June 7, 2017

For years, Hawthorne Lane residents Phyllis Teitelbaum and Anthony Lunn were bothered by the roar of leaf blowers — even those grooming lawns at the other end of the street. It wasn’t just the din that they found troubling. The smell from the gas-powered engines was equally concerning.

“There is noise pollution and air pollution, and it is hundreds of times more than what is put out by cars,” Ms. Teitelbaum said. “We knew we had to do something.”

From reading letters to the editor in local publications, the couple knew that others in Princeton shared similar sentiments. They contacted each of the letter-writers, and gathered for a first meeting in January 2016. That marked the birth of Quiet Princeton, the goal of which is “to improve the quality of life in our town and to restore and enhance its peaceful and harmonious character, by removing and controlling sources of noise in the environment,” according to quietprinceton.org. more

DISCOVERING PRINCETON: This familiar Princeton image graces the title page of “Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours” by photographer Wiebke Martens and historian Jennifer Jang, who will launch Library Live at Labyrinth with an appearance at Labyrinth Books on Tuesday, June 13, at 6 p.m.

Princeton residents Photographer Wiebke Martens and historian Jennifer Jang will launch the summer edition of the Library Live at Labyrinth series with an appearance at Labyrinth Books on Tuesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. They will discuss and show images from their new guidebook Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours. The presentation will be followed by a 7 p.m. walking tour of the Princeton University campus.  more

Thinking, writing, talking constantly about the poem as a way of life …. —William Carlos Williams, from  The Autobiography

Imagine pitching this idea to a Hollywood producer: “It’s a film about a week in the life of a New Jersey bus driver who writes poetry, he’s living with a lovely woman and her English bulldog and when he goes out at night to walk the dog, he stops by a bar and has a few beers.” Long pause. The producer is waiting to hear when does the guy hold up the bar or turn out to be a serial killer who leaves poems attached to his victims, or at least, when does the girl get raped or killed. No such luck. Nobody gets hurt, unless you count what happens to the notebook the bus driver writes his poems in. When the producer’s eyes stop rolling, he asks what happens to the notebook. “Sorry,” says the writer/director. “I don’t wanta give away the plot.” Then, seeing that the producer is hyperventilating, he fills him in: “It’s the dog. The dog’s jealous of the poet. His name is Marvin. He’s amazing. Looks like Winston Churchill after a full meal.” Pause. “It’s, like, a slice of life film about poetry and love and dogs and things like that.” more

INTERACTIVE ART PLAYGROUND: “Impulse,” a new installation at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, features 15 giant seesaws that, once in motion, produce a harmonious sequence of sounds and lights. It will be at GFS from June 11-July 9. The above photo shows “Impulse” at Leicester Square Gardens in London, as part of the Pause and Play Festival. (Photo by James Munson)

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is featuring “Impulse,” a new installation at the 42-acre sculpture park comprised of 15 giant see-saws that will transform the southern end of the Great Lawn into a vast, illuminated interactive art playground. more

“MY GARDEN”: This floral painting by Joanne Smith Bodner is among the 16 works by local artists that will be on display from June 10-24 at the Sawmill Gallery at Prallsville Mill in Stockton.

The Hunterdon Watercolor Society will be hosting its 2017 art exhibit at the Sawmill Gallery at Prallsville Mill. Sixteen artists will be displaying not only watercolor paintings, but all media of art including oils and acrylics. The show opens Saturday, June 10 and runs through Saturday, June 24. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  more

With last Saturday night’s concert by Concordia Chamber Players, this year’s Princeton Festival is off and running. The Concordia ensemble brought only four instrumentalists to this opening concert of Princeton Festival’s 2017 season, but violinist Emily Daggett Smith, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Michelle Djokic, and pianist William Wolfram filled Princeton Theological Seminary’s Miller Chapel with a full orchestral-level sound in music both Romantic and contemporary.

The string musicians of Concordia Chamber Players began the concert with a tribute to an 18th-century giant by a late 20th-century composer. American composer Aaron Jay Kernis is renowned for his imaginative approach to orchestral color and instrumentation, and his 1991 Mozart En Route (Or, A Little Traveling Music) takes Mozart’s concept for the well-known A Little Night Music to new levels.  more

The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP) will host its sixth annual Concert Under the Stars fundraiser on Saturday, June 10, from 6:30–10 p.m. at the Updike Farmstead. This year’s event will feature live performances by four local bands: Stony Brook Bluegrass Band, Gravity Hill, East Coast Ambush, and The Goods. Jammin’ Crepes will serve a dinner menu prepared with local ingredients. Local craft beers will also be available.

Stony Brook Bluegrass Band will open the event, with their unique fusion of music from across the Appalachian Region. Stony Brook’s repertoire combines traditional bluegrass with re-interpretations of country and rock tunes from the members’ collective youths.  more

The Tradition Continues

Photography by Charles R. Plohn 

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TOP SCHOLARS: Recipients of this year’s Women’s College Club of Princeton scholarships include, from left, Alexis Davis, Michelle Mendez-Castro, Lourdes Zamora, Fia Miller, Maria Servis, Isabel Roemer, Anna Cincotta, Jamaica Ponder, Katherine Bristol, and Alexxa Newman.

The Women’s College Club of Princeton held its annual Awards Tea in May. Now in its 101st year, the club has continued to help outstanding young women obtain higher education and this year awarded $29,000 in scholarships.

There were twelve recipients from four Princeton high schools. The Ramona S. Peyton Award in honor of a former member was presented to Katherine Bristol of the Hun School, who will attend The College of William and Mary. The Marjory White Memorial Scholarship in honor of a former member was granted to Alexis Davis of Princeton Day School, who will attend Ithaca College. The Luna Kayser Scholarship was given to Molly Rodas of Princeton High School, who will attend Kean University. The Harriet Peterson Award was given to Anna Cincotta of Princeton High School, who will attend Gettysburg College; and the Molly Updike Award was given to Isabel Roemer of Princeton High School, who will attend Georgetown University.  more

Princeton Theological Seminary’s 205th commencement was held on May 20 in the Princeton University Chapel, where 180 students were awarded 193 degrees. The Class of 2017 comes from 13 countries including Egypt, Germany, India, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Peru, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand; 30 states; and Washington D.C. Graduates will serve as pastors in churches, as hospital and prison chaplains, and in the mission field. They will teach in urban schools, minister on college campuses, and continue their studies, both in the U.S. and abroad.

 

NICK OF TIME: Princeton University men’s heavyweight rower Nick Mead, center, pulls hard in recent action for the varsity 8. Last Sunday, senior captain Mead ended his Princeton career by helping the varsity 8 place fourth in the grand final at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta in Sacramento, Calif. Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications

Nick Mead gave up lacrosse to start rowing as a freshman at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pa.

Initially, Mead wasn’t sure if he had made the right decision. “I didn’t like it the first couple of months but I think that is pretty typical of rowing when you are first starting” said Mead.

“It is not very much fun. You are learning all the new things, you are getting blisters on your hands, and you are not going very fast.”

But with his father having rowed at Princeton and his mother and brother having rowed at Penn, Mead was destined to excel as an oarsman. He became a star at Episcopal, helping its 4+ win the 2013 Scholastic Rowing Association of America title. Mead also competed with the men’s US 8+ at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. more

Paul (Joel Edgerton) managed to find a safe refuge for his family that was far from the rest of humanity in order to escape the deadly plague that has been decimating the Earth’s population. At least that’s what he thought, until his wife Sarah’s (Carmen Ejogo) father somehow caught the disease.

After she and their son (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) said their goodbyes while wearing germ-proof respirators, Paul shot his father-in-law and cremated the body in order to prevent it from infecting them. As the body was being cremated, Travis the 17-year-old grandson, comforted himself by telling his pet dog Stanley “Don’t worry, I’m going to take care of you.” Unfortunately, Stanley is the next to die in It Comes at Night, a suspense thriller that is set inside a darkened cabin in the woods. more

FUNCTION, FORM, AND FLAIR: “We provide kitchens and bathrooms both for new houses and renovations. An updated kitchen or bathroom are also very helpful if you plan to sell the house. The kitchen and bathroom are the best return on an investment if you are selling the house” says Kate Furman, COO of Princeton Home Center, who is standing by a transitional style kitchen display featuring walnut cabinets, subway-style backsplash, and “Lattice” polished quartz countertops.

“If you can dream it, they can make it!”

Kate Furman, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Princeton Home Center, is referring to the amazing advances in kitchen and bathroom design today. The choices in cabinets, countertops, organizing systems, flooring, and hardware are so plentiful and attractive that almost any need or taste can be accommodated. more

BEST FRIENDS: This 13-year-old young rider, shown with his equine companion, Secret Agent, has made remarkable progress in the Unicorn Therapeutic Riding program in Pennington. “Our students have a wide variety of capabilities, and the benefits of the program are many, ranging from increased muscle strength and range of motion to improved self-esteem and confidence,” said Founder and Director Erin Hurley.

For individuals facing a disability or special needs, each day brings challenges that are ever-present. Whether the person is a child or adult, whether the challenges are physical, intellectual, or emotional, each individual must persevere to enjoy a quality of life and sense of independence that so many of us take for granted.

Fortunately, many programs are available to provide support, disseminate information, and direction to resources. Local agencies, federal and state governments, schools, YMCA/YWCA, community recreation programs, and camps are all ready to help special needs individuals to develop skills, participate to the best of their ability, and to feel included as an important member of the team or activity group. more

GOURMET SPECIALTIES: “I think of us as a European market, with specialties that include hard-to-find epicurean products. We have so many choices, and we are especially known for our cheeses from around the world, chocolate from all over, and our baguettes freshly baked all day. In addition, we have a great staff. We challenge ourselves to do better every day,” says Bill Lettier, co-owner of Bon Appetit (left). He is shown (from left) with his co-owner and wife Marta, and staff members JoAnn, manager Jose, Cristain, and Gio.

Everyone loves Bon Appetit! A true Princeton treasure, it is located in the Princeton Shopping Center and it just keeps getting better and better!

Opened in 1967 by Carl and Virginia Andersen, it featured a cosmopolitan flavor from the beginning. Mr. Andersen was from Denmark, and Mrs. Andersen’s parents were Spanish and German. The Andersens emphasized products from around the world. more

May 31, 2017

Sponsored by the Spirit of Princeton, Saturday’s Memorial Day parade ended with more than one bang at the Battle Monument. Former Army Ranger Kris Paronto was the grand marshal and guest speaker at the Monument Plaza ceremony.     (Photo by Emily Reeves)

“Immigrants Are Welcome Here” read the sign at the Nassau Street Presbyterian Church, as last Wednesday’s meeting on immigration issues echoed that sentiment and a range of related themes.

In the current climate of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids and arrests in several states and widespread fears and rumors, the meeting at Nassau Presbyterian Church last week included about 130 local leaders, business owners, academics, and other supporters of the work of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF).

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The November election of Donald Trump did not sit well with Lindsay Castro, Ashley Henderson, and Anna Westrick.

The three friends, who live with their families in Princeton, went to the Women’s March in Washington the day after the Trump inauguration. Energized by the momentum, they were inspired to form a group of like-minded people, motivated to support officials reflecting their views. That marked the beginning of Princeton Marching Forward, a locally-based, grass roots organization which now numbers some 230 on its current mailing list.

The three friends were taken aback by the quick response to their idea.

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Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, will present the keynote address at the Coalition for Peace Action’s (CFPA) 37th Anniversary Membership Dinner and Gathering on Sunday, June 4 in the Mackay Campus Center of Princeton Theological Seminary.

At the program the CFPA will also honor the Muslims4Peace organization and three state legislators who have championed the prevention of gun violence.

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It’s a familiar sight in Beatles lore, a theatre full of girls screaming and swooning to “She Loves You” and “Twist and Shout.” The scene in question was filmed by Pathe news in late November 1963 in Manchester. It’s striking how small and brittle the Beatles look this early in their career, upstaged by the hysteria, out of their depth, the mastered masters performing charades of frenzy on cue while the audience responds with the sobbing, shrieking passion of the real thing. But it’s more than mere frenzy these radiant girls are expressing, it’s the ecstasy of feeling free to let go, sob, laugh, dance, scream, be delirious.

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DANGEROUS INVADER: Hydrilla, a fast-spreading invasive weed currently clogging sections of the D&R Canal, can grow an entirely new plant from a tiny stem fragment. Those using the canal for boating are advised to wash off their vessel after leaving the water to help stop the plant’s spread.

As if the emerald ash borer plaguing Princeton’s tree canopy wasn’t enough, there is another dangerous invader on the move. It’s Hydrilla, a fast-spreading invasive weed currently clogging sections of the Delaware and Raritan Canal.

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH: Dr. Aly Cohen, a local internist specializing in comprehensive rheumatology, integrative medicine, and environmental health, will present two more lectures in her Environmental Health Lecture Series at Princeton High School this Wednesday and next Wednesday.

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KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: Slicing, dicing, and mixing, under the encouraging guidance of HomeFront staff member Miss Tammi, are the focus of these boys, enjoying a class at HomeFront’s Teaching Kitchen. After their careful preparation and cooking, they are proud to eat and share what they have created.

Good health starts in the kitchen. Not at the local fast food establishment, or with a quick candy bar, bag of potato chips, or soda — as tempting and convenient as those options may be.

Sound nutrition and inexpensive meals are the foundation of HomeFront’s Teaching Kitchen program, which offers culinary classes for children, mothers, fathers, and grandparents. Emphasizing heathy ingredients and convenient low-budget meals, the classes not only help the participants with cooking skills, but also foster a true enjoyment of the creativity of cooking.

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May 26, 2017

PEACE CORPS MEMORIES: Pam and Gary Mount of Terhune Orchards volunteered in Micronesia for the Peace Corps back in the late 1960s. Gary, above and below, helped build an outrigger canoe in the time-honored tradition of the islands. (Photos Courtesy of Pam and Gary Mount)

Pam and Gary Mount spent the first three years of their marriage in the Peace Corps. Married only a month, the couple, who dated all through Princeton High School, set off in 1967 for a remote island in Micronesia. There, and on smaller islands in the western Pacific Ocean chain, they did agricultural work, taught, and helped build a water tank, among other tasks. more

May 25, 2017

ONWARD TROOPS!: “The General” (John Godzieba) and his “troops” depart Trenton’s Mill Hill Park at the start of the Historical Society of Princeton’s “Chasing George” bike ride. (Photo by Michel Serieyssol)

Princeton’s 4th annual Ciclovia was held on Sunday, May 21. This free annual event promotes healthy, active living by closing Quaker Road to vehicles and opening it for people to exercise, play, and learn. Families can run, walk, skate, and ride bikes along the route. more