September 15, 2015

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In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all God’s creatures, St. Paul Catholic Church will host the Blessing of the Animals by pastor Monsignor Joseph Rosie on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m. on the parish lawn, 214 Nassau Street in downtown Princeton. This annual tradition welcomes pets and their families. Recent participants have included dogs, cats, hamsters, and even rabbits. All are welcome to attend.

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September 14, 2015

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The 8th Annual Hopewell Tour Des Arts will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, working and professional artists in the Hopewell area will open their studio doors to the general public. 29 artists will participate in this year’s event. The tour begins at the Hopewell Train Station in Hopewell Borough where guests can pick-up maps (maps can also be found in-town at Brother’s Moon restaurant or online at

September 11, 2015

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HONORING THOSE WHO ARE GONE: At Rider University in Lawrenceville today, September 11, military students conducted a flag-lowering ceremony while the Student Government Association presidents joined Rider president Gregory G. Dell’Omo to place a memorial wreath in honor of lives lost. Westminster Choir College student Thomas Lynch performed the national anthem as part of the remembrance event.

View additional images from the event, below. more

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Author Joyce Carol Oates returns to Labyrinth Books of Princeton on Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. in celebration of the publication of her new memoir, The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age. This event is free to attend and open to the public. more

September 10, 2015

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To celebrate the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester and an exciting new year of programming at the Princeton University Art Museum (including the opening of Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection) students and the greater Princeton community are invited to the seventh annual Nassau Street Sampler. Visit the PU Art Museum galleries and taste what local restaurants have to offer while enjoying musical performances by some of Princeton’s most beloved student groups. more

September 9, 2015


Architect William A. Potter’s Richardsonian Romanesque Alexander Hall looms in the background as students gather for the beginning of a new school year. Students discuss their expectations in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

Childrens Book Fest

It’s back, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

“It” is the Princeton Public Library’s annual Children’s Book Festival, which will be held this year in Hinds Plaza on Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

This year is particularly special: it’s the festival’s 10th anniversary, and Youth Services Librarian Allison Santos, who has been its guiding hand since its inception, “can’t believe it. Over the years the event just continues to grow, and this is our biggest event yet.” Some 105 authors and illustrators will be participating, reported Ms. Santos, coming from as far away as Australia (“we’ve gone international,” Ms. Santos said happily) and as close as Brooklyn, (the “hub of children’s literature”).  more


BIG BEN: Princeton University men’s soccer goalie Ben Hummel stretches out to thwart a foe in a game last season. Last Friday,  6’6 Hummel stood tall, making two saves as Princeton rallied to beat St. John’s 2-1 in its season opener. In upcoming action, the Tigers head south to play at Florida Gulf Coast University on September 10 and at Florida International on September 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

As the Princeton University men’s soccer team hit the field at St. John’s last Friday evening in its season opener, the players were anxious to see where they stood. more

Page 1 ConstructionConstruction of the AvalonBay rental community at the former site of Princeton Hospital on Witherspoon Street has been temporarily halted due to the presence of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on the site.

“In response, AvalonBay took additional samples and has sent them out for further testing,” reads a press release from Princeton’s municipal administrator Marc D. Dashield. “The results are expected within two weeks.”

Work on the 280-unit apartment and townhouse complex stopped a few weeks ago, and stockpiles of dirt and materials have been covered with plastic sheeting. The site is being wet down each day. more

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The school year may have started on September 8 for Princeton Public School students, but teachers and staff were up and running well before that.

On Wednesday, September 2, for example, teachers and staff gathered for an opening convocation led by Superintendent Steve Cochrane. It was a great day,” he reported afterward. “The teachers and staff returned with new contracts, but also with new excitement and a new sense of purpose.” more


SUDDEN IMPACT: Princeton University field hockey player Sophia Tornetta, left, goes after the ball in action this weekend as the Tigers got their season underway. Freshman striker Tornetta notched Princeton’s first goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to second-ranked North Carolina on Friday and chipped in an assist and scored on a penalty stroke as No. 15 Princeton fell 4-3 to No. 9 Virginia two days later. The Tigers play at Bucknell on September 12 and at Delaware a day later. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Sophia Tornetta didn’t waste any time making an impact in her first weekend playing for the Princeton University field hockey team. more



When Erika Knudson left Bloomington, Indiana two years ago to join her husband after he landed a job as an art historian at Princeton University, she began scouring local real estate listings to see where they might be able to buy a home. Scrolling on line, she found herself returning to the same neighborhood, again and again. more

TT SustainableThanks to a program sponsored by the non-profit organization Sustainable Princeton, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church will soon find out how much energy is escaping its 175-year-old walls, roof, and windows. Along with Labyrinth Books at 122 Nassau Street, and One Monument Hall, the church is taking part in Sustainable Princeton’s EnergySmart Buildings Campaign, which is made possible by a $35,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey.

The idea is to track electricity, light and water usage, and analyze real time energy data via energy monitors from the Princeton start-up WattVision. According to Sustainable Princeton’s executive director Diane Landis, the data will help commercial properties, religious institutions, and other organizations be more conscious of how they are using energy and help them learn how to improve their practices.

“We wanted to get a cross-section of properties, and we were very thoughtful in choosing these buildings — a church, a local government building, a commercial property — all of which are very different and use energy differently,” Ms. Landis said.  more

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NIFTY LUNCHBOX: Community Park School kindergartener Jaxson Blue was definitely ready for the first day of school on Tuesday. School Superintendent Steve Cochrane reflected on the new school year in remarks he made at a September 2 convocation. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Public Schools) 


LOOSE BALL: Princeton University women’s soccer player Tyler Lussi, left, battles for the ball in recent action. Last Sunday, junior star Lussi scored a goal in a losing cause as Princeton fell 3-2 to visiting Duquesne. Princeton, now 2-2, hosts Delaware on September 10 before playing at Villanova on September 13. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After rolling to a 2-0 start, outscoring its foes 8-1 in the process, the Princeton University women’s soccer team hit some bumps in the road last week. more

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Author, commentator and New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich will be the guest speaker at “Beyond Words: An Evening to Benefit Princeton Public Library,” which will take place Saturday, September 26, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, the library and Hinds Plaza. Organized by The Friends of the Princeton Public Library, the benefit is one of the largest fundraising events on the library’s calendar. Proceeds provide books and other materials, public programming, community outreach and more. more

L.N.Tolstoy_Prokudin-Gorsky“If I live.” These words translated from the Russian can be found at the end of nearly every dated entry in the 1895-1899 journals of Leo Tolstoy, who was born on this date, September 9, in 1828, and died at 82 on November 20, 1910. I wonder what Oliver Sacks, who died at 82 ten days ago, would make of Tolstoy’s daily acknowledgment of his mortality. Sacks’s maternal grandfather, who fled Russia at 16 to avoid being drafted into the Cossack army, might know. Perhaps it was nothing more than an abbreviated prayer. After “If I live” July 31, 1896, Tolstoy is quite literal, writing later the same day: “I am alive. It is evening now. It is past four. I am lying down and cannot fall asleep. My heart aches. I am tired out. I hear through the window — they play tennis and are laughing.”

Short, simple statements of fact. You can almost hear him breathing.

While the most familiar image of Tolstoy may be the photograph from 1908 of a white-bearded patriarch seated on a rattan chair, one leg crossed over the other, very much the ruler of his domain, I prefer the word-pictures by his neighbor in the Crimea, Maxim Gorky, who used to see him along the coast, “a smallish, angular figure in a gray, crumpled, ragged suit and crumpled hat … sitting with his head on his hands, the wind blowing the silvery hairs of his beard through his fingers.” This sounds more like the man who would write “If I live” and “I am alive” in his journal. But then, in the same paragraph, Tolstoy becomes “the old magician” in whose “musing motionlessness” Gorky feels “something fateful, magical, something which went down into the darkness beneath him and stretched up like a search-light into the blue emptiness above the earth.” more

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SELF-PORTRAIT: This self-portrait by noted painter and regional drawing teacher Paul Mordetsky will be among the works displayed in the “Faculty Exhibit” at Jerry’s Artarama. On Friday, September 18 from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be an open reception for the exhibition that features works by the artists currently offering classes and workshops at the Artarama Studios located at 2901 US-1 in Lawrenceville.

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A LOVELY SHOT: Photographer Donna Lovely’s “Great Blue Heron” will be among the works on view at “A New Leaf,” a show by The River Queen Artisans Gallery located at 8 Church Street in Lambertville. The show features local artists like Jay and Joanne Eisenberg who will be hosting its opening reception Saturday, September 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. “A New Leaf” will run until November 15.

New Hope artists, Jay and Joanne Eisenberg will be hosting the opening reception for the show “A New Leaf” at The River Queen Artisans Gallery on Saturday, September 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. “A New Leaf” will run through November 15 and many of the artists will be available at the opening.  more


French Theater ArtistsPrinceton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant-Scène will present the fourth annual Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival, which will take place from September 24 through October 24 at venues across the University’s campus. All performances are free and open to the public. While performances will be in French, three productions will include English subtitles: Jaz, Le 20 novembre, and De mes propres mains.

Marking the launch of the fifteenth season of the student French theater workshop L’Avant-Scène, Seuls en Scène brings celebrated French actors and directors to the University and the local community. This year’s festival features an exciting line-up, including a play from the 2012 Avignon Theater Festival, a preview of a new production to premiere at the 2016 Avignon Festival, and works by some of the greatest contemporary playwrights in Europe and the Francophone world. Seuls en Scène has been organized by Florent Masse, Senior Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian and director of L’Avant-Scène. more

September 8, 2015

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The Princeton Area Committee for Bernie Sanders will kick off his local campaign with a free, informational event on Saturday, September 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hinds Plaza (adjacent to the Public Library) in downtown Princeton. Several of the Committee’s members will be available for conversation. There will also be card tables with information on Sanders’ political stance on a range of issues, including civil and labor rights, jobs, education, climate change, and health care. more

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September 7, 2015

NAMI 2NAMI Mercer will commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week with its seventh annual Harvest of Hope Wellness Conference on Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Lawrence Township Community Foundation, the educational event is open to consumers, their families, and the general public.

The theme this year is “Finding Your Voice.” Hakeem Rahim will deliver the keynote address—“Mental Illness Unmasked: A Conversation on Living and Thriving with Mental Illness.” Mr. Rahim, an African-American graduate of Harvard and Columbia, began speaking openly about his 16-year journey with bipolar disorder in 2012. Since then, he has told his story to thousands, testified before Congress, and devoted his life to ending stigma. more

September 3, 2015

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On September 1, 2015, three marines and three service dogs began a 100-mile journey from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the Freedom Tower in New York City. Dubbed “The Long Walk,” Sergeant Devon Richio, Sergeant Steven Walls, Sergeant Andrew Einstein, and their three working dogs, will arrive at the Kingston Fire Company in Kingston, NJ on Friday, September 4 at approximately 5 p.m. The Kingston Fire Company will welcome the hard working Marines with open arms and invites the Princeton and Kingston communities to do the same. more

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Travel back in time and experience the life of the Founding Fathers during “Market & Muster Day” at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Witness Revolutionary War era townspeople gather at their colonial marketplace and soldiers assemble to drill 18th-century military tactics. While the soldiers march and fire their muskets, historic crafters will demonstrate and sell their wares. more