October 7, 2015


ALMOST THERE: Sunday’s Half-Marathon began and ended at Paul Robeson Place, not far from where Princeton’s most famous native son was born. Sponsored by HiTOPS, this year’s race drew more than 1200 runners. Winner Zach Rivers, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who set a new course record, reveals what his favorite part of the course was in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Emily Reeves)


DANCING FOR DOLLARS: Staffers and breast cancer survivors from the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro celebrated their second place win in the Pink Glove Dance competition last week. A total of $12,000 resulted from the competition, and all of it will go to the Breast Cancer Resource Center at YWCA Princeton.

When Barbara Christiano was asked last May if she had heard of The Pink Glove Dance, she had to plead ignorance. But since then, this five-year-old national dance video competition has become a priority — not only for Ms. Christiano, who is vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro — but for hospital staff members, physicians, service workers, volunteers, and their family members as well. more

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Princeton public school students are looking forward to a recently announced homework-free schedule during winter and spring breaks and other designated weekends throughout the year.

At its September 29 meeting, the School Board passed a resolution designating no-homework days for the long weekend of the NJEA Convention in November, Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, and Mother’s Day weekend. Additionally, no projects will be due or tests given immediately upon return from these holidays.

Since the days of Socrates and Plato, the question of homework has been a controversial one. What to assign? How much to assign? How to make it worthwhile?  more

Book SaleFeaturing collectible books by Jane Austen, Henry James, and Eva Peron, not to mention Zelda Fitzgerald, the 2015 Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale will take place October 16 to 18 in the library’s Community Room and in a tent on Hinds Plaza.

Featuring nearly 10,000 books for all ages on a wide variety of topics, the event opens with a preview sale Friday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. A ticket for the preview sale is $10, but is free for Friends of the Library. Numbered tickets will be available at the door starting at 8 a.m. Customers enter the sale in numerical order. Barcode scanners will be permitted at the tables, but collecting books to scan will not be allowed.

Starting at noon, admission is free for the remainder of the sale. Hours are noon-8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

On Sunday, books will be sold at half price in the Community Room and in the tent on Hinds Plaza. From 3-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, a bag sale will be held in the tent where a standard grocery bag can be filled with books for $5. Bags will be supplied at the sale.

In addition to the Peacock edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; a first edition, first printing of The Golden Bowl by Henry James; the first U.K. edition of Zelda Fitzgerald’s Save Me the Waltz; and a rare copy of La Razon De Mi Vida by Eva Peron, there will be books signed by Wyndham Lewis and Aaron Copland, among many inscribed volumes, as well as a first printing of Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, among a number of modern first editions.  more

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MOGAO CAVE 158: This photograph by James Lo features a reclining Buddha in nirvana in Mogao Cave 158. This image is among the paintings, sculpture, and manuscripts in the “Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang” exhibit at the PU Art Museum. The exhibit aims to provide a greater understanding of the Silk Road site.

“Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang” is on view at the Princeton University Art Museum now until January 10. The exhibit brings together paintings, sculpture, and manuscripts from the Mogao Caves to provide a greater understanding of the Silk Road site.

Since their creation over 1,500 years ago, the Mogao Caves, located on the outskirts of the city of Dunhuang in northwestern China, continue to narrate the history of religious art and connect the Eastern and Western worlds through their once central location at the gateway to the Silk Road. The caves come to Princeton through a time capsule of objects dating from A.D. 270 to the 1960s. The exhibit explores the aesthetic and transcontinental nature of this World Heritage Site.  more

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Mary Norris, who has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker’s copy department, will be at Labyrinth Books on Tuesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. to read from and discuss her new book Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (Norton $24.95).

Writing in The New Yorker, John McPhee calls Mary Norris “the verbal diagnostician I would turn to for a first, second, or third opinion on just about anything.” The New York Times’ Sarah Lyall writes, “Ms. Norris, who has a dirty laugh that evokes late nights and Scotch, is … like the worldly aunt who pulls you aside at Thanksgiving and whispers that it is all right to occasionally flout the rules.” more

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Organist Daryl Robinson will perform at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, October 18 at 2:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be accepted at the performance.

Titled “Organ Spectacular VIII,” the program will include Elgar’s “Allegro Maestoso” from Organ Sonata, Op. 28; Max Reger’s arrangement of Bach’s Präludium und Fuge D-dur, BWV 874; Franck’s Deuxième Choral en Si Mineur, M. 39; Briggs’ Concert Variations on ‘Nicaea’; Hampton’s “Lullaby” from Suite No. 2; and Cochereau’s Scherzo Symphoniquemore

October 6, 2015


Still have those old vinyl records and the turntable you used until CDs took over in the late 1980s? You may be well positioned to take advantage of a wave of “vinyl frenzy,” as reported in a recent New York Times, article about a new vinyl factory in New Jersey.

Using equipment from the 1970s, Independent Record Pressing in Bordentown is struggling to keep up with the booming demand, which has led to a six-month delay in processing orders for new vinyl, according to Princeton Record Exchange owner Jon Lambert. more

October 5, 2015


Volunteers are needed to join in a community art project building an airplane on the Great Lawn at Morven, which will open an exhibit, “Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age,” on November 13. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street.

From Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25, volunteers will work in shifts to build an interpretation of Charles Lindbergh’s plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. more

October 4, 2015

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The public service papers of Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, are now part of the permanent collection of Princeton University, where the economist earned his undergraduate degree in 1949.

These documents, which include correspondence, speeches, reports and memos, are housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of the Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. more

Ivan Web“May I have your attention, please? May I have your attention, please?” Anyone at the Community Park Pool Complex between 1967 and 2014 remembers that voice booming out over the public address system.

Larry Ivan, owner of that voice, has had the community’s attention for almost 60 years — as phys ed and social studies teacher for 42 years at Princeton High, John Witherspoon, and Community Park Schools, as renowned coach and referee of basketball and track, as an official for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), and as “the man at the pool” since its inception in 1967 and manager there for 41 years.

A bronze bas-relief portrait, to be created by Princeton sculptor Stephanie Magdziak, and permanently installed at the Community Park Pool, ensures that Mr. Ivan will have our attention far into the future. ”I’m glad to know that Mr. Ivan will be as much of a fixture for future generations as he was for mine,” reflected CP Pool member Lauren Bender.

The project is being funded by donations from community members and CP Pool supporters — about 140 so far, many of whom were also Mr. Ivan’s students or parents of students. An unveiling ceremony will take place next spring. more

October 1, 2015


SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, has cancelled its “Stroll for Strays” dog walk and pet fair, which was scheduled for Saturday in Mercer County Park. The event will be rescheduled as soon as a new date can be set.

“We have been faced with a very difficult decision regarding this Saturday’s Stroll for Strays event,” reads the organization’s website. “Because of the predicted hurricane/storm affecting our area, for the safety of everyone involved, vendors and attendees, four-legged and two-legged, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to reschedule the dog walk. A little rain wouldn’t keep us down, but windy conditions combined with rain and flooding will simply be unsafe.” more

September 30, 2015


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The Quad at the Princeton Theological Seminary was the setting for Saturday’s Community Festival of families, food trucks, games, and live bluegrass music. Some participants offer their thoughts about the Pope’s visit in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn) 

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Jersey Shore native and culinary educator Rachel J. Weston, author of “New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table,” will host the first annual cookbook swap at the Princeton Farmer’s Market on Hinds Plaza from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, October 1. The event offers an opportunity for participants to trade in their cookbooks, recipes, food articles or magazines for new recipes while checking out fresh local ingredients at the market.

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ATWOOD’S RETELLING OF THE ODYSSEY: Director Trent Blanton discusses Rider University’s production of “The Penelopiad” with Marissa Girgus, who portrays the title role of Penelope. To learn more and to order tickets, call (609) 896-7775 or visit www.rider.edu/arts.

Rider Theatre will present Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad in the Yvonne Theater on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville from October 7 through 11. A preview performance will be Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m., and performances will be Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. The production, directed by Trent Blanton, will be performed by Rider University students.  more

Opiate Page 8 WebOver the past ten years, statistics show that New Jersey has experienced a 700 percent increase in individuals seeking treatment for opioid addictions. September is nationally recognized as Recovery Month. For this reason, the Mercer County Division of Addiction Services and Mental Health will co-host a dinner and discussion event on Thursday, October 8 at 5 p.m. at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center, located at 3100 Quakerbridge Road in Hamilton.

Presenters will discuss the evolution of prescription drug abuse and tangible steps that friends and family members can take to prevent the epidemic from spreading further. Participants will also be educated on local resources that have the ability to provide the life saving medication, Naloxone, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose and prevent death. more

September 23, 2015


Authors and their young readers are having fun at the Princeton Public Library’s Children’s Book Festival on Hinds Plaza Saturday. In this week’s Town Talk you can find out what they discovered and which authors they connected with. (Photo by Emily Reeves)

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Photo by Tom Grimes

After walking in a daze down the brightly-lit aisles of McCaffrey’s, stunned by Monday’s New York Times obit, I find myself in the same check-out line where I last spoke with the poet C.K. Williams, who died at home in Hopewell Sunday. When he and his charming wife Catherine lived on Moore Street, I used to see him often at McCaffrey’s. He was hard to miss. At 6’5, he loomed over everyone else. We would shake hands and I would think how good it is to live in a town where you can shake hands with a great poet while pushing a shopping cart at the market. Life in Princeton …. more

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MAXIMIZING THE LIGHT: The new Upper School library at Chapin, part of a $13.2 million two-year building project, provides flexibility, many opportunities for collaboration, exciting new technology and lots of light. (Photo Courtesy of Chapin School)

Major new construction projects just completed at Stuart Country Day School and Chapin School have created new environments for students, teachers and administrators.

Chapin Upper Schoolers (grades 5-8) arrived on September 8 to find a new, two-story, 14,000-square-foot addition, including classrooms, a library, technology lab, offices, meeting rooms and a learning commons complementing a similar building completed a year ago for the Lower School. more

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PRESERVING A PIECE OF HISTORY: The acquisition of the 4.6-acre D’Ambrisi property and its annexation to Princeton Battlefield State Park was marked September 16 with an official
ceremony presided over by, from left: Battlefield Society president Jerald Hurwitz, Senator Kip Bateman, New Jersey Park Service Director Mark Texel, Mayor Liz Lempert, and Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. (Photo by John Lien)

The addition of a privately owned property next to Princeton Battlefield State Park opens up new possibilities for investigating its history. The annexation of the former D’Ambrisi property, which was celebrated with an official ceremony and ribbon-cutting last week, makes land that played a vital role in the Battle of Princeton more accessible to researchers and the public.  more

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This photo of Rockefeller Center titled “Prometheus” is one of 30 black-and-white photographs by Richard Trenner that will be on display in his gallery, “A Tale of Three Cities: Photographs of New York, Philadelphia, and Princeton.” The photos will be on display until October 11 at Gallery 353 located at 353 Nassau Street.

Music Sibyl

In a program titled, “Songs of the Sybil,” the Gallicantus Renaissance Vocal Ensemble will offer the only existing complete setting of the 12 Sibylline prophecies as composed by Orlande de Lassus, paired with works by the celebrated “Sibyl of the Rhine” Hildegard von Bingen, as well as new compositions by Princeton University professors Dan Trueman and Dmitri Tymoczko. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. General admission is $25 ($10 for students with proof of ID). To order, call (609) 258-9220 or visit www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org.

September 21, 2015

Lindbergh Morven

“Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age” opens at Morven Museum & Garden on November 13, 2015 and runs through October 2016. This will be the first large-scale exhibition to explore the vices and virtues of the prominent couple.  more

September 18, 2015


On Sunday, September 20, Palmer Square will host their 24th annual JazzFeast. The open-air festival features performances by some of the industry’s best jazz musicians and showcases cuisine from a selection of the area’s finest restaurants. The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m., rain or shine, on the Palmer Square Green. All musical performances are free to attend. more

September 16, 2015


Montgomery High School cheerleaders capturing the spirit of community excitement at Sunday’s Montgomery FunFest. Held at Princeton Airport, the event featured more than a hundred booths showcasing local businesses, art, contemporary crafts, culinary delights, helicopter rides, games of chance, and live music by the bands GoodWorks, Acoustic Road, Fitz and the Cats, Dangerous New Highs, Perfectly Sharp, and The Shaxe. Participants report on the fun in this week’s Town Talk. For a cross-section of images from the event, see page 22. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)