July 24, 2015

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The Princeton Merchants Association (PMA), in collaboration with local merchants, nonprofits and the Municipality of Princeton, has launched a single use plastic bag reduction campaign for the community.

“Learning our ABC’s” will encourage the reduction, reuse and recycling of single use plastic bags.  The effort will encourage merchants to “Ask First” if customers need a bag, encourage residents to “Bring Your Own Bag” (BYOB) and encourage the use of bins throughout town and homes for our residents and businesses to “Collect and Recycle” plastic bags. more

July 22, 2015

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Last years cause célèbre seems almost lost in this view, with its geometric flash points and the European overtones of that battery of parked bicycles amid the makings of the University’s Arts and Transit work in progress, set for completion in 2017. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn) 

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson issued an injunction last week which formally stopped all construction activity on the Institute for Advanced Study’s (IAS) faculty housing project until she hears arguments from both sides, culminating in a ruling on September 3. more

shutterstock_283153916The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund is accepting grant applications from local not-for-profit organizations. Established in 2013 with a gift of $500,000 from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund is an endowed fund dedicated to supporting not-for-profit organizations located in the Chamber’s Central New Jersey five-county footprint.

For the second year, the grant pool will be increased through a contribution from the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  The Foundation will provide an additional $5,000 to support the 2015 grant process. more

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Princeton is creating a new Bicycle Master Plan, and the town wants members of the public to participate in the process.

The study will begin in September with a public presentation, likely at a meeting of the Planning Board. This will be followed by a community outreach campaign. In the meantime, residents can get a preliminary look at information about the project at Community Night Out on Tuesday August 4, at the Community Pool. more

Page 1 AA little over 12 years ago, Princeton Public Library’s Youth Services librarian Susan Conlon was approached by a Princeton High School student about hosting a series showing the first efforts of famous film directors. That effort morphed into a festival featuring the works of aspiring filmmakers from the local area, which has since been transformed into an annual event that draws entries from all over the world.

“There were almost 200 original films submitted this year,” said Youth Services Librarian Martha Liu, of the festival taking place Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. “We have films from Spain, Iran, Ireland, and the Philippines, along with quite a few from New Jersey including one by Princeton High School student Talia Zinder. It has definitely become a big event that many people look forward to.” more

TOYS FOR SMILES: Twin brothers Logan (right) and Sam Leppo are adept woodworkers who combine their skills to create simple wooden toys for children. Earlier this month they donated 50 kid-friendly toys — 25 cars and 25 dogs — to children at HomeFront’s “Christmas in July” event. Taking their ingenuity a step further, the boys have formed their own non profit group to help the less fortunate. The Hun School students plan to partner with woodworking students across the country to create handmade toys for every homeless child in America. By distributing their original designs to students in participating schools, they hope to make and donate 5,000 toys over the next twelve months. For more information, visit: www.loganandsam.org (Photo Courtesy of the Hun School)

TOYS FOR SMILES: Twin brothers Logan (right) and Sam Leppo are adept woodworkers who combine their skills to create simple wooden toys for children. Earlier this month they donated 50 kid-friendly toys — 25 cars and 25 dogs — to children at HomeFront’s “Christmas in July” event. Taking their ingenuity a step further, the boys have formed their own non profit group to help the less fortunate. The Hun School students plan to partner with woodworking students across the country to create handmade toys for every homeless child in America. By distributing their original designs to students in participating schools, they hope to make and donate 5,000 toys over the next twelve months. For more information, visit: www.loganandsam.org (Photo Courtesy of the Hun School)

Hun students Logan and Sam Leppo are twins who hope that their shared passion for woodworking will inspire others.

Over the past year, the brothers designed, cut, sanded, and assembled their own designs for hand-made wooden toys that earlier this month, they distributed to children at HomeFront during the non-profit group’s “Christmas in July” celebration. They gave away 50 kid-friendly toys: 25 cars and 25 dogs.  more

NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Members of the DiGregorio family, from left, Aaron, Nadia, Derek, Steve, and Zack, share a laugh with legendary coaches, from left, John Thompson III, Jason Garrett, and Pete Carril last Wednesday at Conte’s Pizza. Thompson, Garrett, and Carril headlined “A Night with Coaches,” an event held at the venerable Witherspoon Street hang-out to raise money to fight ataxia telangiectasia, know as A-T, for short, a rare genetic neuro-muscular disease which afflicts Derek, 17, a rising senior at Princeton High. Attracting 120 people to Conte’s, more than $150,000 was raised to benefit the A-T Children’s Project.(Photo by John Dowers)

NIGHT TO REMEMBER: Members of the DiGregorio family, from left, Aaron, Nadia, Derek, Steve, and Zack, share a laugh with legendary coaches, from left, John Thompson III, Jason Garrett, and Pete Carril last Wednesday at Conte’s Pizza. Thompson, Garrett, and Carril headlined “A Night with Coaches,” an event held at the venerable Witherspoon Street hang-out to raise money to fight ataxia telangiectasia, know as A-T, for short, a rare genetic neuro-muscular disease which afflicts Derek, 17, a rising senior at Princeton High. Attracting 120 people to Conte’s, more than $150,000 was raised to benefit the A-T Children’s Project. (Photo by John Dowers)

Pete Carril and John Thompson III closed down the bar at Conte’s Pizza many times over the years when they coached together for the Princeton University men’s basketball team, engaging in marathon post-game gatherings at the venerable Witherspoon Street hang-out that would sometimes go into the wee hours of the morning.

Last Wednesday, Carril, the legendary former Princeton men’s hoops head coach, and Thompson, a former Tigers basketball star, assistant coach, and current head coach at Georgetown, along with Jason Garrett, a former Princeton football star and the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, brought down a packed house at Conte’s as they headlined “A Night with Coaches.” more

 

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The public is invited to view activities at an encampment at Princeton Battlefield State Park July 25 and 26. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Re-enactors of 18th century artillerymen of the Rhode Island Train of Artillery and Lamb’s Artillery Company and Mott’s Artillery Company, both of the 2nd Continental Artillery, will be going through their training in the handling of 18th century field cannons.  more

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Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith as the new director of the University’s Program in Creative Writing. A professor of Creative Writing on the Princeton faculty since 2005, she succeeds National Book Award finalist and poet Susan Wheeler, who has led the program since 2011. more

shutterstock_130343024Community Options’ President and CEO Robert Stack will be the keynote speaker at the University of Oxford Childhood Education and Issues Program on July 22. Mr. Stack will speak on the subject of “Inclusion for students with disabilities into the workplace.”

He will discuss the successful Princeton School to Employment Program based out of the non-profit organization’s office at 305 Witherspoon Street and the ramifications of implementing a similar program in the United Kingdom. The Princeton program has served as a template for replication in South Carolina. more

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Each summer, serious ballet students across the country take advantage of their time off from academics to shift their training schedules into high gear. Instead of a few classes a week, they take a few classes a day — six days a week. more

Art GardenAnyone strolling through the alleyway between Palmer Square and Witherspoon Street these days will find a tiny garden tucked away in a corner opposite the outdoor dining spot of Teresa’s Caffe.

If you haven’t yet seen it, it’s worth finding — and observing the reaction of town residents who come upon it for the first time. Passers-by are generally enchanted.

Bounded by slim logs of silver birch, the garden is just a few square feet and yet to a child’s imagination it offers a wealth of possibility. Lichen covered rocks and remnants of wood are interspersed with a selection of flowering plants, mosses, and ferns forming a “fairy garden” in a formerly unused spot.

The nurturing hand behind this miniature elfland kingdom is landscape artist Peter Soderman who is known for his playful attitude — he’s been known to describe himself as the “Jackson Pollock of Lawn Care” and the “Court Jester of Synchronicity.” more

book rev“Why is it that everything I have loved on this earth has gone away from me in two day’s time?” wonders Jean Louise Finch a little over halfway through Harper Lee’s long-awaited (to put it mildly) Go Set a Watchman (Harper Collins $27.99).

To Kill a Mockingbird’s Scout has grown up, is living in New York City, and has returned to her Alabama hometown, Maycomb, during what might be called the post-Brown v Board of Education era. Her cry from the heart follows a shattering encounter with Calpurnia, the black woman who raised and loved her and her brother Jem, and is now a remote figure on the other side of the racial divide the color-blind Jean Louise is struggling to comprehend. There the old woman sits, “in a haughty dignity that appeared on state occasions … wearing her company manners,” her face “a million tiny wrinkles, and her eyes dim behind thick lenses … no hint of compassion” in them, even as Jean Louise begs her, “I’m your baby, have you forgotten me? Why are you shutting me out? What are you doing to me?”  more

NJSOIf orchestras nationwide are struggling financially, those who create for these orchestras are surely further behind. Just as musicians are compelled to play, composers must write, and often opportunities to present the fruits of their labor are few and far between. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) provided such an opportunity last week with a Composition Institute held at Princeton University that culminated in a concert Thursday night at Richardson Auditorium.

The four composers who participated in the 2015 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute not only were mentored through the process of creating a work for the orchestra, but were also counseled on the business side of classical music. Institute Director Steven Mackey programmed the concert at Richardson Auditorium with four works from these very diverse composers. more

RAM TOUGH: James Bunn follows through on a swing in action this spring during his junior campaign with the Virginia Commonwealth University baseball team. Speedy outfielder Bunn, a Princeton resident who starred in soccer, hockey, and baseball for the Pennington School, helped the VCU advance to the NCAA tournament Super Regionals this spring, a first in Rams’ program history.(Photo Courtesy of VCU’s Office of Athletic Communications)

RAM TOUGH: James Bunn follows through on a swing in action this spring during his junior campaign with the Virginia Commonwealth University baseball team. Speedy outfielder Bunn, a Princeton resident who starred in soccer, hockey, and baseball for the Pennington School, helped the VCU advance to the NCAA tournament Super Regionals this spring, a first in Rams’ program history. (Photo Courtesy of VCU’s Office of Athletic Communications)

Months before the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) baseball team started its 2015 season, James Bunn sensed it was going to be a big spring.

“In the fall, me and my roommates said this team is special, there is something going on,” said VCU outfielder Bunn, a Princeton resident who starred in soccer, hockey, and baseball for the Pennington School. “We had a core of seniors who didn’t want to be denied.” more

NTU ArleesThe reviews are in, and they are good! In keeping with the growing trend of juice bars springing up across the country, customers are lining up to sample — and re-sample — the range of choices at Arlee’s Raw Blends.

Opened in April at 246 Nassau Street, the new juice bar is owned by the brother and sister team of Brian Moore and Paula Taylor. Their establishment, with its emphasis on cold-pressed juice and natural and organic ingredients, is special, they maintain.

Their background includes spending summers at their grandparents farm (owned by the family for three generations) in Georgia, and a familiarity and love of fresh produce and healthy eating.

“I’ve always been on the road to health and wellness, and my journey led me here,” explains Ms. Taylor. “The business evolved, and we grew into this. There is a movement toward healthy eating today, and we see that more and more people want to eat healthy.” more

July 21, 2015

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The Delaware & Raritan Canal Watch will hold the next in a series free walking tours of the D&R Canal on Sunday, July 26.

The walk will explore the part of the canal park between Carnegie Road in Lawrence Township and Alexander Road in Princeton, a distance of 5.6 miles. A shorter walk of 2.9 miles to Port Mercer is an option. more

shutterstock_57954124Today, July 21 until 5 p.m., Princeton’s cooling station at Witherspoon Hall’s Community Room will be open for those seeking a safe place to stay cool during the heat wave. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed. Free water is accessible at the station, which is at 400 Witherspoon Street.

To stay safe and cool during heat advisories and warnings, follow these tips:

Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. more

July 15, 2015
NEW BUILD ON VALLEY ROAD: Situated on Valley Road, this new home comprises a main residential building (left) plus a garage with what looks to be a roomy apartment or studio space above. It sits on a lot flanked by more modest dwellings.(Photo by Linda Arntzenius)

NEW BUILD ON VALLEY ROAD: Situated on Valley Road, this new home comprises a main residential building (left) plus a garage with what looks to be a roomy apartment or studio space above. It sits on a lot flanked by more modest dwellings. (Photo by Linda Arntzenius)

To many Princeton residents it seems that no matter where you turn, an old house is being torn down to make way for a new – and usually much larger – residential structure. more

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Members of the Princeton University men’s heavyweight crew program celebrate after Princeton won the Rowe Cup team points title at the Eastern Sprints in early May. Earlier this month, all three men’s heavyweight crews competed at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. While none of the boats earned titles, they acquitted themselves well at the famed competition. The men’s first varsity and second varsity 8s were each in the final eight of the Ladies Challenge Cup while the third varsity eight made the quarterfinals of the Temple Challenge Cup.(Photo by Aleka Gürel)

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Members of the Princeton University men’s heavyweight crew program celebrate after Princeton won the Rowe Cup team points title at the Eastern Sprints in early May. Earlier this month, all three men’s heavyweight crews competed at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. While none of the boats earned titles, they acquitted themselves well at the famed competition. The men’s first varsity and second varsity 8s were each in the final eight of the Ladies Challenge Cup while the third varsity eight made the quarterfinals of the Temple Challenge Cup. (Photo by Aleka Gürel)

As three Princeton University men’s heavyweight crews prepared to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta in England, training went well on both sides of the Atlantic.

Prior to heading across the pond, Princeton got in some intense work on Lake Carnegie for two weeks in mid-June. more

Once Princeton University’s spring term ended last month, the annual exodus of students left the dormitories, dining halls, and classroom buildings empty – but not for long. Starting in early June, a different crop of pupils began arriving for a slew of summer programs that have kept the campus humming with activity. more

Reports on plans to renovate part of the Princeton Public Library and monitor tour buses on Nassau Street were the focus of a meeting of Princeton Council Monday night. The governing body also heard from Princeton Police Chief Nicholas Sutter and a member of the consulting firm The Rodgers Group about a recently completed strategic plan that will serve as “a roadmap for us to the future,” Mr. Sutter told Council. more

Is climate change funny? According to Joshua Halpern, it can be. Finding humor in our environmental crisis is perfectly acceptable, the Princeton native believes, especially if it helps people process the magnitude of the situation and take action for positive change. more