November 17, 2017

SPEEDY TIGER: Princeton University football player Tiger Bech tries to elude tacklers from Yale in action last Saturday. Sophomore receiver Bech enjoyed a career day in a losing cause as Princeton fell 35-31 to the Bulldogs. He made six catches for a career-high 175 yards and a touchdown and also piled up a total of 158 yards in kickoff and punt returns. The Tigers, now 5-4 overall and 2-4 Ivy League, conclude their season by playing at Dartmouth (7-2 overall, 4-2 Ivy) on November 18. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Bob Surace had plenty of reason to be angry after his Princeton University football team fell 35-31 to visiting Yale last Saturday.

The defeat marked the fourth time this season that Princeton had suffered a loss in Ivy League play with a chance to win in its final possession. The setback before a crowd of 11, 229 at Powers Field also officially knocked the Tigers, now 5-4 overall and 2-4 Ivy, out of contention for their second straight Ivy title while Yale (8-1 overall, 5-1 Ivy) clinched at least a share of the crown. more

By Anne Levin

In 2011, photographer Amanda Lucidon was covering an event in Washington when she happened to meet Pete Souza, the chief photographer of the Obama White House. She had no idea at the time, but it was an introduction that would change her life.

“Two years later, he called and asked me if I was interested in applying for a photography job at the White House,” said Lucidon. “Of course I said yes. I was hired, and my assignment was to spend most of my time photographing Michelle Obama. I also got to cover the president from time to time. It all feels like a dream to me, that it even happened.” more

November 15, 2017
Photos by Charles R. Plohn
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On Saturday, November 11, parents met with representatives from local preschools at the Preschool Fair in the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room. Teachers, faculty, and parent volunteers talked about school programs, curriculum, philosophy, and the admission process at the annual event. Toys and books were available to all children.

PLEAS FOR PEACE: Religious scholar and bestselling author Reza Aslan speaks on “The Challenges of Peace in the Trump Era” to a gathering of about 175 conference participants at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton on Sunday. (Photo by John Lien)

By Donald Gilpin

About 400 gathered at the Princeton University Chapel for a Multifaith Service for Peace on Sunday, followed by an afternoon conference at Nassau Presbyterian Church, where participants considered “The Challenges of Peace in the Trump Era.” The event was sponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) and 40 other area religious and civic groups.  more

By Donald Gilpin

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s get-tough-on-immigration campaign and many months of harsh rhetoric from the White House, the federal government announced on September 5 that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would end in six months. Trump’s decision turned the problem over to Congress to determine the fate of hundreds of thousands of young people (known as DREAMers) who have received work permits or deportation relief since the program began five years ago.  more

By Anne Levin

Princeton Council member Heather Howard has been named to Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team. Howard is among seven who will serve on the Healthcare committee. Also named is Linda Schwimmer, a member of Princeton’s Board of Health. more

GOLDEN GOAL: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Drew Beamer controls the ball in recent action. Last Friday, senior star Beamer scored the winning goal as third-seeded PHS defeated top-seeded Hunterdon Central 1-0 in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional final. As a result, PHS, now 16-5-1, will face Washington Township (21-2-1) in the Group 4 state semis on November 14 with the victor advancing to the title game on November 19 at Kean University. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

For the Princeton High boys’ soccer team, the experience gained from five losses over the season proved to be a blessing in disguise as it faced a gauntlet of tough foes on the way to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional title.

“My team had the opportunity to play some high level competition this year and has been on the wrong end of it at times,” said PHS head coach Wayne Sutcliffe. more

A recent visit from some Lehigh University students to HDR’s Lawrenceville office. (Photo courtesy of HDR)

By Anne Levin

Giving to those less fortunate is a regular part of the culture at HDR’s Lawrenceville architecture office, formerly known as CUH2A. The office recently won the AIA New Jersey 2017 Firm of the Year award. Managing principal Eric Jaffe credits the company’s commitment to community service as a key factor in earning the distinction. more

YWCA Princeton’s St. Nicholas Project is looking for community members, individuals, families, and businesses to help provide holiday gifts to help local families in need celebrate Christmas in their own homes.

The St. Nicholas Project was founded in 2000 by Princeton resident and long-time YWCA supporter Jill Jachera, who saw the need to help families in Princeton. “With limited resources, many parents, especially those new to this country, struggle to make the holidays special for their children,” she said. “My husband and his family moved to the USA when he was four, with no money and no English speaking skills. But he still remembers the acts of kindness from strangers that made his family feel welcome. We want to pay it forward and do the same for immigrant families and those in similar situations throughout Princeton.”  more

By Donald Gilpin

Three experts on nuclear weapons, each with a sharply different perspective on ”A Perpetual Menace: Nuclear Weapons Today, Tomorrow, Forever?”, spoke to a capacity audience of about 100 at Princeton University’s Robertson Hall on Monday.

Bruce Blair, a former U.S. nuclear missile launch control officer and winner of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant for his work on nuclear arms control, was direct and explicit in his warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons. more

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve bestows its Land Ethics Award upon recipients who demonstrate the creative use of native plants in the landscape, sustainable and regenerative design, and ethical land management and construction practices. The Preserve is now accepting nominations for this award.

Nominees can be private individuals, businesses, design professionals (including landscape architects and site engineers), conservation and preservation organizations and local, state, and federal agencies involved with environmental protection. School groups may also be nominated for relevant team projects. Individuals, non-profit organizations, government agencies, community groups, and business professionals are encouraged to apply. Application projects must be a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years old. more

The Arts Council of Princeton presents a reading by Ntozake Shange tonight, Wednesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. Ms. Shange, a cousin of former Mayor Yina Moore, will read from “Wild Beauty,” her newest book, a collection of more than 60 original and selected poems in both English and Spanish.

By Stuart Mitchner

So, with the crash of artillery, in the dark, with hatred, and fear, and reckless daring, new Russia was being born.

John Reed (1887-1920)

Here he is again, George Kennan, our Hodge Road landlord in the 1980s. It can’t be helped. When the overriding subject of the hour is Russia, Kennan is always there. If he were alive today, he would be the guest of choice on cable and network news, whether the subject were Russian “meddling,” or the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, or even the admirable Fox series The Americans with its bizarre bromances — FBI agent Stan and his neighbor Philip, a Russian spy, and Stan and the KGB’s Oleg, who have bonded in spite of themselves over love of the same Russian woman.  more

“A QUIET DEFIANCE”: The photographs of Katie Orlinsky are featured in “A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali,” an exhibition running November 20 through December 14 at the Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School. An artist’s reception will be held on November 28 from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School presents the photographs of Katie Orlinsky in an exhibition titled “A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali,” on view from November 20 through December 14. There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, November 28 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. more

THE ART OF PERIOD DRESS: Professionals will lecture and present hands-on workshops to help participants make elements of 18th century clothing on November 17 and 18 at Prallsville Mills in Stockton. (Photo by Brandyn Charlton)

The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area together present the second program in the conference series, “The Art of Period Dress.” Popular 1770s clothing lectures and workshops return in “The Art of Period Dress, Part 2,” on November 17 and 18 at Prallsville Mills in Stockton. more

By Nancy Plum

Westminster Choir College has experienced its share of uncertainty in the last couple of years, but one constant has been the quality of the choral education and ensembles on campus. The premiere chorus, the Westminster Choir, draws together the most select Choir College students to tackle intricate and complex music for concerts both locally and on tour worldwide. Conducted by Westminster Director of Choral Activities Joe Miller, the Westminster Choir presented a very challenging program of a cappella choral music this past Sunday afternoon in the Choir College’s Bristol Chapel. Entitled “Listen,” Sunday’s performance invited the sold-out audience to “find the voice within us” through some very contemporary music.  more

By Jean Stratton

It’s an age-old adage that men don’t always like to ask directions when driving. Not always true, of course, but just often enough to have become something of a stereotype.

Increasingly, however, the question is do the guys take proper care of their health? Do they hesitate to make doctors’ appointments, hoping whatever symptom they have will just go away? Are they reluctant to admit concerns over feelings of anxiety or depression — perhaps out of worry that it indicates waning masculinity or self-reliance? Do they attempt to ignore a persistent ache or pain, cough, etc. thinking it’s not a big deal? more

GROUP LEADER: Princeton High boys’ cross country runner Will Hare heads to the finish line on the way to taking first in the Boys’ Varsity race at the Mercer County Championships in late October. Last Saturday, senior star and Penn-bound Hare took another title, placing first at the state Group 4 meet in Holmdel Park. Hare’s performance helped PHS take second in the team standings and qualify for the Meet of Champions on November 18 at Holmdel. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

In 2016, the Princeton High boys’ cross country team cruised to the title in the Group 4 state championship meet, easily outpointing runner-up Cherokee.

Last Saturday, PHS dropped to second at this year’s Group 4 meet as Kingsway raced to the title but head coach Jim Smirk had no qualms with the effort he got from his runners. more

Members of the Pure Insurance Steelers celebrate after winning the championship game of the Princeton Junior Football League’s (PJFL) junior division (ages 8-10) last Sunday. The Steelers defeated Cardinals 27-7 in the title contest as Travis Petrone rushed for three touchdowns to lead the way. Pictured in the top row, from left to right, are coaches Jonathon Lebouef, James Hendershot,  and Jason Petrone. In the middle row, from left, are Hayden Kostopolis, Colton Monica, Braden Barlag, Travis Petrone, Kellen Murdock, and Alexander Paul. In the bottom row, from left, are Eli Salganik, Ian Lansky, Nolan Maurer, Alex Lebouef, and Alec Lansky.

NICK OF TIME: Princeton High boys’ soccer player Nick Petruso flies after the ball in recent state tournament action. Last Wednesday, freshman striker Petruso, who was called up to the varsity team in October, scored two goals to help third-seeded PHS edge second-seeded Monroe 2-1 in the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional semis. Petruso and the Little Tigers went on to edge top-seeded and defending Group 4 champion Hunterdon Central 1-0 in overtime in the sectional final on Friday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

By Bill Alden

Nick Petruso started the fall playing on the freshman squad for the Princeton High boys’ soccer program.

It didn’t take long for the precocious striker to move up the ranks. Dominating at the freshman level and then starring for the junior varsity, Petruso ended up on the varsity team by October. more

November 8, 2017

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION: Princeton residents prepared to cast their votes at Community Park Elementary School yesterday morning. This year’s election included candidates for governor, State Senate, State Assembly, Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, County Sheriff, Princeton Town Council, and the Princeton Board of Education. (Photo by Erica M. Cardenas)

By Donald Gilpin

Voters elected Beth Behrend with 3,199 votes, Jess Deutsch with 2,983 votes, and Michele Tuck-Ponder with 2,773 votes on Tuesday to fill available seats for three-year terms on the Princeton Board of Education, according to unofficial results at press time.

Joining the Princeton Municipal Council in January for three-year terms will be Democrats David Cohen and Leticia Fraga, winning 5,604 and 5,570 votes respectively in their unopposed campaigns. Current Council members Bernie Miller and Jo Butler will be stepping down on January 1. more

Lawrence Charles B. Samuel Stanhope Smith 1750–1819, Class of 1769, President 1795–1812.

By Doug Wallack 

On Monday, November 6, the Princeton & Slavery Project—an initiative of Princeton University—launched its website as a means of publicizing its ongoing research into the University’s relationship with the institution of slavery. Visitors to the site can find over 80 articles that, for instance, tease out the links between the fortunes of the University’s early benefactors and slavery, or examine the slave holdings of University presidents, trustees, and other affiliates. Also included online are hundreds of primary documents, data visualizations and maps that track the proportional enrollment of southern students at Princeton, and video documentaries in which students and alumni reflect on their own families’ relationships to slavery.  more

By Anne Levin

With the potential sale of Westminster Choir College (WCC) still pending, Rider University sent layoff notices last week to Westminster’s teaching staff informing them that the music school could close if the transaction does not go through.

Despite a letter to the University community from Rider president Gregory Dell’Omo stating that the notice was provided only “as part of a larger process intended to secure the future of WCC,” the Rider chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) isn’t buying it. The chapter responded this week with an open letter to Dell’Omo asking that the University “change direction” from a plan to sell Westminster, with which it merged in 1992, to an unnamed, for-profit company that operates K-12 schools in Asia. (See this week’s Mailbox for the full text of the letter.) more