September 9, 2015

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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

Bernie Sanders

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

US Military

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

WC Park

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

PU Irish Studies

Clair Wills, Princeton University’s new Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Chair of Irish Letters at Princeton, has announced the Fund for Irish Studies’ 2015-16 series, featuring talks by leading Irish writers, filmmakers and scholars, presented in collaboration with Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

The Fund for Irish Studies, previously chaired by Princeton’s Howard G.B. Clark ’21 University Professor in the Humanities Paul Muldoon and now led by Wills, affords all Princeton students and the community at large a wider and deeper sense of the languages, literatures, drama, visual arts, history, politics, and economics, not only of Ireland but of “Ireland in the world.” more

September 2, 2015

Accident WEBThe Princeton Police Department has not yet completed its investigation into the August 26 automobile accident at Stockton Street and Library Place that took the life of Princeton Theological Seminary Professor Emeritus Donald Capps, 76. According to the latest report, his wife Karen, 73, remains in stable condition at Capitol Health Regional Medical Center, where Mr. Capps died at 8:54 p.m. the night of the accident.

According to Seminary President Dr. Craig Barnes, in a statement on the Seminary’s website, “Don Capps represented the very best in our profession. He was an accomplished scholar whose works shaped the field of pastoral theology. He was a beloved teacher who taught generations of future pastors to care not only for others but for themselves. He made a lasting impact on the church and our campus community, and we will miss him dearly.”

Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Seminary Robert Dykstra referred to his colleague’s kindness. “He always erred on the side of unfailing kindness on behalf of the individual. Don would shower attention on individual students and others who found themselves somehow off the beaten path, whose ideas about and experiences of God were spoken only hesitantly. It’s fair to say that Princeton Seminary, the discipline of pastoral theology, and the lives of many who have found themselves on the far edges of a Christian community in which they don’t quite fit, but cannot quit, will not see the judicious likes of Don Capps again.” more

Fire Truck

Thanks to a $1.4 million purchase funded by the municipality of Princeton and Princeton University, the town’s all-volunteer fire department will soon have a new ladder truck and a new engine truck to replace older vehicles that date to the 1980s and are being used “beyond safe and useful life,” according to a recent report made to Princeton Council by Princeton Fire Chief Dan Tomalin.

While Council has already approved the purchase of new equipment, to which the University is contributing $500,000, Mr. Tomalin’s August 24 power point presentation detailed specifics about the new trucks and the state of some of the old apparatus that is still in use.  more


CAT EYES: Princeton University field hockey player Cat Caro tracks down a ball in a game last fall. Junior star Caro figures to be a key player for the Tigers this fall as they go after their 11th straight Ivy League title. The 15th-ranked Tigers open their 2015 campaign by hosting No. 2 North Carolina (2-0) on September 4 and No. 9 Virginia (2-0) on September 6. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

After stumbling to a 3-9 start in 2014 the Princeton University field hockey team is determined to hit the ground running this fall. more

Leaf Blower“It’s a great program,” says Mayor Liz Lempert of “Meet the Mayor,” the once-a-month “open office hours” opportunity she created soon after assuming office.

Originally based at Witherspoon Hall, “Meet the Mayor” is now held on the last Friday of every month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Hinds Plaza. However, the next meeting will not be until Friday, September 25. “Walk and talk outside, weather permitting,” says an announcement for the event. If the weather is bad, “office hours” are held in the lobby of the adjacent Princeton Public Library.

“The topics are all over the place,” Ms. Lempert reported, and there’s been a decided uptick in traffic since she relocated to Hinds Plaza. Rather than setting up formal appointments for “small” issues, she says, the informality of the setting encourages passers-by to come over and chat. A repeat complaint in recent months has been about noise from leaf blowers and lawn mowers, and as a result the agenda for addressing noise issues will probably be “pushed up,” as the Environmental Commission and Sustainable Princeton offices begin to do some preliminary research. more


2015, A BANNER SEASON: With 104,000 individuals and counting as of last week, the Community Park Swimming Pool has had a record-breaking summer. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The Community Park Swimming Pool enjoyed a banner season and was still going strong recently when Recreation Department Executive Director Ben Stentz and Councilwoman Jo Butler, the Council’s liaison to the Recreation Commission, spoke to Town Topics.

“We already eclipsed the total number of visits for any year,” Mr. Stentz reported. At the time of the interview, a record number of 104,000 individuals had already passed through the Community Park pool gate, and the final total may be as much as 110,000. Regular pool memberships increased for the fourth consecutive season as well, with 5,000 total members. more

PU women's HEPS

PAN AM FLIGHT: Ashley Higginson races through a curve during her illustrious Princeton University track career. Higginson, a 2011 Princeton alum, recently took gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Higginson, who also graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Newark this summer, is turning her focus to making the U.S. Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

On one hand, Ashley Higginson was disappointed to finish fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. outdoor nationals earlier this summer, missing a spot in the World Championships by two places.

But Higginson, a 2011 Princeton University alum who earned All-American honors in the steeplechase and the indoor 3,000 during her Tiger career, gained some important lessons from the experience. more

shutterstock_206557912It has been five years in the making, but Princeton University is installing an eruv, or virtual boundary, around most of the campus and parts of the town so that observant Jews can carry essential items outdoors without desecrating the Sabbath. Under construction during the coming few weeks, the eruv will stretch from Harrison Street to Elm Road and Terhune Road to the tow path.

With the addition of the eruv, Princeton joins other Ivy League institutions as well as such communities as East Windsor and Lawrence in creating a kind of enclosure that allows observant Jews to be more mobile while still respecting the Sabbath, which is a designated day of rest. There are eruvs all over the world. more

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LEAPING INTO A NEW SEASON: American Repertory Ballet dancer Mattia Pallozzi is among those to be introduced to the public at the company’s first “On Pointe” event of the fall at Rider University on September 23. The series is designed to familiarize the community with the company, it’s dancers, and repertory. (Photo by Richard Termine)

When Douglas Martin took over as artistic director of the American Repertory Ballet five years ago, he knew he wanted to forge relationships inside and outside the studio. Having a continuing dialogue with the public was as important as training his dancers. So Mr. Martin, who was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and later with ARB before becoming its director, began to focus on a monthly series called “On Pointe.” more

Ira Dance

THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST: “This American Life” host Ira Glass joins forces with choreographer/dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass to combine two art forms — radio storytelling and dance. The performance includes radio interviews re-staged as dance pieces. Glass delivers his trademark narratives and the two dancers evoke characters through movement. This unique performance takes place on Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. at McCarter Theatre. more

Art Modigliani

“JEAN COCTEAU”: Modigliani’s well-known 1916 image of the French writer is among the works in the exhibit, “Cézanne and the Modern” at the Princeton University Art Museum from September 19 through January 3, 2016.

“Cézanne and the Modern,” a new exhibit at the Princeton Art Museum running from September 19 through January 3, 2016, includes works by Paul Cézanne — and a great deal more. Drawn from the Pearlman Collection, it will feature the artists PaulGauguin, Oskar Kokoschka, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Jacques Lipchitz, Édouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Chaïm Soutine, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh. more

rwjuhRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) has announced the arrival of the Laurie Proton Therapy Center, the first proton beam radiation treatment center of its kind in the New Jersey and New York region. The arrival of proton beam radiation therapy on RWJ’s academic medical campus in New Brunswick represents an advance in the range of cancer treatment options that are currently available to New Jersey and New York residents.

Proton Therapy is now part of a comprehensive range of advanced cancer treatment options offered by RWJ in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and private physicians in the community. RWJ New Brunswick is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers CINJ. more

Art Delaware

ART ALONG THE DELAWARE: The annual Artsbridge Clothesline Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 13th annual Artsbridge Clothesline Art Sale will take place on Sunday, September 13th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton, N.J.

Paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and crafts by well-known and emerging artists will be for sale. The show, which is described as “art-for-the cash-strapped,” includes nothing priced above $300. more


FINAL RUN: Rui Pinheiro races up the field in action last fall during his junior season with the Tufts University men’s soccer team. Pinheiro, a former Princeton Day School standout, helped the Jumbos win the NCAA Division III title in 2014. The midfielder will get his senior campaign underway on September 8 when Tufts plays at Endicott in its season opener. (Photo by Alonso Nichols /Tufts)

Coming into the 2014 season, Rui Pinheiro and his teammates on the Tufts University men’s soccer team were just hoping to have a chance to play in the postseason. more

DVD rev 1You guys have a way of making a way out of no way. You know the sun comes after every storm—President Obama to New Orleans

Ten years after Katrina, the president comes to New Orleans, looks the city in the eye and says,” You inspire me.” At the same time he’s shining a light on his administration’s high points, he’s making sure the audience in a community center in the lower 9th Ward knows there’s a grease stain on his pants from some fried chicken he ate at Willie May’s Scotch House on St. Ann Street in Tremé; he’s just glad it didn’t get on his tie; he’s got his mojo working; after all, he’s in “the gateway to America’s soul, where the jazz makes you cry, the funerals make you dance, and the bayous make you believe all kinds of things.”

It’s the human touch, mix the politics with some sloppy downhome reality you can rub between your fingers, and make your exit while Bruce Springsteen’s singing “Land of Hope and Dreams.”  more

Book Rev 1Wild River Books has announced an October 1 publication date for Surprise Encounters with Artists and Scientists, Whales and Other Living Things by Scott McVay, who was named “the Money Man for Inspirations” by the New York Times and whose career reflects grant-making as founding executive director of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. He was president of the Chautauqua Institution from 2001 to 2003.

Prize-winning Poet Jane Hirshfield, author of Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, says, “Entering into Scott McVay’s memories, and life, is a bit like entering one of those collections that used to be called a Cabinet of Curiosities, in which art married science, beauty married oddity, and factual married fantastic — except that everything in these pages’ stories, photographs, and poems is grounded in the real.” more

September 1, 2015

draught horse

Howell Living History Farm will hold its 32nd annual Horse Drawn Plowing Match on Saturday, September 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A dozen teams of draft animals from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are entered in the match, which tests the performance of farmers, their horses and oxen.

Members of the general public can win ribbons by plowing in visitor classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Classes are for ages 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16 & up. No experience is necessary. Trophies and ribbons will be presented to winners of all classes at 1:30 p.m. more


The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton is pleased to announce that their monthly lectures will resume on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Peyton Hall on the Princeton University Campus. The speaker this month will be Dr. Paul J. Witta of the Department of Physics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He will present a lecture entitled “Measuring and Modeling Variability in Quasars and Blazars.” Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Ample free parking is available across the street from Peyton Hall. more