September 7, 2016

Music Welsh 9-17-16

Lawrence Township resident and 2015 Princeton University alumna Katie Welsh (Lawrence High School Salutatorian, 2011) will perform at Trinity Church’s One Table Café on Friday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. Welsh specializes in musical theater and recently made her debut in the New York cabaret scene. One Table Café provides three-course meals and entertainment on a “pay as you can” basis. Dress is casual and reservations are required by calling (609) 216-7770. Proceeds benefit the Trinity Church Hunger Fund. 

August 31, 2016


Bicycle awareness is evident all over the Princeton University campus thanks to the expanded bike-share program. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

JohnMirandaOver the last two weeks, Princeton High athletes have been gearing up for the upcoming fall season, undergoing grueling practice sessions from the Valley Road complex to the turf field on campus.

But as last Monday morning dawned sunny and clear, a pall was cast over the school and fields as the news that John Miranda, the district’s popular Athletic Director and Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, had passed away.

In a statement issued Monday on the Princeton Public Schools website, it was revealed that Mr. Miranda, 57, died “suddenly” on August 28. He had taken a leave of absence this past spring due to health issues.

The stocky, silver-haired athletic director was a constant presence on the sidelines of PHS games, chatting affably with players, coaches, and officials alike as he oversaw the action. more

Since the August 20 death of 24-year-old Colin Simonelli of Princeton, who was found “unresponsive” at 2 p.m. in the shallow part of the main swimming pool at Community Park, the most pressing question has been how this could have happened on a busy Saturday afternoon with 12 lifeguards on duty, two at the main pool. According to the town’s spokesman, municipal administrator Marc Dashield, the matter is currently under investigation by the Princeton Police Department. more

Has there ever been a more challenging time to prepare young people to enter and engage with the world they will be living in? That’s the job of the Princeton Public Schools, and Superintendent Steve Cochrane has some ideas about how to do it. more


Unlike his students in Princeton and West Windsor, the young string players who studied with Paul Manulik at the CEMUCHCA (Circle of Christian Musicians of Cap-Haitian) Music Camp in Haiti this summer didn’t have video games or other devices to distract them. That made the two weeks that Mr. Manulik and his wife Lindsay Diehl spent volunteering at the camp all the more meaningful.

Mr. Manulik and Ms. Diehl are the directors of the Princeton String Academy, which they founded in 2008. Recently, they were looking for a music-related summer teaching experience in the Caribbean, a region that Ms. Diehl, who grew up in Trinidad, knows well.

“On the internet, we found this place in the colonial city of Cap Haitian that looked really interesting to me at first because of the art from there,” said Ms. Diehl, who majored in art history in college. “And Paul knew someone who ran a school in Haiti. The connections were made and we got to go. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. The kids were so enthusiastic.” more

The Board of Directors of the Princeton Ski Club has voted to change the name of the club to The Princeton Ski and Sail Club to connote the broader reach of the club’s activities.

The name Princeton Ski Club has always been a bit of a misnomer for a club that, in addition to downhill and cross country skiing, sponsors summer sailing, barbecues, get-togethers, bike rides, parties, golf, canoe trips, concerts, theater trips, and scavenger hunts. Founded in 1957, the club was initially for skiing only.  more

National Preparedness Month, and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is taking this opportunity to advise county residents and businesses to plan and prepare for hazards, natural or manmade, that could affect them.

“As we move into this year’s storm season, it’s a good time to remind people that we all need to be ready for a severe weather event or other type of large-scale emergency,” Mr. Hughes said. “Don’t put yourself or others at risk by waiting until the last minute to prepare.”  more

Tent Revival

On Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Skillman Park will be the site of an historic reenactment of a camp meeting revival. Wear your Sunday best and bring friends, family, blanket, chairs, and a picnic lunch. Proceeds will benefit the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum. Speakers include Rev. Michael Diggs, Sr. and Rev. Tom Hills. The Second Calvary Choir of Hopewell and the First Baptist Choir of Pennington will also perform. This event is sponsored by the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association and the Sourland Conservancy.

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has announced that the low-fare airline Allegiant will offer new nonstop service to three Florida destinations from Trenton-Mercer Airport beginning in early November.

Allegiant will offer nonstop service to Orlando/Sanford, with flights three times a week beginning Nov. 3; Punta Gorda, with twice-weekly flights beginning Nov. 3; and Tampa/St. Pete, with twice-weekly flights beginning Nov. 4. more

DVD rev

Responses to Stranger Things, the Netflix summer sensation from Matt and Ross Duffer, have placed the eight-part series in the context of 1980s pop culture, sci-fi/horror flicks, and the novels of Stephen King. There’s more of the same in Monday’s New York Times under a head that refers to how Stranger Things and another show “feed nostalgia with a historical remix.” If that’s so, then the remix goes centuries beyond the 1980s, which means that anyone patronizing the show should heed the message from Hamlet obliquely echoed in its title: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,”

In addition to Shakespeare circa 1603, Stranger Things evokes the 1970s by way of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the early 1990s through David Lynch’s network television landmark Twin Peaksmore

Kids Nature

Saturday, September 10 is the day for the 14th annual Insect Festival sponsored by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County. From 1-4 p.m. at Mercer Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Road in Hopewell Township, check out all manner of bugs with games and activities highlighting their importance in our lives. There’s even a Big Bug Band with a sing-along accompanied by “kid-made” instruments. All of this is free and held rain or shine. Visit for more information.


BOOT CAMP: Princeton University men’s soccer player Greg Seifert boots the ball in action last fall. Senior defender Seifert provides experience and athleticism to the Tiger back line. Princeton opens it 2016 campaign on September 3 when it plays at West Virginia (1-1). (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Even though the Princeton University men’s soccer team has posted double-digit win seasons in the last two years, it has been left with an empty feeling. more

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Middlesex County Regional Chamber and European American Chamber will hold the inaugural 2016 Global Business Summit, “Engaging Connections and Meaningful Opportunities on a Global Scale.” This tri-Chamber regional Global Business Summit will take place on September 29 at the DoubleTree Princeton from 8-11:30 a.m. more

Pick-your-own apple season at Terhune Orchards has arrived along with the beginning of the school year. The official kickoff takes place at the Van Kirk Road orchard on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Saturday on, the orchard will be open every day for apple picking from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting, through October.  more


Cyclists are getting ready for the fifth annual Sourland Spectacular, which benefits the Sourland Conservancy, on Saturday, September 10. There are challenging routes for serious cyclists as well as shorter alternatives for more casual bikers. Routes begin at the Otto Kaufman Community Center on Skillman Road. SAG services and designated rest stops are part of the rides, which start between 7 and 10 a.m. and finish in time for lunch at the community center. Registration is $50 ($25 for children 12-16). Visit

Featured poets Maxine Susman and Keith O’Shaughnessy will read from their works followed by an open-microphone session when Princeton Public Library hosts Poets at the Library on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  more

Lawrenceville junior Nikhil Gopal earned the grand prize in this year’s annual Mercer Science and Engineering Fair held at Rider University. The award for the project, Point of Care Testing for Malaria Using a Smartphone and a Microfluidic ELISA Chip, allowed him to enter the Intel International Fair along with over 1600 finalist where his project took second place in his category.  more

On the road between Kashmir and Ladakh. 2015

“GIRL WITH THE BLUE VEIL”: This photograph by Princeton Day School alumna Dede Pickering will be on display at the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery from September 6 through October 6, 2016. The exhibit “Bridge Between Cultures,” features photos from Pickering’s travels to over 100 countries.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School will have the photographs of alumna Dede Pickering ’71 on display in “Bridge Between Cultures.” This exhibit will be on view from September 6 through October 6, 2016, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. more


“BLUE MONSTER”: Blue Monsters and so much more will be featured in Heather Ujiie’s solo exhibit at the Hunterdon Art Museum titled “Fairytales, Monsters, and Hybrid Creatures.” Pictured here is a 72 x 260” digital inkjet print on poly canvas. (Photo Courtesy of the Artist)

Ujiie’s large-scale digital prints present a unique blending of the classical and contemporary. Her solo exhibition, titled Heather Ujiie: Fairytales, Monsters, and Hybrid Creatures, runs from September 25 until January 8, 2017. The show’s opening reception will be on Sunday, September 25 from 2 to 4 p.m., and will feature an artist’s talk. more


The Peter and Will Anderson Quintet will be amongst the talented performers at this year’s JazzFeast celebration in downtown Princeton on Sunday, September 18 from noon to 6 p.m. The “feast” side of the event features flavors from around the world and the chance to enjoy paella, Korean tacos, crepes, and much more. Musical performances are free to attend and food vendors will charge accordingly. This is a rain or shine event. Learn more at

The New Jersey-based classical music ensemble Trio Cordialis will open the 27th season of the Greater Princeton Steinway Society on Sunday, September 11. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall at Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike (U.S. Route 1), Lawrenceville. A social hour with refreshments and conversation with the musicians will follow their performance. more

Theater NJPAC 8-31-16

Dubbed “The Voice of Broadway,” actress and singer Betty Buckley will perform at NJPAC in Newark on Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Buckley won the 1983 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a musical for her role as Grizabella in “Cats.” She also starred as Martha Washington in “1776” and Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. Buckley will perform new material and favorites from her solo album “Ghostlight.” To purchase tickets, call (888) GO-NJPAC or visit

The Princeton Senior Resource Center will host a performance by The Capitol Steps on Friday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium. The fundraiser will also feature a VIP reception with cast members following the performance. General seating reserved tickets can be purchased through the University ticket office at https://tickets.princeton.edumore

August 24, 2016


While people are anxious to make use of the “reimagined second floor” at the Princeton Public Library, they are finding plenty of back-up resources, including the wide selection at the Friends of the Library Book Store. See this week’s Town Talk for how some library users are dealing with the situation. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)