At the hundreds of Hunger Banquets held by the global organization Oxfam each year, participants might be served rice and water at one table and a gourmet meal at the next. It’s all the luck of the tickets they draw С a concept designed to demonstrate the gap between food choices for the rich, the middle, and the poor.
While the offerings at the Princeton Hunger Banquet on Sunday, September 20 won’t be as extreme, the idea is the same. The fundraiser is being held at Hinds Plaza by Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP), the two-year-old charity that provides aid to food-insecure families in town. Upon entering, participants will be given tickets directing them to a table serving a meal typical of a low, middle, or high-income family. more
McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate the start of its 2015-2016 season with its 5th annual community-wide Block Party, taking place on Wednesday, August 26 from 5-8 p.m. on the front lawn of McCarter’s Matthews Stage. College Road between Alexander Road and University Place will be closed off to allow an expanded area for families to play, eat, and enjoy the day. This event is free and open to the public. more
At the American Youth Circus Festival In Portland, Maine this week, some 200 children from all over the nation are displaying their prowess at clowning, wire-walking, juggling, and other circus-related skills. Among them are 13 youngsters from Trenton Circus Squad, which debuted only a few months ago in a light-filled space at the old Trenton Wireworks Factory. more
During his high school track career, Sam Pons learned there was no quick fix when it came to success in running.
“I came to really appreciate it,” said Pons, a standout at South Pasadena (Calif.) High who was the California state champion in the 3,200 in 2010 and also won a state Division III cross country title. more
New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie recently announced the fourth annual “Heart of a Hero” scholarship program, a resource to help members of the military make higher education and career goals a reality. Last year’s recipients are shown here with Ms. Christie. Ten $5,000 scholarships are to be awarded in time for the coming school year, and the applications are due by Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m. more
“What is Time?” and “What’s So Great About Art?” are among the classes being offered this fall by the Evergreen Forum, at Princeton Senior Resource Center. Registration is open at the website theevergreenforum.org, by mail, or in person at the Suzanne Patterson Building on Stockton Street. Telephone applications are not accepted.
“Religious Freedom, Sexism and Homophobia” will explore why “religious freedom” seems to be the defense of choice to claims of discrimination against women and the LGBT community. “Murderous New Jersey” will go beyond the state’s most famous murder cases (e.g., the “Minister and the Choir Lady” case and the Lindbergh “crime of the century” kidnapping) to investigate related developments, beginning with the invention of the electric chair and its role as a “Progressive” reform. Another course is “Advances in Medicine for Older Adults.” more
David Dudeck starred in baseball at the Hun School but he made it to Yankee Stadium last year as a member of the Boston College (BC) football team. more
Pick up Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts and chances are you won’t be able to put it down. Just out, the book already has a waiting list at the Princeton Public Library.
Its subject is the Princeton University mathematician, or “mathemagician” as he’s been called, who invented the cult classic Game of Life back in the 70s. The game, known simply as Life, demonstrates how complexity can come from simplicity, providing an analogy for all mathematics and everything in the entire universe. more
Fans of the California-born London transplant Kaffe Fassett should mark their calendars now for a new show coming to the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown later this year.
“Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, U.K.” will open November 14 and continue through February 21, 2016. more
A chapter near the end of Neil Young’s autobiography Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider 2012) begins with him behind the wheel of his car “rolling down a California two-lane highway” listening to a group called the Pistol Annies, with “visions of the future and past” brewing in his “coffee-soaked mind.” I can relate to a driving-listening-to-music chapter because that’s how I bonded with his new album, The Monsanto Years (Reprise), in which he teams up with Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah and Lukas’s group Promise of the Real to put the Fear of Neil into corporate giants, with special attention to the one targeted in the title. more
Kicking off its 21st season, Roxey Ballet stages its dance adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula on October 23 through 25 and October 30 through November 1, 2015. Roxey Ballet’s Dracula interprets Stoker’s famed horror story through a complete sensory experience of movement, music, and spoken word with pyrotechnic, sound and lighting effects. Showcasing 14 professional dancers, the performances take place in the intimate, 72-seat Canal Studio Theater in Lambertville. more
The Early Childhood Music Program at Westminster Conservatory will host free demonstration music classes on Tuesday, September 8 and Saturday, September 12 on the campus of Westminster Choir College. The demonstrations will be led by Jennifer Garr, head of the early childhood music program, and members of the early childhood music department. Parents may participate in sample activities with their child in a real class setting and learn about musical progression from the earliest parent-child classes through the lower elementary school grades. more
Accordion virtuoso Julien Labro is just one of the many refreshing surprises on the new PUC125 “Performances Up Close” Series. The 2015-2016 Princeton University Concerts season will consist of a total of 21 performances, including two special events, six pairs of PUC125 events, and the Richardson Chamber Players series. Tickets are on sale exclusively online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org. Patrons will be able to buy tickets by phone and in person as of Tuesday, September 8 (All concerts take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, unless otherwise noted). more
D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to its annual Fall Native Plant Sale, held outside the Johnson Education Center from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 11 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 12. The Nursery is located at One Preservation Place, south of Princeton, off Rosedale Road. No registration is required. D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for regionally native plants that contribute to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem. D&R Greenway nursery staff is available to advise the best choice of plants for gardening projects. The Fall season is a great time for planting projects; planting can be done into early November. more
Seven-year-old Sinjin Scozzaro spends summers in Princeton visiting his grandmother, Arlene K. Scozzaro. Before heading home to Austin, Texas, this month, Sinjin wanted to do something to help children less fortunate than himself. So he set up a lemonade stand at the Princeton Farmers Market outside Princeton Public Library this week, raising $213.25 for Christine’s Hope Charity — proving one is never too young to reach out and help others.
FAMILY BUSINESS: “Customer service is the reason we are one of the few independent stores still in operation. Customers know they can count on us, and on the quality and value of our product line — including our focus on office and school supplies, and so much more.” John Roberto (left) and Andrew Mangone, co-owners of Hinkson’s, The Office Store, are proud of their long-time family business.
There aren’t many left anymore. Those familiar family-owned, independently-operated businesses that used to line Princeton’s downtown and streetscape are now largely part of its past, not its present.
Fortunately, Hinkson’s, The Office Store, continues to thrive. Quality products, personal service, a helpful, knowledgeable staff, and loyal customers are all part of the Hinkson success story. Its tradition and reputation have truly stood the test of time. more
It’s said that an encounter with a butterfly inspired William Blake’s poem “Eternity,” in which “he who kisses joy as it flies/Lives in eternity’s sunrise.” The joy-kissing balloon-chasing children Blake would say were “born to sweet delight” are having the time of their lives at Saturday’s Watershed Butterfly Festival. The poet, who died on this day in 1827, is remembered in this week’s book review. (Photo by Emily Reeves)
A worker at the construction site of the AvalonBay development at 253 Witherspoon Street fell into an elevator shaft Tuesday morning. Manuel Otero, 51, of Newark, reportedly slipped from a scaffold and fell approximately 12 feet into the shaft, according to the Princeton Police Department. He was alert and conscious but sustained serious lacerations to his head and face. more
Princeton residents who relied on NJ Transit’s 655 bus for travel to and from Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) in Plainsboro will have another resource when the NJ Transit service ceases operations on September 1. Starting August 24, an on-demand taxi service will be available, for free, to patients who live within a half-mile of the former hospital on Witherspoon Street and have no other means of getting to the complex. more
The Roebling Lofts project targeted for a cluster of former industrial buildings along Route 129 in Trenton has been through years of planning and the administrations of three mayors. Those attending a breakfast gathering of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce last week learned that government funding for the mixed-use development is now in place. The complex predicted by current mayor Eric Jackson to be “a potential game-changer” for the capital city is finally about to break ground. more
Sean Driscoll first laid eyes on the Princeton University campus in 2004 when he was in town coaching a premier soccer team and the visit made quite an impression on him.
“I stood at the steps of Blair Arch and said this would be the dream job,” recalled Driscoll. “We walked around the top of the campus, we didn’t even go down to the soccer field. I was dumbfounded by it all.” more
Political consultant John Bailey has lived in Denver, Colorado, for several years. But come each August, the New Jersey native heads back to Princeton to take charge of a special weekend that is close to his heart.
“I come home every summer to do this,” said Mr. Bailey, talking about The Joint Effort-Princeton Pete Young Sr. Memorial Safe Streets Weekend, which starts Thursday. The four-day series of events and activities is designed to encourage good decision-making skills and recognize residents who have made significant contributions to the community.
This year’s program runs through Sunday, August 16, beginning at The Arts Council of Princeton and continuing at the first Baptist Church, Community Park, the Elks Lodge, and the Hank Pannell Center. more