Princeton Council voted unanimously Monday night for a plan to renovate the Mary Moss Park and Playground in the Witherspoon/Jackson neighborhood. Identified as a priority in 2008 and in development by a subcommittee for the past two-and-a-half years, the plan calls for removal of the existing wading pool, adding a “spray ground,” new landscaping, and possibly some game tables and a performance area. more
A CALMING INFLUENCE: The beneficial effect of horseback riding is the focus of summer activities at Mane Stream in Oldwick. The organization is looking for volunteers for its summer camp, which starts Monday.
There is something relaxing about horseback riding. For individuals with disabilities, sitting astride a majestic animal and being led, gently, down a path or around a ring can have calming effects. more
Kyle Damm signed on at the Nassau Inn in December 2009 after graduating from Ohio State with a degree in hospitality management. Since then he has worked as a front desk agent, housekeeping manager, and, for the last three years, as front office manager. Described by his boss, director of rooms Nick Ballas, as “an encouraging force for the staff and our guests, down to earth, and very good at empathizing,” Kyle loves problem-solving and working with people every day on the job. “He understands the guests and their preferences,” Mr. Ballas added. “Whatever their needs are, he understands them. He’s our ace here.” Kyle, 29, who grew up in Hamilton, now lives in Plainsboro with his girlfriend Jessica. Here, in his own words, Kyle talks about life as the front desk manager at the Nassau Inn.
The Coalition for Peace Action’s gun violence prevention group, Ceasefire NJ, invites members of the public to its monthly advocacy committee meeting on Thursday, June 16 to discuss a possible vigil or public witness in response to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. The meeting, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, will start at 7:30 p.m. more
The Mercer County Park Commission will host lichenologist Dennis Waters on Saturday, June 25, as he unveils the mysterious lichens commonly found throughout the natural world. Mr. Waters will lead two hours of exploration along the trails of Curlis Woods, shedding light on the strange lifestyles and ecological importance of lichens. more
Though a quarrel in the Streets is a thing to be hated, the energies displayed in it are fine ….
—John Keats (1795-1821)
All the great poets should have been fighters.
—Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)
Courtesy of a live feed from the BBC, we’re driving through the streets of Louisville under bright blue skies with the hearse carrying the body of Muhammad Ali to Cave Hill cemetery. As the procession passes through modest neighborhoods like the one Cassius Clay grew up in, past his school, Central High, crowds on both sides of the street are throwing flowers, waving, shouting, chanting “Ali! Ali!” The flowers have fallen so heavily on the windshield of the hearse, it’s a wonder the driver can see where he’s going. more
“FUNKY COLOR WHEEL”: This 19” x 14” artwork by third grader Gabriel Contreras will be featured in the exhibition “The Many Colors of Christina Seix Academy” at the Erdman Art Gallery. Each of the artworks on display was created by a third grader from the Academy, which serves children from single-parent homes in the greater Trenton area.
Princeton Theological Seminary’s Erdman Art Gallery presents “The Many Colors of Christina Seix Academy,” an exhibition of still life paintings, etchings, sculptures, mosaics, and rock art, created by third grade students of the academy. The exhibition at the gallery, located at 20 Library Place, opens Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. The exhibit, which runs until August 19, is free and open to the public. more
Terhune Orchards’ annual Blueberry Bash Bakeoff has been named an automatic qualifier event for the 2016 World Dessert Championship, November 9-13 in Orange Beach, Alabama. That means local bakers can compete for the grand prize of $10,000. In the meantime, this year’s Blueberry Bash Bakeoff is now open for entries, which will be judged by Joanne Canady-Brown, owner of The Gingered Peach in Lawrenceville. To register, visit terhuneorchards.com. Terhune Orchards are located on Cold Soil Road in Lawrenceville.
“THE PLAY’S THE THING”: “We thought this was an opportunity for Pennington School graduates to continue to work in the theater. They might not have been able to do this after graduation, and found they missed it. It’s also an opportunity to work together with alumni who were not classmates. We have graduates from the Class of 2016 and one from 2011.” Henry Sheeran (left) and Tim Secrest, Pennington School Class of 2014, have started a new theater company, which will have its first production June 23.
CLARIFICATION: The Pennington School production of “Charlie and Bruno” will be performed on Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The curtain is going up on a brand new production at The Pennington School. Charlie and Bruno, a one act play, written, produced, directed, and acted by former Pennington School students, will be performed at the school June 23rd and 24th. more
Princeton Festival has placed a special emphasis on the music of 20th-century British composer Benjamin Britten this year. The cornerstone opera of the Festival’s 2016 season is Britten’s Peter Grimes, and this past Friday night, Concordia Chamber Players offered some of Britten’s more charming works for voice and instruments as the festival concluded its first week. more
The Prima Trio will perform at Richardson Auditorium on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts series. Founded in 2004 while its members were studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, the Trio triumphed at the 2007 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, winning the coveted Grand Prize, as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division. In addition, the Prima Trio was awarded a Midwest Winner’s Tour and a European debut at Italy’s Emilia Romagna Festival. more
Soprano Dominika Zamara and classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz will perform arias, songs, and solos at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System. The program will highlight Romantic-era songs by Croatia’s preeminent 19th century composer-guitarist Ivan Padovec (1800-1873), Baroque and contemporary guitar solos, as well as famous operatic arias by Vincenzo Bellini (“Casta Diva” — from the opera “Norma”), and Georges Bizet (“Habanera” — from the opera “Carmen”). more
Truer words were never spoken. The crowds have been impressive ever since Nomad Pizza opened its doors. In this week’s Town Talk, recent diners at Nomad talk about their summer plans. (Photo by Emily Reeves)
Incumbent Jenny Crumiller and newcomer Tim Quinn won the most votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for two Princeton Council seats, beating out fellow contenders Leticia Fraga and Anne Neumann. These are unofficial results.
According to the Mercer County Clerk’s Office, Ms. Crumiller earned 2,587 votes, or 31.42 percent of the vote, while Mr. Quinn received 2,168, or 26.33 percent. Following closely behind, Ms. Fraga got 2,124 votes, which is 25.80 percent, and Ms. Neumann earned 1,348, or 16.37 percent. more
Jeff Nathanson will be stepping down as executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) at the end of 2016, the ACP announced yesterday.
The Arts Council on Witherspoon Street has experienced a significant transformation in the 11 years since Mr. Nathanson took the helm in 2005.
“Jeff successfully led the Arts Council through an exciting time of tremendous growth for the organization,” stated Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert. “He’s been an effective and effusive champion for the role of the arts in building community. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him, and am very sad to see him move on.”
ACP Board of Trustees President Ted Deutsch echoed the mayor’s praise, describing Mr. Nathanson as “an outstanding leader not just for the arts community, but for the Greater Princeton community as a whole. His in-depth experience in arts program development and management helped the organization dramatically expand and improve its arts-related offerings over the past decade. At the same time he has kept the ACP focused on its historic mission to serve the local community through free, accessible and inclusive events and scholarship programs for children and families.” more
LOUISIANA LIGHTNING: Princeton University baseball player Billy Arendt takes a swing in recent action. Last weekend, senior third baseman Arendt starred in a losing cause as Princeton fell 5-3 to host Louisiana-Lafayette and 7-2 to Sam Houston State in the NCAA’s Lafayette Regional. Arendt went 4-for-9 on the weekend with three runs scored and a triple.The Ivy League champion Tigers ended the spring with a 24-21 overall record, a remarkable improvement on the 7-32 mark posted in 2015. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
As the Princeton University baseball team started play in the NCAA tournament at the Louisiana-Lafayette Regional last Friday evening, the Tigers found themselves in a lion’s den. more
REPAIRS NEEDED: Bank Street needs street repairs and underground power lines, a subject of controversy between residents and town officials. Undergrounding electrical, telephone and cable lines could cost each property owner about $70,000, but the mayor and city engineers are seeking less expensive alternatives. (Photo by Donald Gilpin)
Tucked away off Nassau Street, between Bayard Lane and Chambers Street, Bank Street could be mistaken for an alley. The narrow, single-block street of modest Victorian homes, all close to the street and close to one another, has always seemed out of place in the midst of the bustle of Nassau Street and the grandeur of much of the rest of the town С and now Bank Street finds itself a subject of controversy. more
“MUSIC FOR THE EYES”: The building designed by Farewell Architects for the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has brought in more visitors and expanded programs while promoting sustainability.
When administrators and trustees of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association started thinking about the need for a new facility back in 2007, space was the primary motivation. more
When word spread last week that Whit Stillman, director of the film Love and Friendship, would be making an appearance at Princeton’s Garden Theatre following a 6:30 p.m. screening last Sunday, the showing quickly sold out.
That didn’t surprise Chris Collier, co-director of Renew Theaters, the Doylestown, Pa.-based company that took over the Nassau Street movie house two years ago. The same thing happened when actor Ethan Hawke and writer/director Michael Showalter, both raised in Princeton, visited the Garden when their latest films were screened this past April. more
Not in Our Town Princeton honored eight local high school students at the annual Unity Award ceremony and reception on June 5 at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center. All the students received certificates and cash awards for being role models in their efforts to promote respect for diversity and advance the cause of race relations. They also received certificates from U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, presented by Calvin C. Reed. PHS junior Jamaica Ponder, was honored as an “Upstander” for sounding an alarm about students playing an anti-Semitic drinking game.
Taking notes at lectures, participating in preceptorial discussions, writing papers and exams — several Princeton University courses recently awarded grants for innovation will be branching out far beyond these traditional activities in coming semesters. more
Four British authors will discuss their novels June 25 in the intimate setting of an 18th-century literary salon at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, and the Center of Theological Inquiry’s Luce Hall, 50 Stockton Street, with their friend across the Atlantic, Gladstone’s Library in North Wales.
The authors are Stella Duffy, James Robertson, Sarah Perry, and Andrew Nichol. The moderator is the well-known BBC broadcaster Sally Magnusson. more
Executive Director of New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the author of “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America,” will be appearing at Friend Center 101, Olden and William Streets, in Princeton at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. The program will be moderated by Rhinold Lamar Ponder. Admission is free, though registration is suggested.
FOREST IN THE MOUNTAINS (Forêt dans la montagne): Edgar Degas, ca. 1890, monotype in oil on paper, 11¾ x 15¾ inches. (Museum of Modern Art, New York, Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest)
Degas was another wonder painter. I’ve never seen a bad Degas. — Ernest Hemingway
Thanks to a press pass that permitted me into “A Strange New Beauty: Edgar Degas” ahead of the paying public, I had the exhibit galleries more or less to myself for one precious, quietly hallucinatory hour. What follows should be about what I saw during a Sunday morning early opening at the Museum of Modern Art. But when the task of commenting on monotypes by Degas (1834-1917) coincides with the death of Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), all bets are off. more