November 8, 2017

By Donald Gilpin

The Princeton Planning Board voted unanimously last Thursday night to adopt Princeton’s first official Bike Mobility Plan. “After many decades of patient pushing, and two long years of intensive civic engagement, history was made,” the Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) announced.

Councilman Tim Quinn, who is also a Planning Board member and liaison to the BAC, described the landmark decision as “the most significant milestone in our efforts to put pedestrians and cyclists in Princeton on the same footing as motorists.”  more

On Sunday, November 5, the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) held a rally for Diplomacy, Not War with North Korea and Iran in Hinds Plaza, Princeton. This rally coincided with nationally-organized events this week in support of diplomacy. Approximately 80 people attended, and speakers included The Rev. Robert Moore of the Coalition for Peace Action, Princeton University physicist Rob Goldston, and several others.

Lunada Bay Tile, as part of its ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has donated a range of back-splash tiles to Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton for resale in a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

This year, Lunada Bay Tile donated close to 200 pallets of different styles of back-splash tiles to the Habitat ReStore located in Maple Shade. This year’s additional donations should bring estimated total retail value of more than $1 million. The ReStore in Maple Shade now has the product on its floor for 75 percent off its original retail value.  more

By Stuart Mitchner

With Russian hacking, Russian interference, and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution dominating the news, it’s a time to look at another, less insidious side of the U.S.-Russia dynamic. If you extend the possibilities inherent in “hacking” and tweak “interference” as “influence,” then anyone in this or any other country who has been susceptible to the work of Russian writers, artists, and composers has been “hacked.” At 18, I was drunk on the novels of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy and the symphonies of Shostakovich, fascinated, thrilled, exalted, under the influence. A lifetime later one of my most trusted sources of positive influence is a Russian whose work was of little interest to me then. more

In the second annual Distinguished Teaching Lecture in Service and Civic Engagement, journalist and author Katherine Boo will discuss “Field Notes From An Ethical Minefield” and the lessons she has learned in 25 years of investigating injustice in dis-empowered communities. This public lecture will take place in McCosh Hall’s Room 50 at 6 p.m. on November 8. more

Free legal advice on immigration and other issues will be offered to all interested people on Wednesday, November 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the second floor Conference Room at the Princeton Public Library. The Ask-a-Lawyer Program is co-sponsored by the Latin American Task Force, the Princeton Public Library, and the Mercer County Bar Association.

Ask-a-Lawyer began in 1999 to meet the need expressed by the local Latino community and is offered quarterly by the Latin American Task Force of Princeton. Local attorneys volunteer their time to provide individual consultations. The lawyers will answer questions in their areas of expertise as much as possible, and make referrals when necessary.  more

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy, executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, will address the importance and success of prison reentry efforts in a lecture at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).

“New Jersey Reentry” will be the subject of McGreevy’s lecture at noon on Tuesday, November 21 in the Communications Building, Room 109. His talk is part of MCCC’s Fall 2017 Distinguished Lecture Series at the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is free and open to the public. more

Mae W. Smith, who lived for 25 years in Montgomery Township, celebrated her 100th birthday on October 27 in Easton, Maryland, where she has lived since 1972. While living in the greater Princeton area, Smith was active in the Griggstown Reformed Church, and worked as a volunteer for the Princeton Red Cross. She celebrated her 100th birthday with her son, Richard D. Smith of Rocky Hill (pictured), and numerous friends and relatives from near and far.

The 2017 Arm In Arm fall benefit “People, Poverty, and the Power to Overcome” is Wednesday, November 15, at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a panel conversation moderated by Landon Jones, author and former managing editor of People magazine.

Panelists are Johannes Haushofer, assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University; The Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen, pastor of Trenton’s Westminster Presbyterian Church and 2017 Community partner-in-residence at Princeton University’s PACE Center for Civic Engagement; and Marygrace Billek, MSSW, director of the Mercer County department of human services. more

“AUGUST”: This painting is among others by Hopewell native Deb Strong Napple that will be exhibited at the University Medical Center of Princeton from November 13 through February 2018. A reception to mark the opening of “From New Jersey to Arizona and Back” is on Friday, November 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) will host a wine and cheese reception on Friday, November 17 to mark the opening of “From New Jersey to Arizona and Back,” an exhibit of paintings by Hopewell native Deb Strong Napple. more

“THE BLUE MOSQUE”: This photograph, taken in Istanbul, Turkey, is included in “A World of Light: Photographs 2007-2017 by Richard Trenner,” a one-man retrospective show running through the end of the year at the Present Day Club in Princeton.

“A World of Light: Photographs 2007-2017 by Richard Trenner” is a one-man retrospective show running through the end of the year at the Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, at the corner of Library Place and Stockton Street (Route 206) in Princeton. more

By Nancy Plum

Princeton Pro Musica began its Princeton area concert series on the later side this year, with the first performance of the ensemble’s 39th season on Sunday afternoon in Richardson Auditorium. However, the concert date and piece performed went together perfectly. The 100-voice chorus presented Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem on All Saints’ Day, combining liturgical remembrance with Brahms’s German texts of comfort and ultimate joy. As further acknowledgment of the day, Pro Musica included an “In Remembrance” page from members of the chorus in the written program to Sunday afternoon’s concert, commemorating friends and family. more

The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will present a concert titled “Listen” on Sunday, November 12 at 3 p.m. in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton. The Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus.

STARTING POINT: Princeton University men’s basketball head coach Mitch Henderson makes a point at the program’s media day last Thursday as Tiger stars, from left, Myles Stephens, Amir Bell, and Devin Cannady listen intently. Princeton, which ran the table last winter in Ivy League play, going 14-0 in regular season action and then winning the league’s inaugural postseason tournament, starts its 2017-18 season by playing at Butler in November 12. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Sparked by a pair of senior stars, Steven Cook and Spencer Weisz, the Princeton University men’s basketball team ran the table last winter in Ivy League play, going 14-0 in regular season action and then winning the league’s inaugural postseason tournament. more

McCarter Theatre will host The Paco de Lucía Project on Tuesday, November 14, 7:30 p.m. Paco de Lucía was a virtuoso flamenco guitarist who passed away in 2014. His revolutionary influence on flamenco guitar was often compared with that of Andres Segovia on classical guitar. His talent lives on in Javier Limón, his longtime collaborator and producer, who honors the legacy of his master while paving a new path for the future of the genre. A 10-time Grammy nominee, Limón has reassembled the original band that toured with de Lucía for the last decade of his career, including the dancer Farruco.

DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Princeton University women’s basketball player Leslie Robinson drives to the hoop in a game last season. Senior star and co-captain Robinson will be looking to provide production and leadership in her final campaign for the Tigers. Princeton tips off its 2017-18 season by hosting George Washington on November 10. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Last winter marked the first season that Princeton University women’s basketball team had suffered five Ivy League losses under Courtney Banghart since 2008-09, her second campaign at the helm of the program.

For Princeton head coach Banghart, who guided the Tigers to five Ivy titles in six seasons starting with the 2009-10 season, last year’s ups-and-downs were the product of a squad that didn’t quite mesh. more

NET GAIN: Princeton University men’s hockey goalie Ryan Ferland makes a save in recent action. Last Friday, freshman Ferland earned his first career shutout, making 36 saves as Princeton skated to a 0-0 tie against visiting Colgate. The Tigers, now 1-1-1 overall and 1-1 ECAC Hockey, play at Union on November 10 and at Rensselaer on November 11. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Ryan Ferland didn’t feel sharp as he took the ice for the Princeton University men’s hockey team last Friday against visiting Colgate but it didn’t take long for the freshman goalie to get into a rhythm.

“I actually didn’t have a great warm up but I felt good after the first few shots,” said Ferland.  more

November 1, 2017

The Princeton University men’s cross country team celebrates after it took first in the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City last Friday. It was the 19th Heps title for the Princeton program, which had five runners finish in the top 10. Its score of 28 was the best at the Ivy Heps since 1987. Senior Noah Kauppila led the way for the Tigers, taking second as he covered the 5-mile course in a time of 24:58.7. He was followed by sophomore Conor Lundy in third and senior Garrett O’Toole in fourth. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton’s Office of Athletic Communications)

The Arts Council of Princeton celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday with a gala fundraiser, Dining by Design, at Princeton University’s Frick Chemistry Laboratory. Founding Director Anne Reeves, third from left, shown above with her family, was honored at the event, including a proclamation from Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert proclaiming October 28 “Anne Reeves Day.” Attendees share what they love about the Arts Council of Princeton in this week’s Town Talk on page 6. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

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The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, October 28, with a gala, Dining by Design, at Princeton University’s Frick Chemistry Laboratory. The annual fall fundraiser supports the ACP’s community education programs for at-risk populations. The evening featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and small plates, party boards, a live auction, and dance performance by The Pennington Studio. Founding Director Anne Reeves was honored at the event, including a proclamation from Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert proclaiming October 28 “Anne Reeves Day.” Funds raised from Dining by Design support Reeves’ original vision for the organization in 1967 — accessibility to the arts for everyone, regardless of their economic circumstances.


By Donald Gilpin

Princeton voters will head to the polls next Tuesday to vote for candidates for governor, State Assembly, State Senate, Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, County Sheriff, Princeton Town Council, and the Princeton Board of Education. They will also weigh in on two public questions.

Council candidates David Cohen and Leticia Fraga, though unopposed in their bid for two seats to be vacated when Bernie Miller and Jo Butler step down on January 1, have been busy. more

FROM THE ARCHIVES: This 1949 photo from the Ottawa, Canada Evening Journal shows Albert Einstein being visited at his Princeton home by recently displaced European children. The photo is among the findings of the Institute for Advanced Study’s History Working Group, which will be the subject of a public lecture on Friday, November 3.

By Anne Levin

After President Trump issued executive orders last January to enforce travel bans and curb immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, a group of scholars affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) was moved to take action. The History Working Group produced a series of articles and an exhibition focused on the Institute’s response to similar challenges in the 1930s. more

By Donald Gilpin

About 750 Princeton homeowners will receive checks this week, almost $2,500 per eligible home, in accordance with a settlement reached a year ago in a lawsuit over Princeton University’s property tax exemptions.

The checks will be mailed from a property tax relief fund administered by the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) to which the University contributed $2 million this year and agreed to contribute $1.6 million a year for the following five years. more

CREATIVELY GREEN: Young Audiences teamed up with Littlebrook School for their Creatively Green Family Arts Festival, bringing together children, parents, educators, and artists to link art making with protecting the environment. (Photo Courtesy of Young Audiences)

By Donald Gilpin

In school environments characterized by emphasis on testing and sports, tight budgets, increasing competition for college admissions, and diminishing job opportunities, the arts might seem a low priority.

Not so, says Ann Betterton, development director of Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania (YA), which worked with more than 350,000 children through more than 4,000 programs in 573 schools in every county in New Jersey last year. more