February 3, 2016

Art Ex Taplin

“GATE”: Paul Mordetsky’s oil on canvas titled, “Gate” is part of the Arts Council of Princeton’s new exhibition, “Down To Earth: Artists Inspired By The Elements,” on view in the Taplin Gallery, February 6-27.

The Arts Council of Princeton presents Down To Earth: Artists Inspired By The Elements, an exhibition of work by artists who are influenced by elements such as fire, wind, and earth. Visitors can expect original works from artists Olivia Jupillat, Paul Mordetsky, and Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser. more


TOMMY CRUISE: Princeton University men’s hockey player Tommy Davis brings the puck up the ice in recent action. Junior defenseman Davis assisted on the winning goal in Princeton’s 1-0 victory over American International College on January 29. On Friday, he scored the lone goal for the Tigers in a 4-1 loss at No. 7 Harvard. A day later, Princeton didn’t find the back of the net as it fell 2-0 at Dartmouth. The Tigers, now 5-14-2 overall and 3-9-2 ECAC Hockey, host Colgate on February 5 and Cornell on February 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Returning from an 18-day exam break, the Princeton University men’s hockey team shook off some rust as it pulled out a 1-0 win over American International College (AIC) last week. more

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This photograph taken by Chapin student Harper Usiskin ’16 won the Gold Key Award in the photography category of this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The photograph will be entered into the National Gold Medalist competition. Usiskin is one of four Chapin students who received awards and honorable mentions for their submissions in photography and drawing. Over 300,000 works were entered into the program this year, highlighting the wealth of student talent at the Chapin School.

Since his arrival as conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra six years ago, Jacques Lacombe has sought out unique partnerships, including two previous collaborations with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. On the Princeton leg of his “farewell tour” before leaving the NJSO to take the helm of the Bonn Opera Company in Germany, Mr. Lacombe and the NJSO presented a concert with many levels of collaboration — among ensembles, artists, and artistic disciplines.

Friday night’s concert in Richardson Auditorium brought together the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Montclair State University Prima Voce women’s chorus for a semi-staged production of Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Although labeled “incidental music,” which the composer provided for an 1843 performance of Shakespeare’s play, Mendelssohn’s score has long stood on its own as a crowd-pleaser and as accompaniment to dance productions. more


A BLOODY TALE FROM ANCIENT GREECE: Evelyn Giovine. a senior in Princeton’s Program in Theater, will perform the title role in Sophocles’ “Elektra,” opening February 5 at the Lewis Center for the Arts. (Photo Credit: Hawa Sako)

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Elektra by Sophocles, the classic, dark, bloody tale of familial vengeance from ancient Greece, is explored anew by guest director Alexandru Mihail and senior Evelyn Giovine in the title role. Performances will take place on February 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 8 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio located at 185 Nassau Street.  more

January 27, 2016


After Saturday’s storm a picture-postcard snow scene graces the grounds in front of the Graduate College’s Cleveland Tower. Princeton residents talk about their favorite snow day activities in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves) 

As the sun finally emerged following one of the worst snow storms in the history of the Eastern seaboard, Sunday was a day of transition in Princeton, where 22 inches of snow were reported according to the National Weather Service.

Early in the day the snow and wind, which had reached blizzard conditions Saturday evening, subsided, The state of emergency was lifted, flood waters at the shore subsided, power outages were restored, and Governor Chris Christie returned to New Hampshire after a two-day interruption in his presidential primary campaigning.  more

The list of Democratic candidates for Princeton Council continues to grow, with Leticia Fraga, the former chairperson of Mayor Liz Lempert’s re-election campaign, the latest to announce her intention to run. But Council member Patrick Simon, who was considering re-election to the governing body or a run for mayor, announced last week that he has opted to do neither.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that I will not seek reelection to Princeton Council this year, and also that I will not seek election to the office of mayor of Princeton,” Mr. Simon said in an email. “Instead, I will focus my efforts in 2016 on serving out the remainder of my current term on Princeton’s municipal council to the best of my ability. I am very grateful to the members of the Princeton community who have stepped forward to run for local office, incumbents and newcomers alike, and to those others who may choose to do so as well in the days and weeks ahead. I wish them well.” more


WATCH AND LEARN: Teaching a recent master class at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, New York City Ballet principal dancer Ashley Bouder urged students to stand behind more experienced dancers in their classes and learn by copying what they do. She is nearly six months pregnant with her first baby, due at the end of April.

At nearly six months into her pregnancy, Ashley Bouder’s ballerina silhouette is interrupted by a small, round bump. But the acclaimed New York City Ballet principal dancer, who taught a recent master class at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, remains as lithe as ever. more

Princeton Council decided Monday night to postpone until February 8 a decision on the $4.4 million purchase of a 20.4-acre parcel of vacant land between Mt. Lucas Road and Route 206.

The land, slated to be preserved as open space, would be purchased with $2.2 million funding from the Mercer County Open Space Fund, $153,000 from the Williams Transco Pipeline project, $100,000 from Friends of Princeton Open Space, and additional funds from the NJ Green Acres Program, with little or no municipal funding required, according to municipal administrator Marc Dashield.  more


KING OF THE MOUNTAIN: Winter Storm Jonas dumped about 22 inches of snow on Princeton over the weekend, but while the rest of the town continued to dig out and clean up, some young residents took advantage of a mountain of snow piled alongside Witherspoon Street. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

With record high temperatures and plentiful festivities around town, retail business was moderately brisk during the holiday season. “The Square performed well,” reported Palmer Square Management representative Anita Fresolone, “showing a slight increase compared both to December 2014 and 2014 overall.”  more


VITAL COG: Hun School boys’ hockey player Frank Vitucci, right, tangles with a foe in a game last season. Last Wednesday, sophomore forward Vitucci tallied a goal and an assist to help Hun defeat Gloucester Catholic 5-2. The win, which was Hun’s fifth straight and 10th in the last 11 games, improved the Raiders to 11-5-2. Hun is slated to play at St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) on January 27 before starting play in the state Prep tournament where the third-seeded Raiders will play at No. 2 Princeton Day School in the semifinals on February 2. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Frank Vitucci was primed to make a bigger impact this winter in his sophomore season with the Hun School boys’ hockey team. more

Subsequent to an investigation into a January 22 assault, Arnoldo Agreda-Rodriguez was arrested at his residence on January 25. He was charged with one count of terroristic threats and one count of simple assault. Bail was set at $15,000 with a 10 percent posting option. The investigation revealed that the victim, a 48-year-old female Princeton resident, had been previously acquainted with the accused and was not randomly targeted. Mr. Agreda-Rodriguez was transported to the Mercer County Correctional Center as he was unable to post bail. more

Trenton-Mercer Airport in Ewing Township will get a new passenger terminal to accommodate the dramatic increase in the number of travelers since Frontier Airlines began flying out of the facility in 2012. Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes described the nearly $50-million project during his annual State of the County address January 21 at a luncheon sponsored by the MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

“The growth at the airport has been incredible,” Mr. Hughes said. “Close to a million passengers move through the airport each year.” more

On Saturday, January 30 at 1 p.m. at the Trent House Museum in Trenton, Richard Veit will deliver an illustrated lecture titled “A Monument to Fallen Royalty: Rediscovering Joseph Bonaparte’s Point Breeze Estate in Bordentown, New Jersey.”

Recent archaeological excavations in Bordentown have unearthed the remains of Joseph Bonaparte’s palatial estate, Point Breeze. Joseph, the elder brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and former King of Spain and Naples, fled to the United States in 1815 and lived in New Jersey until 1839, where he acted as an unofficial cultural attaché. Bonaparte held the largest library and art collection in the country at the time, and entertained many of the leading intellectuals, politicians, artists, and military figures.  more

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Stirred from sleep by the sound of something large and loud moving in the night, I thought at first that someone was moaning. Really. It was like the sound of a giant enduring a massively bad dream. We were three hours into the Sunday morning after Saturday’s snowfall but our block-long cul de sac was not under attack; we were being rescued, liberated. Seen from the bedroom window, the larger of the two machines had an unreal immensity that made our little street resemble a road in the Caucasus. No wonder, I’d been reading Chekhov at bedtime after a long afternoon watching Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s mesmerizing Chekhovian epic, Once Upon a Time in Anatoliamore

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“HAKUNETSU”: This 1982 acrylic on canvas by Hiroshi Murata is among the works loaned to The Art Gallery at The College of New Jersey by the New Jersey State Museum Collection. The exhibition titled “Abstract Expressions: Selected Works from the New Jersey State Museum” opens today and runs until February 28, 2016. 34 works created since 1950 will be on view. The Art Gallery is located in the AIMM Building on the campus at 2000 Pennington Road in Ewing.

The Art Gallery at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is pleased to present a special loan exhibition Abstract Expressions: Selected Works from the New Jersey State Museum. On view from January 27 through February 28, 2016, the exhibition features 34 works created since 1950 by American artists.  more


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