story from Eurydice’s perspective and brings the relationship between Eurydice and her father, who does not appear in the original myth, to center stage. more

Congo Concert

Four-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson will appear in concert at The College of New Jersey on September 20 to benefit charities that are performing humanitarian work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The concert “Chanson pour le Congo III” will be held at the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing at 3 p.m. with doors opening at 2:15 p.m. The event is presented by TCNJ’s Women and Gender Studies Program, Women in Learning and Leadership, and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.  more

HEADING WEST: Julia DiTosto patrols the midfield in a game last fall during her senior season with the Princeton High field hockey team. Star midfielder DiTosto, an All-State and All-County standout for PHS, is currently hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

HEADING WEST: Julia DiTosto patrols the midfield in a game last fall during her senior season with the Princeton High field hockey team. Star midfielder DiTosto, an All-State and All-County standout for PHS, is currently hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Having played field hockey, ice hockey, and softball through middle school, Julia DiTosto narrowed her athletic focus when she entered Princeton High in 2011.

“I didn’t really take field hockey seriously until my freshman year of high school,” said DiTosto.

“I joined a club team and it really became a part of my life. I ended up spending every weekend playing. I joined the Impact club out of Drew University and was there as a freshman and a sophomore. In the fall of my junior year, I switched to the Princeton club.

DiTosto, a skilled 5’5 midfielder who impacts the game at both ends of the field, ended up becoming one of the top players in the area, earning All-County and All-State honors. She was named as the 2014 CVC Player of the Year and was also selected as the Midfielder of the Year.

This week, DiTosto is hitting the field for the Stanford University field hockey team as she starts preseason practices for her freshman campaign with the Cardinals.

Although DiTosto was initially leaning toward staying home, going to Princeton University and joining its field hockey program, she ultimately decided to head west for college. more

WILLPOWER: Nassau Swim Club Lemmings standout Will Kinney displays his breaststroke form. Kinney, who also stars for the Princeton High boys’ swim team, came up big for the Lemmings at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. He won the boys’ 18-and-under division 50 freestyle and finished second in both the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke as Nassau placed second of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the meet.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

WILLPOWER: Nassau Swim Club Lemmings standout Will Kinney displays his breaststroke form. Kinney, who also stars for the Princeton High boys’ swim team, came up big for the Lemmings at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. He won the boys’ 18-and-under division 50 freestyle and finished second in both the 50 backstroke and 50 breaststroke as Nassau placed second of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the meet. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

For the Nassau Swim Club, a blend of quantity and quality helped it enjoy a big performance at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet.

“We did really well,” said Nassau head coach Morgan Sawin, whose team took second out of five teams in the Division 2 standings at the PASDA meet. more

August 5, 2015

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It was peach heaven at Terhune Orchards over the weekend as families showed up for wagon rides, pedal tractors, live music, lots of children’s games, and tasting adventures provided by, among others, Princeton’s Agricola Eatery, Mediterra, and Jammin Crepes. A cross section of responses can be found in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

School Lunch

Food service workers in Princeton’s public schools have a new contract with the food management service hired by Princeton Public Schools to run its cafeterias. The cost of school lunches in Princeton’s public schools will be increased as a result. more

WORLD VIEW: Princeton University men’s basketball star Hans Brase poses in the uniform of the German second national team, for whom he has played the last two summers. Last month, rising senior forward Brase helped Germany earn a silver medal at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea. It was Germany’s highest-ever finish at the competition. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

WORLD VIEW: Princeton University men’s basketball star Hans Brase poses in the uniform of the German second national team, for whom he has played the last two summers. Last month, rising senior forward Brase helped Germany earn a silver medal at the World University Games in Gwangju City, South Korea. It was Germany’s highest-ever finish at the competition.
(Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Although Hans Brase was back for a second summer with the German second national team, he didn’t encounter a lot of familiar faces as the squad began training this June for the World University Games.

Arriving in Heidelberg for the training camp, Brase, a rising senior forward on the Princeton University men’s basketball team, quickly realized he was one of the few holdovers. more

PREX Customers: According to new owner Jon Lambert, the Princeton Record Exchange draws 600-700 customers a day, and twice that number on weekends. Here are two from a recent visit, Hun School graduate Ethan Hawke and his daughter. (Photo by Jeffrey Rushnak, Courtesy of Princeton Record Exchange)

PREX Customers: According to new owner Jon Lambert, the Princeton Record Exchange draws 600-700 customers a day, and twice that number on weekends. Here are two from a recent visit, Hun School graduate Ethan Hawke and his daughter. (Photo by Jeffrey Rushnak, Courtesy of Princeton Record Exchange)

The legend known as the Princeton Record Exchange (Prex) originated in April 1977 in the U-Store parking lot on University Place on the same block as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first residence. “I used to find students and offer them an album or two to help unload a van full of heavy orange crates ofКrecords,” Barry Weisfeld told Town Topics Monday, regarding his sale of the Princeton landmark to store manager Jon Lambert for an undisclosed amount. In 1980, Mr. Weisfeld’s traveling record fair found a home on Nassau Street, across from Holder Hall, before moving five years later to the Tulane Street building it occupies today.  more

Oak TreesThe leafy look of Princeton’s main thoroughfare is about to change. Thanks to a disease known as bacterial leaf scorch (BLS), at least seven of the oak trees that tower over the campus side of Nassau Street will be taken down during the next several weeks.

A few of the trees have already had their limbs and leaves removed and a big orange “X” painted onto their trunks. “They look like totem poles,” said Lorraine Konopka, Princeton’s municipal arborist. “They will need a crane to bring down what’s left.”

“They” are workers from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), under whose jurisdiction the trees fall because Nassau Street (Route 27) is a state road. Ms. Konopka contacted the DOT several weeks ago after a large branch from an oak tree across from the Panera restaurant fell down.  more

TUDER ERA: Community Park Bluefish swimmer Susannah Tuder displays her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Last week, Tuder took first in the girls’ 12-and-under 50 breast and third in the 100 individual medley at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. The Bluefish finished first among Division I teams at the competition, which was held at West Windsor Community Park .(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

TUDER ERA: Community Park Bluefish swimmer Susannah Tuder displays her breaststroke form in a meet this summer. Last week, Tuder took first in the girls’ 12-and-under 50 breast and third in the 100 individual medley at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet. The Bluefish finished first among Division I teams at the competition, which was held at West Windsor Community Park . (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

While Mike Uchrin was excited to to take the helm of the Community Park Bluefish swim team this summer after serving as an assistant coach in the program for the last four years, he felt some pressure in making the move.

“It was daunting at first, I know how deep the Bluefish roots are in the community and how many talented swimmers have been in the program over the years,” said Uchrin, reflecting on becoming the program’s head coach. “It was a big responsibility.” more

SUMMER FUN AND LEARNING: Trying out hula hoops is just one aspect of Hop the Gap, a YMCA program — part of a national initiative — that helps prepare children for kindergarten. The kids get a nutritious lunch, go on field trips, play games, and catch up on skills they might have missed by not attending pre-school.(Photo Courtesy of the Princeton YMCA)

SUMMER FUN AND LEARNING: Trying out hula hoops is just one aspect of Hop the Gap, a YMCA program — part of a national initiative — that helps prepare children for kindergarten. The kids get a nutritious lunch, go on field trips, play games, and catch up on skills they might have missed by not attending pre-school. (Photo Courtesy of the Princeton YMCA)

 

Most Princeton children start kindergarten with a year of pre-school behind them. But an increasing number of the town’s low income residents do not have the resources to give their offspring that early start. It is this segment of the population that the local YMCA is targeting with Hop the Gap — a new program at the Community Park Elementary School — serving 23 youngsters this summer from low to moderate income households. The program is part of a national YMCA initiative. more

THE PRIDE of PCV: Proud parents and residents of Princeton Community Village celebrated the scholars in their midst at a celebration for students receiving awards from the New Jersey and National Affordable Housing Management Associations (JAHMA and NAHMA). The award winners, pictured here with JAHMA and NAHMA Scholarship Administrator Bruce Johnson, are: from left: Christian James Nazario, Alana Chmiel, Celaine Sackey, Cindy Guzman, Vanessa Guzman, and Mary Ebong. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Jackie Chmiel, Jonas I. Daniecki and Phoebe Hanna.(Photo by L. Arntzenius)

THE PRIDE of PCV: Proud parents and residents of Princeton Community Village celebrated the scholars in their midst at a celebration for students receiving awards from the New Jersey and National Affordable Housing Management Associations (JAHMA and NAHMA). The award winners, pictured here with JAHMA and NAHMA Scholarship Administrator Bruce Johnson, are: from left: Christian James Nazario, Alana Chmiel, Celaine Sackey, Cindy Guzman, Vanessa Guzman, and Mary Ebong. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Jackie Chmiel, Jonas I. Daniecki and Phoebe Hanna. (Photo by L. Arntzenius)

 

Nine accomplished students from Princeton are the recipients of this year’s scholarships, given annually by the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and its New Jersey affiliate (JAHMA). more

Max Gerbert

Max Gebert of Princeton was among the 15 students who graduated from Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center, a nationally accredited non-profit education program for individuals with disabilities. The graduation ceremony was held on Friday, July 10.

Based in Westbrook and Madison, Connecticut, Vista provides a range of services and programs to help individuals gain independence and achieve personal success. Max came to Vista in July 2012 and has worked toward strengthening his social skills and developing vocational skills. One of his greatest accomplishments includes acting as a peer leader at a local job site.

Graduation is a monumental occasion that acknowledges the achievements of Vista students who have reached a level of independence and, as a result, graduate from Vista’s Entrance Program— a residential post-secondary program.  more

BelskyMystery author R. G. Belsky, of Princeton, will sell and sign his books and take part in other activities during the 2015 Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, from August 7 to 9 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.

Mr. Belsky’s latest thriller, The Kennedy Connection, is the first in a series of books featuring Gil Malloy, a hard-driving newspaper reporter with a penchant for breaking big stories in the New York Daily News. A former managing editor at the Daily News, he  writes about the media from an extensive background in newspapers, magazines and TV/digital news. At the Daily News, he also held the titles of metropolitan editor and deputy national editor. Before that, he was metropolitan editor of the New York Post and news editor at Star magazine. Most recently, he served as managing editor for news at NBCNews.com – where he worked on Nightly News with Brian Williams and the Today show and oversaw all digital news content on the NBCNews website. His previous suspense novels include Playing Dead and Loverboy. His website is www.rgbelsky.com.

Fans who register for this year’s Deadly Ink Conference can meet R.G. Belsky and more than two dozen other published suspense authors, who will share their expertise in three days of workshops and panels. 2015 Guest of Honor will be Brad Parks, the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty mystery awards. more

Art ReviewA mini-exhibition on early American typewriters currently on display at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie in Cadwalader Park, Trenton, will run through November 8.

Located on the second floor of the museum, the exhibition was curated by Richard Willinger, Chair of the Museum Society’s Collections Management Committee, and a typewriter collector.

Because people stopped using typewriters many years ago when the personal computer came out, many young people have never used a typewriter. Older people remember typewriters as the standard four-bank machine with a typed sheet visible on the rubber platen in front of you. more

CLEAR AS A BELL: Music from Princeton University’s carillon can be heard as far away as the Institute for Advanced Study, according to the University Carilloneur Lisa Lonie, shown here with the instrument in Cleveland Tower of the Graduate College. The 23rd Annual Summer Carillon Series of concerts is currently underway and continues through the end of August.

CLEAR AS A BELL: Music from Princeton University’s carillon can be heard as far away as the Institute for Advanced Study, according to the University Carilloneur Lisa Lonie, shown here with the instrument in Cleveland Tower of the Graduate College. The 23rd Annual Summer Carillon Series of concerts is currently underway and continues through the end of August.

On summer Sundays at 1 p.m., there is a gathering of sorts on the lawn outside Princeton University’s Cleveland Tower. The Collegiate Gothic style building is home to the University’s carillon, on which a short concert is performed by carilloneurs who come from as far as Australia to take their turn on the massive instrument. more

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In the sleeve notes accompanying Beatles for Sale, Derek Taylor surmises that “the kids of AD 2000 will draw from the music much the same sense of well being and warmth as we do today,” for “the magic of the Beatles” has “cut through our differences of race, age, and class” and “is adored by the world.” Half a century later in AD 2015, “One of the strangest things about the Beatles phenomenon,” according to the group’s first biographer, Hunter Davies, “is that the further we get from them, the bigger they become.” more

Gipsy Music

The Grammy Award-winning musical group The Gipsy Kings performs at The State Theatre of NJ in New Brunswick alongside Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo on Friday, September 11 at 8 p.m. Melding the rhythms of flamenco, rumba, salsa, and pop, The Gipsy Kings have found worldwide success. Ticket prices start at just $35. To purchase, call (732) 246-7469 or visit www.statetheatrenj.org.

Music TogetherJanet Campbell, a resident of Frenchtown, NJ, just celebrated her 100th semester teaching Music Together classes. Since the summer of 1990, Campbell has brought the award-winning early childhood music education program to thousands of families in Flemington, High Bridge, Annandale, Whitehouse Station, Stockton, Princeton, Trenton, Hopewell, and Lawrenceville.

According to Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder and Artistic Director of Music Together, “Janet has exceptional stamina, creativity, perseverance, musical skills and knowledge. The thousands of Music Together children and parents throughout New Jersey whom she has taught have thrived because of her love for music and teaching. She also has prodigious guitar and vocal skills! She is our first teacher to reach the 100-semester milestone—and we are very proud and honored that she is a part of the Music Together family.” more

HEART AND SOUL: Tommy Soulias of Ivy Inn heads up the court in action during the championship series of the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League. Last Wednesday, Kean University star and summer league regular season MVP Soulias scored 12 points to help Ivy Inn top Bring Me Food 45-27 in Game 2 of the best-of-three series. The victory tied the series at 1-1 and Ivy Inn ended up winning the title by forfeit when Bring Me Food didn’t have enough players to field a team on Friday for the decisive Game 3.(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

(Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Tommy Soulias emerged as one of the top offensive threats in local college basketball circles this winter during his junior campaign for Kean University.

The 6’3, 195-pound guard led the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) in scoring with 21.4 points per game, earning All-NJAC, All-ECAC, All-Region, and Division III All-Metropolitan honors.

Over the last two months, Soulias built on his college success in his third campaign with Ivy Inn in the Princeton Recreation Department Men’s Summer Basketball League, earning league regular season MVP honors as he scored 18.8 points a game.

“It gave me a lot of confidence coming into this league; it is an extremely competitive league with a lot of talented players,” said Soulias.

“I know what I am capable of and what I bring. I realized that the role I needed to play this year was to score and just defend hard every night to help us win.”

Soulias filled that role admirably as Ivy Inn produced a 7-2 record to tie for first place in the regular season and then topped Princeton Pi 67-54 in the playoff quarterfinals and posted a 48-44 win over Aria Health in the semis on the way to the league’s best-of three championship series against second-seeded Bring Me Food. more

August 4, 2015

shutterstock_199019246Princeton police are making an effort to enforce new regulations regarding buses that bring tourists to town.

In a statement issued Monday, the department said that “Many in our community have observed an increased presence of passenger motor coaches visiting our downtown area in recent months.  While Princeton welcomes all visitors to enjoy our scenic community, the manner of loading and unloading of passengers by a number of these motor coaches has created a serious concern for public safety.  In order to address this issue, Princeton has designated loading, unloading, and parking locations for these vehicles.” more

"Vinalhaven" by Charles McVicker

“Vinalhaven” by Charles McVicker

Garden State Watercolor Society presents its 46th annual juried show, “Nature’s Beauty,” at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, August 11 through September 25, with an awards and closing reception September 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m. more

shutterstock_111103529Princeton Public Library is accepting applications from authors interested in participating in an Author Fair as part of the library’s seventh annual Local Author Day on October 24, 2015.

Open to authors from Central New Jersey and Bucks County, Pa., with preference given to those who reside within 20 miles of Princeton Public Library, the Author Fair takes place from 1-4 p.m. as the highlight of Local Author Day.

The event is an opportunity for authors to gain exposure while showcasing their work in the highly regarded setting of Princeton Public Library. While the day’s emphasis is on marketing and networking, authors are also given space to display, sign and sell their books during the Author Fair. more