August 24, 2016

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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)

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GETTING OUT THE VOTE: Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) volunteers will be staffing tables in Hinds Plaza and outside the Garden Theatre on Saturdays and Sundays to register voters. Their Hillary Clinton for President campaign will be holding its grand opening in two weeks. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The Princeton Community Democratic Organization’s (PCDO) Hillary Clinton for President Campaign is underway, with headquarters on the second floor at 138 Nassau Street, between Triumph Brewery and the MacLean Agency, and voter registration tables outside the Garden Theatre and on Hinds Plaza on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. more

Work on the Carter Road bridge in Lawrence Township is still suspended as a result of Governor Chris Christie’s shut down order, and nobody is happy about it.

Local business owners are suffering financial losses. Motorists are facing increasing delays and hazards as detoured traffic clogs area roads. Roadways not intended for heavy traffic, let alone large truck traffic, are rapidly deteriorating. And necessary repairs and reconstruction of two historic bridges on 206 can’t start until the Carter Road bridge is reopened, because Carter Road is part of the designated detour route for the 206 bridge work.  more

It would be an understatement to say that Dwaine Williamson, the recently announced chairman of the joint campaign for Princeton Council candidates Jenny Crumiller, Tim Quinn, and Mayor Liz Lempert, has been around. The Princeton resident, who serves on the town’s Planning Board, was born in Jamaica, raised in Trenton, worked on Wall Street, and made music videos for rap groups before becoming a lawyer and opening his own office back in Trenton. more

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A PASSION FOR GEMOLOGY: Hope Mouko, service coordinator at Hamilton Jewelers, has won a scholarship to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She is pictured with, at left, Hank Siegel, Hamilton president; and his father Martin Siegel, right, the company’s chairman. Ms. Mouko will study at the GIA while continuing her work at the Nassau Street store.

After living in New York, modeling for Donna Karan and other high-end designers, Princeton native Hope Mouko was ready to move back home and try something new. She had always been interested in jewelry and design. So when she noticed an ad last year for an opening at Hamilton Jewelers on Nassau Street, she decided to apply for the position. more

The Trent House Museum, New Jersey’s oldest national landmark, will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service with Camp Trent on Saturday, August 27 from 1-3 p.m. The museum is at 15 Market Street in Trenton. more

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“FORWARD MARCH”: Police Sergeant Fred Williams, former U.S. Marines drill instructor, welcomes the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participating in Princeton’s week-long Youth Police Academy, which will include classroom activities, hands-on techniques, and police demonstrations. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)

Recent news reports on police departments throughout the country may have been full of tension, violence, and controversy, but for 20 young area residents this week’s Princeton Youth Police Academy is providing a fun and exciting opportunity to learn about police work from the inside.  more

In recognition of National Wilderness Month, Princeton Public Library is providing two opportunities in September to spend time walking through local green spaces while discussing two engaging readings about nature, wildness, and wilderness.  more

On Sunday, September 25, Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) will hold its annual fundraiser at Hinds Plaza to raise awareness and money to help feed children in the Princeton School System.

Celebrity chef Brian Duffy, who shared cooking tips and skills to students at Community Park School two years ago, will host the “Fill the Bowls” event. Local restaurants will provide meals to participants. The event takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. more

The Princeton Regional Chamber’s Sixth Annual Healthcare Symposium will focus on giving guests a glimpse at “The Business of Health,” on Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bart Luedeke Center at Rider University in Lawrenceville. more

At a reception in honor of her 100th birthday, the first copy of the book Reminiscences: My 100 Years will be presented to Dorothy Louise Gadberry Irwin Hemphill. The reception will be held at 3 p.m. on August 26 at Princeton Windrows. more

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ADAMS TO WESTON EXHIBIT: Ansel Adams, American, 1902–1984, “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico,” 1941, printed 1943. Gelatin silver print. Gift of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

When David McAlpin, Princeton Class of 1920, donated more than 500 fine-art photographs to the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) in 1971 — in an age when photography was still considered a reproductive medium — it became one of the earliest museums to commit to photography as an art form. In addition to these gifts of art, McAlpin endowed an acquisitions fund at the museum as well as a professorship in the history of photography at Princeton — the first in the nation.  more

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BLACKWELLS MILLS: This painting by Barbara Della Peruta pictures a cow relaxing in front of an old barn at the Delaware and Raritan Canal’s Blackwells Mills.

New Jersey artist Barbara Della Peruta is showing 35 original artworks at the Pennington Ewing Athletic Club (PEAC), 1440 Lower Ferry Road, until the end of August. more

“Negro American style” is defined by novelist Ralph Ellison as “the sudden turns, shocks, and swift changes of pace (all jazz-shaped) that serve to remind us that the world is ever unexplored and that while a complete mastery of life is mere illusion, the real secret of the game is to make life swing.”

For anyone looking to make life swing in this hot, heavy summer I recommend the elixir of Christian and Gray. While the joy and energy may be coming from long ago and far away, the message delivered by the electric guitar of Charlie Christian and the tenor sax of Wardell Gray is that the music of life plays on in spite of deranged demagogues, poverty and misery, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. more

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Dr. Elyane Robinson Grossman, music director at Sharim v’Sharot, is now holding auditions for all voice parts for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Weekly rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from September through June in Ewing. The choir will perform at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia this November. The theme for the year-end concert in May 2017 is “Songs to Inspire Peace: Shalom, Saalam.” Sharim v’Sharot performs Jewish music of many era and styles at synagogues, concert halls, museums, and community centers throughout the year. Learn more at www.sharimvsharot.org and call (609) 222-4647 to schedule an audition. 

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On Thursday, September 15 at 8 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents The Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi’s popular The Four Seasons interwoven with Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, arranged by Leonid Desyatnikov. The concert at Richardson Auditorium features Daniel Rowland as violinist and conductor, leading the PSO through Vivaldi’s vividly depicted scenery and Piazzolla’s soulful homage infused with passionate melodies and tango rhythms. more

From the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan to the Top of the Standard in Los Angeles to Lola’s Trailer Park in Fort Worth, Tex., musicians are banding together for The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence on Sunday, September 25th. At Trinity United Methodist Church in Ewing there will be a full day of music, food, speakers, art, and peace, as part of this national effort.  more

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So Percussion will offer the first of two free performances in Princeton as part of their Edward T. Cone Residency at Princeton University. On Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall, the community has the opportunity to engage in a striking range of music — from John Cage’s Living Room Music transforming household items into instruments, to the world premiere of Emeritus Professor Paul Lansky’s Springs.  more

Michael Kenwood, the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad member who lost his life while conducting a swiftwater rescue during Hurricane Irene, is being remembered this month by his fellow squad members. The loss of the 39-year-old volunteer on August 28, 2011 was a tragedy for his wife and family as well as for the members of the first aid squad, the EMS community, and the residents of Princeton. more

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No neighborhood in historic, tradition-steeped Princeton is changing more rapidly than Witherspoon-Jackson (W-J), and amidst last week’s Joint Effort Safe Streets Summer Program celebrating W-J, the black community and its history, a group of local leaders and developers worked toward a “vision of and for the Witherspoon-Jackson Community,” in a Saturday morning panel discussion at the Hank Pannell Center on Clay Street.  more

Princeton Public Schools (PPS) look forward to starting the 2016-17 school year in just three weeks with more than 40 new staff members, including three new positions, and a number of new programs and approaches.

Nearly all the new staff members are filling positions of retirees or staff taking temporary leaves. The new positions will include an additional kindergarten teacher at Community Park, where enrollment is rising, an additional guidance counselor at Princeton High School, and С still to be hired С “an innovation and instructional technology specialist to support our teachers district-wide in the use of new technologies and learning approaches,” according to Superintendent Steve Cochrane.  more

The Williams Company, which installed a natural gas pipeline last year on the Princeton Ridge, is proposing to build a compressor station along an existing natural gas pipeline, possibly inside Trap Rock Quarry in Kingston.

Residents of the area who are worried about the environmental impact and noise of such a project attended a special meeting August 10 of the Franklin Township Council to air their concerns and hear from the Texas-based Williams firm. more

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Local soup kitchens and food pantries will get a special crop of potatoes that were planted at Howell Living History Farm a few months ago. On Saturday, August 20, the public is invited to help the harvest crew from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farm staff will lead the project, using horses or oxen to pull a special plow. Lemonade and cookies will be served all day. Howell Farm is on Valley Road just off Route 29 in Hopewell Township. Visit www.howellfarm.org.

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“HERAT AFTER TEN YEARS OF BOMBING,” Afghanistan, 1992. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of Steve McCurry.

When I wandered out of Friday’s heavy heat into the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, there she was, Afghan Girl, the banner image of “Unguarded, Untold, Iconic Afghanistan: Through the Lens of Steve McCurry.” Taken in 1984 at a tent school in the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan, the National Geographic cover photo won world renown as a symbol of the plight of refugees everywhere. more

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Campers at the Princeton Blairstown Center’s Summer Bridge Program count canoeing as a favorite activity. Now in its second summer, the program serves kids from Trenton, Newark, and New York City. (Photo Courtesy of Princeton Blairstown Center)

Pam Gregory has worked for several organizations that give underserved urban youth a chance to spend time in peaceful, bucolic settings. But none have impressed her as much as the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC), a 107-year-old summer camp on 264 acres of wilderness in New Jersey’s Delaware Water Gap. more